Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Haftorah Beam - Devarim

Where the Torah portion focused on the power of words, the Haftorah reading emphasizes actions.  Indeed, after a long diatribe denouncing the people for their evil ways, rejecting their prayers and sacrifices, the prophet suddenly changes his tone:
16 Wash yourselves clean;
Put your evil doings
Away from My sight.
Cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do good.
Devote yourselves to justice;
Aid the wronged.
Uphold the rights of the orphan;
Defend the cause of the widow.
18 "Come, let us reach an understanding,
--declares the Lord--
Be your sins like crimson,
They can turn snow-white;
Be they red as dyed wool,
They can become like fleece."
Not prayer, nor sacrifices, but doing justice, aiding the wronged, and fighting for the downtrodden constitutes true repentance.

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