Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Summary of The Haftorah:

Haftorah Naso
Shoftim 13:2

Around the year 2790 - 971 b.c.e., the Bnai Yisroel were subject to the rule of the Pilishtim. In the year 2810 - 951, Shimshon became the Judge - Shofet of the nation and served his people as both their greatest Tzadik and greatest warrior. This week's Haftorah tells the story of Manoach and his wife, the parents of Shimshon (Shoftim Cap. 13).

Manoach's wife was barren, and in response to her Tefilos, Hashem sent an Angel, disguised as a man, to tell Manoach's wife of her impending pregnancy. The child would have to be a Nazir from the moment of his conception, and he would grow up to save the Jews from their enemies.

Manoach requested from Hashem that the "man" appear a second time, and the Angel appeared a second time. The same instructions were repeated to both Manoach and his wife, after which Manoach invited the "man" to join them for a meal. The "man" refused the invitation but suggested to Manoach that he offer a Korban to Hashem. Manoach did so, and as the flame rose to consume the offering, the "man" entered the flames and disappeared. Manoach and his wife then realized that the "man" was really an Angel, and understood the divine significance of their, yet to be born, child.

The connection to our Parsha is the fact that Shimshon was to be a Nazir. The commentaries explain that in contrast to the laws of the Sotah - the accused adulteress, it was the merit of Manoach's wife which brought about the birth of Shimshon.

Shimshon is among the most difficult figures in Jewish history to understand. For a comprehensive presentation and explanation see, "Samson's Struggle", by Rabbi Gershon Weiss.


View all Haftorah Summaries

Subscribe to Haftorah-Summary and receive this weekly class via e-mail.


Haftorah Summary by Rabbi Aron Tendler


 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON PESACH AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Providing for the Needy
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

The Sandwich of the Future
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5769

The Sound of Silence
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

> Chased by the Taste
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Pesach
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Urchatz, Karpas, Yachatz
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

ArtScroll

In the Heart of “This Night”
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Sefiras HaOmer and Rabbi Akiva
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Lag B'Omer & The Big Picture
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Pesach: The Obligation of Profound Appreciation
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

Passover Never Passes Over
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5762

Father-on-Loan
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Matzah and Maror - Worthy Mechutanim
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

A Ritual Memory Transfer
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760

A New Outlook
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5763

Taking It Personally
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information