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This week’s Haftorah portion, Vayigash, from Genesis, the first book of the Hebrew Bible

VAYIGASH (Ezekiel 37:15-28)

37:15 “Then God’s word came to me, saying:

16 “And you, son of man, take a (piece of) wood and write on it, ‘For Yehudah and his fellow Israelites,’ and take another stick and write on it, ‘For Yosef — a stick for (his son) Efrayim and (the other tribes) the whole house of Israel with him.'”

17 “Bring them close to one another, so they (resemble one stick and they will (miraculously) join in your hands to be one.”

18 “When your people say to you, ‘Tell us what these mean to you’

19 “Say to them, Almighty God says, ‘Observe! I am taking the stick of Yosef which is in Efrayim’s hand, and the tribes of Israel with him, and I am placing the stick of Yehudah on it. I will make them one stick, and they will join in My hand.'”

20. “The sticks on which you have written should be (in your hands) before their eyes.”

21 “(While you are holding the sticks) tell them, ‘This is what Almighty God said: “I will take the Jews from among the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from (all) around and bring them to their Land.'”

22 “I will make them one nation in the Land, in the hills of Israel, and all of them will have one king.”

23 “They will no longer be two nations (of Yehudah and the other tribes) and they will no longer be divided into two kingdoms. They will no longer be defiled by their idols their abominations and all their sins. I will save them (from where they are lost) in all the communities where they sinned, and I will purify them (from their sins). They will be My people (who believe in Me and observe My mitzvots (commandments) and I will be their God to save them and help them.”

24 “My servant Mashiach, (The Jewish Messiah), a descendant of David, will be king over them and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow My laws and guard My statutes in their hearts and fulfill them.”

25 “They will settle in the land that I gave to My servant Ya’akov, the Land where their ancestors lived. They and their children and their grandchildren will live there forever, and David my servant will be their leader forever.”

26 “I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it will be an eternal covenant with them. I will establish them (there forever) and cause them to multiply, and I will place My Sanctuary among them (so it stands)”

27 “My Devine presence will be among them. I will be their God to help them and save them, and they will be My people to believe in me and keep my mitzvos.”

28 “The nations will know that I am God, Who sanctifies Israel, since My Sanctuary will be among them forever.”

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