Prophetic Voices: Renewing and Reimagining Haftarah

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ISBN: 978-0-88123-370-4

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Edited by Rabbi Barbara AB Symons
Foreword by Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

The traditional haftarah cycle, read on Shabbat and holidays during the Torah service, contains a wealth of prophetic wisdom, yet today it is too often forgotten or ignored. Prophetic Voices gives new life to these ancient texts. A diverse group of contributors--including rabbis, cantors, scholars, educators, activists, and poets--provide short commentaries on each haftarah, demonstrating their profound relevance to the present. Moreover, the volume boldly invites us to rethink the haftarah canon. Going beyond the Prophets, it presents alternative readings from Jewish texts biblical to contemporary. New haftarot for each Shabbat and holiday are included, plus haftarot for the Jewish American calendar, from Yom HaShoah to Pride Month to Martin Luther King Day. The readings are enhanced by scholarly essays placing the Prophets in historical context and examining the role of prophecy in Reform Judaism. Prophetic Voices summons us to listen, study, think, and teach--as well as to sing, pray, and march.

Like water in the desert, this anthology offers fresh, new ways to make haftarot not only relevant but essential. For too long many have dreaded haftarah readings because they lacked connection to our lives, but no longer. With Prophetic Voices, I can foresee these texts commanding our full attention as we reclaim and reimagine Jewish life.
-- Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism

What a wonderful resource for cantors and for the entire Jewish community! In a time when we are struggling to bring the meaning of haftarah to our students, Prophetic Voices provides beautiful commentary. By placing the ancient prophets into modern context, the book will be valuable for students, adult learners, and anyone who wants to delve deeper into haftarah.
-- Cantor Claire Franco, President, American Conference of Cantors

Prophetic Voices provides the motivation and the means to delve into the Prophets with a new appreciation for these texts and their potential to enrich the lives of contemporary readers. The book gathers together an eclectic group of authors who offer informative background essays and insightful commentary on the traditional haftarah readings, along with an array of new texts to inspire us and challenge us. I look forward to bringing this terrific volume to services as my Shabbat morning companion.
-- Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, PhD, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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