Apart from the general introduction to the series, each volume has the Torah text in Hebrew, the Targum in Aramaic, an English translation of the Targum, a page-by-page commentary, an appendix with additional notes, a section of Onkelos highlights and discussion points, and the Hebrew text of the haftarot
with a translation of their Aramaic Targumim.
The Living Torah: The Five Books of Moses and the Haftarot
The fourteen essays cover a history of research (such as an overview of Carta Pecudian Literis), studies in Hebrew fragments (the reconstruction of a Sefer Haftarot
, a Midrash Tanhuma fragment in the Russian State Library, fragments of Josephus, and the ledger of a Jewish pawn broker), and regional projects (Switzerland's medieval Hebrew manuscript, newly found fragments from Bavaria, spines from the book collection of a Yemenite community, and medieval fragments from the Jewish Museum of Vienna).
The first Sephardic title with an artistic frame is a Torah with haftarot
and megillot printed in 1487-48 in Hijar, Aragon by Eliezer ben Abraham Alantansi.
With a heart heavy with shame, I sought solace in this week's haftorah, the sixth of seven haftarot
of consolation, read between Tisha B'Av and Rosh Hashanah.
The Book of Haftarot
For Shabbat, Festivals, and Fast Days
For a helpful discussion see Michael Fishbane, The JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot
(Philadelphia:Jewish Publication Society, 2002), 316.
And it should be noted that not a few of the Haftarot
, the prophetic lections read following the Torah service, make explicit mention of Israel's elect status.
Womanspirit Rising, 174-78; Barbara Ellison Rosenblit, "Psalm 121 and 121F: Reimaging the Guardian of Israel," in Kerem 5 (5757, 1997), 80-1; Lori Lefkovitz, "Hidden Voices: Women's Haftarot
," in Kerem 5 (5757, 1997), 101-5.
Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary and The Torah: A Modern Commentary Revised Edition includes the traditional haftarot
(additional prophetical readings for the synagogue liturgy) and commentaries upon them.
This week's haftorah, the fourth in a series of seven haftarot
of consolation following Tisha B'Av, begins on a strange note.
The JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot
, Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2002.