Haftarah of Parshas Chukas

Sefardi Beit Sefer

BS”D KNOW YOUR BIBLE: Judges Chapters 11-12
Study Notes by Avraham ben Yaakov

JUDGES CHAPTER 11

* * * Judges 11:1-33 is the Haftarah of Parshas Chukas, Leviticus 19:1-22:1 * * *

GOOD INTENTIONS

Like Avimelech, Yiftach (Jepthah) son of Gil’ad, the Tenth Judge of Israel, was also the son of a PILEGESH (concubine). However, despite being rejected by his half-brothers, the sons of Gil’ad’s full wife, Yiftach did not follow the example of his blood-thirsty predecessor Avimelech but instead fled from the more “respectable” members of his family and “dwelled in the land of TOV” (=”good”, ch 11 v. 3). The commentators (Metzudos, RaDaK), explaining PSHAT, the simple, direct meaning of the text, say that Tov was the name of a man, the baron of that region (cf. Ruth 3:13, where Tov may also indicate a man’s name). Yet it is clear that our allusive Bible is here teaching…

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