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Yechezchial/Ezekiel  36:16 - 38

Chapter 36

16 The word of Hashem came to me, saying:  17 Ben Adam, the House of Israel dwell on their land and contaminate it, by their way and by their actions. Like the contamination of a menstruous woman was their way before Me  18 So I poured My anger upon them because of the blood that they poured upon the earth — and they defiled it with their idols —   19 so I scattered them among the nations and they were dispersed among the lands. According to their ways and their doings did I judge them;  20 and they came to the nations to which they came, and they desecrated My holy Name when it was said of them, "These are Hashem's people, but they departed His land";  21 but I pitied My holy Name that the House of Israel desecrated among the nations to which they came.

22 Therefore say to the House of Israel - "Thus says my Lord Hashem/Elohim - Not for your sake do I act, O House of Israel, but for My holy Name that you have desecrated among the nations to which you came.  23 And I will sanctify My great Name that was desecrated among the nations, that you desecrated among them. Then the nations shall know that I am Hashem — the words of my Lord Hashem/Elohim — when I become sanctified through you in their sight;  24 and I shall take you from the nations and gather you in from all the countries, and I shall bring you to your Land;  25 and I shall sprinkle pure water upon you, that you be cleansed. From all your contamination and from all your filth I will cleanse you;  26 and I shall give you a new heart, and a new spirit shall I put within you; I shall remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh;  27 and My spirit shall I put within you, and I shall cause you to go by My decrees and guard My laws and perform them;  28 and you shall dwell in the land that I gave your fathers; and you shall be to Me a people and I shall be your God;  29 and I shall save you from all your contaminations, and I shall summon the grain and increase it, and I shall not place famine upon you;  30 and I shall increase the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field so that you no longer accept the shame of hunger among the nations.  31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your doings that were not good, and you shall loathe yourselves in your own sight because of your sins and your abominations.  32 Not for your sake do I act — the words of my Lord Hashem/Elohim — let it be known to you. Be ashamed and humiliated because of your ways, O House of Israel.

33 Thus says my Lord Hashem/Elohim - On the day when I cleanse you from all your sins, and cause the cities to be inhabited and the ruins to be built;  34 and the desolated land to be tilled instead of being desolate in the eyes of every passerby;  35 then they shall say, "This very land that was desolate has become a Garden of Eden; and the cities that were destroyed and were desolate and ruined shall be fortified — inhabited!"  36 And the nations that will remain around you will know that I am Hashem. I will have rebuilt the ruins, replanted the wasteland. I, Hashem, have spoken and acted.

~ Sephardim and Chabad Chassidim conclude the Haftarah here. Ashkenazim continue. ~

37 Thus says my Lord Hashem/Elohim - Furthermore I will make Myself accessible to the House of Israel to act for them. I shall increase them — the men — like sheep.  38 Like the sheep for Divine service, like the sheep of Jerusalem on her festivals, so shall the destroyed cities be filled by sheep-men — and they shall know that I am Hashem.


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