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Melachim B/2 Kings  11:17 - 12:17

~ Sephardim and Chabad Chassidim begin the Haftarah here ~
Chapter 11

17 Jehoiada sealed the covenant between Hashem and the king and people, to be a people of Hashem; and between the king and the people.  18 All the people of the land came to the temple of Baal and tore it down, thoroughly smashed its altars and images, and killed Mattan, priest of the Baal, in front of the altars; and the Kohen appointed guards over the House of Hashem.  19 He took the chiefs of the hundreds, the leaders, the runners, and all the people of the land, and they escorted the king down from the House of Hashem. They came by way of the gate of the runners to the royal palace and he sat on the royal throne.

20 The entire people of the land rejoiced and the city was tranquil; and they put Athaliah to death by the sword in the king's house.

~ Ashkenazim begin the Haftarah here ~

Chapter 12

1 Jehoash was seven years old at his coronation.  2 In the seventh year of Jehu's reign Jehoash became king and he reigned for forty years in Jerusalem; his mother's name was Zibiah of Beer Sheba.  3 Jehoash did what was proper in the eyes of Hashem all the days that Jehoiada the Kohen taught him.  4 Only the high altars did he not remove; the people continued to slaughter and burn incense on the high altars.

5 Jehoash said to the Kohanim, "All the money for the holy things that is brought to the House of Hashem — the money of those who pass through [the annual half-shekel contribution], every man's money for his personal valuation — any money that a man's heart may move him to bring to the House of Hashem,  6 let every one of the Kohanim accept, each from his acquaintance, and let them fortify the repair of the House, wherever repair is found to be needed."

7 It was in the twenty-third year of King Jehoash that the Kohanim did not fortify the repair of the House.  8 King Jehoash summoned Jehoiada the Kohen and the Kohanim and said to them, "Why are you not fortifying the repair of the House? From now on, do not accept money from your acquaintances, rather give it for the repair of the House."

9 The Kohanim agreed not to accept money from the people and not to [personally] fortify the repair of the House.

10 Jehoiada the Kohen took a chest, bored a hole in its lid and placed it at the right side of the Altar as one comes into the House of Hashem, and the Kohanim who were overseers of the threshold put into it all the money brought to the House of Hashem.  11 When they saw that much money had accumulated in the chest, the royal scribe and Kohen Gadol came up, and they bagged and counted the money that was found in the House of Hashem.  12 They gave the counted money into the charge of the workmen who were appointed to the House of Hashem, and they expended it for the carpenters and the builders who worked in the House of Hashem,  13 and to the masons and the stonecutters, to purchase lumber and cut stone to fortify the repair of the House, and for everything that was spent to fortify the House.  14 But silver jugs, musical instruments, basins, trumpets, or any gold or silver utensils were not made with the money that was brought to the House of HASHEM.  15 Rather they would give it to the work men, and with it they would fortify the House of HASHEM.  16 They did not make an accounting with the men into whose charge they give the money to expend for the workmen, for they acted with integrity.

17 The leftover money for guilt- or sin-offerings was not brought to the House of HASHEM; it was left with the Kohanim.

 


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