Kimberly (15 Feb 2012)
"Correction and Addition to post re: Ecclesiastes, Esther and Daniel"


 
Hello,

Re: my post on Jan. 10
http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/feb2012/kimberly210-2.htm

I re-read my post and discovered a mistake in this paragraph in the first sentence. Where I have shown the dates in "bold", this should be March 3 thru 8, not 3 thru 14.

Please note that Ecclesiastes is framed by two sets of verses:  1:1-11 (1111 that so many including myself have seen) and 12:9-14 (12th month on the Jewish calendar (Adar)) and days 9-14 (March 3 thru 14)???  March 3rd is Sabbath Zachor (sabbath before Purim). Israeli PM Benjamin will be in the U.S. for AIPAC on March 4-6.
March 7th is The Fast of Esther (Ta'anit Ester) is a Jewish fast from dawn until dusk on Purim eve, commemorating the three-day fast observed by the Jewish people in the story of Purim. March 8 is Purim.  Nisan is the 1st month. Day 1 of Nisan (March 24th) is a Sabbath.  Nisan 8 (March 31st) is Shabbat HaGadol. Shabbat HaGadol ("Great Shabbat") is the Shabbat immediately before Passover. There is a special Haftarah reading on this Shabbat of the book of Malachi. Nisan 11 (April 3) is a Tuesday.

I did some checking and found that the scripture read on Shabbat HaGadol in the book of Malachi is 4:5.  This can be found at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Shabbat#Shabbat_HaGadol

Malachi 4
1For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. 4Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Also, in the article I found that Ecclesiates (Qoheleth) is read in it's entirety on the Shabbat during Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).

The book of Esther is read twice during Purim.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Esther

The book of Daniel is considered historical in nature by the Jews and it is classified in the Ketuvim (writings).  Christian Jews do recognize that it is a prophetic book. I have been unable to find where it is included in the traditional torah readings. More on Ketuvim can be found at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketuvim