Note: This schedule is taken from Chok l’Yisrael. =20
Because I don’t have an accessible copy of this work, I’m not exactly =
sure how the readings for Nevi’im (the Prophets, or the second portion =
of the Tanach), and the Ketuvim (the Writings, or the third portion of =
the Tanach) play out during the week. =20
All I have access to is a weekly schedule, so I’ll try to aportion these =
the best way I know how. =20
Yechezkal (Ezekiel) Chapter 9
1. Then He called into my ears with a loud voice, saying, “Bring near =
those appointed over the city, and each one his weapon of destruction in =
Bring near those appointed over the city Bring near the appointees whom =
I appointed to destroy the city.
2. And behold six men coming from the way of the upper gate, which is =
turned northward; each man has his sledgehammer in his hand, and one man =
clothed in linen with a scribe’s tablet on his loins, and they came and =
stood beside the copper altar.
six men Our Rabbis explained them in Tractate Shabbath (55a) as Anger, =
Wrath, Fury, Destroyer, Breaker, Annihilator.
his sledgehammer Heb. =D7=9E=D6=B7=D7=A4=D6=BC=D6=B7=D7=A6=D7=95 =
=D6=B9=D7=9B=D6=BC=D6=B0=D7=9C=D6=B4=D7=99, which smashes everything, as =
in (Ps. 137:9): =E2=80=9Cand dash =
(=D7=95=D6=B0=D7=A0=D6=B4=D7=A4=D6=BC=D6=B5=D7=A5) your =
with a scribe=E2=80=99s tablet [Synonymous with] =
=D7=A4=D6=BC=D6=B4=D7=A0=D6=B0=D7=A7=D6=B7=D7=A1. These are wax-covered =
tablets upon which they engrave with a stylus.
beside the copper altar This was the stone altar erected by Solomon =
instead of the copper altar that Moses had made in the desert.
3. And the glory of the God of Israel lifted itself from upon the cherub =
upon which it had been, to the threshold of the House, and He called to =
clothed in linen, upon whose loins was the scribe’s tablet.
from upon the cherub which was on the Ark cover, for the Shechinah had =
been resting there until then, and it began to withdraw and to go =
by little in ten steps, and this is the first stepfrom the cherub to the =
threshold of the Holy of Holies.
4. And the Lord said to him, “Pass through the midst of the city, =
through the midst of Jerusalem, and you shall mark a sign upon the =
foreheads of the men
who are sighing and moaning over all the abominations that were done in =
and you shall mark a sign You shall mark a sign on the foreheads of the =
righteous men in order to be for a sign that the destroyers should not =
5. And to these, He said in my ears, “Pass through the city after him =
and smite; let your eye spare not and have no pity.
And to these, He said in my ears To these six destroyers.
6. Old man, young man, and maiden, young children and women, you shall =
slay utterly, but to any man upon whom there is the mark you shall not =
and you shall commence from My sanctuary.” So they commenced from the =
old men who were before the House.
and you shall commence from My sanctuary From those standing before My =
sanctuary. Our Rabbis said: Do not read =
=BC=D7=81=D6=B4=D7=99, and from My sanctuary,
=BC=D7=81=D6=B7=D7=99, and from My sanctified ones, from those =
sanctified to Me. They are the ones marked with the sign, whom He had =
warned [them] not to
hurt. [Now] He reneged and commanded [the angels] to destroy [even] them =
because the Divine standard of justice contended before Him, =
=E2=80=9CWhy are these different
from those? Is it not so that they did not protest?=E2=80=9D As is =
stated in Tractate Shabbath (55a).
7. And He said to them, “Defile the House and fill the courts with the =
slain [and] go out,” and they went out and smote in the city.
8. And it came about when they smote, that I remained, and I fell on my =
face and cried out, and I said, “Alas, O Lord God, are You destroying =
remnant of Israel when You pour out Your fury on Jerusalem?”
that I remained Heb. =
and I remained.
9. And He said to me, “The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is =
exceedingly great, and the land has become full of bloodshed, and the =
city has become
full of perversion, for they said, ‘The Lord has forsaken the earth, and =
the Lord does not see.’
full of perversion Crooked judgments.
10. I too-My eye will not spare, neither will I have pity; I have placed =
their way on their head.”
11. And behold, the man clothed in linen, on whose loins was the tablet, =
replied with a word, saying, “I have done according to all that You have =