Aug 18, 2022
Ekev | VaTomer Tzion Azavani Hashem: The Second Stage of Consolation, by Rav Yitzchak Etshalom
Why do we skip from Yeshaya 40 to ch. 49 for this second Haftara of consolation?
The seven Shabbatot between Tish'a b'Av and Rosh Hashana are marked by a universally practiced custom of reading consolation passages from the latter half of the book of Yeshaya. Why were these passages selected and why in the order in which they are read? Who is the prophetic voice behind these messages and what was his goal? We explore these questions in this 7-part series, as we study the text of each of these haftarot of נחמה.