As last week, the message is so clear and timely that we truly can feel good about what is coming up in the very near future. Haftaras Ki Seitzei that we read yesterday is very indicative of this feeling of consolation. Here is the summary from the Artscroll Chumash:
Haftaras Ki Seitzei, Isaiah 54:1-10
The prophet addresses Jerusalem; the mournful city that was twice left bereft of its children, that sits like a barren woman watching her neighbors fawn over their broods, while for her there is only the agony of knowing that she will never experience the joy of creation and growth. To Mother Jerusalem who is tempted to shrink within her loneliness, G-d says that she should expand her homes and boundaries more and more, for they will be too small to accommodate the hordes of children who will gather to bring her unexpected comfort and gratification. She will be like a wife temporarily banished, only to be recalled again by a loving husband. The grief was painful while it lasted, but in retrospect, it would seem like a brief moment of discomfort fleetingly intruding on a long and fruitful life. G-d's love may be veiled, the prophet declares, but it is sturdier and more enduring than hills and mountains.The Haftarah clearly consoles us that even though Jerusalem has been laid waste and emptied due to exile, we will return and once again flourish in this holy city in the end of days. The good news is it happened already – this is the end. Jerusalem is such a beautiful built-up city with over 800,000 inhabitants. The only things that still need to be done are to rid the city of the non-Jewish population and welcome the third and final Temple.