The Haftarah that we read yesterday for Parashat Shoftim is once again encouraging and very timely. Read the Artscroll commentary on the Haftarah:
Haftaras Shoftim – Isaiah 51:12 to 52:12
The prophet alternates between vivid descriptions of suffering and lyrical evocations of joy and fulfillment for this is a microcosm of Israel's history: no matter how dire the situation, hope is always at hand. Indeed, it is a principle of Israel's faith that Messiah can come at any moment, and if so, while pondering the causes of exile and pain, we must always remember that Hashem declares to us constantly, "It is I, I am He Who comforts you ." The day will yet come when Israel will hear Hashem calling out joyously to Jerusalem, "Wake up! Wake up! Don your strength, O Zion, don the garments of your splendor, O Jerusalem ..... Exile is most painful when there Is no tomorrow, but not when we take to heart that Hashem remembers us and longs for our return. Prophecies such as these have firmed Jews when their enemies tried to break them. Israel's national existence has always been brightened by the knowledge that Hashem is close at hand, longing for us to let Him bring the herald to proclaim, "Peace!" "Good!" "Salvation!"This is a continuation of the seven Haftarahs of consolation that are read between Tisha B’Av and Rosh Hashanah. They are all with very positive messages that seem more appropriate this year than ever. Thank you Hashem.
The year, 5776 appears three times in these verses
Elul appears three times in these verses with low skip rates. Verse 52:7 is the verse where the herald proclaims, "Peace!" "Good!" "Salvation!" Elul is found in that verse with a significant skip rate of 3.
Nibiru stretches across the verses once.