Sunday, August 23, 2015

Be Consoled the Happy Ending is Near

There are seven weeks from Tishe B’Av to Rosh Hashanah. Those seven weeks are called the time of consolation, a time when Hashem tells us that even though events in the world may be looking scary with great uncertainty for the future, be consoled that the time of exile is coming to an end and the redemption is imminent. The consolation comes with the Haftarah for each of these seven weeks.

This year the messages are so clear and timely that we truly can feel good about what is coming up in the very near future. The Haftarah for Shoftim that we read yesterday is very indicative of this feeling of consolation. Here is the summary from the Artscroll Chumash:

.•• Haftaras Shoftim Isaiah 51:12 – 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 the Messiah can come at any moment; and if so, while pondering the causes of exile and pain, we must always remember that G-d declares to us constantly, "It is I, I am He Who comforts you." The day will yet come when Israel will hear G-d 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 G-d 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 G-d is close at hand, longing for us to let Him bring the herald to proclaim, "Peace!" "Good!" "Salvation!"
We can feel confident that these prophecies of the seven weeks are happening and being fulfilled now.

"Peace!" "Good!" "Salvation!" are closer than we think.  B”H


  1. Baruch Hashem!
    And thanks, Rav.

  2. Hello!!!

    B'H!!! \o/

    Moshiach Now!!! :)

    Shavua tov and kol tuv Menachem!!!

    Luiz Felipe - S. P. - Brazil

  3. yo it's me rick, i read your blog, thanks,


  4. This time of the year is always challenging in israel especially because of the intensity of the sun. Will there ever be a time when hashem will bring rain in the summer?

    1. Rain in Israel is a real blessing, but is completely controlled by Hashem. The rainy season, about 4 months in the winter and early spring, is the time we build up our supply of water for the year. If we get rain during the other months when planting and harvesting occurs, it may not be a blessing, but a detriment. Hashem takes very good care of us and therefore gives us what we need, when we need it.

      Will this change in any way after Moshiach is announced? I don't know completely, since we will have many more mouths to feed. But, I am positive Hashem has it all planned for the best.