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Like Sodom

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The strong words in the prophecy of Isaiah, son of Amoz, which include the harshest phrases ever to be used against the Children of Israel in the entire Bible, reach the peak of their sting when the prophet compares the nation of Israel to Sodom and Gomorrah: “If the G-d of Hosts had not left us a tiny remnant, we ... Read More »

The Essence of Existence

The Prophet Isaiah turns to the community of Israel with consolation: “Be happy, barren woman who did not give birth” [54:1]. Who is this person to whom the prophet turns? Is there a personality that stands alone, which has a dialogue with the Creator? The answer is that it is the entire nation, throughout all the generations, which is viewed ... Read More »

An Eternal Covenant

This week’s Haftarah describes the stages of the consolation of Zion in a very clear way (Isaiah 54:11-55:5). Zion is depicted as a poor woman with a tempestuous soul who will not be consoled until all the goals of redemption have been achieved. The consolation takes place gradually, corresponding in a remarkable way to the events of our era: – ... Read More »

Don’t Be Afraid

What is the meaning of the double consolation in the opening verse of the Haftarah, “Be consoled, be consoled, My nation” [Isaiah 40:1]? It is true that Zion “has been given double for all her sins” [40:2], and therefore it is due for double consolation. But what does this mean? It would seem that the answer to this question can ... Read More »