This week's haftorah is the fifth of a series of seven "Haftarot of
Consolation." These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha b'Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah.
Forsaken Jerusalem is likened to a barren woman devoid of children. G-d
enjoins her to rejoice, for the time will soon come when the Jewish nation will return
and proliferate, repopulating Israel's once desolate cities. The prophet assures the Jewish people that G‑d has not forsaken them.
Although He has momentarily hid His countenance from them, He will gather them
from their exiles with great mercy. The haftorah compares the final
Redemption to the pact G-d made with Noah. Just as G‑d promised to never
bring a flood over the entire earth, so too He will never again be angry at the Jewish people.
"For the mountains may move and the hills might collapse, but My kindness
shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace collapse."