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Seven of Consolation

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The Shabbat after the Ninth of Av is called Shabbat Nachamu ("Shabbat of Consolation") after the opening words of the day's reading from the prophets ("haftara"). This is the first of the series of readings known as "The Seven of Consolation" read in the ...
When you’re feeling sad, do you go to your father or to your mother? Is it transcendence that you seek, or the solacing embrace that assures us that nothing is meaningless, that everything we are and feel can be borne, inhabited and redeemed?
The way our calendar is set up, Parshat Vaetchanan is always on Shabbat Nachamu, when we read the first haftarah of consoling.
My wife, Dina, once asked: “When every month you were losing more and more abilities to ALS, you just said, ‘Let’s figure out how to deal with it.’ How come it didn’t seem to faze you?”
For an informed reading of Isaiah 40:1–26
The Shabbat following Tisha B’Av is known as “Shabbat Nachamu.” The name is taken from the opening word of the week’s haftarah.
For the haftarah of Va'etchanan, From the Teachings of the Rebbe
This week’s haftorahIsaiah 40:1-26. is the first of seven consoling the Jewish people. After the Three Weeks of darkness and destruction, G‑d consoles us through the words of His prophet Isaiah. Each week, the consoling grows more and more powerful.Avudra...
The Haftorah of the weekly reading of Vaes’chanan begins with the words, “Comfort, comfort My people, says your G‑d.”Yeshayahu 40:1. The MidrashYalkut Shimoni, Yeshayahu, Remez 445. explains that the word “comfort” appears twice because of the twofold nat...
The cycle of moving from darkness to light is expressed on this Shabbat, the Shabbat after the ninth of Av, the fast which commemorates the destruction of both the first and second Temples in Jerusalem.
Some weeks, the Shabbat is given an additional, unique name, often related to a special haftarah or Torah reading added to that day’s service.
A glimpse into the Rebbe's personal journal, Summer 1941, Vichy.
An excerpt from a Philadelphia event exploring the Rebbe’s personal notebooks in their Holocaust era context.
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