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A commentary on the haftarah for Shabbat Chazon
This Shabbat is called Shabbat Chazon (Shabbat of Vision), named for the haftorah, the vision of Isaiah. The Torah reading starts with a rebuke of the Jewish people, Moses lectures them on many of their failings. It ends, however, on a positive note. Mose...
A commentary on the haftarah for Shabbat Chazon
We always read the portion of Devarim on the Shabbat before 9 Av. For the haftorah, we read Chazon Yeshayahu (Vision of Isaiah), which gives this Shabbat its name: Shabbat Chazon. When Shabbat Chazon coincides with 9 Av, the fast is pushed to Sunday. When...
We live in this world and must learn to adapt to it. Only through playing by its rules can we be successful.
After Napoleon conquered the city of Acre in northern Israel, he walked through the streets of the ancient seaport. Suddenly, his attention was caught by a group of people wailing bitterly. Incensed at the thought that perhaps they were mourning because o...
There are few more blazing passages in the whole of religious literature than the first chapter of the book of Isaiah, the great “vision,” chazon, that gives its name to the Shabbat before Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish year. It is more than gr...
When does one learn to adjust one’s expectations and recognize that that dreams are . . . just dreams?
I don’t know if the communists or Madison Avenue ever perfected the art of subliminal suggestion, but I am sure that G‑d has the requisite skills to pull it off . . .
On the Shabbat before the Ninth of Av, we are granted a vision of the third Temple. But what is the point of this vision, if we do not experience it consciously? And what exactly is it that we see?
Imagine if everyone saw you as you really are, as you see yourself. And you looked at everyone else and saw them as they see themselves. Our world would be a very different place, wouldn't it?
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