Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Summary of The Haftorah:

Haftorah Devarim
Isaiah 1:1 - 1:27

The Third Haftorah

The Shabbos preceding Tisha B'Av receives its name, "Chazon", from the opening verse of the Haftorah. Starting with the words "Chazon Yishayahu - A vision of Isaiah", we fearfully hear the echo of the Prophet as he decries Israel's betrayal of G-d. (1:11-15) Boundless selfishness, greed, misuse of power by those in authority, and oppression of the defenseless widow and orphan is why the Navi characterizes the people as "the lords of Sodom and the people of Gemorah." (1:10)

Hearing Yishayahu's indictment of the people, one would think that the end was near. In truth, Yishayahu began to prophesies in 3142 (619 b.c.e.) and the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed in 3338 (423 b.c.e); 196 years before the end! Clearly, the Navi's intent was to effect change in hope of averting the destruction. If so, our reason for mourning on Tisha B'Av must be better defined.

"The Jew does not mourn that thousand of years ago the Temple was destroyed, but that it had to be destroyed. Not over the destruction, but over the causes of its destruction". (S.R.Hirsch)

If only the people would have heeded the cry of the Navi! If only they could have foreseen with the clarity of a prophet's vision what it means for G-d to "draw back his protecting hand" (1:25) from Israel! Shabbas Chazon transports us back in time. We stand in the shadow of the Beis Hamikdash. We hear the word of G-d as the Navi beseeches His children to do Teshuva. Will we listen? Would we listen?


View all Haftorah Summaries

Subscribe to Haftorah-Summary and receive this weekly class via e-mail.


Haftorah Summary by Rabbi Aron Tendler


 

ARTICLES ON KI SAVO AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Plotting Our Course for the Coming Year
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5761

Shofar: The Court Summons
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

Shofar: Shock Treatment
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

That Ancient Memory
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Parshat Ki Tavo
Shlomo Katz - 5764

A Person Must Find Pleasure In Mitzvos
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

ArtScroll

The Reward of a Mitzvah
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

Open Your Eyes
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

The Gift of Time
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

> Encouraging News Before Rosh Hashana
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Bikurim: Cultivating Our Connoisseurship
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

You Gotta Believe (in Yourself)!
Shlomo Katz - 5774

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Effects of Our Enemies
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5755

Q & A Regarding Rosh HaShana
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

The Kohain Connection
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

The Root Of Unhappiness
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information