Summary of The Haftorah:
Yishaya 6 - 7
This week's Haftorah is from Yishaya 6 and 7. Continuing the theme of
Revelation, the Haftorah recounts the famed vision known as Maaseh Hamerkavah
- the vision of Hashem as He sits upon His throne surrounded by various angels
singing His praises.
Yishaya prophesied during the reign of Achaz, the King of Yehudah. This
vision is repeated in greater detail in Yechezkel, and is usually associated
with Yechezkel, rather than Yishaya. However, in this awesome vision, Yishaya
is told of the eventual destruction of Yerushalayim. He is sent to relate this
prophecy to the new King Achaz, who would prove to be an evil and wicked
The concluding prophecy is far more optimistic than the beginning one.
Achaz is told not to fear the coming war with Aram and Israel. In the merit of
his, yet to be born son, Chizkiyahu, their alliance would fail. Chizkiyahu
would eventually be crowned as "The Prince of Peace," and return the Jewish
people to an unprecedented devotion and commitment to Torah scholarship and
observance. Unfortunately, the Jewish People would return to their evil ways
and Yerushalayim would be destroyed.