Israel Forever

For the week ending 12 August 2006 / 18 Av 5766

Comfort for My People

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
Comfort follows tragedy.

After three weeks in which the haftarot read in the synagogue on Shabbat spoke of the tragedies which the prophet warned would befall the people of Israel as a consequence of their sins, we are provided with the consoling Divine words of“Be comforted, my people.”

Not just that one haftara on Shabbat Nachamu following the fast of Tisha B’Av but seven entire weeks of comforting prophecies.

What a wonderful message for Jews in Israel during the difficult days of war against vicious terrorists wreaking death and destruction. The sweet words of comfort that the prophet says in the name of G-d communicate the message that the suffering that preceded them was the therapy of a loving father who wishes to direct his children on the path that will lead them to fulfillment of their mission in life.

May we merit to soon hear those words of comfort for our current suffering, and see Israel in peace and security forever.

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