This week, the special haftara is from the beginning of the Book of Yirmiyahu. In order to understand the sefer better, one should realize that which we suggested in the past – that the sefer was written twice, as we shall explain. Yirmiyahu was written in two periods of time, one after the other, following a traumatic event.
The corruption that had infected Uzziyah’s government would lead to a terrible crisis. Officers took advantage of their power, and judges rendered unfair judgment - “They judge not the fatherless, neither does the cause of the widow come unto them.”
Manasseh is not explicitly mentioned in the book of Isaiah. It would appear, however, that chapters forty to sixty-six of Isaiah represent the period of his reign. We shall try to understand why most of the comfort prophecies are in these chapters.
Most of us are familiar with the episode of Naboth's Vineyard or Elijah's dispute with the prophets of Baal. What is less known, however, is the background to the dramatic occasion in which Elijah decreed the stoppage of rain in the days of Ahab.
We find that it was precisely the attempt to cause David to sin which had a part in causing him to become reawakened and rejuvenated; in David's choosing Shelomo to succeed him as king there is a dimension of rectification of his transgression.
Our generation again faces many of the same questions that our distant ancestors faced. This is a very significant fact, and the meaning of many Torah passages are being revealed to ours, the generation of the "first flowering of redemption."