The weekly Parsha – Parshas Va’eschanan – Shabbat Nachamu

The Shabbat is Shabbat Nachamu, Sabbath of rejoicing. We are hopeful that G-d will console us for the destruction of the Holy Temple and Jerusalem. The Haftora portion for this week and the next six weeks reflects this theme of consolation.

This Shabbat is known by the special name of “Shabbat Nachamu” because we read the Haftora portion which begins, “Nachamu, nachamu ami – Console, console My people.”

Our Sages have taught that it is significant that there are seven Haftora portions of consolation. The first consolers are the tzadikim trying to comfort Jerusalem upon her loss. But she will not be comforted. The second, is the patriarch Abraham. Again, the city will not be consoled. Next is Isaac, then Jacob and then Moses. Each time the city will not be consoled. The sixth Haftora is Jerusalem’s plea for consolation and finally, G-d Himself, consoles the Holy City.

According to the Midrash, the reason why the word “console” is repeated twice is that G-d is comforting us for the destruction of the first Holy Temple and also for the second Holy Temple. G-d’s consolation and our comfort lies in the fact that G-d has promised us that there will be a third Holy Temple, greater than the first two. This will take place through Moshiach in the Messianic Era as the Rambam writes: “In the future time, the King Moshiach will arise and renew the Davidic dynasty, restoring it to its initial sovereignty. He will rebuild the Beit HaMikdash and gather in the dispersed remnant of Israel.”

This year may we merit to have the true consolation which G-d has promised us all these years with the coming of Moshiach and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. Moshiach NOW!!!