18 October 2012

Redemption is a Promise


2 Cheshvan 5773

"...and though he tarry, I will wait daily for his coming."

Every day carries the possibility for redemption and that's why every parsha alludes to it in some way. The haftorah of Parshat Noach speaks of it specifically:

Noach Haftorah in a Nutshell  (Isaiah 54:1-10)
Forsaken Jerusalem is likened to a barren woman devoid of children. G-d enjoins her to rejoice, for the time will soon come when the Jewish nation will return and proliferate, repopulating Israel's once desolate cities. The prophet assures the Jewish people that G‑d has not forsaken them. Although He has momentarily hid His countenance from them, He will gather them from their exiles with great mercy. The haftorah compares the final Redemption to the pact G-d made with Noah in this week's Torah reading. Just as G‑d promised to never bring a flood over the entire earth, so too He will never again be angry at the Jewish people.
"For the mountains may move and the hills might collapse, but My kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace collapse."