Our Highlighted Haftara Text
The people of Israel in partnership with the Divine source of Light, can usher in the light of redemption.We continue with the sixth and penultimate Sabbath of Consolation (our series of seven special haftarot: ‘shiva d'nechemta’. These seven readings are linked to the calendar, bridging the commemoration of the destruction of the Temple and the exile from Israel. Like for previous weeks, Alkabetz borrowed phrases from this week's haftara in his Shabbat hymn Lecha Dodi: "Kumi ori ... Arise, shine, for your light has dawned..." (60:1).
Clearly our 'light shining' is connected to our redemption. But I think an answer can be found in one more use of the word light in the phrase, ‘Or goyim’. I, Adonai, in My grace, have summoned you, And I have grasped you by the hand. I created you, and appointed you a covenant people, a light of nations— Opening eyes deprived of light, Rescuing prisoners from confinement, From the dungeon those who sit in darkness (Is. 42:6,7). The people of Israel themselves are also a source of light when we act in partnership with the Divine source of Light. Then surely will all enjoy the light of redemption.