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Dr. Shawn Zelig Aster

Dr. Shawn Zelig Aster

Dr. Shawn Zelig Aster is an assistant professor of Bible at Yeshiva University and has written several articles for myjewishlearning.com.

Isaiah – Chapter 4

April 22, 2012, by

Our last chapter ended that many men would die in battle. So many would die that seven widows would each ask a man to marry them. They did not really need the support of a husband, but they needed to be at least nominally married so that they would not be molested by the Babylonian […]

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Isaiah – Chapter 3

April 21, 2012, by

In this chapter, Isaiah speaks not of the Messianic era, but to people of his own generation. G-d is removing the supports from Judah and Jerusalem – soldiers and warriors, judges, prophets and elders. Instead, young and inexperienced people will lead, as will those who mock. People will be oppressed; young people will be disrespectful […]

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Isaiah – Chapter 2

April 20, 2012, by

After his “chazon” – the harsh prophecy of chapter 1 – Isaiah now has a “davar” – a “word” of consolation. At the “end of days,” after the wicked are destroyed, G-d’s House will be firmly established. All the nations will flock to Him, turning their instruments of war into farming implements. Isaiah speaks to […]

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Isaiah – Chapter 1

April 19, 2012, by

Isaiah (Yeshayahu) was the son of Amotz, who was the brother of Amatziah, then king of Judah (Megillah 10b). He prophesied to the nation of Judah and its capital, Jerusalem. This prophecy is called a vision (“chazon”), which denotes a harsh form of prophecy. In this chapter, Isaiah calls upon the heavens and earth to […]

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