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Isaiah – Chapter 64
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Like fire, which makes things boil and melt, G-d will make His Name known to the nations, who will tremble before Him. G-d performed wonders for the Jews, which we didn’t deserve. When He descended on Mt. Sinai, mountains melted away. No one ever heard of deeds like G-d did for Israel and no one […]
Isaiah – Chapter 63
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Someone is coming from Edom, which is Rome, wearing clothes soiled in battle, and from Batzra girded in strength. It’s G-d, Who said previously (34:5) that He would personally take care of Edom. Why are His clothes red? From “treading the wine press” of Edom by Himself. The day of vengeance was in G-d’s heart […]
Isaiah – Chapter 62
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G-d says that for the sake of Israel and Jerusalem, He will not be silent and He will not “rest” until their righteousness and salvation burn brightly. Nations will see Israel’s righteousness and they will be called by a new name, which G-d will designate. (Radak says Hephzibah – “My desire is in her” – […]
Isaiah – Chapter 61
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Isaiah relates that all the good things he has foretold are from G-d, Who placed His spirit on Isaiah in order to deliver His message. Isaiah’s mission is to announce freedom from the captivity. He declares a year of redemption and a day of vengeance (Radak says this refers to Gog and Magog). The mourners […]
Isaiah – Chapter 60
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Isaiah tells Jerusalem to arise, for their light has come. Darkness will cover the Earth, but they alone will have light. The other nations will follow their light to G-d. Isaiah says to look around and see the crowds who have gathered – either referring to the people of other nations from the previous verse […]
Isaiah – Chapter 59
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Isaiah tells us that G-d’s “hand” is not incapable of saving us, nor is His “ear” incapable of hearing us. It is our sins that keep Him from doing so! The people’s hands are full of sin and their mouths speak falsehoods. Prayers are insincere, court judgments are biased and injustices multiply. Isaiah likens things […]
Isaiah – Chapter 58
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G-d tells Isaiah to call out to the people of his generation, like a shofar, informing them of their sins. They seek G-d with their words, but not with their deeds. They ask to know G-d’s will, but they do not intend to fulfill it. The people complain that they pray and fast, yet G-d […]
Isaiah – Chapter 57
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Isaiah says that a righteous person – Rashi says like King Yoshiyahu – has perished, but nobody cares. Nobody understands that the righteous are being taken away because of the evil that is to come. It’s better for the righteous to sleep with their ancestors than to witness the tragedies to come. Those remaining should […]
Isaiah – Chapter 56
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G-d says to keep justice and to act charitably because His salvation is near and His righteousness will be revealed. Happy is the person who holds tight to Shabbos, being careful not to profane it. Let no convert think that G-d will keep him separate from the rest of the nation and let no eunuch […]
Isaiah – Chapter 55
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Isaiah tells all who are thirsty to go to the water and all those with no money to go buy food – it will not be an impediment. (As in many places, the food and drink are a metaphor for Torah.) Why should you work and pay for no food? Listen to G-d and eat […]