Haftarot for the Three Weeks

July 25, 2014

Every week, Jody Hirsh, the JCC's Judaic Education Director, provides a Judaic message that is featured at the top of the JCC's weekly email newsletter. Below is the Shabbat message for Friday, July 25, 2014.

Haftarot for the Three Weeks

During the “Three Weeks” which commemorate the siege and the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans 2000 years ago, there are special “Haftarah” readings. (A haftarah is a supplementary reading from the Prophets following the Shabbat Torah Reading.) The first two of these readings are from the Book of Jeremiah which predict the destruction of the Temple (Jeremiah was a witness of the destruction), and the third from the prophet Isaiah (who lived after the destruction). It is ironic that there are no joyful holidays in the summer – just these days of mourning in the heat of the season. The summer, of course, is a time for Jewish summer camps . . . and although it’s difficult to sustain the mournful nature of these traditional days, many Jewish camps observe at least the 9th of Av as a day to contemplate the tragedies of Jewish History.

The Jeremiah Tapestry at Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Shabbat Shalom