Nachamu, Nachamu Ami- Take Comfort, my People. These are the words of Isaiah (40:1) after the destruction of the Temple and the words of the Haftarah this week.
Shabbat Nachamu is the Shabbat that follows Tisha b’Av.
Enjoy the music of the Maccabeats as they set these beautiful words to music.
This is Shabbat Nachamu, the Shabbat of Comfort. It is hard to take comfort now. It is not the external threats but the threats from within that are the most dangerous, the most discomforting. This has been a week of pain where Jews perpetrated horrible unconscionable acts of violence. We are all hostages of this perversion of Judaism. This Shabbat Nachamu let us struggle with the reasons why such atrocities can exist and what we can do to change this.
As I wish everyone Shabbat Shalom I also wish refuah shlemah to the survivors and deepest condolences to the families of the slain.