This Shabbat is very special. It is called “Shabbat Nachamu,” the “Shabbat of Comfort.” The Haftorah, (a section of the Book of Prophets tread this week), is from the Book of Isaiah. It begins: “Be comforted, be comforted, my people…” It is always read the Shabbat following Tisha Ba’av when we grieve for the loss of the Holy Temples and the Jewish people’s unity.
The prophet, Isaiah, was quoting G-d, who was consoling the Jewish people in their pain and exile, assuring them that He alone runs the world, and we are never to give up or lose hope.
How fitting for our times. Many of us feel a loss of control, with many fears not only lurking at our doors but inside our very homes.
Many years ago, when I had begun my Jewish journey as a young adult, I questioned and grappled with the existence of G-d. After researching, exploring, and empowering myself with knowledge, I came to the conclusion that indeed there was a Creator who ran the world.
I was so relieved that I didn’t have to run it anymore.
During these historic times that we are living through together, I ask you to stop, breathe, and remember that none of us run the world, and this is the perfect time to put your troubles in the Hands of G-d. And always remember that the Jewish people have been through far worse, and have survived to come out to rebuild even stronger.
Nachamu, nachamu…may you be comforted.