During the first Shabbos following Tish’ah B’Av, we read the first of the seven special haftaros of n’chamah, giving klal Yisrael comfort after our period of mourning. The haftaros tell of the coming of Mashiach and the rebuilding of the Beis HaMikdash, which gives us hope that although we have suffered a great loss, there will be a time when the mourning comes to an end.

The seven haftaros of consolation are:

  1. VaEschananNachamu, Nachamu, Ami (Comfort, comfort, My people, says your G-d)
  2. EikevVatomer Tzion Azavani Hashem (But Zion says G-d has forsaken me)
  3. R’eiAniyah So’arah Lo Nuchamah (Afflicted one, stormed, tossed, and disconsolate)
  4. Shoftim – Anochi, Anochi, Hu Menachmechem (I am He who comforts you)
  5. Ki SeitzeiRani Akarah Lo Yaladah (Sing, barren one, you who has not given birth)
  6. Ki SavoKumi Ori Ki Va Oreich (Arise, shine, for your light has come)
  7. NitzavimSos Asis (I will greatly rejoice in my G-d)

This week’s haftarah starts with Nachamu, Nachamu, Ami, Yomar Elokeichem – Comfort, comfort, my people, says your G-d. Through his prophecy, Yeshayahu was able to see that Hashem would not only bring back the Jews from exile, but would also rebuild the Holy Temple. It is commonly understood that the double language of “Nachamu, nachamu” is an allusion to the destruction of both the First and the Second Temples and the redemptions that would follow.

Unfortunately, this week, we experienced a tragic loss in our community. Michoel Nisanov, a Yeshiva Ketana alumnus (Class of 2016) was niftar. Hundreds of people from all backgrounds gathered on Tish’ah B’Av for his l’vayah. Anyone who met Michoel remembers his optimism and love for Hashem. He was always so respectful to everyone and was a true tzadik. At his l’vayah, it was mentioned that although he endured so much pain, he never complained and always said, “This is what Hashem wants.” He always had strong emunah and bitachon in Hashem.

In Michoel’s z’chus, let us come together in unity, and love one another in spite of our differences. We are all brothers and sisters from one father. Let’s make our Father proud enough to finally redeem us and be zocheh for Mashiach.

May Michoel’s family find comfort, and may his neshamah have an aliyah. May he be a meilitz yosher for his family and all of klal Yisrael.

List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)


Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.


Yisrael ben Raizel Shoshanah Miriam

Eliyahu ben Rachel

Robert ben Mazal

Yosef Yehudah ben Devorah

David ben Maya

Yosef Meir ben Malkah Charna

Amir ben Azar Avivah

Binyamin Nesanel ben Brachah Tovah

Moshe Reuven ben Sima Taybela

Eliyahu ben Zoya

Eliyahu ben Sophie


Leah bas Michal

Chayah Esther bas Barba

Esther bas Rachel

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Tziporah bas Fruma

Behnaz Chayah bas Yafah

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