תלתא דפורענותא

We are in the middle of the תלתא דפורענותא, the three Haftarot of rebuke that are read during the Three Weeks. The first two Haftarot come from the Book of ירמיהו and this coming Shabbat is called שבת חזון from the Book of ישעיהו.

If we look at some of the words of the prophet, we get an idea of the extent of the rebuke. Jeremiah speaks in the name of Hashem. He wonders how it was possible for עם ישראל to distance themselves from Him. How could they forsake the G-d who took them out of Egypt and led them into the wilderness. How could they have defiled the beautiful land that they were promised. They distanced themselves and pursued futility and became futile.

These words are so appropriate today. We mourn the destruction of our two holy Temples and so many of our people have become so distant from Judaism and Jewish values. All of the foreign ideas and lifestyles that have no resemblance to Judaism at all, are a result of the destruction of the Temples and our going into exile.

The end of איכה says it all. השיבנו ה׳ אליך ונשובה חדש עלינו כקדם, “Bring us back to You Hashem, and we shall return, renew our days as of old.”