Shabbat Nachamu is the first of the seven weeks following Tisha B’Av and leading up to Rosh Hashana during which we read the haftorahs that speak of Israel on the rebound. The prophet Isaiah (Yeshayahu) promises the Jewish people that calamity will be followed by consolation:
Shabbat Nachamu, Shabbat Shalom!
Nachamu, nachamu ami . . . “Take comfort, take comfort, my people.” The haftorah reading describes how God will console the Jewish people from their great sorrows and restore their city to its grandeur.
May each of us, wherever we are, take comfort and consolation from this Shabbat, and may voices of peace and joy emanate from our beloved Jerusalem!