Exile, Hope, VaEschanan, and Tishah B’Av
The great Rabbi Yeshaya Horowitz, a.k.a. the Holy Shelah (of the late 17th century), points out that the weekly Torah readings are often connected to the Jewish holidays of that time of the year.
Our Parsha is no exception.
Parshas VaEschanan is the Parsha read in Shul after Tishah B’Av. That’s where Moshe tells his people bad news, all about exile, but more importantly he shares a message of hope with them.
How fitting for Tishah B’Av – the day we commemorate the terrible events of our long and hard exile. But it’s also a day of hope. On Tishah B’Av, we pray with all our might for our return to Eretz Yisrael and the building of the Third Beis HaMikdash with the coming of Moshiach, speedily in our days! Amein!
It’s a story of exile and hope. A perfect reading for this time of the year.