The Torah reading for this week’s Shabbat is Ki Teitzei, the sixth in the book of Deuteronomy (21:10-25:19). In this portion, Moses delivers specific rules about proper family relationships. He continues with laws involving many aspects of daily living, justice, family responsibility, work, and sexuality.
The Haftarah is Isaiah 54:1-10. It is the fifth of seven “haftarot of consolation,” marking the seven weeks between Tisha B’Av and Rosh HaShanah. In the first three verses, an exiled Israel is compared to a woman who has never given birth. It instructs this metaphorical woman to celebrate because she will soon be blessed with children. In the middle section, Isaiah describes how G-d will bring Israel back to Him in mercy. Now, Israel is described as a widow who lost her husband (G-d), but she is promised that she will “remember no more the shame of your widowhood” (54:4). In the next verses she is described as a woman whose husband left her. She is promised that her husband (again, G-d) will take her back in love. The last two verses strengthen G-d’s message by comparing it to the covenant with Noah in the Book of Genesis. G-d pledges never again to be angry with or rebuke Israel.