To Everything There Is a Season − or Two Parashat Devarim Shabbat Hazon

Rabbi Akiva distinguishes between two chronological systems: One is human, as embodied by Jeroboam, who invents his own festivals; the other is a divine, supreme system of time, which never changes.

The Sabbath preceding Tisha B’Av, the fast day that commemorates the destruction of the Temple, is called Shabbat Hazon ‏(the Sabbath of...