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 Vision) because of the haftarah read that day, which begins with the words: “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz” (Isaiah 1:1). In the haftarah, the prophet Isaiah rebukes the Children of Israel for their moral flaws, and in effect his...
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