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.

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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...