Haftarah for Yom Kippur (morning reading)-Isaiah 57:14-58:14 (afternoon reading)-Book of Jonah; Micha 7:18-20.

The prophecy begins with the words “Pave, pave, clear the way; remove the obstacles from the way of My people.” A reference to the Yetzer Hara (“evil inclination”) which must be removed to pave the way for sincere repentance. G‑d assures that He will not be forever angry at those who repent, and that instead He will heal them and lead them. The wicked, on the other hand, are compared to a turbulent sea: “there is no peace for the wicked.” G‑d exhorts the prophet Isaiah to admonish the people regarding their fasting ways which G-d finds reprehensible — a message which resonated to this very day:


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7 Responses to Haftarah for Yom Kippur (morning reading)-Isaiah 57:14-58:14 (afternoon reading)-Book of Jonah; Micha 7:18-20.

  1. It is noteworthy that the ancient rabbis chose this particular section of the book of Isaiah for Yom Kippur morning. On the most important fast day of the Jewish year, the haftarah carries the message the God does not desire fasting. Isaiah’s lesson is that fasting alone is not enough:


  2. G‑d ordered the prophet Jonah to travel to Nineveh and present its wicked inhabitants with an ultimatum: repent or be destroyed. Jonah refused to comply with this directive, and fled on a boat. Strong winds threatened to destroy the ship, lots were cast among the crew and passengers and the lottery indicated that Jonah was the cause of the turbulent storm:


  3. Torah study and its commandments do not come to destroy the evil inclination, but rather to purify and elevate it:


  4. When the High Priest started to form the letters of the name with his lips, he immediately “swallowed” it:


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