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The Unbreakable Bond




Explaining the Chiasms

In Jewish liturgy, September 2nd marked the synagogue reading known as Parshah Ki Teitzei (meaning “when you go forth” from the first words of Deuteronomy 21:10). It includes a reading at the end from Isaiah 54:1-10. In three weeks, Jews around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, known Biblically as Yom Teruah, “Day of Shouting” (Numbers 29:1) or Zichron Teruah, “Remembrance shouting,” (Lev. 23:24). The period leading up to that “appointed time” is traditionally one of reflection and self-examination. Isaiah 54:1-10 is a proclamation by God of favor upon Israel. Although there are many dire warnings issued through the prophet upon Israel and Judah, the LORD repeatedly makes clear that His covenant relationship with His people is unchangeable. In the days leading to Yom Teruah, this provides a foundation of encouragement to those immersed in self-examination. Continue reading The Unbreakable Bond