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The Haftorah question: what do we read on Shabbas Rosh Chodesh Elul?

The following discussion are the views of Dr Russell Harding and is not intended to be a psak on the issue.


An interesting question arose on Shabbat Re’eh concerning which Haftorah to read. On the one hand it was Rosh Chodesh Elul which occurred on Shabbat. There is a special Haftorah which is read on this occasion (it doesn’t happen often). On the other hand, we are in the seven-week period between Tisha B’Av and Rosh Hashanah. Each of these weeks has a Haftorah of consolation in which Hashem assures us that notwithstanding the bad events we remember on Tisha B’Av, He is still with us.

The question, then, is – which Haftorah should we read? Should it be Yeshayah 66:1-24 for Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh or Yeshayah 54:11–55:5 for Parashat Re’eh?

The Mishnah Berurah (Chafetz Chaim 1839–1933), the classic commentary on the Shulchan Aruch (Rav Yosef Karo, 1488–1575), addresses this question.<