Yom Kippur Haftarah: Isaiah 57:14-58:14
Fasting alone is not enough.
57:21. There is no safety
†††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -said my God-
†††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††† For the wicked.
58:1. Cry with full throat, without restraint;
†††††††††††††††††††† Raise your voice like a ram's horn! †††††††††††††††††††† Declare to My people their transgression,
†††††††††††††††††††† To the House of Jacob their sin.
58:2. To be sure, they seek Me daily,
†††††††††††††††††††† Eager to learn My ways.
†††††††††††††††††††† Like a nation that does what is right,
†††††††††††††††††††† That has not abandoned the laws of its God,
†††††††††††††††††††† They ask Me for the right way,
†††††††††††††††††††† They are eager for the nearness of God:
58:3. "Why, when we fasted, did You not see?
†††††††††††††††††††† When we starved our bodies, did You pay no heed?"
†††††††††††††††††††† Because on your fast day
†††††††††††††††††††† You see to your business
†††††††††††††††††††† And oppress all your laborers!
58:4. Because you fast in strife and contention,
†††††††††††††††††††† And you strike with a wicked fist!
†††††††††††††††††††† Your fasting today is not such
†††††††††††††††††††† As to make your voice heard on high.
58:5. Is such the fast I desire,
†††††††††††††††††††† A day for men to starve their bodies?
†††††††††††††††††††† Is it bowing the head like a bulrush
†††††††††††††††††††† And lying in sackcloth and ashes?
†††††††††††††††††††† Do you call that a fast,
†††††††††††††††††††† A day when the LORD is favorable?
58:6. No, this is the fast I desire:
†††††††††††††††††††† To unlock the fetters of wickedness,
†††††††††††††††††††† And untie the cords of the yoke
†††††††††††††††††††† To let the oppressed go free;
†††††††††††††††††††† To break off every yoke.
58:7. It is to share your bread with the hungry,
†††††††††††††††††††† And to take the wretched poor into your home;
†††††††††††††††††††† When you see the naked, to clothe him,
†††††††††††††††††††† And not to ignore your own kin.
58:8. Then shall your light burst through like the dawn
Did you like this article? MyJewishLearning is a not-for-profit organization.