A Call For Personal Improvement

The opening words of the haftarah from Hosea, “Shuvah Yisrael—Return, O Israel, to the Lord your G-d, for you have fallen because of your sin” (14:2). “To the Lord” is understood as meaning to try your utmost and then some, rising above oneself by special effort. The prophet’s use of the plural – in “Take words with you and return to the Lord” – attests to the aspiration towards oneness of the Jewish people, emphasizing that each and every person individually must mend and improve his or her ways.

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