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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Haftorah
Haftorah Chazon: Look At Zeidy, We Should Know Better

The pasuk says, "Hoi Goi Choitei Am Keved Avon Zera Mirei'im; Woe to you the people of sin, a nation laden with guilt, children of the wicked." The Zohar asks, "How can Yeshayahu call the children of Avrohom, Yitzchok, and Yaakov children of the wicked?"

Rav Yehonoson Eibishitz answers that Yeshayahu is answering a question. It is true that at the time of the Churban we were idol worshipers and deserved to be punished. But on the other hand all the goyim who were living good lives were also idol worshipers. Why were we singled out for extreme punishment? To this Yeshayahu answers that Am Yisroel had forefathers that were sterling examples of how to behave, yet we are full of sin. Although our neighbors have also sinned, nevertheless, they are Zera Mirei'im, sons of the wicked, and therefore cannot be held accountable to the same degree as us.

On the threshold of another year without the Bais HaMikdash we must ask ourselves, "Ad Mosai Hikiu Ma'asai L'Maase Avosai; Do we live up to the standards of Yiddishkeit of our parents and grandparent of just a few generations ago?"