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Parsha in Print: איש לרעהו
This week's Haftorah is Chazon Yeshayahu. Yeshayahu, says that the Devarim Rabba 2:3, was the second greatest Navi after Moshe Rabbeinu. Yeshayahu delivered early warnings to the Bnei Yisrael of the impending disaster if they do not straighten out their ways. Yeshayahu lived long before the Churban and was killed by his grandson, the wicked King of Yehuda over 100 years before the Churban.
In Pasuk 16, Yeshayahu tells Bnei Yisrael, "Rachatzu, Hizaku, Hasiru Ro'a Maaleichem; Cleanse yourselves, become meritorious, do away with your evil ways." The Divrei Yechezkel, Admor of Shineve, points out the order is not correct. You must do away with your evil ways before becoming meritorious.
He answers in the name of his Rebbe that it says in Zemiros of Shabbos, "Al Kein Achabes Bo Libi Kiboris; I will cleanse my heart like soap." It should say with soap not like soap. The answer is that we are saying we will cleanse ourselves so thoroughly that we will become so pure and be able to influence others as well. Therefore, we in turn will become the soap to cleanse others.
"So, too," says Yeshayahu, "we must clean ourselves so thoroughly that we will be in the position to bring merit to other people. and, therefore. help remove the bad from the entire Klal Yisrael, thereby saving the Bais Hamikdash and not only ourselves."