Zechariah #4 (Chapter 3)

The Haftarah of Shabbat Chanukah and Behaalotecha contains three parts:

The Malbim discusses Yehoshua being saved from the fire "הלא זה אוד מוצל מאש" and why his clothes were singed whereas חנניה מישאל ועזריה emerged completely unscathed. The Malbim explains this passage in consistent with his understanding that the era of Bayit Sheni (the second Commonwealth) had the potential to be the final redemption.

Delivered at the OU Israel Center, April 29th, 2019, 24 Nisan 5779