6 Seek Hashem while He can be found, Call to Him while He is near.
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ו דִּרְשׁוּ יְהֹוָה בְּהִמָּצְאוֹ קְרָאֻהוּ בִּהְיוֹתוֹ קָרוֹב׃
55:6 Seek Hashem while He can be found
The prophetic counsel “seek Hashem while He can be found; call to him while He is near” introduces a section offering hope and reward for those who sincerely desire to repent. This chapter is traditionally read publicly on fast days, days meant for introspection and inner reflection, and commentators provide many interpretations to its meaning. Some understand the phrase “seek Hashem while He can be found” as referring to the month before the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, when prayer is especially desirable. The Jerusalem Talmud understands it in terms of location, “seek Hashem where He is found — in the synagogues, and in the study halls.” The underlying message is the same: If you seek Hashem out in the right way, you will be able to find Him, and He is always there awaiting your return.