Pinehas/Matot/Mas'ei Calendar Stuff and a Possible Geula Connection
The rule is that whenever Pinehas falls out before Shiv'a Asar BeTamuz, it gets its own Haftara. Otherwise, we read the Haftara of Parshat Matot as it is then the first of the "Telat dePuranuta" - 3 Haftarot of Punishment. When Pinehas is read after Shiv'a Asar BeTamuz, Matot and Mas'ei are read together.
Pinehas having its own Haftara and Matot and Mas'ei being read separately is actually very rare. I noticed this rarity 6 years ago, the first time this happened in 21 years, and in 3 years, it won't happen for another 21 years after that. See the chart below:
|Jewish Year||Secular Year||Matot/Mas'ei Read Separately/Together|
We see how rare it is that the Haftara of Pinehas is read. The Haftara is about Eliyahu Hanavi "finding" Hashem in the קול דממה דקה - thin, small voice.
According to the author of the book by the same name, the קול דממה דקה is one of the names of Mashiah and is equivalent to the following "Kol" mentioned in the Zohar Hadash Balak, in what's commonly called מאמר דרך כוכב מיעקב:
The English translation can be found in bold in Gilui's post here. Gilui has a theory that combines the 2 opinions of how to calculate Yovel, which would make the last Yovel 5727 and the next one 5776 (see his spreadsheet).כעת לסוף יומיא, כפום שעתא דיומא, בעידן די זרח שמשא, מן יומא שתיתאה, בשעתא דיזדמנון לפום מנין שנין, דיובל ושמיטה כחדא, דאיהו רע"ד מן יומא שתיתאה. כעת זמינא קלא חדא לאתערא מרום רומי רקיעין, קלא עציב במרירו, מה דלא הוה הכי מן יומא דאתברון עלמין
וההוא קלא יהא דקיק, בחשאי, במרירו, ונציבו, נחית וסליק, סליק ונחית...
He notes that 5727 is close to Shemitta and is 274 years from the end of the millennium.
My take on it is that 5775 is a Shemitta year and is 274 years from when זרח שמשא (i.e. 5501, the year of sunrise). The next year, 5776, is a Yovel year (according to Gilui's spreadsheet), which may not be exactly כחדא, but perhaps that's what is meant by כחדא.
Right before 5775 comes, we will have our 4th reading of the Haftara of Pinehas in 9 years, which will be the last reading in 21 years. And that will come right before Shemitta, which comes right before Yovel. This is when the thin, small voice will be heard.
Also note what I translated recently from Rav Fish about the connection between 5772 and 5775 in this post, especially what he says in the name of the Mahara"l.