Tehillim 129/Psalm 129

Psalm 129

A Song of Ascents.
“Many a time they have afflicted me,
even from my youth”
—let Israel now say—
“How greatly they have been hostile to me,
even from my youth.
Yet they have not prevailed against me.
Plowmen plowed on my back—
they made their furrows long!”
Adonai is righteous—
He has cut the ropes of the wicked.
May all who hate Zion be driven back in disgrace.
Let them be like grass on the roofs,
which withers before it springs up—
with it a reaper cannot fill his hands,
nor can a binder of sheaves, his arms.
So the passersby may never say:
“The blessing of Adonai be upon you—
we bless you in the Name of Adonai.”

שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת רַ֭בַּת צְרָר֣וּנִי מִנְּעוּרַ֑י יֹֽאמַר־נָ֝א יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
רַ֭בַּת צְרָר֣וּנִי מִנְּעוּרָ֑י גַּ֝ם לֹא־יָ֥כְלוּ לִֽי׃
עַל־גַּ֭בִּי חָרְשׁ֣וּ חֹרְשִׁ֑ים הֶ֝אֱרִ֗יכוּ למענותםלְמַעֲנִיתָֽם׃
יְהוָ֥ה צַדִּ֑יק קִ֝צֵּ֗ץ עֲב֣וֹת רְשָׁעִֽים׃
יֵ֭בֹשׁוּ וְיִסֹּ֣גוּ אָח֑וֹר כֹּ֝֗ל שֹׂנְאֵ֥י צִיּֽוֹן׃
יִ֭הְיוּ כַּחֲצִ֣יר גַּגּ֑וֹת שֶׁקַּדְמַ֖ת שָׁלַ֣ף יָבֵֽשׁ׃
שֶׁלֹּ֤א מִלֵּ֖א כַפּ֥וֹ קוֹצֵ֗ר וְחִצְנ֥וֹ מְעַמֵּֽר׃
וְלֹ֤א אָֽמְר֨וּ ׀ הָעֹבְרִ֗ים בִּרְכַּֽת־יְהוָ֥ה אֲלֵיכֶ֑ם בֵּרַ֥כְנוּ אֶ֝תְכֶ֗ם בְּשֵׁ֣ם יְהוָֽה׃

Tehillim 128/Psalm 128

Psalm 128

A Song of Ascents.

Happy is everyone who is in awe of Adonai,
who walks in His ways,
for you will eat the labor of your hands.
You will be blessed and it will be well with you.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house.
Your children will be like olive saplings around your table.
Behold, thus will the man be blessed who fears Adonai.
May Adonai bless you out of Zion,
and may you see Jerusalem in prosperity
all the days of your life,
and may you live to see your children’s children.
Shalom be upon Israel!

שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת אַ֭שְׁרֵי כָּל־יְרֵ֣א יְהוָ֑ה הַ֝הֹלֵ֗ךְ בִּדְרָכָֽיו׃
יְגִ֣יעַ כַּ֭פֶּיךָ כִּ֣י תֹאכֵ֑ל אַ֝שְׁרֶ֗יךָ וְט֣וֹב לָֽךְ׃
אֶשְׁתְּךָ֤ ׀ כְּגֶ֥פֶן פֹּרִיָּה֮ בְּיַרְכְּתֵ֪י בֵ֫יתֶ֥ךָ בָּ֭נֶיךָ כִּשְׁתִלֵ֣י זֵיתִ֑ים סָ֝בִ֗יב לְשֻׁלְחָנֶֽךָ׃
הִנֵּ֣ה כִי־כֵ֭ן יְבֹ֥רַךְ גָּ֗בֶר יְרֵ֣א יְהוָֽה׃
יְבָרֶכְךָ֥ יְהוָ֗ה מִצִּ֫יּ֥וֹן וּ֭רְאֵה בְּט֣וּב יְרוּשָׁלִָ֑ם כֹּ֝֗ל יְמֵ֣י חַיֶּֽיךָ׃
וּרְאֵֽה־בָנִ֥ים לְבָנֶ֑יךָ שָׁ֝ל֗וֹם עַל־יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃

In the midst of the Dire Straits (Bein ha-Metzarim) until the 9th of Av,
as Israel’s enemies will not stop desiring the death of Israel
and the death of the Jews,
there is still hope in the G-d of Israel.
May we fear Adonai and walk in his ways,
May shalom be upon Jerusalem and all Israel.

Tehillim 126/Psalm 126

Psalm 126

A Song of Ascents.

When Adonai restored the captivity of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with a song of joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“Adonai has done great things for them.”
Adonai has done great things for us—
we are joyful!
Restore us from captivity, Adonai,
like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears
will reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
bearing seed for sowing,
will surely come back with a song of joy,
carrying his sheaves.

שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת בְּשׁ֣וּב יְ֭הוָה אֶת־שִׁיבַ֣ת צִיּ֑וֹן הָ֝יִ֗ינוּ כְּחֹלְמִֽים׃
אָ֤ז יִמָּלֵ֪א שְׂח֡וֹק פִּינוּ֮ וּלְשׁוֹנֵ֪נוּ רִ֫נָּ֥ה אָ֭ז יֹאמְר֣וּ בַגּוֹיִ֑ם הִגְדִּ֥יל יְ֝הוָ֗ה לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת עִם־אֵֽלֶּה׃
הִגְדִּ֣יל יְ֭הוָה לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת עִמָּ֗נוּ הָיִ֥ינוּ שְׂמֵחִֽים׃
שׁוּבָ֣ה יְ֭הוָה אֶת־שבותנושְׁבִיתֵ֑נוּכַּאֲפִיקִ֥ים בַּנֶּֽגֶב׃
הַזֹּרְעִ֥ים בְּדִמְעָ֗ה בְּרִנָּ֥ה יִקְצֹֽרוּ׃
הָ֘ל֤וֹךְ יֵלֵ֨ךְ ׀ וּבָכֹה֮ נֹשֵׂ֪א מֶֽשֶׁךְ־הַ֫זָּ֥רַע בֹּֽ֬א־יָב֥וֹא בְרִנָּ֑ה נֹ֝שֵׂ֗א אֲלֻמֹּתָֽיו׃

Tehillim 125/Psalm 125

Psalm 125

A Song of Ascents.

Those who trust in Adonai are like Mount Zion—
which cannot be moved, but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so Adonai surrounds His people,
from this time forth and forever.
For a scepter of wickedness will not rest over the land of the righteous—
lest the righteous set their hands to evil.
Do good, Adonai, to the good,
and to those upright in their hearts.
But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways,
Adonai will lead them away with evildoers.
Shalom be upon Israel.

שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת הַבֹּטְחִ֥ים בַּיהוָ֑ה כְּֽהַר־צִיּ֥וֹן לֹא־יִ֝מּ֗וֹט לְעוֹלָ֥ם יֵשֵֽׁב׃
יְֽרוּשָׁלִַ֗ם הָרִים֮ סָבִ֪יב לָ֥הּ וַ֭יהוָה סָבִ֣יב לְעַמּ֑וֹ מֵ֝עַתָּ֗ה וְעַד־עוֹלָֽם׃
כִּ֤י לֹ֪א יָנ֡וּחַ שֵׁ֤בֶט הָרֶ֗שַׁע עַל֮ גּוֹרַ֪ל הַֽצַּדִּ֫יקִ֥ים לְמַ֡עַן לֹא־יִשְׁלְח֖וּ הַצַּדִּיקִ֨ים בְּעַוְלָ֬תָה יְדֵיהֶֽם׃
הֵיטִ֣יבָה יְ֭הוָה לַטּוֹבִ֑ים וְ֝לִֽישָׁרִ֗ים בְּלִבּוֹתָֽם׃
וְהַמַּטִּ֤ים עַֽקַלְקַלּוֹתָ֗ם יוֹלִיכֵ֣ם יְ֭הוָה אֶת־פֹּעֲלֵ֣י הָאָ֑וֶן שָׁ֝ל֗וֹם עַל־יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃

For Zion’s Sake

The years and the tears
The hoping and the waiting
Surely you, O Israel,
Who wait upon the Lord
Will not be ashamed

Surely Zion will not die
While watchmen cry

Your zeal, your heart
Your burden so real
The heart of Abba
Trembling with heartache for His son

Zion, can you hear
Israel, he is near
Calling, crying out
Like a woman in labor
Panting, gasping
Laying low everything keeping you
From loving him

Jerusalem, he will not forsake you
He will not forget you
Your walls before him
His peace not withholding
Death will not prosper,
Wickedness will not have its way with you

Your walls always on his mind
Your bulwarks etched in time
Made of stone
A defense
Keeping him afar
But wanting him near

Coming for you
He is
One day soon

Mocking will end
Lying will die
Hatred crushed beneath him
As He draws near
New life will take hold again

Abba, Do You Hear?

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Abba, do you hear?
Zion as she cries
The cries, the groaning of Your people
Do you see her desperation?

Zion is crying out

While the leaders of the nations set themselves against
You who made them

Zion still cries out

Zion waits
Wondering,
Hoping her suffering is not in vain

Abba,
Holy One,
Giver of Life

I join Zion’s cry
My heart beats with hers
I cry with Zion
Waiting,
Wondering,
Hoping

Knowing Your desire over Zion
Knowing You will heal her
Knowing You are seeking her out
For Yourself

I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the LORD, Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.” Jeremiah 30:17

Zion’s Healing

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I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says Adonai,
Because they called you an outcast saying: This is Zion; no one seeks her.

– excerpt from the book of the prophet Jeremiah

The heart of the father,
The heart of Adonai
Healing is the bread given to his children
Restoration is the hope for all who are his

Israel is his child,
His firstborn son
When all the nations and all the peoples
Cast you out

O Zion, he will seek you out
Your father will find you
When you are lost and destitute
He will rescue you

The heart of the father,
The heart of Adonai
Calling out, crying out
Bringing life to his children
Remembering their cries

May We Remember

Gate of Auschwitz-Birkenau ©desireisrael.com
Gate of Auschwitz-Birkenau ©desireisrael.com

In memory of a man who much of the world knew as one defined by and articulating the depths of the suffering which was the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel.
May his memory be a blessing.

Lives were formed and shaped, built and moving forward
In the hopes that the rejection and suspicion,
The paranoia and hatred of the past had finally gone away

Thriving Jewish life and vibrant Jewish communities
Became possible in Europe finally
After centuries of pogroms, pain and persecution
Liberation had come
Equality and freedom had won

Many believed that anti-Semitism
Was finally a thing of the past
Yet this virus of the soul had not died
But remained latent
Waiting for a time to lash out once again

In retrospect, with history behind us
We know when this happened with a vengeance
And most cannot quite comprehend humanity’s ability
To stand in silence, to hate, to allow murder like this

Most do not understand
The degradation and torture of another people
Like was done with Hitler at the helm

Most could not comprehend this happening again
Yet boycotts and hatred run rampant online and offline
They reek of a similar putrid odor
Of that of the thirties in a Germany
That most want to forget

Yet some cannot erase the memory
Of dignity ripped away, family stolen,
Lives lost and humanity crushed

May we remember every Holocaust survivor today
May we pray that G-d himself visit
And reveal Himself to them
As the one who never left them nor forsook them
Despite what their experience has been

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me,
and my Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
and not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
your walls are continually before Me.”
Isaiah 49:14-16

“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
Out of Egypt I called My son…
I taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by their arms;
But they did not know that I healed them.
I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love,
And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck.
I stooped and fed them…
How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel?
My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred.”
Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8

Shabbat Shalom to you and to all Israel!

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We Were Like Those Who Dream

Cheer & Exuberant Joy

Picture taken from Israel Reborn by I. Klinov (Editor), I. M. Lask, M. Caraco (Translators)
Picture taken from Israel Reborn by I. Klinov (Editor), I. M. Lask, M. Caraco (Translators)

When Adonai brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Our mouths were filled with laughter
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“Adonai has done great things for them.”
Adonai has done great things for us,
And we are glad.

Bring back our captivity, O Adonai,
As the streams in the Negev.

Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 126

The survival of the Jewish people and rebirth of the Jewish nation in it’s ancient homeland defies all logic and comprehension. As many would say, it was a miracle of Biblical proportions. That is was. The Psalmist’s words are a beautiful cry of the heart partially fulfilled in this modern day miracle.

The following film footage of the rebirth of the state of Israel is from The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive. So moving. The Spielberg Jewish Film Archives – Israel is Reborn

Short History of Israel:
Prior to the rebirth of the modern state of Israel in 1948, the United Nations voted in favor of the Partition Plan on November 29, 1947. The Partition Plan set out to give both the Jews and the Arabs independent states in the area controlled by the British Mandate for Palestine. The Jews accepted the plan while the Arabs did not. Six Arab armies attacked the newly founded Jewish state the day after it was born. This became known as Israel’s War of Independence.

For more of the story, check out one of the links below:

British Mandate for Palestine

and

Israel War of Independence 1948

Note: The Arab “Palestinian” identity is a new identity, only beginning a few decades ago. There was no Arab state prior to Israel in what is now Israel. Palestine was an area of land prior to 1948. The area which had been Provincia Judea was renamed Provincia Syria Palaestina by the Romans in the second century after they sacked Jerusalem. This was an attempt to minimize Jewish identification with the land and the name was shortened to Palaestina and the anglicized name “Palestine” was derived from it.

Shabbat Shalom!

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A Day of Dancing & Rejoicing

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Today’s prompt is:

dance - Version 2

A Day of Dancing & Rejoicing

When the LORD brought back
the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us,
And we are glad.
Bring back our captivity, O LORD,
As the streams in the South.
Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.

Tehillim/Psalm 126

What a day of dancing and rejoicing this day will be!
The Lord will fully and completely
bring back the captivity of Zion!

The people of Israel will know their G-d
He will be their G-d and they will be his people
in righteousness and truth

There is no question and no doubt
that this will happen
All the nations will look and see
the goodness of the G-d of Israel

There will be no other god
Exalted in that day
The one G-d, the living G-d,
The holy one of Israel will be
Exalted and lifted high
in that day

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