THE KABBALAH OF TIME:
Kahane and Wainer explain that the calendar is the master key to unlock the hidden rationale behind the formal structure of ancient sacred texts, as well as to understand basic mystical concepts. When comprehended within the context of the Jewish calendar, these works reveal the spiritual energy of each week, serving as a practical guide for self-analysis and development.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Week 13 (Book 5): Reviewing the Fifth Week of Kislev - Psalms 37-39; 42:5-7; 89:14
1. By David.
Do not compete with the wicked; do not envy doers of injustice. 2. For like
grass they will be swiftly cut down; like green vegetation they will wither. 3.
Trust in the Lord and do good; then will you abide in the land and be nourished
by faith. 4.Delight in the Lord, and He will grant you the desires of your
heart.5. Cast your needs upon the Lord; rely on Him, and He will take care. 6.
He will reveal your righteousness like the light, your justness like the high
noon. 7. Depend on the Lord and hope in Him. Compete not with the prosperous,
with the man who invents evil schemes. 8. Let go of anger, abandon rage; do not
compete with [one who intends] only to harm. 9. For the evildoers will be cut
down; but those who hope in the Lord, they will inherit the earth.10. For soon
the wicked one will not be; you will gaze at his place and he will be gone. 11.
But the humble shall inherit the earth, and delight in abundant peace. 12. The
wicked one plots against the righteous, and gnashes his teeth at him. 13. My
Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day will come. 14. The wicked have
drawn a sword and bent their bow to fell the poor and destitute, to slaughter
those of upright ways. 15. But their sword shall enter their own hearts, and
their bows shall break. 16. Better the little of the righteous, than the
abundant wealth of the wicked. 17. For the strength of the wicked will be
broken, but the Lord supports the righteous. 18. The Lord appreciates the days
of the innocent; their inheritance will last forever. 19. They will not be
shamed in times of calamity, and in days of famine they will be satisfied.
20.For the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord are as fattened
sheep: consumed, consumed in smoke. 21. The wicked man borrows and does not
repay; but the righteous man is gracious and gives. 22. For those blessed by
Him will inherit the earth, and those cursed by Him will be cut off. 23. The
steps of man are directed by G-d; He desires his way. 24. When he totters he
shall not be thrown down, for the Lord supports his hand. 25. I have been a
youth, I have also aged; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his
offspring begging bread. 26.All day he is kind and lends; his offspring are a
blessing. 27. Turn away from evil and do good, and you will dwell [in peace]
forever.28. For the Lord loves justice, he will not abandon his pious ones-they
are protected forever; but the offspring of the wicked are cut off. 29. The
righteous shall inherit the earth and dwell upon it forever. 30. The mouth of
the righteous one utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. 31. The Torah
of his G-d is in his heart; his steps shall not falter. 32. The wicked one
watches for the righteous man, and seeks to kill him. 33. But the Lord will not
abandon him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.34. Hope in the Lord
and keep His way; then He will raise you high to inherit the earth. When the
wicked are cut off, you shall see it. 35. I saw a powerful wicked man,
well-rooted like a vibrant, native tree. 36. Yet he vanished, behold he was
gone; I searched for him, but he could not be found. 37. Watch the innocent,
and observe the upright, for the future of such a man is peace. 38. But sinners
shall be destroyed together; the future of the wicked is cut off. 39. The
deliverance of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in time of
distress. 40. The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the
wicked and saves them, because they have put their trust in Him.
1. A psalm
by David, to remind. 2. O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chastise me
in Your wrath. 3. For Your arrows have landed in me, Your hand descended upon
me. 4. There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your rage, no peace in my
bones because of my sin. 5. For my iniquities have flooded over my head; like a
heavy load, they are too heavy for me. 6. My wounds are rotted; they reek
because of my foolishness. 7. I am bent and extremely bowed; all day I go about
in gloom. 8. My sides are inflamed; there is no soundness in my flesh. 9. I am
weakened and extremely depressed; I howl from the moaning of my heart. 10. My
Lord, all that I desire is before You; my sighing is not hidden from You. 11.
My heart is engulfed, my strength has left me; the light of my eyes they, too,
are not with me. 12. My friends and companions stand aloof from my affliction;
my intimates stand afar. 13. The seekers of my life have laid traps; those who
seek my harm speak destructiveness; they utter deceits all day long. 14. But I
am like a deaf man, I do not hear; like a mute that does not open his mouth.
15. I was like a man that does not perceive, and in whose mouth there are no
rebuttals. 16.Because for You, O Lord, I wait; You will answer, my Lord, my
G-d. 17. For I said, "Lest they rejoice over me; when my foot falters they
will gloat over me.” 18. For I am accustomed to limping, and my pain is
constantly before me. 19. For I admit my iniquity; I worry because of my sin.
20. But my enemies abound with life; those who hate me without cause flourish.
21. Those who repay evil for good resent me for my pursuit of good. 22. Do not
forsake me, O Lord; do not be distant from me, my G-d. 23. Hurry to my aid, O
my Lord, my Salvation.
1. For the
Conductor, for yedutun, a psalm by David. 2. I said that I would guard my ways
from sinning with my tongue; I would guard my mouth with a muzzle, [even] while
the wicked one is before me. 3. I became mute with stillness, I was silent
[even] from the good, though my pain was crippling. 4. My heart grew hot within
me, a fire blazed in my utterance, as I spoke with my tongue. 5. O Lord, let me
know my end and what is the measure of my days, that I may know when I will
cease. 6. Behold, like handbreadths You set my days; my lifetime is as naught
before You. But all is futility, all mankind's existence, Selah. 7. Only in
darkness does man walk, seeking only futility; he amasses riches and knows not
who will reap them. 8. And now, what is my hope, my Lord? My longing is to You.
9. Rescue me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of the
degenerate. 10. I am mute, I do not open my mouth, for You have caused [my
suffering]. 11. Remove Your affliction from me; I am devastated by the attack
of Your hand. 12. In reproach for sin You chastened man; like a moth, You wore
away that which is precious to him. All mankind is nothing but futility,
forever. 13. Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry; do not be silent to my
tears, for I am a stranger with You, a sojourner like all my forefathers. 14.
Turn from me, that I may recover my strength, before I depart and I am no more.
5. These do
I recall, and pour out my soul from within me: how I traveled [to Jerusalem] in
covered wagons; I would walk leisurely with them up to the House of G-d, amid
the sound of rejoicing and thanksgiving, the celebrating multitude. 6. Why are
you downcast, my soul, and why do you wail within me? Hope to G-d, for I will
yet thank Him for the deliverances of His countenance. 7. My G-d! My soul is
downcast upon me, because I remember You from the land of Jordan and Hermon's
peaks, from Mount Mitzar.
14. Yours is
the arm which has the might; strengthen Your hand, raise high Your right hand.