Monday, September 22, 2014

Week 51 (Book 5): Reviewing the Fourth Week of Elul - Perek Shirah 1-3; 150:1-3; 89:52

Perek Shirah (Translations from Nosson Slifkin/Lazer Brody):

Chapter One

The Heavens say: "The Heavens tell of God's glory, and the
firmament tells of His handiwork." (Psalms 19:2)

The Earth says: "Hashem's is the earth and all its entirety, the inhabited land and those who dwell therein" (Psalms 24:1). And it says, "We have heard songs from the edge of the earth, glory to the righteous." (Isaiah 24:16)

The Garden of Eden says: "Arouse, O North, and come, O South! Blow upon my garden, let its fragrance flow forth; let my beloved come to His garden and partake of its treasured fruit." (Song of Songs 4:16)

Gehennom says: "For He has satiated a longing soul and has filled the hungry soul with good." (Psalms 107:9)

The Desert says: "The desert and the wasteland shall rejoice, and the arid region shall rejoice and blossom like a rose." (Isaiah 35:1)

The Fields say: "Hashem founded the land with wisdom; He established the heavens with understanding." (Proverbs 3:19)

The Waters say: "The sound of His voice places the multitude of waters in the heavens and He raises the vapors from the end of the earth." (Jeremiah 51:16)

The Seas say: "More than the voices of many waters, mightier
than the breakers of the sea, Hashem is mighty on high." (Psalms 93:4)

The Rivers say: "Let the rivers clap their hands, together the mountains shall sing for joy!" (Psalms 98:8)

The Wellsprings say: "And as singers that are flutists, are all my wellsprings within you." (Psalms 87:7)

Chapter Two

The Day says: "The day to day utters speech and night to night expresses knowledge." (Psalms 19:3)

The Night says: "To tell of Your compassion in the morning, and of Your faithfulness by nights." (Psalms 92:3)

The Sun says: "The sun (covered by) the moon stands in its abode; they proceed by the light of Your arrows and by the flash of Your glittering spear." (Habakuk 3:11)

The Moon says: "He made the moon for the festivals; the sun knows its destination." (Psalms 104:19)

The Stars say: "You alone are Hashem; You made the heavens, and the heaven of heavens and all their legions, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You give them all life; and the heavenly legion bows down to You." (Nehemiah 9:6)

The Rain Clouds say: "He made darkness His secret place; His surroundings are His shelter, the darkness of water the clouds of the heavens." (Psalms 18:12)

The Clouds of Glory say: "Even when it's clear, He troubles the rain cloud to form; the cloud shall spread its light." (Job 37:11)

The Wind says: "I will say to the north, relinquish; and to the south, do not withhold; bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth." (Isaiah 43:6)

The Lightning says: "He makes lightning for the rain; He brings forth the wind from His treasuries." (Psalms 135:7)

The Dew says: "I shall be as dew to Israel, he shall blossom like a rose and shall cast forth his roots like the Lebanon." (Hoshea 14:6)

The Rains say: "You shall spray a rain of generosity, O Lord, to strengthen Your heritage when it falters." (Psalms 68:10)

Chapter Three

The Trees of the Field say: "Then shall the trees of the forest sing out at the presence of Hashem, for He comes to judge the earth." (Chronicles I, 16:33)

The Grapevine says: "So says Hashem: When the wine is found in the cluster, and one says, 'Do not destroy it, for it contains a blessing,' so I shall do for the sake of My servants, so as  not to destroy everything." (Isaiah 65:8)

The Fig says: "He who guards the fig shall eat of her fruits." (Proverbs 27:18)

The Pomegranate says: "Your cheeks are like a slice of pomegranate under the lock of your  hair." (Song of Songs 4:3)

The Palm says: "The righteous flower like the palm tree; they grow tall like a cedar in Lebanon." (Psalms 92:13)

The Apple says: "Like the apple among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. I yearned for and sat in his proximity, and his fruit is sweet to my palate." (Song of Songs 2:3)

The Sheaves of Wheat say: "A song of ascents; from the depths  have called out to You, Hashem." (Psalms 130:1)

The Sheaves of Barley say: "A prayer of the pauper when he swoons, and pours his supplications before Hashem." (Psalms 102:1)

The Other Sheaves say: "The meadows don sheep; the valleys wrap themselves in fodder, they shout for joy, they even sing!" (Psalms 65:14)

The Vegetables of the Field say: "The furrows are watered in abundance, the soil is settled, You soften it with showers, You bless its growth." (Psalms 104:31)

The Grasses say: "May the glory of Hashem endure forever; may Hashem rejoice in His works." (Psalms 104:31)


Tikkun HaKlali

Chapter 150

1. Hallelujah! Praise G-d in His holy place, praise Him in the firmament of His might.
2. Praise Him with His mighty deeds, praise Him as befits His superb greatness.
3. Praise Him with a shofar blast, praise Him with psaltery and lyre.


Psalm 89

52. Which Your enemies disgraced, O Lord, which they disgraced the ends of Your anointed.  
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