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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Week 32 (Book 7): The Mule Is Saying

The Mule is saying,

The bows of the mighty are broken;
And those who stumbled, are girded with strength.
All the kings of earth shall acknowledge You, G-d,
For they have heard the sayings of Your mouth.

Your neck is like an ivory tower;
Your eyes are [like] pools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-Rabbim
Your face is as the tower of Lebanon, facing towards Damascus
Your head upon you is like Carmel

Give us joy corresponding to the days You afflicted us,
The years we have seen adversity.
For their vine is of the vine of Sodom,
And of the field of Gemorrah;

Because they came not to the aid of the Lord,
To the aid of the Lord against the mighty.
For who is G-d, save the Lord?
And who is a rock, save our G-d?

And the braided locks of your head are like purple;
The king is bound in the tresses.
Let Your work be revealed to Your servants,
And Your splendor be upon their children.

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel.
Their grapes are grapes of rosh,
And they have bitter clusters.

Speak to them, saying, "In the afternoon you shall eat meat
And in the morning you shall be sated with bread,"
Satiate us in the morning with Your kindness,
Then we shall sing and rejoice throughout our days.

And you shall know that
I am the Lord, your G-d.
How fair and how pleasant you are,
A love of delights!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Week 33 (Book 7): The Donkey is Saying

The Donkey is Saying,

Yours, G-d, is the greatness, and the might
And the splendor, and the victory, and the glory
This, your stature, is like a palm tree
And your breasts are like clusters [of dates]

Sing to Him, play music to Him, speak of all His wonders
For everything in the Heavens and earth [is Yours]
Yours, G-d, is the kingship, and the exaltation over all

Blessed above women shall Jael
The wife of Heber the Kenite, be
Their wine is the bitterness of serpents
And the bitterness of the ruthless cobras

While the barren hath borne seven
She that had many children hath languished
And let your breasts be now like clusters of the vine
And the fragrance of your countenance like apples

Above women in the tent shall she be blessed
G-d is He who has fortified me with strength
And He loosened perfectly my path
And may the pleasantness of the Lord our G-d be upon us

It came to pass in the evening that
The quails went up and covered the camp
But I shall not cancel My kindness from him
And I shall not betray My faith

And in the morning there was a layer
Of dew around the camp. The layer of dew went up 
I said: Let me climb up the palm tree
Let me seize its boughs

And behold, on the surface of the desert, a fine
Bare [substance] as fine as frost on the ground
They that were full have hired out themselves for bread
And they that were hungry have ceased

Give thanks to the Lord, call out in His name
Make His deeds known among the peoples
And the work of our hands establish for us
And the work of our hands establish it

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Week 34 (Book 7): The Ox is Saying

The Ox is saying,

Remember the wonders that He has wrought
His miracles, and the judgments of His mouth
When the children of Israel saw, they said to one another, "It is manna"
Because they did not know what it was

And your palate is like the best wine, 
That glides down smoothly to my beloved,
May the heart of those who seek the Lord rejoice
Search for the Lord and His might 

Seek His countenance always
Making the lips of the sleeping speak
Glory in His holy Name; And Moses said to them
It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat

This is the thing that the Lord has commanded
I will not abrogate My covenant
Nor change that which has issued from My lips
Is it not stored up with Me, sealed up in My treasuries?

Then Moses and the Children of Israel sang this song to G-d
And they said, "I shall sing to G-d, for He has triumphed
He has thrown the horse and its rider into the sea"
He makes my feet like hinds; And sets me upon my high places

Gather of it each one according to his eating capacity
An omer for each person, according to the number of persons
Each one for those in his tent you shall take

Water he requested, (but) milk she gave him
In a lordly bowl she brought him cream
The Lord kills and makes alive
He brings down to the grave and raises up

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Week 35 (Book 7): The Wild Animals Say

The Wild Animals say,

One thing have I sworn by My holiness,
That I will not fail David.
He trains my hand for war,
So that mine arms do bend a brass bow.

She put forth her hand to the pin,
And her right hand to strike the weary;
For the appointed day of their reckoning is near,
And what is destined for them hastens.

The Lord impoverishes and makes rich.
He humbles; He also exalts.
Vengeance is poised with Me,
And it will pay at the time their foot stumbles.

And the children of Israel did so
They gathered, both the one who gathered much
And the one who gathered little.
And they measured [it] with an omer.

And whoever gathered much
Did not have more, and whoever gathered little did not have less;
I am my beloved's, and his desire is upon me.
Each one according to his eating capacity, they gathered.

Blessed is the One Who is good and bestows good.
The seed of Abraham His servant, the children of Jacob, His chosen ones.
He is the Lord our G-d; throughout all the earth are His judgments.
He remembered His covenant forever, the word He had commanded to the thousandth generation,
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