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.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Week 15 (Book 5): Reviewing the Second Week of Teveth - Psalms 43-45; 42:11-12, 59:1-2; 89:16
1. Avenge me, O G-d, and champion my cause against an
impious nation; rescue me from the man of deceit and iniquity. 2. For You are
the G-d of my strength; why have You abandoned me? Why must I walk in gloom
under the oppression of the enemy? 3. Send Your light and Your truth, they will
guide me; they will bring me to Your holy mountain and to your sanctuaries. 4.
Then I will come to the altar of G-d-to G-d, the joy of my delight-and praise
You on the lyre, O G-d, my G-d. 5. Why are you downcast, my soul, and why do
you wail within me? Hope to G-d, for I will yet thank Him; He is my
deliverance, [the light of] my countenance, and my G-d.
1. For the Conductor, by the sons of Korach, a maskil.1
2. G-d, with our ears we have heard, our fathers have told us, of the deeds You
wrought in their days, in the days of old. 3. You drove out nations with Your
hand, and planted [Israel in their place]; You afflicted peoples and banished
them. 4. For not by their sword did they inherit the land, and their own arm
did not save them, but by Your right hand, Your arm and the light of Your
countenance-for You favored them. 5. You are my king, O G-d; decree the
salvation of Jacob. 6. Through You will we gore our adversaries; with Your Name
we will trample our opponents. 7. For I do not trust in my bow, and my sword
cannot save me. 8. For You have delivered us from our foes, and You shamed
those who hate us. 9. In G-d we glory all day, and forever thank Your Name, Selah.
10. Though You abandon and disgrace us, and do not go forth with our armies;
11. You cause us to retreat from the oppressor, and those who hate us plunder
for themselves; 12. You deliver us like sheep to be devoured, and scatter us
among the nations; 13. You sell Your nation without gain, and do not set a high
price upon them; 14. You make us a disgrace to our neighbors, the scorn and
derision of those around us; 15. You make us a byword among the nations, [a
cause for] nodding the head among the peoples; 16. all day long my humiliation
is before me, and the shame of my face covers me 17. at the voice of the
reviler and blasphemer, because of the foe and avenger- 18. all this has come
upon us, yet we have not forgotten You, nor have we been false to Your
covenant. 19. Our hearts have not retracted, nor have our steps strayed from
Your path. 20. Even when You crushed us in the place of serpents, and shrouded
us in the shadow of death- 21. did we forget the Name of our G-d, and extend
our hands to a foreign G-d? 22. Is it not so that G-d can examine this, for He
knows the secrets of the heart. 23. For it is for Your sake that we are killed
all the time; we are regarded as sheep for the slaughter. 24. Arise! Why do You
sleep, my Lord? Wake up! Do not abandon [us] forever! 25. Why do You conceal
Your countenance and forget our affliction and distress? 26. For our souls are
bowed to the dust, our bellies cleave to the earth. 27. Arise! Be our help, and
redeem us for the sake of Your kindness.
1. For the Conductor, upon the shoshanim,1
By the sons of Korach; a maskil,2
a song of love. 2. My heart is astir with a noble theme; I say, "My
composition is for the king;3
my tongue is the pen of a skillful scribe.” 3. You are the most handsome of
men, charm is poured upon your lips; therefore has G-d blessed you forever. 4.
Gird your sword upon your thigh, O mighty one-it is your majesty and splendor.
5. And with your splendor, succeed and ride on for the sake of truth and
righteous humility; and your right hand will guide you to awesome deeds. 6.
Your arrows are sharpened-nations fall beneath you-[the arrows fall] into the
hearts of the king's enemies. 7. Your throne, O ruler, is forever and ever,
[for] the scepter of justice is the scepter of your kingdom. 8. You love
righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore has G-d, your G-d, anointed you
with oil of joy above your peers. 9. Myrrh, aloes and cassia are [the fragrance]
of all your garments, which are from ivory palaces that bring you joy. 10.
Daughters of kings visit you, and the queen stands erect at your right hand,
adorned in the fine gold of Ophir. 11. Hear, O daughter, and observe, incline
your ear; forget your people and your father's house. 12. Then the king will
desire your beauty. He is your master-bow to him. 13. The daughter of Tyre, the
wealthiest of nations, will seek your favor with a gift. 14. All the glory of
the princess is within; her clothing surpasses settings of gold. 15. In
embroidered garments she will be brought to the king; the maidens in her train,
her companions, will be led to you. 16. They will be brought with gladness and
joy, they will enter the palace of the king. 17. Your sons will succeed your
fathers; you will appoint them ministers throughout the land. 18. I will cause
Your Name to be remembered throughout the generations; therefore will the
nations praise You forever and ever.
11. With murder in my bones, my oppressors have reproached
me by saying to me all day long, "Where is your G-d?" 12. Why are you
downcast, my soul, and why do you stir within me? Hope to G-d, for I will yet
thank Him for the salvations of my countenance and my G-d.
1. For the conductor, al tashcheth; of David a michtam, when
Saul sent and they guarded the house to slay him. 2. Save me from my enemies,
my G-d; strengthen me against those who rise up against me.
16. Fortunate is the people that know the blasting of the
shofar; O Lord, may they walk in the light of Your countenance.