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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Week 32 (Book 6): Reviewing the Second Week of Iyar - Psalms 94-96; 90:14-16; 89:33

PSALMS (Introductions and Translations from Chabad.org):

Chapter 94

An awe-inspiring and wondrous prayer with which every individual can pray for the redemption. It is also an important moral teaching.

1. The Lord is a G-d of retribution; O G-d of retribution, reveal Yourself! 2. Judge of the earth, arise; render to the arrogant their recompense. 3. How long shall the wicked, O Lord, how long shall the wicked exult? 4. They continuously speak insolently; all the evildoers act arrogantly. 5. They crush Your people, O Lord, and oppress Your heritage. 6. They kill the widow and the stranger, and murder the orphans. 7. And they say, "The Lord does not see, the G-d of Jacob does not perceive.” 8. Understand, you senseless among the people; you fools, when will you become wise? 9. Shall He who implants the ear not hear? Shall He who forms the eye not see? 10. Shall He who chastises nations not punish? Shall He who imparts knowledge to man [not know]? 11. The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are naught. 12. Fortunate is the man whom You chastise, O Lord, and instruct him in Your Torah, 13. bestowing upon him tranquillity in times of adversity, until the pit is dug for the wicked. 14. For the Lord will not abandon His people, nor forsake His heritage. 15. For judgment shall again be consonant with justice, and all the upright in heart will pursue it. 16. Who would rise up for me against the wicked ones; who would stand up for me against the evildoers? 17. Had the Lord not been a help to me, my soul would have soon dwelt in the silence [of the grave]. 18. When I thought that my foot was slipping, Your kindness, O Lord, supported me. 19. When my [worrisome] thoughts multiply within me, Your consolation delights my soul. 20. Can one in the seat of evil, one who makes iniquity into law, consort with You? 21. They band together against the life of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood. 22. The Lord has been my stronghold; my G-d, the strength of my refuge. 23. He will turn their violence against them and destroy them through their own wickedness; the Lord, our G-d, will destroy them.

Chapter 95

This psalm speaks of the future, when man will say to his fellow, "Come, let us sing and offer praise to G-d for the miracles He has performed for us!"

1. Come, let us sing to the Lord; let us raise our voices in jubilation to the Rock of our deliverance. 2. Let us approach Him with thanksgiving; let us raise our voices to Him in song. 3. For the Lord is a great G-d, and a great King over all supernal beings; 4. in His hands are the depths of the earth, and the heights of the mountains are His. 5. Indeed, the sea is His, for He made it; His hands formed the dry land. 6. Come, let us prostrate ourselves and bow down; let us bend the knee before the Lord, our Maker. 7. For He is our G-d, and we are the people that He tends, the flock under His [guiding] hand-even this very day, if you would but hearken to His voice! 8. Do not harden your heart as at Merivah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 9. where your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they had seen My deeds. 10. For forty years I quarreled with that generation; and I said, "They are a people of erring hearts, they do not know My ways.” 11. So I vowed in My anger that they would not enter My resting place.

Chapter 96

The time will yet come when man will say to his fellow: "Come, let us sing to G-d!"

1. Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2. Sing to the Lord, bless His Name; proclaim His deliverance from day to day. 3. Recount His glory among the nations, His wonders among all the peoples. 4. For the Lord is great and highly praised; He is awesome above all G-ds. 5. For all the G-ds of the nations are naught, but the Lord made the heavens. 6. Majesty and splendor are before Him, might and beauty in His Sanctuary. 7. Render to the Lord, O families of nations, render to the Lord honor and might. 8. Render to the Lord honor due to His Name; bring an offering and come to His courtyards. 9. Bow down to the Lord in resplendent holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth. 10. Proclaim among the nations, "The Lord reigns"; indeed, the world is firmly established that it shall not falter; He will judge the peoples with righteousness. 11. The heavens will rejoice, the earth will exult; the sea and its fullness will roar. 12. The fields and everything therein will jubilate; then all the trees of the forest will sing. 13. Before the Lord [they shall rejoice], for He has come, for He has come to judge the earth; He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with His truth. 


Chapter 90

14. Satiate us in the morning with Your kindness, then we shall sing and rejoice throughout our days. 

15. Give us joy corresponding to the days You afflicted us, the years we have seen adversity. 
16. Let Your work be revealed to Your servants, and Your splendor be upon their children. 


33. then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their misdeeds with plagues. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Week 33 (Book 6): Reviewing the Third Week of Iyar - Psalms 97-99; 90:17, 105:1-2; 89:34

PSALMS (Introductions and Translations from Chabad.org):

Chapter 97

1. When the Lord will reveal His kingship, the earth will exult; the multitudes of islands will rejoice. 2. Clouds and dense darkness will surround Him; justice and mercy will be the foundation of His throne. 3. Fire will go before Him and consume His foes all around. 4. His lightnings will illuminate the world; the earth will see and tremble. 5. The mountains will melt like wax before the Lord, before the Master of all the earth. 6. The heavens will declare His justice, and all the nations will behold His glory. 7. All who worship graven images, who take pride in idols, will be ashamed; all idol worshippers will prostrate themselves before Him. 8. Zion will hear and rejoice, the towns of Judah will exult, because of Your judgments, O Lord. 9. For You, Lord, transcend all the earth; You are exceedingly exalted above all the supernal beings. 10. You who love the Lord, hate evil; He watches over the souls of His pious ones, He saves them from the hand of the wicked. 11. Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. 12. Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, and extol His holy Name.

Chapter 98

This psalm describes how Israel will praise G-d for the Redemption.

1. A psalm. Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has performed wonders; His right hand and holy arm have wrought deliverance for Him. 2. The Lord has made known His salvation; He has revealed His justice before the eyes of the nations. 3. He has remembered His kindness and faithfulness to the House of Israel; all, from the farthest corners of the earth, witnessed the deliverance by our G-d. 4. Raise your voices in jubilation to the Lord, all the earth; burst into joyous song and chanting. 5. Sing to the Lord with a harp, with a harp and the sound of song. 6. With trumpets and the sound of the shofar, jubilate before the King, the Lord. 7. The sea and its fullness will roar in joy, the earth and its inhabitants. 8. The rivers will clap their hands, the mountains will sing together. 9. [They will rejoice] before the Lord, for He has come to judge the earth; He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with righteousness.

Chapter 99

This psalm refers to the wars of Gog and Magog, which will precede the Redemption.

1. When the Lord will reveal His kingship, the nations will tremble; the earth will quake before Him Who is enthroned upon the cherubim, 2. [before] the Lord Who is in Zion, Who is great and exalted above all the peoples. 3. They will extol Your Name which is great, awesome and holy. 4. And [they will praise] the might of the King Who loves justice. You have established uprightness; You have made [the laws of] justice and righteousness in Jacob. 5. Exalt the Lord our G-d, and bow down at His footstool; He is holy. 6. Moses and Aaron among His priests, and Samuel among those who invoke His Name, would call upon the Lord and He would answer them. 7. He would speak to them from a pillar of cloud; they observed His testimonies and the decrees which He gave them. 8. Lord our G-d, You have answered them; You were a forgiving G-d for their sake, yet bringing retribution for their own misdeeds. 9. Exalt the Lord our G-d, and bow down at His holy mountain, for the Lord our G-d is holy. 


Chapter 90

17. And may the pleasantness of the Lord our G-d be upon us, and the work of our hands establish for us, and the work of our hands establish it.

Chapter 105

1. Give thanks to the Lord, call out in His name; make His deeds known among the peoples.

2. Sing to Him, play music to Him, speak of all His wonders. 


34. But I shall not cancel My kindness from him, and I shall not betray My faith. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Week 34 (Book 6): Reviewing the Fourth Week of Iyar - Psalms 100-102; 105:3-5; 89:35

PSALMS (Introductions and Translations from Chabad.org):

Chapter 100

This psalm inspires the hearts of those who suffer in this world. Let them, nevertheless, serve G-d with joy, for all is for their good, as in the verse: "He whom G-d loves does He chastise." The psalm also refers to the thanksgiving sacrifice-the only sacrifice to be offered in the Messianic era.

1. A psalm of thanksgiving. Let all the earth sing in jubilation to the Lord. 2. Serve the Lord with joy; come before Him with exultation. 3. Know that the Lord is G-d; He has made us and we are His, His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4. Enter His gates with gratitude, His courtyards with praise; give thanks to Him, bless His Name. 5. For the Lord is good; His kindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness is for all generations.

Chapter 101         

This psalm speaks of David's secluding himself from others, and of his virtuous conduct even in his own home.

1. By David, a psalm. I will sing of [Your] kindness and justice; to You, O Lord, will I chant praise! 2. I will pay heed to the path of integrity-O when will it come to me? I shall walk with the innocence of my heart [even] within my house. 3. I shall not place an evil thing before my eyes; I despise the doing of wayward deeds, it does not cling to me. 4. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I shall not know evil. 5. He who slanders his fellow in secret, him will I cut down; one with haughty eyes and a lustful heart, him I cannot suffer. 6. My eyes are upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the path of integrity, he shall minister to me. 7. He that practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; the speaker of lies shall have no place before my eyes. 8. Every morning I will cut down all the wicked of the land, to excise all evildoers from the city of the Lord.

Chapter 102

An awe-inspiring prayer for the exiled, and an appropriate prayer for anyone in distress.

1. A prayer of the poor man when he is faint [with affliction], and pours out his tale of woe before the Lord. 2. O Lord, hear my prayer, let my cry reach You! 3. Hide not Your face from me on the day of my distress; turn Your ear to me; on the day that I call, answer me quickly. 4. For my days have vanished with the smoke; my bones are dried up as a hearth. 5. Smitten like grass and withered is my heart, for I have forgotten to eat my bread. 6. From the voice of my sigh, my bone cleaves to my flesh. 7. I am like the bird of the wilderness; like the owl of the wasteland have I become. 8. In haste I fled; I was like a bird, alone on a roof. 9. All day my enemies disgrace me; those who ridicule me curse using my name.1 10. For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mixed my drink with tears, 11. because of Your anger and Your wrath-for You have raised me up, then cast me down. 12. My days are like the fleeting shadow; I wither away like the grass. 13. But You, Lord, will be enthroned forever, and Your remembrance is for all generations. 14. You will arise and have mercy on Zion, for it is time to be gracious to her; the appointed time has come. 15. For Your servants cherish her stones, and love her dust. 16. Then the nations will fear the Name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory, 17. when [they see that] the Lord has built Zion, He has appeared in His glory. 18. He turned to the entreaty of the prayerful, and did not despise their prayer. 19. Let this be written for the last generation, so that the newborn nation will praise the Lord. 20. For He looked down from His holy heights; from heaven, the Lord gazed upon the earth, 21. to hear the cry of the bound, to untie those who are doomed to die, 22. so that the Name of the Lord be declared in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem, 23. when nations and kingdoms will gather together to serve the Lord. 24. He weakened my strength on the way; He shortened my days. 25. I would say: "My G-d, do not remove me in the midst of my days! You Whose years endure through all generations.” 26. In the beginning You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. 27. They will perish, but You will endure; all of them will wear out like a garment; You will exchange them like a robe, and they will vanish. 28. But You remain the same; Your years will not end. 29. The children of Your servants will abide; their seed shall be established before You.


Chapter 105

3. Glory in His holy Name; may the heart of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

4. Search for the Lord and His might; seek His countenance always.
5. Remember the wonders that He has wrought, His miracles, and the judgments of His mouth.


35. I will not abrogate My covenant, nor change that which has issued from My lips.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Week 35 (Book 6): Reviewing the Week of Rosh Chodesh Sivan - Psalms 103 -105; 105:6-8; 89:36

PSALMS (Introductions and Translations from Chabad.org):

Chapter 103

David's prayer when he was ill, this psalm is an appropriate prayer on behalf of the sick, especially when offered by the sick person himself while his soul is yet in his body. He can then bless G-d from his depths, body and soul. Read, and find repose for your soul.

1. By David. Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all my being, His holy Name. 2. My soul, bless the Lord; forget not all His favors: 3. Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your illnesses; 4. Who redeems your life from the grave, Who crowns you with kindness and mercy; 5. Who satisfies your mouth with goodness; like the eagle, your youth is renewed. 6. The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. 7. He made His ways known to Moses, His deeds to the Children of Israel. 8. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and of great kindness. 9. He will not contend for eternity, nor harbor ill will forever. 10. He has not dealt with us according to our transgressions, nor requited us according to our sins. 11. For as high as heaven is above the earth, so has His kindness been mighty over those who fear Him. 12. As far as the east is from the west, so has He distanced our transgressions from us. 13. As a father has compassion on his children, so has the Lord had compassion on those who fear Him. 14. For He knows our nature; He is mindful that we are but dust. 15. As for man, his days are like grass; like a flower of the field, so he sprouts. 16. When a wind passes over him, he is gone; his place recognizes him no more. 17. But the kindness of the Lord is forever and ever upon those who fear Him, and His righteousness is [secured] for children's children, 18. to those who keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commands to do them. 19. The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingship has dominion over all. 20. Bless the Lord, you His angels who are mighty in strength, who do His bidding to obey the voice of His speech. 21. Bless the Lord, all His hosts, His servants who do His will. 22. Bless the Lord, all His works, in all the places of His dominion. My soul, bless the Lord!

Chapter 104
This psalm tells of the beauty of creation, describing that which was created on each of the six days of creation. It proclaims the awesomeness of G-d Who sustains it all-from the horns of the wild ox to the eggs of the louse.

1. My soul, bless the Lord! Lord my G-d, You are greatly exalted; You have garbed Yourself with majesty and splendor. 2. You enwrap [Yourself] with light as with a garment; You spread the heavens as a curtain. 3. He roofs His heavens with water; He makes the clouds His chariot, He moves [them] on the wings of the wind. 4. He makes the winds His messengers, the blazing fire His servants. 5. He established the earth on its foundations, that it shall never falter. 6. The depths covered it as a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. 7. At Your exhortation they fled; at the sound of Your thunder they rushed away. 8. They ascended mountains, they flowed down valleys, to the place which You have assigned for them. 9. You set a boundary which they may not cross, so that they should not return to engulf the earth. 10. He sends forth springs into streams; they flow between the mountains. 11. They give drink to all the beasts of the field; the wild animals quench their thirst. 12. The birds of the heavens dwell beside them; they raise their voice from among the foliage. 13. He irrigates the mountains from His clouds above; the earth is satiated from the fruit of Your works. 14. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and vegetation requiring the labor of man to bring forth food from the earth; 15. and wine that gladdens man's heart, oil that makes the face shine, and bread that sustains man's heart. 16. The trees of the Lord drink their fill, the cedars of Lebanon which He planted, 17. wherein birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the cypress. 18. The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rabbits. 19. He made the moon to calculate the festivals; the sun knows its time of setting. 20. You bring on darkness and it is night, when all the beasts of the forest creep forth. 21. The young lions roar for prey, and seek their food from G-d. 22. When the sun rises, they return and lie down in their dens. 23. Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening. 24. How manifold are Your works, O Lord! You have made them all with wisdom; the earth is full of Your possessions. 25. This sea, vast and wide, where there are countless creeping creatures, living things small and great; 26. there ships travel, there is the Leviathan that You created to frolic therein. 27. They all look expectantly to You to give them their food at the proper time. 28. When You give it to them, they gather it; when You open Your hand, they are satiated with goodness. 29. When You conceal Your countenance, they are terrified; when You take back their spirit, they perish and return to their dust. 30. When You will send forth Your spirit they will be created anew, and You will renew the face of the earth. 31. May the glory of the Lord be forever; may the Lord find delight in His works. 32. He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke. 33. I will sing to the Lord with my soul; I will chant praise to my G-d with my [entire] being. 34. May my prayer be pleasant to Him; I will rejoice in the Lord. 35. May sinners cease from the earth, and the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord!

Chapter 105

When David brought the Holy Ark up to the City of David, he composed this psalm and sang it before the Ark. He recounts all the miracles that G-d performed for the Jews in Egypt: sending before them Joseph, who was imprisoned, only to be liberated by G-d, eventually attaining the status of one who could imprison the princes of Egypt without consulting Pharaoh.

1. Offer praise to the Lord, proclaim His Name; make His deeds known among the nations. 2. Sing to Him, chant praises to Him, speak of all His wonders. 3. Glory in His holy Name; may the heart of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 4. Search for the Lord and His might; seek His countenance always. 5. Remember the wonders that He has wrought, His miracles, and the judgments of His mouth. 6. O descendants of Abraham His servant, children of Jacob, His chosen ones: 7. He is the Lord our G-d; His judgments extend over the entire earth. 8. He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He has commanded to a thousand generations; 9. the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac. 10. He established it for Jacob as a statute, for Israel as an everlasting covenant, 11. stating, "To you I shall give the land of Canaan"-the portion of your inheritance, 12. when they were but few, very few, and strangers in it. 13. They wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people. 14. He permitted no one to wrong them, and admonished kings for their sake: 15. "Do not touch my anointed ones, and do not harm my prophets.” 16. He called for a famine upon the land; he broke every source of bread. 17. He sent a man before them; Joseph was sold as a slave. 18. They afflicted his foot with chains, his soul was put into iron; 19. until the time that His words came, the decree of the Lord purified him. 20. The king sent [word] and released him, the ruler of nations set him free. 21. He appointed him master of his house and ruler of all his possessions, 22. to imprison his princes at will, and to enlighten his elders. 23. Thus Israel came to Egypt, and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham (Egypt). 24. He multiplied His nation greatly, and made it mightier than its adversaries. 25. He turned their hearts to hate His nation, to conspire against His servants. 26. He sent Moses, His servant; Aaron, whom He had chosen. 27. They placed among them the words of His signs, miracles in the land of Ham. 28. He sent darkness and made it dark, and they did not defy His word. 29. He transformed their waters to blood, and killed their fish. 30. Their land swarmed with frogs in the chambers of their kings. 31. He spoke, and hordes of wild beasts came, and lice throughout their borders. 32. He turned their rains to hail, flaming fire in their land; 33. it struck their vine and fig tree, it broke the trees of their borders. 34. He spoke, and grasshoppers came, locusts without number; 35. and it consumed all grass in their land, it ate the fruit of their soil. 36. Then He smote every firstborn in their land, the first of all their potency. 37. And He took them out with silver and gold, and none among His tribes stumbled. 38. Egypt rejoiced at their leaving, for the fear [of Israel] had fallen upon them. 39. He spread out a cloud for shelter, and a fire to illuminate the night. 40. [Israel] asked, and He brought quail, and with the bread of heaven He satisfied them. 41. He opened a rock and waters flowed; they streamed through dry places like a river, 42. for He remembered His holy word to Abraham His servant. 43. And He brought out His nation with joy, His chosen ones with song. 44. He gave them the lands of nations, they inherited the toil of peoples, 45. so that they might keep His statutes and observe His laws. Praise the Lord!


Chapter 105

6. The seed of Abraham His servant, the children of Jacob, His chosen ones.

7. He is the Lord our G-d; throughout all the earth are His judgments.
8. He remembered His covenant forever, the word He had commanded to the thousandth generation,

36. One thing have I sworn by My holiness, that I will not fail David. 

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