Psalm 106

"Give thanks to Hashem for
 His kindness 
is everlasting..."

Hearing/Seeing Is Believing! 

We are surrounded by electromagnetic radiation from all objects 
that have a temperature above absolute zero (-273 degrees 
centigrade).   Michael Farady,170 years ago, discovered the
 "invisible" electro and magnetic components. A radio receiver 
"tuned" to the frequency of the radio broadcast station can receive 
the "electro phase" in a wire loop aerial and the "magnetic phase" can be received in a metal rod. The broadcast station modulates the transmission and the radio circuit separates it and sound is produced.  The sound waves "push" the air molecules and enter our ear through the ear canal. The sound waves vibrate our "ear drum" (tympanic membrane) which then vibrates three tiny bones which then vibrate the oval window of the inner ear.  In the inner ear, the cochlea changes these sound vibrations into electro-chemical nerve impulses carried by the acoustic nerve to the temporal lobe (in the side of our brain).  Our brain converts these electro-chemical impulses into the "sounds" we comprehend as meaningful words, music and sounds of nature. 

In a similar way the sun at 5000 degrees centigrade emits direct electro-magnetic radiation.  Day Light is the electro potential of sunlight and it radiates in a capacitive linear manner in all directions at the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second.  We receive it by the vibration of free electrons in the retina in the back of our eye and it enters through the precisely sized opening of the iris of our eye. The retina changes the light energy into electro-chemical neural impulses carried by the optic nerve to the occipital lobe (in the back of our brain). Our brain converts these electro-chemical impulses into comprehensible images we call vision.  

Who says there are no miracles?

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Psalm 52:10
"I put my trust in the kindness
 of Hashem forever and ever..."

"..batachti b'chesed Hashem olam va ed...'"

What does it mean to "trust"?
A bird trusts that when it holds apart its wings,
the wind will carry it above the rooftops and into the
sky above.  The flower trusts that when it opens its 
petals, water will miraculously quench its thirst. 

The children of Israel trust when they walk waist deep into the Red Sea, while women lead them with tambourines and songs of joy, somehow the swords and chariots of the great armies of Egypt will not hinder their journey to the land promised by Hashem. (Shabbat Shirah)

And you and I trust when we hold open the pages of our blessed Torah, miraculously our thirst will be quenched for then our soul may soar.  And like the Children of Israel when we walk waist deep into the dangers of the world, that we will sing songs of faith and love. 

This is very difficult to do, however. 

The Psalmist offers some help in maintaining our "trust." For the word in this Psalm is "betachti" which means' "I trusted." This reveals that trust is sometimes temporarily forgotten or lost but always present deep inside.  

When we look at our immediate situation however -  the flower about to show that it's petals are only paper thin, the bird as it leaps off a rooftop, the Children of Israel when the chariots and swords of the armies are within sight, it is often difficult to trust. 

Yet, when we think of the long road our soul has traveled and has yet to travel, when we remember how our soul trusted then as it trusts now deep inside, it may then be possible to reconnect with the trust in Hashem's kindness that is forever.   

(to read the translation of Psalm 52 click this line)
​Psalm 99

When Hashem will reign, nations will tremble 
before Him who is entroned on Cherubim, the earth will quake.

Psalm 99 refers to a time when Hashem will be in charge. The Psalm also mentions Cherubim.  
So, what are Cherubim and where are they mentioned in the Torah?

"And having driven out the man, He stationed at the east of the Garden of Eden Cherubim and the flame of the ever-turning sword, to guard the way to the Tree of Life." (Genesis 3:24)

You were a great sheltering cherub (Ezekiel 28:14)

In Exodus 25, Hashem describes the building of the Tabernacle which housed the Ark in which was placed the Tablets of the 10 Commandments.  The cover was made of a solid piece of gold from which was hammered out two Cherubim with faces toward each other. Hashem spoke to Moses and said, "and I shall speak with you from atop the Cover, from between the two Cherubim that are on the Ark of the Testimonial tablets, everything that I shall command you to the Children of Israel."

It was during the time when the Children of Israel were wandering in the desert led by clouds 

 It is there, from atop the cover, from between the Cherubim that Hashem spoke to Moses and the Children of Israel through Moses. 

The Cherubim refer to the Cherubim that were Cherubim/cherubs are angelic beings involved in the worship and praise of God. The cherubim are first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 3:24, “After He drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” Prior to his rebellion, Satan was a cherub (Ezekiel 28:12-15). The tabernacle and temple along with their articles contained many representations of cherubim (Exodus 25:17-22; 26:1, 31; 36:8; 1 Kings 6:23-35; 7:29-36; 8:6-7; 1 Chronicles 28:18; 2 Chronicles 3:7-14; 2 Chronicles 3:10-13; 5:7-8;

Chapters 1 and 10 of the book of Ezekiel describe the “four living creatures” (Ezekiel 1:5) as the same beings as the cherubim (Ezekiel 10). Each had four faces—that of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle (Ezekiel 1:10; also 10:14)—and each had four wings. In their appearance, the cherubim “had the likeness of a man” (Ezekiel 1:5). These cherubim used two of their wings for flying and the other two for covering their bodies (Ezekiel 1:6, 11, 23). Under their wings the cherubim appeared to have the form, or likeness, of a man's hand (Ezekiel 1:8; 10:7-8, 21).

Cherubim are considered the elect beings for the purpose of protection. Cherubim guard the way to the tree of life in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24) 
and the throne of God (Ezekiel 28:14-16) 
1 Kings 6:23–28.

Psalm 92 - "It is good to thank God. 

To relate in the dawn Your kindness and Your faithfulness at night."  

A thought:  King David is is widely known as the "The Sweet Psalmist of Israel."
Editor's Favorite Psalms

Psalm 100

Serve Hashem with Joy.

Ivdu et Hashem b'simcha

Psalm 23

Though I walk through the valley 
overshadowed by death
I will fear no evil for You are with me.

Gam Ki Elech b'gey tsalmoveys. 
Lo ira ra ki ata imodi.

Psalm 51

Create for me a pure heart Hashem and a spirit that is true
and new within me.  Cast me not away from Your presence,
and Your holy spirit take not from me.

Lev tahor b'ra li Hashem
V'ruach nachon chadesh b'kir bi.

Psalm 118

You are my God and I will give thanks to You.
God I will exalt (elevate) You.

Keli Ata v'odeycha.  
Elokai aromimecha

Psalm 118

Give thanks to Hashem for He is good.
For His kindness endures forever.

Hodu la Hashem ki tov.  
Ki l'olam chasdo

Psalms of Healing

For time immemorial, whenever Jews found themselves in difficult 
situations, they would open up the Book of Psalms and through 
King David's ageless poetic praises and supplications beseech G‑d for mercy.

The Midrash tells us that when King David compiled the Psalms, he had in mind himself, as well as every Jew of every generation and every circumstance. No matter who you are and what the situation, the words of the Psalms speak the words of your heart and are heard On High.

The Artscroll Siddur recommends these Psalms to read when praying for Recovery from Illness for oneself:  Psalms: 6, 10, 41, 88 and 103.

When praying for an individual who is ill,  the Jewish custom is to recite the following thirty-six chapters of Psalms: 2069131617, 18, 22, 23, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 37, 38, 39, 41, 49, 55, 56, 69, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 102, 103, 104, 107, 116, 118, 142, 143, and 148.

It is also customary to recite the stanzas from Psalm 119 that correspond to the letters of the ill individual's Jewish name(s). (Psalm 119 contains twenty-two stanzas, each stanza consists of eight verses that begin with the same letter from the Hebrew alphabet.  For example: if the person's name is Moshe (משה),  recite the stanzas that begin with mem (מ),  shin (ש), and hey (ה). If the person's name is Rachel (רחל), recite the stanzas that begin with resh (ר), chet (ח) and lamed (ל). 

Then recite the six stanzas that correspond to the words קרע שטן ("destroy the Prosecutor"): kuf, resh, ayin, shin, tet, and nun.

May G‑d hear our prayers and grant a speedy and complete recovery. 

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Psalm for Shabbat

Tehillim  92

A Psalm a song for the day of Shabbat.

It is good to thank God and 
to sing praise to Your Name O One of the Most High.  

To relate in the dawn Your kindness and Your faithfulness in the nights.  

Upon a ten-stringed instrument and upon a lyre with singing accompanied by a harp.  

For You have gladdened me Hashem with Your deeds in the works of Your hands I will sing joyfully.  

How great are Your deeds Hashem.  
Exceedingly profound are Your thoughts.   

Psalm 99:1

"When Hashem will reveal His kingship, the nations will tremble; the earth will quake upon Him who is enthroned upon the cherubim."

Moses wrote this Tehillim in foreknowledge of a time just before the Messianic Age would begin. In Moses' lifetime, Hashem  communicated to Moses from between the Cherubim. (Exodus 25:22) "It is there that I will set My meetings with you, and I shall speak with you from atop the Cover, from between the two Cherubim that are on the Ark of the Testimonial tablets..."  

What do we know about Cherubim? We read about them in Parsha Terumah, as the Children of Israel, a population of more than one million souls, dwell in the desert.  Their very physical life is sustained by miracle.  They eat  Manna which falls from heaven each morning. This Manna becomes putrid and infested after one day save for the Manna gathered before Shabbat which miraculously lasts two days.  The water they drink spouts from a rock or a miraculous well, depending on the place they happen to be.  Their travels are directly guided by Hashem.  They do not know whether they will camp for a day or a year but they follow Hashem's guidance each day.   

Then Hashem gives special directions about building a Sanctuary.  As part of the directions, Hashem tells the Children of Israel to hammer out from a single ignet of gold two cherubim and a cover for the Ark which will house the Ten Commandments.  Cherubim were also embroidered on the curtains that formed the ceiling of the Sanctuary in which Hashem's presence dwelled.  Ezekiel prophesized in his dream (Ezekiel 10) that he saw above the cherubim something of a sapphire stone like the appearance of a throne.   Great sages throughout the centuries have described the meaning of the Cherubim.  They have come to signify pure love, brotherly love, male and female energies, angels as depicted in Isaiah's and Ezekiel's visions, angles of the highest order according to Rambam, the unification of the people of Israel, among other descriptions.  

When they are not carved from gold but are in their pure form, they are the guardians placed to on the pathway to the Tree of Knowledge so that Adam and Eve do not return to the Garden of Eden. They are fearsome angles carrying swords of fire that swings back and forth blocking the way.

it is possible that all these are true and the Cherubim have many forms or many attributes.  Rather than analyze who or what they are, perhaps we can better understand them by seeing where Hashem placed them and what task He gave them.  For, like all beings that Hashem creates, they are serving Him in some way.  

We know that the Cherubim in some way guarded the Garden of Eden, the Ark that Housed the Tablets of the Ten Commandments and the Sanctuary, the Tabernacle in the desert.  In Ezekiel's dream there is a sapphire stone above them which possibly alludes to the Ten Commandments which were carved out of sapphire stone.  In all of these examples, the Cherubim are in some way protecting something very important to Hashem, something that needs protection and that protection has something to do with love.   Whether it is the Garden of Eden, the Ten Commandments or the Sanctuary where Hashem's presence dwells, a power that has something to do with love was chosen by Hashem to protect His most precious gifts to mankind.  

The Ten Commandments single handedly brought the world from a  place where cruelty and barbarism ruled to a place where peace is possible.  And when we think about the Ten Commandments and, it becomes clear that if all mankind were to abide by all Ten Commandments there would be peace on earth and the time of the Messianic Age would already be here.  

by Tara Mizrachi 

Psalm 106:
"Give thanks to Hashem for 
His kindness is everlasting..."

Seeing is Believing??

Within the sub-atomic structure, solid mass makes up less than 1% of an atom's size. The distance between atoms within molecules is often compared to light years between planets. This means that regardless of what we think, the truth is, a brick wall is mostly empty space.

Color doesn't exist except as our brain's interpretation of light waves bouncing off of an object & entering our eyes. (see article  "Hearing/Seeing is Believing" ) Light itself is invisible but we can't see without it and often what we think we see isn't even there.

So the reality of life: the universe with all it's particles shooting around and through us as well as the world we live in, is completely different from our sensual perception of it as we go through our daily lives. Of course it must be. We wouldn't be able to function in what we see as 'normal' without the perception we have. 

Still, it is important to realize that the physical world we perceive through our senses is not all there is.  Just as there are atoms and light waves beyond our ordinary perception there is also the infinite world of lovingkindness that Hashem has built for us. This is perceived through our soul rather than our senses. And just as we must open our eyes in order to see the physical part of life we must open the gates to our souls to perceive the spiritual. 

We may open the gates to our souls by setting aside time to pray or think or sing or dance while concentrating on the meaning of the words that Hashem has brought to us through our sages; or by being Hashem's hands on earth, by applying His precepts of purity, lovingkindness and mitzvohs (good deeds)  to the physical world and thereby bringing Godliness into everyday life

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Psalm 102:26

"In the beginning You laid the foundations of the earth, 
and the work of Your hands are the heavens..."

We look up to the heavens and are awestruck at the realization of how incomprehensible infinity and the universe is.  Yet there had to be a creator of this wonder. Surely it was not by happenstance that the universe with amazing phenomena that span from galaxies to neutrinos to the DNA inside each cell, came to be.  Yet we know that in the nature of the physical is limited existence. All creatures, plants and stars must one day end.  

When Einstein said that God does not "play with dice" he referred to the vast intelligent awesomeness of the world and all that is in it, proving there is an author.  When we are aware of Hashem's sheer awesomeness, that "the work of Your hands are in the heavens..." - when we see the world as it is, we realize that there must be an "intellegent designer" to this incomprehensible and miraculous complexity. Perhaps, then we may begin to discover our purpose on earth may be to help Hashem build a world of lovingkindness, as stated in Psalm 89,  in the understanding that He is the source of all blessings, great and small.  

(to read the complete translation click here)

Psalm 20 - 
A Psalm of Healing

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ, מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד.  

1 For the Leader. A Psalm of David.

ב  יַעַנְךָ יְהוָה, בְּיוֹם צָרָה;    יְשַׂגֶּבְךָ, שֵׁם אֱלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב.  2 

2. May Hashem answer you on the day of trouble; May  you be fortified strongly by the Name of the God of Jacob.

ג  יִשְׁלַח-עֶזְרְךָ מִקֹּדֶשׁ;    וּמִצִּיּוֹן, יִסְעָדֶךָּ.  

3. May He send  help from the Sanctuary, and may He support you from Zion;

ד  יִזְכֹּר כָּל-מִנְחֹתֶךָ;    וְעוֹלָתְךָ יְדַשְּׁנֶה סֶלָה.  

4. May He remember all your meal offerings and may He favorably accept your burnt sacrifices; Selah

ה  יִתֶּן-לְךָ כִלְבָבֶךָ;    וְכָל-עֲצָתְךָ יְמַלֵּא.  

5. May He grant you your  heart's desire and may He validate your advice.

ו  נְרַנְּנָה, בִּישׁוּעָתֶךָ--    וּבְשֵׁם-אֱלֹהֵינוּ נִדְגֹּל;
יְמַלֵּא יְהוָה,    כָּל-מִשְׁאֲלוֹתֶיךָ.  

6. May we sing for joy at Your salvation and raise our banner in the Name of our God. May Hashem fulfill all your requests. 

ז  עַתָּה יָדַעְתִּי--    כִּי הוֹשִׁיעַ יְהוָה, מְשִׁיחוֹ:
יַעֲנֵהוּ, מִשְּׁמֵי קָדְשׁוֹ--    בִּגְבֻרוֹת, יֵשַׁע יְמִינוֹ.  

7 Now know that Hashem saved His anointed; 
He will answer him from His holy heaven with the mighty acts of His saving right hand.

ח  אֵלֶּה בָרֶכֶב,    וְאֵלֶּה בַסּוּסִים;
וַאֲנַחְנוּ,    בְּשֵׁם-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ נַזְכִּיר.  

8 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; 
but we will call out the name of Hashem our God.

ט  הֵמָּה, כָּרְעוּ וְנָפָלוּ;    וַאֲנַחְנוּ קַּמְנוּ, וַנִּתְעוֹדָד.  

9 They are bowed down and fallen; but we are risen, and stand upright.

י  יְהוָה הוֹשִׁיעָה:    הַמֶּלֶךְ, יַעֲנֵנוּ בְיוֹם-קָרְאֵנוּ.  

10. Hashem save us! May the King answer us on the day when we call. 

Transliteration of 
Psalm 20:1-4

Lam'na tseyach mizmor L'David.  

Ya'ancha Hashem B'Yom Tsarah
 Y'sha geyv'cha shem Elohei Ya'akov - 

Y'shlach ez r'cha mikdesh U'm'tsion

Yizkor kal minchoteycha v'olascha y'dashneh;

Psalm 46

For the conductor, for the sons of Korach, on alamot song
La'manatsea l'bnei Korah al alamot shir

א. לַמְנַצֵּחַ לִבְנֵי קֹרַח עַל עֲלָמוֹת שִׁיר:

Alamoth refers to the name of a musical instrument in Chronicles (I Chron. 15:20), according to Rashi.

Alamot in the singular form is Almah (עלמה, plural: alamot עלמות) It is a Hebrew word meaning a young woman of childbearing age who has not yet had a child, and who may be an unmarried virgin or a married young woman.[1] The term occurs nine times in the Hebrew Bible.

The sons of Korach sing "al alamot".  Most people think that the Hebrew word AL means ON.
In reality the Hebrew word AL has 6 meanings. They are...

AL can mean:
ON Genesis 3-14 "Crawl ON your belly"
WITH Exodus12-09e "Eat it WITH Matzoh & Marror"
IN Exodus 29-03 "Place the Matzoh IN the basket"
TO 1S01-10 "Channah prayed TO God"
NEAR Genesis18-08 "Abraham stood NEAR his guests"
AFTER Leviticus 3-5 "Offer the Peace offering AFTER the Daily*1


Thus, the first sentence of Tehillim 46 could be read as: For the Conductor (Hashem) for the Sons of Korach with young women singing.  

1Chr. 23:4 David said, "Of these, twenty-four thousand are to supervise the work of the temple of the LORD and six thousand are to be officials and judges. 5Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the LORD with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose."