Let Torah Live in You

* For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. Deuteronomy 32:47a Great is Torah, for it gives life to those who practice it in this world, and in the World to Come. As the Scripture states, “For the words of the Torah are life to he who finds them, […]

You and I – Leonard Nimoy

Kavanah is a Hebrew word meaning intention and focus. The rabbis often speak of ‘kavanah of the heart’ in terms of prayer. This Hebrew word is deeply significant as we stand on the threshold of the Hebrew calendar month of ELUL. The following poem speaks into this season of repentance and reflection as a reminder […]

The Seeds of Hope Planted on Tisha b’Av

We are close to entering Bein Hameitzarim – The Narrow Straits – or Three Weeks Of Sorrow. As we enter this time it is good to remember that this time of grief can also be seen as a time of healing.  Rachel Barenblat explains:  [The Three Weeks] This is the corridor between two painful anniversaries: the […]

PSALM for DAY 7 – SHABBAT / Saturday

May the Psalm of the Day be a blessing to you! Follow along as Keren recites the Psalm of the Day.   Day 7 – SHABBAT – Saturday Psalm 92 A Song for Shabbat It is good to give thanks to the LORD,  to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High; to declare Your […]

PSALM for DAY 6 – Yom Shishi / Friday

May the Psalm of the Day be a blessing to you! Follow along as Keren recites the Psalm of the Day.   Day 6 – Yom Shishi – Friday Psalm 93 The LORD reigns; He is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; He has put on strength as His belt. Yes, the world is […]

PSALM for Day 5 – Yom Chamishi / Thursday

May the Psalm of the Day be a blessing to you! Follow along as Keren recites the Psalm of the Day.   Yom Chamishi – Day 5 – Thursday Psalm 81 To Him who grants victory – by Asaph Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! Raise a song; […]

PSALM for DAY 4 – Yom Revi’i / Wednesday

May the Psalm of the Day be a blessing to you! Follow along as Keren recites the Psalm of the Day.   Yom Revi’i  – Day 4 – Wednesday PSALM  94 God of retribution. LORD, God of retribution, appear! Rise up, Judge of the earth. Repay to the arrogant what they deserve. How long shall […]

PSALM for DAY 3 – Yom Shlishi /Tuesday

May the Psalm of the Day be a blessing to you! Follow along as Keren recites the Psalm of the Day.   Yom Shlishi – Day 3 – Tuesday PSALM  82 A psalm of Asaph. God stands in the Divine assembly. Among the judges He delivers judgment. “How long will man judge unjustly and show favor […]

PSALM for DAY 2 – Yom Sheni / Monday

May the Psalm of the Day be a blessing to you! Follow along as Keren recites the Psalm of the Day.   Yom Sheni – Day 2 – Monday PSALM  48 A song. A psalm to the sons of Korach. Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised in the city of God, in […]

Victims No Longer

ISRAEL to the World…A message. After the ghettos and the camps, The humiliations and the murders, A decision was made — To rise from the ashes, To work and to build, And to fight if necessary To be free. A reborn people In our reborn Land, Walking in victory With G-d’s help, Victims no longer. […]

15 PSALMS of ASCENT – pdf download

  THE SEASON OF OUR JOY! Seven days you shall celebrate a feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be akh sameach – altogether joyful. ~ […]

PSALM for Each Day of the Week DAY 1 – Yom Rishon / Sunday

May the Psalm of the Day be a blessing to you!  Follow along as Keren recites the Psalm of the Day.   Every day, when the Temple of God was standing in Jerusalem, the Levitical choir stood atop the platform located in the Court of the Women, where all public prayer and worship were conducted, and they […]

PSALMS of ASCENT – STEP 15 – PSALM 134

HEARTS OF GRATITUDE AND BLESSING The fifteen steps have been ascended; hearts have been prepared, and a profusion of joyful praise has welled up, ready to pour forth in worship. “Come bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD That stand by night in the House of the LORD!”  In the original context of […]

PSALMS of ASCENT – STEP 14 – PSALM 133

 BLESSING POURED OUT FROM ON HIGH Mount Hermon on Israel’s North Eastern border The series of the 15 Psalms of Ascents concludes with the two short Psalms of 133 and 134. Both psalms begin with Hinei or Behold, which in Scripture usually is an indication of the sovereign intervention of G-d within a situation. The […]

PSALMS of ASCENT – STEP 13 – PSALM 132

THE DAVIDIC DYNASTY During the years of his reign, King David faced many moments when his kingship and kingdom were threatened. Psalm 132 is a prayer and reminder, as it were, to God and himself, of the immutable bond and covenant between the Almighty, the Davidic line and the capital, Jerusalem. David also stresses the troubles […]