May, 2011 Archives

31
May

Hallel Yom Yerushalayim: Paragraph Eight

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

We picture ourselves standing in the redeemed Jerusalem, filled with joy and gratitude, shocked that we survived for so long, challenged to rise higher than ever before, as described by Zechariah. We who have experienced the miracle of the reunification of Jerusalem and can observe as it expands wider and higher, have experienced the beginning of the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy::

1 The word of the Lord Almighty came to me.

2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.”

3 This is what the Lord says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.”

4 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. 5 The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”

6 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “It may seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvelous to me?” declares the Lord Almighty.

7 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. 8 I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.”

9 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Now hear these words, ‘Let your hands be strong so that the temple may be built.’ This is also what the prophets said who were present when the foundation was laid for the house of the Lord Almighty. 10 Before that time there were no wages for people or hire for animals. No one could go about their business safely because of their enemies, since I had turned everyone against their neighbor. 11 But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as I did in the past,” declares the Lord Almighty.

12 “The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. 13 Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curse[a] among the nations, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing.[b] Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.”

14 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Just as I had determined to bring disaster on you and showed no pity when your ancestors angered me,” says the Lord Almighty, 15 “so now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid. 16 These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; 17 do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord.

18 The word of the Lord Almighty came to me.

19 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.”

20 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, 21 and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the Lord and seek the Lord Almighty. I myself am going.’ 22 And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord Almighty and to entreat him.”

23 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’” (Zechariah 8)

“Give thanks to God Who is good, for His kindness is forever!

Let Israel declare that His Kindness is forever!

Let the House of Aaron declare that His kindness is forever!

Let those who are in awe of God declare that His kindness if forever!

I called to the Creator of Heaven and Earth from a tight spot, and He answered me broadly. God is with me, I have no fear; what can people do to me?

God is with me to help me, so I can confront my enemies. It is better to depend in God than to trust people. It is better to depend on God than to trust people in power. All the nations surrounded me but I survived them in God’s Name. They surrounded and encircled me but I survived them in God’s Name. Though they surrounded me like a swarm of bees, they were snuffed out like burnt thorns. I survived them in God’s Name.

I was pushed to fall but God helped me. The Creator of Heaven and Earth is my Help and my Hammer, and became my Savior.

Song and victory sound in the tents of the just. God’s Hand makes victory.

God’s Hand is supreme.

God’s Hand makes victory!

I will not die but live, and tell of the doings of the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

The Creator afflicted me to direct me but did not destroy me.

Open the gates of justice for me, I will enter and thank the Creator. This is the gate to God, the just may enter here.

I thank You for answering me, You became my salvation.

The stone rejected by the builders became the cornerstone.

This happened because of God; it is wondrous in our eyes.

This is the day God made; let us sing and be happy with it.

Please God; Save us!

Please God; Make us successful!

Bless those who come in God’s Name; we bless you from God’s House.

God is The Power and gave us Light.

Wave your holiday branches up to the corners of the altar.

You are my Power and I thank You, My Lord and I will exalt You.

Give thanks to God Who is good, for His kindness is forever!”

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31
May

Hallel Yom Yerushalayim: Paragraph Seven

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

How will the nations of the world, so filled with hatred now, sing when they witness the completion of Jerusalem’s redemption?

Rabbi Yochanan said: Every acacia tree that was taken by the invaders from Jerusalem will be restored to it by the Holy One, blessed be He, in time to come, as it says, “I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia tree (Isaiah 41:19),” and ‘wilderness’ means Jerusalem, as it is written, “Zion is become a wilderness (64:9).” (Rosh Hashanah 23a)

“All you nations; Praise God!

Sing compliments, all you peoples!

For His kindness overpowers us, and God’s Truth is forever.

Hallelukah!”

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31
May

Hallel: Yom Yerushalayim: Paragraph Six

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

What will it be like to stand in the Infinite city with the means to express infinite gratitude?

Rabbah said in the name of Rabbi Yochanan: Jerusalem of the world to come will not be like Jerusalem of the present world. [To] Jerusalem of the present world, anyone who wishes goes up, but to that of the world to come only those invited will go.

Rabbah in the name of Rabbi Yochanan further stated: The righteous will in time to come be called by the name of the Holy One, blessed be He; for it is said: “Every one that is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory. I have formed him, yea, I have made him (Isaiah 43:7).”

Rabbi Shmuel bar Nahmani said in the name of Rabbi Yochanan: Three were called by the name of the Holy One; blessed be He, and they are the following: The righteous, the Messiah and Jerusalem. [This may be inferred as regards] the righteous [from] what has just been said. [As regards] the Messiah — it is written: “And this is the name whereby he shall be called, The Lord is our righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6).” [As regards] Jerusalem — it is written: “It shall be eighteen thousand reeds round about; and the name of the city from that day shall be ‘the Lord is there’ (Ezekiel 48:35),” do not read, ‘there’ but ‘its name.’

Rabbi Eleazar said: There will come a time when ‘Holy’ will be said before the righteous as it is said before the Holy One, blessed be He; for it is said: “And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remains in Jerusalem, shall be called Holy (Isaiah 4:3).”

Rabbah in the name of R. Yochanan further stated: The Holy One, blessed be He, will in time to come lift up Jerusalem three parasangs high; for it is said: “And she shall be lifted up, and be settled in her place (Zechariah 9:10).” ‘In her place’ means ‘like her place’. From where is it proved that the space it occupied was three parasangs in extent? — Rabbah said: A certain old man told me, ‘I saw ancient Jerusalem and it occupied [an area of] three parasangs’. And lest you should think the ascent will

be painful, it is expressly stated: “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their cotes (Isaiah 60:8).”

Rabbi Papa said: Hence it may be inferred that a cloud rises three parasangs. Rabbi Chanina bar Papa said: The Holy One, blessed be He, wished to give to Jerusalem a [definite] size; for it is said: “Then said I ‘Whither do you go?’ And he said unto me: ‘To measure Jerusalem. to see what is the breadth thereof and what is the length thereof’ (Zechariah 2:6).”

The ministering angels said before the Holy One, blessed be He, ‘Lord of the Universe, many towns for the nations of the earth You have created in Your world, and You did not fix the measurement of their length or the measurement of their breadth, will You fix a measurement for Jerusalem in the midst of which is Your Name, Your sanctuary and the

righteous?’ Thereupon, [an angel] said unto him: ‘Run speak to this young man, saying: Jerusalem shall be inhabited without walls, for the multitude of men and cattle therein’ (Zechariah 2:8).”

Resh Lakish said: The Holy One, blessed be He, will in time to come add to Jerusalem a thousand gardens, a thousand towers, a thousand palaces and a thousand mansions; and each [of these] will be as big as Sepphoris in its prosperity.

It has been taught: Rabbi Yosi said: I saw Sepphoris in its prosperity, and it contained a hundred and eighty thousand markets for pudding dealers.

[It is written]: “And the side chambers were one over another, three and thirty times (Ezekiel 41:6).” What is meant by three and thirty times? — Rabbi Levi in the name of Rav Papi in the name of R. Yehoshua of Siknin said: If [in time to come] there will be three Jerusalems,  each [building] will contain thirty dwellings one over the other; if there will be thirty Jerusalems, each [building] will contain three dwellings one over the other. (Bava Batra 75b)

The possibilities will be endless. The potential, infinite. The gratitude, beyond words, and we will stand in the Jerusalem described above and sing:

“What can I respond to God for all the good He has given to make me independent?

I will lift up the cup of salvation and I will call out in God’s Name.

I will fulfill my promises to God in front of all His nation.

Death to His pious ones is precious in God’s eyes.

Please God, allow me to be Your servant.

I am Your worker, the son of Your maidservant,

You unlocked my chains.

I will bring an offering of thanks to You, and I will call out in the Name of God.

I will fulfill my promises to God in front of all His nation.

In the courtyards of God’s House, in the center of Jerusalem.

Hallelukah!”

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31
May

Hallel: Yom Yerushalayim: Paragraph Five

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

What will those standing in redeemed Jerusalem sing? They will sing as Jerusalem will sing, which as did Yosef when he became viceroy of Egypt as he had dreamed, when his brothers bowed to him as he dreamed they would, when he greeted the entire family including his father, just as he had dreamed; his dreams were realized. His prayers were answered. He looked back on all that happened with clarity, as the Midrash teaches:

There is a most remarkable identity between the occurrences in the life of Joseph and those in the history of Zion and Jerusalem, and a remarkable similarity in the phrases employed in describing the respective events of each, whether in their adversity or in their prosperity.

We read: “Israel loved Joseph” (Gen. xxxvii.), “The Lord loveth the gates of Zion” (Ps. lxxxvii.).

Joseph’s brethren hated him; “My heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest, it crieth out against me, therefore I hate it ” (Jer. xii.).

Joseph speaks of making sheaves; there are sheaves in connection with Zion (Ps. cxxvi.).

Joseph dreamed: “When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion we were like them that dream” (Ps. cxxvi.).

Joseph was asked, “Wilt thou rule over us?” “Say unto Zion thy God ruleth” (Isa. Iii.). Joseph was asked whether his father and brothers would prostrate themselves before him. “They shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth” (Isa. xlix.).

Joseph’s brethren were jealous; “Thus said the Lord of Hosts, I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy ” (Zech. viii.).

Joseph went to inquire about the peace of his brothers; Zion was to seek the peace of the city where she is captive (Jer. xxix.). –

Joseph’s brethren saw him from the distance; the same is said about Zion (Ezek. xxiii.). Joseph’s brothers contemplated his destruction; so the nations contemplated the destruction of Zion (Ps. 1xxxiii.).

Joseph was stripped of his coat of many colors; concerning Zion, the prophet says, ” They shall strip thee of thy clothes” (Ezek. xvi.).

Joseph was put into a pit; “They have put me alive into the dungeon” (lam. iii.).

The pit into which Joseph was put contained no water. In connection with Zion, Jeremiah was put into a pit where there was no water (Jer. xxxviii.).

Joseph’s brothers sat down to their meal; “We have given the hand to Egyptians and to Assyrians to be satisfied with bread” (Lam. v.).

Joseph was pulled up from the pit; Jeremiah, who in connection with his prophecy about Zion was put into a dungeon -as stated above – was drawn up from the dungeon (Jer. III) (Midrash Tanchumah)

Jerusalem and Yosef, and we who will stand in the completely rebuilt Jerusalem, sing:

 

“I love that God hears the voice of my prayers, that I am listened to when I call!

Ropes of death strangled me and alleys of the grave found me; I discovered trouble and sadness.

So, I called out in the Name of God: Please God, rescue my soul!

God is proper and just. Our Lord shows compassion. God defends the simple.

I was lowered but then saved.

My soul, return to your place of comfort, for God weaned you with kindness.

For You saved my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my legs from tripping.

I walk before God in the lands of the living.

I kept faith even when I thought that I was destitute,

even when I rushed to say that all people are liars.”

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31
May

The Great Escape

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

I love Michio Kaku’s books, but I have a problem with his Physics of the Impossible: He discusses phasers, force fields, teleportation and time travel, but he does not even mention the invention for which I am most desperate; a thought grabber. Too many of my thoughts escape through the holes in my brain.

I am not the first to seek such a device. Pascal lamented: “Thoughts come at random, and go at random. No device for holding on to them or for having them. A thought has escaped; I was trying to write it down: instead I write that it has escaped me.”

I empathize with Pascal, but my concern is quite practical: I keep a notebook of all my insights, especially those that miraculously arrive during, and as a result of, my prayers. I can usually remember all the insights I receive over a Shabbat, but a two day holiday often provides too much to recall. I want a device that will capture all my thoughts and insights. I assume that it will be in the shape of a helmet, hopefully not a black hat, battery operated to observe the laws of Shabbat and Yom Tov (Holydays) although it will come in rechargeable form for weekdays. I suspect that the physics will be less difficult than figuring out how to comfortably shape the device to be worn 24 hours a day, even when in the shower when the ideas for my newsletters appear and escape, and to allow a person to wear the headpiece without disturbing Teffilin – phylacteries.

I don’t want to scare you, but I would like to custom order a device that will catch some of the great thoughts that have appeared and disappeared over the ages. I promise not to violate anyone’s privacy. There is one person whose thoughts at a specific moment I must catch in my machine: The guilty Sotah who explodes. This woman obviously does not believe in God, otherwise she would not risk drinking the water. She drinks the water and for just a few seconds before she explodes knows that, oops, she was wrong. The water works. God does have power. (Even our friend Pascal tried to cover his bases: He sewed the following thoughts into the lining of his clothes: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob,” not of the philosophers and scientists. Certainty. Certainty. Feeling. Joy. Peace.) In the few seconds before she dies, this woman has absolute clarity that God exists and that her “miraculous” death will prove God’s power to all who are watching.

I want to use my device to catch that absolutely clear that at that moment.

She may have been a sinner, but she serves as a vehicle to prove God’s Power to others, and I suspect that the clarity of that fleeting thought purifies her soul.

So, dear Dr. Kaku, please suspend your work on String Theory and start working on my device. I want that one thought, even more than all the other thoughts that were part of the great escape!

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31
May

Hallel: Yom Yerushalayim: Paragraph Four

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

What do those who perceive God’s Presence in everything, the Yirei Hashem, perceive in the rebuilt and redeemed Jerusalem? “In the visions of the Lord, He brought me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, and on it to the south there was a structure like a city. 3 So He brought me there; and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, with a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway. 4 The man said to me, “Son of man, see with your eyes, hear with your ears, and give attention to all that I am going to show you; for you have been brought here in order to show it to you. Declare to the house of Israel all that you see.” (Ezekiel 40:2-4)

Those who can see miracles happening before their eyes, who witness the laying of the foundations for the Jerusalem of the complete redemption, who can look toward the Temple Mount and just taste the experience of praying in the Beit Hamikdash, know how we must look at the Torah and Mitzvot with the same clarity to focus on all the blessings within. (Sifrei, Devarim 32:46)

“God remembered us and will bless – Bless the House of Israel – Bless the House of Aaron – Bless those who are in awe of God, the insignificant with the great.

God will enhance you – you and your children.

You are blessed to God Who made the heavens and the earth.

The heavens are God’s, while the earth has been given to people.

The dead do not praise the Creator of Worlds, nor do those who go down to their doom. But we – we praise the Creator of Worlds – From now and forever –

Hallelukah!”

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31
May

The Night Before They Overslept

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Portion of the Week

God was ready and waiting. He was at Sinai ready to begin Revelation. People began to trickle toward the mountain, but there were no crowds gathering for the most momentous day in history. Where were the people? Why were they not waiting in lines for hours as they did for the iPad? They overslept. Moses had to run through the camp, much as the “Vekker,” or duly appointed ‘Waker’ did each morning in the Yeshiva dormitory; “Shtei uf! Shtei uf la’avoidas haBorei!” Wake up! Wake up for the service of the Creator!” It was bad enough to open my eyes and find my Rebbi standing over me an hour or two after morning prayers. I can’t even begin to imagine opening the door of my tent and finding Moses there pointing as his watch, “Nu! You’re late!” We try to repair those hours we kept God waiting by staying up all Shavuot night and studying Torah, but I’m still trying to figure out how could they all oversleep!

I usually do not sleep well the night before an important trip. My children have trouble falling asleep the night before a big test, especially their driving test to get a license. Few bar or bat mitzvah children sleep the night before their grand performance. I have even spent sleepless nights worried that I would not wake up in time for a flight only to doze off and then oversleep! My oversleeping did not indicate a lack of appreciation for the importance of the next morning.

I suspect that the reason everyone overslept on the morning of Revelation was that they were sleeping fitfully most of the night before: “What would it be like? Are we going to be standing outside all day in a huge crowd? Do I have to bring food for the kids? What if they misbehave? What shall I wear? How will my life change? I know I declared my intention to, “Na’aseh,” to do whatever God asks, but what will He ask? Moshe described how we will “Meet” God, what does that mean?”

A sleepless night is also an indication that the person understands that the next day will be different from anything he ever experienced. Did their oversleeping, especially after a sleepless night, not reflect their understanding of the importance of the next day? What was the big deal?

“And the entire people that was in the camp shuddered, Moses brought the people forth from the camp toward God.” Even after being unable to sleep the night before because of their nervous excitement, the people still did not wake up with a start and rush to find a cab to get to Sinai.  They shuddered. They were scared, too scared to rush to Sinai. They had been nervously waiting for three days, but when the actual moment arrived they were too scared to go to Revelation. The issue was not that they overslept! The issue was those first moments after Moshe banged on their doors to wake them. The question was, “What do you do when you realize that you have overslept an important appointment? Do you rush like a mad man or do you hesitate?

They hesitated. A part of them did not want to be there, although God, of Whom they were so frightened, was showing His love for them by arriving early and waiting. In those first moments after they woke with a start, they thought only of fear of God, not of His love for them.

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31
May

Hallel: Yom Yerushalayim: Paragraph Three

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

In this paragraph we sing of, Jerusalem redeemed that will be a city of those who trust in God, and live only for His Glory. All the people of the earth will know that it is only those who trust in God who will merit to live as described in the previous paragraph:

Where is the horn of the righteous exalted? In Jerusalem, as it says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may they prosper that love You(Psalms 122:6).” And when Jerusalem is built, David will come, as it says, “Afterwards shall the children of Israel return and seek the God their Lord, and David their king (Hoshea 3:5).” (Megillah 17b-18a)

“Not we, God, not we, but Your Name deserves honor for Your kindness, Your truth. How can the pagans ask, “Where is their God?”

Now our God in the heavens did just what He desired.

Their silver and gold statues are the work of human hands.

They have mouths but do not speak, they have eyes but do not see, they have ears but do not hear, they have noses but do not smell. Hand – but do not feel. Legs – but do not walk. They do not even groan.

Their makers will become like them, all who trust in them.

Israel: Trust in God! Their Help and Protection!

House of Aaron: Trust in God! Their Help and Protection!

Those who fear God: Trust in God! Their Help and Protection!”

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30
May

Hallel Yom Yerushalayim: Paragraph Two

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

Jerusalem rebuilt will be greater than any miracles we witnessed, even in Egypt and at the Splitting of the Sea; Nature will change as it did when the rock supplied water. Our nature will change, and we will experience and know that we, so transformed, have the power to transform nature:

“Remember, O God, against the children of Edom the day of Jerusalem; who said, ‘Raze it! Raze it! Even to its foundation (Psalms 138:7).” But God in the future will build the foundations of Jerusalem out of another substance which will prevail against all; out of sapphires, as it says, “And I will lay your foundations with sapphires (Isaiah 60:11).” For these form firm and solid foundations without any weakness such as was in the former foundations.

Over those stones of the former foundations other nations could prevail, inasmuch as they lacked the Supernal Light; but these will possess the Illumination from the Supernal Light and will be embedded in the abyss so that none will be able to lossen them.

These are the sapphires that will shed their Light Above and Below.

Nor shall we think that the former foundations will then be discarded, for it is written, “Behold, I will set your stones in  Pukh,” the term ‘set’ marbitz, signifying the repair of the old broken stones.

These old stones were all hidden and treasured up by the Holy One, Blessed is He, without the loss of a single stone, and when God will again establish Jerusalem in its place, the ancient foundation stones will return to their former positions; and no evil eye will be able to rest on them. (Zohar II: Pikudei 240a)

Rabbi Chiya ben Yoseph said: A time will come when the just will break through the soil and rise up in Jerusalem, for it is said in Scripture, “And they will blossom out of the city like grass of the earth (Psalms 72:16),” and by ‘city’ only Jerusalem can be meant for it is said in Scripture, “For I will defend this city. (II Kings 19:34).” (Ketubot 11b)

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30
May

Hallel: Yom Yerushalayim: Paragraph One

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

We must understand what Jerusalem represents, and to what we aspire in the completely restored Jerusalem, to sing this Hallel on Yom Yerushalayim: I chose Jeremiah, Chapter 31, as the background for the opening paragraph of this Hallel:

 

7 This is what the LORD says: “Sing with joy for Jacob;

shout for the foremost of the nations.

Make your praises heard, and say,

‘LORD, save your people,

the remnant of Israel.’

“Hallelukah!

Praise, you who serve God! Praise the Name of God.

8 See, I will bring them from the land of the north

and gather them from the ends of the earth.

Among them will be the blind and the lame,

expectant mothers and women in labor;

a great throng will return.

 

“Who lifts up the lowly from the dust, raises the destitute from the garbage dumps to be seated with leaders, the leaders of their people.

Who Makes a home for the childless woman and joy for the mother of children.”

9 They will come with weeping;

they will pray as I bring them back.

I will lead them beside streams of water

on a level path where they will not stumble,

because I am Israel’s father,

and Ephraim is my firstborn son.

“Who is like God, our Lord, Who lives up high, but drops down to see what happens (to us) in the (lower) heaven and earth?”

 

10 “Hear the word of the LORD, you nations;

proclaim it in distant coastlands:

‘He who scattered Israel will gather them

and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’

11 For the LORD will deliver Jacob

and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they.

12 They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion;

they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD—

the grain, the new wine and the olive oil,

the young of the flocks and herds.

They will be like a well-watered garden,

and they will sorrow no more.

13 Then young women will dance and be glad,

young men and old as well.

I will turn their mourning into gladness;

I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

14 I will satisfy the priests with abundance,

and my people will be filled with my bounty,”

declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 31:7-14)

“Hallelukah!

Praise, you who serve God! Praise the Name of God.

Let the Name of God be blessed from now and forever.

From sunrise to sundown, the Name of God is praised.

God is above all the nations. His Glory is beyond the sky.

Who is like God, our Lord, Who lives up high, but drops down to see what happens (to us) in the (lower) heaven and earth?

Who lifts up the lowly from the dust, raises the destitute from the garbage dumps to be seated with leaders, the leaders of their people.

Who Makes a home for the childless woman and joy for the mother of children. Hallelukah!”

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