Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem’

30
Jun

Background Text From Jeremiah’s Call To Sing Hallel on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz Part One

by developer in Holidays, Prayer

Jeremiah by Michelangelo

Jeremiah 6: Jerusalem Under Siege: 1 “Flee for safety, people of Benjamin!  Flee from Jerusalem!  Sound the trumpet in Tekoa! Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem!  For disaster looms out of the north, even terrible destruction.

2 I will destroy Daughter Zion,

so beautiful and delicate.

3 Shepherds with their flocks will come against her;

they will pitch their tents around her,

each tending his own portion.”

4 “Prepare for battle against her!

Arise, let us attack at noon!

But, alas, the daylight is fading,

and the shadows of evening grow long.

5 So arise, let us attack at night

and destroy her fortresses!”

6 This is what the LORD Almighty says:

“Cut down the trees

and build siege ramps against Jerusalem.

This city must be punished;

it is filled with oppression.

7 As a well pours out its water,

so she pours out her wickedness.

Violence and destruction resound in her;

her sickness and wounds are ever before me.

8 Take warning, Jerusalem,

or I will turn away from you

and make your land desolate

so no one can live in it.”

9 This is what the LORD Almighty says:

“Let them glean the remnant of Israel

as thoroughly as a vine;

pass your hand over the branches again,

like one gathering grapes.”

10 To whom can I speak and give warning?

Who will listen to me?

Their ears are closed[a]

so they cannot hear.

The word of the LORD is offensive to them;

they find no pleasure in it.

11 But I am full of the wrath of the LORD,

and I cannot hold it in.

“Pour it out on the children in the street

and on the young men gathered together;

both husband and wife will be caught in it,

and the old, those weighed down with years.

12 Their houses will be turned over to others,

together with their fields and their wives,

when I stretch out my hand

against those who live in the land,”

declares the LORD.

13 “From the least to the greatest,

all are greedy for gain;

prophets and priests alike,

all practice deceit.

14 They dress the wound of my people

as though it were not serious.

‘Peace, peace,’ they say,

when there is no peace.

15 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?

No, they have no shame at all;

they do not even know how to blush.

So they will fall among the fallen;

they will be brought down when I punish them,”

says the LORD.

16 This is what the LORD says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;

ask for the ancient paths,

ask where the good way is, and walk in it,

and you will find rest for your souls.

But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

17 I appointed watchmen over you and said,

‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’

But you said, ‘We will not listen.’

18 Therefore hear, you nations;

you who are witnesses,

observe what will happen to them.

19 Hear, you earth:

I am bringing disaster on this people,

the fruit of their schemes,

because they have not listened to my words

and have rejected my law.

20 What do I care about incense from Sheba

or sweet calamus from a distant land?

Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;

your sacrifices do not please me.”

21 Therefore this is what the LORD says:

“I will put obstacles before this people.

Parents and children alike will stumble over them;

neighbors and friends will perish.”

22 This is what the LORD says:

“Look, an army is coming

from the land of the north;

a great nation is being stirred up

from the ends of the earth.

23 They are armed with bow and spear;

they are cruel and show no mercy.

They sound like the roaring sea

as they ride on their horses;

they come like men in battle formation

to attack you, Daughter Zion.”

24 We have heard reports about them,

and our hands hang limp.

Anguish has gripped us,

pain like that of a woman in labor.

25 Do not go out to the fields

or walk on the roads,

for the enemy has a sword,

and there is terror on every side.

26 Put on sackcloth, my people,

and roll in ashes;

mourn with bitter wailing

as for an only son,

for suddenly the destroyer

will come upon us.

27 “I have made you a tester of metals

and my people the ore,

that you may observe

and test their ways.

28 They are all hardened rebels,

going about to slander.

They are bronze and iron;

they all act corruptly.

29 The bellows blow fiercely

to burn away the lead with fire,

but the refining goes on in vain;

the wicked are not purged out.

30 They are called rejected silver,

because the LORD has rejected them.”

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30
Jun

Hallel: Rosh Chodesh Tammuz: Paragraph One: Jeremiah

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

The Golden Gate of Jerusalem

The opening paragraph of Hallel is always the invitation to the Hallel that follows. It is the call to sing Hallel, and sets out the parameters of the Hallel to be sung:

Jeremiah: The Hallel of a Child Reconnecting to a Parent



“Hallelukah!

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

Let the Name of God be an expansive source of blessing from now and forever.”

The people of Jerusalem are convinced that they can manipulate the Angels by their names to come and protect Jerusalem. They are focused on the Angels, but not on the God the Angels serve, the God Who created them. Jeremiah called on the people to reconnect to God, not His Angels. He wants the people who are so aware of God that they can’t believe that He will allow His city and Home to be destroyed, to become active participants in expanding God’s Name in the world. “If you are counted among those who serve God, as do the Angels; Praise His Name. Choose to actively expand His presence in the world, rather than passively wait for His Presence to save you!”

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

Nature itself praises God. Nature’s praises are passive and programmed. If you desire to become an active participant in expanding God’s Presence, acknowledge and sing:

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



God controls all nations, even the Babylonians who are attacking you. Acknowledge that even the siege and all that ‘may’ follow are an expression of His control beyond our immediate understanding, “His Glory is beyond the sky.” That is an essential step in becoming active participants in expanding God’s Name.

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?



You can’t believe that God will miraculously save Jerusalem and His House unless you believe that He is actively involved in all that happens here on earth. What you do, how you respond matters! He is not only interested in what happens ‘on high,’ to His city and House, but in what happens to you as individuals as well.



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.



See yourselves as nobility. Know that He wants you to live as nobility; that your choices matter to Him, and He will lift you up from your current circumstances. The choice is yours.

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



“As long as we are disconnected from God,” says Jeremiah, “His Shechinah is as a ‘childless mother,’ whose children have abandoned Her. When you reconnect as a child to a parent, God will ‘make a home,’ meaning, He will protect Jerusalem and the Beit Hamikdash.”

Hallelukah!”

It is not difficult to place ourselves in the context of the people listening to Jeremiah’s call to sing Hallel. Jerusalem and Israel are under political and media siege. The President of the United States is establishing relationships with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, all in the name of peace. Europe is telling us to surrender. Many Jews are joining the siege. Jeremiah is telling us that our response must begin with Hallel, attaching to the potential greatness that can be ours if we become active expanders of God’s Presence in the world, not passive observers of God’s commandments waiting for God to save us. Jeremiah calls on us to sing Hallel and acknowledge that God Who is ‘above all nations,’ is guiding this process, that He is actively involved in history and in our individual lives, and that our choices matter to Him. Jeremiah wants us to sing this Hallel as children reconnecting to a parent from Whom we are disconnected.

This is not a Hallel that is an escape from reality, sung with hope in its magical powers. It must be sung in response to the call of one of the greatest prophets of God. I will post Jeremiah’s words.

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30
Jun

Tammuz Kavanot

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

Siege of Jerusalem

We derive the appellation for God’s Name, used in the Rosh Chodesh Mussaf – Additional Prayer – for Rosh Chodesh Tammuz from the combination of letters and vowels of the following verse: “Yet all this is worth nothing to me so long as I see Mordechai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.” (Esther 5:13) – “Zeh eineno shaveh li.” - H-V-H-Y

Zeh – This

This verse teaches us that all the treasures of that wicked man were inscribed on his heart, and when he saw Mordechai sitting at the king’s gate, he (pointed as his heart and) said, “This is worth nothing to me.” (Megillah 15b) The word “Zeh,” always indicates pointing to something specific and defined.

Rabbi Elazar taught, ‘In the future, the Holy One, blessed is He, will make a circle of the righteous, and He will sit in the center in the Garden of Eden, and each will point to Him with his finger, as it says, ‘And they will say on that day, ‘Behold, this – zeh – is our Lord.’ (Isaiah 25:9) [Ta’anit 31a)

It was taught in the Yeshiva of Rabbi Yishmael, ‘Three things were difficult for Moshe until God pointed each out with His finger.’ Each of the three things is proven with the word ‘Zeh.” (Menachot 29a)

What was the kindness that the people of Canaan did for Jacob? They pointed with their fingers and said, “This – Zeh -  is a great mourning for Egypt.” (Bereishit 50:11) [Yerushalmi Sotah 1:10)

In the Haggadah we recite, “Ba’avur Zeh,” for the sake of this; Pesach, Matzah and Marror.

To What Can We Point?

The Three Weeks begin in Tammuz. It is a time of warnings, warnings ignored, and suffering. It is the time when we must consider to what we can point and say, “This is what I want,” “This is what is important,” and “This is what I need.”

We pray on Rosh Chodesh for the clarity of Zeh.

Paying Attention

The people who lived through the destruction of the First Temple, heard many warnings, specific – Zeh warnings from the prophets, but chose to ignore them. Are we paying attention?

We pray on Rosh Chodesh for the ability to understand God’s messages with the clarity of Zeh.

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31
May

Hallel Yom Yerushalayim: Paragraph Eight

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

Jerusalem Redeemed

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

Jerusalem

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

Ancient Jerusalem

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

Yerushalayim

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

Hallel: Yom Yerushalayim: Paragraph Four

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

Ancient Map of Jerusalem

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

Hallel: Yom Yerushalayim: Paragraph Three

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

Jerusalem

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

Ancient Jerusalem

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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