Psalms 115
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1  Not to us, Hashem, not to us but to Your name bring glory for the sake of Your love and Your faithfulness.

א  לֹא לָנוּ יְהֹוָה לֹא לָנוּ כִּי־לְשִׁמְךָ תֵּן כָּבוֹד עַל־חַסְדְּךָ עַל־אֲמִתֶּךָ׃

2  Let the nations not say, “Where, now, is their God?”

ב  לָמָּה יֹאמְרוּ הַגּוֹיִם אַיֵּה־נָא אֱלֹהֵיהֶם׃

3  when our God is in heaven and all that He wills He accomplishes.

ג  וֵאלֹהֵינוּ בַשָּׁמָיִם כֹּל אֲשֶׁר־חָפֵץ עָשָׂה׃

4  Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

ד  עֲ‍צַבֵּיהֶם כֶּסֶף וְזָהָב מַעֲשֵׂה יְדֵי אָדָם׃

5  They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see;

ה  פֶּה־לָהֶם וְלֹא יְדַבֵּרוּ עֵינַיִם לָהֶם וְלֹא יִרְאוּ׃

6  they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell;

ו  אָזְנַיִם לָהֶם וְלֹא יִשְׁמָעוּ אַף לָהֶם וְלֹא יְרִיחוּן׃

7  they have hands, but cannot touch, feet, but cannot walk; they can make no sound in their throats.

ז  יְדֵיהֶם וְלֹא יְמִישׁוּן רַגְלֵיהֶם וְלֹא יְהַלֵּכוּ לֹא־יֶהְגּוּ בִּגְרוֹנָם׃

8  Those who fashion them, all who trust in them, shall become like them.

ח  כְּמוֹהֶם יִהְיוּ עֹשֵׂיהֶם כֹּל אֲשֶׁר־בֹּטֵחַ בָּהֶם׃

9  O Yisrael, trust in Hashem! He is their help and shield.

ט  יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּטַח בַּיהֹוָה עֶזְרָם וּמָגִנָּם הוּא׃

10  O house of Aharon, trust in Hashem! He is their help and shield.

י  בֵּית אַהֲרֹן בִּטְחוּ בַיהֹוָה עֶזְרָם וּמָגִנָּם הוּא׃

11  O you who fear Hashem, trust in Hashem! He is their help and shield.

יא  יִרְאֵי יְהֹוָה בִּטְחוּ בַיהֹוָה עֶזְרָם וּמָגִנָּם הוּא׃

12  Hashem is mindful of us. He will bless us; He will bless the house of Yisrael; He will bless the house of Aharon;

יב  יְהֹוָה זְכָרָנוּ יְבָרֵךְ יְבָרֵךְ אֶת־בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל יְבָרֵךְ אֶת־בֵּית אַהֲרֹן׃

13  He will bless those who fear Hashem, small and great alike.

יג  יְבָרֵךְ יִרְאֵי יְהֹוָה הַקְּטַנִּים עִם־הַגְּדֹלִים׃

14  May Hashem increase your numbers, yours and your children’s also.

יד  יֹסֵף יְהֹוָה עֲלֵיכֶם עֲלֵיכֶם וְעַל־בְּנֵיכֶם׃

15  May you be blessed by Hashem, Maker of heaven and earth.

טו  בְּרוּכִים אַתֶּם לַיהֹוָה עֹשֵׂה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ׃

16  The heavens belong to Hashem, but the earth He gave over to man.

ha-sha-MA-yim sha-MA-yim la-do-NAI v’-ha-A-retz na-TAN liv-NAY a-DAM

טז  הַשָּׁמַיִם שָׁמַיִם לַיהֹוָה וְהָאָרֶץ נָתַן לִבְנֵי־אָדָם׃

17  The dead cannot praise Hashem, nor any who go down into silence.

יז  לֹא הַמֵּתִים יְהַלְלוּ־יָהּ וְלֹא כָּל־יֹרְדֵי דוּמָה׃

18  But we will bless Hashem now and forever. Hallelujah.

יח  וַאֲנַחְנוּ נְבָרֵךְ יָהּ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד־עוֹלָם הַלְלוּ־יָהּ׃

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  • Carl Coglianese

    115:16 But the earth hath He given to the children of men

    We are told that the heavens remain in control of God. However he had given the Earth to be under the control of Adam and thus all mankind. To be God's Stewart and caretaker of his world. He wanted man to spread His Holy name. The people he chose to do this was through the seed of Abraham.

    We are told that Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk tells us that the land was given to man so that man could raise it back up to god by taking care of it. by producing from it, respecting and not depleting it. After all this was indeed a great and wonderful gift that God had given to us. And yes this goes double in the land of Israel for this land was chosen directly by the hand of God for his Children, No?

    The Bible teaches us that a higher standard is expected from the Children of Israel, simply because they are the chosen peoples of God. The are and will be held to a higher standard. we are told that in Leviticus 26-28, that you have to
    keep My statutes and Mine ordinances. You are told and warned not to do any abominations, as the out lying barbarians do. Such as those of the philistines and so on. You are warned that if you do such things that the nation, the earth itself, will vomit you out. even as the nation before it did. Your sin will be against the very fiber not only against God but the nation of Israel and the very Earth on which it lies.

    I can truly understand this. Being Jewish comes great responsibility. You need to know your Torah, your History. Your Roots and your Future. You can not take your heritage for granted. You need to remember that God had chosen you and your families for a very special and specific purpose in all of time and history. To Love & Serve The Lord Thy God with all your Heart & Soul and every Fibber of Your being. Amen. Carl

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