Psalms 123:3
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3  Show us favor, Hashem, show us favor! We have had more than enough of contempt.

kha-NAY-nu a-do-NAI kha-NAY-nu kee RAV sa-VA-nu VUZ

ג  חָנֵּנוּ יְהֹוָה חָנֵּנוּ כִּי־רַב שָׂבַעְנוּ בוּז׃

 123:3   We have had more than enough of contempt

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903-1993)

Rabbi Yosef Albo, a fifteenth century Spanish Jewish scholar, understands this psalm as a call to Hashem for mercy from the long, and difficult exile. The psalmist speaks of the shame he undergoes living in the protracted exile. In one of his most famous writings about the Land of Israel, called “Six Knocks,” Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, leader of American Modern Orthodoxy in the twentieth century, speaks of the miraculous nature of the re-birth of the Jewish people in our times, with the State of Israel as the modern Jewish homeland. Rabbi Soloveitchik notes that finally, after thousands of years of exile, Jewish blood is no longer cheap, as a Jew can always find “a secure refuge in the land of his ancestors.” The shame of being defenseless and landless is too much for the psalmist to handle, so he cries out to God for salvation. In modern times, we have begun to experience that salvation.

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  • Carl Coglianese

    123:3 We are full sated with contempt

    This psalm is a great call, from the very souls of those whom had been in exile for such a very , oh so very long time. The psalmist expresses the awful shame that he feel being in such exile. We learn that Rabbi Soloveitchik tells us of the wondrous and spiritual re birth of the land of Israel. The Jewish Homeland. After thousands of years of exile finally Jewish blood is no longer cheap and the Jew can always find a safe home in the land of Israel. The land of his ancestors. We are told that the shame of being homeless, defenseless and without a nation had become to much for the psalmist to any longer handle in his heart and soul. He cries out to God for his salvation . I can hear him calling out to Our Lord thy God. Please Dear Lord, Please. Find me a and thy own a home, a nation, a place of rest. Thy promised land Oh thy God. Amen. Carl

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