Psalms 126:1
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1  A song of ascents. When Hashem restores the fortunes of Tzion —we see it as in a dream—

SHEER ha-ma-a-LOT b’-SHUV a-do-NAI et shee-VAT tzi-YON ha-YEE-nu k’-kho-l’-MEEM

א  שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת בְּשׁוּב יְהֹוָה אֶת־שִׁיבַת צִיּוֹן הָיִינוּ כְּחֹלְמִים׃

 126:1   When Hashem restores the fortunes of Tzion

Psalm 126 refers to Tzion (ציון), one of the Bible’s names for Yerushalayim, which is also used in a more general sense for the entire Land of Israel. This name is closely related to the word for ‘special’ and ‘distinctive,’ m’tzuyan (מצוין). This teaches that God’s holy city is more than a location. According to former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, “Tzion is not just a place. It is a way of life. Jews are called to moral excellence, to be different…” God created a special place on earth which would be the ideal incubator for spiritual growth. The word Tzion, therefore, describes not only where we live, but how we must live. Psalm 126 is recited by Jews upon completing a festive meal, connecting it with the eternal longing for physical redemption and spiritual greatness in Zion. When Hashem finally returns His people to Israel, they will be “as in a dream,” as the actual redemption and height­ened spirituality will be even greater than imagined, beyond our wildest dreams.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (b. 1948)

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Psalms 126
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  • 126:1 When the LORD brought back those that returned to Zion

    We learn today that there are several name for instance like Zion that refer to Jerusalem in the Bible. Zion has a very important meaning also. It teachers us that it is not only a name of a special location but also indicates it is also a very special way of life. We are taught that Jews are called to be and to live a step higher in moral and excellence than the regular man. That God has called upon them, chosen them above all mankind to be his people. Called upon to be that beacon of light and knowledge as well as the keepers of The Law of God. To be the Teachers of mankind. God created a special city, colony of intellectual, spiritual growth that the world has never known and has needed so desperately since its foundation. So as we can see the word Zion is not only a special place to live but is a special place in the spirit as a way to live in the spirit of God's ways and His Love.

    We also have learned that Psalm 126 is recited by the Jews after they complete there meals .In this way connecting with the eternal longing for the Jewish homeland, Zion. Home and the Jewish way of living and a true connection with God. There is such a strong never ending longing for a physical and spiritual connection with God. I feel this longing so much in my life also. I wish that the Christians never split from our Jewish forefathers. I feel we lost so much of who we were meant to be. Such a great lost. That it causes me such great sadness at times.

    When God finally returns for his people, and I pray that , that day is very soon.God's feet will first touch the land of Israel and a great cheer will be herd around the world. God people will be fulfilled in there hearts and souls and there redemption will be at hand. I pray that Israel and the world will be blessed by the love of our Lord thy God. Amen. Carl

 

Psalms 126:1

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