Psalms 129:5
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5  Let all who hate Tzion fall back in disgrace.

yay-VO-shu v’-yi-SO-gu a-KHOR KOL so-n’-AY tzi-YON

ה  יֵבֹשׁוּ וְיִסֹּגוּ אָחוֹר כֹּל שֹׂנְאֵי צִיּוֹן׃

129:5   All who hate Tzion

According to some commentators, this psalm was composed by the Babylonian exiles during their return to Tzion. Those who returned were met with great opposition from the inhabitants of the land. The psalmist prays that the haters of Tzion will be shamed and fall away, while those who support the return to Tzion will find blessing and life. Sefer Ezra records that only some forty-thousand Jews initially returned to Tzion after King Cyrus granted permission for them to do so. Over time, though, and especially after the building of the second Beit Hamikdash, the Jews of Babylonia started to return in larger numbers. They were the recipients of the great rewards of the return to Tzion and to the Beit Hamikdash.

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  • 129:5 All they that hate Zion
    We learn in this psalm that the Babylonian exiles during their return to Zion. We also learn that there were Detractors to the
    return to Zion both in and out of the nation. The psalmist prays for those that hate Zion will fall away.While those that are in support will return to Zion and find a blessed life. We also learned that at first only 30,000 Jews returned to Zion.This per. King Cyrus. Through time and with the construction of the second Temple, The Jews of Babylon began to return to Israel in greater numbers.In the second Temple area of Jerusalem, They were the recipients of the great rewards of God’s return to Zion and to the Temple.

    I can not imagine for the life of me why there is this hate for Zion?

    It just has never made any sense to me. I am reading this book called Shtetl. The Life and Death of a small town and the world of the Polish Jews. It tells of the history of the Polish Jews in a small towns through out Poland in the 1700's all the way to the Holocaust and current times. So much history of times when live between Jews and Polish gentiles co-existed in a tempered peace and yet times when antisemitism ran rampant and friends turned to ugly enemies and reasons why they turned so ugly. You also learned about rich Jewish traditions and small town Jewish life, schooling, market days, business. Such a marred of life's intertwined in Poland's history. The book is a great read but also very sad as it shows the unnecessary hate that should have never have been there in the first place. I am so sorry for the hate.Amen. Carl

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Psalms 129:5

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