1 A Song of Ascents; of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
א שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת לְדָוִד הִנֵּה מַה טּוֹב וּמַה נָּעִים שֶׁבֶת אַחִים גַּם יָחַד.
2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard; even Aharon’s beard, that cometh down upon the collar of his garments;
ב כַּשֶּׁמֶן הַטּוֹב עַל הָרֹאשׁ יֹרֵד עַל הַזָּקָן זְקַן אַהֲרֹן שֶׁיֹּרֵד עַל פִּי מִדּוֹתָיו.
3 Like the dew of Chermon, that cometh down upon the mountains of Tzion; for there Hashem commanded the blessing, even life for ever.
k’-TAL kher-MON she-yo-RAYD al ha-r’-RAY tzi-YON kee sham tzi-VAH a-do-NAI et ha-b’-ra-KHAH kha-YEEM ad ha-o-LAM
ג כְּטַל חֶרְמוֹן שֶׁיֹּרֵד עַל הַרְרֵי צִיּוֹן כִּי שָׁם צִוָּה יְהוָה אֶת הַבְּרָכָה חַיִּים עַד הָעוֹלָם.
133:3 Like the dew of Chermon
Dew, in Hebrew ‘tal’ (טל), is a common Biblical symbol of God’s bountiful blessings. Rain is another sign of God’s love for mankind. What is the difference between rain and dew? According to Jewish mysticism, while rain is a sign of God showering his abundant blessings freely from above, dew, which forms below from condensation of atmospheric water vapor, is related to the divine blessings which are a result of man’s own efforts and achievements. It is the blessing of God from above which allows for the flowering of man’s work below.