1 A Song of Ascents. Behold, bless ye Hashem, all ye servants of Hashem, that stand in the house of Hashem in the night seasons.
sheer ha-ma-a-LOT hi-NAY ba-r’-KHU et a-do-NAI kol av-DAY a-do-NAI ha-o-m’-DEEM b’-VAYT a-do-NAI ba-lay-LOT
א שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת הִנֵּה בָּרְכוּ אֶת יְהוָה כָּל עַבְדֵי יְהוָה הָעֹמְדִים בְּבֵית יְהוָה בַּלֵּילוֹת.
134:1 All ye servants of the Lord
Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch notes how similar in size and complementary in message, this psalm is to the previous one. Each short psalm of three verses focuses on Israel’s dwelling in the Land. However, Psalm 133 speaks of the interpersonal element, while Psalm 134 reminds us that the spiritual element must be present as well. Psalm 133 presents the social component of Zionism, which is how the land was built up in the modern era: “behold how wondrous it is for brothers to sit together”. This psalm speaks of blessing God, the idea appearing in every verse to remind us that the spiritual component of returning to the Land must complement the social one. When both components are present, says Hirsch, God will bring down the heavenly blessing from Zion.
2 Lift up your hands to the sanctuary, and bless ye Hashem.
ב שְׂאוּ יְדֵכֶם קֹדֶשׁ וּבָרְכוּ אֶת יְהוָה.
3 Hashem bless thee out of Tzion; even He that made heaven and earth.
ג יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה מִצִּיּוֹן עֹשֵׂה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ.