Psalms 135
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1  Hallelujah. Praise the name of Hashem; give praise, you servants of Hashem

א  הַלְלוּ יָהּ הַלְלוּ אֶת־שֵׁם יְהוָה הַלְלוּ עַבְדֵי יְהוָה׃

2  who stand in the house of Hashem, in the courts of the house of our God.

ב  שֶׁעֹמְדִים בְּבֵית יְהוָה בְּחַצְרוֹת בֵּית אֱלֹהֵינוּ׃

3  Praise Hashem, for Hashem is good; sing hymns to His name, for it is pleasant.

ג  הַלְלוּ־יָהּ כִּי־טוֹב יְהוָה זַמְּרוּ לִשְׁמוֹ כִּי נָעִים׃

4  For Hashem has chosen Yaakov for Himself, Yisrael, as His treasured possession.

ד  כִּי־יַעֲקֹב בָּחַר לוֹ יָהּ יִשְׂרָאֵל לִסְגֻלָּתוֹ׃

5  For I know that Hashem is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.

ה  כִּי אֲנִי יָדַעְתִּי כִּי־גָדוֹל יְהוָה וַאֲדֹנֵינוּ מִכָּל־אֱלֹהִים׃

6  Whatever Hashem desires He does in heaven and earth, in the seas and all the depths.

ו  כֹּל אֲשֶׁר־חָפֵץ יְהוָה עָשָׂה בַּשָּׁמַיִם וּבָאָרֶץ בַּיַּמִּים וְכָל־תְּהוֹמוֹת׃

7  He makes clouds rise from the end of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He releases the wind from His vaults.

ז  מַעֲלֶה נְשִׂאִים מִקְצֵה הָאָרֶץ בְּרָקִים לַמָּטָר עָשָׂה מוֹצֵא־רוּחַ מֵאוֹצְרוֹתָיו׃

8  He struck down the first-born of Egypt, man and beast alike;

ח  שֶׁהִכָּה בְּכוֹרֵי מִצְרָיִם מֵאָדָם עַד־בְּהֵמָה׃

9  He sent signs and portents against Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants;

ט  שָׁלַח אֹתוֹת וּמֹפְתִים בְּתוֹכֵכִי מִצְרָיִם בְּפַרְעֹה וּבְכָל־עֲבָדָיו׃

10  He struck down many nations and slew numerous kings—

י  שֶׁהִכָּה גּוֹיִם רַבִּים וְהָרַג מְלָכִים עֲצוּמִים׃

11  Sihon, king of the Amorites, Og, king of Bashan, and all the royalty of Canaan

יא  לְסִיחוֹן מֶלֶךְ הָאֱמֹרִי וּלְעוֹג מֶלֶךְ הַבָּשָׁן וּלְכֹל מַמְלְכוֹת כְּנָעַן׃

12  and gave their lands as a heritage, as a heritage to His people Yisrael.

יב  וְנָתַן אַרְצָם נַחֲלָה נַחֲלָה לְיִשְׂרָאֵל עַמּוֹ׃

13  Hashem, Your name endures forever, Your fame, Hashem, through all generations;

יג  יְהוָה שִׁמְךָ לְעוֹלָם יְהוָה זִכְרְךָ לְדֹר־וָדֹר׃

14  for Hashem will Champion His people, and obtain satisfaction for His servants.

יד  כִּי־יָדִין יְהוָה עַמּוֹ וְעַל־עֲבָדָיו יִתְנֶחָם׃

15  The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

טו  עֲצַבֵּי הַגּוֹיִם כֶּסֶף וְזָהָב מַעֲשֵׂה יְדֵי אָדָם׃

16  They have mouths, but cannot speak; they have eyes, but cannot see;

טז  פֶּה־לָהֶם וְלֹא יְדַבֵּרוּ עֵינַיִם לָהֶם וְלֹא יִרְאוּ׃

17  they have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths.

יז  אָזְנַיִם לָהֶם וְלֹא יַאֲזִינוּ אַף אֵין־יֶשׁ־רוּחַ בְּפִיהֶם׃

18  Those who fashion them, all who trust in them, shall become like them.

יח  כְּמוֹהֶם יִהְיוּ עֹשֵׂיהֶם כֹּל אֲשֶׁר־בֹּטֵחַ בָּהֶם׃

19  O house of Yisrael, bless Hashem; O house of Aharon, bless Hashem;

יט  בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל בָּרֲכוּ אֶת־יְהוָה בֵּית אַהֲרֹן בָּרֲכוּ אֶת־יְהוָה׃

20  O house of Levi, bless Hashem; you who fear Hashem, bless Hashem.

כ  בֵּית הַלֵּוִי בָּרֲכוּ אֶת־יְהוָה יִרְאֵי יְהוָה בָּרֲכוּ אֶת־יְהוָה׃

21  Blessed is Hashem from Tzion, He who dwells in Yerushalayim. Hallelujah.

ba-RUKH a-do-NAI mi-tzi-YON sho-KHAYN y’-ru-sha-LA-im ha-l’-lu-YAH

כא  בָּרוּךְ יְהוָה מִצִּיּוֹן שֹׁכֵן יְרוּשָׁלִָם הַלְלוּ־יָהּ׃

135:21   He who dwells in Yerushalayim

Why did Hashem choose Yerushalayim as His resting place? The Sages find two revealing biblical passages that, when synthesized, teach us the value and message of Yerushalayim.  In Genesis, Avraham was asked by God to sacrifice his son, to prove his allegiance to the Lord. This profound, inexplicable test took place on a mountain which Avraham called “Adonai yir’eh,” meaning ‘on the mount of Hashem there is vision,’ or ‘the mount where Hashem is seen’ (Genesis 22:14). A few years earlier, Avraham showed the world his allegiance to his family, to justice and to righteousness when he fought against the four kings and retrieved his nephew Lot. After that battle, Melchizedek, the King of Shalem (another name for Jerusalem), went out to greet Avraham and bless Hashem (Genesis14:18-20). When these two names, Yir’eh and Shalem are combined, the result is Yerushalayim. The name of the holy city thus expresses the harmonization of man’s selfless actions towards Hashem and towards other people.1 comment

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