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

א  הַלְלוּ יָהּ הַלְלוּ אֶת שֵׁם יְהוָה הַלְלוּ עַבְדֵי יְהוָה.

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

ב  שֶׁעֹמְדִים בְּבֵית יְהוָה בְּחַצְרוֹת בֵּית אֱלֹהֵינוּ.

3  Praise ye Hashem, for Hashem is good; sing praises unto His name, for it is pleasant.

ג  הַלְלוּ יָהּ כִּי טוֹב יְהוָה זַמְּרוּ לִשְׁמוֹ כִּי נָעִים.

4  For Hashem hath chosen Yaakov unto Himself, and Yisrael for His own treasure.

ד  כִּי יַעֲקֹב בָּחַר לוֹ יָהּ יִשְׂרָאֵל לִסְגֻלָּתוֹ.

5  For I know that Hashem is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.

ה  כִּי אֲנִי יָדַעְתִּי כִּי גָדוֹל יְהוָה וַאֲדֹנֵינוּ מִכָּל אֱלֹהִים.

6  Whatsoever Hashem pleased, that hath He done, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps;

ו  כֹּל אֲשֶׁר חָפֵץ יְהוָה עָשָׂה בַּשָּׁמַיִם וּבָאָרֶץ בַּיַּמִּים וְכָל תְּהֹמוֹת.

7  Who causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; He maketh lightnings for the rain; He bringeth forth the wind out of His treasuries.

ז  מַעֲלֶה נְשִׂאִים מִקְצֵה הָאָרֶץ בְּרָקִים לַמָּטָר עָשָׂה מוֹצֵא רוּחַ מֵאוֹצְרוֹתָיו.

8  Who smote the first-born of Mitzrayim, both of man and beast.

ח  שֶׁהִכָּה בְּכוֹרֵי מִצְרָיִם מֵאָדָם עַד בְּהֵמָה.

9  He sent signs and wonders into the midst of thee, O Mitzrayim, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants.

ט  שָׁלַח אוֹתֹת וּמֹפְתִים בְּתוֹכֵכִי מִצְרָיִם בְּפַרְעֹה וּבְכָל עֲבָדָיו.

10  Who smote many nations, and slew mighty kings:

י  שֶׁהִכָּה גּוֹיִם רַבִּים וְהָרַג מְלָכִים עֲצוּמִים.

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

יא  לְסִיחוֹן מֶלֶךְ הָאֱמֹרִי וּלְעוֹג מֶלֶךְ הַבָּשָׁן וּלְכֹל מַמְלְכוֹת כְּנָעַן.

12  And gave their land for a heritage, a heritage unto Yisrael His people.

יב  וְנָתַן אַרְצָם נַחֲלָה נַחֲלָה לְיִשְׂרָאֵל עַמּוֹ.

13  O Hashem, Thy name endureth for ever; thy memorial, O Hashem, throughout all generations.

יג  יְהוָה שִׁמְךָ לְעוֹלָם יְהוָה זִכְרְךָ לְדֹר וָדֹר.

14  For Hashem will judge His people, and repent Himself 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 they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;

טז  פֶּה לָהֶם וְלֹא יְדַבֵּרוּ עֵינַיִם לָהֶם וְלֹא יִרְאוּ.

17  They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.

יז  אָזְנַיִם לָהֶם וְלֹא יַאֲזִינוּ אַף אֵין יֶשׁ רוּחַ בְּפִיהֶם.

18  They that make them shall be like unto them; yea, every one that trusteth in them.

יח  כְּמוֹהֶם יִהְיוּ עֹשֵׂיהֶם כֹּל אֲשֶׁר בֹּטֵחַ בָּהֶם.

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

יט  בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל בָּרְכוּ אֶת יְהוָה בֵּית אַהֲרֹן בָּרְכוּ אֶת יְהוָה.

20  O house of Levi, bless ye Hashem; ye that fear Hashem, bless ye Hashem.

כ  בֵּית הַלֵּוִי בָּרְכוּ אֶת יְהוָה יִרְאֵי יְהוָה בָּרְכוּ אֶת יְהוָה. קלה

21  Blessed be Hashem out of Tzion, who dwelleth at Yerushalayim. Hallelujah.

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

כא  בָּרוּךְ יְהוָה מִצִּיּוֹן שֹׁכֵן יְרוּשָׁלִָם הַלְלוּ יָהּ.

135:21   Who dwelleth at Yerushalayim.

Why did God choose Jerusalem as His resting place? The Sages find two revealing texts in the Bible that, when synthesized, teach us the value of Jerusalem. Abraham was asked by God to sacrifice his son in order to prove his allegiance to the Lord. This profound, inexplicable test took place on a mountain which Abraham called ‘Adonai yir’eh,’ because it is “the mount where the LORD is seen” (Genesis 22:14). A few years earlier, Abraham 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 the battle, Melchizedek, the King of Shalem, went out to greet Abraham and bless God (Genesis 14:18-20). When we join these two names, ‘Yir’eh’ and ‘Shalem,’ we arrive at ‘Yerushalayim,’ the Hebrew name for Jerusalem. The name expresses a harmony of man’s selfless actions towards God and towards others.

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