Psalms 137:5
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5  If I forget you, O Yerushalayim, let my right hand wither;

im esh-ka-KHAYKH y’-ru-sha-LA-im tish-KAKH y’-mee-NEE

ה  אִם־אֶשְׁכָּחֵךְ יְרוּשָׁלָ ִם תִּשְׁכַּח יְמִינִי׃

 137:5   If I forget you, O Yerushalayim

Psalm 137 was written by the rivers of Babylon, where the exiled Jews wailed and lamented the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. They wondered how they would continue to endure on foreign soil. How could they continue to sing the songs of Hashem, which were supposed to be sung in the Temple, in the exile? Their answer was an oath to never forget Yerushalayim. This psalm makes an oblique reference to Sefer Devarim 8:19, “If you do forget Hashem your God and follow other gods to serve them or bow down to them, I warn you this day that you shall certainly perish.” Israel’s exile came when they forgot God in their land. In Babylon, they promised themselves never to repeat that mistake, and never to forget Yerushalayim. Today, this psalm is recited at Jewish weddings just before the groom breaks a glass, ensuring that Jerusalem is always at the forefront of our minds and reminding us that no joyous occasion is complete until Yerushalayim is restored to its former glory.

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  • 137:5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem

    This psalm was written while the Jews lay in capture by the rivers in Babylon.They cried from there collective hearts & souls for the loss of there Temple, there beloved Israel. They wondered how would they endure in a foreign land. Perhaps at this point never to return again to there beloved homeland. They had no idea how long they would be there in Babylon. There biggest fear was that they would be ac-emulate into there culture and lose themselves and begin to god forbid begin to worship there false gods made of stone and wood. They were afraid to sing there songs that they once sang when they went to Temple, yet they did not want to forget them. This rightfully so. The way you make yourself strong under occupation in a foreign country is not to forget who you once were. In fact stress it even more. Practice your customs even if in the darkness of night. teach your children the words of God. The customs of God. The traditions and ways of your people. Tell them of the land you were from and why you had lost your way and why God had sent you away so they could understand your sin against God.. Teach your children that they need to be strong in there faith however for now they need to be secretive until that day God opens the way for there release and return to there beloved Israel. Our Father God never leaves His Children, never. Even when Father chastise us, he is always by our side to teach us and protect us. This they must understand and always understand. Therefore they took oath not to forget Jerusalem. For 70 years, they remembered there songs and there Temple. They did not forget who they were and most important who there God was ans still is. By forgetting who God was in there own land they were sent away and there Temple and city was destroy and laid to waste. So in Babylon, they made the very wise decision not to make the same mistake. Not to forge there Lord thy God. Who by the way gave them everything. Gave them not only the greatest love they could have received from the creator of all there can be but one of the greatest cultures upon this earth there ever has been. Even to this very day. Sometimes being human we take for granted those very things we need the most and are the most precious to life itself. God being not only precious to life but to the very soul of every person upon this Earth. Personally I can not survive without God. My soul would dry up and would fade away into nothingness. God is my very breath of existence and reason for living. Without God, I am nothing but dust in the ground. Amen. Carl

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