Psalms 17:8
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8  Guard me like the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings

shom-RAY-nee k’-ee-SHON bat A-yin b’-TZAYL k’-na-FE-kha tas-tee-RAY-nee

ח  שָׁמְרֵנִי כְּאִישׁוֹן בַּת־עָיִן בְּצֵל כְּנָפֶיךָ תַּסְתִּירֵנִי׃

 17:8   The apple of Your eye 

Ariel view of Bat Ayin

The term eeshon bat ayin (אישון בת-עין), ‘the apple of the eye’, refers to the pupil , and is used by the psalmist to reflect the divine protection he seeks: “Guard me like the apple of Your eye”. The eye is the most sensitive part of the body, and therefore the most protected part of the face. There are eyelids and eyelashes to protect the eyes from foreign intrusion, eyebrows to protect from sweat, and the forehead and nose to protect them from impact. The psalmist asks that Hashem protect him fully like the eye that is surrounded on all sides. A more profound interpretation of this expression recognizes that the eye is also the window to the soul. By asking the Lord to protect his eyes, the psalmist is thus asking God to guard his soul. In 1989, a group of settlers created a new community in Gush Etzion under the guidance of Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg. The residents of the community, called Bat Ayin, are mostly Jews with Hassidic tendencies, who place great emphasis on spirituality and the soul and aim to recognize and spread the light of Hashem in this world. Today, close to 200 families live in Bat Ayin, representing Jews of all walks of life, from rabbis and teachers, to artists and musicians, builders, farmers, doctors and writers.

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  • The window to the soul is indeed through the eyes. But the soul rest in the heart of a man which is then the seed of the apple. How interesting. That seed then produces growth of that soul. The word of God grows that seed, the soul. The very Glory of God then is manifest in the man through his art, works, study's in Torah . I always as God through my prayers to protect me in my body and especially in my soul. Man may kill my body but i pray that God will never let evil Kill my Soul. I have a question I must ask? Even though I was not born Jewish I have known and been befriended by many wonderful Jewish people of my generation. I am 63 years old. There was some generational concern since I am Christian but I follow Judaeo Christian Practices of Worship and keep the Jewish Sabbath. Is it possible to be born with a Jewish Heart & Soul? Carl

  • The thought just crossed my mind, thinking about an apple. The seed, from which there is growth is in the center of the apple, so if we are the 'apple of G-d's eye' he must surely see the seed which promises growth, in him and for him. Regardless of the state of the apple the seed is protected, until fully rotten, and even then it can take root and grow. From there stems the thought that, even though Israel has sinned and walked away from G-d in the past G-d sees that the seed is still there, waiting to grow. It is interesting to read of the Hassidic settlement too.


Psalms 17:8

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