6 who is like a groom coming forth from the chamber, like a hero, eager to run his course.
v’-HU k’-kha-TAN yo-TZAY may-khu-pa-TO ya-SEES k’-gi-BOR la-RUTZ O-rakh
ו וְהוּא כְּחָתָן יֹצֵא מֵחֻפָּתוֹ יָשִׂישׂ כְּגִבּוֹר לָרוּץ אֹרַח׃
19:6 Who is like a groom coming forth from the chamber
The psalm begins with a description of nature praising Hashem. The king of nature, the sun, is portrayed as a glorious symbol of God’s magnificence on this earth, described as “a groom coming forth from the chamber.” The rising of the sun is also seen as a metaphor for the redemption of the Jewish people. The Jerusalem Talmud (Berachot 1:1) relates a story of two righteous rabbinic scholars, Rabbi Hiyya and Rabbi Shimon, walking in the Arbel Valley in the Lower Galilee, in the early hours of the morning. As the first rays of dawn appeared, Rabbi Hiyya remarked to Rabbi Shimon that this is how the redemption of Israel will take place. At first it comes very slowly, but as it progresses, its light increases. This lesson is important to keep in mind when we look critically at current events or the imperfect political reality confronting Israel, both domestically and internationally. The redemption of Israel is coming. It develops slowly, but surely.