e-lo-HAI a-LAI naf-SHEE tish-to-KHAKH al KAYN ez-ko-r’-KHA may-E-retz yar-DAYN v’-kher-mo-NEEM may-HAR mitz-AR
ז אֱלֹהַי עָלַי נַפְשִׁי תִשְׁתּוֹחָח עַל־כֵּן אֶזְכָּרְךָ מֵאֶרֶץ יַרְדֵּן וְחֶרְמוֹנִים מֵהַר מִצְעָר׃
A young man living in the northern region of Israel longs for Yerushalayim, his soul thirsting for closeness to God. Unable to reach the holy city, he finds his inspiration in Mount Chermon. Soaring over two thousand eight hundred meters above sea level, this mountain range is covered in snow for much of the year, and the runoff of melting snow is a major source of freshwater for the Jordan River which flows into the Sea of Galilee. The runoff from the top of the Chermon also enables a fertile plant life and rich vegetation below the snow line of the mountain, and the southern slopes of the mountains extend to the northern Golan Heights. Yet despite the richness in rain, vegetation and awe-inspiring vistas, the psalmist still seeks spiritual inspiration two hundred kilometers southward, from a small hill upon which stands the Beit Hamikdash and from where the word of Hashem emanates to the entire world: Yerushalayim.