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Rabbi Chaim Brovender

Rabbi Chaim Brovender

Rabbi Chaim Brovender, Rosh Yeshiva of WebYeshiva.org - the world's first fully interactive online yeshiva - is president of the ATID Foundation.

Psalms – Chapter 70

February 15, 2013, by

This song is labeled, “to remember,” an uncommon introduction that only appears on one other Psalm (#38). The intention appears to be a plea by David that G-d remember him. David asks G-d to rush to his rescue, since he has been disgraced by his pursuers. He hopes that those who have persecuted him suffer […]

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Psalms – Chapter 69

February 14, 2013, by

This Psalm speaks of exile, so it is to be accompanied on the shoshanim, which means roses. The symbolism of that selection is that Israel is like a rose, but the trials of exile are like thorns. (Since David speaks on behalf of the nation, I have made plural here some verses that may be […]

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Psalms – Chapter 68

February 13, 2013, by

In this Psalm, David asks that G-d “arise” and scatter His enemies, using a language parallel to that of Numbers 10:35. (The verse in Numbers is recited when the Torah is removed from the Ark: “Kuma Hashem v’yafutzu oyvecho…”) The main difference is that in Numbers, Moses used language speaking TO G-d (i.e., the second […]

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Psalms – Chapter 67

February 12, 2013, by

David asks that G-d bless us and grant us favor, shining the light of His “face” upon us. He should make His ways understood among the people of the world so that all nations will praise Him. The nations will sing to G-d, Who will judge them fairly and and lead them in the proper […]

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Psalms – Chapter 66

February 11, 2013, by

This Psalm was composed later in David’s life, when he was securely established on the throne and free from the persecutions referred to in many other Psalms. In this Psalm, David focuses on the Messianic era. David calls upon the nation of Israel to sing to G-d and to sanctify Him in the eyes of […]

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Psalms – Chapter 65

February 10, 2013, by

This Psalm was composed as a prayer at the time of the famine described in II Samuel 21. David says that silence, meaning recognizing that we are unable to recount all of G-d’s praises, is itself a praise of Him. When the Jews are in exile, they promise that when they return, they will again […]

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Psalms – Chapter 64

February 9, 2013, by

According to the Midrash, this Psalm refers to events in the Book of Daniel, specifically chapter 6. In that chapter, prayer to G-d was prohibited by law. Despite this, Daniel continued to pray to G-d and was thrown into the lions’ den. (Her was saved by Divine intervention.) David asks G-d to hear of his […]

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Psalms – Chapter 63

February 8, 2013, by

David composed this Psalm when he was fleeing Saul’s pursuits, in the desert of Judah. According to the Radak, this was the area of Ziff. Accordingly, this would seem to refer to the incident in I Samuel 26, in which the people of Ziff reported on David to Saul a second time. David says that […]

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Psalms – Chapter 62

February 7, 2013, by

This Psalm, according to its introduction, is to be accompanied on an instrument called the yedusun, which was only used in the Temple. David says that his soul waits only for G-d, Who is the only source of strength and salvation. David knows that though he may slip, G-d will not let him fall. David […]

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Psalms – Chapter 61

February 6, 2013, by

According to the introductory note, this Psalm was accompanied by an instrument called the neginas. David asks G-d to hear his prayer, as he calls out from the end of the land. The commentators differ as to exactly where is meant, but apparently it is some place outside of Israel, either during a military campaign […]

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