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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 80

February 25, 2013, by

Continuing the Psalms of Asaf, this one is to be accompanied on the Shoshanim. The name of this instrument is a reference to Israel, which is a delicate rose surrounded by dangerous thorns. This Psalm is also called eidus, a testimony. (Rashi says it testifies to the various periods of exile.) Asaf asks G-d, Who […]

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Psalms – Chapter 79

February 24, 2013, by

Asaf calls to G-d regarding the invaders who have violated the Temple and devastated Jerusalem. The corpses of the fallen are left for scavengers to devour. The invaders shed blood like water and the dead remained unburied because the few survivors were too afraid to come out of hiding. Those who managed to survive were […]

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Psalms – Chapter 78

February 23, 2013, by

This Psalm of Asaf is a Maskil – it is intended to enlighten people. Listen up to the Written Torah and pay attention to the Oral Torah! We’re going to review history and see how it applies to us. We have received the Torah, which was transmitted to us from our ancestors; we shall continue […]

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Psalms – Chapter 77

February 22, 2013, by

Continuing the Psalms of Asaf, this one on the Yedusun, which Rashi says refers to the harsh decrees that would be made on Israel by their oppressors in exile. Asaf says that he raises his voice and cries out to G-d, Who hears him. On his day of trouble, Asaf looked for G-d. He is […]

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Psalms – Chapter 76

February 21, 2013, by

Another Psalm of Asaf: G-d is known in Judah and His Name is revered throughout Israel; His Temple is in Jerusalem, formerly called Shalem (Salem). Jerusalem is fated to withstand the Assyrian onslaught that will carry off the Ten Tribes (or perhaps the war of Gog and Magog). G-d is illuminated through these deeds, which […]

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Psalms – Chapter 75

February 20, 2013, by

Asaf begins this Psalm with the plea, “do not destroy,” as David did Psalms 57-59. He is still speaking of the Jews in exile, whom he prays will survive the tough times ahead. When Israel is redeemed from exile, they will thank G-d, Who was always nearby. When the time for redemption arrives, G-d will […]

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Psalms – Chapter 74

February 19, 2013, by

Another Psalm by Asaf, this one is called a maskil, meaning a Psalm whose purpose is to impart wisdom. Asaf asks why G-d appears to have abandoned Israel in exile; will the Shepherd be forever angry at His sheep? Asaf asks G-d to recall His historical relationship with His people, from the Exodus to the […]

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Psalms – Chapter 73

February 18, 2013, by

This is the first of a series of Psalms composed by the Levite Asaf. With twelve Psalms to his credit, Asaf was the second-most prolific Psalmist, after David. (See our synopsis on Psalm 50 for more about Asaf.) Asaf says that G-d is always good to Israel, even when His actions appear to be harsh. […]

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Psalms – Chapter 72

February 17, 2013, by

David composed this Psalm for his son, Solomon, on the occasion of appointing him his successor, as we read about in I Kings chapter 1. David asks G-d to bestow wisdom upon Solomon so that he may judge the people well and in accordance with the Torah. He should also know when to temper his […]

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Psalms – Chapter 71

February 16, 2013, by

This Psalm continues the theme of the previous one and, as such, it does not begin with an introductory note. David says that he sought shelter from his pursuers in G-d, and he hopes that G-d will not let his enemies put him to shame. (This verse could be interpreted “let me not ever be […]

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