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Psalms 27:5
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Psalm 27 (l’David) is recited daily from Rosh Chodesh Elul through Shemini Atzeres. This verse, with its reference to a succah, is the source of our practice to recite this psalm throughout Succos. This is not the context of the verse, however. The ibn Ezra says that the shelter is Jerusalem. Rashi is even more […]
Psalms 24: 1
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Psalm 24 is designated as the Psalm of the Day for Sunday, which is the first day of the week. The Talmud (Rosh Hashana 31a) tells us it’s because the psalm says that “earth and everything in it is G-d’s.” The first day was when G-d created the world and established His ownership over it.
Psalms 92:1
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It’s easy to see why Psalm 92 was selected as the Psalm of the Day for Shabbos – it says so right in the first verse! But the Talmud (Rosh Hashana 31a) clarifies that this doesn’t only refer to the day of rest that comes at the end of each week. It also refers to […]
Psalms 93:1
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This is the Psalm of the Day for Friday, which is the sixth day of the week. The Talmud in Rosh Hashana (31a) explains why. Our verse tells us that “Hashem reigns, clothed in majesty.” On the sixth day of Creation, Hashem completed His “work” and reigned over it, enrobed in the majesty of the […]
Psalms 81:2
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This is the Psalm of the Day for Thursday, the fifth day of the week. The Talmud in Rosh Hashana (31a) explains why each day was day was assigned a particular Psalm. This Psalm tells us to shout out in praises to G-d. On the fifth day of Creation, G-d created the birds and the […]
Psalms 94:1
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This is the Psalm of the Day for Wednesday, which is the fourth day of the week. The Talmud in Rosh Hashana (31a) explains the connection between this Psalm and Wednesday. This Psalm refers to Hashem as a “G-d of vengeance.” On the Wednesday of Creation, G-d created the sun and the moon. These were […]
Psalms 82:1
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This is the Psalm of the Day for Tuesday, the third day of the week. The Talmud (Rosh Hashana 31a) explains why this Psalm was assigned to this day. This Psalm says that G-d stands in His assembly. On the third day of Creation, G-d caused the land to appear, preparing the world for the […]
Psalms 48:2
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This is the Psalm of the Day for Monday. The Talmud (Rosh Hashana 31a) explains the reason each day was assigned a given Psalm. This verse was selected for Monday – the second day – because it says that G-d is great. On the second day of Creation, G-d separated the Heavens and the Earth, […]
Isaiah 60:1
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This haftarah has many positive prophecies: nations will go by your light, you will be radiant, caravans will come to you, etc. But who is the “you” being addressed? The Radak informs us that the prophecy is being addressed to Jerusalem.
Deuteronomy 4:39
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This verse is recited as part of the prayer Aleinu. In his Aramaic translation, Onkelos paraphrases this verse to avoid potential misconceptions on the part of the reader. Rather than saying that G-d is “in Heaven above and on the Earth below” – which could lead one to think that G-d physically occupies those places, […]