11 Feb 2014

The King of Israel, about whom we sing, “David, King of Israel, is eternally alive;” representing the fact that he was promised a dynasty of kingship over the Jewish People forever.

He had great courage, as he demonstrated when, as a shepherd, he killed a lion and a bear. And, when he visited his brothers in battle with the forces of Shaul against the Philistines and observed the mocking behavior and heard the taunts of the giant Galyat (Goliath) against the G-d and the People of Israel, he approached him unarmed except with his slingshot and killed him with one shot.

He is called the “Neim Z’mirot Yisrael,” the “sweet singer of Israel,” for several reasons:

According to Jewish Tradition, the “Mashiach,” or Messiah will ultimately come from the descendants of David.