The book of Psalms gives us words that touch the essence of every possible human experience from the deepest possible angle. Reciting this psalm demands that twice a day we struggle with ourselves and our faith, in expectation that we will arrive at the Days of Awe ready for repentance, ready to celebrate on the holiday with a full heart before the Lord. You are my light. Next » Chapter 28. the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Do not let me feel abandoned. The custom of reciting Psalm 27 during the penitential season, variously understood to entail the period from Rosh Hodesh Elul through Yom Kippur, Hoshanah Rabbah, or Shemini Atzeret, is codified in Mishnah Berurah, siman 581: "In our region it is customary to recite [Psalm 27] followed by kaddish at the conclusion of the morning and evening services every day from Rosh Hodesh Elul until … Beginning the second day of Rosh Chodesh Elul, it is the Ashkenazi custom to blow the shofar every morning after prayers, in order to awaken us for the coming Day of Judgement. I can see the good, the blessings, the ways of life. Yah! Last night Rabbi Strassfeld and Rabbi Levitt offered us some meaningful words about using the month of Elul to prepare for the Yamim Noaim/Days of Awe. Psalm 27 for Elul. The psalmist is model, puzzle, and challenge to us, for he did not hide from life’s troubles on one hand, and yet lives within a framework of faith on the other. When forces come close Seeming to devour me, When narrowness threatens, King David, the Talmud tells us, was given some of Adam's lifespan. In year 5780 / 2020, the Month of Elul begins at sundown on Thursday, August 20 and concludes at sundown on Friday, September 18. Her kavanah for the month is here. Yah, with You as my strong protector who can make me panic? Here is a translation by Rabbi Yael Levy. Join A Way In as we prepare for 5777. In Eretz Yisra’el, the custom is to continue through Hosha’na Rabba (21 Tishri) and in the Diaspora the … Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 27 « Previous Chapter 26. Batya Levine - All The Leaves 4. Whom need I dread? Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. You are my savior. The Infinite Presence is the strength of my life, what shall I dread? Teach me your ways. The reason why certain Chasidim recite this psalm whereas others do not, is due to the custom that was accepted by his students in order to fulfill the decree that his two instituted prayers would be nullified. When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Before we can approach repentance or the joy of the holiday, we must honestly confront again our own faith and belief. Elul - Psalm 27 Hi, We customarily recite Psalm 27, “l’Dovid HaShem Ori,” at the end of Shacharit in the morning and at the end of Maariv in the evening, from the beginning of Elul through Sh’mini Atzeret. Listening to him read this psalm is one of my favorite Elul meditations. Yah! John and Doves, Most of you already know that during the Hebrew month of Elul (pre-Autumn), the people of God recite Psalm 27 each morning and evening. But the two psalms are indeed one. Molly Bajgot, Noah Wasserman Weinberg - Od Y'nuvun: Ripening in its Time 8. During the month of Elul and the High Holy Day and Festival season, we reflect on our relationships, choices, beliefs, and practices, considering where to make repairs, adjustments, and atonement. The Jewish New Year is a time of rejoicing and serious introspection. Let your heart be strong and filled with courage. By Rabbi Patti Haskell. This practice is relatively new, evidently some 200 years old. The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Psalms Chapter 27 תְּהִלִּים א לְדָוִד: יְהוָה, אוֹרִי וְיִשְׁעִי--מִמִּי אִירָא; יְהוָה מָעוֹז-חַיַּי, מִמִּי אֶפְחָד. The shofar's wailing sound inspires us to use the opportunity of Elul to its fullest. Psalm 27 (ה' אורי וישׁעי) is one of the most familiar psalms in Jewish liturgy. By Devon Spier. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. Psalm 27 begins with the words “To David: The L‑rd is my light and my salvation.” (Read the entire text in English and Hebrew here) The Midrash tells us that “my light” (אוֹרִי) is associated with Rosh Hashanah and “my salvation” (וְיִשְׁעִי) is associated with Yom Kippur. It is traditional to recite Psalm 27 every morning during the month of Elul, the time of intense preparation for the new year. The Infinite Presence is my light and expanse, whom should I fear? In addition, I will be using a wonderful book, Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days, (JPS Publications, 1996) by Rabbis Kerry Olitzky and Rachel Sabath, which I would encourage you to buy and use. With one week left before Rosh Hashanah, the preparatory month of Elul is waning. My Jewish Learning is a not-for-profit and relies on your help. Here’s a new translation of Psalm 27 by Rabbi Jamie Arnold. Psalm 27 A Psalm of David. Here is a translation by Rabbi Yael Levy. Skip down to Elul Classes & Programs: Click Here Listen to Psalm 27 sung by the CBST Community Chorus at past High Holy Days: Psalm 27 Register for access to CBST’s 5781 High Holy Days observance, always open to all, always free of charge: High Holy Days Opening Your Heart with Psalm 27 is a daily invitation, beginning on the first of Elul and continuing through Simchat Torah to engage in the sacred work of reflection during this season of turning. We use cookies to improve your experience on our site and bring you ads that might interest you. Copyright © 2002-2020 My Jewish Learning. Each Sunday this month, Rabbi Yael is posting teachings and practices for Elul, which also can be found on the A Way In web page and on Facebook and Twitter. Today is Rosh Hodesh Elul, tonight will be the first of day of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanah. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Elul Elul אֱלוּל The Hebrew month preceding Rosh HaShanah during which one engages in self-reflection and evaluation in preparation for the High Holidays. Directing the Heart through Jewish Mindfulness, 4101 Freeland Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19128 - ph: (215) 508-0226 / office@mishkan.org Site map. The name of the month has been understood to be an acronym for the Hebrew verse “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.” During Elul we read Psalm 27, “To David – the Lord is my light,” twice daily. The psalmist testifies once again that love of the Holy One is achieved, not by closing one’s eyes, but, even as with less significant loves, through effort, honesty, and open confrontation. Thus, like Adam, his soul is a composite of every soul that will ever be placed in a body. You call to my heart, “Seek my Presence.”. The Infinite Presence is the strength of my life, what shall I dread? Please, Infinite One, Listen to my voice, hear my call. Also beginning in Elul, we say Psalm 27 in the morning and evening services. I, the sufferer, depressed to the ultimate limits, am that same I who trusts, who is safe, who sits in the presence of the Lord. The psalmist cries out, demands, asks and pleads that his two worlds are one. Guide me on the path of integrity. This day, one thing do I ask of you, God, One thing do I seek: To dwell in your house All the days of my life. Do not let me turn away. Rosh Hashanah FAQ: All About the Jewish New Year. (Many scholars even conclude that these are separate psalms!) 1. This practice is relatively new, evidently some 200 years old. The psalm demands oneness, reflecting an integration of most difficult circumstances together with security. From this interesting and elaborate story we see that the origin of the recital of psalm 27 during Elul is from R. Eliyahu Baal Shem of Chelm in the 16th century. 1 Of David. There is a Jewish custom to blow the shofar and read Psalm 27 every day in the month of Elul (excluding the last day, the day before Rosh Hashanah). Throughout the second half, the reader hears the echo of the central term: One. There follows the central word of the psalm, One. The lies, the illusions, the menacing threats. The Psalm is a cry for and ultimately a declaration of belief in the greatness of God and trust in the protection he provides. Jordan Benjamin Schuster - Psalm 27 7. Psalm 27 is traditionally recited daily during Elul, the month leading up to the Days of Awe… though the introspection and teshuvah work that this psalm cues us to do can be a meaningful part of spiritual practice all year long. Psalm 27: An Elul Redux. All Rights Reserved. Psalm 27. Deborah Sacks Mintz - Makom Bina 5. the stronghold is a brook that babbles inside our selves. The Infinite holds me close in deep and hidden places. Elul is the month of preparation and shofar blowing. David's. For Elul: Psalm 27- Tenacious prayer johnmhummasti333455225 Uncategorized September 6, 2020 2 Minutes “Hope in G-D. Be strong and He will give you courage, and hope in G-D.” (Psalms 27:14) Sara Mosenkis - Turn Me Back 6. Pronounced: eh-LULE, Origin: Hebrew, Jewish month usually coinciding with August-September. It is traditional to recite Psalm 27 every morning during the month of Elul, the time of intense preparation for the new year. The first half of the psalm bespeaks assurance. By Rabbi Debra J. Robbins Foreword by Rabbi David Stern This volume is a compelling invitation to meditate on the deeper meaning of the fourteen verses of Psalm 27. I have bee n incorp orating these and love reading the Psalm in the morning and evening. Chapter 27. Here is a beautiful, downloadable version of the Psalm with Hebrew and […] It is mentioned numerous times in the Bible, in reference to its ceremonial use in the Temple and to its function as a signal-horn of war. The Minhag Ashkenaz is to recite "LeDavid Hashem Ori" (Psalm 27) once in the morning and once in the evening from Rosh Chodesh Elul until and including Shemini Aseret (and in Israel until and including Hoshana Rabba). Micah Shapiro - Ahallela 3. And I will sing and make music to the Infinite. How strange it is that the second half of the psalm depicts a world so totally opposite. Here we find a desperate search, a constant request, a pleading before the Holy One (“do not hide Your face … do not thrust [me] aside … do not forsake me, do not abandon me”). Psalm 27 - Meditation for Elul. in this place. Psalm 27, as translated by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. You are my savior. I personally recite Psalm 27 each morning during Elul while listening to the four sounds of the shofar, (ram's horn) which are blown each morning of Elul. I shared this with my husband this past Sunday and he said, that is interesting because the LORD has put this Psalm on his heart for the past few days. Of David. Psalm 27, also referred to as L'Dovid and Dominus illuminatio mea after the opening words, is the 27th (or in the Vulgate numbering: 26th) Psalm from the Book of Psalms.. But it is a wise practice, even essential. Even as thoughts and desires rise up against me. The name of the month has been understood to be an acronym for the Hebrew verse “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.” During Elul we read Psalm 27, “To David – the Lord is my light,” twice daily. For Elul: Psalm 27- Tenacious prayer Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi: The essence of prayer is incremental. and clumsily. Why is Psalm 27 an important part of the spiritual preparation for the High Holidays? Show content in: English Both Hebrew. To the Beloved, The Infinite Presence is my light and expanse, whom should I fear? At the apex of this section, the psalmist cries out in agony, with a sentence he cannot finish, for it depicts the worst of all: Had I not the assurance that I would enjoy the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living …. Whom need I dread? Ever since our father Abraham, we have anticipated the rewards of God’s protection, but too often we have seen our trials and tribulations as challenges to our faith. The first three verses increase numerically: two parallel phrases of five words each, then six, then seven (that number hinting at completion). The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Traditionally, the shofar is blown each day during the month. You can download a free pdf of the psalm here. Recite Psalm 27. This year during Elul I am reading Psalm 27 daily and also doing a verse by verse study of this chapter. Traditions for the observance of Elul include an increase in gifts of charity, called tzedakah (tzeh-DAH-kah) in Hebrew, and reciting Psalm 27 twice a day throughout the season. The Infinite shelters me as I encounter difficulty and pain. For us, this is ideal preparation. You are my light. Psalm 27 To the Beloved, The Infinite Presence is my light and expanse, who should I fear? I especially love the way he renders this psalm. To dwell in the Sacred Presence all the days of my life. The opening structure reflects both the growing threat and its total disappearance. Elul is the month of preparation and shofar blowing. Elul: Psalm 27 as translated by Reb Zalman. ELUL and Psalm 27. His faith is his sole remaining thread connecting him to the land of the living. Aly Halpert - Elul Niggun 2. Psalm 27 for Elul: Translation by Rabbi Yael Levy. You can download a free pdf of the psalm here. Facing all these threats, the psalmist feels the peace of unity, and throughout this first half the reader senses no doubt, no real threat. The 4th translation published in this blog of Psalm 27, is by Rabbi Yael Levy, director of “A Way In: Jewish Mindfulness Program” at Reconstructionist congregation Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia. In Elul, we renew our faith through search, as is also reflected in the modern midrash on this psalm, “One have I demanded of the Lord, that I shall seek: I seek only that forever I will demand the one, demand the oneness, demand the unity, from the Lord.”. Since during the month of Elul we are called upon to study and recite Psalm 27 each day, I will be basing most of the meditations and teachings on that psalm. An 18th-century rabbi added the ritual of reading through the book of Psalms with three psalms read each day between the 1st of Elul and Yom Kippur. When hateful bullies gang up on me, wanting to harass me, To oppress and terrorize me, Poem for Elul: Psalm 27. Pronounced: sho-FAR or SHO-far, Origin: Hebrew, a ram’s horn that is sounded during the month of Elul, on Rosh Hashanah, and on Yom Kippur. Don’t let me give in to all that torments me. Hebrew roots carefully repeated in the two halves testify to unity, as does the clear inclusion: the name of God opens and closes the first half (The Lord is my light … a hymn to the Lord) and the second (Hear O Lord … look to the Lord). He speaks the psalms in direct, clear, prayerful English. This Jewish month marks the period of soul-searching leading up to the High Holidays. Good morning, God, happy Elul. LeDavid Hashem Ori should be said after Shacharit (after Shir Shel Yom). I must have faith that I can see through all of this. Yah, with you as my strong protector who can make me panic? The psalmist, while describing the enemy from a distance (from whom will I be afraid), approaching (as evil men come near), preparing (should an army besiege me), and attacking (should war come against me), nevertheless is calm, above all danger, sacrificing and thanking the Lord. Beginning on the first day of Elul, nearly all communities begin reciting Psalm 27 (“God is my Light and Salvation”) twice daily, continuing through the end of Sukkot. If he did not have this faith, then …. The author is abandoned by parents and surrounded by enemies. Elul: Songs for Turning by Elul Music Project, released 07 September 2017 1. Hashanah FAQ: all About the Jewish new year see through all of this Chapter afraid! The morning and evening my life— of whom shall I be afraid, whom should I fear can me... I encounter difficulty and pain way in as we prepare for 5777 of... אוֹרִי וְיִשְׁעִי -- מִמִּי אִירָא ; יְהוָה מָעוֹז-חַיַּי, מִמִּי אֶפְחָד life, what I... 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