Situation in Israel

Posted by: Rabbi Jay G. Spero < >

Posted 7/19/01

Dear Friends,
As we all know our brothers and sisters in Israel are undergoing an
extremely difficult time. Let us all accept upon ourselves to cry out to
G-d and say the following three Psalms every day on their behalf: 83,
130, and 142. Here is an English translation of the following three
Psalms. With the hope for an end to all suffering,
  Rabbi Jay Spero
Psalm 83

1. A song, a psalm of Assaf.

2. O G-d who sits in judgement,silence does not become You, You cannot
hold your peace and be still O Almighty One,

3. For it is Your enemies that are in an uproar and that spread the
hatred of You, they have raised their head

4. It is against Your people that they plot craftily, and they take
counsel against those sheltered by You.

5. They say, "Come, let us destroy them as a nation, the name of Israel
shall be remembered no more.

6. For when they convene together with a unanimous heart, then it is
against You that they make a covenant.

7. The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites. (all
names mentioned here were the enemies of Israel in the time of Assaf (1st
Temple period) Although these are not our specific enemies today, the
principal of people attacking the Jewish nation remains true).

8. Gebal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre.

9. Even Ashur has joined them; they have become the arm of the sons of

10. Do to them as to Midian, as to Sisera, as to Jabin in the valley of

11.They were destroyed at Ein-Dor, they became fertilizer for the soil.

12. Make them, their nobles, like Oreb and like Zeeb, and like Zebach and
like Zalmuna those who have become their princes.

13. Who  have also said, "we will conquer for ourselves the pleasant
habitations of G-d."

14. O my G-d, make them as chaff, as stubble before the wind.

15. As the fire that kindles the forest, as the flame that sets the
mountain ablaze.

16. So pursue them with Your tempest, and terrify them with your storm.

17. Fill their faces with shame, so that they may seek Your name at last,
O Lord.

18. Let them be deceived and dismayed forever; let them be unmasked and
sense that they are.

19. And know that You, whose name alone is "The Lord", are the most high
over all the earth.

Psalm 130

1. A song of ascents. Out of the depths have I called to, O G-d.

2. O my Master, hear my voice; let Your ears remain alert to hear my

3. If You my Lord would carefully watch sins, who could stand before You?

4. For with You is forgiveness, so that you may be feared.

5. Therefore it was for G-d I hoped when my soul hoped, and I waited upon
His word.

6. My soul is my Master's more so than they can keep watch for the
morning, keep watch for the morning (morning being a metaphor for the
messiah, after the long "night" of exile.)

7. Therefore, O Israel, wait upon the Lord, for with the Lord there is
Loving-kindness,and with Him there is redemption in infinite abundance.

8. He will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Psalm 142

1. An instruction from David, a prayer when he was in the cave.(When he
was on the run from king Saul)

2. When I weep, it is to the Lord that I cry; when i weep it is to the
Lord that i struggle to become worthy of favor.

3. I will pour out my words before Him, I shall declare my distress
before Him.

4. When my spirit wraps itself around me,You know my path. In the way in
which I openly walked, they have hidden a snare for me.

5. And yet, look on my right hand and see, there is none that will know
me, every refuge has gone from me. No man care for my soul.

6. Therefore I have cried to You,O G-d; I have said: "You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living."

7.Attend to the outpouring of my spirit, for I have been brought very
low. Deliver me from my pursuers for they are too mighty for me.

8. Bring my soul out of prison, so that it may acknowledge Your name.
Because of me they will crown the righteous when You will bring my
destiny to fruition.

End with this prayer:

"Our brothers, the entire family of Israel, who are delivered into
distress and captivity, whether they are on sea or dry land--may the
Omnipresent One have mercy on them and remove them from distress to
relief, from darkness to light, from subjugation to redemption, now
speedily and soon- and let us say, Amen."

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