Friday, May 27, 2011

Shabbat Shalom

היום תשעה ושלשים יום שהם חמשה שבועות וארבעה ימים לעמר
Today is thirty-nine days, which is five weeks and four days, of the omer
נצח שביסוד
A day of perseverance in a week of foundation

On this Shabbat of foundation I share with you Psalm 92 - the psalm of Shabbat - as interpreted by one of my teachers, Norman Fischer, from Opening to You:

It is good to thank you, good to pronounce your unsayable name
With morning's light to remember your kindness
With night's sky to think of your faithful heart
To sing of it with music of the ten-stringed instrument
With the psaltery, with the harp
Because you are at work in what is I rejoice
And the physical world your hands have made
Animates in my body your preciousness
Everything you have made firm is very great
Everything you have coaxed into thought profound
And only someone humane know this, a fool cannot see it
When the crooked spring up like weeds
When he heedless like grass seem to flourish
It is only so that they may be mowed down
But you
Who do not rise up
And cannot be mowed down
What opposed you
And it falls and withers
Scatters and is cast away
Knowing this
My resolve is strengthened
Like ram's horn freshly anointed it glistens
So that my eyes see clearly the greed of those who envy
And my ears hear patiently the confused cacophony of the world
Those who go in accord with you grow fresh as palm trees
Grow tall as the cedars of Lebanon
For they are planted in your house, their leaves rustle in your courtyards
Even in old age they'll flourish, vigorous and covered with foliage
Emblems of your uprightness, your rocklike steadfastness
Sealed and without a crack

שבת שלום
Shabbat Shalom

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