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Sunday, April 05, 2009

A New Pshat in Tehilim 92:3

I'm sure someone has said this before, and if so, ברוך שכוונתי, but I thought of this over Shabbat.

Tehilim 92:3 says:

לְהַגִּיד בַּבֹּקֶר חַסְדֶּךָ; וֶאֱמוּנָתְךָ, בַּלֵּילוֹת


To declare Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness in the night seasons


This year, we can say that this verse can be referring to this coming Wednesday.

In the morning, we are declaring Hashem's lovingkindness by saying Birkat Hahama. We know that the sun is a symbol of Hesed to those who fear Hashem from the Haftara of Shabbat Hagadol that we just read:

וְזָרְחָה לָכֶם יִרְאֵי שְׁמִי, שֶׁמֶשׁ צְדָקָה, וּמַרְפֵּא, בִּכְנָפֶיהָ



But even simpler than that, the sun is the tool Hashem uses to provide us with light and warmth - what greater Hesed is there than that!

At night, we declare our Emunah in Hashem, Who had taken out of Egypt, and continues to be Mashgi'ah over us today and we instill this into our children via a הגדה because of והגדת לבנך - thus the word להגיד is used for the seifa of the Pasuk too.

(The plural of לילות can either refer to the 2 sedarim of the diaspora or the second night can refer to the seventh of Pesah where ויאמינו בה' ובמשה עבדו.)

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Another idea:

The prayers for Shabbat are divided into three parts:
Shabbat Bereishit - this is said Shabbat Arvit
Shabbat Matan Torah - this is said Shabbat Shaharit
Shabbat Le'atid Lavo - this is said Shabbat Minha

Wednesday morning, we'll be declaring our Emuna in Ma'asei Bereishit.
Wednesday night, we'll be declaring our Emuna in Yetzi'at Mitzrayim which culminated in Matan Torah
Fast forward a week until Thursday morning, we (in the diaspora) will be declaring our Emuna in Mashiah by reciting my favorite Haftara of the year.

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