This Shabbat

I called to ADONAI in my distress, and he answered me

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Psalm 120:
1 A song of ascents:
I called to ADONAI in my distress, and he answered me. 
2 Rescue me, ADONAI, from lips that tell lies, from a tongue full of deceit. 
3 What has he in store for you, deceitful tongue? What more will he do to you? 
4 A warrior’s sharp arrows, with red-hot coals from a broom tree. 
5 How wretched I am, that I’m an alien in Meshekh, that I must live among the tents of Keidar! 
6 I have had to live far too long with those who hate peace. 
7 I am all for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.
I hope you will have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!
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In distress my God I called to you

 

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Jerusalem, Capital of Israel.

Photo: My aunt in Israel last week

 

מן המיצר אלוקיי קראתי אליך

Min hamitsar elokai karati elecha

In distress my God I called to you

הגשר עודנו צר

Hagesher odenu tsar

The bridge is still narrow

איך אוכל בלעדיך

Aich ochal biladecha

How can I do it without you

לעבור לחצות

La’avor lachtsot

To cross this divide

איך אוכל זאת לעשות

Aich ochal zot la’asot How can I do this

אני יודע שאוזניך קשובות

Ani yodea she’oznecha kashuvot

I know that your ears are attentive

עד יעבור זעם

Ad ya’avor zaam

Until the storm passes

היכן אוכל להסתתר

Heichan ochel lehistater

Where can I hide

וכמו בכל פעם אצטרך בך להיעזר

Uchmo bechol paam etstarech becha leheazer

And like every time I need your aid

כי בלעדיך כלום לא שווה

Ki biladecha klum lo shave Because besides you nothing is worthy

ואני יושב ומקווה V

eani yoshev umikave And I sit and hope

שיבוא יום

Sheyavo yom That day will come

ותתגלה

Vetitgale And you’ll be revealed

אל יושב בסתר עליון

El yoshev baseter aliyon

God seated hidden on high

הלא שמעת נאקת בניך

Halo shamata neakat banecha Have you not heard the groaning of your sons?

על פי הטבע וההגיון

Al pee hateva vehahigayon

According to nature and logic

מזמן אבדנו

Mizman avadnu

We would be lost long ago

לולא רחמך

Lule rachamecha

If not for your mercy

אנא תן תחת כנפיך מחסה

Ana ten tachat knafecha machase

Please give under your wings shelter

ולמעננו נס תעשה

Ulemanenu nes taase

And for us do a miracle

 

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Messianic Ethiopian Jewish congregation in Jerusalem (12 December 2017)