Psalm 24

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I spent a year starting with this one doing commentary on each days prayer used by the Priests in the Temple in Jerusalem. If there is anything that gets me really charged up is the beauty of the commentary from the one author I used as inspiration. It is so hard to capture the beauty of the Hebrew and his rendering of it in English and do a 500 word piece for a synagogue bulletin.

Submitted: April 10, 2016

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Submitted: April 10, 2016



Psalm 24: Prayer for the first day of the week

 David composed this mizmor to be read upon inauguration of the Bet Hamikdash. It was supposed to be sung as the Ark of the Covenant entered the Holy of Holies. The Bet Hamikdash was supposed to symbolize God’s presence in this world even though his presence is throughout the entire universe.

According to tradition the Levites would read one psalm each day of the week when the Temple was in operation. Psalm 24 was read on Sunday the first day of the week. Currently we read it when there is a daily minyan.

The commentaries break this prayer down into three parts.

Part One

1) A Psalm of David. The earth belongs to Hashem, and all it contains; the world and all its in habitants. 2) He founded it upon the seas, and set it firm upon flowing waters.

This section is establishing the fact that the whole world belongs to Hashem.

Part Two is talking about Bet Hamikdash.

The Bet Hamikdash was supposed to be the place for man’s most intense experience of God’s presence. It was supposed to be on Mount Moriah that all men could experience the Shechinah.  It would have been the most worthy with the following traits who could serve in the Bet Hamikdash.

3) Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may rise in his sanctuary?

4) One who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not used God’s name in false oaths, who has not sworn deceitfully.

5) He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, a just reward from the God of his deliverance.

6) Such are the people who seek Him, who long for the Presence of Jacob’s God.

Part Three is describing the entrance of the Ark.

David uses ceremonial dialogue to describe the entrance of the Ark into the Bet Hamikdash. The ceremony visualizes the Ark as being accompanied by the Shechinah and therefore is describing the King of Glory coming to take residence in his earthly home.

The dialogue also describes the way a powerful earthly king would be treated upon request to open the gates. The big difference is that Hashem himself is returning therefore the gates themselves are requested to rise up in awe of Hashem. The request is made twice.

Hashem is described as a victorious warrior in the first request since the Ark was used in battle and was coming back to Jerusalem.

The second description says that Hashem is more powerful than we can imagine.

7) Lift high your lintels, O you gates: open wide you ancient doors! Welcome the glorious King.

8) Who is the glorious King?  The Lord, with triumph and might. The Lord triumphant in battle.

9) Lift high your lintels, O you gates, open wide you ancient doors! Welcome the glorious King.

10) Who is the glorious King? Adonai tzeva’ot, He is the glorious King.

I will be looking forward to providing you these commentaries on the daily prayers.









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