Sunday, September 25, 2011

A great Psalm for one and all

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We are up to Psalm 27 over at Robert's PsalmChallenge.
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Jews are supposed to sing, read, or study this psalm every day in the present month of Elul as we prepare for the spiritual account-taking of Rosh Hashana and the Days of Awe.
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I refer you to the Velveteen Rabbi blog, where Reb Rachel has many good ideas and links about Psalm 27, such as a modern poetic translation by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.
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This psalm has become beloved in Christian tradition as well.
Taize, the monastic community in France, has two songs from Psalm 27 alone.
A haunting singing of Verse 1 can be heard here.
The words:
"The Lord is my light and my salvation, In him I trust, In him I trust."
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The other Taize song comes from Verses 13-14:
"I am sure I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living . . .".
See all the words and notes below
and hear it sung at Taize here.


From www.taize.fr, Learning the Songs
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Mechon-Mamre has the Hebrew original next to the English translation of the psalm.
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Link

9 comments:

Spiderdama said...

So much to learn from reading your blog. Thanks for all this information about psalm 27. It is a well-known psalm here with Christians, especially the first verse is often used.

Kathy said...

Thanks, Dina, for this post today. I love this Psalm! It's been a comfort to me in many dark times of my life. I especially enjoyed the poetic version by Rabbi Zalmon Schachter-Shalomi, "I wouldn't have survived, If I hadn't hoped that I would see, yet, Your goodness, God, fully alive on earth." Peace to you and yours!

Hels said...

Have a wonderful New Year Dina. Good health for all the family and above all peace.

Cloudia said...

Scholarly and productive of awe.

Thanks for introducing me to Velveteen Rabbi!


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Reader Wil said...

Dear Dina, this psalm is so beautiful and great to express my gratitude. Thanks for your post.I still had no time to do extra posts, apart from the posts I scheduled.May peace come to you and your country.

ρομπερτ said...

A joy for the senses of sight, sound and thought !

Thank you for this special entry once again very much. Please have a wonderful Tuesday.

Sara Lorayne said...

Shalom Dina. It's good to be reminded that the Psalms are meant to be sung or recited. I must go to your links now; I know they will be interesting.

Louis la Vache said...

Somehow «Louis» overlooked this post. He's glad you added it to the links at his Psalm post, particularly because he likes the Taizé song.

Suzanne said...

Again Dina thank you for this beautiful entry.