Sunday, April 7, 2013

יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה

Sunday today, and I add my post to those of other blogger-Psalms-illustrators at Robert Geiss' PsalmChallenge.

This evening and tomorrow Israel commemorates יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה
"Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day"  or Yom Hashoah.
When I moved to Israel, 23 years after the Second World War, young Israel's entire (Jewish and Arab) population was only 2.5 million.
This year, 2013, my country  is home to  6,000,000 Jews.
Just a thought, remembering the 6 million who never knew a State of their own.

Psalm 98
1 O sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvellous things.

His right hand and his holy arm
have gained him victory.
2 The Lord has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.

4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.

7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who live in it.
8 Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy
9 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.
Translation: New Revised Standard Version

Both photos are from the website  Württembergische Landesbibliothek Stuttgart DFG-Viewer
where the manuscript pages  can be enjoyed in high resolution.
The Stuttgart Psalter was created in France in the years 820-830.


Nonnie said...

in the Bible, the Psalms are a favorite book of mine!
thank you for continuing to share about your home, the Holy Land.

Kathy said...

I am brought to tears at your post this morning. The psalm is magnificent, but the thought of the suffering and yet the ongoing triumph of your young nation makes me weep. To reach this significant number in the population, I am dancing for joy for you! I think of the words in the Book of Jeremiah (30:19) And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

Blessings to you, Dina!

Spiderdama said...

A new song.. can mean so much, I think

We will take time to remember and honor the six million Jews.


Hels said...

My parents lived in Australia before the Holocaust and survived to marry and have children and grandchildren. My parents in law were in Europe during the war and had their siblings, parents, nieces and nephews exterminated. How random and terrible life is.

Sara said...

Verses 2 and 3 seem especially cogent in light of Yom Hashoah I think.

VP said...

A round and significant number!

Anonymous said...

Yes, knowing a place called home is probably one of the most moving feelings possible.

As the world finds itself again in front of changes, even more worth, maybe even priceless.

Thank you for your kind participation and your always thoughtful entries very much.
Please have you all a good new week ahead.

crystal said...

Dina, best wishes on this Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Reader Wil said...

How beautiful to praise the Lord with this psalm.!