Today I said Psalms. Psalm 20. I never believed or was very interested in Psalms. Growing up, on a scale of one to ten in terms of Torah knowledge, I’d say I was about a one or maybe at most a two (the lowest amounts on the scale.) The psalms? I wasn’t sure if they were Jewish, Christian, both, neither? It was kind of confusing.
My son is in Israel right now. On my social media screen, the skies light up and look almost like shooting stars; actually it’s Israel’s iron dome protecting her civilians from rocket fire.
Hashem bless my precious son and keep him and everyone safe during this frightening time. May this war end swiftly.
He called yesterday and asked me to recite Psalm 20. Of course I did. Then I did something which is still reverberating.
I recited it in Hebrew (yesterday and today).
Understand please that I am just *learning to read Hebrew – using the “Aleph Champ” method developed for little bitty kids. It’s working great. It follows a “karate” colored belt system and I think I’m on green – learning letters and words, not sentences yet.
It took about one and a half hours yesterday, and about one hour today to read the single Psalm in Hebrew.
And yet… despite the academic struggle, my eyes going blurry, losing my place over and over…
A profound peace occurred. Inside me, outside, all around. So much so, that while I was sitting outside bent over my little phone trying to read the small Hebrew print, every person that walked by commented on this. Please also understand I have sat outside around this same group of neighborhood acquaintances for twelve years, and no one has ever randomly called out that I look peaceful.
I believe so strongly – this is the power of the Psalms rising. May it be G-d’s will that peace spreads throughout the world. And please Hashem, cover Israel with Peace.
As far as the title goes, “turn turn turn“… my wonderful friend Reggie gently reminded me that when I get scared, turn my face to G-d.
Bless all of you. May you be safe, secure and have your heart’s desires.
Love, Vivi 💖. ©
*Hebrew lessons: Hindy Deitsch, Judaic and Hebrew Teacher. Virtual learning available. Email at [email protected]