Psalm 37 – SING & LEARN

As we conversed in the last session, the verse of Psalm 37:25 is a very hard one to understand. If we look around us, we see all the time righteous people whom are ‘forsaken’, ‘begging for bread’.
We suggested a different way to read the verse (with accordance to the one that follows – Psalm 37:26).  While we wait for the summary to be uploaded 🙂 here is the recording of the song we learned:

In the meantime, here is the link for the first half of Psalm 37., there we spoke about the other side of the coin – the prosperity of the evildoers.

Psalm 37 – SING & LEARN – Do not compete with the evildoers. Why not?

Summary for the first verse (psalm 37 1), please see below the video:

לְדָוִד אַל תִּתְחַר בַּמְּרֵעִים אַל תְּקַנֵּא בְּעֹשֵׂי עַוְלָה

Of David. Do not compete with the evildoers; do not envy those who commit injustice (Psalm 37:1)

We started the study by posing the question: Why not compete (and maybe also defeat..) the evil-dowers?  Why not let room for envy on their success? if G-d wants us to “behave properly”, shouldn’t there be some sort of compensation for doing so, while avoiding the ways of evil?  Isn’t there some sort of approval for their wicked ways, expressed by their prosperity?

Psalm 34 – SING & LEARN – Satisfaction already in the search for G-D

Thanks Sherri for the summary. Please see below the recording.

We read this psalm (34) during P’sukei d’Zimrah every Shabbat.  The Rabbi explained that this was written after David ran for his life from King Saul – he left Israel (where everyone knew and venerated him as their hero for having killed Goliath) and fled so far he reached the land of the Phlishtim – who of course hated him because he’d killed their hero Goliath.  When he was brought before their king, Abimelech didn’t believe this crazy man could be David…, so he let him go “Of David, when he disguised his sanity before Abimelech”.