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 30 – SING & LEARN – Can ‘bad’ turn to be ‘good’?!

Notes taken this week by Steve, below the video


I will exalt You, HASHEM, for You have raised me up from the depths, and not let my foes rejoice over me. HASHEM, my God, I cried out to You and You healed me. HASHEM, You have raised up my soul from the lower world, You have preserved me lest I descend to the Pit. Sing to HASHEM, His devoted ones, and give thanks to His holy Name. For His anger endures but a moment; but life results from His pleasure; in the evening one lies down weeping, but with dawn — a cry of joy!