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Psalm 27-Post Yom Kippur - Hoshanah Rabbah Print E-mail

PrayerWe continue to recite L’David; Hashem Ori, (Psalm 27) until Hoshanah Rabbah because of the verse, “He hides me in the cover of His tent (Sukkoh).” The nature of the Psalm changes after our Yom Kippur achievements,

 

as do the thirteen mentions of God’s Name, corresponding to the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy.

The nature of the Covenant of The Thirteen Attributes also changes after Yom Kippur to carry us from the Judgment to Hoshanah Rabbah, when the ‘Piskah,” or ‘Judge’s Ruling,’ is, so to speak, delivered and final.

We must therefore have different intentions when reciting the Thirteen Names while singing this Psalm. I offer the basic, intermediate and advanced presentations, based on the most common listing of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, followed by the Ari’s listing:

Note: 13 is the numerical value of “Echad,”:

Basic:

God’s Uniqueness (Level I),
Simplicity (Level II),
Unity (Level III),
The Only True Being (Level IV)

Intermediate:

“Echad,” God’s Uniqueness (Assiyah),
Simplicity  (Yetzirah),
Unity (Beriah),
The Only True Being (Atzilut)

Advanced
One should have in mind when concentrating on the Thirteen Attributes to unify them in each of the Four Levels of Existence:
  1. From Yom Kippur - Succot: Assiyah,
  2. First Day(s): Yetzirah,
  3. Chol Hamoed: Beriah,
  4. Hoshanah Rabbah: Atzilut.

 

Basic:

1 [A Psalm] of David. God (Hashem) is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? 
God (Hashem) is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evil-doers came upon me to eat up my flesh,
even mine adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; 
Though war should rise up against me, even then will I be confident.

4 One thing have I asked of God (Kail), that will I seek after: 
that I may dwell in the house of God (Rachum) all the days of my life, 
to behold the graciousness of God (V’Chanun), and to visit early in His temple.

5 For He conceals me in His pavilion in the day of evil; 
He hides me in the covert of His tent; He lifts me up upon a rock.

6 And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; and I will offer in His tabernacle sacrifices with trumpet-sound; 
I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto God (Erech Apayim).

7 Hear, O God (V’Rav Chesed), when I call with my voice, and be gracious unto me, and answer me.

8 In Your behalf my heart has said: 'Seek you My face'; Your face, God (Ve’Emet), will I seek.

9 Hide not Your face from me; put not Your servant away in anger; 
You have been my help; cast me not off, neither forsake me, O Lord of my salvation.

10 For though my father and my mother have forsaken me, God (Notzair Chesed La’alafim) will take me up.

11 Teach me Your way, O God (Nosei Avon); and lead me in an even path, because of them that lie in wait for me.

12 Deliver me not over to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out violence.

13 If I had not believed to look upon the goodness of God (VaFesha)in the land of the living!--

14 Wait on God (V’Chata’a); be strong, and let Your heart take courage; yea, wait You for God (Vinakei).

According To The Ari’s List of The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy:
1 [A Psalm] of David. God (Kail) is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? 
God (Rachum) is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evil-doers came upon me to eat up my flesh,
even mine adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; 
Though war should rise up against me, even then will I be confident.

4 One thing have I asked of God (V’Chanun)), that will I seek after: 
that I may dwell in the house of God (Erech) all the days of my life, 
to behold the graciousness of God (Apayim)), and to visit early in His temple.

5 For He conceals me in His pavilion in the day of evil; 
He hides me in the covert of His tent; He lifts me up upon a rock.

6 And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; and I will offer in His tabernacle sacrifices with trumpet-sound; 
I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto God (Rav Chesed).

7 Hear, O God (Emet), when I call with my voice, and be gracious unto me, and answer me.

8 In Your behalf my heart has said: 'Seek you My face'; Your face, God (Notzair Chesed), will I seek.

9 Hide not Your face from me; put not Your servant away in anger; 
You have been my help; cast me not off, neither forsake me, O Lord of my salvation.

10 For though my father and my mother have forsaken me, God (La’alafim) will take me up.

11 Teach me Your way, O God (Nosei Avon); and lead me in an even path, because of them that lie in wait for me.

12 Deliver me not over to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out violence.

13 If I had not believed to look upon the goodness of God (VaFesha)in the land of the living!--

14 Wait on God (V’Chata’a); be strong, and let Your heart take courage; yea, wait You for God (Vinakei).

Intermediate:

Ari:

  1. “Kail,” I feel empowered by Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as in, “Eilei HaAretz,” “The mighty of the land.” (Ezekeil 17:13)
  2. “Rachum,” although God is Infinite and awesome, He relates to us as we are, with full awareness and appreciation of our strengths and struggles. (See Kuzari I:I) He is thus, “the stronghold of my life.”
  3. “Chanun” is the largest of the Treasure Houses in Heaven (Shemot Rabbah 45:6), the Treasure of “Matnat Chinam,” “Free Gifts,” that anable us to ask, as in, “One thing have I asked of God.”
  4. “Erech” is long lasting, as in, “all the days of my life.” God uses “Erech” to delay punishment, even as He grants us “Erech” as “all the days of my life.”
  5. “Apayim,”  God relates to us on multiple levels, so that even after we sin against Him we can still request, “to behold the graciousness of God, and to visit early in His temple.”
  6. “Rav Chesed” points to our ability to receive God’s Chesed Life-Force, and share it with others. It is for this that, “I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto God.”
  7. “Emet” gives meaning to all we do; Our choices matter. It is because we are active participants in God’s Creation that we can say, “Hear, O God (Emet), when I call with my voice, and be gracious unto me, and answer me.” God hears our prayers because we truly matter.
  8. “Notzair Chesed” takes even our thoughts to do good and gives them substance. God listens even when, “In Your behalf my heart has said,” it was only in my heart, and raises the thought as if it were action.
  9. “La’alafim,” for a thousand generations would seem to limit God’s Chesed; Only to a thousand generations, and no more? When God showers Chesed on the world, He directs it to those who will most effectively use it. “La’alafim” is the expression of God’s commitment to us each second of our existence, so that, “For though my father and my mother have forsaken me, God will take me up.”
  10. 10-12: “Nosei Avon, Vafesha, V’Chata’ah” describes how even after God has empowered us to act with meaning, our choices matter to existence, He is willing to “carry” our deliberate sins, our acts of rebellion, and our mistakes,” so that they will not burden us. I need Him to, “lead me in an even path, because of them that lie in wait for me,” my deliberate sins, so that I can, “look upon the goodness of God in the land of the living,” despite my rebellion and choosing to avoid looking upon His Face and walking in the Land of the Living, and I can take, “heart take courage.”
  11. 13. “Vinakei” is that God allows those who say, I only “wait You for God,” which is the reconnection of Teshuvah: Despite all I have done, I “wait You for God,” to reconnect to Him without any barriers.

 

Advanced

Ari

  1. “Kail” as the embodiment of the initial Ratzon, or, Will, to create the world, bringing Life-Force - Chesed. This is the source of all the Light - Perceiving God’s Presence - in my life’s work.
  2. “Rachum” corresponds to the umbilical cord that connects the fetus in the womb, or “Rechem.” It represents the pathways God offers us to achieve Eternal Life through our efforts in this limited world. He empowers us to achieve beyond our physical limitations.
  3. “Chanun” is the ultimate Infinite gift of Eternal Life in Olam Habbah, the very thing we request in, “One thing have I asked of God.”
  4. “Erech” is the Attribute God used to “extend” life despite the fact that He told Adam, “On the day you eat of it, you shall die.” “Erech” extends all our merits to become part of our being, “all the days of my life,” even if we act against God’s wishes, contradicting those merits. That extension is also used to extend our service beyond the actual work and accomplishment.
  5. “Apayim,” or, “Faces,” is plural, at least two. It expands “Erech,” twofold, so that the “Erech” becomes three, corresponding to, “Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,” Heaven, Earth, and Eternal Life. The three levels of Kadosh allow us “to behold the graciousness of God, and to visit early in His temple,” meaning, to live on Earth, yet touch Heaven, and see beyond time.
  6. “Rav Chesed” describes the gift of being able to generate our own Life Force with the Chesed we receive from God. Rav means to increase, as in a Rav, or, Rabbi. When we learn how to use our Service of God to nurture our own Life Force, we emulate the Creator, and can expand His Presence in this world, the power to recite, “Baruch Ata Hashem,” as giving a Blessing to God, as in, “I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto God.”
  7. “Emet” empowers all our actions, speech and prayer with the Truth of God’s Existence when we access that truth by constantly requesting, “Hear, O God (Emet), when I call with my voice, and be gracious unto me, and answer me.”
  8. “Notzair Chesed” is related to “Tzinor,” the pipes that connect even our thoughts and desires to the Highest Worlds, with the ability to change realities as determined in our “Mazal.” (Sha’ar HaKavanot, Derushei ‘Va’Ya’avor,’ #5) “In Your behalf my heart has said,” even the thoughts of my heart are so connected.
  9. “La’alafim” corresponds to, “You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19) God directs His unlimited Chesed toward our accomplishments even as He blocks it from our sins. He does this completely for us, with total focus on our needs, growth and development, so that even if, “For though my father and my mother have forsaken me, God will take me up.”
  10. 10-12. “Nosei Avon, Vafesha, V’Chata’ah”address the weaknesses in our service, “I can’t,” “I don’t want to,” and, “I’m confused.” God empowers our positive actions even when they suffer these weaknesses.
  11. 13. “Vinakei” incorporates and unifies the previous 12 Attributes, so that I can live my life, “wait You for God,” to attach to God in Olam Habbah.
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