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Joyous Trembling: Rejoicing Together

Sing, Daughter Zion;
shout aloud (with a Teruah), Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
Daughter of Jerusalem!


God has taken away your judgments,
He has turned back your enemy.
God, the King of Israel, is with you;
never again will you fear any harm.
On that day
they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion;
do not let your hands hang limp.
God your Lord is with you,
the Mighty Warrior Who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in His love He will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

“I will remove from you
all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals,
which is a burden and reproach for you.
At that time I will deal
with all who oppressed you.
I will rescue the lame;
I will gather the exiles.
I will give them praise and honor
in every land where they have suffered shame.
At that time I will gather you;
at that time I will bring you home.
I will give you honor and praise
among all the peoples of the earth
when I restore your fortunes
before your very eyes,”
says God.

(Zephaniah 3:14-20)

“When I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” meaning, “once you have learned to rejoice in Me so much that I rejoice with you, you will see the redemption that has been right in front of your eyes all along, but you were unable to see.” (Arugat HaBosem, Shemot)

What is the proper level of rejoicing to fulfill, “Rejoice with trembling (Psalms 2:11)”? Rejoicing in God so much that He rejoices in our joy.

Rosh Hashanah is the time when, if we properly rejoice in God that He will rejoice with us, and we will see Zephaniah’s vision realized.

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