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Tehillim Tools: Psalm 45: Empowerment

I use the following verse before tidying my ‘Gartel,’ the belt that separates my upper and lower bodies: “Gird your sword on the thigh, mighty one, it is your beauty and your splendor.” (45:4) We also refer to the power to separate between our spiritual and physical drives in our morning blessing: “Who girds Israel with strength.”

The ability to separate our drives is a gift from God, specifically the gift of “Gevurah,” empowerment, as we see in both this verse and the blessing.

It is worthwhile to take a moment when tying the ‘Gartel,’ or even buckling our belt, to turn the action into an acknowledgement of the gift of Gevurah, and a prayer that we merit fully accessing and using the empowerment.

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