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Tehillim 119: Verses of Nun

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Studying Tehillim: Chapter 119 (verses of Nun)
Torah’s words are metaphorized as a lamp whose light protects us from stumbling in the darkness. In making his point, the Psalmist seems guilty of redundancy as he evokes kindred illuminating imagery. What is the difference between “candlelit footsteps” and the “lit up path?” A range of classic commentaries elucidate the precise nature of the song-full scripture, as we conclude with a brilliant commentary of the Rebbe; shedding light on how the Torah illuminates our personal footsteps as well as our universal journey of global transformation! (Psalm 119, verses 105)
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Studying Tehillim: Chapter 119 (verses of Nun)
Seeking to intensify his observance, King David swore and made an oath to G-d to uphold and safeguard the Torah and its ordinances. But why swear on something you're already obligated to do, furthermore does such an oath even have any meaning? Remarkably, the Talmud itself seems to seek clarification on the same issues. Delving into its commentaries, a remarkably intricate tapestry of illumination is woven, as our appreciation of Kings David's extraordinary commitment, and ultimate loyalty becomes a source of guidance and inspiration for every Jew! (Psalm 119, verses 106)
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Studying Tehillim: Chapter 119 (verses of Nun)
Disparate commentaries opine on what King David is expressing: dejection of spirit, profound humbleness, exceedingly painful afflictions or possibly debilitating depression. Yet, regardless of the unique interpretations; clearly he laments circumstances – and pleads with G-d for a new life. This intricate quilt-work of commentary, sews together scholarly insight and heartfelt intuition into the Psalmists extraordinary personal challenges, and ultimately serve to provide inspiration, and even comfort especially for those struggling with sadness and depression! (Psalm 119, verses 107)
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Studying Tehillim: Chapter 119 (verses of Nun)
Seeking to gratify G-d, King David pleads that his freewill offerings be reciprocated with Torah teachings. To appreciate Rashi's take, we frame his words with the classic commentaries, yet still come up short. Reaching across Scripture for kindred “give-and-take” relationship between ourselves and G-d we encounter a fascinating thesis that clarifies the subject. This all beautifully explains why this is the final verse recited before the sounding of the Shofar, even relating to Rosh Hashanah's Haftorah. We conclude with a rumination on the vows, viability and wisdom! (Psalm 119, verses 108)
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Studying Tehillim: Chapter 119 (verses of Nun)
Despite ever-facing mortal danger, King David never lost his calm, equilibrium or faith. Buoyed by his incredible love for Torah, the royal Psalmist demonstrates how its study must continue even under the most dangerous and difficult of circumstances. A comment attributed to Rashi even indicates that his stunning spiritual success came not despite, but rather as a result of those very circumstances. Fascinating historical vignettes shared here attest to this very notion. These verses convey important secondary meanings and messages as well. (Psalm 119, verses 109-110)
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