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Guaranteeing Goodness

Verses to Stop the Satan Before Sounding the Shofar

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Guaranteeing Goodness: Verses to Stop the Satan Before Sounding the Shofar

In the pre-shofar acrostic arrangement, verse 122nd of Psalm 119, which begins with the letter Ayin, completes the word Kra. Here, calling himself G-d's servant, King David pleads for sublime surety. Midrash Tehillim‘s comments seem to be the foundation for the opening interpretation of the Hebrew word Arov initiating the prayer, yet Targum leads us in a different direction, and a third dimension is also introduced. After elucidating how each approach contains Rosh Hashanah themes, all three are woven together to produce a stunning tapestry of Tehillim inspiration!
Shofar, Rosh Hashanah, Machzor, Psalms

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