Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Right Way - Heshvan 27, 5774

Jesus said to him,
'I am the way,
the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father
except through Me.'
John 14:6
~  ~  ~
Enter by the narrow gate;
for wide is the gate and broad is the way
that leads to destruction,
and there are many who go in by it.
Because narrow is the gate
and difficult is the way
which leads to life,
and there are few who find it.
Matthew 7:13-14
~      ~      ~
I will instruct you
and teach you
in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
Psalm 32:8
~  ~  ~

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

SWEET - Heshvan 26, 5774

How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
PSALM 119:103


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pitcher Shattered - Heshvan 25, 5774

Remember your Creator
before the silver cord is loosed,
Or the golden bowl is broken,
Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain,
Or the wheel broken at the well.
Then the dust will return to the earth as it was,
And the spirit will return to God who gave it.




Monday, October 28, 2013

Time of Trouble - Heshvan 24, 5774

At that time Michael shall stand up,
The great prince who stands watch over
the sons of your people;
And there shall be a time of trouble,
Such as never was since there was a nation,
Even to that time.
And at that time your people
shall be delivered,
Every one who is found written in the book.
And many of those who sleep in the dust
of the earth shall awake,
Some to everlasting life,
Some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Those who are wise
shall shine like the brightness
of the firmament,
And those who turn many to righteousness
Like the stars forever and ever.
DANIEL 12:1-3


Saturday, October 26, 2013

FAITH - Heshvan 23, 5774

But without faith
it is impossible to please Him,
for he who comes to God
must believe that He is,
and that He is a rewarder
of those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6


And what more shall I say?
For the time would fail me to tell of
Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah,
also of David and Samuel
and the prophets:
who through faith subdued kingdoms,
worked righteousness,
obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
quenched the violence of fire,
escaped the edge of the sword,
out of weakness were made strong,
became valiant in battle,
turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Women received their dead
raised to life again.
Others were tortured,
not accepting deliverance,
that they might obtain
a better resurrection.
Still others had trial of mockings
and scourgings, yes,
and of chains and imprisonment.
They were stoned,
they were sawn in two,
were tempted,
were slain with the sword.
They wandered about in sheepskins and
goatskins, being destitute,
afflicted, tormented -
of whom the world was not worthy.
They wandered in deserts and mountains,
in dens and caves of the earth.
And all these,
having obtained a good testimony through faith,
did not receive the promise,
God having provided something better for us,
that they should not be made perfect
apart from us.
Therefore we also,
since we are surrounded by so great a
cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which so easily ensnares us,
and let us
run with endurance
the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus,
the author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before Him
endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and has sat down at the right hand
of the throne of God.
Hebrews 11:32 to 12:2


Tares - Heshvan 22, 5774

Another parable He put forth to them, saying:
"The kingdom of heaven
is like a man who sowed
good seed in his field;
but while men slept,
his enemy came and sowed
tares among the wheat
and went his way.
But when the grain had sprouted
and produced a crop,
then the tares also appeared.
So the servants of the owner
came and said to him,
'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field?
How then does it have tares?'
He said to them,
'An enemy has done this.'
The servants said to him,
'Do you want us then to go
and gather them up?'
But he said, "No, lest while you
gather up the tares
you also uproot the wheat with them.
Let both grow together
until the harvest,
and at the time of harvest
I will say to the reapers,
'First gather together the tares and bind them
in bundles to burn them,
but gather the wheat into my barn.'"
Matthew 13:24-30

Friday, October 25, 2013

Hiding Place - Heshvan 21, 5774

You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in Your word.
PSALM 119:114


Thursday, October 24, 2013

TAU - Heshvan 20, 5774

 Let my cry come before You, O LORD;
Give me understanding
according to Your word.
Let my supplication come before You;
Deliver me according to Your word.
My lips shall utter praise,
For You teach me Your statutes.
My tongue shall speak of Your word,
For all Your commandments
are righteousness.
Let Your hand become my help,
For I have chosen Your precepts.
I long for Your salvation, O LORD,
And Your law is my delight.
Let my soul live, and it shall praise You;
And let Your judgments help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep;
Seek Your servant,
For I do not forget Your commandments.

Psalm 119:169-176

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SHIN - Heshvan 19, 5774

Princes persecute me without a cause,
But my heart stands in awe of Your word.
I rejoice at Your word
As one who finds great treasure.
I hate and abhor lying,
But I love Your law.
Seven times a day I praise You,
because of Your righteous judgments.
Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.
LORD, I hope for Your salvation,
And I do Your commandments.
My soul keeps Your testimonies,
And I love them exceedingly.
I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
For all my ways are before You.
Psalm 119:161-168

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

RESH - Heshvan 18, 5774

Consider my affliction and deliver me,
For I do not forget Your law.
Plead my cause and redeem me;
Revive me according to Your word.
Salvation is far from the wicked,
For they do not seek Your statutes.
Great are Your tender mercies, O LORD;
Revive me according to Your judgments.
Many are my persecutors
and my enemies,
Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies.
I see the treacherous,
and am disgusted,
Because they do not keep Your word.
Consider how I love Your precepts;
Revive me, O LORD,
according to Your lovingkindness.
The entirety of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous judgments
endures forever.
Psalm 119:153-160

Monday, October 21, 2013

QOPH - Heshvan 17, 5774

 I cry out with my whole heart;
Hear me, O LORD!
I will keep Your statutes.
I cry out to You;
Save me,
and I will keep your testimonies.
I rise before the dawning of the morning,
And cry for help;
I hope in Your word.
My eyes are awake
through the night watches,
That I may meditate on Your word.
Hear my voice according to
Your lovingkindness;
O LORD, revive me
according to Your justice.
They draw near who follow after wickedness;
They are far from Your law.
You are near, O LORD,
And all Your commandments
are truth.
Concerning Your testimonies,
I have known of old
that You have founded them forever.

Psalm 119:145-152

Sunday, October 20, 2013

TSADDE - Heshvan 16, 5774

Righteous are You, O LORD,
And upright are Your judgments.
Your testimonies, which You have commanded,
Are righteous and very faithful.
My zeal has consumed me,
Because my enemies
have forgotten Your words.
Your word is very pure;
Therefore Your servant loves it.
I am small and despised,
Yet I do not forget Your precepts.
Your righteousness is
an everlasting righteousness,
And Your law is truth.
Trouble and anguish
have overtaken me,
Yet Your commandments
are my delights.
The righteousness of Your testimonies
is everlasting;
Give me understanding,
and I shall live.
Psalm 119:137-144

Saturday, October 19, 2013

PE - Heshvan 15, 5774

Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul keeps them.
The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
I opened my mouth and panted,
For I longed for Your commandments.
Look upon me and be merciful to me,
As Your custom is toward those who
love Your name.
Direct my steps by Your word,
And let no iniquity
have dominion over me.
Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.
Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes.
Rivers of water run down from my eyes,
Because men do not keep Your law.
Psalm 119:129-136

Friday, October 18, 2013

AYIN - Heshvan 14, 5774

I have done justice and righteousness;
Do not leave me to my oppressors.
Be surety for Your servant for good;
Do not let the proud oppress me.
My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation
And Your righteous word.
Deal with Your servant
according to Your mercy,
And teach me Your statutes.
I am Your servant; give me understanding,
That I may know Your testimonies.
It is time for You to act, O LORD,
For they have regarded Your law as void.
Therefore I love Your commandments
More than gold, yes, than fine gold!
Therefore all Your precepts
concerning all things
I consider to be right;
I hate every false way.
Psalm 119:121-128

Thursday, October 17, 2013

SAMEK - Heshvan 13, 5774

I hate the double-minded,
But I love Your law.
You are my hiding place
and my shield;
I hope in Your word.
Depart from me, you evildoers,
For I will keep the commandments of my God!
Uphold me according to Your word,
that I may live;
And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
Hold me up,
and I shall be safe,
And I shall observe Your statutes
You reject all those who stray
from Your statutes,
For their deceit is falsehood.
You put away all the wicked
of the earth like dross;
Therefore I love Your testimonies.
My flesh trembles for fear of You,
And I am afraid of Your judgments.
Psalm 119:113-120

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

NUN - Heshvan 12, 5774

 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
I have sworn and confirmed
That I will keep Your
righteous judgments.
I am afflicted very much;
Revive me, O LORD, according
to Your word.
Accept, I pray,
the freewill offerings of my mouth,
And teach me Your judgments.
My life is continually in my hand,
Yet I do not forget Your law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me,
Yet I have not strayed from Your precepts.
Your testimonies
I have taken as a heritage forever,
For they are the rejoicing of my heart.
I have inclined my heart
to perform Your statutes
Forever, to the very end.

Psalm 119:105-112

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

MEM - Heshvan 11, 5774

 Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
You, through Your commandments,
make me wiser than my enemies;
For they are ever with me.
I have more understanding than
all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients,
Because I keep Your precepts.
I have restrained my feet
from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
I have not departed from Your judgments,
For You Yourself have taught me.
How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through Your precepts
I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.

Psalm 119:97-104

Monday, October 14, 2013

LAMED - Heshvan 10, 5774

Forever, O LORD,
Your word is settled in heaven.
Your faithfulness endures
to all generations;
You established the earth,
and it abides.
They continue this day
according to Your ordinances,
For all are Your servants.
Unless Your law had been my delight,
I would then have perished
in my affliction.
I will never forget Your precepts,
For by them You
have given me life.
I am Yours, save me;
For I have sought Your precepts.
The wicked wait for me to destroy me,
But I will consider Your testimonies.
I have seen the consummation
of all perfection,
But Your commandment is
exceedingly broad.

Psalm 119:89-96

Sunday, October 13, 2013

KAPH - Heshvan 9, 5774

 My soul faints for Your salvation,
But I hope in Your word.
My eyes fail from searching Your word,
Saying, 'When will You comfort me?'
For I have become like
a wineskin in smoke.
Yet I do not forget Your statutes.
How many are the days of Your servant?
When will You execute judgment
on those who persecute me?
The proud have dug pits for me,
Which is not according to Your law.
All Your commandments are faithful;
They persecute me wrongfully;
Help me!
They almost made an end of me on earth,
But I did not forsake Your precepts.
Revive me according to Your lovingkindess,
So that I may keep the testimony
of Your mouth.

Psalm 119:81-88

Saturday, October 12, 2013

YOD - Heshvan 8, 5774

Your hands have made me and fashioned me;
Give me understanding,
that I may learn Your commandments.
Those who fear You will be glad
when they see me,
Because I have hoped in Your word.
I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are right,
And that in faithfulness
You have afflicted me.
Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness
be for my comfort,
According to Your word to Your servant.
Let Your tender mercies come to me,
that I may live;
For Your law is my delight.
Let the proud be ashamed,
For they treated me wrongfully
with falsehood;
But I will meditate on Your precepts.
Let those who fear You turn to me,
Those who know Your testimonies.
Let my heart be blameless
regarding Your statutes,
That I may not be ashamed.

Psalm 119:73-80

Friday, October 11, 2013

TETH - Heshvan 7, 5774

 You have dealt well with Your servant,
O LORD, according to Your word.
Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
For I believe Your commandments.
Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
You are good, and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.
The proud have forged a lie against me,
But I will keep Your precepts
with my whole heart.
Their heart is as fat as grease,
But I delight in Your law.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of coins of gold and silver.

Psalm 119:65-72

Thursday, October 10, 2013

HETH - Heshvan 6, 5774

You are my portion, O LORD;
I have said that I would keep Your words.
I entreated Your favor with my whole heart;
Be merciful to me according to Your word.
I thought about my ways,
And turned my feet
to Your testimonies.
I made haste, and did not delay
To keep Your commandments.
The cords of the wicked
have bound me,
But I have not forgotten Your law.
At midnight I will rise
to give thanks to You,
Because of Your righteous judgments.
I am a companion of all who fear You,
And of those who keep Your precepts.
The earth, O LORD,
is full of Your mercy;
Teach me Your statutes.

Psalm 119:57-64

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

ZAYIN - Heshvan 5, 5774

 Remember the word to Your servant,
Upon which You have caused me to hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
For Your word has given me life.
The proud have me in great derision,
Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
I remembered Your judgments of old, O LORD,
And have comforted myself.
Indignation has taken hold of me
Because of the wicked,
who forsake Your law.
Your statutes have been my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.
I remember Your name in the night, O LORD,
And I keep Your law.
This has become mine,
Because I kept Your precepts.

Psalm 119:49-56