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WATCH: Shir Shel Yom: Yom Shishi – Psalm 82 – Apr 05 2020

Shalom, everyone! Psalm 82 is traditionally recited as the “psalm of the day” (Shir Shel Yom) for the third day of the week, which corresponds to Tuesday on the Gregorian calendar. The psalm is recited at the end of Tuesday Shacharit (morning) prayer services. According to tradition, Psalm 82 was read by the Levites in the Temple on the third day of the week because of it’s relation to the third day of Creation.

Psalm 82 was written by Asaph, a Levite, and grandson of the prophet Samuel. This psalm reveals to us that The Almighty has a Divine Council in the heavenly realm. This Divine Council consists of divine beings (bnei elohim). The Almighty heads this Divine Council, however, all praise, worship, and honor belong only to Him. He warns His Divine Council that they must execute fair justice over the territories they have been assigned or else He will destroy them as if they were mortal men. This psalm, therefore, reminds us of the importance of those in authority showing equity in mercy and justice. The Almighty is not blind to the injustices committed against the powerless on earth. Neither is The Most High (El Elyon) blind to those in authority showing favor to the wicked, allowing them to continue their crimes with impunity. The Almighty sees all this injustice and will judge those in authority according to their own wicked judgments.

The following is our video about Psalm 82 in English, adapted from the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) 1917 version of the Tanakh::

Shir Shel Yom: Yom Shishi – Psalm 82 – Apr 05 2020

Video from Bnei Yisrael Society/YouTube

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