15 May 2010

Shir LaMa'alot - A song of ascents

According to Kabbalah, it is customary to have a copy of "Shir LaMa'alot" - Psalm 121 in the delivery room during labor and at the time of birth. These holy passages arouse God's mercy for an easy birth and delivery.

Another reason given for this custom is that in this way a child's Jewish education begins at birth. The first images the child is surrounded with are Jewish holy objects. Later, these holy verses are placed within the baby's crib (in a safe manner), on the doorway to the baby's bedroom, and on the front door of the home.


I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains:
from whence shall my help come?

My help cometh from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot falter
He that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, He that keepeth Israel
doth neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is thy keeper;
The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall keep thee from all evil;
He shall keep thy soul.

The Lord shall guard thy going out and thy coming in,
from this time forth and for ever.

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