First Blast: Text
Hope for the Lord
Second Blast: Commentary
To whom is this phrase (with its verb in the command form) addressed? Many traditional commentators suggest that the speaker here addresses himself, reminding himself not to lose hope in the face of the enemies that confront him.
Third Blast: Practice
Write down your hopes for the new year, and remind yourself of them throughout the day by placing the paper in your pocket or bag.
Double Portion: Something extra for Shabbat
In this week’s parasha (Torah portion), Nitzvaim, we read of the promise of the eventual return of the people to the land of Israel following their dispersion: “And it will be, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you… then, the Lord, your God, will bring back your exiles, and He will have mercy upon you. He will once again gather you from all the nations, where the Lord, your God, had dispersed you.” (Deuteronomy 30: 1-3) Imagine the incredible hope it must have taken to sit in Exile and maintain the faith that one day God will return us to our homeland. Such is the hope described in Israel’s national anthem, Hatikvah, which means “The Hope.”