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Elul 4: Adversaries

by Hillel News |Aug 19, 2015|Comments

First Blast: Text

צָרַי וְאֹיְבַי לִי הֵמָּה כָשְׁלוּ וְנָפָלוּ

My adversaries and my enemies against me-they stumbled and fell.


Second Blast: Commentary

Esther 7:6 uses the same two words as this verse to describe Haman: אִישׁ צַר וְאוֹיֵב (ish tzar v’oyev), an adversary and enemy. Like Esther, this verse describes once-powerful enemies falling in an ironic reversal of fortune. This act of naming enemies can ultimately lead to their downfall.


Third Blast: Practice

Write down your own biggest internal enemy and tack it to the wall. Like Esther, point at it and declare: אִישׁ צַר וְאוֹיֵב (ish tzar v’oyev). Then, in the spirit of our Psalms verse, remove whatever is attaching it to the wall and watch it fall to the ground.  


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