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Blessed is the One Who spoke and brought the world into existence.

Blessed is God!

Blessed is the One Who maintains creation.

Blessed is the One Whose words are deeds; Whose decrees are fulfillments.

Blessed is the One Who has compassion upon the world and all its creatures.

Blessed is the One Who rewards those who are reverent.

Blessed is the One Who lives forever and endures throughout eternity.

Blessed is the One Who redeems and rescues.

Blessed is God’s name!

Blessed is Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, God the merciful Father. You are praised by the words of Your people, extolled and glorified by the words of Your devout ones and servants and particularly by the words of your servant David.{King David is, according to tradition, the author of the Book of Psalms.}

With praises and songs shall we laud You, Adonai. We shall exalt You, praise You, and glorify Your Name, our God and King. O Unique One, Life of the Universe, praised and Glorious King, Your Name is Eternal.

Blessed are You, Adonai, King who is lauded with praises.

 

These paragraphs introduce the next section of the morning service, Psukey Dezimra – פסוקי דזימרה “Verses of Praise.” Psukey Dezimra consists largely of quotations from the biblical Book of Psalms. By now, most of the congregation has arrived at the synagogue, and they recite this section together.

The word pasuk  - פסוק means a verse. Its plural is  psukim - פסוקים. In its contracted form (as here, in “the verses of praise”),  psukim becomes psukey: "Psukey dezimra"

The word dezimra - דזמרא is Aramaic. The prefix de ד is the equivalent of the Hebrew word shel  “of.” Zimra  - זימרא comes from the same root as the Hebrew word zemer  - זמר “song of praise.” Another instance can be found in zmirot, the songs of praise that are chanted at the table immediately following the Sabbath meal.

God did not withdraw from the world after Creation, declares the baruch she-amar prayer.. Instead, the Eternal One continually sustains the world and its creatures with mercy.

The word מְרַחֵם m'rachem “has compassion upon” comes from the Hebrew root רחם  r ch m “womb. God nurtures us as a mother nurtures the offspring of her womb.

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