The Curse of Psalm 137:5-6

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016

 

If I forget you, O Yerushalayim, let my right hand forget. Let my tongue cleave to my palate, if I do not remember you, if I do not exalt Yerushalayim above my chief joy. (Psa 137:5-6)

אִֽמ־אֶשְׁכָּחֵ֥ךְ if I forget you יְֽרוּשָׁלִָ֗ם Yerushalayim תִּשְׁכַּ֥ח forget יְמִינִֽי׃ my right side.

תִּדְבַּ֥ק cleave לְשֹׁונִ֨י my tongue לְחִכִּי֮ to my palate

אִמ־לֹ֪א not if אֶ֫זְכְּרֵ֥כִי I remember, אִמ־לֹ֣א not if אַ֭עֲלֶה I ascend

אֶת־יְרוּשָׁלִַ֑ם Yerushalayim עַ֝֗ל above רֹ֣אשׁ high שִׂמְחָתִֽי׃ joy of mine

Ariel Sharon was the man who encouraged Israelis to establish settlements in Judea and Samaria (what the world calls “the West Bank”), but he also was the leader who pushed for Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from 25 settlements in Judea and Samaria and completely from Gaza. Gaza was turned over to the Palestinians for the first time since the 6-day War in 1967.

He was in his fifth year as prime minister when he suffered a massive stroke in January 2006 (let my right hand forget), which left him comatose (let my tongue cleave to my palate) and died in 2014 after eight years in a coma. Sharon was 85.