It’s a long-standing tradition in our family for each of us to mark down after Yom Kippur one resolution for the coming year, and like a time-capsule, to keep a copy in our mahzor. Thankfully, we haven’t been overly ambitious in past years, and so there’s great usefulness and mild satisfaction in being able to trace back a decade of pledges, remembering both where we stood spiritually in previous years and following the arc of change that’s resulted.
This brief comment is in memory of my late mother (Brainah Leah bat Moshe Aharon) and for all those who read Tehillim for the sake of others. [Note: Quoted verses are taken from the Mechon Mamre website at http://mechon-mamre.org.]
Authorship of the 12th Chapter of Psalms is attributed to King David. It is a Psalm of lament whose message is about treachery and deceit.
People professing friendship and loyalty to one another are often insincere and traitorous.
שָׁוְא, יְדַבְּרוּ–אִישׁ אֶת-רֵעֵהוּ: שְׂפַת חֲלָקוֹת–בְּלֵב וָלֵב יְדַבֵּרוּ.
They speak falsehood every one with his neighbour; with flattering lips, and with a double heart, do they speak. (Psalms 12:3)
In a generation that is morally corrupted, only Divine promises can be trusted.
אַתָּה-ה תִּשְׁמְרֵם; תִּצְּרֶנּוּ, מִן-הַדּוֹר זוּ לְעוֹלָם.
Keep them, O LORD; Preserve us from this generation for ever. (Psalms 12:8)
Coincidentally, this Psalm is read on Shemini Atseret.