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SHIR LAMAALOT PSALM 121
� A song to the ascents. I raise my eyes upon the mountains: whence will come my help? My help is from G-d, Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to falter; your Guardian will not slumber. Behold, He neither slumbers nor sleeps, the Guardian of Israel. G-d is your Guardian: G-d is your protective Shade at your right hand. By day the sun will not harm you, nor the moon at night. G-d will protect you from every evil; G-d will guard your soul. G-d will guard your departure and your arrival, from this time and forever.�
This psalm is one of the fifteen that were said during temple times when people ascended the steps from the lower courtyard to the upper courtyard. It is commonly called �eso eynai.�
According to Kabbalah, this psalm should be close to a new mother to protect her and her baby as she goes through labor and delivery.
In this expression, the image of the cradled newborn is superimposed over the image of a hamsa, resembling a hand with the thumb and pinky fingers shorter than the rest. This ancient amulet is also considered to be a talisman for good luck in many instances, including the birth of a child.
The umbilical cord, containing the life blood, wends it�s way toward the heavens to connect with G-d, the source of all life.
July 16th, 2010
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