most popular Shabbat prayer-song,
composed by Rabbi Shlomo Alkebetz
and commentary by Rabbi Moshe Miller
May your plunderers be treated the same way,
all who would devour you be kept at bay.
Over you Your G-d will rejoice,
a groom exults in his bride [of choice].
your plunderers be treated the same way: As in Jeremiah 30:15.
all who would devour you will be kept at bay: As in Isaiah 49:19.
you Your G-d will rejoice: As in Isaiah 62:5.
As a groom exults in the bride: Groom and bride allude to Zeir
Anpin and malchut. At present, malchut receives her light from
Zeir Anpin, just as the moon receives its light from the sun. But in the
future Zeir Anpin will receive from malchut. This will be achieved by
virtue of the mitzvot performed by the Jewish people, who are the expression
of malchut in this world. This is the meaning of "as a groom exults
in the bride."
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Rabbi Moshe-Leib Miller, a
guest teacher at Ascent when he lived in Israel, was born in South Africa and
received his yeshiva education in Israel and America. He is a prolific author
and translator, with some twenty books to his name on a wide variety of topics,
including a new, authoritative, annotated translation of the Zohar. He currently
lives in Chicago.