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Author Reuben Ebrahimoff explains why the book of Psalms evokes our spiritual craving and connects us to God today. Read Transcript

ANNOUNCER: When businessman, Reuben Ebrahimoff

began speaking in his synagogue about biblical prophets,

he realized many people knew little or nothing about them.

Audiences loved his insight, so he

committed to share his interpretations with over 100

synagogues around the world.

Now Ruben's YouTube videos reach thousands weekly.

In his book, "From Your Lips to God's Ears",

Reuben offers his 10-step guide to understanding the Psalms

for Jewish and non-Jewish homes.

Reuben joins us now.

Welcome to the show.

It's great having you.

I was introduced to you, and it's

the most unusual introduction I've ever

had where you were introduced to me as the world's

foremost expert on the Psalms.

It took you 10 years to do this book,

"From Your Lips to God's ".

Why so long?

The simple truth is that I'm a businessman during the day,

and this is my hobby that took on great significance

in my life and other people's lives.

And I researched for 10 years.

I took my time, but we have a wonderful, wonderful book

to show everyone that they can access

information in an easy way now.

Well, I have been reading the Psalms my whole life,

but not seriously until I got Spurgeon's,

"Treasury of David", which was 20 years ago.

And it really unlocked a lot of the things.

Then I've got Art Scrolls version--

two volumes of the Psalms.

I got that about 10 years ago I think it was that it came out.

And that unlocked for me, the use of the Psalms

in the seasons of the year.


And then your book comes along, and what I thought

was impossible, that we would never

know the instruments and the meanings of specific, that

was lost in the centuries--


--and you've unlocked that.

So congratulations.

It's a wonderful, wonderful book.

Thank you very much.

And to the point about my being an authority on the subject,

I grew into that.

When that statement was made, since then

I've learned a lot more.

And I speak and teach.

So it's wonderful.

And I'll be able to tell you, that growing up I'm

a very visual person and that looking

at Art Scroll and Mowinckel and other people, Gunkel,

that it's textural work.

And today we can benefit from visuals.

And we can look at biblical antiquities.

We could look at replicas of the musical instruments.

So what I did is I took something

from being flat to the eye to now being something where

people can visualize the temple service with the Levites

singing and playing musical instruments.


And you give pictures in the book so that,

as you read the Psalm, you get the instruments

that need to go along with it.

You give the history of that, and then the archeology of it

to back it all up, that this is real.

And again, what I thought was going to be forever hidden,

has now been revealed and it's wonderful to see.


Tell ut--

Thank you.

Tell us about the-- because I think particularly Christians

don't understand the cycle of the Psalms and how the Psalms

are both used in the festivals and then the various seasons

of life.


Well, just to start off, you have one of the Psalms

is the song, "Mizmor Shir Leyom Hashabat."

Song and music that was played on the Sabbath.

And that it itemizes the musical instruments, the harp

and the lyre with dancing and celebration.

So when you read it now, you begin

to feel the excitement that people

would have not just sitting, but standing and singing

and listening to music.

So that was transformative as far as their connectivity

to God.

So that is something that I tried

to bring to people in the book, that it has

easily accessible information.

If I may, there are 10 introductions.

And one was the conductor, and that I identify who he was.

Then it goes into whether it was a song,

and it could be a capella or a choir

or musical instruments within quartet or a full orchestra.

Then there's many obscure phrases

that they have in that introductory line.

And I went out of my way to give explanations

of those obscure phrases that you have in the book of Psalms

so that somebody that would take the time

to look at one chapter at a time will begin to comprehend

the historical setting, the people that were involved,

and how they worshiped and what that led them to feel

is a connection to God.

It wasn't about what they did.

It was about how they felt.

I love that.

I love that.

It's not an academic exercise.

It's designed to enable you to join in with the worship,

in the worship of King David.

Give us an example.

I'll pick one of the words that I

think scholars have debated about for centuries, selah.

What does that mean?

Well, first of all, in researching 60 books, Gordon,

no one commentator, whether it be

the rabbinical commentators or today's commentators,

agree on some things.

But to your point about selah, there

are two major opinions of what selah was.

And if you see oftentimes it appears

at the end of the chapter.

So one of the explanations is that it

was a musical instruction, and that the levitical orchestra,

when they had the word selah, it would go like this. (SINGING)

Ah, main selah, stop.

Or it was also understood that God was the selah,

was the rock.

And like King David would say, God is my shield,

God is my rock.

That was his faithfulness connecting

to God, that strength.

And that he would relate to God in that way.

So you have two different opinions.

If I had to pick one, I would pick

that it was part of a musical instruction

to remind us that with the word psalms meant is songs

that were accompanied by music.

So I've heard an explanation that's also a musical pause,

that it's a key for the orchestra

to play while the individual singer meditates

on the previous verse and allows that verse to penetrate deep

into their soul.


I am aware that the conductor would have the cymbals,

and he would clang them together at the beginning,

that that would set the tone in what key that they would sing.

So to dovetail what you just said,

this fortifies and deepens my understanding

by what you just taught me.


Well, I encourage you to get the book.

It's "From Your Lips to God's Ears."

And if you want a deeper appreciation of Psalms,

and understand, these are the prayers of the Jewish people.

These are the prayers of King David.

And when you start praying along with their prayers,

it will inform your prayer life.

It's available exclusively at Reuben's website,

I encourage you to get it and it will change your prayer life.


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