Ps. 42: By Day Your Love

Rabbi Shefa Gold is a Reconstructionist rabbi who also received smicha from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Her music and teachings about the practice of chant have spread world-wide. She is the author of 4 books, Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land, In the Fever of Love: A Devotional Commentary on the Song of Songs, The Magic of Hebrew Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love, and Are We There Yet? Travel as a Spiritual Practice.


By day God commands his love and by night her song is with me. (Psalm 42:9)

Yomam y’tzaveh Adonai chasdo, u’va’laila shirah imi

In the light of day and all that we do, God’s love is called forth through us and through all of Creation. Then at night, the Divine song reverberates in the stillness, surrounding us and holding us in a tender embrace. This is a chant of remembrance and celebration of that Presence who supports us through every trial and accompanies us on every journey.


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