Psalm 118: The Gates of Righteousness

Deborah Sacks Mintz performs two verses from Psalm 118.

Psalm 118 is one of the psalms included in Hallel, the celebratory prayer added to daily services on Jewish holidays. It includes a number of famous lines, including this one:

פִּתְחוּ־לִ֥י שַׁעֲרֵי־צֶ֑דֶק אָֽבֹא־בָ֝ם אוֹדֶ֥ה יָֽהּ׃
זֶֽה־הַשַּׁ֥עַר לַיהוָ֑ה צַ֝דִּיקִ֗ים יָבֹ֥אוּ בֽוֹ׃
Open the gates of righteousness for me that I may enter them and praise the LORD.
This is the gateway to the LORD— the victorious shall enter through it.

In this video, Deborah Sacks Mintz, the community singing consultant at Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, unpacks and performs these two verses.

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