N.Y. synagogue illustrates iconic Jewish psalm with pictures of occupied Jerusalem

We keep an eye on Jewish institutions that conflate the Jewish religion and Zionism, and here’s a glaring example.

In the month leading up to the High Holidays, it is Jewish tradition to recite Psalm 27 every day. The psalm is about a person seeking salvation through oneness with the Lord. Its verses includes a famous demand of God:

One thing have I asked of the LORD…

that I may dwell in the house of the LORD

all the days of my life

The video below of a singing of the famous Ask is from Park Avenue Synagogue on August 6. The video features rock star cantor Azi Schwartz (who has sung at the U.N. and for the Pope, and who grew up in an illegal Jewish West Bank settlement), along with cantor Rachel Brook, doing an inspired rendition of the psalm’s key lines.

Watch the video and you will see that the synagogue has stuck in images of the Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem, and other images of the walls of the old city.

Cantor Azi Schwartz Psalm 27– One thing I ask of the Lord– with image of Jerusalem walls superimposed. Aug 6, 2021, Park Avenue synagogue, screenshot.

“I have never seen anyone link Psalm 27 to Zionism as this clip does thru the images, certainly not in this manner,” says a friend. “It’s a perfect one verse statement of contemporary synagogue Judaism. I have only one ask of God: Zionism.”

I’ve written twice before about Park Avenue Synagogue’s devout Zionism. For instance, during the latest Gaza slaughter, Rabbi Neil Zuckerman offered a sermon to the gun his son carries as an Israeli soldier.

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