פתחו לי שערי צדק, אבוא בם, אודה יה. זה השער לד’, צדיקים יבואו בו
Open for me the gates of righteousness–I will enter them and praise the Eternal. This is the gate to HASHEM, therein shall the righteous enter. (Psalm 118:19-20)
I will focus more on my personal reaction to this tune. It is sung during every הלל service, and the tune implied by the YouTube video above is one of my favorite melodies from the service. It brought tears to my eyes when I sang it during נעילה (the closing service on Yom Kippur) in Lincoln, and I also sang it for Bus 247’s talent show (albeit without a visible emotional breakdown then).
Sometimes, in religion or other areas, there is something that just speaks to you. It may be a tune, it may be words, or it may be something ineffable. Whatever it is, these two lines speak to me, even though I am not particularly religious in the sense of theology. The image of the gates means something to me, perhaps somehow linking to my long-ago obsession with garage doors.
Today is the two-hundred and ninety-eighth day of M.M.X.I.V. That makes forty-two weeks and four days.
Today is the twenty-fifth day of the third round of O.C.T.O.B.E.R. That makes three weeks and four days.