In an anguished cry Israel’s sweet singer laments being dry as a “wineskin-in-smoke.” Yet, despite his enemies trying to wring out every last drop of devotion – he has remained utterly devoted to his Maker. “How many more are my days” he asks, desiring to see divine retribution directed against the wicked. After establishing the literal meaning of these cryptic verses – based on the inspired classic commentaries – we embark on a journey through a jumble of Torah ideas and traditions to develop an understanding of this unusual metaphor and request. (Psalm 119, verses 83-84)

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