The universal custom is to recite the 160th verse of Psalm 119 as we continue our preparation for the Shofar blowing corresponding to the letter “Reish.” The Psalmists emphasis on the nature of truth for G-d’s opening utterances is perplexing: is not everything emanating from the Creator perfectly true? A fascinating Midrash helps unlock the mystery of the deeper meaning of this prophetic expression, and why this verse is so obviously suited to inhibit adversarial forces and blow open the heavenly doors for the sounds of our prayers and Shofar!

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