THE RETURN OF THE TORAH

We stand up, the Torah Scroll is taken and placed back, then we read:

EITZ CHAYIM (TREE OF LIFE)

Beresheet 2:9

Eitz chayim hi lamachazikim ba, vítomecheha me-ushar

Deracheha - darchei no-am, víchol netivotecha shalom

Hashiveinu HASHEM (ADONAI) eilecha v'nashuva

Chadeish chadeish yameinu  

Chadeish yameinu keíkedem

A Tree of Life to those who hold fast to it,

and all who cling to it find happiness.

Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace

When we sing together during shabbat we need to know why we sing it and its meaning too.Eitz Chaim is a beautiful song.It is an expression found in Beresheet 2: 9

Vayatzmach Adonai Elohim min-ha'adamah chol-'etz nechmad lemar'eh vetov lema'achal ve'Etz haChayim betoch hagan ve'etz haDa'at tov vara.
" And Adonai caused to sprout from the ground every tree pleasant to see and good to eat, and the Tree of Life in the midst of the garden, and the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil."

The song refer to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. It is also found in the Book of Proverbs where is figuratively applied to "the Sefer Torah" (Proverbs 3:18), " the fruit of a righteous man" (Proverbs 11:30, "a desire fulfilled"  (Proverbs 13:12) and "healing tongue" (Proverbd 15:4) Eitz Chaim is the two wooden poles to which the parchment of a Sefer Torah is attached. It is sung as the Torah is returned to the ark. In Kabbalah the Eitz Chaim symbol (the Tree of Life) is a symbol used to understand the nature of Hashem and the manner in which He created the world.

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