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'Arise, Lord! May our enemies be scattered, may our foes be put to flight'" (Numbers 10:35)
"The Torah shall come from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem" (Isaiah 2:3).
"Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one" (Deuteronomy 6:4), "One is our God, great is our Lord, holy is His name," and "Proclaim the Lord's greatness with me; let us exalt God together" (Psalms 34:4). As the Torah is then paraded around the sanctuary, the congregation sings a series of verses from I Chronicles 29:11 and Psalm 99:5 and 9, which state, "Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the splendor. Yours is the triumph and the majesty...Exalt the Lord and worship God, for He is holy... "Whenever the ark was set down, Moses would say: Lord, may you dwell among the myriad families of the people of Israel" (Numbers 10:36). The verses continue, "Return, O Lord, to our sanctuary, ‘You’ and our glorious ark. Let our priests be clothed in triumph and let our faithful sing for joy" (Psalm 132:8-10). Once again, the biblical language referring to the ark of the covenant in the Torah and the Temple in Jerusalem is dramatically appropriated by the Rabbis to refer to the ark of the Torah, continually reinforcing the image that the life of Torah and synagogue is a continuous fulfillment of the revelation at Sinai, the march through the wilderness, the conquest of the land, and the worship at the Temple in Jerusalem.
As the ark is closed, the congregation sings, "It is a tree of life to those who hold fast to it, and all of its supporters are happy" (Proverbs 3:18) and "Help us turn to U.S. and we shall return. Renew our lives as in days of old" (Lamentations 5:21). This conclusion of the service, however, provides a reality check. As much as the life of the synagogue and the Torah service create a sense of Israel's history existing in the present, the Temple in Jerusalem and the unity of the people that it symbolized is still absent, and Israel awaits its restoration.