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Shmuel A/1 Samuel 1:1 - 2:10

Chapter 1

1 There was a certain man from Ramasa'im Zofim, from the mountain of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah, son of Yerocham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuf, a distinguished person.  2 He had two wives, the name of one being Hannah and the name of the second being Peninah; Peninah had children, but Hannah had no children.

3 This man would ascend from his city every year to prostrate himself and to bring offerings to Hashem, Master of Legions, in Shiloh; and there the two sons of Eli, Chofni and Phineas, were Kohanim to Hashem.

4 And it would be on that day that Elkanah would bring offerings, he would give portions to Peninah, his wife, and to all her sons and daughters.  5 But to Hannah he would give one most attractive portion; for he loved Hannah, though Hashem had closed her womb.  6 Her rival would provoke her again and again in order to anger her, for Hashem had closed her womb.  7 So he would do year in and year out; and so whenever she would go up to the house of Hashem, she would provoke her; and she would cry and not eat.

8 Elkanah, her husband, said to her, "Hannah, why do you cry and why do you not eat? Why are you brokenhearted? Am I not better to you than ten children?"

9 Hannah stood up after eating in Shiloh and after drinking; and Eli the Kohen was sitting on the chair, near the doorpost of the Sanctuary of Hashem.  10 She was of embittered soul; and she prayed to Hashem and wept continuously.

11 She made a vow and said, "Hashem, Master of Legions, if You take note of the suffering of Your maidservant, and You remember and do not forget Your maidservant, and give Your maidservant a male offspring, then I shall give him to Hashem all the days of his life, and a razor will not come upon his head."

12 And it was as she continued to pray before Hashem, that Eli observed her mouth.  13 Hannah — she was speaking from the heart, only her lips moved but her voice was not heard; and Eli considered her a drunkard.  14 And Eli said to her, "How long will you act drunkenly? Remove your wine from yourself!"

15 Hannah answered and said, "No my lord, I am a woman of aggrieved spirit, I have drunk neither wine nor aged wine; and I have poured out my soul before Hashem.  16 Do not deem your maidservant to be a wicked woman — for out of much grievance and anger have I spoken until now."

17 Eli answered and said, "Go to peace. The God of Israel will grant the request you have made of Him."

18 She said, "May your maidservant find favor in your eyes." Then the woman went on her way and she ate and she no longer had the same look on her face.

19 They rose up early in the morning and prostrated themselves before Hashem, then they returned and came to their home to Ramah; Elkanah knew Hannah his wife and Hashem remembered her.  20 And it was with the passage of the period of days, that Hannah had conceived and given birth to a son; she named him Samuel for [she said,] "I requested him from Hashem."

21 The man Elkanah ascended with his entire household to bring offerings to Hashem, the annual offering and his vow.  22 But Hannah did not ascend, as she told her husband, "Until the child is weaned, then I will bring him; we shall appear before Hashem and he shall settle there forever."

23 Elkanah her husband said to her, "Do what is good in your eyes; remain until you wean him — but may Hashem fulfill His word." The woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him.

24 He ascended with her when she weaned him, with three bulls, one ephah of flour, and a flask of wine, and she brought him to the house of Hashem in Shiloh; though the child was still tender.  25 They slaughtered the bull; and brought the child to Eli.  26 She said, "I beg you, my lord, by your life, my lord; I am the woman who was standing with you here to pray to Hashem.  27 For this child did I pray; Hashem granted me my request that I asked of Him.  28 Furthermore, I have lent him to Hashem — all the days that he will survive he is lent to Hashem," then he prostrated himself to Hashem.

Chapter 2

1 Hannah prayed and said - My heart exulted in Hashem, my pride was raised through Hashem, my mouth opened wide against my antagonists, for I rejoiced in Your salvation.

2 There is none as holy as Hashem, for there is none beside You, and there is no Rock like our God.

3 Do not abound in speaking arrogance upon arrogance, let not haughtiness come from your mouth; for Hashem is the God of thoughts, and deeds are counted by Him.

4 The bow of the mighty is broken, while the foundering are girded with strength.

5 The sated are hired out for bread while the hungry ones cease to be so, while the barren woman bears seven, the one with many children becomes bereft.

6 Hashem brings death and gives life, lowers to the pit and elevates.

7 Hashem impoverishes and makes rich, He humbles and He exalts.

8 He raises the needy from the dust, from the trash heaps He lifts the destitute, to seat them with nobles and make them inherit a seat of honor — for Hashem's are the pillars of the earth, and upon them He sets the world.

9 He guards the feet of His devout ones, but the wicked are stilled in darkness; for not through strength does man prevail.

10 O Hashem — may those that contend with Him be shattered, against each of them let the heavens thunder; may Hashem judge to the ends of the earth, may He give power to His king and raise the pride of His anointed.


Parashas Rosh Hashanah — First Day

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