By Rabbi Julian Sinclair, December 27, 2013
For centuries, Ashkenazi Jews have been saying, or singing, Psalm 126 before Birkat Hamazon, the grace after meals.
The theme of Psalm 126 is the return to Zion and an end to exile: “When the Lord restores the fortunes of Zion, we will see it as in a dream . . . they who sow in tears shall reap with songs of joy.”