We get another long list of names, this time of the generations of Levites, which seems pretty apropos when thinking about the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple. “And in the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, they sought the Levites from all their places to bring them to Jerusalem to perform the dedication with joy, and with thanksgivings, and with song, cymbals, psalteries, and with harps (Nehemia 12:27).” It definitely sounds like a grand celebration, but I can’t fully relate to it. As someone with no musical talent whatsoever, and very little appreciation for it in general (sorry, music fans!), it’s never been one of the ways that I express my joy. But I can see how this could be part of the collective experience of the people, and this does sound like an amazing manifestation of years of tension turning into joy.