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“Ve’tzaddikim yismechu ya’altzu lifnei Elokim ve’yaseesu b’simcha (“And the righteous will rejoice. They will exult before Hashem and be filled with happiness”) (Tehillim 68:4)
The Malbim ztk”l expounds on this passuk that the radiance of Hashem is likened to fire and smoke to the wicked, however envelops the righteous in the form of clouds. This infuses them with endless simcha and bliss for they feel Hashem’s immediate presence with them always.
Those who are loyal and live their lives in accordance to Hashem’s will, develop absolute joy from life. This comes from their living with emet Eloki (the truth of Hashem) which is aligned with creation. There is no greater delight than knowing that you are fulfilling your mission in life.
”Yismach Yisrael b’osav, B’nai Tzion yageelu b’malcham (Israel will be happy in its Maker. The sons of Tzion will rejoice in their King”) (Tehillim 149:2)
Klal Yisrael have remained loyal to Hashem’s mitzvot and in doing so have proclaimed Him as their King. When we rejoice with Hashem and are content with our lives, it stands as a declaration before the nations of the world. This brings tremendous nachat to HaKadosh Baruch Hu and in turn Hashem shines His light onto us.
Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to Yosef ben Tali an infant in desperate need of tefillot. May Hashem shower him with all that is needed for a complete recovery among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.
“Bee’neot desheh yarbeetzeni al mai menuchot ye’nahaleny (He makes me lie down in pleasant green pastures; He leads me beside the peaceful waters”) (Tehillim 23:2)
The Metzudat Dovid illustrates that Hashem is likened to a caring shepherd who leads his herd to graze in lovely places. The clear, peaceful, sweet waters surround the flock thus providing them with all of their needs. When we are tired, Hashem leads us to calm waters where we can drink with minimal exertion. However, after resting we must move along.
Rav Hirsch ztk’l continues to explain that whether Hashem instructs us to lie and rest or summons us to rise and depart it is intended solely for our welfare. It is meant for us to reach a more wholesome and abundant place.
“Ki Heinei Ovyvecha Hashem, Heini Oyvecha Yovedu (Indeed, Your enemies, Hashem, indeed Your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered.) (Tehillim 92:10)
The Ba’al Shem Tov ztk”l comments on this passuk and teaches a great lesson in emuna. Just recognizing that everything is from Hashem can solve any problem. If we realize that all of our enemies are really from Hashem, then Hashem will disperse them from our midst. We must train ourselves in this thinking, it is all from Hashem. This is done through practice; the more we see Hashem the less He will be viewed as hidden from us.
Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicate to the refuah shleimah of Yaakov Yohonatan Levi ben Chaiya. May Hashem shower him with a complete healing among all of those sick and suffering in Klal Yisrael b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.
There is one particular request that Dovid HaMelech seeks and emphasizes in perek 27. Dovid makes numerous pleas, however this one encompasses the rest. Verse four: “Echad sha’alti me’et Hashem, Otah Avakesh… (One thing I ask of Hashem, this I seek…)” The Hebrew word used for ‘ask’ is sha’alti as opposed to bee’kashti (to seek). Why?
The word she’elah refers to the idea of a loan while the word bakashah denotes a request that does not need to be returned. Dovid HaMelech pleads with Hashem that He consider giving him a ‘loan’ of compassion and allow him the quietude of sitting in Hashem’s house and embracing His love. Amazingly, Dovid HaMelech, the King of Israel, feels inadequate to make a request but rather feels as though he is only entitled to a loan of Hashem’s compassion. What are we to say?
Elul, the month of repentance and a propitious time of closeness to Borei Olam, is the time for taking advantage of the theme that is echoed in Perek 27, which we are encouraged to recite daily (as in daily dose ;)) until Hoshanah Raba. We must never despair or lose hope that we have gone so far adrift that we cannot return to Hashem Who loves us dearly. We pray for His protection and to be consoled by His Fatherly love, even if we need to take it as a ‘loan.’ Even if we are undeserving we trust that Hashem will ‘lend’ us this chance to experience His endless love no matter where we are.
We seek, we beg and we ‘borrow’ but never lose hope in the loving care of our Aba who ‘wishes’ to shower us with His love and protection more than we can imagine. Hope and trust is the message of this perek and of the month of Elul, as indeed the final closing words are, “Place your hope in Hashem. Be strong! He will strengthen your heart and can place your hope in Hashem.”