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Wednesday Sept 2
Today is the thirteenth day of Elul!
In the Mizmor “L’David Hashem Ori” which we have been saying in Elul, David HaMelech says there is one thing that he wants above all else and that is to “dwell in the house of Hashem all the days of my life.”  Where did he want to dwell?  In the future Beit Hamikdash?  In a shul? In shamayim? Former Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim, Rav Betzalel Zolty (1920-1982) says it refers not to David dwelling in Hashem’s house,  but rather, his hope that his own house would continue to be a “house of Hashem” even after he returned from war. David HaMelech hoped that as he returned home from war he would be on a high enough spiritual level that his home would be filled with the values of the Torah that would be welcoming to the presence of Hashem.  Are our homes places where Hashem would feel welcomed?  Are our homes places where Hashem would want to come in and are we proud of what he would see and hear?

Fri, September 18 2020 29 Elul 5780