8th of Kislev, November 25, 2009
“Hallelujah! I shall acknowledge Hashem with all my heart [b’chol levav], in the intimate circle of the upright and in the congregation (Psalm 111:1).” Rav Hirsch explains that the intent of the psalmist is to instruct us in how to acknowledge G-D and His works. The words “b’chol levav” refers to the entirety of spiritual meditation, the focus of all physical, moral and spiritual life. It includes our interpersonal relationships, which are extensions of our relationship with Hashem. The psalmist acknowledges G-D in the intimate circle of his associates who share his values and beliefs. He will then proclaim his awareness of G-D to the broader congregation so that they too can learn and grow.
Copyright, 2009 Rachel Lerner