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Elul 9: Morning

by Hillel News |Aug 24, 2015|Comments

First Blast: Text

לַחֲזוֹת בְּנֹעַם-ה' וּלְבַקֵּר בְּהֵיכָלוֹ

To behold the graciousness of the Lord, and to visit early in His temple.


Second Blast: Commentary

The second half of the phrase is difficult to explain because לְבַקֵּר (l’vaker) is a rare word in the Bible. Rashi and ibn Ezra, two medieval commentators, bring the same two alternatives, each of which relates to the Temple. It might mean to seek out or inquire of God (see Leviticus 27:33). Or, the word could relate to the word boker, morning, and means to appear each morning (as in our translation).


Third Blast: Practice

Following the idea that l’vaker relates a daily reflective practice in the early morning, wake up a bit earlier than you usually do to spend some time in extra study, prayer or meditation.


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  • Elul
  • Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience
  • 2015

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