Monday, September 20, 2010
Ad Hashem Elokecho
During Yom Kippur davening, while waiting for the rabbi to finish with his dvar Torah, I was reading through Rav Soloveitchik's commentary on the “liturgy”. Rav Soloveitchik commented on the line “Shuva Yisroel ad Hashem Elokecho” that “al Hashem” and “ad Hashem” have different meanings: one refers to returning to the paths of Hashem, while the other refers to returning to Hashem Himself. Rav Soloveitchik concluded that while certain Orthodox Jewish communities of today seem to have no problem of returning and keeping to the paths of Hashem, they have, unfortunately, little concept of cleaving to Hashem Himself.
I showed this to my rabbi who was sitting next to me, saying Tehillim. He read it carefully, smiled and answered: “[In order to cleave to Hashem Himself, one must] learn a ma’amor Chassidus [Chabad]”.
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