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The Lord is My Light!

Chapter 27 of Psalms begins, "By David: The Lord is my Light!" and is known by the Hebrew words, "L'David Hashem Ori." This psalm is customarily recited twice a day starting a month before Rosh Hashanah. What is the deeper meaning of this prayer and what is its connection to the High Holiday season?
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Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, High Holidays, Elul, L'David Hashem Ori (Psalm 27)

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Martha Radzimirska Toronto September 1, 2022

Hi I loved the first half, but then I noticed a lot of interference, and couldn't hear the second half. Oi vey right. Reply

Rabbi Moishe New July 17, 2015

To Anonymous It is indeed both - inner and literal. Thanks for your comment. Reply

Anonymous July 15, 2015

Thank you, I learn so much from listening to the commentary. I was wondering how you know that evil refers to the inner experience? I mean how are you sure it's only the inner David is referring to and now literal enemies? Reply

Moishe New Hampstead September 3, 2014

Through sincere "Teshuvah' which means to return, we not only erase all negativity/transgression in our past, we actually transform the 'darkness' into 'light'. The essential elements of teshuvah are; Regretting our past misdeeds and firmly resolving not to repeat them. When this comes from the depth of the heart , as it does with you, G-d not only 'forgets' and erases the sins, He transforms them into virtues.
I see you live in Melbourne (my home town). I encourage you to be in contact with a local Chabad rabbi who will be able to elucidate further and direct you on a joyous path of teshuvah.
I wish you much success and blessing in all good things. Shana Tovah. Reply

Anonymous Melbourne September 3, 2014

G.d was hurt As I listened to this talk, near the beginning you mention that G.d was hurt. I had never thought of Him in such a way that He made Himself vulnerable to Bnei Israel to the point that our actions could hurt Him. To me this is a very powerful and profound thought. When I think of Hashem, I think of the Almighty, the King, the Heavenly Father, the Protector, the Redeemer, the Provider, etc.

As I heard those words that He, Hashem was hurt something happened to me a very deep soul level and I began to cry. The tears started flowing and I sobbed to think that The Creator and sustainer of all that is and will ever be was hurt by our actions because He loves so much. This awakening has changed me. I want to know what I can do to make it up to Him. To bring Him so much joy that He will choose to forget the pain I caused Him.

Thanks so much for this message. Reply

Anonymous Scotland March 16, 2013

Personal prayer/living Torah Listening to the Talks inspires me to endeavour to live a better, Torah directed and Hashem centered life. Reply

This class analyzes an aspect of the weekly Torah portion or upcoming holiday. While providing a basic understanding of the subject matter, the lesson delves into its deeper and more complex dimensions with emphasis on the spiritual relevance to our daily lives. Inspiration for both the novice and advanced student.