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A Message for the 27th of Adar

Monday, 23 March, 2020 - 1:35 am

A Message for the 27th of Adar

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This past Shabbos was the 25th of Adar, the birthday of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah. Many who have the custom to say her chapter in Tehillim every day began to say chapter 120 in Tehillim, the first of the 15 chapters of Shir HaMaalos. Today is the 27th day of Adar in which we say the 15 chapters of Shir HaMaalos.

David HaMelech composed these 15 chapters which represent the 15 steps ascended from the women's courtyard to the men's courtyard in the Beis HaMikdash. Every year during Simchas Beis Hashoeva during the Sukkos Holiday the Leviim would stand on these steps and play their instruments.

According to Rashi they would say these 15 chapters of Shir HaMaalos  while playing their instruments on these steps. The Rebbe said in a Sicha to the children (on the 27th of Menachem Av 5742-1982) that David HaMelech says in the first verse of chapter 120; “A song of ascents. I have called out to Hashem b’Tzarasi- in my distress, and He answered me.” When there is a distressful time a Jew doesn’t despair and he isn't frightened. He knows that Hashem is here with him.  He knows that when he calls Hashem will listen and fulfill his request. He will take the distress (in Hebrew tzarah is spelled Tzadi Reish Hei) and turn it into Tzohar (the same letters as Tzarah but reordered Tzadi Hei Reish) light.

He is so secure in his trust in Hashem that  he even begins his request with song. He begins his request with a song because he's already thanking Hashem for the help he will receive  before he receives it. 

It's understood that in the darkness of golus we face the most distressing of times. It is at this time that we call out to Hashem with the song “We want Moshiach Now!” and “For Your Salvation we hope all day long”.

Surely Hashem will answer us immediately and will bring us with Moshiach to Yerushalayim to the Palace of Hashem the Third Beis HaMikdash and there we will all sing the 15 chapters of Shir HaMaalos together with Hashem, Moshiach  and all the entire Jewish people. 

By keeping this in mind it will strengthen our bitachon in Hashem, we won’t fall into despair and we will call out to Hashem to take us out this galus and bring us into geula. 

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