Royal Messages: The King’s Friend

Aug 31st, 2010 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer, Spiritual Growth
“He who loves purity of heart and whose lips are gracious – the King is his friend.” (Proverbs 22:11)

One of the themes of the Shofar, specifically the Teruah sound is “rei-ah” – that God is our friend. In fact, Rashi (Shabbat) explains that the verse, “You shall love your friend as yourself,” is actually referring to God. We can think of God as a friend.

This verse describes how we can make God our friend: We must love those who are pure of heart and whose lips are gracious. (Gra)

We must also be able to express our love of God with a pure heart and with lips that are used only for gracious speech in order for God to be our friend.

In order for us to say, “God loves me,” we must make ourselves lovable to God, the King.

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