Elul Hallel III

Aug 29th, 2011 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer
“May God increase upon you, upon you and upon your children!” (Psalms 115:3) Rav Chaim Kanievsky (Ta’ama Dikra) points out that the increase mentioned cannot refer to children as the verse also says, “upon your children.” Therefore, the increase is in terms of what the Talmud (Pesachim 87b) teaches: “R. Eleazar also said: The Holy One, blessed be He, did not exile Israel among the nations save in order that proselytes might join them, for it is said: “And I will sow her unto Me in the land,” (Hosea 2:25) surely a man sows a se’ah in order to harvest many kor!”

This verse describes the Children of Israel living with such sanctity and integrity that they attract all the nations of the world to attach to God.

We sing this paragraph of Hallel on Rosh Chodesh Elul, the month of intense love between God and Israel, with a vision of that love being so manifest to all the people of the world that they desire the same level of relationship.

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