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Rosh HaShana: Kabbalat Ole Malchut Shamayim / Accepting God’s Kingship

This week’s introduction and Lesson 19

Welcome to Week 4 of the Elul Program 5777. The theme for this week is Rosh HaShana: Kabbalat Ole Malchut Shamayim / Accepting God’s Kingship

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Lesson 19: September 17/Elul 26

Rabbi Yisrael Salanter once said about the recitation of the Shema: “We accept God as sovereign over the entire universe, but not over ourselves.”
 
How do you understand this quote? Why do you find it so difficult to accept God as the ruler over yourself?
 
Your practice for this week is to focus on prayer using Psalm 27 as your guide. As you recite L'David today, concentrate with special intensity on the meaning of the following verse and how it applies to you. Allow the words of the Psalm to guide you to an acceptance of God’s sovereignty. Feel free to express your thoughts and feelings in your own words:
 
Verse 1:
“Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I be in awe of? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; from whom shall I be frightened?”
לְדָוִ֨ד יְהֹוָ֚ה אוֹרִ֣י וְ֖יִשְׁעִי מִמִּ֣י אִירָ֑א יְהֹוָ֖ה מָע֥וֹז חַ֜יַּ֗י מִמִּ֥י אֶפְחָֽד.

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