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Elul: Do You Wish You Can Spend Your Days In The Fortress?
Rav Isaac Sher the Rosh Yeshiva of Slabodka explained to his talmidim the reason we say "L'Dovid Hashem Ori" by davening in Elul. In L'Dovid we say we are afraid of nothing and no one because Hashem is our protector. We have no fear from either physical or spiritual dangers because we have perfect faith in Hashem that he will protect us even from the "war" of the Yetzer Hara who tries to cause us to sin.
"From where does our confidence stem", asks the Rosh Yeshiva? "Bzos Ani Botei'ach", from the power of the Torah that we study, which is referred to as "Zos" as in "Zos HaTorah". Furthermore he pointed out to his talmidim that this is only if "Shivti B'Vais Hashem", we are sitting within the safe confines of the Yeshiva studying Torah with all our might.
What kind of protection does this leave us folks who do not merit spending our days in the hallowed halls of the Yeshiva? Maybe just maybe, we can hang our faith on the beginning of the pasuk. "Achas Sho'alti Mei'eis Hashem", I have one request for Hashem. True we are no longer in Yeshiva but do we yearn to be there or are we happy to be free? Do we spend whatever free time we have learning or have we decided that since we aren't in Yeshiva we are excused and a minimal learning schedule or that an occasional Shiur will suffice?
If we ask Hashem to let us go back to Yeshiva and act as if we really want to, maybe he will listen. At the very least he may afford us the same protection as our brethren who are lucky enough to be behind the fortress walls.
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