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Dear Rabbi,
While reciting Selichos this morning I ran across a odd phrase; it is a quote from Tehillum. I wonder if you might help me to understand. Thank you in advance.

Psalms 5:7
But I, by your great mercy,
will come into your house;
in reverence will I bow down
toward your holy temple

How can one bow toward the Temple while in the Temple?

L'shana Tova, K'tiva VaHatima Tova



The English translation is slightly misleading. In the original Hebrew it means that one will enter the house of God (the Temple) and bow towards the Aron Hakodesh (the holy ark).

Another interpretation can be that "I will come into your house" -and if I cannot- "I will bow towards it".

Hope this helps!

Rabbi Ari Enkin  

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Rabbi Ari Enkin


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Rabbi Ari N. Enkin originally from Montreal fulfilled his life-long dream of making aliyah in July 2004 after serving for seven years as a congregational and community rabbi in Montreal, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. Rabbi Enkin holds both Yoreh-Yoreh and Yadin-Yadin semichas as well as a Masters Degree specializing in Informal Adult Education. He is the author of several seforim including most recently "Dalet Amot - Halachic Perspectives" which discusses over 100 contemporary halachic issues. The first printing quickly sold out and a second revised edition is underway (Gefen Publishing House), as is a second volume in this series. Rabbi Enkin is also a frequent contributor to a number of publications on mostly Halachic topics. Since making Aliyah Rabbi Enkin has taught at a number of Yeshivot and Seminaries and is currently working as the manager of Cheerfully Changed Financial Services in Modiin. He also serves as the General Editor of the highly acclaimed Hirhurim Website as well as rabbinical advisor to Judaism.about.com. His lectures are known to be fun, informal, and enlightening appropriate form both laymen and scholars alike.

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