Shlomo Hamelech’s Address

Yesterday’s Haftarah was very moving. For Ashkenazim, it was from the seventh chapter of ספר מלכים. Shlomo Hamelech has completed construction of the first Temple, and he is addressing the nation.

The celebrations took place during the holiday of Succot. Shlomo gives respect to his father, David, who was not granted permission to build the Beit Hamikdash because of blood on his hand. David had fought too many battles in his lifetime.

Shlomo Hamelech also points out how Jerusalem was designated as the holy city worthy of the Temple.

What struck me about this Haftarah was the joy expressed at finally having a location from where Hashem was served.

The ideal relationship between G-d and the Jewish people is to have a Temple functioning. It is from there that the nation is elevated spiritually where they feel the Shechina, Divine Presence.

These readings are meant to instill in us a burning desire to see the third Temple rebuilt. Perhaps if we long for it with more fervor, it will come to be.