Arie E. Pelta
Arie E. Pelta

Chanukas HaBayis – Dedicating A New House – In Israel (part 4 of 4)


Blessings For The New  House  In Eretz Yisrael

Our house should be a Vaad (meeting place) for Talmid Chachamim.

Our house shall always have an established daily routine of Torah Study קובע עתים לתורה   and in this merit this house will always have the blessing of קול ששון וקול שמחה  .

There are three things bring the Shechina into the home:

  1. No arguments מחלוקת in the house. For example, if a glass breaks don’t get angry (our front glass closet door broke this week).  See in this a good siman. Chazal state that when wine spills it is a good sign  נשפך יין סימן יפה לו. The was to prevent property damage to give tzedaka to the poor who come to the door.
  2. Be careful about having guests הכנסת אורחים. This is the reason we are having a חנוכת הבית  with food drink and דברי תורה . Hachnasas orchim is considered greater than greeting the Shechina, as we learned from Avraham interrupting his conversation with G-d in order to greet his angelic guests. We are also to be careful to escort the guests when they leave our home לויה.
  3. Sit at the main table as sit one would sit before a human King. The table is like the mizbeach.  Our table attones מכפר   for us nowadays that we do not have a Beis Hamikdash.  Therefore, one should always sit fully dressed at the table respectfully בכבוד.   In addition, always say over words of Torah or Halacha at the table.

Chapter #30 of Tehilim – The Song That Dedicates The House

תהילים פרק ל

א  מִזְמוֹר:  שִׁיר חֲנֻכַּת הַבַּיִת לְדָוִד.
ב  אֲרוֹמִמְךָ ה’, כִּי דִלִּיתָנִי;   וְלֹא שִׂמַּחְתָּ אֹיְבַי לִי.
ג  ה’ אֱלֹקי שִׁוַּעְתִּי אֵלֶיךָ, וַתִּרְפָּאֵנִי.
ד  ה’ הֶעֱלִיתָ  (Alyssa my wife)מִן שְׁאוֹל נַפְשִׁי;    חִיִּיתַנִי, מִיָּרְדִי בוֹר.
ה  זַמְּרוּ ה’ חֲסִידָיו; וְהוֹדוּ, לְזֵכֶר קָדְשׁוֹ.
ו  כִּי רֶגַע, בְּאַפּו חַיִּים בִּרְצוֹנוֹ: בָּעֶרֶב, יָלִין בֶּכִי; וְלַבֹּקֶר רִנָּה.
ז  וַאֲנִי, אָמַרְתִּי בְשַׁלְוִי בַּל אֶמּוֹט לְעוֹלָם.
ח ה’ בִּרְצוֹנְךָ, הֶעֱמַדְתָּה לְהַרְרִי עֹז: הִסְתַּרְתָּ פָנֶיךָ; הָיִיתִי נִבְהָל.
ט  אֵלֶיךָ ה’ אֶקְרָא; וְאֶל אֲדֹנָ-י, אֶתְחַנָּן.
י  מַה בֶּצַע בְּדָמִי, בְּרִדְתִּי אֶל שָׁחַת: הֲיוֹדְךָ עָפָר;  הֲיַגִּיד אֲמִתֶּךָ.
יא  שְׁמַע ה’ וְחָנֵּנִי; ה’ , הֱיֵה עֹזֵר לִי.
יב  הָפַכְתָּ מִסְפְּדִי, לְמָחוֹל לִי: פִּתַּחְתָּ שַׂקִּי; וַתְּאַזְּרֵנִי שִׂמְחָה.
יג  לְמַעַן, יְזַמֶּרְךָ כָבוֹד וְלֹא יִדֹּם, ה’ אֱלֹקי, לְעוֹלָם אוֹדֶךָּ.

  1. A psalm; a song of dedication of the House, of Dovid.
  2. I will exalt You, Hashem, for You have raised me up, and You have not allowed my enemies to rejoice over me.
  3. Hashem, I have cried out to You, and You have healed me
  4. Hashem, You have brought my soul from the grave; You have revived me from my descent into the Pit.
  5. Sing to Hashem, His pious ones, and give thanks to His holy name.
  6. For His wrath lasts but a moment; life results from His favor; in the evening, weeping may tarry, but in the morning there is joyful singing.
  7. And I said in my tranquility, “I will never falter”.
  8. Hashem, with Your Will, You set up my mountain and I became frightened.
  9. To You,Hashem, I would call, and to Hashem I would supplicate.
  10. What gain is there in my blood, in my descent to the grave? Will dust thank You; will it recite Your truth?
  11. Listen Hashem and be gracious to me, Hashem be my helper.
  12. You have turned my lament into dancing for me; You loosened by sackcloth and girded me with joy.
  13. So that my soul will sing praises to You and not be silent, Hashem my G-d I will thank you forever!

Chanukas Habayis of the Chidda (Rav Yosef Dovid Azulai)

  • The first letters of the three of the six Tractates of Mishnayos Spell out the word “Bayis-House” בית.

ברכות + יום טוב (ביצה) + תמיד

All of these Mishnayos total up to 21 chapters; which is the gematria of G-d’s name א-ה-י-ה.

  • Zohar Parshas Tazria, daf 50a.
  • Talmud Bavli, Baba Metzia, daf 97a.
  • Rambam Hilchos Deos in Sefer Mada, perek 5.
  • יא דֶּרֶךְ בַּעֲלֵי דֵּעָה שֶׁיִּקְבַּע לוֹ אָדָם מְלָאכָה הַמְפַרְנֶסֶת אוֹתוֹ תְּחִלָּה. וְאַחַר כָּךְ יִקְנֶה בֵּית דִּירָה. וְאַחַר כָּךְ יִשָּׂא אִשָּׁה. שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים כ”ו) “מִי הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר נָטַע כֶּרֶם וְלֹא חִלְּלוֹ. (דברים כ”ה) מִי הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר בָּנָה בַיִת חָדָשׁ וְלֹא חֲנָכו. (דברים כ” ז “(מִי הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר אֵרַשׂ אִשָּׁה וְלֹא לְקָחָהּ”. אֲבָל הַטִּפְּשִׁין מַתְחִילִין לִשָּׂא אִשָּׁה וְאַחַר כָּךְ אִם תִּמְצָא יָדוֹ יִקְנֶה בַּיִת וְאַחַר כָּךְ בְּסוֹף יָמָיו יְחַזֵּר לְבַקֵּשׁ אֻמָּנוּת אוֹ יִתְפַּרְנֵס מִן הַצְּדָקָה. וְכֵן הוּא אוֹמֵר בַּקְּלָלוֹת(דברים כח ל) “אִשָּׁה תְאָרֵשׂ” (דברים כח ל) “בַּיִת תִּבְנֶה” (דברים כח ל “( כֶּרֶם תִּטַּע”. כְּלוֹמַר יִהְיוּ מַעֲשֶׂיךָ הֲפוּכִין כְּדֵי שֶׁלֹּא תַּצְלִיחַ אֶת דְּרָכֶיךָ. וּבַבְּרָכָה הוּא אוֹמֵר (שמואל א יח יד) “וַיְהִי דָוִד לְכָל דְּרָכָו מַשְׂכִּיל וַה’ עִמּוֹ”:
  • The way of sensible men is that first, one should establish an occupation by which he can support himself. Then, he should purchase a house to live in and then, marry a wife. [This order of priorities may be inferred from (Devarim 20:5-7), which states: “Who is the man who has planted a vineyard, but not redeemed it…;” “who is the man who has built a house, but not dedicated it…;” “who is the man who has betrothed a woman, but not taken her [to wife]…

In contrast, a fool begins by marrying a wife. Then, if he can find the means, he purchases a house. Finally, towards the end of his life, he will search about for a trade or support himself from charity.

[This is also implied by the order of] the curses mentioned [in Devarim 28:30]: “You shall betroth a woman…, you shall build a house…, you shall plant a vineyard;” i.e., your behavior will be disordered so that you will not succeed in your ways. However, in regard to blessing [I Shmuel 18:14] states: “And Dovid was thoughtful in all his undertakings and G-d was with him

  • Rambam Hichos Beis HaBechira in Sefer Avodah (Build Beis HaMikdash and Keilim)
  • Prayer for the Baal Habayis
About the Author
Arie E. Pelta, M.D., a Board Certified General and Colorectal Surgeon from the USA , made aliyah with his wife and 7 children in 2013. Received Rabbinical ordination in 1997. He is also a active Medical Corps Officer holding the rank of Captain in the IDF Reserves. Currently practicing in Laniado Hospital in Netanya; speciaizing in the surgical care of all problems of the colon, rectum and anus.
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