Let us be reminded that when King Solomon inherited the throne of leadership from his father King David, God appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before You in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in integrity of heart. You have continued for him this great kindness by giving him a son to sit on his throne this day. And now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a young lad, with no experience in leadership. And your servant finds himself in the midst of the people You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Grant, then, Your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern Your people, to distinguish between good and evil; for who is able to govern this your great people?”

“The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. And God said to him, ‘Because you asked for this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment in dispensing justice — I now do as you have spoken. I grant you a wise and discerning mind; there has never been anyone like you before, nor will anyone like you arise again.” (I Kings 3:5-12)

May this be God’s will for our new President and our great country!

Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Bob Silvers

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