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Dalet: The Fourth Letter of the Hebrew Alphabet

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by Raskin, Rabbi Aaron L.

“The meaning of dalet is delet, a ‘door.’ It also means dal, a poor person. Finally, the word dalet represents dilisoni, which means ‘to lift me up.’

 

How do these three definitions work together?

 

The convergence occurs when every individual realizes that he or she is poor. This poverty doesn’t necessarily denote a state of financial want. Rather it means that everything a person ‘owns’ in fact belongs to G‑d.

 

G‑d has been kind enough to give us life…[and] sustenance. Without G‑d, we have nothing. The acknowledgment of this is the door into G‑d’s chamber. And once we enter that chamber G‑d will lift us up—dilisoni—to bless us with life, health, sustenance and success.”