27 may You hear in heaven and pardon the sin of Your servants, Your people Yisrael, when You have shown them the proper way in which they are to walk, and send down rain upon the land that You gave to Your people as their heritage.
v’-a-TAH tish-MA ha-sha-MA-yim v’-SA-lakh-TA l’-kha-TAT a-va-DE-kha v’-a-m’-KHA yis-ra-AYL KEE to-RAYM el ha-DE-rekh ha-to-VAH a-SHER yay-l’-khu VAH v’-na-ta-TAH ma-TAR al ar-tz’-KHA a-sher na-TA-tah l’-a-m’-KHA l’-na-kha-LAH
6:27 Pardon the sin of Your servants, Your people Yisrael
In his prayer at the dedication of the Beit Hamikdash, Shlomo acknowledges that over time, the people will sin and will be punished, both as individuals and as a nation. He calls upon Hashem to bestow forgiveness on anyone who directs their prayers towards the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim. The way to solve the problems of the Children of Israel and the Land of Israel is to face its spiritual center and pray to the true Owner of the land to forgive its inhabitants and inheritors. This is also the key to bringing salvation and redemption, as it says in verse 25, “restore them to the land that You gave to them and to their fathers.” Throughout the ages, Jews have maintained the tradition of praying facing Yerushalayim, showing their eternal connection with their holy city and their belief in the fulfillment of Shlomo’s prayer. God responds to Shlomo in the next chapter: “When My people, who bear My name, humble themselves, pray, and seek My favor and turn from their evil ways, I will hear in My heavenly abode and forgive their sins and heal their land” (7:14).