A short thought based on a question from Naftali Skaist.
When we return home from Shul on Shabbos night, we traditionally sing “Shalom Aleichem” welcoming the angels into our home, for them to witness the special Shabbos spirit and, according to the Talmud, to receive their blessing. But almost as soon as they are invited we say “Tzeischem l’shalom”- may you leave in peace. Why would we ask the angels to leave?
The father of the present Pittsburger Rebbe in Ashdod said that as dear as the company of the angels is to us, but being with Hashem is even more dear. The mystical writings indicate that on Shabbos we have a special connection with Hashem Himself (so to speak). So we tell the angels, we are so glad you came to our homes and thank you for your blessings, but we don’t want any other company right now. We want to be with our Creator, and sense that special closeness.
Have a wonderful Shabbos.
Written By: Rabbi Dovid Charlop