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I seem to remember a Dvar Torah from the Baal Shem Tov that reinterprets the first verse of Psalm 122

I rejoiced when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord."

into a dialogue between the bride and the groom in which she says,

I was glad when you said to me, let us build a Jewish house

I would like to find the source.

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It's not this pshat, but they say from - which Galicianer achron's mother? - that where she lived, single women didn't go to shul, only married ones. Thus, "samachti b'omrim LI": when I finally heard someone tell me "harei at mekudeshes LI", then "beis Hashem nelech" - I can go to shul now! – Shalom May 30 '13 at 18:05
@Shalom Pearl Benisch attributes that idea to Sarah Schenirer in her biography Carry Me in Your Heart, p. 151-152. – Deuteronomy May 30 '13 at 20:05

According to this story (see left column 3 last paragraphs), the mother of the Rebbe Horav Naftoli Ropzcher said it when they took her to Shul, "when I finally heard someone tell me "harei at mekudeshes LI", then "beis Hashem nelech"...". (The story starts on page 4).

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Beautiful. But I heard the story as in my question at my Sheva Brochos and someone has reported it to me in the same way. – Avrohom Yitzchok Jun 2 '13 at 10:16

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