Wednesday, September 15, 2004

No Matter What Time of Year...

No matter what time of year, we are always working on ourselves. G-d wants us to be on our best behavior at all times.
I'll begin in Elul-you're working your way up to Rosh Hashana, so of course you're gonna behave yourself.
Until then, it's Yom Kippur.
Then they say that Shmini Atzeres is the final sealing. So you're still good throughout Succos and beyond.
Then there must be something about Chanuka that I haven't learned yet. Because Purim is is the essence, since Yom Kippur is "Yom Kipurim"--A day LIKE Purim. So that oughta keep you. From then, you're building yourself up for yetzias Mitzrayim. One of my brothers once mentioned in his Dvar Torah on Seder Night that a person is on his highest Medreiga (level) at the Seder.
Then, you are preparing yourself for Kabbalas HaTorah--accepting the Torah.
After that, you're on good behavior until you get to Tisha B'Av....and then you're basically back where we started-getting ready for Rosh Hashana.
So, the truth is, there is no time to fool around. Just be good all the time. Don't think, "I'll sin now and be forgiven for it later." There's no time for that. So, let's ALL do teshuva and be good Jews so that we can finally be redeemed!!

PS if you know a reason to work on yourself in anticipation of Chanuka, please post it. Thanks.


At 9/23/2004 6:43 AM, Blogger G Green said...

Chanuka is / was the time when the yidden reaccepted the Torah. The Greeks wanted to destroy us (who doesn't), not physically, but spiritually. They wanted us to assimilate. (Pretty much what Western society has done to us now.) The fact that we survived, shows our determination to uphold our spirituality and is something which we should all strive for each year at Chanuka - one of the ways is to learn more, but somehow lighting the menorah has taken over importance in the past (hundreds of?) years.
BTW, I saw in a sefer (Ta'amei Haminhogim I think) that for those who have not done so before, or was not good enough, the "gates of heaven" are finally bolted on Chanuka, so Teshuva is 'bedieved' accepted until then.
G'mar Chasimo Tovah.

At 9/27/2004 8:33 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Thanks :-)


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