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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fear Before Judgement

When I was in Yeshiva in Israel, my Rosh Yeshiva would always give a "shmuez" before Rosh Hashana with the same theme. The theme is that every year, Hashem does something in the world immediately before Rosh Hashana that strikes fear in the world, and thus, we say ...ובכן תן פחדך. This also is used as a catalyst for Teshuva, he says.

The examples he used at the time were Saddam's invasion of Kuwait along with hurricanes and other world events. It wouldn't take much guessing to guess what he chose as the fearful event that occurred before Rosh Hashana 5762.

This year, barring something occurring on Erev Rosh Hashana itself, we have more of a worry of the future than fear caused by a major world event. We have a worry of:

All these worries are nothing compared to the fear we need to have of Hashem before our yearly judgement, but they're used to put us into a fearful mindset to help us do Teshuva before the Yom Hadin. Once Rosh Hashana comes, however, we should not worry or be afraid. We need to dress in our best clothes to show confidence that we will come out meritorious in judgement. והבוטח בה' חסד יסובבנו.

May this year of תש"ע stand for תהא שנת עשירות and not ח"ו stand for עניות.
May this year of תש"ע mean either "You will save" or "You will accept our Avoda" as in וַיִּשַׁע יְהוָה, אֶל-הֶבֶל וְאֶל-מִנְחָתוֹ
May this be a year of ישועות for all of כלל ישראל, including the ישועה - meaning the coming of Mashiah Tzidkeinu, as we sing on Rosh Hashana:

וֶאֱמֹר לְצִיּוֹן בָּא זְמַן הַיְשׁוּעָה יִנּוֹן וְאֵלִיָּה אֲנִי שׁוֹלֵחַ

Wishing everybody: תזכו לשנים רבות נעימות וטובות and a כתיבה וחתימה טובה and a Shana Tova!


At Thu Sep 17, 05:05:00 PM 2009, Blogger Devorah said...

Where I live, there's only 10 hours to go.... where you live there's about 24.
(before Rosh Hashanah that is)

In this vein, this was drawn to my attention by an email - a post where the Tsunami Rabbi predicts 5769 Moshiach, and 5770 as a Year of Peace:

At Thu Sep 17, 05:44:00 PM 2009, Blogger yaak said...

Thanks for reminding me about that.

Here's a better link.

The quote from is:

כבוד הרב, בשיעור השבועי, הסביר שיעקב אחז בעקבו של עשו בבטן כי בעקב של עשו נמצאים ניצוצות הקדושה וזה סוד המשיח.

הוא בישל נזיד עדשים, כאשר ב"עדשים" הכוונה לקיצור (ראשי תיבות) המורכב בין היתר מדוד, שלמה, ישי ומשיח.

גם הרב כדורי הסביר שיעקב צריך את ה"ו" כדי להיגאל. את ה"ו" הוא יקח מעשו שיהפוך לעש, ויעקב יהפוך ליעקוב. עשו, סוד מלאך המוות, אותיות ש"ע, לכן בשנת תש"ע זו השנה לגאולה, כאשר לפני שנה זו יהיו מהומות בעולם.

which translates to:

The honorable rabbi, in his 7th lesson, explained that Ya'akov Avinu grabbed hold of Esav's heel with his stomach(?) since in the heel of Esav can be found holy sparks, and that is the Sod of Mashiah.

He cooked a lentil soup, as with the word "עדשים", the meaning is of an acronym made up of [עובד], and דוד, שלמה, ישי, משיח

Also Rav Kaduri explained that Ya'akov needs the Vav in order to be redeemed. He will take the Vav from Esav (עשו) and will turn into עש and Ya'akov (יעקב) will turn to יעקוב. [See first paragraph here.] Esav is the Sod of the Angel of Death - the letters ש"ע, and therefore, in the year תש"ע, this is the year of Ge'ula, as before this year, there will be upheavals in the world.

At Thu Sep 17, 06:42:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Shiloh said...

Yaak, Shana Tova and Shabbat Shalom.


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