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Have a Happy Yom Kippur

by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

The Day of Atonement is certainly the most serious day of the entire year. In fact, it is called the Day of Awe. On this day, we come before the Judge of all creation and ask Him to cover over our transgressions, to forgive us for the errors we have committed.

Many times during the day we call out to God, saying, "Hashem, Hashem". Why do we call out using this most unusual doubling of His Name? The Torah never adds a letter, let alone an entire word that is unnecessary, so this must have been done for a good reason.

Our sages explain that we repeat His name to emphasize that just as He was God before we committed those sins, so is He God after we committed those sins. But this understanding is learned merely by a remez, a hint that the sages must explain for us. There is, however, a clearer, more literal meaning (pshat). We can learn the simple meaning of this unusual doubling of a name from Hashem Himself when He did the same thing. When Hashem called out to Avraham, our forefather, he called, "Avraham, Avraham". It is well known that this was done as a sign of endearment. By repeating Avraham name, Hashem was expressing His love for Avraham.

So must it be with us when we call out to Hashem on Yom Kippur. We call out, doubling His name to express our love for Him. What could be more loving than to forgive someone for their transgressions? How much must we love the One Who is forgiving us! What day could be happier than the day when the King of the Universe says, "You are forgiven"?

Have a Happy Yom Kippur.
Thank you for your attention for all these weeks.
With love and prayers for your well-being,
From The Old City of Jerusalem
Reb Gutman Locks

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