Thursday, September 20, 2007

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Trepidation

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

The holy day of Yom Kippur is approaching. When Elul comes, we start to think of the end of the year, consider our deeds and our year to come. With Rosh Hashanah, we look forward to crowning the King, the King of Kings, HaKodesh Baruch Hu, and going before Our Father, Our King, for judgment for the new year. Yet, we focus on our great opportunity, we wish each other a good and sweet year, we dip in honey to emphasize it, and we look with joy at the opportunity to come before the King of Kings. We say "who will live and who will die", without dwelling on it.

But Yom Kippur... we may be optimistic during the trial, but come time of sealing the verdict and who doesn't feel trepidation. We ask forgiveness, with greet each other with a bit of ... finality. We bless our children and shed a tear, hoping they'll receive a good life. We greet our friends and offer them hopes, will it be good for them, or will that cough lead to ...

Dear Friends and Readers,


Please forgive me...if my words have offended, or misdirected, or plagiarized, or failed to give proper credit, or misrepresented, or disturbed you negatively in any way.

To the Gedolim, Chachamim, Rebbaim, and Tzaddikim of this generation and all those past, if I have misrepresented your words or concepts, failed to give proper credit, or proper respect, or improperly explained, please forgive me. I ask mechila in this most public of forums.

G'mara v'Chatima Tova, may you and your family and all of Klal Yisroel be sealed for a good and sweet year, one filled with obvious blessings from Hashem, one with the ultimate blessing of Moshiach Tzidkaynu, mamosh now! Please, Ribono Shel Olam (Master of the Universe), no more waiting, no more pain, no more tears, no more fear of this world!

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The story is told in the Gemorah, of when Rabbi Yishamel (ben Elisha), the Cohein Gadol (the high priest) was doing the Avodah, the most holy service of Yom Kippur in the Beis HaMikdash (the holy temple in Jerusalem), he came to the most holy part, the offering of ketores (incense) in the kodesh hakedoshim (the holy of holies, the spot of the holy ark and the divine presence), as he entered alone (as only the kohein gadol can enter the holy of holies) and did the offering, he was presented with a vision of the King of Kings upon the Kisay Kakovod (Hashem on the holy throne).

Hashem said to him, "Yishmael my son, bless me."

Rabbi Yishmael responded, "may it be Your will that Your compassion should be revealed over Your other attributes and You should conduct Yourself toward Your children with compassion and beyond the letter of the law".

He (Hashem) nodded His head. (As if agreeing to the blessing and answering "Amen," Rashi) - [Brachos 7a]
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Practical blogging note. No further posting is planned until this Sunday, b'ezrat Hashem.

With Ahavat Yisroel and Brachot, with Love and Blessings,
-- Akiva


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