by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
Late tonight starts Selichot, the special week of requests for forgiveness prior to Rosh Hashana. Here's a story and a song to start your preparation...
From Generation to Generation by HaRav Dr. Avraham Twerski -
I was reciting tehillim, psalms at the Kotel when I saw a blind man being escorted to the Kotel, guided by others at either side. He was a sephardic Jew, his sharp graceful features accentuated by thin curly payos. He approached the Kotel and leaned forward to give it an affectionate kiss. He ran his hands over it's surface, his super-sensitive fingers feeling centuries of history, glory, and suffering in every crevice and ripple. Then he began his dialog with G-d. Yes, a dialog, for although only one voice was audible, he knew he had a responsive listener.
He spoke directly, respectfully and with great clarity, exactly as if the conversation were with a person. He gestured with his hands to provide the necessary emphasis and description that his words required. At one point, he abruptly stopped, hesitated a moment and said, "Oh, I'm sorry. I already told You that yesterday."
This was simple and sincere prayer at its best. There was no doubt in this man's mind that what he had told G-d yesterday was heard, and that there was therefore no reason to repeat it.
I turned back to continue reciting tehillim (Psalms), realizing that I had never really prayed before.
Music - Adon HaSelichot, courtesy of WeJew Jewish Media Supersite
May G-d grant us all a wonderful year, full of blessings and abundance, with no troubles or concerns for the Jewish people or the Holy Land of Israel, and with the ultimate bracha, the coming of Moshiach Tzidkaynu and the Geulah Shalayma!
Shavua Tov and Shana Tova!
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