Kippur-Rejoicing with the Soul. NY City
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SHABBAT YOM KIPPUR - REJOICING WITH
Shalom and Bracha!
Grant that this be a year of Peace and blessing for the Land of
Israel and the entire Jewish people and that the light of truth
permeate the world.
your family and your loved ones be sealed in the book of life,
blessing, peace, prosperity, salvation, comfort and good
decrees, together with the entire Jewish people for a good and
Yom Kippur falls out on Shabbat. The Talmud teaches us that the
sanctity of Shabbat enhances Yom Kippur and the sanctity of Yom
Kippur enhances Shabbat. Yom Kippur is referred to in the Torah
as the “Shabbat of Shabbats,” and when Yom Kippur falls out on
Shabbat it reaches yet a higher dimension. Futher, this year is
a Sabbatical year, which further enhances the Shabbat aspect of
Shabbat and Yom Kippur contrast sharply. Shabbat is a day of
rest, a day of rejoicing, a day when we indulge in physical
pleasure. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, when we afflict
ourselves in order to atone for our sins. How then, is Yom
Kippur the Shabbat of Shabbats? We can answer this by a deeper
appreciation of both Shabbat and Yom Kippur.
not simply an opportunity to gorge ourselves and go to sleep.
Shabbat is the day that we elevate our physical lives from the
mundane to the holy. On Shabbat, Hashem’s presence in the world
is much more revealed then during the week. As such, acts of
work are an affront to Hashem. We rejoice on Shabbat because we
feel Hashem’s presence in the physical world. Every act of
pleasure is therefore a form of rejoicing with G-d. Shabbat we
feel the soul of the world.
we go a step further. Yom Kippur we rejoice with the soul
itself. Yom Kippur the essence of the soul radiates and is
united with the essence of Hashem. It is this unity that affect
the atonement, because there can be no barrier between the
essence of the soul and Hashem. Indulging in eating or corporeal
pleasures on Yom Kippur would be violating the very nature of
the day. Fasting is not merely self affliction, but self
elevation. When Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat, certain penitential
prayers are skipped. This is because our bond with Hashem is
further intensified, and the atonement comes directly from
Hashem. A Sabbatical Year allows us to extend this bond
throughout the year by increasing in Torah study.
One year Yom
Kippur the first Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, was
late coming to synagogue. The entire congregation was waiting,
and as time passed, they sought him throughout the village.
Eventually, they discovered that he had gone to the home of a
poor woman who had recently given birth and had nothing to eat.
He cooked for her and fed her (her condition was such that it
was permissible to cook for her and for her to eat on Yom
Kippur). The Chassidim learned that caring for others precedes
Kippur begins with inviting the excommunicated to join us in our
prayers in the synagogue. This is because we must look at every
fellow Jew as a pure soul, who is one with Hashem. As a result,
Hashem will view us in the same manner. May Hashem invite us to
join Him this Yom Kippur in His sanctuary in Yerushalayim with
the coming of Moshiach!
Shalom and G’mar Chatimah Tovah,
Rafael Ben Bahia for a long and joyous life
needy with holiday provisions is a great Mitzvah at this time of
the year. Particularly this year, when so many families are
struggling to put food on the holiday table, I implore everyone
to join in this Mitzvah. Please send a donation to Chabad Food
Fund at the address below.
http://www.chabadgn.com/holidays/jewishnewyear is a great
website to better understand this month and the upcoming
part in the spreading of Torah by sending me e mail addresses of
friends. Every additional Jew studying Torah strengthens our
people and elicits Hashem’s blessings.
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