Revach L'Neshama http://revach.net/ RSS feed for - Section: MOADIM Category:YOM KIPPUR Copyright 2007, Revach L'Neshama en-US Revach L'Neshama Logo 144 31 http://revach.net/img/small_header.jpg http://revach.net/ info@revach.net Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:00:00 -0700 240 Rav Shimshon Pincus: Give Eisav His Sa'ir Lazazel And Don't Step On His Toes http://revach.net/article.php?id=1040 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1040

Rav Shimshon Pincus quotes the Zohar that says that the judgment we battle from Rosh HaShana through Yom Kippur has its roots in the battle between Yaakov and Eisav over the Brachos of Yitzchok. Yaakov received the Brachos from Yitzchok signifying that Hashem's judgment (Yitzchok's midda is Din) to Bnei Yisroel is favorable. Then Eisav comes in and tries to stop it by claiming Yaakov is a thief. This is the Yetzer Harah prosecuting us on Rosh Hashana. We then spend the week doing teshuva until Yom Kippur which is the final confrontation where Eisav comes with his 400 men to annihilate Yaakov. Yaakov sends Eisav the generous gift of many animals and then they make peace and part ways. This gift is the Sa'ir La'Azazel.

What is it about this gift, this goat that we throw down a rocky cliff and gets ripped apart that pacifies the Yetzer Harah and takes all our aveiros with it? No other single Korban has such cleansing power. Rav Pincus explains (worth reading at length in Sichos HaGaon Rav Shimshon Pincus - Elul) that fights only arise when one person infringes on what the other person considers their territory. In this case Eisav received the Bracha of "Al Charbicha Tichyeh"; you will live by the sword. Yaakov's lot on the other hand is to serve Hashem and not involve himself in worldly activities. Although we have done teshuva in the days leading up to Yom Kippur, Eisav is still not happy because we want to live in two worlds. We promise that we won't do aveiros and we will do mitzvos but we still infringe on Eisav's turf when we take his lifestyle and imitate it in a "Kosher" style.

To pacify Eisav on Yom Kippur we take two identical goats one for Eisav and one for us. We send Eisav's to the desert far away from the the Bais HaMikdash the center of our world and we throw it off the cliff as it gets dismembered to the joyous chants of Eisav of Al Charbicha Tichyeh. While Eisav is enjoying the scene we do not go near his stadium, theater, arena, club, etc. We wrap ourselves in our Taleisim and stand in the Bais HaMikdash sacrificing our blood and flesh to Hashem through our goat. When we draw this clear line of demarcation and stay out of Eisav's way then he is finally pacified and happily kisses us good-bye as we finally part ways.

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Wed, 05 Oct 2011 03:00:00 -0700
Rav Leib Chasman: A Precious Split Second http://revach.net/article.php?id=2835 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2835

On the last Yom Kippur of his life, the Gaon, Rav Yehudah Leib Chasman, z’tl, the mashgiach of Yeshivas Chevron, returned to his house after neilah, due to his weakness from the fast.  A minyan of bochurim accompanied him.  Rav Chasman’s face was shining was happiness that he was zocheh to complete the fast.  As the bochurim sat down to await the time to daven Maariv, Rav Chasman told over an insight from Yonah.    

Rav Chasman said, “Yona Hanavi told the men on the ship to ‘lift me and throw me into the sea.’  The words ‘lift me’ seems to be extra.  What was Yona adding with these words?  Wouldn’t it have been enough if he said only, ‘Throw me into the sea’?


“The answer is that Yona was requesting that they delay throwing him into the sea as much as possible – even for a split second.  Because there is nothing more valuable in the world than the life of a human being.  Even when death has already been decreed, it’s still worthwhile to lengthen one’s life as much as possible.  Who knows how valuable the life of person in his last moments!

The mashgiach concluded, “We have to understand that we now still have another moment of kedushas Yom Kippur!  Come, let us grab hold of it, do not weaken! Let us not lose this precious stone without a thought!        ( Ohr Yahel)

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Wed, 05 Oct 2011 03:00:00 -0700
As The World Closed In On Adam HaRishon... http://revach.net/article.php?id=4761 http://revach.net/article.php?id=4761

Adam HaRishon was born on Rosh Chodesh Tishrei, the time of year when the days are growing shorter.  The gemara (Avodah Zara 8a) tells us that after Adam did his aveira on the first day, he noticed this phenomenon and thought that Hashem is slowly ending the world.  When it got to the very short days in Teves just before the winter solstice, he fasted and davened for 8 days straight, begging Hashem not to destroy the world.  The day after the winter solstice when he saw the days starting to get longer again he said to himself that this must be the way of the world, and made a Yom Tov for the next eight days in celebration.

This story raises a number of issues.  First, if Adam realized that he had just made a mistake all along and this was the way of the world, why did he make a Yom Tov?  Second, Adam had just finished fasting and davening for eight days when suddenly things turned around for him, why would he attribute it to "Minhago Shel Olam Hu" the way of the world, rather than an answer to his whole hearted tshuva?

Maybe we can offer B'Derech Drush as follows.  When Adam saw the day stop growing shorter and getting longer again and said "Minhago Shel Olam Hu", he didn't refer to the changing length of the days.  He referred to the fact that after doing and aveira a person can do tshuvah and through this tshuva totally change the world.  Tshuvah can change darkness to light and night to day.  Chait was reversible.  Indeed Adam attributed this natural turnaround to his own efforts.  For this ability he celebrated.

In a tempting world where we constantly stumble on our vices, effective tshuva is surely a reason to celebrate.  Ki Yetzer Lev HaAdam ra MiNiurav, the way of the world is that we make mistakes.  And the way of the world is that we have the power to rectify these mistakes and we must.  We are obligated to repair the world of the damage we have done.  We all have the power to change the world, and on Yom Kippur we will fast and celebrate all that the same time, because this is truly a wonderful world!

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Tue, 04 Oct 2011 03:00:00 -0700
Rav Yisroel Salanter - Teshuva On The Same Aveiros Year, After Year, After Year.... http://revach.net/article.php?id=1061 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1061 The Rambam says that real teshuva means that Hashem, who knows the secrets of your heart, must testify that you will never return to the aveira again. That is a tall order! Most people would not even be comfortable testifying on themselves. How can we do teshuva if it requires a 100% guarantee on the future?

Reb Yisroel Sanlanter answers with a question on this Rambam. He asks why does he say, Hashem "who knows what is hidden in the heart". Shouldn't it say "who knows the future." Therefore he explains that the requirement of the Rambam is that a person must resolve honestly in the depths of his heart that will never do the aveira again. If he makes an honest resolution and really believes that he is so disgusted by the aveira that there is absolutely no possibility for him to slip yet again his teshuva is accepted. Even if he reverts to his old ways it does not negate the teshuva that he has done. That is why the Rambam says you need the testimony of Hashem who knows what thoughts lie in the heart of every man.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2011 03:00:00 -0700
Tzom Gedalia: When A Jew Murders A Jew http://revach.net/article.php?id=1025 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1025

The gemara (Rosh Hashana 18b) says that we have 3 fasts directly related to the Churban (Asara B'teves, Tisha B'av, Shiva Asar B'tammuz).  The 4th fast of this series is the fast for the murder of Gedalia Ben Achikam, the leader of the remnants of the Jews in Eretz Yisroel after the Churban Bayis Rishon. The gemara explains that the reason we fast for Gedalia is to teach us that the death of tzaddikim is on par with the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash. Why Gedalia? There have been many tzaddikim murdered. Why not fast for them as well?

The Ben Ish Chai in Ben Yeho'ada answers that the murder of Gedalia was not a Gezeira Min HaShamayim. It was avoidable since it was committed by a Jew, Yishmael Ben Netanya. When a Jew is murdered by a non-Jew that is a gezeira but murder by a fellow Jew comes from "bechira ra'a" and is not a heavenly decree (except for certain instances). Moreover says the Ben Yeho'ada this caused a great Chilul Hashem. The evil Nevuchadnetzar was kind enough to leave Jews alive in their land, and it was us that were the bad guys.

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Sun, 02 Oct 2011 03:00:00 -0700
The Minhag of Kaparos Prevails... Barely http://revach.net/article.php?id=1047 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1047

The earliest mention of kaparos is from the Geonim. They speak about taking a chicken and circling your head and then giving it to feed the poor. Among the reasons given for this minhag include a remembrance of the Sa'ir Laazazel (Machzor Vitri), the chicken gets the four Misos Bais Din instead of us (Shela HaKadosh), a chicken is called "Gever" which is also used for "man" so the chicken dies instead of us.

The minhag originally called only for a chicken or an animal for wealthy people. The Levush says that you can use a fish if no chickens are available and Rav Yaakov Emden says that you can uses vegetation since the pasuk says "KI Ha"adam EItz HaSadeh" the man is like the tree of the field. The Chayei Adam says you can use money.

Kaparos ran into some fierce opposition as many rishonim held that it is an Issur of Nichush, superstition. Other reasons given is that with the mass amount of chickens slaughtered in a short period of time, many became neveilos but in all the commotion were eaten anyway. Among the opposition included the Ramban (one of the great early Mekubalim), the Rashba who proudly proclaimed he stopped the minhag in his city, and the Shulchan Aruch who according to some early girsos wrote in the Shulchan Aruch that it is a "Minhag Shel Shtus". Our girsa says simply that the minhag should be stopped.

The Rema however argues and says it is an old minhag that should be continued and in fact the Arizal and the Shela HaKadosh did kaparos. Today the minhag has prevailed in both the Askenazic and Sephardic communities despite the great protest of the Shulchan Aruch and the great Sephardic rishonim.

It is worthwhile when doing kaparos to keep it in proper perspective and remember the words of the Chayei Adam (144:4) about those who mistakenly exaggerate the forgiving powers of kaparos. "... it is rooted in the hearts of the masses that the entire Kapara of Yom Kippur depends on this, and that kaparos and eating matza (on Pesach) are both equally considered a mitzva..."

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Thu, 16 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0700
Rokei'ach: Four Kinds Of Tshuvah That You Need To Do, Haba'a, Mishkal, HaGeder, HaKasuv http://revach.net/article.php?id=1032 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1032

Tshuva means that you need to leave your old way, put measures in place to ensure that you do not return to those ways, make amends for what you have done, and accept your punishment. The Rokei'ach outlines 4 kinds of teshuva you need for each aveira to satisfy these criteria.

Tshuvas Haba'ah - This is the first and most crucial step. It is not enough that you say you won't do the aveira again. You must prove it. You can accomplish this only when you are faced with the same exact situtation once again but this time you resist the temptation to sin. Until that happens your tshuva is not complete. Our temptations when we are young are not the same as our weaknesses when we are old. We outgrow some of the silly things that turned us on as we grow up. Therefore warns Shlomo Hamelech "Zchor Boirecha Bimei Bachuroisecha", return to Hashem when you are still young because once you get old and do not have that same desire your teshuva is incomplete.

Tshuvas HaGeder - Although you have made up your mind that doing the aveira was bad and you vow to stay away from it in the future, you are after all only human. It would be irresponsible not to put safeguards in place to make sure that you don't come near the possibility of tempting yourself once again. In Pirkei Avos it says that Chachomim make a fence around the torah. Everybody knows that something they really hate they don't just avoid, they stay as far away as possible from it. A tzaddik is not someone who can stare temptation in the eye and not flinch, a tzaddik is someone who shapes his whole life out of avoiding aveira. This is called Tshuvas HaGeder.  The Tshuva of fences.

Tshuvas HaMishkal means that although you promise to be good in the future you still need to make up for the past. If you had great physical pleasure from the aveira you need to give it back. How so? By tormenting yourself in the reverse way of your enjoyment. This is why curbing your eating, talking, sleeping, and sight are the hallmarks of teshuva. They serve as an antidote for most aveiros which are caused by excesses of the body and mind.

Tshuvas HaKasuv - For many aveiros the torah prescribes a punishment to be administered by Sanhedrin whether it's Malkos , Misa, or financial restitution. Accepting the Torah prescribes punishment is called Tshuvas HaKasuv. Since there is no Bais Din today, see the Rokei'ach for ideas how you can simulate Tshuvas HaMishkal.

 

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Wed, 15 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0700
Malbim: A Navi On the Run? What Was Yonah's Problem? http://revach.net/article.php?id=1037 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1037

Since when do we find Hashem sending a Navi of Yisroel or any Navi for that matter to other nations to tell them to do teshuva, asks the Malbim? He explains that the story of Yonah took place at the time that Hashem wanted to send Sancheirev the King of Ashur and his mighty army to expel the Aseres HaShevatim from Eretz Yisroel. The philosophical difficulty that always arises is how can Hashem punish the Bnei Yisroel for doing aveiros and not listening to the words of the Navi with a tormentor who acts even worse? Where is the fairness?

Therefore Hashem wanted to send Yonah to Ninveh the capital of Ashur to tell them to do teshuva for their evil ways. This way Hashem can show that Ashur as opposed to Bnei Yisroel listened to the Navi and straightened out their ways and therefore are a fitting weapon in the hands of Hashem to punish Bnei Yisroel.

Yonah understood the real reason for his mission and preferred to die for his people rather than be the catalyst for their ultimate exile.

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Sun, 27 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Rav Moshe Feinstein's Erev Yom Kippur http://revach.net/article.php?id=1039 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1039

On Erev Yom Kippur after Mincha in Tiferes Yerushalayim, everybody hurried home to eat the seudah hamafsekes, and finish preparing for Yom Kippur. The Rosh Yeshivah, Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt"l, however, had other plans. Walking home with his talmid, he suggested that they visit the elderly rav of Boyan. The Rav was bedridden, and R' Moshe was aware that most people would be too busy to visit him on Erev Yom Kippur. His talmid agreed and they both hastened to reach his house.

When they arrived, they found the rav lying in bed alone and dejected. The rav's face lit up when he saw Rav Moshe and his talmid. They sat down, and Rav Moshe talked to the Rav at length, without showing the slightest bit of impatience or worry about the passing time. Rav Moshe sat and talked until he saw a discernible change in the Rav's mood. Only then did he arise, and wish the Rav a gemar chasimah tovah. Once he was outside, he quickly hurried his steps to reach home in time to eat the seudah hamafsekes.

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Sun, 27 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Shabbos Shuva: Rav Shimon Sofer - Who's Doing Tshuva For Who? http://revach.net/article.php?id=4096 http://revach.net/article.php?id=4096 The Medrash tells us that Knesses Yisroel tells Hashem that Tshuva is Hashem's.  Hashem responds that Tshuva is ours like it says in the Pasuk "Shuvu Eilai V'Ashuva Eileichem".  What is the meaning of this Medrash?

The Shir Ma'on, Rav Shimon Sofer the son of the Ksav Sofer, says that the pasuk says "Karov Hashem L'Chol Kor'ov", Hashem is close to all those why call out to him (Tehilim 145:18).  So why do we call out and are not answered?  Because we do not call out for Hashem, only for ourselves.  Hashem guarantees an answer only for those who call out for His honor.

Our purpose in crying for the geula, says the Shir Maon, is to be able to serve Hashem in the Bais HaMikdash.  The Hamon Am call out for Moshiach when they are hungry and in pain.  If we'd call out for Moshiach the right way he would have long ago been here.

This is pshat in the Medrash.  Klal Yisroel tells Hashem that we do Tshuva for Him, for His honor.  Hashem disagrees and says that our tshuva is for ourselves to extricate ourselves from our Tzorus.  "Shuvu Eilai V'Ashuva Eileichem", if you really did tshuva for me, I would have immediately returned to you.

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Fri, 25 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach: In A Cloud Of Smoke http://revach.net/article.php?id=4090 http://revach.net/article.php?id=4090 On Yom Kippur the Tzidukim would do things by the book, which meant that the Kohen Gadol, if he was a Tziduki, would prepare the Kitores outside of the Kodesh HaKadashim so that he can appear before Hashem with a cloud of Kitores, as the Pasuk says.  However we know that Chazal tell us that the Kohen Gadol should first go into the Kodesh HaKadashim and then prepare the Kitores when inside.

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach explains that the Tzidukim could not fathom coming unprepared to Hashem.  All preparations needed to be perfectly in order so that we entered at the climax of our avodah with the smoking cloud of Kitores.  The Tzidukim didn't understand the Ahava that Hashem has towards us as His children and His desire to see us.

In other words, when a person goes to a friend for Shabbos he comes perfectly dressed and brings a nice present.  It is his way of showing thanks and becoming closer with the host.  When a person goes to his parents for Shabbos he need not bring any presents.  The greatest present is the child's arrival and the nachas the parents will have over Shabbos from spending time with their child.

On Yom Kippur we go visit Hashem in His inner sanctum.  Sure there is Avodah to do there, very special avodah in fact.  But above all Hashem wants to see his little tzaddikle, so first we come right in.

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Wed, 23 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Show You Haven't Lost It Completely, Enjoy Your Bath http://revach.net/article.php?id=2850 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2850 The Tzaddik Rav Binyomin Finkel Shlit"a tells a story about a man in Yerushalyim who would once a year take the keys to the Mikva from the Shamash and when the mikva was empty, around 12 noon, he would quietly take filthy vagabonds to the Mikva to give them a well needed cleaning.  This was no simple task.  Living on the street with no shower or change of clothes for months or years surely left its mark.  These were people you would run away from if you saw then from a distance, since the odor emanating from them was so ferocious.  He would cut their clumpy hair and shave them.  He would throw away their disgusting lice infested clothes.  He would scrub their bodies with all sorts of chemicals until the layers of dirt, sweat, and dead skin would finally give way to a body that hadn't sensed fresh air in ages.

When they came out they were literally new people.  No one would recognize them and would give them and introductory Shalom Aleichem, inquiring about where they came from.  Yes, the same people they ran away from just hours ago.  The person had literally undergone Techiyas HaMeisim!

This, says Rav Binyomin Finkel, is what Yom Kippur is all about.  The stench of a single aveira makes the smelliest street person seem pleasant next to it.  The entire Yeshiva Shel Ma'ala cannot stand the smell of aveira and run as far they can from this Tamei Neshama.  But Hashem in his eternal rachamanus throws us into the Mikva once a year to clean us from this stench and make us clean once again.  Our neshamos are revealed and revived as the layers of sin are cleansed away.  This is a real techiyas hameisim.  Yom Kippur is a great and happy day for us.  Rabbeinu Yonah says in Shaarei Tshuva that we feast on Erev Yom Kippur to celebrate this most joyous occasion.

We had a man like this in our neighborhood.  When you saw the door to your shul open and he walked in, you knew it was your unlucky day. You didn't even need to see the door open.  Even before it opened the air became permeated with his odor.  However this man had to be forced into the Mikva.  He was not interested.  The people forced him in because they simply could stand being near him. 

A smelly person's reaction to being taken for a cleaning can signal, if he is a normal person who through his life's tragic circumstances sunk to the lowest depths of humanity, or if the person is truly not normal.

Similarly our emotions on Yom Kippur can tell us what our Neshama is made out of.  Yom Kippur should be a great and joyous day for us.  We have sunk very low but we understand that we are filthy and treasure the opportunity to be cleaned and walk away fresh and clean like a human being.  As we see the incredible amount of soot that we have sullied ourselves with dripping from us during our cleaning, we should cry wells of tears.  How could we possibly have acted this way to our merciful father instead of reciprocating His eternal kindness.

If we go through Yom Kippur without an ounce of regret, just waiting to get out of the painful cleansing process, it signifies that we have totally lost our minds.  We don't realize how dirty we have become, nor do we realize the great chesed Hashem is doing for us by throwing us into the Mikva.  If we could care less, we will probably become very dirty again as soon as our yearly bath is complete.  If we are grateful to the our merciful Tatte in Himmel for cleaning our downtrodden souls, not only will we try to stay cleaner this year but He will probably look out for us and help us stay that way.  May we all be zocheh this year to true Tshuva and Kaporas Avonos.

Gmar Chasima Tova!  Have a Gut Gebentched Year!

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Wed, 08 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0700
Yonah HaNavi: Message of Hope For Us, The Clueless http://revach.net/article.php?id=1054 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1054

The ending of Yonah seems quite morbid. Yonah loses his bid save Bnei Yisroel from suffering at the hands of Ashur. Yonah was hoping that their teshuva wouldn't be accepted since the Malbim points out the pasuk says the improved their "deeds". Their behavior changed totally but they still continued their ways of idol worship. To Yona's dismay Hashem accepted their teshuva anyway, paving the way for them to be Hashem's messenger to punish Am Yisroel.

In the last pasuk, Hashem tells Yonah, how can I destroy Ninveh the large metropolis of Ashur that doesn't know the difference between their right and left? Klal Yisroel on the other hand knows very well the aveira of Avodah Zara and does not listen. This is a seemingly bitter end as Yonah's nightmare scenario of his successful mission in Ninveh is realized.

Yet on Yom Kippur this provides us a measure of comfort. In the waning hours of Yom Kippur after a long Elul and Aseres Yimei Teshuva after we have done teshuva, if we make a serious analysis we will realize we have much more to do and that we haven't come that far after all. Then we hear the comforting message of the Hashem. If you have done serious teshuva, even if you haven't accomplished much in the greater scheme of things, because you are so lost and you don't even know between you right and left, Hashem will pity you.

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Wed, 08 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0700
Two Amazing Tricks Guaranteed To Help You Avoid Punishment For Your Aveiros http://revach.net/article.php?id=1057 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1057

Trick #1 - The gemara in Rosh Hashana says that if you go beyond you character and forfeit your rights in getting angry at people who have cause you to be angry Hashem will forgive you for your aveiros. Every person is judged in Shamayim with the same attitude he shows his fellow man down on earth. Therefore a person who is not "Midakdek" and does not act measure for measure with people will receive the same treatment from Hashem. The Chafetz Chaim uses the idea to explain the enigmatic gemara in Bava Metzia 30 that says Yerushalayim was destroyed because they judged each other to the letter of the law. What about avodah zara in the first Bais HaMikdash and Sinas Chinam in the second? He answers that indeed that was their aveira but had they not dispensed exact judgment down on earth then the heavenly court would have done the same above and forgiven them.

Trick #2 - All our pain is caused by the Satan who constantly prosecutes us before Hashem. Why does Hashem listen to his evil slander about His beloved children, Lashon Hara is assur even if it is true? The answer is that Hashem only listens to lashon hara about those who speak it themselves. If a person does not speak any lashon hara Hashem will not let the Satan dare open his mouth to speak about him. This is incredibly effective. If we refrain from lashon hara we need not beg Hashem not to punish us for our aveiros they are never even brought before him for judgment!

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Thu, 20 Sep 2007 03:00:00 -0700
Rav Yehonoson Eibushitz: Can You Buy Aveiros? http://revach.net/article.php?id=1048 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1048

Rav Yehonoson Eibushitz says that The Yezter Hara's main ploy is to confuse us and blur the lines between good and bad. If he can manage to get us to sin yet think it is the right thing he has scored a major victory because this paves the way for a lifetime of aveira. If he cannot manage to convince us that the bad deed he wants us to do is bad and we clearly see the truth his next last resort is to persuade us that although it is an aveira we can always give money to a good cause that will absolve us and somehow wash away our aveiros.

This is what the Navi tells in the Haftorah of Shabbos Shuva "V'Lo Yoimar Eloikeinu L'Maasei Yadeinu"; we will no longer say to Hashem let our hard earned money that we gave to tzedoka be our kapara.

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Thu, 20 Sep 2007 03:00:00 -0700
Two Wild Courtroom Scenes and Birchas Kohanim http://revach.net/article.php?id=1030 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1030

Last week a frum man was brought into court for sentencing for a white collar crime. I can't promise the accuracy of the details but this is an account of an eyewitness. The court was packed with friends who had come to give the defendant support. The federal prosecutors were out for blood and had already declared that if he does not get the long sentence they were asking for they would appeal. The first order of business by the Judge was to deny all the motions that the defendants counsel had made for leniency. It was not looking pretty.

Then before handing down the sentence the judge asked the defendant if he would like to address the court. The defendant meekly got up and started muttering something that was inaudible to all present in the courtroom. The judge in a gesture of mercy told the defendant he need not stand up and may address the court while sitting. Sitting in his seat the defendant again started speaking but the results were no different. No one heard anything. The judge asked for a microphone to be brought to make it easier for the defendant to speak. That didn't help the situation either. Then to the shock of all those present in the courtroom the still patient judge left the bench and pulled up a chair alongside the defendant and they began to converse like two friends for a lengthy amount of time while the people present in the courtroom sat there in shock. At the end the defendant received a relatively light sentence compared to what the prosecution was asking for. Furthermore the judge carefully laid out his reasoning to head off any possibility of appeal.

A few days later and even wilder courtroom scene took place, which most of us witness firsthand, although some of us may have overlooked the significance of it. It was judgment day in Heaven. Each one of us stood there individually as defendants. The charges against us had been proven beyond the shadow of a doubt. The prosecution was out for blood and it was time for sentencing. The Shofar was blown and the judge came in. The defendants were asked what they had to say before sentences were handed out. We meekly read a prepared statement from our machzorim some of us more inspired than others. Some of us so out of it that it looked like we simply had no idea of the significance of what was going on.

As the prosecutors were standing by smiling confident that their most vicious requests punishments will be granted, Hashem stops the proceeding and said that before He hands down the sentence He need a three minute break. Hashem left the bench and came to the defendant. He placed His hand on his head and began to say "Yivarechicha... To the shock of all present Hashem went on to bless the defendant, who sinned against Hashem himself, with (according to the Chesed L'Avrohom) wisdom, children, life, grace, wealth, leadership, and peace. After that He returned to the bench and handed down the sentence to the stilled stunned courtroom. After we received our sentence we smiled and sang "K'Hayom Hazeh Tiveinu Sasim U'Smeichim B'Vinyan Shaleim"; Just like you have brought us to this happy and joyous day please bring us soon to the Bais HaMikdash.

This scene will repeat itself in a few days on Yom Kippur. Don't miss it, relish it, enjoy it, and appreciate it.

 Important Note:  If you know of any inaccuracies in the above account please let us know ao that we can correct ourselves.

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