Section: Moadim   Category: Elul-Tishrei
Rav Shimshon Pincus: Who Will Live and Who Will Die?

Despite the gemara that says Tzadikkim are written automatically into the book of life the fact is that we see that Tzaddikim do die during the year and vice versa with Reshaim. Rav Shimshon Pincus illuminates the judgment of the Yom Hadin with a Rambam in Hilchos Teshuva (9:1). The Rambam says that gemara says there is no reward in this world. Therefore he explains that the brachos in Parshas Ki Savo that you receive for serving Hashem with happiness is not a reward, rather it is the necessary tools you need to enhance your ability to do more mitzvos. With fewer troubles you will have more time on your hands to learn. With more money you can give more tzedoka.

"Chaim"; life that Hashem gives out on Rosh Hashanah is for those who want to do mitzvos. Their reins are loosened so they can focus on what they really want; to do Hashem's will. "Maves"; death is the lack of breathing room for those who will only use their time for undesirable activities. Same thing with money. Hashem has a stash of cash and he is looking for volunteers who are willing to spend it for him the way He wants it spent. On the first day he calls out looking for people willing to accept this mission. The Tzaddik is not the one who did mitzvos last year. In this context the Tzaddik is the one who makes up his mind that this year he wants to make Hashem's goals his number one priority. He gets the job and all the tools that he will need; money, time, health; no headaches etc. The Rasha is the person whose only concern is his personal welfare. He may live but he will not be on Hashem's payroll as a loyal worker and therefore will not need any of the special bracha. Lacking the tools to serve Hashem, his year will be waste of time and with limited ability to do mitzvos he is as good as dead.