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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Acharei Mos: Yom Kippur - Can You Wait For The Big Doctor?

There was once a sick person who had to travel a great distance to visit a big doctor in a far away city. The plan was, if the patient remains in stable condition, they would travel directly to the famous doctor without any stops on the way. However, if the patient's health deteriorates, they will be forced to stop over in the small villages on the way to visit the local doctors to advise them how to proceed.

So is the way of Hashem. If a person's sins are not too serious, he can hold out until Yom Kippur when he visits the famous doctor (Hashem) on the holiest day. However, if his spiritual health is deteriorating, and he won't be able to last until Yom Kippur, Hashem sends him smaller Yom HaKippurims during the year - sicknesses, deaths of Tzaddikim etc. as a wake up call to do Tshuvah. This is what the Pasuk means -  וְהָיְתָה-זֹּאת לָכֶם לְחֻקַּת

 עוֹלָם, לְכַפֵּר עַל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מִכָּל-חַטֹּאתָם--אַחַת, בַּשָּׁנָה

"And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make atonement for the children of Israel because of all their sins once in the year."If  you are spiritually healthy you will only need Yom Kippur once a year!