Section: Moadim   Category: Elul-Tishrei
Rav Elyashiv's Ne'ila Cry: Even A Moment Of Time
When Yonah HaNavi picks the short straw and it is decided that he is the culprit causing the raging storm, he tells the ship-hands "Sa'uni ViHitiluni El HaYam", lift me up and cast me into the sea.  Rav Elyashiv asks, why did Yonah say "lift me up" when he could have just said cast me into the sea?  The word Sa'uni is extra.

Rav Elyashiv answers that Yonah knew his life was about to end.  He also knew that a person can change the world in a single moment of time spent correctly on this world.  By saying the extra word he was trying to prolong his stay in this world for an ever so slight moment.

At Ne'ila, in the closing moments of Yom Kippur, our fate will be sealed.  We will be cast into the rough waters of life for another year, as the wide open gates to Shamayim will be locked.  All Hashem ever asks from us is to open up our hearts "KiChudo Shel Machat", a small opening like the point of a needle.  Hashem will do the rest and open up our hearts like the massive gates of a large hall.  Our task can be accomplished in short order with a single thought of regret and repentance.  On this small thought hangs our fate, the fate of our family, and the fate of all of Klal Yisroel. 

Grab the moment, seize it and don't let it go to waste.  "Sa'uni", during Ne'ila cherish that single moment and let it lift your fortune and change your life.