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Don't Be The Absent-Minded Professor

Friday, 14 October, 2022 - 12:33 pm

When I was in elementary school, they showed us a film entitled, The Absent-Minded Professor. One of the elements of the plot that stuck in my mind was Professor Brainard so caught up in his invention of “Flubber” that he missed his own wedding. I recall there being a note taped to his bulletin board with the wedding date and time and a reminder to be there. Despite all the precautions, his distraction related to the invention of “Flubber” caused him to miss the wedding.

Don’t be Professor Brainard! Don’t miss your own wedding celebration.

The Jewish mystics teach that the season of holidays can be viewed through the analogy of a relationship between and man and a woman. Elul is the time of courtship between Hashem and the Jewish people. Rosh Hashanah is the proposal. The sounding of the Shofar is our acceptance of Hashem’s proposal of marriage. Yom Kippur is the solemn Chupah ceremony. Sukkot is the wedding feast and Simchat Torah is the wedding celebration and dancing.

We took the High Holidays seriously. We heard the Shofar. We attended Shul on Yom Kippur and felt the intimate connection with Hashem. Now it is time for the wedding celebration. Let’s not foolishly miss our own wedding celebration like Professor Brainard just because we are distracted by things that are “important.” Simchat Torah night (Monday, October 17) is an extremely crucial time to be in Shul for the first dance celebrating your marriage.

Come and celebrate. Come and dance. Come and enjoy. Revel in the company and attention of your new Spouse. See you there.

Don’t be the Absent-Minded Professor! Don’t miss your own wedding celebration.

Shabbat Shalom! Happy Sukkot! Happy Simchat Torah!
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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