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Like the love of parents for their child

Thursday, 13 September, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Many wonder how we can celebrate Rosh Hashanah if it is a judgment day. Festive meals, holiday clothing and other signs of celebration seem to be out of place. The Baal Shemtov explains that G-d’s love for us is so profound that we can be certain of a positive outcome of the judgment. He illustrated this by way of a parable. The greatest scholar in town, named Yankel, spends most of his time in study. In particular, Yankel likes to study from memory because this requires him to concentrate even more. When Yankel’s son comes to him in middle of his studies and wants to share an idea or a thought, he not only interrupts his study to listen, he also does so with great pleasure. Even though Yankel’s wisdom far exceeds that of his little boy, still his love for the child allows him to take pleasure even in his small accomplishments.  

So to, explains the Baal Shemtov, Hashem’s love for His people is so great that their smallest accomplishments make Him proud. When the angels questioned G-d’s desire to create man, saying that humans would be limited and filled with faults, G-d replies by proudly pointing out how much they will achieve despite the challenges they face to get through life. This love motivates us to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with the confidence that Hashem will inscribe and seal us for a good and sweet year.

This should also motivate us to view our fellow Jew as the object of G-d’s love and therefore deserving of being treated as such. When G-d sees us treating each other with love and caring – that further infuses Him with joy and gives greater impetus to grant us all of our needs and desires for the good.

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May Hashem grant each and every one us a good, sweet, healthy, prosperous and meaningful new year of 5773, and may this be the year in which we finally experience what humanity has waited for since the dawn of time – the complete and final redemption!

Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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