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Friday, June 16, 2006

Twentieth of Sivan

{No, I'm not picking up as if my decision was nothing. This is just a good venue for me to type up my Torah thoughts. Feel free to comment.}

You can follow the link here to some background about the fast day of כ' סיון

Both of the historical events portrayed in the link are horrific.

What's interesting is that this day, designated as a day of fasting and Teshuvah, is exactly 100 days before the Yom HaDin - Rosh HaShanah.

Two things strike me as important links between this day and Rosh HaShanah.

First of all, we have to really be grateful to the Ribbono Shel Olam for living in a society where we are not subject to this kind of wanton persecution of the Jewish faith and the Jewish religion which was so rampant in Europe throughout the Middle Ages all the way up to the Shoah. And translate that gratitude into some recommitment to His Service. The last 100 days of the year are upon us! We have to start taking stock of our year - even start "cramming" a little bit to try to attain some goals, remind ourselves of our resolutions, and reaffirm our acceptance of עול מלכות שמים.

On the other hand, as with almost every good thing, there's a price to pay. We, living in democratic societies, very much unlike the monarchies in existence at the time of the tragedies associated with the twentieth of Sivan, don't really appreciate the meaning of the word מלכנו - Our King. We appoint our own leaders, and criticize them, harshly, with no fear of consequence. We don't have a concept of true awe and trembling before a King who, with one word, can determine life and death, with no one who can overrule him. Don't curtsy properly, miss protocol as he passes by, fail to honor him sufficiently - you can bid farewell to your family. We lose out on that unmitigated FEAR that comes from being in the presence of an absolute monarch.

Not that I'd have it any other way.

Baruch Hashem, I have the opportunity to worship Hashem with no fear of consequence either.

Let's make the most of it.



3 Comments:

Blogger Neil Harris said...

I knew you you'd be back!! Great topic. We do have to be thankful for our freedom to practice our religion.
"We have to start taking stock of our year - even start "cramming" a little bit to try to attain some goals, remind ourselves of our resolutions, and reaffirm our acceptance of עול מלכות שמים."

Awesome mussar for myself. BTW-how do you type hebrew with blogger?

10:17 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Still catching up on my blog-reading... Welcome back! (I was going to say sad to see you go.)

10:46 PM  
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