eMussar Lesson for Shabbat Shuva 8th Tishrei, 5770 –
Special Issue – The Secret of Yom Kippur
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“YOM KIPPUR – THE BEST OF DAYS”
“There is no day as good for Israel as the day of Yom Kippur” (Ta’anis 26b).
Usually Yom Kippur is perceived as a somber day of fasting and prayer. What does the Talmud mean when it says that Yom Kippur is the best of days?
There was once a wise and mighty king. One night, while the kingdom was sleeping, all the members of the royal family and all the royal servants came to the palace. One by one, each person dumped a load of garbage at the king’s gate. By the time the night was over there was a mountain of putrid garbage outside the palace door.
What insolence! What an affront to the king! What an outrage! What will be the consequence of their actions?
When morning came the king readied himself to take his daily stroll in the royal garden. He passed through the entranceway to go outside and immediately beheld the mountain of garbage.
Astonishingly, the king showed no anger whatsoever. On the contrary, a joyful smile appeared on his face!
Our Sages use this parable to illustrate what takes place on Yom Kippur. If we cast off our sins on Yom Kippur, Hashem will be happy with us. He will forgive us and cleanse us of all our impurities! There is no greater opportunity than Yom Kippur, when HaShem cleanses our very souls.
Therefore the primary task on Yom Kippur is to recognize and abandon our transgressions. All we have to do is let go of “our garbage.” In His great love for us, Hashem will cleanse us, renew our soul, and forgive us.
TODAY: Imagine unloading all of your sins, flaws, and mistakes on Yom Kippur and Hashem cleaning them away, leaving you feeling totally pure and cleansed.
By Rabbi Zvi Miller.
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