Think about how you would act the day before your trail! The whole day would probably be spent in anxiety, worry, and dread of the day to come. For sure eating would be the last thing on your mind!
How do the Jewish people act on the day before (erev) Yom Kippur, the day when the King of kings, the judge of judges, looks into our every deed and thought?!
Our tradition teaches us that the day prior to Yom Kippur is itself a semi-holiday. The custom is to enjoy two festive meals over the course of the day, many people wear their Shabbat clothes. There is a feeling of festivity in the air. All of this only hours before the holiest, most awe inspiring day of the year?!
Yes! We are confident that when we turn to G-d on Yom Kippur, truly wishing and resolving to be better people in the coming year, that He will again overlook our past misdeeds, and seal us for another year of life and happiness.
When a Jew truly wishes to come closer to G-d and His Torah, he is granted special help from above. G-d wants us to move forward, and to make the year to come even better than the last. On the day of Yom Kippur, as we fast and pray, and cry out to Hashem, we aren't only standing in front of a judge; we are running into the arms of our father. And this is certainly something to celebrate.
I pray that you and your families will be SEALED for a year of happiness, health, and prosperity.
If anyone is interested in joining Chabad for a meal during Sukkot, please contact us. Our community Sukkot party, "Sukkot in the South" will be on October 12, at3pm. We hope to see you all there.
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Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and a meaningful Yom Kippur,
Rabbi Akiva Hall