Welcome to the concise, relevant
Weekly Dvar. I hope you enjoy this special edition.
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So this is it... Judgment Day! The moment when we can't say we'll wait
till later. This is when we're sealed for the next year. And not only are
the major things decided, but even the little things like stomachaches and
tooth pains. And if there's one thing we repeat the most, it would be the
13 Midot Harachamim (levels of Mercy) which Hashem promised that should we
ever need to be forgiven, we should say those words, and we'll be
forgiven. The first two words, Hashem Hashem (we say it twice) represent
the trait of mercy G-d has before AND after we sin. If we think about it,
what mercy do we need BEFORE we sin? And after we sin, if we repent, where
does mercy fit in?
One explanation could be that many times we are affected by our
surroundings, and do things we normally wouldn't (some call it peer
pressure). We thank G-d for sparing us from even having an OPPORTUNITY to
sin. Although we still run into those situations, there were other
circumstances we don't know could have happened, and G-d helped before we
ever got to the situations by not testing us with them. So this year,
besides passing the tests we are presented with, we should thank G-d for
the tests we're spared from!