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Special Dvar for Yom Kippur 5766

Dear Reader,

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!

 
Quotation of the Week (thanks to Elisheva):
"I once cried because I had no shoes. But then I met a man who had no feet."

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