The hiding of the face—
September 30, 2022
We are in the midst of the yamim nora’im – the ten days of awe during which time we are inscribed in the book of life; we stand in the celestial court – examining self and being examined; preparing to be sealed in the book for a good year. Wouldn’t it be great if we did what we said we would do – seek forgiveness, grant forgiveness, and be a better person?
Make little changes, and in a while, you will see your path is not the same. You will put yourself back on the path of life you were meant to live. We didn’t deviate on purpose. It happens, and we can see and correct it – if we want to. And I know you all want to.
It is also not too late to have your name entered in the book of life, so please keep sending in names, and we will be lighting candles for the souls and spirits of all who have been lost as we get ready for the public memorial held on Yom Kippur when we honor the martyrs of life and the memories and souls of our dear loved ones.
I will still be releasing a ten days of awe presentation that highlights the bookends of the holiday – the beginning and the end but first, let’s look at this, the other half of an oft-read two-part reading.
This week Moses finishes his great farewell address, and the Torah ends on an error.
It is called va’yelech – and he went. It is a three-letter word, but when the last two letters are changed, it becomes va’yechel – and he finished. A simple transposition error but with a different meaning. And he finished makes sense.
Moses is done and tells us the book of instruction – this one – is to be read every seven years during the sabbatical year during the festival of booths – which is coming up in about ten days.
And God tells Moses that he will be dead soon and the people will turn on God and God will turn his face on man – hester panim – the hiding of the face – which has been the way it’s been ever since.
The parent of all has turned his face on his children – a powerful image.
God may be hiding his face, but he will never hide his love from you.
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