Monday, October 03, 2005

Good & Sweet

On Rosh Hashanah we make the blessing, "May it be Your will that You give us a sweet, good new year." If we are asking for a good year, why do we need to add the word "sweet"? Suppose someone goes to the doctor, and the doctor prescribes a bitter-tasting medicine for him. Even though the patient knows it's for his own good, he would still prefer something that tastes better. It's the same with us. We know and trust everything G-d does is for our good, even the worst suffering that He gives us; but we ask Him to give us not just a good year, but a sweet one too.

(Reb Yehuda Leib Meislik)