Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Entrusted With A Task

(Picture by H. Pleijel)

A person cannot understand Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur until he has had an exacting and unforgiving boss. It is only with this experience that he can fully comprehend what it means to operate under Din; strict accounting.

As is common with most workers, there are times when a worker becomes tired of the routine nature of his job. He may even become lax and occasionally stop fulfilling the tasks entrusted to him.

If this period of laxity continues too long, a significant amount of work piles up and files are not dutifully maintained. This situation, however, never continues indefinitely. Sooner or later the boss comes looking for a particular file or to check on the status of a project.

In a panic, the worker hurries to accomplish in a short amount of time all of the work that he has previously shrugged off. He may even come in early in the morning or on Sunday if he is desperate to make right all the things he had done wrong.

Yet, despite all of the worker's efforts, the boss is less than pleased. He expected his worker to be responsible to work on his tasks everyday and not to put it off until the last minute.

At this point all the worker can do is be contrite and say that he is sorry without offering any semblance of an excuse; silently hoping for his boss's rachmanus.

This is where we stand on Yom Kippur.


At October 8, 2008 at 11:56:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you reconcile this view of Hashem with the teaching from the Degel below, "The Alef At the End?"

Reb Nachman points out that Hashem governs the world with mishpat and rachamim. However, He wants His rachamim to prevail!

Gmar chasimah tovah, ASJ!

At October 8, 2008 at 12:10:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Space Cadet: Perhaps I was not clear since I was not trying to imply that Hashem only governs with Din; only that this time period is associated with Din (and rachamim with Yom Kippur).

Gmar chasima tova my friend!

At October 8, 2008 at 12:15:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Maybe I should have added one final sentence to read, "And unlike a demanding boss, Hashem in His great compassion forgives us and wipes our slate clean."

I hadn't added this initially since this posting was intended to be posted on Erev Yom Kippur when we have not yet received this kappara.

At October 9, 2008 at 4:06:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the mataphor.

At October 9, 2008 at 6:25:00 PM EDT, Blogger Alice said...

Me too.


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