Monday, September 10, 2007


Hey, long time no write. I just don't seem to have the drive, desire, whatever. Anyway, I was searching for a Mashal for Rosh Hashanah, and came up with a beauty. As we all know (thanks Matisyahu), the G-dly light in this world leaves as Rosh Hashanah starts and a brand new one comes out when we blow the Shofar. While that light is gone the world is, so to say, sleeping. Just like a body exists, but doesn't have any intellect or emotions when it's sleeping.
Point is, I was searching for a slightly more up to date parable. And it hit me. Rosh Hashanah is like Tommy John surgery. Usually, a player has surgery, is out for a couple months, and he comes back the same, or perhaps a little worse for the wear. But with Tommy John, a pitcher is out for up to 18 months. Sure, it's a long time, but when he comes back his fastball has gained four or five MPH. So to in the Jewish calendar. On Shabbos and other holidays we merely get a renewal of the current light, but on the new year we get a new radiance that has never before been revealed (see Tanya).
Good stuff, no?