Thursday, July 14, 2011

To judge ourselves at fair value

S'apprécier à sa juste valeur

The day of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), we pray profusely to Hashem to make Him our King. On the other hand, we must remember that Rosh Hashanah is also the first of the ten days of teshuva (repentance) that end with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement.)

So, not only do we want - with all our strength - G-d to be our King, but we must also begin seriously the process of repentance to present ourselves as white as snow - if possible – on the Day of Atonement. An essential element of repentance is where we cancel ourselves completely. This means that we get rid of our unhealthy desires, our bad habits, negative traits of character ...

Let's be honest: the more difficult thing when we want to repent is to leave the notion of greatness we have about ourselves. If we really want to do teshuva, we must lower the level at which we think we are and reach a low level, the one we would like to be very far from.

The essence of repentance

If we find true humility and sincerity, we will be able to decrease the idea we have of ourselves; should we do that, we would have done most of our teshuva. What a wonderful thing to declare that Hashem is our King and at the same time to begin the ten days of repentance, from Yom Kippur to Rosh Hashanah!

Think about it: all our faults and mistakes are because of the importance we give ourselves. "I want this …"; "I can not miss that …"; "Don't I deserve this? ..." Etc. It is this exact attitude that feeds our lusts and the forces of evil. Because we give them that extra energy, they are able to make us sin and fall, G-d forbid.
We learn from this that to serve G-d, we must begin to put ourselves on the side and to simply forget what we want, what we don't want, what we like, what we don't like... This is the first condition for us to appear before Hashem - on Rosh Hashanah - with a minimum of peace of mind. This is also the condition to make our willingness to declare G-d our King accepted in Heaven.

The beginning of everything creates an impression that often leaves its mark for a very long time. If we can start the year ahead with a true sense of caution, modesty, and smallness, we will have great opportunities to keep these great feelings rooted in our heart and mind throughout the year.

This year is coming to its end. May we recognize our remoteness from the Divine and our many bad ideas, deeds, words... May we want to fill ourselves with more Holiness and lofty feelings. The material world is a separation between us and Hashem. Let's live accordingly and lift our eyes to Heaven by crying: "Master of the world, come to my rescue! I am overwhelmed by my pride and spiritual blindness. I can even live away from You without feeling any shame. Poor me! Come quickly to my aid, I can not go on like this! "

Happy New Year to everyone!

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