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Tomorrow night is Yom Kippur.
… Jewish tradition teaches that G-d cares about how we live our lives.
And we’re held accountable for our actions.
But don’t worry.
We don’t have a picture of a devil with a pitch fork!
… Here’s one way to look at it.
Picture that you need to drive someone very important.
Maybe a fiancée. Or the C.E.O of your company.
And your car has seen better days. It’s embarrassing.
But you do have a friend who has a Jaguar!
“Now that’s more like it!”
You would never dream of asking. But you happen to mention your predicament.
Your friend’s response?
“Take my Jaguar. That’s what friends are for!”
You can’t believe it. A dream come true!
And you can’t wait to pull up in that Jaguar.… What’s the worst thing in the whole world
that could happen to you now?
What’s your biggest nightmare? You got it.
That you total the Jaguar!
Or even dent it!
You wouldn’t be able to face your friend!
“He lent me his Jaguar and…”
You would be totally humiliated!
… Each and every one of us has a Jaguar within us.
Our soul. Our Neshama.
G-d lent us a spark of the Divine.
And eventually we have to return it.
Every time we sin? Like hurting someone’s feelings?
Smash. A dent in the Jaguar!
We share some juicy gossip?
… Yom Kippur is a tremendous gift.
If we show G-d that we’re really sorry?
He lets us undo all the dents.
… On the other hand?
Every time we stop to do an act of chessed. An act of kindness?
We make the Jaguar even shinier.
Lift someone’s spirits? Resist the temptation to share the juicy gossip?
It’s even shinier!
… Yom Kippur is a day for self examination. For commitment to improve.
It’s a day to shine the Jaguar!
Have an easy fast and a meaningful Yom Kippur.
All the best,
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