Sunday, September 27, 2009

Age-Perspectives on the Mitzvot

Yom rishon, 9 Tishrei 5770, Erev Yom Kippur.

Remember that it's a mitzvah to eat the day before Yom Kippur.

Hand-made by boys.

Ah, to be fifteen and sixteen, when the most glorious of the mitzvot was the feast before the fast!

Later, they'll be consumed by the need to ask mechila (forgiveness) from those they've wronged, focused on reconnecting with Hashem, conscious of the need to make sure that they and their wives and each of their beautiful children experiences the brachot of kaparot.

But right now, they take joy in this most visceral of mitzvot.  It is a teenangel's step toward perfection.  How wise is our Father in Heaven, to make His mitzvot accessible to us throughout our lives!

Hodu Lashem, Ki Tov, Ki L'Olam Chasdo!

On the previous Erev Shabbat, the older boys work in some time for a little shteiging...

...balanced by basketball.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not:  This mitzvah was completed by only two boys, in under an hour.

Mitzvah:  commandment
Brachot:  blessings
Kaparot:  atonements (a ritual removing harsh decrees from oneself and one's children by substituting an object -- many people use chickens, which are then given to the poor; many use money, which is also given to charity)
Hodu Lashem, Ki Tov, Ki L'Olam Chasdo!:  Thanks be to Hashem, because He is Good, forever is His kindness!
Shteiging:  poring over Torah/Talmud texts in deep study and discussion

Haveil Havalim:  Pre-Yom Kippur Edition is up over at Benji's extremely silly and heartwarming place (aka "What War Zone???"), with a warm and fuzzy welcome mat at the front door for new olim.  As someone in my family recently pointed out:  "He's as funny as Brian Regan -- and we don't get embarrassed listening to him with you, Ema, because he's not, you know, like, gross."  Yom huledet sameach, Moshe Shmuel.  Till a hundred and twenty, in good health.

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