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Monday, October 3, 2011

Signed, Sealed and Delivered - Awesome "Days Between"

Rosh HaShannah - the Jewish New Year and Day of Judgement - has come and gone. We're in the "Days Between" (sound familiar?) Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur - the Days of Awe - during which we understand that for the majority of us, we're still being shall we say ... audited. Like an IRS audit, only much more comprehensive.

Awe. Audit. There's a connection there. The more we experience AWE - so hard to describe to a society whose every other adjective is "awesome" (as if we really know what "awesome" really means!) - the humbler we'll become.

Wanna know about AWE? Isaiah, Chapter 6 - the prophet "Saw the LORD, high and lifted up upon His Throne," and was so AWESTRUCK he fell on his face with his very life almost draining out of him for being overwhelmed by the Holiness of G*d.

During these Days of Awe we're keeping in mind that the account books are being scrutinized - and although we look forward to Yom Kippur with great hope of knowing we'll be "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" - there's always that niggling feeling that, perhaps, we should have triple-checked whether we dotted our "i's" and crossed our "t's"as diligently as possible.

But where does that niggling feeling come from? Where does ALL doubt come from? Doubt comes in when certainty flees - and certainty flees in the face of unanswered questions. But - THAT'S THE POINT. We're NOT G*d, we don't have all the answers - and the One Who Does isn't necessarily sharing them with us at our request. Are we going to let Mr. Doubt run the show during these Days of Awe? Or are we going to Mr. Doubt that he's NOT "awesome" - in fact, he's the opposite of awesome. He's a drag.

Humility in the face of doubt extinguishes the power of negative thought. When we understand that The King is not only He Who is high and lifted up upon a lofty throne, dazzling and glorious and fearful, but He's also the One Who met us in the field, Who stood with us face-to-face less than a month ago during Elul.

Have we done our best? Have we taken note of where we've fallen short, and asked for courage, strength and resources both inner and outer in order to build up that which needs building inside ourselves? Have we looked into our own eyes, face to our own face, and known, REALLY known that we're seeing HaShem's Work of Art - albeit a work in progress?

Take heart, friends. Sing it like Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed and Delivered - I'm Yours.

And we're doing our best to keep the music and Torah you need coming your way.

Tuesday - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Mid Morning Maya with Music to feed our Musical Munchies, and then at 7:00 PM the Homegrown Hour and 9:30 PM Steve's "That's Rock and Roll" and there's the STUFF BETWEEN. What's that we say? Well, that's where you've got to be listening if you want to find out, just let it be known, no matter what, it's AWESOME.

Keep on keepin' on during these Awesome Days, we're keeping up with you on Radio Free Nachlaot.