HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO TRAVEL THROUGH TIME? HAVE YOU EVER DONE SOMETHING YOU WISHED YOU COULD GO BACK AND FIX, OR HAVE A DO-OVER? MOST PEOPLE WISH FOR A SECOND CHANCE AT LEAST ONCE.
By Rabbi Pinchas Taylor
The potential to travel through time may become a reality sooner than we think. What was once thought of as science ction is gaining traction in science fact. New discoveries concerning subatomic particles show that they can move backward in time, interact with particles no longer in existence, and can ostensibly be in two places at once. Time and space have been shown to be a part of one system. There have even been experiments which show how time slows down as the speed of light
is approached, proving that time and space are two halves of one whole. Before modern physics came into the picture though, the Jewish Torah tradition taught personal time travel is an ongoing reality that can be tapped into at any moment. If one wants to right a wrongdoing that he wishes he had never done, he can indeed do so, and make it so that event never even existed. This ethereal time machine is teshuva, the act of repenting, or more accurately returning to the essence of your being.
The Talmud teaches that teshuva is so powerful that it can even transform willful sins into meritorious acts. The Torah commandments are the system that was set up for the universe. The rights and wrongs of life are delineated in the Torah. When one stumbles and does something incorrect, that he looks back upon with embarrassment, he may correct the system he corrupted by looking to the One who set it up. In the same way that one asks to speak with the supervisor when there is an issue in the system, so too, one may speak to the Supervisor of the world to make amends on past failures. If done correctly, with sincerity, previous errors can be erased or rewritten. They never existed. Forgiveness in the present nulli es and transforms the past and the deeds are erased or rewritten.
The secret of how this works is contained in G-d’s four-letter essential Name in Hebrew, referred to
as the Tetragrammaton. Interestingly, this name is actually a cryptic combination of the Hebrew words for past, present, and future. This alludes to the idea that G-d is beyond the boundaries of time, and that through connecting with G-d, one can also tap into the realm of being timeless. The concept of teshuva, whereby a person can erase and even elevate previous sinful actions, suggests that there exists an alternate reality where one can transcend time and causality through the exercise of free will. By doing teshuva, the past, present, and future all unite, and one’s present resolve not only impacts the future, but can completely uplift the past as well. In Judaism, every deed and every moment is precious. Every deed and every moment acts as a microcosm of all deeds and moments, and has a ripple e ect that penetrates past, present, and future. The word atonement can be read as a contraction of at-one-moment. Atonement
can both be granted at any moment and simultaneously a ect all moments of a person’s life.
So, have you ever wanted to travel through time in your personal realm? Have you ever done something you wished you could go back and x, or have a do-over? As we approach the Yom Kippur, where making amends and atonement is on the mind of every Jew, let us consider ways in our own sphere in which we can enter into our own spiritual time-machine. By doing this we not only uplift our former selves, who may have had some misguided moments this past year, but we also help ensure that our future will be more lled with light and peace.
May each of you be written and inscribed for a good and sweet year, lled with forgiveness, self-transformation, and endless light.
By Channi Rosenblum
EVE OF YOM KIPPUR
FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
- Kaparot: this is the last day to perform this ceremony, which is done during the 10 days of repentance a er Rosh Hashanah.
- Ask forgiveness of family and friends. Eat an early dinner. We make it a festive and abundant meal to show our confidence in G-d’s favor. We say hamotzi over bread.
- Those who need to, light a Yizkor candle. Light candles. Bless your children. Go to the synagogue.
- Abstain from eating, drinking, bathing, smearing creams and marital relations, as well as wearing leather shoes, and gold jewelry.
SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
• Abstain from eating, drinking, bathing, smearing creams and marital relations, as well as wearing leather shoes, and gold jewelry.
• Upon awaking, wash the morning netilat yadaim up to your knuckles.
• Go to the synagogue.
• Make/listen to Havdala. Wash a full morning netilat yadaim. Break your fast.