Monday, September 17, 2007

Hooping for Hashem

I had planned a different post to go along with this photo, but I just couldn’t seem to get it written. As you may have noticed I haven’t written any post for quite a while. My desire to post began to ebb when I realized that the trip to Uman that I had planned to make this Rosh Hashanah was not going to occur. Since the original purpose of this blog was to chronicle my preparations for that journey it seemed somewhat pointless to continue posting. As posting stopped, other things began to slip away as well. One by one the spiritual practices I had taken on from “the list” started to fade from my daily routine, there just didn’t seem to be enough time to accomplish everything anymore, and as I did less there seemed to be less time to do those things that I was still trying to do. So I did even less as a result. I guess this was a case of “being pushed in the direction you wish to go.” As I tried to take time back, time was taken from me.

Then today I got a message from A Simple Jew notifying me of his new posting about anger and about his Rosh Hashanah resolutions. As I read how ASJ had decided to scale his resolutions back to just the one thing that he felt needed the most work and concentrate on that, it suddenly occurred to me, Rosh Hashanah! The New Year! Like a hoop, the year had spun completely around to its end which was also its beginning, and it was going to continue spinning, round and round without stopping. Beginning and ending, over and over again, around and around. Had I made it to Uman, it would not have been the end of the journey. And not going was not the end of the journey either. Either way the hoop of the year would continue to spin around, I just had to spin with it. Here it is a New Year with new opportunities and challenges, a chance to begin all over again and try to get it right. Maybe for me, right now, right is to go out and put some Adi Ran on the ghetto blaster and hoop to Hashem with all the joy I can. Then with some joy as my foundation, I can start “crawling” forward again.

Thanks ASJ!!!

Paraphrasing Rabbenu:

The world is a rotating wheel. It is like a “hoop”, where everything goes in cycles…revolving and alternating. All things interchange, one from another and one to another, elevating the low and lowering the high. All things have one root.


At 3:40 AM, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thank YOU for your thank you.

At 4:25 AM, Blogger yitz said...

There's a great story in the book called "Shlomo's Stories" by R. Shlomo Carlebach & Susan Yael Mesinai. On pp. 169 ff, called "The Wheel." Probably the longest story in the book, it goes on for 15 pages.
Towards the end: "There's a wheel that governs our mazal. I saw you were on your way down, & would have gone slowly bankrupt over the next 10 years. For the mitzva of giving your last cent to a poor bride, I knocked you all the way down, so you could already begin to make your way up again."
Ayein sham, read the rest.

At 7:26 AM, Blogger yitz.. said...

you might want to read what Rebbe Natan has to say in Hilchot Tefillin Likkutei Halachot (book 1) halachah hei (5)..

he talks about how Rabeinu was into hit-chadshut at every second and how it didn't matter what he had done a minute before, he was distressed for right now as if he had never done anything. He speaks about always being new to HaShem..

At 8:52 PM, Blogger der ewige Jude said...

ASJ- thanks for the link to the post

Yitz-I'll add that book to my books to get list. Thanks for the heads-up.

Yitz...-I agree, one need not wait for Rosh Hashanah to start over, a person can, and should be returning to Hashem every moment.


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