Afterthought – reflections on the Holy Days


  • an Afterthought:
  • post Chag reflections 5780,
  • by Tzvi Schnee

Now that we have passed through the Days of Awe, stood before H’Shem in acknowledgment of our lowliness, and have been reminded of His sheltering presence, during the days of Sukkot, we should feel renewed, ready to face the challenges of our lives with more clarity.

During tashlich, we read, “Who is a G-d like unto Thee, that pardoneth the iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. He will again have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities” (Micah 7:18-19a, JPS 1917 Tanach).

This is a unique version of the 13 Atributes of Mercy mentioned in Torah (see Exodus 34:6-7). While most of us, including myself, occupied our tashlich experience by symbolically casting our sins into the water, “And Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19b), we may have missed out on the depth, no pun intended, of the tashlich prayers, unless we truly reflected upon H’Shem’s mercy toward us, during the Ten Days of Repentance. An auspicious time, according to chazal, who note the following pasuk (verse): “For this let every one that is godly pray unto Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found” (Psalm 32:6, JPS 1917 Tanach). Yet, the gates of prayer and teshuvah (repentance) are always open.

The lingering traces of shefa (divine flow) from Above cast their glow upon the evening, moments after the Chag. Now is the time to focus on the preservation of the light that was brought into the world, during the Holy Days.

Published by Tzvi Fievel

I am a Jewish ba'al teshuvah, having been redirected in life by my belief and practice. I have a B.A. in Psychology and another B.A. in English. Also, I am certified as a pyschophysical re-educator. At current, I am focusing on my writing.

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