Avinu Malkeinu - Our Father Our King
Though the long year may take us to far-off places, like a son or daughter returning home we all seem to return to begin the New Year together with
On the first Rosh Hashana, life was given to Mankind. Yet on that very same day it was also taken away. And so, from that faithful day we are judged each year. Life itself, the most precious of gifts — though granted to many — will be taken from some. The “books” of the righteous and upright are opened. The books of parnasa and sustenance are opened. Will we merit
It is well known that during the Rosh Hashana and the Aseret Yemei Teshuvah, the Ten Days of Repentance, Gd sits as King on His throne of judgment. Now, if even a righteous tzaddik cannot stand before the King free of transgression, certainly we, the “common people”, should be fearful. Our very lives are weighing in the balance. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel the warn embrace of a loving father in this time of need? As we stand in judgment before “Hamelech Hamishpat ― The King of Judgment” who will hear our cry for help?
One of the well-known prayers recited during the High Holiday period is “Avinu Malkeinu”, “Our Father Our King. A father generally elicits emotions of love, while a king elicits fear and trepidation. Thus, the question arises, what is the purpose of referring to
This is also why we blow the shofar during this time. It represents the cry of the heart, which is beyond words. Within the shofar lies the power to cause