Happy Day After Yom Kippur, everyone! It's Racheli, and I hope you missed me. I missed you too. Probably lots more than you missed me. How was your fast? I'll give you the lowdown on mine.
First, I'd like to say that there's nothing I enjoy more than mopping the floor, doing laundry, dishes, straightening up the house, and feeding other people before I feed myself right after I finish a nearly 26-hour fast. My husband and I were doing comparisons, trying to decide who had the harder day. While I didn't spend my day in a prayer marathon like he did, I was doing my best to fight off my massive caffeine headache and trying not to yell at my kids by hiding in my bedroom most of the day.
That wasn't so easy, because my new a/c unit decided to keep on going all day long, as it obviously wanted to have its own Yom Kippur marathon. It was f-f-f-freeeezzziiing in my bedroom! Also, it's not like it's that hard for my kids to find me. I should learn to lock the door. All in all, I think I prayed for about five minutes. Not bad, if I do say so myself.
In between reading books and breaking up fights and trying not to drool on the food that I served my kids, I managed to close my eyes for a few minutes here and there. By the end of the day, I was so spiritually charged that an amazing thought came to me. Really, it was more like I was lightheaded from the hunger, but let's keep that between us.
It is written that the end of Yom Kippur is the pinnacle of holiness that we can reach in our human bodies. After 40 days of selichot prayers, teshuva, Rosh Hashana, and ten more days of bonus teshuva, we have Yom Kippur, the day that we resemble angels. Those that are spiritually connected can feel the intense high at the closing of Yom Kippur. I'm jealous of these people. All I could feel were the intense rumblings in my stomach.
Immediately after Yom Kippur is over, we come back to Earth and re-assume our status as mere mortals. What a bummer. But, here is my big insight. Many people wonder why, even though we aren't on the same spiritual level as on Yom Kippur, we can't continue on with that high that comes from an intense feeling of closeness to Hashem. To them, I say, "YES WE CAN." Wasn't that Obama's slogan when he was running for President?
Well, I actually mean it. We absolutely can maintain that feeling, and what's better, we can always improve upon it. The way we do that is through hitbodedut, or personal prayer.
Speak with Hashem as much as you can. Make Him an intimate part of your life. You will see that within no time, you will feel His closeness and personal involvement in your life. I promise you, there's nothing sweeter than that.
We should all be blessed with a wonderful year of health, abundance, spiritual awareness, and and ever-growing connection with our loving Father. Oh yeah - and world peace.