The story is told of a father and son in Jerusalem that would do everything together.
Suddenly, one Monday morning, the son disappeared for a couple of hours and then came back. Tuesday morning, the son disappeared for a couple of hours again and then came back. This kept repeating itself until the father finally confronted the son and asked where he had been going. The son said ‘I like to go to the Western Wall to pray.’
The father said, ‘but don’t you know that God is the same everywhere you go?’ The son replied, ‘I know that God is the same, but I am different.’ If God is everywhere, what did Isaiah mean when he said, ‘seek God when He is to be found, call on Him when He is close?’
God is always around, but we do not always seek Him out and therefore while He is always close to us, we are not always close to Him.
There are some time-capsules that we enter and leave the so called outside world behind – certain days in the year, moments in time, when everything else around us may be the same, but as people we become different. Kol Nidrei is on Friday night, the awesome eve of this Shabbat Shabbaton, Yom Hakippurim – this is one of those days and we are in one of those moments.
I pray that you tap into the power of this moment and that the year ahead is filled with success, health, happiness and meaning.
Gmar Chatima Tova!