& the Afterlife

Day 11:
How do i remember to whom i answer?

וְלִפְנֵי מִי אַתָּה עָתִיד לִתֵּן דִּין וְחֶשְׁבּוֹן, לִפְנֵי מֶלֶךְ הַכָּבוֹד, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דה"ב ו יח): הִנֵּה שָׁמַיִם וּשְׁמֵי הַשָׁמַיִם לֹא יְכַלְכְּלוּךָ, אַף כִּי לִבּוֹת בְּנֵי אָדָם (ע"פ משלי טו יא). וְנֶאֱמַר (ירמיהו כג כד): הֲלֹא אֵת הַשָׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ אֲנִי מָלֵא, נְאֻם ה

And before Whom you will eventually stand for judgment, the Glorious King, as it is written (I Kings 8:27) (Chronicles II 6:18) "Even the heaven and the heavens of heaven cannot contain You" -- "How much less the hearts of people!"(Mishlei 15:11),  It is also written (Jeremiah 23:24), "Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord."

The Ramban is referring to Akabyah ben Mahalalel who says that to keep oneself on the righteous path one should remember that he will eventually have to answer for his actions in the heavenly court, and that he cannot hide is actions from Hashem, since he is everywhere and knows everything.

The Vilna Gaon asks: why does he say that there will be both judgement and accounting?

  • Judgement refers to any transgressions a person committed.

  • Accounting refers to wasting ones time and efforts and misusing them for sin instead of mitzvot.

The Ramchal says: And when he contemplates further and pictures in his mind the moment he enters before the great Beit Din of the heavenly host, when he finds himself before the King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He, who is absolutely pure and holy, in the midst of the assembly of holy ones, mighty servants, strong in power, obeying His word, without any blemish whatsoever, and he stands before them, base, lowly, and petty in and of himself, defiled and polluted due to his deeds. Will he then raise his head? Will he have what to answer?

And when they ask him: “where has your mouth gone? Where is the pride and honor which you assumed in your world?” What will he answer? What will he reply to this rebuke? Behold, certainly if for one moment, a person were to visualize in his mind this truth with a true and strong picture, all of his arrogance would blast off in flight, never to return.

(Adapted from A Letter for the Ages pages 50-52)

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The fleeting nature of life can lead to depression and a sense of nihilism and emptiness, or conversely it can inspire a search for meaning, and an aspiration to make every minute and every day count. Rosh Hashanah and Judaism in general encourages the second approach. These are days of reflection and introspection when we stand in the presence of God and acknowledge how short and vulnerable life really is, and how little time we have here on earth. There is no time to waste to become the very best people we can be! A single act of kindness can earn us our share in eternity.

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