Now it is approaching a week past Yom Kippur. We are in the midst of the holiday of Sukkot, the Festival of Booths. It is certainly different observing this holiday down here in the Greater New Orleans area than back in my previous state of Connecticut. I don’t have to think about frost in Mandeville, at least not for a few months
At any rate, my point is that before the High Holy Days are too far in the past, it is appropriate to remember that everything we do, everything we say, everything we write – it all gets recorded. Think of all the recordings that pop up on the internet that show things that vary from silly moments to crimes that get recorded on an onlooker’s cell phone.
Even when no one appears to be watching or listening, someone is. For example, if we take a cigarette when no one is around to be bothered by second hand smoke, or we consume that extra piece of cake while everyone is asleep in the house, there is a witness. Yes, this can refer to G-d who our tradition teaches us sees all, but I am referring to ourselves. If we think we are getting away with something because no one is observing us, it will only lead us to continued bad habits. Our tradition teaches us that just a one mitzvah leads to another, one transgression leads to another.
So before we hit “send” or “reply” or prior to our doing something negative that no one will see, let’s pause, think, and choose to act correctly. The message of the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe doesn’t end on Yom Kippur.
Have a hag sameach.
P.S. Services this Friday evening are at 7 PM – note the earlier time. We will be celebrating Simhat Torah and consecrating the new students in our Religious School. Shabbat morning services at 10 AM will continue our celebration of both Shabbat and Simhat Torah, and will include Yizkor Services.