My Light and my Salvation
The Halacha instructs us through the month of Elul until the end of
Sukkos, morning and evening, to recite Tehillim #27,"L'Dovid, Hashem
Ori v'Yishi". The reason for this comes from the medresh that states
that Hashem is Ori, my Light, on Rosh Hashana, and Yishi, my
salvation, on Yom Kippur. How may we understand that Hashem is my
light on Rosh Hashana? Light is that which allows us to see and make
progress through our lives. One of the main elements to success is
clarity. The opening sentence of the Mesilas Yesharim tells us that
the foundation of goodness and perfect service is to define clearly
and endorse our life-duty, and towards what goal which need to
strive throughout our lives. Clarity is what helps us focus on our
goals and free us from time- and energy-robbing distractions. With
Clarity, we may reach true achievement in a clean, powerful way.
This CLARITY, Rosh Hashana gives us, and we must value it for
bringing us “the Light" that leads us to every victory.
To this clarity, Yom Kippur adds an element that is still more
important to us. Because while we see our goals and dreams, we know
that we cannot reach them without heavenly help. Thus on Yom Kippur,
Hashem is our Saviour, who brings us to our greatest desires. IF we
will want it enough, and if we will pray for it enough, we can have
it all! Through knowing that Hashem will save us, we can put our
major effort and exertion into our prayers, which is of course, the
main activity of these high holy days.
Still, we need something more. While Yom Kippur can grant us every
happiness, health, prosperity and spiritual growth, evil forces work
to strip us of all this. The main such force is the Eyn Horo, the
Evil Eye that snatches away all our gains. Interestingly, the Eyn
Horo is not imposed on us solely by the jealousy and resentment of
others, but our sages teach, that we even inflict an Eyn Horo on
ourselves by surveying with pride and smugness of all that "is
ours". As such, we need a shelter to protect us from its
destruction. This "Hashem Ori v'Yishi" goes on to request in its
words, "For He will hide me in His sukka on a day of evil" (verse
5). Thus with Sukkos, we may learn to take shelter in the greatest
Insurance of All, Hashem Yisboruch.
These lessons that we learn from the holidays approaching us, are so
vital and necessary that they play a part in our thrice-daily Amida.
At the end of the first brocha, Magen Avraham, we declare that
Hashem is our King (Rosh Hashana), our Helper (during the 10 days of
teshuva), our Saviour (Yom Kippur) and our shield (Sukkos). May we
merit all, to internalize and thus acquire these marvelous ideas for
our every day and our ultimate success!