I have a question I have had for a long time for these days of awe, and that is "wouldn't it make more sense to atone one's missing the mark, and clear the slate BEFORE, the New Year?" It's always been confusing to me that we enter the new year, still with this baggage on our back. I understand if you don't have time to answer this, I am sure you are busy, but perhaps you can address it, in your sermon.
Shana T'ova to you and famille.
Thanks for your question. We need the sweetness of Rosh Hashanah, the rabbis say, to give us the strength to face Yom Kippur, so it comes first, to set us on the path. First, we come clean and are honest. Then, we're appalled. Some people can't get to the second step, because it's too painful. They stay ashamed and humiliated. Others never get to the first step, because they don't know what self-examination really is. The biggest piece is the third step, which is to forgive ourselves for missing the mark. Again. And again. For not being perfect. For all we've done in our sleep. And we do this so we can start again as a new being.
Hope this helps, and Im glad youre feeling better. Hope to see you for the At Onement Day.
L'shanah Tovah Tichateim! May your year be good and sealed in permanent ink!
Peace and Love, rm