Shabbat Parashat Haazinu| 5765
Ha'azinu | | 1/2/2004
Some congregations have the custom not to conduct marriages between RoshHashana and YomKippur. Technical reasons, such as the inability to make sheva brachot on YomKippur, may be responsible for the custom, but we can find philosophical support for the custom, as well.
Along the lines we started last week, we will try to appreciate the Divine system of justice with the help of terms and concepts we are familiar with from the world of human justice. Let us warn that anything we can say is but a small part of the picture of Divine Justice, which we can only pray to catch a glimpse of, if fortunate. Rosh Hashana is a day of judgment; Yom Kippur is a day of mercy and atonement. Neither the judgment nor the mercy is blind to external factors and there is no mercy without justice or vice versa. However, there is a difference, in focus, in addition to degree, between the two days.
It is not possible for the period of the Days of Repentance to pass without a Shabbat in its midst. There is a clear connection between Shabbat and teshuva. Adam met Cain and asked him what Hashem did regarding his sin. Cain responded that he repented and "reached a compromise." Adam was so impressed with the power of teshuva that he said, "Mizmor shir l'yom hashabbat" (Bereishit Rabba 22:13).
This edition of
A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).