And "Poof," It Was Gone!
“I had a feeling once about Mathematics, that I saw it all – Depth beyond depth was revealed to me – the Byss and the Abyss. I saw, as one might see the transit of Venus – or even the Lord Mayor’s Show, a quantity passing through infinity and changing its sign from plus to minus. I saw exactly how it happened and why the tergiversation was inevitable: and how the one step involved all the others…But it was after dinner and I let it go!” Winston Churchill
I always wondered about the Kohen Gadol’s Yom Kippur parade after he completed the Service. He had “seen it all. “Depth beyond depth was revealed to him,” and “how the one step involved all the others.” Was it possible for him to reenter the world without “letting it go”?
He was not eased back into our reality. The Service was completed and the parade began. Everyone rejoiced over his success, and survival. Was he able to survive the crowds that swarmed around him and hold onto all he had experienced during the day?
We too, have an opportunity to shed all distractions and see the “Depth beyond depth,” with unusual clarity. An entire day spent in prayer, self-reflection and meditation allows us to, at the very least, sense, “A quantity passing through infinity,” “and how the one step involved all the others.”
The Shofar blasts and we parade to the Break the Fast Table, and, so often, we feel that,”It was after dinner and I let it go!”
Perhaps not, but does it matter?
I think not. We are different people simply because we experienced Yom Kippur. Once we have sensed the Infinite, we know that it exists. We return to our lives having shared the Kohen Gadol’s awesome insights and experience.
The parade was a celebration of those insights and experiences. Each person understood that he, and everyone could now live with a deeper sense of the Infinite.
The Break The Fast Parade can be more than a rush of starving people for food. It can be a celebration of the highest Yom Kippur moments; moments that raised us to new heights that can last forever. If we use that first meal as a celebration, we can leave Churchill in the dust. We will not feel, “It was after dinner and I let it go!”
It will be ours forever.
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