Joyous Trembling: Introduction
One of the important verses that is used to describe our service of God during the month of Elul and on Rosh Hashanah is, “Serve God with fear, and rejoice with trembling (Psalms 2:11).” We are encouraged to be happy on Rosh Hashanah despite the fact that we tremble on the Day of Judgment because the verse instructs us to, “Rejoice with trembling.” This series, Joyous Trembling, will focus on both the idea of finding joy and on the idea of trembling.
“Rejoice with trembling,” it is only after a person has achieved true fear of God, that he can feel safe and confident in being joyous with God, without that sense of joy leading him to behave inappropriately. (Bet Yaakov Ishbitz; Acharei Mot 32)
The Ishbitzer views Joyous Trembling as an opportunity to be completely joyous with out fear of losing perspective. Our goal is to be happy in our service of God. We take advantage of the natural fear of approaching the Day of Judgment to feel secure enough to be happy when facing the King of Kings.
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