Timeless: Reflections of God’s Presence
“Even on the path of Your judgments, God, we put our hopes in You; Your Name and Your mention – ‘zichricha’ – the yearning of our soul.” (Isaiah 26:8)
Rabbi Isaac taught that we can connect with God when suffering – “Your judgments” – we can connect with God by committing ourselves to Sanctifying His Name – “Your Name” – and we can connect with God by calling on the merit of the Patriarchs – “Your mention” – Zechira: (Bereishit Rabbah 98:2)
The Patriarchs are considered “Mention” of God, because their lives reflected His Presence in the world.
Zichronot are not only what God recalls on Rosh Hashana; they bring to life all the moments in our lives when our actions, words and thoughts reflected God’s Presence in the world.