6 April 2010
While in the dentist office a few hours ago getting my teeth cleaned, a strange thought popped into my head. I started thinking about yom tov sheni and the fact that there are five each year, which over the course of 70 years totals 350 days. In other words, for an observant Jew living in the Diaspora, roughly one year of his life is ‘taken’ by yom tov sheni. Or conversely, for a Jew living in Israel one year is added to his life to pursue whatever he wants. True, we have to work on these days but nonetheless we are free to do what we want be it speaking to an old friend on the telephone, doing a crossword puzzle, writing a blog entry, taking the wife and kids out for a bite to eat, listening to a CD, etc, etc, etc.
In the Kabbalah, this world is referred to as olam asiyah, the world of doing. For a Jew living in the Land of Israel he has an extra year ‘to do’. What a gift! Obviously such a gift should be treated properly and used wisely, and not just wasted on nonsense. Nonetheless, and despite what one might do with it, it really is one incredible gift.
To my Jewish brothers still living in the Diaspora, think about it. By making aliyah you will receive one more year of your life ‘to do’. Don’t waste this opportunity!