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This is THE year (short vort)

Written by D FIne

There’s a bit of a discrepancy in one of our psukim this week. 11;12 says that the Land of Israel is “a land which HaShem your G-D seeks always, always are the eyes of HaShem your G-D on it from the beginning of THE year (HAshana) until the end of year (shana).” Why does it say that beginning of THE year but just the end of year – why not the end of THE year? The Satmar Rav gave an answer in the realm of drush. Every year, at the beginning of the year we say to ourselves that this is going to be THE year – i will fix myself, achieve x, y and z, and become a better person. But at the end of the year, it’s just shana; just another year. Nothing great was achieved and it was not THE year that you expected. He continues that in nushach sefard kedusha we ask HaShem to redeem us and the acharis kerieshis – the end of the year should be like the beginning of the year. Ie that at the end of the year we will be able to look back and say this really was a great year; it was THE year that I envisioned at the beginning of the year,

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