I was so happy to hear from an old friend ‘Dali’ after Rosh Hashanah. Dali was a superstar over-achiever frum girl trudging away in the shidduch scene for double-digit years already. At what point do people give up trying to set up these singles? I hope never, but it wasn’t simple to find someone on her spiritual, emotional and life level. Anyways, she had incredible news to share. She was engaged to a similarly over-achieving long-time single ‘Barry’ – heavily involved in the world of chesed. Both were thrilled over the moon. “Check your database,” she says to me. “Why?” I wondered. “Because I just finished getting a minyan to daven for me at the Wall. He proposed right after, and I really saw him being impacted during this 40 days. I tried many segulas and even had people at the Wall for me before, but this was the first time I had gotten a minyan. I really felt it working.”
Mazel tov, Mazel tov! May we only hear more simchas!
Now back to work….
We all know about the neilah of Yom Kippur – the moment your judgment for the year is sealed. We also know about the second neilah – Hoshanah Rabba. Hashem gives us a second chance.
But what about the rest of us? What if we did not merit the judgment we wanted on Yom Kippur or on Hoshanah Rabba? Certain circles refer to a third and final neilah – Zos Chanukah. Although we know that the gates of tears are never closed, Zos Chanukah is our opportunity to be sealed for life and blessing this year.
The Ner Yisroel says that on Zos Chanukah, a Jew can accomplish for himself and his friend what a Tzaddik can accomplish on Yom Kippur!
So let’s use this time to remind Hashem where you want to go this year and to knock hard enough until the door to it G-d-willing opens.
If you didn’t already do so, seize the opportunity now to get your prayers to the Wall before the final Neilah.
With blessings that we only hear good news from you soon!