Older children, born when their parents were beginning their life and moving around from one job to another, often envy their younger siblings who arrived into a more stable and mature home. The younger siblings envy missing the adventures experienced when the family was still forming and their parents were less established. Those who were present at the beginning often yearn to have been there at the ending. Those who were at the ending yearn for the experiences at the beginning.
We are in middle of the Counting of the Omer, which began on the second night of Pesach and ends on Shavuot. We count each day as an ending; “Today is the twenty- third day to the Omer.” We count what we have already accomplished. Yet, we see each day as bringing us closer to the day we celebrate the Revelation at Sinai. We see each day as a beginning and an ending.
This seems to take us all the way back to the first day of creation, when the verse says, “It was evening and it was morning, day one.” Evening is the end of the day and the beginning of the night. Morning is its mirror image. The first day was both a beginning and an ending.
Perhaps this is why the verse says, “He (Aaron) shall not come at anytime into the Holy,” meaning, he should not enter with any sense of time, beginning or end. We do not pray as if we are at the beginning or at the end of something. We enter the Holy status of prayer beyond time. We do not perform any of the Mitzvot as a beginning or an end, but as part of a constant flow, morning and evening, beyond time. We want to connect with God, Who lives beyond any physical limitations, including time. When we can connect to the flow of time, the first second of creation connecting with every moment until the end of time, we connect with God without limitation.
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I wish you a Shabbat that is a morning and an evening, not just the end of one week and the beginning of the next, but a connection to the flow of time that allows us to simultaneously participate in the beginning and the end, and connect to the Eternal.
Thank you & Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Simcha L. Weinberg