Rosh Hashana 5771
Curving and Bending to Hashem
Rabbi Avigdor Brazil was born in London, England. He attended Yeshivas Baer Yaakov and the Mir Yeshiva. For over 20 years he was the Mashgiach Ruchani in a prominent boys yeshiva. Today, Rabbi Brazil, is a Rosh Kollel as well as a Magid Shiur, and he is Rav of a vibrant kehillah in Yerushalayim. He teaches in several seminaries and lectures all over to many different types of people, as he has a unique and special way of giving deep concepts over to others and making them easily understood. He resides in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Yerushalayim with his family.
In Maseches Rosh Hashanah, Rashi states that the reason we use a curved Shofar on Rosh Hashonoh is because davening is a humbling experience as enacted through bowing and bending. In addition we try and activate the zchus of the Akaidah using a curved rams horn.
Perhaps Rashi is telling us something deeper.
The Akaidah – the greatest feat of any man ever – was clearly an act of complete capitulation. Avraham’s only son, his whole invested future, the budding and only Godol Hador, the one he had nurtured and developed for forty years was to be “given” up to Hashem. In addition, Avrahams’ whole understanding of Hashem was overturned, his whole philosophy of life was challenged. Avraham Avinu declared with this magnificent act, his complete and utter humility and demonstrated practically a clear understanding that he was a part of Hashem’s world and not vice versa.
This is absolute emunah and anavah. This is the declaration of Malchus on Rosh Hashonoh.
You are the Boreh ……we are the Nivroim. We must realize and be Mekabel that Hashem writes the script and that all is Ratzono.
All our plans, both material and even more so spiritual, all our hopes and ambitions our dreams and visions, our understanding of our Tachlis must in humility be revised to fit in with His Will, His Ratzon. (this theme is echoed in all the Krios and Haftoros on Rosh Hashanah)
When we hear the curved shofar blast and invoke the z’chus Avos, remember to sincerely commit to bend our will to that of Hashem.
We must live our lives, not necessarily according to what we want, but to learn how to live with simchah and with emunah with what Hashem has in mind for us.
This is a main idea of Rosh Hashanah – Anu amecha V’Ata Malkeinu – we are Your nation and You, Hashem, are our King.