We appeared in front of the judge on Rosh Hashanah and now ten days later we receive the judgment. This is our life force budget for the year. What is the quality of our life for the coming year going to be?
Every physical manifestation begins with a thought or a spiritual event.
In Yom Kippur we connect to the spiritual event to "download" the Light we were \’budgeted\’ for in the New Year. In order to draw this light we need to prepare our vessel (Spiritual) to receive it.
The Torah tells us " בֶּעָשׂוֹר לַחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי הַזֶּה יוֹם הַכִּפֻּרִים הוּא, מִקְרָא-קֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה לָכֶם, וְעִנִּיתֶם, אֶת-נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם ". " On the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement; there shall be a holy convocation unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls; "
The Hebrew word " וְעִנִּיתֶם "is translated as "Atonement" but the deeper intention is to make our soul poor " עני ". King David in Psalms says " תְּפִלָּה, לְעָנִי כִי-יַעֲטֹף " "a prayer for the poor". When a person comes as poor with his prayers then he is answered.
The purpose of the five limitations we are required to accept on Yom Kippur help us become "poor" and have our vessel ready to receive the Light for the whole year.
The five limitations are: Eating, Drinking, Washing, Wearing leather (especially shoes), using oil for the body.
Eating and drinking, washing and use of body oil will activate the body in receiving physical feed and block the Light from coming in. The leather shoes connect us to the sin of Adam and Eve and the energy of death that was brought on them (us) by the snake. (Leather is made from a dead animal).
The Holy Ari (Rabbi Isaac Luria) includes a couple\’s physical unification in the third limit (washing) and explains that on Yom Kippur Malchut is elevated to Binah to connect and draw the light to the physical. When a husband and wife connect on the lower level they create corruption in the supernal connection and the light goes to the negative in Yom Kippur. If a child comes out from this relation then his soul is from the negative side.
The Ari also reveals the " ענוי " ( Atonement ) has the same numerical value as " צום " (fast) and " קול " (voice). Fasting and praying are the main connections we use on Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur should be a happy day. The five prayers connect us to the process of elevating Malchut to Keter (at the time of Ne\’ilah). We should not miss any of the connections. Imagine that the bank is open for twenty four hours and you are suppose to come and get your yearly budget.
Try not to miss any of the 5 spiritual meals and eat all that you can. (Especially if you are a man). There is a difference between men\’s and women\’s connection but we\’ll talk on this in another time.