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Getting Ready for the Major Leagues

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Ever hear of Jim Morris? He was a struggling minor league pitcher who blew out his arm and by age 25 walked way from baseball. He became a high school science teacher and baseball coach in East Texas. But at 35, Morris, married with three children, succumbed to the urging of his players to try out for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, a major league team. With an arm that could throw a fastball 98 miles per hour, Morris was signed to a contract, and after three months in the minor leagues was called up to the Devil Rays, the oldest rookie in the game.

The Jewish people are also programmed to go from 0 to 100. Just a few days ago on Yom Kippur, we prayed for mercy from G-d, admitting that we had no credits only debits. Three days later, we celebrate Succot, or Tabernacles, with joy, prayer and song. The logical follow to Yom Kippur would have been an interim period of repentance and spiritual development. But G-d has a different plan: No time for the minor leagues.

That’s the way it has always been for the Jewish people. When they turn away from G-d, they fall fast. And, when they return to G-d, the sky is the limit. And, the process can take place in a matter of days.

There are three characteristics of Succot that make it unique among Jewish holidays. First, Succot commemorates the Jewish people’s 40-year sojourn in the desert, where G-d took care........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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