Hayom Harat Olam – RH 5773 – Eve
A] 5773. Twenty three years ago, when it was just 5750, I stood before my then congregation and told them of an old midrash / a speculative or fanciful, rather than a factual, tale / that imagined that the universe was on a Shabbat-like cycle, and just as God worked for six days in creating the world, we also work six days then experience the day of rest / or the day of fulfillment / a day of appreciation and so too the universe was on a 6000 year cycle, to be followed by God’s own Shabbat of 1000 years -- the messianic era.
This midrash was clearly riffing on a well-known verse in Psalms (90:4) “a thousand years are, in Your eyes, as the day just past.”
Yom Kippur Speech - at the end of the Kol Nidre chanting
My family moved to Baltimore 14 years ago, from Jerusalem. Stuart was originally from England, I was from Connecticut. We met in Israel where we lived for more than 12 years. We knew what it was like to move from country to country, and assumed that when we came to Baltimore we would have no problem making friends. WRONG!