Saturday, September 15, 2012
Justice - #BlogElul 29
I find it fascinating that Rabbi Sommer chose Justice as the final theme, rather than Mercy or Compassion (in fact, neither of those appears here at all). While we envision G-d as a stern Judge and Ruler, we also entreat Her to sit on the Throne of Compassion as we stand in judgment.
In general, G-d admonishes us to pursue justice (Deuteronomy 16):
But on the Day of Judgment, we implore G-d for mercy and compassion instead.
To quote King David, who understood about justice and mercy (Psalm 130):
May everyone be inscribed in the Book of Life for a sweet and good year. I'll see you again on the other side.