Part 4: "Divine Service"
Ch. 8: "Seasonal Mitzvot"
"To everything there is a season ... " we're taught, "a time to be born
and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pull up what's been
planted ..." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) -- and an express time for repenting for
our sins and returning to G-d. And that time is Yom Kippur. For while
repentance is always possible and invariably effective, Yom Kippur is the
most favorable day of the year for it.
All our sins are annulled when we repent on the holy day of Yom Kippur,
all the metaphysical harm they'd done (to others and ourselves) is undone,
and all the pitch and murkiness we'd brought on as a result of them is
lifted. And an express celestial light is revealed on that day that allows
us the wherewithal to draw close again to G-d Almighty and to enjoy the
holy equipoise that comes from that.
But that special light only irradiates when we fulfill the mitzvot
specific to that day, most especially fasting. For when we do that, we
remove ourselves as far from physicality as we can on this earth and we
ascend heavenward for the day.