Teshuva: Returning and Reconnecting
By Ariella Bracha Waldinger
A walk through the inner corridors of an ancient temple called the soul
Once beautifully maintained by the servants of Torah secrets
Vacated by the pull of other endeavors that led us away to serve other G-ds
Dispossessed of its life force, it remained vacant for years yearning for our return.
Suddenly a portal in time called Yom Kippur reached into the inner corridors of the Temple and spread its illumination of teshuva over the entire space.
Now, being in the presence of truth, the Temple gates opened wide beckoning us to restore it to its pristine inner beauty and light.
RETURN! RETURN! it screamed through the blast of the Shofar
Demanding our attention to awaken us to the possibility of
Living once again connected to our inner Temple with its spiritual grandeur
Restoring us to a delicate hand- blown, colored glass, multi-dimensional splendor
The master craftsman…OUR CREATOR, who had waited so long for our return
To the Temple of our souls to bask in the royal splendor of good deeds embellished with love
Good words adorned with holiness and
Good thoughts channeled through the prism of purity
Celebrated our emergence as Royal subjects: ambassadors of G-d, the King of Kings.
Spiritual fireworks exploded as the inner light was kindled in our Temple called Soul, like the High Priest lighting the Menora in the Beit HaMikdash
WE HAVE RETURNED! HOME AT LAST!
To claim the refinement that was ours from the moment of our birth as we emerged into the royal lineage of G-ds chosen.
Don’t lock up your temple ever again! It is far too painful to the entire world.