It says in the Book of Isaiah (Prophets): “It will be that before they call, I (Hashem) will answer.” So many times before you even call out for help, the help appears, which is always a major HP (Higher Power) moment. Let me share you ours this week:
My husband and I have been super careful, as both of us are “high risk” during these times. He has not been to a minyan or synagogue since Purim (March). We have wondered how we can fulfill the mitzvah of hearing the blow of the shofar on Rosh Hashana? You are not obligated to be in synagogue on the High Holidays, but you are obligated to hear the shofar, the big mitzvah of this holiday.
This year, Rosh Hashana– which is two days both in Israel and outside of Israel, falls on Shabbat and Sunday, it begins Friday night and ends Sunday night. We do not blow the shofar when it falls on Shabbat, but how are we going to hear it on Sunday?
Before we could even begin figuring it out, I got a message from a new friend we met last summer. Our home was being renovated, and we were living in another friend’s house about a 25-minute walk away. This woman and her husband were neighbors in our temporary neighborhood. We met one day when I walked by her place, and, apparently recognizing me from Facebook and video blogs, she called out and introduced herself. We played Jewish geography, and a new friendship was born.
What was her message this week? “On the Sunday of Rosh Hashana, my husband is blowing the shofar in our shul. Do you want him to walk over and blow for you and your husband?”
Whenever we see this clear “Yad Hashem,” Hand of G-d, we quote from Isaiah and feel the Divine protection. Of course, we regularly pray, but when the answer comes even before you call out, how awesome is that?