The cloud, the mist, the thicket

Moments of doubt and unanswered questions foster spiritual search.

By SHMUEL KLITSNER
September 16, 2013 11:23
4 minute read.
Illustration Yom Kippur

Illustration Yom Kippur. (photo credit: PEPE FAINBERG)

Undoubtedly, the crescendo of the Yom Kippur experience is the final prayer of the day: ne’ilah (the locking of the gates).


While the Talmud (Yerushalmi Tractate Berakhot 4:1) records a disagreement as to whether the meaning is the locking of the Temple gates or the locking of the heavenly gates, the evocative term ne’ilah, conjures up the image of missed opportunities and impassable boundaries. But does Judaism really limit access to God to particular days and specific locations?


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