This is the time to make teshuva!
Translated and transcribed from the shiurim of Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita
It is incumbent on every Jew to dance and rejoice during these holy days, and to know that this happiness and dancing is a great and awesome rectification for the soul.
A person does not know which kind of harsh spiritual judgements are waiting for him in the coming year.
The Rebbe says (LM 206), A person sins and harms his soul; at first things continue to go well for him. Then, Hashem begins to send him slight hints. If he still doesn’t get it, Hashem calls to him louder and louder, until the person starts getting kicked and pounded with suffering.
You sinned? Do teshuva! The same Torah that told you it’s a sin tells you about teshuva! But if you don’t do teshuva then maybe after some suffering something will start to sink in, you will begin to do teshuva, begin to sob over your spiritual blemishes, get shaken up a drop!
If not, then G-d forbid, a spouse will get sick, if not a spouse then the children G-d forbid!
The Rebbe promised that he will fix everything, but the question is how will he fix? How much suffering much a person experience in order to receive his fixing?
Sometimes it hurts to go to a doctor, and if someone is really sick the surgery can be painful.
No free rides
We are Jews! Nothing is rectified for free!
By the Christians nothing is needed to be done, just go to the Priest and confess to him once a year and he says ‘forgiven forgiven’ afterwards everyone continues as before. By Jews there is no such thing!
For sins a person must pay! On every transgression he must pay! If a person doesn’t do teshuva, and doesn’t wake up then he starts getting hit with suffering as it says “There is no suffering without sin”.
These 22 days can fix everything
There are 22 days from Rosh Hashana until Simchat Torah to fix everything.
Kabalistically, from Rosh Hashana until Yom Kippur the Judgements are sweetened, we sweetened our yetzer harah that it shouldn’t control us. Now from Yom Kippur until Simchat Torah there are 12 days for forgiveness of sins, we are now building the New Year.
Until now we got the Ktiva and Chatima writing and sealing of the decree. Rosh Hashana is the sealing for the complete Tzadikim, Yom Kippur for the beinonim regular people.
Now is the time to build!
The building is on Sukkot! With joy! Dance! Song! Fervent prayer! And according to how much a person sings and dances during these days that is how he builds the coming year.
When we sing and dance, all our sins are forgiven
Through dancing and singing all of a person sins are forgiven. What is the Hebrew word for dance? Machol. Machol means to be forgiven! All of a person’s sins are forgiven! Through the Mecholot dancing not one sin remains! No sins! No Judgements!
The Arizal says that in addition to the joy which we are commanded on Simchat Torah, whoever rejoices and dances on the night after Simchat Torah, dances until dawn, he merits that all his sins will be completely nullified!
The dancing and the joy are what’s building the coming year.
Through dancing one imbues healing into the coming year, through dancing one imbues salvation and all of one needs into the coming year, the spiritual consciousness of the coming year, the heart of the coming year.
With the help of Hashem we will merit this year, through the joy, the singing and dancing – forgiveness of sins and sweetening of judgements, and the complete redemption speedily in our days, Amen!