Whilst sitting on a very grey and damp monday morning drinking a pre-Yom Kippur decaf coffee (!) I was struck by the very long Mishna which starts the final chapter of masechet Brachot and takes up nearly half of the daf.
The Mishna teaches us a profound idea (apart from the need to make blessings for adverse weather conditions!) that we are supposed to make blessings on all things in our lives whether they are good or bad.
As we stand with only a few hours until the end of the 10 days of repentance it is surely a key message for us to take on board that all things that happen to us happen for a reason. Instead of pointing the finger at others (including God) surely we should focus on how we are supposed to relate to all occurrences in our lives and how we can change, positively, in response to all such events.
One final note. Todays Seforim blog is well worth a read if you have a few minutes. It deals with the history of the prayer for the state and English printing of the Yom Kippur Machzor.
Gmar Chatima Tova.