The King At The Door

Aug 12th, 2011 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth
Kings do not touch doors. They do not know that pleasure of pushing open in front of you, slowly or brusquely, one of those big familiar rectangular panels, and turning back to close it in its place again – holding a door in your arms. The Pleasures of the Door by Francis Ponge

Msr. Ponge, I thank you for the idea, but I respectfully disagree. I don’t want to go to King David who was certainly a door, or at least, tent flap opener. I believe that even greater than the pleasures of a door, is the pleasure of being a king who can and will open and shut doors.

Most believe that Tisha B’Av is a time of shut doors. Exile certainly slams the door of opportunity shut in the faces of the exiles. But, already at midday, we raise ourselves off the floor, and begin to open the door to the future. The seven weeks between Tisha B’Av and Rosh Hashana are called the Seven Weeks of Nechama: Each week represents another step on the path from destruction to the endless possibilities of Rosh Hashana.

Now is when we can all become “door openers”, and by virtue of recognizing our ability to rise from the destruction and mourning of the past three weeks, we become as kings.

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