Entries in Ki Savo (4)
The harshest words of rebuke in the Torah can be found in this week’s parsha. The Talmud states that it is read before Rosh Hashanah, but interrupted by another parsha. This tells us that all of the year’s curses, including the curse of continued Galus, shall cease, and a new year of blessing, particularly, the final Redemption, shall commence. We pray, hope and are confident that G-d will bring an end to all of the past negatives and that the forthcoming year will be, exclusively, one of blessing.
The Torah thus tells us in its coded blessing: “You will go meshuga-insane from the things your eyes will see.” A time will come when you will transform the negative form of insanity, which derives from being a slave to passion and allowing yourself to be driven beneath the path of decency and normalcy, into a positive form of insanity. You will become self-transcendent beings, who rise above the norm.
King David’s response serves as a precedent for all of the apparent irreverent behavior, the “wild” gestures and gesticulations that accompany special holiday celebrations. It is not considered to be degrading and demeaning. Rather, it is our way of displaying our passion for G-d and His Holy days.