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By Kushner, Tony; An-Ski, S.; Neugroschel, Joachim

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They were already imbued with the grand and dreadful glory of the sacred day. Putting all worldly cares behind them, they shook off the final traces of workaday life. At twelve noon, the farmers’ wagons all vanished from the marketplace. The shops hastily closed one by one. Then, the houses. And the more that workaday life disappeared, the more the holy shul (the synagogue) livened up. Their minds clear of everyday thoughts and worries, Jews poured into the shul—dozens of torrents, from all directions.

Then, seizing the moment of God’s wrath, when the Gates of Compassion were shut, Satan came forth with the full might of the Sitra Akhara—the “Other Side,” the Devil’s Camp. Now he brought his merciless charges against the people of Israel—and he won! God issued an unusually horrible judgment. And the heavenly forces, shuddering because of what had happened, did not dare object to the verdict. In their great terror, they concealed these events from the radiant eyes of the Holy Baal-Shem-Tov. w 170 Keeping Watch In Medzhibuzh, Jews started preparing for Yom Kippur at the crack of dawn.

12. And the Almighty will emerge before everyone in his great glory, 13. And he will be followed by the Messiah of the House of David and King David together with the other angels and behind them the prophets. 14. And the Torah will be at the Messiah’s right hand, and the entire people of Israel at his left hand, 15. And each tribe will be surrounded by a luminous cloud. 16. And in front of them a land will spread out, blossoming like God’s Garden of Eden. 13 f 1. The tenth sign will be the sign of Jerusalem the Exalted and of God’s dominion over the world.

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