The opening credits of the television show Quantum Leap say the following;
“Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Doctor Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished… He woke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own, and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so Doctor Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home…”
I know…WTF? Why am I posting this? For some reason this narration makes me think of Yom Kippur. I have the chance to “right what once went wrong” due to the times that I faced “mirror images that were not my own”. I can substitute the hologram “Al” for Hashem and his gadget “Ziggy” for being the words of the Torah and other teachings. Maybe it’s a stretch but it makes sense to me.
This year I will shut off all my technological gadgets for 24 hours and spend the day davening with a new community (I am trying out a new shul), reading, writing and thinking about the year I have left behind and the year ahead of me.
May we all have a meaningful Yom Kippur and look closely at the prayers we recite and the declarations were make.