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Partying On Judgment Day?
The Tur (OC 581) quotes the Medrash that says that the way of the world is that when people face judgment they wrap themselves in black clothing and not groom themselves because they do not know what will be the outcome of their judgment. Bnei Yisroel is different. We wear white clothing, groom ourselves, and have a feast since we know that Hashem will miraculously judge in our favor. How do we know this? Why should He? If we have so much faith in Hashem than we should have the same attitude even when we are judged by a human tribunal. Yet there is no source that says something like that.
One possible answer is that our celebration is not because of our judgment; we are celebrating despite our judgment. Why? Because it is the King's birthday party. It is the celebration of the day he created the world. "HaYom Haras Olam"; Today is the world's birthday. The king is throwing a party and despite the fact that during this party we will be judged for all our good and bad deeds we still put on a brave face and celebrate the King's happiness while ignoring our own trepidation. The King happens to be our Father and when he sees our total devotion and selflessness in putting our aside our woes and rejoicing in His happiness can there be any other outcome besides a favorable judgment for his beloved children? Of course not!
Klal Yisroel is the extension of Hashem in this world and to Hashem's emissary no harm can come but only if we view ourselves as such and align our lives, goals, and ambitions in the way of the Torah. If we employ our own ego to achieve our own personal ambitions that are not the Torah way we become independent of Hashem and will be left to face unbiased judgment of our every action.
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