Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sleeping on the Day of Judgment


It would be odd for a defendant to fall asleep in the courtroom; such behavior would show a lack of interest and concern. Similarly, we don't sleep on the Day of Judgment.

It should be recognized, though, that sleep is constructive if it allows the rest of the Judgment Day to be used more effectively. As such, one whose choice on Rosh haShanah afternoon is between sleep and simply wasting time, and certainly one who needs a nap in order to be able to function, should opt for sleep.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 583:2; Mishneh Berurah 583:9)

Have a great day,

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