Yirat HaShem – Awe of G-d


The fear / awe (yirah) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:
and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
(Proverbs 9:10)

The Ten Days of Awe
between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur

Everything is in the hands of Heaven – except the fear of G-d.*

Yirat HaShem is so much more than fear of G-d and so much more than awe – it is an awe-inspired love of G-d. Yirat HaShem is connected to joy and humility. It has to do with walking in G-d’s ways (see Deuteronomy 10:12). The Sages of Israel connected Yirat of the Lord to a focused form of seeing.

What we share here and want to focus on during these Ten Days of Awe is a drop in an ocean of the depths of what Yirat HaShem means. Our hope and prayer is that during this time you will be more fully awakened to see the cosmic glory of G-d that is present in every moment of your life.

Download:  Yirat HaShem

* Talmud, Berachot 33a

5 thoughts on “Yirat HaShem – Awe of G-d

  1. This is very interesting, and I appreciate reading about fear and awe. I printed this out (i hope that is ok), so I will be able to read it over again. Sometimes I have to re-read something multiple times before the material sinks in.
    Thank you so much.

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