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    Hashem’s Visit
    Rebbe Bunim of
    Pshischa zt’l told
    the following
    Someone’s home
    was very dirty,
    and although he
    tried to clean it
    many times, he
    was never
    successful. So he
    thought of a plan.
    He invited the
    king to visit his
    home, and the king accepted the
    offer. The king can’t come to a home
    that isn’t clean, so the king’s servants
    arrived before the visit and cleaned
    his home. The man gained doubly:
    He hosted the king, plus his house
    was cleaned.
    This is what happens on Yom
    Kippur. As we say in the zemiros of

    Motzei Shabbos, for my sins, come
    visit me. Thus, we earn doubly:
    Hashem comes to us, and our sins
    are removed.
    This seems to be the intention of
    the Mishnah (end of Yoma),
    “Yisrael, you are fortunate! Before
    Whom do you purify yourselves and
    Who is purifying you? It’s your
    Father in heaven!” On Yom Kippur
    we stand before Hashem, and that is
    the root of our atonement.
    The climax of Yom Kippur is
    The Mishnah Berurah writes, “One
    should be very zariz with Neilah
    because the climax of the Aseres
    Yemei Teshuvah is Yom Kippur and
    the climax of Yom Kippur is Neilah,
    for everything is dependent on the
    Neilah is when Hashem signs the

    decrees for the coming year,
    and therefore, we should daven
    with immense kavanah.
    At this time, there is a lot of
    divine compassion, and even
    the severe sin of chilul Hashem
    can be atoned for by Ne’ilah.
    Although, the Gemara (Yoma
    86) says that chilul Hashem
    isn’t atoned until the day one
    dies, nevertheless, the Meshech
    Chachmah explains that at Neilah
    one can receive atonement for chilul
    Hashem too.
    The explanation is as follows:
    The Yerushalmi explains that there
    isn’t forgiveness for chilul Hashem,
    because someone belittled and
    disgraced Hashem’s honor, and who
    will dare speak up in the person’s
    credit? To do so is equivalent to
    saying that it isn’t so terrible to
    disgrace the King of the world.
    Therefore, all malachim are silent,

    and there is no forgiveness for chilul
    However, at Neilah, the malachim
    aren’t part of the judgment. Hashem
    judges us alone, and when we plead
    before Him, He will forgive us.
    The Ramchal writes that at Neilah
    one can attain the level of Adam
    HaRishon before his sin. It is a time
    when we can become completely
    pure before Hashem.
    We will begin on a clean slate, and
    we will have a good year.