I posted this comment in a Jewish group on Facebook this morning, and it inspired me to more thought and writing. Honestly, I never thought about the annual cycles as a roller coaster until I watched myself typing these words today.
The notion of Torah portions of the five books of Torah representing a journey of the soul is not a new idea. Joel Padowitz writes the following sentence in his post called "The Good Side of Fear," on Aish.com - "Yirah really means some combination of thrill, awe, and fear."
Yirah is a wonderful Hebrew word which is usually translated into English as "fear of God." That phrase doesn't begin to convey the depth of meaning of Yirah. Tara Mohr posted about three Hebrew words meaning fear, saying, "You’ll know yirah because it has a tinge of exhilaration and awe..."
That sounds like a roller coaster to me!