~ Elul Madness ~
The month preceding Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot is a time for personal reflection and to WAKE UP to the realities of our world. Some communities have already started blowing the shofar to help get the message across. We are reminded that there is always the opportunity to turn back to God and meet the divine in this world. While we may not always be feeling close to the Ruler of the Universe, this is a time when their countenance will greet us without issue. In Hasidic thought, R' Shneur Zalman of Liady conveys the message by way of a parable:
Before a king enters his city, its inhabitants go out to greet him and receive him in the field. At that time, anyone who so desires is granted permission and can approach him and greet him. He receives them all pleasantly and shows a smiling face to all.
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