Torah E-Thought: Gone to see the King
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Dear Friend,

I hope you’ve been having a great summer. In Judaism, the summer months are also the leadup to the Jewish New Year. Below I share a famous Chassidic teaching on the month of Elul.

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Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


We are currently in the of the Jewish month of Elul , the time to prepare for the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur through personal introspection and increasing our Torah study and Mitzvah observance.


I recently read a beautiful story of a boy who had the opportunity to be blessed by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in honour of his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. As was standard practice, the Rebbe inquired about the boy’s studies and was surprised that in addition to Talmudic topics, he already studied some Chassidic philosophy, specifically the famous discourse about the month of Elul from the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman, the founder of Chabad, entitled “Ani Ledodi.”


This foundational text is an entry point for many Chabad youngsters into the fascinating world of Chassidism. The core question of the discourse is why mystical Jewish teachings compare the mundane days of the month of Elul to the solemn and hallowed days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The answer comes in the guise of a story about a king who is always in the royal palace far away from his subjects. Once in a while, the king chooses to go out to the fields and meet the common folk on their turf. There he is informal and joyous, everyone can approach him, and he is gracious and giving with a beaming smile. Later, when the king has returned to his palace, those who have greeted him in the field are able to use their connection to petition the king.


Likewise, the Alter Rebbe concludes, during the month of Elul G-d is close to us, similar to the closeness of the High Holidays. However, in Elul, G-d is like the smiling king in the field as opposed to the formal king in the royal palace we experience on the High Holidays.


When the Bar Mitzvah boy mentioned this discourse, the Rebbe asked, “Did you learn about the king in the field?”


“I did.”


“Did you ever meet the King?” the Rebbe asked, and after a brief pause the Rebbe continued, “Every time you say a blessing with the words “Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d,” you are meeting the King in the field.”


With this, the Rebbe anchored the centuries-old analogy to modern-day reality. The benevolent King of Kings is not a theoretical concept only accessible to scholars and mystics in the context of spiritual ecstasy. Simply drinking a glass of water brings the opportunity to encounter G-d face to face, so to speak, informally and joyously.


As we begin the important task of preparing ourselves for the awesome divine coronation on Rosh Hashanah and to merit atonement on Yom Kippur, let us be more mindful of the small yet powerful opportunities we have to connect with G-d on a personal level, specifically in the mundane and regular aspects of life.


Blessings before food are an inherent part of observant Jewish life. We have a guide to making the proper blessings before eating food on our website here .


Let’s go greet the smiling King!

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The name of the Parshah, "Ki Teitzei," means "when you go out," and it is found in Deuteronomy 21:10.

Seventy-four of the Torah’s 613 commandments ( mitzvot) are in the Parshah of Ki Teitzei. These include the laws of the beautiful captive, the inheritance rights of the firstborn, the wayward and rebellious son, burial and dignity of the dead, returning a lost object, sending away the mother bird before taking her young, the duty to erect a safety fence around the roof of one’s home, and the various forms of kilayim (forbidden plant and animal hybrids).

Also recounted are the judicial procedures and penalties for adultery, for the rape or seduction of an unmarried girl, and for a husband who falsely accuses his wife of infidelity. The following cannot marry a person of Jewish lineage: a mamzer (someone born from an adulterous or incestuous relationship); a male of Moabite or Ammonite descent; a first- or second-generation Edomite or Egyptian.

Our Parshah also includes laws governing the purity of the military camp; the prohibition against turning in an escaped slave; the duty to pay a worker on time, and to allow anyone working for you—man or animal—to “eat on the job”; the proper treatment of a debtor, and the prohibition against charging interest on a loan; the laws of divorce (from which are also derived many of the laws of marriage); the penalty of thirty-nine lashes for transgression of a Torah prohibition; and the procedures for yibbum (“levirate marriage”) of the wife of a deceased childless brother, or chalitzah (“removing of the shoe”) in the case that the brother-in-law does not wish to marry her.

Ki Teitzei concludes with the obligation to remember “what Amalek did to you on the road, on your way out of Egypt.”

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