Month of Elul

King Is In The Field

The Hebrew month of Elul is almost here! The last month before Rosh HaShanah, Elul is a time for introspection and repentance. We prepare for the great and awesome Day of Judgment by carefully examining our deeds and refining our character. We are especially close to God at this special time.

Chassidic master Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi –  the first Chabad Rebbe – describes Elul with the analogy “the king is in the field.” Usually, the king resides in the palace, but during this month he leaves the royal grounds and “everyone who so desires is permitted to meet Him, and He receives them all with a cheerful countenance.”

It is a custom during Elul to hear a blast of the shofar (ram’s horn) every day as a call to repentance. When Moshiach (Messiah) arrives – may it be soon! – we’ll be notified with a shofar blast heard round the world.

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