King in the Field
Free translation of a discourse by
the Lubavitcher Rebbe,
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Eve of the New Moon of Elul 5746/1986
by Rabbi David Rothschild
Solomon writes in Song of Songs, "I am my Beloved's and my Beloved
is mine". The verse serves as an acronym, hinting to the month
of Elul. During Elul is when G-d shines His Thirteen Attributes of Compassion.
The first Rebbe of
Chabad developed a parable to convey the mystic secret of Elul. A King returns
to his city following a long absence. The city's inhabitants stream out to the
countryside to greet him. Out in the fields, they are entitled and empowered to
receive his countenance. The king, in turn, graciously receives and radiates gladness
to them all.
In "With the King in the Field," the
Lubavitcher Rebbe analyzes the king in the field parable. We discover the cause
for our yearning to G-d during the month of Elul. Lessons are developed which
apply to our spiritual conduct throughout the year.
asserts, "In the Future, Jerusalem will spread over all of the Land of Israel
and Israel will expand over the entire world." We learn from the Torah that
in Messianic Times, three additional Cites of Refuge will be added to Israel.
Rashi reveals that they will be located in a land mass east of present day Israel.
What is the inner meaning of the Midrash and Rashi.
Future Era, the entire world's Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge will be vanquished.
Does this relate to us today? How does this statement correlate to Torah verses
and Talmudic teachings?
In the Third Temple, the Levites' harp
will have an unprecedented ten strings. What do they hint to? And how is this
relevant to our Divine service during the month of Elul.
glean an understanding of the secrets of the month of Elul, click here for "With
the King in the Field."
Full text is 2000 words approx.