Thursday, August 19, 2004

The King has Left the Field

When I was younger, I found spiritually appealing the Chassidic idea of Elul being a period when the King leaves his palace and travels around his Kingdom. During this period, you can go out into the field and meet the King. In the field the King (God) will be.

However, in recent years, I have become disenchanted with this idea. I find now more appealing the Mussar idea as Elul as an before a Day of Judgement and this period of Teshuvah and Cheshbon ha-Nefesh as preparation for that day.

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