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Elul: When The King Is Accessible to All

Hashem Comes to Meet You Where You Are

1 hr 10 min

Class Summary:

The text-based class, on the Maamar Ani Ledodi by the Alter Rebbe in Likkutei Torah Parshas Reah, was presented by Rabbi YY Jacobson on Monday Parshas Ki Seitzei, 8 Elul, 5781, August 16, 2021, live from his home in Monsey, NY.

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    Yakov -2 years ago

    I am in Israel not to see the Rabbi 


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    michael -2 years ago

    Hi Rabbi YY,

    Thank you so much for your zoom shiurim, it is now great to be able to join your live shiur on zoom (rather than watch them on YouTube at 1.5x speed!).

    I mentioned on the chat that I thought that we had learned with your esteemed colleague R Moss that there was an earlier source for the melech basodeh moshol.

    It is quoted by the Kozhnitzer Maggid in the name of the Mezritcher Maggid as referring to the three weeks. And also in noam elimelech.

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    • Anonymous -2 years ago

      Yes, but over there it is about finding Hashem after the churban in an easier way, because He is out in the streets so to speak, homeless. Not connected to Elul, and also not mentioning the idea that the king welcomes all with a smiling face and displayed a loving countenance.

      But for sure, the themes are connected.

      One thought: The Alter Rebbe does not explain how the king ended up in the field. He just says "before he comes to the city." but why is he in the field? Maybe as an opportunity for all to follow him?

      Maybe just maybe: Because in the month of Av his home was burnt, so he has no palace. He is in the field.

      And those who stay with him in the field, get to go back to him when he returns to the palace.

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    adina -2 years ago

    Dear Rabbi Jacobson,

    I would like to thank you for your shiurim, I listen to them often and very much appreciate them, grow from them and get a lot of chizuk.I was just listening to the shiur on Elul. Hashem is close to us, the King is in the field, on our terms. Not like on shabbos where we separate from the mundane. Now Hashem comes to us where we are. And I want to go to Him in the field. But my question is how? How do I get close to Hashem, have a relationship with Him?

    I have the yearning. It is deep and profound. Aching at times. And part of it is that I don’t know how to express it, get closer. How do I start?

    I know a part of it is that I was neglected and have so much trauma. Relationships are foreign and terrifying to me. Is therapy the only answer? Working already two and half years and still in so much pain and such an endless long way to go.

    I speak to Hashem often, but I want more and closer. What are ways to do this?

    Thank you so much

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    eli -2 years ago

    Good Morning Rabbi YY,
    First of all, Thank you very much for whatever you do, you are just amazing.
    I do business consulting and i get to speak to people from different backgrounds, I  had yesterday a conversation with someone and he shared with me that he is not “Shomer Shaboos”...
     BH i was able to listen to him,  He then asked me do you look down on me now that i shared with you?
    I watched (a part) your class “The king in the field” how hashem is coming to us without any official dress, he accepts us the way we are etc.
    I believe our work in the those days is the same to focus in this month to accept every Jew the way they are even with out Shabbat.
    Just a thought I figured i will share.

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    Sarah Goldberg -2 years ago

    Hashem the King comes to the field

    But.... we say that Esav was a man of the field while Yakov sat in tents.

    Yidden are Yakov who sit in tents. Esav's descendants are men of the field.

    Why, then, doesn't Hashem the King come into our tents in the Beis Medresh? 

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    Sarah Goldberg -2 years ago

    The King goes into the field and to the people

    What would the opposite look like?

    We saw yesterday that the people (Taliban) came from the field and overran the palace to take power by force

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    Sarah Goldberg -2 years ago

    Is Hashem campaigning in Elul?

    So the Czars came out to mingle with the people once a year. We see nowadays that politicians campaigning for office hold rallies, go out to where the people live and work, shake hands, mingle, etc. They are campaigning for office.

    Does Hashem need to campaign? Is He running "against" anyone? Will we not coronation Him right after the campaign season out in the field anyway? Did He not win the election and get coronated last Rosh Hashona by default? 

    Perhaps a better moshol than a king and the people, or politicians campaigning is 2 lovers who renew and restate their mutual love from time to time? It's also the tome of the annual anniversary time of one of Moshe's 40 day stays on high seeking forgiveness  for us, the beloved, and renewing and restating the mutual love we have for each other? 

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    Sara -2 years ago


    that in Russia the Czar/King "went out into the field" and that that is the mashel for GD to be "in the field" . I wouldn't have thought this metaphor came from our physical world. 

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    Sarah Goldberg -2 years ago

    "I am to my beloved, and my beloved is to me"

    Very nice. We all tgink this say, say this, feel this, learn this and know this at this time of the year.

    But.....did not the 45 holy neshomos of Meron say this, etc last year? Did not those yidden who passed from covid, who passed at the Stolin tragedy, who passed in Surfside, etc etc also say this, learn this, etc last Elul? 

    Is that how a beloved is treated? 

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Chassidus: Likkutei Torah Ani Ledodi #1

Rabbi YY Jacobson

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