Back to back or Face to face

Time to come face to face with the King in the field.

In preparation to Elul 29 or Sunday 29 September- Erev Rosh Hashana

Elul (אֱלוּל,ʾĔlûl) being the twelfth month of the Jewish civil year and the sixth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar, brings us to the time of unlocking the inner and most potent meaning of the heart.

Only the Elohim Hashem Jehovah knows the heart of every living being. We can not hide our inner thoughts before the Most High Bore. He looks at us, invites us, and hopes that we shall put our heart in His ways.

As is well known, the Hebrew letters that make the word “Elul,” aleph, lamed, vav and lamed, are an acronym for the phrase (from the biblical Song of Songs) ani l’dodi v’dodi li, which means

“I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me.”

God wants us to show the world where our heart is. Are we belonging to the world, having our heart enjoying more worldly pleasures, instead of spiritual knowledge? Or is our heart close to God, we distancing  from the pleasures of this world, not taking part of the many heathen festivals?

Theses days we should take time to meditate which way we want to go. Do we want to follow the world, having lots of worldly or even virtual friends? Or are we aware that as lovers of the Only One True God we shall not have so many friends as those who are atheist or worship other gods than The Only One True God Who is One ?

The above mentioned beautiful and romantic phrase is that which represents our relationship with our Creator, which is often paralleled to that of a husband and wife, a bride and groom, in our individual lives. In Scriptures we also find the way of acting to the Master of the House Who invites the people to the wedding feast. How shall we react to the invitation? How do we want to stand or be opposite that Master? The Zohar explains that at the beginning of Elul we are achor el achor, meaning “back to back,” seemingly not having so much to do with each other or not having much in common.

From us it is expected that by the end of Elul we shall be panim el panim, “face to face.” Having “the King is in the field” we are in the month when the Most High Elohim is more accessible than ever, when He is waiting for us to greet Him, when He is there for us in the “field” of our everyday lives.

It is important for us and for our Creator that we show a worthy or set apart life. There should be a difference between a non-believer in God and a lover of God. Our daily attitude or behaviour should show those around us how we have made up our mind and have chosen to follow God and not the world.

In case we stood back to back to God, than it is time to turn around.

Before eating and sleeping we should look into our soul, investigating our stance to the Most High, but also to His creatures. Now it is the time to reflect what we have done the last few months. We should search our deeds, that we may make confession.

The King is in the field. The all-knowing Master of everything, our Creator is there, and no matter how we may feel, He has never had His back turned. Even when the first human beings doubted His right to be in charge, He was willing to hear them and to give the world in their hands. Mankind is still in charge of this world. But he has not to be alone. God always was prepared to listen to those who called on Him or who wanted to face Him.

This month we should seriously think about our first forefathers, Adham and Chavah (Eve). The coming two-day celebration that begins on the first day of Tishrei, (the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year), Rosh Hashanah is the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adham and Chavah, the first man and woman according to our Scriptures and the inauguration of humanity’s role in God’s world.

Those two human beings, created in the image of God are the beginning of our world in which we can find people who wanted to be in unison with their Bore, but also others who preferred to turn their back to Him.

Those who doubt His presence only need to turn themselves around to realize that He is there and waiting for all those who are created in His image.

The “back to back” that we experience in the beginning of the month is based on our misperceptions, our fears, our assumptions. Only when we turn around do we realize the truth, the inner essence, and then we are “face to face,” which does not only mean that we can finally look at each other, but more so, that we can look in each other— for the root of the word for face, panim, is the same as pnimiyut, which means “innerness.”


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