Now there is the King who walks the fields giving his people a chance to speak to him as they would another person. It isn’t that the King is not approachable at other times of the years as if he had a schedule to keep and this was the only time he could be available. What is happening is that for those who have been too busy to even think about the King, this month of Elul is a reminder that soon Judgment day will be here and it might be better to start at least winding up to that day when all our deeds are judged for good or bad.
The King appears in normal attire walking about like the legends of Elijah who appears to some and not to others. In the normal course of your daily affairs most certainly one of your conversations is with the King. If you want to be proactive go out or go within to seek the King. In ways that you know not He will find you and then you may begin your discussion.
And so it happened to be that one day a certain Izzie ben Shlomo was walking and there was a gentleman standing off to one side. He was middle aged, with hair not yet totally white and his clothes were impeccable for the moment, a pair of jeans, a long sleeve shirt and very practical shoes for walking about the field. Izzie was about to approach this stranger when he noticed standing beside the King was a woman dressed in a white flowing dress with a golden sash around the middle. When she turned to see Izzie her face revealed to him beauty, compassion and a deep sense of familiarity. He knew who this was. It was the King and his consort the Shekhinta.
Izzie approached the King and began to speak to him, “I am so glad to see you. So nu tell me of the coming year,” Izzie said but the King raised his hand looking at him and then at the Shekhinta. Izzie was bewildered.
“Has no one taught you. You have to speak to me first. There is no communication with the King except through me his Shekhinta and yes also your Shekhinta,” The Shekhinta said.
Izzie was taken aback. After all this was a woman, a strange woman too and quite beautiful. How could he speak to her? There must be some mistake he thought.
“Don’t be afraid of me. Everything is as it should be. Listen to make this easier the King has a question for you. He asks “how are my people doing?” The Shekhinta smiled at Izzie who blushed.
“I am doing okay but I wanted to know about the coming year. Am I in the Book of Life?” Izzie asked.
“You misunderstand dear Izzie. What about the people? What is their story?” The Shekhinta asked again.
Izzie then answered her telling of the troubles of the people and also of their triumphs. He really got into it pleading their case making even Moshe proud who was watching from above.
The King turned to Izzie and answered him directly. “Yes you are in the Book of Life for the coming year. I ask you to remember the Shekhinta in all things for only in this way may I be approached,” The King said and then most curiously he and Izzie had a long discussion about fishing and the best places to get a good piece of cuggel.
After what seemed like hours they parted company and Izzie turned to the Shekhinta and said “I will speak with you more often now that I understand. It is only through a woman that a man may express himself to the King. This is something learned and forgotten. Such foolishness it is to keep a woman from expressing herself in Torah and all things holy. For it is through a woman that Moshiach appears perhaps even as a woman,” Izzie said to the Shekhinta and walked away filled with holiness and ready to teach his inspirations to all who would listen.