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The Jewels of the King - Chai Elul

Imagine that the King has invited you to his palace. He leads you to his treasure house and shows you his chamber filled with the most magnificent jewels. “Here,” says the king, “Gather my beautiful and precious jewels in your hands. Choose the ones you like best, any kind you like, and put them together to make a beautiful crown.”
This is how I began my jewelry-making class last week with the 4th and 5th grade girls. After I said that, I thought of the story of the King in the Field that I mentioned to you in my last letter. “Hmmm…” I thought, “This sounds like another parable.”
The problem is, I can’t make up my mind about what it might mean. Could it be that the King’s jewels are the mitzvahs, and the King of the Universe is inviting us to choose mitzvahs to “polish” and do in a more beautiful way? Or might it be that the precious jewels are our spiritual mistakes, and our Creator is inviting us to fix them and make them into a beautiful crown of teshuvah?
Or perhaps the King is asking us to choose jewels of forgiveness to adorn the crown? Or could they be pearls of appreciation for all of the small and great kindnesses that the King bestows upon us every day? Or gems of charity? Or……?
So, what’s your opinion? How would you finish the story? After all, beautiful jewels are not meant to be hidden away in a dark chamber. They need to be brought to light and appreciated. So, please hit reply and join me in the fun of bringing this new parable to life! And speaking of life...
Today is Chai Elul (the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Elul). Chai = Life! It is the birthday of the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Chassidic movement, and of the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the holy book of Tanya and first Rebbe of Chabad. It is a day full of powerful spiritual energy for good resolutions, for running your fingers through the jewels of your character traits, and choosing the ones you want to shine in the new year of 5777.
So, my friend, how will you make the most of the extra spiritual vitality of Chai Elul? What jewels of mitzvahs, good deeds, mistake-fixing, and extra prayers will you choose to add to the King's crown? 

What jewels will you be adding to the crown of your soul? What will you choose for your New Year's goal? Please reply in the comments below and let me know. May you enjoy your inner Elul journey!
​​​​​​​Wishing you a  K'Siva Vachasima Tova, a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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My Blessing to You:

May you be blessed with a beautiful crown filled with the most  magnificent jewels, of Torah,  prayer, and loving acts of tzedakah (charity) and kindness for the crown of the smiling King in the Field!

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