Saturday, June 27, 2009

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Melaveh Malka

by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

Melaveh Malka means “Escorting the Queen.” It refers to the night following Shabbos and the special customs observed after Shabbos departs. The Shabbos Queen has just left, taking with her the extra soul that she gave us when she came. The peace, rest, and joy of Shabbos are leaving, and we begin to look at the week ahead. This could, G-d forbid, be a time of sorrow, so the Sages, in their great wisdom, recommend music and mysticism. Either of these has the power to elevate our soul and prevent sorrow.

Melaveh Malka is dedicated to King Dovid, the greatest song writer who ever lived. He played his ten-stringed instrument and sang his songs about G-d and life. Melaveh Malka is also the time to again think of the Moshiach. The Moshiach will be a descendant of King Dovid.

Since the Moshiach is known to be coming, and since coming usually means coming from another place, we assume that he will be coming from outside the limits of our city. Therefore, he is not expected to arrive on Shabbos, when it is forbidden to go from city to city. But as soon as Shabbos is over, we again begin to dream and pray for his coming.

One way to combine these two recommended practices is to play spiritual music and picture your holy dreams coming true. For instance, picture Jerusalem with the rebuilt Temple coming down from the sky and settling over the present-day Jerusalem. See our Fathers Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaacov with our Mothers walking up onto the Temple Mount. Imagine what great joy this will give G-d, as He sees His creation finally come to its wonderful fulfillment. See the righteous who died throughout the ages coming back to life and filling the Temple courtyards, and the blind with their new sight, and every wonderful thing that you can possibly imagine. And you know what? What will be when it actually happens will be a million times greater than you think.

2 comments:

Reb Meilech Leib DuBrow said...

Reb Gutman,

I have kept Moshiach's Cup (crystal goblet with gold rim) on my Shabbos table for 33 years. We have been waiting too long. Let him come on Shabbos and explain Halachically how he did it. But as he will be thirsty after all that explaining, I have a special cup from which he can drink l'chaim.

Gutman said...

Reb Meilech,
You are right. He can come on Shabbos, too. If we are allowed light a fire on Shabbos, when there is sufficient need, then surely the Moshiach can come even from afar on Shabbos, seeing that the need is so very great.
L'chaim,
Gutman

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