We presently find ourselves at the beginning of the month of Elul, a month, according to our sages, to be used for introspection and repentance.
There is a beautiful allegory relating to this month, and the special relationship between G-d and the Jewish people which exists at this time:
A king had a son whom he loved dearly, who wished to travel amongst the king’s many lands. The king, an indulgent father, allowed his son to travel.
Months passed. No word was heard from the prince. The king was worried. One day, a ragged looking young man approached the gates of the king’s palace. He walked toward the entrance but was stopped by the guards.
“Don’t you recognize me?” the young man cried out. “I am the prince. You must let me pass.”
The guards laughed. Could this common beggar possibly be their beloved prince?
The young man reasoned, cajoled, demanded, that he be allowed to enter. Out of total desperation he began to cry. From deep within the palace the king heard the crying. Something sounded familiar. He listened until he was certain that, indeed, it was the voice of his own son. The king himself came running out to open the palace gates for his beloved son.
The Jewish people are, of course, the prince. Though we travel far, we ultimately return to the palace. And when we return, the sound of the shofar – a simple, wordless cry – brings the King to listen and open the gates of the palace and let us in. For this reason, it is customary to hear the cry of the shofar every day during Elul.
Let us all cry out to the King, with the shofar and with our own voices, that He let us into the palace. We will then be happiest, and, indeed so will He. Moshiach NOW!!!