“Have You Met the King?”

When twelve-year-old Yaakov Hertzog from London, UK, said that he learned about the “King in the field,” the Rebbe asked him if he ever met him. The Rebbe then told him where he could meet the King.

When Reb Yaakov Hertzog traveled to the Rebbe from London, UK as a twelve-year-old boy, he merited a personal yechidus. After testing him on a mishna in Maseches Shabbos, the Rebbe asked him whether he had also learned any Chassidus.

Yaakov replied that he had studied Likkutei Torah in cheder. The Rebbe responded with surprise, “Likkutei Torah before bar mitzva?!”

Yaakov said that he had studied the maamarAni Ledodi.” The Rebbe inquired whether he had learned the parable of the king in field, to which Yaakov responded in the affirmative.

“So, have you met the king?” the Rebbe asked.

Yaakov was dumbfounded. The Rebbe continued, “Whenever you make a bracha and say the words ‘Baruch ata Hashem,’ you meet the King in the field!”

(As Heard from Reb Yakov)

From The Weekly Farbrengen by Merkaz Anash

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