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Understanding Melech
by Mr. Cohen 2016/3/24 and 2016/9/12

The word king [melech] is one of the most important words in Judaism. 

But in our times, the full meaning of that word has been lost, because Jews alive today have never stood in the presence of a real live human king. Even our parents and grandparents never stood in the presence of a real live human king, and that makes the full meaning of the word melech lost even more. So we continue to say the word melech every day in our prayers, but we do not really understand what it means.

This problem afflicts even the most pious Orthodox Jews; not just the Reform or the Conservative or the unaffiliated.

If we were standing in the presence of a real live human king right now, we would all be trembling with fear.  Many of us would be hysterical with fear. Also, we would be unable to think about anything other than the king and how to please him. We would not speak even one unnecessary word in the presence of the king, for fear of provoking the wrath of the king.

And with good reason! A real king has the power to immediately sentence anyone who angers him to death, or other severe punishments, and nobody can overrule him. A real king has the power to immediately grant riches and rewards and privileges and honor to anyone who pleases him, and nobody can stop him. A real king also has the power to reward or punish deeds that happened many years ago.

When a real king commands you to do something, you must do it, even you do not want to do it. When a real king commands you to not do something, you must not do it, even you want to do it.

In a nation ruled by a real live human king, people avoid doing things that might cause the appearance of disloyalty.

In a nation ruled by a real live human king, people will not risk doing things that might be offensive to the king, even if there is only a small chance those things might be displeasing to the king.

In a nation ruled by a real live human king, people will not risk insulting a person who is known to be loved or honored by the king.

If we would internalize the full meaning of the word melech, then we would feel 1,000 times more motivated to break-away from our bad habits and correct our sins with teshuvah.

If we would internalize the full meaning of the word melech, then we would feel much more enthusiastic about performing mitzvot.

If we would internalize the full meaning of the word melech, then we would feel much less desire to speak: gossip, rumors, foul language, insults, lies and complaints. It is not even necessary to mention that internalizing the meaning of melech would soon cause a complete end to talking-in-shul, especially during prayers times and the reading of the Torah Scroll.

If we would internalize the full meaning of the word melech, then we speak fewer words in general.  Even our permitted words would be fewer, not only our forbidden words.

If we would be always-aware that Melech is watching all our deeds, then all forms of theft and stealing and fraud would become impossible-to-commit.

If we would internalize the full meaning of the word melech, then we would discuss more divrei Torah when sitting at the Shabbat table, and fewer devarim betailim.

In conclusion, we do not really know the meaning of the word melech, and our ability to serve GYD correctly is poorer because of it. Our failure comprehend the meaning of the word melech is the ultimate source of all our troubles and sorrows.