Thursday, June 14, 2007

2 Great Geula Posts

In what must be described as one of the best Ge'ula posts I've seen in the past year, Rav Pinchas Winston comes through again with his brilliance. Read the whole thing, but I will provide an important excerpt.

Excerpt:
...It is hard to believe that it has been seven years since the last Sh’mittah year, especially given all the excitement of that time. Last time, the sixth year of the Sh’mittah cycle coincided with 5760, or 2000, the year of Y2K. True to Rashi’s explanation of the Talmud, there was talk of Moshiach’s imminent arrival, based upon the anticipation of world-wide chaos.
Also true to the Talmud’s prediction, there was war in the seventh year, when the Arab world, as if following the Talmudic script, began the second phase of the Intifadah. It began with rocks being thrown down from the Temple Mount on Rosh Hashanah, it led to the lynching in Ramallah, and all the war that has followed since then. In spite of great efforts to make peace with the PLO, the Palestinians returned peace initiatives with war-like ones, and for the most part, straight-out terrorism.
And, when in the eighth year of the cycle, the year that Ben Dovid is supposed to arrive, the World Trade Center was attacked and the war against terrorism began in earnest, it seemed too close for comfort. Many Kabbalists hold that the American attack on Afghanistan signaled the beginning of the final phase of the War of Gog and Magog. It really seemed then as if history would come to a close just as it is scripted by the Talmud.
But it didn’t. Instead, history has shlepped on since then, and only gotten worse, especially inside Israel....


Rav Dov Bar Leib has a great post of his own, and also talks about the Shemitta cycle, and its effect on the Ge'ula.

Excerpt:
...Rav Kaduri ztl. is quoted as saying that the Gaon of Vilna's iterpretation of the word shvi'is is just that, the sabbatical year. The Gaon according to the Saintly Rav Kaduri even said that the seven years of Gog U Magog would begin on Hoshana Rabbah (the seventh day of the Feast of Booths) in the first year of a shmittah cycle and would conclude in the eighth year, which is the first year of the next Shmittah cycle. The seventh year would be the year of the war. The eighth year would be the year of Mashiach's timely arrival....

8 Comments:

At Thu Jun 14, 02:07:00 PM 2007, Blogger nava said...

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At Thu Jun 14, 05:31:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Neshama said...

Neshama said: I'm holding these for Shabbos when the Torah learning goes higher and deeper.

 
At Sun Jun 17, 02:02:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who understands the mathematics of the Jewish calendar knows without calculation that Erev Pesach of year 1 was not the day of Birchat HaChama.

Someone should tell Rav Winston that in 1925 Birchat HaChama also was Erev Pesach, just like two years from now. The Ostrovster Rebbi was saying that Moshiach was close, in 1925!

 
At Sun Jun 17, 07:52:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bigger problem would be that that there was no Birkat HaChama the year of the Exodus. A quick check shows that the major "coincidence" was that this happens twice in the last 100 years.

 
At Sun Jun 17, 09:10:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed, I read too fast. The article mentions the year we left Egypt, not year 1. But as you say correctly, also in the year we left Egypt, Birkat HaChama was most certainly not on Erev Pesach.

As an aside, of course there is no such a thing as the Sun returning to its original position. I find the article quite disconcerting.

 
At Tue Jul 24, 02:08:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

""Who understands the mathematics of the Jewish calendar knows without calculation that Erev Pesach of year 1 was not the day of Birchat HaChama.

Someone should tell Rav Winston that in 1925 Birchat HaChama also was Erev Pesach, just like two years from now. The Ostrovster Rebbi was saying that Moshiach was close, in 1925!""

RESPONSE: YOU ARE COMPLETELY MISTAKEN. THAT YEAR EREV PESACH WAS ON THE 8TH OF APRIL AND BIRKAS HACHAMAH WAS ON THE FIRST. E MAIL ME AT MRMELAMED@GMAIL.COM AND I CAN SEND YOU THE LINK WHERE I FOUND THIS TO BE TRUE.

 
At Sun May 11, 01:52:00 PM 2008, Blogger Giorgies E. Geshahnna said...

In the 20th and 21st Centuries, birkas hachama is ALWAYS on April 8th, never on the 1st. In 1925 (5685) it was on Erev Pesach, April 8.

On the other hand, the Exodus took place in 2448 or 2449. Birkas hachama could not have been in 2448 because Birkas Hachama must be in an odd year. It was also not in 2449. It was in 2437 (12 years before the Exodus) and again in 2465 (16 years after the Exodus). Whatever date it was, it was not the year of the Exodus.

Similarly, the Purim miracle took place in 3404 and 3405. The closest birkas hacham years to Purim were 3389 and 3417. Not 2405.

And if you think that it need not be the exact year, but that it is sufficient if the last time it occurs before a miraculaous event is on an Erev Pesach, please remember the 1925 was the last birkas hachama before the hollocaust, rachmana litzlalan.

We expect the redemption momentarily, regardless of dates of birkas hacham or any other such omens. Predicting such things using omens is stupid, if not outright dangerous. Expecially when the calculations are demonstrably wrong.

Giorgies E. Kepipesiom
Senior Disciple of King Israel Tekhelet

 
At Tue Mar 24, 06:00:00 PM 2009, Blogger Long Beach Chasid said...

Giorgies E. Kepipesiom

Where do you get your information from or what is the math you use.

Everyone is throwing around lots of numbers on the internet but no one has really shown how they reach such conclusions.

 

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