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.
...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.
...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....