Monday, June 08, 2009

How Many Mashiahs Are There?


Bamidbar Rabba 14:2 starts out (paraphrased):
On the verse לִי גִלְעָד, וְלִי מְנַשֶּׁה, וְאֶפְרַיִם, מָעוֹז רֹאשִׁי; יְהוּדָה, מְחֹקְקִי (Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the defence of my head; Judah is my sceptre) Since there's a Mahloket about how many Mashiahs there are - some say that there are 7 since it says "7 shepards" and some say 8 since it says "8 princes of men". But there are really only 4, as it says "And Hashem showed me 4 craftsmen"....These four craftsmen - David Hamelech came to specify who they are. לי גלעד refers to Eliyahu who came from the inhabitants of Gil'ad [from the tribe of Binyamin], לי מנשה refers to the-Mashiah-that-will-come-from-Menashe as it says לִפְנֵי אֶפְרַיִם, וּבִנְיָמִן וּמְנַשֶּׁה--עוֹרְרָה אֶת-גְּבוּרָתֶךָ; וּלְכָה לִישֻׁעָתָה לָּנוּ Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up Thy might, and come to save us. The ואפרים מעוז ראשי refers to the Mashu'ah Milhama who comes from Ephraim, as it says בְּכוֹר שׁוֹרוֹ הָדָר לוֹ His firstling bullock, majesty is his. יהודה מחוקקי refers to the "great redeemer", who comes from the descendants of David Hamelech....

5 Comments:

At Thu Jun 11, 01:03:00 AM 2009, Blogger מֹשאל רפאל said...

לִפְנֵי אֶפְרַיִם, וּבִנְיָמִן וּמְנַשֶּׁה, the brother and sons of Yosef. I think this points at different facets of Moshiach ben Yosef.

 
At Fri Jun 12, 07:36:00 AM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Midrash Rabba Bamidbar 14 talks about Moshiach ben David, Moshiach ben Efrayim and Eliyahu.

On the verse "Gilead is mine and Menashe is Mine" (Tehillim 60), the Midrash says that this is referring to the "Moshiach who will spring from the Bnei Menashe".

Who is this "Moshiach ben Menashe"?

 
At Fri Jun 12, 09:46:00 AM 2009, Blogger yaak said...

I was waiting for someone to ask that - but משאל רפאל gave his answer before - that these are many facets of MBY.

Alternatively, this is an actual different person than the one from Ephraim that we know as Mashiah ben Yosef. What his role is the Ge'ula process is - I don't know. The aharit.com page on MBY says that MBY only comes from Ephraim.

 
At Fri Jun 12, 03:07:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Torah..Torah...Torah....! I'm ready are you?

 
At Tue Sep 07, 08:23:00 PM 2010, Anonymous eliyahu enriquez said...

Get to know Moshiakh ben Menashe, i suppose:

http://www.bneimenashe.com/
http://www.bnei-menashe.org/
http://www.shavei.org//en/Community.aspx?Name=Bnei+Menashe
http://www.yeshiva.bnei-menashe.org/

 

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