Gilad Shalit waited for redemption for 1941 days
We are waiting for the Final Redemption for 1943 years
and we are still waiting. (For those who insist the destruction took place in the year 70 CE, it is 1941 years.)
The redemption of 1 Jew gives us hope for the Redemption of all Jews.
Netanyahu, in his speech this morning, quoted
from the Haftara of Bereishit
, which will be read this Shabbat:
לְהוֹצִיא מִמַּסְגֵּר אַסִּיר, מִבֵּית כֶּלֶא יֹשְׁבֵי חֹשֶׁךְ
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house.
And the Rada"k explains
that it refers to those who are tied up in exile. We too will be redeemed, G-d-willing soon.
Also, one cannot discount the power of prayers, which stormed the heavens to help free Gilad. 1941 is the gematria of Tehillim 40:2
קַוֹּה קִוִּיתִי יְהוָה; וַיֵּט אֵלַי, וַיִּשְׁמַע שַׁוְעָתִי
I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
The Hoshana Rabba service is full of references to the Final Redemption. Let us take this opportunity to storm the heavens for that purpose as well.
Mo'ed Tov and Pitka Tava to all.