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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Rescuing Mashiah

The classic way of explaining Mashiah coming is him arriving unexpectedly - either on clouds or on a donkey, depending on whether we are deserving or not.

However, one obscure Midrash presents another way that he comes.  I was browsing the Torah Sheleima by Rav Kasher on Balak, and I came across this Midrash Lekah Tov, which is somewhat lengthy and says a number of interesting things, including:

1)  A star in the East that is to last for 15 days - and if it lasts longer, it is a sign for Israel's benefit - in the 5th year of the Shemitta cycle before the coming of Mashiah (another Midrash mentioned on earlier pages said that this is on the sixth year).
2) It talks about a brazen king making decrees against Jews - while a different Girsa refers to a brazen king in Damascus
3) Mashiah comes by a Jewish army going to Rome, surrounding it, its walls come tumbling down after Shofarot are blown (like during Yehoshua's time), the Jewish army finding its inhabitants dead in the streets, and the Jewish army taking the spoils of the city.  Then, the Jews will request their G-d and David their king.  Immediately, Mashiah will appear to them and announce, "I am the King Mashiah for which you have been awaiting."  And he tells them to carry the gold and silver.  They do so and go up to Israel.

There are a lot more details in that Midrash.  Check it out for those who read Hebrew.

Either way he comes, may he come today!

4 Comments:

At Sun Jun 23, 08:45:00 AM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There are various texts portraying the Messiah’s soul as being exiled or impris-oned. One such text describes it as being held captive in chains by the forces of evil. Not until the chains of the Messiah are broken will the captive soul of the Messiah be set free.

Likewise, there are certain signs that are said to accompany the Messiah, and here even these signs are said to have become lost, suggesting a time so chaotic that even if the Messiah appeared, no one would recognize him.

As long as the Messiah’s soul is being held captive, it cannot de-scend into the body of the Messiah, and therefore prevents the coming of the Messiah." ~ Tree of Souls

"In Gandhi's time it was enough to say: 'You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.'

Today they can imprison our minds — but not our Souls. And in those realms where the evil know how to imprison the Soul, there is that which is beyond Soul that cannot be imprisoned.

Oh, G-d, may I merit to endure that trial! ~ D² of Tzfat

 
At Sun Jun 23, 11:13:00 AM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those who know don't tell and those who tell don't know !!

Very interesting D of Tzfat !!

A breath of fresh air from the daily/weekly/monthly prognosticators fouling up the air everywhere !!

 
At Mon Jun 24, 01:59:00 PM 2013, Blogger Ronnie Rendel said...

בחמישית שובע גדול that's where we are holding now!

Yechi HaMelech HaMoshiach!
Chai veKayam.

 
At Mon Jun 24, 02:31:00 PM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, we can feel that, any minute...

--Moshe Yosef

 

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