The Forward Goes Geula Blogging II
After my initial surprise over a year ago about an article in the Forward with a Geula-predicting theme, they have now published a second piece, albeit in a mocking tone (again), about another Geula prediction:
But one of the most important and relevant rabbis of our time points to a much more imminent end. Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745–1812) was the founder of Chabad and was its first rabbi (Alter Rebbe, as the Lubavitch refer to him). He was the genius of Torah, responsible for the Tanya. In his book “Maamarei Admor Hazakein,” the old rabbi offered his own calculation: the Hebrew year of 5775, the year that will begin in September 2014.See what Rav Fish wrote about the Ba'al Hatanya's words here.
Might 2014 to Chabad be what 2012 was to Mayans? The answer, Baruch Hashem, is cryptic: The rabbi could be talking about the end of the world, but could also mean the end of exile. And this exile could be physical exile, or it could be spiritual exile, which in itself is a complex, abstract concept, and so on. In fact, the ongoing debate concerning the end date — this relieved and disappointed crossing-out of previous “end dates” from the calendar — seems in itself a practice of Jewish faith: Time, we learn again and again, has many ends. As many as there are people in the world.
(It's interesting that these things are being publicized via the Forward. It must be Lebalbel Hasatan. The same site that publishes garbage pieces like this needs to be the vehicle for eternal hope in order to confuse the Satan. No other explanation I can think of.)