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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Waiting for Redemption: 1941 days/1943 years

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.


At Tue Oct 18, 12:50:00 PM 2011, Blogger Devorah said...

Wow 1941 days = I knew it had to mean something.

Never heard of Pitka Tava.... what does it mean?

At Tue Oct 18, 12:56:00 PM 2011, Blogger yaak said...

If you've heard the English/Yiddish "A good Kvitel", that's what it means in Aramaic.

At Tue Oct 18, 02:08:00 PM 2011, Blogger Devorah said...

I'm building up my Aramaic: I now know three things in that language:

Besiyata d'Shmaya
Pitka Tava
Pulsa di Nura


At Tue Oct 18, 05:50:00 PM 2011, Blogger Chana @ Lemon Lime Moon said...

Amazing post. Hashem continues to make me speechless with what he does.
And I learnt something new with pitak tava too.

At Wed Oct 19, 02:30:00 AM 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read Psalm 60... Incredible!


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