Monday, April 18, 2005

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Sanity Check #2 - Reb Lazer weighs in...

On the current statements about the imminent possibility of the geulah (complete redemption), Rabbi Lazer Brody weighs in with these important thoughts...

Everybody seems to be writing about Moshiach these days and everyone seems to be talking about him. Tamar Yonah (Israel's Oprah, but a lot more talented) asked for my opinion when I was a guest on her show last week. My answer was a cold sponge on the enthusiam of the Messianic double-guessers: The Gemorra curses those who second-guess the coming of the Messiah and says תפח רוחם, or "May they drop dead!" (tractate Sanhedrin, 97B). The Rambam actually codified this curse into religious law (Hilchot Melachim 12:2); in his classic "Thirteen Principles of Faith" (see Rambam's commentary on the Mishna, tractate Sanhedrin, 10:1, principle number 12), and writes that we must believe in the coming of the Messiah with complete faith, and although he may tarry, we must await his arrival whenever he comes. According to both the Lithuanian tradition (disciples of the Vilna Gaon) and the Chassidic tradition (disciples of of the Baal Shem Tov), we must patiently wait for Moshiach with simple and pure faith. Torah, prayer, and good deeds are what the soul needs, not Messianic speculation.

Throughout Jewish history, whenever a false messiah or an expected "moshiach" arrival date became a disappointment, many people lost their faith.

Read the whole thing here!


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