by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
#6 I believe with perfect faith that all the words of the prophets are true.
#12 I believe with perfect faith in the coming of Moshiach. However long it takes, I await his coming every day.
- Rambam, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, zt"l, the 13 Principles of (Jewish) Faith
Glückel of Hameln (1646-1724) wrote a diary of instructions to her descendants and Jewish life in her time. In her diaries, begun in 1689, she describes key events in both Jewish and world history, such as the messianic fervor surrounding Sabbatai Tzvi or the impact of the Swedish wars waged by King Charles XII. At the same time, she also describes day-to-day life among the Jewish inhabitants of the Rhine valley.
One of the things Gluckel describes is her uncle's excitement with rumors of the coming of Moshiach, to the point of his packing is household and bringing all his worldly possessions to the port for storage as he prepared his family for departure to Eretz Yisroel (the Land of Israel) for the ingathering of the exiles and the time of the Geulah.
Unfortunately, after waiting 3 years with his whole life in storage for the final call to come, it became apparent that the time of the Geulah had not arrived and the potential Moshiach was not all he claimed to be. He had Gluckel dispose of his possessions as his family started to rebuild their life in a new location.
We have entered a time of world turmoil. Many are confused and don't know what to do. Some refuse to pay attention at all, trying to ignore the wave of turmoil that doesn't fit their existing stable world view. Some of us are seeing signs of the Geulah - may it only be so!!!
We would not be the first to hope for the Geulah, pray for Moshiach, and believe the turmoil is chevlai Moshiach (the birth pangs of the time of Moshiach). G-d willing, we will be the last!
But either way, whether his arrival is tomorrow (G-d willing) or further in the future (G-d forbid), we await his coming every day, and continue to have faith in HaKodesh Baruch Hu (the Holy One, Blessed Be He) that he will come at the proper time, and all these many generations of waiting are for the best.
Monday, December 15, 2008
// 12/15/2008 //