by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
Approximately 20 years ago, a group of chassidim/rabbis/shluchim from Eretz Yisroel, who were in Crown Heights (Brooklyn, USA) for a conference approached the Lubavitcher Rebbe and asked him why he doesn’t declare himself Moshiach and the coming of the Geulah. They asked the Rebbe what he was waiting for?
The Rebbe answered “Me? You’re waiting on me?? You have over 100 rabbis here for the conference, why haven’t YOU made a declaration?” The rabbis hurried off to make such a declaration, but the moment was already lost.
Rabbi Nati (who’s been busy trying to make interesting Torah videos and hasn’t blogged here in a while but was our frequent co-blogger in the past) brings sources that explain that while the final Geulah is similar to the first Geulah (the exodus from Egypt)…As the geulah was (in Egypt), so the geulah will be. First the Jews cried out, Hashem heard and remembered. He sent Moshe rabaynu. When Moshe rabaynu came to redeem the Jews, he came to the elders. And the elders declared the redemption and informed the people, and Moshe accepted the leadership and began the redemption. We must CRY OUT to Hashem, together as one, as the Jewish people, it's time. And, we must demand, yes demand, of the elders, the gedolim of our generation, the princes of Torah, to declare it's time for the redemption.
Various admorim and Torah giants were known for asking morei horaah, halachic adjudicators, to pasken that Moshiach should come. These rabbonim would say that a morah horaah, a posek, is given certain powers to issue a halachic ruling that can impact the metzius, the reality, of the world.
It was with this in mind that Rav Menashe Klein, noted posek and author of the Mishneh Halachos, who currently resides in Eretz Yisroel, posed a request to the posek hador at his home in Meah Shearim.
Rav Klein, during a recent visit to Maran Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, asked the centenarian gadol to pasken that Moshiach should come. Rav Elyashiv politely refused, stating, “We cannot pasken [that the geulah should come], but rather, we should believe in and anticipate [the coming of the geulah].”
And thus was another opportunity lost.
Why? Why can they not pasken that the geulah should come? Why??? Because we won’t believe it? Because they can’t pasken when they believe the klal won’t listen?
If the pashkevilim (the announcement posters in religious Jewish neighborhoods) are to be believed, the gedolim have no problem paskening on almost any issue – clearly including many that the klal are going to ignore. Whether or not one should advertise on a particular web site, or go to the concert of a particular religious musician in a religious forum with religiously organized seating, whether a charedi school should be banned for teaching a class in science and english, whether the specific features of a cell phone are allowed or not.
Every little thing down to not only what’s an appropriate level of dress but the actual size, shape and color of the garments can bear the signature of Daas Torah and pronouncements in the name of the gedolim and poskim of the generation.
BUT THE GEULAH, ABOUT THAT THEY DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY???
Ribono Shel Olam, Master of the Universe, TRULY we have no one else to turn to! Truly it is dark and impossible to see. Truly we cry out AD MOSAI, until when????
Borei Olam, Creator of the world, if the big voices, the holy voices, those steeped in Torah from the day of their birth, refuse to cry out, please listen to our simple voices. Please ignore our many aveyrot and lack of Torah and hear our honest and simple cry…
WE HOLD THAT IT IS TIME, BRING THE GEULAH SHALAYMA AND MOSHIACH NOW!