by Reb Akiva and Rabbi Nati @ Mystical Paths
Zman Geulaschem, the time of your redemption is here!
The Gemora tells us that those who calculate a ketz, an end date for the geulah, are cursed. If one was to calculate the ketz and find a result of 1,800 years later (as it may have been at the time of the writing of the Gemora), indeed that would have been a curse!
How could we be expected to survive? With trouble after trouble coming upon the Jewish people, with them rising up against us in every generation, how could we maintain hope if we thought Moshiach and geulah was over a thousand years later?
Yet in our time and recent generations there has been a plethora of dates given. In recent years it’s increased to statements of holy rebbes, rosh yeshivas, mekubalim, tzadikim that we’re almost there, we’re there, we’re there soon, etc.
According to the Gra, the Vilna Gaon, one of the ways he taught (or rather wrote down, it wasn’t really to be shared) to calculate the ketz on it being “before it’s time in it’s time” gives an “early” date of the 17th of Iyar, 5771 and a “late” date of Rosh Chodesh Av, 5771.
As we stated in Part 1 of this FREAKING OUT article series, a (small) number of tzadikim in Jerusalem have given a warning that it’s best for Jews to be in Israel by the 17th of Iyar this year.
We were asked “What's the source that says to get out of chutz la'aretz by 17 Iyar? I'd like to show it to my rav who is close to …the mekubalim in Geulah”. We responded and got this response from this questioner, “I spoke to my Rav. My Rav confirmed what you said know as per the same mekubalim.”
So does this mean it’s time to FREAK OUT? The answer is no…
a. We do NOT have navi’im (prophets) in this generation. Calculations and ruach hakodesh pronouncements are not nevua (prophecy), they’re HINTS. Things ARE coming. Exactly what, when, where and who will be affected? Nobody knows.
b. We’ve been hearing pronouncements not just for years but for the last 4 or 5 generations. That means 99% of such pronouncements have been wrong or not fulfilled or not completed or we were not worthy.
c. BUT. These hints and pronouncements DO usually prelude big events. Steps towards the geulah. Warnings Jews should pay attention to. We live in a time of chaotic world events, both man made and natural. The wise prepare.
d. What’s with that picture? There is an Xian end-of-world movement that has selected the same date, May 21 of this year, on the basis of a number of Xian calculations, and they’re going around letting everyone in on the good news!