Tuesday, April 17, 2018

We Have the Geula Backwards


THE WORLD HAS IT ALL WRONG. We have come to believe – whether from our teachers, or from our books that The Geula – the Final Redemption – will cause all of our pain and suffering to go away. How many times in history have Jews, individually and collectively longed for Moshiach (The Messiah) to come to alleviate us from our pain and suffering. From the hurbans – destructions of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem, the expulsions, the massacres, the inquisitions. the false messiahs, the pograms, and the Shoah (Holocaust) came the cries for Moshiach, the wailing for the better times of the Geula. We sat there, longer for, cried for the expected healing of our problems that Moshiach would bring.

The World has it all wrong. It has it backwards. It is NOT that the Geula will bring the Healing. It is that the Healing will bring the Geula.

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7 comments:

Goldie ZP said...

We must clear all the pain and suffering of the past...to not be grumpy in the Yichud room. I will have to re-read this again, Devorah.

I wish to direct you to my latest post on the Rebbe's message about prophecy. It does exist now and has always existed. I forgot how to embed the link! sorry

http://geula613.blogspot.com/2018/04/yes-there-is-prophecy-today.html

george said...

It's one of those paradoxes. On the one hand it's up to us to make teshuva. On the other hand hashem rules the world and everything is predecided. Even in moshes generation there were many sinners who didn't make tshuva which means the redemption doesn't depend on everybody. Take the example of Sodom and Gmorrah . If there were only ten people righteous it wouldn't be destroyed. It's my opinion that actually the only tshuva that really counts is the Messiah. In order for hashem to speak with him he needs to be purified from the filthy of the world. Take a look at all the Messiahs in history. Noah was surrounded by the greatest evil and made tshuva. Abraham too was surrounded by the canaanites and Sodom and Gmorrah and made tshuva. Moses too surrounded by the sins of Egypt and made tshuva. And messiah surrounded by the sins of all the world because of the internet and makes tshuva.

Anonymous said...

What this article is saying is until moshiach comes, we must correct ourselves and fix the evil accounts of the past and what we are continuing today and even in the exile, we will feel calmer and we will feel healthier and we must also fight all of the evil in and out.. .
But we will never be complete and we will never heal fully as long as evil like this exists until they are wiped out and redemption comes in but if we get our act together, we will feel less of the pain...

J m

Anonymous said...

george: Noach, Abraham & Moshe didn't make teshuvah; they were righteous and holy men. Their lives were full of righteousness from the start eventhough all three you mentioned were surrounded by great evil in the midst of a world of idolatry and cruelty. They understood that there is a G-D and knew the difference between good and evil and that is why H' chose them for their great and holy tasks.
The Redemption will come no matter what and it is because of H's great mercy that HE prolongs the exile so that it gives the Jewish people and mankind the opportunity to do teshuvah. Those who are wise will do just that.

george said...

King Solomon is an interesting case. Although chosen to build the first temple in Jerusalem we clearly see he didn't make tshuva but fell Into sin. How do you explain that one?

Anonymous said...

No one said that our holy leaders from the beginning did not make mistakes. The Torah makes sure to let us know that we are all human, no matter how high a level. Only four people on earth never sinned; other than them, everyone sins. H' created us and we are constantly being tested; besides HE is really in control of all that happens. As far as King Solomon, it shows that even with all his wisdom, he was still human and made the great mistake of bringing all those foreign women as concubines even with their idolatry - that was his sin. But, he wrote 'Shir HaShirim' (Song of Songs) which our Sages tell us is considered the holy of holies, the most holy work ever written). Our Great Ancestors were holy, but also human.

george said...

Yes but you are forgetting something important. There are sins that may be atoned for and sins that are punishable by death . None of the chosen men in the Torah committed sins punishable by death. All their sins were sins they could atone for. However Solomon committed almost every sin punishable by death . Why would hashem choose such a man? Conclusion I don't believe Solomon was chosen at all. When he built the temple we see no parallels between the Tabernacle of Moses and the temple of Solomon. Also notice how hashem dictates to Moses to built the Tabernacle exactly as he saw on mount Sinai. Yet with solomon there is no dictation and no evidence that God showed him what to build. And if you take Jerusalem away from the equation then you are left with Shiloh since we clearly see it was chosen from the beginning. Genesis 49 the scepter shall not depart from Judah until Shiloh comes. Meaning all will look to Jerusalem until Shiloh is established in the land of Joseph. Why do you think gerizim and ebal were chosen to make the bessings and curses? Why not Jerusalem. Why do you think Jacob only ever worshiped hashem at bet El? The very name bet El means house of God. Why do you think Abraham first came to shechem and then bet El when he entered Canaan. None of the forefathers ever spoke with the jebusites who owned Jerusalem. It's obvious that if you focus on the Torah and Joshua without the books of the Bible it's blatently obvious bet El and Shiloh were chosen. Jacob bought bet El from the men of shechem which suggests bet El was part of shechem. Bet El belongs to shechem and Shiloh is the place of the Tabernacle within bet el.