DO WE WANT MASHIAC NOW?

Ask someone coming out of Synagogue on a Shabbat, “Do you believe in God?” and the worshipper is shocked. “What type of question is that? Of course I do!” Then ask him, “Do you consider yourself religious?” and you’ll hear “Certainly. That’s why I’m here!” This is normal. These conversations make sense. We now look forward to the full revelation of Mashiach, therefore we can say “We want Mashiach now? But some will tell you, but now I’m not ready. I don’t want to be judged the way I am (I need to do teshuva, but I am not ready). I need more notice. When Mashiach comes, what’s he going to find? How do we know who he will be? Am I ready to meet him? Do I really need to know more about him?

Does Judaism need Mashiach? We do need Mashiach, it is included in the Rambam’s 13 principles of faith: “I believe with complete faith in the coming of the Mashiach and even though he may tarry, nevertheless, I yearn every day for his coming.”

To believe in the Mashiach is to believe in God, the Torah and all the commandments. It is one of the footstools of Judaism and one of the main roots of all faith. Mashiach is the crown of what God desired of His people, a relationship with roots. If Mashiach comes today, would he find that our longing of his coming is growing cold. Are we suffering from a loss of connection to our ancestors. Is our faith, our belief very cold. But we can ask: whose fault is that? Who is he coming for? All Jewish people, some? the Gentiles? to who or for whom?

Truth be told, we are bringing Mashiach closer and closer every day with your physical performances of the Mitzvot (commandments). Doing good deeds (all that HaShem asks of us to do via the holy scriptures), praying and learning torah, teaching others concerning his revelation, reading of who he is from the Hebrew Scriptures, etc… Are you willing to say, I’m ready, Do I want Mashiach Now, and risk it all for the sake of his coming? Do you really want to know him?

Know this, Mashiach’s full revelation eminent!

We want Mashiach Now. But we must ask: In what merit does the Mashiach comes? Would our long cry bring Mashiach Now?

Every Shabbat has its own special Kedusha (holiness), revealed by its very own Parasha (thus every week we must strive to live out the weekly Parasha!). It is no coincidence that we read a specific Parasha on a specific Shabbat. It’s all in the plan of HaKodesh Baruch Hu (the Holy One, Blessed be He). Thus, the special spirit that exemplifies this coming Shabbat is alluded to in Parashat Bereshit (Genesis). ” ‘And the Spirit of Hashem hovers upon the surface of the waters (Bereshit 1:2)’ — this [refers to] the spirit of Mashiach… (Bereshit Rabba 2:4).”

“Rabbi Eliezer says, In Tishrei the world was created… and in Tishrei we are destined to be redeemed. Rabbi Yehoshua says, In Nisan the world was created… and in Nisan we are destined to be redeemed (Rosh HaShana 10b-11a).” Note that according to both opinions, redemption will occur in the same month as creation, for as we have learned, creation contained within it the seeds of Mashiach. (As we have been saying all along, the first coming of Mashiach was demonstrated by all the spring Festivals)

Thus, the special Spirit (the Spirit of Mashiach) that exemplifies this coming Shabbat is alluded to in Parshat Bereshit. ” ‘And the Spirit of Hashem hovers upon the surface of the waters (Bereshit 1:2)’ — this [refers to] the spirit of Mashiach… (Bereshit Rabba 2:4).” ‘…hovers upon the surface of the waters’ — In the merit of Teshuva, which is compared to water, as it says, ‘Pour out your heart like water. (Eichah / Lamentations 2:19)’ ”
Of course, one can always do Teshuva. But the time is ripe now. If ever we needed redemption, the time is now. The coming year holds many surprises in store for our nation. How can we afford not to do Teshuva? Pour out your heart like water…!

וְהִבִּיטוּ אֵלַי אֵת אֲשֶׁר-דָּקָרוּ

And it is written: Zecharya 12:10 I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; וְהִבִּיטוּ אֵלַי אֵת אֲשֶׁר-דָּקָרוּ and they will look to me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and will grieve bitterly for him, as one grieves for his firstborn.

Learn why the Mashiach is the pierced one from the Tanach, and learn who the Mashiach is. Do not be affraid, Mashiach will be revealed to you today!

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