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Paparock 12-25-2015 05:12 PM

The Final Redemption Is Hidden For A Reason
The Final Redemption Is Hidden For A Reason
This week's Torah portion: What does Yaakov's vision of the 'End of Days' tell us about the Messianic era we live in?
By Joseph Frager, MD

The point made by the Kli Yakar is simple. The Jews must always have Eretz Yisrael in their Prayers and in their minds. They must yearn to live in Eretz Yisrael. Knowing when the "End of Days" would occur would not have encouraged Jews to reach their ultimate Spiritual potential. Hence it was hidden, but it is guaranteed.

At this point I would like to delve into the concept of Mashiach Ben Yosef and Mashiach Ben David. Clearly Yaakov is speaking to Yosef and his Brothers about "the End of Days". In Gemara Sukkah 52a a dispute occurs between Rabbi Dosa Ben Harkinus and others. Rabbi Dosa says that the prophecy of Zechariah 12:10 applies to the mourning of Mashiach Ben Yosef . We uphold the view of Rabbi Dosa.

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai says the Mashiach Ben Yosef will build the Temple first then be killed leading to the Messianic Era of Mashiach ben David. In contemporary times the first chief Rabbi of Israel Abraham Isaac Kook of Blessed Memory in his eulogy of Theodor Herzl in 1904 entitled the "great eulogy in Jerusalem" intimates that the secular Zionists led by Herzl were the counterparts of Mashiach Ben Yosef. They brought the State of Israel into being but Mashiach Ben David would infuse the religious aspects to Zionism, would eventually take over, and bring about the final redemption. It is not too hard to see all of this playing out in front of our very eyes. Yaakov's "End of Days" is near. We pray that it comes soon. Shabbat Shalom.

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