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I pray daily for Moshiach, but I feel like we're not making any progress?

  

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Rabbi Shlomo: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?


Choco80: will the messiah ever come?


Rabbi Shlomo: indeed he will


Choco80: how do we know?


Rabbi Shlomo: The Torah promises us


Choco80: i just feel at a loss sometimes because everyday we pray in the Amidah that moashiach will come and i feel like we're not making any progress


Rabbi Shlomo: that is because we can't see it


Choco80: so you're saying it's already here?


Choco80: it's a person who bring all of am Yisrael together and i don't really see that


Rabbi Shlomo: because it didn't happen yet - but it is in the process


Choco80: but didn't we say that many years ago?


Choco80: it's in the process.... but we're still sinning... what makes u think it's in the process/


Rabbi Shlomo: some times a process takes longer than we like - but that doesn't mean we are not in the process


Choco80: i understand that but how do we know we're in the process?


Rabbi Shlomo: it is like a little kid who asks "are we there yet" on a long trip, and his parents say "we are getting closer", then he asks again five minutes later, and they say the same thing, and again and again and again the same thing happens - after an hour the little kid might say "we will never get ther"


Rabbi Shlomo: well, in his limited mind, and is limited perception he can't understand that they are indeed getting closer


Rabbi Shlomo: we are like the little kid - we can't see the larger picture, we don't feel that we are moving - but the Torah tells us that we are, and the Tzadikim have told us that we are almost there


Choco80: don't we need evidence of this? just liek the kid


Rabbi Shlomo: read above


Choco80: also is geula aututomatically intertwined with the Moshiach?


Rabbi Shlomo: yes


Choco80: so what's our mission in life as jews to bring it closer? what's our ultimate purpose?


Rabbi Shlomo: to bring Moshiach through the fulfillment of Torah and Mitzvot


Choco80: it's just hard for me because all our ancestors have been doing this since the destruction of the Temple


Rabbi Shlomo: because it takes a long time to accomplish


Rabbi Shlomo: it is like the little kid who is in the car and says "I can't believe we are not there yet; we are already driving for 15 minutes!"



Choco80: thank u very much rabbi


Choco80: i appreciate it


Rabbi Shlomo: my pleasure


Choco80: alright i have to go have a good night


Rabbi Shlomo: you too

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Israel » Messiah

Torah
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Moshiach
The Messiah. Moshiach is the person who will usher in an era of peace and tranquility for all of humanity when there will be no jealousy or hate, wars or famine. This is a fundamental Jewish belief.
Mitzvot
Plural form of Mitzvah. Commandments of G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
Amidah
Highlight of every prayer, recited silently while standing. Weekday Amidah consists of nineteen blessings, Sabbath and holiday Amidah contains seven blessings.
Temple
1. Usually a reference to the Holy Temple which was/will be situated in Jerusalem. 1st Temple was built in 825 BCE and was destroyed in 423 BCE. The 2nd Temple was built in 350 BCE and was destroyed in 70 CE. The 3rd Temple will be built by the Messiah. 2. A synagogue.
Yisrael
1. Additional name given by G-d to Patriarch Jacob. 2. A Jew who is not a Kohain or Levi (descendant of the Tribe of Levi).
Tzadikim
Plural form of Tzadik. A Tzadik is a saint, or righteous person.