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What does the word Moshiach mean?

by Rabbi Dovid Dubov

  

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Moshiach is most commonly translated as Messiah. The word Messiah in English has come to mean a saviour or a “hoped-for deliverer”, but the original word Moshiach in Hebrew actually means “anointed”. In Biblical Hebrew the title Moshiach was bestowed on somebody who had anointed to a position of nobility and greatness. For example, the High Priest is referred to as the Kohen Hamoshiach (The Anointed Priest).

In Talmudic literature the title Moshiach, or Melech Hamoshiach, (the King Messiah) is reserved for the Jewish leader who will be anointed by G-d to redeem Israel (the People) from their exile and bring them back to Israel (the land), ushering in an era of world peace.

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