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When is Moshiach going to come?

  

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Rabbi Wagner: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...

gonemad07: when is Moshiach going to come?

Rabbi Wagner: Today

gonemad07: why do you say that?

Rabbi Wagner: The Talmud relates the story of the great Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi's meeting with Moshiach

Rabbi Wagner: He asked him when he would come

Rabbi Wagner: and moshiach responded "today"

Rabbi Wagner: some time later Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi met Elijah the Prophet and asked him why Moshiach lied to him

Rabbi Wagner: he said "he was quoting a verse:

Rabbi Wagner: "Today, if you will but hearken to His voice"1

gonemad07: thanks

Rabbi Wagner: no problem

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  • 1. Psalms 95:7.

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