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Learning about Moshiach

by Dr. Yossi Shwartz


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We live in a world that has a past, a present and a future. The past is our history. We study it, we learn from it, and we use it to guide us in the present. The present in now. We attempt to seize its numerous opportunities and we try to avoid wasting it. The future is often a question mark. Sometimes we plan and prepare for it and sometimes we just let it happen.
Let us examine two situations that involve events that will occur in the future.

Two Women 

Imagine a young woman who learns that she is soon going to be reunited with her mother. This woman has been separated from her mother for many years and greatly misses her. Since the woman knows her mother extremely well and has had a strong relationship with her, she is tremendously excited about reuniting with her. In the weeks leading up to their reunion, the woman often finds herself visualizing and thinking about her mother. In her mind, she frequently reviews many of the "good times" which they have had together. She plans for this future get-together and she tries to prepare herself for it.

The future is often a question mark. Sometimes we plan and prepare for it and sometimes we just let it happen.
Now imagine another young woman. She has two loving parents who had adopted her in her infancy. From an early age in her life she was quite aware that she was adopted and that some day, she would have the opportunity to meet her biological parents. The only knowledge that she has of her bio parents is that according to someone who met them once, they seemed to be "nice people." Throughout her life, she has never been particularly preoccupied or intrigued by the idea of meeting them although she has never objected to the idea either. She was always content with her busy life. She rarely wonders about her bio parents but when she does, she is just puzzled by the meaning of the phrase "nice people."

Two Perspectives

Why do these two example of future events elicit such different responses? In the case of the woman who is going to be reunited with a mother that she knows and loves, she intensely anticipates the reunion. She plans, prepares and fanaticizes about it. These feelings and actions are fueled by her familiarity, closeness, and her detailed knowledge of her mother.


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Philosophy » Messiah

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.