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Why will we have Cities of Refuge when the Messiah comes?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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The question is an obvious one, and there are many who discuss this question.

The Zayit Ra'anan (on Yalkut Shimoni, Parshat Shoftim) and the Minchat Chinuch (commandment 520) answer that it is a g'zayrat hakotuv (a heavenly decree) which is beyond our understanding.

The Shalah (Bait Dovid 24a) answers that the Messianic Era will be composed of two stages. In the first period, life will be very similar to what we are used to. The major difference will be that Moshiach will govern us and we will not be subject to foreign rule. In the second period we will experience all the miracles that the prophets guaranteed (such as the wolf lying with the lamb). The Arei Miklat will be necessary only during the initial stage.

The Messianic Era will be composed of two stages.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains (Likutei Sichot, vol. 24 p.107) that the Arei Miklat will be necessary for anyone who murdered accidentally before the coming of Moshiach.

[Eternal life will only begin after tchiyat hamaytim (which could be 40 years after Moshiach comes). Until then the kohen gadol can die and everyone will be able to leave the arei miklat].


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Eternal life in Messanic Era

Posted by: Ariel, Alpine, New Jersey on Apr 26, 2005

why do we have to wait for 40 yrs. after Moshiach comes for eternal life? can't we have it when Moshiach comes?

Editor's Comment

Apparently, it will take some time for the world to be transformed from the way we know it today to the world of perfection it will ultimately become.


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.
A Chassidic master. A saintly person who inspires followers to increase their spiritual awareness.
One who follows the teachings of the Chassidic group which was formerly based in the Belarus village of Lubavitch. Today, the movement is based in Brooklyn, New York with branches worldwide. The Lubavitch movement is also widely known as "Chabad."