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How can Messiah stem from the "questionable" union of David and Bat-Sheva?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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It is explained in the teachings of Kabbalah that Moshiach actually stems from several questionable sources:

The union of Lot with his daughters (Genesis 19:31-38), which led to the birth of Moab, ancestor of Ruth, grandmother of King David; the union of Judah and Tamar, whom he thought was a harlot (Genesis 38:13-30), which led to the birth of Peretz, grandfather of King David; and the union of David with Bat-Sheva.

Moshiach is an incredible power of holiness which will be unleashed in this world, and there is no doubt that the Satan and the powers of anti-divinity would combat anything which would lead to the birth of Moshiach. G-d, therefore, "hid" the conception of Moshiach in disrespectable circumstances where even the Satan wouldn't think to look.


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Philosophy » Messiah

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