Good Resolution About Moshiach
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A Good Resolution About Moshiach / Many Lubavitchers Thank The R.C.A.
The Moshiach Campaign Can Succeed --If It Stops Insisting The Rebbe Is Moshiach
A Good Resolution About Moshiach
Many Lubavitchers Thank The R.C.A.
In ch. 11 of Hilchos Melochim, after the Rambam writes the order of Moshiach's coming, that he will fight the battles of G-d and build the Temple in its place, he continues and states (end of halacha 4, the portion deleted by the censor) -- 'if he does not succeed to this extent (after he already did a certain number of things) it is known that he is not the one the Torah promised, but he is only like all the righteous and proper kings of David's lineage who died, and the Holy One blessed be He raised him only in order to test the multitude' -- and the situation remains EXILE! The very same predicament as before! This indicates very clearly that, Chas V'Sholom and Chas V'Sholom, it cannot be said we are in the 'beginning of the redemption.'
Then a wise-guy contended that the Rambam himself wrote in ch. 12 (halacha 2), 'no one knows how all these things and their like will happen until they will ultimately take place,' and therefore, seemingly -- this person maintained -- the very same thing can be said regarding the chain of events that will transpire upon Moshiach's arrival.
The Rebbe Explained: Sources Which State A Deceased Tzadik Will Be Moshiach Really Mean Only That His Soul Will Be Enclothed In Moshiach
"However the explanation is that these sources only mean that King David's SOUL will be ENCLOTHED IN the King Moshiach -- in a manner similar to the explanation of the saying 'Moshe, the first savior, he will be the final savior' (Shmos Rabba 2:6; Zohar I 253a; Shaar Hapesukim, Parshas Vayechi), which, since Moshe is a Levy and Moshiach must be from the tribe of Yehudah, has to be understood as meaning only that Moshe's soul will be enclothed in the final savior (Ohr HaChaim, Vayechi 49:11)."
And since when must the tzadik with the "neshama klalit" be immediately recognized by any of the Rebbe's Chassidim? Doesn't the Torah teach "lo almon Yisrael," "Israel is not forsaken" (Yirmiya 51:5), and "harbei shluchim lamokom," "G-d has many agents" to be Moshiach? If the redemption is not brought through one person, it is certain that "relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place" (Esther 4:14). Each generation has 36 hidden tzadikim worthy of being Moshiach, and "When R. Akiva died, Rebbe [Yehudah Hanasi] was born; when Rebbe died, Rav Yehudah was born; when Rav Yehudah died, Raba was born; when Raba died, R. Ashi was born. This teaches that a righteous man does not depart from the world until another righteous man like himself is created, as it is said, 'the sun rises and the sun sets': before Eli's sun was extinguished the sun of Samuel of Ramoth arose" (Kidushin 72b).
Finally, on page 104 Abarbanel is merely presenting part of an explanation which, when he introduced it on the previous page, he explicitly stated he was writing it although "it is insufficient and incorrect" -- and as anyone familiar with Abarbanel's style knows, he often explains opinions of others even better than they do themselves, even though he himself strongly disagrees with them, as he clearly writes in this case.
The Zohar And Kisvei Arizal Refer To Moshiach Ben Yosef, Or To Moshiach's Exceptional Spiritual Elevation
The Moshiach Campaign Can Succeed -- If It Stops Insisting The Rebbe Is Moshiach
The following is a reprint (with minor changes) of a letter that appeared in Country Yossi Magazine, December, 1994:
"We [Jews] all expect that the Messiah will come into being as a man from among men: (Jewish Encyclopedia, under the heading "Disputations"). Similarly, in his famous disputation at Barcelona, the Ramban (end of par. 39) stated the Jewish belief that the true Moshiach will not die, "death is completely inoperative against him." The Jewish position regarding Moshiach was long ago codified in halacha (in the Rambam's Yad Hachzoka, Hilchos Melochim 11:4), and unanimously, throughout the generations, Jewish scholars have avowed that Moshiach will not need a "second coming"!
And Lead Us Speedily To The Redemption