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Low City, High Revelation
1) The gemara tells us that the redemption will originate in Tevarya. Why Tevarya of all places?
2) After the destruction of Sodom, Lot fathered a son through each of his daughters, from which the nations Amon and Moav originated. This is the origin of Moshiach as Dovid Hamelech’s great grandmother was the Moabite convert Rus. Naamah was an Amonite convert and married Dovid’s son Shlomo who had King Rechavam from whom Moshiach will descend. Moshiach coming from murky origins is also shown to us in the incidents of Yehuda and Tamar and Rus and Boaz. This astonishing fact requires explanation. Why is this the way Moshiach is brought forth?
Moshiach originating from such impure roots enables him to reach even the lowest of Jews. This is significant in the role he plays in heralding the redemption which serves to include even the lowliest of Jews.
Tevarya is the lowest of cities. In fact, Tevarya is about 689 feet (210 meters) below sea level. Tevarya symbolizes the lowliness of our exile and the lowest of Jews. Moshiach originates in Tevarya because it is the lowest symbolizing the lowest of Jews. Moshiach raises even the lowest of Jews. It therefore is fitting that this is his origin.