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High Hopes

Although Moshiach hasn’t come yet,[1] there is no need to despair. This can be compared to one who flips a coin: there still remains a 50/50 chance that it will land on heads or tails. The same can be said regarding Moshiach — although he hasn’t come yet, it doesn’t decrease the chances of his arrival now.

 

R’ Chatzkel Levenstein explained that when a person is waiting for a bus and many busses already passed that weren’t the bus he needs, he will still look up in anticipation the next time another bus approaches. This is because this may be the bus he has been waiting for. The same applies with Moshiach. Even though he didn’t come until now when it seemed that current events would dictate his coming, we still should anticipate him anytime something happens that can lead to his arrival.



[1] At the third meal of a particular Shabbos in the Plaszow concentration camp, the Zaloshitzer Rebbe quoted the pasuk עד אבוא אל מקדשי א-ל אבינה לאחריתם, until I came to the sanctuaries of Hashem, I contemplated their end (Tehillim 73:17). He explained this to mean, “Only when Moshiach comes will I understand the secret of the divine conduct of these times (referring to the Holocaust). Only then will I comprehend the mystery of the killings and carnage.” (Ohalei Shem pp. 17-18)

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Writer of the weekly Fascinating Insights Torah sheet in Englishעברית ,אידיש and français
Author of Seven Books including the recently released “Remarkable Insights about Death and the Afterlife”

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