Moschiach & Our Beliefs
The concept of Moschiach
has been with us since time immemorial.
In the old world, long before the common era, our Jewish brethren
believed in this Being and his coming. He
was a superhuman who appeared, paid attention to every just Jewish person, and
would lead one and all out of the diaspora into the promised land.
The dead would come to life, out of their graves, and become whole again,
instantly restructured as new, healthy, happy humans and, together with all of
the other Zadikim (holy and just people), would be viable and complete (If an
individual had lost a limb it had to be buried with the remainder of the body so
that it could again be a part of his body when the Moschiach arrived). Families
would reconnect with one another. There
would be no sadness, no strife, no illness.
There would be resurrection and everyone would feel strong.
Anger and strife would be nonexistent, and everyone would love one
another and would feel strong and whole. The
Moschiach/Messiah would bring back all the good, decent and G'd fearing,
righteous human beings who would live in Nirvana forever.
With all of the misfortune that befell our Jewish people, is it any wonder that we clung to the coming of Moshiach, our deliverer, who would free us from our enemies and our hardships? There would never be a pogrom again, no anti-Semitism, never ever again would there be a Holocaust. Our Messiah would come and we, as well as all the Zadikim (the holy people), would be together in unison; we would love each other and have no more sorrows; wars and bloodshed and evil would not exist; “only goodness and mercy” would follow us and be with us in our eternal life.
The Moschiach will be
amidst our people and we will be the special humans who have followed the
Karyagim Mitzwot (the 613 blessings/good deeds).
When our “Savior” comes to meet us, we will all have the Nirvana that
we have dreamed about.
No more struggles, no more of life’s strivings will exist.
Over the last one hundred
years, we have witnessed many changes/miracles in our lives. The
flying machines called airplanes have taken us into another dimension, as
have many of the devices that have changed our world. The electronic world has
brought a new dimension to our fellow humans. We can reach people at a moment's notice, cover distances in
short periods of time, live healthier and longer lives because of scientific
knowledge, and experience seemingly miraculous occurrences.
In our modern world, the
good life comes from “mazel” (luck), strivings, ambition, and the belief
that Hashem (G’d) helps those who help themselves.
We cannot prevent wars, illness, and misfortunes of many kinds.
We do, if we are fortunate enough, have good friends, have sufficient
means to make our life more bountiful. We
can contribute to the less fortunate ones among us and create a satisfying life
for ourselves. We cannot control
how long we will live, and without the concept of the Moschiach, we cannot
remain forever young. The concept of the Messiah is much like the concept that we
have as very young children, that of unconditional love. The Garden of Eden is not promised us unless, of course, the
Moschiach comes to lead us there unconditionally!