Thursday, 26 November 2009

We Want Moshiach NOW! We Want Moshiach NOW!

This photograph was taken by Shear Success Photographers at the model of the Second Temple found at the Israel Centre. It serves to provide a pictorial view of the fact that the Temple will be restored to us in the time of our Final Redemption.

Have you heard anyone singing: "We Want Moshiach Now! We Want Moshiach NOW!"?
Do you know what this means? Who is Moshiach? Is he here? Has he come? When will he come? What is redemption? When is the redemption? Will it happen in our lifetime? Is there anything I can do to make it happen?

We are receiving some feedback to our Upcoming Womens Event:
"The Unique Role in Hastening Redemption"
One such comment was that the topic is too conceptual, too vague, not practical. Hence posing the above questions.

The Rambam in his 13 principles of Faith has listed in the last two of these principles as follows:

"12. I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah. How long it takes, I will await His coming every day. (These are the words of the beautiful song Ani Maamin)

13. I believe with perfect faith that the dead will be brought back to life when G-d wills it to happen."

In Yigdal, the English translation of the last two lines state:
" By the End of Days He will send our Messiah - to redeem those longing for His final salvation;
God will revive the dead in His abundant kindness - Blessed forever is His praised Name."

These words correspond to Ani Maamin from the 13 Principles of Faith.

From these two quotes we see already that believing in Moshiach and Redemption is an integral part of being a Jew. In fact, it is not conceptual but a real part of Judaism.

Let us explain on a Pshat (basic) level what the topic means. Those women attending will, G-d willing learn from the various speakers and the additional program, what they as a woman can practically do to hasten the Redemption. Some of this is learning what Redemption is, some of it is learning the role of Jewish women in general and related to Redemption in particular. There is an aspect of Tehillim, uniting as Jewish women, having fun since the Hebrew words for Simchah שמח are the same as those for Moshiach משח. The Tzedakah aspect is reflected in our Raffle for great prizes where everyone becomes a winner and the fact that a portion of the proceeds goes to our Mitzvah Projects.

Each speaker has their own focus and frame of reference. By coming for the full event, you have the potential to gain a rich, varied perspective on this topic.

May this be the first of many such events as in truth the topic is vast.

If you have thoughts and requests for other events please email either Shoshanah or Reb Eliyahu.

In the meantime, please visit our page about our Upcoming Womens Event

Come and join us. Bring your mothers, grandmothers, sisters, nieces, aunts, cousins, friends and even women you don't yet know. Let us unite and learn about one of the most topical and powerful topics. As some say, the best is saved for last, so we saw in the Rambams Principles of faith that Moshiach, Redemption and Techias HaMasim feature numbers 12 and 13. Let us make them a priority in our lives.

Come and learn how you as a woman can help to make the Final Redemption become a reality.

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