Era of Moshiach
The Birthday of Moshiach
teach1 that Mashiach was born on Tisha b’Av. This is not merely a description
of past history. On the contrary, the intent is that every year, Tisha b’Av generates
a new impetus for the coming of the Redemption.
A birthday is a time when the
specific constellation which was in force during a person’s birth is once again
ascendent, giving him power and strength. Thus, the birthday of Mashiach is a
time when he, and the Redemption with which he is associated, are granted new
power. This power, in turn, hastens the advent of the day when the Redemption
will become actually manifest.
Jerusalem Talmud, Berachos 2:4; Eichah Rabbah 1:51.
[From Sound the Great Shofar, p.74 ]
No more Lamentations
On the eve of Tisha
B'Av each year Reb Avraham of Chechanov would have to buy a new copy of Kinos--Lamentations.
For every year, as soon as the mournful service was over, he would stow away his
copy in the place where old and battered sacred books were lodged until they were
buried. And each time he did this he would say: "I am sure that Moshiach will
come this year, and then we won't have any further need for books of Lamentations."
Treasury of Chasidic Tales]
Many people await the coming of Moshiach and the
“better days” it will bring. In truth, however, these are the best days there
are. What Moshiach will do is reveal the hidden goodness of our present-day existence.
Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch [Sefer HaSichot 5704,
The Torah designates six cities of refuge to which a person who has inadvertently
killed someone can flee and atone for his deed. Three were established in the
Land. When Moshiach comes and the borders of Israel are expanded to include the
territory of the Kini, Kenizi and Kadmoni, three more cities of refuge will be
But why will additional cities be necessary in the Messianic Era?
If peace will reign supreme, and violence between men will disappear from the
face of the earth, what purpose will these cities of refuge serve?
no new acts of violence will occur, the cities of refuge will allow those Jews
who accidentally killed someone throughout the centuries of exile to seek atonement
and be worthy of the Messianic Era.
Let's Get Ready
the students of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi asked him, "Rebbe, we pray, we ask,
we beg G-d to bring the Moshiach--why hasn't he arrived yet?"
looked up from his holy books and shook his head. "Perhaps the Moshiach which
you are waiting for is not the one which G-d wants to bring."
Get Ready- quoted in L'Chaim #225 / Pinchas 5752]
she gave birth there were twins...and he called his name Peretz, and afterwards
his brother...and he called his name Zerach." (Gen. 38:27-30)
Peretz is the direct ancestor of King David and Moshiach. The Midrash notes that
"Before the first enslaver of Israel (Pharaoh) was born, the ultimate redeemer
of Israel (Moshiach -- Peretz) was already born." G-d thus brought about
the remedy and cure before the affliction - before the Egyptian exile and all
the exiles that would follow thereafter - including our own.
of Moshiach" that was created with the birth of Peretz confers upon Israel
the strength and ability to succeed in their exiles to "break through"
(the meaning of the name "Peretz") all the obstacles that try to impede
their service of G-d until Moshiach is revealed.
Our Sages compare Zerach
to the sun and Peretz to the moon. The sun continuously shines in an unchanging
manner; thus it symbolizes the stable manner in which tzadikim (the righteous)
serve G-d. The moon's appearance keeps changing; it continually waxes and wanes.
The moon thus symbolizes ba'alei teshuva (penitents), who "slipped"
and strayed and then returned and regained their spiritual stature. The royal
house of David, the very source of Moshiach, is precisely from Peretz (the moon),
because Moshiach will bring even tzadikim to do teshuva, to return to their Divine
Although one passage in the Jerusalem Talmud states that this verse
refers to Moshiach, another interprets it as referring to every Jew.
This seeming contradiction is resolved by the Baal Shem Tov, who said
that every Jew contains within him a spark of the soul of Moshiach.
Furthermore, this spark is more than just a latent aspect; every Jew
is able to bring that spark out into the open, bringing about the actual
manifestation of Moshiach by means of Torah and mitzvot, which effect
a purification and refinement of the physical world. This will be achieved
in macrocosm with the coming of Moshiach, who will reveal the world's
goodness and holiness.