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I have a dream, do you?

Friday, 10 July, 2020 - 8:24 am

Recently, Chavie and I were accused of having a secret agenda when asking a fellow Jew to do a Mitzvah; “They believe that this Mitzvah will bring about the Mashiach”. I thought of that claim yesterday when completing the one-year cycle of Rambam, in which I, along with thousands of fellow Jews, finished Maimonides’ fourteen books of codified law. The 12th century Torah giant concludes his magnum opus with the following words “In that era, there will be neither famine or war, envy or competition, for good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust. The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know God…The world will be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the ocean bed." Who wouldn’t want that? Who doesn’t want to believe that this is achievable?

This week’s Torah portion, Pinchas, gives us insight into the spiritual schizophrenia of humanity. Yes, Pinchas was a selfless hero, Moses a fearless leader and the daughters of Tzlafchad  succeeded in their fight for a portion of Holy Land, but so much of what we read reminds us that all humans, whether by nature or nurture, struggle to live sinless, are easily brainwashed into “buying” negativity and are great at talking the talk while having a much harder time walking the walk. Instead of giving up on ourselves so easily, we’d be way better off Incorporating a Mashiach outlook into our lives, bringing the internal change we so desperately need, so that we can think, speak and act, guided entirely by purity and upbeatness.

Maimonides ends his Halachic code with Mashiach and the new cycle, which starts today, begins with the laws of believing in one G-d and they’re connected. If we internalize our belief in the oneness of G-d, how every facet of creation and our personal lives is G-d guided, ordained and permeated, than we will instinctively want to live in an era where spirituality is the “real world” and temptations, suffering, addictions and strife are “unrealistic”. It’s a shift in worldview that isn’t naïve or childish, but rather optimistic, beautiful and innocent. Yearning for Mashiach, for such a harmonious time, is our way of saying that exile isn’t working for us; we want a more peaceful world, we need a more spirited society and “In G-d we Trust” shouldn’t be relegated to our currency but rather should be engraved in our heart and soul.

I want Mashiach now, how about you?

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

 

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