A couple of Israel’s leading rabbis had a sit-down in the lead-up to Passover, a noted Jewish day of remembrance, and found common ground on the spiritual thought that it’s high time for the Messiah to come, if biblical prophecies and signs can be taken at face value.
“This is a difficult generation,” said Moishe Sternbuch, head of the Rabbinical Court and leader of one of the country’s largest ultra-Orthodox communities, Israel Today noted. “Not a day goes by without someone cursing his friend. You deal with one situation and immediately, someone starts something else.”
And Chaim Kanievsky, another leader of ultra-Orthodox society among Jews, agreed today’s generation seemed possessed of many of the characteristics that biblical prophecies forewarned as the coming of Christ.
“Foreshadowing of the Messiah,” he said, the news outlet reported.
And another biblical shadow of things to come: “Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin interpreted what is said at the end of the Mishnah in Sotah [‘We will have no one upon whom to rely other than our Father in Heaven’] as a curse in and of itself, that in the generation of the foreshadowing of Messiah, those who fear God will become tired and give up the fight against sinners. … We need to bring Messiah.”
The two then quoted various Scripture aimed at showing how close to end times the world seemed, in their eyes, at least.
“According to the signs recorded in the Gemara [rabbinic commentary on the Mishnah],” Kanievsky said, Israel Today reported, “the Messiah should already have come.”
Sternbuch reminded that ancient teachings and writings indicate that “before the coming of Messiah, Christians and Ishmaelites would come to the land of Israel,” he said.
And Kanievsky said: “When Messiah comes, everyone will repent and those who were ‘barren trees’ will bear fruit and become scholars,” Israel Today reported.
The remarks came by way of a discussion recorded by Kikar Hashabbat of the Orthodox news portal.
“It would seem that we are now in the ‘Generation of Messiah,’ and God willing, will meet again at the coming of Messiah, may He come quickly,” Sternbuch said.
Passover is an eight-day commemoration of the freeing of the Israelites from Egypt and from enslavement to the pharaoh. God through Moses commanded the pharaoh to free His people, and when refused, sent 10 plagues onto the Egyptians, the last of which was to kill all the firstborn. Israelites’ first born were spared, however – their homes were passed over by the spirit of the Lord inflicting the plague. And shortly after, Pharaoh, distressed at the death of his son, freed the Israelites. He then changed his mind and sent out soldiers to overtake them, but God parted the Red Sea and opened the pathway to their freedom, and to their Egyptian pursuers’ death.
Passover is regarded in the Jewish faith as one of the most important holidays, and is widely celebrated.
Pew Research Center reported 93 percent of Israeli Jews participated in Seder, the start of the Passover commemoration, which kicked off Friday.
As Pew reported: “Passover remains one of the most widely observed Jewish traditions, with an overwhelming majority of even secular Jews participating in a Seder.”
More that one-fourth of Israelites celebrated “non-traditional” Seders in 2015, however. Most of the traditional Seders held around the nation were attended by traditional Jews.