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The Messiah & the 3rd Temple

Is there a connection between miracles and the Messiah’s coming?

Presented with permission of Sichos in English, from their book “As a New Day Breaks” and their web page of the chapter “Will Mashiach Work Miracles?”, at https://www.sie.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2468567/jewish/Will-Mashiach-Work-Miracles.htm

Preface [from Maimonides, Laws of Kings 11:4]:

If a king will arise from the House of David who diligently contemplates the Torah and observes its mitzvot [commandments] as prescribed by the Written Law and the Oral Law as David, his ancestor, will compel all of Israel to walk in (the way of the Torah) and rectify the breaches in its observance, and fight the wars of G-d, we may, with assurance, consider him Mashiach [the “anointed one,” which is the word in Hebrew word for “Messiah”].

If he succeeds in the above, builds the Temple in its place, and gathers the dispersed of Israel, he is definitely the Mashiach.

He will then improve the entire world, motivating all the nations to serve G-d together, as Tzephaniah 3:9 states: ‘I will transform the peoples to a purer language that they all will call upon the name of G-d and serve Him with one purpose.’

If he did not succeed to this degree or was killed, he surely is not the redeemer promised by the Torah. Rather, he should be considered as all the other proper and complete kings of the Davidic dynasty who died. G-d caused him to arise only to test the many, as Daniel 11:35 states: ‘And some of the wise men will stumble, to try them, to refine, and to clarify until the appointed time, because the set time is in the future.’

This is a question concerning which there is a difference of opinion among our Sages. Our prophets say (Michah 7:15), “As in the days of your exodus from Egypt, I will show you wonders,” implying that the exodus from Egypt serves as the archetype for redemption,[1] and that the future Redemption will also be characterized by great miracles. Similarly, we find many prophecies of Mashiach’s coming, e.g., “a wolf will dwell with the lamb,” (Isaiah 11:6) which clearly point to a fundamental change in the natural order. Read more »

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Where is the Holy Ark?

Where the Holy Ark is Located Today*

Rambam [Maimonides] begins the fourth chapter of Hilchos Beis HaBechirah [Laws of the Chosen House in Mishneh Torah] with the following statements:

There was a stone in the western portion of the Holy of Holies on which the ark was placed.[1] Before it, [were placed] the vial of manna and Aharon’s staff. When Shlomo [Solomon] constructed the Beis [HaMikdash] [the Holy Temple], knowing that it would ultimately be destroyed, he constructed a place for the ark to be entombed below [the Holy of Holies] in deep maze-like vauts. Read more »

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Noahides and the 3rd Holy Temple during Sukkot

Gentiles were welcomed to bring their sacrificial offerings for G-d to the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, and they will participate even more at the Third Temple – especially during the festival of Sukkot (Zechariah 14:16). Read more »

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What is the role of Elijah the Prophet (Eliyahu HaNavi) in bringing the Messianic Era?

The Coming Of The Prophet Eliyahu

This translation is an adapted version of a Chassidic discourse by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, on 10th Shevat, 5747. The Hebrew original appeared at the time as Siyum HaRambam, MiSichos Yud Shvat 5747. Published in English in the book “I Await His Coming Every Day“. (Presented here with permission of the publisher: Sichos in English, Brooklyn, NY. )

A Prophet Will Arise

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The Role of Gentiles in Perfecting the World

In “Laws of Kings”, chapter 11, topic 4, Rambam explains that the true Messiah (Mashiach) will bring about the fulfillment of the prophecy of Zephaniah 3:9. In the words of Rambam: “He [the true Messiah] will perfect the entire world, [motivating all the nations] to serve G-d together, as it is written, ‘For I [G-d] shall then make the peoples pure of speech so that they will all call upon the Name of G-d and serve Him with one purpose.'” Read more »

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What is one of the names of the Messiah?

Our Sages asked, “What is Mashiach’s name?” Read more »

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