Picture: the third temple model
How can we keep davening (praying) for the Ge’ulah(Redemption) to come when better people than us havedavened for it for 2,000 years and it hasn’t happened yet? What is the point? How can we believe that we will, through our tefillos, (prayers) bring the Ge’ulah?
Reb Gutman Locks’s response:
Why did Hashem hide the time of Redemption from our Forefathers? Because, if He would have told them that it will not be for thousands of years, who would have had the strength to survive? But, by expecting the redemption at any moment it gives us the extra support that we need when we feel down.
But now we see that things are different. Of all time in the history of the Jewish people we actually see that the redemption has begun. Jews from all over the world are coming home. Today, for the first time in some 2,000 years, more Jews live in Israel than in any other place! This is certainly a sign that the Redemption is happening. This was prophesized, and although the Land laid barren for so long, still, we believed that some day we would be able to come home. And now it is a practical reality.
Also, even though our ancestors were like giants, and we are like midgets, still, we can see further than they could, if only we stand on their shoulders. If we follow what they taught, and add our tiny, midget size learning and mitzvahs we will do even more than they did.
Although each generation is lower than the previous one, today, we are so close to the Redemption our small deeds can make a bigger difference than some of our ancestors’ tremendous deeds.
The Redemption is set to come no later than a certain date (its fixed time). It will not be later…but we can bring it earlier (suddenly), by doing just one little thing…and the mitzvah that is before us might very well be that one deed that has been lacking.
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