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Choiceless Redemption

Written by Rabbi Yehoshua Alt, 4/4/2020

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Choiceless Redemption

There are 365 days in a year. The word נחש, snake has a Gematria of 358. Subtracting 358 from 365, we come to a total of 7 as it is during the 7 days of Pesach that we get the ability to fight the זוהמא, filth of the snake. This is the meaning in ביעור חמץ which refers to the Yetzer Hara. 

 

There is a Machlokes if the sin of Adam was with wheat or wine.[1] For this reason, we have Matza (wheat) and wine (four cups) as it is to rectify the first sin of man. Through this we may merit משיח. In fact, משיח has the equivalent of 358!  

 

We are taught that משיח (בן דוד) will come in a generation that is כולו זכאי or כולו חייב, entirely virtuous or entirely guilty.[2] How are we to understand that משיח can come in a generation that is כולו חייב? R’ Elchonon Wasserman compares this to Mitzraim where we were at the point of no return and thus needed to be redeemed. Similarly, in the future if it is a generation that is כולו חייב.

 

The Chofetz Chaim[3] says the young will rebel against the old and one will be unable to transmit the fundamentals to the next generation. To prevent the tradition from being lost, the Geula will come.

Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.


[1] Sanhedrin 70.

[2] Sanhedrin 98a. The Abarbenel (ישועות משיחו, p. 19) explains this to mean that even in a דור שכולו חייב (see Ohr Hachaim, Vayikra, 25:28).

[3] ציפית לישועה, 1.

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