This series features an in-depth study – in 120-byte size segments – on the Twelfth Principles of our Jewish Faith, Belief in the coming of The Messiah (Moshiach). Drawing on a wide range of classic and contemporary commentaries ultimately addressing the burning issue of passive Anticipation vs active Awaiting?
Episode Fifteen: “FAITH FOUNDATION”
In the previous Episode we focused on the Rambam’s choice to place the Laws of Moshiach at the very tail end of his Magnum Opus, Mishna Torah. According to the Rebbe this can only be fully understood considering the thesis that our long-awaited anticipated Redeemer is the penultimate embodiment of Yiddishkiet.
In this Episode we will further demonstrate the veracity of this thesis:
The Rambam’s inclusion of a legal ruling about what constitutes Heresy in the Laws of Moshiach is puzzling. The emphasis on the demerit of a faith deficiency rather than the merit of faith affirmation further piques curiosity.
By viewing Moshiach as the ultimate fruition of Torah and Mitzvah perfection this becomes clearly understood!
This will also shed light as to the reason Belief in Moshiach formally comprises a Faith Foundation in Judaism, and why Maimonides elected to include it in his proverbial Thirteen Principles of Faith.
This Fifteenth episode — in an ongoing study series on The Geula, our final Redemption generally referred to as the Coming of The Messiah (Moshiach) — is sponsored by Joanna Blum for a Refuah Shliema for Shmuel Yisroel ben Chana.
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