AWAIT! is a series featuring in-depth study – in 120-byte size segments – on the Twelve 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 Thirty-Three: “MESSIANIC JOURNEYS”

We’ve spent the previous episodes clarifying an enigmatic Talmudic statement about diverting attention from the subject of Moshiach. Surprisingly, our Sages seem to view it as a virtuous and meaningful way to accelerate His coming. Suggesting that achieving mindlessness regarding Geula was an act, rather than a lack, of faith!

After conclusively demonstrating that a literal iteration of this teaching is untenable with Torah tradition, and would in fact, prove to be contradictory — we went on to explain the Gemara in variety of kindred yet unique ways; all reflecting authentic Torah truisms.

In the immediate past Episode, we went further, introducing a deeper mystical, and even positive spiritual meaning of “Hesach HaDaas” (lit. diverting or removing one’s mind or attention). Rather than meaning mindless in literal fashion, we learnt to understand it as a transcendence of natural limitations imposed by rational mindfulness and cognition.

In this new Episode we will embark on the next leg in this journey of Torah discovery. By creatively translating “Hesach” in a most literal manner, we will enter a new dimension. Framing it as “a-movement-away-from” or proverbial “journey” beyond the orbit of cognition, we will be positioned to travel a novel roadmap towards redemption!

In pushing the envelope of rationality is then translated into practical terminology; articulating the path of action that can most dynamically catalyze Moshiach’s arrival!

This is the Thirty Third Episode of our ongoing study series on The Geula, our final Redemption generally referred to as the Coming of Moshiach (The Messiah).

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