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 Eight: THE NON-BELIEVER
In our previous episodes we elegantly demonstrated that by anchoring the Promise of Messianic Redemption in actual Mitzvah obligation, Maimonides (Rambam) effectively endows the future Messianic Redemption with a greater degree of certainty.
Yet, while this fine thesis is based on sound logic and proven jurisprudence, its impact seems purely theoretical, offering no practical achievement or advantage.
In this episode we move to illustrate how the enhanced certainty isn’t merely conceptual. It does, in fact, brilliantly yield practical legal ramification.
Here you’ll discover why it’s so significant that our Faith in Moshiach is incorporated into a Mitzvah Matter rather than Prophetic Promise and gain insight into why the Rambam may have chosen to present a kindred quote in a separate paragraph.
As our Faith in Messianic Redemption is now linked to appointing new Cities of Refuge, being a “non-Believer” and rejecting the idea of a Literal Messiah becomes far more egregious. Because it amounts to denying Mitzvah eternity is becomes a position of actual Heresy!
This episode is the eighth in an ongoing study series on The Geula, our final Redemption generally referred to as the Coming of The Messiah (Moshiach).
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