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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Haftora

In this weeks haftora (portion from the Prophets), the Jews ask the Prophet Shmuel for a King. This request invokes great Divine wrath, and the Jews are almost wiped out. The Talmud and the commentators are very perplexed by this, for one of the commandments in the Torah is to make a King, so why are the Jews so faulted?! There are various answers given, in my book Likutay Nanach I address this pointing out that today it is very understandable. We see with our own eyes how people go around just saying Mushiach, Messiah, Mashiach.... This guy is Mushiach, or this guy should be, or he was.... All of their Judaism is just some conspiracy to be privy to who is Mushiach. This is a terrible sin, appointing the Mushiach is a commandment, one of many others, and in fact in only comes after others (as taught by our Sages, also see the commentators on Likutay Moharan 6), and moreover the only real way of bringing the Mushiach is by following the holy ways of Rabbainu Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman, so adopting to a practice that one's main goal is just Mushiach is very counter-productive.

Great blessings of Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman!

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