Thursday, May 8, 2008

Bringing Mashiach


"The Torah does not specify how the redemption will evolve, because this great matter is entrusted to Israel’s leaders. It is up to them to do as they see fit, according to the place and the time.

"Therefore we are taught regarding the redemption (Zecharyah 8:19), “The fasts…will become for the House of Yehudah…cheerful festivals.” This teaches that the redemption is entrusted to the human Beit Din just like the fixing of the festivals."

(R’ Yissachar Techtel, Em haBanim Smeichah pg. 267 (Lichtman translation))

Have a great day,


  1. Please tell me about the source-- from where and when does the author come?


  2. Hi Michael,

    Rav Yissachar Teichtel was a great talmid chacham, Hungarian if I recall correctly, who was firmly part of the non-Zionist, even anti-Zionist, camp, before WW II. He experienced a 180-degree change of heart during the way, and wrote a sefer called Em haBanim Semeichah in which he detailed the argument for supporting the secular pioneers and working with them to establish Jewish communities in Israel.

    An English translation, by R' Moshe Lichtman, is available, and it has some good biographic information in the beginning.