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Who Needs a Human Moshiach?

Who Needs a Human Moshiach?

Moshiach and Mortgage Brokers

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Question:

I appreciate the point about the world having a goal and destiny and how the world is evolving towards a state of perfection and redemption. But why the focus on a human being as the redeemer? If redemption is that crucial, couldn't G‑d do it on His own?

Answer:

In typical rabbi fashion let me explain with a parable.

I've recently noticed that mortgage brokers are sprouting up all over the place. More and more people prefer to use mortgage brokers rather than the old-fashioned system of setting up an appointment with their bank. The reason? With so many different loans and lenders in the market, it's highly advisable to rely on a mortgage broker to do the legwork for you. With a broker you have access to a greater range of mortgage options, better service and you can use the broker to negotiate with lenders on your behalf. The banks also benefit from this trend, as they can now conserve manpower by outsourcing to the brokers the task of finding and qualifying borrowers. Most importantly, the broker "understands the language" of both the lenders and the clients. Thus, the broker acts as a successful intermediary.

No one else other than us can do the job. All others have a "conflict of interest"...What would happen if it was discovered that a mortgage broker is actually an employee of a particular lending institution? That's what we call a dishonest broker. He would lose his license and possibly be culpable for a variety of legal penalties. It would be like two conflicting parties finally agreeing to mediate, only to discover that the designated arbitrator has a direct financial or personal interest in the outcome of the arbitration.

Same thing with Moshiach. Our duty is to create a union between the world's material substance and its spiritual reality, to marry Heaven and Earth. Call it arbitration, negotiation, brokerage or match-making. We have been entrusted with the sacred mission of perfecting this world by bringing spirituality and G‑dliness into an otherwise ungodly world. Our observance of the mitzvot all center on this ideal of bridging the chasm between G‑dliness and Worldliness. Every time we engage in the physical act of performing a mitzvah we speed up the process of "drawing down" the Divine into our environment.

No one else other than us can do the job. All others have a "conflict of interest" and represent one of the two parties. Who do you propose to use as the negotiator between both parties? G‑d? He, as it were, can't do it on His own. He's representing one of the parties...

We, on the other hand, possess a soul which is "part of G‑d above," yet this G‑dly soul is garbed in a physical and corporeal body. We "understand the language" of both parties and are therefore the perfect candidate for the task of merging the two.

The consummation of this process will be realized in the Era of Redemption when every dimension of our worldly existence will be truly permeated by G‑dliness. In the words of our Sages: "Currently we are in a state of betrothal; in the World to Come—will be the Marriage."

Moshiach, the one who will usher in the redemption, is a "man of this world," a flesh-and-blood human being who undergoes physical challenges such as stress, opposition and health-considerations. Yet, his soul is as pure and pristine as they come. He will have nullified his ego and intellect to be consistent with the Divine will. He has a good take on both Heaven and Earth.

Indeed, an honest broker.

Rabbi Yossi Braun lectures on Talmud, Jewish Law and Hassidism in Sydney, Australia.
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April 30, 2014
Moses was lifted up to G-d. He spend such time with Adonai on Earth that when the people saw him come down from Sinai, they were extremely discomforted by beams of light pouring from his skin. Also, recall that he was so poor with direct communication, he used Aaron as his prophet. My only point being that while Moshiach will serve a purpose similar to Moses, this mediator characteristic must surpass that of Moshe. A king for today's people must be very ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. The glory and power of Hashem has proven to overwhelm our humble state. To understand the amount of organisms on the Earth or how many stars are in the sky is literally out of our realm of perception. To think that G-d would attempt to reveal His wonder without a very relatable intermediary is shortsighted and inconsiderate of Hashems love and compassion for us.
Yitzchak
June 28, 2010
Jemal,
There is a paradox here. On one hand, you so aptly quoted the verses from Samuel where the monarchy is soundly rejected as an ideal. Yet, on the other hand, we read (in Deuteronomy 17) that “you shall set a king over you, one whom the L-rd, your G-d, chooses…”

So is the monarchy good or bad? The key is that it depends how it is to be used. If we choose a king to further our own nationalist ideals, to become a nation like the nations, to grow wealthy and fat, it is a tragedy. On the other hand, if the king serves as a guide and an inspiration to his people and a servant of his Creator, he will have done something truly great.

I recommend that you read Are You a Monarchist? for a fascinating perspective on this matter.
Menachem Posner for Chabad.org
June 26, 2010
No broker needed
In a messianic world, human beings and G-d would have same goals and thus there would be no need for a broker. Banks and lenders have different goals, banks want to make maximum profit off the lender, lenders want the best deal and these goals are contradictory, therefore a broker is needed. Historically a broker was needed our prophets. Jews wanted miracles, G-d wanted mitzvah, so Moses brokered between the two. Jews did mitzvot, the Red Sea was parted. In a perfect state of humanity, Jews would not need to be bribed in this way, they would automatically do mitzvot for the sake of mitzvot. This is the highest level of good. For example, the Holocaust victim who still did mitzvot without any physical evidence of its effectiveness in our world. The ultimate faith is when G-d is hiding and we still do good. In this world, a physical moschiach is counterproductive because it nixes the need for faith. Moschiach I believe will be a state of mind with no evidence at all.
Adam
Shenyang, China
June 25, 2010
Re: Who needs a human Moshiach?
You raise important questions as to the meaning of what "being" human actually is. These questions are answered right at the beginning (or thereabout) in Genesis 1:26-28.
Anonymous
Malta
June 24, 2010
Who needs a human Moshiach?
But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king." (1 Shmuel 8:6-7)

"...they have rejected me as their king." This is heartbreaking. When will we choose only G-d? Why would we yearn for a human king instead? Why would we want anyone or anything to stand between us and G-d?
Jemal
Los Angeles, CA/USA
April 28, 2009
Posted By Anonymous, Malta
Posted By Steve i was asking Posted By Anonymous, Malta and not Posted By Steve
David Marton
Trabuco Canyon, Ca/USA
April 24, 2009
Re: Three things the Mosiach does
Hi David,

Sounds like you're confused about "who" the Mosiach is.

If the Christian Church is living an eschatological nightmare it only has itself to blame. Sure, the theological largesse of the "Ecumenical" Councils didn't help much but hey, let's stick to the original story.

Not so much eastern bananas and western pears, just olives and vineyards.

That's what I meant by pruning.
Steve
April 24, 2009
Re: Three things the Mosiach does
1. Sorry for my ignorance but I am wondering how the Mosiach will peacefully convince all the other nations of the planet to separate in this day and age. By" prunes her" do you mean Israel's lower quality produce will be removed by the Mosiach only to allowing Israel to finally eat higher quality produce like bananas or peaches and stuff like that? Then somehow after Israel starts eating higher qualities of produce they will become obsessed with teaching the governments of the world about G-d or something right? Only Israel can do this because they are the only country eating the better quality produce given to them by the Mosiach which will then make Israeli folks want to teach the world about G-d and how to be good people, is this right?
I will get to your other points you stated if you can please clear up number 1 first.
David Marton
Trabuco Canyon, Ca
April 22, 2009
Three things the Mosiach does
1. When Mosiach comes, he will first separate ISRAEL from all the other nations. He then prunes her, for she must bear perfect fruit for G-d. In turn, she teaches all the other nations about G-d (Only ISRAEL can do this).

2. The Mosiach teaches ISRAEL how to pray together. Amongst the nations, only ISRAEL can do this, for with her was the eternal covenant made.

3. The Mosiach teaches the children of ISRAEL to live sinless lives, and to be blameless before G-d (not that we do not sin, but when we do, we are able to fully atone).
Anonymous
Malta
January 6, 2009
Messiah, a human being
Lygia, thank you for your comment it seems right.
David Marton
Trabuco Canyon, Ca/USA
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