Bring redemption the slow way

16 Av 5770

In the aftermath of Tisha b’Av, and leading up to the new year, one often hears the hope expressed for the speedy arrival of the Messiah and the redemption of the Jewish people.  It’s hard to tell whether the speaker actively anticipates this, or whether s/he is speaking by rote.  But I would suggest that anyone actively hoping for a redeemed world go about pursuing this hope in a way that reflects the way the world seems to work now.  This would require us to work and sacrifice for freedom and social justice throughout the world.  Obviously, this vision for a final redemption takes more effort and patience than hoping for a supernatural event to come out of nowhere, but I believe we are expected to do everything possible to achieve what we ask for.

On a related topic, I missed an opportunity when I compared Korah to the Tea Party in an earlier post.  I should have cited to the midrashim in which Korah, trying to show that Moshe and Aaron are greedy and corrupt, tells the story of a poor widow.  Korah speaks, accurately, of all the required animal and plant sacrifices, and gifts to the priests and the poor, that burden the widow’s life and impose on her livelihood.  But of course, he neglects to add that these requirements are part of a system in which all the members of the community are expected to look after each other.


5 Responses to “Bring redemption the slow way”

  1. Riva Atlas Says:

    G-d helps those who help themselves! Here’s hoping we all find the inspiration to bring the redemption, in little ways each day.
    Thanks for another beautiful post, from your number one fan!

  2. Rabba bar bar Chana Says:

    If you will forgive me for quoting a rather silly movie:

    “How do you change the world? One act of random kindness at a time”

    – from “Evan Almighty”

    • chovevamim Says:

      I can’t opine on the movie, but the quote isn’t silly at all. But I was also trying to say that real change will take more sacrifice and effort.

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    • chovevamim Says:

      No problem. WordPress was free,though they might charge for optional services (I’m not even sure). It was easy too. The bigger problem for me has been publicity. Best of luck to you!

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