11 January 2014

Signposts for Redemption

11 Shevat 5774

As on any long trip, we wonder when we will finally arrive at our destination. Children are known for that oft-repeated phrase "How much longer?" The ride at times seems interminable. Like any good and sympathetic father, Hashem gives us signposts along the road to Redemption - "Not much farther now. We're almost there."

Fate of Ark of the Covenant Revealed in Hebrew Text

A newly translated Hebrew text claims to reveal where treasures from King Solomon's temple were hidden and discusses the fate of the Ark of the Covenant itself.

...The newly translated text, called "Treatise of the Vessels" (Massekhet Kelim in Hebrew), says the "treasures were concealed by a number of Levites and prophets," ....

It is no coincidence that Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon passed from this world on Parshat Beshallach. Besides the obviously messianic splitting of the Red Sea, there is the haftarah of Shirat Devorah :

"...[Devorah the Prophetess] shares a connection with the ultimate Redemption for through her efforts, 'the land was at rest for forty years,' and forty is associated with the Redemption."

And we have that unconfirmed report that Rabbi Kaduri, ztz"l said that Mashiach would not come until Ariel Sharon dies.

Not much farther now. We're almost there.