7 Shevat 5772
Everyone has their own idea about Mashiach; about who he might be and how he might act. Today, Moshe Feiglin and Binyamin Netanyahu are battling for the leadership of the Likud party. Some see Netanyahu as a potential Mashiach. That idea is too ludicrous for me to discuss. Others see Feiglin as a real possibility and it is this that I would like to address.
I'm sure that Moshe Feiglin is a good person and a good Jew who has the welfare of the Jewish people and the Jewish state at heart, but he's not Mashiach and the fact that other good people, other good Jews could make this mistake, makes his leadership a dangerous one in my opinion.
Better a clear wrong than a confused "right." Ambiguity is not in our best interests at this stage of the geulah process. I'll show you what I mean.
According to blogger Reb Rafi Farber, a self-proclaimed "Feiglinite":
[Moshe Feiglin] is the real man to fear, because if he actually takes over the Likud, I can guarantee you that this country will never, ever be the same again.According to a Hebrew source cited in Wikipedia:
...He wants nothing less than a total revolution at the core of Israel’s consciousness, to redefine the purpose of her existence, to change everything at the very core, and he wants to do this by winning the Likud leadership, and then the leadership of Israel. ...to be a uniquely Jewish nation through a national Jewish revival. Not a religious revival, as he is against coercive religious legislation and is actually a proponent of civil marriage,....
He has come out against religious legislation such as the Chametz Law, which forbids selling leavened products on the Passover Holiday,....I will give him the benefit of the doubt, that he thinks this would be good for Israel, although I can't imagine how, but we have an example of Mashiach-like decision-making and this isn't it. In the wake of the return to Zion from Bavel:
(Ezra, ch. 7) Ezra ascended from Babylon, and he was a fluent scholar in the Law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given,.... Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord and to perform and teach in Israel statute and ordinance. ...And you, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your God, which is in your hand, appoint judges and magistrates who will judge all the people beyond the river, all who know the laws of your God, and whoever does not know, you shall teach them. And whoever does not fulfill the law of your God and the law of the king promptly-judgment shall be inflicted upon him; whether to be executed, uprooted, fined, or tortured.Religious "coercion"? Absolutely! Here is another example. Many of the returnees had intermarried.
(Ezra, ch. 9) ...the chiefs approached me, saying "The people of Israel, the priests, and the Levites were not separated from the peoples of the lands,.... they have taken of their daughters for themselves and for their sons, and the holy seed has become mingled with the peoples of the lands, and the hand of the chiefs and the deputies was first in this treachery."Religious "coercion"? You bet! Yet again, from the same time period:
And when I heard [of] this matter, I rent my garment and my robe, and I tore the hair of my head and my beard, and I sat bewildered. And all those who hastened at the words of the God of Israel gathered to me on account of the treachery of the community of the exiles, and I sat bewildered until the evening offering. And at the [time of] the evening offering, I arose from my fast with the rent condition of my garment and my robe, and I kneeled on my knees and spread my palms to the Lord, my God. And I said, "O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my God, for our iniquities have increased over our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens."
...If we revert to breaking Your commandments to intermarrying with these abominable peoples, will You not be wroth with us until destruction without remnant or escape? O Lord God of Israel, You are righteous, for we are left a remnant as of this day; behold we are before You in our guilt, for we cannot stand before You because of this."
(Ezra, ch. 10) Ezra the priest arose and said to them, "You have dealt treacherously, and you have taken in foreign wives to add to Israel's guilt. And now, confess to the Lord, the God of your forefathers, and do His will, and separate from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives."
(Nehemiah, ch. 13) In those days, I saw in Judea [people] treading winepresses on the Sabbath and bringing stacks [of grain] and loading them on donkeys, and also wine, grapes, and figs, and all types of loads and bringing them to Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, and I warned them on the day they sold provisions. And the Tyrians [who] sojourned there were bringing fish and all [types of] merchandise and selling on the Sabbath to the people of Judea and in Jerusalem. And I quarreled with the dignitaries of Judea, and I said to them, "What is this bad thing that you are doing-profaning the Sabbath day? Did not your ancestors do this, and our God brought upon us all this calamity, and upon this city, and you are increasing the wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath?"Religious "coercion"? You'd better believe it! And so will Mashiach Tzidkeinu act for the sake of the Law of our G-d - like Ezra and Nehemiah.
Now it came to pass when the gates of Jerusalem cast shadows before the Sabbath, that I commanded, and the doors were closed, and I said that they should not open them until after the Sabbath, and I stationed some of my youths over the gates so that no load should enter on the Sabbath day. So the traffickers and the vendors of all types of merchandise lodged outside Jerusalem once and twice. And I warned them and said to them, "Why are you lodging opposite the wall? If you repeat [this], I shall lay a hand on you." Since that time, they did not come on the Sabbath. And I commanded the Levites that the watchers of the walls should purify themselves and come to hallow the Sabbath day.
Am Yisrael does not need more Zionist-leadership-with-a-kippah-on-its-head which comes out of the Likud party. We need the TORAH leadership that only the real Mashiach can and will bring if we will but beg Hashem for it and prove to Him that we are ready to follow such a person.