Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Basically I am looking for more information from neutral or sympathetic sources about Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman's recent statement saying something along the lines of it was too hard for Bnei Torah to await for Moshiach.

The initial report I saw here was an editorial, with a link to an attempted (but incomplete) transcript. And although it has the audio, I can't quite parse it. Also, there may have been subsequent clarification.

According to what was reported, he said that no one fulfills the obligation of waiting for Moshiach, therefore we hope that they fulfill the other Mitzvos and rely on Rabbi Hillel for the failure to do it.

Besides the fact that I don't understand this at all (Hillel isn't understood to deny a messianic era, just a king, AFAIK, so why would the rest change?), Googleing to find any further statements about this didn't turn up much, rather a secondary, and again plainly unsympathetic, sites, which are pointing out Rabbi Shteinman's earlier promotion of the idea of Torah and Mitzvah observance being tied to Moshiach, e.g. here:

"The Redemption is very near," he added. "We must do everything we can to fulfill Torah and Mitzvos, to the extent of self-sacrifice."

So what do neutral and/or sympathetic people say about this conversation? Or has he himself clarified since then?

share|improve this question
The relevant statement of Rabbi Hillel is on Sanhedrin 99a. (I assume) – Double AA Jun 25 '14 at 18:38
About Hillel and what he holds: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/37788/… – Matt Jun 25 '14 at 18:56
Considering this is from a lubavich blog about someone who is not fan of theirs it may not be the exact truth. But as regards the statement itself I would agree with him for the simple reason that most people especially from chabad have all the wrong idea of what moshiach is about. – preferred Jun 26 '14 at 11:55

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.