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The Talmud doesn't say that R' Beroka and Elijah traversed the entire market place looking for those that merited the hereafter. Indeed it seems that the question was posed in a milling crowd of people, as Elijah at first says no, and then notices the Jailor, who is hurrying by as R' Beroka must run to catch him. A similar situation occurs with the Jesters, ...


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Seeing the question only after it was edited it seems to me like a fine question. I am only answering the end of your question why some holy people have not seen Eliyahu, not the beginning where you ask what it takes. There is a common saying that I will apply here, "Those who see him don't say and those who say didn't see him". (There may be exceptions that ...


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I suggest you go through the book Shaarei Kedusha which outlines in detail the steps needed for spiritual hasaga, especially first half of part 1 and part 3 and 4. Also worthwhile is working on simcha and being content with one's lot, which the person seems to be lacking. (as brought down in shaarei kedusha gate 1): A constant simcha (joy) in his ...


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Maybe the reason is that there is still some imperfection. Heshbon Nefesh to the very depths may reveal something. Correct that, and if Eliyahu does not appear, repeat process. That is the striving to perfection, striving to holiness that is the Jewish philosophy, with the understanding that that perfection is unattainable.


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Rabbi Avraham Chayim Schorr (Toras Chayim to Sanhedrin 90a) addresses this question and concludes that this refers to people who would merit immediate admission to olam haba without any prior suffering of the soul.1 R' Tzadok of Lublin (P'ri Tzadik, Vayikra, Lag Ba'Omer V'siyum HaShas, ยง3) provides an alternative explanation. He says that all of Israel is ...



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