Has anyone heard that the birth pangs of Mashiach will last seventy-two years?

  • Sounds arbitrarily similar to how many years since the state of Israel was formed. What makes you think 72 is a relevant number to the chevlei moshiach?
    – robev
    Commented Apr 6, 2022 at 14:54
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    תיפח רוחם של מחשבי קיצים Commented Apr 6, 2022 at 18:03
  • Based off what do you ask your question?
    – user24005
    Commented Sep 7, 2022 at 2:17

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There are several places where the concept of 70 years are being brought down. 72 years however, I am not completely sure.

The Vilna Gaon says that there are 70 words in the Psalm 20, which we recite daily at the end of shacharis.

See this article on Torch: Torah Weekly

The Vilna Gaon in Yahel Ohr (2:119:2) notes that there are seventy words in this Psalm, corresponding to the seventy years of travails and suffering referred to in the classic texts as the birth pangs of Messiah - that the Jewish people will have to experience before the Messiah comes and redeems us (emphasis mine)

The Gra mentions this in his סידור הגר"א (Siddur), see picture below, property of HebrewBooks.org

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And Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Travis explains:

The answer to this question is found in the Siddur HaGra (Lamnatze’ach), citing the Vilna Gaon’s commentary on the Zohar (Vol. II 119b): “The 70 words of Lamnatze’ach allude to the 70 years of chevlei Moshiach. The ram screams out in seventy different voices. This represents the days of tribulation, and from them [the nation] will be redeemed.”

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    Please do not quote Christian sites advocating for belief in Jesus here. Sources matter.
    – N.T.
    Commented Apr 7, 2022 at 0:07
  • It popped up during my search, did not know it until you mentioned it.
    – Shmuel
    Commented Apr 7, 2022 at 11:58
  • You have to be more responsible. I'm sure you will be in future.
    – N.T.
    Commented Apr 8, 2022 at 10:35

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