I was wondering if the Messiah who is prophesied by many has already to come or are we to continue looking?

  • The Rambam's 12 principle of faith :I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah; and even though he may tarry, nonetheless, I wait every day for his coming.
    – sam
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 16:00
  • This is a perfectly valid question to ask on this site. The answer is that the Messiah has not yet come, and sources can be brought, but the question itself is valid and does not deserve to be downvoted.
    – Seth J
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 16:11
  • This question would be stronger if it included some substantiation (e.g. citations) of the concept "Messiah who is prophesied by many."
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 16:29
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    @AChildofGod it's best if the question is stated from the point of view of the initial curiosity that prompted it. Where did you hear of the Jewish concept of Messiah, and what Jewish prophecies were you thinking of when you said "prophesied by many"?
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 16:32
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    @IsaacMoses I think dupe of judaism.stackexchange.com/q/26938/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 17:02

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According to Rabbi Hillel, the Messiah has already come, and it was king Hezekiah.

Sanhedrin (99a):

Rabbi Hillel said: There is no messiah for Israel for he was consumed in the time of Chizkyahu. Rav Yosef said: May Rabbi Hillel’s Master forgive him. Chizkiyahu lived during the First Temple while Zechariah prophecied during the Second Temple.

You can read more about this here: http://www.torahmusings.com/2010/06/was-rabbi-hillel-a-heretic-2/

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    The answer is the equivalent of answering a question whether chicken can be eaten when cooked with cheese by quoting the opinion in the Talmud that it can.
    – Yishai
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 17:24
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    No, because i said "According to Rabbi Hillel." i did not say "Yes the Messiah has come!" Putting forth one specific opinion and saying that it is specific to that person is not misleading
    – Aaron
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 17:26
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    @Daniel i'm answering that according to one Rabbi, he has come. But have also included the comment of Rabbi Yosef who immediately responds unfavorably to Rabbi Hillel's statement. If someone asked the question "Is the universe static and fixed" there is no shortage of answers that say "No! so and so and so and so say it's expanding!" But it's still fair to answer that "According to Einstein, the Universe is fixed" (even though many claimed he went back and forth on this)
    – Aaron
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 18:27
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    Rashi already explains what Rav Hillel meant:אין להם משיח לישראל. אלא הקב"ה ימלוך בעצמו ויגאלם לבדו: there are many more commentaries which explain the difficulty of going against a basic principle of our faith and rectify it
    – sam
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 18:33
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    @sam But numerous other Rishonim such as Ramah understand his opinion at face value. If there is a problem with this post it isn't that it follows the Rishonim who understand the Gemara simply.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 20:25

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