I've seen references to the importance of the Red Heifer as an eschatological sign of the coming Messianic Age. What is it supposed to mean?

  • It means a lot of things to Jews, as well as non-Jews. Just Google "red heifer eschatology" and see all the stuff that comes up. – Gary Feb 4 '17 at 18:44
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    Can you give examples or references to what you have seen, to increase the chances of getting a good answer? Asking what a given one or two of them means would be much more answerable and would give potential answerers something to analyze. – WAF Feb 5 '17 at 1:26
  • @DoubleeAA I suspect that taamei-hamitzvot tag is inappropriate, as the OP refers not to the significance of the mitzva, but to the significance of the cow itself; that is, of finding one. | Regardless, the OP should edit to clarify. – mevaqesh Feb 5 '17 at 9:09
  • NB. Rabbi Emanuel Feldman describes in Tales out of Shul how he once gave a sermon on the topic, after which someone approached him and thanked him for the sermon, but wanted to know "what is the ritual of the Red Pepper?" – Zev Spitz Feb 5 '17 at 13:00
  • Do you mean that we would be unable to bring a red heifer until the temple is rebuilt when the mashiach comes? Rav Moshe Feinstein once pointed out that the birth of a red heifer might be a sign of delay in the coming of mashiach as it must be a minimum age to be brought for the ritual. As a result, once the mashiach comes, then we will find one of the appropriate age to bring. – sabbahillel Feb 5 '17 at 15:35

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