Does the resurrection of the dead have to begin by the year 5790?


According to Aish.com:

the Zohar (Midrash Ne'elam - Toldot 140a), and the "Leshem Shevo v'Achlamah"(Drushei Olam HaTohu, 2:4:12:9-12) -- that suggest that this period will begin no later than 210 years in advance of Year 6000.

That's 13 years from today!

As stated on the Yeshivaworldcoffeeroom:

but Techiyas HaMeisim will last 210 years, which brings us to the latest possible time Techiyas HaMeisim can come as 5790, which is only 13 years away!

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    I believe I reconstructed the sources for the passages you quoted unattributed. If you quoted them from some other source, consider editing to clarify. Sources for cited passages should be identified.
    – mevaqesh
    Apr 13, 2017 at 3:58
  • What is the point for the final paragraph? What does it add to the first quote?
    – mevaqesh
    Apr 13, 2017 at 3:59
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    Whats the question exactly? Apr 13, 2017 at 17:11
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    Does this answer your question? Mashiach in year 6000?
    – DonielF
    Feb 16, 2020 at 1:31

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No the resurrection does not need to begin by a certain 5790, or any other specific date. Eschatological predictions are matters of personal conjecture; not definitive views of Judaism.

In the words of Dr. David Berger:

I am more than a bit disturbed when respected Orthodox organizations disseminate material stating as undeniable fact that the redemption must come before the year 6,000 in the Jewish calendar. Other messianic dates in the Talmud have passed, and Maimonides—in an explicit effort to discourage messianic calculation and obsession—made a point of emphasizing that even Hazal did not have a tradition regarding these matters (Hilkhot Melakhim 12:2). Many years ago, a friend told me how a classmate of his in a traditionalist yeshiva had told him that if he would be alive in the year 6,000 and the Messiah would not have come, he would throw his tefillin on the ground and stomp on them. It is worth reemphasizing the prophet’s declaration: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are My ways your ways, declares the Lord. But as the heavens are high above the earth, so are My ways high above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). [i]

This would apply to the 6000 year mark from which they are counting back the years for the resurrection of the dead, in addition to the point at which the resurrection itself would begin.

[I]Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought Vol 39 No. 2, p 77, note 2. https://www.jstor.org/stable/23262886?seq=12#metadata_info_tab_contents

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