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Moshiach (Messiah) lit. "annointed one". The final redeemer of the Jewish people from exile. Prophesied in Tanach, he will be a righteous human king descended patrilineally from King David. Identity still unknown, check back later.

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Will sacrifices return in full when the Messiah comes?

The Midrash says that, in the messianic age, all sacrifices will be discontinued, except for the thanksgiving offering. רַבִּי פִּנְחָס וְרַבִּי לֵוִי וְרַבִּי יוֹחָנָן בְּשֵׁם רַבִּי מְנַחֵם ...
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How did the angel in “בבואו מאדום” Zemer make three mistakes?

I have always been puzzled by "בבואו מאדום" Zemer that many sing at Seuda Shlishis (actually found in the Bentcher as part of "Boruch Hashem Yom Yom"): בְּבוֹאוֹ מֵאֱדוֹם חֲמוּץ בְּגָדִים, זֶבַח ...
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Sources for Bar Kochba being a prominent Torah scholar

Following my previous question on Moshiach's qualities, I stumbled upon my lack of understanding of Bar Kochba's Toranic qualities. I tried to look up on WIKI and other sites, but I couldn't find any ...
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Should Moshiach be Gdol Hador according to Rambam and R' Akiva?

Rambam Melachim 11 states that Moshiach should be one who studies Torah: "וְאִם יַעֲמֹד מֶלֶךְ מִבֵּית דָּוִד הוֹגֶה בַּתּוֹרָה וְעוֹסֵק בְּמִצְוֹת כְּדָוִד אָבִיו." "Now, if a king should ...
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Is there a spiritual significance to the fact one of the most heavily Jewish neighborhoods in NYC is “Crown” Heights?

This may seem like a strange question but I was curious if there was any religious significance to this. Possibly, Jews following the opinion of a Rabbi who saw the name as signifying a place of ...
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How many messianic prophecies in the Tanach?

Xtians make the bold claim that their j-sus fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Hebrew Scriptures. Most of them are either verses taken out of context, mistranslations of Hebrew, some remote ...
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What will happen to secular unafilliated Jews in the time of Mashiach?

What will happen to Conservative, Reform and unaffiliated Jews in the Messianic era?
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Minhag to eat Dessert First?

A while ago (at least 25 years ago) I recall a friend's mother saying there was a minhag in Tzfat to eat dessert first, because if you had to suddenly stop your meal in the middle because the Moshiach ...
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Did any rabbis address the theological possibility/implications of nuclear extinction?

During the Cold War, plenty of people were aware (I think?) that detonating enough nuclear bombs could lead to human extinction. Did any rabbis address whether the belief that Moshiach will come mean ...
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Zechariah 9:9 “riding a donkey AND a foal, the offspring of [one of] she-donkeys”

Why does the Zechariah verse say the King Messiah is riding a donkey AND a foal, the offspring of the donkey? Is this a translation issue? Source: Judaica Press (Chabad.org)
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Where is the source that Tzaddikim will be ressurected before others?

I remember reading that Tzaddikim will get up by Techiat Hameitim right when Moshiach comes and everyone else 40 years later. What is the source for this?
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why wasn't Yehoshua bin Nun Moshiach?

He brought the people into the land of Yisroel, conquered their enemies, what more could you ask for? I heard that if Moshe had been permitted to go into the land, he would've been Moshiach, but why ...
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Will there still be gehinom after Mashiach?

Apart for those who are destined to no share in the world to come, will tzadikim or even average people who go to olam habah after Mashaich comes have to go to gehinom to cleanse their sins? Or will ...
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How can Isaiah 11:11 be fulfilled if many of the nations mentioned no longer have significant Jewish population?

Isaiah 11:11 יא  וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, יוֹסִיף אֲדֹנָי שֵׁנִית יָדוֹ, לִקְנוֹת, אֶת-שְׁאָר עַמּוֹ--אֲשֶׁר יִשָּׁאֵר מֵאַשּׁוּר וּמִמִּצְרַיִם וּמִפַּתְרוֹס וּמִכּוּשׁ, וּמֵעֵילָם וּמִשִּׁנְעָר ...
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Psalm 110 in Jewish Tradition

Some commentators see the referent in Psalm 110 to be Abraham, others David. Rashi gives both interpretations. Are there commentators or other sources (Targumim, Talmud, Midrash, and so on) which see ...
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Is Mashiach going to come in Nissan/Tishrei, or can he come at any time?

The Gemara in Rosh HaShanah 10b-11a says: תניא רבי אליעזר אומר בתשרי נברא העולם בתשרי נולדו אבות בתשרי מתו אבות בפסח נולד יצחק בראש השנה נפקדה שרה רחל וחנה בראש השנה יצא יוסף מבית האסורין בר"ה בטלה ...
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On the day when the Mashiach is finally revealed, how are we supposed to determine they truly come from the Davidic Line?

At a certain point, we are supposed to expect Mashiach to come and to fulfill various prophecies. One of those prophecies is that he will reestablish the Davidic dynasty when he claims his title as ...
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Moshiach and the Talmud sealing

So I've heard many times that the Talmud is sealed and there's no arguing with it or repealing rabbinical decrees. But I've also heard that when Moshiach comes his court will repeal many decrees. But ...
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Is it true the book of Daniel says that the Messiah will arrive before the destruction of the second temple?

As title says, is it true the book of Daniel says that the Messiah will arrive before the destruction of the second temple? I see this justification being used by christians in order to claim judaism ...
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Jews: when the Messiah comes, will he make his Mother the Gevirah (Queen-Mother)?

I'm a Christian here, so please forgive me if my question sounds stupid or something. Unlike Christians, Jews do not believe in the virgin birth or any other significance to the Messiah’s mother. How ...
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Who said that before Rambam's 13 principles it was allowed to have different opinions about the Messiah?

I don't exactly remember the name of the rabbi who said this (Not sure if it was Chasam Sofer?) and I don't exactly remember what he said but from what I understood and remember was that before Rambam ...
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Belief before 30 CE, that a prophet other than the Messiah or Elijah would appear?

Was there a Jewish belief prior to 30CE that a prophet other than Elijah would appear along with the Messiah? If so, what evidence is there for it, what were the details of this belief, what ...
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Mishna Berura's Time for Mashiach

Rav Moshe Heinemann mentioned during a shiur that the Mishna Berura in קידוש החודש writes Mashiach will come before 5743. Unfortunately, I am having difficulty locating it precisely - where is this ...
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Will the Jewish Messiah save us from hell?

Will the Jewish messiah save us from hell? Is there any basis the Jewish Messiah will save people from Hell? I guess this could be interpreted before death or after? It appears hell isn't the same ...
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Is claiming that the Rebbe is moshiach considered heretical? [duplicate]

I was recently referred to a popular Chabad Rabbi and towards the end of the lecture he just totally shocked me. He started claiming that the Rebbe is moshiach, potentially never died, could get ...
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Source for a story about mistakenly thinking Mashiach was here

What is the story in the Gemara or Ein Ya'akov about the guy who ran into the streets when he thought the Mashiach was here, but really it was a wedding ceremony? I can't find it anywhere. The Rosh ...
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Does Techiyat Hameisim, resurrection, apply to Non-Jews as well?

Will righteous non-jews also partake in Techiyat Hameisim, resurrection? Will they be brought back to life in the time of the Mashiach? Will Noach? Abraham? Malki-Tzedek? Shem? etc.
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Can a male convert to Judaism descended from King David potentially be Moshiach?

A male Jew is the direct patrilineal genetic offspring of King David, and he marries a non-Jewish woman. Then their son converts to Judaism. Could their son potentially be Moshiach? If not: why not? ...
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Can we hasten Moshiach's coming through the mitzvah of ואהבת לרעך כמוך?

In Jewish singer Meilech Kohn's song, "Veuhavtu", he expresses an interesting thought in the lyrics: .יעדער איינער דאווענט און בעט און מ'ווארט פאר משיח, ער וועט נאר קומען ווען מיר פארטראגן זיך "...
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Elijah coming on Shabbos or Yom Tov day

The Gemara says that Jewish people have already been assured that Elijah will come neither on a Friday nor on the eve of a Festival, due to the exertion. If that's the case, can Elijah come on ...
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How does one convince anybody that the Messiah is not Hashem Tzidkenu יְהוָה צִדְקֵנוּ?

How does one convince anybody that the Messiah is not Hashem Tzidkenu יְהוָה צִדְקֵנוּ? It seems there are several times our sages seem to be saying that the Messiah is Hashem Tzidkenu, but I refuse ...
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Will Messiah ben Josef be a prophet?

Is Messiah ben Josef, the war messiah, the messiah from the 10 lost tribes, expected to be a prophet? If not, how is he supposed to wage war in preparation for the messianic kingdom?
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Are we in Yemos Hamoshiach?

I have seen medroshim quoted saying that there is a stage of Geula during the times of Galus. Are we currently in that stage?
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Will we keep Mitzvoth when Moshiach comes? If not, how doesn’t this go against the Tora?

I have heard that when the moshiach comes, we won’t be obligated to keep the mitzvoth. If this is so, how does this not go against the Torah? I mean the Torah says that we will always keep the ...
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Are professor Daniel Boyarin's writings about the messiah supported in traditional Jewish sources?

I bought and read the Italian edition of the book “The Jewish Gospels.The story of the Jewish Christ”, written by Daniel Boyarin, a professor of Talmudic culture at the University of Berkeley. I was ...
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Seforim on Moshiach

I was hoping someone could give me the names of several Seforim which are best with regard to Inyanei Moshiach? I refer specifically to Moshiach as in the person himself, not the time period. In ...
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Can a Gentile Convert to Judaism AFTER the Coming of the Moshiach?

As a non-Jew, I have been wondering whether or not it would be better for me to convert to Judaism or to keep the seven mitzvot. This decision is a difficult one for me. On the one hand, I can remain ...
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How will the nullification of mitzvot be communicated?

I have held off asking this question for a while because I have only seen the premise in parsha flyers at chabad but a chance look at Wikipedia gave me the sources (below). It is said that certain ...
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Weird Weather Before Mashiach

With Harvey and Irma and the Mexican earthquakes and the recent solar eclipse, it’s often been quoted recently that there will be weird weather before Mashiach comes. This is nothing new for me - I’ve ...
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Will there be murder after the coming of Moshiach? [duplicate]

After reading answers such as this, it seems to me that according to certain opinions, in the time of Moshiach, there will be no death, and none of the human behaviors that lead to murder. But in the ...
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How can Jews still hope that they can hasten the arrival of Moshiach when Yeshaya 57:16 clearly rejects that notion altogether

How can Jews still hope that they can hasten the arrival of Moshiach when Yeshaya 57:16 clearly rejects that notion altogether? “For not forever will I fight, nor until eternity will I be angry, for ...
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Is it mention anywhere in the Midrash or other Rabbinic literature that when moshiach comes people will no longer be able to have children

Is it mention anywhere in the Midrash or the Mishna or the Talmud or the Gemara or other Rabbinic literature that when moshiach comes people will no longer be able to have children?
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Vilna Gaon: Tehillim's prophecy about Eisav and Yishmael

I heard once in a class where the Rabbi taught a teaching from the Vilna Gaon on Tehillim 20:8: אֵ֣לֶּה בָ֭רֶכֶב וְאֵ֣לֶּה בַסּוּסִ֑ים וַאֲנַ֓חְנוּ ׀ בְּשֵׁם־יְהוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֵ֣ינוּ נַזְכִּֽיר׃ ...
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Is Solomon wiser than Moshiach?

I read in Chapter 3, verses 11-12 of the Book of Kings (which I think is in the Nevi'im) the following: And God said to him, "Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked for yourself long ...
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Can Moshiach die?

I was reading this post and struck me that one of the reasons why Jesus is not considered to be the Messiah in Judaism is because he died (for example see the bottom of this answer, or this one or ...
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Megilas Eicha in Lasid Lavo

Are there any sources that discuss whether we will Lain Megilas Eicha in Lasid Lavo? Aside from knowing that Tisha B'Av will be a Moed in Yemos HaMashiach, do we have any other basis of knowing what ...
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Why do we ask for judges to be restored after Moshiach comes?

In the blessing of Hashiva Shofteinu in the amida, we ask Hashem to restore the judges - referring to the times of Moshiach. Why would there be a need for judges (and Sanhedrin) in the times of ...
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May one declare someone to be the messiah?

I recall a gemarah (possibly Yerushalmi Taanit?) wherein Rebbi Akiva is quoted as proclaiming that Shimon bar Kosiba was the king Moshiach. I further understand that this statement could be one of ...
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The Halachic Reasoning Behind the Neturei Karta

The Neturei Karta is a group of Haredim who believe that the creation of the State of Israel is against Torah, claiming that Jews are forbidden to have their own country until Moshiach comes. They ...
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Conception/Delivery Same Time

What is the source that states when Moshiach is here - women will deliver babies the moment they conceive. I heard this in a shiur from HaRav Yitzchak Ginsburg in Israel.