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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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As quoted in HodofHod's answer , the question of a human messiah is in fact debated in the Talmud. However, the Rambam (the sole codifier of Messianic Halacha) clearly rules (Hilchos Melachim 11:1 … the statements of the other prophets, but those of the Torah and Moses, our teacher." Similarly the Chasam Sofer (Shu"t YD 356) writes that post this ruling, believing in a non-human messiah is …
answered Jan 23 '13 by Michoel
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This excellent article by Rabbi Aron Moss explains why G-d created the world if He is perfect and lacks nothing. The crunch of it is that G-d does not need us, but he want us. The only thing G-d did n …
answered Sep 10 '12 by Michoel
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Tzefanya 3:9 states: כי אז אהפך אל עמים שפה ברורה לקרא כלם בשם ה' לעבדו שכם אחד For then I will convert the peoples to a pure language that all of them call in the name of the Lord, to worshi …
answered May 1 '13 by Michoel
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The Rambam (Melachim uMilchamot 12:2) does in fact mention this: There are some Sages who say that Elijah's coming will precede the coming of the Mashiach. All these and similar matters cannot b …
answered Apr 25 '13 by Michoel
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The idea that the Halacha will be in accordance with Beis Shamai in the time of Moshiach comes from the Arizal. It is quoted in his name by Mikdash Melech to Zohar Parshas Bereishis 17b and in Likkute …
answered Oct 17 '12 by Michoel
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The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains as follows (Likkutey Sichos vol. 20 pg. 228): When Yaakov's sons would hear that Moshiach was not scheduled to come for a long time, they would have realised that some …
answered Dec 31 '12 by Michoel
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The Rambam (Hilchos Teshuva 9:2:) writes that Moshaich will be a prophet: [These changes will come about] because the king who will arise from David's descendants will be a greater master of knowl …
answered Apr 25 '13 by Michoel
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Being a follower of Chabad Lubavitch, I will approach this question from my perspective. It appears from your question that your primary concern with the Chabad philosophy is what you term "Chabad Mes …
answered Aug 28 '12 by Michoel