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The claim that Midrash Genesis Rabbah 35 refers to a virgin birth of the messiah?

This midrash does not exist in Bereishit Rabba. Indeed, the verse referenced by the translation "Behold the man whose name is Zemach [branch], and he shall branch up out of his place" is ...
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What percentage of Chabad still believes their Rebbe is the Messiah?

Having lived and studied in Crown Heights for several months--before which I believed that a significant proportion of Lubavitchers, perhaps 40% or half, did not believe the Rebbe was Moshiach--I have ...
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Who First Knew of the Messiah

The first individual to know of the Messiah was Adam HaRishon. This is stated explicitly in Sanhedrin 38b in the name of Reish Lakish, by Yose ben Chalafta in Seder Olam Rabbah 30 and Rabbi Yehuda bar ...
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Can Moshiach die?

The idea is that if someone died or was killed before fulfilling his messianic mission, such as was the case by Bar Kochba, who was thought to be the mashiach until this happened, then he is at most ...
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Are professor Daniel Boyarin's writings about the messiah supported in traditional Jewish sources?

The main point in the question seems to be: The idea of a celestial and divine Messiah incarnate in Jesus the Nazarene would not be out of the Jewish tradition, for many Jews believed in the ...
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The Halachic Reasoning Behind the Neturei Karta

This question is far too broad to answer here but the essence of what they follow is based upon the teachings of Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum. There are two primary sources that lay out their approach. The ...
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Mishna Berura's Time for Mashiach

This is probably based on what the Mishnah Berurah writes in the Beiur Halacha in siman 427, but I don't think it is entirely accurate. The discussion there is about calculating the molad for future ...
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Do Rome and Persia's kingdoms still exist?

Many meforshim understand that when the Gemara refers to Rome it is referring to the Christian nations. See here for example in the Ramban in Sefer HaGeulah - start from last word on the sixth line. ...
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Jerusalem Sand at a Burial

The Rema in Yoreh Deah 363:1 writes: יש נוהגין לתת מעפר א"י בקבר (א"ז) (ויש למנהג זה על מה שיסמוכו) (מדרש תנחומא פ' ויחי) Some have the custom to place some earth from the Land of Israel in ...
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Why will the Galilee be destroyed? - Sanhedrin 97a

Shir haShirim Rabbah (2:61, p. 121), also records the same tradition concerning the destruction of the Galilee. A commentary thereon, באור כנפי יונה (by Rabbi Jonah Etilzohn), cites the Meor Enayim of ...
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What sources did people use to support Shabbtai Tsvi's messianism after he died?

The main argument of the Shebbatai's disciples was that his apostasy, his conversion to islam, as well his death was supposed to happen. His Apostasy Sabbatai‘s followers were instructed to reject ...
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Do Jews believe in Armilus (The Jewish Anti-Messiah)?

This article provides a good synopsis of Armilus in Jewish thought. Targum Jonathan, Saadia Gaon, and Ben Ish Chai (page 23) all mention him as a personality in messianic times. Another possible ...
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Conception/Delivery Same Time

The source is probably the Talmud (Shabbos 30b): כי הא דיתיב רבן גמליאל וקא דריש עתידה אשה שתלד בכל יום שנאמר (ירמיהו לא, ח) הרה ויולדת יחדיו Rabban Gamliel was sitting and he interpreted a ...
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What will happen to secular unafilliated Jews in the time of Mashiach?

According to Maimonides, who is the only major Halachic commentator to rule on these matters, the Moshiach (the Messiah) will teach all people and encourage them to serve G-d. They will be inspired by ...
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Talmud Bavli Sanhedrin 98b: an interpretation in a messianic sense of the figure of the "suffering servant" of Isaiah 52-53?

A messianic interpretation of the "suffering servant" passages was known in Jewish tradition, as you point out from Sanhedrin 98b. This interpretation is also found in the Targum on the verse, as well ...
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Is it true that Rabbi Moshe Dovid Valle (aka the Ramad Vali, Ramdu) said that the Jesus was a failed Mashiach ben Yosef? Please provide sources

Yes. See Sefer Halikutim, part 1, p. 242: "ומב"ד בא לעשות שלום בעולם ולא מלחמה, הפך ליש"ו הנוצרי שאמר מעצמו: לא באתי לעשות שלום בעולם אלא מלחמה. וגם הוא בודאי היה סוד משיח בן יוסף, אע&...
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Was Deuteronomy 18:15, interpreted messianically in Judaism?

NOPE!! Another Christian prooftext taken out of context!! Back up to verse 9, and read it in context. Prophecy is clearly being offered as a routine alternative to the Canaanites' various fortune-...
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Is Solomon wiser than Moshiach?

The Rambam in hilchos teshuva chapter 9 halacha 2 actually writes that Moshiach will be smarter than Solomon and also on a level of prophecy close to Moshe. מפני שאותו המלך שיעמוד מזרע דוד בעל חכמה ...
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Seforim on Moshiach

There is an interesting series of two volumes -as of now- titled 'Yemot HaMashiach BeHalachah' by R. AYB Gerlitski. He did a great comprehensive work, encyclopedic style, on all different relevant ...
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Will we keep Mitzvoth when Moshiach comes? If not, isn't this vs. the Torah?

The Gemara (Nidda 61b) cites R' Yosef, that מצות בטילות לעתיד לבא. ת"ר בגד שאבד בו כלאים הרי זה לא ימכרנו לעובד כוכבים ולא יעשנו מרדעת לחמור אבל עושה ממנו תכריכין למת. אמר רב יוסף זאת אומרת ...
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What does Mishneh Torah mean when it says all books of Prophets and Writings will be anuled in the times of the Messiah?

The source for this is Resh Lakish, quoted in yerushalmi megilah 1:5. R. Qafih explains that Rambam understands that passage to mean that the suffering and troubles recounted in the prophets will ...
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How is Isaiah 66:17 to be understood if pork will become kosher when the Messiah comes?

The full quote from the Ritva is very interesting, but also makes your question a non question. תשעה נטלו חזירים. יש שפירשו עמלק כדכתיב בו יכרסמנה חזיר מיער ועליהם אמרו בהגדה למה נקרא שמו חזיר ...
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Daniel 9 pre-Jesus of Nazareth interpretations

Note, that there are 27 books in the Greek Testament, and NONE of them quote Daniel 9! Not any of the authors of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. Not in the letters of Paul. Not in the letters of ...
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Moshiach will be groomed in Arabia

The Maharal is explicitly referring to a well-known aggadah about the birth of Mashiach after the destruction of the Temple. In the Yerushalmi his birth was stated to be in Birat Malka of Beit Lechem ...
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So what happens to Judaism if Moshiach doesn't come by the year 6000?

It would mean absolutely nothing. All it would mean is that we (living in what we think is year 6000) either miscounted or (those who wrote the medrash) misinterpreted what was going on. Many people ...
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Does Moshiach bear our sins, in any sense?

The source may be Sanhedrin 98a. ר' יהושע בן לוי אשכח לאליהו דהוי קיימי אפיתחא דמערתא דרבי שמעון בן יוחאי אמר ליה אתינא לעלמא דאתי אמר ליה אם ירצה אדון הזה אמר רבי יהושע בן לוי שנים ראיתי וקול ג' ...
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Will we be obligated to bring many chatats when the temple is rebuilt?

As Scimonster mentioned the Gemara in Shabbos appears to address this. "קרא והטה וכתב על פנקסו אני ישמעאל בן אלישע קריתי והטיתי נר בשבת לכשיבנה בהמ"ק אביא חטאת שמנה" (Shabbat 12b) Rabbi Yishmael ...
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Can Moshiach die?

According to Rambam in pirush hamishnayos to Sanhedrin, Moshiach will die after he fulfills his job. See the first source here The main benefit of that time (the Messianic Age) will be that they (...
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Can a Gentile Convert to Judaism AFTER the Coming of the Moshiach?

According to the Talmud (Yevamoth 24b), geruth (conversion) will no longer be performed in the messianic era: ת"ר: אין מקבלין גרים לימות המשיח. כיוצא בו לא קבלו גרים לא בימי דוד ולא בימי שלמה. א"ר ...
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Can we hasten Moshiach's coming through the mitzvah of ואהבת לרעך כמוך?

This idea can be found in Medrash Tanchuma, Nitzavim 1: וְכֵן אַתְּ מוֹצֵא שֶׁאֵין יִשְׂרָאֵל נִגְאֲלִין עַד שֶׁיִּהְיוּ כֻּלָּן אֲגֻדָּה אַחַת, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: בַּיָּמִים הָהֵמָּה וּבָעֵת הַהִיא ...
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