Jews around the world call for Moshiach
For 3 000 years, Jews have been praying for Moshiach (the messiah) to come, but this weekend, the Jewish world is upping its game with a communal prayer demanding that “G-d send Moshiach now”.
So says Rabbi David Masinter, who heads up Chabad House in Johannesburg, and who is behind the prayer to be said at 18:00 (South African time) on Sunday, 21 February.
“One thing COVID-19 has taught us is how vulnerable we all are,” says Masinter. “It’s been a time of introspection. It’s a time of realisation that we need Moshiach. This is how this worldwide Moshiach project was borne.”
According to Masinter, a businessman in Miami came up with the idea, and a universal prayer was formulated.
“Two powerful ways to hasten the coming of Moshiach is through unity of our nation and charity. Therefore, we are encouraging everyone to stop what they are doing, say this worldwide prayer together, and give a little charity at the same time. When Jews all around the world band together for a shared goal, the power is immeasurable.”
Masinter says belief in the coming of Moshiach is a fundamental principle of the Torah, and that we have to yearn for him to come. “This is one of the fundamental principles of our faith,” he says.
“We believe that one day, Moshiach will come, and g-dliness will be revealed on earth. There will be no more war, no more suffering. There will be peace among nations.”
The following prayer should be said at 18:00 on Sunday, 21 February:
“Master of the universe
We, your beloved children
United together around the world at this moment
Are crying out to you in prayer
Please accept this prayer with grace and kindness
We sincerely thank you for all your daily blessings,
But we implore you from the depths of our hearts
To send Moshiach immediately to redeem us with mercy,
From this long exile and suffering
And to bring peace to the world
We can’t wait anymore!
We desire your great name to be revealed
Your dominion in the entire world
And your presence returned to the Beit Hamikdash – the Holy Temple – now!”
“SHMA YISRAEL AD-ONAY EL-O-HAYNU AD-ONAY ECHAD
HEAR OH ISRAEL, THE L-RD IS OUR G-D, THE L-RD IS ONE”
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