Tuesday, March 24, 2009
[street scene from the 1930’s]
In recent months, the global economy has entered an exceptional decline, not seen in perhaps seventy years. It is impossible to know what the long term outcome of this will be, however it is not difficult to imagine that the standard of living in the United States will decline considerably. We may see America become more similar to Mexico, in terms of both violence and poverty.
It is interesting to observe that we have a tradition that the Messiah will come before 6,000 years after the creation of Adam, which means that he will come within the next 230 years. The Talmud predicts that the prior to the coming of the Messiah, there will be a great deal of suffering in the world. However the Talmud also states “R. Eleazar's disciples asked him: 'What must a man do to be spared the pangs of the Messiah?' [He answered,] 'Let him engage in study and benevolence’”
The Talmud states R. Gamaliel Beribbi said: “And he shall give thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee” He who is merciful to others, mercy is shown to him by Heaven, while he who is not merciful to others, mercy is not shown to him by Heaven.
The best hope that we have of surviving and prospering is by using every opportunity we have to help others. If we have love in our hearts we will receive love in return. Through this we will God willing see the final redemption in the near future.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 3:46 PM