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Praying for Moshiach

Shortly afterwards the holy man drowned.
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I just saw this on Facebook, and it deserves a proper response.

Praying For Moshiach

There was a massive flood in a town, but one holy man managed to survive by getting up onto the roof of his house.

As he sat there watching the waters rise higher and higher, he prayed and prayed (3 times a day, in fact) to God to save him from drowning.

A boat came by, but he turned the rescue crew down, telling them he’s waiting for God to save him.

Then a helicopter flew by, but he turned down that rescue crew too, saying that he’s waiting for God to save him.

Shortly afterwords the holy man drowned.

The man reached heaven and in righteous anger asked God, “Why didn’t You save me?”

God sighed and responded to the holy man, “I sent you a boat and a helicopter! I even sent a free El Al flight to Israel for you, your family and your entire congregation, with an absorption basket to help settle you in! What the heck were you thinking when you were you praying for Moshiach to have no more 3 day Yom Tovs?!”

(Dan l’kaf z’chut – benefit of the doubt: Maybe the Facebook post was somehow referring to Rosh Hashana?)

About the Author: JoeSettler blogs at The Muqata.blogspot.com and occasionally on his own blog at JoeSettler.blogspot.com.


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4 Responses to “Praying for Moshiach”

  1. Eliezer Ramm says:

    well assuming moshiach means a restoration of sanhedrin and kiddush hachodesh with witnesses than i see no reason why not

  2. @Eliezer: Kiddush haHodesh with witnessess would not be a reason to abolish Yom Tov Sheini shel Galuyot. The reason for YTSsG today is *not* uncertainty over the correct day (even though that was the original reason) — the establishment of the Hebrew calendar eliminated the issue of uncertainly. Rather, the reason for YTSsG is "minhag avoteinu b'yadeinu", a consideration that has *nothing* to do with uncertainty over the date. The re-institution of kiddush haHodesh with witnessess would therefore change nothing: The issue of "minhag avoteinu b'yadeinu" will still be there, and there is thus no reason to expect YTSsG to be abolished.

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