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Thread #33711   Message #451590
Posted By: Sorcha
29-Apr-01 - 01:02 PM
Thread Name: BS: A question for Irwin or other Israelis
Subject: RE: BS: A question for Irwin or other Israelis
Yes, see the "story" below.......

The story is told of a poor man, Shmelke, who lived in a small village. The town folks wanted to support him, but without him feeling like he was accepting charity. So they came up with a plan: They hired him to sit at the city gates and wait for the Mashiach.(Messiah)

One day, a traveler approached the city and asked Shmelke what he was doing. "This is my job," Shmelke said. "My job is to wait here to greet the Mashiach."

"Does it pay well?" asked the traveler.

"Not really," said Shmelke, "but it's steady work."

When we say "Next year in Jerusalem" we mean that all Jews should actually be in Israel and in Jerusalem (not just as tourists!). We mean Jerusalem as it is ideally meant to be - with the Temple, the Sanhedrin and a Jewish Monarch. We're still waiting. Even we here in Jerusalem say "Next year in Jerusalem!"

From: Ask the Rabbi, http://www.ohr.edu/web/index/askidx.htm