Halakhic Perspectives from When Mashiah Comes, Part 5
Readings from When Mashiah Comes by Rabbi Yehudah Chayoun, chapters 15-20
Forecasting the Coming of Mashiah – why this cannot be done, especially when the dates that we work with might not be right. Reference to the 163 missing years in dating the Jewish calendar.
Rabbi Akiva and Bar Cokhba – how he could have been considered messiah, and what we learn from this about identifying a messianic hopeful.
Mashiah's sudden arrival – no one knows when Mashiah will come or how.
Opposition to Mashiah – how it is ingrained in the Jewish psyche. Why there must also be a health dose of skepticism in all judgments, especially about something as important as Mashiah.
When does Mashiah actually become aware of his destiny, references from the life of Moses.
The dangers of embellished stories that seek to aggrandize and fantasize rather than to look at things realistically.