Bereshit A: Chapter 21

Moses and the two Messiahs


Rabbi Shimon describes the return of Moses at the End of Days, which is our current era. Alongside Moses are two Messiahs: Messiah who is the son of Joseph and Messiah who is the son of David. The Kabbalists teach that the Messiah is not someone whom we passively await. Rather, the word Messiah refers to our own individual spiritual actions that will hasten his arrival. Through spiritual growth, we must achieve aspects of the Messiah within ourselves in order to accelerate the arrival of the global Messiah. Recognition of this truth - together with love for others and a strong visual connection to Aramaic words of the Zohar - will hasten the arrival of the Messiah, universal peace, and immortality.