[ The Last Word [
The Torah teaches a person to “ask your father” about “one
generation and another” (v. 7), i.e. about “the days of the
Mashiach and the World to Come” (Rashi ibid., see Classic Questions),
and, “he will tell you.” Here we see that a father should educate
his child about the concept of Mashiach, and not leave the child
to “pick up” knowledge of the matter by himself.
Even though the concept of Mashiach is a lofty one, with
immense mystical significance which can only be fully
appreciated by an adult, nevertheless, it remains one of the
principles of our faith which needs to be taught to children even
at a young age.
Obviously, the educational approach will be different in the
case of children than with adults. For example, with a child we
might stress the fact that with the coming of Mashiach “delicacies
will be as plentiful as dust” (Rambam, end of Laws of Kings), as this is
something which the child can relate to easily (and it is, of course,
totally true). Naturally, when the child matures, so will his
perception of Mashiach, but we cannot wait for children to grow
up before teaching them about a major principle of our faith.
Rather, when still very young, a child should be taught to cry out
earnestly and enthusiastically: “We want Mashiach now!”
(Based on Sichas Motzoi Shabbos Parshas Ha’azinu 5739; Terumah 5741)
MOSHIACH’S LETTER THROUGH SHLIACH YA’AKOV TO THE BRIT CHADASHA
PEREK ALEPH (CHAPTER ONE)
Ya’akov, eved (servant) of Hashem and of Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach Adoneinu Yehoshua; To the Shneym Asar HaShevatim (Twelve Tribes) in the Golus, Shalom! [DEVARIM 32:26]
|2| Consider it all simcha, my Achim b’Moshiach, whenever you fall into various nisayonos (tests,trials),
|3| because you have da’as that the emunah you have, when it is tested, produces savlanut (patient endurance).
|4| And let savlanut be shleimah in its po’al (work) in order that you may be mevugarim (mature, grown up) and complete, lacking in nothing.
|5| But if any one of you is lacking chochmah (wisdom), let him direct tefillah (prayer) and techinot (petitions) to Hashem, the One whose matanot (gifts) are given generously and without grudging, and chochmah will be given to him. [MELACHIM ALEF 3:9,10; MISHLE 2:3-6;
TEHILLIM 51:6; DANIEL 1:17; 2:21]
|6| But let the tefillah be offered with much bitachon in emunah (faith), in no way doubting. For the doubtful man, wavering in emunah, is like a wave of the yam (sea) being tossed by the wind. [MELACHIM ALEF 18:21]
|7| Let not such a one presume that he will receive anything from Adoneinu.
|8| He is an ish (man) of double mind, in all his drakhim (ways), mesupak (uncertain, having doubts) and unstable. [TEHILLIM 119:113]