Rabbi Joshua ben Levi met Elijah, who was standing at the the door of Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai's tomb, and asked the Prophet: "Will I have a place in the world to come?"
Elijah said: "If the Lord is willing"
Rabbi Joshua ben Levi then asked Elijah: "When will the Messiah come?"
Elijah said to the Rabbi: "Go, ask him yourself!"
b' Levi asked: "And where does he sit?"
Elijah replied: "At the gate of the City [of Rome]."
b' Levi asked: "And what sign will reveal him to me?"
Elijah replied: "He sits among the sick, poor and wounded and all of them loosen and bind their bandages together. But he loosens one and rebinds it, saying: 'If I am wanted, I will not be delayed'"
So Rabbi Joshua journeyed to the City gate, found the Messiah and said to him: "Peace be upon you, my Teacher and Master"
The Messiah said to him: "Peace be upon you, son of Levi!"
Joshua said to the Messiah: "When will you come, my Master and Teacher?"
The Messiah said: "Today!"
Rabbi Joshua then returned to Elijah, who asked him: "What did the Messiah say to you?"
Rabbi Joshua said to Elijah: "(the Messiah said) 'Peace be upon you, son of Levi'"
Elijah said: "He promised you and your father a place in the world to come'
Rabbi Joshua said to Elijah: But the Messiah told me a lie! For he said he would come today but he did not come!"
Elijah said to Rabbi Joshua: "He told you thus: 'Today, if you will hear his voice'" (Ps 95:7)
--- Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 98a
Here's the one Bible verse that ever blogger should remember daily
"Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book."
this is a little ot GVDL, but it might be of interest to you and some of your Jewish readers - (posted as a response to beinart's article distinguishing american liberal upper west side "zionists" from and zionists):
Monday, May 17, 2010
Who Burned the Second Temple?
Not really a mystery.
Roman Legionnaires of the Xth Legion, inter alia.
But who commanded them? Their direct commander was not Vespasian, who left Judea to become Emperor shortly before the siege of Jerusalem was concluded.
Nor was their commander Vespasian's son Titus, although as the overall commander of the war against the Jews, he is usually accorded most of the blame.
The actual commander of the troops who burned and sacked the Holy Temple was the former Prefect of Egypt, Tiberius Julius Alexander -- later Prefect of the Praetorian Guard.
Tiberius Julius Alexander was a Greek-speaking Alexandrian Jew -- and the nephew of the Jewish philosopher, Philo.
Based on the way he is described by the historian Josephus, many believe that Tiberius Julius Alexander was an apostate -- a secular, unbelieving, assimilated Jew.
There are many of his type abroad in the land today. To ingratiate themselves with the current overlords of the world, they are quick to deploy all of their skills, energies, and talents against the people from which they come.
The Tony Judts, Peter Beinarts, Rahm Emanuels, Noam Chomskys are the inheritors of a sadly long and ignoble tradition.
The Roman Empire is no more. The glorious power to which Tiberius Julius Alexander devoted his energy and his life has become dust. No vestal virgin tends the Roman hearth fire. No sacrifices are offered to the Roman gods.
But the Priestly Blessing is still chanted before the site of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Posted by Punditarian