Chabad of Greater Hartford will host the series ‘The Messiah Mystery, The Jewish View of the Future: Examining Messiah in Jewish Tradition’ on three Wednesdays in August.
According to Jewish Tradition, The Messiah (or “Moshiach” in Hebrew) refers to a great leader who will gather in all of the exiles, rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, and usher in an era of eternal peace for all of humanity.
“No idea in human history has inspired so much hope or ignited so much debate,” said Rabbi Shaya Gopin, course instructor and director of education at Chabad. “This belief has motivated and inspired prophets, poets, sages and mystics throughout the 2,000 years of Jewish suffering and exile.”
“The entire notion of Moshiach sparks a great number of questions,” said Gopin. “What exactly is the Jewish idea of Moshiach? Where is the source for it within Jewish tradition? How important is it to Judaism? How is it relevant to the here and now?”
According to Gopin, these questions – as well as many others – will be addressed in the series. Participants will come away with a deep understanding of Judaism’s inexorable yearning for a perfect world and how our actions today can influence the future and usher in this era.
The lecture will be held three Wednesdays: Aug. 3, 10, and 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the Chabad House 2352 Albany Ave. in West Hartford.