My heart skipped a beat as my iPhone made the involuntary sound of a siren.
Looking down at it, I saw “Amber alert” along with details about a Chevrolet Camaro.
“Who put this on my phone?” I asked with a tiny measure of annoyance. I figured one of my kids had again taken liberties with what is supposed to be (ha!) my private property.
Sitting with me was my 22-year-old daughter Sara who thought this was hysterical.
“It’s an Amber alert,” she said, stifling her laughter. “Somebody in the area has been kidnapped.”
“Oh, I thought it was an APP,” I answered her seriously.
I mean, if my kids can put games on my phone with barely an ask, why shouldn’t they want me to be updated on recent kidnappings ?
‘No, they send them to you automatically, ” she continued with a compassionate smile.
“It’s connected to the cell. Every cell phone in the area gets the message.”
She went on to tell me how successful these alerts have been in helping to find missing people. (The young boy and his abductor were found later that evening.)
“Wait, so they put this on my phone without asking me?” I asked, still incredulous. “How come I never knew about it?”
I asked her a few more questions, mostly about the “they” who apparently have their own connection to my phone. And then I thought for a second.
“You know, Sara, this could be the way everyone will know that Moshiach has come.”
Then I started laughing.
Although this essential Jewish concept may not feel very Jewish, belief in the coming of Moshiach, the Messiah, is actually the Twelfth of the Thirteen Principles of Faith outlined by Maimonides, one of Judaism’s greatest teachers and philosophers.
The Messianic era is the point of the whole story of creation.
Is the concept of Moshiach mysterious? Yes. Misunderstood? Often. But it is nonetheless a basic principle of Torah Judaism.
In the teachings of Chabad, Moshiach’s arrival is said to be imminent, and our collective good deeds have the ability to hasten it.
For me as an aging baby boomer, that sounds like my best option.
I don’t know all the details, but I know that all of humanity will understand that, like our cell phones, we are all connected and “it’s all good.”
Because we will understand that “it’s all G-d.”
This is what Moshiach will accomplish– along with some nice little benefits like no more sickness, no more war, no more jealousy.
I must admit that I’ve often wondered how the whole world will know unequivocally that Moshiach has arrived.
But as I saw with my Amber alert, we are entering a time when we can be found whether we want to be or not.
Somehow or another, Moshiach will find me– just as he will find everyone else in the world.
At that time, and then for all time, we will all be laughing.