As the year 5777 begins, it’s a good time to reassess everything, including this blog. One one hand. after nearly three years of writing, I have said much of what I wanted to say about my life and my Jewish journey in my attempt to answer to the unasked question, why would anyone normal choose to become a Torah-observant Jew? (To read my ‘life story” post, How I Got This Way, click here.)
On the other, Moshiach, the Messiah, is still not here, which means my work is not complete. Because all of Torah Judaism is based on the premise that G-d created the physical world to fulfill a mission, and when the job is done, Moshiach will usher in a new era. I know this sounds strange to a lot of people, but in fact, belief in the coming of Moshiach is codified as the twelfth principle of Maimondes’ Thirteen Principles of Jewish Faith. And this transformation is good news for the Jews and all of humanity. Even better news for everyone is that the Lubavitcher Rebbe has assured us that the time for Moshiach’s arrival is at hand, and that there’s not much left for us to do. The difficult news is that it’s up to us to do it.
Toward this end, every mitzvah matters.
As I enter my fourth year of writing, I hope to offer you something satisfying to read, but I’m asking for more. I humbly pray this blog will make the concept of Moshiach more accessible and real to you, that it truly hastens the Redemption, thereby helping us all to fulfill G-d’s plan for the entire world.