Ki Tissa: The Anointed One



Are You Uncomfortable Talking About Moshiach?

What’s this Moshiach thing?

Coming off the joyous holiday of Purim, let’s discuss a light, unloaded, easy topic like Moshiach (Messiah). Indeed, the two are connected: The redemption of Purim brings us to the redemption of Pesach, which in turn brings us to the final redemption.

Many people are uncomfortable talking about Moshiach.

Truth be told, the secret to Moshiach – both what the concept means and how to usher it in – lies in a classic camp song, which many of us have sung around a campfire (or at least on a Birthright trip):

Hinei ma tov uma naim shevet achim gam yachad, “See how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together!”

Mystified? Well consider the verse that follows: “Like the goodly oil upon the head of Aaron, flowing down his beard, flowing down to the borders of his garments…”

This goodly anointing oil, shemen ha’mishcha, is the subject of this week’s Torah reading, Parshat Ki Tisa, and it’s not a coincidence that the Hebrew word Moshiach means “the anointed one.” As it is no coincidence that the secret of redemption is revealed here in this week’s portion where this special aromatic oil is discussed.

Moses had difficulty formulating this sacred oil until God showed him how. How hard could it be to make oil?

So hard. Impossibly hard. This is why it takes Moshiach.



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