Monday, September 21, 2009

Return of the Shechina to Tzion

The order of prayer has the following:

  • Ingathering of Exiles
  • Rise of Sanhedrin
  • Building of Jerusalem (the Beit haMikdash)
  • Moshiach ben David
  • Return of the Shechina to Tzion
Why would the return of the Shechina to Tzion be last?  But rather, the return of the Shechina to Tzion is a cause for the building of the Beit haMikdash (see here).  To me, it appears that this is a hidden teaching implying the sin of Adam haRishon.
  • If we are worthy, and we do not repeat the sin, then the blessing there is the ancient blessing (which many people heard yesterday during Musaf): Blessed are You, Hashem, that only You we will serve in fear.
  • If we are not worthy, and the sin is repeated, G-d forbid, then the blessing here is the one that we use today: Blessed are You, Hashem, Who returns the Shechina to Tzion.
If the sin is repeated, only the Hand of G-d can repair the damage, which is different from the Nesirah, which is a sort of natural process.


  1. That was an excellent observation. G'mar Chatima Tova!

  2. Thanks. Chatima Tova to you as well. I sent you an email on this topic, with some caveats, last week.

  3. I missed that mail. It is not now in the inbox, so I guess it got deleted.


  5. According to the GR"A (Vilna Goan)when Klal Yisrael is worthy, Moshiach ben Yosef will come, as he is from the side of din (justice).
    Moshiach ben Dovid is from the side of chesed, and cannot come because of Israel's merits, but only an undeserved gift.

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  7. Moshiach ben David will come if Am Yisrael does Teshuva. He can come today, if we do Teshuva today. That is the best case. If we recognize Moshiach ben Yosef, and do Teshuva through him, he will be Moshiach. He will grow to be "ben David". That is the middle case. The worst case is that Moshiach ben Yosef will die. I refer to a divine process. Then, Moshiach ben David will come, he will revive Moshiach ben Yosef, and the remnant of Am Yisrael will do Teshuva.