Has the Time for the Redemption Arrived?

This was the headline of a recent article by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh. As he explains, according to Rabbi Schneur Zalman over 200 years ago, and other sages, the calculations point to this year of 5775 being the year of the Redemption. To quote:

The verse states, “And out of the one thousand seven hundred and five and seventy [shekels], he made hooks for the pillars; and he covered their tops and banded them.” How does this verse relate to the date of the final redemption?


…From our position at this stage in time, it becomes clear retroactively how the irregular order of the numbers in the verse are perfectly aligned with our history: first comes “The one thousand”—the first millennium of exile (4000-5000); then “and seven hundred,” another seven centuries until the year 5700 (1939-1940) in which the terrible holocaust began; “and five”—alluding to the five years of the holocaust (5700-5705), which was a time when God concealed His providence for the Jewish People; “and seventy”—these are the seven decades since the holocaust to our present day (5775), which with God’s help should be the year of redemption.

The article then goes on to explain the practical implications. According to Hasidism, the intent of surprising statements is to inspire and encourage, to integrate these moments into our psyche. To show us that no matter how difficult and hopeless our current situation (especially in the Land of Israel) seems… there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that light is fast approaching.

Therefore I encourage you to read Rabbi Ginsburgh’s article, to search the internet (as more and more have been discussing this once guarded story of Rabbi Schneur Zalman). And when you do, please comment below, or in your personal diary or blog, the positive resolution that you would like to take on today.

About the Author
Yonatan Gordon is a student of Harav Yitzchak Ginsburgh, and co-founder of