Kenneth Cohen

Redemption: In Its Time

The Talmud describes the Messianic times in two ways, based on a prophecy by Isaiah.

It can come quickly, known as אחישנה, if there is collective repentance by the Jewish people. Or, it will come at the time that Hashem sees fit, known as בעתה.
If the Haftarah of Parshat Para is describing the period we are now living, we are clearly in the בעתה, “in its time,” period. There is a description of the ingathering of the exiles. And there is a description of the desolate land, once again being fertile. And there is even a description of how the people will ultimately be elevated by the special waters of purification. All of this, is what we have merited to witness in our lifetimes, and clearly points to our ultimate Redemption.

But the Prophet Ezekiel makes it clear that all of this is happening despite our bad behavior. G-d says, “ I am rebuilding the House of Israel, not because of you, but because of My holy Name that was desecrated among the nations. You should be ashamed and embarrassed of your actions, House of Israel.”

It is clear that the miracles we are witnessing, are not because we deserve them. Hashem decided it’s time for Jews to come home. This knowledge should humble us to where we realize the abundant kindness we have been receiving from Above. It should allow us to return to Hashem, both physically and spiritually, to show gratitude and appreciation for the gift of the State of Israel, the symbol of our Redemption.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at