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I'm an Irish Girl, A Dubliner, with the 'Gift of the Gab' ... I like to talk & to tell you things. In Celtic times news, views and comment were carried from place to place by wandering Seanachaí ~ Storytellers ~ who relied on their host's hospitality and appreciation. I will need that from you too, as I venture to share Politics, Poetry, Laughter, Love, Life & everything in-between ... from Bog to Blog!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Geluah vs. Galut!!

This is an AMAZING Video .....  a perfect follow up to today's earlier posting.

Geulah, meaning redemption or deliverance, is what we celebrate on Pesach .... Usually!  On the last days of Pesach, we especially mark the Redemption of Israel from the Egyptian armies at the Red Sea.

Literally Gaal means to cover or protect (See Iyov 3:4), which is what Ha'Shem provides for his people,  Am Yisrael.   Galut,  Exile,  the opposite of Geulah, comes from the root meaning to uncover.  Galut is the uncovering, or denuding, of the land of Israel of its inhabitants.  In direct oppostion to "He who dwells in the covert of the Most High will lodge in the shadow of the Almighty ..... With His wing He will cover you, and under His wings you will take refuge" ~ Tehilla 91.1 &4 ~ But, Galus does not leave Yisrael without the enitre protection of Ha'Shem.  Geulah refers to liberation both from alien masters and from strange gds. A Geulah Shleimah, complete redemption,  which is what Moshiach shall provide (Talmud Berachot 13a).

Today, we as Klal Yisroel called for Redemption and for Moshiach.  Yearning for Mashaich and Geulah is of such importance that according to the Talmud (Shabbat 31a), one of the very first questions that a Neshama is asked when facing the Heavenly Court is ....  "Did you yearn for the Geulah?"    The Midrash (Yalkut Shimoni, Tehillim 736) says that "if the Jewish people have no merit other than their yearning for the Geula haShaleima—they are worthy of being redeemed for that alone!"

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