Redemption And Poverty

גָּאַל (redeem) equals in gematria דָּל (poor). This can allude to חמורו של משיח (the donkey of Moshiach), where the redeemer will enter Jerusalem as a pauper on a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9). This is because Moshiach will be a man of humility and self effacement that utilizes all physicality (חמור) towards serving the Creator. The times of Moshiach are described as days of oppressing inflation and many destitutes begging (Midrash Tehilim 45:3). To survive these times that are coming, we are told: “What is man to do to be spared the pangs of Moshiach? Let him engage in Torah and acts of loving-kindness!” (Sanhedrin 98b).



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