Mashiach and Olam Haba Part 2: Nachmanides and the Mystics
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- In Part 1 we saw the position of the Rambam - that the Messianic Age will be entirely non-miraculous, without any change in the natural order.
- Similarly, there will be NO change in the mitzvot or the principles of the Torah. As such, Yemot HaMashiach will relate entirely to THIS world (Olam Hazeh) and must not be confused with ‘Olam Haba’. For the Rambam, Olam Haba is entirely spiritually, with no connection to the physical world. It is the world of souls in which our neshama/mind is able to reconnect with the Source and experience fully the reality of God.
- However, we already saw in Part 1 that the mystics do not see Mashiach in the same way. For them, Yemot HaMashiach will be a time of miracles and wonders. It is this mystical position that we will explore be’H in this shiur.