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On June 12, 1996, the Rabbinical Council of America adopted a resolution stating:
"In light of disturbing developments which have recently arisen in the Jewish community, the Rabbinical Council of America in convention assembled declares that there is not and has never been a place in Judaism for the belief that Moshiach ben David [Messiah son of David] will begin his Messianic mission only to experience death, burial, and resurrection before completing it."
In the following weeks a number of articles appeared in the Jewish media criticizing and seeking to discredit this resolution. The essay presented here, A Good Resolution About Moshiach / Many Lubavitchers Thank the R.C.A., was written in response to this criticism in general, and especially in response to a series of articles by Rabbi Shmuel Butman, Rabbi Isser Zalman Weisberg and Rabbi Zushe Silberstein which were printed in The Jewish Press .
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Featured article: A Good Resolution About Moshiach
Additional article: The Revelation of Melech HaMashiach - From the Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt"l , by The Committee for Fulfilling the Rebbe's Directives
Brief additional article: Bringing Moshiach Now! by Rabbi Eli Teitelbaum from the Country Yossi Magazine's November issue, along with Rabbi Teitelbaum's response to several letters in the December issue.
Coming soon will be links to other articles on this topic, as well as a page of readers' comments, my replies, and a bulletin board where anyone can post and exchange their views.
First posted: September 6, 1996. -- Last revised: December 9, 1996.