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Eliyyahu - Elijah

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The role of the prophet Eliyyahu (Elijah) in our Jewish tradition is that he is the one who is to come and reveal the Messiah to Israel. His return is also eagerly awaited because at the time of his coming he will reveal the hidden things found in the Torah and explain points in the Law that have baffled the learned.Consequently,texts that are found to be cryptic or enigmatic and mysterious are designated TEIKU (Hebrew for "let it stand" or "let it be shelved") because "when Elijah comes he will tell us" (Berakoth 35b; Menachoth 45a; Bekhoroth 24a, Babylonian Talmud). The Hebrew word TEIKU is also an acronym or notarikon for Tishbi Yitaretz Kushiyat V’abayot (lit, "the Tishbite (Elijah) will resolve difficulties and problems") when he comes. In the meantime, these problems are shelved until Eliyyahu comes to give us understanding. (See also, Baba Metzia 1.8; 2.8; 3.4,5;Shekalim 2.5, Mishnah; Shabbath 108a; Pesachim 13a, 70a; Hagigah 25a; Yebamoth 35b, 41b,102a; Gittin 42b; Menachoth 63a, Babylonian Talmud; Midrash Numbers Rabbah 3.13; Zohar 3:27b-28a, etc.). Thus, it is through Eliyyahu that our people shall know that the Messiah is near. In turn, it is through the restoration and revelation of the hidden things in the Torah that we shall see the final exaltation of His Truth (Isaiah 42:21; Psalm 138:2), and know that the time of Eliyyahu is here.

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