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Ma'aneh Eliyahu: Moshe & Eliyahu Print E-mail

From The Pages of HistoryThe 20th of Kislev is the Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yitzchak Eliyahu Landau, author of Ma’aneh Eliyahu, on Tanna D’Bei Eliyahu. He died on December 6, 1876. The Pesikta Rabbati compares Moshe and Eliyahu: “And by a prophet God brought Israel up from Egypt, and through a prophet they were safeguarded.” (Hosea 12:14) “By a prophet God brought Israel up from Egypt,” refers to Moshe. “And through a prophet they were safeguarded,” refers to Eliyahu.

“You find that two prophets stood up for Israel from the Tribe of Levi, Moshe was the first, and Elijah, the second. Both redeem Israel as their mission. Moshe redeemed them from Egypt, and Elijah in the future redemption. Moshe redeemed Israel, but they were exiled again. Elijah will redeem them permanently.

“Moshe went up to heaven, and Elijah went up to heaven. Moshe received revelation while in a cave, and Elijah received revelation while in a cave.”

Why did the Midrash select Elijah from among all the prophets who guided Israel over the ages? Elijah still lives. Just as Moshe brought heaven down to earth in the Torah, so too, Elijah brings Torah down from heaven when he answers difficult questions.

Elijah is a living force that bridges heaven and earth. He is the one who breathes heavenly influence into Israel to help us survive with Moshe’s Torah throughoutt the long exile.

Elijah is the continuation of Moshe’s work and the key to redemption. (Introduction to Ma’aneh Eliyahu.)

Tools: Review and concentrate on this on Motza'ei Shabbat when singing of Eliyahu haNavi

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