This would explain why Rav Yechezkel Levenstein says that when it comes to the arrival of Mashiach and the resurrection of the dead, we are quiet as if we are embarrassed to speak about them as if we have given up them altogether. Before we begin discussing Mashiach in-depth, let me quote to you the words of Rabbi Eliyahu Lopian:
אני שמעתי בלונדון מפי הקדוש ר' אלחנן וסרמן זצ"ל, שאמר בשם החפץ חיים זצוק"ל, שחז"ל אומרים שמלחמת גוג ומגוג יהיה שלש פעמים. ואז היה אחרי המלחמה העולמית הראשונה, ואמר החפץ חיים שהמלחמה הזאת - היתה מלחמת גוג ומגוג הראשונה, ובעוד עשרים וחמש שנה בערך - תהיה עוד מלחמה עולמית שניה, שהמלחמה הראשונה תהיה כאפס נגדה, ואח"כ תהיה מלחמת גוג ומגוג שלישית...
While in London I heard from the holy Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman, quoting the Chofeitz Chayim, that our Sages say that the War of Gog and Magog will be threefold. After the First World War, the Chofetz Chayim said that it was the first battle of Gog and Magog and that in about 25 years there would be a second world war, which would make the first one seem insignificant. Then there would be the third war... (Leiv Eliyahu by Rabbi Eliyahu Lopian, Shemos, page 197. See also Rav Schwab on Chumash by Rabbi Myer Schwab, pages 240 – 241)
[There’s a dispute whether World War III will be before the revelation of the Mashiach or after [see Otzrot Acharit HaYamim (Hebrew), http://bit.ly/2zqNFjv (link to view the seifer online) or When Moshiach Comes: Halachic & Aggadic Perspectives (English) by Yehudah Chayoun, part 1, chapter 5, The Battle of Gog and Magog. See also The Future: Guide to Messiah by Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff, Preparing For Redemption by Rabbi Pinchas Winston and Hold On: Surviving Days Before Moshiach by Roy S Neuberger].
True, to the Chofeitz Chayim’s prediction, World War II began in 1939, exactly 25 years later! How did his prediction materialize so accurately?
Does there need to be a third world war? It depends on us.
The Hebrew word for return, תְּשׁוּבָה, is derived from תָשׁוּב אֶל-יקוק, [You shall] return to Hashem” [(Devarim 30:10) see also The Wisdom In The Hebrew Alphabet by Rabbi Michael L. Munk, page 87]. In other words, returning to the path G-d set for us when we were born, the path that our souls recognize as home-bound, the path of goodness of becoming a better person, a different person, not a perfect person (The Power of Teshuvah by Rabbi Heshey Kleinman, pages 61-62)
Furthermore, one should involve himself in Torah, doing acts of kindness and eating three meals on the Shabbos.
קץ האחרון לא תלוי בתשובה אלא בחסד
The last exile is not dependent on returning to G-d but [doing] kindness (Even Shleimah, chapter 11, paragraph 13)
Dedicated in memory of:
- Velvel Volf Zev ben Aharon - sanctified G-d's Name amongst Jews and non-Jews.
- Shimshon ben Meshulam Dov - exemplified living with happiness and did the same to others despite the challenges he was going through in his own life.
- HaRav Zechariah Shimon ben Yitzchak HaKohein - gave of himself both physically and spiritually on behalf of the Jewish People.
- Bryna Bracha bas Aryeh Yaakov - was a 🌟 in relationships with people and our Creator.
- Rav Meir Yaakov ben HaRav Aharon - revolutionized the transmission of the Written and Oral Torah on behalf of the Jewish People.
- Rav Yisrael Meir ben R’ Aryeh Zev HaKohein, Menachem Mendel ben Levi Yitzchak, Elchonon Bunem ben Naftali Beinish Hy”d.
- Reva Leah bas Dovid Yehoshua, Eliezer Moshe ben Avraham, Kayla Rus bas Bunim Tuvia, Rabbi Uri Zohar, Shmuel Aharon ben Nasan Nattah and Ezra Yonatan ben Gary.