An Israeli rabbi and author who recently visited Atlanta’s Orthodox community is known for writing the ultimate manual proposing the need to usher in the messianic era.
Rabbi Pinchas Winston spoke Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 to Ner Hamizrach, Torah Day School, the Atlanta Scholars Kollel and Beth Jacob in Atlanta. The visit was sponsored by Ner Hamizrach, Beth Jacob and Gail and the late Allan Ripans in memory of Gail’s sister, Eilene Cummins.
Rabbi David Silverman of Atlanta Scholars Kollel recommended Winston’s “Geulah b’Rachmim,” published in 2008 and reprinted 10 years later, as a study guide of 60 lessons postulating that the Jewish people can bring about a “merciful redemption.” Winston dedicated the latest reprint of the book to Cummins.
On the back cover of the book, Rabbi Winston asserts, “In the past, the passive approach to redemption has never served us well. Based upon many crucial sources, and the direction of history at this time, there is no reason to assume that it will now. And, as this book will make clear, the main difference between a peaceful redemption and one that has been described in frightening detail in the Book of the Prophets, may simply be a change of heart.”
At the Shabbat dinner Jan. 31, Winston said, “‘Shema:’ Hear O’ Israel the Lord is Our God, the Lord is One” will be universally accepted, bringing peace and unity to the entire world.
The culmination was a melava malka (“accompanying the Shabbat queen” meal) after Shabbat at the Ripans’ home, where discussion among the 32 in attendance centered on the role of divine providence in Jewish history and the mission of the Jewish people to bring peace and unity to the world.
Rabbi Winston was accompanied by his wife Ahava, director of Nitza, The Israel Center for Maternal Health.