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Unread 03-30-2010, 07:34 PM   #1
Yissachar
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The Third Moshiach: Moshiach ben Menashe

Moshiach ben Yosef is mentioned only once in the Talmud Sukka 52.

Reference is made in the seforim to a "Moshiach ben Efrayim", presumably synonymous with Moshiach ben Yosef.

So who is the "Moshiach ben Menashe" in Bamidbar Rabbo Naso 14:1, who will come together with "Moshiach ben Efrayim"?

Just how many Moshiachs are there gonna be?!
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Unread 03-30-2010, 10:04 PM   #2
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From what I understand, like Moshiach ben Efrayim, it's just another name for Moshiach ben Yosef.
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Unread 03-31-2010, 04:11 PM   #3
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The Midrash says that the 4 Craftsmen of Zecharya II are referring to Eliyahu, Moshiach ben Menashe, Moshiach ben Efrayim and Moshiach ben Dovid. Presumably the latter two are a pair of different aspects of Moshiach ben Yosef. Some hold that there will indeed be 3 different individual Moshiachs. Others that it will be one gigantic Pinchas-type soul that will contain all three souls within one man's body.
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