The Arrival of Mashiach
To All of 'Us' From One of 'Them'

	 'Twas the night of the geulah,
	 and in every single shteibel,
	 sounds of Torah could be heard
	 coming from every kind of Yeidel.

	 This one in English,
	 some in Hebrew, some in Yiddish,
	 some saying pshat,
	 and some saying a chiddush.

	 And up in shamayim
	 The Aibishter decreed,
	 "The time has now come
	 for My children to be freed.

	 Rouse the Mashiach
	 from his Heavenly th,
	 have him get his chariot
	 and head down to Earth."
	 The Mashiach got dressed,
	 and with a heart full of glee
	 went down to the Earth, and entered
	 the first shteibel he did see.

	 "I'm the Mashiach,
	 Hashem has heard your plea,
	 our geulah has come,
	 it is time to go free!"
	 They all 
	 their learning,
	 this was quite a surprise.
	 And they looked at him carefully
	 with piercing sharp eyes.
	 He's not the Mashiach!"
	 said one with a grin.
	 "Just look at his hat,
	 at the pinches and brim!"
	 "That's right!" cried another
	 with a grimace and a frown,
	 "Whoever heard of Mashiach
	 with a brim that is down?!"
	 "Well," thought Mashiach,
	 "If that is the rule,
	 I'll turn my brim up
	 before I got to the next shule!"
	 So he walked on right over
	 to the next shule in town,
	 confident to be accepted
	 since his brim was no longer down.
	 "I'm the Mashiach!" he cried
	 as he began to enter.
	 But the Jews there wanted to know first,
	 if he was left, right or center.
	 "Your clothes are so black!:
	 they cried out in a fright.
	 "You can't be Mashiach--
	 you're much too far right!
	 If you want to be Mashiach,
	 you must be properly outfitted."
	 So they replaced his black hat
	 with a kipa that was knitted.
	 Wearing his new kipa,
	 Mashiach went out and he said,
	 "No difference to me
	 what I wear on my head."
	 So he went to the next shule,
	 for his mission was dear.
	 But he was getting a bit frustrated
	 with the Yidden down here.
	 "I'm the Mashiach!" he cried,
	 and they all stopped to stare.
	 And a completed eerie stillness
	 filled up the air.
	 "You're the Mashiach?!"
	 Just imagine that.
	 Whoever heard of Mashiach
	 without a black hat?!"

	 But I do have a hat!"
	 the  Mashiach then said.
	 So he pulled it right out
	 and plunked it down on his head.
	 Then the shule started laughing,
	 and one said, "Where's your kop?
	 You can't have Mashiach
	 wit a brim that is up!

	 IF you want to be Mashiach
	 and be accepted in this town,
	 put some pinches in your hat,
	 and turn that brim down!"
	 Mashiach walked out and said,
	 "I guess my time hasn't really come,
	 I'll just have to return
	 to where I came from."
	 So he went to his chariot,
	 but as he began to enter,
	 all sorts of Jews appeared
	 from the left, right, and center.
	 "Please wait, do not leave,
	 it's all their fault!" they said.
	 And they pointed to each other,
	 and to what was on each other's head.
	 Mashiach just looked sad,
	 and said, "YOU don't understand."
	 And then started up his chariot
	 to get out of this land.
	 "Yes, it's very wonderful,
	 that all of you learn Torah.
	 But you seem to have forgotten,
	 a crucial part of our mesorah."
	 "What does he mean?
	 What's he talking about?"
	 And they all looked bewildered,
	 and all began to shout.
	 Mashiach looked back and answered,
	 "The first place to start,
	 is to shut up your mouths,
	 and open up your heart.
	 To each of you, certain Yidden
	 seem too frum or too frei,
	 but all Yidden are beloved,
	 in the Aisbishter's eye."
	 And on his way up he shouted,
	 "IF you want me to come,
	 try working a little harder
	 on some ahavas chinam."

CYZF Toronto 1992. This may be freely reproduced an distributed under the following conditions:

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