February 18, 2018 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm #1471225KlutzKashehParticipant
I would probably travel to har sinai and hear hashems voice and the many nisim that hashem performed for us then…
when would you go?February 18, 2018 9:09 pm at 9:09 pm #1471570JosephParticipant
Har Sinai.February 18, 2018 9:10 pm at 9:10 pm #1471566LightbriteParticipant
How long would we stay there? Will I have access to modern amenities? Will I know that I will be coming back here?February 18, 2018 9:42 pm at 9:42 pm #1471582Curious1000Participant
I’d be tempted to go for har sinai, but I’d probably go for Yetzias Metzraim because that way I could do zechirah better.
Watching the faces of the shvatim by ani yosef sounds good too, though.February 19, 2018 12:31 am at 12:31 am #1471609LightbriteParticipant
If I go back to Har Sinai, will I see and meet all of my family members?February 19, 2018 2:11 am at 2:11 am #1471615Avi KParticipant
I was already there as well as a few others in previous gilgulim. However, Rav Kook says on “ad shelo notzarti” that this one started exactly when it was needed.February 19, 2018 6:01 am at 6:01 am #1471631CSParticipant
Well luckily for us, we about to go back to that and even better. Kimei tzeischa meieretz mitzrayim arenu niflaos and Vlo yikanef od Morecha. Torah chadasha meiIti teitzei with the coming of moshiach which is happening soon!February 19, 2018 9:25 am at 9:25 am #1471654NOYBParticipant
A Jewish event- Either Har Sinai or the First Beis Hamikdash. Both had lots of nissim and were times of closeness to Hashem. A world history event- watching the D-day landings would be pretty insane. The largest armada ever assembled, all moving to free occupied Europe- it would be cool to see.February 19, 2018 9:46 am at 9:46 am #1471679
I would go back to the period when the beis hamikdash was standing and see all the Nissim that happened during that timeFebruary 19, 2018 10:20 am at 10:20 am #1471701
Id go back to 1921 and tell every jew to get out of Europe as a Madman is going to kill them all in Auschwitz and Treblinka
(1921 because that was one of the last years when immigation was still possible to the US)February 19, 2018 11:45 am at 11:45 am #1471795
It sounded from the op that you can’t alter history and only could look at a certain time period
Additionally I don’t think anyone would believe you because everything is in Hashem’s plan and it seems like it had to have happenedFebruary 19, 2018 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm #1471876lesschumrasParticipant
Those of you wishing to go back to Sinai, mske sure that you’re under 20 years old so that you can also enter Eretz YisroelFebruary 19, 2018 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm #1471820
Never an indication I couldnt alter history and if even one person left Euope would would have otherwise died, then it would have been worth it. I would bring proofFebruary 19, 2018 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm #1471878Avi KParticipant
ZD, why not EY as the gates were wide open? However, if they did not listen to Rav Kook and the Imrei Emmet or, lehavdil, Jabotinsky, they would not listen to you. In fact, if you told them that you were from the future they would put you away.February 19, 2018 1:34 pm at 1:34 pm #1471894
Hashgocha pratis dictates everything happens because hashem wants it toFebruary 19, 2018 1:38 pm at 1:38 pm #1471899TealParticipant
It’s interesting to note everyone mentioning the era of Matan Torah. What about the very begining… maybe zehavadad, if your so sure people will obey your command to get out of Europe, maybe you would’ve had the power to persuade Chava not to eat from eitz hadaas. Then we could’ve avoided all the forthcoming issues… Well! I guess like coffee addict says we can’t change the world. Hashem has His plans for everything. So let’s all just make the best of the era He put us in and live it to the max and hope and pray that Moshiach come speedily Bimhaira b’yamainu Amen!February 19, 2018 3:06 pm at 3:06 pm #1471942WolfishMusingsParticipant
I’d go back in time and tell my teenage self not to give my parents such a hard time.
Yes, it’s selfish. Yes, it’s not the “Jewish” answer that you were probably looking for. Nonetheless, that’s it for me.
The WolfFebruary 19, 2018 3:07 pm at 3:07 pm #1471943
The question is if you had one attempt to time travel would you want to see a miracle or attempt to save lives.
Id skip the Beis Hamigdos or Matan Torah and do whatever I could to try to save lives even if I failed.February 19, 2018 3:08 pm at 3:08 pm #1471945WolfishMusingsParticipant
maybe you would’ve had the power to persuade Chava not to eat from eitz hadaas. Then we could’ve avoided all the forthcoming issues…
Well, if you did that, then you would very likely not exist.
Likewise, if you found a way to prevent the Holocaust, you would (especially if you have ancestors who came from Europe around then or afterwards) likely put yourself out of existence as well.
The WolfFebruary 19, 2018 4:14 pm at 4:14 pm #1472036
1) I actually dont have any ancestors who came to the US after the holocaust (They either came before World War 1 or just after)
2) If you did save a few lives by convincing someone to leave Europe before the war, you would still exist, its only if you convinced someone NOT to leave and that person was an ancestor would there be a problemFebruary 19, 2018 4:34 pm at 4:34 pm #1472184
I don’t know where you got that that was the ops question also you probably wouldn’t exist as you yourself you would be a totally different personFebruary 19, 2018 5:22 pm at 5:22 pm #1472293
Another assumption is made here as well, Lets say you went back to the Beis Hamingdosh or Har Sinai and discovered something that was not previous known, something that could have an effect on modern day Judaism.
Dont think just be visting and not having any effect , doesnt mean you dont have an effectFebruary 19, 2018 5:46 pm at 5:46 pm #1472349
Were talking about not having an effect on the past, if it was possible it would have happened
Rule #1 in time travel
Knowing something “new” that happened is possible to not alter the past yet can alter the future and there’s nothing wrong with that, we do so every day!February 19, 2018 7:22 pm at 7:22 pm #1472392
Lets just say someone went back to Har Sinai and saw Moshe Rabeanu wearing Tfillin
Firstly how did Moshe Rabeneu look, Did he have Peyes or not, and if he did what did it look like
What about his Tfillin? There are actually more kinds than Rashi or Rabbenu Tam. What if his tfillin were neither of those and something elseFebruary 19, 2018 8:53 pm at 8:53 pm #1472424
I don’t think anything would change based on that
It’s no different with the story with rav elezar and rabban gamliel (I think it was those tannaim) where we say torah lo b’shamayim heFebruary 19, 2018 9:22 pm at 9:22 pm #1472446
There may be other things
What about if you went into the Beis Hamigdosh and saw the Bubbling blood of the Prophet Zechariah and the Cohanim seemed to totally ignore itFebruary 19, 2018 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm #1472462
as I’ve said before, Hashem runs the world and has a plan for eveything, this is what hashgacha pratis is!
If you would have told the kohanim that they’ll be killed along with scores of people Just because of this blood they would laugh at you for saying something so ludicrous!
If you tried covering it up the blood would still show
The past can never be changed, if it could it would have beenFebruary 20, 2018 5:25 am at 5:25 am #1472475ShtikaParticipant
I’d go back to the times of the Gra and Baal Hatanya and try to bring shalom between them… or at least hear them debate who’s right ion the inyan of tzimzumFebruary 20, 2018 5:31 am at 5:31 am #1472528hmlParticipant
Post-Holocaust. So much more should have been done to help survivors b’gashmius u’b’ruchniyus.February 20, 2018 8:53 am at 8:53 am #1472549
I think you are missing the point, life was different back then and the Gemra , Torah medrashing etc are not history books, you might discover something that the ancients might have not even thought was a big deal, but would be a big deal today
Here is another example. Raw sewage was a problem until the advent of modern plumbing, except for a short time when the romans had some sort of sewage system. Ancients were probably used to the smell and the sight of it that it was no big deal and there was likely some raw sewage not far from the Beis Hamigdosh. To the ancients it was not big deal, but you would likely notice it and it might change your view on things
Its not Hasghcha pratis, its just a fact that not everything was written down and some things maybe not so positive would cloud your view if you ever found them outFebruary 20, 2018 8:56 am at 8:56 am #1472556akupermaParticipant
Is the initial question asking when one would want to live (probably not very far in the past, the modern standard of living gives us a vastly higher quality of life than our ancestors) or, when would you go to alter history (to benefit the Klal Yisrael, I would suggest preventing World War I (preserving the stable era of the “Proud Tower” and avoiding the rise of Socialism, Naziism and Islamic Natinalism which have not been good for us) , or perhaps preventing the breakdown of relations with Rome which led to a several wars that were disasterous for us) or perhaps Bayit Rishon (some sage advice and a bit of gunpowder and there wouldn’t be numbers after Bayit), or (being sarcastic) going to Avraham Aveinu or Moshe Rabeinu and telling them about New Zealand and Madagascar which were both totally free of goyim (i.e. uninhabited) at the time.February 20, 2018 9:57 am at 9:57 am #1472627
Like I said zdad,
If it doesn’t alter history it’s fine if it does then it won’t happen
If it changes your outlook and maybe others now then that has no bearing on the past it’s fineFebruary 20, 2018 10:13 am at 10:13 am #1472579
If Moshe Rabeneu had led us to New Zealand, Its like someone alledgely born on December 25th would also have come from thereFebruary 20, 2018 11:24 am at 11:24 am #1472699
In the late 19th century there was a famous wild west show called Buffalo’s Bill Wild West show where people “acted out” scenes from the american west
One of the people in the show was a woman named Annie Oakley who was a marksman. The show toured in Europe and one night she went out drinking, the next day they did a show with Kaiser Wilhem in the audeience and he dated her to shoot a cigeratte out of his mouth, Hungover she shot out the cigarttes. Later when the war started she sent him a letter offering him to do the “trick” again.
Had she missed and she had shot Kaiser Wilhelm its possible there would either never have been a WW I or the Germans might have won the war and Nazism, Commumism and Islamism would never have happend. So maybe someone should go back and get Annie Oakley to “MISS” and shoot the KaiserFebruary 20, 2018 11:25 am at 11:25 am #1472700akupermaParticipant
zahavasdad: In that case no one would have heard of him for a while. The first people only reached New Zealand in the time of the Rishonim and the first Europeans only in the time of the Achronim. We would have had prolonged peace and quiet, except for gigantic (but not meat eating) birds. Of course, when the Europeans arrived (and remember, they would probably be worshipping their ancestral dieties), tghey would have gunpowder and we would still be as well armed as the Jews were in the Midbar. Isolation results in backwardness.
Seriously though, the fact that Ha-Shem didn’t send us to an isolated uninhabited island suggest a deliberate reason for us to have a homeland at the cross roads between Africa, Asia and Europe, “in the thick of things”.February 20, 2018 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm #1472755beisyosefParticipant
If I were to go back to one point in history it would probably be 20-30 years ago that way I would know exactly which stock and companies to invest in, I’d become the first ever trillionaire, and would settle down and learn while taking all of klal yisrael out of poverty and living in the most comfortable era in history.February 20, 2018 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm #1472799velicher choosidParticipant
The days of Shlomo Hamelech.February 20, 2018 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm #1472804wthParticipant
I think it’s the other way round. Hashem doesn’t want us to be in the thick of things. Wherever we are, that’s where the thick of things will be.February 20, 2018 2:00 pm at 2:00 pm #1472837
Many are saying to go back to Har Sinai, but we don’t have to go back there as all jewish neshomas were there even those that will be born later. Coming from Hungary, I would like to return to the time of the Chasam Sofer where most of my minhogim originate.February 20, 2018 2:07 pm at 2:07 pm #1472886
About Moshe Rabbenu, see the Tiferes Yisroel at the end of Kidushin telling the story of the painter.February 20, 2018 3:41 pm at 3:41 pm #1472935beisyosefParticipant
Many meforshim argue on the Tiferes Yisrael (also quoted by the tosfos yom tov) and explain that it’s simply untrue. They bring a raiya from the fact that he illuminated light into the world when he was born before he was able to fight his yetzer hara, therefore if his true middos weren’t good that wouldn’t happen.February 20, 2018 7:34 pm at 7:34 pm #1473286
The Noam Elimelech says in Zetil Katan 15 writes that our assignment in this world is to change our nature.February 20, 2018 7:34 pm at 7:34 pm #1473289
The light of Moshe Rabbenu might relate to Mordechai who lit up the Jews through whom they accepted the Torah with their full heart. נתמלא הבית כלו אורה like it says היתה אורה ושמחה.
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