Question: Since the Jewish people are still awaiting the Christ, who do you expect the messiah to be and what do you expect him to do? Do you await a military leader who conquers territory, a spiritual leader who conquers the ills of souls, or someone else? — C., via email@example.com
Answer: Jewish legends teach that there will be two messiahs. The first, the Messiah ben Joseph, will be the military leader conquering the forces of evil in the world. The second will be the Messiah ben David, who will usher in the time when, in Isaiah's prophecy, the lion shall lie down with the lamb. The righteous of all nations will have a share in this eternity of peace and glory.
Now, back to the real world...
In response to my recent column about how eating meat does not constitute murder, but vegetarianism is clearly the higher spiritual and moral choice, "R" wrote with thinly veiled contempt: