Nights and Days, Moshiach ben Yosef and Moshiach ben Dovid


Ben Zoma expounded on the verse that states למען תזכור את יום צאתך מארץ מצרים כל ימי חייך, ימי חייך הימים, כל ימי חייך הלילות, in order that you shall remember the day that you left Egypt, all the days of your life. “The days of your life refer to the daytime, and “all the days of your life” refers to the nights. It is noteworthy that the words כל ימי equals 110 in gematria 110, which is the number of years that Yosef lived. Thus, the Hagadah is alluding to the idea that prior to the arrival of Moshiach ben Dovid, Moshiach ben Yosef will appear and his arrival will be while we are still in the night of exile. The Gemara (Sukkah 52a) states that HaShem will tell Moshiach ben Dovid that he will grant him anything he wishes. Moshiach ben Dovid, upon seeing that Moshiach ben Yosef will be killed, will request from HaShem that he be granted חיים, life. This is alluded to in the words ימי חייך, the days of your life.

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