You Don’t Know Gog (I)

Know that the king Alexander Mokdon locked up all the people of Gog and Magog in a very tall mountain. There is no way to get out except for a door. There he built a big fortification of iron in a way that there is no way to get out because it was closed in on all sides. With his abundant magic he made in this fortification some men of iron who are banging day and and night, so that the people of Gog and Magog think that they are still building the fortification and the work didn’t finish yet. And thus they remain there. And there is no chance at all that this wall will be destroyed, until the great day of judgment will come and Hakadosh Baruch Hu will break these fortifications and they will go out. Like Yechezkiel (38:20) says: “every wall will fall to the ground” which is a hint to those fortifications that Alexander Mokdon built and locked up Gog and Magog there.

From Yalkut Meam Loez Beshallach p.353

2 Responses to “You Don’t Know Gog (I)”

  1. who are the people of Gog and Magog, and how can they still be alive after all these years? And what does Alexander have to do with all of this?

  2. 1) This is a midrash, and as the Alter Rebbe writes in Igeres Hakodesh 23: “most of the secrets of the Torah are concealed in it”;

    2) The idea expressed in this midrash is presumably first and foremost a ruchniyus idea, and all midrashim are true even if not “literally” so in the simple sense. Anyway, you should know that the concepts in this midrash (what in the world were called the ‘Gates of Alexander’ ) is also found in gentile stories with very similar (although unreliable) details.

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