Is It Legal to Evict One's Tenant When the Messiah Arrives?

I consulted both Jewish law and Israeli civil law to find out if the Messiah Clause was legal, and found the most profound answer in the simplest of places.

Sitting down for Shabbat lunch recently, our friends Ben and Jenna Alpern shared with excitement details of their new apartment in the Nahlaot neighborhood of Jerusalem. They were excited to be moving from their cramped studio apartment to a three-room home – a more suitable option given the recent arrival of their...