Why is Eliyahu's mission accomplished in "4 flights", whereas Michael and Gavriel's are achieved in 1 and 2 flights respectively?
Pinchas Glovin, Brooklyn, USA
Micha'el is the Angel of mercy (he is made of water), Gavriel, the Angel of Din (he is made of fire) and Eliyahu, the Angel of Redemption. Hash-m's Midas Rachamim (quality-trait of mercy) works swiftly, whereas His Midas ha'Din (quality-trait) works slowly (because He always gives people a chance to do Teshuvah). The Midas ha'Din that involves taking a person's life works even more slowly (which explains why the Angel of death requires eight flights).
Once we are sent into Galus (exile) the redemption, as we see in practice, requires a lot of merit, since Galus takes a long time to reverse. This is why Eliyahu needs 4 flights.
See Agados Maharsha, on whom my explanation is based, who elaborates this further.
R. Eliezer Chrysler