On the eve of the year 5780 (the upcoming Hebrew year), the year of corrections, there will not be a government in Israel for an extended period…”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri meet at prime minister’s office, Sept. 1997. (photo credit: AVI OHAYON – GPO)
Sephardic Kabbalist (mystic) Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri could have predicted the political unrest surrounding recent struggles by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, according to a report by the Hebrew daily Israel Hayom on Sunday.
Information alluding to Kaduri’s predictions spread throughout social media and on the messaging application Whatsapp in recent days, as well.
Kaduri reportedly wrote in And He Swore to Isaac, a “hidden book” that was recently found in the Kabbalistic school of Nahalat Yitzhak, that “On the eve of the year 5780 (the upcoming Hebrew year), the year of corrections, there will not be a government in Israel for an extended period and the various camps will be quarrel much without a decision on either side, and then, on Rosh Hashana (the Jewish new year) itself, they will fight in heaven, the holy side against the side of evil, and G-d and His entourage will decide between them. And this is all I can say, and from here I swore not to reveal more secrets and hidden things.”
The book was purportedly written by Kaduri in his youth and hidden by him.
The statements by Kaduri also reference excerpts from the ancient book The Covenant of the Persimmon by kabbalist Rabbi Sasson Hai Shoshani, who Kaduri said was known as “The prophet of Egypt.” Shoshani said, “There will come on the day that two ministers win the government in the land of Israel. Both their names will be Benjamin and neither of them will succeed in establishing their government or kingship.
“On that day, know and understand that the King Messiah already stands at the doorway and on the Sabbath afterwards he will come and be revealed,” Shoshani’s statement continues. “Understand this and remember it.'”
Moshe N., an aide to Kaduri’s grandson and the current head of Nahalat Yitzhak, Rabbi Yosef Kaduri, told Israel Hayom that, “The yeshiva has all sorts of manuscripts by Rabbi Kaduri with the names of G-d and similar things, that we are keeping in a safe. These are things that are passed from generation to generation, in secret, only between the kabbalists and it is forbidden to reveal them.
“In writings based on the teachings of Rabbi Sasson Hai Shoshani, the redemption is discussed, and the writings also discuss that right before the coming of the messiah, they won’t be able to form a government, so what was published is very close to what was written in the manuscripts, but the published wording is not exact.
“Similar things were also written by Rabbi Kaduri’s learning companion, Rabbi Menachem Menashe, the author of Ahavat Chaim, who wrote in the name of Rabbi Shoshani on the weekly Torah reading of Ki Tavo, the Torah portion that we read on the last Sabbath, about what will be in the end of days, how there will be a war with the rabble about the issue of the Sabbath and how the rabble will be the majority,” he continued.
He explained that the remarks referenced in Kaduri’s manuscript are similar to the excerpts being circulated.
Additionally, he said that “the round of elections” is not explicitly written about, and that this is an interpretation of Kaduri’s writing. But he noted that the struggle between observant and non-observant sectors of Israel is considered something that will take place before the final redemption.
“In the end of the day, the redemption is dependent on us, the people of Israel, and it could be actualized and could not [be actualized],” he said.
Israel Hayom was not able to find any information about the existence of a book titled The Covenant of the Persimmon or of a rabbi by the name of Rabbi Sasson Hai Shoshani, the paper reported.
This prediction is not the first time Kaduri has been in the news in connection with Israeli politics.
In the 90s, the rabbi joined Shas Party founder Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef on the campaign trail. To attract votes, Shas distributed amulets with an image of Kaduri that promised “health, protection and success,” according to The New York Times.
Meretz complained to the election commissioner at the time that these amulets were illegal gifts and he ruled that Shas must stop distributing them. Kaduri’s aides argued that he feared that without the protection of the amulets, there might be renewed Arab terrorist attacks.
According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, in a meeting between Netanyahu and Kaduri in 1997 on their shared birthday, Netanyahu was recorded as whispering to the rabbi that left-wing people “have forgotten what it means to be Jewish.”
Ehud Barak, then head of the Labor Party, responded that “Netanyahu will not teach me or anyone else what Judaism is.”
A 2018 demonstration against antisemitism in Berlin. Photo: Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch.
A slight drop in the number of antisemitic incidents in Berlin during the first half of this year is no excuse for complacency, the city’s antisemitism commissioner emphasized on Thursday following the publication of statistics for hate crimes targeting Jews in the German capital from January-June 2019.
“Antisemitism remains a serious problem that we cannot tolerate in Berlin,” Lorenz Korgel — the city’s commissioner for combating antisemitism — told local news outlet Berliner Morgenpost. “The number of antisemitic incidents remains at a high level. ”
People wear kippas at a demonstration in front of a Jewish synagogue denouncing an antisemitic attack on a young man wearing a kippa, in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018. (photo credit: FABRIZIO BENSCH / REUTERS)
The population of the State of Israel has increased 2.1% since last year, according to a report released in time for Rosh Hashanah by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
Today, there are 9.1 million citizens of Israel, of which some 6.7 million (74%) are Jewish, the report shows. The country’s citizens also include 1.9 million Arabs (21%) and 0.4% of “others,” including Christians and those of other minority groups.
A women holds up a sign against anti-Semitism at a rally in New York City on Sept. 22, 2019. Photo: Rhonda Hodas Hack.
JNS.org – Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in front of City Hall in New York on Sunday, calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other municipal leaders, as well as those on the national level, to act against antisemitism and the wave of antisemitic hate crimes taking place against the Orthodox Jewish community.
The beach in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 17, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad.
On the eve of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, ushering in the Jewish year of 5780, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics released its traditional end-of-the-year findings.
Israel’s population now stands at 9.092 million people — 6.744 million (74.2 percent) of whom are Jews, with 1.907 million (21 percent) Arabs and 441,000 (4.8 percent) listed as “other.”
Drew Seigla and Stephanie Lynne Mason. Photo: Instagram.
Drew Seigla and Stephanie Lynne Mason play Pertshik and Hodl, whose love story takes them all the way to Siberia in the award-winning show by the National Yiddish Theatre.
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” — Sherlock Holmes, The Boscombe Valley Mystery
“Israel must, in the most blunt and clear way possible, illustrate to Washington that the prosperity of Jordan is a first-rate Israeli security and strategic interest.” — Former head of Mossad Ephraim Halevy at “Between Jerusalem and Amman: 25 Years Since the Signing of the Peace Agreement Between Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” Institute for National Security Studies, Sept. 25, 2019.
A thought came to mind the other day.
For all the bluster about Judaism and anti-Semitism in America, I am not convinced that far-out-left and liberal young Jews, who have been very strident and even threatening on Israel-related issues and local American political battles, have done much on the ground to confront and quash, one way or another, attacks on Jews. They have portrayed themselves as gliding along a moral highway but have permitted immoral actions to exist quite close to home, far from Gaza (did any of them recite a public Kaddish in the town square for murdered and injured Jews, or their damaged and desecrated property)?
One of the hallmark features of Yom Kippur are the communal sins which we need to repent for. Most Jews focus on what we have done personally towards G-d and towards others. Little thought is given to how we could be better as a community. Or the sins we bear as a community.
However, the communal recitation of the Al Chet, repeated over and over on Yom Kippur is to drive the point home that we are responsible for one another
Incoming freshman Member of Knesset from the leftist, Democratic Union list, Yair Golan, did it again. Golan’s constant delegitimization of his political opponents on the right, smacks of the same delegitimization that tyrants, dictators, demagogues and assorted totalitarians always use, just before the Putsch.
In that regard, he’s right when he said recently, “I’m reminding people that the Nazis came to power democratically, so we have to be careful, very careful, so that radicals with a messianic view won’t exploit Israeli democracy to replace the system of government.” Think “
As Israeli frustration mounts about violence coming out of Gaza, the idea of a ground invasion, and once and for all to finish with Hamas aggression, becomes more appealing. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed this approach, saying, “There probably won’t be a choice but to topple the Hamas regime.” While sympathetic to this impulse, I worry that too much attention is paid to tactics and not enough to goals. The result could be harmful to Israel.