Leading Kabbalistic Sage: "Diaspora Jews - Come to Israel Now"
By Baruch Gordon
Israel's leading known Kabbalistic Elder Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri called upon worldwide Jewry Tuesday night to return to Israel to be spared from natural disasters which threaten to strike the world.
In a class between between the Mincha (afternoon) and Maariv (evening) prayers at his Jerusalem yeshiva seminary, Rabbi Kaduri issued the following call:
”This declaration I find fitting to issue for all of the Jews of the world to hear. It is incumbent upon them to return to the Land of Israel due to terrible natural disasters which threaten the world.”
"In the future, the Holy One, Blessed be He, will bring about great disasters in the countries of the world to sweeten the judgements of the Land of Israel."
“I am ordering the publication of this declartion as a warning, so that Jews in the countries of the world will be aware of the impending danger and will come to the Land of Israel for the buliding of the Temple and revelation of our righteous Mashiach (Messiah).”
Rabbi Kaduri also stated that the upcoming year would be a year of "secret and revelation" in the world. The Jewish year 5766 begins in less than three weeks, with the holiday of Rosh Hashana.
The Rabbi explained that the numerical Hebrew abbreviation for 5766, tav, shin, samech, vav gives insight into the nature of the upcoming year. "This will be a year of secret (or sod, from the letter samech) and revelation (or v'giliu from the letter vav.
Arutz Sheva Israel National Radio show host Yehoshua Meiri first publicized the declaration on his late Tuesday night Hebrew radio show. Meiri typed out the words of Rabbi Kaduri's delcarion and presented the document to the Kabbalistic elder who signed it.
Associates of Rabbi Kaduri were dispatched to communicate the Rabbi's call to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon before Sharon's departure to the United States the same night.
Meiri says he will publicize the signed declaration after Prime Minister Sharon delivers a speech in which he is expected to call upon the Jews of the Diaspora to make Aliyah (immigrate) to Israel.
During a visit with Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (the late Lubavitcher Rebbe of blessed memory) in 1990, Rabbi Kaduri was told by the Rebbe that he would live to see the coming of the Mashiach.
Arutz7 - 15 Sept 2005