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Rabbi Moishe Sternbuch (right) and the Kaliver Rebbe

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Rabbi Moishe Sternbuch, Vice-President of the Rabbinical Court, chief judge of the Edah HaChareidis in Jerusalem, and dean of the Ramot yeshiva, during a recent weekly lesson addressed the conflict between Russia and Turkey and said that it means we should expect the Moshiach, Kikar Hashabbat reported Thursday.


“We have a documented tradition going back to [Rabbi Eliyahu ben Shlomo Zalman, known as the Vilna Gaon (1720- 1797)] that if the Russians will come and occupy Istanbul, the capital of Turkey, we’ll have to rush and wear our Shabbat clothes and expect the Moshiach,” said Rabbi Sternbuch.

He continued, “Behold, the Russians and the Turks have begun to quarrel with each other, we can hear the sounds of war, so really all the nations are wondering what happened, how did Turkey start up with Russia.”

“But we see in this the fulfillment of the teaching of our Sages that when Moshiach should come, God pits kingdoms against one another and they start war against their own will,” continued Rabbi Sternbuch, “which is why we, in the year past the shmitah year, see this as a great encouragement and we should arise.”

Rabbi Sternbuch also noted that “it is written that near the time of the coming of Moshiach the people of Israel will have troubles from the children of Ishmael, and they will succeed in provoking the children of Israel; we are at a crossroads and we pray to the Holy One, blessed be He, to redeem us. We must wake up and do Tshuvah (return), because if, God forbid, we don’t —the children of Ishmael would prevail.”

“Now is an opportune time to be strengthened and to pray, Moshiach stands behind our walls, waiting to arrive”, Rabbi Sternbuch added. “After all, it’s hard to understand how a country like Turkey begins a war and even refuse to say they’re sorry. Er iz a meshuginer (Erdoğan is crazy). God confuses them, which is why we should be strengthened in tshuvah and then we will merit to be truly redeemed speedily.”


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  1. These are the Mashiachs, but rare are who recognizes them :
    David Ben-Gurion
    Daniel Auster
    Yitzhak Ben-Zvi
    Mordechai Bentov
    Eliyahu Berligne
    Fritz Bernstein
    Rachel Cohen-Kagan
    Eliyahu Dobkin
    Yehuda Leib Fishman
    Wolf Gold
    Meir Grabovsky
    Avraham Granovsky
    Yitzhak Gruenbaum
    Kalman Kahana
    Eliezer Kaplan
    Avraham Katznelson
    Saadia Kobashi
    Moshe Kolodny
    Yitzhak-Meir Levin
    Meir David Loewenstein
    Zvi Luria
    Golda Meyerson
    Nahum Nir
    David-Zvi Pinkas
    Felix Rosenblueth
    David Remez
    Berl Repetur
    Zvi Segal
    Mordechai Shatner
    Ben-Zion Sternberg
    Bechor-Shalom Sheetrit
    Haim-Moshe Shapira
    Moshe Shertok
    Herzl Vardi
    Meir Vilner
    Zerach Warhaftig
    Aharon Zisling

  2. As our writings say, "…the hearts of kings and ministers are in the hands of the Higher Force…"
    Those proud leaders are instinctively, without any free choice stumbling towards events our prophets perdicted hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

    And I agree with the article we must not simply watch those events unfold as in the cinema.
    We Jews are the only people with free choice who can become "partners" with the Higher Force, using the force of the Moshiach, pulling humanity away from the instinctive path of suffering to a better, swifter path of correction.

    And the foundation from which we can perform our tshuvah is our undisputed unity and absolute mutual responsibility towards one another.

  3. Allan Schauder do you believe that the Vilna Gaon's worldview of politics has any relevance today? do you have any basis for such belief?
    The Vilna Gaon was a talmudic scholar; if he had a special insight into world politics 200 years in the future, it was never presented in a manner that has any validity or capacity for verification

  4. I would like to interject an important point to Hoffman and Shauder.

    Of course the political landscape bears no resembelnace to its 1795 (circa.) predecessor. You're 100% correct with your assesment. However, what the Vilna Gaon said was not prophecy; rather, it was what we should call Divine Inspiration, a form of prophecy yet lower still (see Derech Hashem by Luzzatto).

    The point is, it was VERY divinely inspired talk……..

  5. War, in a way, brings Mashiach. Mashiach comes, when men are totally at the mercy of themselves, and have, almost to a man, abandoned Hashem, as not Being. War is a sign, of the coming.

    And yes, Mashiach slays his enemies; but with the Sword of the Tongue. Others, carry the physical acts out, even unknowingly, at times.

    David killed his ten-thousands; how many do you think that Mashiach will slay, as he judges by categories?

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