Did an 18th Century Jewish Scholar Foretell Exact Date of Israel’s Redemption?

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By June 19, 2017

“And the Lord your God will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed and you shall possess it.” Deuteronomy 30:5 (The Israel Bible™)

The State of Israel is currently celebrating 50 years since the liberation of Jerusalem, as well as Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights in 1967. While these miraculous events took most Israelis by surprise, there was one Jew who precisely foretold of their occurrence, as well as that of other significant events, some 200 years in advance.

One of the most celebrated rabbis of all-time, the Vilna Gaon (the Genius of Vilna) lived from 1720-1797, but his teachings and visions inform Torah study to this day.

The Vilna Gaon sought to immigrate to the Land of Israel to hasten the process of redemption, but was unsuccessful.  He devoted the last eighteen years of his life entirely to bringing redemption and encouraged his disciples to immigrate to the Land of Israel and redeem it.

Jewish scholar Rabbi Samuel Yaniv notes a general principle of the Vilna Gaon, set forth in the work Ma’aseh Roke’ah by Rabbi Eleazar Rokach, which teaches that there is occasionally a connection between the order of verses in the Torah and what occurs historically in the corresponding Jewish year. Thus is the modern history of the establishment of Israel, beginning with the Holocaust, foretold.

The 5,700th verse of the Torah reads:

So the Lord was incensed at that land and brought upon it all the curses recorded in this book. Deuteronomy 29:26

The Hebrew year 5700 (1940) marked the beginning of the Holocaust, of which the Vilna Gaon had forewarned, teaching that before redemption comes there would be dreadful destruction in the Diaspora. However, he pointed to another verse prophesying Israel’s survival in Jerusalem.

But on Zion’s mount a remnant shall survive, and it shall be holy. Obadiah 1:17

Following the same pattern and prophecy, the 5,708th verse of the Torah reads:

And the Lord your God will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed and you shall possess it. Deuteronomy 30:5

In the Hebrew year 5708 (1948), the state of Israel was established.

According to Rabbi Uri Sherki, the Director of Brit Olam, the disciples of the Vilna Gaon had an additional tradition that predicted the date of the founding of the state of Israel.

According to this belief, the life of King David marks the exact midpoint of human history. From the time of Adam until David, the world continued to exist as a result of the primordial inertia through which it and humanity were created. Through the effort of his wars, King David established the physical earthly Kingdom of Israel, which laid the way for the success of the process of history and for the mending of the path of the world.

The name of Adam himself hints to this view of history – Adam David Mashiach (Messiah).

Therefore the time span from the birth of Adam until the birth of David is the same as the timespan from David’s birth until the redemption.

The calculation is very simple: David was born in the year 2854 after the creation of the world. Thus the date of the beginning of the redemption is twice that, or 5708 – the year of Israel’s establishment.

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Israeli Delegation Joins Iftar Feast in Istanbul With Prominent Pro-Israel Muslim Cleric

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By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz June 13, 2017 , 5:25 pm

“When a man’s ways please Hashem, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7

Last Thursday, a delegation of rabbis joined Adnan Oktar, a prominent Turkish Muslim cleric, at the Çırağan Palace Ballroom in Istanbul for his traditional iftar feast ending a day of fasting during Ramadan. More than 750 people from different religions and nationalities, including Jewish and Christian clergy and lay leaders, joined Oktar for the annual event hosted by Oktar’s organization, the Movement for the Culture of Peace and Reconciliation.

The guest list included a number of illustrious attendees, several of them Israeli: the chief rabbi of the city of Shoham, Rabbi David Stav; retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Rabbinical Court of Israel Rabbi Abraham Sherman; Anglican priest Todd William Kissam from Maryland; and Co-Chairman of the Muslim–Jewish Friendship Organization in France, Imam Mohamed Azizi.

Adnan Oktar and Rabbi Abraham Sherman (Courtesy)

Rabbi Yishai Fleisher, International Spokesman for the Jewish Community in Hebron, was also present. He praised Oktar’s multicultural effort, saying, “I think that by you bringing us here today to Istanbul, you are part of that vision of connecting the peoples of the Middle East.”

“Israel… is a blessing for the entire region and the Islamic world,” Oktar said in reply. “[Muslims] are not aware that Jews are people of love. The love for Moshiach brings blessings to Israel.”

Oktar promised that the Temple of Solomon would be rebuilt in Jerusalem, and that he would help the Jews lay the first foundation stone. He explained that his motives for helping the Jewish People came directly from the Koran.

“You will be in those lands,” Oktar said. “This is the commandment of God; there is no other way. God clearly declares in the Koran that the Jews will reside in Israel. [God says] do not leave Israel. God says that Jews will inhabit Israel, in Jerusalem. You are the ornaments, the beauty of the region. The contrary is impossible.”

One of the highlights of the event was a video message from Likud Party Knesset Member Rabbi Yehudah Glick. Rabbi Glick has attended the event in previous years as Oktar’s guest, and referred to him in the message as “a champion of religious tolerance, champion of love to all human beings, [and] champion of God in the world.”

“He is a Muslim respected by many Muslims around the world, and he is a man of peace,” Rabbi Glick told Breaking Israel News. “I have been working with him for many years, and am proud to say that he is a Muslim figure taking a stand against terror.”

Fleisher returned from his visit with great hope that such meetings could bring necessary changes to relations between Israel and Turkey.

“Oktar uses his influence and wealth to bring clergy and opinion-makers to Istanbul to discuss the bringing of the Messiah and the building of the Jewish Temple,” Fleisher explained to Breaking Israel News. “He believes that the Jews are helping return Muslim youth to Islam and God, drawing them away from the negative influence of communism. He bases this all on the Koran.

The Iftar feast. Yishai Fleischer, left. (Courtesy)

“He is an unconventional individual,” Fleisher admitted. “But to be a Muslim in Turkey today, to be a high-profile figure in the Islamic world and call for peace, you have to be out of the box. This is especially true for a Muslim who believes it is a Muslim imperative to help the Jews and Israel.”

He saw the event as the “beginnings of a reformation” in the Muslim world, expressing, “This is a huge movement in Islam that just needs a leader and a partner among the Christians and Jews to really take off.”

Oktar has hosted other esteemed rabbis in the past, including the former Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Holon Rabbi Avraham Yosef, and Rabbi Avraham Sherman of the Rabbinical Supreme Court of Israel.

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UNRWA should be dismantled, Netanyahu told Nikki Haley

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By Jpost Staff 6/11/2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that he had told US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley during her visit last week that the United Nations should consider shutting down operations of its Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Netanyahu’s remarks came after UNRWA faced backlash over the weekend after the body announced discovering a Hamas tunnel underneath two of their schools in the Gaza Strip.

The UN body’s announcement of the discovery of the tunnels came a day after Nikki Haley visited an UNRWA school in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem.

Established by the UN General Assembly in 1949, the agency exists expressly to provide aid to “Palestinian Refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.”

Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu charged that “in various UNRWA institutions there is a lot of incitement against Israel, and therefore the existence of UNRWA – and unfortunately its work from time to time – perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem rather than solve it.”

“Therefore, the time has come to dismantle UNRWA and merge its components with the [UN] High Commissioner for Refugees,” the premier added.

Netanyahu further stated that following the discovery of the tunnel under the UNRWA sites, he had instructed the Foreign Ministry’s Director-General to submit a formal complaint to the UN Security Council against Hamas.

“Hamas is using school children as human shields, and that is the enemy we have been fighting for years; an enemy that commits two-fold war crimes,” he stated, adding that “On the one hand, [Hamas] intentionally attacks innocent civilians all the while hiding behind children.”

On Friday, Israel called on the UN to “strongly and unequivocally condemn Hamas” and formally classify the group a “terrorist organization” following the discovery of a tunnel that runs beneath two UN Relief and Works Agency schools in the Gaza Strip.

In a letter to the president of the Security Council, Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon demanded that “this time, the international community must not turn a blind eye toward such cynical exploitation” of civilian infrastructure in Gaza by Hamas.

UNRWA has been the subject of considerable pressure in recent months. In February, allegations emerged that an UNRWA employee had been elected to the Hamas political leadership. The individual in question was suspended by the organization and subsequently resigned.

And earlier this month, the UNRWA apologized after it was revealed that it had used a photo of a Palestinian child living in Syria for its fund-raising campaign in Gaza. The photo was later removed.

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Knesset and the Congress jointly mark 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem

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The Knesset and the Congress jointly mark 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem on Wednesday in a move that can be viewed as tacit recognition by the White House of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and spark controversy.

Vice President Mike Pence is one key participant in the event, alongside Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, its host. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will take part from the Knesset. All members of Knesset and both houses of Congress have been invited to the event, which was organized by Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer.

While the US does not officially recognize Israeli sovereignty in the parts of Jerusalem that Israel liberated in 1967, White House participation in the event could be viewed as tacit acknowledgment of Israel’s position regarding Jerusalem. The event comes after Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall during his trip here last week but held back from making any mention of Jerusalem Day, celebrated the day after he left the country.

In his letter to the senators and the congressmen, Edelstein wrote that Jerusalem, “the eternal capital of the State of Israel, is the seat of our parliament – the Knesset. Jerusalem is also the city where the prophets of Israel spoke to the world of the universal values of morality, equality, freedom and monotheism. In Jewish tradition, this is the city where heaven and earth are linked together and the home of the holy Temple [is situated], sacred to all Jews around the world.”

Edelstein pointed out that people of all religions come to pray in Jerusalem and described the custom of writing wishes to God and putting them in the cracks of the Western Wall. He invited American lawmakers to send him their prayers.

“I will make sure your notes are placed between the sacred stones of the Western Wall,” he wrote.

So far, the Knesset has received 15 notes to put in the Kotel.

The event comes along with a strong push from Jerusalem to recognize the city as Israel’s capital.

Netanyahu called on the US and all other countries to move their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem. Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin both asked Trump to recognize the capital during his visit to Israel last week.

While Trump did neither of those things, he mentioned the millennia of Jewish history in Jerusalem during his address at the Israel Museum.

 

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Erdan calls on US to halt funding for PA as long as it supports terrorism

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By Noa Amouyal / June 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – In a forceful speech to the American Jewish Committee on Monday night, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called on the US to halt its funding for the Palestinian Authority until it stops supporting terrorism.

“This funding for terror must stop, and the United States should stop funding the PA until the PA stops teaching children to kill,” he said.

“But not one cent of American tax-payer money should support Palestinian terror.”

According to a paper published last year by the Congressional Research Service, the US has given the PA $5 billion in bilateral economic and non-lethal security assistance.

It is the PA’s tacit support of terrorism that is an impediment to the peace process; only when you put an end to this support, can fruitful negotiations with the Palestinians occur, he argued.

He also urged the international community to form an alliance against terrorism. Deeming global terrorism an ”era-defining challenge,” he called it an opportunity for world unity that Israel, with its expertise, was uniquely positioned to lead.

“Now is the time for Israel, for moderate Arab states, the US, Europe and all like-minded countries to come together to build an international alliance to fight terror,” he said. “We are willing to take a leading role in the formation of the new alliance. We want to leverage our experience and expertise in Israel to help save lives across the world.”

Asserting that countries once far removed from Israel’s problems are now fighting the same terrorism in their own backyards, he said, “When people hear of attacks in Israel, they now recognize the means, the incitement and the culture of hate. They are experiencing these same things at home. People across the world have come to realize that this is not just Israel’s problem. They now realize that in the struggle of our generation, we are on the same side.

“I have lost count of the number of critics of Israel who have approached me recently to say, ‘Now, we understand,’” he added.

Reiterating the refrain espoused by many Israeli politicians of late, he said, “terror is terror is terror.”

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Saudi FM to Qatar: Enough is enough, stop supporting Hamas, other terror groups

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By REUTERS / June 6, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday Qatar needed to take several steps, including ending its support of Palestinian Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, to restore ties with other key Arab states.

“We’ve decided to take steps to make clear that enough is enough,” Adel Al-Jubeir told journalists in Paris. “Nobody wants to hurt Qatar. Qatar has to choose whether it must move in one direction or another direction.”

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Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain said on Monday they would sever all ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Al-Jubeir added that Qatar was undermining the Palestinian authority and Egypt in its support of Hamas and the Muslim brotherhood and backing “hostile media.”

The two Arab nations fell into a deep row this week when Saudi Arabia abruptly announced that it would be cutting off important diplomatic and financial ties to its Persian Gulf neighbor.

The foreign ministers comments came just hours after US President Donald Trump, wading into the deep rift among Arab states, said on Tuesday his trip to the Middle East was “already paying off,” as governments there took a hard new line in accusing Qatar of funding militant groups.

The campaign to isolate Qatar was disrupting trade in commodities from crude oil to metals and food, and deepening fears of a possible shock to the global gas market, where the tiny Gulf state is a major player.

The Pentagon, however, renewed praise of Qatar on Tuesday for hosting US forces and its “enduring commitment to regional security,” sticking to a message of reassurance even Trump, via Twitter, applauded a decision by Arab powers to cut ties to the Gulf ally.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis declined to answer a question about whether Qatar supported terrorism, the accusation made by Arab states, saying: “I’m not the right person to ask that. I consider them a host to our very important base at al Udeid.”

In fact, US officials were blindsided by Saudi Arabia’s decision to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar in a coordinated move with Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), current and former officials in Washington told Reuters.

Trump’s comments on the rift between Qatar and other Arab nations over its alleged support for Iran and Islamist groups came as the leader of Kuwait traveled to Saudi Arabia to try to mediate.

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Congress: Israel-Arab peace deal must include Jewish refugees

Arutz Sheva – Israel National News

David Rosenberg, 03/03/16

Bipartisan bill in congress would require resolution for Jewish refugees from Arab countries in any future Arab-Israeli peace deal.

A bipartisan coalition of 14 congressional lawmakers have cosponsored a bill intended to rectify the losses suffered by Jewish refugees who fled their homes across the Middle East following the establishment of the State of Israel.

According to a statement released on Wednesday by the office of New York Democratic congressman Eliot Engel, the Displaced Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries and Iran Act would require the President “to ensure resolution for Jewish refugees displaced from Arab countries and Iran.”

The President would be required to include provisions for Jewish Middle East refugees in any future Arab-Israeli negotiated settlement.

A joint statement released by the bill’s sponsors recognized the hardships faced by the ancient Jewish communities across the Middle East and North Africa, and the oppression they suffered under local Arab governments.

“The Arab governments subjected hundreds of thousands of Jews to displacement, political marginalization, or property confiscation with no compensation.”

“The Displaced Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries and Iran Act ensures that the interests of all refugees displaced as a result of the Arab-Israeli conflict are fairly considered in any final settlement of Arab-Israeli peace.”

Close to one million Jews were forced to leave their homes across the Middle East and North Africa following the establishment of Israel in 1948. More than 600,000 settled in Israel, where they and their descendants now make up a majority of Israel’s Jewish population.

In most cases, Jewish refugees lost their homes and valuables as they were forced out, and have since been largely unable to either receive compensation or reclaim their property.

While Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 have received widespread international recognition, the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab countries is largely unknown outside of Israel.

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JPS Tanakh 1917

Zechariah 14.14
“And Judah also shall fight against Jerusalem; And the wealth of all the nations round about shall be gathered together, Gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.

Isaiah 60.5

“Then thou shalt see and be radiant, And thy heart shall throb and be enlarged; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned unto thee, The wealth of the nations shall come unto thee.”

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