by Akiva at Mystical Paths, shared with me by Yaak of Yeranen Yaakov.
The great and holy mekubal (kabbalist), the elder of the generation, HaRav Yitzchok Kaduri, zt"l, left this world after a brief illness at the age of 106, one year and two weeks ago. In the years prior to his death, he is said to have recognized that the neshama of Moshiach had entered this world, and had met with Moshiach. We have no reason to doubt his holy words.
Before his passing, the holy rav left a note with instructions for it not to be opened until 1 year after his hilhula. That year has passed, and the note has been opened.
The note reads:
בעניין הר"ת [ראשי תיבות, ע.י.] של משיח. ירים העם ויוכיח שדברו ותורתו עומדים. באתי על החתום בחודש הרחמים [אלול, ע.י] התשס"ה, יצחק כדורי
The Rav gives the name of Moshiach by the first letters of a pasuk, the name being Yehoshua!
Unfortunately, there are those who find this name greatly similar to another name, and are looking to this as some validation for their non-Jewish religious positions. (Yehoshua is close to the traditional Hebrew name associated with the Xian deity.)
As Yaak pointed out to me...
Rabbi Lazer Brody, shlita, wrote 18 months ago...
"The Melitzer Rebbe shlit'a explained to me how difficult the future tests of faith will be. "Imagine that Eliahu HaNavi returns to earth, and again challenges all the false prophets on Mount Carmel, only this time, the fire will come down and consume the sacrifice of the false prophets. Many of the simpletons will run and embrace the false prophets. But, there will still be a few of us who will yell out, 'Hashem hu HaElokim' (The Lord is G-d!). Despite the fact the everything looks like the false prophets are right, as soon as those few steadfastly loyal believers of Hashem cling to their pure and unwavering emuna, a second fire will come from the Heavens and destroy the false prophets". The Rebbe shlit'a is in effect saying, "Don't be fooled when you see evil winning out; this is a difficult - but only temporary - test of faith." This is an important principle to remember, especially during these difficult times."
If memory serves, the Melitzer Rebbe, shlita, quotes from a Yalkut Shimoni, which further states at that time the kings of the world will turn to the Jews and say, "Now, see, our god is true and yours is obviously false. We've proven it to you. Join our religion!" Then it will be the time to stand up and shout, Hashem Hu HaElokim, The Lord is G-d, and stand true to HaKodesh Baruch Hu, the Holy One, Blessed Be He, and Toras Emes, the Torah of Truth!
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