by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
As noted by Shirat Devorah, Rabbi Moshe Yess passed away today (or yesterday?) Many remember Rabbi Yess as a Chabad chossid who became a musical contemporary of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, advancing religious Jewish music into a contemporary pop style. This early generation of contemporary Jewish musicians didn’t become “big stars”, the market for their product simply wasn’t big enough. They were lucky if they could even make a living.
However, about 20 years ago Rabbi Yess left the music scene after receiving a reply from the Lubavitcher Rebbe indicating he should use his influence to spread the goals of bringing Moshiach and the Geulah (and referring to him as rabbi, from which he accepted the title along with the task).
With the departure of the Rebbe from our physical presence, Rabbi Yess spent his time as a Geulah researcher – similar to some of the writings of this blog (and certainly it’s early years). He spent time correlating modern events to biblical prophecies and tying the two back to writings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He was a committed Chabad Meshichist, but not one who went around shouting Yechi but rather did the research to back up his beliefs with halachic, talmudic, and kabbalistic sources. We corresponded on such things a number of times.
As he left his music behind he started Messiah Watch International, where he published his findings, research and beliefs. As a web site it’s a generation 1 technology poorly organized mess. But the research was and is worth paying attention to for geulah watchers. With his passing who knows how long the site will continue to exist.
He was a fellow traveler, an elder, on the road and will be missed.
His site presents a session of Rabbi Yess discussing Geulah signs on the Coast-to-Coast late night radio show in the US (known for discussing odd events of all sorts). Here’s that program (38 minutes, English)…
And here’s an example of his music from the past…