by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
We received an interesting question…
Did Rabbi Kaduri, zt”l, say we should come to Israel NOW?
Answer: Initially I answered this by email saying ‘It's become increasingly difficult to get exact quotes of what gedolim have said, or rather increasingly difficult to get such information without it being filtered by people with an agenda. Rav Kaduri, zt”l, passed away just over 5 years ago so even if he said “come now” it’s 5 years later.’
I didn’t remember such a statement by Rav Kaduri, but a little googling did find one. In a shiur given on September 13, 2005, Rav Kaduri said,
“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 judgments of the Land of Israel. I am ordering the publication of this declaration 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 building of the Temple and revelation of our righteous Mashiach.”
and another similar quote from around the same time…
“I hereby find that it is necessary to pass this call to the ears of world Jewry, that they should come to the Land of Israel for the reason of the great dangers awaiting the world from the side of nature.”