Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Farewell Rabbi Yess

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…


  1. hes says slaughter in edomia because its an edom audience SORRY its in the land of edom not edomia !

  2. Why does the rebbe prophesize about puny iraq as bosra when bosra in isaiah by all kabbalistic commenteries including ramchal refers SPECIFICALLY to edomite slaughter !

  3. I love rabbi yess and i love rabbi schneerson they both TRULY were trying to bring the end of days in benevelence as chabad in general still tries to do . BUT that has failed I believe there will be great destruction in the world of amalak,large segments of edom and it wont be pretty . My sources zohar, tikkunei zohar , abir yaakov , ramchal , gra how this truly OCCURS all these sources dont agree tottaly . Will have to wait and see . BUT the ovious complete debasement of man doesnt ring well for benevolence as theswee sources predicted ! for the end of days !

  4. As a Lubavitcher, I'm sorry to say that but yes he was a great singer but he did harm Lubavitch a lot with his website and open rebellion against Lubavitch and the Rebbe.


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