Promoting Armageddon: Rabbi Kaduri’s Note
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Where is the Ball?
Yitzchak Kaduri (“kadur” means “ball” in Hebrew; “kaduri” means “spherical,” and “my ball”) was a renowned Mizrahi Haredi rabbi and kabbalist born in the last years of the 19th century in Baghdad, which was then part of the Ottoman Empire. Rabbi Kaduri moved to the British Mandate of Palestine in 1923 upon the advice of the Jewish Elders of Baghdad, who hoped that his scholarship and piety would stop the incursion of Zionism in the post-World War I state. Once in Palestine, he changed his name from Diba (“slander” in Hebrew) to Kaduri and went to study at the Shoshanim LeDavid (“Roses to David”) Yeshiva for Iraqi kabbalists. In 1934, Rabbi Kaduri and his family moved to Jerusalem’s Old City, where the Porat Yosef Yeshivah gave him an apartment nearby with the job of binding the yeshivah’s books and copying over rare manuscripts in the yeshivah’s library. In 1989, after the passing of the leading kabbalist—Rabbi Efraim Hakohen—the remaining kabbalists appointed Rabbi Kaduri as their head; his tombstone in Jerusalem reads “Head and Elder of the Kabbalists.”
He did not publish any of his works on Kabbalah, and allowed only Jewish students to study them. He spoke out against the development of cult organizations frequented by pop celebrities, claiming that “Kabbalah should not be taught to non-Jews.” In the last decades, he was involved in politics with the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party; in 1996 he was flown by helicopter by the latter to multiple political rallies. In October 1997, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to visit Kaduri at his synagogue and was recorded whispering in his ear: “the left has forgotten what it is to be a Jew,” saying that became a setback in Netanyahu’s political career. Rabbi Kaduri’s main sources of fame were blessings and amulets he produced. The controversial note mentioned above seems to be his ultimate amulet, but, whom did it serve?
On a Truly Weird Note
In September 2005, four months before his death, he allegedly wrote the now infamous note. His son, Rabbi David Kaduri, said that his father’s physical condition made it impossible for him to write the note, and thus it is a forgery. The note describes the Messiah’s name using six words, the acronym made of the initial letters forming the Messiah’s name. The full translation of the short note (see picture above) is:
“Concerning the acronym of the Messiah’s name,
The relevant words (in italics above) in Hebrew were:
Yarim Ha’Am Veyokhiakh Shedvaro Vetorato Omdim
The acronym results in “Yehoshua.” Keep in mind that in order to achieve that, Hebrew consonants must be used.
Many claim this is Jesus. It is easy to find English articles claiming that: “Yehoshua and Yeshua are effectively the same name, derived from the same Hebrew root of the word ‘salvation.’” Here is where the Hebrew ear easily discovers an ugly manipulation.
The claim is true. However, also “Hosea” and “Isaiah” are derived from the same root. Yet, all these are distinctively different names. “Yehoshua” is in fact “Josue,” the name of one of the bloodiest people in the Old Testament. The name of Jesus in Hebrew is “Yeshua.” It appears in such a fashion in the Du Tillet Manuscript. This is the Hebrew text of the Gospel of Matthew dating back to 70AD. It is truly difficult to believe a Hebrew speaker would confuse both names, especially since the acronym demands the introduction of a full additional word. Even this simple analysis proves Keduri was not speaking about Jesus.
Then, there is the issue of the content. In the last Yom Kippur message he gave in his synagogue, Kaduri taught how to recognize the Messiah. He mentioned that the Messiah would appear to Israel after Ariel Sharon’s death (the latter is still in coma following suspiciously defective medical treatment). Then, he added:
None of those Christians claiming he was referring to Jesus paid attention to the fact this account bears a close resemblance to the descriptions of Jesus in the Bible, but is very different from the predictions regarding His second arrival. For example, Matthew 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. In other words, next time it would be an undeniable appearance, not a recurrence of the humble first time.
Yet, despite denying the note’s authenticity, his son confirmed that in his last year, Rabbi Kaduri had talked and dreamed almost exclusively about the Messiah and his coming. “My father has met the Messiah in a vision,” he said, “and told us that he would come soon.” Many of the rabbi's manuscripts, written in his own hand for the exclusive use of his students, included cross-like symbols painted by Kaduri all over the pages. In the Jewish tradition, one does not use crosses. In Hebrew schools an up-down “T” is used instead of a plus sign so that it wouldn’t be mistaken for a cross. Rabbi David Kaduri said these were “signs of the angel.” Considering this truly odd addition to the affair, it seems Kaduri was truly involved in preparing the ground for something bigger than a note with a popular name hinted on it.
It is impossible to consider him sincere. First, his theological interpretations on the issue are bad, showing a complete misunderstanding of Christianity, Judaism and the Bible (that’s not surprising; rabbis are trained almost exclusively on the Talmud and other post-biblical literature). Then, if he recognized Jesus as the Messiah, why was he ashamed of that, hiding the fact until one year after his death? That’s not what Jesus taught us. Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. There is something very fishy in Rabbi Kaduri’s behavior, and I am not referring to a Christian fish, which is a symbol of Faith.
Wait a sec! Kaduri gave a date!
A subtle but important sign that Kaduri wasn’t honest is his mentioning a date. “After Sharon’s death” is a pretty close date. Again, this goes against the Bible, more than once we are told that the time of the second arrival is known to nobody. Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. For being such a sage, Kaduri is making a lot of truly basic errors.
Then, there is a very clear sign of what happened. The abovementioned meeting between Kaduri and Netanyahu was odd. Kabbalists seldom meet secular people, politicians or not. Then, his support of the Shas pary leads us to the right answer. In Netanyahu’s Mule: On an Unholy Alliance, I described the alliance between Zionists and Orthodox Jews. When Kaduri arrived at Palestine, the alliance wasn’t fully forged. Things changed; recently even Shas accepted Zionism. Taking all this into account, it is impossible but to reach the conclusion that Kaduri silently supported Zionism. He even let Netanyahu whisper in his ear a truly careless whisper.
Are we witnessing a plot? Kaduri mentioned a very close date for the second arrival, and downgraded it in such a way that Israel would be able to claim any Shin Beth patsy as the Messiah. Following this scheme, Israel would be able to demand obedience from American Zionist Christians in a future war, maybe the one being planned against Iran. Zionist Christians are in general badly educated on theological themes and would easily accept Kaduri’s mishmash of half truths. Israel depends on their support for getting strategic military help from the US government. Aleluya! Aleluya! Aleluya! That was it! Israel is trying to manipulate a significant base of American supporters. The massive marketing of the Kabbala among Hollywood stars is another step in this plan.
This wouldn’t be the first religious forgery committed by Israel. A few years ago it was claimed a box containing the bones of Jacob, brother of Jesus, was found. Following extensive laboratory work outside Israel it was proved that it was a forgery. The forgers went into such details as passing the stone box through a cloud of gaseous gold, as if it had been in the Second Temple when it was burned. Only a state owns laboratories sophisticated enough to create such frauds. The topic disappeared from the mainstream media as fast as it appeared.
Rabbi Kaduri, you were true until your last day to your first name: Yitzhak Diba, “He who laughs of the slander.” You slandered God for the sake of your puppeteers’ wars, and we will be the ones to pay a very violent price for that.
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