When asked about the timing of the
Messiah’s arrival, Rabbi Kanievsky answered, “At the end of the
Sabbatical year.” Several people have asked the Rabbi to verify this and
he has given the same answer each time. This year is the Sabbatical
year and it will be ending on the 29th day of Elul, which, by the
Gregorian calendar falls on Saturday, September 12, 2015.
Leading Israeli Rabbi Says the Arrival of the Messiah is Imminent
“I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a
mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out.”
(Ezekiel 20:34 )
Chaim Kanievsky has issued a call for Jews to move to Israel in
preparation for the imminent arrival of the Messiah.
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a leading authority in mainstream Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, has been giving clear and unequivocal messages recently
that the coming of the Messiah is imminent. He is urging Jews to make
Aliyah as soon as possible. Aliyah, the Hebrew verb for “going up”,
refers to immigrating to Israel, which is seen as higher spiritual
action that can help herald in the coming of the Messiah.
It was reported that
the Rabbi Kanievsky was presented with a pamphlet, written by Rabbi
Yitzchak Ben Tzvi from the city of Bnei Brak, dealing with the End of
Days and many other related prophecies. Rabbi Kanievsky, who is a pillar
of the Jewish community and known for his authoritative books on Torah
law, read the pamphlet carefully. After a short consideration, he told
those around him that the pamphlet needed to be distributed and that
Jews living outside Israel should return to their ancestral land.
In yet another instance of Rabbi Kanievsky’s call for aliyah, author Rabbi Yekutiel Fisch revealedadvice
that was given to his cousin, a teacher at a prominent Lakewood Yeshiva
who visited Israel recently and went to Rabbi Kanievsky to receive a
blessing at the end of his visit.
The Rabbi told him that he should not leave Israel because the Messiah would be arriving very soon.
The teacher responded that he had 700 students waiting for him in
Lakewood. Rabbi Kanievsky told him that he must bring all of the
students to Israel. Upon his arrival in Lakewood, the story spread
quickly, creating quite an impression on the students who all revere
After a lifetime of immersing himself in classical Jewish texts, Rabbi Kanievsky’s study partner informed various media sites
that the Rabbi is talking about the messiah “all the time.” Since last
summer’s war in Gaza, the Rabbi has been spreading this message of
imminent return. In one instance, Rabbi Kanievsky instructed a Jew from
Argentina who asked for a blessing that he should “gather your family
and come to Israel. Otherwise, there won’t be enough room for you on
When asked about the timing of the Messiah’s arrival, Rabbi Kanievsky
answered, “At the end of the Sabbatical year.” Several people have
asked the Rabbi to verify this and he has given the same answer each
time. This year is the Sabbatical year and it will be ending on the 29th
day of Elul, which, by the Gregorian calendar falls on Saturday,
September 12, 2015.
In answer to Rabbi Kanievsky’s call, the Jews of France
have begun to arrive in Israel in blessed droves. The impetus is
certainly a reaction to increasing anti-Semitic and Islamic fueled
violence across Europe.
After the horrific terror attack at a Kosher market in Paris six
months ago, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu urged French Jews to come
home to Israel. His remarks drew criticism from some, however last week,
in the wake of Ramadan violence in several countries including France,
Zeev Elkin, the Israeli Minister of Immigration and Absorption, called
on French Jews to make Aliyah, echoing his leader’s words.
“Come home! Anti-Semitism is growing, terrorism is on the rise and
the sickly ISIS activists carry out murders in the light of day. We are
prepared to accept the Jews of France with open arms,” he said.
Last year, 7,000 French Jews made aliyah to Israel, making it the
number one country of origin for new immigrants. The Jewish Agency and
the Ministry for Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption are expecting more than
3,000 French Jews to immigrate to Israel this summer alone, many of
them families with children who want to arrive and integrate before the
beginning of the school year.
It should be noted that it is considered a positive trait to always
be anticipating the Messiah. The Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Yisrael Meir
Kagan, a great Torah sage, is told to
have said that any time he heard a loud noise, he would say, “Perhaps
the Messiah has arrived?” Similar stories have also been told of the
leading Moroccan Kabbalist, the Baba Sali, Rabbi Israel Abuhaseira.