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Monday, February 11, 2013

Pope Resigns on Rosh Hodesh Adar

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic Church on Monday when he announced he would stand down, the first pope to do so in 700 years, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to carry on.
Bereishit 25:30:
וַיֹּאמֶר עֵשָׂו אֶל-יַעֲקֹב, הַלְעִיטֵנִי נָא מִן-הָאָדֹם הָאָדֹם הַזֶּה--כִּי עָיֵף, אָנֹכִי; עַל-כֵּן קָרָא-שְׁמוֹ, אֱדוֹם.
And Esau said to Jacob: 'Let me swallow, I pray thee, some of this red, red pottage; for I am faint.' Therefore was his name called Edom.

The words עיף אנכי [I am faint] is the same gematria as בנדיקטוס [Benedict]. The word עיף has the Mispar Katan of 16, as in Pope Benedict XVI.

See also Soul Mazal, who quotes the Maharal who says that Edom will end when it is too tired to continue. (I couldn't find the Maharal. If someone knows where it is exactly, please let me know.)

It has been exactly 3650 years since Esav sold the Bechora to Yaakov (Avraham Avinu was born in 1948 and he died 175 years later - in 2123). That's 73 Yovels.

So we are in the year 73 of the century and 73 Yovels since the sale of the Bechora to Yaakov.

Zohar Vayeira 119a:

בְּשַׁבְעִין וּתְלָת, כָּל מַלְכֵי עָלְמָא יִתְכַּנְּשׁוּן לְגוֹ קַרְתָּא רַבְּתָא דְּרוֹמִי, וְקֻדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא יִתְעַר עָלַיְהוּ אֶשָּׂא וּבַרְדָּא וְאַבְנֵי אֶלְגָּבִישׁ וְיִתְאַבְּדוּן מֵעָלְמָא

The trib article continues:
A new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics could be elected as soon as Palm Sunday, on March 24, and be ready to take over by Easter a week later, Lombardi said.
Another thing happening around Pesah. First President Obama is coming to Israel and now this?

Things are looking interesting.


At Mon Feb 11, 08:05:00 PM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An ancient prophecy suggests that Benedict will be the second to last pope. The next pope will be the final pope, according to the prophecy of an Irish monk.

At Tue Feb 12, 02:09:00 AM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some genealogists say that Ratzinger himself is a descendant of Maharal, on his mother's side...

At Tue Feb 12, 05:35:00 AM 2013, Blogger joshwaxman said...

this "ancient prophecy" anonymous mentions is a "prophecy" by Saint Malachy. Jews don't generally believe non-Jewish prophets. For example, Muhammed was also an ancient prophet.

See here. The Church considers it a forgery. Its accuracy is due to interpretation after the fact. Recent attempted interpretations before the fact have been inaccurate.

Good for the pope, by the way. He realized that he no longer had the physical / mental capacity to be a "Gadol". If only we Jews would follow his example in this.

At Tue Feb 12, 05:37:00 AM 2013, Blogger Daniela said...

OK Anonymous, Dr Ratzinger is said to (is known to) have jewish blood both on his mother and his father side, I've heard it (this is one of the reasons he is hated within the vatican). So if he wants to convert we encourage him immediately - he does not want, AFAIK - and we write down all the info about his children and stay in touch - he does not have descendants AFAIK, nor does his brother the bishop AFAIK want to convert or have children. What else? His sister - she is no longer alive - again AFAIK never had children. We've done what we have to.
Then there is a book written by, or attributed to, someone called Malachy, which gives vague "prophecies" about a long list of popes and claims that the one about to be elected is going to be the last (I don't think it explains what the church will become: perhaps a republic with a parliament of cardinals instead of a king? Or perhaps they have in mind something much more delusional? I don't think it states the church will be disbanded by supposed petrus secundus, because the book was never forbidden by xian censors.)
Are you stating that this book you mention is of interest to us? If so please explain how and why.
Are you stating the catholic clergy and high management are in confusion and in fear? Sure, but they were also in the day of shabtai tzvi, and sought to meet him and honor him. After all they are terrified of another not-so-holy jew aren't they? Where is the news?
We are told that Moshiach will come within the year 6000 and that he may come any time, even today. We are also told not to lose hope if he does not. If your analysis of the recent events within the catholic church adds something to it, please post such info. If it's just bitul zman....

At Tue Feb 12, 08:43:00 AM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First don't believe everything you read. The church is secretive. Also, as far the Pope stemming from Jews (father/mother), it matters not. There probably isn't anyone in the western world that doesn't have some Jewish blood in them, so all that is meaningless. What is interesting is all that is happening in the world today, all at once, with upheavals in the Arab world, Iran, and now an unusual resignation in the Catholic Church and the crazy weather conditions worldwide. It appears that the Almighty is speeding up events! May it all be with mercy in this geula era.

At Wed Feb 13, 01:49:00 AM 2013, Blogger Neshama said...

I think because of his ailing health he is quitting before "they" put him out of his misery!

At Wed Feb 13, 03:32:00 PM 2013, Blogger Esser Agaroth said...

I'm surprised no one else said it yet, so I will...

מי שנכנס אדר מרבים בשמחה. ;-)

Anyway, something's up. He's resigning for some deeper reason.

No proof. I just feel it in my bones.

Sneaky Esau always has ulterior motives behind his kiss, or the pig pretending to chew its cud.

At Wed Feb 13, 04:09:00 PM 2013, Blogger yaak said...

Esser Agaroth,

That was the basis for titling the post the way I did. You just spelled it out for me.

Great post of yours, BTW.

At Thu Feb 14, 05:37:00 AM 2013, Blogger Daniela said...

Hi Anonymous, no I do not believe everything I read, for example I do not believe Prof Ratzinger is in any way a descendant of the Maharal. This is laughable even to write. However, that Ratzinger has jewish ancestry and there is proof for it (the sort of paperworks that are routinely used to prove halachic jewishness when applicable) is a fact, not a rumor. That he is "disliked" because of that is also a fact, unfortunately for him.

To Esser Agorot: we have no idea who and what comes next. It may be better than Ratzinger, it may be similar, it may be much worse. We should also not forget that Adar is a pivotal month and shapes the future, but in itself, it does not have a good mazal, this is why it was chosen by our enemies in the first place: it is only our clinging to Torah and mitzvot that can change the decree into joy and deliverance from our enemies. May I point out the events in nazi germany that happened in Adar, I don't feel like enumerating them, sorry.

At Thu Feb 14, 12:32:00 PM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

True about the month of Adar. Italians call it matzo patzo (crazy March) - it doesn't know if it wants to be winter or spring. A volatile month and that is why maybe the nissim of nehofocu at Purim is so spectacular, and shows us that Yisrael is immune to the stars. We rely only on Hashem.

At Fri Feb 15, 05:59:00 AM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...


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