A Couple of Rav Kaduri ZT"L's Mashiah Statements in the News
Arutz Sheva: Doctors Confirm: Sharon’s Organs are Failing
Israel Hayom from May:
A few months before Kaduri died at the age of 108, he surprised his followers when he told them that he met the Messiah. Kaduri gave a message in his synagogue on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, teaching how to recognize the Messiah. He also mentioned that the Messiah would appear to Israel after Ariel Sharon’s death. (The former prime minister is still in a coma after suffering a massive stroke more than a year ago.) Other rabbis predict the same, including Rabbi Haim Cohen, kabbalist Nir Ben Artzi and the wife of Rabbi Haim Kneiveskzy.1) Tomer Devorah and Shirat Devorah both note that Rav Kaduri ZT"L had said that Ariel Sharon's death would bring the coming of Mashiah.
(Note that you can search on this blog for "Sharon" and find numerous statements from Kabbalists saying that Sharon would be the last prime minister before Mashiah, which is different than saying Mashiah will come after he dies. Note, however, that Rav Ovadia Yosef ZT"L had said that Hashem should smite Sharon down and then clarified his remarks and wished him a long life. This could have changed the Heavenly plan since Tzaddik Gozer VeHKB"H Mekayeim. Sharon was possibly put into a vegetative state for 8 years to fulfill both of Rav Ovadia's statements.)
2) Kikar has an article that it gets from Yavne'el's website that the "Mashiah" that Rav Kaduri met was none other than Rav Eliezer Shlomo Schick Shlit"a, the Tzaddik of Yavne'el, and that Rav Kaduri himself hinted to this. (Rav Schick was also close with Rav Ovadia ZT"L. I quoted Rav Schick numerous times on this blog.)
The article says that what happened is that Rav Schick once visited Rav Kaduri in his home. They talked for a long time about current events and he then departed, with Rav Kaduri escorting him outside. A second before Rav Schick was about to enter his car, someone from Rav Kaduri's home ran to Rav Schick and told him, "It is known that Rav Kaduri merited to see the Ben Ish Hai, who gave him three blessings: 1) Very long life, 2) No need for glasses, and 3) He will see the face of Mashiah. The first 2 blessings were definitely fulfilled, and just now, when you left Rav Kaduri's home, Rav Kaduri told me that the third blessing had been fulfilled."
Note that comment #17 on the Kikar article says that Rav Schick is apparently pained by the publication of this article even though he agrees that the details of the story behind it is true. He adds that he is not the Mashiah and doesn't want to be the Mashiah.
Whoever Mashiah is, may he come to redeem us speedily in our days.