Rav Fish on Paris
From Rav Fish's latest:
Ovadia Hanavi connected the Aliya of the French exile to Eretz Yisrael right before the Redemption. (Ovadia 1:20-21):
And as Rashi explains there on "that are among the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath":וְגָלֻת הַחֵל-הַזֶּה לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר-כְּנַעֲנִים, עַד-צָרְפַת, וְגָלֻת יְרוּשָׁלִַם, אֲשֶׁר בִּסְפָרַד--יִרְשׁוּ, אֵת עָרֵי הַנֶּגֶב. וְעָלוּ מוֹשִׁעִים בְּהַר צִיּוֹן, לִשְׁפֹּט אֶת-הַר עֵשָׂו; וְהָיְתָה לַיהוָה, הַמְּלוּכָה.And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel, that are among the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath, and the captivity of Jerusalem, that is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the South. And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.
the exile that is from the Children of Israel who were exiled from the 10 tribes to the land of Canaanites until Tzarefat.[YY - and later in that same verse, Rashi says that Tzarefat refers to France].
And it is also brought down in the book Nitzotzei Shimshon [not a direct link to the reference. I found an image of the reference by clicking here and here] from Rav Shimshon of Ostrepoli ZT"L about the End of Days:
Edom and Yishmael will wage war against each other. They will kill armies and they will destroy countries. Mohammed is the name of their king, and that of the kingdom of Edom is Leopold. And the people of France will kill their king. Immediately, their path will be successful. The crown of their glory will increase greatly. And their victors will stand against them - and they are Germany, Spain, and the children of Russia. And one who is called a poor man will overpower the children of Russia and will ingather the exiles from the corners of the earth, and will say to the slaves "You are free" - the man will be called "Ben David". Amen Selah speedily in our days.And we see that he wrote that he wrote "and the people of France will kill their king" like the words of the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe ZT"L [YY - I'm not sure what the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe said]. Also צרפת with the letters and the Kollel equals תשע"ה. [YY - And צרפת by itself is possibly the number of years since the Talmud was burned in France, like I mentioned earlier.]
[YY - It's also possible that R' Shimshon of Ostrepoli ZT"L, who died in ת"ח ות"ט (in 1648), was foreseeing and referring to Leopold I fighting against Mehmed IV in the Great Turkish War (1683-1699). Leopold also fought against the French in 3 separate wars. Neither Leopold nor Mehmed died at the hands of the French, so perhaps it refers to different מחמד and a different type of "killing".]
Note: Rav Fish has a very interesting analysis in regard to the Shas party and recent events. I'm thinking of translating part of it in a later post BE"H BL"N.