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Friday, February 13, 2009

Geula After Olmert or After Netanyahu?

The We Want Mashiach blog reminds us that Rav Kaduri Zt"l had reportedly said that Sharon will be the last Israeli Prime Minister, which could possibly be extended to mean Sharon and his deputy - Ehud Olmert - who took over when Sharon became incapacitated.

We also have another reason why Olmert could the last prime minister before the Geula - namely, the Sefer Eliyahu. (See Nava's post and Josh Waxman's dissenting opinion. See earlier posts by R' Dov Bar Leib and The Sefer Eliyahu reads (according to the version on

ואז אמר לי מיכאל קץ העתיד להיות באחרית הימים, בימיו של מלך העתיד להיות, הרמלת שמו, ויש אומרים תרמלא שמו. ר’ יהודה בן בתירא אומר כורש שמו, רבי שמעון בר יוחאי אומר הכשרא שמו, והלכה כרבי שמעון דאמר הכשרא שמו.

ולע"ד, let's analyze the names mentioned here:


הרמלת begins with a "ה", which I contend refers to a ה הידיעה, the definite article of "the". If we take away the "ה", it becomes רמלת, but the "ר" and "ל" can be switched (see footnote 10 here) to refer to "the למרת", or "The Olmert". "The Olmert" refers to the known Olmert before he moved to the Kadima party - the right-leaning former mayor of Yerushalayim who believed in Yerushalayim's unity.

תרמלא refers to the same person - Ehud Olmert - but it's read backwards, i.e., the Ehud Olmert who went to Kadima and became the prime minister did a complete turnaround and now doesn't believe that Yerushalayim needs to stay united. You now read his name from left to right, as they do in English, hinting to his being persuaded by the Western world. Thus, the יש אומרים say that it is this turned-backwards Ehud Olmert who will be the king before the Ketz.

כורש is the name of the Persian king who first allowed the rebuilding of the Beit Hamikdash after the Babylonian exile, but then disallowed it. The gemara in Megilla 12a says:

דרש רב נחמן בר רב חסדא מאי דכתיב (ישעיהו מה) כה אמר ה' למשיחו לכורש אשר החזקתי בימינו וכי כורש משיח היה אלא א"ל הקב"ה למשיח קובל אני לך על כורש אני אמרתי הוא יבנה ביתי ויקבץ גליותי והוא אמר (עזרא א) מי בכם מכל עמו ויעל

Mashiah is to admonish כורש for not being involved in the building of the בית המקדש himself, but just allowing the Jews to do it themselves. Ribbi Yehuda Ben Beteira holds that כורש is the name of the king before the Ketz. כורש has the gematria of 526, which is the same as הנתניהו - "The Netanyahu" - the same Netanyahu that resembled כורש - who did not object to the Disengagement/Expulsion from Gush Katif and cut spending to Yeshivot.

הכשרא has the same gematria as כורש - that of 526. However, it is very different. This name, as in the name הרמלת, begins with a "ה". This too is a ה הידיעה that refers to a known figure, i.e., a known Netanyahu, as this too has the gematria of הנתניהו. But which Netanyahu does it refer to? הכשרא - the Kosher Netanyahu - the one that will stand for a strong Israel, keep Yerushalayim and all of Israel united and will be conciliatory toward the religious people of Israel. This is the person whom Ribbi Shimon Bar Yohai says will be the king before the Ketz - and this is the halacha.

Let us hope that the correct view is that of the יש אומרים (as it's too late for the first opinion) that Olmert is the last "king" before the Ketz, but if not, let's at least hope that Ribbi Shimon Bar Yohai is correct - that the Kosher Netanyahu will be the last "king" before the Ketz.


At Sat Feb 14, 09:39:00 PM 2009, Blogger Neshama said...

I find it hard to believe that Bibi will be given another chance to do what he didn't do the first time around. Where in our history has Hashem allowed someone a second chance (without doing teshuva, by which he would aquire a different/new/changed neshoma)? I just can't see it. Especially when his friends (fellow likudniks) say that he needs "watching" to make sure he carries out those idealistic "rightist" proclamations and that he not "cave in" to the demands of the America etc, etc. Clarify please.

Can we compare, at all, the present situation with that of Yosef in Mitzrayim - a Jewish leader of a foreign country that saves his people, but at first he is unrecognizable

At Sun Feb 15, 04:38:00 AM 2009, Blogger Devorah Chayah said...

It's not yet "too late." Olmert still sits on the throne. They say he might still for up to six more weeks. Anything can happen.

At Sun Feb 15, 06:14:00 AM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And here come the American pressure..

At Fri Oct 09, 02:18:00 PM 2009, Blogger Unknown said...

I believe Bibi can prove himself. he is now prime minister again and at UN few weeks ago he gave strong defense to Israel and invoked G-d's name asking for blessing. I don't know much about Gematria but his name benyamin netanyahu adds to 733 and I read that it equals the words dvar elohim emet-the word of g-d is truth. The number relates to 7 stars of 73 units that nake star of david picture.Google star of david and that number and 733 backwards which is 377 has many postive gematria words. I think Bibi is a good leader with great mind but he has so much pressure on him. I hope he can unite us all.

At Tue May 01, 12:00:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's now May, 2012 - Bib's sitting shiva for his father, BenZion, a"h. A lot goes thru the mind of a son, who was extremely close to his father... Bibi is at a ripe age for mid-life crisis, which can take him in either direction - further right/religious, or continue central/left. I truly believe that Bibi is going to be very influence by this tragedy in his life and it will awaken something in him regarding the destiny of the Jewish People, in a good-positive sense. I truly hope for this.

Like the gematria of בנימין נתניהו - however, as I show the spelling of Bibi's name in Ivrit [this is how he spells is, see his FB PROFILE], it does not =733, rather =683. I don't know how "babymillermon" reached such a conclusion. In any case, this GEMATRIA SITE
Provides interesting results for Hebrew possibilities for that value:
אשר יהיה בימים ההם ; שניאורסון ; ברכה ושפע; ותן ברכה; כל הברכות - not that I know what these phrases may mean in relation to Bibi's situation & Am Yisrael.

Regarding Arik Sharon's "state"... do we really know what it is? Is he brain dead and on life support system? Personally, I have no idea why he is still hooked up to all these machines, if that is the case?

I don't recall where or when I read it, but it definitely was during the lifetime of Rav Kaduri, ztz"l, where he said that Bibi was going to be the last PM before Mashiach. I could "swear" that I saw it printed on the internet with my own eyes.... but, cannot give the source. Thus, I'm baffled by reading Arik Sharon.

I feel that we all must keep in mind, HKB"H controls the world, HE decides who & when - regarding the occurrences of things... he can change them... nothing is etched in stone... and per the actions of Am Yisrael, we have the ability to change our history... that is a comforting thought!
Let's do our Hishtadlut, be positive & hope for the best... that Mashi'ach will arrive b'rachamim, AMEN.


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