Monday, December 12, 2016

Russia's Role in the Geula

We have many times talked about the statement attributed to the Gr"a that when Russian ships pass through the Bosporus Strait and the Dardanelles, we should put on our Shabbat clothes to ready ourselves for the coming of Mashiah.

Rav Fish, in his newsletter for Parshat Toledot (p. 10), claims that there is new evidence that has come forth that the statement comes from Rav Shimshon of Ostropoli ZY"A in his no-longer-extant book "Mahane Dan".  That would mean that the source is at least a century before the Gr"a.

The evidence comes from a book called Yosef Kadisha, published in 5775 in the Yiddish language (download relevant excerpt here).  I am not fluent in Yiddish so I cannot translate what it says, but I will translate what Rav Fish says:
And in the book Yosef Kadisha, he brings from Harav Haga'on Rav Yaakov Gellis ZT"L, who heard from the Maharil Diskin ZT"L, who had the book "Mahane Dan" by Rav Shimshon Ostropoli HY"D, that there it is brought down the tradition about the Dardanelles that the Russians will pass through there with the purpose of coming to capture the Land of Israel.  And it is brought down there the process which will occur to the Land of Israel - that first, it will be ruled by the Turks, and afterwards, the British, and finally, the Russians will come, and then, we should wear our Yom Tov garments for the honor of Mashiah.
(Regarding how the Maharil Diskin ZT"L could have seen the Mahane Dan when it was supposedly lost centuries ago, see the discussion here.)

It seems from here that the statement of Russians coming is not just to capture Turkey - it's to capture the Land of Israel!

With the Russians operating in nearby Syria (עד הנהר הגדול נהר פרת) with nuclear subs in the Mediterranean, we should expect the unexpected.


At Mon Dec 12, 11:29:00 PM 2016, Anonymous lea said...

But don't forget...Syria was supposed TO BE Israel! With rachamim H'shm could fulfill this prophecy too.

At Tue Dec 13, 12:05:00 AM 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think this will happen during Putin's reign. Putin has indicated that he wants to retire. Perhaps a different Russian president will bring about the geulah.

At Tue Dec 13, 12:14:00 AM 2016, Blogger Devash said...

I've been expecting this since the day they arrived in Syria.

At Tue Dec 13, 09:40:00 AM 2016, Anonymous Dror said...

If the Russians are part of Yisrael's geulah, their capturing of the Land is truly liberation before the coming of Mashiach. The Land will be captured by Yishmael who will kill half the population (see Ezech.).

At Tue Dec 13, 09:47:00 AM 2016, Anonymous Dror said...

We shouldn't forget that Yishmael will terrorize the entire world for nine months. Then the geulah comes with the liberation of the Holy Land. Prophecies point to the idea that Yisrael won't be able to defend herself, but other external forces will do.

At Tue Dec 13, 01:23:00 PM 2016, Blogger Neshama said...

Isn’t Yishmael terrorizing the world now? So, when did the 9 mos begin?


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