Renowned and beloved by Orthodox Jews worldwide, his blessings and amulets were also widely sought to cure people of various illnesses. At the time of his death, estimates of his age ranged from 106 to 117 years.
Only months before he died Rabbi Kaduri was reported to have written the name of the Messiah on a small note – with the stipulation that the note would not be read until a year after his death.
It has already been a year, as Rabbi Kaduri died last January… and when his followers opened the note in a ceremony earlier this year, it read:
Concerning the letter abbreviation of the Messiah’s name:
He will lift the people and prove that His word and law are valid.
That is translated: Yarim Ha`Am Veyokhiakh Shedvaro Vetorato Omdim, which represent the initials for Yeshua – that is, Jesus.
Naturally, controversy has ensued amongst the various groups who stand to gain and lose by such a pronouncement.
Kaduri`s followers have already engaged an assortment of rebuttals to the claims, ranging from the assertion that the note was a forgery (even though it was they from which both the knowledge of the note`s existence and the contents thereof originated) to the argument that the true interpretation of the Rabbi`s meaning cannot be understood without a further explanation from the Rabbi himself.
No doubt this shall prove as simply more confirmation for those whom trust Jesus as the Christ, and yet as further deceit to those whom reject the Messiah… and perhaps give skeptics more fodder for derision and spite.
I cannot say for certain as to the legitimacy of this situation, as further inquiry has proved to find more vagaries than documented facts.
Still… all facts are interpreted facts.