Last week I traveled to NY to visit. On Shabbat, I stayed with one of my Rabbis, Rabbi S. and his family, in Monsey.
I haven’t really sat down with the Rabbi S. for years. With great joy and seriousness, we engaged in a wide ranging discussion regarding the End of Days.
Paras Gets The Bomb
They way one ascertains whether something is still alive is whether it has a self preservation instinct. In Rabbi S.’s opinion, Edom no longer has the self preservation instinct, which indicates it is near death. This is why, Rabbi S. believes, America and Obama ,and Europe and Russia will do nothing to stop Iran from getting the bomb.
Iran, he predicts, will get the bomb, start a war, take over the Sunni Arab countries, and lead the Middle East Islamic world to invade and occupy Israel. He cites sources in the Talmud for this, including a Chazal where a Tanna states he wants to be buried deeply in the land because at the End of Days the Persians would occupy the land and use graves for feed troughs for their horses.
Rabbi S. is a great nephew of the Chazon Ish, and told me the Chazon Ish was clear that the “zionist secular government” would fall before the Messiah would come, and this fall, he believes, will be facilitated by Paras.
Yishmael Is Paras
So, I asked, “Do you not make a distinction between Yishmael (Arabs) and Paras (Persia)?” He cited the Maharal who writes that Yishmael is included in Paras, because the attribute of Paras is tyvvah (lusts), as it is with Yishmael. Thus, Paras is really the power of Yishmael.
Ultimately, Paras will keep pushing to be a superpower and come into conflict with Russia. In the end, Rabbi S. believes, both nations will crumble in an ensuing war between them, which he believes is the Edom vs. Paras war referenced in the Talmud.
So, what about America? America is falling, but he didn’t see a big anti-Jewish push that warranted feeling compelled to make plans to move to E”Y. He strongly believes that the prophets were clear that there would be an in gathering of the exiles after the Messiah comes, and that this ingathering would include Jews from America.
Paras/Yishmael Joins With Esav
I believe Rabbi S. had some good points, which actually fit into the End of Days framework presented on this blog.
A good point and very good additional information is that Paras is connected to Yishmael. The Marahal’s view actually strengthens the concept of a powerful Edom/Yishmael alliance at the End of Days. According to the ancient Medrash Pesikta Rabbatai, there will first be a conflict between Edom and Paras, followed by an “alliance” between Edom and Yishmael (i.e., Edom and Paras, as Paras is Ishmael, according to the Maharal).
Can you imagine the West, Russia, the Arabs, and the Persians on the same team? This is Gog u’Magog.
A Tzaddik’s View
Rabbi S. and I have relationships with another Rabbi who we both revere and adore, the holy Rabbi IS’BG, he should live and be well. (Many people in the North American Torah world know of his holiness and greatness in the revealed and hidden Torah).
I have a relationship with Rabbi IS’BG and met with him alone to debrief my life over the past several years, and to get cherished advice and counsel. It was an amazing gift to spend time with him. He just radiates kindness and truth.
During our discussion I explained to Rabbi IS’BG many of the ideas I’ve written about in this blog concerning the End of Days. I asked him the $1 million question: “Am I wrong in interpreting current events, and the situation in America in particular, in a way that compels me to move my family and assets to E”Y?”
His answer, “You are not wrong.“