Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, one of the most prominent rabbinic authorities in mainstream Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, is said to have made a new reference to the imminent arrival of the Messiah.
As reported on the Hebrew language website Sod 1820, Rabbi Kanievsky was speaking with representatives of the Yad Sarah charity organization in his home, including Director General Rabbi Moshe Cohen and the head of the emergency switchboard and hospitalization plan, Rabbi Nachum Gitman.
While showing Rabbi Kanievsky a new technology to be installed in Jewish institutions for use during emergencies, the Yad Sarah representatives asked for and received a blessing.
Upon inspecting the emergency system, which came about in reaction to the November terror attack at a Jerusalem synagogue that killed four Jewish worshipers and a Druze police officer, Rabbi Kanievsky stated, “By the holidays, the Messiah will come and there will be no need for you to install these emergency systems.”
It should be noted that in Hebrew, the phrase the rabbi used, could have several meanings based on the grammar, changing his message to “May it be that by the holidays, the Messiah will come and there will be no need for you to install these emergency systems.”
Rabbi Kanievsky, who has devoted his life to studying the Bible and serving God, has been speaking of the Messiah more often and in more immediate terms. Rather than give a general blessing, as is usual, the rabbi seems to have specified a possible time frame for the coming of the Messiah.
Following the massacre at the Jerusalem synagogue in November, Rabbi Kanievsky, seen here in a video, was asked how to strengthen the public in the face of such horrors. Rabbi Kanievsky kept repeating, “Kapara”, an atonement. When pressed, he finally said, “An atonement before the Messiah.”