Last weekend, we mentioned that the events of last week had profound repercussions for the world, mankind, and that the battle had begun. We weren’t prognosticating the crashing world markets, or the advent of phase II of the global economic crises, but given what we’ve learned from the 10 Commandments, it’s not surprising.
Last Thursday, on the death-anniversary of Joseph HaZaddik, one of the most powerful zaddiks (righteous souls) of our generation was assassinated. He was one of the lamed-vav, one of the 36 righteous souls that act as pillars to support our world, Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira.
Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira, the grandson of Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira, known as the Baba Sali, was stabbed to death on Thursday night in Be’er Sheva while he was hosting guests for consultation at a yeshiva near his home. That he was murdered on 7/28, that he was murdered in Be’er Sheva, that his assailant was 42 years old, and that Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira was born in 1948, like Abraham Avinu and the Nation of Israel, were not coincidental.
If you recall your history books, World War I started because of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, 1914. A single event, a single murder led to death and destruction of millions.
And even more to the point, recall that before Al Queda attacked the United States on 9/11, he and his Taliban cohorts, assassinated the charismatic leader of the mujahedin in a preemptive move to seriously weaken any US retaliation.
Immediately following the assassination of Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira, we have experienced the physically unrelated mass resignation of Turkey’s secular military chiefs and their subsequent replacement by those appointed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamic party. We’ve also seen a heightened ruthlessness on the part of the mid-east dictators to stamp out their democratic uprisings. And it’s only been a week.
It’s notable Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira was murdered in Beer Sheva as we wrote last November about how Beer Sheva would be connected to the geula in a significant way, and about how the prophetic Torah coding about this was found in the 63rd paragraph of the Torah.
It’s notable that the Rabbi, who was born the year Israel was founded, born to protect Israel, was mysteriously murdered at the age of 63, 7 years prior to the fulfillment of the prophecies in 5778 (2018 ce) in Beer Sheva, the 7th well, and 7th largest city in Israel and site of the Israeli IDF victory over the Egyptians in the 7th Month of 5708 (1948) .
Most of the news sources say he was 70 years old, which could make sense if it were true, but it does show the power of illusion, of the limitations of the Tree-of-Knowledge reality, to misdirect our thoughts. Yes, he should have been 70 and he would have been in 2018 (5778) when he would have helped shepard us into the Tree-of-life reality.
As all the tzaddikim of blessed memory, he will help and guide us from beyond, but as per the purpose of the preemptive strike against him and us, and just as the evil Al Queda did to us before 9/11, our work will now be that much more difficult.
Yes, the murderer was just some deranged man, but who gets into the head of the deranged? Make no mistake, it will be a battle to establish the tree-of-life reality. It’s only been a week, and look what is happening to the world financial markets. Don’t forget, the first phase (wave) of this economic collapse was heralded with a 5% 777.78 drop on Erev Rosh Hashanna 2008.
As for gematria, Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira is traditionally and kabablistically known as Elazar ben Meir, the gematria of which is 611, that of “Torah,”a hint to his status of pillar, our support.