The Rabbi Who Found Messiah – The True Story of Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri

In 1990 Kaduri met with the famous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Rebbe Schneerson told Kaduri that he would live to see the coming of the revelation of Messiah.13 On his deathbed, Rabbi Kaduri revealed to his followers that this had indeed happened. He told them that he had met the Messiah:

The [Rabbis] will investigate my words over the recent months about the Redemption and Messiah and will reveal the secret name of Messiah which was revealed to me on Cheshvan 9, 5764 (November 4, 2003).14

He passed away a few days later, but he left behind a letter and specific instructions not to open the letter until a year after his death. When his followers finally opened the Hebrew note a year later, it read:

Regarding the reishei tivot of Messiah: “The people shall lift up and verify that his word and his Torah stand.” Written with my signature in the month of Mercy [Elul], 5765, Yitzchak Kaduri.15

Reishei tivot [תובית ישאר] is a method of coding used by Jewish mystics wherein a name or phrase is found in the first letter of each word in a sentence of a paragraph. Therefore the name of the Messiah is to be found in the phrase: “The people shall lift up and verify that his word and his Torah stand” [חיכויו םעה םירי םידמוע ותרותו ורבדש]. Taking the first letter of each word in this Hebrew sentence reveals the name Yehoshua [עושוהי]. This is the Hebrew form of the Aramaic “Yeshua” [עושי].

This situation sparked much controversy both in the Orthodox Jewish world and the Christian community because of the closeness to the name of Yeshua. Some in the Christian community thought Rabbi Kaduri had become a Christian; others thought he had met the antichrist. In the Jewish communities opinions ranged from “It’s a forgery,” to “Rabbi Kaduri was crazy.” Yet the organization that continues to be the voice of Kaduri, even after his death, maintains that the letter is authentic. Perhaps equally as exciting were the things that Rabbi Kaduri said the Messiah had revealed to him regarding the characteristics of Messiah’s revelation. Many of these points are strikingly similar to the descriptions we find of our Master Yeshua in the Gospels and Apostolic Writings:

Source: Messiah Journal, Spring 2009