Feb 5, 2006

Rav Kaduri's possible replacement

Reports are that after the shiva (seven day mourning period) for Rav Kaduri zt"l finished, the leading Rabbanim in the kabbalist community met in order to appoint a successor.
I would venture to say that the stature Rav Kaduri had is something that is earned by the person's greatness and qualities, and not something that can be appointed to a person. Rather, they were meeting to appoint a new Rosh Hayehiva for the Yeshivat Hamekubalim and to bestow upon the appointee the title of "Zekan Hamekubalim" (elder kabbalist).

The meeting included Rav Ovadia Yosef, Rav Shlomo Amar, Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, Rav Bakshi Doron, Rav Metzger, Rav Reuven Elbaz, Rav Dovid Kaduri and others. The nominees were Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, Rav Dovid Kaduri and Rav Benayahu Shmueli.
Rav David Kaduri had support, as he is the son of the late Rav Kaduri. It was decided not to appoint him to the status of Zekan Hamekubalim due to his young age. He will take the position of Rosh Hayeshiva though.
It looks as though Rav Mordechai Eliyahu will be appointed to the status of Zekan Hamekubalim, due to his stature and the great esteem in which he is held by all. He is known to have grown up in the presence of Rav Kaduri and Rav Kaduri was a student of Rav Eliyahu's father. Rav Eliyahu is considered an experienced "writer of segulot" and a man of great knowledge in the secrets of Torah.

The decision has not been made final, but it seems to be leaning in that direction.


  1. Well now... this is all quite an interesting example in how faith trumps any possible reality testing. Rav Eliyahu was quite clear that his statement that the disengagement would not take place had the status of "nevuah" (this is a vast inyan in and of itself, but such claims are neither unusual nor beyond the ideological pale in the kabbalistic universe).

    It would seem that he was... um... mistaken. I guess a lot of people do not care.

  2. good point. Does a navi have to be always right? I have no idea. Could there be external reasons why the nevua did not come true - maybe certain conditions were not fulfilled? I do not know.

  3. should be workingFebruary 05, 2006 6:07 PM

    I did not know that to be a mekubal or the heaad of the mekubalim you had to also be a navi.
    I am pretty sure that many would agree that those comments were politically motivated or at least influenced and had nothing to do with navua

  4. personally I think they were more of a prayer and were said as a form of motivation for the people who were under threat of being evacuated...


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