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Jul 7, 2008

Amazing dream in Jerusalem!

This was posted to the local email list, and I am re-posting it here with permission from the original poster...

The famed Rabbi Shachne Zohn, shlita, had an amazing dream about three weeks ago. Rav Shachne Zohn has been the Rosh Kollel of Kollel Kodshim v'Taharos in Yerushalayim for nearly 40 years. Before that, he served as a Rav at Yeshivah Torah Vodaas in Brooklyn. In his youth, he studied at Yeshivos Mir and Kamenitz in Europe. He also studied briefly with the Chafetz Chaim, who had a great impact on him.

About three weeks ago, the Chafetz Chaim appeared to Rav Zohn in a dream. The Chafetz Chaim said to him, "Geula krova lavo. L'farsem, ulehitkonen." (Translation: The "redemption is close. Publicize and prepare yourself.")

I have confirmed this story with Rabbi Zohn's daughter in Jerusalem, and his son, Rabbi Elchonon Zohn, Director of Vaad Harabanim of Queens, Chevra Kadisha).


  1. anyone think that it could have just been a dream? i have dreams all the time, anyone want to know about mine? it was about the two soldiers coming back from Hizballah. Does that mean they will?

  2. Oh Yeah. Thanks. You made my day.

    Let's see:

    Schneerson - Mordechai Eliyahu - Chafetz Chaim - Kaduri - Kanievsky

    Anyone other Messiah predictors?

  3. Rabbi Akiva, Rambam, etc. our history is full of mashiach predictors. Yaakov is the only one we know about (I think) who wanted to predict but held it in.

  4. What are we supposed to do to prepare?

  5. get your suit dry cleaned, and do teshuva, I guess.

  6. I know Rav Zohn well. He is an amazingly warm and special man with the sterling qualities an adom gadol should have.

    But how should we prepare?

    Put up more peshkavilim?

    Throw more good people and organizations into cherem?

    Beat up people and toss some more bleach in the name of tznius?

    Protest against "Ma'ar" like projects that will kill parnassa opportunities for local people?

    Refuse children into schools based on their siblings schools?

    Should we prepare by boycotting worthwhile tzedaka institutions and mosdos chinuch because certain Rabbonim don't agree with them?

    Or perhaps Moshiach will come because everything in our lives has become Mehadrin (except our Bein Adom L'Chaveiro).

    In any case I certainly hope that Rav Zohn's dream has more than 1/60 of nevuah and that we are in fact close as ever to the geulah.

  7. achekeh lo-

    whine, whine, whine!

    All you people do is whine.
    Maybe moshiach isn't here because there aren't enough charedim.

    Charedim know more Torah, they know chesed and tzedaka better than anyone else.

    They also know that the Maar would have killed the kedusha of Ramat Bet Shemesh.

    About schools...why would I want my kid in school next to someone who might trade non kosher food with him or influence him in other bad ways?

    And what is wrong with mehadrin? Shouldn't people eat the best hashgocha nad use the better eruv and mikve? I want my avodas Hashem to be on the highest level.

    That will bring moshiach.

    And yes while there might be 1 or 2 crazy people out there most charedim are fine people.

  8. To the anonymous person who said:
    "Charedim know more Torah, they know chesed and tzedaka better than anyone else."

    That's a shockingly bigotted statement to throw out...

    While i don't want to get into a pointless debate about who is a 'better' Jew, it is very important to understand that in ALL sectors of religious yidishkeit there are people who know Torah, do acts of chessed and give tzedakah. Baruch Hashem!

  9. I don't think too many of the previous comments would qualify as "l'hitkonen".

  10. rw-

    Tell me then why are the most popular rabbonim in RBSA the Charedi ones (ie Rav Perlstein, Goldstein, Kornfeld and Malinowitz)?

    Why are the better hashgachos the Badatz and Rav Rubin?

    Who are the gedolim? Rav Shteinman ans Rav Eliyashev and Rav Kanievsky! All Charedim!

    Why is Kupa more popular than Lema'an Achai...Charedi!

    As I said before and our MIXED community proves...Charedim have higher and better standards!

  11. shivim panim la"torah. What is good for one person is not good for another.

    Just because in one community one is more dominant than the other, does not make it better or worse. In other communities the other is more dominant.

    Why do you need to compare the two and come to a conclusion that one is better and one is worse? You are comfortable in one and someone else is comfortable in the other.

  12. It's not that the charedi rabbanim are the only gedolim. there are gedolim in the world besides the charedi ones, however the charedi community does not acknowledge them.

  13. Yes, but most non charedi religious would admit that Charedi gedolim are in fact gedolim but charedim don't recognize the non charedi gedolim as such.

  14. On the issue of Charedi rabbis:

    I happened to have davened mincha at the Gra today. What did I find there?

    A glossy brochure from KST with Rabbi Kornfeld's picture (with outstretched hands) on the front pleading for me to give a generous monthly donation. Inside were sensationalist appeals that if I don't give I'll be killing families or something to the like.

    At Purim they had Rav Chaim Kanievsky telling me it is better to give my matanos l'evyonim to them. Now Rabbi Kornfeld. Who will be next...Michael Jordan? William Shatner?

    Why do I need rabbonim to tell me to do a mitzva? I don't need a rav to come and tell me to daven, learn, put up a mezuza, etc. Why must he tell me where to give my tzedaka?

    Does this mean that if I give to Lema'an Achai or Rav Goldstien's Kupa as well then I won't have Rabbi Kornfeld's approval?

    Since when are Charedi rabbis in the commercial endorsement business?

    I will give tzedaka, eat chicken, and ride buses as I see fit. I don't need or want Rabbonim insisting on pushing their "products" on me.

    I need Rabbonim to answer real shailos and give wise advice.

  15. 10:29--
    that is exactly my point

  16. In response to shivim panim la"torah's bizarre logic that if an attitude is dominant or more popular in a community it is proof that their opinion is better/holier...
    hmm, want to explain that to the Rabbis in Eilat?

  17. "I need Rabbonim to answer real shailos and give wise advice."

    How to allocate your Tzedaka funds qualifies for both of the above. Otherwise you could give too much % of your Tzedaka funds (Halachah) to an unworthy cause. (Eitzah)

  18. "How to allocate your Tzedaka funds qualifies for both of the above. Otherwise you could give too much % of your Tzedaka funds (Halachah) to an unworthy cause. (Eitzah)"

    I agree. However when a Rav tells me to give to one agency (and not to another) because of his personal negios it leaves the realm of halacha and eitza and comes into a totally different arena.

    Most rabbonim in our community endorse all of the tzedaka organizations.There are a few, however, whose support is blatantly missing from some excellent mosdos chesed and tzedaka.

    The worst part is that when I asked 2 of these rabbonim why they won't support a particular agency neither could give me a concrete answer.

  19. LOOK it will NOT HURT to do teshuvah1

    So let's do NATIONAL and personal Teshuvah and help redeem Klal Yisrael!

    Rabbi Yisrael tzvi Teitel


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