Five Months Ago, Rav Kook Said “A Fire is Coming”


About five months ago, a group lobbied to have a pool open on Shabbos in the city of Tzefas. A lengthy struggle followed to stop the chillul Shabbos and have the pool closed.

At the time, Rav Dov Kook of Tiveriah was consulted. While visiting the kever of Nachum Ish Gamzu with some followers, Rav Kook addressed chillul Shabbos among some parts of the community and said that “a fire is coming.”

“Again, a fire is approaching. I don’t want to say more…. I must remain silent about this because I am forbidden from saying what I am seeing. But I see a fire, to say the least… I must remain quiet and not say more; from Shomayim I am not permitted to speak.

{ Israel News Bureau}


    • There’s mass chillul Shabbos all over the country for decades already, why do you say davka this is connected? It could be anything, unfortunately. Of course we believe in middah k’neged middah, but it’s so so hard to connect the dots. Besides, what can we, the common man on the street, do to combat chillul Shabbos, other than in our own homes?

  1. Now is not the time to talk! Once the fires are out and איש על מחנהו ואיש על דגלו everyone and everything return to normal then you can talk. People are in מצב סכנה as well as homes and even entire communities are in danger – all focus should be on the צרות that is the reality today!

  2. Rav Kook recently stated the following:
    After the judgment against Rav Berland, shlita, was handed down in Jerusalem’s ‘HaShalom’ Court, the Gaon, Tzaddik and kabbalist Rav Dov Kook from Tiveria, shlita, made the following statement to one of Rav Eliezer Berland’s students: “All the terrible forest fires that are happening now around Zichron Yaacov are because of the persecution and suffering of the holy Tzaddik, Rav Eliezer Berland. The measure of justice is being weighed out primarily against us in the North, and we need to know that the terrible fires that are burning there in a few different places are because Rav Berland is being held in the North, close to Tiveria. “The midrash says that when people persecute and shame Tzaddikim, then *HaKadosh Baruch Hu* brings fires to the world! All the slanderers and people who are speaking libels and falsehoods about this awesome, holy Tzaddik should be aware that soon, judgment will occur, and that there is a Judge *mamash*, who will reveal his [Rav Berland’s] honor and innocence to every eye.” So said Rav Dov Kook.

    • I don’t understand. Rav Berland himself admitted to his crimes, and even stated that had he done his deeds in earlier times, he would have been executed by a beis din.

      So, how are the fires because of the “persecution” of Rav Berland?

      “Since the destrucion of the Beis Hamikdash, prophecy was given to children and the insane.” -Bava Basra 12b.


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