Friday, February 2, 2018

Seventy Years, Birth Pangs and Redemption

by Rabbi Mordechai Lewis - originally published at Sefaria

The Haggadah says, “For the Holy One, Blessed is He, calculated the end of the exile.

The Geulas Avraham – the Vilna Gaon’s son – says that the numerical value of קֵץ, [end], is 190. Of the 400 years of exile decreed at the Covenant Between the Parts, 210 were spent in the bondage to Egypt, while the other 190 comprised the years of the sojourns of our forefathers in lands not their own.

Hashem did not tell Avraham Avinu at the Covenant Between the Parts how the 400 years of exile would be divided between slavery and wandering. The Holy One, Blessed is He, calculated the end can thus be interpreted as the Holy One, Blessed is He, calculated the 190; He made a calculation for our benefit, allowing 190 of the 400 years to be spent in sojourning rather than slavery.[1]

Nowadays, can we figure out the end of our exile? Surprisingly, the answer is yes.

Seifer Chasdei Avraham says, “Today, we are living ‘Chevlei Moshiach’ - the birth pangs of Moshiach, this is neither the beginning nor middle of the period but rather the last chapter of the Chevlei Moshiach.”

In our current exile, where did we suffer the most the ‘birth pangs’ of Moshiach? Approximately 48 years ago, the Steipler Gaon said, “We are very close to the coming of Moshiach since we underwent most of the ‘birth pangs’ of Moshiach during World War II with its dreadful suffering...”[2]

How many years is Chevlei Moshiach?

Between אַשְׁרֵי and וּבָא לְצִיּוֹן during Shacharis, we say, “לַמְנַצֵּחַ... יַעַנְךָ ה' בְּיוֹם צָרָה, Hashem should answer us in our day of pain.”[3] The Vilna Gaon[4] says that there are 70 words in this chapter corresponding to the 70 years of the suffering the Jews will experience before Moshiach reveals himself. This period is called ‘Chevlei Moshiach’ - the birth pangs of Moshiach.

“We are told that the seven years before Moshiach is introduced will be with very definite events. It is worded as: in the first year…, in the second year…, etc. Then it says that in the eighth year, the year following this seven-year period, the Moshiach will be introduced. All modern Rabbis talk of this revealing page of the Talmud as the 7-year Shemittah cycle that we observe. It is the most defined information which has been watched for decades. It also was the biggest reason that the end of the last Shemittah cycle in 5775 appeared to be the cycle and the year 5776 would definitely be the year Moshiach would be introduced. There were Rabbis during World War 2 who said that after 10 Shemittah cycles Moshiach would come. With the war ending in 5705, 1945, the 10 cycles or 70 years brought us to 5775, which was totally consistent with Moshiach being introduced in 5776 after the last Shemittah cycle.

When it didn’t happen, many Torah scholars were scratching their heads asking what went wrong…

I figured out what went wrong. In reviewing the page 97 in Sanhedrin, I noticed that there was not one mention of Shemittah. Even in the commentary by the great sages there was talk of the 7-year cycle, but no mention of it being in conjunction with the 7-year Shemittah cycle. It was only commentary from modern Rabbis that insisted that the 7-year cycles were congruent.

The actual wording in the Talmud is: ‘In the seven-year cycle when the son of David will come: In the first year…, in the second year…, etc. In the aftermath of the seventh year (the eighth year), the son of David will come.’ Not only is there no reference to the Shemittah but alluding to the eighth year means ‘the next year after the 7-year period.’ Otherwise it should say in the first year of the next Shemittah cycle, since the eighth year of a Shemittah cycle is meaningless.

It even makes more sense to talk about ten 7-year cycles or 70 years, not after WW2 but the establishment of the State of Israel. 5708 to 5778 is much more believable.”

The Maharal[6] says the following:

“The Gemara teaches that Moshiach will come in the year after a Shemittah because that is the number appropriate for him; that number reflects sublime character of Moshiach. For this world is a world of sevens and the concept of Moshiach is beyond this world; thus, he comes in the eighth year.”

On January 15, 2018, Rabbi Kessin said in a shiur the following:[7]

There was a special code words given by Moshe Rabbeinu that identified him as their savior sent by Hashem to take the Jews out of Mitzrayim. Those words are פָּקֹד פָּקַדְתִּי, I have surely remembered you. As the posuk states, “Go and assemble the elders of Israel, and say to them, ‘The L-rd G-d of your forefathers has appeared to me, the G-d of Avraham, Isaac, and Jacob,’ saying, “I have surely remembered you and what is being done to you in Egypt.”

These are the words used by the Redeemers: Moshe and Moshiach.

Now Rabbi Kessin gives us some extra information.

The gematria of פָּקֹד פָּקַדְתִּי is 778. This may represent the year 778… but how do we know that this could actually be the year 5778? Because there is a Vav missing from the word פָּקֹד and Vav is the number 6, representing the sixth millennium - 5778. So those words are quite possibly hinting to the fact that when the Moshiach arrives with these special code words, it could very well be this year 5778.

On January 11, 2018, Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita, spoke at Rechovot and said that 5778 is the year of the coming of Moshiach.[8] [9]

Who exactly is Rav Eliezer Berland?

On August 11, 2016, Rav Dovid Chaim Stern shlit”a said the following:[10]

I was approached with regards to the great Gaon and holy Tzaddik, R Eliezer ben Etya Berland shlit”a. I know this Tzaddik for more than 50 years. We speak with each other and we’ve spoken a lot in the past. He was the chavrusa of the Steipler for many years. He was then a young man, so I asked the Steipler what he says about him – I wanted to know.

So he said to me, “You should know, he is an expert in the entire Torah, a holy man and Tzaddik!”

This is the testimony from the mouth of the Gadol Hador, and it is clear as day that the Steipler had true Ruach Hakodesh (a sort of prophecy), there is no one who argues about this.

I knew Rav Berland, we had a strong connection, he is an exalted Jew who stands above all others. There is no man who is completely kindness and mercy, whenever he had money he immediately distributed everything to charity. It is clear to us that person who distributes so much charity and kindness, Hashem imbues his Shechina on him, “He who has mercy on creation, they have mercy on him from Heaven”.

And therefore, Hashem imbues his Shechina onto him and Hashem will guide him as He sees fit.

And it is clear to all of us, we are hoping and praying, that the Good Name will do miracles and wonders.

Other people don’t know Rav Berland like I know him, and they didn’t ask the Steipler what I asked about him. He was a young man while the Steipler was the Gadol Hador and much older than him. They were study partners learning many hours together each day, so I was interested in finding out what he says about him.

He’s holy and pure – that’s it!

They want to make a mass rally

That’s obvious! We need to wake up the masses!

Everyone must come!

A holy Tzaddik who is suffering in prison.

I’m willing to participate to the rally, because I believe that every single action is the greatest mitzvah, to save this Tzaddik as quickly as possible.

He’s not guilty – He didn’t do anything! [Note: He was released from prison on April 6 2017].

Didn’t the Rambam[11] forbid attempts to figure an exact date for the arrival of Moshiach? Yes. However, the Ramban[12] says that the prohibition of the Gemara[13] only applied to earlier generations; now that we are on the eve of redemption, there is no prohibition.


[1] Vilna Gaon Haggadah by Rabbi Yisrael Herczeg, pages 37 and 39.

[2] Redemption Unfolding by Alexander Aryeh Mandelbaum, page 83.

[3] Tehillim 20:2.

[4] Siddur HaGra, Lamnatze’ach, Likutei HaGra and Yahel Ohr 2:119:2.


[6] Chiddushei Aggados to Sanhedrin 97a “[ובמוצאי שביעית בן דוד [בא”. See also Jewish Wisdom In The Numbers by Rabbi Yehoshua Hartman and Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene, page 128



[9] Ezra Meiliken says, “Avraham was born in the Hebrew year 1948, while the State of Israel was created in the secular year of 1948. G‐d’s Covenant with Avraham happened in the Hebrew year 2018. 2018 – 1948 = 70 years [(The Divine Calendar, page 22). Regarding the number 70, see Yirmiyahu 29:10]. Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag also known as Baal HaSulam wrote a commentary on the Zohar and determined that the year of 5778 as the time of the Moshiach’s revelation” (


[11] see Mishnah Torah, Hilchos Malachim 12:5 and Rambam on Mishnah Sanhedrin 10:1.

[12] Sefer HaGeulah, Ma’amer 4.

[13] see Sanhedrin 97b.


Anonymous said...

Har Sinai’s Boundaries and Its Relevance Today

Shabbos Day or Saturday?

Devorah said...

Also see Rav Fish on 5778 Being the ץ

Mr. Cohen said...

Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah:

Anonymous said...

Rabbi Dov Kook of Tiberius Mashiach Purim 5778 !!!!

We heard in a lecture on Chanukah 5778 by Rabbi Dov Kook of Tiberius, who said that by Purim the war of Gog and Magog will breakout and that this Purim 5778 will be the last Purim before the revelation of Mashiach.

Anonymous said...

The Vatican is not going to back down

The Vatican has all the treasure from the Second Temple - and they're not going to give it up easily.
The Vatican has the Levites’ instruments – and each one is worth a billion dollars
An excerpt of some of Rav Eliezer Berland’s holy words, from his recent gathering in Holon.

We said that we were going to appoint a messenger now, that today we are going to choose a representative who’s going to go to the Vatican and ask for all the altars, and for all the tables. They took around a thousand tables [from the Second Temple], it used to be full of tables, and they took them all.

Everything is illustrated there [on the Arch of Titus in Rome], they can’t deny it. Now in Venice, the Greeks said that there wasn’t any such thing as a Beit HaMikdash, it’s just a Jewish idea. So what’s illustrated there?

They did a special arch when they conquered the Beit HaMikdash. They conquered a million cities, they conquered Persia, they conquered Armenia and half of India – and they didn’t do an arch.

Rav Berland Found Temble Treasure for Moshiach 5778 GEula purim Come tell His students

Devorah said...

anonymous @ 4:39 - that was de-bunked in the comments of Dov Bar Leib's blog: [quote] Anonymous said...

Everyone , I heard from a friend who asked his friend who is a talmid from Rav Dov Kook whether he really told people on chanukka that gog u magog will start on purim. He said the Rav did NOT tell that. Sorry to have to say that.


1/17/2018 9:02 PM

Anonymous said...

LAST UPDATED ON 01-01-2018.

read Sod Hacamol
5778 year geula moshiach

Anonymous said...

Purim 5778 something will happen ,,,,, acrodingdall big rabbis

Glenn Parker said...

The quote says by Purim, not Purim, and the website that put it out there seems reliable. So the question remains about what exactly was said, why was it reported as it was? These are important questions, and it would be great if someone would step up and clarify things.

Glenn Parker said...

The quote says by Purim, not Purim, and the website that put it out there seems reliable. So the question remains about what exactly was said, why was it reported as it was? These are important questions, and it would be great if someone would step up and clarify things.

Devorah said...

Glenn: Yehudi Yerushalmi is reliable, but sometimes stories are created or mis-understood and inadvertently spread to reliable people.

Glenn Parker said...

Exactly, if possible it would be great to know what this is all about because its possible some of its true. It would be great to get clarity, but maybe its not possible and we have to move on.

Anonymous said...

This gets me so excited. I can't wait for our gedolim to take over and render judgements. I can't wait to witness sacrifices ! The Masiach will enable women to return to their exalted position and remove their rebellious nature . I cannot wait !

Debbie Rubinstein said...

Thank you for your blog and great posts, Devorah!
It's not easy to run a blog and keep it going so I appreciate your hard work, commitment and devotion.
May we all be zochai to bring Mashiach with sharing and spreading Torah!

Dov Bar-Leib said...

So Michael Pence has in his name Peni'el, Pen from Pence and Keil from Micha'el, the mighty prince of Israel who informed Avraham and Sarah at this time, next year, you will have a son, a son who will be circumcised on the 8th day. So Ya'akov received the name Yisrael at Alot HaShachar after the all night wrestling match with SamKel (the angel of Edom). There are 72 minutes between Alot HaShachar and sunrise, 70 years of birthpangs + 2 years of Chezkat Mashiach while Mashiach proves himself. So how do we know that we are entering those final two years before sunrise? From the following in Bereishit 32:

כה וַיִּוָּתֵר יַעֲקֹב, לְבַדּוֹ; וַיֵּאָבֵק אִישׁ עִמּוֹ, עַד עֲלוֹת הַשָּׁחַר. 25 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day (Alot HaShachar).
כו וַיַּרְא, כִּי לֹא יָכֹל לוֹ, וַיִּגַּע, בְּכַף-יְרֵכוֹ; וַתֵּקַע כַּף-יֶרֶךְ יַעֲקֹב, בְּהֵאָבְקוֹ עִמּוֹ. 26 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was strained (The Holocaust, a very deep wound resulting from a Churban at the end of the dark night just before Alot HaShachar.
Me'am Loez said this sinew corresponds with the negative commandment against Rechilut.
), as he wrestled with him.
כז וַיֹּאמֶר שַׁלְּחֵנִי, כִּי עָלָה הַשָּׁחַר; וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא אֲשַׁלֵּחֲךָ, כִּי אִם-בֵּרַכְתָּנִי. 27 And he said: 'Let me go, for the dawn breaketh.' And he said: 'I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.'
כח וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו, מַה-שְּׁמֶךָ; וַיֹּאמֶר, יַעֲקֹב. 28 And he said unto him: 'What is thy name?' And he said: 'Jacob.'
כט וַיֹּאמֶר, לֹא יַעֲקֹב יֵאָמֵר עוֹד שִׁמְךָ--כִּי, אִם-יִשְׂרָאֵל: כִּי-שָׂרִיתָ עִם-אֱלֹהִים וְעִם-אֲנָשִׁים, וַתּוּכָל. 29 And he said: 'Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel; for thou hast striven with God and with men, and hast prevailed.'the founding of the State of Israel at Alot HaShachar in 5708
ל וַיִּשְׁאַל יַעֲקֹב, וַיֹּאמֶר הַגִּידָה-נָּא שְׁמֶךָ, וַיֹּאמֶר, לָמָּה זֶּה תִּשְׁאַל לִשְׁמִי; וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתוֹ, שָׁם. 30 And Jacob asked him, and said: 'Tell me, I pray thee, thy name.' And he said: 'Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name?' And he, (the angel of Edom) blessed him there.
לא וַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב שֵׁם הַמָּקוֹם, פְּנִיאֵל: כִּי-רָאִיתִי אֱלֹהִים פָּנִים אֶל-פָּנִים, וַתִּנָּצֵל נַפְשִׁי. 31 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: 'for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.'
לב וַיִּזְרַח-לוֹ הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ, כַּאֲשֶׁר עָבַר אֶת-פְּנוּאֵל; וְהוּא צֹלֵעַ, עַל-יְרֵכוֹ. 32 And the sun rose upon him as he passed over Penu'el, and he limped upon his thigh.(72 minutes after Alot HaShachar which is likely 72 years since 5708)

Devorah said...

That's amazing Dov Bar Leib. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Dov Bar Leib, what are you trying to say?

Devorah said...

It makes perfect sense to me. Read it again.

Anonymous said...

He's saying that 5778 makes sense, correct?

Devorah said...

''70 years of birthpangs + 2 years of Chezkat Mashiach while Mashiach proves himself.''

The 70 years is 5778.

Devorah said...

New blog post from Dov Bar Leib:
A Pence for My Thoughts: A Hint About the Face of G-d at the End of Days.

Anonymous said...

In regard to all the excitement about what many might think about intentions of supposed great 'friends', we need to question what we think we understand but really might and do not. Just read (very reliable) where the knesset has Bible meetings (classes learning the 'bible') with Dominionist xtians and where about 50 knesset members meet regularly for these classes with these lecturers, r'l. The soI is going down a very slippery slope because they invited in spiritual foes, no different than when they invited in Rome 2000 years ago. The rest is history. We already see what's happened to the IDF and, in the general society. We await Moshiach 'Tzdkeinu' (key word) ASAP, because he's never been as needed as NOW!

Devorah said...

Jason, thank you, but I'm not really comfortable with that video, I can only link to known Torah sources from authentic rabbis, and anything else would confuse my readers....that is my policy here.... anyway I wish you all the best.