Republican Group in Israel: Kabbalist Rabbi Predicts Trump Win

Marc Zell, who heads Republicans Overseas Israel, says a 'a great kabbalist sage' approached him to convey the victory message.

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A rally in support of Donald Trump in Jerusalem, October 26, 2016.
A rally in support of Donald Trump in Jerusalem, October 26, 2016.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

Marc Zell, who heads the group Republicans Overseas Israel, has said that he conveyed a message to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign from a kabbalist rabbi in Israel who claims that the core collection of kabbalistic Jewish mysticism, the Zohar, predict that Trump will win the presidency on November 8.

In a conversation with Behadrei Haredim columnist Yanki Farber at a Republican event in Israel, Zell reportedly said that "a great kabbalist sage" whom Zell declined to name had come to him with an entourage from Bnei Brak, "just to convey a message for Donald Trump."

The message was that the Zohar predicts a Trump win in the election, Zell said. "The rabbi didn't ask for anything other than to pass along the message," Zell added, explaining that he complied with the request and that the Trump campaign's Jewish advisers "were in shock" over the good news.

In April, several months before Trump was nominated by his party as the Republican presidential candidate, Zell was reported in Haaretz as saying that if Trump was nominated, he might refuse to campaign for him. Following the candidate's nomination in July, however, Zell reconsidered and has been active on Trump's behalf.

The Zohar was written in Aramaic and has been attributed to an 11th century Rabbi Moses de Leon of Spain. Adherents of the kabbala movement dispute this, however, and attribute the Zohar to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who lived in Israel in the 2nd century.

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