Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Moshe of South Fallsburg, put on Shabbos clothing last week when he heard news of the movement of Russian warships. The response of the rosh yeshiva is based on a Kabbolah that he has that when the Russians will cross the Dardanelles River, it will trigger the start of a series of events before Moshiach comes, and therefore, in his words, “Men ken shoin untun Shabbosdike kleider.”
Rav Elya Ber recently told a talmid, “I’ve been waiting for this moment for 70 years.”
Matzav.com learned from those close to Rav Elya Ber that he first heard this kabbolah when he was 10 years old from his father, the mashgiach, Rav Nosson Wachtfogel. Rav Nosson heard it from Rav Doniel Movoshovitz of the Kelmer Talmud Torah, who heard it from the Alter of Kelm, who heard it from someone who heard it from Rav Chaim Volozhiner, who heard it from the Vilna Gaon.