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Is there any prediction in the Torah for the split between Ashkenazim and Sephardim? I was told that there is but can't think of anywhere to look. Thanks.

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there is no split. –  Reb Chaim HaQoton Oct 7 '13 at 16:54
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There's certainly no explicit prediction. (I've read the entire Pentateuch, and it doesn't mention such a thing explicitly.) I assume you're asking about either (1) an allusion (that someone, most likely post facto but maybe not, said alludes to the split between Ashk'nazim and S'faradim) or (2) a generality (about how people will split or some such, that someone said applies to, inter alia, the split between Ashk'nazim and S'faradim). Which? –  msh210 Oct 7 '13 at 17:26
    
Also, It is not clear that 'Sepharad' in the Book of Obadiah is a reference of Spaniard's Sephardi mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt1601.htm#20 –  Wlanez Oct 7 '13 at 21:07
    
What about Italian, Yemenite, Greek and Ethiopian Jews? –  Double AA Oct 9 '13 at 14:01

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Not specifically to Sephardim/Ashkenazi split, but there is a derivation of "flock" from “Ha’emet Tiheye Ne’ederet” that during the times before the advent of Moshiach, Jews will be split. From a discussion on Devarim

The Gemara describes certain negative qualities that will characterize the generation before the arrival of Mashiah, one of them being “Ha’emet Tiheye Ne’ederet.” Literally, this means that “truth will be obscured,” meaning, truths that should be and always had been obvious and self-evident will become questionable. In our times, for example, low standards of modesty and integrity which would have been rejected without a second thought generations ago are now considered valid options. This is one manifestation of “Ha’emet Tiheye Ne’ederet.” Additionally, however, the term “Ne’ederet” refers to the phenomenon of “Eder” – “flock.” The Jewish people will form small, independent “flocks” that stay away from one another. Each “flock” will follow its “shepherd,” its Rabbi, and show no respect or regard for anything else. The prevailing attitude will be one of “It’s my way, or you’re out!” There will be little or no tolerance for differing views and opinions.

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The Gemara is Sotah 49b ויראי חטא ימאסו והאמת תהא נעדרת נערים פני זקנים ילבינו it is not a verse in Devarim, nor anywhere else to the best of my knowledge. Furthermore as noted, this does not appear to be the intent of the Gemara's usage. –  mevaqesh Aug 23 at 4:52

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