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In addition to many things that have been said here, there is a tradition amongst older chassidim in Russia that that there will be 7 rebbes and no rebbe before moshiach comes. I heard this directly from Eliyahu Touger(his name is all over chabad edition translations into english) who said it was a "known thing". I then promptly asked Uri Kaploun (...


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Here is one of a few ways. This is the general favorite of the Anti-Messianics (those who believe to themselves that the rebbe will be moshiach but who hate publicity on the matter): The rambams psak in Laws of Kings 11:4 is stating moshiach has to be alive, but the next question is what the background learning for this psak is. It’s brought in achronim (...


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One of the answers above mentioned Rabbi David Berger; here is his well-known article: https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/berger-rebbe-messiah. In it he presents a lot of the evidence discussed above, and also clarifies some of the evidence that was left out by people on various sides. He is a very un-sympathetic narrator - as he makes clear.


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Good eye! You're noticing a Kabbalistic practice called כתיבת השם בחילוק writing God's name by parts. I won't begin to pretend to understand it, but those who practice it write the different limbs of the letters of the Tetragrammaton in a specific order with specific Kabbalistic meditations for each one, and you end up with some of the letters looking a bit ...


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