Prophecy 101: Now in Tel Aviv
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Prophecy 101: Now in Tel Aviv

School in Tel Aviv aims to teach anyone to be a prophet

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Jeremiah dictates his prophecy to Baruch. Illustration by Gustave Doré (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Jeremiah dictates his prophecy to Baruch. Illustration by Gustave Doré (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Isaiah, Jeremiah and Amos were naturals to the world of prophesy, but today’s budding conduits to the heavens will soon be able to learn the art of forecasting in the classroom, at a new school opening up in Tel Aviv.

Named after Cain and Abel, the new institute’s goal is to “give the young generation of prophets” tools and guidance on their way to the truth.

Set in the heart of Tel Aviv, Shmuel Portman Hapartzi — a self-named messianic Chabad follower — hopes to teach people all they need to know to become prophets of the Jewish people, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Monday. Official Chabad has criticized the initiative.

While the Bible is filled with prophecies, rabbinical Jewish tradition generally holds that the idea of God talking to man ended when the Temple was destroyed, and that wisdom is preferable to a “prophecy of fools.”

But this generation is different than the ones before; it’s taking an active part in the process of redemption, Hapartzi told the Hebrew daily. The school’s aim is to provide the students with “official sources” through which to “direct their spiritual experience toward the path of truth,” he said.

Ten students have registered and are due to start later in the week; others can join for a symbolic price of NIS 200 for the 10-week course, the founder told the paper.

Among the skills Hapartzi said he plans to teach are the correct way to read body language, dreams and their meanings, the ways of the Angels, and the means of advancing so as to be able to understand God’s wisdom and light.

Though Hapartzi said that “everything being studied [is] based on the [proper] texts,” an official within the Chabad movement spoke out against the school.

It’s a shame that “bizarre and weird people,” who don’t represent Chabad, use the movement for the wrong purpose, while damaging the memory of the Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the official told Yedioth.

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