By COLlive reporter
Good news for Emmanuel Macron: The Torah says he’s going to win the French presidency.
That’s the prediction that Rabbi Meir Turnheim, a Chabad chossid from the Israeli city of Lod, is making based on his numerical calculations of words in the Torah reading on the day of the election.
The centrist Macron is facing nationalist Marine Le Pen of the National Front (FN) party in a run-off election to be held on Sunday, 7 May 2017. It is the first time in French history that no candidate of a major party is in the race.
Turnheim based his announcement on Parshas Emor, chapter 21, verse 12, which is the Torah reading for the Sunday of the elections.
Using his complex reading method of singling out letters from the Torah to predict current events, he concluded from the verse that “Emmanuel Macron will be president.”
“As a believing Jew, I grew up on the notion that everything is written in the Torah,” he told the Israeli website Bechadrei Chadarim.
“In every single election in Israel over the last 20 years I have searched in the Chumash reading of election day and always found the name of the winner written clearly by the skipping of letters.”
Current polls in France suggest Macron will easily beat Le Pen in the second round.
Turnheim claims to have predicted the unexpected wins of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against Issac Herzog in the 2015 election and of Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton in the 2017 election, and the recent loss of Dutch politician Geert Wilders.
“There was a Jew that started putting on Tefillin after he lost a bet that Clinton will win,” he says. “He saw that everything is written in the Torah and did Teshuvah.”