Haile Israel states he met Haile Selassie as a Bahatawi Monk. As it is said Emperor Haile Selassie passed away at the age of 83. Haile Israel provides insight into the kabbalah meaning of the number 83. Quotes Psalms 83:18 “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.” In the Ethiopian liturgy, the preparatory service he reads verse 83 “for our King Haile Selassie I, we beseech that God may vouchsafe Him much peace in His days.”
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