For the last few years, I’ve kind of being playing softball with a lot of the bloggers, ‘rabbis’ and commentators out there.

But after I read the latest message from Rabbi Aharon Stern, son of the famous kabbalist Rabbi Dovid Chaim Stern, and a mekubal in his own right, I realise that it’s time to take the gloves off, here on the blog.

First, please go and read what he has to say, in full, for yourself here:

If you’re short on time, here’s the takeaway points:

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“Chazal tell us that there are things that the judgment is ‘signed’ because of them. When they came and took Rav Berland, and put him in jail – this was the cry that ascended to the Heavens.

All of this big commotion is happening because this Tzaddik (Rabbi Eliezer Berland, shlita) is languishing in prison – in ‘bidud’ (isolation).

Hashem is angry….

Rav Berland is stuck in prison, and Am Yisrael is stuck with this Coronavirus.

We need to go out, and to cry out, until they free Rabbi Berland from the prison. If you have any brains in your head, if anyone wants to really save this [Jewish] people….

Perhaps, it was decreed that the Coronavirus was meant to be in the rest of the world, but in Eretz Yisrael, there was not supposed to be any Coronavirus.

EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING ONLY BECAUSE RABBI BERLAND IS LANGUISHING IN PRISON.”

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Rav Stern continued:

“We need to cry out to Hashem, and then maybe he will take away from us this terrible gezeira. But we also need to act! We need action!

If we don’t get Rabbi Berland out of prison, then Am Yisrael will be in a huge problem! Chas v’shalom, this can continue to worsen and spread.

I didn’t want to open my mouth, but this thing depends on us. We can save Am Yisrael, RIGHT NOW.

Even though these words may sound strange, you should know that I am telling you the truth.”

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Yesterday, I tried to go and pray at the Kotel, for day 23 of my 40 day prayer-a-thon.

I was stopped at the entrance to the plaza by a female guard – who herself was totally disregarding any rules about ‘social distancing’, and doing the usual flirting with the male guards thing until I showed up – which is when she told me to halt in my tracks (Achtung!!!!!)

Where are you from? She asked me aggressively.

I told her Abu Tor.

She repeated that literally four times, until I felt I should reassure her I was a Jew coming to pray at the Kotel, and not an Arab, because maybe that was the problem. Halavai. The real problem was that I was a Jew coming to pray at the Kotel.

A female Border Policewoman then looked over the top of the wall at me, (Raus!!) and started making veiled threats about Abu Tor being more than 100 metres away from the Kotel, and that I was running the risk of getting a 5oo nis fine for walking more than 100 metres from my house.

What happens if the grocery store is more than 100 metres away from my house? I wanted to know.

It’s ok to go out to get things like food, things that you need, she told me.

What if I need to pray? I wanted to know. Because believe me, I really needed to pray at the Kotel yesterday…

You can pray at home, she told me dismissively.

I so wanted to punch her in the face.

Thankfully, I’ve had a lot of practise now at squashing my more unhelpful Moroccan tendencies, so I spat out a ‘todah’ that was as sarcastic as I could make it, and turned around.

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As soon as I was out of sight of the Wailing Wall’s Wehrmacht, I burst into tears.

Come on, Hashem, I can’t believe this! I’m being barred from praying at the Kotel by ‘Jews’!!! How much longer are You just going to let all the evil rule the world, and to continue to crush everyone’s soul into the floor, Hashem?!

To say I was gutted is a total understatement.

They’ve shut down all the shuls, all the yeshivas, all the kollels, all the men’s mikvas.

In the chareidi world, there are THANK GOD still large pockets of resistance, and a great many people who really do believe in Hashem, and have the emuna that keeping mitzvot is important regardless of what heretics think about Coronavirus.

More and more of those people are starting to wake up and to protest the terrible evil that’s going on here, and they aren’t just taking all these anti-Torah, anti-Semitic decrees mildly, like lambs to the slaughter. (Where have I heard that phrase somewhere before?)

But in the so-called modern orthodox world, the ‘dati leumi’ world, even the anglo-Chareidi world? The picture is very different.

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Yesterday, I was talking to a friend who would self define as ‘dati leumi’, and she was telling me how she’s very scared the government is about to close down the women’s mikvahs. The conversation then lead on to how little protest against all these anti-semitic, anti-Torah decrees is coming out from the dati leumi camp in Israel – who are still more obsessed with politics than with Hashem and His Torah – and I ended up blurting this out:

All this Coronavirus stuff is really showing me who has real emuna and yirat shemayim and who doesn’t, and I have to tell you I’m seeing very little emuna and fear of Heaven in the dati leumi camp.

There. The elephant in the room had finally been mentioned.

And now it’s been publically identified, let it rampage around for the next few paragraphs.

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For years and years, I’ve been writing about what a huge Tzaddik Rabbi Berland is.

I wrote two meticulously researched books that set out first his history, background and Torah pedigree – based on thousands of hours of taped interviews with some of the world’s biggest Tzaddikim – and then the whole, corrupt ‘trial’ that saw him go to prison in 2017 for crimes he never committed.

Let’s be generous and say that back then, so few people had heard of him before the media in Israel started slandering his name and muddying the waters with outright lies and fake videos, it’s understandable that they could have been fooled into thinking the worst.

But that wasn’t the real problem.

The real problem is that so many people out there – even people who consider themselves to be fine, upstanding religious Jews – are actually up to their necks in lashon hara, slander, arrogance, heretical thinking and Facebook.

So when all those juicy Rabbi Berland lies came along, they swallowed it down so very easily, because it came from the same sewer-source they were already happily swimming in 24/7.

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Fast forward three years, and back in October 2019, it all started happening all over again.

More obviously fake stories by Channel 13,  more obviously politicised smear pieces and hatchet jobs carefully placed throughout the Israeli media, including on pretend-chareidi sites.

Hashem geared it all up again, to give Am Yisrael a second bite at the teshuva cherry, and to show them just how easily they’d been fooled by the same tactics the first time around, so they could understand how they – and so many people together with them – were duped.

Thankfully, many people had their eyes open this time around, so the fake news had far less impact on far fewer people than the forces of evil hoped. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that so many of us are still so emuna-deficient, and still so emunat-tzaddikim compromised, that the fact that the Tzaddik HaDor was sent back to prison on obviously falsified charges didn’t move us at all.

And so, Hashem decided to send a very big test along, that was really going to show us just how much emuna we really have, and just how much yirat shemayim we really have, and just how much true connection to kedusha and real tzaddikim we really have, and He called that test Coronavirus.

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The last couple of weeks, I have watched alternatively amazed and horrified at the ZERO emuna so many of our so-called rabbis and religious leaders have displayed, particularly in the dati leumi / modern orthodox camp, and particularly in the anglo so-called chareidi camp, especially out of Israel.

As these people have rushed to excuse and justify the closing of talmud Torahs, shuls, mikvahs and now even holy sites like the Kotel and the Tomb of the Patriarchs; and have rushed to pass new ‘rulings’ that make traif kosher – anything to go along with the evil people running the country, and to keep their own status and salaries – they have made it blindingly obvious that their path is not one of real Torah or yirat shemayim.

Really, it’s OK to do ‘Zoom’ at the seder?

Really, it’s OK to hold a ‘minyan’ via smartphone?

Really, it’s OK to tell people to stop going to mikvahs?

REALLY?

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Over the last few weeks and months, so many leading kabbalists and rabbis in the chareidi world have come out with strong statements linking the spread of Coronavirus specifically with the defamation and disgrace of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, as well as with talking lashon hara and spreading slander, more generally.

Most of the apparently ‘orthodox’ bloggers and commentators and news sites out there have totally ignored these statements, at best, and some have even openly mocked the rabbonim who made them.

When I wrote the Geula P*rn post yesterday, I had these people and sites in mind.

But after reading Rav Stern’s latest statement, and having been turned away from praying at the Kotel yesterday, I feel that veiled statements and shadow-boxing with bad is no longer enough.

So, let’s lay it on the line.

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What I’ve learned from all this Coronavirus saga, so far, is that the main reason why rabbis, bloggers, writers, papers, commentators haven’t been coming to defend Rabbi Berland is because they actually don’t give a monkeys about God or His Torah, either.

That is now as clear as day.

How can they close the Kotel, and you aren’t protesting? How can they stop synagogues from operating, and you stand there applauding this action on the grounds of health and safety?

These people are totally disconnected from their own souls, and from truth, and from Torah.

And that’s the reason why they are also disconnected from our real Tzaddikim, and ignoring and disparaging huge kabbalists and Tzaddikim, and slandering or ‘pointedly ignoring’ Rabbi Berland.

So really, I have to say thank you, Coronavirus, for finally ripping the masks off so many faces, and showing us all what we’re really dealing with.

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Four years ago, I wrote a whole bunch of stuff bringing quotes from people like the Milkman, and Rabbi Dovid Chaim Stern, which basically made it clear that Rav Berland is the last test before Moshiach comes, and geula arrives unmistakeably.

So many people failed that test last time around.

But God is giving us all one more chance to be on the right side of the spiritual equation, when the curtain finally comes down.

If you care more about your own social standing, your status, the State of Israel, or petty partisan politics which means you will only broadcast messages from people in your own camp who wear the sort of kippa you approve of, you are probably going to fail the current test involving Rabbi Berland really badly.

You aren’t going to risk writing a blog post pointing out the link between Coronavirus and Rabbi Berland being in jail on false charges.

You aren’t going to protest that synagogues and holy sites and Jewish life is being totally shut down in the Jewish state on the flimsiest of pretexts.

You aren’t going to admit that so many of the leaders and ideas in the dati leumi and anglicised chareidi world are spiritually ‘off’, and disconnected from real Torah and true emuna.

You aren’t going to accept that YOU are playing a huge part in the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus, and the ongoing suffering it’s causing to literally billions of people around the world, because you are choosing to shut your eyes to our true Tzaddikim, and closing your ears to our real rabbis, to continue empowering charlatans who like to churn out more Geula P*rn and mislead the masses about the real reasons things are happening in the world.

And the REAL teshuva we all need to make, to get things to turn around.

If that’s you, I really don’t envy you.

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But if you want to be in the other camp – the camp that really does care about Hashem, and about Torah, and about mitzvot, and is really trying to make teshuva and to have some real emuna and connection to our real rabbis, it’s so easy to put yourself into it.

Just take a stand, publically, for the Rav, and either share something, or write something, or record something, telling your family and friends that the Coronavirus pandemic is only going to stop when Rav Berland gets out of jail.

Screw up your courage, and have some real emuna and real emunat tzaddikim.

I know it’s scary, but once you try it you’ll feel so liberated from the rule of tyranny that’s clamped down on us all in such a suffocating fashion the last two weeks.

All you have to do is say this:

When Rav Berland is released from prison, the Coronavirus epidemic will end, and Am Yisrael will be saved.

Right now, it’s so very easy to put yourself on the side of good and right.

And also, so very hard.

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UPDATE:

In the UK, I just found out that 4.5% of the fatalities from Coronavirus are Jews, while Jews make up just 0.3% of the overall population. To put this another way, there are 10 times more deaths occurring from Coronavirus in the UK Jewish community, than in the non-Jewish community.

This is NOT because Jews like to mingle and hug each other. It’s because God is sending this Coronavirus specifically for Jews in the UK to make teshuva. Remember this?

Meanwhile, someone sent me a text message that said this:

TEHILLIM NEEDED:

Brooklyn Rosh Yeshiva Critical

5 Town Rov Critical

Petira of Derech Chaim Rosh Yeshiva, Lakewood

Boro Park Corona victim, HaRav….

Son of [NAME] Rebbe, Corona victim

Posek of Paris, Dayan, Moreh Tzedek… succumbs to Coronavirus

Principal of Beis Chana in Paris passes away

[Name] Rebbe of London niftar

First fatality in Montreal is chassidic Jew

ZAKA France: “A large percentage of victims are from the frum kehilla”

“What’s the chances, statistically, of all these frum rabbis dying in chul?”

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Also, let’s throw into the mix that so many of the communities in the US being quoted in the press as being at the heart of this epidemic are Young Israel, aka modern orthodox. And so many more of the communities coming into sharp focus because of the pandemic are also often very vocally ‘anti’ Breslov.

Do you believe in coincidences?

Because I don’t.

God is trying to get our attention, and cancelling our mitzvot observance to kowtow to secular diktats about what’s really causing this pandemic is not going to solve the problem. It’s only going to make it worse.

 

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That’s what I read, when I ‘randomly’ opened up a Breslov book called Hishtapchus Hanefesh.

Here’s a brief description of that book:

“Hishtapchus Hanefesh is a powerful work dealing with prayer. Rabbi Nachman taught that tefilah is our main weapon and that any challenge can be overcome.” 

I read that during a six hour hitbodedut session that began at 3.55 am this morning, after I woke up in the middle of the night and just couldn’t get back to sleep. I spent more time yesterday rushing around making sure I can make seder if the ‘end of the world’ descends on us before Pesach.

And then, as I was eyeing up the onions, and debating if I should buy another 400 onions to add to the 400 onions I already bought – because how am I meant to cook anything tasty if I don’t have onions?! – I suddenly realised that I have come to the end of my ability to prepare for what comes next.

I have no more koach to buy onions.

Or toilet paper.

Or tuna.

I have no more koach to write blog posts about what’s really going on, and why.

I have no more koach to spend hours listening to people pour out their troubles and woes, all the time telling me they are Litvaks or Lubavitchers, so they don’t believe in things like doing hitbodedut or going to Uman; or that they heard bad things about Rav Berland, so they don’t want to read any of his books or listen to any of his Torah; or that I just don’t understand how their massive problems AREN’T a result of their own bad middot, arrogance and lack of emuna, and so me telling them to make some real teshuva about these things is just insulting and unhelpful…

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Right now, my 16 year old is still in bed.

She’s totally and utterly depressed by being forced to spend 24/7 in our house with her parents, and without her friends. And as a rule, I get on really well with my daughter, and give her a lot of leeway and respect, and also let her do things like build chicken coops and big bonfires in the garden.

But 16 year olds need their space away from parents – especially controlling parents who eagerly set upon COVID-19 hysteria as a great way to get their recalcitrant teen 100% back under their thumb – and so, I’m watching my daughter, and so many of her friends, sink into a terrible, Bibi-induced depression.

There’s so much I can say about the manipulation and deceit being instituted at the highest levels right now, but I don’t have the koach to do it.

Suffice to say that just as all the control-freak parents are doing to their teens right now – i.e. totally destroying their mental health and emotional resilience in the process of getting them back under the thumb with fear, guilt and coercion tactics – so the control-freak government is doing to the wider population.

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In a minute, I’m off for my last walk to the Kotel.

Bibi et al have decided that I can no longer walk down to the Kotel – even totally by myself – and as of this evening, I will only be allowed to walk 100 metres from my home.

Bibi et al have also decided that my husband can no longer go to shul, or dip in a mikva.

Bibi is 70 – the high risk age group! – but is still appearing in public flanked by way more than 10 people, none of whom are following the retarded ‘two metre social distancing rule’.

I see the police at the Kotel Plaza, and no-one is wearing face-masks or wearing gloves, and everyone is hanging out way closer than 2 metres to each other.

But according to the media, synagogues are the main way COVID-19 is meant to be being spread.

Surely, what’s going on here is now so obvious that even the most dense person has to acknowledge that ‘something’ isn’t quite right in this picture?

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I have an article all written up and ready to go about stats from Italy, amongst other things, that show that 99% of the fatalities there were over 60, and 99% of the fatalities there had multiple, pre-existing conditions.

But I don’t have the koach to put it up, not least because the Israeli government is now prosecuting people who dare to say that having 5 people over 79 (all of whom had pre-existing medication conditions) die from COVID-19 in Israel in the last month doesn’t add up to a massive death toll.

In short, I have yeoush.

What more can I write, what more can I argue, what more can I pray?

That’s what I told Hashem this morning, as I lay in bed also trying to fight off a gathering feeling of depression.

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But then, I opened up Hishtapchus Hanefesh (siman 50), and I’m going to translate the full section of what I read, below:

For in truth, there is no despair in the whole world! And every person needs to go through many, many things, before he merits to enter into kedusha (a state of holiness).

Who amongst us is greater than Adam HaRishon, who separated from his wife, and sat in complete teshuva for 130 years? And precisely then, in those 130 years, demonic spirits came and ‘warmed him up’ [a polite way of saying they enticed Adam to spill seed], as our rabbis taught us. And of course, this weakened his daat (spiritual awareness) greatly each time, and of course the baal davar (the Satan) put one over on him, and wanted to totally pull him down from his spiritual level, each time.

But on each occasion, he got a grip on himself, and didn’t move from his path of teshuva, that he continued until he merited to give birth to Shet (Seth) after 130 years. And from him, the world descended; the Patriarchs descended from him, and Moshe, and the Moshiach. And Adam HaRishon himself was a tzaddik and chassid all of his days, and died with a good name.

And even though we still need to tikkun (rectify) his pgam (spiritual blemish) in each and every generation, even so, if he hadn’t got a grip on himself and strengthened himself to rectify whatever he rectified, then the tikkun (spiritual rectification) would certainly have been way more difficult to accomplish for the tzaddikim who came after him.

And of course, [part of the soul of Adam HaRishon] is also present in each person even now, because this is the essence of the test, that he strengthens himself during all of the spiritual descents, Hashem should have mercy, and everything else that happens to him. And that he should accustom himself every day to start afresh, and to imagine to himself that he was only born today, etc.

Whatever he manages to have the merit of rectifying by way of his teshuva is certainly very good. And that which he doesn’t merit to completely rectify will be guaranteed (underwritten…) by the strength of the holy Tzaddikim, who possess the strength to transform everything for the good.

But only if we don’t despair of ourselves.

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Slowly, slowly, that message is sinking in.

I can’t prepare for every eventuality, I can’t fix everything that is still broken, both within myself and with my relationships, even though I’ve tried so very hard to do that, the last few years.

But Rebbe Nachman is teaching me that I don’t have to get the job totally finished.

I just need to do my very best, make the best teshuva I can make, then trust that the true Tzaddikim will be able to get the job finished, and to turn everything around for the good.

Personally, I can’t wait for that to happen.

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Confusion reigns about what is actually happening.

All week, Israeli officials have been hinting that we’re going to go into a full-blown lockdown where Israeli Home Command will be delivering food straight to the doorstep, and people will be totally forbidden from leaving their homes.

That’s what I feared was coming.

But now, Yeshiva World News reported that the lockdown that was actually introduced yesterday over the next seven days look like this.

(BTW, I double-checked back with the Israeli Health Ministry website guidelines HERE, and for once the reporting on YWN appears to be reliable. The original Hebrew version of these rules will follow the English.)

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The rules mandate that a person not leave their home at all except for one of the following reasons:

1) Going to or from work
2) Buying food, medicines and necessary products and receiving necessary services
3) Receiving medical services
4) Blood donations
5) Demonstrations
6) Unorganized sports of up to 5 people
7) Exiting a residence by an individual or people living in the same place for a short time and close to home
8) Leaving for a religious ceremony including a wedding or funeral or for prayers
9) Leaving to help a person who due to his age, medical issues or disability needs help
10) Leaving for a necessary reason not detailed in articles 1-9

Rules of behavior in public:

1) Keep a distance of at least 2 meters between people as much as possible, except people living in the same place
2) Up to 2 passengers in a private car, except for people living in the same place. Does not include a worker in an essential job.

Deliveries must be left outside the door.

None of the following businesses can be open:

1) Malls or shopping centers of 10 or more stores except for places selling food or hygiene products or pharmacies
2) All cultural institutions including discotheques, bars, pubs, event halls, gyms, swimming pools, water parks, zoos, safaris, petting zoos, bathhouses, movie theaters, theaters, libraries, museums and other cultural institutions, amusement parks, non-medical bodily therapy, places for holding shows and fairs, public boats, cable cars, nature reserves, national parks, heritage sites, and tourist attractions.

The following businesses can operate:

1) Restaurants can sell food to be eaten off the premises.
2) Places to sell food, pharmacies, stores meant mainly to sell hygiene products
a) The store’s management must try to keep people 2 meters apart if they don’t live together and mark places to wait on line
b) Avoid crowding in the stores and stagger entry of visitors

Any store not mentioned in 1 and 2 have to follow the rules in number 2 if they’re open.

Enforcement:

Managers and owners of a store or business who break the law can go to prison for six months or have to pay a fine.

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לאור האמור, מוצע לקבוע בתקנות באילו מקרים ניתן לצאת ממקום מגורים או ממקום שהייה קבוע אחר למרחב הציבורי:

1.    הגעה למקום עבודה וממנו, בכפוף לכך שמקום העבודה יכול לעבוד לפי התקנות שנקבעו לשם כך בנפרד.
2.    הצטיידות ורכישה של מזון, תרופות, מוצרים ושירותים בסיסיים או חיוניים אחרים
3.    קבלת שירות רפואי.
4.    תרומת דם.
5.    הפגנה.
6.    הליך משפטי.
7.    פעילות ספורט יחידנית, למעט במסגרת בני אותו תא משפחתי.
8.    יציאה ממקום מגורים לזמן קצר ובקרבת מקום, של יחיד או יחידים בני אותו תא משפחתי השוהים יחד במקום שהיה אחד.
9.    יציאה לטקס דתי, ובכלל זה לחתונה או הלוויה וכן יציאה לתפילה של עד 10 אנשים תוך שמירה של מרחק של 2 מטרים אחד מהשני.
10.    יציאה לצורך סיוע לאדם אחר שיש לו בעיה רפואית או קושי אחר הדורש תמיכה.
11.    יציאה לצורך חיוני אחר.

כן מוצע לקבוע בתקנות כללי התנהגות במרחב הציבורי שמטרתם יצירת “ריחוק חברתי” ומניעת הדבקה מאדם לאדם, ובכלל זה:

12.    שמירה על מרחק של 2 מטרים לפחות בין אדם לאדם, ככל הניתן.
13.    נסיעה ברכב פרטי, עד 2 נוסעים באותו הרכב. הוראות אלו לא יחולו על יחידים בני אותו תא משפחתי, או כאשר יש צורך חיוני בנסיעה של מעל ל-2 נוסעים באותו רכב.
14.    בכל הנוגע לנותני שירות, התקנות קובעות כי בשירות משלוחים למקום מגורים, המשלוח יונח סמוך לפתח בית המגורים ומחוצה לו, וכי ניתן לקיים שירות תיקונים חיוניים לבית מגורים.

כן נקבע כי אסורה כל פעילות מסחר, בילוי ופנאי במקומות המפורטים בצו –
1. קניון וכן מתחם קניות הכולל 10 חנויות ומעלה או שהשטח הכולל של החנויות במתחם עולה על 3000 מ”ר, ולמעט מקום למכירת מזון, בית מרקחת, או חנות שעיקר עיסוקה מכירת מוצרי היגיינה המצויים בקניון או מתחם כאמור: לעניין זה, מתחם קניות לא מקורה אשר סך החנויות בו, למעט חנויות שאינן מנויות בפסקה (2) להלן, אינו עולה על 10, יוכל להמשיך בפעילותו.
2. דיסקוטק, בר, פאב, אולם אירועים, מכון כושר, בריכת שחייה, פארק מים, גן חיות, ספארי, פינת חי, בתי מרחץ, בתי קולנוע, תיאטראות, מוסדות תרבות, פארק שעשועים, לונה פארק, עסקים לטיפול לא רפואי בגוף האדם, מקומות לעריכת מופעים וירידים, כלי שיט ציבורי, רכבל, מוזיאון, שמורת טבע, גן לאומי, ספרייה, אטרקציות תיירותיות ואתרי מורשת.
יחד עם זאת, נקבעו מקומות בהם מותרת פעילות מוגבלת בתנאים המפורטים בתקנות: בית אוכל ובכלל זה בית אוכל בבית מלון; מקום למכירת מזון, בית מרקחת או חנות שעיקר עיסוקה מכירת מוצרי היגיינה; חנות שאינה מהחנויות המפורטות בפסקה (ב)(2).

תוקפן של התקנות הוא למשך 7 ימים, ולאחר מכן ייבחן אם יש צורך להאריך אותן או לשנותן.

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This morning, I went down to the Kotel to pray – as allowed under point #8, above – and then went to the supermarket and bakery to get stuff for shabbat – as allowed under point #2, above.

SO, THE ‘LOCKDOWN’ IS REALLY NO DIFFERENT FROM HOW IT’S BEEN THE LAST 10 DAYS.

And if you look at that last point listed, #10, that permits:

“Leaving for a necessary reason not detailed in articles 1-9”

This still sounds like a pretty tame lockdown to me.

Is this a case of boiling the frog, and Home Front Command still intends turning it up to high heat over the next few days, a la the Soviet Union in its worst days?

I guess we’ll see.

But in the meantime, I got Day 17 at the Kotel under my belt.

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UPDATE:

Israelnationnews, HERE, has a clearer description of what’s allowed.

In plain English, it’s also permitted to go for a walk and a jog or do some other form of non-organized exercise; it’s permitted to take the family out for a drive in the car.

And it’s permitted for two people who aren’t related to drive in a car, too.

Don’t be scared, Am Yisrael!

This is all just a massive test of our emuna and our middot.

So pull on your walking shoes, and go do some hitbodedut outside in the fresh air for an hour. It’ll make a world of difference to your mood, and also your ability to cope with the difficult times we’re experiencing right now.

Today, I read the following signs up at the Kotel:

“According to the directives of the Ministry of Health, it is forbidden to kiss the stones of the Western Wall.”

Every day I go at the moment, there is some fresh madness, some new ‘announcement’ designed to put me off from praying to Hashem.

My husband gave up on trying to find a minyan at Kever Rachel – where they are strictly enforcing the no more than 10 people rule – and ended up praying in the Sephardi minyan up the road here, where people are still shaking hands then kissing their fingers afterwards, like they’ve been doing for 2000 years already.

Then, I logged on to the news sites (which I’ve started reading a few times a day again, primarily so I get some warning if they decide to shut down all the supermarkets or cancel all the buses) – and there was a whole parade of what I’m going to call:

Headlines that get me worried

But probably not for the same reasons they are getting most people worried. Let me list a few of them below, so you can get the flavor of how the police state we apparently all live in – regardless of what country we call ‘home’ –  is starting to come out of the shadows

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Worshippers told not to kiss stones at Western Wall; attendance limited

Government approves digital surveillance of Coronavirus police

No more touching – your life is about to change

Health Ministry approves experimental treatments for coronavirus

Due to recent instructions from the Health Ministry, MADA paramedics had to shave their beards to reduce being infected with COVID-19.

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Puhleeze!!!

How can anyone take this seriously?

Two months ago, when the State of Israel started going after Rabbi Berland and Shuvu Banim, they said then that Shuvu Banim was only going to be the beginning of a war against religion and religious Jews.

With the anti-religious Benny Gantz trying to become PM by sucking up to the Arab parties – exactly as Rabbi Berland predicted months and months ago – that war looks like it’s heating up.

The last two days, I’ve been taking my kids to a load of different places, trying to get ready for the apparently inevitable ‘lockdown’ that the authorities here keep saying is only a matter of time.

Never mind that of the 7000 people tested for COVID-19 in Israel so far, only 324 of them have it, and of those only 5 are in serious condition, and NO-ONE has died here at all yet, thank God.

Regardless of the facts on the ground, the lockdown appears to be coming.

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So, while I’ve been running around trying to prepare for that, I’ve been all over Jerusalem, refuelled my car in Shoresh, and been all around Gush Etzion and also Petach Tikva. And here’s what I’ve noticed:

Way more people in Israel are adopting a laissez faire attitude to Coronavirus than are taking it seriously.

There are still cafes and restaurants open, there are still ‘non-essential’ stores open and doing business, the number of people in face masks and gloves is minuscule (but strangely, face masks seem to be far more prevalent amongst the Arab residents) – in short, most of the people I’m seeing are just not buying all the government propaganda.

And while that’s true generally for a lot of Israelis, amongst the chareidi community, there is even less buy-in to the idea that normal life and Torah learning and praying and going to school needs to somehow stop just because there’s another virus on the loose out there.

And so, the battle lines are being drawn, between those members of the population who believe the government – wherever they happen to live – and those members of the public who really don’t.

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We live in such interesting times.

Rabbi Berland is sweetening all this COVID-19 stuff at its root, which is why the next week or so is going to be ‘hinge’ event where everything starts to turn around.

Right now, the government can still get away with imposing draconian measures on the public by using fear tactics and manipulation. But if the number of new cases doesn’t get more ‘impressive’ very soon, God forbid, and if the number of people dying from it stays at zero, God willing, the Israeli public’s patience with the circus that is going on here will start to wear very thin.

And then, things will get very interesting.

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One last thing to add, for now, is that I think this current panic is just a dry run.

I believe Rabbi Berland, when he says it will be sweetened and over by Erev Pesach, however unlikely that currently looks, but I also think that then there will be a short window of opportunity to learn the lessons of what’s going on now, and to make plans to move to Israel, if you’re currently abroad.

Because the next ‘birth pang’ won’t be long in coming, even when COVID-19 fades from sight.

Remember that wave of antisemitic attacks that occurred in the USA a few months ago?

I reported an unconfirmed statement from Rabbi Berland HERE that said the attacks would stop until the 7th day of Pesach.

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Sure enough, as soon as I posted that statement up, the attacks stopped.

But I’ve been wondering about that ‘7th day of Pesach’ thing ever since, and pondering what’s meant to happen then.

I’m not a prophet, so I don’t know.

But I do know that unless this COVID-19 concludes with the open revelation of Moshiach, we will need at least one more ‘birth pang’ to move us forward, and it’s common knowledge that they get stronger and more unbearable as the actual delivery approaches.

So don’t wait for the situation to be as difficult as it is right now, with COVID-19, to make your plans to move here.

There will be another short window.

But it won’t be there for long.

And things are only going to get more intense from here.

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Let’s give the last word to Shwekey. Press ‘play’ and dance along, because what else can we really do, at this point?

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Yesterday, I was talking to my brother in the UK, who kind of summed up what’s going on:

Half of me feels like this is an overhyped load of b*llocks, and half of me feels that this is way, way worse than we’re being told and is going to be a disaster. And I don’t know which half is right.

I get you, mate! I feel exactly the same way about all this Coronavirus stuff, but in the meantime it seems the whole world is turning into a Purim Shpiel.

Aussies are slugging it out over toilet roll, and the panic buying has spread to London, too, where my mum told me my dad was out trying to track down some Kleenex and kitchen roll before it all disappeared.

Tomorrow, he’s heading back into the fray to try to pin down as many tins of beans as he can carry…..

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And even in the Levy household, there was minor panic from the husband this morning when I told him that Italy had just put 16 million people into lockdown until April.

He went really quiet, his leg started jigging, and then after a minute he said to me:

Can we go and get some extra water, and bits, just in case?

Déjà vu!

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I instantly flashed back 10 years ago, when I was stockpiling tuna, packets of couscous and mineral water like a crazy person because the autistics were telling me it was the end of the world….

Back then, my husband thought I was totally nuts, but he went along with me.

This time around, I think stockpiling is totally pointless, but I went along with him, and spent an hour unexpectedly rushing around Super Sapir trying to fit 4 six packs of water into the trolley around various canned goods, big boxes of cornflakes and bumper packs of rice cakes.

When we got home, I asked my husband:

Do you feel better now, that we got two massive boxes of cornflakes and 20 tins of tuna?

He tried to tell me that yes, that had made some difference to his mood, but honestly?

We both knew that he was lying.

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All this stockpiling, what does is really do, except just delay the inevitable?

One of my kids told me that they want to be the last ones standing, if it comes to total apocalypse, God forbid, and I laughed in their face. Way, way better to be amongst the first ones to go, and to avoid weeks and months of agonizing panic and total fear.

And in the meantime…. I believe in Hashem, and I’m adopting the ‘no big deal’ approach to all this. Because whatever God wants, that’s totally fine with me, and I’m not going to start frantically trying to plant potato tubers in the patch of earth next to my house (like my oldest kid wants to) because there is totally no point.

If God wants me alive, He’ll make sure I have what’s required to do that.

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Ironically, I’m actually enjoying myself more than I have been for over 8 years right now, since we moved in to the new place.

I love the garden. I love the view. I love the space. I love that it takes me exactly one hour to walk down to the Kotel, kiss the stones and return to my home – the perfect hitbodedut route.

Today, I headed off to the Baba Sali, to pay a long overdue visit and to tell him that finally, that palace in Jerusalem that he promised me so very long ago – with a garden! – has appeared.

I always get a lot of clarity, a lot of insight at the Baba Sali, and today was no different. I got a ‘message’ about what’s going on to share with my readers, so here it is. Take it or leave it, this is what I wrote down:

“Love Hashem! He is doing all of this for the nation of Israel. How much we suffer is totally in our hands. Lack of emuna = fear = great suffering. The more you can trust Hashem, the easier this next part will be.”

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The second book of prayers from Rabbi Berland, including the special prayer to say to be protected from Coronavirus, is due to come out in the next couple of days. I’m sure it’s going to do something big, something massive, to change the whole equation again.

Each time those books come out, they coincide with some absolutely massive things happening in the world, that simply couldn’t be foreseen.

Also, Purim is almost here, when everything can turn around again.

I already don’t know the difference between ‘Mordechai and Haman’ at this stage, so I guess I won’t need to drink very much – at all! – to fulfill the mitzvah.

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And in the meantime, the Purim Shpiel continues in full force.

It’s got to the point where I literally can’t believe some of the stuff I’m reading, like Chief Rabbis telling us not to kiss mezuzahs, and synagogues putting out instructions to not kiss the Torah in shul because of Coronavirus. The world is getting madder by the second.

Everything is changing and nothing is. The world is hanging by a thread, and yet continuing on as though nothing is happening. It’s the end of civilization as we know it, and also just another day of the media totally hyping things up and lying through their teeth.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

It’s going to take another few weeks until we see if this really is a big storm in a teacup, or God forbid, the start of a massive, fatal pandemic.

And in the meantime….it’s Purim.

And this year, we’re all feeling that everything has tipped upside-down.

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UPDATE:

I just got sent this link for a Facebook page promoting Rabbi Berland’s Coronavirus prayer. I’m not on Facebook, but if you are, and you want to help tip the scales away from a massive pandemic, please do get the link around in whatever way that happens, in Facebook world. Here’s the page:

https://www.facebook.com/Universal-Prayer-for-Coronavirus-100113791621534/?view_public_for=100113791621534

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Rav Kanievsky just doesn’t sound like that, or speak like that….

I got the following message in my inbox:

Hi
I was curious if you have any recent documented response from Rav Arush regarding Rabbi Berland? And your thoughts on the audio going around from Rav Chaim Kanievsky??? What is one supposed to make of all this?
Behtzlacha
Thanks!

So then, I went to check out the actual audio from Rav Chaim Kanievsky, and of course, I knew where I’d find it: Yeshiva World News.

And so, I listened to it. And within half of a nanosecond I realised that the audio is a fake, for two reasons:

  1. Rav Kanievsky doesn’t sound like that.

I’ve heard recordings of him on a number of different occasions, and while there are some passing similarities – enough to perhaps fool someone who is very unfamiliar with his intonations and tone – this sounds like a really bad imitation.

2. Rav Kanievsky would never say what this person is saying – even if he believed it.

It’s just so, so convenient that this audio has apparently captured a full sentence of lashon hara about Rav Berland, saying exactly what the people who are ‘anti’ Rav Berland would just love for the Gadol HaDor to be saying about him.

Doesn’t this all strike you as just a little bit too perfectly scripted?

When people ask Rav Kanievsky complex questions or shailot, he usually responds with just one word.

And then, the questioner asks another few questions to clarify the intent, and again Rav Kanievsky responds with just one word, maximum two.

And here we have him, so conveniently, serving up a whole perfect soundbyte sentence, that if true is tachlis lashon hara, about a man that Rav Kanievsky’s own wife used to babysit for when they were neighbors in Bnei Brak, and who Rav Kanievsky’s own father said about him:

“You should know, he is an expert in the entire Torah, a holy man and a Tzaddik.”

And the Steipler Gaon was also someone who weighed his words very carefully.

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If you aren’t doing hitbodedut regularly, you have about 00000.1% chance of figuring anything out, about any subject, at this point in time.

If you are doing hitbodedut regularly, you still have 00000.1% chance of figuring things out on your own, but God will have mercy on you, and enlighten you with a flash of inspiration anyway, that helps to do the birur between bad and good.

The people who want an excuse to speak badly about Tzaddikim will continue to gullibly lap-up any of the awful ‘anti’ stuff being manufactured by the media, and will feel themselves to be self-righteous ‘big Tzaddikim’ for bringing this ‘information’ to other people’s attention – totally contrary to all the laws of lashon hara, which have not been suspended just because we happen to be discussing Rabbi Berland.

And the people who are trying to have a drop more yirat shemayim, and who are trying (and often failing….) to work on their arrogance, and their yetzers will probably continue to feel very confused by everything, but will keep their mouths shut.

Especially in public.

And in the meantime, let’s all just sit here and wait for this latest recording to be proved a fake, just like all the other stuff that conveniently surfaces in the media just as Rav Berland is in police custory, while the secular authorities try to build another case against him out of thin air and slanderous innuendo.

It’s all proceeding exactly the same way as last time….

Sigh.

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The last few days, I’ve been rushed off my feet moving house.

Baruch Hashem, God found us a gem of a rental very close to the Old City, and for only a little bit more than we were paying for the mold-infested place we ended up renting for two years in Baka, after my attempted house purchase went very, very wrong.

What can I tell you?

This is the first house I’ve ever lived in, that I can actually see myself staying in for a very long time… The fact that we’re just renting it, and not buying it, is admittedly a small obstacle to that, but to paraphrase an Uman song, God already brought us this far, and He can for sure take us all the way to that outcome, too.

If He wants to.

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And in the week I’ve been offline….

So much is going on, isn’t it?

We are heading into na’hafochu land, where the upside-down world is about to get tipped on its head, and that blanket that we were warned about a long time ago is getting shaken around a million miles an hour.

One minute we’re up, the next minute, we’re down. One minute it’s all great, fine, wonderful, and the next minute we can be sobbing our hearts out, and feeling like the world really is mamash about to end.

I’ve been whipped around from one emotional to extreme to another non-stop the last few weeks.

But the strange thing is that the very same day that ‘everyone else’ started really panicking about Corona Virus, and economic meltdowns, and war with Gaza, and a million other things…. I woke up feeling better than I’ve felt for a very long time.

True, that was also the day I moved house, and it definitely could be connected.

But also true, that I tend to pick up the energetic ‘vibe’, whatever God is sending down to the planet, 2-3 weeks before everyone else starts to feel it.

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I’ve been feeling pretty bad, since November.

And now, I’m feeling calm and quietly optimistic that the best is yet to come, and that there are going to be some magnificent spiritual surprises in store for Am Yisrael, and those who have been doing their best to hang on to their neshamas in the face of tremendous tests and challenges.

It’s going to come good.

I feel it in my bones.

And I also read a very interesting Likutey Moharan that I thinks links Azamra, or seeing the good in our fellow Jew, with the Corona Virus….

More on that soon, BH, once I’ve unpacked a little more, and have a bit more headspace.

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So hang on, dear reader. Rav Berland told us a long time ago that the lies would have to intensify to the point where none of us have any idea what is really ‘true’ and what is really ‘false’ anymore, before Moshiach will be revealed.

Judging by what’s playing out currently – and all the confusion we’re all feeling in every part of our lives, both public and private – I think we must be very close to that happening.

And that’s when things really start to get exciting.

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While I’m here, I just wanted to send ‘Nachum’ – the fake name, of someone who used a fake email to send me two obnoxious comments about what’s going on with Rabbi Berland, a quick message:

You are a nob.

I tried sending it to his email, but it was fake….

Gotta love that willingness to bravely stand up for your viewpoint, ‘Nachum’. What an awesome warrior for truth and justice you must be. I’m sure you’re making your mum very proud of you. Oh, and maybe up your meds? Just a thought.

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POSTSCRIPT:

After I wrote that small rant, I went and checked up the IP address of ‘Nachum’ – yes I can do that legally – and guess what I learned?

The comments were sent from an email registered to someone called ‘Namad’ in Jerusalem. Namad is an Arab name… (and the print out I got includes their real email and their mobile phone number. See? I can also act like a psycho when I want to.)

And so, the plot thickens. I’m starting to wonder just how many of the psychos out there commenting in all sorts of poisonous ways about Jews are actually not Jews at all, but anti-Semites trying to muddy the waters even more…

It makes you think, doesn’t it?

How many non-Jews have been stirring things up between Jews online by pretending to be kosher ‘Nachum’ from Jerusalem?

I have a feeling all this is going to start getting revealed in some very interesting ways, very soon.

TBC

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Today, I got an email from someone I’m close to who works on the Shuvu Banim website.

It was quite a simple email, hinting that there’s a possibility that the person could be arrested soon, in connection with the ongoing police investigation against the Rav.

My contact wanted to know if I could keep an eye on the English ravberland.com website, if that happened.

What can I tell you? I kind of freaked out.

I got on the phone to find out what’s going on, and I learned that seven of the Rav’s attendants are still being kept in prison – together with the Rav himself – and that another 30 of the people around him are due to be targeted by the police any day soon.

Where am I living?!? Soviet Russia, Pinochet’s Argentina, or a country that prides itself on being ‘the only democracy in the Middle East?

That’s what I was asking myself after that call.

Because when all is said and done, there is no crime involved in telling people they should pay sums of money for a pidyon nefesh, and there is no crime involved in receiving that money.

Everyone has free choice – it’s the whole reason why God created the world – and everyone can CHOOSE to believe what they want, and to give their money to whoever they want.

Rebbe Nachman defined free choice like this:

If you want to do something, you do it.

End of discussion.

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(Btw, if you want more background about the spiritual concept of pidyon nefesh  – as described in the Breslov tradition – you can find that HERE and HERE.)

True, sometimes the pidyonot don’t work out as hoped.

Sometimes, you can go to the best doctor in the world, and then still die on their operating table. Sometimes, you can follow the healthiest diet in the world, and still come down with stomach cancer. Sometimes, you can force-feed yourself mega doses of Vitamin C, and chew powdered turmeric all day, and drink your 3 litres of spring water chased with wheatgrass shots – and still get COVID.

Why?

Because God said.

Because this world is full of hidden tikkunim and loose ends from previous reincarnations that aren’t obvious at all.

Because there are no absolute guarantees in life, except that one day we’ll all die.

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What I want to know, is if the police are happy to go after Rabbi Berland for doing pidyonot, not all of which work, but many of which work miraculously amazingly well, are they also going to start going after all these doctors and their institutions who also make big claims that they can cure people for lots of money?

And if not, why not?

Even in my small bubble, I’ve heard so many stories of patients being charged massive sums by greedy surgeons for operations and procedures that still failed miserably, and often did more harm than good.

Where is the equality, here? Where’s the justice?

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In the meantime, after that call I got a little shaky.

I mean, I’ve written two books about the Rav with my real name on them… maybe that’s also now an arrestable offence in the Soviet State of Israel?

Maybe, putting up blog posts pointing out the obvious persecution, and the obvious foul play and corruption going on in relation to this latest ‘investigation’ into the Rav and Shuvu Banim could also land me in the clink?

Who knows?

If there were real legal rules being abided by here, real laws you could examine and clarify, there would clearly be nothing to worry about. Remember, Israel is the only ‘democracy’ in the Middle East!!!!

One of the few silver linings of this whole horrible situation is that it should be painfully clear to even the most ‘anti’ idiot out there that the Israeli Police are politicized, corrupt, and crossing every legal red line you can think of. If this is not about the pursuit of ‘justice’ – and clearly, it isn’t – then it does get a little stressful, pondering whether writing a book and a blog post could be enough to get me thrown in the slammer too….

Hopefully not.

But I still got a little shaky this morning.

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Sigh.

I wish all this confusion would disappear, already. I wish things would be easier, smoother.

Each day, I’m bowled over by something else to consider, something else to try to birur and clarify, something else to test my emuna and emunat tzaddikim.

I’m tired, God.

And still the madness continues.

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UPDATE:

I just got this via email from someone in Shuvu Banim:

moments ago Rav Berland was removed form the police interrogation room in a stretcher to the emergency room, exact situation not known. He’s been suffering from heart problems… this is the second time he passed out during interigations. the police have him hadncuffed to the hospital bed even after undergoing heart cath. please pray and share the link.

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They’ve started up a chesed fund campaign to try to raise money to free the Rav from the hands of the evil Israeli government – pidyon shvuyim, but it’s beyond crazy that this is happening in the supposedly ‘Jewish’ state.

You can see the campaign HERE – and it has approbations from many big rabbis, if you want a very good cause to donate to.

Man, how much lower can things go? BH, I’m off to the prayer gathering for the Rav at Kever Rochel now, happening at 7pm. Please also say some tehillim, do a tikkun haklali, whatever you can, to add your prayers into the mix. We need all the help we can get, at this point.

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Kicking off 7pm, on Wed 12.2.2020, at the Kotel

UPDATE: THE LOCATION HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM HEVRON TO THE KOTEL, THE TIME HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 7PM

You know, I’m totally knackered at the moment. Today is a little better than it’s been all week, but even though there is so very much stuff going on, I barely have the energy to notice, if you know what I mean.

This is going to be a mish-mash post.

First and most importantly, there is going to be another (hopefully huge….) prayer gathering taking place at the Kotel tomorrow, beginning at 7pm. If you want details on the buses etc, call the Breslov line (it’s in Hebrew – if I get more details in English I’ll update this post):

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Why should you bother going, and making all this effort to get out there and pray on behalf of Rav Berland? What do you care, right? What has it got to do with you, if the Israeli police are ramping up their persecution of the Rav and Shuvu Banim again?

Simple.

We aren’t praying for the Rav when we go to these things, we’re actually praying for ourselves.

We’re the ones that need all the help we can get, all the yeshuot, all the atonement for the billion and one sins we’ve been busy with since the last prayer gathering (just talking for myself of course….).

Personally, I have seen so many things move in my life in a good way, when I make the effort to be part of these prayer gatherings in Hevron. I don’t usually stay longer than an hour, and that’s OK. It’s just the effort to get there, and be part of it, that really counts.

So, come join me!

Unless of course your life is perfect and wonderful right now, in which case, I guess your motivation for trying to get this geula process moved on the sweet way probably isn’t so intense.

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Next on the list, I got emailed by a journalist from the online news station i24, who wants to potentially interview me about Rav Berland. I have very mixed feelings about doing that, because you can’t trust a journalist as far as you can throw them when it comes to reporting facts about Rabbi Berland.

So, I told him I’m happy to do a live interview that can’t be cut, manipulated or misrepresented.

I’ll be amazed if he still wants to go ahead, but we’ll see.

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Next, I’ve got the latest shiur for women to share with you, which is about ribui or, or how to cope with all this spiritual light that’s coming down ahead of Moshiach showing up, while still being able to actually function in the world down here.

It’s for women only, password protected and you can see it here:

(I had the wrong link up here, thanks to Rachel and Inna for letting me know. If you try this now, it should work as long as you have the password.)

If you want the password, you can get it by joining the Breslov Ladies mailing list here:

https://peoplesmarts.activehosted.com/f/3

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Next up, a reader shared the following, and I asked if I could post it up more widely.

They said yes, so here it is:

Message: I woke up this shabbos afternoon and told my wife that I just dreamt of the rav. In my dream I saw him in what resembled the barracks in the concentration camps, he was under his talis and learning a sefer. He asked me, almost rhetorically, “what does the Gemara say about the signs of moshiachs imminent arrival?” (paraphrased)

I tried asking him what Masechet, but did not get an answer. I automatically thought of this gemara:
אמר רבי זירא אמר רבי ירמיה בר אבא: “דור
שבן דוד בא קטיגוריא בתלמידי חכמים”

פרש”י: הרבה מסטינים ומלמדים חובה יעמדו
עליהם:

בבלי כתובות

Although I didn’t know the exact source until someone just sent it randomly on a WhatsApp group (which kinda put the icing on the cake and triggered me to send you this.)

Anytime I see the Rav in my dreams, they usually come with amazing significance and personal revelations. I always wake up so uplifted and happy, I know for certain that these dreams are real! On motzei shabbos here in NJ at around 10pm I saw the breaking news that the Rav was arrested and it all just clicked.

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And the last thing in this mish-mash post is that two days ago, my upstairs neighbor fainted in his apartment. He’s a healthy, young-ish man, so his wife freaked out when it happened.

Two ambulances showed up pronto, and that’s when we discovered that apparently there is a virulent strain of flu currently going around Israel right now, that causes people to faint. Thank God, that’s all it’s doing.

But it was another clear reminder just how much the Rav is actually sweetening everything with this Coronavirus outbreak, and why we need to keep close to him, and keep praying, even though if you feel the way I do right now, you have totally no oomph for anything much.

I’m meant to be moving house again in a couple of weeks, and because I know I’m moving on to pastures new, it’s kinda hard to find the motivation to keep the current place so ordered.

My daughter put is best when I asked her to tidy her room:

I don’t feel like tidying it up now, because I know I have to pack soon anyway, so I’ll just do it all then.

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I think in some way, that’s what is going on with all of us right now, too.

We can feel things are about to change, and that’s part of why it’s so very hard to get on with anything. My brain has been feeling like mush all week. Today, it’s a little better than it’s been, but clearly the amount of ‘stress vibes’ in the air has been tremendous, recently.

But like I told my kid, and like I talk about in the class above, life has to go on, while we’re waiting for Moshiach to show up.  There’s still mitzvahs to perform, people to help, tikkunim to rectify. And we still have to keep going in this world of asiyah, even though that’s coming so hard at the moment.

BH, when my brain grows back a little more, (probably after the atzeret tomorrow at the Kotel) I’ll have a more coherent post for you. But in the meantime, this is what I’ve got. We’ve been round this loop so many times, I have no more energy to even get excited about it all, either way.

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This morning, Rabbi Eliezer Berland was arrested. It’s 100% connected to the CoronaVirus.

Three days ago, on February 6th, 2020, the ravberland.com site posted up an article entitled:

“Rabbi Berland Explains The Spiritual Cause of the Corona Virus.”

That article quoted Rabbi Berland explaining that the Corona Virus n-2019 was:

“[S]preading due to the sins of pgmei habrit, (literally, ‘blemishing the covenant’), and also from the sin of eiver min ha-hai, eating a limb or organ from a live animal.”

The post continued that: [P]eople aren’t connecting the epidemic back to their true cause, i.e. human sins…and continued that if we don’t wake up, that this new coronavirus epidemic could even reach the shores of Israel, lo aleynu.”

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That post then took an apparently ‘unconnected’ leap over to a quote about when Moshiach ben David is coming, and then mentioned that Rabbi Berland:

“[H]as been returning to the subject of eiver min ha-hai, and connecting it back to the sin of the brothers in slandering and selling the Tzaddik HaDor of their generation, Yosef HaTzaddik.

In a nutshell, the Rav said that the main dispute between the brothers and Yosef was over whether it was permissible for them to eat eiver min ha-hai, or at least, to have the appearance  of that.”

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Next, that post brought the passage from Likutey Moharan I:83, where Rebbe Nachman said:

“When the Holy One wants to taste the positive mitzvos of a Jew who is a tzaddik, at the moment he is [still] an aspect of a ‘limb from a living [creature],’ (eiver min ha-hai) which is forbidden for consumption, and requires kosher slaughter to make it permissible.

“Therefore, it’s necessary that humiliation, [an aspect of] spilling of blood, an aspect of kosher slaughter, should come upon him.  This purifies the eiver min ha-hai [and makes it permissible].  Then Hashem can taste his positive mitzvos, whether one mitzvah or several mitzvos…”

(I highly recommended you read the whole thing, for context.)

Basically, it’s connecting eiver min ha-hai with the slander and humiliation that the Tzaddik takes upon himself, in order to prevent millions of Jews – and others – from being slaughtered because of deep spiritual tikkunim (rectifications).

This subject was covered in detail in the Knishta Chadar Newsletter from 5777 – almost three years’ ago. At the end of that article in Knishta Chadar, Rabbi Berland explained:

“AND THIS IS HOW THE TZADDIK SAVES THE WORLD FROM TOTAL DESTRUCTION.”

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In the FOOTNOTES for that piece, it spelled out how ‘Corona’ has the same gematria as ‘eiver min ha-hai’ = 367:

ק=100

ו=6

ר=200

ו=6

נ=50

ה=5

סה”כ 367

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אכל אבר מן החי

א=1

כ=20

ל=30

א=1

ב=2

ר=200

מ=40

ן=50

ה=5

ח=8

י=10

סה”כ 367

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Thursday, February 7th, 2020, the following appeared on the Shuvu Banim website:

The World Is Hanging By A Thread

This morning (Thursday) after finishing his morning learning schedule and immersing in the mikvah, Rebbi Eliezer Berland shlit”a said in a stern voice:

“THERE’S A TERRIBLE DECREE OF WORLD DESTRUCTION BY THE CORONAVIRUS.”

The Rav went on to explain that all of humanity including animals and plants are in danger of complete destruction.

And began quickly stating gematrias as to the spiritual cause of this terrible illness. Among others ben adam l’chaveiro the commandment which includes all interpersonal laws has the same numerical value as corona in Hebrew 363.

Open hearing this and seeing the look of concern on the Rabbi’s face, his attendant asked, “What should we do?”

Rav Berland answered:

“We will write a prayer and the decree will be cancelled. The prayer should be translated in all languages and read all over the world. With that the virus it will leave as quickly as it came leaving no trace behind.”

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In the meantime, I got contacted by the gabbai of a Lamed Vav, who told me to publicise that the authorities were lying about the true extent of the pandemic, and that 10,000 people an hour were being infected by the virus.

Separately, information started surfacing on the Taiwan National News site which appeared to show that the real mortality rate of this strain of Corona Virus is actually around 16%.

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HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED NEXT:

The call went out for volunteers to help get Rabbi Berland’s prayer translated, and within 24 hours, thanks to the hard work of some volunteers, and the generosity of a donor who paid for a number of additional translations, the prayer was available in 36 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Greek and even Arabic.

At that point, my husband had the idea to try to send out a press release about the special prayer the Rav had written about stopping the spread of the Corona Virus, to try to give it more traction.

Literally, the last hour before Shabbat fell in Jerusalem, we finished making the arrangements to get it sent out, and our PR guy told us the release would be out in the world by 4pm Jerusalem time today, Sunday February 9th, 2020.

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In the meantime, lots of things started to happen.

First, headlines like this started popping up on news sites all over the place – and remember, they are still hiding the true extent of the deaths being caused by this pandemic:

Real number of coronavirus cases ‘could be 10 times higher’ than figures suggest

A screenshot purportedly showing the real death toll of the coronavirus in China — putting it over 80 times higher than the official number — has gone viral. 

https://www.dailysabah.com/health/2020/02/06/real-coronavirus-death-toll-much-higher-chinese-hospital-employee-in-wuhan-says

Coronavirus more deadly than SARS as global death toll reaches 813

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And then this morning at 7am, I got a text telling me that Rabbi Berland, shlita, has just been arrested by the corrupt Israeli authorities, together with his wife, and a few of his attendants.

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Here’s the screenshot from the JPOST, where you can see the headlines about the growing threat from the Corona Virus and Rav Berland’s arrest side-by-side.

Now let me ask you something, do you think all this is some sort of ‘coincidence’?

It’s exactly what happened back in 2012/3, and again in 2015, when the Rav’s public humiliation and arrest coincided with the G-6 countries deciding to rip-up the agreement that they were secretly about to conclude that would let Iran start manufacturing nuclear weapons unhindered.

The Rav had been warning about Iran’s nuke for years, and telling his yeshiva that he would have to go into exile and face terrible humiliation for years, in order to neutralize the threat from Iran.

And then it happened, exactly as he said.

I wrote all about that, with dates and details, in One in a Generation Volume II, which you can get HERE.

And now, we see that the exact same thing is happening again.

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For months, the Rav has been ‘joking’ about needing to go back to prison again, and saying that this time the whole yeshiva will come with him, and they’ll just learn Torah in prison without any distractions….

Back in November, he said that he wanted 10 translated prayers a week put up on the ravberland.com site, to help him fight against the: “10 crowns of impurity.”

That’s exactly when all this ridiculous farce with the Israeli police began, as I wrote about in detail here:

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At the end of that article from November 10, 2019, here’s what I wrote:

So, I think this latest blood libel against the Rav is going to start shining the spotlight on the corrupt medical profession, and all the lies they like to tell about what’s really causing illnesses, and what’s really curing them.

In the meantime, Rabbi Berland has been warning for months that the situation is so bad, he’s going to have to take on a new disgrace that will make the last one look like a walk in the park.

I wrote about that months ago, here.

And it seems, that time has now come.

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This latest deadly outbreak of Corona Virus – so-called, because the protein spikes makes it look like a crown – apparently began in November. See this:

An Evidence-based Hypothesis that the Epidemic began in November 2019 or earlier and at a location other than the Wuhan Huanan seafood market: Major Implications.

Do you think all this is a coincidence?

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Lastly, there’s understandably been so much speculation about ‘why is it happening’, including the patently ludicrous idea that China is getting hit because it’s daring to stand up to America’s economic imperialism.

But if you take a careful look at what I set out above, a strong contender for the ‘spiritual cause’ starts to swim into clear focus.

I know it’s hard to piece it all together sometimes, so let’s set it out a bit more clearly, below:

CLUE 1:

Rav Berland explains that the virus is spreading due to pgam habrit and the sin of eiver min ha-hai.

CLUE 2:

Rebbe Nachman, in Lesson 1:83 of Likutey Moharan, equates ‘the Tzaddik’ with an aspect of eiver min ha-hai. He then explains that when this Tzaddik is humiliated and scorned, this ‘koshers’ the problem of eiver min ha-hai.

CLUE 3:

The Corona Virus outbreak has been traced back to a live animal market in Wuhan, a place where the Chinese come to buy live animals, including snakes and frogs, which they then cut the still beating hearts out of, to eat ‘live’.

This is the physical world / non-Jewish aspect of eiver min ha-hai.

CLUE 4:

We know that everything that happens in the world is designed to get the Jewish people to make teshuva.

So, given that principle, what’s the Jewish angle to this whole eiver min ha-hai idea?

Rabbenu tells us clearly:

Eiver min ha-hai is connected to the Tzaddik of the generation, who is humiliated and scorned, and willingly goes through all that in order to sweeten the harsh judgments and save the Jewish people.

Or to put it in other words:

Tzaddik of the generation              = Rabbi Eliezer Berland

Eiver min ha-hai                             = Rabbi Eliezer Berland

Humiliating and slandering Rabbi Eliezer Berland is the root cause, Jewishly, of the Corona Virus pandemic.

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So, to all the people who have written bad things about Rabbi Berland in the past, and gossiped about him, and stopped other Jews from coming closer to him and his Torah, here’s your chance – possibly your last chance – to make some real teshuva for what you did.

Today, the Rav got arrested, as part of his ongoing attempt to ‘sweeten’ the decree of the deadly Corona Virus n-2019 pandemic.

It’s just history repeating itself, another version of what happened back in 2014, when he got arrested in Zimbabwe on exactly the same day the Iranian nuke fizzled.

If anything, it’s way, way easier to see that this latest bunch of ‘charges’ against the Rav is just 100% government persecution. I’ve been documenting everything that’s happened as we’ve been going along, so it’s as clear as day to see that the whole thing is fabricated from start to finish.

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But the Rav is trying to save the world again, and God likes to give everyone a second chance.

The Rav asked to get that prayer around the world, in every language we can.

So, here’s the challenge:

Are you going to help the Tzaddik HaDor prevent this pandemic from spreading further and killing potentially millions of people, even if that’s going to cause you a little social anxiety and discomfort?

Or, are you going to continue to participate in the sin of eiver min ha-hai, and disdain and slander him?

As we can see, the people engaged in the sin of eiver min ha-hai – in all its aspects – are the ones dropping dead from this Corona Virus plague.

So chew this choice over carefully.

Your life could depend on it.

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UPDATE:

I just found this video when I was looking at possible connections between recent earthquakes in Wuhan and the Coronavirus outbreak. It’s not about earthquakes…. but it’s pretty interesting, for a bunch of other reasons, not least that 5G launched in Wuhan as the ‘test city’ in China on October 31, 2019. And as we all know, Trump is going crazy that China is outflanking the USA with its 5G technology.

Oh, and Bill and Melinda Gates’ Pirbright Foundation took out a patent for a modified coronavirus that they wanted to use as the basis of a vaccine for infectious bronchitis, in 2015. See the screenshot, from the patent office:

And now, in another strange ‘crown‘ link, I just found that Bill Gates has bought $5.3 million in stock in a firm called Crown Castle, which I’ve never heard of before, but which is apparently the leading provider of cell phone towers in the USA (40,000+) – and it set to skyrocket, if American 5G takes off:

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4241756-crown-castle-billionaire-bill-gates-quietly-buying-this-top-dividend-stock

There is way more going on here than meets the eye….

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UPDATE 2:

It just struck me that cutting live human fetuses up for ‘scientific experimentation’ also sounds horribly like all this eating beating snake hearts. Remember this post, also from November 2019? Something massively uck is starting to swim into view here….

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