Over Shabbos, I was reading the parsha.

(Occasionally that still happens 😉

We were in Vayetzei, where Yaakov runs away from his psycho brother, to try and find a wife in the home of his equally ‘difficult’ Uncle Lavan.

As I was reading, I was struck by the parenting paradigm that seems to characterize our holy forefathers of Abraham, Yitzhak and Yaakov – and that of Laban.

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To put it at its most blunt, whereas the Patriarchs and Matriarchs adopted a parenting paradigm that could be summed up as ‘put your kid first, ahead of your own interests’, Laban’s paradigm was the polar opposite.

Laban used his kids to further his own ends.

He ‘sold’ his daughter to Yaakov – as they themselves complain, in the parsha, not even giving them a dowry and instead expecting Yaakov to ‘pay’ for them with 14 years of hard work.

Then, when Yaakov wants to flee, Leah and Rachel tell him Go!!! There is nothing here for us, our father certainly won’t let us inherit anything together with his sons!!! And he didn’t even bother giving us a dowry when we got married, and all his calculations just boil down to what’s best for him.

Or in other words: Lavan didn’t really care a fig about his children, and on some level, they knew that.

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What does all this have to do with us, today?

The Torah is timeless, eternal, don’t you know? Don’t you know, that even today there are parents who will persistently put what is best for them, what suits them, what is most comfortable for them ahead of what is best for their kids.

Sometimes, this is blatant.

Sometimes, it’s clear that the parent is pushing a career, a course of action, a school, a decision, on their kids 100% because it suits them.

Even if it’s the worst thing in the world for their kid.

Other times, it’s way more subtle.

We parents tell ourselves we’re doing everything only for our kids, when we boss them around, use them as a passive ‘audience’ to talk at, push our own ideas and notions down their throats and then react angrily if they dare to disagree.

But if we were a little more honest, a little more humble, a little more willing to explore what’s really going on, inside ourselves, maybe, just maybe, we’d realize that sometimes, we’re actually acting in a very selfish way, when it comes to our children.

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I’d love to tell you that this ‘Laban style’ of me-first parenting is very uncommon, especially in the orthodox Jewish world.

But if I did, I’d be lying.

In the orthodox and not-so-orthodox Jewish world, I’ve seen a long line of parents abusing their children while hiding behind the cloak of kibud av’ v’em.

They rely on a warped understanding of the commandment to respect the parent, which they interpret to mean that the parent can do anything they want to the kid, and hurt them and let them down in any way they wish, and the kid just has to take it and carry on doing what the parent wants.

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Listen, I’m also a parent.

I’m also a flawed human being. I know how easy it is to use kibud av ve’em as a manipulative tool to avoid having to look ourselves in the eye and deal with our own bad middot, and having to make compromises, and having to put up with situations that we’d rather not deal with.

But if I’ve learnt one thing over the last few years, it’s just how much a parent’s mesirut nefesh can heal the soul of their child.

That means the parent is going to give the kid money, time and support – not expect it from their child.

That means that the parent is going to do their best to compromise and back down – not automatically expect that their word should be law.

And it means that as much as we can, we sacrifice what we want, what’s comfortable for us, what’s easiest and nicest for us to choose the path that is genuinely best for our kids.

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Your kid doesn’t want to marry someone from a background you feel comfortable with?

Your kid doesn’t want to join your family business and effectively ‘work for free’ to support you in your old age?

They don’t want to be so frum?

Or maybe, they DO want to be more frum?

There is no way they are going to university…. OR they dafka are going to university?

They do want to vaccinate your grandkids, they don’t want to vaccinate your grandkids….?

All these things – and more, way more – can cut through a parent’s heart like a knife through hot butter.

If we let them. If we adopt Laban’s parenting paradigm.

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What does Laban say to Yaakov?

“The daughters are mine and the sons are mine, everything you see before you is mine.”

When we treat our children as though they are our possessions, to do anything we want with, that’s parenting like Laban.

And if we continue parenting like Lavan, then at some point, for their own mental health, our children will have to leave us stealthily in the night, and run away somewhere far, far away.

For their own mental sanity.

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So, may God help us to put our kids first; to choose what’s right for them over what’s best or easiest for us, and to heal all the broken-hearted children out there (of all ages), who are still so hungry for the real love of their parents.

Amen.

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I had something of an epiphany yesterday evening.

I was in the car with my oldest daughter yesterday, as part of her levuyee 3 month period post passing her driving test, when she has to be accompanied by an adult.

So, we’re driving to Mahane Yehuda, and I was still in the bad mood I’ve been in for a week, on and off.

Suddenly, this song by Yaakov Shwekey started playing:

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I know God uses all sorts of different things to give us messages – even cheesy (but catchy…) tunes by Yaakov Shwekey.

So, I’m listening to it, and I hear these words:

“Life is the people we love
And what we give to one another
Loving is giving, giving is life”

And suddenly, a light bulb goes off in my head.

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The last few weeks, I’ve been struggling with a feeling that nothing really matters. 

I know I’m not alone in that. I see my kids, and my kids’ friends, and I speak to my own peers and relatives, and I know so many of us are struggling in this ‘Covid-1984’ reality, to really find meaning in life.

Suddenly, all the certainties got blown out the water.

The career really isn’t worth as much as we thought. Making enough money has become even harder. Any ‘certainty’ that remained has vanished in a puff of smoke. And all our ‘standards’ and ‘goals’ and ‘plans’ have dissolved, as well.

It’s hard to plan, hope and dream when we literally have no idea what the next 24 hours will bring.

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And then add on to that the tremendous difficulties and obstacles that we’re all encountering to do even basic mitzvot right now.

As well as the onslaught against holy places, yeshivot, mikvahs and synagogues, and the deliberate closures planned to coincide with every Jewish holiday, there’s also the ‘bog standard’ miniot that accompany every mitzvah.

Even stuff like going for a walk has got so much harder, mentally, wrapped up as it know is in 5 million internal discussions about mask-wearing, dodging the police, how fast to walk in order to be able to claim “I’m exercising”, and all the rest of it.

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So it is, that I’ve been in a place the last few weeks where I’m finding it hard to answer the question:

What is the point of all this?

What’s the point of getting out of bed?

What’s the point of writing more stuff?

Or cooking more things?

What’s the point of trying to build, to create, to unite, when there is just such a huge big enterprise of evil that controls the world (apparently….) and that just continues to destroy, degrade and divide?

I’ve been struggling mightily to answer that question.

And then yesterday, I heard this song by Shwekey, and it something clicked.

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Right now, the whole job is just to work on my bad middot, and to do kindnesses for others.

And also, for myself.

And that’s it.

It’s a big enough job, believe me.

The last few weeks, my tolerance and patience for anyone else has been really low, even for the people I love the most.

I see now, that it’s all just a mirror.

God is making us all super-sensitised to ‘bad’ so we can clean up our act.

But the corollary of that is that we are seeing ‘bad’ all over the place, because the time has truly come to deal with it properly.

Each of us has our own job to do, to clean up our act.

I certainly have a lot of work to do, to start seeing ‘the good’ again, and to stop focussing so much on the bad.

And when I do that, I know the world around me will also automatically start to look like a brighter, nicer and more hopeful place again.

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I went into a bit of a tailspin, the last couple of days.

That happens, doesn’t it? Even when we’re trying out best to have emuna, and trying out best to pray, and trying out best to keep ‘seeing the good’, there are moments, hours and days when we still feel down about what’s going on.

That’s what happened to me, on Friday.

Sunday, I drove up North with my husband, to the kever of Rava and Abbaye, near Tsfat.

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The kever is situated in one of the most picturesque parts of Israel, up a hill overlooking forest and green. It was gorgeous.

Inside, after a couple of minutes, I started to relax and to feel a little stronger, spiritually, again. Like it’s going to be OK after all. Somehow.

After 10 minutes, I was shocked when a friend from America walked in with her family.

I was doing hitbodedut, so I went outside for a bit, where God had arranged a nice fire for me to sit by.

Literally.

Someone had gone to the trouble of piling 4-5 logs on some embers – and then left.

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So, I did what I do best, and ‘fanned the flames’ until I got a good fire going, that I could sit next to.

After a few minutes, the friend from America came out, and we had a chat. She was there looking for some clarity about whether to stay in Israel, or go back to America.

While we were talking, she started crying a little bit, so I gave her some tissues.

A few hours later, she texted me that her father had died unexpectedly back in America – at exactly the time we were at the grave of Rava and Abbaye, when she started crying ‘for no obvious reason’.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

I guess God made the decision for her.

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In the meantime, she showed me a picture of the Rav being loaded into an ambulance barely 4 hours after having major surgery, to send him back to prison.

Because they are trying to kill him.

In case you hadn’t realised that.

My friend said to me:

A lot of things must need sweetening again. That’s why he’s choosing to go back to prison like this.

When she put it like that, I started to cheer up.

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That picture of the Rav showed that the ambulance was totally full of an impossible light – his aura was in full view again:

Ah, Rav.

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Part of the reason I got so down the last few days is that I’m sick to the back teeth of hearing about all these ‘false messiahs’ and false leaders, and false ‘prophets’, who really don’t know anything (at best…) and could well be actively misleading the public.

They are all over the place, with their ‘predictions’ and ‘warnings’ and red herrings, that are just pulling so many of us away from the real work to be done to get geula, which basically boils down to prayer and sincere teshuva for all our millions of bad middot.

But then I realised something yesterday:

The truth is starting to come out.

And all these ‘false messiahs’ are starting to be exposed for what they are, in big and small ways.

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Yesterday, I had a big urge to walk down to the Rav’s shul, on Ido HaNavi Street, and just go and be there a bit. I was doing hitbodedut as I walked, and by the time I got to the Beit HaRav, I was in tears.

My heart has been so full of sadness recently.

And some of that poured out, and down my face.

Ah Rav.

I miss your comforting ‘presence’ so much.

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When I told this to my husband, he told me:

The Rav didn’t go anywhere we can’t reach him. The Tzaddik is hai v’kayam.

When he put it that way, I started to cheer up.

Then, my husband asked me if I’d seen the latest ‘announcement’ about the Rav from the autistics on the hebrew Shuvubanim.org page.

I hadn’t, so I went to look. Here’s a little what it says, freely translated (Hebrew original first, for those who can read it for themselves:)

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“ועם ישראל אין זמן, משיח כבר פה, והוא פועל לעזור לכל היהודים. הוא פה בירושלים עיר הבירה, הוא שוכב חולה בבית חולים והרשעים לא נותנים לו מנוחה, מנסים לגמור אותו, חו”ש.”

Am Yisrael, there is no time. Moshiach is already here, and he’s working to help all the Jews. He’s here in Jerusalem, the capital city, he’s lying sick in the hospital, and the reshaim (evildoers) aren’t giving him any rest. They are trying to finish him, chas ‘v’ halilah.

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בכלל עצרו את הרב ברלנד בלי שום הוכחות שהוא עשה משהו מנוגד לחוק, ולא לקחו אותו בעדינות, אלא התנפלו עליו, אפילו שהוא לא התנגד. בשחרית כשהוא התפלל, הם תפסו אותו וזרקו אותו לרצפה, אפילו שהוא יהודי מבוגר בן 84. יהודי שסובל מנמק ברגל, עם בעיות בלב, עם כליה אחת, שלא התנגד להם, אבל הם קיבלו הוראות, לעשות כאילו שהוא מתנגד, להעניש אותו, ואולי גם חשבו שזה יהרוג אותו.”

Generally speaking, they arrested the Rav Berland without any evidence that he’d done something against the law, and they didn’t take him gently, rather, they attacked him, even though he didn’t resist [being arrested].

At shacharit, when he was praying, they grabbe him and threw him to the floor, even though he was an elderly Jew aged 84 years old. A Jew who suffers from necrosis in the legs, and heart problems, with one kidney, who didn’t try to resist them.

But they received instructions, to make it seem as though he ‘resisted’, in order to punish him, and perhaps they also thought that this would kill him. [God forbid a billion times!]

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“ומאז מעבירים אותו מבית סוהר לבית סוהר, והוא חולה מאוד וסובל מאוד. הוא הצדיק של הדור וזה מרגיז את הרשעים, כי הם לא מצליחים להרוג אותו. כמה שניסו בביה”ח להרוג אותו – לא הצליח להם. שלחו אותו מיד לבית הסוהר אחרי ניתוח של ארבע שעות. ברוך השם, הרופא בבית הסוהר אמר, שהוא לא יכול לקחת אחריות על בן אדם שהוא במצב גופני מאוד קשה, החזירו אותו לבית החולים.”

And since then, they’ve been shuffling him from prison to prison, and he’s very unwell, and is suffering greatly. 

He is the Tzaddik of the generation, and this upsets the reshaim, because they aren’t managing to kill him. As much as they tried in the hospital to kill him – it’s just not working for them. They sent him immediately back to the prison, after a four hour operation.

Baruch Hashem, the doctor in the prison said that he couldn’t take responsibility for a person in such a difficult physical state, so they had to take him back to hospital.

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“בבית החולים גם מענישים אותו, אבל הוא לא מפחד, כי הוא יודע מי הוא, הוא יודע שהשם איתו, והוא יודע שרשעים לא משנה מה הם עושים, הם לא יכולים לפגוע בו.”

In the hospital they are also punishing him, but he isn’t scared, because he knows who he is. He knows that Hashem is with him. And he knows that the reshaim, no matter what they try to do, they can’t really hurt him.

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“עם ישראל, כדי שהמשיח יוכל להילחם נגד הרשעות, הוא חייב את התפילות שלנו, זה נותן לו כוח להילחם נגד הרשעות. ואנחנו צריכים להתפלל עם דמעות, עם לב שבור, שתהיה לו רפואה שלמה, כדי שיוכל לחזור לבית הכנסת שלו, בשביל לחזור לקהילה שלו, שיחזור לעם ישראל.”

“הקהילה “שובו בנים” מחכה לו מאוד עם געגועים חזקים ועם הרגשה של יתומים, כי הוא התקווה שלנו, שהשם שלח לנו עם ישראל, וזה צריך לתת לכול יהודי את הכוח להתפלל עוד יותר חזק – שתהיה רפואה שלמה לאליעזר בן עטיא.”

Am Yisrael! In order for the Moshiach to be able to fight against the evildoers, he needs our prayers!

This gives him the strength to fight against the reshaim. And we need to be praying with tears, with a broken heart, that he will have a full recovery, in order for him to return to his shul, and to return to his kehilla, and to return to Am Yisrael.

The ‘Shuvu Banim’ kehilla is waiting for him, with great yearning, and with the feeling that they are orphans. For he is our hope, that Hashem sent to Am Yisrael.

And this should give every Jew the strength to pray with even more strength – that there should be a complete healing for Eliezer ben Ettia.

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“עם ישראל, העולם מבולבל ואלים ומפוחד. גם מדינת ישראל במצב הזה. הדבר היחיד שיכול להציל אותנו עם ישראל, זה שאנחנו נעשה תשובה מלאה, שאנחנו נתקרב מאוד לקב”ה. שאנחנו נתפלל על הרב שלנו (הרב אליעזר ברלנד בן עטיא), שכ”כ דואג לנו יום ולילה ומתפלל על עם ישראל בדמעות.”

“הרב שלנו שבוכה יחד איתנו על המצב האישי שלנו, של כל אחד בנפרד, ועל המצב הכללי הקשה שלנו. השלטונות יודעים שהוא מסוכן להם, שהם לא יכולים להרוג אותו ולא יכולים לעצור אותו, אבל הם בכל אופן מנסים עם כל הכוחות שלהם להעלים אותו מהעולם הזה, חו”ש.”

Am Yisrael, the world is confused, violent and scared. Also the State of Israel is in this condition. The only thing that can save us, Am Yisrael, is if we make complete teshuva, and come very close to HaKadosh Baruch Hu. 

That we will pray with our Rav [HaRav Eliezer ben Ettia, Rav Berland], who so very much cares about us, day and night, and prays for Am Yisrael with tears.

Our Rav, who cries with us about our personal situation, about each person seperately, and also about our general hard situation. The government[s] know that he is dangerous for them, that thye can’t kill him, and they can’t stop him.

But nevertheless, they are still trying with all their strength, to remove him from this world, chas ‘v’ shalom.

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“אבל, לא לדאוג עם ישראל, הוא באמת משיח בן דוד, הוא נשלח להציל את עם ישראל, אבל עם ישראל צריכים לרצות. אם כל עם ישראל יקח על עצמו לעשות תשובה עם כל הלב, אז בעתיד הקרוב נקבל משיח בשמחה וששון, אבל לא נראה שככה זה יהיה.”

But, don’t worry Am Yisrael! He is in truth ‘Moshiach ben David’, he was sent to rescue Am Yisrael, but Am Yisrael has to want [this]. 

If the whole of Am Yisrael will take it upon themselves to make teshuva with all their heart, then in then in the very near future, we will receive Moshiach with happiness and rejoicing.

But it doesn’t seem as though this is what’s going to be.

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“אנחנו, כל אלה שמאמינים באמת בגדלות של הרב ברלנד ומתפללים עליו עם כל הכוח, אלה ישרדו בקלות.”
“העולם רועד, העולם בסכנה גדולה, המקום הכי בטוח בעולם זה ירושלים עיר הקודש. והיום המקום הכי קדוש – חוץ מהכותל.. – זה החומה השלישית, איפה שהרב ברלנד גר, וכשהוא יחזור הביתה נרגיש את האור הקדוש הרוחני שייצא משם ויאיר את כל ירושלים, ובסופו של דבר את כל ארץ ישראל, ואפילו מעבר לארץ ישראל, לגלות…”

We, all those who truly believe in the greatness of Rav Berland, and who pray for him with all our strength, these [people] will easily survive.

The world is shaking, the world is in tremendous danger. [But] the safest place in the world is Jerusalem, the holy city. And today, the holiest place – other than the Kotel – is HaHomah HaShlishit, where Rav Berland lives.

And when he returns home, we will feel the spiritual light of kedusha that will come out from there, and which will illuminate the whole of Jerusalem.

And ultimately, [which will light up] the whole of Eretz Yisrael, and even beyond Eretz Yisrael, to the diaspora.

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“מה שאני כותב עכשיו זו אמת. אני יודע שהרבה יהודים לא רוצים להאמין בזה, אבל זו האמת. בעתיד הקרוב כל אחד, כל יהודי אמיתי, יאמין בזה, כי זו האמת…”

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What I’m writing here is the truth. I know that many Jews don’t want to believe it, but this is the truth. In the near future, each person, each real Jew, will believe this.

Because it is the truth.

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Read it for yourself, HERE.

And may God give us all the strength to finally leave all our ‘false messiahs’ and ‘false prophets’ behind, and to make the real teshuva required to get to geula, the sweet way.

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UPDATE:

There is a prayer atzeret for the Rav this evening, November 24th, 2020, in Hevron, between 8-10pm.

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I went over to the ravberland.com website, where I learned that Rav Eliezer Berland is back in jail.

Honestly?

That news totally depressed me.

Just when I was starting to feel a little bit of emancipation from the forces of evil, a little bit of ‘loosening’ of these whole, false COVID-1984 narrative, a little bit of hope – they put the Rav back in jail.

And they rushed him back to the Ayalon Prison a couple of short days after he’d finished having TWO major surgeries, both requiring general anesthetic.

It’s clear as can be that they are trying to kill the Rav, God forbid a million times.

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So I read that and started to feel pretty down, but I still had Shabbat shopping to do, so I headed off to the Mahane Yehuda shuk.

There was a massive depressed vibe all around.

There were gangs of ‘school playground b*tches’ all over the streets around the shuk. These playground bullies grew up, and now have a job working for the Israeli border police.

Everywhere I walked there they were, yelling at random people that their masks weren’t up over their nose, totally covering their eyeballs.

These police bullies were fanned out in a ring of 4 or 5, all with their long fingernails wagging aggressively in people’s faces, as they stabbed their teudat zehut details into their tablets, as a precursor to fining them for breathing.

I was bullied a lot in school by gangs of girls exactly like these. That’s what taught me to fight back. Except now, the bullies are wearing police uniforms and are sanctioned by the State, so fighting back will get me in a whole bunch of trouble.

God, how much longer?

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We parked the car in the underground carpark near the shuk, climbed out and headed off to the elevator, fumbling in pockets to find the mandatory mask. I had mine on, under my nose, by the time we got to the elevator stairwell, but my husband didn’t.

Some middle-aged ‘mask-hole’, with his pointless mask pulled all the way up to his eyebrows, immediately took my husband to task.

What are you thinking?!?!? Walking around like this without a mask?!?!?

Wait. Let me repunctuate that:

What?!?!? Are you thinking?!?!?

God forbid!!!

Don’t think!

Just follow the stupid, destructive dictates that clearly make no sense and are clearly serving another, nefarious, agenda to crash the economy as fast as possible, so we can all become modern-day serfs.

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I’ve got to the stage that my dislike of these misguided ‘do-gooding’ bullying mask-holes is getting so intense, I’m really struggling to not totally passul them as human beings.

Go!!! Go get the vaccine ASAP, as soon as it’s available!!

All the mask-holes should get priority service, let them get five shots of the vaccine, even. They DEFINITELY deserve to have it!

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We walked off into the shuk itself, and the whole atmosphere was totally depressed again.

Partially, it was the obvious, and obviously intimidating, police presence there. Some ‘tough guy’ psychopath motorbike cop had parked his big engine horizontally, across the shuk’s main external thoroughfare.

He stood there like some Borg footsoldier, in his threatening black uniform, helmet under his arm and glaring at all the passersby.

My husband whispered to me:

Do you think he practices that pose at home, in front of the mirror?

Without a doubt! I whispered back. Probably for hours and hours….

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I couldn’t wait to get home.

I rushed around like a person possessed, to get back to the comfort of my ‘bubble’ back home, and away from the police b*tches, and the mask-holes, and the Terminator wannabes.

I turn on the PC to type, and I discover that the Jpost is back to proclaiming propaganda that we will be having another, totally unjustifiable, lockdown on Chanuka.

Of course we will.

They put the Rav back in prison, and so we are all following him back to jail.

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What can we do? What can I do?

One thing I did was to head over to the ravberland.com site HERE, and to give a bit more money to help pay for the Rav’s lawyers. It’s a drop in the bucket, but it gave me a tiny bounce to know that I had contributed something, in some way, to the Rav’s cause.

I will try to pray more for the Rav to get out.

I will try to work on my emuna, that all this is actually for the good, and leading to a good place.

And I will try to work on my almost overwhelming temptation to passul all these people who are deliberately working for ‘bad’, and / or accidentally working for ‘bad’, by buying all the ‘COVID-1984’ propaganda, and continuing with all their self-deception and lies.

And apart from these things, I have nothing else I can do.

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Before we continue, some timely words from Rabbenu, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

A few weeks ago, when I was first heading into this whole genealogical minefield, I happened to pick up a copy of Tzaddik, and I ‘randomly’ opened it to page 388, where I read this:

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#464:

People had been telling the Rebbe all kinds of stories about various groups of people in Berdichov including, among others, some of the wealthy people there and also a number of popular leaders.

The Rebbe said:

“If we put all these stories about the various different kinds of people in Berdichov together, including the stories about these ‘Tzaddikim’, they all add up to nothing.

It is like a tree which grows in an orchard or a field among great numbers of other trees. Even in one tree there are all kinds of variations: there might be a branch where the leaves have withered, or places where the fruit has been spoiled because of a worm getting in, or there could be a branch where the fruit near the end has gotten spoiled.

There are all kinds of variations and imperfections even amongst the leaves and fruits of a single tree.

Yet the tree is still a tree, and the orchard itself, which contains large numbers of trees, is certainly still an orchard.

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“The meaning of this comparison should be at least partly clear to someone with intelligence.

Today’s world may well contain many people who are totally corrupt and others, who although they possess a certain decency, also have their various imperfections, including the so-called leaders.

Nevertheless, the holy tree is still a tree.

And even more so, the orchard which contains so many trees – namely souls – is still an orchard.

All the imperfections do not add up to anything.”

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Dear readers, I’m looking at our collective family tree, our collective ‘family orchard’, and I can tell you that there is a lot of withered leaves, rotten fruit and worm infestation going on here.

Before Moshiach comes, it needs cleaning out, the orchard needs a bit of pruning and tidying up.

In some ways, this is going to be a painful job.

Whenever I have to cut back my lavender plants, or lop some branches and twigs off my trees, I always feel a little sorry for my poor plants, that they have to be ‘operated’ on like this. But I do it, because I know that if I don’t the plant won’t thrive.

It needs some shaping, it needs the dead wood cleared out, so new, fresh growth can take place.

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Right now, we are at that part of the story where ‘something’ happens to flip the whole reality on its head.

Up until this point, people have been sitting there in their armchairs, believing that the Rav is the ‘bad one’, God forbid.

They’ve been believing all those news stories, all the breathless headlines from the Yeshiva World News and from Facebook, secure in their judgmental self-righteousness, that something like this could never be said of their Rebbe, or their group, or the public figures they support and admire.

But that’s just not true.

When all the truth comes out, I doubt there will be a person, a community, across the whole Jewish world who won’t be touched in some way, by its healing rays.

When that sun of truth finally rises, with refua in its wings, we’ve already been told that it will heal the righteous, and burn the wicked.

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The test right now is just to love our fellow Jew unconditionally, and to try to put ourselves in their shoes.

That doesn’t mean we excuse or justify bad. We can never excuse, ignore or justify ‘bad’.

But what it does mean, is that we don’t start lording it over people, and other groups, and arrogantly pointing the finger at them, and holding them in contempt, because we consider ourselves to be perfect.

There are a lot of withered leaves going on here.

There is a lot of rotten fruit.

Not just in our neighbors’ ‘trees’, but also in our own.

We are at the stage where very soon, it’s all going to be exposed.

And that’s when ahavat chinam, loving our neighbors and ourselves unconditionally – but without justifying ‘bad’ and ‘evil’ – is going to be what gets us through this next stage, and onwards towards the geulah and Moshiach.

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Remember what Rabbenu is telling us:

“Today’s world may well contain many people who are totally corrupt and others, who although they possess a certain decency, also have their various imperfections, including the so-called leaders.

Nevertheless, the holy tree is still a tree.

And even more so, the orchard which contains so many trees – namely souls – is still an orchard.

“All the imperfections do not add up to anything.”

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I think we’re probably going to get up to part 99 of this saga, the way things are going…

You know, I love a good mystery, and I love the ‘thrill’ of figuring things out. But I have to say, that even I am starting to be overwhelmed by all the twists and turns in the tangled web of ‘Jewish genealogy’ I’m caught up in the moment.

If you haven’t been paying attention, I’m trying to figure out a few things, not least:

  1. How exactly the Vilna Gaon and the Alter Rebbe are connected.

I know they are close family members – brothers, cousins, maybe even father and son, but I haven’t pinned it down exactly yet.

2. Why there are so many deliberate lies and distortions going on around the family trees of Yonatan Eybshutz, the Vilna Gaon, the Alter Rebbe and Jacob Frank (amongst many others…)

As I’ve mentioned, there are a few ‘gatekeepers’ on the geni.com website who keep popping up again and again and again, when I input certain family names.

Whenever I’m pursuing an interesting avenue, all the leads suddenly dry up, and it’s as though these people sprung fully formed from the head of Zeus.

No parents, no siblings, no other children…. always at those intersections where I would start to see how one group, one specific family, might link to another.

But Hashem is sending me more and more leads all the time, and BH, even with all the lies being told, we’re going to figure this out.

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3. How is it, that so many of the ‘leading lights’ surrounding the Vilna Gaon apparently had double identities as the leaders of the haskalah movement?

Let’s give a concrete example.

If you go HERE, you’ll find the following information about ‘Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin’, a leading figure in the community of Shklov and the surrounding areas (I’ve screenshotted all of this, to make sure it doesn’t disappear…)

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According to this rosy write up, Rav Yehoshua Zeitlin was a gaon, and a talmid of the Vilna Gaon and Rav Aryeh Leib Ginsburg, the Sha’agas Aryeh.

He was also wealthy – we’re told by this write up, from hamodia.com – and ‘supported many talmidim from his own pocket’.

Now it lists three of his ‘many talmidim’:

  1. Rabbi Menachem Leffin
  2. Rav Binyamin Rivlin
  3. Rav Boruch of Shklov

Here’s where it gets really interesting.

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When I went to look up ‘Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin’ (1742-1822, born in Kherson) – this is what I discovered.

He was a Baron – Joshua Von Zeitlin – and the main supplier for Potemkin’s Russian armies, during the Turkish-Russian wars that began in 1768. Count Potemkin was a favorite of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. You can read more about Potemkin HERE.

Here’s what the translation from an article in alef magazine (now mysteriously taken off line…) said about Baron Joshua Von Zeitlin:

“Yehoshua Zeitlin (1742–1822) is a personality not yet fully appreciated by historians. Meanwhile, he was the first prominent Jewish figure in Russia to combine deep rabbinical scholarship with a passionate desire to familiarize his fellow tribesmen with Russian public life. A prominent Hebraist and subtle interpreter of the Talmud, he at the same time highly appreciated Russian culture.

Yehoshua was a native of Shklov and came from a well-known and noble Jewish family…”

There’s more. Let’s continue. Another one of Catherine the Great’s boyfriends, Count Semyon Gavrilovich Zorich (1745-1799) is ‘retired’ to Shklov in 1777, where he soon creates a court to rival that of St Petersburg. Semyon has bad middot (to put it mildly…) and creates a very loose, immoral atmosphere in Shklov.

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Somehow or other, Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin and his brother become Semyon’s main helpers and advisors:

Yehoshua (together with his brother, who was sent by Zorich to Riga to buy antiques and “soft junk” there at a reasonable price) becomes his assistant. It is not known what exactly the Count’s assignments were carried out by Zeitlin, but there is evidence that in the 1770s and 1780s he often visited Berlin on the instructions of this tyrant.

Fortunately, from such voyages, our hero [i.e. Joshua Zeitlin] received not only commercial benefits, but also abundant food for the mind.

He became close to the leaders of the Berlin Haskala and became a frequent visitor to the house of the founder of Jewish enlightenment, “Jewish Socrates” Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1789). Friendship ties tied him with such prominent Maskilim as the Chief Rabbi of Berlin, Hirsch Lebel (1721-1800); the outstanding linguist and exegete Naftali-Hertz Wesseli (1725-1805); the herald of reformism in Judaism, David Friedlander (1750–1834), and others. (Emphasis mine.)

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Before I continue, let’s just recap what we’ve discovered.

On the one hand, ‘Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin’ is being lauded as a gaon and a tzaddik, author of the Amudei Gola sefer in the pages of Hamodia.

And on the other, we discover that he’s a leading proponent of ‘haskalah’ in Eastern Europe, and is hanging out with Moses Mendelssohn and others who were men known for pushing the ‘enlightened’ and ‘reform’ agenda.

What in the world is going on?

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So now, I wanted to find a screenshot of Baron Joshua Zeitlin’s sefer, the Amudei Gola, and God sent me another mystery.

First, here’s the screenshot of the book, from here:

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Sit down for this next bit.

The two people who gave Joshua Zeitlin’s book an approbation are R’Chanoch Henich Shick of Shklov – and the Baal HaTanya, Rav Shnuer Zalman Baruchovitch of Liadi.

Apparently, the auction house tells us that: ‘This is one of the few approbations of the Baal HaTanya that has seen print.’

So now, you tell me how it is that ‘Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin’s’ book has got an approbation from the Alter Rebbe, when he is described as being a close student of the Vilna Gaon.

And while you’re at it, please also tell me why one of the ‘few approbations’ of the Alter Rebbe should be found in a book written by a man who was a leading maskil.

And also, why Joshua Zeitlin is listed as the father in law of ‘Reb Alexander Sender’ – apparently one of the Alter Rebbe’s favorite talmidim:

Alexander Sender of Shklov was an outstanding chassid of the First Chabad Rebbe, a generous businessman of exemplary piety. When he passed away, the Alter Rebbe paid a condolence call to his father and testified that he had seen his soul “in exceptionally bright, shining garments” (Beis Rebbe). His grandson, Aharon, was the father of the fourth Rebbe’s wife, Rivka.

In fact, he was SO beloved by the Alter Rebbe that the 6th Rebbe, the Rayatz, wrote a whole chapter about him in his work ‘Her Husband’s Crown’, which you can read for yourself HERE.

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Hey, even more interesting!

That link that I had in the comments section on this post: https://rivkalevy.com/curiouser-and-curiouser/, linking to this: http://www.sichos-in-english.org/books/sefer-hatoldos-admur-maharash/15.htm – has now disappeared.

It seems Chabad have now taken the book offline.

(I downloaded it all anyway, because I had a feeling something like that might happen.)

But hey Chabad, what do you have to hide?

Why remove the sichot of the Rayatz, describing his ancestor’s family tree, and particularly his links to his follower, ‘Reb Alexander Sender‘, and the story of Rebbetzin Lea Golde Broda, mother of the 4th Rebbe?

(Honestly, I’m starting to have a theory about that, but let’s continue.)

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Let’s go back.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about ‘Baron Joshua Zeitlin’:

Joshua Zeitlin (1742 in ShklovBelarus – August 18, 1822, in KhersonNovorossiya) was a Russian rabbinical scholar and philanthropist. He was a pupil of the Talmudist Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg who was the author of Sha’agat Aryeh; and, being an expert in political economy, he maintained close relations with Prince Potemkin, the favorite of Catherine II. During the Turko-Russian war, Zeitlin furnished the Russian army with various supplies, and managed that business so cleverly that he was afterward appointed imperial court councilor.

On retiring from business in the civil rank of Court Counsellor, Zeitlin resided on his estate Ustzia, where he was occasionally consulted by rabbis with regard to rabbinical questions. He rendered pecuniary assistance to many Talmudists and scholars, and supported a magnificent beit midrash, in which many Jewish scholars were provided with all of life’s necessities, so that they could pursue their vocations without worries of any kind.

Among the scholars who benefited from his generosity were: Rabbi Nahum, author of Tosafot BikkurimMendel Lepin, author of Cheshbon ha-Nefesh; and the physician Baruch Schick

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Mendel Lepin = ‘Rabbi Menachem Leffin’ (1749-1826)

(He may well also be the same ‘Menachem Mendel Levin’ who authored a sefer called ‘Cheshbon HaNefesh’.)

Here’s what we learn about ‘Mendel Lepin / Lefin / Levin’ from the Jewish encyclopaedia:

LEVIN (LEFIN), MENAHEM MENDEL (1749–1826), early Haskalah author, translator, and educator. Born in Satanov, Podolia, he had a traditional Jewish education but also studied sciences, mathematics, and medieval philosophy in his youth.

From 1780 to 1783/84 Levin lived in Berlin, where he met Moses *Mendelssohn, through whom he established contact with the leaders of the Haskalah. …

Levin taught mathematics and philosophy to Czartoryski’s children, which was rare at that time, and dedicated his unpublished philosophical treatise, “Aus dem Nachlass eines Sonderlings zu Abdera,” to Czartoryski’s wife. When the great Sejm met in Warsaw (1788–92), Levin participated in discussions on contemporary problems.

Toward the end of the 18th century, he resided in Ustye and in St. Petersburg in the home of the wealthy philanthropist J. *Zeitlin, serving as tutor to his grandson. After 1808 he lived in Brody and Tarnopol, where his influence on the maskilim in Galicia, notably N. *Krochmal and J. *Perl, was so considerable that he is regarded as the father of the Galician Haskalah.

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Isn’t that shocking?

Yet again, we see that the people being lauded as the main disciples of the Vilna Gaon are one and the same as the people mamash leading the haskalah in Europe.

What on earth is going on here?

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I’m still  looking into ‘Boruch of Shklov’ and ‘Rabbi Binyamin Rivlin’, (amongst other things) so expect this series of ‘curiouser and curioser’ to continue for some time.

But there are some very serious questions bobbing up here about who exactly the Vilna Gaon really was, who his students really were – and what they really stood for – and how the Alter Rebbe and Chabad chassidut connects into this whole hot mess.

TBC

(Unless someone in 770 decides to try and take my blog out of action again 😉

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UPDATE:

Here’s what I found about Baruch Schick of Shklov:

He was another radical maskil, and another ‘student’ of the Vilna Gaon. And he’s connected to the Rabbi Chanoch Henich Shick of Shklov who gave approbations for that sefer, above, together with the Ba’al HaTanya:

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SCHICK, BARUCH BEN JACOB (also known as Baruch Shklover , from the name of his birthplace, Shklov; 1740?–after 1812), rabbi, physician, and one of the pioneers of *Haskalah of Eastern Europe.

Schick was ordained as a rabbi in 1764 and subsequently served as dayyan in Minsk. In his youth he was already attracted to the Haskalah and general knowledge. His first scholarly work and his other works were lost in a conflagration. He traveled to London to study medicine and there joined the Freemasons. After qualifying as a doctor he moved to Berlin, where he became acquainted with the maskilim of the town, including Moses *Mendelssohn and Naphtali Herz *Wessely.

In 1778, on his way back to Minsk, he visited Vilna and was in the group associated with Elijah b. Solomon (the Gaon of Vilna), in whose name he published a statement on the need for scientific knowledge for an understanding of the Torah…. He stated that the Gaon of Vilna advised him to translate scientific works into Hebrew in order to make their contents available to Jews….

After some time he settled in Shklov, and there he belonged to the maskilim whose needs were supplied by the wealthy Joshua *Zeitlin of Ustye near Shklov….

Schick devoted his energies to arousing his fellow Jews to the need for studying the arts and sciences. He regarded the neglect of the sciences as caused by the exile. He repeated the accusations of his predecessor, Israel Moses ha-Levi *Zamoscz, against the fanatical rabbis and leaders who persecuted and condemned the maskilim. To restore science to its former place of honor, he pleaded for a revival of Hebrew, in which scientific works intended for his people should be written.”

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UPDATE #2:

The link to the Chabad writings is working again. Baruch Hashem.

UPDATE #3:

Here’s a screenshot mentioned by Aliza, below, in the comments section, that comes from this book:

The Secret Doctrine of the Gaon of Vilna Volume II: The Josephic Messiah, Leviathan, Metatron and the Sacred Serpent

From what I remember from the comments of Netanel Simcha, who mentioned that ‘Metatron’ is the reason Acher turned into an anti-Torah heretic, it seems that this angel is back in the picture here, too.

The book is written by the descendant of the Vilna Gaon’s brother, R Avraham Ragoler, and sets out the Vilna Gaon’s ‘kabbalah’ connected to geula and moshiach.

You’ll notice that the Gaon apparently refers to HIMSELF as Moshiach ben Yosef….

Which is interesting, hey?

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Yesterday, I went to pray at Honi haMeagal’s grave, near Tsfat.

Ever since the first lockdown, back in February 2020, my husband and I have been careful now to ‘go somewhere’ on a Sunday.

This week, we headed off to the grave of Honi haMeagal (Honi of the circle), on the side of Hatzor HaGalil, on the edge of the beautiful Biriya forest.

(We were actually trying to get to the graves of Abbaye and Rava, but couldn’t find them. That’s another story.)

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Honi HaMeagal is the famous tanna of the 1st century who drew a circle on the ground and told God that he wasn’t going to step outside of it until God ended the drought in Israel and brought the rains.

There are different reactions to Honi’s actions in the Gemara, but his ‘brazenness’ with Hashem was jointly admired and censured by his fellow Sages. Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach, for example, initially wanted to place Honi in cherem, but seems to have changed his mind.

Read more HERE.

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So anyway, we’re there at a tomb, and there’s a large group of chareidi people there, eating and praying.

My husband went into the catacombed cave / tomb on the mens’ side, and I decided to go and pray on the hill just above the tomb, which had an awesome view over the Galilee towards Tiberius.

It was twilight, and it was so beautiful.

And I have to admit to feeling a little down.

Downstairs, I heard one of the men telling someone else:

“There is no work now. Work is gomarnu, finished, because of the Corona. All we can do is pray, and hope God will have mercy.”

It reminded me that so many people out there are secretly running out of the money they need to live. But we still haven’t had the obvious ‘breakthrough’ required to turn things around.

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So I sat there pouring my heart out to God, and feeling a little bit despairing about everything.

God, how is this ever going to get fixed? How is this ever going to turnaround? The forces of evil in the world seem to be holding all the cards. They have all the money, the press, the power, the political and business and ‘rabbinic’ connections.

How can we ever hope to overcome them?

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Just then, some ‘cuddly-bear’ Sephardi chassid plugs a mike in below, and starts talking about the importance of reciting the Tikkun Haklali:

The Tikkun Haklali can fix everything, it can rectify everything! He boomed out.

Rebbe Nachman taught that the Tikkun Haklali was even created before the world.

Everything can be fixed, everything can be rectified! We just need to say the Tikkun Haklali every single day!!

I sat there electrified.

The chassid then started loudly reciting the Tikkun Haklali, and I went for a walk down the hill, towards the tomb of Rabbi Abba Hilkiya, Choni HaMeagal’s grandson, who famously tried to tikken the evil eye of David’s rebellious son, Absalom.

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Honestly?

I’ve been finding it pretty hard to pray the last few months.

Over the last 5-6 years, I’d gotten into the habit of saying the Tikkun Haklali at least once a day, and often, three times a day. The last few months, I’ve barely said it.

I’ve run out of energy.

Maybe, some days, I’ve a little bit run out of hope that anything I can say or do will change anything….

But that chassid gave me motivation to pick things up, and to try and stick to saying the Tikkun Haklali at least once a day. Bezrat Hashem.

I started my way back up the hill, towards the chassid and Honi HaMeagal, who was now praying ma’ariv with such force, and such gusto, his voice was carrying all over the hills.

And when he said Shema, his voice broke and I saw him wipe away some tears.

Again, I was totally electrified.

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Before he put down his mike, tho, he gave over a few more words of wisdom:

They want to break us. They want to divide the Jewish people up, and to have us hating each other – sinat chinam – for nothing. The answer to this is ahavat chinam – to love each other. 

We’re here at the kever of Honi HaMeagal, who knew that the secret of bringing shefa (abundance) down into the world was achdut. That each of us should stand in an unbroken circle, together, with our brothers.

And that from this achdut, all the shefa comes, and all the corona and all the balagan it’s bringing into the world will be broken, and our righteous Moshiach will soon be revealed and will redeem us.

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I had chills down my back.

This guy was riffing off exactly the same theme that I’d written about here on the blog yesterday, that we Jews are all one family.

And that all the false divisions between us are wedges placed there by the forces of evil, to divide and conquer.

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In the car back home, my husband told me that the chassid was one of Rabbi Berland’s guys.

How did you know? 

Because he was davening with some of the niggunim of the Rav, he replied.

Honestly?

I wasn’t surprised.

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The Rav was meant to have a hearing last week, where the corrupt State of Israel was meant to have had their last chance to bring evidence that the Rav’s health is robust enough to keep him in prison, instead of releasing him to at least house arrest, until they bring their corrupt case to trial.

Instead, the State of Israel cancelled the hearing.

The reason they gave for cancelling was the Rav’s own deteriorating state of health.

Who can make this stuff up?

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Two days ago, they put up a plea for people to help contribute some money to fight the Rav’s protracted battles with the State.

You can read more HERE, and also donate the 500 shekels they are asking every family to give, to help get the Rav out of prison.

Make no mistake, that the Rav’s battles are 100% our own.

Just as Covid 1984 started in earnest when he was falsely imprisoned, so we will all get out of prison / lockdown / the world of lies when Rav Berland is released.

And the Sitra Achra knows this, which is why it keeps delaying… and delaying… and delaying…

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That same test has rolled around again.

It’s another ‘circle’ that needs completing, another ‘cycle’ that needs closure.

To be with the Rav, on the side of truth, on the side of justice, on the side of achdut and ahavat chinam – or to be against.

And I don’t know if there will be another chance given to pass it, before we move on to the next stage of this birur process.

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Go HERE to donate to the Rav and do the mitzvah of pidyon shuvuim (releasing captives), and to read more about the appeal.

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The research I’m doing into the Frankists is taking me down some very strange paths in Jewish history.

I started this project off because I was trying to get to the bottom of who is really behind the persecution of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, at least in Israel.

Initially, I thought it was a bunch of leftists, reform-minded Jews from America.

Then, it widened out to include a bunch of Torah-hating non-Jews who probably worship Moloch (and control most of the world….)

And now, strangest of all, I seem to be dealing with a bunch of externally ‘orthodox’ Jews whose belief system, internally, is anything but orthodox.

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This is a massive project, and I’m very wary of putting conclusions ‘out there’ prematurely, or even at all.

I’m not drawing conclusions yet because I still have no firm idea where all this is leading and also, because I’m discovering that so many of the famous names I’m researching often had different personas, or alter egos, that went by a totally different name.

And trying to pin it all down, and to really make sense of it all, is extremely challenging.

That said, there a few tidbits that I want to float past you, as the more of us who engage with this process on the soul level, the faster the birur of what is really going on will happen.

So first, here’s the thesis that seems to be unfolding:

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The 18th century was chock-full of ‘false messiahs’ and ‘prophets of Shabtai Tzvi’ who were either predicting that he would rise from the dead, OR who developed a doctrine that the soul of Shabtai Tzvi would reincarnate in the present generation, to lead the faithful forward.

Examples of the first route are Yehudah Leib ben Ya‘akov Holleschau, the false prophet of Prosschitz, who ‘prophesized’ that Shabtai Tzvi would rise from the dead in 1706.

(As a side note, Yehuda HeHassid lead his contingent of 1,500 (sabbatian) Jews to the holy land in 1700, as part of the attempt to be ‘ready’ for when Shabtai Tzvi showed up again.)

Yehuda Leib wasn’t excommunicated for publically teaching his beliefs by the then Rabbi of Prosschitz, Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt.

Why not?

Because Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt (the ‘Meirot Panim’) was one of his followers.

That’s an incredible piece of information, just let that sink in.

And do you know who else was one of Yehuda Leib’s students? Rabbi Yonatan Eybshutz.

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So, 1706 came and went, and when Shabtai Tzvi didn’t show up as promised – only then did Rabbi Meir turn against Yehuda Leib, banish him from Prossnitz and excommunicate him.

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An example of the second approach is Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt’s own brother, Mordechai Mokiach, who threw his hat in the ring as ‘the reincarnation’ of Shabtai Tzvi.

Mordechai Mokiach also wasn’t ‘excommunicated’ for Sabbatean beliefs. Quite the opposite – he was lauded, summoned to Italy by the Jewish community there, and also became a ‘famous personality’ in other communities, too.

Here’s a little about how Mordechai Mokiach (Eisenstadt, brother of Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt) was connected to another member of the Eybshutz family, Ber Eybshutz (also known as Ber Perlhefter):

(From HERE🙂

In the late 1670s and early 1680s, Ber became deeply involved in the Sabbatean movement as a maggid in the circle of Abraham ben Michael Rovigo (c. 1650–1713) in Modena.

He was instrumental in shaping the moderate wing of the movement after the death of Sabbetai Zevi. Though he initially pinned hopes on Mordecai of Eisenstadt (1650–1729) as a second redeeming figure, he later became disappointed and renounced his support.

His interest in the movement may have attracted the attention of the noted Christian Hebraist Johann Christoph Wagenseil (1633–1705), Professor of Hebraica at the Lutheran University at Altdorf, who employed Jews and converts as translators and informants in his Hebraist enterprise.

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Ber Eybshutz was a famous rabbi of his time.

Nobody excommunicated him.

Also, there is something just so strange going on with the geni.com website for all these famous people with Sabbatian links. Their family records are deliberately altered, dates are changed or omitted to disrupt the chain of descent, family members are scrubbed off, false spouses and siblings are assigned – all to make it so much harder to work out who these people really were.

And who their descendants really are today.

So I’m still working on trying to figure out how ‘Ber Eybshutz’ relates to Jonathan Eybshutz, and many of his other family members who were part of the continuing cult of Shabtai Tzvi within the orthodox Jewish community.

As for Mordechai Mokiach, his descendants changed their names to ‘Pick’ and ‘Berlin’, and quickly became leading figures back in the orthodox Jewish community again.

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Here’s some more strange things, that I’m trying to fit into the whole picture of what was really going on, back in the 18th century.

Did you know that Yonatan Eybshutz and the Vilna Gaon (!) were good friends? They were such ‘good friends’ that Yonatan Eybshutz even wrote to the Vilna Gaon, asking him to publicly support him in his argument with Yaacov Emden, over the infamous ‘Sabbatian amulets’?

This from Wikipedia:

In 1755, when the Gaon was thirty-five, Rabbi Jonathan Eybeschütz, then sixty-five years old, applied to him for an examination of and decision concerning his amulets, which were a subject of discord between himself and Rabbi Jacob Emden.

The Vilna Gaon, in a letter to Eybeschütz, stated his support of Eybeschutz but that he did not believe that words coming from a stranger like himself, who had not even the advantage of old age, would be of any weight with the contending parties.

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Recently, notarised copies of those infamous amulets turned up and were analysed by scholars.

They showed that they were Sabbatian in nature. Here’s the text:

“In the name of [YKVK] the God of Israel, who dwelleth in the beauty of His strength, the God of His anointed one Shabbethai Ẓebi, who with the breath of His lips shall slay the wicked, I decree and command that no evil spirit plague, or accident harm, the bearer of this amulet.”

So, how can it be that the Vilna Gaon wrote a letter siding with his ‘good friend’ Yonatan Eybshutz?

Increasingly, the idea is taking shape that most of the orthodox Jewish community of the 18th century – and especially the rabbis – was ‘Sabbatian’ to some degree or other.

Which is profoundly shocking, at least to me.

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I’m currently working on trying to figure out who Jacob Frank really was, in terms of his family connections, who his descendants married, and where the descendants of these other Sabbatean ‘prophets’ ended up.

I’ve already made some connections with Lea Golda Broda, the grand-daughter of Avraham Broda / Rovigo, the author of the Eshel Avraham, that are truly shocking.

But before I can really get to the bottom of this, my research keeps spiralling out further and further, into more unanswered questions about some of the biggest names in the Jewish world.

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Does it make sense, to you, that the Vilna Gaon would apparently ‘excommunicate’ the chassidim of the Rabbi of Mezritch and Chabad’s Alter Rebbe, while leaving obviously Sabbatean rabbis like Yonatan Eybshutz alone – and even writing them letters of support?

Does it make sense that Yonatan Eybshutz’s reputation would be so ‘whitewashed’ and revered, even in our days, when he was so obviously and clearly a Sabbatean?

Why is it, that the family trees of so many of our ‘big’ rabbis are so deliberately convoluted, mixed up and deceptive?

How can it be, that the Mittler Rebbe of Chabad had two daughters both called ‘Sarah’, and also two daughters with the name ‘Chaya’, and no-one thought that was odd?

How can it be, that apart from the descendants of Shneur Zalman, there is no-one else listed under the family tree of ‘Betzalel Lowe’, who was apparently the son of the Maharal of Prague? Everyone else on his tree apparently died young, had no children, or is unnamed.

Which is so very strange, because the family trees of ‘Betzalel Lowe’s’ brothers and sisters literally spew on for page after millionth page, in all their glorious detail.

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So as you can see, I am currently grappling with way more questions than I have concrete answers.

But I can tell you one thing for sure:

There is some sort of massive cover up going on here, that spans every part of the Jewish world, orthodox and unorthodox, Zionist and ‘anti’ Zionist, Litvak and Chassidut, ‘Israeli’ and ‘Chutzniki’.

And when (if….) I get to the bottom of what’s really going on here, I will finally have the answer to who has been persecuting Rabbi Berland – and the answer to many other ‘big mysteries’ of the Jewish community, too.

TBC

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Something strange was going on yesterday in Jerusalem.

Most of the shops in downtown decided to open – illegally – in total contravention of the Stalinesque government.

There were crowds of people all over the place, shopping (still in the masks, but that’s also going to disappear soon….)

And the police did nothing.

I know it’s not so obvious still, but something changed yesterday for the good.

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I walked downtown with my husband – for the first time in months – 99% of the time without a mask.

Then, I went off to the Kotel – which was also full of people – and said a tikkun haklali.

As I got there, a small chareidi girl ran up to me to give me a laminated prayer – it was from Rabbi Berland, on the topic of being saved from negative and destructive thoughts.

Just what I needed.

On the way out, another small girl ran up to me with a different laminated prayer from the Rav, this time for chinuch yeladim.

Again, just what I needed.

I have missed the Rav, and his quiet, reassuring influence, so much over the last 9 months.

There was meant to be a hearing to decide if he would be freed to house arrest at the end of October. I haven’t heard anything yet, about what was decided. But I think maybe ‘something’ moved yesterday, because you could feel a much happier vibe in the air than there has been for months and months.

At least, in Jerusalem.

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Yeah, for sure Biden stole the election.

That’s not even a question.

But personally, I’m pretty happy about that.

Now Trump’s plans for ‘peace in the Middle East’ and the ‘deal of the century’ have got derailed, and while the other side are also evil incarnate, because they have to at least pretend to be operating in a democrat fashion, it will take them a few months to put their ‘plans’ on the table.

And in the meantime, the geula will have unfolded even more.

It seems to me that all this chaos in the US – where these people, and the global interests they represent will be ripping each other to pieces for at least weeks, and maybe even months – is a total kindness from Hashem.

This way, they will be so busy with their ‘domestic agenda’, they won’t have the same energy to promote ‘deals of the century’, or to push vaccines down everyone’s throats.

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Oh, and one more thing.

Trump is a total psycho.

The way psychos operate is that if you cross them, or do something like obviously steal an election from them, they will never forgive, and never forget.

Trump’s only real power, even as president, has been in his Twitter account.

I expect to see him and his acolytes finally throwing all the ‘dirt’ into the public arena, very soon, as ‘The Talkers’ (see Rabbi Nachman’s story ‘The Cripple’, and also read the post below this one) finally take each other out, and good can finally sprout forth.

My guess is that he’ll do a much better job of clearing the swamp – including the part of it that he himself inhabits – out of office, than in.

So stay tuned!

From this point on, the only way is up.

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It’s blowing all over the world right now.

Posting has been slow on this blog, as I’ve been discovering earth-shattering bits of information that totally transform the picture of ‘real Jewish history’ that we’ve all been taught.

Or should I say, that we’ve all been brainwashed with, because once you start piecing together the real story, you start to see the holes in the ‘official narrative’ – a whole bunch of massive, big, holes – from a million miles away.

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I’m still drawing my conclusions, but here are a few tidbits, in the meantime.

I will paint a big picture in this post, where I’m just laying out the lay of the land, without giving the specifics to prove it. I’m still deliberating on what God wants me to do with all this, so in the meantime, I’m steering a cautious path against totally spelling things out.

For now.

So, here’s the deal.

The false messiah Shabtai Tzvi lived 1626-1676.

While he was the ‘figurehead’ for Sabbateanism, what is not really known is that many of the leading rabbis – and also the leading xtians – at that time were predicting 1666 as ‘the year’ that the messiah would show up.

So, they were looking for a suitable candidate to fit the bill, and the clearly mentally-ill, delusional (and yet very charismatic) Shabtai Tzvi fit the bill.

He was helped along by ‘prophets’ like Nathan of Gaza, who wrote most of his ‘theology’ based on a deep, but totally warped understanding of the kabbalah.

He was also supported by hundreds and even thousands of rabbis and kabbalists across the world, particularly in places like Amsterdam, Leghorn, Prague and Aleppo – anywhere with a strong contingency of marranos who had been steeped in xtian theology for 150 years +, and / or who had a strong tradition of studying and using ‘practical kabbalah’, aka black magic.

Which sad to say, was most of the Jewish world.

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So, Shabtai Tzvi converts to Islam, then dies a decade later, in 1676 – and the movement continues.

In arguments that sound just oh so familiar, his followers claim that their rebbe, Shabtai, is just ‘hidden’ from the world. They quote and misquote biblical passages explaining how the soul of this false moshiach is doing a massive tikkun, hidden away, and will return to the world soon.

There is a schism. Some followers believe that Shabtai Tzvi is going to rise from the dead – and make a big effort to get to Eretz Yisrael in 1700 to greet him – while others take their Sabbatian ‘theology’ off in a different direction, that again is a warped version of a Jewish fundamental truth.

The soul of Shabtai Tzvi is going to get reincarnated into the next contender for [false…] messiah, as there is a potential moshiach in every generation.

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Over the next few years, all sorts of people, both in the so-called ‘Ashkenazi’ and the so-called ‘Sephardi’ world throw their hat in the ring as a contender for the position of the next [false…] messiah, which will make them defacto the leader of the huge community of secret and not-so-secret Sabbatians, who are all over the Jewish world.

Some of them are relatives of Shabtai Tzvi like Jacob Querido.

This from Wikipedia:

Jacob Querido (‘the Beloved’, ca. 1650–1690, AlexandriaEgypt) was the successor of the self-proclaimed Jewish Messiah Sabbatai Zevi. Born in Thessaloniki, he was the son of Joseph the Philosopher and brother of Jochebed, Shabbatai Zevi’s last wife. Jochebed (also called ‘Ā’ishah following her conversion to Islam) claimed that he was the reincarnation of her late spouse, so that he might succeed to the leadership of Sabbatai’s followers.[1] He attracted a considerable following of his own, called Ya‘qōviyīm or Yakubiler.[1]

Querido converted to Islam taking his name as Yakup in 1687 and playing an important role in the Dönmeh.[2] He led his disciples on a pilgrimage to Mecca. He died in Alexandria on his way back.

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Then, there are pretenders to the throne that show up all over Israel, Italy and Podolia, too, the part of Poland / Ukraine that borders Turkey, and which is famous as the cradle of chassidut.

Ashkenazi Sabbatean False Moshiachs include (but is not limited to):

Yehuda Leib ben Yaakov Holleschau of Prossnitz – who is supported in his claims, at least for a while, by Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt, the Rav of Prossnitz.

(Oh, and by the way, Rav Meir just happens to be the Rosh Yeshiva of Yonatan Eybshutz… Does that name ring a bell?)

Clearly, Rav Meir is a very upstanding, honest and sincere sort, because his own brother, Mordechai Mokiah, also claims to be false messiah at this time, too.

This from the Jewish Encyclopaedia entry, 1906:

MORDECAI MOKIAḤ (called also Mordecai of Eisenstadt):

Shabbethaian prophet and false Messiah; born in Alsace about 1650; died at Presburg May 18, 1729. The death of Shabbethai Ẓebi (1676) seems to have encouraged his followers, who claimed that he had returned to his heavenly abode and would come back in three years to finish his Messianic task.

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Click on the links, to get more details of who this people were, and also who some of their descendants are. But believe me, this is still only the tip of the iceberg.

If you’re bored, you can also check out the following names of more false messiahs from this period:

Joshua Heshel ben Yosef Tzoref

Yehuda Hasid (who famously tried to ‘ascend’ to Eretz Yisrael in 1700, with a large group of Sabbatians, to await Shabtai Tzvi’s second coming.)

Avraham Rovigo – Whose father was Moises (Michael) Broda, and who wrote the book Eshel Avraham. 

Barukhiah Russo

Chaim Malakh – who was instrumental in developing large communities of Sabbatians in Podolia, and linking them to other Sabbatian communities around the world:

This from the Jewish Encylopaedia:

 [H]e served as an emissary and a link between different Sabbatian factions.

The pattern of his travels reveals the existence of a clandestine Sabbatian network spanning Europe and the Ottoman Empire.

Malakh was initiated into all major branches of Sabbatian theology. after his initial flirtation with the moderate Sabbatianism of Rovigo and Kohen, he accepted the much more radical doctrines of Primo (advocating the deification of the messiah) and Barukhyah (calling for annulment of the commandments)…. Malakh’s main impact was in transmitting the teachings of the Turkish Sabbatians to Europe, especially to Podolia. It is likely that many of Jakub Frank’s early disciples came from the communities established by Malakh.

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Point being, that when the notorious Jacob Frank showed up, he was just the latest of wannabe ‘fake messiahs’, pretenders to Shabtai Tzvi’s throne (and massive audience of followers.)

Again, let’s spell this out clearly:

‘Sabbateanism’ didn’t die with Shabtai Tzvi.

A new religion developed, often clothed externally in very pious ‘orthodox Jewish’ garments, that was basically an amalgamation of xtian and Jewish beliefs about fixing the world and the coming of the Moshiach.

Many of the leading rabbis all over the world were ‘secret Sabbateans’, followers and promoters of this new variant of Judaism, oh so similar to xtianity in some deep ways, and many of these people continued a double life of being ‘frum Jews’ in one setting, and being ‘secret Sabbatean believers’ behind closed doors.

On top of that, many of these people (who also happened to be wealthy merchants and businessmen) travelled all over the world.

And also had different identities and names (and probably also families….) in different places, too.

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So it was, that you could have an ‘Avraham Rovigo’, known Sabbatean prophet, who was apparently the leader of the Italian Sabbatean Kabbalists, but at the same time, you could also have an ‘Avraham Broida’, scion of a famous Prague family and ABD in Eastern Europe.

It’s the same guy.

And that piece of information has very profound consequences for us, and our Jewish community, of 2020.

In the course of writing this post, I tripped over another massive bit of evidence to show just how ‘profound’ this connection is.

But for now I’m keeping shtum.

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Let’s leave you with this disturbing thought:

Most of the people we were taught to revere as being very pious individuals over the last 400 years were actually very closely linked to Sabbateanism and / or Jacob Frank.

Frank’s descendants mamash married into some of the most ‘prestigious’ families you can think of, but all this was carefully covered up, so that you and me wouldn’t know it.

What’s more, Frank’s descendants and followers are on all sides of the equation.

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They are in leading positions both within Eretz Yisrael, and without.

They are in the Knesset, and they are in Bnei Brak.

They are on the ‘left’, politically, and also on the ‘right’.

They are ‘secular’ and ‘assimilated’ – and also super-frum.

And they have been joining with a particular group of non-Jews to run the show all over the world for the last 250 years.

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So that is what we’re up against.

And that is what I am up to my eyeballs trying to research at the moment.

Who these secret Sabbatian / secret Frankist people WERE then, and who their descendants are NOW.

And the answers are totally mind-blowing.

TBC

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