But of course, it doesn’t always feel like that.

Israel is apparently going into another totally unnecessary lockdown from Sunday, and I’m struggling a little to deal with the fact that these evil people are still continuing on with their nefarious agendas.

It’s pretty demoralising.

Not least, the idea that I feel so powerless to stop them, or to do anything that will make a difference.

But really, that’s not true.

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God is controlling the world.

Only God.

And just as Joseph HaTzaddik ‘unmasked’ himself before the brothers, Hashem will ‘unmask’ Himself from behind all the pain and craziness that’s currently going on, which is really just a test of our middot.

All this cleaning out the pipes, it’s drawing those lines in the sand that start to clearly delineate who is doing what, which side people are really on – the side of truth, or the side of lies – and to encourage all of us to get down to the work of forging a real connection with God.

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At the same time – I have never found it so hard to do hitbodedut.

I wake up and just stare at the walls for an hour, instead of doing al netilat yedayim and getting on with my prayers and my hour of talking to God.

BH, I still manage to do it at some point in the day, but I know from past experience that when I find it hard to talk to God, it’s because I’m angry at Him.

I’m angry that innocent teenagers are being killed in cold blood by the evil Israeli police.

I’m angry that we’re having to go into yet another lockdown, supported by the usual tissue of propaganda and outrageous lies.

I’m angry that God has let the Jewish people be lead and mislead by a bunch of evil, two-faced narcissists who are really only interested in money and power.

I’m angry that Moshiach isn’t here already, clearing this mess up.

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That’s my work right now.

To admit I’m angry, and then to take that admission back to God, in hitbodedut, and to try to turn it into emuna and bitul, acceptance of God’s will.

It’s hard.

But that’s the whole point.

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Yesterday, the Israeli police killed a 16 year old Jewish boy from Bat Ayin.

The official story is that the boy and his friends were ‘throwing stones’ at Arab cars, and then tried to escape from the scene at high speed, where the car they were travelling in overturned, injuring some occupants, and killing Ahuvya Sandak, the 16 year old from Bat Ayin:

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It hurts the heart to see his picture.

And I don’t believe the ‘official story’.

Why?

Because for hours and hours before the story was finally released to the media, Zaka and other medical professionals weren’t allowed access to his body.

And for hours and hours before the ‘official story’ appeared in the press, my daughters were telling me rumors of how the Israeli Police had deliberately run a vehicle off the road, killing a boy, somewhere in the hills of Shomron – and were now desperately trying to cover up what they’d done.

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Because no medical personnel, or Zaka, were allowed access to the scene of the death, my daughters told me that Zaka themselves started circulating pictures to the boy’s family, so they could start raising some hell on social media, to try and derail the police cover-up.

I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard this.

But of course on some level, I could.

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The Israeli Police – and the rest of the ‘security’ apparatus in Israel –  lost my trust a long, long time ago.

All this stuff with Covid-1984 has just deepened what was already a big problem.

We knew they were faking cases against ‘hilltop youth’ to advance their own agendas of ‘divide and conquer’.

We knew they were faking cases against Rabbi Berland, and not a few other rabbis who conveniently died of weird illnesses after being taken into custody on charges that then disappeared in a puff of pixie dust.

But to stoop to this?

To premediated murder of a teenage boy?

The mind boggles.

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UPDATE:

You can see a picture from the scene HERE, that clearly shows damage to the front of the ‘undercover’ police vehicle that rammed into the back of Ahuvya’s vehicle, flipping it off the road, and killing him. I’m screenshotting it here, too, as the ‘official story’ being told on sites like Ynet is already distorting the facts, as part of the police cover up.

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And here is the bald-faced lie on the YNET page, part of the police cover up:

“Other passengers claimed that the undercover vehicle in which police were traveling, hit them in the back. Photos from the scene showed the vehicle Sandak was in, had been damaged in the front.”

YNET of course doesn’t share any of those pictures, because if they did, you and me would know they are lying through their teeth and deliberately distorting the truth.

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UPDATE 2:

Rav Berland is calling for 50,000 more Tikkun Haklalis to be said by this coming Friday. Here’s the message I was just sent in Hebrew, I will try to translate it ASAP:

ב” ברה”ק בה”ב *שימו לב כל אנש הודעה חדשה וחשובה מאד מהצדיק!!!* הרב התקשר לאחד מאנ”ש ואמר לו בזו הלשון: *”תגיד לכולם שחסרים לי עוד 50 אלף תיקוני הכללי”* ‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️ 50,000 תיקונים!! להתעורר אנש היקרים להרביץ תיקונים כלליים באש להבה בע” יתברך כולנו ביחד נביא להרב 50 אלף תיקוני הכללי עד עשרה בטבת (יום שישי הקרוב) שהוא יום הדין על בית המקדש והגאולה (חתם סופר). ידוע שרבינו אומר *”המשיח יבוא ע”י אנשים פשוטים שאומרים תהילים והם ישימו הכתר בראשו!”* 👑 להתאבד על זה בכל הכוח *אין עולם יש רק תיקון הכללי* ונזכה כהרף עין לגאולה ברחמים אמן ואמן !!

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ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

Pay attention, all of AN’SH (Breslov), there’s a new, very important message from the tzaddik (Rav Berland):

The Rav contacted someone from AN’SH and told him in these words:

“Tell everyone that I am missing another 50,000 Tikkun HaKlalis.”

50,000 tikkunim!!!!!!

Wake up, dear AN’SH, beat out some Tikkun Haklalis with fiery enthusiasm for Hashem Yitbarach.

All of us together, we can bring the Rav another 50,000 Tikkun Haklalis before the 10th of Tevet (this coming Friday), which is a day of judgement for the Beit HaMikdash and the geula (According to the Chatam Sofer).

It’s known that Rabbenu (Rebbe Nachman) says that the Moshiach will come thanks to the simple people who recite tehillim, and that they will put the crown on his head.

Make an effort to do this with all your koach (strength). There is no ‘this world’. There is only the Tikkun Haklali.

And we should merit to have the geula the sweet way, in the blink of an eye, amen and amen.

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Even if you only manage one a day, it all still adds up.

Please do whatever you can, clearly the fight between good and bad is mamash heating up again.

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Just now, someone who gets the Whatsapp messages from Shuvu Banim sent me this over email, which I’m reproducing below:

1) A Jewish mother of 6 in Shomron was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist while running in the park

2) A 19 yr old Jewish boy was murdered by Israeli police when a police vehicle purposely knocked the car off the road while driving at high speed

3) A Palestinian opened fire with an automatic weapon at the entrance to the old city in Jerusalem. B’h no one got hurt in this attack. Bottom line is that we should say this tfilla daily or several times a day.

Three terror attacks in one day. The situation is starting to heat up. This tfilla that the Rav wrote is very powerful. And tfilla should be said regularly to prevent further escalation The Rav wrote it about twenty years ago.

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Here it is in Hebrew, and then English translation below.

Tatty, it’s enough already!

Please rescue us from all this madness, Hashem, and all these evil, yucky people who are continuing to rule over us, and to tread us (and the rest of mankind…) into the mud.

It’s enough Tatty!

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Rav Berland prayer

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English Translation:

Master of the world all powerful who can do anything.

Merit me from now on to feel the terrible suffering of the Jewish people and the Jewish blood that is spilled in the cities street day and night until there is no house which does not have dead.

Therefore, I come before you Master of kindness and mercy, please have mercy and compassion on the flock that is being led to slaughter because before You, all the secrets are revealed and all of the concealed things from the beginning of creation.

And I only yearn and desire and plead to You that You Yourself should fix everything that I messed up.

I hereby return in teshuva and I yearn only for You like it says like a deer yearns by the water so too my soul yearns for You G.od.

And I know faithfully that I am at fault for all of the terror attacks, all of the catastrophes, all of the terrible murdering.

This is only and solely because of my defilement of the brit that caused all of this terrible catastrophes to happen.

Therefore, I came to plead before You, Master of compassion, that Your greatness has no comprehension, to merit me to completely fix my pegamei haBrit and may I merit from now on to guard my eyes and not to cause any defilement at all in the holy covenant, G.od forbid.

And through this may the verse be fulfilled that the sparks of holiness which the other side has swallowed up will now be vomited out and all of the holy sparks will return to the rightful place.

And through this, the holy and awesome soul of Rabeinu our Master will be drawn down once again and the complete redemption will come very very soon, in the blink of an eye.

Amen netzach selah vaed

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May Hashem avenge his blood, and give his family comfort among the mourners of Zion.

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UPDATE 3:

Ahuvya’s family have filed a complaint against the police officers involved, asking they be prosecuted for murder.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/293565

Here’s a little of what their attorney, Menashe Yado of Honenu, wrote:

“The information in our possession now and no doubt is also in the possession of the investigating authorities clearly shows as follows: The police vehicle hit the back of the vehicle in which the boys were traveling. The assault was carried out at high speed. The rear-ending pushed the vehicle in which the boys were travelling tens of meters. As a result of the collision, Ahuvya was killed.”

“These circumstances establish a strong indifference on the part of the police officer to the most probable result of death. As painful as it is to suspect a police officer of murder, this is the conclusion that emerges clearly from the evidence and there is no escape from an investigation into this charge.” 

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Sadly, the chances of them obtaining justice from the State of Israel is hovering around 0%….

We know that, from everything that’s gone on with Rav Berland, and others.

Only when the Rav finally gets out of prison is this evil klipa finally going to self-destruct. 

May it be very soon.

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Let’s go back to Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s seminal teaching on seeing the good.

I bet for every one person who commented or emailed me here the last couple of weeks, there have been 500 at home in a state of high agitation.

I know, believe me I know, it’s been an intense few weeks here on the blog, hasn’t it?

One thing seems to be shining out from everything we’ve been learning together the last few weeks, and that is that God wants us to think for ourselves.

And to build a genuine relationship with Him, because there is just no telling how ‘bona fide’ any of the spiritual mentors we have in our world really are, without that direct connection to God.

In this post, I just want to flag up some important points, address a reader’s question, and then set out some signposts for other blog posts that I highly recommend you go back and read, in order to have more of an answer to the question of how do we deal with all this new information.

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First, let’s sum up where we’ve got to:

  1. We have reached that stage in history where no-one can fall back on their yichus, and expect that this should confer some automatic superiority over anyone else.
  2. We have learnt that the same family trees, the same nuclear families, have produced both the biggest saints, and the biggest sinners in the Jewish world.
  3. Rabbenu’s path is always one of showing the ‘important people’ that they still have so very much work to do, spiritually, whilst also showing the ‘lowest of the low’ that they are still incredibly important and valuable to God. That process has been going on in spades all over this blog, the last few weeks.
  4. Most of the Jewish community, most of the State of Israel, seems to be under the sway of people with distinctly Frankist tendencies and connections.
  5. All these people are connected to each other behind the scenes, and are also pushing a ‘transformative’ agenda where orthodox Judaism is surpassed by some syncretized, ‘one world religion’, together with other weird Frankist ideas about loving nature, and turning everyone into the Borg.

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I think that sums up the main points.

Now, what do we DO about all this?

First, let me answer the question someone sent me over email:

Since Rav Lazer’s enemies accuse him of being a Sabbatean (I should know: When some of them contacted me, that’s exactly what they said, and I have it in writing), his defenders need to make clear why he is not one.

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Here’s what I responded to them:

1) The BESHT’s mirror principle is always in operation.

What we accuse others of, is what we ourselves have an issue with.
I covered that idea in detail in THIS POST, and here’s a snippet of it that’s relevant to this particular discussion:
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The Tzaddik is just a mirror.

Those people who have pretensions to lead the nation, and to be the big enchilada and the main spokesperson for Am Yisrael¸ they look at the Tzaddik and they see a false messiah peeking back at them.

Abusive, angry people who want to ‘force’ others to do what they say, and think the way they think come near him, and they start to believe, incredibly, that the Tzaddik is an abusive, angry, controlling person

Self-righteous people who like to pretend they are perfect get a glimpse of the Tzaddik, and they come away convinced that he’s a hypocrite who is hiding a whole bunch of horrible sins underneath his flawless exterior – just the way they are, themselves.

People who are obsessed with making money, or miserly tightwads who are allergic to the idea of paying out 10% of their income to charity come close and all they see is dollar $ign$ – it drives them bonkers that people pay money to the Tzaddik for pidyonot!!!! They can’t stand it!!! How has that guy figured out how to dupe people into paying him large amounts of cashfor free???!?!?!?!

Innately immoral people who support taavah-dik lifestyles look at the Tzaddik and see someone who’ll stop at nothing to gratify his own lusts and desires.

And the list goes on and on.

(It’s a side point, but it seems obvious that the Tzaddik’s most outspoken critics tend to be the most troubled people, for the reasons outlined above. They’re getting ‘triggered’ all over the place by all the ‘uck’ that’s reflecting back at them.)

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Take a look at the people who have been in the forefront of slandering the Rav, and judging him so harshly, and then understand something profound:

The faults they were pointing out in him, are exactly their own faults.

This is also brought down in the Gemara.
The article below sets out those sources, and also explains how Moshiach is going to fix all this, and all the issues involving mamzerut and negative ‘yichus’ when he finally shows up:
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My correspondent also wanted to know how we can know who was really a Sabbatian, and who wasn’t.

It’s a profound question, and a profoundly difficult one to answer, as the fault of the Sabbateans was (originally at least) subtle and rooted in deep kabbalistic gymnastics and mistakes about the role of the ‘Tzaddik foundation of the world’ – the single most complicated topic to get our heads around.
Also, this problem actually predates the Sabbateans, and even predates the Marranos, and probably is exactly the same ‘problem’ that we saw over by Yoshki.
Very great people have stumbled into terrible errors over this.
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There is a tradition that there were actually only 5 souls throughout history who had this Tzaddik foundation of the world connection, which is linked to some radically different Torah light entering the world.

Those five souls were:

  • Moshe Rabbenu
  • Rashbi
  • The Arizal
  • BESHT
  • Rebbe Nachman

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This are souls of ‘yechida’ – oneness with Hashem, that encompass the whole Jewish people.
I’ve written a lot of different things about these subjects on the blog, and I highly recommend going back and re-reading the following posts:
https://rivkalevy.com/moshiach-ben-yosef-vs-moshiach-ben-david/ – This sets out the difference between the ‘real’ Moshiach, who actually gets us to geula, and the false Moshiachs, who try very hard to get to geula, but fail.
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The following comment, from Hannah, basically sums up the main gist this post. Hannah writes:
IMHO, the test is humility.
Why?
Because the Gadol haDor is an aspect of Moshe Rabbenou who was the redeemer of Erets Mitzraim. And we know that the geoula shelema will mirror yetzias mitzraim.
How?
We will be redeemed by the aspect of Moshe Rabbenou anchored in the Tzadik of the Generation.
Moshe Rabbenou was despised by the Hebrews in Egypt. 1/5 of them left Egypt where 4/5 stayed stuck there believing that Moshe Rabbenou was the leader of a cult. What was the sole and only feature which HaShem Yitbarach was looking for in the Redeemer?

Humility.

Someone who was able to nullify himself for avodat HaShem. Someone who would accept all humiliations just to be at the service of the one G.od. Someone who would run away from the honors and all the VIP treatment of men.
This is the birur, everything which is made with self-sacrifice, lishma, deserves to be added to kedousha.
Everything which is made to get rewards, honors, admiration of men goes to the Sitra Acha, the other side of holiness.
Let’s apply this test to currents of Judaism or their leaders and you have the answer. Most of them did tremendous good things, this is undisputed. But one has to ask itself whether this work when to kedousha or to sitra acha.

My conclusion being, these leaders did not fulfill the main condition for bringing the redemption, by revealing the or haganouz as they lack humility (politics is 100% the opposite therof).

Redemption is about bringing light into this world which can only be done through nullification.
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And the test of having some humility and compassion also applies to us, too.

All those people so quick to point the finger at others, and to pretend that they don’t have any issues on their side of the fence – no bad people, no ‘false messiahs’, no greedy, money-laundering ancestors with big beards….
God wants all of us to understand that in an instant, in a second, all our yichus, our pretensions to be better than others, our assumptions that we don’t have any problems, that we are right, and everyone else is wrong – all that could be flipped on it’s head.
And so, it behooves us to judge our fellow Jew with way more understanding, compassion and humility, but without whitewashing their bad behavior, or justifying it, or excusing it and accepting it.
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This is about continuing to respect the other person, and trying to understand the ‘good reasons’ they had for acting in such sick and perverted ways, but without accepting the evil itself.

Because it could so very easily be US in that situation.
(And when Moshiach comes, all the truth is going to come out, and it really, really could be US who suddenly discover that WE were the ones holding up geula, and destroying the world.)
So we need to judge and relate to others with the same compassion we would like to have, if the shoe was on the other foot.
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If you’re having some difficulties with Azamra – I hear you!
Take a look at the following articles, that may be helpful:
https://rivkalevy.com/how-to-do-azamra/
https://rivkalevy.com/false-messiahs-and-azamra/
https://rivkalevy.com/the-40th-day/
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I’ve written a few different things trying to set out the difference between ‘authentic Judaism’ and what you can basically sum up as the main Sabbatian / Xtian / Frankist error.
Judaism teaches that the Tzaddik is just a composite soul that contains a spark of all of us, and so all of us have work to do, to fix the world, specifically by working on overcoming our bad middot and developing real emuna.
As Rebbe Nachman put it:
We can’t do it without him, but He can’t do it without us, either.
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By contrast, all these false messianic traditions teach that the ‘savior’ shows up, and fixes everything without any input from the rest of us, and essentially acts like God in the world, as God has ‘delegated’ everything to him, and is no longer interested in how the world is functioning.

It’s subtle, but the difference is literally all the world.

In the authentic Jewish version, each of us has a a job to do, a crucial role to play, and Hashem is overseeing every little aspect of life on planet earth, every single second.
In the xtian / Sabbatian / Frankist version, we are all going to get ‘saved’ by the false messiah, who is the embodiment of God in the world (God forbid), and there is nothing more to do than just ‘believe’ in that false messiah guy when he shows up (or more specifically, comes back from the dead).
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This article develops this basic idea in more depth:
https://rivkalevy.com/what-did-shabtai-tzvi-jacob-frank-believe/
But in terms of ‘knowing the truth’ – about anything – there is still only one answer:

We all have to ask Hashem to show it to us, individually, via hitbodedut.

It comes back to that idea of really starting to think for ourselves again, and of taking responsibility for our own lives, our own souls, our own connection to Hashem.
That’s also at least part of why God is making so many of our rabbis come out with disappointing statements about things like taking a Covid vaccine.

The time of shortcuts, of relying on other people – even great people – to do the hard spiritual work required for us to really have clarity and truth are over.

God wants our hearts, He wants a real connection, He wants us to talk to Him every single day, and to beg Him to show us the truth about what’s really going on, and what He wants from us.

And I don’t think there is really any other way.

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So, to conclude:

Truth is pouring out of all the cracks and crevices, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.

It’s a ‘sun with healing in its wings’, and it will heal the righteous, and burn up the wicked.

But the good news is that it’s very easy to get yourself out of the ‘wicked’ category, and into the ‘righteous’ side of things:

Just come clean, and admit you (and your ancestors, and your ‘tribe’, and your family) aren’t perfect.

That’s it.
As soon as that happens, and we understand that really, we aren’t so different from all those other people we like to criticise and slag off, then all the finger-pointing, self-righteousness, slanderous comments and holier-than-thou judgment calls will disappear by themselves.
Because we’ll start to treat others more fairly, and with more of the compassion we use to justify and excuse our own mistakes and human failings.

And then we can really get down to the work of identifying exactly where things have gone wrong, and get on with the job of repairing them properly.

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In the process of updating the last post, I started researching ‘The Elijah Institute’.

I’m leaving those updates in their original place, too, for context, but the more I’m looking at it, the more important information I’m finding. So, I decided to also make those updates into their own post, and to ‘update’ that, here.

Here’s where we got to, so far:

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Putin has his very own Chabad rabbi, too, called affectionately Berel Lazar.

Putin really likes R’ Berel. This from Wikipedia:

In 2004, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an edict to honor him with the Order of Friendship. This award was presented for the contribution made by Rabbi Lazar to developing culture and strengthening friendship between nations within Russia.

In December 2004, he was honored with a national public award, the ‘Minin and Pozharsky’ Order “for his great personal contribution to strengthening the moral and cultural fabric of the Russian State and for reviving spiritual life and religious freedom in the country”.

In June 2005, he was awarded the Medal “60 Years of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945”. He received the medal during the 19th session of the Russian ‘Pobeda’ (Victory) Organizational Committee.

In September 2005, he received the ‘Peter the Great’ First Class Order. The diploma attached to the Order explains that the Chief Rabbi was honored with this award “considering his activities in advancing inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations, and his great contribution to the spiritual rebirth of Russia’s Jewish community and to strengthening Russian state”

It should also be noted that:

Rabbi Lazar is an advocate of interfaith dialogue and sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for The Elijah Interfaith Institute.

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UPDATE:

First, just to make it clear:

There are loads and loads of tremendously good people who are part of the Chabad movement.

I’m writing here about the institution, and it’s corrupt leaders, not about the many good Jews who mamash have poured their heart and soul into trying to serve Hashem, and the Jewish people the best way they can.

I’ve come to see this kind of like the IDF, or the State of Israel.

The institutions and the leadership and the ideology are corrupt.

Most of the people within it, tho, like the seeds in a pomegranate, are good and holy.

And also, being kept in the dark about what’s really going on.

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That said, there are SO MANY things that we can’t just keep closing our eyes too.

Remember this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyI3pYQqdNQ&feature=emb_logo

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R’ Berel Lazar, Putin’s personal ‘rabbi’ is part of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, as referenced above.

He’s such a big part of all this ‘interfaith’ stuff, he’s even get medals and honors from Putin to reward him for his work in this area.

Here’s a little of what Wiki has to say about it:

Elijah Interfaith Institute is a nonprofit, international, UNESCO-sponsored interfaith organization which was founded by Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein in 1997.

The mission of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, encapsulated in its slogan “Sharing Wisdom, Fostering Peace,” is to foster unity in diversity, creating a harmonious world. Through its various activities, Elijah deepens understanding among religious leaders and scholars, and through them, spreads its vision to their various communities….

Headquartered in Jerusalem, Elijah has offices and representatives in different countries, and holds its activities in multiple international settings.

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Even more concerning is what you find on that organisation’s own website, HERE:

The Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders is unique in mission and scope. It brings together an unparalleled group of religious leaders from all over the world in a profound exchange of ideas that leads to deep engagement with each and spiritual friendship between participants.

This paves the way for transformation within religions and their teachings.

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Emphasis mine.

Given that Frankism was all about ‘transforming’ the Jewish religion from within, God forbid, and melding Judaism with the other religions to create a ‘one world religion’ loosely based on Catholicism, the ‘accepted’ religion that Frank felt was most akin to, and useful, as a cloak for his own warped antinomianism, this statement rings an alarming bell for me.

What is the Chabad chief rabbi of Russia, Putin’s right-hand man, doing in such a organisation?

Why ARE Chabad rabbis at home in the Vatican, and dancing for the Pope?

How is all this connected?

I’m happy to post up alternate views, as you can see from the liberal policy I have in the comments’ section, but one way or another, the truth has to come out.

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UPDATE 2:

The founder of The Elijah Institute, Alon Goshen-Gottstein (who is also deeply connected to the State of Israel, and its corrupt institutions), wrote a book called The Jewish Encounter with Hinduism.

Here’s a little of what he says (on page 47):

[H]istory, ideological perspective, and halachic normativity come together in complex ways.

Their permutations allow us to suggest a hard core of what would constitute Judaism and what is the theological platform from which it can be described.

But this hard core is matched by some soft periphery. Should Sabbateanism and Frankism be described as Judaism? And what of early Israelite religion? And what of the Karaites and Samaritans, etc. etc.?

Probably the most challenging issues arise when we explore Christianity, primarily early Christianity, in those terms. The case of early Christianity actually introduces one further criterion into our discussion, that of self-understanding.

In addition to the “objective” criteria of history and halacha and the more ambiguous criterion of religious ideology, we have the purely subjective criterion of self-understanding. Self-understanding constitutes identity, and it plays an important role in the definition of religions, religious communities, and their boundaries.

Contemporary Judaism presents some unresolved challenges revolving around the application of these complicated and, at times, conflicting criteria.

The continuing struggles around the issue of “who is a Jew,” as it applies to the Law of Return in Israel, indicate that definition of a religion and of religious identity are never fully resolved and remain open to continuing debate.

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Again, make up your own minds about what he’s really hinting at here, but the more you read about Frankist doctrine, the more the alarm bells go off.

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UPDATE 3:

So, this was what is posted up on the Elijah Institute website HERE, for their last meeting in Jerusalem (note the title):

From Religious to Political Leadership – Monthly Learning and Prayer MeetingElijah Interfaith Institute, in cooperation with Praying Together in Jerusalem, invites you to an interfaith prayer and learning gathering on Thursday November 5 at 6 pm Israel time (11 am EDT).

 

 

 

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Doesn’t this sound ‘reform’ to you?

Also, take a look at where the Board members of Elijah have been meeting – including in the Archabbey of St. Ottilien – and what they are up to (bolded emphasis mine):

[O]ne moving example, shared by an Israeli rabbi.

This rabbi, who is a prominent voice in Israeli public discourse, is involved in interfaith relations only through Elijah (this is the only forum where he felt there is a depth of discourse that is worthy of his investing his time).

One day he took lunch with the most prominent Hindu representative at the meeting. In the course of lunch, as he later told me, he decided to shift his orientation from that of a colleague sharing opinions to a disciple who seeks the wisdom of the master.

Accordingly, the conversation proceeded with him turning to the Hindu master, requesting his advice on key issues that he experiences as part of his own leadership work.

One of the questions he posed concerned how to bless people who come to him. People frequently ask him for blessings, and he is at a loss how to fulfil their request and what that means in terms of his relationship with them and in terms of his own self-image. The Hindu master responded: When people ask for blessings, I simply pray together with them.

The rabbi found this answer most illuminating and has shared with me how it has helped him in the exercise of his own rabbinical duties. 

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You got that?

A leading Israeli Rabbi – who I’d just LOVE to know the identity of – is hanging out in Abbeys in Germany, getting advice on religious observance from a Hindu master.

Woe to us.

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Maybe we can get a clue as to who that rabbi might be from looking at this, from the Elijah Institute’s ‘coronavirus’ page:

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Apart from the reform / Masorti rabbis, and good ol’ Reb Lazar, we have the following rabbis from Israel:

Rabbi Dov Singer is a noted educator in the religious-Zionist sector in Israel. He heads Yeshivat Mekor Chayim and is a founder of a movement of prayer groups that seek to deepen the experience of prayer.

Rabbi Ephraim Kenig is head of the Hassidic community of Breslav in Safed.

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow is head of the hesder Yeshiva Orot Shaul, head of the Religious and Ethics Center in Jerusalem and a prominent voice in the religious Zionist stream of Judaism.

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Yuval Cherlow is head of the alt-‘frum’ Tzohar organisation, and popped up across Jewish media last week, to urge ‘limited sanctions‘ on all COVID-1984 vaccine refusers.

And yes, I’m as disappointed and surprised as you are, to see Rabbi Ephraim Kenig on this list, too.

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But that’s not even the worst of it.

Read on. This comes from that same page:

“Elijah is currently engaged in creating a first of its kind interfaith center, to be based in Jerusalem, to be called the Center of HOPE, acronym for House of Prayer and Education.”

Here’s the plans and the ‘vision‘ for this interfaith centre in Jerusalem:

The new facility will include lecture halls for public lectures and conferences; an auditorium for public events and interreligious concerts; an exhibition hall where interreligious art exhibits can be hosted; meeting spaces for scholars’ seminars, interreligious think tanks, and for all interreligious activity that takes place in and around the cause of Jerusalem and the Holy Land; a museological display featuring the life of prayer in world religions; and inspiring prayer spaces where Jews, Christians, Muslims, and others will pray alongside one another.

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Uck, uck and double uck.

And then, we learn the Elijah project is teaming up with the John Templeton Foundation, on a project to explore how ‘other religions’ saints’, or ‘religious geniuses’ could be inspiring to people in different traditions.

John Templeton is another very interesting character. Maybe we’ll come back to him another time, as I just tripped down yet another rabbit hole with all this. Take a look at the funding areas the John Templeton Foundation is involved in, and tell me if something doesn’t strike you as a little strange:

  • Science and the big questions
  • Individual freedom and free markets
  • Genetics
  • Voluntary family planning
  • Exceptional cognitive talent and genius
  • Character virtue development

The last time I came across such a strange list of funding interests, it was on the Rothschild‘s website.

Lots more stuff to think about here…. We’ll see where this next clue leads.

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That’s all the stuff copied over from the last post.

Now, I went back and looked at the ‘fluffy video’ all these organisations like to put out, about all the good work they are doing in the world. (It’s got women in it, so not shnirat eynayim friendly, but here’s the link if that’s not an issue:)

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The guy with the beard is ‘Rabbi’ Yuval Cherlow, as mentioned above, who believes in people asking questions and thinking for themselves – except when it comes to taking experimental, DNA-changing coronavirus ‘vaccines’.

Then, he believes that people should be coerced and punished for not obeying governmental diktats.

He’s also a big believer in people risking their lives and health by offering to become ‘human guinea pigs’.

Here’s a link to his blog on the Times of Israel (funded by billionaire Seth Klarman, who has joined with the Rothschilds, to fund Israel’s ‘Precision Medicine Partnership‘, where your DNA is harvested and used to create all sorts of things that give me nightmares.)

This is how ‘R’Cherlow’s ‘featured’ blog post begins:

Rabbi, is it OK for me be part of a human vaccine trial?

As long as you know the scientific protocols protecting trial participants are in place, the question is how could you not participate?!
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How could you not?!

And even if you don’t want to, you will be forced and sanctioned into becoming a human guinea pig, in any case, regardless of the total lack of information being given to anyone about what’s really in this  experimental mRNA-changing ‘vaccine’, and what it’s really doing.

But let’s move on, because that’s not actually what’s so interesting, here.

Here’s a screenshot from the Elijah Foundation’s ‘puff video’, which shows some of their funders and backers:
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Here’s who is funding it:
  • The John Templeton Foundation (briefly mentioned above)
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • UDO Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum
  • Fetzer Institute
  • UNESCO
  • Henry Luce Foundation
  • Guerrand-Hermes Foundation for Peace
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
That’s an interesting list, hey!
Lots and lots of overlap with all the eugenics stuff, and population control stuff, and ‘new world order’ stuff we’ve been covering here, in connection with COVID-1984.

Let’s see what else we can learn about why these organisations are throwing so much cash at The Elijah Foundation.

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The Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum was set up by a wealthy German business man named Udo Keller, who passed away in 2012.

I can find very little personal information about him online, but here’s the philosophy guiding his foundation (which is also REALLY interested in funding projects relating to the intersection of AI and humanity, aka ‘transhumanism’):

Inspired above all by the Far Eastern world religions and the mystical traditions of the West, [Keller] came to his very personal answer on the way of a long private study: To the insight that the messages of the great world religions are essentially identical apart from rite and dogma.

Just so you know, that last sentence encapsulates a key part of Frankist / Shabbatean doctrine, that taught that ‘organised religion’ – including the Torah! – was just a ‘garment’ for spirituality that could be discarded.

(This is a distortion of authentic Jewish teachings about what happens AFTER Moshiach comes.)

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Moving on, let’s take a look at the Fetzer Institute.

You can read their creepy ‘Theory of Change’ document HERE.

Yet again, we have that strange admixture of cutting-edge science and new age ‘spirituality’ that is all about ‘transformation’ and ‘love’ – and creating ‘New Narratives’ that totally dismantle old-fashioned religion, with a lot of help from AI and other things.

If you read the will of the open Frankist (and great-uncle of Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis…) Gottlieb Wehle, then all of this will sound strangely familiar.

BH, if I have time I will try to transcribe parts of it, so it also gets easier for you to recognise that we are dealing with neo-Frankism here.

And so many of the Elijah Institutes backers have the same sort of weird science /xtianity / new-age spirituality / perhaps Jewish feel to them, I’m beginning to think we’ve stumbled on a number of ‘Frankist descendants’ in real time.

But let’s continue.

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Do we really need to write more about the Rockefellers Foundation?

Start with this:

https://rivkalevy.com/todays-eugenicists-aka-meet-bill-gates/

And then take a look at their website, which states this bizarre message front and centre on the home page:

It was a remarkable year at the RBF that brought to fruition long-term projects, initiatives, and plans that will lay the foundation for our continued efforts and evolution over the next decade and into a new era that has already begun.

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remarkable year?!

That brought to fruition long-term projects, initiatives and plans?!

Honestly, they aren’t even trying to hide what they are up to, any more.

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Moving on.

The Henry Luce Foundation is also an interesting addition.

Luce was the son of Presbyterian missionaries in China, and founded Time, Inc (amongst other things.)

He was also an instrumental voice in urging the USA to adopt a ‘global empire’ attitude, as described on Wikipedia:

According to David Harvey, Luce believed “the power conferred [on the USA] was global and universal rather than territorially specific, so Luce preferred to talk of an American century rather than an empire”.

In the same article he called upon United States “to exert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such purposes as we see fit and by such means as we see fit“.

And that brings us back to the ‘Economic Hit Man’ model of US domination of the third world and all its natural resources, which we talked about HERE.

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Well, the Guerrand-Hermes Foundation for Peace is just about as new age ‘peace n’love’ as it gets.

You can read their ‘Charter for Peace and Forgiveness’ HERE. This is a snippet:

12. We seek cooperation with all interested and like-minded people, organisations, public institutions and the UN System, bearing in mind the interdependence and unity of humanity.

13. We affirm the equal rights and responsibilities of all women and men, as expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the proposed Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities.

They presented this ‘charter’ to the Pope back in 2018:

The charter scroll was presented to His Holiness Pope Francis by Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh in Rome on 2nd May 2018.

Isn’t it interesting, how the Pope is also in the middle of all this ‘interfaith’ new-age dialogue designed to totally uproot the religion he is purportedly the head of?

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Lastly, we have the Carnegie Foundation.

Again, they have a long and proud tradition of supporting eugenics, and using ‘ground-breaking science’ and medicine to get rid of anyone they classify as ‘defective’.

Read more HERE, but this is a taster:

As investigative reporter Edwin Black documents in War Against the Weak, eugenics would not “have risen above ignorant rants without the backing of corporate philanthropic largess.”

Mr. Black’s exhaustive and authoritative research turned up mountains of evidence confirming the links between the eugenics movement and our first major philanthropies, including the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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Let’s stop there, for now.

There’s a lot to think about.

And a lot more to research.

But something about ‘The Elijah Foundation’ stinks to high heaven.

And I’m willing to bet, it’s connected to all the stuff we’ve been talking about here on the blog, including hidden Frankists in the Jewish community, the Vilna Gaon, eugenics and COVID-1984.

TBC

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UPDATE:

If you’d like to see more pictures of apparently orthodox rabbis hanging out in the Vatican – and giving presents, and apparently just loving that little ole’ Pope-y guy to pieces, then a reader sent me a link to this:

https://rabbiscer.org/?s=Pope#!

That’s part of the CRE (Council for European Rabbis) website.

Here’s a little of its history:

The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) is the primary Orthodox rabbinical alliance in Europe. It unites more than 700 religious leaders of the mainstream synagogue communities in Europe. It was founded in 1956 on the initiative of British Chief Rabbi Sir Israel Brodie, in order to revive the vanquished Jewish communities on the European mainland. Brodie was supported by the chief rabbi of France, Jacob Kaplan, the chief rabbi of Amsterdam, Aharon Schuster and the British Sephardic spiritual leader, Hacham Gaon.

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Former British Chief Rabbi Sir Israel Brodie is an interesting character.

Here he is, in his little Freemasons pinny:

“Sir Israel Brodie as Grand Chaplain of the United Grand Lodge of England”

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There’s lots more to say about this, including the fact that Sir Israel Brodie is apparently also linked to that infamous ‘Broda’ family, I’ve been writing so much about recently.

And of course, there is still the Freemasons / Secret Society side of all the things the Frankist / Sabbateans were up to, to cover, which I’m getting to soon, God willing.

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That these people want to hang out with the Pope, and with Swami Whathisface in the cathedrals of Benedictine Monks, and want to become talmidim of leading Hindus, and give hugs to the Dalai Lama is totally up to them.

It’s a free world, and free choice is the only reason Hashem made us.

But I have a massive issue about all the secrecy going on here, and the fact that so many of our orthodox rabbis are doing things in the so-called ‘interfaith world’ that make me cringe, spiritually, without even explaining what exactly they are doing there.

Either you believe the Torah is God’s revealed word, or you don’t.

Either you believe that the Jewish people are the guardians of the spiritual truth in the world, or you don’t.

Sure, we can learn and must learn from everyone – that’s the talmudic definition of a wise person.

But this type of fawning interfaith – where rabbis are falling over themselves to glad-hand the Pope!!!! I mean, come on…. – and genuine orthodox Judaism just don’t mix.

So – what are all these apparently ‘orthodox’ rabbis doing there?

Really?

TBC

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You might also like this article:

I think most people would agree that ‘politics’ and religion shouldn’t mix

In an ideal world, our holy rabbis should be far, far away from ‘politics’, because politics always has, and always will, corrupts the people who deal with it.

That is one of the things that came out loud and very clear from all the research I’ve been doing into what really went on in the Jewish community, over the last few hundred years.

The ‘big rabbis’ who were engaged in trade and business, and who were found strolling around the corridors of power as shadlanim, or ‘go-betweens’, between the state and the Jewish communities, so often became corrupted by their experiences.

As King Solomon wrote, there is nothing new under the sun.

As it was then, so it is today.

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One of my commentators, Rachel, asked me this:

You seem to be zeroing in on Chabad so much write now, but why? They are not among Rav Berland’s persecutors, nor do they hold any political power (at least as far as I can tell).

Is it true?

Is it true that Chabad ‘don’t hold any political power’?

Let’s peel back the covers, take a look, and then make up your own minds.

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Exhibit 1: The Rebbe’s blessing to Netanyahu

This video comes from April 19, 1988, when a newly-elected MK called Benjamin Netanyahu comes to visit the Rebbe, at 770:

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Here’s a little of what they say (but I highly recommend you watch it yourself, to see how deferential Bibi is towards the Rebbe.)

Rebbe: I had much satisfaction from your first speech.

Bibi: I heard and saw your message.

Rebbe: May you continue in this path. God helps all those who wish to elevate others. How much more so when one begins with himself. Please don’t hold it against me for speaking about this in public.

Bibi: I intend to continue precisely on this path. I’ve heard the Rebbe’s message well.

Rebbe: It is the best path to avoid war, etc. “With tranquility and restfulness shall you be saved.” Blessing and success.

Bibi: I thank you for the opportunities to be helped by you, and to receive the spiritual guidance you provide not just for me, but for all Jews.

Rebbe: I am just starting my work.

Bibi: I know.

Rebbe: You are also just starting your new role.

Bibi: I have come to you at the start and I intend to return to you many times.

Rebbe: You will have to struggle with 119 others in the Knesset. Surely, you won’t be intimidated. Because God is on this side. Blessing and success with God’s mission.

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This selfsame Bibi Netanyahu has been behind the ongoing persecution of Rav Berland over the last 7-8 years, which is continuing right now.

The hearing that would see the Rav freed has been pushed off AGAIN, until December 27, 2020, because the State of Israel is trying to kill him in prison.

In the meantime, people who have seen the Rav recently say that he is so emaciated he resembles an concentration camp inmate (God forbid!!!), and has even been refused basic medical treatment for things like a broken hand.

Also, we see that Bibi truly is battling against 119 other members of the Knesset now, to hang on to his position of power, callously lockdown the economy and shove vaccines down everyone’s throats at the bidding of his masters behind the scenes.

So, why did the Rebbe give him a blessing to ‘not be intimidated’ and to continue on to the bitter end?

Did the Rebbe not know about the whole COVID-1984 scamdemic that Bibi is totally complicit with?

Could he not ‘foresee’ the persecution of Rav Berland, that again, Bibi and his corrupt government has been the driving force behind for coming on for a decade, already?

While you’re pondering these questions, let’s continue.

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Exhibit 2: The 1996 Israeli Election

The first time Netanyahu became PM of Israel, he was pitched against the odious Shimon Peres, but was trailing badly.

At that point, a Chabad multi-millionaire called Joseph Gutnick – who the Rebbe had appointed as his “Special Emissary for the Integrity of the Land of Israel” – stepped in to spend a few million dollars on a campaign to get Bibi elected, under the slogan: “Bibi is good for the Jews.”

The propaganda push worked, and Bibi was duly elected.

Thanks directly to Chabad intervention in Israeli politics.

In case you think that is ancient history, here’s the headline from a Jpost story that ran in July, 2018:

Gutnick has told ‘The Jerusalem Post’ exclusively that he has chosen his candidate to succeed Netanyahu whenever he leaves office: Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

Seeing as his last ‘chosen candidate’ is still running the country (into the ground….) almost 25 years after Gutnick first boosted him into the PM’s office, we should take this statement seriously.

Let’s move on, because Chabad isn’t just a major power broker in Israeli politics.

That same pattern is being repeated in corridors of power all over the world.

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Exhibit 3: Chabad Houses as the ‘back door’ to the Trump White House

Back in April 2017, the news site Politico ran a story about how Chabad was the ‘back door’ between Trump and Russia. Here’s how the story starts, but I highly recommend that you read the whole thing with an open mind:

Chabad of Port Washington, a Jewish community center on Long Island’s Manhasset Bay, sits in a squat brick edifice across from a Shell gas station and a strip mall. The center is an unexceptional building on an unexceptional street, save for one thing: Some of the shortest routes between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin run straight through it.

With all the hysterical ‘anti Trump’ propaganda going on, many of us didn’t want to believe ANY of the things that the other side was throwing at Trump, so this story basically was ignored when it came out.

But last year, when I started researching Trump more in depth, I found one hard fact after another that linked him and his real estate projects to ‘hot’ money coming out of the former Soviet Union.

Many of Trump’s projects were financed by Russian and Eastern European oligarchs with very dodgy reputations, many of whom are Jewish, many of whom are mafia, and many of whom are connected to Chabad (and also, to the State of Israel), in one way or another.

They bought apartments in ‘Trump Towers’ and other Trump developments at massively inflated prices, to launder their cash.

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No-one wants to really touch the ‘Jewish dimension’ to this story too much, for fear of being called an anti-semite.

But we all want that ‘world of truth’ to be revealed, don’t we? When all this tangled web becomes unpicked, and the world of lies can finally fall….

So, let’s continue exploring the ‘political dimension’ to Chabad.

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EXHIBIT 4: THE BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET

Let’s return to the Chabad House of Port Washington for a moment.

In this article, you can read how Trump’s Soho project was linked to three ‘interesting’ characters, including Felix Sater, Tevfik Arif and Tamir Sapir. I’m not going to tell why these people are ‘interesting’ – go read the piece, if you want to know.

Here’s the bit I want to quote:

“[A]ll these men have connections to the Chabad movement. Felix Sater was honored as Man of the Year in 2014 by the Port Washington Chabad house. The same Chabad house’s website lists Tevfik Arif, who is not Jewish, “among its top 13 benefactors.”

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Here’s a bit more about Felix Sater:

Sater sued for alleged money-laundering

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And here’s a video of Felix been given his ‘Man of the Year’ award.

It makes very interesting listening (just give it the first two minutes, you’ll see what I’m talking about. And if you can’t be bothered to hear it, then at least read the comments underneath):

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OK, so Jews, even bad Jews, still like to give charity, I get that.

But please tell me something:

Why would a non-Jew with alleged Russian mafia ties like Tevfik Arif be donating millions of dollars to Chabad?

What is he getting back in return?

Here’s one possible answer to that question:

Menachem Friedman the co-author with Samuel Heilman of “The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson”…says:

“Chabad definitely functions as a business network…

Tzivin [a lawyer connected to Chabad] angrily refutes this, saying, “Chabad does not sell connections for money. Chabad emissaries do not use the argument of connections to get money.

While you are pondering why non-Jewish businessmen with (alleged) pronounced links to the mafia are happy to donate millions for Jewish outreach, here’s a few more things for you to consider.

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Back in October 2019, Trump ally Rudy Giuliani hit the headlines in connection to another Ukrainian money laundering case.

The two ‘wide boys’ with Rudy are Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who were indicted last year on campaign finance charges connected with trying to remove Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S.A’s former ambassador to Ukraine, from her post last year.

The trio are giving a ‘shout out’ to Ukrainian Chief Rabbi and Chabad-nik, Moshe Azman:

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Here’s a little more about R’ Moshe Azman:

Since assuming the title of chief rabbi of Ukraine last fall [2005], Moshe Reuven Azman has hosted Ukraine’s president, helped negotiate American-Ukrainian trade deals and invited Israeli soldiers to his Kiev synagogue.

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Meanwhile, Putin has his very own Chabad rabbi, too, called affectionately Berel Lazar.

Putin really likes R’ Berel. This from Wikipedia:

In 2004, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an edict to honor him with the Order of Friendship. This award was presented for the contribution made by Rabbi Lazar to developing culture and strengthening friendship between nations within Russia.

In December 2004, he was honored with a national public award, the ‘Minin and Pozharsky’ Order “for his great personal contribution to strengthening the moral and cultural fabric of the Russian State and for reviving spiritual life and religious freedom in the country”.

In June 2005, he was awarded the Medal “60 Years of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945”. He received the medal during the 19th session of the Russian ‘Pobeda’ (Victory) Organizational Committee.

In September 2005, he received the ‘Peter the Great’ First Class Order. The diploma attached to the Order explains that the Chief Rabbi was honored with this award “considering his activities in advancing inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations, and his great contribution to the spiritual rebirth of Russia’s Jewish community and to strengthening Russian state”

It should also be noted that:

Rabbi Lazar is an advocate of interfaith dialogue and sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for The Elijah Interfaith Institute.

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I could go on and on and on about the very close ties between Chabad and leading politicians and businessmen in every corner of the globe.

 

Here’s a few more interesting headlines, to show that Chabad like the Democrats just as much as the Republicans, and Shimon Peres just as much as Bibi Netanyahu, and then we’ll conclude:

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Chabad honors Alan Dershowitz at 770

Famed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz honored at 770 with Torah scroll written in his name, following aid in Shalom Rubashkin case.

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Chabad’s ties with the late Shimon Peres – also known for his hatred of religious Jews and Torah – also go way, way back:

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The above comes from THIS article on the Chabad website, which seems almost delusional to me, in its description of Peres’ commitment to Judaism.

But don’t take my word for it, read it for yourself and make up your own mind.

It just strikes me as so interesting, how the Rebbe, and Chabad, have been so intimately involved with all these politicians in Israel (and elsewhere) whilst still claiming they are totally uninvolved in politics.

Here’s another interesting article, this time about how Rabin meets the Rebbe in 770, and then the very next year becomes a MK, and shortly after that, another leading force in Israeli politics:

https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/523714/jewish/The-Rebbe-and-Rabin.htm

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To conclude.

Chabad is the most unabashedly ‘politically connected’ Jewish organisation in the world.

Chabad shlichim continue to pop up next to the Pope, and next to Putin, and next to Trump, and seem to be closely connected to so many of the world’s biggest business men and oligarchs, Jewish and otherwise.

I don’t have a single doubt that if the Chabad leadership so willed it, they could exert enough pressure domestically and internationally to get Rabbi Eliezer Berland out of prison in a heart beat.

Clearly, they don’t want to do that.

So then the question is this:

Why not?

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UPDATE:

First, just to make it clear:

There are loads and loads of tremendously good people who are part of the Chabad movement.

I’m writing here about the institution, and it’s corrupt leaders, not about the many good Jews who mamash have poured their heart and soul into trying to serve Hashem, and the Jewish people the best way they can.

I’ve come to see this kind of like the IDF, or the State of Israel.

The institutions and the leadership and the ideology are corrupt.

Most of the people within it, tho, like the seeds in a pomegranate, are good and holy.

And also, being kept in the dark about what’s really going on.

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That said, there are SO MANY things that we can’t just keep closing our eyes too.

Remember this?

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R’ Berel Lazar, Putin’s personal ‘rabbi’ is part of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, as referenced above.

He’s such a big part of all this ‘interfaith’ stuff, he’s even get medals and honors from Putin to reward him for his work in this area.

Here’s a little of what Wiki has to say about it:

Elijah Interfaith Institute is a nonprofit, international, UNESCO-sponsored interfaith organization which was founded by Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein in 1997.

The mission of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, encapsulated in its slogan “Sharing Wisdom, Fostering Peace,” is to foster unity in diversity, creating a harmonious world. Through its various activities, Elijah deepens understanding among religious leaders and scholars, and through them, spreads its vision to their various communities….

Headquartered in Jerusalem, Elijah has offices and representatives in different countries, and holds its activities in multiple international settings.

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Even more concerning is what you find on that organisation’s own website, HERE:

The Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders is unique in mission and scope. It brings together an unparalleled group of religious leaders from all over the world in a profound exchange of ideas that leads to deep engagement with each and spiritual friendship between participants.

This paves the way for transformation within religions and their teachings.

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Emphasis mine.

Given that Frankism was all about ‘transforming’ the Jewish religion from within, God forbid, and melding Judaism with the other religions to create a ‘one world religion’ loosely based on Catholicism, the ‘accepted’ religion that Frank felt was most akin to, and useful, as a cloak for his own warped antinomianism, this statement rings an alarming bell for me.

What is the Chabad chief rabbi of Russia, Putin’s right-hand man, doing in such a organisation?

Why ARE Chabad rabbis at home in the Vatican, and dancing for the Pope?

How is all this connected?

I’m happy to post up alternate views, as you can see from the liberal policy I have in the comments’ section, but one way or another, the truth has to come out.

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UPDATE 2:

The founder of The Elijah Institute, Alon Goshen-Gottstein (who is also deeply connected to the State of Israel, and its corrupt institutions), wrote a book called The Jewish Encounter with Hinduism.

Here’s a little of what he says (on page 47):

[H]istory, ideological perspective, and halachic normativity come together in complex ways.

Their permutations allow us to suggest a hard core of what would constitute Judaism and what is the theological platform from which it can be described.

But this hard core is matched by some soft periphery. Should Sabbateanism and Frankism be described as Judaism? And what of early Israelite religion? And what of the Karaites and Samaritans, etc. etc.?

Probably the most challenging issues arise when we explore Christianity, primarily early Christianity, in those terms. The case of early Christianity actually introduces one further criterion into our discussion, that of self-understanding.

In addition to the “objective” criteria of history and halacha and the more ambiguous criterion of religious ideology, we have the purely subjective criterion of self-understanding. Self-understanding constitutes identity, and it plays an important role in the definition of religions, religious communities, and their boundaries.

Contemporary Judaism presents some unresolved challenges revolving around the application of these complicated and, at times, conflicting criteria.

The continuing struggles around the issue of “who is a Jew,” as it applies to the Law of Return in Israel, indicate that definition of a religion and of religious identity are never fully resolved and remain open to continuing debate.

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Again, make up your own minds about what he’s really hinting at here, but the more you read about Frankist doctrine, the more the alarm bells go off.

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UPDATE 3:

So, this was what is posted up on the Elijah Institute website HERE, for their last meeting in Jerusalem (note the title):

From Religious to Political Leadership – Monthly Learning and Prayer Meeting

Elijah Interfaith Institute, in cooperation with Praying Together in Jerusalem, invites you to an interfaith prayer and learning gathering on Thursday November 5 at 6 pm Israel time (11 am EDT).

 

 

 

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Doesn’t this sound ‘reform’ to you?

Also, take a look at where the Board members of Elijah have been meeting – including in the Archabbey of St. Ottilien – and what they are up to (bolded emphasis mine):

[O]ne moving example, shared by an Israeli rabbi.

This rabbi, who is a prominent voice in Israeli public discourse, is involved in interfaith relations only through Elijah (this is the only forum where he felt there is a depth of discourse that is worthy of his investing his time).

One day he took lunch with the most prominent Hindu representative at the meeting. In the course of lunch, as he later told me, he decided to shift his orientation from that of a colleague sharing opinions to a disciple who seeks the wisdom of the master.

Accordingly, the conversation proceeded with him turning to the Hindu master, requesting his advice on key issues that he experiences as part of his own leadership work.

One of the questions he posed concerned how to bless people who come to him. People frequently ask him for blessings, and he is at a loss how to fulfil their request and what that means in terms of his relationship with them and in terms of his own self-image. The Hindu master responded: When people ask for blessings, I simply pray together with them.

The rabbi found this answer most illuminating and has shared with me how it has helped him in the exercise of his own rabbinical duties. 

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You got that?

A leading Israeli Rabbi – who I’d just LOVE to know the identity of – is hanging out in Abbeys in Germany, getting advice on religious observance from a Hindu master.

Woe to us.

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Maybe we can get a clue as to who that rabbi might be from looking at this, from the Elijah Institute’s ‘coronavirus’ page:

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Apart from the reform / Masorti rabbis, and good ol’ Reb Lazar, we have the following rabbis from Israel:

Rabbi Dov Singer is a noted educator in the religious-Zionist sector in Israel. He heads Yeshivat Mekor Chayim and is a founder of a movement of prayer groups that seek to deepen the experience of prayer.

Rabbi Ephraim Kenig is head of the Hassidic community of Breslav in Safed.

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow is head of the hesder Yeshiva Orot Shaul, head of the Religious and Ethics Center in Jerusalem and a prominent voice in the religious Zionist stream of Judaism.

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Yuval Cherlow is head of the alt-‘frum’ Tzohar organisation, and popped up across Jewish media last week, to urge ‘limited sanctions‘ on all COVID-1984 vaccine refusers.

And yes, I’m as disappointed and surprised as you are, to see Rabbi Ephraim Kenig on this list, too.

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But that’s not even the worst of it.

Read on. This comes from that same page:

“Elijah is currently engaged in creating a first of its kind interfaith center, to be based in Jerusalem, to be called the Center of HOPE, acronym for House of Prayer and Education.”

Here’s the plans and the ‘vision‘ for this interfaith centre in Jerusalem:

The new facility will include lecture halls for public lectures and conferences; an auditorium for public events and interreligious concerts; an exhibition hall where interreligious art exhibits can be hosted; meeting spaces for scholars’ seminars, interreligious think tanks, and for all interreligious activity that takes place in and around the cause of Jerusalem and the Holy Land; a museological display featuring the life of prayer in world religions; and inspiring prayer spaces where Jews, Christians, Muslims, and others will pray alongside one another.

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Uck, uck and double uck.

And then, we learn the Elijah project is teaming up with the John Templeton Foundation, on a project to explore how ‘other religions’ saints’, or ‘religious geniuses’ could be inspiring to people in different traditions.

John Templeton is another very interesting character. Maybe we’ll come back to him another time, as I just tripped down yet another rabbit hole with all this. Take a look at the funding areas the John Templeton Foundation is involved in, and tell me if something doesn’t strike you as a little strange:

  • Science and the big questions
  • Individual freedom and free markets
  • Genetics
  • Voluntary family planning
  • Exceptional cognitive talent and genius
  • Character virtue development

The last time I came across such a strange list of funding interests, it was on the Rothschild‘s website.

Lots more stuff to think about here…. We’ll see where this next clue leads.

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But, we come back to this:

Why are Chabad – and other apparently ‘orthodox’ rabbis – in the middle of all this interfaith stuff?

And how is all this connected to Coronavirus, the Vilna Gaon, and the ongoing struggle to ‘drain the swamp’?

TBC

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Over Shabbat, I was doing some hard thinking and praying.

As a rule, I’m someone who likes to pin things down, as much as possible, and to leave as little wiggle room as possible when I’m researching things.

I like clear facts, I like strong delineation, I like to know exactly what I’m dealing with.

But, I’m not sure that is the right thing to continue doing with all this genealogy stuff.

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I had the thought over Shabbat that maybe, the point has been made strongly enough that each one of us could be related to a saint – or mamash an evildoer.

I don’t know that I need to keep pinning things down at this stage, to make it obvious whose grand-daddy is Jacob Frank, or whose ancestors were actually in the forefront of all the yucky, nasty things that have occurred within the Jewish community.

The point is, for us ALL to stop boasting about yichus, and to start having some humility.

The point is, for us ALL to start working on overcoming our bad middot, and to stop pretending that ‘the problem’ is in some other camp, some other person’s back yard.

The point is, all of us have the potential to become the biggest tzaddik – or the worst sinner.

Regardless of our yichus.

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Things might change.

If I get another strong steer in hitbodedut to pick this up again, I will.

But for now, I’m calling a halt to the process of investigation.

And it’s for each one of us to take the message to heart, that the only thing that is required for us to be a tremendous force for good in the world is the will, the ratzon to keep looking ourselves squarely in the face, to keep working on our bad middot, and to speak to God every single day, and to keep asking Him what He wants from us.

And that no-one is ‘better’ than us, just because they can claim descent from a big rabbi.

Especially if their middot are in the toilet.

TBC

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In today’s bit of the ‘onion’, we’ll be taking a look at the strange story of the the Tzemach Tzedek’s paternity.

If you’ve been following this sage along with me here on the blog, (all links to previous posts at the end of this one) – you’ll already know that most of ‘official’ Jewish history from the last 400 years has been built on lies.

There are so many lies being told about so many different things, that it’s been totally overwhelming to try and unpick it all in any easy-to-understand way. But BH, I feel that a (small…) light is starting to shine at the end of that very long tunnel.

My modus operandi is to just keep putting out the bits of ‘truth’ I’m managing to piece together, without really having the bigger picture still, in the hopes that even this is helping to move things forward in some way, and to get us to the ‘world of truth’ required for geula.

So in today’s installment, let’s take a closer look at the story of the Tzemach Tzedek, Chabad’s Rebbe #3.

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Let’s start with what Chabad themselves tell us, about who the Tzemech Tzedek’s parents are:

Rabbi Menachem Mendel—who was to become known as the as the ‘Tzemach Tzedek’, the title of his most famous work—was born in the city of Liozna on Erev Rosh Hashanah 5549, to his parents Rabbi Shalom and Rebbetzin Devorah Leah Shachna. Rabbi Shalom was the son of Rabbi Noach Altshuler, a respected disciple of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk, Devorah Leah was the daughter of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the first rebbe of Chabad.

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The Chabad timeline linked to above gives you the whole ‘story’, including how Menachem Mendel’s mother died young, and so he was raised in the home of the Alter Rebbe.

The Alter Rebbe then makes the shidduch between the Tzemech Tzedek, and the Mitteler Rebbe’s daughter Chaya Mushka. The Mitteler Rebbe is the Alter Rebbe’s son, R’ DovBer Schneurson, who wins the ‘succession war’ for who will lead Chabad against the Alter Rebbe’s youngest son, Moshe.

(In one version of this story, Moshe converts to catholicism as a result of not being crowned Rebbe #2).

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Many things puzzled me about this ‘story’.

Firstly, what happened to the Tzemach Tzedech’s father, Shalom Shachne Altshuler, that he went to live with his grandfather, the Alter Rebbe?

Second, why did the leadership pass on to Menachem Mendel, when R’ DovBer had plenty of his own sons (all also ‘outstandingly pious individuals’, according to Chabad lore)?

(I started to vaguely answer that second question, in THIS post.)

So, I girded my loins and have spent literally hours, days and weeks trying to piece together the real story.

And here’s where I got to.

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Let’s begin with the Maggid of Mezritch, R’ Dov Ber ben Avraham, which you can read about broadly HERE.

Dov Ber’s father was Avraham of Lukatch, but as I’m finding SO VERY OFTEN with so many of our illustrious Jewish families, there are very few other details of any family members, certainly no siblings, and it hardly ever goes back further than their parents, also with no details of any other family members.

Doesn’t this strike you as strange?

Especially as so many of our leaders were connected to each other, married into each others’ families, and were leaders of the Jewish community (and therefore extent even in gentile documents, who were strictly keeping track of the Jews in their localities, for tax purposes)?

My best guess (based on this link) is that Rav Dov Ber was related to the Horowitz family, descended from the SHLAH, who later moved to Tiberius, where he’s buried next to the Rambam.

Let’s continue.

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The Maggid of Mezritch has a sister, Ruhama.

Here’s where things are about to get mighty strange again.

Ruhama’s first husband is apparently ‘R’ Noach Altshuler’.

Noach Altshuler and Ruhama have a son, Shalom Shachne Altshuler, who is meant to marry Devorah Leah Schneuri (who Chabad say is one of the daughters of the Alter Rebbe).

Together, they have a son – the Tzemech Tzedek, Chabad Rebbe #3.

No where does Chabad official literature tell us that the ‘Tzemech Tzedek’ is the great nephew of the Maggid of Mezritch.

Why not?

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Let’s continue.

Ruhama has a second husband (I don’t know if he comes before or after Noach Altshuler), who is none other than Rabbi Abraham Kalisker.

In case you don’t know who that is, here’s a potted (official…) history.

R Abraham Kalisker and R’ Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk move to Israel in 1777 as part of the ‘chassidic aliya’. Shneur Zalman (the Alter Rebbe) also has plans to move to Israel with this group, but Menachem Mendel tells him to cancel them, and stay back in Belarussia, instead.

R’ Abraham Kalisker was formerly a study partner of the Vilna Gaon, before becoming a ‘chassid’.

When Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk passes away in 1788, R’ Avraham Kalisker takes over as leader of the chassidim in Eretz Yisrael, and also takes over the administration of ‘The Holy Land Fund‘, the major way that the Ashkenazi community in Israel is funded by the Jewish diaspora.

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Try to search for any information The Holy Land Fund, and you’ll quickly hit a brick wall.

It’s another one of the things on my ‘hot mess-o-meter’ to come back to, but from 1788 on, ‘The Holy Land Fund’ seems to have been taken over by the Alter Rebbe, and morphs into ‘Colel Chabad’.

Colel Chabad is still operating today, with a big budget. According to Wikipedia:

“Colel Chabad was the main charity supported by Sholom Rubashkin, who donated millions of dollars from profits earned by his now-bankrupt company, Agriprocessors.”

Like I said, we’ll come back to this topic another time.

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For now, it’s enough to know that following the Alter Rebbe’s publication of the Tanya, in 1797, he has a serious falling out with R’ Abraham Kalishker.

The essence of the dispute is that R’ Kalishker feels that the true path of chassidut should be based on emunat tzaddikim, and on simple emuna in Hashem, and NOT on revealing ‘secrets of the Torah’. R’ Avraham feels the Tanya is revealing too much of these kabbalistic secrets to the masses, and taking the focus off simple emuna.

R’ Asher of Karlin (more on him in a moment) sides with the Kalishker Rebbe; R’ Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev sides with the the Alter Rebbe, and R’ Nachman tries to make peace between the two sides, when he visits Eretz Yisrael in 1798-9.

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The first person Rabbenu goes to see when he returns from Israel is the Alter Rebbe. But it’s also interesting to note that in multiple places in his works, Rabbenu stresses that the teachings of the Alter Rebbe are wrong:

“On his way to the Holy Land the Rebbe travelled through Nikolayev and Kherson to get to Odessa. He spent Shavuot in Kherson and there he gave a number of outstanding lessons, including one on the verse, “He calmed the storm,” (Psalms 107:29).

There were a number of followers of R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi in town. They brought some of his teachings for the Rebbe to see. The Rebbe took issue with R. Zalman’s teachings and showed his followers that what he said was not correct.”

– Taken from Tzaddik, #29, page 47.

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The argument between R’ Kalishker (who Rabbenu praises very highly) and the Alter Rebbe gets really nasty.

Around 15 of the families affiliated with Shneur Zalman leave Tiberius, and move down to Hevron to start the community there, as a result of this dispute (led by R’Israel Jaffe.)

It’s hard to know what else occurred as a result, (and because the true identity of R’ Avraham Kalishker has been deliberately obscured, tracking that information down is going to be tricky) – but I can still tell you this:

R’ Avraham Kalishker, the Alter Rebbe’s ‘big enemy’, is also at least the stepfather of the Alter Rebbe’s son-in-law, Shalom Shachne Altshuler, father of the Tzemech Tzedek (Chabad Rebbe #3).

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But that’s not where this mystery about Shalom Shachne Altshuler ends.

When R’ Dov Ber of Mezritch ‘takes over’ as the leader of chassidut, following the Baal Shem Tov’s passing in 1760, there is a rift between his followers.

It wasn’t an entirely smooth transition, and the followers of the BESHT who fall in behind the Maggid of Mezritch come to be known as the Chevra Kaddisha (holy society), and it included the following:

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There are two R’ Aharons of Karlin.

This first one died just a year before the Maggid of Mezritch dies, in 1772. He’s married to someone called Bracha, and has three children:

  • R’ Asher of Karlin (aka R’ Asher of Stolin)
  • Mosher Ber Perlow
  • Rivkah – who also marries Rabbi Shalom Shachne Altshuler, the father of the Tzemech Tzedek (Chabad Rebbe #3).

So basically, the Tzemech Tzedek’s step grandfather is R’ Avraham Kalisker, and his other step-grandfather is R’ Asher of Karlin-Stolin – who both fell out with the Baal HaTanya in a big way, over his teachings.

Where ‘Devorah Leah’, the Alter Rebbe’s apparent daughter, fits into all this, I can’t tell you.

The ‘official page’ for her on Chabadpedia now shows this:

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Chabad lore states that she was born in 1766, and married Shalom Shachne Altshuler in 1787.

21 is mighty old to be getting married at a time when most people were married around 13 years old.

For example, her son, the Tzemech Tzedek is apparently betrothed at 8 (!), married at 13, and a father by 14.

Menachem Mendel is born in 1789, then Devorah Leah dies in 1802.

Where her husband, Shalom Shachne Altshuler, is meant to be in all this, I don’t know. And when he is meant to have married to Rivka, daughter of R’ Asher of Karlin-Stolin, I also don’t know.

But here’s why all this matters.

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Everywhere I turn with researching this stuff, I’m hitting dead ends, deliberate misinformation and even outright lies and cover ups.

At this stage in history, I feel we need to know the truth of our past, however yucky that might be.

The time for telling tall stories about our ancestors – that whitewash their human frailties and issues – is over.

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As you can probably guess, the information I’m sharing here on the blog is just a fraction of the stuff I’m wading through.

What is coming clear into view, at least at the ‘big picture’ level, is that the vast majority of our gadolim and tzaddikim, on all sides, were closely related to zealous ‘believers’ in Shabtai Tzvi, false prophets of Shabtai Tzvi, and also open and ‘closet’ Frankists.

To put this another way:

There is no such thing as ‘good yichus’.

The biggest tzaddikim and the biggest evildoers sprung from the same source, the same gene pool.

That’s probably one of the reasons why Rebbe Nachman would get so annoyed, when people would claim he only achieved his spiritual levels thanks to his holy ancestors.

He for sure knew the secret that the biggest fruit, spiritually, always comes wrapped up in the biggest ‘peel’, or klipa of evil.

And the only way we break this ‘peel’ is by working to overcome our own bad middot.

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Going forward, we need to be honest about all this.

Because the people with the bad middot (but ‘good’ yichus….) are still running the show in the Jewish world.

Did you know Netanyahu and Reuben Rivlin are descended from the Vilna Gaon?

Did you know that nearly all the chassidic dynasties come from just 3 families?

(And are also related to the Vilna Gaon.)

Did you know that descendants of Shabtai Tzvi, and Nathan of Gaza, and Jacob Frank – and many, many more nasty people, maskilim, reformers and ‘fake’ moshiach-wannabes – are literally intertwined at every level of the family trees of our current Jewish leaders?

And not just in the secular world, also in the frummest-of-frum communities.

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To give some concrete examples:

The main people in the chareidi world who have been persecuting Rabbi Eliezer Berland trace back to this same, problematic, group of people.

And some of today’s biggest rabbis in Bnei Brak had ancestors who were secret Sabbateans, and led the charge towards ‘modernising’ their Jewish communities and destroying the Torah way of life.

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I don’t think God wants me shaking out every single skeleton in the cupboards of all our ‘leaders’.

I certainly don’t want to be spending the rest of my life doing this.

But it’s clear to me, that as a community we have to come clean, and we have to stop telling made-up stories about just how ‘good and holy’ our ancestors were.

They also struggled with depression, anger, hatred, jealousy and lack of faith, just like we sometimes do.

They also mistreated their kids, and spoke abusively to their spouses, and cheated on their taxes, and stole things they shouldn’t have, and pretended to be something they really weren’t, just to keep the respect of their friends and neighbors.

And those are just the good ones.

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The world of truth is coming, and it can’t be stopped.

Someone just called me and told that people are only prepared to believe the truth now, because so many of us have got so sick of all the lies being told.

We don’t want to hear anymore made up stuff about our ancestors; we don’t want ‘gate keepers’ in our community distorting history and manipulating us with information just so they can keep controlling and misleading us.

And most of all, we don’t want arch hypocrites with bad middot and big beards running our schools, and controlling our communities, and damaging the souls of our holy children with all their fake Torah and emphasis on external piety.

(At least, I don’t.)

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So, it’s time to come clean, and to make some real teshuva.

Each of us in our own dalet amot can begin that process, and then it will widen up and out to our friends, families, communities and institutions.

When we stop accepting lies in our own lives, we’ll stop tolerating them and enabling them to be told in the wider world.

That change starts with me and you.

Are you ready?

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Probably like everyone else out there, I’m struggling a bit at the moment.

Most of the time I’m fine, but then I’ll get hit with a big wave of yeoush, or a big wave of sadness, and then I don’t feel like doing anything much.

Or, I’ll feel totally overwhelmed.

Or, I’ll feel some not so low level panic.

And I know I’m not alone.

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My middot are getting a really good work out at the moment, and I’m not always acting and reacting the way I would like.

I’m spending a lot of time online, researching all these Shabbatean Frankist people, and I’m aware that as well as being useful (at least on some level…) it’s also totally an ‘escape from reality’ project, to help me cope with a reality that I really don’t like so much, or find very easy.

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Today, one of my kids wanted the house to herself, so she could invite 15 classmates around and just whoop it up without any adults around.

I’m trying to accommodate my teens anyway I can, to try and preserve their mental health in a world gone mad.

So I said ‘yes’.

And then, I pondered to myself what on earth I was going to do, to get myself ‘out of the way’ while she whoops it up in the house.

I mean, the restaurants and cafes (that re-opened….) are all take-out only.

I can’t stand shopping with a mask.

And because the weather is pouring rain and thunder storms, long walks in nature or by the beach were also out.

As usual, the Rav came to the rescue.

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I checked the shuvubanim website, and saw that the indefatigable Aron Shwartz was arranging another protest on behalf of the Rav, this time a convoy of cars to leave from Bnai Brak at 1.30 today, headed towards the High Court in Jerusalem.

I had a date!

Of course, it was later than planned. It only really got going at 2.30.

And of course, there weren’t a ton of cars who showed up for it.

A lot of Shuvu Banim don’t have cars, in the first place.

And the weather was so bad, it’s amazing anyone showed up, honestly.

But for the first hour, I was driving along in the convoy feeling quietly happy that I was part of this outfit.

Then, we took a wrong turn down the wrong road, and all of a sudden, my mood plummeted.

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What the heck am I doing here?!? 

I’m totally wasting my time….

How is this going to make even the smallest bit of difference, barely a minyan in a few cars driving slowly on the side of the road in the pouring rain and the dark?

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For an hour, I had maximum yeoush and sadness and ‘lowliness’ going on again.

Then we got to Jerusalem, and that’s when we started beeping loudly, as our small convoy drove through some of the major chareidi neighborhoods with our two signs about the Rav stuck on the first and last cars in line.

As a rule, I try very hard to NOT beep.

But man, was I beeping a ton today.

And as I beeped – repeatedly – Hashem reminded me that the wars of Am Yisrael were never fought with big armies and overwhelming force.

They were fought with very small groups of Jews, who believed in something bigger than them.

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That’s how the walls of Jericho fell.

That’s how the Maccabees overcame the Greeks.

All I have to do is show up, and beep a little, and God is going to make all those walls start tumbling down by themselves.

BH, very soon.

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Have you ever wondered how different the world would look if we related to people based on who they really were, and not who they were related to?

What would happen, if we stopped deferring to people just because we thought they had ‘amazing yichus‘, and we stopped ignoring, demeaning and even abusing righteous converts and baalei teshuva just because they (apparently…) don’t have ‘amazing yichus’?

Imagine a world where people’s actions and middot – good or otherwise – were the only thing that could really speak for them.

Imagine a world where having ‘amazing yichus’ would stop being used as a get out of jail free card, for all those ‘connected’ elitists with friends and relatives in high places, who have been using their protekzia for centuries, to stay controlling the Jewish community, while studiously avoiding having to work on their own bad middot.

We are very close to that world happening.

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Right now, God seems to be levelling the playing field, so no-one will just be able to wave the yichus card around anymore, to take the attention away from their awful bad middot.

We are entering the world of truth.

The world of redemption unfolding.

The world where no-one can hide behind their yichus any more, and instead will stand fully accountable for their thoughts, words and deeds.

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The whole reason we are down here is work on our middot, and to get to know Hashem.

Right now, we’re in the last few seconds of the olam hafuch, the upside down world, where the yuckiest people are still on top – of everything, and everyone – while the best of the best lies forgotten and neglected in prison.

But it’s all about to flip over.

Personally, I can’t wait.

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UPDATE:

One of my readers just sent me this, from Psalm 106:

It kind of speaks for itself.

For non-Hebrew speakers, the words outlined say ‘V’yishtachavu l’maskeka’ – they prostrated themselves to a mask.

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I have prayed long and hard about whether to write this.

For well over a month, I have been consumed with research about what really happened to all the many ‘false messiah’ / Shabbatean prophets that popped up in the Jewish community, post-Shabtai Tzvi.

Conventional Jewish history pretty much airbrushed all of these people out of the picture, and made it seem as though only a few people really believed in Shabtai Tzvi; and that only a few more people really followed after Jacob Frank.

That’s not true.

Most of the Jewish world believed in Shabtai Tzvi, and even after he converted to Islam and then died, the movement continued. How? Because people like Nathan of Gaza were on hand to keep the wheel spinning, by explaining that the soul of Shabtai Tzvi would ‘reincarnate’ in each generation.

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There was a grand battle between Shabtai Tzvi’s successors.

Every few years, there would be another ‘grand battle’ between all the false Shabbatean prophets / false messiahs, over who had really gotten the ‘soul’ of Shabtai Tzvi, or his latest acknowledged successor, after that guy passed away.

If you look carefully through the Jewish history books, you will understand that these battles have continued throughout the last 300 years – even into our days.

But let’s get back to the main meat of this post, which is going to be plenty long enough without any diversions.

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Many of the secret followers of Shabtai Tzvi were rabbis, with the highest pedigree, Torah and yichus.

Many of these rabbis were kabbalists, and it seems to me that their foray into the kabbalah is what made them so susceptible to Shabbatean ‘Torah’.

This isn’t a new phenomena.

When Rabbi Akiva and his three colleagues visited the Pardes (an allusion to the deepest wellsprings of kabbalistic learning), only Rabbi Akiva emerged unscathed.

Ben Azzai died. Ben Zoma lost his mind. And Elisha ben Abuya (‘Acher’) became a heretic.

As it was then, so it was 250 years ago. So many of our leading Torah sages delved too deep in the kabbalah, with the result that many of them literally went crazy, or turned into heretics and atheists, or ‘died’ to the Jewish people by converting out of the faith.

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Here’s what one contemporary wrote about the numbers of rabbis who ‘came out’ as Shabbateans, when Jacob Frank showed up:

[Click the link to see the full passage from the Derashot Beis Peretz, in the original Hebrew.]

“And [the followers of Shabtai Tzvi] had a big debate in the city of Lvov (Lemberg) with all the rabbis of Poland, with more than 200 apikorsim of Shabtai Tzvi….”

Most of these ‘apikorsim of Shabtai Tzvi’ were the leading rabbis of their day.

This is a fact that has been deliberately hidden and obscured from us, for reasons that will become obvious as we continue with this post.

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As I started to really research what was going on, I came to understand that most of what we’ve been taught about what really happened in the Jewish community from around 1666 on is a deliberate lie.

Most of the Jewish leaders were actually believers in Shabtai Tzvi, and most of the ‘arguments’ between them were NOT based on people who were ‘pro’ Shabtai Tzvi of ‘anti’ Shabtai Tzvi.

Most of the arguments were around which version of Shabtai Tzvi’s path was the correct one to follow, and who was really the ‘true prophet’ carrying forward Shabtai Tzvi’s teachings.

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There is something else to underline, before we continue, and that is that when Moshiach comes, he is going to rectify all of the issues of yichus that have piled up over the last few centuries. All the problems with forbidden relationships, all the mamzerut – Moshiach is going to fix it all.

Last year, I wrote a post which brought most of the sources from the Gemara which cover this subject, and you can read that here:

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This is a crucial things to internalise as we go forward, because many people will be truly shocked to understand that the yichus they may have been boasting about for the last 200 years is actually the very opposite of a good pedigree, Jewishly.

BUT IT CAN AND WILL ALL BE FIXED BY MOSHIACH, SO DON’T DESPAIR!!!

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I am well aware that I am casting a very big stone in the pond with this information.

Two weeks ago, I decided to pull the plug on my research, and to let sleeping dogs lie. But since then, I’ve had  no peace, internally, and Hashem seems to be pushing me all the time in my hitbodedut to actually get this information out there, as gently as I can.

I guess it boils down to the fact that the world of truth can’t materialise until the world of lies really falls. And until we start to grasp just how many lies the modern Jewish community has been built on, that’s just not going to happen.

So with all those explanations out the way, let’s now get down to business.

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Let’s start the process of uncovering the lies with the story of Abraham Broda, aka Avraham Rovigo, a leading secret Shabbatean of the more ‘moderate’ section of the cult.

(If you want to refresh your memory about what we’ve already covered here on the blog about the false prophets of Shabtai Tzvi, go back and re-read the blog posts I’m placing at the end of this post.)

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Here is the starting point: all of the Shabbatean rabbis and prophets had at least one, if not more, ‘alter egos’.

So it was that they could be pious ‘Avraham Broda’ in one place, one country, and also be a Shabbatian prophet called ‘Avraham Rovigo’ in another context and country.

I have found this occurring again and again, that well known Jewish rabbis and ‘tzaddikim’ are called by one name in the Jewish history books, but went by many other names in the non-Jewish world, and also in different countries.

Some more points to note, before we really dive in, is that surnames only became mandatory within the Jewish community of Eastern Europe / Russia 200 years ago. So it was really easy to chop and change identities at will.

Also, the place names also changed, depending on which country was conquering the population at any given time. So, you can have ‘Lvov’ and ‘Lemberg’ referring to the same city, for example.

And lastly, be aware that many of these people moved around a LOT – and could often be away for years ‘on business’ in other countries, while apparently continuing as the official ‘rav’ of their communities back home.

OK, enough setting the scene. Let’s turn to some details now, about Avraham Broda / Avraham Rovigo.

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In the official history of R’ Abraham Broda (that you can read for yourself HERE, in Hebrew), he’s described as the main rabbinic leader of the diaspora.

Here’s some of the details laid out in that ‘official history’:

  • Abraham Broda is related to the Maharal of Prague. He lives between 1650-1717, and is the son of ‘Shaul’ of Bumsla. His father is concerned about his son being pulled towards the teachings of Shabtai Tzvi, so he sends him to learn in Cracow, with Rabbi Yitzhak Harif.
  • He first becomes the Rav of Lichtenstadt; then he moves to Rodnitz (where he gives his haskamah to Meir Eisenstadt’s book ‘Panim Meirot’. Recall that Meir Eisenstadt is a) the brother of another Shabbatian false messiah called ‘Mordechai Mokiah’, and b) the supporter of another false messiah called Yehudah Leib ben Ya‘akov Holleschau of Prossnitz.)
  • From Rodnitz, Avraham Broda becomes a rabbi in Prague. In each place he goes, he opens up big yeshivas that attract thousands of students.

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  • Avraham Broda’s students include:

    • Jonathan Eybshutz
    • Yosef Steinhardt
    • Yona Lansdorfer
    • Netanel Weil / Wehle

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Let’s take a look at what happened to some of these students of Abraham Broda, as Rebbe Nachman teaches that like a seal imprinting in wax, you can tell if a leader is really ‘good’ or ‘bad’ by looking at his students.

Jonathan Eybshutz we already know is (rightly…) suspected of being a Shabbatean.

His son, Wolf, comes out publically as another Shabbatean ‘false messiah’ even in his father’s lifetime.

I’m also currently chasing down another line of research that suggests the Moses Dobrushka, Jacob Frank’s first cousin once removed and a notorious ‘antinomian Shabbatean’ was a grandson of Jonatan Eybshutz.

Then there’s the fact that Jonatan Eybshutz brazenly spelled out the name ‘Shabtai Tsvi’ on his wife Elka’s gravestone.

And if you read Heinrich Graetz ‘History of the Jews‘, you’ll learn a lot more details besides, that suggest R Yonatan was indeed a Sabbatian, and also a ‘false prophet’ himself.

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Next up, we have R’ Yosef Steinhardt.

‘Steinhardt’ is a made-up name, and with a little bit of digging, we discover that ‘Yosef Steinhardt’, author of Koach Shor, appears to be Isaac Shor.

The Shor family was one of the most well-known in Galicia, and intermarried with many of the biggest rabbinical dynasties.

Sadly, they were also hardcore secret Shabbatians, and when Jacob Frank came along, the family ‘came out’ publically.

You can read more about them HERE. Here’s a taster:

“ELISHA SCHOR, the first known of the ramified Wolowski family, was a descendant of Zalman Naphtali Schor, rabbi of *Lublin. For many years Elisha Schor held the position of Maggid in the community of *Rogatin….

The children of Elisha Schor, Solomon, Nathan, Lipman, Hayyah, and their families adhered to the Frankist sect, until their conversion to Christianity in 1759, when they changed their name to Wolowski (Pol. wol = Heb. shor). They held various positions in the court of Jacob Frank in Poland and in Offenbach.”

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The Shor family got ‘airbrushed’ out of Jewish history now, so it’s hard tracking them all down. Suffice to say, that while some Schors openly became Frankists and then converted to Catholicism, other members of the family continued to stay within the Jewish community – and many of them continued to be ‘secret Shabbateans’.

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So, Joseph Steinhardt / Isaac Shor marries a woman called Kreindall.

Kreindall is the daughter of Yehuda Leib Berlin, who happens to be the son of Mordechai Mokiah, brother of R’ Meir of Eisenstadt and another false Shabbatean ‘messiah’.

I can’t stress how important it is to understand that these ‘secret’ followers of Shabtai Tzvi tried very hard to just marry each other, across many generations.

Once you get that, it gets way easier to start tracking them all down. Let’s continue.

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R’ Yona Lansdorfer – author of the ‘Me’il Tzedaka’ – dies young, and is officially described as someone who ‘fought against Sabbatians’.

Again, this is misleading. He fought against a different branch of Sabbatian thinking, but if you take a look at what happened to his descendants, you can see that his own Shabbatean streak came out very clearly later on.

Here is Yona Lansdorfer’s page on geni.com – backed up with supporting documents (very important, because there are so many ‘faked’ geni pages around Sabbatians and their descendants.)

Yona’s son is Mendel Lansdorfer.

Mendel’s daughter, Slava Malka, marries one Hersch Aaron Beer Wehle.

Their son is Jonas (Yonah) Beer Wehle.

Here’s what YIVO has to say about him, and his descendants:

“According to the testimony of Moses Porges, Yonah Beer Wehle was a leader of the Sabbatians in Prague.

On several occasions, he visited the Frankist court in Offenbach and was the main financial supporter of Ewa Frank. His sons Avraham and Akiva spent a period of time at the Offenbach court and reportedly recorded Ewa’s visions, which were later included in the unpublished manuscript “The Prophecies of Isaiah.”

During their stay in Offenbach, Akiva and Avraham were baptized and assumed the names of Joseph and Max Klarenberg. Yonah’s daughter Deborah married Löw Enoch Edler von Hönigsberg, another important Sabbatian leader and author of numerous kabbalistic manuscripts.

In 1849, Gottlieb Wehle (1802–1881), the great-uncle of Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis and a first cousin of Zacharias Frankel, settled in New York. In his last will, Gottlieb Wehle presented the Sabbatianism of his ancestor as an emancipatory movement of social and moral advance, leading revolution against petrified orthodoxy.”

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How did the Lansdorfers link up with the Wehles?

Here’s one suggestion: The last student of Abraham Broda, named above, is

R’ Netanel Weil / Wehle, author of the ‘Korban Netanel’.

On Wikipedia, you can read an official history of Netanel HERE.

And you can read the will of unrepentantant Frankist Gottlieb Wehle (who is very likely Netanel’s descendant) HERE.

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LET’S GET BACK TO R’ ABRAHAM BRODA / ROVIGO.

How do we know that ‘Abraham Broda’ is one and the same as ‘Avraham Rovigo’?

Simple. Both of them lived at exactly the same time, and both of them wrote a book called ‘Eshel Avraham’. Here’s a link to an early edition of that book, and here’s a write up about it:

“[Zohar] Mordechai ben Yehudah Leib Ashkenazi and Abraham ben Michael Rovigo. [Hebrew Text:]. Sefer Eshel Avraham … be-ve’ur shiv’ah yeme Be-reshit ve-sod ta’ame Torah. Furth: Model of Ansbach in the House of Tsevi Hirsh ben Yosef Segal, 1701.            

Mordechai ben Yehudah Leib Ashkenazi of Zolkiev, 1695-1702, Kabbalist and Shabbatean. Ashkenazi  wrote the Eshel Avraham “based on a new interpretation of the Zohar he received from heaven.”….

Ashkenazi states that through the principles revealed in this book one can understand more of the Zohar in three months than others have been able to do in many years. This work has the enthusiastic approbations of the great rabbis of the period even though the author was a Shabbatean…..

Rovigo (circa 1650-1713) Italian kabbalist and Shabbatean. “Rovigo studied in Venice, where he became one of the leading pupils of Moses Zacuto in Kabbalah… Since he belonged to a wealthy family, Rovigo was able to devote himself exclusively to his studies; he became widely known as a supporter of pious enterprises and later also of Shabbatean activities…

Becoming one of the main supporters of the moderate wing of Shabbateanism, he gathered around him many secret followers of the movement… In 1700-1 he spent a whole year seeing through the press the Zoharic commentaries of Mordecai Ashkenazi (of Zolkiev, 1695-1702), in Fuerth, a place that seemed more sympathetic to secret Shabbateans than Mantua or Venice.” 

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In 1702, Avraham Broda / Rovigo set up a Shabbatean kabbalist yeshiva in Jerusalem, in preparation for the ‘second coming’ of Shabtai Tzvi. Who did he ask for advice, on who to include in this Shabbatean beit midrash? Israel Chasid, son in law of Judah Ha-Hasid:

ISAIAH ḤASID FROM ZBARAZH (17th–18th centuries), Shabbatean scholar, the son-in-law of *Judah he-Ḥasid. In 1700 Isaiah Ḥasid immigrated to Jerusalem with his father-in-law and his companions. When the kabbalist Abraham *Rovigo arrived in *Jerusalem in 1702 and founded there a bet midrash for ten select members, he took Isaiah Ḥasid’s advice as to who should be admitted to it.

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There are many, many links between the settlement of Eretz Yisrael over the last 200 years and all these Shabbatians.

We will, BH, get to that in another post. For now, let’s carry on trying to pin down Abraham Broda’s descendants.

And here is where things are about to get even more controversial.

The official history lists the following children for Abraham Broda:

  • Moshe Broda (1675-1741), Rav of Tiktin / Tykocin, then Bamberg, then Rav of Varmisai.

His daughter Sarah marries R Shmuel Shlesinger. They have a son called Moshe Ginz, and he has a son called Rav Akiva Eiger.

Yes, the famous Rabbi Akiva Eiger is the great-grandson of the Shabbatean prophet Avraham Rovigo.

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On geni.com, we learn that the Eshel Avraham has six more children that the official history doesn’t really talk about. These include:

  • An unnamed daughter, who is the wife of R Yosef Moshe of Breslau.
  • R’ Shlomo Zalman Braude (dies 1742), the ABD of Mergentheim.
  • Esther, who marries R’ Isaak Nathan Schwabacher.

I think this ‘Shlomo Zalman Braude’ is the father of the Vilna Gaon (and also possibly connected to Shneur Zalman, Chabad’s Alter Rebbe.)

Let’s try to continue unpicking all this.

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The official history ignores all these other children, then suddenly jumps to recounting the history of Aharon Broda, the ABD of Kalwaria, later dayan in Vilna, without explaining how he is connected to Abraham Broda / Rovigo (the Eshel Avraham)

Aharon Broda is listed as having two brothers:

  1. R’ Itzhak ‘Harif’ Broda, of Meitzad (who is possibly the same ‘Yitzhak Harif’ of Krakow, who learns with the Eshel Avraham, above).
  2. R’ Avraham Broda, the ABD of Serhei – who we are told is a ‘close friend’ of the Vilna Gaon.

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Now, let’s go to the ‘official genealogy’ for the Vilna Gaon HERE, we learn the following:

Yehudah Leib Vilner son of Eliyahu Gaon of Vilna and Khana of Keidan, born 1764, Vilna, Lithuania, married daughter of Avraham of Serhei and Esther Jaffe, born Alinka, Lithuania, . Yehudah died 1816, Neustadt- Sugind, Lithuania.

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Yehuda Leib Vilner is listed as a son of the Vilna Gaon, and one of the main people who disseminated his father’s teachings, after his death in 1797.

There are many, many mysteries surrounding the genealogy of the Vilna Gaon, but here we have at least one clear piece of information officially linking his family to that of the Sabbatian prophet, the Eshel Avraham.

(This is a good time to remember that all these Sabbatians liked to keep things in the family, and often just kept marrying each other. That’s also why I think the ‘Shlomo Zalman Broda’ listed above is a likely candidate for the Vilna Gaon’s father.)

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If we continue with the official genealogy of the Broda family, we are told that Aaron Broda (ABD of Kalawaria and dayan of Vilna, brother of Abraham Broda of Serhei) has six sons – but it only lists five:

  • Binyamin Broda, ABD of Horodna / Grodna
  • Aryeh Leib Broda, ABD of Kalawaria
  • DovBer Broda, ABD of Zablodova
  • Yosef Broda, Rav of Tiktin / Tykocin
  • Tzvi Hirsh Broda of Salant – the first rebbe of Yisrael Salanter, the founder of the mussar movement

I think the sixth son is Gershon Broda aka Gershon Vilna aka Gershon RIVLIN.

(RIVLIN is just an anagram of VILNER. This piece of information is crucial to understand where the infamous Rivlin family of Shklov that basically control Eretz Israel spring from.)

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Now, we go to the blog of Athol Bloomer, a modern-day Frankist / Zoharist / Hebrew Catholic, who has a habit of mixing up a lot of truth with a lot of lies, about what was going on back in Poland around the time of Frank.

I am still trying to work through all of Bloomer’s claims, to see what is true and what isn’t, and it’s a massive job, not least because of all the lies being told on the Jewish community’s side of the fence.

But according to Bloomer, this Binyamin Broda remained in the Jewish community as the Frankist ‘Tzaddik’, after so many of the other Frankists publically converted out:

“Rebbe Benjamin was the Frankist Tzadik of those who remained in the Jewish community but also was known as Alexander Brody in the Christian community.

His first wife was Chaya Rivkah Margolioth (Margarita). His first father-in-law Zvi Hirsh was the Rabbi of Zbaraz in Galicia [who was the son of Mordechai Margolioth]. He went to live with his father-in-law after his marriage and took the name Alexander Margolioth and succeeded him as Rabbi of Zbaraz in about 1774.

After this he was the Rabbi of Ossatin (or Satanov-Ossatin and Satanov have been confused). After 1802 he moved to Shklov.”

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I think this ‘Binyamin Broda’ is the same person as ‘Binyamin Rivlin of Shklov’, who is listed as the ‘cousin of the Vilna Gaon, and one of his greatest students’.

In the ‘official history’, Binyamin Rivlin was the father of Hillel Rivlin of Shklov – who lead the Vilna Gaon’s group of Perushim to make aliya to Eretz Yisrael.

This link (in Hebrew) also shows that Binyamin Rivlin was connected to Joshua Zeitlin, and that both men were connected to the Vilna Gaon:

“Together with Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin, [Binyamin Rivlin] founded the “Yeshivat Ha’iluim” in Shklov. The Gaon from Vilnius was present at the founding of the yeshiva.”

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Both Binyamin Rivlin and Joshua Zeitlin were leaders of the haskalah, as I covered in THIS post.

They were playing a double game – ‘super pious’ Jews in one arena, and men who were pushing for enlightenment and assimilation in another.

This type of stunning, two-faced hypocrisy is a hallmark of Sabbateans, and was honed to a fine art by Frankists.

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I’m going to stop here for now, as I know this is a lot to take in, and I still have a ton more information to present.

Let’s try to recap the main points, before we move forward with more links, in the next post.

  • The Eshel Avraham, Avraham Broda / Rovigo was a Sabbatean prophet, and leader of the more moderate branch of Sabbatians.
  • He established yeshivas all over the Jewish world, and had literally thousands of students.
  • Many of his students, including Yonatan Eybshutz, Yonah Lansdorfer and Netanel Weil / Wehle appear to have been secret Sabbatians. This showed itself in their descendants, many of whom were at the forefront of the Frankist movement.
  • There were literally hundreds of leading Rabbis who were secret Sabbatians in the Jewish world, in the century following Shabtai Tzvi’s conversion to Islam and death. Many of these people – like the Shor family – have been airbrushed out of conventional Jewish history.
  • The descendants of these Sabbatians continue to play a very big part in the Jewish world today, both in the diaspora and the State of Israel.
  • Binyamin Broda – a close family member of the Eshel Avraham – is identified with Binyamin Rivlin of Shklov, one of the leading disciples of the Vilna Gaon, and father of Hillel of Shklov, who lead the Perushim to Eretz Yisrael.
  • Binyamin Broda is also identified by Athol Bloomer as being the leader of the ‘secret Frankists’ who remain within the Jewish community.
  • The Vilna Gaon is also ‘officially’ related to the Broda family, via Abraham Broda of Serhei, whose daughter marries the Vilna Gaon’s son, Yehuda Leib.
  • Binyamin Broda / Rivlin and Yehoshua Zeitlin were leaders of the haskalah, and both are closely connected to the Vilna Gaon.
  • Yes, I’m suggesting that the Vilna Gaon and his circle were probably closely connected to secret Sabbatians / Frankists. That’s why there is so much deliberate ‘confusion’ being sown about their genealogies.

And I have a lot more still to share with you, about some other leading Jewish figures who were closely connected to these secret Frankists / Sabbatians.

TBC

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UPDATE:

According to Yivo, Aharon Broda is the son of Moshe Broda.

That makes Benjamin Broda / Rivlin the Eshel Avraham’s great-grandson.

And I tracked down some more members of the infamous Schor family too, here, who changed their name to ‘Brodski’, became fabulously wealthy, and then intermarried with the Gintsburgs of St Petersburg:

The Brodskiis originated in BrodyGalicia, with the family name Schor; the name Brodskii was taken by Me’ir (Mark) Schor when he moved to the small town of Zlatopol’ in Kiev province in the early nineteenth century. The family had a pedigree of some distinction, as Me’ir’s grandfather had been Rabbi Aleksander Schor, author of a work on Jewish law entitled Simlah ḥadashah.

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UPDATE 2:

Joseph Steinhardt’s father was called Menachem Mendel Steinhardt.

He was also from the notorious Shor family.

There appears to be some confusion in what I’ve found online as to whether he was one and the same person as Menachem Mendel of Nikolsburg, who wrote a book called She’elot and Teshuvot Tzemech Tzedek, or just his grandson, with the same name.

What’s not in dispute is that ‘Menachem Mendel Steinhardt’ wrote a book called Divrei Iggeret, which maybe you won’t be so surprised to know, was criticised (and also hailed) as the ‘harbinger of the reform movement’.

See here, and below:

The following info about Menachem Mendel Steinhardt (Shor) comes from the ANU musueam database:

Born in Fuerth, Germany, he became rabbi in Minden and then in Hildesheim. He was involved with the forerunners of the Reform movement and was the first German rabbi to preach in German and to omit sections of the traditional liturgy. His lenient ruling permitting legumes to be eaten on Passover provoked the anger of the Orthodox rabbis.

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If we go back to geni.com, we can make the link between Menachem Mendel Schor (Steinhardt) and the infamous Elisha Schor, Rav of Rohatyn, whose whole family came out openly as Frankists, and converted en masse to Polish catholicism:

Menachem Mendel’s great-grandfather, Zalman, was Elisha Schor’s brother.

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One of the ‘forerunners of the Reform Movement’ was a man named Israel Jacobson. Menachem Mendel Steinhardt and he were in close cahoots together.

I have a hunch that ‘Israel Jacobson’ is probably one of Jacob Frank’s children or grandchildren, who stayed within the Jewish community to disrupt it internally.

As I’ve discovered, many of Frank’s descendants went by some version of ‘the son of Jacob’ as their surname.

As I’m sure you can appreciate, the tracks leading back to Jacob Frank have been obscured, so it’s going to take me a while to unpick it all to find out.

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OTHER BLOG POSTS COVERING SHABTAI TZVI AND HIS MANY FALSE PROPHETS: