Things are turning around – solely because more and more people are starting to make teshuva.

This isn’t going to be a long post, as I’ve decided I need to spend way more time doing productive things in the real world, and way less time gorging on fake news posts about COVID online.

But I just wanted to point out 2 things, that will hopefully bring you some comfort, dear reader.

  1. The numbers of people newly infected with COVID are dropping rapidly in Israel, the US and the UK.

The following graphs, from the World-o-meter website, tell their own story:

DEATH RATE IN THE USA:

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Remember, there is at least a 5 day time lag on the new infection rate, because of the amount of time it takes to get test results back, so the actual incidence of COVID could be way less than even these numbers suggest.

Long story short, the ‘pandemic’ came off the boil on Seder Night, exactly as Rav Berland said it would.

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2. Everything can and will turn around if the Jewish people make teshuva.

Baruch Hashem, many of the leaders of the chareidi community, particularly in Israel, are starting to come out with strong statements linking COVID-19 to the lashon hara and persecution aimed at Rav Berland, and his community.

Here’s a few of the latest statements:

https://ravberland.com/psak-din-to-close-the-breslov-kav-rav-moshe-bransdorfer/

https://ravberland.com/rav-pinchas-bunker-reveals-how-rav-berlands-persecutors-operate/

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What I’ve been noticing is that each time there is some serious teshuva going on in the religious world, in relation to Rav Berland and Shuvu Banim, there’s an immediate change in what’s happening with the COVID stats and coverage in the secular world

It’s uncanny, how this ‘teshuva’ is made in the chareidi / religious world, and then a flurry of articles start coming out from secular people arguing against the Police State tactics, etc, and there are headlines showing a massive drop-off in new cases and seriously ill people.

In other words, all we need to do to get out of lockdown and make this all recede like a bad nightmare, is to make some sincere teshuva, and admit we were wrong.

Anyone who publically slandered the Rav, or privately accepted the lashon hara about him, should come clean, and admit they were wrong.

That is all that is required to get this to turn around, and to get geula the sweet way.

Yes Billam Gates is still evil, yes, there are still horrible agendas being put into place here, but that’s a problem really for the non-Jewish world, not for us. If we get behind the Rav, if we have achdus as a people, nobody can touch us.

All that’s required is our teshuva.

And then, God will do the rest.

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UPDATE:

I was sent this video, of Dr Rashid Buttar, who expertly sets out exactly how many lies we are being told about this COVID-19 pandemic. He covers a lot of ground, very professionally, and I highly recommend you listen to this. He’s asking all other doctors, nurses and other scientists to come out and explain how so much of what we’re being told about all the ‘social distancing’ stuff etc is totally BS. Viruses can’t jump 6 feet… that’s just the beginning of the lies we’re being told.

Shmirat Eynayim friendly.

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This isn’t going to stop, anytime soon.

Most people were hoping that Pesach would come and go, and that we would be freed from our present Mitzrayim, and free to go back to our shopping, and working out and socializing.

Here in Israel, it’s clear as day (at least, to me) that this is just not going to happen.

Not because the ‘risk’ from the Coronavirus didn’t go away on Seder night, the way Rabbi Berland said it would. If you look at the statistics, FEWER PEOPLE DIED IN THE LAST MONTH IN ISRAEL THAN IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

There is no pandemic. There are no ‘mass deaths’, at least, not in Israel.

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What there is, though, is an illusion of a super-dangerous virus, with the media talking up ‘spikes’ in death rates and infection rates that are frankly laughable, and the government split into ‘good cop’ and ‘bad cop’, but actually all on the same team, and just delivering their scripted messages on cue.

What all the people who are waiting for things to go back to ‘normal’ fail to realize is that IF this ‘pandemic’ was based on facts and real evidence, no-one would be in lockdown now anyway, and none of this would be happening in the first place.

It’s all smoke and mirrors, it’s all an illusion, so don’t hold your breath waiting for things to be relaxed significantly any time soon, because the facts aren’t guiding our governments’ fascist and dictatorial actions.

Something else is.

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What the something else might be is the question, and there is definitely the secular answer to that, which I sometimes get too caught up in, and the spiritual answer to that, which is actually where more of us need to be focused right now, including me.

Slowly, slowly, more of the rabbis in the chareidi world are starting to put out statements linking the terrible things going on with the ongoing lashon hara and slander, particularly against Rabbi Eliezer Berland, and his Shuvu Banim community, and Breslov more widely.

There’s a lot going up on the shuvubanimint.com Hebrew website, and some of that stuff is starting to be translated into English, too like this:

https://ravberland.com/leading-kabbalists-stark-warning-that-talking-against-rav-berland-is-linked-to-covid-19/

And this:

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But to boil things down into their most simple, we are going to be stuck with the neo-fascists running Israel, and the rest of the world, until more Jews realise that the real ‘prison’ we’re stuck in is one of our own making.

That same lying media, that same anti-God government, who spun a bunch of lies into a ‘story’ that the Rav was a criminal, God forbid, is now doing the same thing again with COVID-19.

If you check into the facts, do even a little bit of basic research, just switch on one brain cell and use it to THINK – it’s obvious that there is nothing going on here right now, medically, that hasn’t been going on every single year, to a greater or lesser degree, since history began.

But, just as we swallowed down all the media lies about the Rav without switching that brain cell on, without doing even a tiny bit of research, without wanting to read One in a Generation, or to listen to the thousands of interviews with Gedolei HaDor all praising the Rav’s virtues and kedusha – now we are paying the price.

Me personally, I wear a mask outside only and solely to try and avoid any trouble with the police. If there were no police, I wouldn’t give a stuff about wearing a mask, because I know all the fearmongering about COVID-19 is a bunch of baloney, at least in Israel.

If God wants me to die, He’ll kill me. And as I wrote about HERE, the efficacy of masks to prevent infection is frankly a joke.

And the authorities know it too.

That’s why all the politicians and media people aren’t wearing masks. That’s why you see 5 police in a car together – and no-one wearing masks. The powers-that-be have the plebs chasing their tails and lying to them about pointless ‘social distancing’ rules and facemasks, because they want to see how gullible and pliable and brainwashed the populace really is.

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There’s a growing resistance, it’s true.

More and more people are starting to feel uncomfortable, are starting to feel that ‘something’ is not quite right, with the picture being painted for them, that they can’t quite put their finger on.

But most of my kids’ friends have been forcibly kept under conditions of the strictest ‘lockdown’ in their own homes for more than a month now, by fearful parents who believe the media lies 100%.

Ooooo, there was just a massive ‘SPIKE’ in the deaths of old people to 14 a day[1] from COVID-19!! I read it on ynetnews, they wouldn’t lie…. Kid, you are not leaving the house until you’re 40 – or until they’ve injected you with the ‘cure’ to COVID-19, whatever happens first.

Sigh.

And of course, my kids’ friends have been gorging on ‘public health videos’ during the last month of lockdown, which encourage OCD handwashing rituals, discourage breathing, exercise and fresh air, and keep brainwashing them that a vaccine is the only answer to all their problems.

So of course, these people’s paranoia and fear of going outside, and their dependence on the news and government information to gauge what’s really going on in the world has rocketed up.

They’re making the Police State very happy.

It’s pure genius.

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For the people who are seeing through the lies, there’s less paranoia and very little fear about COVID-19.

Instead, there’s a growing and abiding fear of the fascist government and violent police, and where all this is really headed –  and that’s why the focus still has to be on the spiritual response for these people, too.

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It basically breaks down like this:

People who believed the lying media to become ‘anti’ Rav Berland, and ‘anti’ Breslov, and ‘anti’ Chareidi, generally, are probably also believing the lying media and big Pharma-funded medical establishment about COVID-19.

If and when the scales fall from their eyes, they will get out of the COVID-19 lockdown overnight, because they will come to understand that it’s all an illusion, together with so many of the other things the lying media and fascist government has been telling them about how the world – and people, and human health – really works.

For the people who already know this stuff, the test is to understand that Hashem Himself is arranging all of this to happen right now. And that there is no point getting angry at ‘the stick’, even when it’s dressed up as a hypocritical, violent policeman, or the lying, corrupt politicians, or the fascist, dictatorship-cum-democracy state, because everything is really just Hashem.

It’s a different test, but also incredibly challenging.

Especially as the fascist tendencies are really starting to show.

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I went to shop in Mahane Yehuda this morning (Friday), as that’s the only way I can get a long walk without being hassled by the police.

I checked the news sites before I went, and there was nothing to suggest Jerusalem was being locked down tight again, apart from the chareidi areas like Meah Shearim, where the violent police have started firing stun grenades straight into the faces of defenceless 8 year old girls.

Ah, our heroes.

[sarcasm off]

So anyway, I left early and there we no police around, and I had the stupid mask under my chin so I can pull it up whenever I spot a cop, and a shopping bag under my arm to ‘virtue signal’ to the fascists that I’m following the rules….

It was the best walk I’ve had in a long time.

I get to Mahane Yehuda, and at least 95% of the stores were closed. I heard that around half the market was still open and operating, in recent weeks, so I was kind of surprised. But I found some fruit and veg, and some other bits that I needed, without having to be zapped by a thermometer gun or wait in the massive line for bread that is so reminiscent of Stalin’s Russia.

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As I was finishing up, I spotted a group of 10-12 police – all totally ignoring the social distancing rules, only some of whom are wearing masks – having a ‘pow-wow’ at the main entrance to the market.

My heart sank.

Two minutes later, they’d set up barriers to the entrance and exit of the market, and a couple of cops a piece were hanging off the gates, radiating intimidation. I was already weighed down with shopping – see! I’m keeping the rules! – so I scooted pass them, with the stupid mask pulled up properly, then called my husband to come get me in the car.

It took him a while.

Why?

Because the police had cordoned off the whole of downtown, and he had to get into an argument with a cop just to be allowed through.

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There was absolutely no public announcement of this extra ‘lockdown’ within a lockdown made on the news sites, but hey, once the fascist police state starts to flex its muscles, there is just no stopping it.

Didn’t we learn that already, from Nazi Germany?

So then, my husband pulls up to get me, and then does a U-turn to go back home – which is when one of the cops decides to come and question him about his illegal maneuver, pulled on an almost totally deserted street.

My husband apologized profusely (that always confuses them…) but what struck me as particularly menacing about this episode is that the police guy asked him twice:

Are you feeling OK, that you would drive like that? Are you feeling well?

My husband told him:

I’m just scared of the police.

Like we all are these days.

Especially when they start asking pointed questions about your state of health.

What, was the police guy going to force my husband out of the car to administer a ‘COVID-19’ test on the pavement? And then banish him to some COVID-19 gulag for 8 years?

I fear that’s what is coming next, God forbid.

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But then, I also have to remember that ein od milvado. God is behind all this. That police guy is just an illusion. I just need to work on my emuna, and keep channeling all the anger I keep feeling about what is going on right now into emuna, that it’s leading to something good.

Moshiach is at the end of this process, make no mistake.

But that’s also why more of us need to wake up now, and to realise that there is no ‘normal’ any more.

There is just a path towards geula, and whether that path will be easy or hard depends on us, and our teshuva.

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FOOTNOTES:

[1] The average number of deaths in Israel a day, with no COVID-19, is 131. Given that the authorities are claiming anyone who dies as a ‘COVID’ death, what this actually shows us is that 100 people LESS a day are currently dying in Israel, than is normal for this time of year.

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The last few weeks have been such a rollercoaster of emotions for all of us, haven’t they?

I was pretty chipper for the first 3 ½ weeks of this COVID-19 ordeal, not least because right from the start, I was relying on the Rav’s promise to sweeten it by Pesach, and also because I wasn’t letting all the Health Ministry’s propaganda scare the pants off me.

I wasn’t wiping things down as they entered my home, or using a UV light wand to ‘desanitize’ them. I’ve tried to come out of my home as much as I’m able to, given the horrible restrictions that we’ve been under during this lockdown.

I shunned the gloves and the alcogel cleanser. I hate the whole idea of wearing facemasks, and the only reason I just went and bought some now is because I don’t want to have to deal with the police if I’m out for a walk.

But I can tell you now: the facemask thing is not going to last more than another 2 days in Israel. I can already see that most people totally resent them, and they’re only going along with it because of the fines being threatened for non-compliance.

When all this ends, even ordinary, law-abiding citizens are going to be distrusting and hating the police and politicians so very much.

But I digress.

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Seder night was actually really good – and I heard from a few other people that their Seder night was also surprisingly nice. When you don’t have to accommodate cranky relatives, or cook for 4 gazillion people, or worry that your kids don’t have new clothes, or the ‘right’ type of clothes for Seder, that takes so much pressure off.

But as I wrote over HERE, the following day a dark cloud of yeoush settled over me, and I began to feel like I was in prison, mamash. That feeling was exacerbated on Friday morning, when I tried to drive over to Mahane Yehuda – many hours after the overall ‘lockdown’ on Jerusalem was meant to have been lifted – to find some board games for my bored teens to play over Shabbat.

Everything was shut.

And in the meantime, I got stopped at a police checkpoint, who were stopping every single car. There was something about having to wind down my window, and having to say where I lived and where I was going that really got me so, so down.

What, is this the gestapo I’m dealing with here?!?

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As Mahane Yehuda was a bust, I tried Romema, figuring that maybe the chareidi parts of town may have more going on.

If anything, it was even more deserted. I spotted a few solitary guys trying to do a minyan on opposite sides of the street, in accord with the retarded ‘social distancing’ rules, but otherwise it was a ghost town.

My heart sank.

I began to think that this horrible police state could be here to stay for a longggg time, God forbid.

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My last shake of the dice was to try Talpiot, nearer to where I live. I went to the one store that was still open, that looked like maybe they might also have some games or toys stuffed underneath the toilet roll and deodorant – and an aggressive woman with her own mask under her chin stopped me at the door.

You can’t come in without a mask! She told me.

But that rule only begins on Sunday! I tried to argue.

But she wasn’t having any of it. Clearly, one of those people who totally holds by all the Health Ministry propaganda that says that other people are Public Enemy #1.

I felt so angry.

I begrudgingly bought a mask for 4 shekels, then even more begrudgingly got ‘shot’ – twice – with the guard’s ‘thermometer gun’, to check my temperature wasn’t over 38 degrees.

Clearly, the thing wasn’t working properly, because even though my blood was boiling, she still let me in.

I had the mask on – under my chin – resenting every second, and I really started to feel like if this is how life is going to be from now on, then bring on the COVID. Better to live like a mensch with Coronavirus than to subsist like a bemasked shadow, scared of every little interaction.

I didn’t find anything I needed.

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On the way back home, the police stopped me again.

Again, with the stupid questions, where do you live, where were you just now, what did you buy….

I didn’t buy anything, I snapped back, finding it really hard to control myself. Everything is shut.

As she gave me back my teudat zehut, the policewoman told me, Geveret, don’t drive around too much. It’s dangerous. You need to be at home right now.

It took a superhuman effort for me to not roll my eyes so much you could actually hear them moving, and I nodded and smiled my tight smile.

As I drove off, I cursed all these institutions that have transformed Israel into Stalin’s Soviet Union, replete with bans on prayer gatherings and government approved ‘ghettos’ for religious Jews.

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And then I got home… and I felt really, really down about what’s happening.

Is my kid just going to spend the next 10 months in bed, only waking up at 5pm because there is nothing to wake up for anyway?

Am I never going to be able to walk around again and talk to God freely? Is the Kotel always going to be off-limits? Are the police going to be able to intimidate me and harass me just for the ‘crime’ of trying to breathe some fresh air forever? When am I going to be able to take a hike in nature with a friend my own age again?

You know what I mean. I’m sure in your darkest moments, you’ve had similar fears bubble up.

For the next two days, this continued.

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Then, two things happened:

  • I picked up a copy of the book You will succeed by Rabbi Eliezer Berland, and even the little bit I started reading profoundly changed my mood. In a nutshell, the whole book is just reassurance that God loves us, and that God can and does change things around in a nanosecond, so there is no reason to ever despair.

Those words worked on my so powerfully and so quickly, I made a decision to spend some of my ‘free time’ in lockdown translating the book into English, for the ravberland.com website.

Take that, yetzer hara!!!!

  • The second thing that happened is that I saw that all over the world, the numbers of people dying, or seriously ill with Coronavirus are now dropping, just as Rav Berland said they would start to do, post-Seder night. In Israel, they dropped from 13 people dying a day to 3 after chag, and yesterday it dropped to just 2.

This slide comes from the Worldometer site HERE, and it shows that there was a 27% drop in global deaths in the 5 days between April 5th and April 12th – this is massive news! (Or at least, it should be, if our media was being remotely honest in reporting what’s really going on here.)

chart showing the number of deaths from COVID-19

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There is a lag going on here, because it takes 5 days (minimum….) for test results to come back, but the Coronavirus is already on the way out, however hard the Health Ministry is trying to persuade us that it isn’t.

Within a week, things COULD be back to normal-ish, at least in Israel where the death toll has anyway been ridiculously low. And if not, Grotto, Bar Siman-Tov and Netanyahu are going to really struggle to justify why not.

Even all the ‘anti-conspiracy theory’ people out there will start to smell a rat, if this state of affairs continues when no-one is dying anymore, and the numbers infected start to rapidly fall.

So, both of those things cheered me up tremendously.

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Off the back of these two things, I realized I have to start planning ahead for the future, and to come out of the dark COVID-19 corridor I’ve been stuck in, the last month.

Today, I’m working on pulling together some blog posts to create The Secret Diary of a Housewife #2.

And, I also decided to giveaway a free copy of my People Smarts Stress Personality book, to anyone who makes a real promise to review it on Amazon, even just with the stars and no words, if I send it to them.

You can get it as a PDF, or as a Kindle version, so just email me, and I’ll send you a copy. Everyone who has read it has found it really helpful, and with all this ‘stress’ we’re all under now, I’m sure it will give you a lot of tools to start handling your – and other people’s – stress-induced meltdowns way better.

And the last thing I decided to do is to break the negative spiritual power of COVID-19 in my own life, by listing out some of the positives that have come about as a result of it.

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I got up to 25 things, and they include the following:

  1. People are more open to real conversations now.
  2. God is starting to come back into the picture.
  3. It’s doing a thorough job of ‘birur’, and is really showing who has emuna and who doesn’t, appearances notwithstanding.
  4. It’s turned off the ‘rat race’ overnight. Life has slowed right down, now.
  5. It got rid of so much of the tarbut ra, or bad culture, including the bars, pubs, clubs and non-stop shopping.
  6. It’s severely reduced immorality. If you don’t live with someone right now, you can’t be with them. And that particularly applies to teenagers.
  7. It’s bringing the core family back together.
  8. It’s forcing people to deal with themselves, and to finally turn and face down their fears.
  9. It’s making some space for the ‘sound’ of the neshama to finally be heard a bit.
  10. Many people enjoyed their seder nights way more, without friends to entertain, or cranky extended family members to deal with.
  11. It’s creating a situation where we are seeing the true face of people and organisations, both for good and for bad.
  12. It’s breaking up the superficial ‘grasp’ of the world.
  13. It’s causing more and more people to start questioning the ‘official narratives’ about what’s really going on, and why, and it’s encouraging them to start thinking for themselves.
  14. It’s causing the public to hate the police.
  15. It’s causing the public to increasingly distrust the authorities.
  16. It’s causing the public to start questioning the media’s lies.
  17. It’s bringing people closer to God – like e.g., my family did kabbalat Shabbat together, Carlebach-style, this Friday night for the first time I ever remember. Usually, my kids just fall asleep on the couch until it’s time to eat.
  18. It’s creating more achdut – both ‘against’ COVID-19, and ‘against’ the anti-semitic authorities.
  19. It got a lot of people to seriously start contemplating aliya.
  20. It’s creating a more tznius, spiritual world that’s more ready to receive Moshiach.

That was general stuff. For me personally, I also added in things like:

  • I cleared the garden out.
  • We built a fire pit.
  • I got chickens.
  • I’m crocheting my husband a kippa for the first time in the 24 years we’ve been together.
  • I’m starting to appreciate the most basic things in life, like having water to drink, clean underwear, and fresh air to breathe without a sodding mask getting in the way.

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It’s turning around! Hold on!

And when the ‘pseudo-normal’ reappears sometime next week, please just remember which Tzaddik is still toiling away in an Israeli prison cell, in order to keep sweetening the birth pangs of Moshiach, and get as many of us over the finish line as possible.

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UPDATE:

The corrupt government, and the corrupt WHO-controlled Health Ministry is apparently going to lock us all down again until Sunday at 6am.

It’s so upsetting for so many reasons….

But what’s heartening is that I’m seeing that so many people out there are starting to wise up to the fact that there is something very fishy going on here. If the danger is so very great, why are so few politicians and journalists and police following social distancing rules and wearing masks in the course of their jobs?

Why have the government offices in Jerusalem continued to operate with full staff, even in their minor posts, as though it’s just another day, while totally wrecking the livelihoods of a million other people?

Why are the main places being tested for COVID-19 predominantly haredi neighborhoods where the population is way younger than the national average, while the nation’s nursing homes – just to quote one example – are mostly being overlooked?

In Egypt, the main way they prevented the Jews from leaving for the Promised Land was fear-based manipulation.

As it was then, so it is now.

When more of us raise this fallen fear about COVID-19 up to its root, and understand that only God decides who lives and who dies, and develop some true emuna and yirat shemayim…. that’s when we’ll finally get out of the prisons we’ve really just made for ourselves.

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Once the blinkers are off, it’s easy to see what message COVID-19 is coming to give the Jewish community.

In the last message from Rabbi Eliezer Berland, given a week ago now, he was asked again whether COVID-19 would still disappear by Pesach, as he’d said in an earlier message, given that the corrupt State of Israel was still keeping him in prison despite having no case against him.

The Rav answered yes, and also said that COVID-19 would start to disappear outside of Israel too, where depending on what sources of information you hold by, the number of cases has either been deliberately inflated by corrupt organisations like the WHO and the CDC, OR, the disease has been far more virulent.

What’s clear is that within Israel, the number of people being seriously affected by COVID-19 has been absolutely minuscule, with around 100 people dying from it in over a month. When you remember that more than 130 typically die A DAY in Israel – regardless of COVID-19 – that puts all this into perspective, doesn’t it?

Whatever was meant to happen, Israel has clearly got off extremely lightly, in terms of fatalities.

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And now today, the day after the 3 day chag, it’s obvious that the minuscule number of people dying from COVID in Israel has become even more minuscule, down from a ‘peak’ of 13 geriatrics a day before the chag to just 3 or 4 again.

And also the number of people who are ill enough to need intensive care has also dropped off, and has actually started to reduce. Yesterday, it was 180 people (ten times ‘chai’…) and today, it’s 174.

And despite the Health Ministry’s best efforts to try to whip up more panic and hysteria, the mood on the street here seems to be increasingly one of anger at the Government, defiance of the stupid rules, and disbelief that COVID-19 was the massive ‘pandemic’ the Health Ministry made it out to be.

The panic is coming off the boil here, even though the ghetto-isation of chareidi neighborhoods in Jerusalem is continuing, along with Bnei Brak, and even though Netanyahu, Itamar Grotto and Moshe Bar Siman-Tov are still issuing new diktats and false information all the time, in an effort to con us all into believing that we need Big Pharma to ride in to ‘rescue’ us from COVID-19 with a new universal vaccine and biometric ‘identity’ chip.

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For sure, we all need rescuing, and ASAP.

But not from COVID-19.

Rather, from our totally corrupt, Godless, greedy politicians and the evil corporate interests and nasty billionaires they serve.

And you know who’s going to do that rescuing, don’t you?

Moshiach.

But there’s still a way to go, it seems, before we get to that stage of the process, and so I am writing today’s post in an attempt to try to ‘speed up’ that part of the equation, and to start spelling out some of the outstanding teshuva required for us to reach it.

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Spiritually, everything that happens is just a message from God, for the Jews. Even when Coronavirus was ‘only’ happening in China, that was still a message for the Jews, that God wasn’t happy with something, and was starting to sound the alarm that a line was being crossed in some way.

And we have plenty of warning and hints of what that ‘line’ actually was.

I’m not going to rehash all the quotes from kabbalists and rabbis stating this, in this post, but the Coronavirus is attacking the frum community so notably because of all the lashon hara being spoken about Rabbi Berland, and also because of the awful, corrupt treatment of him by the State of Israel and the police which wasn’t publically protested by our rabbinic leaders.

Arguably, Rabbis in Israel had some justification for not coming out to bat for the Rav.

We live in a police state here, and anyone who publically came out against him faced the very real threat that they would be the subject of the next ‘frame up’ by the police here.

It happened to Rav Pinto, who now lives in Morocco. Those threats were also made against Rav Shalom Arush, who used to be an outspoken defender of the Rav but fell silent after he also got threatened. And the threats were also made against such illustrious tzaddikim as the late Milkman, zt’l, and also Rav Dov Kook.

Only the rabbis who had enough political ‘clout’ behind them to risk some open support for the Rav, notably like Rav Shimon Badani, spiritual head of the SHAS political party, could take the risk.

But, that certainly wasn’t true of the Torah leaders outside of Israel, all of whom stayed totally silent, as this latest awful episode of police brutality and anti-chareidi bias played itself out against the Rav and his community.

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Weeks and weeks ago, Rav Chaim Kanievsky told us that Coronavirus was happening because of the sins of lashon hara, and because people aren’t careful with the mitzvoth of bein adam l’havero.

Rav Eliezer Berland himself also told us that Coronavirus was happening because people were disdaining the mitzvoth bein adam l’havero.

So many kabbalists, including Rav Pinto and Rav Amun, have explicitly linked the Coronavirus situation with the lashon hara spoken against Rabbi Berland, and the fact that he’s still languishing in prison FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON, while we ignore what’s happening and continue to slag him off.

It’s not the first time I’ve written things like this, but maybe, after a month of bidud, and after a taste of what’s in store for the world if more of us don’t make proper teshuva and get behind the Rav, perhaps these words will be more easily received now.

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Why is there a decree now in Israel, for everyone to wear masks in public?

When people are ‘diagnosed’ with tza’arat, the disease you get when you are a chronic speaker of lashon hara, the Torah tells them they have to cloak themselves ‘up to their mustache’ when they go out in public, and to yell out ‘unclean, unclean’, to warn people to stay away from them.

The modern equivalent of this is that we now have to wear masks that cover our mouth and noses, whenever we go outside.

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

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Also, if you look at the areas being ‘quarantined’ in Israel, and if you look past the government’s obvious anti-Semitism and misinformation, we find that Bnei Brak and the chareidi areas of Jerusalem house the communities and the rabbis who should have been behind Rabbi Berland 100%.

And instead, so many of them believed the false media reports, and the false accusations from the State of Israel to add their own slander against him, and the Shuvu Banim community. And now?

The same lying media, and the same anti-Semitic government and police have now come against them and their communities, too.

As the Rav is alone in a prison cell, unable to pray with a minyan, or use a mikvah, or move around freely, these communities have also been ‘locked down’, and are facing regular incursions, arrests and harassment for trying to keep mitzvoth.

Midda k’neged midda.

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

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For years and years, I’ve been railing against the awful, anti-Semitic coverage of Rabbi Berland and Shuvu Banim that was prevalent across the media, but which particularly upsetting when found on the Yeshiva World News site.

Because the Yeshiva World News was meant to be frum. It was meant to be the standard bearer for the chareidi and chassidishe community in America, particularly those communities based in and around New York and New Jersey.

And yet the coverage of the Rav and Shuvu Banim has often been worse in terms of its pure lashon hara, outright lies and obvious bias than even the ‘secular’ news sites.

Today, Yeshiva World News is just one big mass of death notices and announcements due to COVID-19. There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has hit the frum community in America, and particularly so many of the leaders, whose followers are the main audience of the Yeshiva World News, really badly.

Out of all proportion, in fact.

To the point that the anti-semites in the USA are now increasingly saying that the frum Jews are responsible for bringing COVID-19 to America, and spreading it around.

It doesn’t take a genius to understand that the fact that Jews in America are now being arrested for daring to daven in a minyan, and that the anti-Semitic lashon hara against them and their communities is now starting to skyrocket, is also some form of midda kneged midda.

When you take the blinkers off, the message God is trying to give us right now is impossible to ignore.

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In Israel, Seder night was the turning point, just as Rabbi Berland said it would be.

The numbers of deceased came down from a peak of 13 a day, and is now averaging just 3-4. The numbers of people in intensive care is starting to drop, the panic and hysteria about COVID-19 here feels like it’s evaporated overnight.

It’s a matter of days, before the mood against the government, and the Health Ministry, starts to solidify into one of anger, when people start to realize just what has been done to them, and their livelihoods, and their mental health, in the name of ‘COVID-19’.

I’m seeing the gathering signs of it already, in the comments from people who are starting to realise that Netanyahu, Grotto and Bar Siman-Tov – amongst others – took us all for mindless, gullible fools, that they could totally manipulate and lie to, without ever being held to account for their actions.

After all, governments and big business have been screwing the public over for years, why should they think that this whole COVID-19 ‘pandemic’ should be any different? Or that people should start to wake up and question the ‘narrative’ the mainstream media has been careful to spoon-feed them, in cahoots with corrupt politicians and Big Pharma?

But that is what’s starting to happen here in Israel, and also in other parts of the world.

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The scales are falling from the eyes of people who would never have considered themselves ‘conspiracy theorists’, even just a short month ago, as they’ve seen one economy after another get wrecked by the draconian, ‘co-ordinated’ responses that are based on faulty guidelines and fake statistics from the Bill Gates-sponsored World Health Organisation.

Something massive has changed.

When the panic dies down in the rest of the world, too, there will be hundreds of millions of people demanding answers to what’s really gone on here, and when they get them, it won’t be pretty for the people who have deliberately created this COVID-19 ‘pandemic’.

But let’s be clear about something:

Tens of millions of people WERE meant to have died, over the last few months.

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The fact that it’s barely 100,000 worldwide (and remember that 155,000 people die EVERY SINGLE DAY in the world, regardless of COVID-19) – is an open miracle.

Rabbi Berland sweetened this pandemic by taking on so much suffering and bizayon, exactly as he said he would do, for years.

If millions of people had started dying, the way all those projections that Bill Gates et al were running showed, none of us would be in any position to be sitting here, starting to catch all the lies that we’ve been told.

If so many people were dying, as expected, the manipulation and the international coordination wouldn’t have been anywhere near as obvious. As it is, even the lying media is starting to realise that they are straining their credibility past breaking point by continuing to write about ‘surges’ in deaths that equate to an extra 3 old people dying a week….

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The world of lies is crumbling.

But if we want to be part of the world of truth that’s going to replace it, we have to make teshuva, and we have to own up to all the lashon hara we’ve been speaking, and all the lapses and flaws in our behavior, when it comes to the mitzvoth bein adam l’havero.

Now we’ve spent a month cooped up with our families, those flaws should be more obvious than they’ve ever been.

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Back in January, Rav Pinto warned us that the world was going to have a shock on a par with 9/11. He was right.

Now, in his latest message, he’s warning of earthquakes and wars.

This process of the birthpangs of Moshiach is still in full-swing, and even after COVID-19 fades, there will be more ‘pangs’ and problems to deal with.

Rav Pinto also hinted very strongly that COVID-19 only happened, at least in Israel, because of how we treated Rav Berland, and because we didn’t complain when he was falsely imprisoned.

Rav Pinto clearly has ruach hakodesh, and we should be taking his words very seriously. If we want to get out of lockdown; if we want to have the best possible chance of making it into the world of truth and making it through the next load of ‘birthpangs’, we need to make some serious teshuva about how we relate to Rabbi Berland.

Because things are only going to get more complicated, here on in.

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I’ve been pulling together a lot of information recently on what’s really going on behind this whole COVID-19 fake pandemic.

Lucky for me, a guy called Spiro Skouras – who happens to be a fabulous journalist – has pulled an awful lot of the material I was also starting to work on together into this video, which I found on the Going Home to Jerusalem blog.

(Credit where credit is due. I disagree with that blogger on a number of important issues, not least that Donald Trump is definitely part of the problem, not part of the solution, but especially at this time, it’s important for as many of us to be working together to identify the real ‘bad’ and the real evil in the world, than taking potshots at each other.)

So, Neshama posted this video, and I had a feeling I should watch it.

It’s excellent – and it gives a ton of solid information about what’s really going on with the Bill Gates foundation, the World Health Organisation (whose main puppet in Israel, Itamar Grotto, is constantly pushing for greater and greater restrictions on the overall population even though only 71 old people with pre-existing health conditions and a median age of 87 have died over the last 3 1/2 weeks….) and this whole COVID-19 fake pandemic.

There are a few women here and there, for shmirat eynayim people, so if that’s you just listen to the audio.

There’s a lot more to say about this.

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The first thing to say is that God is running the world, and we can’t ever forget that because if we do, we could get totally washed away by a tsunami of yeoush about what’s really going on.

The second thing to say is that this whole thing is about population control and eugenics – and it’s rooted in a Nazi ideology that didn’t ‘disappear’ after World War II, like we all got brainwashed into thinking, but actually got wholly transplanted behind the scenes into Western countries, particularly America, as the price paid for absorbing Nazi technology and sciences as part of Operation Paper Clip.

The third thing to say is that orthodox Jews are the bone in the throat of these people, because we won’t just blindly agree to being ‘microchipped’ in order to use a bank, or buy groceries, or to get into the workspace etc. The whole idea of a ‘global digital identity’ is completely inimical to the Torah just on the practical level of being totally incompatible with keeping Shabbat.

And we’re not even talking about the far more important ethical ideas underpinning what’s going on here, about the sanctity of free choice, and how God only created the world in order for human beings to have the freedom to choose to serve Him.

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I know all this is a lot to take in.

My routinely skeptical husband watched me burn a bunch of stuff on our chametz bonfire yesterday morning, including a scrap of paper with Billam’s name on it, and the World Health Organisation. He smiled his patient smile.

After watching this video, he’s now pacing the floor behind me as I type, clearly very disturbed by what he’s just learned.

We can’t put our heads in the sand over this.

We all have spent 3 1/2 weeks being ‘locked down’ for absolutely no good reason, and each day brings a fresh raft of diktats that bear no connection to the reality of what is really going on, at least in Israel. These ‘orders’ are 100% about trying to control you and me, and 0% about trying to ‘protect’ us and our families.

Like on Sunday, we are all meant to start wearing face masks here, even though the evidence that face masks reduce transmission of COVID-19 is practically non-existent:

A 2010 review published in the journal Influenza and Other Respiratory Conditions entitled, “REVIEW Face masks to prevent transmission of influenza virus: a systematic review,” found little supporting evidence for the efficacity of face masks:

“In conclusion there remains a substantial gap in the scientific literature on the effectiveness of face masks to reduce transmission of influenza virus infection. While there is some experimental evidence that masks should be able to reduce infectiousness under controlled conditions [7], there is less evidence on whether this translates to effectiveness in natural settings. There is little evidence to support the effectiveness of face masks to reduce the risk of infection.”

But hey, what a great way to keep the panic going and the sense of ‘weird’ heightened so we all feel like we’re at war and will roll over and ‘play dead’ for the authorities. And what a great way to start tracking the people who aren’t buying into the whole COVID-19 propaganda being shoved down our throats.

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This afternoon, I started to feel so much yeoush again about what’s going on.

How can we stop all these corrupt government officials who are clearly receiving their orders in return for some massive bribes from totally ruining our lives, by continuing to put the squeeze on us even though just 71 old people have died in 3 1/2 weeks, in Israel?

Only by praying for God to really show us what’s going on here, and by overcoming the brainwashing we’ve all been immersed in for years that we can trust our governments and medical systems.

The whole construct is corrupt from top to bottom.

Modern life has been built on nazi technology and ideology, that just got ‘repurposed’ and repainted with some stars and stripes.

As Jews, we need to pull our heads out of the sand, and throw our weight behind our true tzaddikim, including Rabbi Eliezer Berland.

They are going after the frum community in Israel because they know that the frum community will refuse to go along with this agenda, because it’s anti-Torah, and by extension, anti-God.

There is strength in numbers. The more of us open our eyes to see what’s really happening here, and open our hearts to really connect back to our souls and God, the faster we can get this to turnaround.

Because make no mistake, the ‘bad’ is not going to win, and they are NOT going to be able to turn the whole of humanity into controlled, micro-chipped ‘robots’.

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Right now, we are in the end game, and like Rabbi Berland said back in 2015 already, this is going to play out until 5781.

But at some point between now and then, things will turn around totally, and this world of lies and nazi ideology and technology will be replaced by yamei hamoshiach.

The more we band together, the more we start to really pray for God to help us, the more we start to support our real tzaddikim who are on the front lines of this battle, instead of believing all the disinformation about them being put out deliberately by the corrupt media, the easier and faster this whole process will go.

Free choice still exists.

Free choice is the only reason the world was created.

And God is not going to let free choice be snuffed out by Billam Gates, Bar Siman Tov and Itamar Grotto, however bleak things currently look. The strings are all being pulled from outside of Israel, pace:

“DG of the Health Ministry Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov said the World Health Organization has concluded coronavirus is spread by human saliva and therefore the ministry is recommending the use of masks by all members of the public, outside the home.”
But not for much longer, with God’s help.

TBC

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You can see her full post HERE and make up your own mind about what she writes. At this stage, I’m still reserving judgment, but after I found some hard evidence in the ‘real world’ that Israel’s PM Netanyahu and Health DG Moshe Bar Siman Tov are openly cooperating to sell our medical records to Big Pharma; and also that Bill Gates owns a lot of the 5G tech in the US, I have to say that more and more of my skepticism is starting to evaporate.

Also, as I see more and more decisions being made that seem to be 100% political, with no stated scientific evidence to back them up even remotely, my BS-o-meter is pinging off louder and louder.

To quote some examples from today, some anonymous health official in Israel was saying that Corona is ‘out of control’ in East Jerusalem.

How do they know?

Where are the numbers to back this up?

Where is the evidence? Any evidence, I mean, apart from this one hysterical statement that can’t be pinned down with any solid numbers?

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In the meantime, they are now set to lock down places like Meah Shearim, Har Nof, Elad, Modiin Illit and Bet Shemesh.

But strangely, not Beer Sheva – where a large proportion of the elderly people who are actually dying from COVID-19 come from.

Again, don’t look at the rates of people testing positive for COVID-19, the more people they test, the more that number will rise and rise.

Look at the numbers of people who are dying, and then do your own research to check whether those numbers are above the seasonal norm for this time of year.

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Yehoram Lass, the former DG of the Health Ministry, publically stated that 126 Israelis die from flu every single year – and we’re still nowhere near that with COVID-19.

The numbers dying of flu in the US are 40,000, and 17,000 die in Italy EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

The COVID-19 numbers are still coming nowhere near the numbers of people who die from flu, and the vast majority of those dying are over 70.

And in Israel, from what I can see, a large percentage of the victims are over 90. They aren’t putting all the figures out, if they were, it would be easy to see that between 1/3 -1/2 of those dying here in Israel from COVID-19 are actually over 90.

I strongly recommend that you take a moment to go and read this interview with Lass, if you haven’t already, as it will instantly take your stress levels about COVID-19 down – and but probably raise your stress levels about what the heck our politicians and leaders are actually doing, with this massive, WHO-sponsored over-reaction:

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-lockdown-lunacy-1001322696

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So now, over to the spiritual aspect of what’s going on, because that’s actually crucially important.

The following was set out on the Israel Truth Times blog, as a statement made by Rav Chaim Kanievsky on Wednesday last week, April 1, 2020. You can hear the audio on the Sod1820 website HERE.

Now, I don’t know if this is genuine or not. You’ll have to do your own hitbodedut, and you’re own figuring things out, and no-one can do that process for you, because this is an integral part of GETTING REAL, and getting into a mode of being that will ‘fit’ the time of geula and Moshiach’s open revelation.

But given that Rav Eliezer Berland put out a message the same time that said this:

“ALL OF THE JEWS IN THE DIASPORA WILL LEAVE THEIR HOMES AND THEIR BUSINESSES, AND WILL BOARD BOATS, AND THEY WILL ARRIVE WITHIN A WEEK FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD.”

I’m taking it way more seriously than I otherwise would.

BTW – when the Rav is saying ‘within a week’, it’s not clear that this means within a week from the Rav giving his message. If you read what he said in context, there is a chain of events that occurs, and the Jews coming to Israel on ships is a specific part of that process.

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So with all that build-up, here’s the message that may or may not be from Rav Chaim Kanievsky, as brought on the Israel Truth Times site:

https://sod1820.co.il/%d7%9e%d7%93%d7%91%d7%a8%d7%99-%d7%94%d7%a8%d7%91-%d7%a7%d7%a0%d7%99%d7%99%d7%91%d7%a1%d7%a7%d7%99-%d7%94%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%a0%d7%94-%d7%96%d7%94-%d7%94%d7%a6%d7%9c%d7%94-%d7%9c%d7%99%d7%94/

Listen to the audio not the video – and what follows below is just a small part of the audio message, so if you understand Hebrew, it’s good to listen to the whole thing.

(English follows Hebrew):

הרב יקותיאל פיש שליט”א (מוציא לאור של עלון סוד החשמל), מביא את דבריו של הרב חיים קנייבסקי שליט”א :

קריאה דחופה ליהודים שגרים בחו”ל : תגיעו מהר לארץ

הקורונה היא לא מגפה ולא מחלה, היא הצלה.

היא הצלה ליהודי חוץ לארץ להציל אותם ממלחמת גוג ומגוג.

בארץ ישראל יהיו ניסים גדולים.

חברה קדישא שבדרך כלל קוברת מדי יום בין 80 ל 100 מתים, כעת בתקופת הקורונה חברה קדישא קוברים בין 10 ל 20 מתים.

מגפת הקורונה היא הצלה. היא חוסכת כ 80 מתים ביום.

קריאה נרגשת ליהודי חו”ל:
תשכרו טיסות מאורגנות ותגיעו מיד לארץ.
תוכלו להתאכסן במלונות הריקים.
יש לכם כסף והכסף נועד להצלת נפשות.

הרב קנייבסקי שליט”א אומר:
המצב בחו”ל הוא סכנה, וחמירא סכנתא מאיסורא.

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Translation:

URGENT CALL TO THE JEWS WHO LIVE IN CHUTZ LA’ARETZ:

COME QUICK TO ERETZ YISRAEL!

THE CORONAVIRUS IS NEITHER A PANDEMIC NOR A DISEASE: IT IS A SALVATION.

IT IS SALVATION FOR THE JEWS OF CHUTZ LA’ARETZ SO THEY CAN ESCAPE THE WAR OF GOG AND MAGOG.

IN ERETZ YISRAEL THERE WILL BE GREAT MIRACLES.

THE HEVRA KADISHA USUALLY BURIES FROM 80 TO 100 DEAD (in Israel), THESE DAYS OF THE CORONAVIRUS THE HEVRA KADISHA BURIED BETWEEN 10 AND 20 DEAD.

THE PANDEMIC OF THE CORONAVIRUS IS A LIFESAVER: IT SAVES ABOUT 80 DEAD PER DAY.

URGENT CALL TO THE JEWS OF CHUTZ LA’ARETZ:

ORGANIZE GROUP FLIGHTS AND COME IMMEDIATELY TO ERETZ YISRAEL.

YOU WILL BE ABLE TO STAY AT THE HOTELS THAT ARE EMPTY.

YOU HAVE MONEY, AND MONEY IS TO BE USED TO SAVE LIVES. 

THE SITUATION IN CHUTZ LA ARETZ IS DANGEROUS, 

AND

חמירא סכנתא מאיסורא
 DANGER IS WORSE THAN DIFFICULTIES
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Everyone reading this is a grown-up.

Everyone can think for themselves, and do a lot of praying on this asking God to show them what’s true, and make their own cheshbon hanefesh as to whether it sounds realistic, or not.
Everyone can take their own actions – or not.
But as things continue, I can tell you one thing for sure:

The world is not going back to ‘NORMAL’ after all this, whatever else happens.

There may still be a semblance of normalcy that returns before the next stage of this geula process unfolds, but let’s be honest that it’s going to take some massive shocks to the system to dislodge Jews out of chul to the point where they will be coming to Israel on ships, for kibbutz galiot.
And this fake Corona pandemic is probably just the first of them.
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Well, it’s kind of hard to keep up with developments in some ways, isn’t it?

Every day, there’s fresh madness, fresh examples of something going on here that really just smells so very fishy. Take a look at this latest headline from Ha’aretz:

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In a sane world, this would lead to an immediate halt to any more OTT laws intensifying lockdown. And let’s remember, that 126 Israelis, on average, die each year just from flu, and that we are still no-where near that amount passing away from COVID-19.

(In the US, 40,000 die from flu every year, and in Italy, it’s 17,000. Keep remembering these numbers, to keep things in proper perspective and bring down your heart rate. The way things are going, way more people are going to die from stress and depression, than from COVID-19, God forbid.)

Instead, yesterday the Israeli government decided to totally ‘lock down’ the whole of Bnei Brak, and drafted in two battalions of the IDF to prevent citizens from entering or exiting.

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In other words, the State of Israel is now the proud owner of its very own Jewish ghetto.

From what I can tell, there are plans to also lockdown Elad, Modiin Illit, Beitar Illit, Meah Shearim, and Bet Shemesh too, which also have a high proportion of ‘uncontrollable’ chareidim.

If we look at this with secular eyes, it seems to clearly be part of the Israeli government’s ongoing war against chareidi society. I, for one, am confused as to how government spokespeople can come out so confidently to claim that ‘at least 38,000 people are infected with COVID-19’ in Bnei Brak, when only 8,000 tests for COVID-19 were conducted across the whole of the country over the last week.

We all know that saying: lies, damn lies and statistics.

But the statistics all over the world are helpfully suggesting that frum communities have the greatest incidence of COVID-19 – and at least in chul¸ no-one can argue that enormous numbers of chareidi rabbis are dropping dead in this pandemic.

Why do you think this is happening?

Let’s switch our glasses into spiritual mode, and peek at all this stuff through the eyes of emuna, and emunat tzaddikim.

SO many Israeli rabbis and kabbalists have come out in recent weeks to make it very clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is directly linked, spiritually, to the slander, persecution and imprisonment of Rabbi Eliezer Berland.

Rabbi Menashe Amon said THIS.

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Rabbi Amos Gweta said THIS.

Rabbi Ofer Erez said THIS.

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto said THIS, THIS and now THIS – each time, the message gets more and more explicit, the clues more and more obvious.

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On the Israeli street, Rabbi Daniel Freinter of Elad said THIS (in Hebrew).

And Rabbi Raziel Elul of Bat Yam said THIS (also in Hebrew).

In the meantime Rav Chaim Kanievsky also explained that COVID-19 is directly linked to the sin of lashon hara¸ and a severe problem with the mitzvoth bein adam l’havero.

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So now, let’s see what’s happening on the ground:

In Israel, the main centres of ‘anti-Rav Berland and / or anti-Breslov’ activity in the chareidi world are the cities being targeted by the State for the full ‘ghetto’ treatment.

Hmm.

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

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Now, let’s take a look at where COVID-19 is hitting hardest in the rest of the world.

Surprise, surprise, we see that the hotspots seem to be the frum neighborhoods which were either the centres of all the lashon hara and slander against Rabbi Berland (hereby defined as ‘Yeshiva World News Country’); and / or those kehillahs who seem to be strongly opposed, on idealogical grounds, to the idea of making aliya to Israel.

Making aliya is closely connected to people actually taking the whole concept of geula seriously.

I know SO MANY people who moved to Israel, at great personal cost, and with tremendous mesirut nefesh, or self-sacrifice, simply because they felt geula was approaching, and that God wanted the Jews back in the Holy Land.

So many of Israel’s biggest rabbis – again, including Rabbi Eliezer Berland – have been begging Jews in the diaspora to move to Israel for a number of years, and warning of a massive uptick in anti-semitism. Remember this, from the ravberland.com website, originally posted up on July 9, 2019?

Translated from a shiur given by Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the night of Rosh Chodesh Tammuz 5779

It’s forbidden to leave and go to chutz l’aretz (outside of Israel) for even a single second.

Every second that a person is in chul, he is transgressing an issur d’oraita (something forbidden directly from the Torah.)

And you will not return by the path that you came from, not to return to look at Mitzrayim (Egypt). Everything is called ‘Mitzrayim’! And it’s an issur d’oraita, every second that is spent in chul.

NO PRAYER IS ACCEPTED [THERE], NO TORAH ASCENDS THERE.

A person prays – they don’t hear him. And so, this is why there was a shoah, because people lost their yearning to make aliya to Eretz Yisrael.

Up until the point where they still had this yearning, their prayers still ascended.

But the day when they said, “it’s good for me here, it’s actually amazing for me, here,” – as it’s written in the Gemara, Tractate Shabbat 147b, about the 10 Tribes. [The 10 Tribes] received places that were better than Eretz Yisrael, so they didn’t want to return.

Yirmiyahu went to bring them back, but they received such wonderful, good locations [to live in] that they said, we’re aren’t coming back. If they don’t return, there is no olam haba (world to come).

They lost everything.

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But who’s been listening?

Instead of respecting these holy rabbis, which include the former head of the Lamed Vavnikim, Rav Yehuda Zev Leibowitz, z’tl, who said way back in 2010 that before Moshiach came there would be a catastrophe for the Jews in America.

And instead of taking people like Rabbi Shalom Arush seriously, when in 2008 he warned that:”Those who don’t come to Israel while they still can may be lucky to escape from the USA with a plastic bag  and a pair of pajamas”,  instead, the message was ignored and mocked, and the messengers were roundly attacked.

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Last year, someone put out a book called The Empty Wagon, which was one of the most disturbing anti-aliyah treatises I ever read in my life.

I only got half-way through the book before I literally had to throw it away, there was so much spiritual tumah radiating off it, it was making me feel physically ill.

I bought that book in a very frum bookshop in Golders Green, the heart of frum life in London. Apparently, it was so popular that the initial printing of 1,000 copies quickly sold out, leading to more reprints and to this book becoming a run-away bestseller.

The author of this reeking pile of lashon hara and slander against Eretz Yisrael even went so far as to state publically that Jerusalem is not the capital of the Jewish people, and also poured scorn on the idea that anyone should move to Israel.

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This comes from THIS interview, with Makor Rishon:

“[W]hen they were talking about moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we uploaded a clip of Rabbi [NAME – author of The Empty Wagon] (spokesman for Naturna) who spoke about it.” In the clip, [Rabbi NAME] can be seen watching the American President Donald Trump declaring Jerusalem as the “capital of the Jewish People.”

[Rabbi NAME] explains that “There is no political connection between Israel and Jerusalem. It’s just a holy city,” he declared, “The Jewish People have no capital, we never had a capital. The Jewish People are a religious community. We pray towards Jerusalem and treat it as a holy city, not as the political capital of the Jewish People.”

The clip has close to two million views on Facebook alone. Their page has 300,000 followers from around the world. Katz: “When [Rabbi NAME] is asked about politics in Israel, he asks: ‘Why don’t you ask me about politics in China or Taiwan? If I answer, that means I’m connected to them, and the truth is that I am not.”

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Well guess what?

Now so many of these anti-Israel, anti-aliya kehillas are totally connected to China, in a way that no-one could ever have foreseen, even just a short month ago.

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve been discovering a great many things. One of the things I discovered is just how invested so many chareidi Jews actually are in property in chutz l’aretz.

Of course, I know that all sorts of Jews are doing this, not just frum ones, but frum Jews are meant to be the standard-bearers for yiddishkeit, and are meant to be more sensitive to putting emuna and Torah ahead of crass materialism.

So, when I start reading up about chareidi property barons in places like London and New York, who mamash have reputations for being the most shark-like, mafia-like nightmare slum landlords, that disturbs me terribly.

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Of course, people have to be able to make parnassa. After my own experience of going bust and losing my house when my husband was encouraged to quit his job to learn and pray full-time, I am a BIG believer in the man of the house holding down a job, as well as learning Torah.

But there’s a reason that the first question we’re asked when we pass away and approach the gates of Heaven is:

Nasata v’natata b’emunah? Did you deal honestly, with emunah, in your business?” (Tractate Shabbat 31a)

There is no way that slum landlords, millionaire bankruptcies, benefit fraudsters or money launderers can answer that question with a ‘yes’, no matter how much money they might be giving to charity.

You can’t build a mitzvah off the back of an aveira.

And also, if so many people are making their parnassa by mamash investing in bricks and mortar in chul, then it’s little wonder they are so resistant to moving to Israel. It’s very hard to transplant that sort of parnassa to a different country, to Israel.

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So, let’s recap, and then get on to what simple people like you and me can really do, to insulate ourselves from as many of these birth pangs of Moshiach coming, as possible.

RECAP:

  • The numbers of leading rabbis and kabbalists linking the slander, persecution and imprisonment of Rabbi Berland with the spread of COVID-19 is growing all the time.
  • If we want COVID-19 to stop (and more specifically, the awful hysteria around it, which is really what’s destroying the world and the economy) – we need to make teshuva about what lashon hara we might have said, or believed, or spread about Rabbi Berland, and also about Eretz Yisrael, especially if we put other people off from making aliya.
  • The communities and cities being most affected by COVID-19 are those who:
    • Have been spearheading the lashon hara against Rabbi Berland in the frum community;
    • Have been spearheading the lashon hara against Eretz Yisrael, in the frum world
  • (And I’ll add another category here, that Jewish property developers / slumlords in chul also seem to be highly represented amongst the ranks of those succumbing to COVID-19. See this, for a case in point, it’s the owner of ‘Crown Acquisitions’:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Trumps-friend-in-coma-from-coronavirus-is-a-Jewish-real-estate-mogul-623278

UPDATE:

Having done a bit more digging, it seems that physicians and politicians are also very highly represented amongst the ranks of people actually dying from Coronavirus. So, to get all our ducks in a row, your chances of having a serious problem with COVID-19, health-wise, seem to be much greater if you are:

  • An orthodox rabbi living in chul, and particularly one who is ‘anti’ Rav Berland or anti making aliya.
  • A property developer
  • A doctor
  • A politician or political figure – especially if you also happen to live in Iran.

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So now, how can we get through the next few weeks and months in as good a state as possible?

The answer lies in prayer, tzedaka and teshuva.

TESHUVA

On top of the specific teshuva required vis Rabbi Berland and Eretz Yisrael, all of us have so much work to do on our mitzvoth bein adam l’havero generally, too.

That means we have to stop speaking lashon hara about friends, acquaintances and family members; and that we have to stop acting so ‘holier-than-thou’, as though we ourselves have nothing left to work on and fix, (this especially applies to parents, and especially to parents of teens).

And we also to make an effort to stop stabbing other people in the back, and pulling them down, and embarrassing them, with all our little  put downs on social media and online, as well as the more ‘traditional’ verbal attacks.

Rav Pinto spoke in a very harif way on how each time we start degrading other Jews and speaking lashon hara and stirring up trouble and causing others pain, we are just feeding the bad angel that’s called COVID-19.

We all have that tendency to engage in one upmanship and verbal sparring. I unfortunately have that tendency in a very strong way, and I’m also really trying to get on top of it more, and to restrict what I say and write as much as possible.

(I’m still failing badly at it, but hey, God appreciates the effort.)

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TZEDAKA

Pesach is round the corner, and there are so many families in Israel, and probably also in your communities too, who are really going to struggle to even have the staples this year. So, if you are still one of the lucky ones who still has a job, or some income coming in, then please think about other people, and share your cash around as much as you can.

If we really are heading into a situation where the global economy is going to be totally wrecked, and money will end up being worthless (assuming you can even get access to your savings, before the banks all go bust), then now is the time to spend some of it helping others.

The kimcha de-pischa you do this year could literally save your life, and it will certainly give you a share in the world to come, whatever else happens. So dig deep, and get your spending priorities straight this year, by putting kimcha de-pischa in the #1 spot, however you can do it.

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PRAYER

Weeks ago, Rabbi Berland asked us all to start saying 7 Tikkun HaKlalis a day, until Pesach.

The Tikkun HaKlali has a miraculous power to fix things at their spiritual root, and to atone for sins that otherwise would require a huge amount of suffering or pain to pay down.

There are literally hundreds of stories of how reciting Tikkun HaKlali at a time of trouble lead to great miracles.

Last Friday, Rabbi Berland upped the amount for people to say to 12 a day.

Honestly?

That’s a lot for me to do. So I’ve been sharing them with my husband, and on some days, my kids are also saying a couple of them.

(Let’s give the credit where’s it’s really due, here: my husband is the one who is really making this happen, he often does 7-10 a day, and then I just kind of fill in what’s missing. Thanks, looove!)

And I am 100% sure that saying Tikkun HaKlali is keeping my family ‘insulated’ from most of the difficulties going on right now.

BH, when we’re home away from the Stasi, it’s actually pretty nice, most of the time, and we’re getting on fine with each other, which by itself is an open miracle.

You can’t have teens and parents together in the same space for approaching a month with no blood on the floor, at least metaphorically, without open miracles mamash.

And other people are finding that, too.

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I received the following from a reader, A, who will stay anonymous for obvious reasons.

We’ll end with this, but let me just emphasise that OF COURSE, we should all be keeping the diktats of Bibi 100% – even the really dumb, scientifically-unproven ones about covering our faces with scarves whenever we go out, and keeping the windows in our cars open – and ESPECIALLY the ones that prevent us from keeping mitzvoth.

That’s really, really important, if we want to stay safe during this whole COVID-19 pandemic, that’s killed 37 people, nearly all over 70, in the space of almost a month here in Israel.

Over to A…..

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Chapter One.

A lady was renting a room in our house, and we made breakfast together. Time was short, but we needed to say 7 tikkun klali’s since that is what the Rav said. So, we got the idea that she would read it line by line in English, since Hebrew was hard, and we would repeat after her. She read the whole thing seven times, giving me a chance to wash lettuce and cut cucumbers, garlic and tomatoes, warm the bread, and lift weights.

We kept on blessing her to have her own home with her own husband. She is very squished in the small room we gave her with all her clothes, books, and other stuff, on top of the things our children left in the room after they married and moved out.

After three days we had almost learned the verses in English by heart, and then that lady started having long telephone conversations with a man she really likes.

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Chapter Two.

The Rav asked for 12 tikun klali’s instead of 7 and my friend was too busy to help. So, for the next three days my routine changed: Woke up at 5:30, prayed, made aduki beans for my husband and oatmeal for my son, and started the tikkun in Hebrew. Each time took 13 minutes, so with periodic gasping for air it was done by 12:00.

And then the miracles became noticeable. Something we had prayed for with weeping twenty years ago showed up at our door.

Let me explain. We had no minyan anywhere near that farmhouse, and even if we did, there was no sefer torah even to borrow. We wished like crazy for a minyan. Any minyan. Which of course we got later in Israel, but not the kind we originally prayed for, which had become just plain irrelevant.

But the wheel goes around, and things again become relevant.

Before the Coronavirus happened the main minyan in our small town started at 7:30. When the police got a bad case of nerves because of the damn panic—umm, the pandemic—they locked up the shuls and people started praying with the minyan outside. After a while the cops closed the yard and told them to pray at home alone.

But they didn’t, because the minyan people showed up on our front porch at 6:00.

After the minyan, later that day, a panicked citizen came to my door, a scarf wrapped around his nose and mouth, and started talking to me in Hebrew, which was hard to understand with the scarf muffling the words. At last he opened the scarf and blurted out that we had to stop the minyan, because the police would give us a 10,000-shekel fine if we kept it up, and besides we were all going to die.

And we thought that was the end.

But early next morning, the minyan showed up on our porch and my husband was standing on the other side of the screen door in his tallit, answering my puzzled look by explaining he couldn’t get them to leave.

Later the guys promised to pay the fine, if we ever got one.

They even lent us a sefer torah. You want to see it? It’s standing in the storage shed with its corona-crown and crowning the top of our extra Pesach refrigerator.

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Everyone has their limits

There’s something about being stopped by the police right next to your home, for the ‘crime’ of taking an early morning walk around the block, that I thought fell within the 100 meter boundary, that can put a person in a really strange mood.

That happened to me this morning – the policeman told me that I’m just meant to come out of my house to gulp in a breath of fresh air, then turn tail and head back into prison and ze hoo.

I came home feeling so claustrophobic.

I came home feeling like I can probably do this whole ridiculous lockdown prison thing for another week, and then I will go nuts.

How that’s going to look, I have no idea, but when you know that my grandmother was regularly tied to her hospital bed to prevent her from escaping – even with a broken hip – then you know I have a deep need for freedom it in the genes, mamash.

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In the meantime, I had a tough day today mentally.

I was just feeling like bad always wins, and that I’m trapped in an Orwellian nightmare that just seems to be intensifying – because so many of us are lying to ourselves about the fact that the medical profession is not all-powerful, and that we’re not really in control of ANYTHING, let alone COVID-19 – and today, I just felt pretty down and beaten by it all

What can a small person like me really do, to fight bad?

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But then, my friend Chana sent me this video to watch.

A couple of days ago, she called me up to check that she hadn’t gone totally froot-loops herself, because she’d heard shofar sounds coming from the Jerusalem night sky:

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I tried to reassure her that if she’s crazy, then I’m also definitely crazy (not sure how reassuring that was….)

Because in Succot 5776 (2015), when Rav Berland said that we’d hear the shofar hagadol announcing Moshiach on the first day of chol hamoed Succot, me and my husband heard precisely that…. He ran in from the Succah to tell me what was going on, and he opened the window so I could catch the last minute.

It was awesome….

And I really felt it was the shofar hagadol, as it really didn’t sound like anything else I’d heard before. But then, Moshiach apparently didn’t come, and I’ve wondered about what we really heard ever since.

Until I heard this video.

What I heard with my husband was very similar, especially the last minute of it when it seems to become more ‘musical’.

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Geula IS happening people!

Hold on, because the bad is putting the choke hold on us right now, and all our mitzvoth, precisely because it’s on its last legs.

BIBI, YOU WILL NOT MAKE ME FAT!!!

Whatever else happens, I am just going to switch my exercise routine from walking to the Kotel to dancing in my house, and smashing the heads of bad with my dancing heels.

Your time is SO OVER, all you bad boyz…

In the meantime, pass me a beer. Or something.

It’s been a tough day.

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Yesterday, one of my readers sent me an email with screenshots from another ‘story’ that belongs to the genre of Geula P*rn.

In case you don’t know what Geula P*rn is, let me try to describe it.

Much like p*rn itself takes something that is the epitome of holiness and kedusha, i.e. the unification of a husband and wife in the quest to create a new life, and sucks all the kedusha out of that whole process, and makes it totally about cheap thrills and dark side ‘titillation’ – Geula P*rn does the same thing to our unfolding redemption process.

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Without a doubt, the situation is currently very stressful, dramatic and emotionally-wrenching.

Fear is rampaging all over the globe, and our elected officials and their media lackeys are doing their best to keep us all totally over-strung in a state of permanent fight-or-flight.

They know that panicked people can be easily controlled. They know that scared people are operating from their ‘primitive brain’, and that when that snake brain kicks in, the more mature functions and insight that we associate with acting like a sentient human being, as opposed to acting like a trained animal, get switched off.

All this fear and panic is being deliberately engineered, and it’s 100% coming from the dark side.

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As I talked about before, the whole work here is turn all this ‘fallen fear’ about Coronavirus into yirat shemayim that only God is controlling the world, and only God decides who will die and what’s going to kill them.

As a corollary to that, only God decides if someone is going to get infected by Coronavirus, and if so, by which route that’s going to happen. So, panicking and beating ourselves up about possibly being an ‘agent of transmission’ to our loved ones is totally anti-emuna.

We aren’t controlling the world!

All we can do is pray, and ask Hashem that we shouldn’t be used as the means to hurt other people, in any circumstances, and then we’ve done our part and we don’t need to stagger around guilt-ridden and paralysed by fear that we’re bringing ‘death’ to our loved ones, God forbid.

Open your eyes and see the manipulation going on here!

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Yesterday, the Times of Israel reported that 35% of all Coronavirus cases were ‘caught’ in a yeshiva or synagogue. This is totally fake news, and anti-Semitic. I challenge the government lackeys who put that information out to show the methodology they used to come to that conclusion.

With less than a quarter of a percent of the population being tested for Coronavirus, and with predictions that over a million Israelis have it – which by the way, shows the morbidity rate to be EVEN LOWER than the really low rate it’s already at – there is simply no logical way that the Times of Israel reporters, nor the ‘researchers’ from the Orwellian Ministry of Health could have ANY IDEA of how those people really got infected with Coronavirus.

But straight away, the Chief Rabbinate takes the bait, and announces they are closing all the synagogues.

And then more false leaders jump on the bandwagon, and announce that you can totally break the sanctity of Yom Tov by doing Zoom with grandpa and grandma during Seder night, so they don’t feel so lonely.

This is total madness!

But the one very clear silver lining in all this is that it’s starting to do the job of birur, or clarification, between our true leaders and our false leaders very efficiently.

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But I digress.

Let’s get back to Geula P*rn, and the role that’s playing in holding up the actual Geula.

Just as an addiction to p*rn literally prevents the people caught up in it from actually forming a healthy, holy bond with the opposite sex, an addiction to Geula P*rn is preventing the Jewish people from forming a real connection to Hashem, and to binding themselves with our real tzaddikim.

In case you’re confused about what a real tzaddik actually is, it’s someone who learns Torah, has an intrinsic level of holiness that most of us simply can’t get our heads around, and who eschews trying to ride off the back of current events to churn out more Geula P*rn.

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Let’s give some examples of what I’m talking about, starting with the story I was sent yesterday by a reader.

It was about a passage someone apparently found in the Zohar, talking about two viruses that would cause pandemics before the end of days. The first virus would be somewhat controlled and contained, and the second virus would be totally out of control.

My reader headlined her email with ‘Scary!’

This is classic Geula P*rn.

All doom and gloom and scary predictions, with absolutely zero connection to our real tzaddikim, or Torah, or teachings about how prayer, charity and teshuva can overturn even the harshest decree.

Rebbe Nachman used to rail about this, 200 years ago, that instead of hunkering down and praying to God to sweeten harsh decrees, the Jewish community would first choose to ignore and downplay the problem, and then ping straight into total yeoush and fatalism.

There is a different way of handling all this fear and panic!

It’s called praying, giving charity and making teshuva, and Baruch Hashem, more and more people are starting to opt for that route.

But in the meantime, what Geula P*rn does is cook up some dramatic ‘predictions’, or unearth some ancient ‘prophecy’, and then totally focus on the death and destruction aspect that could precede geula, instead of giving out encouragement to follow the path of prayer, charity and teshuva, to overcome the decree.

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If you look at our real rabbis, our real tzaddikim, they are all putting out the same message:

Make some sincere teshuva, stop treating others badly, have some humility, stop speaking lashon hara – especially about Rabbi Berland – and split the heavens with your prayers. And then everything will turn around, and the harsh decrees will be sweetened!

(REMEMBER: THIS VIDEO WAS FIRST POSTED UP ON FEBRUARY 27TH, 2020. LOOK HOW MUCH HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN….)

 

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If you look at the purveyors of Geula P*rn, it’s all about the ‘buzz’ the ‘drama’, the horrible predictions, the action, the latest news and statistics and conspiracy theories that are designed to just tip the reader into a greater state of anxiety and panic.

All of this is happening just to get us to wake up, and to return whole-heartedly to God.

That message is totally missing from Geula P*rn, and the poor people who are addicted to it are really suffering as a result.

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So now, let’s talk tachlis. What is the main teshuva we need to make?

Rav Kanievsky said lashon hara, rechilut, and letting things go with other people instead of making a big deal out of them.

Rav Menashe Amon (above) said Coronavirus came because people in Israel were speaking against Rabbi Berland, who is currently still being held in prison in awful conditions, and has been persecuted non-stop by the State of Israel for many long months and years.

It’s zero coincidence that the same week Rav Berland got imprisoned, Coronavirus exploded into the headlines.

Over on the Hebrew shuvubanim website, there’s an article that states baldly that as long as Rav Berland sits in prison, and we don’t protest that, and we don’t pray for his release, and we don’t stop pretending that he’s in a totally different category of kedusha and is a good candidate for this generation’s Moshiach – Coronavirus will continue.

Now, THAT’S a scary thought, isn’t it?

Do you really want to spend another 3 months cooped up with your kids with no way to make parnassa as the world implodes around you?

Or, do you want to get things back to something approaching ‘normal’ before Pesach, as Rabbi Berland himself has said can happen?

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Let’s recap:

Geula P*rn is where we eagerly suck in all the juicy details, all the drama, all the fearmongering surrounding the unfolding geula process, but don’t make the underlying teshuva required to actually get redemption the sweet way.

Sure, we blog about it, we comment about it, we talk about it – but we don’t sit down and do a proper cheshbon hanefesh about all the lashon hara we’ve read, written and believed about Rabbi Berland, and other tzaddikim.

And we don’t double-check how badly we’re really treating our children; or how we’re emotionally and verbally abusing our family members; or how we’re trying to manipulate and control the people around us to make sure we always end up getting what we want.

And we don’t really look at how full of fallen fears we are about Coronavirus – which means that we’re even willing to break Shabbat, and stop praying in a minyan, and to stop learning Torah, and to stop visiting the Kotel and to stop dipping in a mikva – and how empty we actually are of genuine emuna and real yirat shemayim.

That is the work to do right now, that is the teshuva required, to get geula the sweet way.

Geula P*rn is very heavy on facemasks, stats, false predictions and conspiracy theories.

Real geula is hyper-focussed on teshuva, humility, prayer and charity.

Make sure you know the difference.

Because the one is going to get us out of the awful mess we currently find ourselves in, while the other is only going to exacerbate it.

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POSTSCRIPT:

In terms of figuring out the midda k’neged midda with slagging off Rabbi Berland and other tzaddikim and the spread of Coronavirus, you might get some clues below:

https://israeltruthtimes.blogspot.com/2020/03/can-you-put-two-and-two-together-those.html

 

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

Here’s a brief description of that book:

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

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

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

I have no more koach to buy onions.

Or toilet paper.

Or tuna.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In short, I have yeoush.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But only if we don’t despair of ourselves.

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Slowly, slowly, that message is sinking in.

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

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

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

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

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