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Last week, I had a little nervous breakdown.

The only reason it was little, as opposed to BIG, is because on Thursday morning I told my husband that if I didn’t make it out to Uman for Shabbat, I was probably going to crack up into a million pieces.

The warning signs had been gathering steam for two weeks, but we were deep in a massive cash crunch, so there was just no way I could get to Uman. Then on Tuesday, I was chasing some receipts for my husband’s end of year when we realized we’d been accidentally overcharged for something by 4, 000 shekels – the cost of spending Shabbat in Uman.

So, my husband asked for repayment, and Thursday morning, we booked the flight.

Thank God, because I was in such a low place by that point, I felt like the sky was falling in.

Usually, I’m pretty open about what sparks all this stuff off, and I can tell you that I’m definitely dealing with a million and one big stressors at the moment, that have all been depleting my strength and challenging me. I’ll list them here, to make it neat, but that’s not really what sent me off the deep end.

  • I have to move apartment by end of Feb, and still haven’t found somewhere.
  • I have to complete the purchase of an apt in Harish by end of Feb, and the bank turned down the mortgage.
  • I have to complete my ‘Crush your stress’ masterclass (haha!) and start marketing it properly.
  • I have to somehow figure out tickets for trips to the US and UK for family simchas.
  • My kid wants to drop out of school again.
  • My other kid is leaving her National Service half way through the year

All these stressors could easily pass for ‘the reason I’m cracking up’, and in the past, I’ve made the mistake of thinking they are the root cause of my emotional distress.

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But last week, I realized they are just the icing, not the cake.

The stuff that was really causing me to crack up last week is far more intangible. It just runs so deep, and goes to the heart of this whole idea of what I’m really meant to be doing in the world.

After 46 years, I realized that I’m still the perpetual weirdo, that I’m never going to see things the way other people do, or react to things ‘normally’, or be able to fit myself into the neat little boxes that apparently suit ‘everyone else’ – whoever the heck they are.

I’ve been fighting that clarity since I could think, because it brings a whole big bag of loneliness and self-doubt along with it. For four and a half decades, I’ve been waiting for me to mellow enough to fit in with the world, or for the world to speed up enough to keep up with me.

And last week, I finally understood that it’s never going to happen.

That understanding totally blew me out the water, and left me feeling like ET would feel once he understood the Mothership was never showing up to take him back home.

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I am a perpetual weirdo, stuck in a place where no-one is ever going to ‘get’ me.

This has implications for a lot of things, not least all my ongoing attempts to keep trying to ‘brainwash’ people – including my family members – into seeing things and experiencing things the way I do.

Up until last week, I thought it was just a matter of time until everyone comes around and starts to pick up the same vibes I do about things. Just a bit more ‘Moshiach light’ needs to slip under the door, just a bit more ‘Moshiach consciousness’ needs to shine in through the windows, and they will finally understand.

But now, I accept that’s never going to happen.

So last week, I fled to Uman to get some advice about how I’m meant to relate to myself in this new paradigm.

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Now I know I’m just never going to get that meeting of minds I’m craving, that sense of connection, now I know that I have to keep ‘the real me’ mostly under wraps if I want to have peaceful relationships and not cause constant friction, how do I relate to myself? How do I like myself?

How do I use all my ‘weirdness’ in a way that will still benefit the world, without causing me all this heartache because I feel so lonely and misunderstood so much of the time?

That’s why I came knocking on the door of Uman, the only place that makes me feel a little bit ‘normal’.

There was no bolt of lightning, no neon sign that suddenly lit up over the Tziyon saying

Rivka, do THIS!!!!! Be like THIS!!!! Just change THIS!!!!

But I came to Uman dragging a whole big chain of doubt, unhappiness and emotional pain behind me, and mostly, it’s gone.

I’m feeling connected back to my soul and connected back to God and the true Tzaddikim again. I have a lot to figure out still, but somehow, everything is going to turn out for the best.

And now, I have to get on with finding somewhere to live, and putting the finishing touches to my ‘Crush your stress’ course (haha!)

God certainly has a sense of humour.

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God never intended for the Jewish people to be so caught up in Esav’s wars.

Last week, we read the final parsha, Vayechi, in Sefer Bereishit, where Yaakov Avinu calls his sons to him for a final blessing. When he gets to Shimon and Levi, he castigates them for adopting the ‘stolen craft’ of his brother Esav.

Rashi explains there:

Klei Hamas – ‘stolen tools’. This craft of murder is in their possession by theft. It is from the blessing of Esav. Yaakov admonished them, “It is his [Esav’s] craft, and you robbed him of it.”

The full verse from the Torah reads:

“Shimon and Levi are brothers, klei hamas are their weapons. Into their design may my soul not enter! With their congregation do not unite, O my honor! For in their rage they killed a man, and in their wish they hamstrung an ox. Accursed is their rage for it is mighty, and their wrath for it is harsh. I will divide them in Yaakov, and I will disperse them in Israel.”

Clearly, Yaakov Avinu is very unhappy about his sons – forbears of the Jewish people – acting like his brother Esav, and killing people left, right and centre whenever they got angry and ‘felt justified’ in doing so.

This is not the Jewish way. The voice is the voice of Yaakov – it’s the voice of prayer, the voice of emuna, the voice of knowing that God is really running the world.

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Following the awful Chanuka attack in the shul in Monsey a couple of weeks ago, I was personally horrified when I saw pictures of orthodox Jews walking around toting what looked like machine guns.

Killing people is not our craft, it’s the craft of Esav. Of course, we’re meant to defend ourselves with all means possible, and to make every effort to save our life (although why moving to Israel doesn’t seem to make it on to that list is a bit of a mystery to me, I have to admit…)

But there is a world of difference between discreetly arranging security for shuls, schools and Jewish neighborhoods and strutting around for the media like Moshele the Terminator. Esav is way, way better at killing people and murdering people than we are. It’s a very dangerous game to get involved.

There are somewhere between 20-25 million people in the US with white supremacist tendencies. They are Esav mamash. A lot of them have machine guns. A lot of them are just waiting for ‘Moishele the Terminator’ to cross the line and actually kill someone, even in self-defense, so they can use that as a pretext to come after Jews all over the place.

Of course, what I’m writing here also has implications for the State of Israel, and for the whole idea that the IDF and the military is what is protecting the Jews here. This is an idea that has profound, far-reaching implications, and I certainly can’t cover off all the angles in one post.

But I will say that every time I hear apparently orthodox Jews advocating for ‘carpet bombing’ Gaza, and other extremely violent acts, I shudder. Is this really how Jews are meant to act and behave? Isn’t ‘carpet bombing Gaza’ a perfect example of klei hamas? Isn’t that just what the terrorists and the neo-Nazis would love to do to us, too?

Anything that puts Jews even tangentially into the same moral space as terrorists and Nazis has to be bad, doesn’t it?

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These are big questions, they need to be dealt with and discussed carefully by our qualified Sages and rabbis, and let’s be clear that in the State of Israel, that’s simply not happening. Our country is run by people who have adopted the ‘stolen craft’ of Esav as their main religion, and we are all paying the price for it.

Which brings me to the next point I want to make, about how the idea that killing and murdering people is somehow the best solution to every problem gained so much traction in the first place.

Let me share something that I received via email yesterday, from a Jew in America:

“I enjoy your writings (on rivkalevy.com) but I must admit, they either entertain me or stress me.  I know you used to be “secular media” and I think you still think like the secular media, like saying Trump “illegally” killed Soleimeni.  Wow,  That’s a stretch. I really can’t believe that you think that.  The man was a terrorist that not only killed thousands of american soldiers, but terrorized his own people.

“He has killed thousands and thousands of people.  The Iranians feared and hated him.  Plus, he was about to attack more Americans.  I know you are not too fond of America, but I know many soldiers (my Dad was a career soldier) and we have jewish soldiers at [army base] that become members of our Chabad.  I care about our soldiers and thank our President for caring  and protecting them, unlike our previous President.  I feel he should be hung as a traitor. I can’t stand the man.

“We are in a war and I thank GD that He mercifully delivered us from the traitor BO and may He destroy all evil among us (leftists) and brought us a strong man like Trump, may Hashem protect him.  Yes,Trump is Esav.  Yes, the west is Esav.  Yes America is Esav, but I was born and raised here and believe me, not all Americans are the enemy.  You want an enemy.  Try Ishmael.

“It seems your hatred of Trump and America has blinded you to reality.”

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My inbox is never a dull place!

So, let’s take my correspondent’s points one by one, to see if we can ascertain where the truth really lies, and what ‘reality’ actually consists of.

  1. It’s a stretch to say that Trump ‘illegally’ killed Soleimani.

“Extra-judicial killing” is a phrase that’s used by armies, militias and government sponsored ‘death squads’ around the world.

Here’s how Section 3a of the United States Torture Victim Protection Act defines extrajudicial killing:

“[A] deliberate killing not authorized by a previous judgment pronounced by a regular constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples. Such term, however, does not include any such killing that, under international law, is lawfully carried out under the authority of a foreign nation.

Was Soleimani brought to a ‘regular constituted court’ and given a trial that afforded him ‘all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples’? Nope.

“Extra-judicial killing” is a spin-doctor way of describing a murder where no legal due process was followed, or to say the same thing in blunter terms, an illegal murder. When Al Capone was mowing people down on the streets of Chicago that was also ‘extra-judicial killing’.

As we can see, ‘extra-judicial killing’ is an extremely murky area, and also very prone to being used and abused by individuals and agencies who don’t want to have to justify their actions or have too much public scrutiny and moral accountability.

When it comes to Soleimani’s murder, the excuse the US used to get around its own regulations as stated above, in their Torture Victim Protection Act, is that Soleimani’s killing was not an assassination, but an act of “National Self Defense”.

This is the same legal justification that Israel uses for many of its targeted killings, and the difference is that when it comes to Israel, I mostly believe it.

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Amongst the many, many problems with ‘extra judicial murders’ tho, is that the people who are carrying them out argue that any given target’s normal legal rights as a civilian – or even as a human being! – should be totally trampled and ignored if that person is deemed to be a threat to national security.

But who is defining what that actually means?

What’s the legal basis for deciding these things? Where is the public scrutiny to ensure that immoral people with a lust for power and taste for murdering anyone who gets in their way doesn’t abuse this idea, to simply get anyone who opposes what they want murdered and out of the picture?

Also, from the viewpoint of halacha, this is not at all a simple matter. One of the 7 Noahide laws is that the non-Jewish nations should create courts of law and follow a judicial process. By definition extra-judicial killings take place outside of any legal framework.

And when non-Jewish nations don’t follow one of the 7 Noahide laws, they are subject to the death penalty. (It’s a post for another time, but if you go through each of the 7 Noahide laws and see how places like the USA are doing, as a nation, let’s just say it doesn’t stack up in their favor.)

So, is it a stretch to say that Soleimani’s killing is ‘illegal’?

I’ll let you make up your own mind.

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  1. “[Soleimani] was a terrorist that not only killed thousands of american soldiers, but terrorized his own people.”

My view is that all senior military men are basically psychopaths, whichever country they happen to live in. Anyone who likes killing people for a living is not a ‘nice’ person, let’s be very clear on that.

But to claim that he’s killed “thousands of American soldiers” – it’s just not credible.

Wikipedia says this for the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq since 2003, which is when the US invaded Iraq:

“As of June 29, 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Defense casualty website, there were 4,424 total deaths (including both killed in action and non-hostile) and 31,952 wounded in action (WIA) as a result of the Iraq War.”

But the US wasn’t fighting Iran then, these soldiers were killed as a result of the US deciding to invade a sovereign nation. Where’s the proof that Soleimani is connected to even one of these deaths in Iraq?

Let’s take a look at Afghanistan now, where again the US decided to invade back in 2001 after 9/11.

“As of July 7, 2018, there have been 2,372 U.S. military deaths in the War in Afghanistan. 1,856 of these deaths have been the result of hostile action. 20,320 American service members have also been wounded in action during the war. In addition, there were 1,720 U.S. civilian contractor fatalities.”

Again, what does this have to do with Soleimani?

Last stop, for now, is Syria.

How many US soldiers had been killed there, by the time Trump said he’d withdraw US troops in April 2018?

Just 2.

And this is the arena where there is the most credible argument to be made that Soleimani and Iran could be behind these deaths.

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Now, let’s flip things on their head, and let’s ask an uncomfortable question:

How many non-Americans have died in Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the US deciding to launch its ‘war on terror’?

The answer comes from researchers at Brown’s University, who released their findings from the ‘Costs of War Project’ in November 2018:

“Brown’s researchers estimate that at least 480,000 people have been directly killed by violence over the course of these conflicts, more than 244,000 of them civilians. In addition to those killed by direct acts violence, the number of indirect deaths — those resulting from disease, displacement, and the loss of critical infrastructure — is believed to be several times higher, running into the millions.”

While we’re on this subject, back in 2011 Wikileaks released footage of 2 American Apache helicopters mowing down a large group of people standing in the street in the Iraq, which included many civilians and 2 Reuters journalists.

You should watch this brief clip of what happened, even though it’s from the Al-Jazeera news network, because as I keep trying to tell you, there is no such thing as a 0-100% argument. There is some truth on all sides of the discussion, and doing the birur means that we make our best effort to tease it out.

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Releasing this clip was probably the trigger for the NSA to target Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently being kept in solitary confinement (!) in Belmarsh Prison in the UK, while the USA tries to ‘extradite’ him to the US on trumped-up charges of hacking computers. Really? It all just boils down to the US trying to keep its grip on the world.

Assange is not an American citizen, he’s an Australian. And publishing footage of American helicopter pilots callously killing Iraqi civilians is the best type of journalism, and the best ‘balance’ against military abuses of power.

But the NSA and President Trump don’t think so. Trump happily signed the extradition order for Julian Assange, the journalist you see here saying ‘war corrupts the people who engage in it’ – and that’s what first clued me in that Trump is not the ‘almost Moshiach’ so many people still believe him to be.

Let’s be clear, this is not about partisan politics.

When he was President, Obama arranged the prosecution of 8 journalists and whistle-blowers under the same Espionage Act they are trying to use to prosecute Assange, including Chelsea Manning, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake, and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

And Trump is simply continuing the trend.

Back in May 2019, his administration decided to prosecute Daniel Everett Hale, a former intelligence analyst for the Air Force who shared worrying information about America’s use of drones and assassinations in its war on terror with journalist Jeremy Scahill.

Scahill later turned that information into a book and a documentary called ‘Dirty Wars’.

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Here’s a synopsis:

“Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command. He exposes covert operations to capture and kill people, but those agents do not exist on paper.”

And they are still continuing to operate under Trump. So much for draining the swamp.

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3) “We are in a war and I thank GD that He mercifully delivered us from the traitor BO and may He destroy all evil among us (leftists) and brought us a strong man like Trump, may Hashem protect him.  Yes,Trump is Esav.  Yes, the west is Esav.  Yes America is Esav, but I was born and raised here and believe me, not all Americans are the enemy.  You want an enemy.  Try Ishmael.”

Yes, we certainly are in a war. Not just one, many. And behind the scenes, you will find the NSA and the CIA and the American military pulling the strings of nearly all of them.

Esav excels at klei Hamas.

It’s no coincidence that these words also translate to the ‘tools of Hamas’, i.e. the terror organization on Israel’s front door step.

Let’s put all the pretense aside and deal with facts for a moment.

The US has been unrivalled in starting and pursuing wars all across the planet, for the better part of 80 years. It doesn’t matter who is in the Whitehouse, it’s the CIA and the NSA and the military, and all the powerful vested interests in the US and the UK and elsewhere who are really calling the shots in the world.

And as I’ve written about elsewhere, those vested interests excel in destabilizing third world countries, installing ‘puppet’ rulers who owe their power to American / Western support, and then asset-stripping those countries of all their natural resources and wealth.

America has been doing this for decades, all over the planet, and murdering people in their hundreds of thousands – including civilians – is a big part of how they operate.

Maybe it’s deliberate, maybe it’s just collateral damage, I don’t know. But either way, America has so much innocent blood on its hands.

I don’t blame my American correspondent for believing that the American military is not ‘the enemy’. But at this stage, there are hundreds of millions of people in the world who have seen their lives, families and countries blown apart by the US military / CIA / NSA.

And all on the flimsiest of excuses.

Human life is valuable, even when a person lives in Iraq or Afghanistan. And not all Muslims are terrorists. America wants wars, because America is good at wars, and wars are good for America’s economy.

But these wars have proven to be so very bad for everyone else.

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4) “It seems your hatred of Trump and America has blinded you to reality.”

Sigh.

Sometimes I wonder, what’s going to happen when Israel finally shrugs off America’s bridle, and stops being America’s pawn in the Middle East.

The IDF is a ‘stolen craft’, and the Jewish people are built for prayer and peace, not war and murder. It’s just a matter of time before our true Jewish nature starts to reassert itself nationally, when we stop believing Esav’s opinion that killing people is the answer to our problems, and when more and more of us start to turn to God for a real solution to our problems.

You know that when Moshiach is finally revealed, that’s going to happen, don’t you? And then what? Will Moshiach also be portrayed as a ‘mad Jewish mullah’ with a beard, another threat to America’s ‘national security’ that will be extra-judicially targeted for extermination, God forbid?

And then what?

What side will my correspondent – and all the many orthodox Jews like her, who believe all the spin and PR and lies about America being the ‘good Esav’ – find themselves on, then?

That is the question.

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Photo by Diego González on Unsplash

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A picture speaks a thousand words.

Here is a picture of two massive volcanic fields on Australia’s Sapphire Coast, known in geological parlance as the Boyd Volcanic Complex, and the Yalwal Volcanic Complex.

The Eruption and Emplacement Mechanisms of the Southern Boyd Volcanic Complex Pyroclastic Units, New South Wales: A Study of Munganno Point – Scientific Figure on ResearchGate. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Map-showing-the-Yalwal-Volcanic-Complex-and-the-Boyd-Volcanic-Complex-within-the-context_fig1_305227282 [accessed 13 Jan, 2020]

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Geologists like to tell people these volcanoes were last active in the ‘Devonian Period’, i.e. 419 million years ago (sic).

Lucky thing, that, because otherwise a thoughtful onlooker might become a little perturbed by the huge amount of overlap between this picture above, of the volcanic complexes, and this picture, below, showing where the recent bush fires sprang up:

 

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This comes from THIS website on Australian volcanoes:

“Like the mountains, the volcanoes are all on the eastern side of Australia, in a series of chains running north to south, starting 500 km of the northeastern coast (the Maer islands) to Tasmania in the south. The total length is 4400 km. That is a sizable sequence! It closely follows the Great Dividing Range, the third longest continental mountain chain in the world. There are also two chains of submarine volcanoes further to the east, off the coast.”

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On December 17th 2019 (which happened to coincide with Chabad’s celebration of Kislev 19th this year, when the Alter Rebbe was amazingly released from the Czar’s prison after a 53 day there) – Australia registered it’s hottest day ‘ever’.

Apparently, the temperature hit 105.6 degrees.

That same day, there was a massive spike in seismic activity on December 17th, 2019:

Image from the Volcano Discovery website.

And then, very shortly after that all the bushfires went up many levels of intensity.

As I’ve written about in many other places, when there is a lot of seismic activity in volcanic regions, that leads to natural methane being released in great quantities and rising up to the surface. Methane is highly flammable. All it takes is a spark – a strike of lightning, say – and whoosh! A massive fire can instantly get started that can race across the land at an unbelievable pace, because it’s burning methane.

That’s exactly what happened in volcanic California, too, last year, when the Paradise fire occurred.

No coincidence that one of the main Australian towns affected by these bushfires is called ‘Eden’.

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Hashem is definitely sending a message here.

Lucky, that those volcanoes in Australia are all 400 millions years old (sic). Even though here and there, there are hints that the official history of the area’s seismic and volcanic activity is a little ‘off’. Like the account of the Tathra tsunami, that hit the Sapphire Coast in the 1500s and totally wrecked the whole area.

Also, strange that a week before all that earthquake activity was recorded in Australia on December 17th, the White Island Volcano in New Zealand erupted, killing 18 people and badly burning many more.

Seismic pressure was clearly building all across that area.

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Just like in California, the white settlers of Australia pretty much eradicated the natives, and totally disparaged all their ‘tall stories’ that clearly indicated that recent and massive earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions were a regular feature of life. If they hadn’t committed genocide, maybe the settlers would have realised that:

There’s a very good reason that the native peoples of North America and the native peoples of Australia were nomadic, and lived a very basic life, with very few permanent buildings or institutions.

When you live life in the heart of a land that is being regularly convulsed by seismic and volcanic cataclysms, that is the safest way. And also, it’s pointless building permanent dwelling places, just to have them burn down, fall down or get washed away.

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It’s such a shame that the early white settlers didn’t show more respect to the indigenous peoples in North America and Australia. If they had, they may have understood much earlier on that life is far more fragile, and buildings far less permanent, than it first appears.

Of course, God wanted things this way.

He had His reasons for pausing the biggest, regular earthquakes and frequent volcanoes for 200 years, so that modern people would settle on America’s West Coast, and on Australia’s East Coast, and believe that they’d live there forever.

I wonder, do the people of Australia understand that the only reason their volcanoes are pegged as being so very old, and so very inactive, is because modern scientists didn’t date them to take into account of a how massive ‘bushfire event’, like we’re currently seeing, could totally skew any hint of a ‘normal’ comparison for carbon dating?

Take a look at this article, for more about that:

Climate Change Might Break Carbon Dating

Fossil fuel emissions mess with the ratio of carbon isotopes in the atmosphere

In short, when forest fires like this set up, they make anything carbon dated at the time they are taking place appear way, way older than they actually are.

And if you want to know more about why all the dating methods used by “science” are all totally flawed in different ways, but for similar reasons, read THIS.

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Long story short, the same natural phenomenon that has been causing the fires in California is causing the fires in Australia.

God is sending some good ol’ fashioned fire and brimstone to these areas, and the more interesting question is why? What does corrupt, Godless, hedonistic, California have in common with Eastern Australia?

I have some ideas.

But that’s a story for another time.

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Why did Trump state he was going to attack precisely 52 Iranian sites, if they dared to fight back after the US illegally blew their 2nd in command to pieces in Iraq?

Over Shabbat, I found something that shed some light on what’s going on here, and I wrote about it over on the ravberland.com site, HERE.

I have to say, it’s very interesting reading, especially after a reader got in touch to draw my attention to a prayer that Rabbi Berland wrote a couple of years ago that links in exactly to some of the insights I got on Shabbat.

Long story short, the next piece of the geula puzzle is falling into place, and you can read more about that HERE.

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For years, the Prophet Jeremiah told the people of Judea that the Temple would be destroyed, and they would be exiled.

Jeremiah’s message didn’t go down at all well. He was shunned, imprisoned and threatened, and even his own family in Anatot, his home town, tried to bump him off by poisoning him. But God protected him through all these trials, and sure enough, Nebuchadnezzar showed up in 689 BCE, and laid siege to the rebellious city of Jerusalem.

As the Bablyonian army tightened their squeeze on the nation of Israel, and on the King Tzidkiyahu, even the most resolutely ‘optimistic’ fake prophets fell into despair, and stopped trying to pretend that Jeremiah was a psycho conspiracy theorist who was somehow following the wrong Rebbe.

There’s only so far you can stretch credulity, even when you so desperately want to believe that everything is going to turn out totally for the best, and that all there is left to do before Moshiach shows up is to ‘polish the buttons’.

But then, at that point in time when Jeremiah’s dire warnings were literally manifesting before the eyes of the Jewish nation, God comes to him again, and tells him something pretty strange:

“Prophet Jeremiah, take a break from all that End of Days stuff for a bit, and go buy your cousin Hanamel’s field in Anatot.”

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As you might expect, Jeremiah is a little taken aback by this.

I mean, Jerusalem is about to be totally sacked and destroyed, the Jewish people is about to be cruelly exiled from their land for at the next 70 years, and here’s God obsessed with contracting a real estate deal.

What’s with that?!?!

But, Jeremiah buys the land for seven shekels and 10 silver pieces (bargain!), and then tells his servant Baruch ben Neriah to place the bill of sale in an earthenware pot, where it will be kept safe and “endure for many years.” Why?

“For thus said Hashem, Master of Legions, God of Israel: ‘Houses, fields and vineyards will yet be bought in this land.’”[1]

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What can we learn from this, we who sit here watching the world tip upside down, and chaos and madness encroach from every direction?

I’ve been asking myself that a lot recently, as I find myself way more caught up with gathering potatoes than gathering diamonds at the moment.

(There’s a Rebbe Nachman story about that, which is basically that a man goes to a faraway land to collect diamonds, but when he gets there, gets confused and starts collecting potatoes instead. The parable is obvious.)

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The last few months, I have literally been working like a dog to try to get books out, and self-help courses out, because at some point, I want to be able to buy my own ‘field’ in Jerusalem and finally settle down under my own fig, under my own vine.

In the course of doing that, I’ve been finding it very hard to hang out at the prayers of the Rav as much as I used to; or to sit at the Kotel, or even to recite my daily tikkun haklali. All my time is going on redeeming the field, i.e. acting as though that normal part of the world is going to continue, regardless of all the madness going on around me.

I honestly don’t know what to think about it all.

At the same time, I’ve spent so much of the last two decades trying to mend my ways, and to listen to Hashem’s messages about moving to Israel, quitting my job to focus on raising my kids, working on my emuna, trying to have a bit of humility….

It’s really not like all I’ve been doing the last few years is trying to redeem the field, anything but.

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When I was mulling all this over in hitbodedut, and talking to God about the crazy pace of life at the moment, and my seeming inability to hang on to so many of the spiritual diamonds I put so much effort into collecting over the last few years, He reminded me of Jeremiah and the field.

Sometimes, even in the middle of the madness, you still have to try to continue to do ‘normal’ things, and still to think about tomorrow, even though tomorrow is so very uncertain. I spent years paralysed by ‘geula anticipation’, thinking there was no point doing anything except making teshuva and learning Torah.

Was that wrong?

Probably not. Probably, almost definitely not.

But in the meantime, life continues, life goes on, and that’s also a reality I have to accept and integrate into my lifestyle. So many of our young people are dropping out of school, and getting depressed, and feeling unable to overcome their tremendous apathy and ennui because they feel there is no point.

There is no tomorrow. Why make an effort, why wake up on time, why try to progress or achieve anything?

I have a lot of sympathy for that outlook. I suffered from it myself for so many years. But these days, I’m in a different space. A space where while I’m still searching for diamonds, I’m also appreciating that you can’t eat them. Sometimes, you need a potato.

Sometimes, the way you serve Hashem is by redeeming the field.

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FOOTNOTES:

[1] See Jeremiah 36:8.

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Am I the only one who’s got a profound sense of deja vu?

Man, I am so tired at the moment. True, I woke up at 4.15am today, and couldn’t get back to sleep. But why I’m really tired at the moment is because my soul is very tired. I’m not even saying that in a bad way, or a despairing way, it’s just a statement of fact.

Really since last Shavuot, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, trying to do this, and trying to do that, and trying to work on stuff for Rav Berland, and move my own stuff forward, somehow.

Spiritually, I hope it’s made a difference. But honestly, I’m not so sure.

And while I am one of those dumb people who will continue going long after everyone else gave up, if I really believe in something, I have to say I’m approaching the point of burn out. Maybe, we’ve just reached that stage now where the die has been cast, and whatever is going to happen next is going to happen.

I really hope and pray that Rav Berland and his community, and the rest of the Tzaddikim, are going to continue to be able to sweeten the threat from Iran.

But honestly, part of me is just so tired of being locked up in Geula Ground Hog Day, where every few months we go through the whole pantomime again, with no obvious resolution.

The most primitive part of the human brain hates uncertainty. That’s why fortune tellers, and soothsayers and false prophets have always done such a roaring trade since the dawn of time, and are still going strong today.

The primitive part of the brain, aka the yetzer hara, just wants to have a conclusion already, a decision. It doesn’t really care if we’re going to get nuked to smithereens, it just wants the denouement already, because sometimes the uncertainty is unbearable. At least, for the yetzer.

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They did a research project a little while back where they asked volunteers to play a video game where they had to turn over stones to find a snake.

Every time they found a snake, the volunteer got a small, but unpleasant, electric shock.

The researchers incorporated a bunch of obvious clues in the game, which gave players a reasonable certainty of whether there would be a snake, or not. And they discovered a very interesting thing: players were less stressed about knowing with certainty they were about to find a snake, than if there was a 50-50 chance of finding or not finding.

This study explains something that has always puzzled me, namely why there are so many of us out there that seem to be secretly anticipating Iran nuking Israel. Is life that boring, or that miserable, that this seems like a preferable scenario to soldiering on, even though the uncertainty is sometimes just so hard to take?

Apparently for many people, the answer is ‘yes’.

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Nothing is certain today, is it?

Not the weather, not the economy, not the elections, not the whole idea that hard work and effort inevitably brings reward – so much is up in the air, and for sure, that’s totally stressing us out.

We don’t care too much WHAT is around the corner, Hashem, but the not knowing is driving us totally bonkers…

So what’s the answer to this?

How can we put some ‘certainty’ into what is fundamentally one of the most volatile periods of time in the history of mankind?

The answer is, only be trying to boost our emuna that God is running the world, and our bitachon that whatever God has planned, it’s all for the best.

Apart from this sort of radical emuna, there is no other workable option on the table.

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Three days ago, my husband and I visited the 8th circle of hell that is Bank Mizrachi’s mortgage department.

I warned my husband going in that he was probably going to have a PTSD flashback, after the last time they agreed a mortgage in principle only to revoke their agreement after we’d signed.

But last time it was a complicated property in a complicated part of Jerusalem, and we were asking for a relatively massive mortgage. This time, we were asking for a relatively small mortgage in a new build property in Harish, so what could be the problem?

Aha! Fool that I am.

We sat there, exchanged precisely 1 ½ words of ‘pleasantries’ before the mortgage clerk put the clamp on us and went straight for the jugular. Because my husband switched over from being self-employed to being a business in 2019, whatever paperwork we’d put together apparently wasn’t enough to show them we had the income we were claiming.

Apparently, because his clients don’t pay precisely the same amount into his account, in round numbers, every single month, our mortgage approval (which again, we’d received in theory) was now in jeopardy.

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I watched my husband’s eyes dilate, and all the blood rush from his cheeks as the bank devil continued to dance around him, jabbing her French-accented Hebrew pitchfork into his face. A classic PTSD response. His breathing sped up and went more shallow (ready for fight or flight) and I also felt my stomach muscles tense up (definitely fight…)

But then, a strange thing happened.

I remembered God runs the world, and that if God wants to stuff up our mortgage yet again, then that must be for the very best of reasons, and a million percent what we need.

I started clapping my hands as the bank devil continued to prod my husband, and I stage-whispered at him: “Clap your hands and don’t fight back! There’s nothing you can do, except to clap your hands and dance!”

By this point, the fight response was gathering steam above my husband’s head, so he was effectively carrying on two arguments at once: one, with the bank devil, who was trying to explain to him how even earning a gazillion shekels a year isn’t enough to get a mortgage guaranteed, if it isn’t appearing in his account in a neat little box every single month.

And then a second argument with me, who was stage whispering at him to go outside the bank for a minute, and do some dancing.

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I also nipped off to the toilets, to see if I could do a bit of jumping up and down to stomp on the head of the forces of evil that run Israel’s banking industry.

I couldn’t manage a lot of stomping – I didn’t want the Arab lady cleaning the toilets to report me for borderline psychotic behavior – but even the little bit I did made me feel way better.

I returned to the little booth, where my husband was still caught in a classic PTSD response, and I started clapping my hands again, while the bank devil looked at me a little quizzically.

“Go outside and dance!” I hissed at him. “There is nothing else to do here!”

So he did – literally for half a minute – and when he returned, the bank devil got the phone call we’d been waiting for, announcing that the bank would review her refusal of the mortgage, as long as we would send along a few more documents, and twist ourselves into a few more pretzels, and agree to sacrifice a close family member to the Moloch.

(I made one of these statements up. See if you can guess which one.)

The uncertainty continues, the madness and the unfairness continues. The bad guys are still running the country and holding all the cards in their hand, but I don’t really care anymore.

Mortgage or no mortgage, I can still be happy. Nuke or no nuke, I can still make supper and love my family, and carry on working on my ‘beat your stress course’ – which I have to tell you, has been totally stressing me out for months, already.

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The last few weeks, it seems as though pretty much every source of stress and uncertainty that we’ve ever had to struggle with the last few years has been sent back to us to deal with, as part of the ongoing Geula Ground Hog Day.

The last few years, I’ve whinged and complained so much about not having a house, and finding it so hard to find a place to live in Jerusalem, and not having a mortgage, and being strapped for cash, and not getting my books to sell, and not being able to keep my kids settled in school – and a million other things, besides.

But no more! This time, whatever else happens, I’m not going to complain.

God wants to nuke me off the face of the earth? That’s fine with me. Really.

God doesn’t want me to have a mortgage? OK, no big deal. If I have to sell the apartment in Harish, I will.

God wants my kid to drop out of school (again….)? Great! That’s clearly what she needs to do at this point, because I have tried everything I can to keep her in that framework, and I can see how bad ‘school’ actually is, for her soul.

You remember in Ground Hog Day, by the end Bill Murray actually starts to look forward to each repeated day, because he can act like a crazy person and do a bunch of things that otherwise, he’d never do in a million years?

Like sit there clapping in the face of a bank devil who’s telling you they aren’t going to give you a mortgage? Again?

This time around, I’m determined to enjoy the 8th circle of hell that is Bank Mizrachi, whatever else happens. There’s no such thing as ‘certainty’ in 2020, and certainly not in my small corner of it.

The only certain thing is that God is behind all this stuff, and it’s somehow good.

What else do I need to know?

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UPDATE:

I just found this video (above) of a Nanach guy which made the point about dancing and clapping hands sweetening judgments, and also made me laugh. Thank God for strange people who believe in Hashem and have Youtube channels. Where would we be, without them?

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Another 9/11?

Over on the RavBerland.com site, you can see (and hear) the message from Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto that there is a harsh decree in the works for another massive terror attack to occur, something on the same scale as 9/11, God forbid.

From Rabbi Pinto’s words, it appears that the terrorist attack will be aimed at the people of Israel.

As I’m typing this, there are a few thousands of Breslov chassidim celebrating the hiloula of Rav Natan Sternhartz, the principal student of Rebbe Nachman. My husband is hopefully jumping around with the Shuvu Banim yeshiva in Talpiot, just up the road here.

The last few months, I’ve been getting one push after another to get out 7 books by Rabbi Eliezer Berland before the Fast of Tevet, 5780.

(I don’t know why it has to be seven, that’s just the message I’ve been getting over and over and over again in my hitbodedut. Your guess is as good as mine.)

The last one is the Pesach Haggada, which is currently with the designer, but which I ran into so many miniot with, I just couldn’t get it out on time.

Each time one of these books has come out, it’s been at a time when the tensions in the world have ratched up through the roof, and especially the tensions within the Jewish world.

Spreading the Rav’s words, and his prayers, are doing things on a level that’s impossible to grasp.

Recently, I heard that Rav Shalom Arush has begun to encourage some of his followers to try to buy large quantities of these books, and to begin to do hafetza with them. I found this out, because someone tried to place a really large order for the books with Amazon – and Amazon refused to ship them because they thought it was some sort of scam.

There are such massive miniot (obstacles) around getting the Rav’s works into the world, especially in English, because they are sweetening things on such a deep level, and in such a hidden way, that unless you check out the validity of what I just wrote for yourself, in your own hitbodedut session, you just have no idea what I’m really talking about.

I really hope Rabbi Pinto is wrong. He’s not a rabbi that makes a big stir by routinely predicting awful things. He’s also not the first kabbalist – by a long chalk – to hint that some terrible terrorist attack is in the offing against the Jewish people.

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More than two years’ ago, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Stern’s son, Rabbi Avraham Stern, visited the Shuvu Banim yeshiva on behalf of his father.

He had this to say:

“I’d like to request just one on thing: that we should have achdut (unity) and love between us, which will bring us the geula (redemption). Before his death, Rav Leibowitz ordered me to make the following announcement about America, so I repeat this every opportunity I get.

He told me that the anti-Semitism in the United States is only going to continue to grow, until it gets to the point where the Jews will be forced to flee. We can also see how the forces of nature are going crazy there, and this is because we see how the people there are overturning everything, and no longer know who is their abba and who is their ima….

“The same is true in Tel Aviv, which is why Rav Leibowitz told me:

‘YOU SHOULD KNOW, TEL AVIV WILL BE DESTROYED.’

Moranu Rav Berland, shlita, is fighting against the head of the snake, in direct combat. Rav Berland is gouging out its eyes, and he’s taking upon himself all our troubles. I heard from my teacher and father, shlita, who told me: ‘I’m scared… I don’t know how Rav Berland is doing this! There is no other rabbi in Israel, there is no other rosh yeshiva in Israel, there is no other rebbe or admor in Israel who knows how Rav Berland, shlita, is able to fight this war, and to fight against the head of the snake itself,” concluded Rav Aharon Stern.

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Two years ago, so many people in chul made fun of this statement.

After the events of Chanuka 2019 in the US, these words seem eerily prescient.

Rav Berland is still fighting the war, and the need for the Jewish people to band together and to have achdut is as pressing as it’s ever been.

Bezrat Hashem, our tzaddikim can sweeten this harsh judgement, too. But up the prayers, the working on the bad middot and the ahavat chinam, in the meantime, as we seem to be going through another period of time when geula coming the sweet way is mamash hanging by a thread again.

And as for me, I’m really hoping I can get that Haggadah out ASAP.

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UPDATE: The translation was updated to say:

“On Shabbat, I had a dream that was not simple, that there stands ready to be a big shock in the world, on the scale of the murder of Yitzchak Rabin, or September 11, on a very difficult scale, and difficult things which will happen to the enemies of Israel.”

I got sent an email that it’s not something directly against the Jewish people, and that the ‘enemies of Israel’ is meant literally. I’m happy to stand corrected!

BH, it will all be sweetened.

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This is the best explanation of Azamra I’ve ever heard.

It’s not the first time I’ve posted this up here, but this video by Rabbi Ofer Erez – with full English subtitles – is the single best explanation of how to do Azamra, or seeing the good in bad people without getting corrupted yourself – that I’ve ever come across.

I’m working SO hard at the moment, trying to get my ‘Stressbusters for Mums’ course completed. It’s like doing my finals in Uni, except worse, because no-one cared in Uni if I didn’t wash up for two weeks, but that’s not the case at this stage of my life!

So, posting will probably be slow here for the next week or so.

Unless God decides different.

So in the meantime, enjoy!

This video is probably one of the main reasons Youtube was even created.

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PS: Rav Ofer has a new book out, with his explanation of Rebbe Nachman’s story of the 7 Beggars. I don’t know where you can buy it online, but if I find out, I’ll update this post.

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I’ve been reading up on the history of Shabtai Tzvi and Jacob Frank who were false messiahs from 350 and 250 years ago, respectively.

In the process, I uncovered a great many new facts that I didn’t know before, and also some questions that continue to beg answers, even in our times. So without any further ado, let’s dive into the world of these false messiahs, who continued to shape the Jewish community in so many ways, long after their deaths.

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The story begins in Izmir, Turkey, when the Turkish Jew Shabtai Tzvi (1626-1676) (who I’ll call SHATZ for short) announces he’s the long-awaited messiah of the Jewish people. Initially, many Jews – including a great many learned rabbis – believe his claims.

But SHATZ has been dabbling in the Kabbalah and the occult, and he quickly develops a theology of going against the Torah of Moses, and deliberately doing the opposite of any given commandment. His reasoning is that now that the Moshiach has come, ‘evil’ has returned to its root in good, and there is no such thing as ‘bad’ anymore.

To prove this, he and his followers start creating new ‘Jewish festivals’, based on their own experiences and the ‘miraculous events’ occurring within their community, and abolish traditional fasts, particularly Tisha B’Av.

The Sabbateans also publically reject the Talmud, i.e. the Oral Law, and heap scorn on the heads of the rabbis who wrote it, claiming they distorted original Judaism.

It’s important to note that this is the same claim the xtians make against Judaism. They also reject what they term ‘rabbinic Judaism’, but rabbinic Judaism is the Oral Law, and it’s an integral part of Judaism that was also given to Moshe Rabbenu alongside the Written Torah at Sinai.

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In the best ‘National Enquirer’ tradition, SHATZ star really takes off after the rabbis expel him from Salonika for ‘marrying’ a Torah.

That’s when he moves to Jerusalem and acquires his own prophet by the name of Nathan of Gaza. Nathan of Gaza proclaims that SHATZ is the Moshiach in 1665, and by October of that year, the news already hit the European Jewish communities

The Chmielnicki Uprising (1648-1657) had killed a third of Europe’s Jews at this point, they were desperate for salvation. Also, the xtians believed that the End of Days was going to begin in 1665 – and that’s why the English decided to let the Jews return to the UK in 1655, because they figured it wouldn’t be long before they’d return to Israel, in any case.

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 This Nathan is an extremely convincing spokesman, and quickly hits on the idea of smearing anyone who denies the ‘moshiach-ness’ of SHATZ as being from the ‘Erev Rav’.

In the meantime, stories start to abound within the Jewish community (but are often quickly suppressed) that the SHATZ and his very large group of followers are engaging in shockingly illicit activities, including wife swapping, incest, deliberately eating pork and public orgies (to name but a few).

Very few rabbis seem to be prepared to publically call the SHATZ out on all the immorality and licentiousness surrounding him, although Rabbi Jacob Sasportas (1610-1698) and the Chacham Tzvi take the lead in opposing him. Rabbi Sasportas becomes the sworn enemy of the Sabbateans, and states that they are Erev Rav. But few people take this seriously, until SHATZ converts to Islam on September 15, 1666 on pain of death.

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At that stage, his followers split into three main groups:

Group 1: Well-meaning Jews who were duped into believing that SHATZ is the Moshiach between 1665 and his conversion in September in 1666. Large numbers of this group make teshuva after Shabtai becomes an apostate, and return to the Jewish fold.

Group 2: Crypto-Sabbateans – who maintain a pious Jewish exterior, but who engage in all sorts of licentious behavior behind closed doors, and continue to believe that SHATZ actually is the Moshiach.

Group 3: Hard-core Sabbateans, many of whom also sham convert to Islam, but whose real religion continues to be Sabbateanism. The infamous ‘Donmeh[1]’ of Turkey belong to this last group. Many of these Jews schism off and out of the Jewish community, at this point.

But not all of them, especially in Podalia and Eastern Europe.

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SHATZ dies in 1676 – but that doesn’t faze his followers, or derail the ‘SHATZ is Moshiach’ propaganda machine.

In order to keep the show on the road, his leading followers come up with the idea that Shabtai Tzvi’s soul will conveniently ‘reincarnate’ in one of his followers 49 days after his death.

That person becomes the new leader, and the messianic fervor that’s powering the Sabbatean’s activities continue to churn, and bring in new adherents, power and funds. The Sabbatians teach that the the original Shabtai Tzvi will come back from the dead, as part of techias hameitim, and take over where he left off.

The Sabbatean community continues to emphasize kabbalah over normative halacha, but have a status within the Jewish community similar to the Karaites – i.e. both the xtians and the Jews of that time still consider them to be Jewish, at least technically, but a sect, not normative Judaism.

Xtians eye these developments with great interest. The Karaite community in Amsterdam at this time is being financially supported by the Protestants there, who want to undermine ‘Rabbinic Judaism’ by presenting the Karaites as being more authentic, and more akin to the original Jews.

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So, for the next 100 years or so, the Sabbatean community continues.

It is more ‘openly’ Sabbatean in Turkey, and more ‘secretly’ Sabbatean elsewhere, particularly in the 4 lands of Poland, and especially in the Polish province of Podolia, which covers an area consisting of modern-day Ukraine and Moravia.

Podolia borders Turkey, and there is a lot of exchange between the Jews of these areas.

So far, I probably haven’t told you too much you didn’t know before. But hang on, because here where the story ramps up a level.

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At exactly the same time that the Baal Shem Tov and chassidut appears on the scene in the Ukraine (Podolia), Jacob Frank also shows up. It’s a well-known spiritual principle that every good thing has its ‘bad’ mirror image. God arranges things like this, in order to maintain free choice, and that’s often why things can seem so confusing to us mere mortals.

We see that rabbi with a shtreimel, this rabbi with a beard…. They both appear to be identical, from the outside, yet one is a destructive luminary of fire, and the other is a holy luminary of light. And unless we’re continually asking God to show us the truth, we can very easily find ourselves being tugged after those charismatic – but false – luminaries of fire.

So, at this period of time, from the 1730s on, there are a number of Jewish ‘wonder workers’ stalking all over Europe, some of whom – like the Baal Shem Tov – are holy of holies, and others of whom – like Jacob Frank, and Samuel Falk of London – are actually fakers who are using dark kabbalah for their own ends.

(It’s a side point, but Samuel Falk was one of the leaders of the movement to get more Jews into devil-worshipping Freemasonry, in the name of Jewish ‘emancipation’. He was known as a miracle worker in London, where he acquired the name ‘the Baal-Shem of London’. I was a little shocked to learn that the picture that is usually said to be of the Baal Shem Tov is actually a picture of this guy, instead!)

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So, Frank is a Polish Jew, probably already from a family of secret Sabbatians, who moves to Turkey and is initiated into Sabbateanism on his wedding night.

All this coincides with the death of Berakhiah, the current leader of the Sabbateans who claims to be a reincarnation of the SHATZ. So Frank spots his opportunity, and claims that he’s the next link in the Sabbatian’s chain of command.

He’s a powerfully charismatic individual with a strong lust for power and celebrity, so many of the existing Sabbatean community in Turkey accept him as their leader. Frank decides to head back to Poland, where many thousands of the crypto-Sabbateans live. These people appear externally to be orthodox Jews, but are secretly doing all sorts of deviant and evil things that are totally against the Torah.

Empowered by Frank, many of these Jews – which includes a large number of rabbis – start to come out of the closet, and to openly challenge ‘Rabbinic Judaism’ by doing things like publically eating on the Fast of Esther.

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In 1656, the infamous ‘Lanckronie’ affair occurs.

This is when Frank and his followers first come to the attention of the wider Jewish and xtian authorities, for behaving in some very disturbing ways. The matter is investigated, and it’s discovered that the rabbis of Lanckronie, Busk and Krzywcze are all Sabbatians – and starting to act in increasingly brazen ways.

Frank and his followers – which at this point, number anywhere between 1,000 – 15,000 – portray themselves as a separate and ‘more authentic’ stream of Judaism. They start requesting an area of land from the catholic Polish authorities where they can live semi-autonomously.

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Moving back to Poland is a big deal for Frank.

At that time, the Jews can’t really own land, they can only rent it. After Shabtai Tzvi fails to deliver on returning the Jews to their own homeland in Israel, Frank and his followers decide to give up on Israel, and transfer “Sabbatian messianic hopes connected to the Land of Israel to Poland”[2] instead.

Frank starts giving sermons where he tells his followers:

“Poland was ‘the ground for the ascension’ – the place where the Shechinah would rise out of the earth.”[3]

The Frankists are keen to break the link between ‘redemption’ and getting land for the Jews, and also believe in the final unification of world faiths before ‘the End’.

So, there are two things going on now. First, Frank and his followers want to own their own land, and they are happy to suck up to the xtians and to play their game in order to acquire some status and wealth. But second, there really is a philosophical underpinning for everything they’re doing, based (loosely) on Shabtai Tzvi’s distorted teachings.

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At this stage, Rabbi Jacob Emden, son of the Chacham Tzvi, heads the growing opposition to the Sabbateans.

In May 1756, following the Lanckronie scandal, the Sabbatians are formally put in cherem, and the study of kabbalah is outlawed for anyone under 40 years of age.

The Rabbis also release a statement that:

“On the basis of the codifiers, we pronounce that it is a positive commandment to kill them [i.e. the Frankists].”

Off the back of this announcement, the Jews subsequently kill 18 Frankists in Podolia and wound another 30.

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Frank flees back to Turkey – where he secretly converts to Islam and become ‘Ahmed Frank’. But he has a lot of competition in Turkey, where the Donmeh hold sway, so Frank decides to head back to Poland in June 1757.

At that time, he approaches the Polish Church to request they organize a disputation between the Frankists and the formal Jewish community, claiming that ‘Sabbatianism’ is closer to original Judaism because they don’t hold by the Talmud (i.e. the Oral Law).

This is music to the bishops’ ears, especially as Frank and his followers are willing to claim that the Talmud encourages Jews to sacrifice xtians and to use their blood in matzahs, in order to spite the formal Jewish community that’s attacking them.

So, the infamous blood libels were actually begun by apostate Jews who were looking for a way to break rabbinic control over the Jewish community. It’s totally shocking, isn’t it?

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The confrontation happens on June 20, 1757 in Kaminetz, and amongst the 9 points being argued by Frank we find these:

#6 We believe that God may take upon Himself mortal human flesh… [this was phrased carefully as Frank believed that this applied to Shabtai Tzvi and then himself – but he made it sound at this stage as though he was talking about yoshki]

#7 In accord with Daniel’s prophecy, we believe the city of Jerusalem will not be rebuilt until the end of time.

#8 We believe that the Jews have waited in vain for the messiah to come and to bring them happiness and grant them power over other nations.

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Unsurprisingly, the catholic Bishop of Kaminetz, Dembowski, states the Frankists have won and decrees that the Talmud should be burnt.

It’s a pyrrhic victory for the Frankists, though, because Bishop Dembowski unexpectedly dies very soon after this. Xtian sources explain that a plague breaks out in Kaminetz, and the Bishop’s ghost is seen walking around by residents.

The xtians decide to dig the Bishop’s body up and behead it – their way of ‘killing’ his ghost – but it doesn’t work. The plague intensifies, and now the Bishop is seen walking around carrying his head under his arm. So now, the xtians dig his body up again, and burn it in the same place where the Talmud was burnt – and the plague and the ghost subsequently disappear.

Fancy that.

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With their main supporter dead, the Frankists are now in a very vulnerable position.

Up until now, they haven’t wanted to convert to xtianity, but they’ve burnt their boats with Judaism, and the Jewish community no longer considers them to be Jews.

At this point, Rabbi Emden and his supporters, chiefly a man named Baruch Yavan, decide the best way to deal with the Frankists is to bribe the catholic church to pressure them to convert out of Judaism. They expend a lot of money and effort on bribing the Papal Nuncio in the region to make this happen, and it pays off.

A second dispute is held in Lvov (Lemberg) on July 17-19, 1759, where amongst the 7 points being debated, the Frankists claim:

  • All the prophecies about Moshiach have already been fulfilled.

  • Moshiach is G-d, who took human form.

  • So all sacrifices and ceremonies should be abolished now.

  • Everyone should follow Moshiach’s teachings, for ‘salvation lies only within it’.

  • The Talmud encourages the Jews to perform human sacrifices and to shed xtian blood.

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Long story short, immediately after this dispute in Lvov, Frank and between 1,000-7,000 of his followers convert to xtianity, including the Rabbis of the polish towns of Busk and Gliniany.

To give just one example of the scale of what happened, two thirds of the Jewish community of Busk convert.

To put this in context, only 4 communities in Poland at this time had more than 3,000 Jews, and Lvov – with 7,400 Jews – was the second biggest Jewish community in the country.

This is a totally massive blow to the Jewish community.

Yet, Rabbi Emden and many of his circle, including the Vilna Gaon, celebrate this mass conversion as a ‘miracle from heaven’, as now they don’t have to deal with the Frankists in-house anymore.

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By contrast, the Baal Shem Tov takes this mass conversion very hard, and dies the following year.

According to Wikipedia:

“After the mass conversion of the Frankists, the Baal Shem Tov allegedly said that as long as a diseased limb is connected with the body, there is hope that it may be saved; but, once amputated, it is gone, and there is no hope.”

Writing in Likutey Moharan, I:207, Rebbe Nachman has this to say about it:

“This was what caused the departing of the Baal Shem Tov, who had said that he would depart on account of the Shabtai Tzvi episode. Several of the leaders of the generation and outstanding scholars had become followers of Shabtai Tzvi, who had fooled them, as well known.

“They left the community and spoke evil against the entirety of the Oral Torah (i.e. the Talmud) because harsh gevurot had come upon them and they did not ameliorate them…Thus, they spoke evil words against the community, and these words befell the leader of the generation, who at that time was the Baal Shem Tov, which is what caused his departing.

“And the Baal Shem Tov is quoted as saying that the Shabtai Tzvi episode caused two holes in his heart, which causes his departing. This is because speaking against the Oral Torah and speaking against the tzaddik of the generation is one and the same thing.”

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Let’s sum up the rest of Frank’s story as briefly as we can, as it’s actually not what I want to focus on.

Frank is imprisoned by the Catholic church in 1760 when they realise he’s still claiming to be the messiah to his own followers. In 1767, Frank approaches the Russians and offers to become Greek Orthodox, together with his thousands of followers.

(By way of context, the massacre of Jewish martyrs in Uman that caused Rebbe Nachman to request to be buried there happens in 1768. Given all the voluntary conversion to xtianity that was going all around them in the Jewish community, we can see that the Jewish martyrs behavior was even more exemplary than perhaps we realized.)

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When Russia conquers Poland in 1772, they free Frank, who goes to Moravia, which is part of the Hapsburg Empire.

There, he becomes a celebrity, and hobnobs with monarchs, all on the promise of being able to deliver up thousands of Jews for conversion. For example, just two months after Frank arrives there, another 8 families convert in Prozznitz – including the rabbi!

Frank also becomes involved with Freemasonry, and his followers are instrumental in trying to set up Freemason lodges called the ‘Order of Asiatic Brethren’ that will welcome both xtians and Jews. According to Jacob Calmonson, a leading maskil at this time,

“Jewish efforts to secure emancipation ran parallel with the history of their relations with freemasons.”

But the non-Jewish Freemasons complain, and after 1785, there is a massive clampdown on the number of Jews who can join Freemason lodges within the Hapsburg Empire. That’s when the Frankists branch out into the so-called ‘Illuminati’ Lodges.

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A year later, in 1786, Frank falls out with Emperor Joseph II and leaves for Frankfurt Am Main.

He meets Prince Wolfgang Ernst II, thanks to his Freemason connections, and the Prussian Monarch gives him a castle in Offenbach to live in, together with his children and followers.

At this stage, the Frankists and the Freemasons are both starting to be spoken of as a ‘State within a State’ and as types of international spy networks.

Frank dies in Offenbach, and his followers claim that Frank – who was meant to be ‘immortal’ – has now: “shed his human form, [to] clothe himself in divinity, so he could triumph over death.”

His children, particularly Eva Frank take over the franchise as a sort of female ‘messiah’, but don’t do nearly as well with it. Eva Frank dies in 1816, and apparently that’s where the story ends.

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Really, that story is still going.

It’s not a commonly-known fact in our times, but the main false accusations being hurled at the head of the nascent Breslov community in the Ukraine by their detractors was that they had Sabbatian sympathies.

There was so much ‘heat’ generated against Breslov that a rabbinically-sanctioned attempt was even made on the life of Rabbi Nachman’s main student, Rav Natan. Just the murder got the wrong ‘Rav Natan of Breslov’, and killed the wrong person[4].

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By the early 1800s, there were an estimated 24,000 former Jews – including large numbers of Rabbis – who had converted as part of the Frankist disaster in Poland alone.

And ‘secret Sabbatians’ still abounded, particularly in places like Czechoslavakia, Bohemia and Moravia, where they tended to keep up the pretense of Jewish observance and even extreme Jewish piety externally, whilst all the time believing and acting in ways that were totally against Judaism.

Even world-famous rabbis like Jonathan Eybeshutz were actually secret Sabbatians, and Rabbi Eybeshutz’ son, Wolf, actually became a well-known, totally immoral Sabbatian ‘prophet’ who for a time vied with Frank for leadership of the Sabbatians.

So, suspicion fell on Rabbenu and his small group of students, because while Rabbi Jacob Emden and the Vilna Gaon preached a creed of excommunication and excision from the Jewish community, Rebbe Nachman took a totally different tack to trying to solve the problem of the Frankists and crypto-Sabbatians, as we’re about to discover.

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Over Shabbat, I was pondering large sections of Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom and Tzaddik, when I realized that so many of Rebbe Nachman’s mysterious journeys were to places where key events in the Frankist history had taken place. Many decades after the disputation and Talmud burning in Kaminetz, Rebbe Nachman made a trip to the town, at the behest of the Baal Shem Tov, who he said came to him in a dream.

Jews had been banished from living in Kaminetz after 1757 after the disputation with the Frankists that lead to the burning of the Talmud and the devastating plage, but very shortly after Rabbenu’s trip there, the Jews were allowed back in.

Then in 1807, after Sukkot, Rebbe Nachman suddenly left for Lvov (Lemberg) in a big hurry – and no-one knew why. Rav Natan went running after him, and caught up with Rabbenu at Krassnoy. That was when Rabbenu first taught the lesson of Azamra I:282.

There, Rabbenu taught:

 “Know: one must judge every person favorably. Even if the person is totally wicked, one must search and find in him some bit of good, regarding which he is not wicked. By finding in him this bit of good and judging him favorably, one actually elevates him to the direction of righteousness and is able to bring him to repentance.”

In Tzaddik, Rav Natan explained that when Rebbe Nachman was giving over this lesson, “He seemed fairly pleased, and he spoke about the purpose of his journey, connecting it with the idea of the sanctuary each of the Tzaddikim builds” – as set out in Lesson I:282, where the Tzaddik can even draw the good in total sinners back to Hashem.

Once I understood what was going on all over that area at this time, so soon after Jacob Frank had lead the mass conversion of many thousands of ‘orthodox’ Jews into xtianity, I started to view these words in a totally different light.

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Rabbi Emden and the Vilna Gaon had one approach to the problem, where they basically (and arguably correctly!) termed the Frankists in their midst as unfixable Erev Rav, and attempted to cut them out of the Jewish community.

This is very much in keeping with the writings attributed to Hillel Rivlin of Shklov[5], student of the Vilna Gaon and author of Kol HaTor about the Erev Rav, vis:

“[T]he Erev Rav is our greatest enemy, the one who separates the two moshiachs. The klipah of the Erev Rav works only through deception and roundabout ways. Therefore, the war against the Erev Rav is the most difficult and bitterest of all. We must strengthen ourselves for this war, anyone who does not participate in the battle against the Erev Rav becomes, defacto, a partner with the klipah of the Erev Rav, and was better off not being born in the first place.”

But there’s one massive problem with this approach:

It doesn’t work.

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I write way more about this in my book Unlocking the Secret of the Erev Rav, and I discuss this problem a lot on my blog, too, but practically speaking, it’s impossible to really determine who is unfixable Erev Rav and who isn’t – especially when you’re dealing with pious hypocrites who keep up a façade of perfect frumkeit.

And if we look back at what happened after the Frankists were forced to convert out of Judaism, we’ll see that declaring an all-out war against them didn’t work then, either.

All that happened is that Judaism permanently lost many thousands of souls, whose children could have returned to the fold of orthodox Judaism at a later date.

Not only that, the Frankists and crypto-Sabbateans became more brazen after they were forced out of Judaism, and were spurred on to join forces with the Freemasons and to get involved in things that we are still paying the price for globally, today.

Once they were pushed beyond the pale, and totally ejected from the Jewish community, the Frankists pintele yid was effectively extinguished.

But the whole world still views them as Jews, and we Jews are being tarred with the same brush.

Even more ironically, so many of the descendants of the Vilna Gaon’s students – including the author of the Kol HaTor himself! – are today’s immoral politicians and elites in Israel. This is not a simple problem, not at all.

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As I read of events 250 years ago, I couldn’t help but be struck by the parallels today.

Today, there are still so many people flinging the ‘Erev Rav’ accusation at other Jews’ heads. There are still segments of Jewish society who are acting in some very immoral ways, both within the bounds and beyond the bounds of externally ‘orthodox’ Judaism.

In so many ways, it feels as though the same test has swung around again.

And this time, we have to try a different approach to solving the problem. It’s not going to work, to just cut off from our fellow Jew and pretend they are someone else’s problem. Each Jew is responsible for the other – and when we forget that, God has a way of reminding us.

The anti-Semites out there make no distinction between Jews in Jersey City, and Jews in Monsey, and Jews in the Conservative ‘Tree of Life’ in Pittsburgh.

We can’t cut off from all the troubling and even ‘evil’ elements in our midst, much as we might like to.

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So what’s the answer?

Azamra.

Azamra is the only way of fixing the ‘unfixable’ Erev Rav in our midst.

If we see the point of good in these people – without lying to ourselves or whitewashing their ‘bad’ – then God will do what’s required to resolve the problem, and somehow return that spark of goodness to a place of holiness.

From my own experience, when I do ‘Azamra’ on the yucky people out there, that’s precisely when their bad deeds start to catch up with them, and their suffering grows so great that they are prompted to make teshuva in some way, however small.

Rabbenu’s approach works, however you care to define that word.

And cutting people out of our lives and publically degrading them doesn’t. All that does is give more ammunition to the anti-Semites out there, who are churning out stuff 24/7 about the Rothschilds, and the Mossad, and the State of Israel being behind all of the world’s woes.

God is in control, here, not us.

God wants us to do Azamra on all the Jews we know.

If more of us can follow this approach, then the terrible scar left by Jacob Frank and his followers, and Shabtai Tzvi and his acolytes, will finally heal.

And the Temple will be rebuilt peacefully, in our days.

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FOOTNOTES:

[1] Today, there’s an estimated 100,000 donmeh living in Turkey.

[2] The Mixed Multitude: Jacob Frank and the Frankist Movement (1755-1816), by Pawel Maciejko.

[3] Ibid

[4] See Through Fire and Water.

[5] Hillel Rivlin is also an ancestor of the current President of Israel, Ruby Rivlin.

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Photo by Oliver Roos on Unsplash

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Yes, you can tell from that headline that this is going to be another one of my weirder posts.

But I have to tell you, what I’ve been learning about this subject over the last few months has totally blow me away – and there’s a strong Chanuka dimension, which is why I’m posting all this up now.

Every time we spin our dreidel, we are mamash changing the reality of the world, and nudging it towards redemption. I know it doesn’t look like that. But read on, because you’re about to see how it’s all connected.

(Note on the links and videos: I don’t have images enabled, so I have no idea if their may be dodgy pictures in the links, but the videos embedded here are just of men.)

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Last year, I got into a heated discussion with one of my brothers about space aliens.

He was of the opinion that space aliens definitely exist – and he said he’d even seen something very strange in the sky, that appeared to be acting the way ‘UFOs’ are meant to act.

Off the back of that, he started researching and as is our family’s way, managed to get through an awful lot of material very fast. He sped through Roswell, found loads of pretty credible clips of ‘UFOs’ on Youtube – including one that was apparently hovering over the Temple Mount, before it instantly winked out of vision – and literally thousands of first-hand accounts of close encounters of a third kind.

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In the meantime, I’d done a bit of digging on the Jewish sources front.

Apart from a section in the Zohar, which talks about the 7 worlds beneath ours, and the 7 ‘humanoid’ inhabitants of those worlds, it was clear that the Sages held that humanity was alone in the universe, and that planet earth was the whole focus of creation.

I was prepared to concede that ‘space aliens’ were maybe connected somehow to the Zohar’s humanoids underground, but that was as far as I was prepared to speculate.

My brother urged me to look into the subject more – because you might have noticed, I have an uncanny knack of getting to the heart of a matter pretty fast – but for my part, I demurred.

Geez, I’m weird enough already, I thought to myself. The last thing I need is to start researching all this stuff, and to turn into a bona fide believer in UFOs. That is the death knell for any serious researcher’s credibility.

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Let me ruin the suspense a little, and tell you that aliens don’t exist.

But what I discovered is perhaps even more strange and disturbing than UFOs from outer space. Let’s see if I can unfold the story for you, now.

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As part of my research into volcanoes and earthquakes last year, I came across a wealth of information locating a lot of ‘supernatural’ events and activities, and ‘UFO’ sightings, around the Californian and Nevada deserts.

Native American tradition spoke a great deal of great ‘spirits’ that lived underground, and that could manifest themselves in all sorts of ways. Reading through it, it was obvious to me that so many of these Native American traditions and stories were actually metaphors for massive seismic activity in America’s North West.

Earth-ripping quakes and upheavals, enormous volcanic explosions that totally transformed the topography, settlement-destroying tsunamis that defied imagination in terms of their scope and force.

And all of this had occurred well within modern times, the last 500-1000 years, and had been completely covered up or denied by the ‘official science’ that holds sway in America, and other places.

It’s a totally inconvenient truth. If Americans – and the world – really understood just how tenuous existence really is on the West Coast, it would trigger a stampede and a massive economic collapse, even before any ‘big one’ hit.

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But while the seismic activity explained so much of the ‘supernatural’ air around the Indian reservations and the Mojave Desert, it certainly didn’t explain all of it.

I had to admit, there did seem to be an awful lot of strange activity occurring around these volcanoes.

The Native Americans considered these volcanic grounds to be sacred, and many of the Indian Reservations were located around or near volcanoes, as a result. I started to wonder if maybe the Zohar’s ‘little grey men’ were somehow connected to all these sightings of strange unidentified flying objects, that witnesses had seen flying into volcanic craters and diving in and out of the sea.

Nah. That’s way too ‘out there’.

And so with that, I closed the file on the volcanoes, and moved on to other things.  But as we’ll see, everything seems to be connected.

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A little while back, as I wrote about HERE, I started to get a little obsessed with what had really happened to the Yemenite Children, 10,000 babies who were stolen from their parents by the State of Israel back in the 50s and 60s.

(Apparently, there is another documentary coming out about that this week on Israeli TV. Now that the arch-villain Shimon Peres is finally dead, some of this awful information is finally starting to see the light of day, but we’ll see how far Israeli TV is actually allowed to go.)

Long story short, Peres agreed to ‘sell’ these kids to the CIA for some sort of ‘experiment’ in the 1950s, in return for Israel being given access to the technology required to build a nuclear bomb.

That much is pretty much an open secret, thanks to the work of the late Barry Chamish, who unearthed a great many pieces of the puzzle (and was probably killed for getting too close to the truth). But while Chamish was right about a lot of things, there were a lot of things that he still hadn’t figured out correctly, by the time he was bumped off in his apartment in Miami.

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So, I was pondering on all this, because newborn babies require a great deal of care, and they make very time and cost intensive subjects for experimentation.

I’m going to gloss over this part of the story, at least for now, but my research led me to something called MK Ultra. You can read some basics about MK Ultra HERE – but understand that the full sordid details of what really occurred with this project are still being suppressed, even today.

MK Ultra was basically a ‘mind control’ project that was top, top secret, administered by the CIA (and probably also the NSA, which is even more ‘top secret’) which basically involved ‘breaking’ children’s minds by subjecting them to the most horrendous torture and cruelty it’s possible to imagine.

Again, I’m glossing over this here, as it’s not the main focus of this piece, and because it’s also directly linked to the ‘deep state’ problem we’re all still dealing with today.

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But what became very clear to me, as I researched MK Ultra, was that the project was basically being run by a bunch of infamous Nazi ‘doctors’, who the US had spirited over to America at the end of World War II, to try to benefit from the knowledge they’d gained by torturing and murdering countless human beings in their scientific experiments.

The US had even given safe passage to demonic individuals like Klaus Barbie and Josef Mengele – this latter popped-up as the satanic ‘Dr Green’ in the child torture and murder experiments being conducted as part of MK Ultra.

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While I was in the middle of researching all this, the Jeffrey Epstein story suddenly erupted into view.

As I wrote HERE, Epstein was arrested very shortly after a massive earthquake struck China Lake – the top secret underground US Navy facility in the Mojave Desert, where so many of the MK Ultra experiments had taken place – on July 4th, 2019.

I became totally engrossed with the Epstein affair, and I was convinced that it was linked to all this stuff I’d been learning about an out-of-control deep state that was basically out-of-control CIA / NSA / MI6 / Spooks with huge budgets and total immunity from prosecution.

I started reading up on the CIA, and I came across a book called ‘The Octopus’, which tells the story of how a journalist called Danny Casolaro was murdered back in August 1991, for getting too close to what we would now call the ‘deep state’. Here’s the text from the back of the book:

“The Octopus was Casolaro’s name for an intelligence cabal he had documented in his unfinished book….Casolaro’s research looked at bizarre murders among the Cabazon Indians involving administrators of the tribal land; the privatization of CIA dirty tricks through the notorious Wackenhut security firm, the policemen for both the Cabazons and the mysterious Area 51, home of spy planes and rumored UFOs; Vietnam MIAs; manufacturing corruption at Hughes Aircraft; the human genome project; even the Illuminati secret societies of the 18th century. The list was quite long, by the time the Octopus had pulled Casolaro under.”

It sure was.

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What really caught my attention was the salient fact that ‘rogue’ elements in the CIA had effectively taken over Indian Tribal lands.

They’d been the defacto bosses on many reservations for many decades, like the reservation belonging to the Cabazon, because the reservations were effectively beyond the reach of mainstream law enforcement agencies.

Or to put this into plain English, the CIA could create all the weapons and drugs they wanted on tribal Indian lands, beyond the jurisdiction and oversight of the American legal system. And they did.

Then, another penny dropped: At least part of the reason that so many of these UFO sightings and supernatural phenomena were happening around ancient Indian lands is because that’s where the CIA / NSA / Wackenhut experiments were happening – totally off-radar, and totally invisible to any official government oversight.

I haven’t researched this part, but my feeling is that many of these experiments were a continuation of trying to ‘biologically engineer’ the perfect soldier, the perfect mind-controlled slave. To say they were totally immoral and unethical goes without saying. And again, there is almost certainly a link between all this stuff and what Epstein was up to with all his DNA research, before they knocked him off.

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Ok, so now I was back to the aliens, or the UFOs.

Just as the US had brought over SS monsters like Mengele in the name of ‘science’ after the end of World War II, is it conceivable that they’d also brought over other Nazis, to work on other scientific projects?

A quick bit of research quickly turned up Operation Paperclip, which was the ‘visible’ part of the operation to do this, and which I wrote about HERE.

As I was researching Operation Paperclip, I noticed repeated mentions of the Nazi’s ‘foo fighters’ – saucer-shaped flying objects with strange propulsion systems, that had been increasingly harassing Allied bombers towards the end of the war.

Foo fighters sounded suspiciously like UFOs.

Once you understand that the CIA covertly brought over thousands of nazi scientists to the US after World War II, and had them work on all sorts of top-secret projects, many of which were totally off the radar to anyone outside of the CIA, so much of the fuzz starts to disappear out of the picture.

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The Roswell ‘UFO crash’ happened in 1947. Roswell is pretty close to Area 51.

How better to disguise all this top secret Nazi research and science that the US wasn’t meant to have, than to pretend it was all down to ‘UFOs’ and aliens? That got the CIA of the problem of having to admit the awful truth that it had given thousands of committed Nazis – the scum of the scum – a free pass to continue their work on American soil. And it also avoided awkward questions about their other totally immoral and destructive activities across the globe.

Just blame the ‘space aliens’ and have done! Really, it was a stroke of genius.

All the pieces seemed to fit, and my brother grudgingly agreed that he was ‘75% convinced’ that the UFOs were really just Nazi flying sauces, now under the auspices of the American deep state. But I like to be sure of my facts, so I decided to order a few books on the subject, just to make sure.

One of them is called ‘The Hunt for Zero Point – Inside the classified world of antigravity technology’, by Nick Cook, written when he was the Aviation Editor for Jane’s Defense Weekly. Cook is a serious journalist, with a serious reputation, and he spent a decade researching the book before writing it.

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Initially, Cook started off from a place of total skepticism.

When he started researching the book, any mention of taking ‘antigravity’ science seriously was like the kiss of death for any serious researcher or journalist. Slowly, over the course of 10 years, Cook’s skepticism transformed, as he started to uncover a lot of information that had been deliberately buried in disinformation and lies for decades.

The first 200 pages basically cover Cook’s attempts to track down ‘antigravity’ technology in places like NASA, Lockheed Martin and Northrup, the companies who were building the ‘state of the art’ spy planes like the B-2 stealth bomber that were being secretly flown out across Area 51.

The turning point comes when Cook decides to switch his focus away from American aerospace, and over to Nazi Germany. He meets a Polish researcher called Igor Witkowski, who takes him over to the Wenceslas Mine in Poland, an underground Nazi research facility, where some of the most ‘top secret’ stuff was being worked on.

Let’s press pause for a moment, to set out the scene a little more, before we continue.

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Already from 1943, many of the commanders of the German forces realized they were going to lose the war, it was just a matter of when. The exceptions to this rule were Hitler and his small group of acolytes, plus the SS, who by the end of the war numbered 800,000 people, up from 240,000 people when the war began, in 1939.

The SS were part of Himmler’s empire. Like many of the leading Nazis, Himmler believed in the supernatural, but derived his ‘strength’ from the dark side, as opposed to searching for the Divine light of Hashem in the world. Unlike most scientists in the West, the Germans didn’t hold by Einstein’s physics, because he was a Jew.

As it turns out, at least on this point, they were right.

Einstein and his atheist-minded colleagues were blinded to the real way the world works and operates, because they negated and denied the spiritual dimension to science. Their scientific formulas and theories worked well enough to explain what they could ‘see’ with their eyes in the physical world, but they didn’t uncover the foundations of the energetic principles that the world is really built upon.

Sadly, the Germans didn’t have the same blinders on.

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In their mad determination to win World War II, whatever it took, the Germans were prepared to explore any avenue that could lead to breakthrough technology, however ‘unthinkable’ or ‘impossible’ the science behind it was meant to be.

From 1943 onwards, as the Luftwaffe and the other parts of the German war machine started to prepare for defeat, the SS took over all the ‘high tech top secret’ stuff, and consolidated it’s control over all the cutting-edge science being worked on. The SS moved their operations underground and into mountains in Lower Silesia, and in places like the Skoda Works and MittelWerk, the scientific experiments continued right up until the end of World War II.

Secrecy was of the utmost importance, and secrecy was easily maintained, because the SS overseers simply used ‘disposable’ human beings from the concentration camps to build their facilities and their technology. These human beings were also experimented on, and with such a disregard for human life and even basic morality, things progressed very quickly in the SS R+D research facilities.

Dr Hans Kammler was Himmler’s second-in-command, with direct responsibility for keeping a grip on the operational side of all the high tech. Kammler is credited with sketching out the plans for Auschwitz; for making the changes required to enable the death camps to kill Jews more efficiently, and with a whole bunch of other enormous war crimes.

He was also in direct control of all the Nazi’s hi-tech experiments that the Allies were so keen to get their hands on, at the end of World War II. No-one has ever heard of Kammler, because in the closing days of the war, he struck a deal with Allen Dulles and the OSS (forerunner of the CIA) to relocate to the US and begin a new life there, in return for delivering all his hi-tech secrets.

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This part is so important, let’s make sure you really understand what I told you:

Kammler was the architect of Auschwitz, the leveler of the Warsaw ghetto, and the second in command of the SS, the most rabid, evil and demonic part of Hitler’s war machine. Kammler’s scientists had cracked antigravity technology by the end of the war, and they’d build prototype ‘flying sauces’, laser beam weapons, and many other things, besides.

Because so much of their technology was totally ‘beyond’ what Western-trained physicists could get their head around, the OSS (proto-CIA) simply couldn’t work with the Nazi’s game-changing science. So, Dulles et al made a deal with the devil, and transported the most corrupt elements of the Third Reich en masse to the shores of America.

These Nazis swapped one top-secret underground facility for another, one hollowed-out mountain for another, and simply continued their work in the US, after the war, with Kammler continuing to ‘organise’ things from behind the scenes.

That same Kammler who designed Auschwitz and razed the Warsaw ghetto.

Together with thousands of his fellow SS Nazis and scientists.

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The core of Hitler’s Third Reich became the heart of America’s deep state. That explains an awful lot, doesn’t it?

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Ok, back to the science, because we still didn’t get to the most mind-boggling part of the story.

What the Germans basically discovered is something called a torsion field. If you look online, you’ll find some very big attempts to smear torsion fields as ‘pseudoscience’. That’s because there are now two types of science in the world:

  • Western science, based on Einstein, which basically denies the spiritual dimension.
  • ‘German’ science, based on the Quantum Mechanics of Max Planck, which embraces the spiritual dimension as a means to an end.

In their experiments at the Wenceslaus Mine, the Nazis had created something called ‘The Bell’, which to oversimplify was basically two rotating metal disks stacked on top of each other, that were spinning very fast in opposing directions. These disks were filled with metallic liquids, but the details are sketchy because the SS killed all the 62 (non-SS) scientists who were working on the project, just before delivering it over to the Americans.

(And that level of secrecy has been enforced ever since, which is why no-one ever really talks about this. It’s like the mafia – once you’re in, you’re in for life.)

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Here’s how the physicist in Cook’s book describes a torsion field:

“[Particles] appeared to slow down when they entered a torsion field. Since the zero-point energy field is composed of billions of tiny fluctuations of energy that pop in and out of existence every split second, relentlessly and infinitely, anything that can mesh with those fluctuations… can tap into them and extract energy from the field.”

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This means that a torsion field could extract a supply of unlimited, free energy – which could totally transform the world.

But, that same power supply could also be used to create the most powerful weapon ever known, dwarfing the destructive ability of even the most powerful nukes.

But that’s not all. Torsion fields are also directly connected to the space-time dimension, because there is something about their action that goes beyond the dimensions of the physical world, to access ‘an alternative dimension’. Torsion fields enable things to levitate, can make metal became ‘transparent’, can metamorphose one metal into another, i.e. turn steel into lead, iron into gold, and can even access a realm ‘above time’.

Before you scoff at this, let me just continue with the physicist’s description of torsion fields, as we’re about to get to the part where Rebbe Nachman’s dreidel makes an appearance.

“A torsion field [the physicist continued] was best imagined as a rotating whirlpool. If you created one of these whirlpools, dipped it into the zero-point energy field, the seething mass of latent energy that existed on an almost undetectable level all around us, there was evidence to show that it reacted in an almost magical way, by directing the flow of energy. Anything that rotated, even a child’s spinning top…was capable of generating a torsion field.” [Emphasis mine.]

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Yesterday, I got my wooden dreidels for Chanuka, and I’m pleased to report they spin very nicely.

So I read that sentence, and my mouth fell open. Every time I spin the dreidel, I am creating a tiny torsion field – this phenomenon that enables us to ‘jump’ out of our physical space-time dimension and to access an alternative, higher dimension.

That was totally awesome by itself. But there’s more. I went back to my copy of Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom, and there, on page 140, I found this:

“A favorite subject of the philosophers[1] is the order of creation. They may ask why a star is worthy of being a star while other things are consigned to a lower realm….The world is a rotating wheel. It is like a dreidle, where everything goes in cycles…Everything goes in cycles, revolving and alternating. All things interchange, one from another and one to another, elevating the low and lowering the high.

“All things have one root. There are transcendental beings such as angels, which no connection with the material. There is the celestial world, whose essence is very tenuous. Finally, there is the world below, which is completely physical. All three come from different realms, but all have the same root. All creation is like a rotating wheel, revolving and oscillating….

“For the world is like a rotating wheel. It spins like a dreidle, with all things emanating from one root.”

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Before I continue with Rabbi Nachman, his rotating, revolving and oscillating wheel EXACTLY describes the discs used to create a torsion field, with one turning in one direction, and one in the other. This is the basis of the ‘flying saucers’, too. (Take a look at this article for more diagrams from the original invention of Viktor Schauberger).

It’s hard to describe just how awesome this actually is. Rabbenu was describing torsion fields, and how they bring the transcendental, celestial and physical ‘dimensions’ together more than 200 years ago. Something that even now, mainstream science is a million miles away from grasping.

But there’s more. Rabbenu then continues:

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“This is why we play with a dreidle on Chanuka. Chanuka is an aspect of the Holy Temple. The primary concept of the Temple is the revolving wheel. The Temple was in the category of “the superior below and the inferior above.” God lowered His presence into the Temple and this is “the superior below”….

“The Temple is therefore like a dreidle, a rotating wheel, where everything revolves and is reversed. The Temple refutes philosophical logic….God brought His presence into the Temple, and so destroyed all philosophical logic….He made the fact [aka ‘the data’] contradict philosophical logic.

“Such logic is crushed by the dreidle, the rotating wheel, which brings the “superior below and the inferior above.”

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There is so much more to say, and Rabbenu’s words continue on for a couple more pages.

I highly recommend you go and read it for yourself, on pages 141-7 of Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom, #40. Rabbenu mentions again and again, that “this revolving wheel is the dreidle”, and that “Redemption is also an alternating cycle.”

We covered a lot of ground, so let me try to sum up the main parts, below.

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  • There are no aliens – the UFOs and flying saucers are versions of Die Glocke – the SS-created antigravity technology that was christened ‘The Bell’.
  • The SS took over all the Nazis’ hi-tech projects from 1943 on.
  • Dr Hans Kammler was #3 in the Nazi war machine by the end of the war. He disappears as of May 1945, never to be heard of ever again. The Nuremburg Trials don’t so much as mention his name. Don’t you find that curious?
  • The forerunner of the CIA, the OSS, brought literally thousands of the worst SS scum over to the US wholesale, to continue work on their secret technology programs. Some of them, like Werner Von Braun, were more ‘visible’. Others, like Yosef Mengele, the infamous ‘Dr Green’ overseeing the MK Ultra project, and Hans Kammler were never acknowledged – for very obvious reasons.
  • These Nazis became the heart of the ‘Deep State’, i.e. the covert operations of the spooks and the former spooks who are really running the world from behind the scenes.
  • The UFO phenomenon only began shortly after WWII ended, and was particularly prevalent near Area 51, the top secret base were so many of the SS scientists were working on Die Glocke, and other technology.
  • Die Glocke was based on two stacked metal disks, filled with something like mercury (at least initially) that revolved very fast in opposing directions. This created something called a Torsion Field.
  • Torsion Fields perturb the zero-point latent energy field (aka ‘quantum foam’) that is made up of billions of tiny fluctuations in energy that pop in and out of existence every split second.
  • This zero-point field contains literally infinite, free amounts of energy, that could transform the world in tremendously good ways – or be used to create the most destructive weapons ever known.
  • Torsion fields enable things (and people…) to levitate, they can metamorphose steel into lead, render metal invisible – and enable access to a dimension, or dimensions, above the space-time dimension of our physical world.
  • Einsteinian physics (aka ‘philosophy’) simply can’t account for these facts on the ground, and state that these phenomena are ‘impossible’.
  • Rabbenu explains that spinning the dreidel creates a torsion field (but not in those words).
  • Rabbenu’s torsion field transforms one thing into another, and bring the three dimensions of transcendental, celestial and physical (space-time) together around one root, i.e. the dreidel / torsion field.
  • The Temple is connected to this, where God ‘placed His glory’ into the space-time dimension while still being totally above even the transcendental plane.
  • Rabbenu tells us – repeatedly – that the world is a ‘revolving wheel’ that oscillates and radiates energy, and that this revolving wheel is also the dreidel. Spinning the dreidel creates a torsion field.
  • Redemption is also directly connected to this ‘alternating cycle’, and to spinning the dreidel, and to the Temple being rebuilt.

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The last thing to mention, for now, is that Rabbi Berland alluded to all this, a couple of weeks ago.

You can read that HERE.

Not for the first time, I’m in total awe of the wisdom of the true Breslov Rabbis. Rabbenu said that at the end, there would be so many ‘false messiahs’ and false rabbis and rebbes, all trying to convince the world they were the real deal.

But, he hinted that his followers wouldn’t be fooled by these charlatans, because they will have already drunk some of the ‘Real Hungarian Wine’. And in this lesson, referenced above, we certainly got a big dose of that good stuff!

Chanuka sameach – and go spin your dreidel as much as you can! It’s literally changing the world.

[1] The word ‘philosophers’ can be used interchangeably with ‘scientists’.

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