In a few hours time, I’m probably going to have someone with a broken leg come and stay on my couch for a week.
He’s someone that we met around a year ago, when my kids started making friends with a whole new crowd of kids that can be succinctly called ‘chareidi-world dropouts’.
When we first met these kids, they were kinda scary, if I’m honest. Angry young men smoking two packs a day and trying very hard to evince a ‘cool’ persona, as part of the defense mechanism they evolved to try to deal with a harsh world.
But over time, the defenses started to melt, and underneath I realized that these kids have some of the biggest hearts, and biggest souls, in the world.
The main reason they ‘dropped out’ of chareidi society is because at home or at yeshiva (and often both…) they were subject to some really bad bullying and emotional manipulation.
I wrote a little about that HERE, but I want to return to this subject today, because chareidi or not, it’s relevant to all of us right now, and very relevant to the question of what it’s going to take to get out of the ‘Covid 1984 cult’, as a people.
If you’ve been with me for long, then you already know that as well as writing this blog, for a few years I was regularly writing and researching the links between mental, physical and spiritual health, too.
I learned a whole bunch of what you’d call ‘alternative therapies’; I bottomed out what was ‘kosher’ and what wasn’t – which you can basically sum up as anything that there is a scientific explanation for, however ‘woo-woo’ it may seem initially, is kosher.
All this is directly connected to questions of ‘who is Erev Rav’, and questions of why people act the way they do, because what I discovered during the course of all this learning and research is that
Traumatic experiences dramatically affect a person’s personality.
So, if a kid has to leave home and live on the street, or the beach, for a couple of years, because it’s just too hard to be at home, the trauma of this whole experience can radically warp their personality, and leave them permanently in ‘stressed’ mode.
And when people are in ‘stressed’ mode, they act angry and aggressive. Or they panic and become commitment-phobic (or more socially ‘acceptable’, they become workaholics and busy-a-holics). Or, they sink into the ‘freeze’, zombified state that is most commonly referred to as ‘depression’.
Or, they become superficial robots, scared to be different, scared to provoke a reaction from the bullies that have been controlling and manipulating them since they were born, and lose touch with their real emotions and neshama.
All these things happen, when we’ve had to deal with a lot of trauma that wasn’t processed properly.
Now, let’s circle back around, and see how all this fits together with the guy on my couch, and Covid 1984, and Rabbi Berland and his community being ‘excommunicated’, and the Bnei Brak lockdown, and the Erev Rav.
The guy on my couch is super-sweet.
When we came back to Israel and had to go into two weeks of isolation, this was the person that made sure we had milk in the fridge and some food to eat in the cupboards, before I managed to figure out online supermarket shopping.
He came every day and checked in on our rabbit – for nearly 4 weeks!
He watered our garden.
The guy on my couch also has what you’d call a ‘mild mohican’ haircut, and (used to….) drive a motorbike very fast.
If you met him on the street, you’d probably be a little intimidated, especially a year ago when he was still very ‘macho’.
Because of all the trauma he experienced in the chareidi world, he finds it very hard to do things like keep Shabbat, or stay in a house for any length of time. Before Covid 1984, he and his friends used to spend a lot of time living by rivers up North, and just spending weeks camping out by the Kinneret.
Two weeks ago, he had an awful accident on his bike, where he was really lucky to come out of it alive. He broke his leg in 9 places, now has platinum pins holding his bones together, and is in a tremendous amount of pain.
Last week, he also kept Shabbat for the first time in a very long time.
It’s been a very harsh wake-up call, but I can see the underlying kindness in it, because this guy was so ‘scared’ of being trapped in a house, in a home, that he’s been pushing off getting married, and pushing off settling down, for a few years.
And God wants that to change.
Last year, he started getting his act together, and he went back to school to complete his matriculation – that happened just before Rosh Hashana. The plan was for him to start studying to be a mechanic, but thanks to Covid 1984, it’s been a little stuffed-up. But in the meantime, he’s in a program that arranged for him to room-mate in Jerusalem, with a few other ‘chareidi drop-outs’ like him.
One of the guys in his apartment is an aggressive, manipulative bully.
Long story short, spending time stuck in that apartment is doing my little Mohican buddy a LOT of harm, spiritually, emotionally and physically. And that is why BH, I’ve invited him to come and spend a week on my couch, so he can start to really heal from everything he’s gone through.
Now, what does this have to do with Covid 1984, Bnei Brak and the Erev Rav?
Let’s try to set it out clearly.
A few years ago, I wrote a book called Unlocking the Secret of the Erev Rav, where I pointed out, with lots and lots of sources, how it’s totally unhelpful to try to categorise ‘Erev Rav’ as being a specific group of people.
I wrote that book because I was getting sick and tired of all these people online claiming that only Israeli politicians, only left-wingers, only Democrats, only secular people could be Erev Rav.
That’s patently untrue.
‘Erev Rav’ refers to a collection of very negative character traits that include cruelty, immorality, bullying, stirring up trouble, shocking, two-faced hypocrisy, holier-than-thou-itis, greed for money and power, controlling other people, and a few other things besides.
All of us have at some of these traits, at least some of the time, in varying proportions.
The more we work to overcome these negative character traits, the less ‘Erev Rav’ we will be.
Yesterday, I posted up a link to a message from the daughter of the kabbalist Rabbi Chaim Dovid Stern, where she made it clear that the MAIN consideration of who is going to be around to greet Moshiach is not Torah learning, or length of beard, or yichus (more on this in a moment…) – but the way we treat our fellow Jew.
Or to put it another way, how careful we are about not hurting other people, and trying to do kindnesses for them.
On that score, my Motorbike Mohican buddy – and many of his friends – are light years ahead of the frum parents, rabbis and teachers who treated them so badly in the chareidi world.
Or to put it another way, Bnei Brak, Modiin Illit, Beitar Illit – and all those other chareidi cities that are currently being discriminated against in the most awful ways by this anti-semitic government need to make a lot of teshuva in the area of the mitzvoth bein adam l’havero.
(Shuli Rand, below, is summing up what I’m talking about, in a different way:)
If those communities had been ‘solid’ on these mitzvahs – and particularly the different Breslov factions of those communities – they would never have bought into all the slander and lies being told about Rav Berland and his community.
And the Rav being ‘excommunicated’ by a Beit Din in Bnei Brak is the main reason that the city of Bnei Brak is being singled out for the harshest punishment now, as part of the Covid 1984 eugenics agenda.
But of course, that excommunication was just a sign, a symptom, of the much deeper malaise that has been infecting the frum world for years and years.
Here’s where we get into ‘crazy’ territory.
The last few weeks, I’ve been absorbed in some deep level research about the real roots of the so-called ‘Illuminati’, and how that links up with the Frankists, and with the Rothschilds / Jewish bankers, and with the State of Israel, and also, sadly, with the chareidi community.
I’m still putting the pieces together, and it’s been an extremely challenging project, but one thing I can already tell you:
A lot of secret believers in the cult created by Shabtai Tzvi – both in the Sephardic and the Ashkenazic world – have been part of the externally frum religious community for approaching four centuries.
These people have a few different hallmarks.
- They are obsessed with yichus (especially, with being related to King David).
- They practice endogamy – i.e., they are careful to only marry within their own extended families, because they only want to marry other ‘believers’ in the cult of Shabtai Tzvi.
- They cause controversy and arguments wherever they go.
- They are arch hypocrites – pretending be the strictest of strict on the outside, in order to hide their secret Shabbatean connections and beliefs.
- They are frequently engaged in – and covering up for – extremely immoral acts, behind closed doors.
- Their teachings actually pull people away from God, and a genuine soul connection to Judaism.
- They rule their communities with bullying tactics and intimidation, encouraging a ‘cultish’ atmosphere where no-one can challenge authority or ask questions.
- They are into cronyism big time. People don’t hold important positions because they are worthy of those positions. They hold positions because of who they know or who they are related to.
- They are obsessed with money, owning property and materialism.
- They have some very solid ‘links’ to elements in the secular and non-Jewish world, frequently co-operating in ways that seem hugely surprising to outside observers, and are often ‘praised’ by the secular and non-Jewish world and held up as being ‘model examples’ of how frum people, frum rabbis should be.
I could go on, but we’ll stop there for now.
I know this is highly controversial information, so I’m trying to share it as gently as I can.
But the point is this:
While there is so much good within the chareidi world, and so many people who are tzaddikim, and truly salt of the earth, good Jews, so many of the leaders and educators in that world – same as in the secular world – are people with very bad middot, who have created a society where a lot of unhealthy attitudes have flourished.
Like, keeping appearances. Like, putting yichus ahead of personal qualities. Like, controlling people, and trying to force conformity with manipulation and threats, instead of open discussions and appreciation of other people’s individuality and free choice. Like, doing things for personal gain and selfish agendas, ahead of what’s really best for the wider community.
This is exactly what the secular government is now trying to do to us with all this COVID-1984 manipulation, lies and propaganda.
It’s all midda kneged midda.
So, let’s sum this up.
When we write that the frum community has to make teshuva for how they treated Rav Berland and the Shuvu Banim community, clearly we’re talking about the unhealthy, anti-Torah, anti-emuna attitudes that have taken hold there that enabled all the ‘anti-Rav’ sentiment to flourish.
The guy on my couch couldn’t stay in his community because he couldn’t stand the hypocrisy, the superficiality, the keeping up appearances, and the bullying behavior and insensitivity to the deeper levels of the human soul that he experienced there.
These attitudes and behaviors have penetrated deep into the frum world, because for the last 400 years, so many of the rabbis and communal figures in the Jewish world have been secret believers in the cult of Shabtai Tzvi, which has very strong links to the world of Jewish finance – and by extension, the Illuminati.
This cult has infected both the Sephardi and Ashkenazi worlds; it’s spread its tentacles into every area of Jewish life, both orthodox and ‘progressive’; it’s present in the State of Israel, but equally present at all levels of communal life in Jewish communities in the Diaspora; it includes the most virulently secular AND the most virulently ‘religious’ (externally);
And it’s characterized by immorality, finger-pointing hypocrisy, greed, power-seeking and a disregard of other people’s feelings, basic human rights and sensitivities.
That’s what we’re up against.
Covid 1984 is just coming to clean house.
No-one can think it’s ‘OK’ to force other people to stay locked-down, or masked-up, or to ‘force’ vaccinations on other people unless they have already been ‘brainwashed’, in some way, by an unhealthy society.
That’s why we’re seeing these ‘brainwashed’ individuals – who are often outspoken bullies – on all sides of the equation.
But it’s time to stand up for ourselves, and for God, and for the holy, Divine-given free choice that each of us has, and which defines us as human beings and Jews, and to draw the line in the sand.
And the starting point is to begin working on our own bad middot, and to stop buying the line that ‘our community’ doesn’t have any problems, and that ‘Erev Rav’ can only ever be the other guy, the other family, the other side of the argument.
Because that’s just not true.
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