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How different things would look now, if more of us had woken up then.

Ah, dear readers.

I’m waking up feeling so very soul-tired at the moment. It’s a little hard to get out of bed, it’s a little difficult to get on with the day ahead.

If not for the hitbodedut, and the massive effort it’s taking to get to the Kotel every day, and the ravberland.com website, I’m sure I’d be in quite a spiritual slump at the moment.

Trying to maintain emuna in the face of all this bad is pretty challenging.

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So, I wake up with that big package of fear and worry sitting on my chest in the morning, and then I try and take it back to God, and let Him deal with it – because I can’t.

And I still have suppers to make, and floors to sweep, and even, occasionally, stuff to type up, although honestly, I’m finding it pretty hard to focus enough to get things done at the moment.

I can do the simple chores, the kindnesses for the people in my home, the shopping, the washing.

But there isn’t always a lot left over for other stuff, or for ‘big picture’ pieces, or even, to try to get all my other projects moved forward. Everything is hanging, everything is half-done and incomplete and I can’t seem to summon the will to get it done.

I’m pretty sure most people can relate.

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All this uncertainty is totally paralyzing on a number of levels.

So every day I remind myself that the next 16 hours is all I have to really deal with, so I don’t get mentally overloaded, and that I have to pack it as full with REAL THINGS as I can.

REAL THINGS, like talking to people I care about face to face, and taking walks in the fresh air as mask-less as possible (police notwithstanding). And tending the plants in my garden. And even, cleaning up the rabbit poo from the new pet we got 3 weeks ago to help one of my daughters who was going crazy from being imprisoned in her home with no friends for 6 weeks.

All these things are helping me to ‘shove back’, at least mentally, against the forces that want to turn us all into remote-controlled, mindless robots.

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While I’m still pretty worried about a whole bunch of things, I am also starting to detect some light at the end of the tunnel.

More and more people in Israel are starting to give two fingers to the whole hideous mask thing (more on that in another post. If I can be bothered.)

The population seems to be firmly dividing itself into two camps:

Those who are buying the whole facemask propaganda, and deliberately suffocating themselves to death inside a KN-95; and others who are either wearing the mask under their chin, or not at all.

It was 36 degrees yesterday in Jerusalem.

Wearing facemasks in that heat is an obvious and potentially serious health risk.

My daughter went to the beach in Tel Aviv, and she told me no-one in Tel Aviv is wearing a face mask there.

How long can this charade continue?

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But then, there are other things that are still worrying me.

Like, one of my daughter’s friends told us that he got into a conversation with a chareidi guy on the Jerusalem tram, who was really surprised that he’d sat next to him. The friend doesn’t look at all frum, doesn’t wear a kippa, has long hair and jeans.

The frum guy asked him if he came from a chareidi home, despite his secular appearance. When he said ‘yes’, the frum guy explained how he knew that.

The chilonim (secular people) won’t sit next to chareidi people on the tram anymore, because the media scared them so much that all chareidim have COVID.

When I hear things like that, it scares me.

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Now at the Kotel, the man with the thermometer gun has been replaced by sensors where you are meant to stop and let them scan your ‘forehead’, to check your temperature.

It’s all total BS, not least because the 3 times I’ve had my temperature scanned there’s been a fluctuation of 4 degrees in the read outs.

One of my friend got let through with a temperature of 30 degrees, which means she apparently had life-threatening hypothermia…. NOT.

So, I scan my hand, not my face, as my small act of ‘shove back’ that’s maintaining my sanity, as the police state marches on with its attempts to collect all my personal details, scan my face every time I pop out the door and to catalogue me.

The Kotel is totally freaking me out at the moment, but what I can I do?

I have 9 more days left to complete the 40, and I’ve come so far, I’m not going to give up now. But it’s hard to find motivation to go, because mamash, the whole thing reminds me of a Nazi selection process, down by the train tracks.

Sigh.

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But there is hope.

Thousands of chareidim rushed the police, and broke through the security in Meron, to get to the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, on L’Ag B’Omer. There is strength in numbers, there is strength in faith, there is strength in unity.

That’s why the secular authorities have been waging a war against the religious community here in Israel – and also now abroad – because they know that the Men in Black & White are ultimately going to beat them.

And not just because they are having so many children.

But because they are fueled by soul-power, and that’s the part of the equation the AI eugenecists are totally missing.

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You can’t capture and quantify that Godly part of us that is the soul.

You can’t reduce it down to a binary code, or place it in a microchip.

Our soul is untameable and unstoppable.

It’s bigger and stronger than anything they can possibly throw at us, however ‘bad’ and evil the plan might be.

The soul is ultimately going to win through, and God’s glory will fill the whole world in a revealed way.

And they know it.

That’s why they are fighting so hard to smear the chareidim, imprison and silence our rabbis, and to break down the natural achdut that should exist between all believing Jews, however different we may look, superficially.

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So, let’s end this post with a poem, along the lines of Pastor Martin Niemoller’s words, written in World War II.

(BTW, Pastor Niemoller was initially a Nazi sympathizer. He realized too late what it was he was really ‘sympathizing’ with. To all the people out there who still have anti-chareidi, or anti-Rav Berland tendencies, think very carefully who you are really aligning yourself with.)

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First they came for Rav Berland
And I did not speak out
Because I was not part of the Shuvu Banim community

Then they came for Rav Kanievsky
And I did not speak out
Because I don’t live in Bnei Brak

Then they came for the people holding secret minyans in Lakewood
And I did not speak out
Because I was happy to pray alone

Then they came for the people who refused to wear face masks in Downtown Manhattan
And I did not speak out
Because I believed the propaganda that fresh air could kill me

Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

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May Hashem save us from history repeating itself.

And may Rav Berland get out of prison very soon.

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UPDATE:

Check out this link on Neshama’s Habayitah Blog, about the imminent plans to introduce ‘Contact Tracing’, initially in the States. It contains an excellent, 12 minute clip from Spiro Skouras, explaining how the #Coronafascists will be using face recognition software, plus 20,000 ‘screening detectives’ who will start trying to ferret out people who have a cough, so they can forcibly remove them from homes.

Don’t go into denial!

This is really serious.

You can see Spiro’s report below (for now, until it’s censored from Youtube).

(It’s shmirat eynayim friendly).

And for Freemasons watchers, I found this another interesting co-inc-iden-ce:

The official House Resolution to legally enact ‘Contact Tracing’ has got the following number:

H.R.6666 – COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act

Whatever else you can say about these guys, they aren’t subtle.

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The best way to tip the scales in the direction of holiness and good is to do some hafetza, and get as many of Rabbi Berland’s prayers, Torah lessons and books out there and circulating as possible.

The ravberland.com website is a great place to start, and if you want to distribute some books, there are a bunch you can pick from now on Amazon.

The Rav just gave over the following lesson on the site:

Only the True Tzaddik can erase the accusations

The True Tzaddik is the only one who is able to nullify all of the Accusations in Heaven.
I know that’s hard for a lot of people to hear and to accept.

But before you dismiss it, remember this teaching, from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov:

In Sichos HaRan (translated into English as ‘Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom’, by the Breslov Research Institute), Rebbe Nachman tells us the following:

“It’s written about the time of Moshiach (Job 38:13): ‘To grasp the ends of the earth and shake the wicked from it’. However, one who comes close to a true Tzaddik, [he] can grab hold of him, and not be cast off. When we hold on to the Tzaddik, we can stay firm.”

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People, hold on to the Tzaddik!

Go buy his books, go spread his teachings, go and email around his prayers. (He just put out a prayer to be saved from famine, btw, so let’s be clear that he’s hinting that’s one of the next challenges, looming on the horizon, as everyone’s parnassa crumbles to dust. Except, those people who are hanging on to the Tzaddik).
That’s the only way we can get this to really turn around the sweet way. As soon as a critical mass of us start to do that, everything is going to change for the better.
So, if all this stuff is scaring the pants off you, take action, and swing into doing some hafetza ASAP.
TBC

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UPDATE #2:

Here’s the second part of the Corbett Report on Bill Gates’ plans to vaccinate everyone on the planet with untested, experimental RNA vaccines, off the back of the Coronavirus ‘pandemic’. It’s not shmirat eynayim friendly, so if you want to read the text inside, or listen to the audio, go HERE instead.

You can get my post on part one HERE.

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This isn’t going to stop, anytime soon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Something else is.

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

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

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

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

And this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the authorities know it too.

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

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

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

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

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

Sigh.

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

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

They’re making the Police State very happy.

It’s pure genius.

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

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

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It basically breaks down like this:

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

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

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

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

Especially as the fascist tendencies are really starting to show.

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

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

Ah, our heroes.

[sarcasm off]

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

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

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

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

My heart sank.

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

It took him a while.

Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

My husband told him:

I’m just scared of the police.

Like we all are these days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FOOTNOTES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For sure, we all need rescuing, and ASAP.

But not from COVID-19.

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

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

Moshiach.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

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

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

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

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

Midda k’neged midda.

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

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

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

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

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

Out of all proportion, in fact.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Something massive has changed.

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

But let’s be clear about something:

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

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

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

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

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

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The world of lies is crumbling.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Well, it’s kind of hard to keep up with developments in some ways, isn’t it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why do you think this is happening?

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

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

Rabbi Menashe Amon said THIS.

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Rabbi Amos Gweta said THIS.

Rabbi Ofer Erez said THIS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hmm.

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They lost everything.

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But who’s been listening?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This comes from THIS interview, with Makor Rishon:

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

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

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

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Well guess what?

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

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RECAP:

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

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

UPDATE:

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

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

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

The answer lies in prayer, tzedaka and teshuva.

TESHUVA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TZEDAKA

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

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

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

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PRAYER

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

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

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

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

Honestly?

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

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

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

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

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

And other people are finding that, too.

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

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

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

Over to A…..

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Chapter One.

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

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

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

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Chapter Two.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And we thought that was the end.

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

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

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

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Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

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When the pressure ramps up, we really have two choices.

I’m currently trying to put together my ‘how to halve overwhelming stress in 30 days’ tachlis course, and it’s proving pretty stressful….

But also very useful, in figuring out why people react the way we do to overwhelming stress, and what we can really do about it, tachlis.

We’re all so sick and tired of ‘gurus’ preaching about how to do stuff, and how to change – things that they themselves are a million miles away from actually living in their own lives.

That’s true in the orthodox Jewish world, and also – I’ve been shocked to discover – in the non-Jewish world.

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For every Youtube ‘rabbi’ and ‘rabbanit’ that’s been droning on about Hashem, and emuna, while deceitfully swindling people, feeding their own massive egos, and trying to cash in on the public’s need for reassurance and guidance, there’s at least 100 secular ‘gurus’ that have been doing exactly the same thing, in their field.

I’ve come across this phenomenon in the area of book publishing, and of course, in holistic health, but I had no idea how widespread the problem has become, and how cynical it’s made us all. So, this course is not preaching anything. It’s 100% tachlis, focused exactly on helping people to figure out what’s stressing them out, what they can really do about it, and how to reduce their stress by at least 50% in 30 days.

That’s a big promise to make, I know, but I’m standing fully behind it.

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So, while I’ve been busy putting that course together, the world has helpfully been melting down into a massive, oozing puddle of overwhelmingly stressful circumstances.

The latest example is xtian pastor, anti-Semite (and almost certainly, secret Freemason) Rick Wiles’ public rant about a ‘Jew Coup’ taking place in the US.

One of my US-based friends kindly sent me the clip, so I went to check out his website, and his following on Youtube – apparently 185,000, before he got banned – and I came away from all that investigation feeling pretty stressed! And I don’t live in the US.

As this site is now a pointless politics-free zone, instead of pointlessly ranting about ‘erev rav’, and trying to ‘blame’ people for not moving to Israel 50 years ago, I thought I’d try to do something constructive to help my readers in the US, while also trying out some of the tachlis principles I’m putting together for my course.

Ready?

Great! Let’s do this together, with no ranting, no blaming, no holier-than-thou finger pointing, or demonization of whole groups of Jews who happen to think and act differently from us.

We are all in this together.

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We’ll kick this off by setting out the stall, describing the ‘stress’ problem we all have, and then going through the following steps, to try to resolve it. Here’s my STRESS DEFUSING CHECKLIST.

  • Identify the potential source of stress.
  • Clarify the situation, to see if the ‘stress’ and underlying worries and fears are valid, or not.
  • Clearly state the specific problem of issue that is stressing you out.
  • Once we have the full facts (as much as we can), to move through the process of ACTION or ACCEPTANCE.
  • Depending on which route we’ll take, the work will either be more externally-focused ACTION, or more internally-focused ACCEPTANCE.
  • Clearly state the ACTIONS required, and / or what can’t be changed and must be ACCEPTED with emuna.
  • Feel way less stressed, because we’ve clarified what’s going on, what we really think about it, and what, if anything we need to do to deal with it.

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It’s a very common reaction, to go into denial when we feel overwhelmed, despairing and stuck.

most of the planet does that, and sometimes it has its benefits. But, if the source of stress is ‘real’, or nagging, or chronic, or acute, and it’s not being faced down and dealt with, denial quickly morph into a feeling of massive underlying anxiety and panic.

When people aren’t addressing their stress, their fears, head-on, that also leads to a range of chronic health problems – they can’t sleep, they get headaches, their digestion stops working, peptic ulcers show up, they get eczema or asthma flare-ups, they start to experience all sorts of different psychosomatic pains and backaches, that have no ‘physical’ cause etc etc.

Don’t do that to yourself!

It’s way, way better to bite the bullet, deal with reality, and then have a concrete plan of either ACTION or ACCEPTANCE, depending on what you discover when start to address the problem properly.

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So, let’s apply this ‘de-stress’ solution to the problem of Rick Wiles. I’m not going to answer the following questions for you – that’s your part of this project – but I will walk you through it, and hold your hand, as much as required. Let’s kick off:

  1. IDENTIFY THE POTENTIAL SOURCE OF STRESS.

In this case, let’s focus in on Rick Wiles, and his ‘Jew Coup’ statement. Let’s start with a stress rating:

How stressful is Rick Wilkes and his public Jew-hatred, on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the maximum)?

Before I went to his site, I would have ranked this for myself as a ‘3’, as I live in Israel. After I read his site, it went up to around a ‘6’.

If you’re ranking anything below ‘3’, that means it’s not a potent source of stress for you.

I’m ranking this at a ‘6’ now, which means I need to deal with it.

(As a side note, I usually deal with all this stuff in hitbodedut, and you can, too. Just take this checklist, plug in your own ‘stress’ issue, and go talk to God about it.)

Now, let’s move on to our second step:

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  1. CLARIFY THE SITUATION

This is often way harder than it looks, especially if there are a lot of vested interests involved, or a lot of ‘confirmation bias’ standing in the way of getting to the truth. In this case, here’s a few of the questions we need to be exploring:

  • Is Rick Wiles speaking for a lot of Americans, or just a negligible percentage?
  • Are his Youtube followers fanatical, or violent?
  • Do you live close to any of these fanatical, violent people? Could they directly impact your life in some way?
  • Who else might Wiles be influencing with his statement?
  • What are the possible outcomes of this statement being widely publicized in the US?

(Tip: you want to be covering the range of possibilities here, from ‘best case’ to ‘worst case’ scenario. For big stresses, or big decisions, it’s often best to write this down, or do a mindmap. I use pen and paper, but there is also free and easy mindmap software that you can download and use, too.)

Once you have that list of possible outcomes, it’s time to drill down, to see what you are really worrying about, and how likely you believe that outcome to be.

Here’s how I would do that.

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I’d take my list of ‘possible outcomes’.

And then I’d give them a ranking out of 10 (or out of 100, if you want more precision) as to how likely I believe this might be. 1 would be ‘impossible’ and 10 / 100 would be ‘absolutely certain’.

That would leave me looking at something like this:

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(I know, I spelt his name wrong… I don’t really care.)

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POSSIBLE OUTCOMES OF WILES’ STATEMENT

  • More people start to talk against the Jews – 75%
  • Anti-Semitism could start to increase in the US – 75%
  • People feel more comfortable discriminating against Jews – 70%
  • That could impact how comfortable I feel being obviously Jewish in the US – 80%
  • There could be more violent anti-Semitism – 60%
  • There could be more attacks on shuls and Jewish schools – 60%
  • Jewish life in the US could become more difficult – 90%
  • It’s a storm in a teacup nothing will happen – 20%

Are you seeing how this works?

If you feel that you don’t have enough information or knowledge to be comfortable with your ‘clarity’, you might want to go and read up on the subject, find an expert to talk to, check out the latest stats for anti-semitism etc in the US, to inform your opinions and beliefs.

And of course, take it back to God, because that’s where you’ll get your best insights from.

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Now that I have my ‘clarity’, to the best of my ability, and taking my own innate biases and preferences and beliefs into account, I can move to the next step of identifying and defusing my stress:

3)            CLEARLY STATE THE SPECIFIC PROBLEM OR ISSUE THAT IS STRESSING YOU OUT.

So for me, I’m going to formulate it like this:

“I’m worried that there is about to be a big upswing in anti-Semitism in the USA, and that there will be more discrimination and violent attacks against the Jews who are living there, which includes my relatives.”

Again, this is my personal statement. You should write yours in your own language, and with whatever details are relevant to you, and your levels of stress.

But now I have the problem clearly stated, I can move on to the next stage:

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  1. ACTION or ACCEPTANCE.

Here’s where I list out all the actions that are currently available to me, that could help me deal with this problem.

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POSSIBLE ACTIONS:

  • Phone people I know in the US to discuss the situation and warn them?
  • Write something urging people to move?
  • Encourage people to buy a firearm and learn how to use it?
  • Give practical information and help about making aliya?
  • Research US antisemitism to see if it really is a big problem?
  • Suggest people look at buying a cheap property somewhere in Israel?
  • Give people chizzuk and support?
  • Try to ‘scare’ them into making aliya?
  • Put more focus on making Teshuva and working on our humility and emuna?

Now, I go through each one, and I see if it’s workable, practical, useful.

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I know from previous experience that trying to ‘scare’ people, or browbeat them, or guilt them, into moving to Israel just doesn’t work, and isn’t helpful.

I’ve had family members who stopped talking to me for 4 years because I kept trying to pressure them to make aliya. So, all those options are out.

I don’t believe in violence as an answer, so I’m not going to encourage anyone to buy a gun.

So, I’m left with the options to write things that will encourage and support my fellow Jews in the US, and to help them get clarity in some way about the options available to them, and to put the focus on teshuva and working on out bad middot and returning to God, as the best solution to the problem.

So now, I have clarity about what I personally need to do about this, moving forward, and I’m feeling way less stressed.

And whatever I can’t change, whatever I can’t take action about right now, that’s the stuff I need to work on accepting happily, without whining, moaning of complaining.

If I can’t take the ACTION I want to take, I have to accept God’s will, and maybe, start praying for things to change or open up in the future, so that ACTION could be available to me at a different stage.

(I know I’m not breaking this stage down into all the nitty-gritty details. I will do it in the course properly, but I don’t want this post to get too long!)

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6)            Clearly state the ACTIONS required, and / or, what I need to ACCEPT with emuna.

For me, I have to ACCEPT that trying to force my family members to make aliya is simply counter-productive, and just leads to bad blood and soured relationships.

I also have to ACCEPT that I can’t even broach this issue with my relatives in the US, as doing so will only upset them, and won’t achieve anything positive.

On my ACTIONS list, I now have:

  • Pray more for God to help the Jews in America (and everywhere else! We all have our issues, right now.)
  • Focus my blog on chizzuk and emuna, instead of holier-than-thou finger pointing and ranting.
  • Look to see what practical help and support I can give my readers, to help them deal with their challenges and stress, including the stress caused by anti-Semites like Rick Wiles.

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Now I’ve gone through this process, I’m feeling way less stressed!

I have my clarity about what might be happening, what limited role, if any, I can play, and where I need to be focusing my time and energy for maximum benefit.

Breathe out….

This is EXPERIENCING EMUNA, not just preaching about it. You can apply this formula to absolutely any ‘stress’ that you are currently experiencing, and you’ll see how it instantly starts to reduce, as you get better clarity about what’s really going on, what your options really are, and what God might be expecting from you.

BH, I hope to be able to share more of this stuff with you soon.

Next week, Wednesday, Dec 4th, I’m hoping to live teach the first module of the FAILPROOF METHOD TO REDUCE DESTRUCTIVE STRESS BY AT LEAST 50% IN 4 WEEKS COURSE, focusing on:

‘IDENTIFY WHAT’S STRESSING YOU OUT, AND DEFUSE IT’.

If you are a woman, and you would like to join me for that – on Zoom – please sign up HERE.

I’m limiting enrollment to the first 10 people, so grab your spot while you can.

You can also sign up directly, below:

 

Sometimes, it’s hard to keep going, isn’t it?

I think the hardest part of this current exile we’re in is that so much of our effort for good just seems to get ‘swallowed’ by bad, and we’re left scratching our heads and wondering where it all went.

The ‘bad’ is swallowing so much kedusha, so much good, so much truth, and it’s gulping it down at a never-before-seen pace.

And then I remember what Rebbe Nachman explained, that at some point, it will gulp down too much, and something will get stuck in its throat, and then it will be forced to regurgitate every last bit of good it swallowed.

More and more, I think the something that will get stuck in its throat is Rabbi Berland.

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In case you don’t already know, the State of Israel, aided and abetted by the Pravda Israeli media, has decided to begin a new war against Rabbi Berland, and his Shuvu Banim community.

This time, they are using a secular woman whose baal teshuva daughter died from gallbladder cancer a couple of months ago.

Shoshie, the daughter, and her husband became baal teshuvas a few years ago – much to the mother’s displeasure. Then, they became Breslovers – which upset the mother even more. And then, the crowning insult – they joined Rabbi Berland’s Shuvu Banim community, and grew their payot really long.

This, the mother could never forgive.

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Before we continue, some facts on gallbladder cancer, the type of cancer Shoshie had.

The following comes from uptodate.com, a website that is used by medical professionals to stay up to date, easily, on the latest research and advice for different illnesses:

Gallbladder cancer (GBC) is an uncommon but highly fatal malignancy; fewer than 5000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. The majority are found incidentally in patients undergoing exploration for cholelithiasis; a tumor will be found in 1 to 2 percent of such cases [1-4]. The poor prognosis is thought to be related to advanced stage at diagnosis, which is due both to the anatomic position of the gallbladder and to the vagueness and nonspecificity of symptoms.

Surgery is the only potentially curative modality for patients with GBC. However, only a minority of patients are eligible for curative-intent surgery because of disease extent (either locoregionally advanced and unresectable because of local invasion into critical structures or metastasized beyond locoregional confines). For the remainder, treatment is palliative in nature.

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I bolded the sentence that you should pay particular attention to. In plain English, it says that the only way you can potentially cure gallbladder cancer is to surgically remove the diseased gallbladder.

If you can’t do that, you have no chance of curing the cancer, according to natural laws.

The following stats come from the cancer.net website:

If the cancer has spread outside the gallbladder to the lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is between 7% and 8%. Gallbladder cancer that has spread to other parts of the body has a 5-year survival rate of 4% or less.

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What these stats say is that just 4-8% of people with gallbladder cancer live longer than 5 years after their diagnosis.

Or to put it another way, it kills 92-96% of people within five years, regardless of the treatment they receive.

Chemotherapy doesn’t work to ‘cure’ gallbladder cancer (whether it works under any circumstances is a post for another time). The medical professionals know this, and many of them will not ‘force’ people with gallbladder cancer to have chemo, as the side effects are horrendous and it’s really not helping them to live longer, anyway.

These are the facts.

The facts that you won’t see reported anywhere, in the Pravda propaganda media here in Israel, and in many other places in the West.

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Cancer is a big industry.

This comes from an article on the newstarget site in 2016:

Last year, the cancer industry was valued at $100 billion, and is predicted to reach $147 billion in sales by 2018, according to data released by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

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Meanwhile, this comes from the marketwatch website from January this year:

Global Oncology Drugs Market to Surpass US$ 196.2 Billion by 2026

The cancer industry is extremely lucrative, and is doubling in the 10 years between 2016-2026.

Why is it so profitable? The following article from October 2019, on the statnews website might shed some light on this:

Americans are rightly furious about the high and unsustainable price of cancer drugs, which now routinely cost more than $100,000 per year of therapy. Those prices are made worse by the fact that most cancer drugs offer only modest benefits — one study put the median benefit at 2.1 extra months of life — along with the fact that expert physicians frequently recommend these drugs for off-label uses, meaning using a drug for a purpose it was not initially approved for.

You got that?

You get an extra 2.1 months of life, on average, and it will cost you $100,000, if you go the ‘cancer drugs’ route.

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So now, let’s return to the sad case of Shoshie, who paid a pidyon to Rabbi Berland, which was really her only chance of surviving her cancer in any way, shape or form.

The Rav advised her to follow a strict ‘no toxin’ diet, to try to encourage the gallbladder to heal, and according to the testimony of Shoshie’s husband, for as long as she was following the diet, her health was actually stable and even strengthening.

But the mother couldn’t leave things alone, and put her daughter under tremendous psychological pressure to have chemotherapy.

The same chemotherapy that even the medical profession admits doesn’t work to ‘cure’ gallbladder cancer in any way, shape or form, and that floods the body with a tremendous dose of literal poison.

That poison collapsed Shoshie’s weakened immune system, and she died two weeks after the chemotherapy.

Let me ask you:

When you know these facts about gallbladder cancer, who should really be in the frame for ‘murdering’ Shoshie?

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So in this instance, the pidyon didn’t work.

Occasionally, this happens, and Rebbe Nachman clearly explains why this happens, at least in the spiritual realm, as you can read about HERE.

In the meantime, anti-chareidi journalists from Israel’s Channel 13 News decided to make a patently misleading ‘expose’ into what happened; then anti-chareidi politicians (who used to be anti-chareidi journalists) got up in the Knesset to ‘demand’ that the State of Israel stop the ‘Rabbi Berland cult’ –

And whaddya know?!

Barely two weeks later, Nurit Ben Moshe has filed a complaint with the Israel Police that Rabbi Berland should be investigated for manslaughter.

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Again, let’s break down the complaint in plain English:

  • Rabbi Berland took money to effect a spiritual cure known as a pidon nefesh – that thousands of people, including terminally-ill cancer patients who the doctors had given up on can tell you first-hand worked to permanently cure them of their illness.
  • Rabbi Berland advised the patient, Shoshi, to follow a strict ‘all natural’ diet – to avoid over-taxing an already very weak immune system, and try to get her body to heal.
  • Nurit Ben-Moshe complained that Rabbi Berland was ‘stopping her daughter’ from having ‘life-saving chemotherapy’ – both claims are totally false. As soon as Shoshie succumbed to the pressure from her mother to have the chemo, she had the chemotherapy. No-one was stopping her from doing anything. And the chemo wasn’t ‘life-saving’ at all – in fact, it’s highly likely that having the chemo radically shortened Shoshi’s life.
  • Ergo, the pidyon didn’t work.

In any other country, the police would throw this complaint out as delusional.

But of course, the State of Israel is run by an anti-chareidi mafia, so instead, the media is full of stories rehashing the old lies and spicing them up with new ones.

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So, why do I say that Rabbi Berland is the ‘bone in the throat’ of the Sitra Achra?

Because last time the State of Israel fabricated a case against him, the Israeli judicial system started to unravel publically. Just last week, Israel’s own Justice Minister had this to say about the ‘justice’ system in Israel (quoting something President Rivlin wrote in Haaretz back in 2004!):

Almost no one dared uncover the dangerous symbiosis between figures in the police major crimes unit, the State Prosecutor’s Office and the media.”….  How can we accept a situation in which senior officials in the judicial establishment, who are obligated to uphold standards, who preach at the gate against corruption, see and hear about institutional corruption on such a scale and say, there’s nothing to be done. The answer is that we cannot.”

No-one believes in the courts or the cops here anymore. Five years ago, most people believed that fair trials and honest investigations occurred in the State of Israel.

Not any more.

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And now, this latest calumny against the Rav is going to highlight all the terrible lies the West likes to tell about its medical profession.

Start researching ‘cure’ rates for chemo, and for radiation oncology, and see what you find. And while you’re at it, take a look at this link a reader just sent me about cells from an aborted fetus that died in 1966, that are being cloned and routinely added to vaccines.

Even Wikipedia confirms that this is happening, known as ‘MCR-5’ on your vaccine information inserts.

Can someone please tell me why that’s happening?

What on earth is the medical justification, the medical rationale, for adding the whole cloned dna from an aborted fetus to vaccines?

I have to admit, I can’t think of anything that would justify this, and I can think of a whole bunch of reasons why I find this idea disturbing in the extreme.

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So, I think this latest blood libel against the Rav is going to start shining the spotlight on the corrupt medical profession, and all the lies they like to tell about what’s really causing illnesses, and what’s really curing them.

In the meantime, Rabbi Berland has been warning for months that the situation is so bad, he’s going to have to take on a new disgrace that will make the last one look like a walk in the park.

I wrote about that months ago, here.

And it seems, that time has now come.

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UPDATE:

Someone just sent me this flyer. If you’re in Israel, and you’re interested in at least asking some questions about why they are putting the full DNA from an aborted fetus from 1966 into vaccines we’re all happily syringing into our children, this could be the place to go for some more information:

UPDATE #2:

Within 10 minutes of me linking to the scholarly article that simply explained that the MCR-5 cells were taken from the aborted, 14 week old male of a 27 year old woman with severe mental illness, that article disappeared! The censorship is totally insane.

Here’s what that scholarly article said:

The MRC-5 cell line was developed in September 1966 from lung tissue taken from a 14 week fetus aborted for psychiatric reason from a 27 year old physically healthy woman. The cell morphology is fibroblast-like.

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What really happened to all those elite Nazi scientists, generals and spies, after World War II?

A little while ago, I found myself obsessing over what had happened to all those thousands upon thousands of Yemenite children who were stolen from their parents by the nascent State of Israel. Tracking down what I believe to be the answer to that question led to one of the biggest can of worms imaginable. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of what I learned, and what the implications are for us, today.

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Beginning on July 4th, 2019, Pacific USA was hit by a number of very large earthquakes.

These quakes led to a massive rent opening up in the ground way out in the desert, by the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. Since it was first set up in 1943, activities in China Lake have always been top secret, highly classified so no civilians were allowed to actually get a close-up view of the massive rent in the ground that suddenly appeared.

But the US government couldn’t deny what had happened, as the fissure was so large, it was visible from outer space. According to the GlobalSecurity.org website:

The earthquakes that struck California in July 2019 caused more than $5 billion worth of damage to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. The 6.4-magnitude tremor that struck 122 miles northeast of Los Angeles on 04 July 2019 was followed one day later by a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake that caused a fissure within the Little Lake fault zone in Southern California’s Indian Wells Valley area. At least 159 aftershocks of magnitude 2.5 or greater were recorded after the first earthquake on July 4.

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Over the years, China Lake developed a reputation for being one of the US military’s most secretive bases, home to many ‘top secret’ projects. Many of the hi-tech weapons of war have been developed there. Sidewinder, Shrike and Walleye missiles have all been developed there, by scientists working for the US military and intelligence.

With the epicenter of these earthquakes striking precisely there, on American Independence Day, God seemed to be sending the US a clear message that He wasn’t so happy with the activities occurring at China Lake. Why could that be?

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The date is May, 1945.

After a brutal six years of war that cost the lives of more than 50 million people, including the six million Jews who were brutally murdered, shot, gassed, starved and experimented on by the Nazis, Nazi Germany finally waved the white flag, as US and Soviet raced each other towards the capital, Berlin.

If, like me, you believed all the ‘history’ we were routinely taught about what happened next, you’ll say that the Allies quickly organized the Nuremburg Trials to put the leading Nazis and their cohorts on trial for their crimes, and did their best to track down all the other leading Nazis – many of whom somehow managed to cunningly escape and move to South America, with some help from the Vatican and the Red Cross:

By comparing lists of wanted war criminals to travel documents, Steinacher [Author of Nazis on the Run] says Britain and Canada alone inadvertently took in around 8,000 former Waffen-SS members in 1947, many on the basis of valid documents issued mistakenly.

(Emphasis mine).

What no-one ever taught me is how the OSS (the forerunner to what become the CIA, under Allen Dulles) and the British secret service made every effort they could to ‘hoover up’ all of the Nazis’ best talent, particularly when it came to developing new weapons, acquiring new technology, and pursuing more knowledge about how humans, and human biology, actually worked.

Initially, the plan was just to interview all these top Nazi and SS scientists, squeeze all of the information out of them, and then leave them to their fate in Germany.

But as the Americans came to understand just how ‘advanced’ Nazi technology and biological insight had become, the plan changed.

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In August 1945, American President Harry S Truman agreed to let Bosquet Wev, Director of the War Department’s Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA) bring thousands of these German scientists to the US. Truman made a point of barring any German scientist who was known:

“To have been a member of the Nazi Party, and more than a nominal participant in its activities, or an active supporter of Nazi militarism.”

But the problem for the JOIA was that many of the key scientists they wanted to bring to the USA didn’t fit this criteria, and some of them, like rocket scientists Wernher von Braun and Arthur Rudolph, and medical doctor Hubertus Strughold, had already been given a classification as a “menace to the security of the Allied Forces”.

In February 1947, JIOA submitted its first wave of dossiers to be reviewed by the State and Justice Department.

All visa requests were turned down, as the State Department representative Samuel Klaus claimed every scientist put forward had been an ‘ardent Nazi’.

JIOA Director Wev responded by writing a memo stating: “the best interests of the United States have been subjugated to the efforts expended in ‘beating a dead Nazi horse.”

Wev argued that the best interests of the US lay in utilizing these mens’ knowledge, and ignoring their sordid past.

Meanwhile, Major-General Hugh Knerr, deputy commander of the US Air Force in Europe, wrote:

“Occupation of German scientific and industrial establishments has revealed the fact that we have been alarmingly backward in many fields of research. If we do not take the opportunity to seize the apparatus and the brains that developed it and put the combination back to work promptly, we will remain several years behind while we attempt to cover a field already exploited.”

Allen Dulles, head of the CIA agreed. He’d recently had a meeting with the head of Nazi Intelligence in Russia, Reinhard Gehlen, and by all accounts, the two had hit it off admirably.

Dulles agreed for Gehlen and his army of Nazi spies to be ‘incorporated’ into the CIA, and then the JOIA promptly went to work to create the false biographies and histories required to get all these former Nazis into the country.

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They made up new work histories that carefully placed them as far away as possible from the Nazi war machine and the death camps, and quietly went around destroying the evidence that showed that these people had been card-carrying members of the Nazi Party.

Once this was done, these new, ‘acceptable’ personal histories were ‘paper-clipped’ to their file – hence the name, ‘Operation Paperclip’ – and the US happily ushered in a whole wave of Nazi scientists, doctors and researchers into the country.

The public didn’t know about all this, of course. It was a ‘top secret deal’ figured out by the same people who would go on to create the totally corrupt CIA, FBI, NSA and who knows what else.

But in the meantime, Nazi scientists steeped in Nazi immorality and Nazi ideology began to take up a number of prominent posts throughout America’s universities, hospitals and military bases.

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At the same time that ‘Operation Paperclip’ was happening to bring thousands of former Nazis over to the US, British intelligence was doing its best to keep up by organizing ‘Operation Matchbox’.

Operation Matchbox was done on a much smaller scale – dealing with hundreds, instead of thousands of former Nazi scientists – but the principles were the same.

Find the best brains behind Hitler’s research and war machine, ‘cleanse’ them of their unpleasant Nazi past, and reintroduce them to society as ‘good’ Germans who are now devoting all their abilities to helping the free world. Operation Matchbox shipped these Germans out to Australia, where it was much easier for these people to hide their past.

This information came to light in 1999, when the papers were first declassified. The following comes from The Guardian:

The German scientists sent to Australia under a top secret Anglo-American project codenamed Operation Matchbox included SS and Nazi party members. The leading Nazi-hunting watchdog, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem, yesterday demanded an investigation into the recruitments ordered by Britain and the US, and said Australia was a haven for “holocaust perpetrators and mass murderers”.

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Please remember that both Matchbox and Paperclip took place within four months of World War II ending.

Many Jews were still living in the camps at that time, because they had nowhere to go. Auschwitz was still standing. But the US and British governments – together with their British Commonwealth Cronies like Canada and Australia – made a policy decision that the knowledge these Nazi scientists had totally outweighed any moral scruples.

There are around 1600 Nazi scientists on record as being giving visas and jobs in the US after World War II. But there were far more, maybe even a few thousand more, who were allowed in by the back door, and who helped the CIA and NSA in a number of ‘top secret’ nefarious schemes over the last 70 years. I’ll introduce you to some of those things, possibly, in a future post.

In the book Project Paperclip by Clarence Lasby, the author explained that the spooks:

“covered their designs with such secrecy that it bedeviled their own President; at Potsdam he denied their activities and undoubtedly enhanced Russian suspicion and distrust.”

Even the President had no idea how many rabid former Nazis were flooding into the country.

For now, let’s a take a look at who some of these ‘known’ Nazi scientists actually were, how they came by their advanced knowledge, and what they went on to do with it, in the ‘free world’.

(Much of this information is coming from THIS article, with some additional research by yours truly.)

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ARTHUR RUDOLPH

Role in Nazi Germany: Operations director of the Mittelwerk factory at the Dora-Nordhausen concentration camps, where 20,000 workers died from beatings, hangings, and starvation.

1945 military assessment of him: “100% Nazi, dangerous type, security threat..!! Suggest internment.”

JIOA’s ‘sanitized’ version says there is: “[N]othing in his records indicating that he was a war criminal or and ardent Nazi or otherwise objectionable.”

How he helped the USA: Designed the Saturn 5 rocket used in the Apollo moon landings.

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WERNHER VON BRAUN

Role in Nazi Germany: Technical director of the Peenemunde rocket research center, which developed the V-2 rockets used in the Blitz on London. The V-2 rockets were built in a factory using slave labor from the Dora concentration camp, a sub-camp of Buchenwald. Von Braun knew this, as he visited regularly to oversee his rockets. This from Wikipedia:

Wernher von Braun visited the Nordhausen plant on 25 January 1944 and again on 6 May 1944,[5] when he met Walter DornbergerArthur Rudolph and Albin Sawatzki, discussing the need to enslave another 1,800 skilled French workers.

The prisoners were subject to extreme cruelty. As a result, they often suffered injuries, including permanent disability and disfigurement, and death. Severe beatings were routine, as was deliberate starvation, torture and summary executions.

1947 military assessment of him: “Subject is regarded as a potential security threat by the Military Governor.”

1948 JIOA assessment: “No derogatory information is available on the subject…It is the opinion of the Military Governor that he may not constitute a security threat to the United States.”

How he helped the USA :

Worked on guided missiles for the U.S. Army before becoming the Director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Walt Disney hired him as ‘celebrity expert’ in the 50s and 60s for their “World of Tomorrow” program.

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KURT BLOME

Role in Nazi Germany: Director of the Nazi Biological Warfare Program. Tried at Nuremberg in 1947 on charges of practicing euthanasia and conducting experiments on humans. Strangely acquitted after intervention by the US, despite a previous admission of guilt and a mound of evidence against him.

JIOA File: Made no mention of him being tried at Nuremberg, or being the Director of the Nazi Biological Warfare Program.

How he helped the USA: In 1951, Blome was hired by the U.S. Army Chemical Corps to work on chemical warfare.

(Yes, you read that right: Nazi scientists who worked in concentration camps were hired by the US government to help them develop their chemical warfare programs.)

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HUBERTUS STRUGHOLD

Role in Nazi Germany: Oversaw experiments on inmates at Dachau and Auschwitz, were inmates were placed in large barrels of water left outside in the harsh winter, and frozen to death, and / or killed by being used in experiments in low-pressure chambers.

How he helped the USA: Designed on-board life-support systems for NASA; came to be known as the “father of space medicine”.

From HERE:

During the war, Strughold was part of medical studies that used inmates from the Dachau concentration camp as guinea pigs for human experiments. Test subjects were subjected to surgeries without anesthetics, immersed in frozen water to examine the effects of hypothermia, and placed in air pressure chambers. After the war, investigators at the Nuremberg War Trials listed Strughold as one of thirteen “persons, firms, or individuals implicated” in the Dachau medical atrocities.

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WALTER SCHREIBER

Role in Nazi Germany:  In 1991, Linda Hunt wrote a book called: Secret Agenda: The United States Government, Nazi Scientists, and Project Paperclip, 1945 to 1990, where she claimed that the Nuremberg Tribunal was told that:

“Schreiber had assigned doctors to experiment on concentration camp prisoners and had made funds available for such experimentation.”

Schreiber wasn’t convicted, as at that point he was being held by the Soviets.

JOIA File: Made no mention of the allegations made at Nuremberg.

How he helped the USA: Worked at the Air Force School of Medicine at Randolph Field in Texas until journalist Drew Pearson exposed him. JIOA then resettled him in Argentina, in 1952.

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GENERAL REINHARD GEHLEN

Role in Nazi Germany: Hitler’s spymaster-in-chief, gathering information on Russa, aided and abetted by some of the worst Nazi SS of the war such as Emil Augsburg and Dr. Franz Six, who had been part of mobile killing squads. Much of the information in Gehlen’s hands came from war crimes including the torture, starvation and summary execution of up to 4 million Russian prisoners of war.

In March 1945, shortly before the end of the war, Gehlen and his staff microfilmed their stash of information in the USSR, and buried it in watertight steel drums in the Austrian Alps. Gehlen then used this information as a ‘bargaining chip’ with US General William Donovan and the CIA head, Allen Dulles.

How he worked with the US:

Dulles created a private intelligence facility in West Germany, called it the ‘Gehlen Organisation’, and then let Gehlen hire former Nazis and Gestapo to run it, including Augsburg, Six, Willi Krichbaum, the senior Gestapo leader for southeastern Europe, and also the former heads of the Gestapo in Paris and Kiel.

Gehlen Organisation was instrumental in setting up the Nazi ‘rat lines’ which helped over 5,000 Nazis escape justice by relocating to other places, especially the Central and South Americas. Two of the Nazis helped in this way included Adolf Eichmann, and Klaus Barbie, the ‘Butcher of Lyon’.

Gehlen Organisation did this by setting up transit camps and issuing fake passports – all with the blessing of Allen Dulles and the American CIA.

(Is anyone out there still trying to tell me that the USA is a ‘good’ country?)

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ALL THIS IS DOCUMENTED FACT

None of this is speculation, it’s all documented fact – albeit heavily suppressed and ‘spun’ to try to put a good face on things. In the name of fighting the ‘Commies’, the US military and intelligence believed it was justified in helping Nazis who had committed some of the worst atrocities to escape justice – and in many thousands of cases, even gave them new identities and prestigious jobs working on ‘top secret’ projects in the US.

All of this Nazi knowledge came from the lowest place of spiritual impurity, or tumah.

As more and more ex-Nazis moved up the ranks in the scientific establishment, more and more of America’s cutting-edge science and medicine became infected with the Nazis’ total disregard for the sanctity of human life and any pretense of basic morality.

So much of our science, technology, knowledge and ‘intelligence’ was built on the back of knowledge gained from the most evil ideology in the world.

And it’s still ruling Western society, from the shadows, today.

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What did the Lubavitcher Rebbe mean, when he said there would never be another holocaust?

One day, Rebbe Nachman was walking along with a group of his students, when they happened to walk past a home where someone had just passed away. The bereaved family members were crying and shrieking, and beseeching God in a very distraught way. Rebbe Nachman turned to his followers and told them:

“What they are doing at the end, I want you to do at the beginning!”

It’s human nature to want to stick our head in the sand, and to avoid all the unpleasantness and the scary things going on around us. Why think about it? Why worry ourselves?

But Rebbe Nachman made many statements where he urged his followers to do the exact opposite.

“Why do we allow God to bring evil decrees to the world?!” he once said to them.

We should be praying, and beseeching, and clapping our hands, and dancing, and making the teshuva required to really sweeten these decrees!

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Right now, we can still do something about the ‘scary stuff’ we can see looming in the future, and that every single one of us can feel lurking under the surface. 

God doesn’t want us to put our heads in the sand and pretend everything is A-OK, and that people can continue spitting in God’s face in a million different ways but it’ll still all end up being fine and dandy.

How can that be?

God created the world according to certain rules, and one of the biggest is the concept of reward and punishment. There are real consequences for bad behavior, sometimes very big consequences. If a person continues to go against what God really wants for them, and how He really wants them to be living their lives – and they don’t wake up and make some sincere teshuva – then they will have to deal with the consequences of their bad behavior.

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In the meantime, putting our head in the sand is not helping anyone – not even ourselves!

God wants us to be crying out to Him, and making teshuva, and realizing that unless we are really holding firm to the Tzaddik of the generation, we could honestly get flung a million miles away, as God continues to shake the world.

“Regarding the Messianic age it is written: ‘To grasp the ends of the earth and shake the wicked from it.’  However, one who is attracted to a True Tzaddik can grasp hold of him and not be cast off. Holding on to the Tzaddik, he can remain firm.”[1]

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Rabbi Berland isn’t telling us about the thousands of rockets pointed at Eretz Yisrael because he wants to pointlessly scare the pants off us.

He’s just pointing out the obvious – the bleedingly obvious – to rouse us to really start praying, and working on all the bad middot and teshuva we need to make to get these harsh decrees sweetened.

That’s why I get a little frustrated when I read emails like this:

“I’m keeping up with all the world news, craziness and all like always but I try to bring myself away from the doomsday stuff. It’s so scary when it’s so close to the end. The words Rav Berland is sending out now are really making me nervous. It makes me daven harder but I can’t imagine Hashem taking out anything on his children at this point. We just passed כ סיון which I learned all about recently. So many horrors have happened to us, I just can’t see anymore happening. Too many earlier tzaddikim like the Lubavicher Rebbe said it will be with rachamim and all Jews will be ok, I am trying to keep calm with that. I know what the autistics are saying but I am hoping Hashem will only fulfill the good.”

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Do I understand that all this stuff is scary, and that we’d for sure all prefer things to come the sweeter way with no more bloodshed and suffering?

Of course!

Is the ‘sweeter way’ going to happen, if we don’t make every effort to do all the things I keep pointing out again and again and again, namely:

  • Praying our socks off – and making every effort to join in with Rabbi Berland’s prayer gatherings, however we can manage it.
  • Making some real teshuva, including working on our bad middot and ‘getting real’ about just how imperfect we actually are. 
  • Hanging on to the true tzaddik of the generation – whoever that guy might be – and telling other people about him, too?

Nope, it isn’t.

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Which brings me to another point of clarification.

Over the years, I’ve read so many comments from people who are convinced that the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, z’tl, (who was unquestionably a giant Tzaddik and probably the Moshiach of his generation) apparently said that the geula  is only going to come totally the sweet way, with no more death or suffering.

Even my correspondent, above, mentioned this:

“Too many earlier tzaddikim like the Lubavicher Rebbe said it will be with rachamim and all Jews will be ok.”

(Incidentally, apart from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, I don’t know of the other tzaddikim who have said anything like this. If any reader wants to share me some sources, I’d be very grateful.)

Now, I’ve been trying to track down the statement, or statements, that the Rebbe actually said, to give people this impression, and so far, this is what I’ve turned up (with some help from my friend, C.A. – ta!)

Before we continue, let me just point out that wherever possible, I’ve been trying to track down verifiable statements that were made by the Rebbe himself, and not just other people’s explanations of what they think he was saying.

There is certainly a time and a place for interpreting our Sages words, but the starting point has to be a clear explanation of what they actually said to begin with.

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What the Lubavitcher Rebbe said about ‘no Jew being left behind’ when geula comes:

“Leah, ‘for now my husband will be united with me.’ In an ultimate sense, this verse refers to the unity of the Jewish people with G‑d. That unity will be revealed in the Messianic age, when all the Jews will leave the exile; not one Jew will remain. In the redemption from the Babylonian exile, many Jews, among them the Torah sages and the Levi’im, remained in Babylon. However, in regard to the future redemption ‘a great congregation will return,’ ‘you, children of Israel, will be gathered one by one,’ no Jew will remain in exile. Thus, in preparation for this redemption, efforts must be made to increase Jewish unity as explained above in regard to the Ushpizin related to the present evening.”

From here:

5th Night of Sukkos, 5745 (1984)

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What the Lubavitcher Rebbe said about every THING being redeemed:

The redemption will involve freeing all the elements of existence that have been subjugated in the exile. Nothing will be lost.2 On the contrary, everything will be redeemed. Every single Jew will be redeemed. We will leave “with our youth and with our elders… with our sons and with our daughters.” And “their gold and silver will accompany them.” All the positive activities and achievements of the Jews (and also the non-Jews) in the exile will not be nullified. What will be nullified is the concealment of the world’s true inner being which is brought on by the material substance of the world and the subjugation to the rules of nature that exists at present. But all the positive aspects of the exile will remain, and indeed will be elevated.”

From here:

Shabbos Parshas Acharei-Kedoshim, 13th Day of Iyar, 5751 (1991)

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The Lubavitcher Rebbe on the holocaust:

I also found this news report from December 31st, 1990 on the JTA website, which quoted the Lubavitcher Rebbe as disagreeing with a statement made by the late Rabbi Schach, z’tl, that the holocaust came about as a form of Divine retribution because of the millions of Jews who had thrown off the Yoke of Torah and Mitzvot. Rabbi Shach also said that something similar could happen again, God forbid.

This is how the Lubavitcher Rebbe was quoted as responding to those statements, in the report:

“[Rabbi] Schneerson was especially vociferous in his attack on the notion, expounded by [Rabbi] Schach, that further retributive suffering might befall the Jewish people if they fail to abide by Jewish law.

“This suggestion is unconscionable,” the rebbe declared, without mentioning who had made it. “The future bodes only well for the Jewish people. There will never be another Holocaust. There will be redemption and joy.””

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It makes for interesting reading, doesn’t it?

If this last news report I brought was accurate, then the Rebbe does seem to be clearly saying there will never by another Holocaust. Let’s take each part of this last statement and explore it a little more closely:

The future bodes only well for the Jewish people.

 Who can argue with this? The principles of emuna state clearly that God is doing everything, and that everything that God does – even the bad, apparently yucky stuff – is ultimately for our own good. And of course, the ultimate ‘future’ is redemption, Moshiach, world peace etc.

But the Lubavitcher Rebbe is NOT saying that there won’t be any more suffering or death before we get there.

There will never be another Holocaust.

Amen, let’s really hope so.

Rabbi Berland has said on a few occasions that if you look through Jewish history, you see there was some sort of terrible destruction, pogrom or holocaust every 70 years or so.

A big part of why he went into exile and willingly took so much disgrace upon himself was to prevent this next ‘holocaust’ from happening. And that effort is continuing today, with the prayer gatherings, and all the terrible physical suffering the Rav is going through with his non-stop serious illnesses.

A couple of months ago, he also stated that unless more of Am Yisrael get with the program and start doing our bit to help sweeten the harsh judgments on the horizon, he may well have to take yet more disgrace and exile on to himself, and that it will be much, much harder even than what came before.

The mind boggles as to what that could actually mean.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe was an enormous Tzaddik, and he overlapped with Rabbi Berland.

He certainly knew about Rabbi Berland, and he could see what was coming.

(It’s a side note, but my Lubavitch friend told me that the Rebbe always used to get very upset when people referred to him as being Moshiach. Even though the Rebbe often said that the Moshiach was here, he NEVER said that he himself was the Moshiach. It’s just more interesting food for thought, that I’m putting out there to mull over.)

Is it too far-fetched to say that the Rebbe could see there would be a Tzaddik 30 years in the future who would sacrifice himself totally for the Jewish people, in order to prevent an otherwise ‘inevitable’ holocaust from happening again?

Or to put it another way, both Rav Shach and the Lubavitcher Rebbe were right.

But we only get to avoid the ‘inevitable’ holocaust if we’re take the threat of it very seriously, and cry out to Hashem and making the appropriate teshuva. Sticking our heads in the sand and kind of hoping for the best just isn’t going to work.

Lastly, we have:

“There will be redemption and joy.”

Again, who can argue with this? Amen and amen and amen.

BUT – that doesn’t mean there won’t also be more suffering and people dying.

In the 29 years since the Rebbe first made this statement, has there only been ‘redemption and joy’? Has there been no suffering?

Since 1990, Israel has gone through three Intifadas, and a number of wars.

Since 1990, so many people have lost their loved ones in tragic circumstances.

So many marriages have gone to the wall. So many people have lost their faith, or their minds. So many people have had to deal with challenges of an enormous magnitude.

It just isn’t realistic to sit there saying “all Jews will be OK” without qualifying that statement by adding but only if they make the necessary teshuva. Only if they stop destroying the world and spitting in God’s face. Only if they get close to the true tzaddikim.

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Otherwise, how exactly is this meant to work?

That a totally unrepentant Mr Rainbow-Chasing-Chazer-Eating-Haredi-Hater with the worst middot in the world also gets the red carpet rolled out for them, to come and have a VIP tour of the Beit HaMikdash and personal meeting with Moshiach?

Really?

When the Lubavitcher Rebbe says that every single Jew will be redeemed, and that no Jew will be left behind, we need to remember that the same could be said of the Exodus from Egypt.

Every single Israelite who made it through the plague of darkness alive, was redeemed.

But four fifths were lost, before things even got to that stage.

There’s a scary midrash that “predicts” only 700 Jews will live to see the coming of Moshiach and the Temple being rebuilt. Now THAT is a scary thought, even for me.

But what if the geula coming b’rachamim just means anything over 700 people make it through to the finish line?

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Like I said, the point of this post isn’t doom or gloom.

Rather, it’s to snap us out of all the unhelpful and unrealistic wishful thinking about geula, to make the point that until and unless more of us wake up, start joining in the prayer gatherings, start rallying more Jews around the flag of the real tzaddikim and start working on the enormous bad middot that are preventing us from really doing what’s required, here, the geula coming the sweet way j- with no more suffering – just isn’t going to happen.

Rav Avigdor Miller noted something similar about what occurred just before WWII. He said that God didn’t want to bring the harsh decree of Hitler and the holocaust, but He was waiting for the Jews to band together, make teshuva, and to start crying out for mercy, the same way they did at the time of Haman.

Sadly, that didn’t happen.

Why not? According to Rabbi Miller – the secular Jewish media and Jewish atheists were to blame. They wasted an ocean of ink denouncing Hitler, but couldn’t spare a single drop to encourage the Jews to rally around their true tzaddikim, and return to God.

God forbid, that should happen again.

[1] #22, His Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom, published by the Breslov Research Institute

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UPDATE:

A reader just sent me a translated Kuntres apparently written and edited by the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s own hand, with the following message:

“Regarding your most recent blog of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, there is unquestionably evidence throughout the Rebbe’s sichos where he indeed strongly hinted that he could be Moshiach. Several places he said that that Nosi HaDor is the Moshiach of the Dor. There is an entire kuntres called Beis Rabeinu Shebebavel , entirely edited by his own hand, with this concept, where he explains the uniqueness of 770, among other things it being Beis Moshiach. Anyone who learns this kuntres, it’s hard to arrive at any other conclusion besides the Rebbe hinting that he could be Moshiach. Here it is, in the original, and with an English translation, if you would like to take a look for yourself:”

You can download it as a PDF here: Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Kuntres on Beit Rabbenu

(The last link ‘broke’, so this is a PDF that will automatically download. I found it very interesting reading.)

There’s a lot of confusion about this subject, but I want to stress that the sources talk very clearly about their being TWO moshiachs, Moshiach ben Yosef, and Moshiach ben David.

In the post I wrote about who’s holding up the geula, I brought the following quote:

In Kol HaTor Chapter 2, Section 2, Letter bet, the Vilna Gaon says the following:

 “The general purpose of the two moshiachs, Moshiach ben Yosef and Moshiach ben David, throughout all the generations has been to protect and fight against the three ‘heads’ of the klipot (evil husks): Eisav, Yishmael and the Erev Rav…..

“….the 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.”

It’s important to understand that these two moshiachs are not in ‘competition’.

It’s not a case of ‘my Rebbe is bigger than your Rebbe’.  The two Moshiachs are on the same side, and trying to work together, to bring the geula, but they both have different approaches and achieve different results. Rebbe Nachman explains this concept in a beautiful way in one of his stories, which I covered in this article: Moshiach ben Yosef vs Moshiach ben David.

I think maybe the time has also come to take a closer look at whether it’s possible for a Moshiach to come from the dead.

This is a very sensitive topic, I know. But I think it needs airing out respectfully, and with as many sources behind it as possible to see what conclusions our Sages came to, and how they got there.

A big part of the problem is that so many people have ideas about ‘Moshiach’ and geula that aren’t at all rooted in Torah sources. For example, there is a discussion in the Gemara (Sanhedrin 98b) that closely examines the idea of whether the Moshiach can come back from the dead. It’s not a ‘lunatic fringe’ issue, like it’s so often made out to be, it was a serious question that was debated by some of the biggest Sages that ever lived.

The ultimate conclusion is ‘no’, but if you follow the debate, you can see it’s not at all as black and white as it’s often portrayed to be.

BH, I will put together as many Torah sources on the subject as I can over the next few days, and we will learn about it together. As much as possible, it’s time to build some bridges, to put all the ‘hysteria’ to one side, and to take a calm, gentle and measured look at this topic.

With an awful lot of help from Hashem.

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It’s getting scarier and scarier in America and chul for Jews – but it’s also pretty scary in Israel too. What’s a person to do?

I got another email from a long-time reader on the topic of moving to Israel, which (with her permission) I’d like to respond to publically, as I think it will hopefully help more people out there get some clarity on what’s really involved with moving to Israel. My correspondent, who lives abroad, but who is a very sincere Jew who does a lot of work on really trying to connect to Hashem, and really trying to have some emuna,  sent me this:

“My question is as follows. When Caleb came back from spying on Eretz Yisrael he says the following:

‘Only Caleb, who was 40 years old, and Joshua son of Nun disagreed. They said (Numbers 14:7–9): “The land that we traversed and scouted is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord is pleased with us, He will bring us into that land, a land that flows with milk and honey, and give it to us; only you must not rebel against the Lord. Have no fear then of the people of the country, for they are our prey: their protection has departed from them, but the Lord is with us. Have no fear of them!’”

My correspondent continued:

“It clearly states that if Hashem is pleased with us He will bring us into the land that flows with milk and honey… but then it says very clearly but you must not rebel against Hashem.

“The State of Israel is clearly rebelling against Hashem, in that case do we still have an obligation to move there? Will we be protected there? Are consequences going to follow, being that we are rebelling? I am honestly scared, I am scared for the States that are currently rebelling but I am also scared of Eretz Yisrael because we are rebelling there as well….

“So where do we go?

I love the holiness of the land, I love the land, my Neshama yarns to be home. I know that America is coming to an end and that Hashem is calling us home. However the corruption of the state of Israel is what scares me. At the times of the spies it was the Amalekites who were corrupt, but Caleb says we will have protection if we cling to Hashem.

“But this time, the Jewish nation is doing corrupt things, so what does that mean for us?… All these questions are coming from a genuine place. Please enlighten me.”

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I’ve known this person for years, and they are not someone who is looking for an ‘easy out’ or to duck mitzvahs, or to avoid coming out of their comfort zone.

This is a very committed Jew, who is asking some very serious questions about moving to Israel, and they require a serious response. So with God’s help, here’s my best shot at providing it.

As is my way, I’m going to break down the points above and answer them one by one. Let’s start with this:

“It clearly states that if Hashem is pleased with us He will bring us into the land that flows with milk and honey… but then it says very clearly but you must not rebel against Hashem.

“The State of Israel is clearly rebelling against Hashem, in that case do we still have an obligation to move there? Will we be protected there? Are consequences going to follow, being that we are rebelling? I am honestly scared, I am scared for the States that are currently rebelling but I am also scared of Eretz Yisrael because we are rebelling there as well….”

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The STATE is not the LAND

The first thing to clarify about moving to Israel is that the STATE of Israel, and the LAND of Israel are two totally different things. The STATE of Israel is the secular institution and government that happens to be in control of the LAND of Israel.

While the STATE of Israel likes to dress it itself up in Jewish clothing, it’s honestly been anti-God, anti-Torah, and anti-orthodox Judaism right from the very start. You don’t have to take my word for that! Yair Lapid himself will tell you this in this video, where he describes how Ben Gurion and all the rest of them basically thought the haredim in Israel would totally disappear within a couple of generations, which is why he wasn’t so bothered about granting yeshiva students exemptions from serving in the IDF.

The Labour Zionist Communists who pretty much ruled Israel with an iron fist for its 50 years (and who are still ‘ruling’ it today by way of the courts, the media and the STATE’s institutions…) were vehemently ‘anti’ orthodox Judaism, and ‘anti’ a Torah observant lifestyle right from the start.

They were rebelling against God right from the start, and God has had an awful lot of patience with them.

Why?

Because they were the ‘shell’ around the fruit, as Rav Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook writes.

The STATE was the shell, the husk, that had to be in place while the far more beautiful spiritual dimension of the LAND of Israel was developing. People couldn’t move to Israel en masse until the place had proper roads, sewage facilities, places for people to work, water pipes, schools built.

So the STATE fulfilled a very important function in enabling more Jews to move to Israel, and God will definitely give a full measure of reward to all those who participated in that process, religious or not.

In terms of the obligation to move to Israel – I’m not a posek. But I can tell you for sure, the LAND of Israel didn’t disappear just because the STATE of Israel took over. Back in the desert, the spies could have made the same argument:

“Look, guys, the people running the show in the Land of Canaan are totally corrupt! And they’re ‘anti’ God and the Torah lifestyle! And they will be fighting us every step of the way if we try to move in there, and telling us we’re trying to ‘take over’ their neighborhoods, and they’re going to write demeaning, hate-filled things about us and our children in the press, and openly discuss ways of reducing our population, and trying to make life hard in a billion different ways….

“So maybe, let’s forget the whole idea of moving to Canaan, and let’s just stay here in Monsey.”

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God said no.

God said – move to Israel any way, and go and help build the land into the beautiful, holy place it’s destined to be. All that stuff about the place being full of scary chilonim who think haredi people are no better than grasshoppers – it’s just an illusion! If you’re with Me – with Hashem – there is nothing to fear.

As it was then, so it is now.

Nothing has changed.

Except to say that in 2019, there are more orthodox Jews in Israel, and more Jews who believe in God, and more Jews becoming mitzvoth observant than at any other time in the last 100 years.

If God protected the God-less, yucky atheists and communists back in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948 – after everything they did (and notably didn’t do…) in World War II, He’ll continue to protect the Jewish people as a whole.

But there are clearly some caveats to that answer, so read on.

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Q: Will we be protected there?

Short answer: I don’t know. I’m not God. Good people still get killed in road accidents in Israel, good people still drown in flash floods, they still get murdered by terrorists, God forbid, lo alenu.

If someone has a soul correction that requires them to be taken from the world at an early age, presumably that’s going to happen wherever they live. But the other ‘bad stuff’ that happens usually comes as a result of not living life in alignment with God’s plans for us.

So, the more we make teshuva, the more we have emuna, the more we stay close to Hashem and His true tzaddikim, the more our chances go up of living a blessed, happy, healthy life.

Rebbe Nachman tells a parable about a man who was set a task by a king of moving a massive, heavy stone from place to the other.

The man tried, but couldn’t do it – it was impossible! So then the king said to him: “I didn’t mean for you to move that heavy stone in once piece. I wanted you to break it up into small chunks, and to transport it that way, instead.”

When a person moves to Israel and starts to live here, they are working on refining their character and polishing their souls 24/7. Every time you have to deal with a rude government clerk, or ridiculous bureaucracy, or stabbing terrorists, or awful loneliness on Shabbat because you just can’t socialize here in the same thoughtless way, or a tremendous fear about making parnassa – you are breaking off a little bit more of the ‘stone’ in your soul, and transporting it from arrogance to humility. Or from not seeing God in your life to having more emuna. Or from ‘controlling’ to accepting.

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Day to day life can be so very challenging in Israel.

Just ask the people who live with incendiary balloons down by the Gaza border, or regular rocket attacks, or stabbings. But also in the small things, like not being able to talk the language properly, feeling like a perpetual outsider, missing a place, a persona, a store that you can no longer access.

God does that on purpose.

It’s part of the ‘soul clean-up’ program that is living in the Holy Land. To be challenged on a daily basis, and to keep looking for God behind it all.

Can a person do that outside of Israel?

Sure!

But it’s so much harder. Life in chul is much more superficial, the bubble is padded so much better, the whole society is geared far more to materialism and arrogance and ‘doing’ instead of being.

The soul’s voice gets very smothered and so very easily distorted in chul.

Can a person totally ignore God in Israel?

Sure!

But they aren’t happy. Look at all these secular politicians, look at all these ranting journalists, look at all these hi-tec entrepreneurs with their shaved heads and angry, hard faces. It’s much, much harder to ignore God here, even when you’re trying so hard to do that.

That’s why so many of the ‘anti’ people – or their kids – end up moving away, ultimately.

Are there consequences for rebelling?

Of course, yes. But God is fair, and no-one will have to ‘pay’ for someone else’s mistakes or sins. Does that guarantee safety and a good life? Nope. But it means that nothing will happen to a person that isn’t 100% what is meant to happen. But here’s the thing:

There are also consequences for ‘rebelling’ out of Israel, too.

It’s the stone analogy. The people who aren’t shifting that stone bit by bit end up having to deal with all their ‘rubbish’ all at once, one way or another. God pays the rope out for years – for generations – hoping that someone will wake up and return to Him.

But His patience isn’t infinite, and there are far more Jews spitting in God’s face in the US and chul than in Israel. There will definitely be consequences to face, wherever a person happens to live, whether they move to Israel, or not. The question is, will the consequences be ‘dropped’ on a person all at once, or will they be paid out slowly, drip drip, every single day?

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Honestly?

Sometimes, I also feel a bit scared about all the corruption here. When I was researching the book on the Rav, and when I realized what was really happening in Israel, it was the only time in my life that I had the fleeting thought that maybe, I’d made a mistake by moving to Israel.

Thank God, it only lasted for two days, but it was a very hard challenge to go through.

Very quickly, God reminded me about the hundreds and thousands of ways Jewish life in Israel is so much better here than anywhere else.

This morning, I passed the little orange Lottery Booth down the street, and I saw the lottery guy squished in there with his tallit and tefillin on, praying. That made me so happy.

It makes me so happy that even the graffiti on the wall here often makes me think – like some I read today, that said:

“I [expletive] love Jerusalem, but the people here really talk to you!!!”

I love having the Kotel so close, having holy graves to visit, I love that even the secular looking man in the underwear shop on Jaffa Street gave me a whole, fat Torah class on the importance of having emuna.

I love that I can go to my kid’s school, and see 50 Jews there from such different backgrounds, all talking about what they can do to build a Jewish school, and a Jewish community, in the Holy Land.

I love that so much of the country is kosher, that my kids can quote Biblical passages easily, by heart, because they are written in their language.

I love the craziness, the warmth, the realness, the way it just feels like ‘home’ the way no other place in the world does.

I love the lack of violence on the street (terrorists and crazy drivers notwithstanding). I love the way the sky seems so close in Jerusalem, you can reach out and almost touch it.

Heaven is within arm’s reach here.

And if that’s important to you, you won’t find that proximity to holiness anywhere else.

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There’s a lot more to say on the topic of moving to Israel, there always is.

BH, I will put together my more practical guide to the pros and cons of moving to Israel and living here.

But here’s kind of the take-home message:

While there are Jews rebelling against God all over the world at the moment, God forbid, only in Israel are they also returning to Him in such tremendous numbers.

Teshuva is in the air here, holiness is in the water.

And sooner or later, people will return.

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The Jewish media outlets are creating more anti-Semites every day.

In a year’s time, or two years’ time, or ten years’ time – however long it’s going to take for this current, horrible period of time to come to its apex and lead to whatever it’s going to lead to, we’ll look back and wonder: “why did things have to happen this way? Why did the anti-Semites have to come roaring back, the way they did?”

Just like people did with the holocaust, a few years after the inferno had erupted and engulfed 6 million Jews, people sat there incredulous, angry at God, wondering: “why did it have to happen like that?”

Why couldn’t God have just bought all the Jews back to the land of Israel, without that awful precursor, without all that death and destruction, without all that terrible, anti-Semitism?

I also used to wonder these things. But increasingly, I’m starting to see how so much of the destruction happened because we brought it upon ourselves.

And I’m increasingly concerned that history is about to repeat it itself.

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A few days’ ago, a ‘pro-Rabbi Berland’ reader sent me a couple of new ‘shocking videos’ that are now doing the rounds.

In one, you can see Rabbi Berland repeatedly slapping one of his followers, at an event that happened in Eilat a few months ago. Again, the disgusting YeshivaWorldNews made sure to upload this video with a nice heaping dose of derision and slander as their official ‘comment’ on it, and then they sent it out to the world at large, on their Instagram account, to encourage more anti-semitism.

In the second, Rabbi Berland appears to be comparing a woman to a donkey – which is actually part of a Torah lesson that was being taught based on the Midrash and Talmud.

First, let’s deal with what happened. Here’s what I emailed my reader about these two ‘shocking videos’:

“The first one, where the Rav is hitting someone in Eilat, it certainly looks shocking if people aren’t aware of the concept of tzaddikim taking off harsh judgments in this way.

My husband got slapped in the face twice by Rav Arush just before Rosh Hashana in Uman a few years ago – and he was very  happy that happened, because he instantly felt the ‘din’ (harsh judgment) lift off of him.

There’s also so many videos of Rav Ovadia slapping people in the face – even Bibi – and the Baba Sali has many, many stories of slapping people harshly to ‘mitigate judgments’. There is probably way more to add to this, but I haven’t begun to research this properly, and this is what came to mind.”

(If you understand Hebrew, Rabbi Yaakov Selma dealt with this episode in detail a few months ago, and you can see his comments and video below:)

 

And here is the video of Rav Ovadia publically slapping Bibi – the Prime Minister of Israel! – in the face, from many years ago.

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Now, let’s deal with the ‘shocking’ women-are-donkeys statement.

Here’s what I emailed my correspondent about that:

“The second clip is part of a Torah class the Rav is giving over on the Gemara or on a Midrash. It’s not clear from the context exactly which Tractate etc, but it could be Kiddushin (see 68a, where slaves are referred to as ‘donkey-like / ass-like people. Also in the Midrash, Bereishit Rabbah 56:2, Hagar, Sarah’s handmaid, is compared to a donkey.)

I finished up with this:

“What are we to do, that there are many things that sound ‘weird’ or not PC in our tradition? The non-Jews who are against circumcision are also doing this, and the Reform who keep going on about the status of women in ‘rabbinic’ Judaism are also doing this.

This is not a new thing – the Nazis were also adept at taking quotes out of the Talmud, to demonise the Jews as a people, and so did – (and are still doing…) the xtians.

But what’s awful is that it’s supposedly ‘frum’ Jews who are doing this stuff – and they are playing with awful fire. The video you sent me from YWN’s Instagram account showed up in the search engines next to other ‘suggestions’ for videos which was basically the worst anti-Semitic propaganda about what Rabbis do to small, defence-less babies at a brit milah – ‘slashing’ without anaesthetic, and all the stuff about the two stages of performing a proper brit.

Yeshiva World News is keeping company with very evil people in this matter, and I greatly fear how it’s going to rebound on the Jewish people, particularly abroad.”

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How the Nazis (ab)used the Talmud

Did you know that the Nazis’ main ‘thinker’, Alfred Rosenberg, wrote and published a whole booklet in 1920, called “Lack of Morality in the Talmud”?

He quoted tens of things from the Shulchan Aruch and the Talmud to ‘prove’ how morally degenerate the Jewish people actually are – and it was so popular, he had it reprinted in the 1930s, as part of the Nazi attempt to dehumanize the Jews.

And of course, the xtians and the Church were pulling the same stunt for centuries, pulling different snippets of ‘offensive’ statements out of Jewish holy works to ‘prove’ how degenerate the Rabbis were (God forbid), and by extension, how disgusting the Jews – and all their ‘weird’ practices – are.

We like to think that all that old-fashioned, Jew-killing anti-Semitism couldn’t happen today.

But make no mistake, it’s back – and back with a vengeance, even in places like ‘safe’ America. Here’s what my correspondent emailed me back with:

“Abroad: I would say unfortunately crazy enough. Not a day goes by you don’t hear a new story of anti-Semitism. The comments on FaceBook Group pages and the daily local papers and radio stations in New Jersey are through the roof.

Pure illogical, irrational hate like I have not experienced before. Just simply double standard judgment against Jews in droves totally one-sided and not fair.”

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Ask any Jew abroad right now, even the totally secular, ‘irreligious’ ones who apparently left the fold a long, long time ago, and they will all tell you that they can feel the anti-Semitism in the air.

I’m hearing that all the time from the UK, I’m hearing it from France, I’m hearing it from the USA.

Anti-semitism is going through the roof. Anti-semites are pouring out of the cracks all over the world.

And do you know who is to blame for all this?

The Jews.

And especially, the Jewish media.

Do the evil retards who run YWN not realize that non-Jews make no distinction between a Breslov chassid, a Breslov Rebbe, and any other Jew in black-and-white, who wears a kippa, beard or no beard?

They’re there, making every effort they can to try to make Rabbi Berland and Breslov out to be a bunch of crazy, psychotic lunatics and ‘cult members’ – and who is lapping that message up, along with the 4 orthodox Jews who still actually take that site seriously?

Yup. You got it.

The non-Jews. The anti-Semites. The non-Jewish people living in Lakewood, and Ocean County who are very upset with their orthodox Jewish neighbors.

How do I know this? The Yeshiva World News itself is telling me that!  Here‘s a screenshot from a  recent story it ran about hate comments from anti-Semites in Ocean County:

Screenshot of Yeshiva World News coverage of anti semitic comments on Facebook

That last comments reads: “Slap on the hand and released back to the cult!”

And here’s a screenshot of the YWN comment next to their post on Rabbi Berland:

Screenshot of YWN Instagram account calling Rav Berland's Shuvu Banim a cult

The YWN comment reads: “Cult members will naturally find an excuse for this by saying “he was punching the Yetzer Hara put of this man”, or he has a dibuk that needed removal and some other beauty response. Any insane behavior is justified in a cult.” (All spelling errors are in the original – it’s bad journalism all the way around….)

Surely, it’s obvious where this problem is coming from?

To anti-Semites,  a Jew, is a Jew, is a Jew. Try telling them that the only ‘crazy, bad’ orthodox Jewish people are Breslov, or that only Breslov is a ‘cult’.

So great own goal, Yeshiva World News! Goebbels would be so proud.

And of course, that’s also happening here in Israel in droves, too.

The secular, rabidly ‘anti’ religious press and politicians and ‘enlightened’ big thinkers positively delight in painting the worst possible picture they can of authentic Judaism and orthodox Jews.

They go on and on about how haredi Jews are ‘parasites’, and how orthodox Jewish rabbis in Israel are completely crooked and corrupt, and how the orthodox Jewish community – with their archaic, barbaric, primitive Torah practices – is just one, big massive ‘burden’ that the secular Jews in Israel are sick and tired of schlepping around and dealing with.

Could a non-Jewish anti-Semite phrase it any better?

When places like Ynetnews and Channel 2, and Channel 10, air story after story – often with totally falsified information, designed to manipulate their viewers to hating haredi Jews even more than before!!! – they think they are scoring some sort of massive ‘victory’ against religious Jews.

Really?

They are handing the anti-Semites more propaganda, more fodder, on a plate.

Or to use a more appropriate analogy, they are filling up a rhetorical machine gun with ‘anti-Semitic’ bullets that the non-Jews are going to hold against the head of every single Jew in the world.

Do you think the non-Jews care, that ‘Mr Secular Tel Aviv’ doesn’t have a beard, and doesn’t fast on Yom Kippur, and hates the settlements, and wants to marry his dog? Do you think his extreme hatred of religious Jews and the Torah makes that guy any less Jewish, to Hamas, or Hezbollah, or a neo-Nazi?

Again, we don’t have to go far back in history to see an awful parallel with all the assimilated Jews in Europe, who were convinced that Berlin was the New Jerusalem. But marrying out didn’t save them Hitler, converting to xtianity didn’t save them from Hitler, having lots of money, and status, and five university degrees didn’t save them from Hitler.

Throwing other Jews under a bus – especially their orthodox brethren – didn’t save them from Hitler. If anything, it only encouraged him.

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So let’s return to 2019, and let’s see what’s really unfolding before our eyes.

The hate against Jews is rippling out in concentric circles.

At its heart, Rabbi Berland, the Gadol HaDor, who was stitched-up by an unholy alliance of ‘Shuvu Banim-hating’ Breslovers in Meah Shearim, and ‘Breslov-hating’ haredi journalists on sites like Yeshiva World News and Kikar HaShabbat (which btw is half-owned by Ynet….); and ‘Haredi-hating’ secular journalists, politicians, judges and policemen in Israel.

And all those people think they are scoring massive points, by continuing to fabricate and publicize new scandals against him, and new ‘shocking’ videos.

Then what happens?

All that stuff gets sent to the end of the world and back by the internet, and the anti-Semites wake up, and now, they are giving all these ‘haters’ a dose of their own medicine.

It’s the midda keneged midda principle in action.

God is behind all this, because He’s so sick of what’s going on. He’s sick of all these ‘Jewish anti-semites’ of every stripe, who are encouraging their readers and viewers to hate other groups of Jews.

All those ‘anti’ haredi Israeli Jews who just lurrrrve all the negative, fake news stories being splashed around the press here – don’t you realise the anti-semites and the BDS brigade are doing exactly the same thing to you (to us!) in their biased and distorted coverage of Israel?

All those ‘anti’ orthodox reform Jews in the US, who just lurrrrve trying to poke holes in the Torah and in the Talmud and in ‘Rabbinic’ Judaism – and who are riding high on their ‘political correctness’ and ‘enlightened egalitarianism’ – do you really think the anti-semites think you are whiter than white?

Was Bernie Madoff an ‘orthodox’ Jew? Was Harvey Weinstein? Or all the countless other secular Jews whose bad behavior has hit the headlines again and again and again in the secular press?

All those anti-Breslov, and / or anti-Israel haredi Jews in Lakewood, and Monsey and Williamsburg – don’t you realise that every time you speak badly of Israel and your fellow Jews, you are giving the anti-Semites more spiritual ammunition to turn against yourselves and your communities?

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Let’s end with this.

All the scandal and slander and ‘opinion pieces’ tearing down our fellow Jews that’s being churned out en masse by the Jewish media, it’s all being read by the anti-Semites, too.

Those anti-Semites don’t slice the divisions between the different sectors of the Jewish people anywhere near as finely as we ourselves do. They don’t differentiate between this Jew who wears a kippah, and that Jew who doesn’t. Or this Jew who is ‘egalitarian’, and that Jew who isn’t. Or this Jew who works in hi-tech, and that Jew who studies Torah.

To them, a Jew is a Jew is a Jew.

And every negative word that comes out of our mouths accusing different groups of Jews of being ‘evil’, and ‘corrupt’, and ‘cultish’, and ‘perverted’ – and all the rest of it – it’s just giving more ammunition and more motivation to the anti-Semites.

So, Ynet, and Yeshiva World News and Kikar HaShabbat please think twice before continuing to slander and demonise a holy Jew, or a holy group of Jews. The anti-Semites are watching, and waiting in the wings. And whatever fake news you churn out about Rabbi Berland, that’s exactly what they are going to use to justify their attacks on the rest of the Jewish world.

And you will have caused the destruction that’s looming in the distance with your own two hands.

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