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I went into a bit of a tailspin, the last couple of days.

That happens, doesn’t it? Even when we’re trying out best to have emuna, and trying out best to pray, and trying out best to keep ‘seeing the good’, there are moments, hours and days when we still feel down about what’s going on.

That’s what happened to me, on Friday.

Sunday, I drove up North with my husband, to the kever of Rava and Abbaye, near Tsfat.

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The kever is situated in one of the most picturesque parts of Israel, up a hill overlooking forest and green. It was gorgeous.

Inside, after a couple of minutes, I started to relax and to feel a little stronger, spiritually, again. Like it’s going to be OK after all. Somehow.

After 10 minutes, I was shocked when a friend from America walked in with her family.

I was doing hitbodedut, so I went outside for a bit, where God had arranged a nice fire for me to sit by.

Literally.

Someone had gone to the trouble of piling 4-5 logs on some embers – and then left.

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So, I did what I do best, and ‘fanned the flames’ until I got a good fire going, that I could sit next to.

After a few minutes, the friend from America came out, and we had a chat. She was there looking for some clarity about whether to stay in Israel, or go back to America.

While we were talking, she started crying a little bit, so I gave her some tissues.

A few hours later, she texted me that her father had died unexpectedly back in America – at exactly the time we were at the grave of Rava and Abbaye, when she started crying ‘for no obvious reason’.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

I guess God made the decision for her.

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In the meantime, she showed me a picture of the Rav being loaded into an ambulance barely 4 hours after having major surgery, to send him back to prison.

Because they are trying to kill him.

In case you hadn’t realised that.

My friend said to me:

A lot of things must need sweetening again. That’s why he’s choosing to go back to prison like this.

When she put it like that, I started to cheer up.

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That picture of the Rav showed that the ambulance was totally full of an impossible light – his aura was in full view again:

Ah, Rav.

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Part of the reason I got so down the last few days is that I’m sick to the back teeth of hearing about all these ‘false messiahs’ and false leaders, and false ‘prophets’, who really don’t know anything (at best…) and could well be actively misleading the public.

They are all over the place, with their ‘predictions’ and ‘warnings’ and red herrings, that are just pulling so many of us away from the real work to be done to get geula, which basically boils down to prayer and sincere teshuva for all our millions of bad middot.

But then I realised something yesterday:

The truth is starting to come out.

And all these ‘false messiahs’ are starting to be exposed for what they are, in big and small ways.

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Yesterday, I had a big urge to walk down to the Rav’s shul, on Ido HaNavi Street, and just go and be there a bit. I was doing hitbodedut as I walked, and by the time I got to the Beit HaRav, I was in tears.

My heart has been so full of sadness recently.

And some of that poured out, and down my face.

Ah Rav.

I miss your comforting ‘presence’ so much.

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When I told this to my husband, he told me:

The Rav didn’t go anywhere we can’t reach him. The Tzaddik is hai v’kayam.

When he put it that way, I started to cheer up.

Then, my husband asked me if I’d seen the latest ‘announcement’ about the Rav from the autistics on the hebrew Shuvubanim.org page.

I hadn’t, so I went to look. Here’s a little what it says, freely translated (Hebrew original first, for those who can read it for themselves:)

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“ועם ישראל אין זמן, משיח כבר פה, והוא פועל לעזור לכל היהודים. הוא פה בירושלים עיר הבירה, הוא שוכב חולה בבית חולים והרשעים לא נותנים לו מנוחה, מנסים לגמור אותו, חו”ש.”

Am Yisrael, there is no time. Moshiach is already here, and he’s working to help all the Jews. He’s here in Jerusalem, the capital city, he’s lying sick in the hospital, and the reshaim (evildoers) aren’t giving him any rest. They are trying to finish him, chas ‘v’ halilah.

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בכלל עצרו את הרב ברלנד בלי שום הוכחות שהוא עשה משהו מנוגד לחוק, ולא לקחו אותו בעדינות, אלא התנפלו עליו, אפילו שהוא לא התנגד. בשחרית כשהוא התפלל, הם תפסו אותו וזרקו אותו לרצפה, אפילו שהוא יהודי מבוגר בן 84. יהודי שסובל מנמק ברגל, עם בעיות בלב, עם כליה אחת, שלא התנגד להם, אבל הם קיבלו הוראות, לעשות כאילו שהוא מתנגד, להעניש אותו, ואולי גם חשבו שזה יהרוג אותו.”

Generally speaking, they arrested the Rav Berland without any evidence that he’d done something against the law, and they didn’t take him gently, rather, they attacked him, even though he didn’t resist [being arrested].

At shacharit, when he was praying, they grabbe him and threw him to the floor, even though he was an elderly Jew aged 84 years old. A Jew who suffers from necrosis in the legs, and heart problems, with one kidney, who didn’t try to resist them.

But they received instructions, to make it seem as though he ‘resisted’, in order to punish him, and perhaps they also thought that this would kill him. [God forbid a billion times!]

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“ומאז מעבירים אותו מבית סוהר לבית סוהר, והוא חולה מאוד וסובל מאוד. הוא הצדיק של הדור וזה מרגיז את הרשעים, כי הם לא מצליחים להרוג אותו. כמה שניסו בביה”ח להרוג אותו – לא הצליח להם. שלחו אותו מיד לבית הסוהר אחרי ניתוח של ארבע שעות. ברוך השם, הרופא בבית הסוהר אמר, שהוא לא יכול לקחת אחריות על בן אדם שהוא במצב גופני מאוד קשה, החזירו אותו לבית החולים.”

And since then, they’ve been shuffling him from prison to prison, and he’s very unwell, and is suffering greatly. 

He is the Tzaddik of the generation, and this upsets the reshaim, because they aren’t managing to kill him. As much as they tried in the hospital to kill him – it’s just not working for them. They sent him immediately back to the prison, after a four hour operation.

Baruch Hashem, the doctor in the prison said that he couldn’t take responsibility for a person in such a difficult physical state, so they had to take him back to hospital.

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“בבית החולים גם מענישים אותו, אבל הוא לא מפחד, כי הוא יודע מי הוא, הוא יודע שהשם איתו, והוא יודע שרשעים לא משנה מה הם עושים, הם לא יכולים לפגוע בו.”

In the hospital they are also punishing him, but he isn’t scared, because he knows who he is. He knows that Hashem is with him. And he knows that the reshaim, no matter what they try to do, they can’t really hurt him.

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“עם ישראל, כדי שהמשיח יוכל להילחם נגד הרשעות, הוא חייב את התפילות שלנו, זה נותן לו כוח להילחם נגד הרשעות. ואנחנו צריכים להתפלל עם דמעות, עם לב שבור, שתהיה לו רפואה שלמה, כדי שיוכל לחזור לבית הכנסת שלו, בשביל לחזור לקהילה שלו, שיחזור לעם ישראל.”

“הקהילה “שובו בנים” מחכה לו מאוד עם געגועים חזקים ועם הרגשה של יתומים, כי הוא התקווה שלנו, שהשם שלח לנו עם ישראל, וזה צריך לתת לכול יהודי את הכוח להתפלל עוד יותר חזק – שתהיה רפואה שלמה לאליעזר בן עטיא.”

Am Yisrael! In order for the Moshiach to be able to fight against the evildoers, he needs our prayers!

This gives him the strength to fight against the reshaim. And we need to be praying with tears, with a broken heart, that he will have a full recovery, in order for him to return to his shul, and to return to his kehilla, and to return to Am Yisrael.

The ‘Shuvu Banim’ kehilla is waiting for him, with great yearning, and with the feeling that they are orphans. For he is our hope, that Hashem sent to Am Yisrael.

And this should give every Jew the strength to pray with even more strength – that there should be a complete healing for Eliezer ben Ettia.

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“עם ישראל, העולם מבולבל ואלים ומפוחד. גם מדינת ישראל במצב הזה. הדבר היחיד שיכול להציל אותנו עם ישראל, זה שאנחנו נעשה תשובה מלאה, שאנחנו נתקרב מאוד לקב”ה. שאנחנו נתפלל על הרב שלנו (הרב אליעזר ברלנד בן עטיא), שכ”כ דואג לנו יום ולילה ומתפלל על עם ישראל בדמעות.”

“הרב שלנו שבוכה יחד איתנו על המצב האישי שלנו, של כל אחד בנפרד, ועל המצב הכללי הקשה שלנו. השלטונות יודעים שהוא מסוכן להם, שהם לא יכולים להרוג אותו ולא יכולים לעצור אותו, אבל הם בכל אופן מנסים עם כל הכוחות שלהם להעלים אותו מהעולם הזה, חו”ש.”

Am Yisrael, the world is confused, violent and scared. Also the State of Israel is in this condition. The only thing that can save us, Am Yisrael, is if we make complete teshuva, and come very close to HaKadosh Baruch Hu. 

That we will pray with our Rav [HaRav Eliezer ben Ettia, Rav Berland], who so very much cares about us, day and night, and prays for Am Yisrael with tears.

Our Rav, who cries with us about our personal situation, about each person seperately, and also about our general hard situation. The government[s] know that he is dangerous for them, that thye can’t kill him, and they can’t stop him.

But nevertheless, they are still trying with all their strength, to remove him from this world, chas ‘v’ shalom.

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“אבל, לא לדאוג עם ישראל, הוא באמת משיח בן דוד, הוא נשלח להציל את עם ישראל, אבל עם ישראל צריכים לרצות. אם כל עם ישראל יקח על עצמו לעשות תשובה עם כל הלב, אז בעתיד הקרוב נקבל משיח בשמחה וששון, אבל לא נראה שככה זה יהיה.”

But, don’t worry Am Yisrael! He is in truth ‘Moshiach ben David’, he was sent to rescue Am Yisrael, but Am Yisrael has to want [this]. 

If the whole of Am Yisrael will take it upon themselves to make teshuva with all their heart, then in then in the very near future, we will receive Moshiach with happiness and rejoicing.

But it doesn’t seem as though this is what’s going to be.

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“אנחנו, כל אלה שמאמינים באמת בגדלות של הרב ברלנד ומתפללים עליו עם כל הכוח, אלה ישרדו בקלות.”
“העולם רועד, העולם בסכנה גדולה, המקום הכי בטוח בעולם זה ירושלים עיר הקודש. והיום המקום הכי קדוש – חוץ מהכותל.. – זה החומה השלישית, איפה שהרב ברלנד גר, וכשהוא יחזור הביתה נרגיש את האור הקדוש הרוחני שייצא משם ויאיר את כל ירושלים, ובסופו של דבר את כל ארץ ישראל, ואפילו מעבר לארץ ישראל, לגלות…”

We, all those who truly believe in the greatness of Rav Berland, and who pray for him with all our strength, these [people] will easily survive.

The world is shaking, the world is in tremendous danger. [But] the safest place in the world is Jerusalem, the holy city. And today, the holiest place – other than the Kotel – is HaHomah HaShlishit, where Rav Berland lives.

And when he returns home, we will feel the spiritual light of kedusha that will come out from there, and which will illuminate the whole of Jerusalem.

And ultimately, [which will light up] the whole of Eretz Yisrael, and even beyond Eretz Yisrael, to the diaspora.

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“מה שאני כותב עכשיו זו אמת. אני יודע שהרבה יהודים לא רוצים להאמין בזה, אבל זו האמת. בעתיד הקרוב כל אחד, כל יהודי אמיתי, יאמין בזה, כי זו האמת…”

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What I’m writing here is the truth. I know that many Jews don’t want to believe it, but this is the truth. In the near future, each person, each real Jew, will believe this.

Because it is the truth.

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Read it for yourself, HERE.

And may God give us all the strength to finally leave all our ‘false messiahs’ and ‘false prophets’ behind, and to make the real teshuva required to get to geula, the sweet way.

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UPDATE:

There is a prayer atzeret for the Rav this evening, November 24th, 2020, in Hevron, between 8-10pm.

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Before we continue, some timely words from Rabbenu, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

A few weeks ago, when I was first heading into this whole genealogical minefield, I happened to pick up a copy of Tzaddik, and I ‘randomly’ opened it to page 388, where I read this:

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#464:

People had been telling the Rebbe all kinds of stories about various groups of people in Berdichov including, among others, some of the wealthy people there and also a number of popular leaders.

The Rebbe said:

“If we put all these stories about the various different kinds of people in Berdichov together, including the stories about these ‘Tzaddikim’, they all add up to nothing.

It is like a tree which grows in an orchard or a field among great numbers of other trees. Even in one tree there are all kinds of variations: there might be a branch where the leaves have withered, or places where the fruit has been spoiled because of a worm getting in, or there could be a branch where the fruit near the end has gotten spoiled.

There are all kinds of variations and imperfections even amongst the leaves and fruits of a single tree.

Yet the tree is still a tree, and the orchard itself, which contains large numbers of trees, is certainly still an orchard.

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“The meaning of this comparison should be at least partly clear to someone with intelligence.

Today’s world may well contain many people who are totally corrupt and others, who although they possess a certain decency, also have their various imperfections, including the so-called leaders.

Nevertheless, the holy tree is still a tree.

And even more so, the orchard which contains so many trees – namely souls – is still an orchard.

All the imperfections do not add up to anything.”

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Dear readers, I’m looking at our collective family tree, our collective ‘family orchard’, and I can tell you that there is a lot of withered leaves, rotten fruit and worm infestation going on here.

Before Moshiach comes, it needs cleaning out, the orchard needs a bit of pruning and tidying up.

In some ways, this is going to be a painful job.

Whenever I have to cut back my lavender plants, or lop some branches and twigs off my trees, I always feel a little sorry for my poor plants, that they have to be ‘operated’ on like this. But I do it, because I know that if I don’t the plant won’t thrive.

It needs some shaping, it needs the dead wood cleared out, so new, fresh growth can take place.

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Right now, we are at that part of the story where ‘something’ happens to flip the whole reality on its head.

Up until this point, people have been sitting there in their armchairs, believing that the Rav is the ‘bad one’, God forbid.

They’ve been believing all those news stories, all the breathless headlines from the Yeshiva World News and from Facebook, secure in their judgmental self-righteousness, that something like this could never be said of their Rebbe, or their group, or the public figures they support and admire.

But that’s just not true.

When all the truth comes out, I doubt there will be a person, a community, across the whole Jewish world who won’t be touched in some way, by its healing rays.

When that sun of truth finally rises, with refua in its wings, we’ve already been told that it will heal the righteous, and burn the wicked.

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The test right now is just to love our fellow Jew unconditionally, and to try to put ourselves in their shoes.

That doesn’t mean we excuse or justify bad. We can never excuse, ignore or justify ‘bad’.

But what it does mean, is that we don’t start lording it over people, and other groups, and arrogantly pointing the finger at them, and holding them in contempt, because we consider ourselves to be perfect.

There are a lot of withered leaves going on here.

There is a lot of rotten fruit.

Not just in our neighbors’ ‘trees’, but also in our own.

We are at the stage where very soon, it’s all going to be exposed.

And that’s when ahavat chinam, loving our neighbors and ourselves unconditionally – but without justifying ‘bad’ and ‘evil’ – is going to be what gets us through this next stage, and onwards towards the geulah and Moshiach.

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Remember what Rabbenu is telling us:

“Today’s world may well contain many people who are totally corrupt and others, who although they possess a certain decency, also have their various imperfections, including the so-called leaders.

Nevertheless, the holy tree is still a tree.

And even more so, the orchard which contains so many trees – namely souls – is still an orchard.

“All the imperfections do not add up to anything.”

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Yesterday, I went to pray at Honi haMeagal’s grave, near Tsfat.

Ever since the first lockdown, back in February 2020, my husband and I have been careful now to ‘go somewhere’ on a Sunday.

This week, we headed off to the grave of Honi haMeagal (Honi of the circle), on the side of Hatzor HaGalil, on the edge of the beautiful Biriya forest.

(We were actually trying to get to the graves of Abbaye and Rava, but couldn’t find them. That’s another story.)

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Honi HaMeagal is the famous tanna of the 1st century who drew a circle on the ground and told God that he wasn’t going to step outside of it until God ended the drought in Israel and brought the rains.

There are different reactions to Honi’s actions in the Gemara, but his ‘brazenness’ with Hashem was jointly admired and censured by his fellow Sages. Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach, for example, initially wanted to place Honi in cherem, but seems to have changed his mind.

Read more HERE.

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So anyway, we’re there at a tomb, and there’s a large group of chareidi people there, eating and praying.

My husband went into the catacombed cave / tomb on the mens’ side, and I decided to go and pray on the hill just above the tomb, which had an awesome view over the Galilee towards Tiberius.

It was twilight, and it was so beautiful.

And I have to admit to feeling a little down.

Downstairs, I heard one of the men telling someone else:

“There is no work now. Work is gomarnu, finished, because of the Corona. All we can do is pray, and hope God will have mercy.”

It reminded me that so many people out there are secretly running out of the money they need to live. But we still haven’t had the obvious ‘breakthrough’ required to turn things around.

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So I sat there pouring my heart out to God, and feeling a little bit despairing about everything.

God, how is this ever going to get fixed? How is this ever going to turnaround? The forces of evil in the world seem to be holding all the cards. They have all the money, the press, the power, the political and business and ‘rabbinic’ connections.

How can we ever hope to overcome them?

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Just then, some ‘cuddly-bear’ Sephardi chassid plugs a mike in below, and starts talking about the importance of reciting the Tikkun Haklali:

The Tikkun Haklali can fix everything, it can rectify everything! He boomed out.

Rebbe Nachman taught that the Tikkun Haklali was even created before the world.

Everything can be fixed, everything can be rectified! We just need to say the Tikkun Haklali every single day!!

I sat there electrified.

The chassid then started loudly reciting the Tikkun Haklali, and I went for a walk down the hill, towards the tomb of Rabbi Abba Hilkiya, Choni HaMeagal’s grandson, who famously tried to tikken the evil eye of David’s rebellious son, Absalom.

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Honestly?

I’ve been finding it pretty hard to pray the last few months.

Over the last 5-6 years, I’d gotten into the habit of saying the Tikkun Haklali at least once a day, and often, three times a day. The last few months, I’ve barely said it.

I’ve run out of energy.

Maybe, some days, I’ve a little bit run out of hope that anything I can say or do will change anything….

But that chassid gave me motivation to pick things up, and to try and stick to saying the Tikkun Haklali at least once a day. Bezrat Hashem.

I started my way back up the hill, towards the chassid and Honi HaMeagal, who was now praying ma’ariv with such force, and such gusto, his voice was carrying all over the hills.

And when he said Shema, his voice broke and I saw him wipe away some tears.

Again, I was totally electrified.

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Before he put down his mike, tho, he gave over a few more words of wisdom:

They want to break us. They want to divide the Jewish people up, and to have us hating each other – sinat chinam – for nothing. The answer to this is ahavat chinam – to love each other. 

We’re here at the kever of Honi HaMeagal, who knew that the secret of bringing shefa (abundance) down into the world was achdut. That each of us should stand in an unbroken circle, together, with our brothers.

And that from this achdut, all the shefa comes, and all the corona and all the balagan it’s bringing into the world will be broken, and our righteous Moshiach will soon be revealed and will redeem us.

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I had chills down my back.

This guy was riffing off exactly the same theme that I’d written about here on the blog yesterday, that we Jews are all one family.

And that all the false divisions between us are wedges placed there by the forces of evil, to divide and conquer.

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In the car back home, my husband told me that the chassid was one of Rabbi Berland’s guys.

How did you know? 

Because he was davening with some of the niggunim of the Rav, he replied.

Honestly?

I wasn’t surprised.

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The Rav was meant to have a hearing last week, where the corrupt State of Israel was meant to have had their last chance to bring evidence that the Rav’s health is robust enough to keep him in prison, instead of releasing him to at least house arrest, until they bring their corrupt case to trial.

Instead, the State of Israel cancelled the hearing.

The reason they gave for cancelling was the Rav’s own deteriorating state of health.

Who can make this stuff up?

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Two days ago, they put up a plea for people to help contribute some money to fight the Rav’s protracted battles with the State.

You can read more HERE, and also donate the 500 shekels they are asking every family to give, to help get the Rav out of prison.

Make no mistake, that the Rav’s battles are 100% our own.

Just as Covid 1984 started in earnest when he was falsely imprisoned, so we will all get out of prison / lockdown / the world of lies when Rav Berland is released.

And the Sitra Achra knows this, which is why it keeps delaying… and delaying… and delaying…

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That same test has rolled around again.

It’s another ‘circle’ that needs completing, another ‘cycle’ that needs closure.

To be with the Rav, on the side of truth, on the side of justice, on the side of achdut and ahavat chinam – or to be against.

And I don’t know if there will be another chance given to pass it, before we move on to the next stage of this birur process.

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Go HERE to donate to the Rav and do the mitzvah of pidyon shuvuim (releasing captives), and to read more about the appeal.

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In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been consumed over the last few weeks with ‘getting to the bottom’ of what really happened in the Jewish community 200 years ago.

Literally every day for three weeks, I’ve sat at my computer for 10 hours a day, poring over genealogical tables, reading every description of Jewish life in Podolia and Belarus I could get my hands on, and generally praying long prayers that God should show me what He wants me to be doing with all the information that’s been turning up.

Yesterday, on Shabbat, I did another prayer-a-thon, to try to get some clarity on this issue in a whole bunch of different ways.

This morning, I woke up with an answer, a derech, to how to get at least some of the information ‘out there’ in a useful way, that will hopefully start to heal the divisions within the Jewish community, instead of exacerbating them further.

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The Sitra Achra is so clever.

It’s been pursuing a strategy of ‘divide and conquer’ amongst us for thousands of years, already. We could say all this started with the Tsadukim, (Sadducees) – but we’d be totally wrong about that.

All this traces back to Korach, the first ‘tzaddik’ and ‘talmid chacham’ who put his ego ahead of what was best for the klal, and who fractured the Jewish people into different camps, for and against Moshe.

And it traces back to the spies, who slandered the land of Israel and then fractured the Jewish people into different camps for and against making Aliyah.

And even, it traces back to the 4/5 of the Jewish people who died in Egypt in the plague of darkness, because they lacked the emuna to really want to leave their exile.

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I could probably keep going, all the way back through history, where each time there was divisions and hatred between different family members, until we arrive at Kayin and Hevel.

Kayin believed the world was too small for both of them, so he did away with the competition.

And now, it’s time to try to start fixing this problem, by welding things back together.

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In the Jewish world of today, the Sitra Achra has done an excellent job of dividing us up smaller and smaller into warring factions.

Just some of the camps we’ve been shoved into are:

  • Religious vs secular
  • Left vs right
  • Ashkenazi vs Sephardi
  • Dati Leumi vs Haredi
  • Chassidic vs Litvish
  • Zionist vs anti-zionist
  • And of course, today we also have pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine, and pro-mask and anti-mask, and pro-Trump and anti-Trump….

The list goes on and on.

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Over time, I’ve learnt that the people who are so mercilessly pushing their agendas, their viewpoints, onto other people are at least a touch mentally-ill.

I was in that space myself until a few years ago, trying to ‘force’ all my relatives outside of Israel to make Aliyah, and trying to ‘force’ my children into wearing socks all the way up to their toosik, and also trying to ‘force’ myself into all sorts of boxes that just didn’t fit, because I’d been brainwashed into thinking that’s what God wanted.

But I digress.

Let’s get back to the main point of today’s post.

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In all my digging around in the genealogical tables, I realized a lot of interesting things.

One of the most interesting things that I realized is that so many of the groups listed above were and are being led by members of the same small set of families. Many of these families trace back – via multiple ancestors – to the Maharal of Prague and the Maharam of Padua, and beyond.

Way, way beyond.

One we realized just how ‘connected’ the Jewish people really are, by blood, by marriage, by history – then it becomes totally ridiculous to start pointing fingers at the other groups, and claiming there is something ‘wrong’ with them that isn’t also ‘wrong’ with us.

How can we accuse other groups of consisting solely of ‘erev Rav’ when we have the same parents and grandparents in common?

How can we claim that our gene pool, our yichus,  is somehow superior, when that same gene pool produced the biggest tzaddikim – and also the biggest gangsters, murderers and idolators?

(If you’re getting a bit stuck with this concept, pick up a copy of my book Unlocking the Secret of the Erev Rav, where I clearly set out how to really deal with the problem.)

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Bad people, bad Jews, bad ‘Erev Rav’ are not just on the other side of the debate.

The Sitra Achra has been working so hard to make us think that this is the case, because when we can pretend to ourselves that only lefties are bad; or that only people who don’t vaccinate are bad; or that only Bibi is bad….

[Fill in the blank]

We are totally missing the whole point.

The point is to work on ourselves, our own bad middot, our own lack of emuna, our own issues, and to stop spending all our time pointing out the ‘bad’ in others.

To put this another way:

All of us contain bad. And God expects all of us to work on it, and uproot it.

And whenever someone is running around shrieking that only their group, their path, their derech contains ‘good’ – well.

They’re wrong.

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So now, of all the many millions and billions of bits of information that I could share with you to make the point, I’ve settled on this:

The Vilna Gaon and the Alter Rebbe were very close family members.

This information has been so heavily and deliberately obscured (for reasons that I am choosing to not go into, at least for now) that you will probably have great difficulty in believing me.

But even with all the deliberate disinformation, and the deliberate changing of dates and names, and the conspiracy of silence that has grown up around this topic, last week, I finally figured enough out to tell you that they are definitely very close relatives.

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Here’s how I think they are related.*

They are all members of the same Rivlin family.

Eliyahu Rivlin (the Vilna Gaon) was the father or possibly grandfather of Shlomo Zalman Rivlin, aka Schneur Zalman (the Alter Rebbe).

Shlomo Zalman Rivlin had a brother called Tzvi Hirsch Rivlin.

Tzvi Hirsch Rivlin’s daughter, Shifra, married Shlomo Zalman’s Rivlin’s son, Moshe.

But that’s not all.

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Most of the ‘Vilna Gaon’s’ closest disciples appear to also have been his family members, his sons / grandsons.

Those people were also the very close relatives of the Chabad rebbes.

Many of those people – all the same members of the Rivlin family – moved to Eretz Israel.

Some came dressed as chassidim, some came dressed as Perushim, some came dressed as secular chalutznikim – and many of them became the ancestors of the main players in what became the modern State of Israel.

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Clearly, I’m leaving out some big parts of this story.

Take a look at Joshua Zeitlin (whose alter ego in the ‘frum’ Jewish world was Natan Neta Notkin), the father-in-law of ‘Reb Alexander Sander’, a very popular figure in Chabad mythology, and also, Zeitlin is strangely connected on a very deep level to many of the Vilna Gaon’s students.

And many of those students are credited with being the ‘fathers’ of the haskalah movement.

Whoever has eyes to see, will see.

But let me end with this.

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Did you know that Binyamin Netanyahu, whose family surname was originally ‘Milikovsky’, is a descendant of the Vilna Gaon?

See here for more information:

Nathan Milikowsky Netanyahu was born to Zvi in Krevo (Vilna area)
in 1875, a descendant of the Gaon from Vilna. He studied at the
Volozhin Yeshiva for 8 years and then became an orator preaching about Zionism. He migrated (with his children who were born in Warsaw) to Palestine in 1920 and served as headmaster of various Hebrew high schools in several towns before settling in Jerusalem as an official of the World Zionist Organization.

On his arrival in Palestine, Milikovsky changed the family name to Netanyahu (“Lord has given”). He was from the beginning a supporter of right-wing views in the Zionist movement, a tendency which deepened in the next generations of his closely knit family. He passed away in 1935.

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It’s all just one, big (unhappy….) family….

TBC

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* Many of these people have multiple names and multiple identities, depending on what ‘role’ they are playing.

Slowly, slowly, I’m unpicking it all. But clearly, there’s ample room for error here, especially with all the deliberate cover-up, so I am presenting this as a best guess for how they are related, and I will refine it as new information comes to light.

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How can it be, that a person can be so very learned in Torah and still be a force for ‘evil’ in the world?

Rebbe Nachman tackles this question in Likutey Moharan 1:12:

(Hebrew source from Sefaria.org)

מַה שֶּׁאָנוּ רוֹאִים, שֶׁעַל־פִּי הָרֹב הַלּוֹמְדִים חוֹלְקִים עַל הַצַּדִּיקִים, וְדוֹבְרִים עַל הַצַּדִּיק עָתָק בְּגַאֲוָה וָבוּז, זֶהוּ מְכֻוָּן גָּדוֹל מֵאֵת הַשֵּׁם יִתְבָּרַךְ. כִּי יֵשׁ בְּחִינַת יַעֲקֹב וְלָבָן; יַעֲקֹב הוּא הַצַּדִּיק, הַמְחַדֵּשׁ חִדּוּשִׁין דְּאוֹרַיְתָא וְלוֹמֵד תּוֹרָתוֹ לִשְׁמָהּ, וְטוּבוֹ גָּנוּז וְשָׁמוּר וְצָפוּן לֶעָתִיד, כְּמוֹ שֶׁאָמְרוּ רַבּוֹתֵינוּ זִכְרוֹנָם לִבְרָכָה: לְמָחָר לְקַבֵּל שְׂכָרָם (עירובין כב.); וְעַל שֵׁם שֶׁשְּׂכָרוֹ לְבַסּוֹף, עַל שֵׁם זֶה נִקְרָא יַעֲקֹב, לְשׁוֹן עָקֵב וָסוֹף, שְׂכָרוֹ לְבַסּוֹף. וְלָבָן הוּא תַּלְמִיד־חָכָם שֵׁד יְהוּדִי, שֶׁתּוֹרָתוֹ לְהִתְיַהֵר וּלְקַנְטֵר, וְתַלְמִיד־חָכָם כָּזֶה נְבֵלָה טוֹבָה הֵימֶנּוּ (מ”ר ויקרא א, עיין מתנות כהונה):

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English translation:

“That which we see among most of the learned who go against the Tzaddikim and speak about the Tzaddik wantonly with arrogance and scorn, is specifically planned from G-d.

For there is the relation of Yaakov and Lavan; Yaakov is a Tzaddik who creates original (Torah) ideas and studies the Torah for its own sake and his reward is stored, guarded and kept for the future, as our sages of blessed memory state: “The next day they will claim their reward” 2 (Eiruvin 22).

Because his reward is in the end he is thus called “Yaakov”, a language of delay and end, his reward is for the end.

As for Lavan, he is a Talmud Chacham Sheid (lit: demonic Talmid Chacham), whose Torah (study) is done to glorify himself and to provoke, and a dead animal is better than a demonic Talmid Chacham like this.”

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When you’re a rabbi, a Torah scholar, you automatically earn respect and honor from those around you, especially the poor pious Jews who look up to you as a fountain of knowledge, wisdom and piety.

In the Middle Ages, there was an added benefit to being the Rabbi of a community, which boiled down to being given choice jobs as ‘tax farmers’ over the community (Jewish and otherwise), for the ruling non-Jewish nobles.

Jews were literate. Jews were clever. Jews were good with figures, good at business, had international connections with other Jews all over the world that gave them significant advantages in the world of trade and finance.

The only non-Jews who could really compete with the Jewish trading networks were the Templars, and the Catholic Church. More on that another time.

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In the meantime, as well as garnering you respect (and a free pass from too much personal scrutiny) within the Jewish community, being a ‘rabbi’ also meant that you could access to nobles and bishops who were interested in questions of religion, and also wanted to have a few ‘court Jews’ around that they could use for a bunch of different purposes.

Like for example:

  • Being the ‘go-between’ with the wider Jewish communities
  • Acting as advisors on financial affairs and trade
  • Debating philosophical questions of faith with
  • Picking their brains for any ‘black magic kabbalah’ that could help these royals and bishops in their quest to change base metal into gold (aka ‘alchemy’).

The more openly ‘mystical’ you were, the more of a reputation you had for knowing deep secrets, the more likely you were to move up the chain, and to become a famous rav with a lot of money and connections.

That is, if you were what Rebbe Nachman describes as a ‘Jewish Sheid‘, a Jewish demon scholar.

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You know why I love Breslov so much?

Because Breslov, for the most part, is so trodden down into the ground.

Where other communities have ‘organisation’, and ‘connections’, and fabulous money, and super-successful go-getting followers and chassidim, Breslov has practically none of those things.

Especially the ‘Shuvu Banim’ branch of Breslov.

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The last few years, I’ve been so upset to see truly uplifting Torah geniuses like Rav Ofer Erez – to just name one example – lack the money to translate his books into English. Or get ‘banned’ from regular speaking engagements because of his public support of the Rav, Rabbi Berland.

Or having to shut down their website because they ran out of the relatively small amount of money required to keep it operating.

God, it seems so unfair…. Why are all these tremendous rabbis and holy individuals – suffering so much?!

And of course, top of the list of holy rabbis who are suffering so much is Rabbi Eliezer Berland.

Now, things are starting to get a whole bunch clearer.

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Rabbenu, as always, is telling us what’s going on.

Those ‘real’ rabbis, who are learning their Torah lishma, just to make God happy, build the world and teach and uplift other Jews for no other gain or ego boost, their reward is at the end.

At the end of this painful birur process that is leading to the final redemption, and when we will see how the people ‘on the bottom’ really were on the top, after all.

And of course, vice-versa.

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All those ‘Jewish demon scholars’, who were only learning Torah because:

  • It gave them a ‘free pass’ to say and do what they want without public scrutiny; or
  • It gave them massive followings and tremendous power to control other people; or
  • They could cash in on all the ‘connections’ and ‘business opportunities’ being a ‘big rabbi’ afforded them; or
  • They wanted the ego boost of being a ‘famous holy person’ who could write lots of books and get their own TV shows; or
  • They were trying to learn the deepest secrets of the Torah to manipulate reality for their own ends…

All those people are about to be ‘unmasked’.

And I don’t envy them at all.

“As for Lavan, he is a demonic Talmid Chacham, whose Torah (study) is done to glorify himself and to provoke, and a dead animal is better than a demonic Talmid Chacham like this.”

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Let’s try and explain what ‘Sabbateanism’ and ‘Frankism’ really are.

Before we move forward (very cautiously…) in exploring what happened to all those many thousands of ‘pious orthodox Jews’ (including big rabbis) who were really secret Sabbateans, let’s first back up, and try to understand what it means to be a ‘Sabbatean’, or a ‘Frankist’, or whatever today’s branding of that very old ‘religion’ actually is.

A few months ago, I put together a crash course on the history of Shabtai Tzvi and Jacob Frank, which you can (and probably should…) go and read here:

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This post isn’t going to rehash that more historical information.

Instead, it’s going to try to explain what Sabbatean / Frankists actually believe, and how their beliefs have trickled down into every layer of Jewish life, religious and secular – and why that’s such a problem for us today.

Ready?

Let’s kick off.

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‘The problem’, primarily, is NOT that Shabtai Tzvi’s followers, and then Jacob Frank’s followers believed that these men were potential candidates for Moshiach.

It’s a principle of Jewish faith, enumerated by the Rambam, that we should expect the Moshiach to arrive every single moment, and there is no ‘sin’ involved – whatsoever – in thinking someone might be a potential candidate for Moshiach.

Of course, that candidate has to fit the criteria laid out by the Sages, to help us identify who the Moshiach really is.

If someone is a Moloch-worshipping, baby-slaughtering prince of black magic – for example – then even if they do happen to ‘descend from King David’, that’s still not enough to swing the vote to crown them Moshiach.

Or at least, it shouldn’t be.

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So, the problem wasn’t so much that so many people in the Jewish community believed Shabtai Tzvi was ‘Moshiach’, at least initially, until he converted to Islam and then died without redeeming anyone.

The problem was, and always has been, with the ‘theology’ that the Sabbateans, and the Frankists and Donmeh after them, teach.

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I know this stuff can be hard for a person to get their head around, so let’s go slowly.

Judaism is based upon the idea that when we fulfill Hashem’s will, i.e. by performing a positive ‘mitzvah’ or by avoiding a negative / evil action or transgression, that is how we rectify the world.

When the holy Arizal came along, he revealed way more kabbalah that explains this process of ‘raising the sparks of kedusha’ out of the evil shells, or klipot, that they had fallen into, when the original ‘vessels of light’ exploded, at the creation of the world.

Those slivers of sublime kedusha are now embedded in every layer of creation, and are hidden all over the place, in this concrete, materialistic world we currently inhabit.

Every time we do a mitzvah – defined as performing God’s will – we raise up more of these sparks of holiness, and give them back to God. When this process is complete, and all the sparks have been lifted out of the side of evil and put back in their rightful place, the world will be fully rectified, and geula will occur.

This is the basic idea, clearly very simplified.

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To keep this real, let’s give a few examples.

When you say a blessing on that apple, you are lifting the spark of kedusha out of its materialistic shell, and returning it to God in a rectified state.

Similarly, when you avoid getting angry at really annoying and frustrating people and situations, you are also rectifying some of the sparks of kedusha located in your own body / soul combo, and doing the job of purifying your neshama.

Every single second we are alive on this earth, we have the chance and the choice to ‘rectify sparks of holiness’ in this way – or to do the opposite.

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There are two ways we can do the opposite of building the world, and rectifying the fallen sparks.

One way is by NOT doing positive commandments, like laying tefillin, or reciting brachot on the food we eat.

While this is not contributing anything to building and rectifying the world – which is basically the whole point of being alive – this ‘absence of good’ is still the lesser evil.

Because the second way of doing the opposite of rectifying the sparks is:

By transgressing the negative commandments and deliberately doing exactly the opposite of how Hashem told us we can fix the world.

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And this is where we segue back in, to our discussion of what ‘Sabbateanism’ and ‘Frankism’ really stands for.

As we learned in the post about the ‘bad Baal Shem’ of London, Samuel Chaim Falk, yimach shmo, these people were not irreligious, or ‘secular’. Anything but.

They were deeply religious, often very ascetic and spent their whole life in pursuit of ‘spirituality’.

It’s just that their ‘spirituality’ was all coming from the dark side.

As I’ve discussed before, they took the notion that the Moshiach will only come when the world it ‘totally good’ or ‘totally bad’ literally, and decided that the world could never be ‘totally good’.

So, if they really wanted Moshiach (and man, they really wanted Moshiach now!!!, whatever else you can say about them) – they decided that the only way to get him to come was by making the world ‘totally bad’.

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All the s*xual immorality that you find by both the original Sabbateans, and also within their splinter groups of the (externally Muslim) Donmeh in Turkey, and the (externally Catholic) Frankists in the West and Israel, is not an accident.

The Sabbateans and Frankists were masters of kabbalah, (which don’t forget, is the basis of all black magic in the world, because it’s truly the ‘recipe’ that Hashem used to create the physical world.)

They understood way more than most of us, the tremendous power of evil that could be harnessed through misusing the act of procreation.

That’s why ‘sacred orgies’ were such a big part of Sabbateanism and Frankism.

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That’s why they went out of their way to engage in forbidden relationships of the very worst sort, including transgressing the prohibition of incest.

That’s why Frankists (and also Freemasons) were known to deliberately engage in acts of ‘auto-eroticism’ before any big festival, or project, or ‘spiritual service’ they were undertaking.

It wasn’t an accident or a mistake.

It was totally deliberate, to ‘capture’ the power of the evil created by their misuse of the procreative act, and use it to juice up all their other evil designs.

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So, the main problem wasn’t that people were ‘worshipping’ Shabtai Tzvi or Frank as the messiah (although we’ll discuss more about that in a moment.)

The main problem was that essentially, these ‘secret Sabbateans’ and ‘secret Frankists’ were effectively binding themselves to the side of evil, in the most extreme way.

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Remember, we are dealing with arch-hypocrites here.

They were and are the epitome of ‘two faced’.

They often present a very makpid, orthodox religious face to the outside world, and judge other people oh so very harshly for their minor infractions and failings, while all the time pretending to be ‘perfect and infallible’ themselves – because behind closed doors, they are doing whatever the heck they please.

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So now we hopefully understand that Sabbateanism / Frankism was about the worship of evil, and not just about some case of ‘mistaken identity’ about who was going to be the Moshiach, let’s return to the historical side of things, to lay out what was actually going on.

And how that’s still affecting us today.

First, here’s some basic tenets of what I’ll call ‘Sabbateanism theology’.

As we already learned, Sabbateans hold that you rectify the world by performing acts of evil, and deliberately going against the explicit will of Hashem.

They also hold that as soon the ‘Messianic Era’ began, the ‘upside-down world’ was turned the other way up, which meant that every ‘Thou shalt not’ became a positive commandment.

In their warped ideology, it was now a mitzvah to kill, rob, steal, covet, and commit adultery and incest.

That’s why they used to have a ‘blessing’ lehavdil of: “Blessed art thou, L–d, who cancels and allows the prohibitions.”

Clearly, it wasn’t Hashem who they were blessing by saying this.

So who was it?

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Sabbateans also taught that the soul of Shabtai Tzvi, their false messiah, would come back in one of two ways to ‘complete the job of redemption’.

(Yes I know. We’ve heard that before somewhere, haven’t we?)

Either, Shabtai Tzvi would have a ‘second coming’, where he would literally rise from the dead, or come out of the cave he was hiding in, or beam down from the spaceship he’d flown off to gan eden in (maybe together with Elvis Presley, who knows?).

OR

The specific soul of Shabtai Tzvi would ‘reincarnate’ into one of his followers, as part of the secret of ibbur, and complete the job that way.

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Part of the reason it’s so hard to pin down some of the errors in Sabbatean theology, is because so much of it was wrapped around a kernel of truth, from authentic and holy yiddishkeit.

For example, on the side of kedusha we know that there is a special type of soul referred to as the ‘Tzaddik yesod olam’ – ‘Tzaddik, the foundation of the world.’

There is only one of these souls to be found in every generation, and that soul is the soul of the potential soul of the Moshiach.

Pay close attention, because I’m going to try to explain the subtle, but hugely meaningful difference between genuine Jewish belief and Sabbatean / Frankist heresy here.

The Zohar teaches us that this soul of the redeemer, aka the Moshiach of the generation, contains all the soul sparks of the entire nation of Israel.

Every single one of us from big to small, and from left to right, and even from ‘most evil’ to ‘most holy’ is included in this soul of the Moshiach.

That’s why each of us has a very real role to play in ‘bringing Moshiach’, because the more we work on rectifying ourselves, and particularly the bad middot, the more we are bringing that spirit of Moshiach down into the world.

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This is not what the Sabbateans and Frankists (and heck, let’s include the xtians here too, as it’s effectively the same problem) believe.

They believe that *one particular person*, one particular soul, is *the* Moshiach.

And that *particular person* just keeps coming back and reincarnating in a different body, or even ‘taking over the body’ of a different person, in something that sounds akin to demonic possession, until they get the job done.

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It’s a subtle difference, but it literally makes all the difference in the world:

‘Moshiach’ as the ‘mirror’ / composite soul of the whole of the Jewish people – which means we all have our part to play to get to geula – or ‘Moshiach’ as one specific guy who comes and ‘fixes’ everyone else.

It’s also the difference between a false Moshiach that’s ‘branded’ as belonging to a particular group, or sect, and a Moshiach that represents the entirety of the Jewish people.

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That’s why after Shabtai Tzvi died, there was a massive power struggle between his closest followers to try to claim that they were his true incarnation.

Whoever could convince the massive group of followers that they were ‘Shabtai Tzvi #2’ would inherit the power base, the followers, the influence, the power, the money.

That’s why there were so many different ‘false prophets’ of Sabbateanism after Shabtai Tzvi died, and that’s why there were so very many ‘false messiahs’ in the 18th century, when his followers had finally given up on the idea of the ‘second coming of Shabtai Tzvi’, and moved over to the second model described above.

So, when Jacob Frank, yimach shmo, turned up on the scene, he wasn’t trying to create a ‘new religion’.

All he did, at least initially, was to stake his claim as being that generations ‘incarnation’ of Shabtai Tzvi.

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As I’ve mentioned, there were huge pockets of secret Sabbateans all over Turkey, Podolia, Italy, Amsterdam and Germany, at this time. Anywhere you had Jewish communities, you also had large groups of Sabbateans.

Some communities, like Rohatyn, Zolkiew, Podholice and Furth (to give just some examples) were known to be almost entirely ‘Sabbatian’ in the 18th century.

Externally, these were still communities of ostensibly ‘orthodox’ Jews.

They still had ‘Av Beis Dins’, and synagogues, and shochets, and yeshivas. But behind closed doors?

There was a poisonous root of ‘anti-Torah’ heresy growing and spreading.

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Before I learned all this, it always amazed me how someone like Jacob Frank could show up and convince tens of thousands of orthodox Jews – including big rabbis like the distinguished ‘Shor family’– to drop their religion so quickly, and publically convert to Catholicism.

Once I realized that Frank was just the latest in a very long line of ‘false messiahs’ to successfully inherit the ‘crown’ of Shabtai Tzvi, it all made way more sense.

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So now, let’s end this post with some examples of specific ‘Frankist’ theology, that will hopefully help you to detect some of those ‘Frankist’ influences that are currently all around us, in the Jewish world.

Shabtai Tzvi gave us ‘doing bad’ as a mitzvah, and deliberately perverting the procreative act.

His doctrine is almost certainly behind all the child abuse scandals plaguing both the Catholic church and the ultra-orthodox Jewish community.

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Frank added to this:

  • Literally worshipping ‘the messiah’ as though he is god (deliberate small ‘g’ here, to respect the Almighty).
  • Sanctifying and encouraging incest (which went one step further than Shabtai Tzvi).
  • Raising religious hypocrisy to an artform, where his followers would ‘pretend’ to be devout orthodox Jews, and later, devout Catholics, while secretly working to subvert from within.
  • Actively promoting assimilation within the wider community – (in later years he wrote about his desire to create a ‘one world religion’ to encompass Judaism, xtianity and Islam. Does that sound familiar?)
  • Deliberately going against even external compliance with Torah law (but only to the degree accepted by the doctrinal norms of the Catholic church, which is why he kept his s*xual immorality / nihilism and dark occultic practices more hidden.)
  • Actively promoting settlement in Israel, to await ‘the final redemption’.

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This last one included the following elements:

  • Actively promoting Jews living on what was called ‘agricultural settlements’, which became the forerunner of the kibbutzim in the State of Israel.
  • Actively encouraging Jews to become soldiers.

Frank himself had an army, and encouraged his followers to engage in military training.

And if you look into who was encouraging ‘agricultural settlements’, both in Russia, the new world and Eretz Israel, you will start to identity many of the ‘secret Frankists’ who have so far escaped detection.

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I know, this is big, heavy stuff, isn’t it?

I know.

This morning, I was talking to God again about what He really wants from me here, because God forbid I should do anything He doesn’t want me to do.

I’m very happy to leave this can of worms untouched, if that’s what He wants.

But the message I keep getting – loudly – is continue!!!!!

These secret Frankists have been holding the rest of the Jewish world hostage for way too long already, and delaying redemption.

And from what I can tell, God’s finally had enough of it.

TBC

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UPDATE:

I got this comment, which is making a fair point:

I think it’s important to point out that most of the ‘secret sabbateans’ today probably never heard of Jacob Frank and vaguely know that Shabtai Tzvi was some false messiah. However, they are still continuing in their footsteps by believing and promoting the same ideas.

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Something strange was going on yesterday in Jerusalem.

Most of the shops in downtown decided to open – illegally – in total contravention of the Stalinesque government.

There were crowds of people all over the place, shopping (still in the masks, but that’s also going to disappear soon….)

And the police did nothing.

I know it’s not so obvious still, but something changed yesterday for the good.

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I walked downtown with my husband – for the first time in months – 99% of the time without a mask.

Then, I went off to the Kotel – which was also full of people – and said a tikkun haklali.

As I got there, a small chareidi girl ran up to me to give me a laminated prayer – it was from Rabbi Berland, on the topic of being saved from negative and destructive thoughts.

Just what I needed.

On the way out, another small girl ran up to me with a different laminated prayer from the Rav, this time for chinuch yeladim.

Again, just what I needed.

I have missed the Rav, and his quiet, reassuring influence, so much over the last 9 months.

There was meant to be a hearing to decide if he would be freed to house arrest at the end of October. I haven’t heard anything yet, about what was decided. But I think maybe ‘something’ moved yesterday, because you could feel a much happier vibe in the air than there has been for months and months.

At least, in Jerusalem.

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Yeah, for sure Biden stole the election.

That’s not even a question.

But personally, I’m pretty happy about that.

Now Trump’s plans for ‘peace in the Middle East’ and the ‘deal of the century’ have got derailed, and while the other side are also evil incarnate, because they have to at least pretend to be operating in a democrat fashion, it will take them a few months to put their ‘plans’ on the table.

And in the meantime, the geula will have unfolded even more.

It seems to me that all this chaos in the US – where these people, and the global interests they represent will be ripping each other to pieces for at least weeks, and maybe even months – is a total kindness from Hashem.

This way, they will be so busy with their ‘domestic agenda’, they won’t have the same energy to promote ‘deals of the century’, or to push vaccines down everyone’s throats.

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Oh, and one more thing.

Trump is a total psycho.

The way psychos operate is that if you cross them, or do something like obviously steal an election from them, they will never forgive, and never forget.

Trump’s only real power, even as president, has been in his Twitter account.

I expect to see him and his acolytes finally throwing all the ‘dirt’ into the public arena, very soon, as ‘The Talkers’ (see Rabbi Nachman’s story ‘The Cripple’, and also read the post below this one) finally take each other out, and good can finally sprout forth.

My guess is that he’ll do a much better job of clearing the swamp – including the part of it that he himself inhabits – out of office, than in.

So stay tuned!

From this point on, the only way is up.

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It’s blowing all over the world right now.

Posting has been slow on this blog, as I’ve been discovering earth-shattering bits of information that totally transform the picture of ‘real Jewish history’ that we’ve all been taught.

Or should I say, that we’ve all been brainwashed with, because once you start piecing together the real story, you start to see the holes in the ‘official narrative’ – a whole bunch of massive, big, holes – from a million miles away.

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I’m still drawing my conclusions, but here are a few tidbits, in the meantime.

I will paint a big picture in this post, where I’m just laying out the lay of the land, without giving the specifics to prove it. I’m still deliberating on what God wants me to do with all this, so in the meantime, I’m steering a cautious path against totally spelling things out.

For now.

So, here’s the deal.

The false messiah Shabtai Tzvi lived 1626-1676.

While he was the ‘figurehead’ for Sabbateanism, what is not really known is that many of the leading rabbis – and also the leading xtians – at that time were predicting 1666 as ‘the year’ that the messiah would show up.

So, they were looking for a suitable candidate to fit the bill, and the clearly mentally-ill, delusional (and yet very charismatic) Shabtai Tzvi fit the bill.

He was helped along by ‘prophets’ like Nathan of Gaza, who wrote most of his ‘theology’ based on a deep, but totally warped understanding of the kabbalah.

He was also supported by hundreds and even thousands of rabbis and kabbalists across the world, particularly in places like Amsterdam, Leghorn, Prague and Aleppo – anywhere with a strong contingency of marranos who had been steeped in xtian theology for 150 years +, and / or who had a strong tradition of studying and using ‘practical kabbalah’, aka black magic.

Which sad to say, was most of the Jewish world.

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So, Shabtai Tzvi converts to Islam, then dies a decade later, in 1676 – and the movement continues.

In arguments that sound just oh so familiar, his followers claim that their rebbe, Shabtai, is just ‘hidden’ from the world. They quote and misquote biblical passages explaining how the soul of this false moshiach is doing a massive tikkun, hidden away, and will return to the world soon.

There is a schism. Some followers believe that Shabtai Tzvi is going to rise from the dead – and make a big effort to get to Eretz Yisrael in 1700 to greet him – while others take their Sabbatian ‘theology’ off in a different direction, that again is a warped version of a Jewish fundamental truth.

The soul of Shabtai Tzvi is going to get reincarnated into the next contender for [false…] messiah, as there is a potential moshiach in every generation.

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Over the next few years, all sorts of people, both in the so-called ‘Ashkenazi’ and the so-called ‘Sephardi’ world throw their hat in the ring as a contender for the position of the next [false…] messiah, which will make them defacto the leader of the huge community of secret and not-so-secret Sabbatians, who are all over the Jewish world.

Some of them are relatives of Shabtai Tzvi like Jacob Querido.

This from Wikipedia:

Jacob Querido (‘the Beloved’, ca. 1650–1690, AlexandriaEgypt) was the successor of the self-proclaimed Jewish Messiah Sabbatai Zevi. Born in Thessaloniki, he was the son of Joseph the Philosopher and brother of Jochebed, Shabbatai Zevi’s last wife. Jochebed (also called ‘Ā’ishah following her conversion to Islam) claimed that he was the reincarnation of her late spouse, so that he might succeed to the leadership of Sabbatai’s followers.[1] He attracted a considerable following of his own, called Ya‘qōviyīm or Yakubiler.[1]

Querido converted to Islam taking his name as Yakup in 1687 and playing an important role in the Dönmeh.[2] He led his disciples on a pilgrimage to Mecca. He died in Alexandria on his way back.

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Then, there are pretenders to the throne that show up all over Israel, Italy and Podolia, too, the part of Poland / Ukraine that borders Turkey, and which is famous as the cradle of chassidut.

Ashkenazi Sabbatean False Moshiachs include (but is not limited to):

Yehuda Leib ben Yaakov Holleschau of Prossnitz – who is supported in his claims, at least for a while, by Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt, the Rav of Prossnitz.

(Oh, and by the way, Rav Meir just happens to be the Rosh Yeshiva of Yonatan Eybshutz… Does that name ring a bell?)

Clearly, Rav Meir is a very upstanding, honest and sincere sort, because his own brother, Mordechai Mokiah, also claims to be false messiah at this time, too.

This from the Jewish Encyclopaedia entry, 1906:

MORDECAI MOKIAḤ (called also Mordecai of Eisenstadt):

Shabbethaian prophet and false Messiah; born in Alsace about 1650; died at Presburg May 18, 1729. The death of Shabbethai Ẓebi (1676) seems to have encouraged his followers, who claimed that he had returned to his heavenly abode and would come back in three years to finish his Messianic task.

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Click on the links, to get more details of who this people were, and also who some of their descendants are. But believe me, this is still only the tip of the iceberg.

If you’re bored, you can also check out the following names of more false messiahs from this period:

Joshua Heshel ben Yosef Tzoref

Yehuda Hasid (who famously tried to ‘ascend’ to Eretz Yisrael in 1700, with a large group of Sabbatians, to await Shabtai Tzvi’s second coming.)

Avraham Rovigo – Whose father was Moises (Michael) Broda, and who wrote the book Eshel Avraham. 

Barukhiah Russo

Chaim Malakh – who was instrumental in developing large communities of Sabbatians in Podolia, and linking them to other Sabbatian communities around the world:

This from the Jewish Encylopaedia:

 [H]e served as an emissary and a link between different Sabbatian factions.

The pattern of his travels reveals the existence of a clandestine Sabbatian network spanning Europe and the Ottoman Empire.

Malakh was initiated into all major branches of Sabbatian theology. after his initial flirtation with the moderate Sabbatianism of Rovigo and Kohen, he accepted the much more radical doctrines of Primo (advocating the deification of the messiah) and Barukhyah (calling for annulment of the commandments)…. Malakh’s main impact was in transmitting the teachings of the Turkish Sabbatians to Europe, especially to Podolia. It is likely that many of Jakub Frank’s early disciples came from the communities established by Malakh.

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Point being, that when the notorious Jacob Frank showed up, he was just the latest of wannabe ‘fake messiahs’, pretenders to Shabtai Tzvi’s throne (and massive audience of followers.)

Again, let’s spell this out clearly:

‘Sabbateanism’ didn’t die with Shabtai Tzvi.

A new religion developed, often clothed externally in very pious ‘orthodox Jewish’ garments, that was basically an amalgamation of xtian and Jewish beliefs about fixing the world and the coming of the Moshiach.

Many of the leading rabbis all over the world were ‘secret Sabbateans’, followers and promoters of this new variant of Judaism, oh so similar to xtianity in some deep ways, and many of these people continued a double life of being ‘frum Jews’ in one setting, and being ‘secret Sabbatean believers’ behind closed doors.

On top of that, many of these people (who also happened to be wealthy merchants and businessmen) travelled all over the world.

And also had different identities and names (and probably also families….) in different places, too.

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So it was, that you could have an ‘Avraham Rovigo’, known Sabbatean prophet, who was apparently the leader of the Italian Sabbatean Kabbalists, but at the same time, you could also have an ‘Avraham Broida’, scion of a famous Prague family and ABD in Eastern Europe.

It’s the same guy.

And that piece of information has very profound consequences for us, and our Jewish community, of 2020.

In the course of writing this post, I tripped over another massive bit of evidence to show just how ‘profound’ this connection is.

But for now I’m keeping shtum.

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Let’s leave you with this disturbing thought:

Most of the people we were taught to revere as being very pious individuals over the last 400 years were actually very closely linked to Sabbateanism and / or Jacob Frank.

Frank’s descendants mamash married into some of the most ‘prestigious’ families you can think of, but all this was carefully covered up, so that you and me wouldn’t know it.

What’s more, Frank’s descendants and followers are on all sides of the equation.

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They are in leading positions both within Eretz Yisrael, and without.

They are in the Knesset, and they are in Bnei Brak.

They are on the ‘left’, politically, and also on the ‘right’.

They are ‘secular’ and ‘assimilated’ – and also super-frum.

And they have been joining with a particular group of non-Jews to run the show all over the world for the last 250 years.

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So that is what we’re up against.

And that is what I am up to my eyeballs trying to research at the moment.

Who these secret Sabbatian / secret Frankist people WERE then, and who their descendants are NOW.

And the answers are totally mind-blowing.

TBC

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We live in a world of lies.

One of the things that I’ve learned over the last few years is that whenever Hashem puts ‘good’ in the world, He counterbalances that ‘good’ with something that appears to be the same, but is really it’s opposite.

This is in order to maintain our free choice.

The whole reason why humanity was created was in order for us to CHOOSE to serve Hashem, and to CHOOSE to overcome ‘bad’ – both our internal yetzer haras, and the ‘bad’ we find manifesting in our environments, too.

That’s why God created a ‘Bilaam’ – a tremendous prophet for the evil side – to balance out Moshe Rabbenu, and maintain free choice.

That’s why when you had the revelations of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in the world, you also had Yoshki (imach shemo).

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That’s why when the holy Arizal (1534-1572) was starting to disseminate his ‘good’ kabbalah, there was also a massive upswing in ‘bad’ kabbalah, and even ‘Christian kabbalah’, with even respected rabbis like the Maharal of Prague (1520-1609) poring over ‘magick’ books like Sefer Raziel, amongst others, to create his legendary golem.

Sefer Raziel describes how to use holy names and demonic forces to manipulate nature, and is one of the leading handbooks of what people like to euphemistically call ‘practical kabbalah’.

We can carry on pretending that all this stuff is whiter than white, or we can actually start to make the birur, the clarification, required, that any time people cut God, and God’s will, out of the picture, and start trying to force changes in the world by manipulating holy names and spiritual forces instead of praying on something – that smacks of black magic.

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But let’s continue the theme of ‘the good one and the bad one’, as it definitely continued down the generations.

When the founder of chassidut, the holy Baal Shem Tov showed up in 1698 (until 1760), we were into the next stage of revealing a new direction for yiddishkeit – one that was greeted with tremendous suspicion by many in the Jewish community.

(I wrote a lot about this in the articles about the Vilna Gaon, here and here.)

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When I wrote those articles, I hadn’t realized just how widespread, and entrenched, the abiding practice of ‘Sabbateanism’ still was in the global Jewish community of that time.

It’s not just (or even) that the secret Sabbateans lurking all over the Jewish community were holding out for the ‘second coming’ of Shabtai Tzvi, as the messiah. Some of them were, but most of them weren’t.

Most of the Sabbateans held by a doctrine that the soul of Shabtai Tzvi was being ‘reincarnated’ into one of his followers, and that the whole game was to figure out which of his followers was the new ‘Shabtai incarnate’, and would go on to become the leader of the movement.

(I know. This sounds worrying familiar. Believe me, I know.)

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But people weren’t attracted to ‘Sabbateanism’ because they wanted redemption, at least, not after Shabtai Tzvi famously converted to Islam and then died.

They were attracted to ‘Sabbateanism’ because it enabled them to indulge their most immoral lusts, and to pretend to themselves that doing so was a holy endeavor that would ultimately ‘fix’ the world.

Without getting into a whole big discussion, you can sum Sabbateanism up as the idea that if the Moshiach will only come when the world is totally good (= ‘impossible’) or totally bad, then you better get to work making the world as ‘bad’ as you can, as fast as you can.

And man, did they take that job seriously.

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So, the holy Baal Shem Tov shows up, and at the same time that he’s putting the power of chassidut in the world, there are all these other ‘secretly Sabbatean’ miracle workers, too, many of whom are also called ‘Baal Shem’[1].

But while the Baal Shem Tov is on the side of good, and acting totally in accordance with Hashem’s will, and trying to bring people closer to Hashem and true mitzvah observance, these evil, secretly Sabbatean ‘Baal Shems’ were using black kabbalah and black magic to achieve their miraculous outcomes and ‘healings’.

And most people in the Jewish community had no idea who was really ‘good’ and who was really evil.[2]

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Which brings me to the subject of today’s post, a man called Samuel Hayyim Falk (1710-1782), aka ‘the Baal Shem of London’.

Before I give over what I’ve found out about him – and I’ll try to do that as succinctly as possible, as I know all this is really a lot to take in and process – let me tell you HOW I found out about him.

I was researching Jacob Frank’s family tree[3], and trying to figure out where all his descendants disappeared off to.

It’s not as easy as you may think, because even though the Frank family (and many of their followers) notoriously converted to Islam, and then christianity, and also engaged in all sorts of illicit behavior including orgies and black magic rites, many of them still managed to ‘blend back in’ with the orthodox Jewish community.

Let that piece of information sink in, and try to understand what I’m really telling you.

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So, the first surprising thing I discover, as covered more in THIS post, is that Jacob Frank had two wives. The custom of the time was to marry at 13, so Frank was apparently already married, widowed and the father of six small girls before he became a notorious ‘Sabbatean prophet’ at the age of 25.

But Frank’s family were already Sabbateans, and these ‘secret Sabbateans’ were already marrying each other, as much as possible, and were often outwardly prominent members of the orthodox Jewish community.

So, Frank’s first wife is called ‘Chana Josefa Falk’ (b 1727) – and she has six daughters with Frank, before she dies in 1752.

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Me being me, I started researching who this woman was, and who her parents were – and that’s how I got to Samuel Jacob de Falk Tradiola Laniado, aka the Baal Shem of London.

Falk’s family were Spanish ‘new xtians’ who moved to Poland in the 16th century. While official researchers can’t seem to trace his ancestry back past his father, Raphael, I quickly found a reference to a ‘Solomon Laniado’ who was one of Shabtai Tzvi’s most enthusiastic, and prominent followers in Syria.

(Interestingly, the Syrian city of Aleppo had a long, unbroken chain of ‘Laniados’ as their chief Rabbis. There are interesting, and hitherto unexplained, links between Aleppo in Syria, and Frankist Jews in Ireland. That’s a post for another time.)

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So, Samuel Falk is living in Podhajce, Poland – known as a hotbed of Sabbateans – while his son-in-law Jacob Frank was born in Korolowka, just 40 kms up the road, also to a Sabbatean family.[5]

We’ll leave Frank alone for now – I will have a great deal to say about him another time – and come back to Falk, his father-in-law.

Falk is good friends with someone called Moses David of Podhajce[6], who is a notorious Sabbatean. These two hang out together doing ‘practical kabbalah’ – which we’ve already established is effectively black magic.

Falk then moves from Podhajce to Furth[7] in Germany – which was also known as a hotbed of secret Sabbateans – and from this point on, his reputation as a ‘Baal Shem’ starts to take off.

He shows up in Westphalia claiming to be able to heal the sick, find buried treasure, and to have the secret of how to turn metal into gold.

Falk is writing cabbalistic amulets for the people who flock to be healed by him, which also includes members of the non-Jewish landed gentry, like Count Rantzow.[8]

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Here’s what Rantzow wrote about him:

“[M]y father frequently received the renowned prince and High Priest [sic] of the Jews, by the name of Hayim Samuel Falk. My father told me that this prince [sic] considers himself to be a scion of the line of King David.”[9]

Falk then starts quoting the New Testament at Count Rantzow, and then Rantzow recounts some of the (black magic…) miracles he’s told about, by another of Falk’s gentrified friends, Baron von Donop:

“[Donop] saw [Falk] at prayer in Cassel, where his reputation is not called into question. At that time, he cured the daughter of the Court Jew. The girl fell ill almost every day due to some hidden malady, and he, by means of kabbalistic amulets, protected her from this mishap, without giving her any medicine.”

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Donop then goes on to tell Rantzow how Falk conjured up an ‘angel’ (aka demon…) when he brought him to his estate.

Then, he walked through his gardens, and said: “’I want to make you richer.’ He drew a circle and held in his hand a 30 ft long parchment scroll filled with letters. He prayed in Hebrew, and I immediately saw that a fire issued forth from the ground and rose to a height of 7 or 8 feet.”

Then, Donop continues that the ground had opened by an oak tree, where he could see an enormous quantity of gold by its roots.

Falk does other ‘black magic’ miracles for him, too, like making knives fly through the air, and performing ceremonies where ‘spirits’ suddenly fill empty parchments with writing.

Donop concludes:

“The greater my repugnance for this person, who is so renowned, the greater is my sense of trust in him.”[10]

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After spending a few years ‘finding gold’ for various members of the landed gentry (and it’s rumored, also the Jesuits) – Falk is charged with witchcraft and sorcery, and is forced to flee Europe before he’s burnt at the stake for being a wizard.

Where does he show up next?

London.

And in London, the Spanish and Portuguese community greet him with open arms, and he quickly gets chummy with expat German banking Jews (and secret Sabbatians….), including Aaron and George Goldschmid, contemporaries of Nathan Mayer Rothschild.

He also maintained close contact with the Chief Rabbi of England:

“Rabbi David Tavli (our Rabbi and Teacher David Tavli the son of Shlomo Zalman HaKohen Shiff).”

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In case you’re wondering, yes, of course these Shiffs are related to the Jacob Schiff who worked for the Rotschilds and became the head of the infamous Kuhn, Loeb Banking House in New York:

“The [Schiff] family has intermarried with the Adlers, Oppenheims, Wertheimers, Günzburgs, Geigers, Glogaus, Mannheims, and Hanaus, and one member married a cousin of Zunz…

Among the rabbinical authors included in the family are Meïr ben Jacob Schiff, known as Maharam Schiff (d. 1644); David Schiff, editor of the “Ẓemaḥ Dawid”; and Tebele Schiff, chief rabbi of the Great Synagogue, London (1765-92), and author of “Leshon Zahab.” The most distinguished recent member is Jacob Henry Schiff, banker and philanthropist, of New York.”[11]

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Rabbi Yaakov Emden warns the Jewish community at that time that Falk is a secret Sabbatean, and “master of the demon” – but most people just ignore him.[12]

He’s more subtle now about his black magic, having learned his lesson from Poland, but he still demonstrates black magic ‘miracles’ on a number of occasions to his Jewish and non-Jewish followers, again involving ‘practical kabbalah’.

Another secret Sabbatean, Zusman Shachnowitz, ‘friend’ of Falk and of Moshe David fro Poland wrote a letter that later came into the possession of Yaakov Emden where he describes Falk in London:

“[A]s some sort of sublime person. His room is illuminated with silver lamps on the walls and with a central eight-branched chandelier made of a solid piece of pure silver. Even though it only held enough oil to last for one day and night, it remained lit for three weeks. On one occasion, he closed himself off in his house in isolation for a period of six weeks, without food or drink. At the end of that period, ten men gathered to enter to him. They found him sitting on a royal throne, with a golden miter on his head, and around his neck a gold chain with a gold star upon which holy names were inscribed.”

Shachnowitz concludes:

“Indeed, this man is unique in his generation on account of his knowledge of holy mysteries. I cannot describe to you in detail all of the wonders that he performed. I consider it a great honor and mercy that this man found me worthy to be numbered among those who sit in his shadow and wisdom.”

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It was so easier to be fooled, to think that Falk’s black magic / ‘practical kabbalah’ miracles meant he was the holy-of-holies.

In reality, he was the archetype of evil in the Jewish community, and the total mirror image of true miracle workers on the side of holiness, like the Baal Shem Tov, z’tl.

In 1778, the CHIDA is in Paris trying to raise money for the Jewish community back in Israel. In the book that he wrote about his travels, the CHIDA describes how he met the non-Jewish nobleman Da Suma and the noblewoman Da Krona, who tell him how Falk has been teaching them ‘practical kabbalah’, i.e. black magic.

The CHIDA is not impressed.

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And Falk has many other connections with European nobility too, including:

Baron Theodore Da Neuhauf, (1694-1756) the King of Corsica

Prince Adam Czartoryski (1734-1823), the ruler of Podolia

A “servant of the king of France (Louis XVI)”, called Emmanuel

The Duke of Orleans (1747-1793), and the Baron Da Charter, who later is crowned as King Louis Phillippe of France after Napoleon is deposed.

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But that’s not all.

Falk was also up to his eyeballs in all the ‘secret societies’ that had been starting to coalesce all over Europe during this time, many of which were heavily steeped in occultism and black magic practices.

With his knowledge of ‘practical kabbalah’, Falk quickly became a highly desired tutor in these dark arts.

For example, people like Emmanuel Swedenbourg and the Count Cagliostro[13] come to visit him for some guidance on how to start practicing Falk’s particular brand of fallen ‘practical kabbalah’:

Cagliostro himself stated… that he had been born of Christians of noble birth but abandoned as an orphan upon the island of Malta. He claimed to have travelled as a child to Medina, Mecca, and Cairo and upon return to Malta to have been admitted to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, with whom he studied alchemy, the Kabbalah, and magic.”

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It’s no coincidence that around this same time, his son-in-law Jacob Frank – who has now been formally acclaimed as the continuation of Shabtai Tzvi in his generation, by most of the Sabbateans – is also up to his neck in beginning a number of secret societies too, including the Order of the Asiatic Brethren, begun in Brunn, where Frank’s cousin (and fellow Sabbatean) Schnondl Dobrushka lived:

‘Jacob Frank and his court remained in Brünn for almost fourteen year until the spring of 1786. As we shall see these were the formative and most essential years during the short life-span of the Asiatic Brethren. During this time Frank developed strong connections into the Masonic communities of Vienna as well as into Germany…

Freemasons and secret societies during this period most of all were interested in re-discovering the ancient wisdom and purported truth hidden in the Jewish mystery tradition.”[14]

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There’s so much more to say, but let’s end with this.

My husband wanted to know what is the value in me sharing this information more widely?

The laws of lashon hara still apply, even to evil, dead people, so what is the toelet, the positive reason for sharing this information about this demon-worshipping ‘bad’ Baal Shem Tov?

I told him that when I started looking up more information about Samuel Chaim Falk, I quickly discovered that 99.9% of the Jewish world has no idea that he was a black magic sorcerer and father-in-law to the notorious Jacob Frank.

Most people still believe he was a holy man – a British counterpart to the Baal Shem Tov haKadosh of Medzhibozh.

Not only that, there is apparently a large crowd of chassidim in the UK that make the pilgrimage to Falk’s tomb in London on Tisha B’Av, to go and pray at the site of the ‘tzaddik’.

When I read that, I shivered.

It literally makes me nauseous to think of sincere religious Jews connecting to this guy, on any level, spiritually.

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So, that’s at least one of the toelet reasons for unmasking this evil Baal Shem Tov.

But there are many, many more.

This guy’s direct descendents (via his daughter Chana Josefa, married to Jacob Frank) literally intermarried all over the orthodox Jewish community. Some of his descendants (and their Sabbatean followers) ‘came out’ as Frankists, and outwardly converted to Catholicism, but many of them didn’t.

Many of them continued to be secret Sabbateans, secret Frankists, secretly ‘anti-Torah’ Jews on the inside, whilst flourishing some very impressive yichus credentials as rabbis and leaders of their Jewish communities all over the world.

And their descendants (and followers…) can still be found in very prominent positions in every strata of Jewish life, orthodox and otherwise, in Israel and in the diaspora, today.

That’s why there has been such a massive cover-up, in so many areas, and why Falk is still being touted as a ‘holy man’.

Because when all the truth about his descendants comes out, it will rock the Jewish world to its foundations – but also clear the way for geula and the true Moshiach.

TBC

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FOOTNOTES:

[1] Baal Shem literally means ‘master of the name’ – a reference to using Divine names to manipulate nature and do ‘miracles’.

[2] The perceptive reader will notice that I’m opening a massive can of worms here.

[3] The perceptive reader will understand that I’m opening yet another massive can of worms, here.

[4] While this is the date given for her on geni, there is so much deliberate disinformation occurring around Frank’s family tree that I’m not entirely convinced it’s correct.

[5] I am currently in the process of trying to uncover Frank’s real relatives, as part of the process of unpicking who was a secret Sabbatean, and who wasn’t.

[6] Read this, for a detailed account of Moses David’s Sabbatean actions and reputation for being a ‘Baal Shem’ in Poland and Germany: https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Podhajce/pod056.html

[7] There was a famous publishing house of Jewish literature established in Furth at this time, and many of the rabbis with secret Sabbatean ties published their works in Furth.

[8] Count Rantzow’s family later intermarried with the crypto-Jewish ‘Jacobs’ family. I’m almost certain this ‘Jacobs’ family were disguised descendants of Jacob Frank (and via his first wife, Falk himself.)

[9] So many of the ‘dodgy’ Jewish (and also non-Jewish…) characters in this saga take great pains to emphasis their connection to King David.

[10] See Rabbi, Mystic or Impostor, by Michal Oron.

[11] http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/13266-schiff

[12] Rabbi Yaakov Emden famously – and with hindsight rightly – accused Jonathan Eybeshutz of being a secret Sabbatean. I’ve discovered a lot more information about Eybeshutz and his Sabbatean connections. For example, Jacob Frank’s cousin Schondl Dobrushka was closely aligned with Wolf Eybeshutz, son of Jonathan, and self-proclaimed ‘Sabbatean prophet’.

[13]https://www.academia.edu/38231338/Staples_Scan_2_pdf_Yeats_and_the_Unknown_Superiors_Swedenborg_Falk_and_Cagliostro

[14] https://theomagica.com/on-the-occult-order-of-the-asiatic-brethren-2

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It’s kinda painful walking around Jerusalem at the moment.

Many people are just staying indoors, where they don’t have to worry about breathing fresh air too deeply, or getting fined enormous amounts for not believing government lies about ‘the most dangerous pandemic in 300 years’, and ‘flattening the curve’.

I’m popping up to Mahane Yehuda market at least twice a week, to try and keep supporting them (and also, because the fruit is just so good there).

But honestly?

It’s a painful experience.

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Gone are the crowds, the buzz, the alive vibe.

In its place, there’s a bunch of sombre customers and vendors, in various states of be-maskment. Where I used to try and take my time a bit, look around, now I’m just dashing around with my list, so I can make it back to my car as fast as possible and start to breathe again.

One thing is already obvious:

The economy can’t recover from this.

And of course, that is the whole point of the lockdowns, as you’ll know if you read the comment from Chana a few posts ago, that pointed you here:

Canadian politician leaks new COVID lockdown plan and ‘Great Reset’ dictatorship – Australia is part of it

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So yeah, it’s kind of painful, seeing how the world of lies is collapsing all around, which means that the fruit shakes, the days out to the beach, the weekly visits to Kever Rachel and the Kotel are all currently verboten, or in drastically limited scope and supply.

At the same time, as all the crazy ‘doing’ that characterises modern life is unwinding, and I’m finding myself spending more and more time just ‘being’, I’m noticing a quiet peace that is coming along with that new stage.

After all, I’ve kind of been expecting this for years, so I got my skates on last year and published as many books as I could (13 altogether…) including 10 or 11 for Rav Berland, baruch Hashem.

So I don’t feel like I’m wasting my life right now.

I feel like I’m having a much-needed break, honestly.

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But I can see from the people around me, that whoever doesn’t have some form of Torah, mitzvot or even just doing good old kindnesses for others to feel the ‘gap’ left by the implosion of modern life is starting to feel that their lives are totally pointless.

And the worst thing of all is (whisper this):

It’s often true.

All those Starbucks lattes, all that clothes shopping and new handbags, all those fancy holidays to exotic locations, all the money dropped on the latest phones, cars and gadgets – really, what was the point?

Mostly, it was just a distraction from our inner world, a plaster to stick over that gaping sense of loneliness and ‘pointlessness’ that is modern life.

Because when anything comes disconnected away from the soul, from God, then the loneliness, pointlessness and yeoush show up really fast, and really thick.

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The world of lies is crumbling all around.

It’s truly a painful process.

And I have to tell you, there are still way more ‘lies’ that need to be exposed and expunged, including within the apparently Torah-observant world, that are going to shake a lot of people’s spiritual core to its foundation.

Part of the reason I’m not writing so much at the moment is partially because I’m engrossed in some very complicated research; and partly because all the stuff that I have already found out is so explosive, when it does come out it’s going to blow the roof off the global Jewish community.

And I don’t want the responsibility for being the one who presses that particular button.

But reassured, God has assigned that job to someone out there, and it’s going to happen probably sooner than later.

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How to get through this next stage intact?

Simple.

Talk to God every single day, preferably for an hour, but at the very least for 5 uninterrupted minutes, with the intention to keep expanding the conversation until you get up to an hour.

There is no other way that you’re going to know your right from your left, your good from your bad, or your real Moshiach from your fake pretender.

There is no other way you’re going to hang on to your soul, when the real revelations about who has been controlling the Jewish community – including the orthodox world – for the last 200 years, and why that’s so bad, start to hit the headlines.

And also, talking to God every day will just make you feel all around happier, calmer and less stressed.

And that’s a tremendous value in and of itself.

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God is pulling all the crutches away.

No more Starbucks, no more meals out, no more holidays abroad, no more ‘keeping busy’, socialising or shopping.

He wants us to stop running away – from Him, from the truth, from ourselves – and to just get real.

And while that is the most painful thing of all, it’s also the most fulfilling and meaningful thing any of us can do right now, to prepare ourselves to enter the world of truth.

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