So much of Jewish life revolves around the Jewish community.

Wherever Jews happen to live, whatever language they happen to speak, whatever Jewish traditions, customs and laws they happen to keep (or not…) being part of a community will often figure as a very major part of Jewish life.

No two communities are the same, each is a unique blend of the history, personalities, beliefs and customs that have molded it over the generations. While so many of the different community customs have been lost over the years, many Jews are still striving to maintain their cultural heritage, and to apply to Jewish life in the modern world, in the face of a growing number of issues, challenges and changes.

In this category, we’ll take a look at a bunch of topics including:

  • Jewish Communal Events – what’s really shaping modern Jewish life
  • Jewish News – the information that we really need to know about living as a Jew today
  • The importance of Jewish communal life
  • History of Jewish community – in all sorts of different places around the globe
  • Day-to-day relationships – both intramural and extramural, with other peoples and faiths
  • Modern values in kehillas – and how they are changing, sometimes unrecognisably, from traditional Torah values
  • Jewish community issues and challenges – both within Israel, and abroad
  • Community leaders, rabbis, and personalities.

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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I think we’re probably going to get up to part 99 of this saga, the way things are going…

You know, I love a good mystery, and I love the ‘thrill’ of figuring things out. But I have to say, that even I am starting to be overwhelmed by all the twists and turns in the tangled web of ‘Jewish genealogy’ I’m caught up in the moment.

If you haven’t been paying attention, I’m trying to figure out a few things, not least:

  1. How exactly the Vilna Gaon and the Alter Rebbe are connected.

I know they are close family members – brothers, cousins, maybe even father and son, but I haven’t pinned it down exactly yet.

2. Why there are so many deliberate lies and distortions going on around the family trees of Yonatan Eybshutz, the Vilna Gaon, the Alter Rebbe and Jacob Frank (amongst many others…)

As I’ve mentioned, there are a few ‘gatekeepers’ on the geni.com website who keep popping up again and again and again, when I input certain family names.

Whenever I’m pursuing an interesting avenue, all the leads suddenly dry up, and it’s as though these people sprung fully formed from the head of Zeus.

No parents, no siblings, no other children…. always at those intersections where I would start to see how one group, one specific family, might link to another.

But Hashem is sending me more and more leads all the time, and BH, even with all the lies being told, we’re going to figure this out.

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3. How is it, that so many of the ‘leading lights’ surrounding the Vilna Gaon apparently had double identities as the leaders of the haskalah movement?

Let’s give a concrete example.

If you go HERE, you’ll find the following information about ‘Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin’, a leading figure in the community of Shklov and the surrounding areas (I’ve screenshotted all of this, to make sure it doesn’t disappear…)

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According to this rosy write up, Rav Yehoshua Zeitlin was a gaon, and a talmid of the Vilna Gaon and Rav Aryeh Leib Ginsburg, the Sha’agas Aryeh.

He was also wealthy – we’re told by this write up, from hamodia.com – and ‘supported many talmidim from his own pocket’.

Now it lists three of his ‘many talmidim’:

  1. Rabbi Menachem Leffin
  2. Rav Binyamin Rivlin
  3. Rav Boruch of Shklov

Here’s where it gets really interesting.

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When I went to look up ‘Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin’ (1742-1822, born in Kherson) – this is what I discovered.

He was a Baron – Joshua Von Zeitlin – and the main supplier for Potemkin’s Russian armies, during the Turkish-Russian wars that began in 1768. Count Potemkin was a favorite of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. You can read more about Potemkin HERE.

Here’s what the translation from an article in alef magazine (now mysteriously taken off line…) said about Baron Joshua Von Zeitlin:

“Yehoshua Zeitlin (1742–1822) is a personality not yet fully appreciated by historians. Meanwhile, he was the first prominent Jewish figure in Russia to combine deep rabbinical scholarship with a passionate desire to familiarize his fellow tribesmen with Russian public life. A prominent Hebraist and subtle interpreter of the Talmud, he at the same time highly appreciated Russian culture.

Yehoshua was a native of Shklov and came from a well-known and noble Jewish family…”

There’s more. Let’s continue. Another one of Catherine the Great’s boyfriends, Count Semyon Gavrilovich Zorich (1745-1799) is ‘retired’ to Shklov in 1777, where he soon creates a court to rival that of St Petersburg. Semyon has bad middot (to put it mildly…) and creates a very loose, immoral atmosphere in Shklov.

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Somehow or other, Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin and his brother become Semyon’s main helpers and advisors:

Yehoshua (together with his brother, who was sent by Zorich to Riga to buy antiques and “soft junk” there at a reasonable price) becomes his assistant. It is not known what exactly the Count’s assignments were carried out by Zeitlin, but there is evidence that in the 1770s and 1780s he often visited Berlin on the instructions of this tyrant.

Fortunately, from such voyages, our hero [i.e. Joshua Zeitlin] received not only commercial benefits, but also abundant food for the mind.

He became close to the leaders of the Berlin Haskala and became a frequent visitor to the house of the founder of Jewish enlightenment, “Jewish Socrates” Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1789). Friendship ties tied him with such prominent Maskilim as the Chief Rabbi of Berlin, Hirsch Lebel (1721-1800); the outstanding linguist and exegete Naftali-Hertz Wesseli (1725-1805); the herald of reformism in Judaism, David Friedlander (1750–1834), and others. (Emphasis mine.)

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Before I continue, let’s just recap what we’ve discovered.

On the one hand, ‘Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin’ is being lauded as a gaon and a tzaddik, author of the Amudei Gola sefer in the pages of Hamodia.

And on the other, we discover that he’s a leading proponent of ‘haskalah’ in Eastern Europe, and is hanging out with Moses Mendelssohn and others who were men known for pushing the ‘enlightened’ and ‘reform’ agenda.

What in the world is going on?

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So now, I wanted to find a screenshot of Baron Joshua Zeitlin’s sefer, the Amudei Gola, and God sent me another mystery.

First, here’s the screenshot of the book, from here:

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Sit down for this next bit.

The two people who gave Joshua Zeitlin’s book an approbation are R’Chanoch Henich Shick of Shklov – and the Baal HaTanya, Rav Shnuer Zalman Baruchovitch of Liadi.

Apparently, the auction house tells us that: ‘This is one of the few approbations of the Baal HaTanya that has seen print.’

So now, you tell me how it is that ‘Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin’s’ book has got an approbation from the Alter Rebbe, when he is described as being a close student of the Vilna Gaon.

And while you’re at it, please also tell me why one of the ‘few approbations’ of the Alter Rebbe should be found in a book written by a man who was a leading maskil.

And also, why Joshua Zeitlin is listed as the father in law of ‘Reb Alexander Sender’ – apparently one of the Alter Rebbe’s favorite talmidim:

Alexander Sender of Shklov was an outstanding chassid of the First Chabad Rebbe, a generous businessman of exemplary piety. When he passed away, the Alter Rebbe paid a condolence call to his father and testified that he had seen his soul “in exceptionally bright, shining garments” (Beis Rebbe). His grandson, Aharon, was the father of the fourth Rebbe’s wife, Rivka.

In fact, he was SO beloved by the Alter Rebbe that the 6th Rebbe, the Rayatz, wrote a whole chapter about him in his work ‘Her Husband’s Crown’, which you can read for yourself HERE.

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Hey, even more interesting!

That link that I had in the comments section on this post: https://rivkalevy.com/curiouser-and-curiouser/, linking to this: http://www.sichos-in-english.org/books/sefer-hatoldos-admur-maharash/15.htm – has now disappeared.

It seems Chabad have now taken the book offline.

(I downloaded it all anyway, because I had a feeling something like that might happen.)

But hey Chabad, what do you have to hide?

Why remove the sichot of the Rayatz, describing his ancestor’s family tree, and particularly his links to his follower, ‘Reb Alexander Sender‘, and the story of Rebbetzin Lea Golde Broda, mother of the 4th Rebbe?

(Honestly, I’m starting to have a theory about that, but let’s continue.)

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Let’s go back.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about ‘Baron Joshua Zeitlin’:

Joshua Zeitlin (1742 in ShklovBelarus – August 18, 1822, in KhersonNovorossiya) was a Russian rabbinical scholar and philanthropist. He was a pupil of the Talmudist Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg who was the author of Sha’agat Aryeh; and, being an expert in political economy, he maintained close relations with Prince Potemkin, the favorite of Catherine II. During the Turko-Russian war, Zeitlin furnished the Russian army with various supplies, and managed that business so cleverly that he was afterward appointed imperial court councilor.

On retiring from business in the civil rank of Court Counsellor, Zeitlin resided on his estate Ustzia, where he was occasionally consulted by rabbis with regard to rabbinical questions. He rendered pecuniary assistance to many Talmudists and scholars, and supported a magnificent beit midrash, in which many Jewish scholars were provided with all of life’s necessities, so that they could pursue their vocations without worries of any kind.

Among the scholars who benefited from his generosity were: Rabbi Nahum, author of Tosafot BikkurimMendel Lepin, author of Cheshbon ha-Nefesh; and the physician Baruch Schick

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Mendel Lepin = ‘Rabbi Menachem Leffin’ (1749-1826)

(He may well also be the same ‘Menachem Mendel Levin’ who authored a sefer called ‘Cheshbon HaNefesh’.)

Here’s what we learn about ‘Mendel Lepin / Lefin / Levin’ from the Jewish encyclopaedia:

LEVIN (LEFIN), MENAHEM MENDEL (1749–1826), early Haskalah author, translator, and educator. Born in Satanov, Podolia, he had a traditional Jewish education but also studied sciences, mathematics, and medieval philosophy in his youth.

From 1780 to 1783/84 Levin lived in Berlin, where he met Moses *Mendelssohn, through whom he established contact with the leaders of the Haskalah. …

Levin taught mathematics and philosophy to Czartoryski’s children, which was rare at that time, and dedicated his unpublished philosophical treatise, “Aus dem Nachlass eines Sonderlings zu Abdera,” to Czartoryski’s wife. When the great Sejm met in Warsaw (1788–92), Levin participated in discussions on contemporary problems.

Toward the end of the 18th century, he resided in Ustye and in St. Petersburg in the home of the wealthy philanthropist J. *Zeitlin, serving as tutor to his grandson. After 1808 he lived in Brody and Tarnopol, where his influence on the maskilim in Galicia, notably N. *Krochmal and J. *Perl, was so considerable that he is regarded as the father of the Galician Haskalah.

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Isn’t that shocking?

Yet again, we see that the people being lauded as the main disciples of the Vilna Gaon are one and the same as the people mamash leading the haskalah in Europe.

What on earth is going on here?

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I’m still  looking into ‘Boruch of Shklov’ and ‘Rabbi Binyamin Rivlin’, (amongst other things) so expect this series of ‘curiouser and curioser’ to continue for some time.

But there are some very serious questions bobbing up here about who exactly the Vilna Gaon really was, who his students really were – and what they really stood for – and how the Alter Rebbe and Chabad chassidut connects into this whole hot mess.

TBC

(Unless someone in 770 decides to try and take my blog out of action again 😉

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UPDATE:

Here’s what I found about Baruch Schick of Shklov:

He was another radical maskil, and another ‘student’ of the Vilna Gaon. And he’s connected to the Rabbi Chanoch Henich Shick of Shklov who gave approbations for that sefer, above, together with the Ba’al HaTanya:

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SCHICK, BARUCH BEN JACOB (also known as Baruch Shklover , from the name of his birthplace, Shklov; 1740?–after 1812), rabbi, physician, and one of the pioneers of *Haskalah of Eastern Europe.

Schick was ordained as a rabbi in 1764 and subsequently served as dayyan in Minsk. In his youth he was already attracted to the Haskalah and general knowledge. His first scholarly work and his other works were lost in a conflagration. He traveled to London to study medicine and there joined the Freemasons. After qualifying as a doctor he moved to Berlin, where he became acquainted with the maskilim of the town, including Moses *Mendelssohn and Naphtali Herz *Wessely.

In 1778, on his way back to Minsk, he visited Vilna and was in the group associated with Elijah b. Solomon (the Gaon of Vilna), in whose name he published a statement on the need for scientific knowledge for an understanding of the Torah…. He stated that the Gaon of Vilna advised him to translate scientific works into Hebrew in order to make their contents available to Jews….

After some time he settled in Shklov, and there he belonged to the maskilim whose needs were supplied by the wealthy Joshua *Zeitlin of Ustye near Shklov….

Schick devoted his energies to arousing his fellow Jews to the need for studying the arts and sciences. He regarded the neglect of the sciences as caused by the exile. He repeated the accusations of his predecessor, Israel Moses ha-Levi *Zamoscz, against the fanatical rabbis and leaders who persecuted and condemned the maskilim. To restore science to its former place of honor, he pleaded for a revival of Hebrew, in which scientific works intended for his people should be written.”

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UPDATE #2:

The link to the Chabad writings is working again. Baruch Hashem.

UPDATE #3:

Here’s a screenshot mentioned by Aliza, below, in the comments section, that comes from this book:

The Secret Doctrine of the Gaon of Vilna Volume II: The Josephic Messiah, Leviathan, Metatron and the Sacred Serpent

From what I remember from the comments of Netanel Simcha, who mentioned that ‘Metatron’ is the reason Acher turned into an anti-Torah heretic, it seems that this angel is back in the picture here, too.

The book is written by the descendant of the Vilna Gaon’s brother, R Avraham Ragoler, and sets out the Vilna Gaon’s ‘kabbalah’ connected to geula and moshiach.

You’ll notice that the Gaon apparently refers to HIMSELF as Moshiach ben Yosef….

Which is interesting, hey?

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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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The research I’m doing into the Frankists is taking me down some very strange paths in Jewish history.

I started this project off because I was trying to get to the bottom of who is really behind the persecution of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, at least in Israel.

Initially, I thought it was a bunch of leftists, reform-minded Jews from America.

Then, it widened out to include a bunch of Torah-hating non-Jews who probably worship Moloch (and control most of the world….)

And now, strangest of all, I seem to be dealing with a bunch of externally ‘orthodox’ Jews whose belief system, internally, is anything but orthodox.

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This is a massive project, and I’m very wary of putting conclusions ‘out there’ prematurely, or even at all.

I’m not drawing conclusions yet because I still have no firm idea where all this is leading and also, because I’m discovering that so many of the famous names I’m researching often had different personas, or alter egos, that went by a totally different name.

And trying to pin it all down, and to really make sense of it all, is extremely challenging.

That said, there a few tidbits that I want to float past you, as the more of us who engage with this process on the soul level, the faster the birur of what is really going on will happen.

So first, here’s the thesis that seems to be unfolding:

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The 18th century was chock-full of ‘false messiahs’ and ‘prophets of Shabtai Tzvi’ who were either predicting that he would rise from the dead, OR who developed a doctrine that the soul of Shabtai Tzvi would reincarnate in the present generation, to lead the faithful forward.

Examples of the first route are Yehudah Leib ben Ya‘akov Holleschau, the false prophet of Prosschitz, who ‘prophesized’ that Shabtai Tzvi would rise from the dead in 1706.

(As a side note, Yehuda HeHassid lead his contingent of 1,500 (sabbatian) Jews to the holy land in 1700, as part of the attempt to be ‘ready’ for when Shabtai Tzvi showed up again.)

Yehuda Leib wasn’t excommunicated for publically teaching his beliefs by the then Rabbi of Prosschitz, Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt.

Why not?

Because Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt (the ‘Meirot Panim’) was one of his followers.

That’s an incredible piece of information, just let that sink in.

And do you know who else was one of Yehuda Leib’s students? Rabbi Yonatan Eybshutz.

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So, 1706 came and went, and when Shabtai Tzvi didn’t show up as promised – only then did Rabbi Meir turn against Yehuda Leib, banish him from Prossnitz and excommunicate him.

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An example of the second approach is Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt’s own brother, Mordechai Mokiach, who threw his hat in the ring as ‘the reincarnation’ of Shabtai Tzvi.

Mordechai Mokiach also wasn’t ‘excommunicated’ for Sabbatean beliefs. Quite the opposite – he was lauded, summoned to Italy by the Jewish community there, and also became a ‘famous personality’ in other communities, too.

Here’s a little about how Mordechai Mokiach (Eisenstadt, brother of Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt) was connected to another member of the Eybshutz family, Ber Eybshutz (also known as Ber Perlhefter):

(From HERE🙂

In the late 1670s and early 1680s, Ber became deeply involved in the Sabbatean movement as a maggid in the circle of Abraham ben Michael Rovigo (c. 1650–1713) in Modena.

He was instrumental in shaping the moderate wing of the movement after the death of Sabbetai Zevi. Though he initially pinned hopes on Mordecai of Eisenstadt (1650–1729) as a second redeeming figure, he later became disappointed and renounced his support.

His interest in the movement may have attracted the attention of the noted Christian Hebraist Johann Christoph Wagenseil (1633–1705), Professor of Hebraica at the Lutheran University at Altdorf, who employed Jews and converts as translators and informants in his Hebraist enterprise.

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Ber Eybshutz was a famous rabbi of his time.

Nobody excommunicated him.

Also, there is something just so strange going on with the geni.com website for all these famous people with Sabbatian links. Their family records are deliberately altered, dates are changed or omitted to disrupt the chain of descent, family members are scrubbed off, false spouses and siblings are assigned – all to make it so much harder to work out who these people really were.

And who their descendants really are today.

So I’m still working on trying to figure out how ‘Ber Eybshutz’ relates to Jonathan Eybshutz, and many of his other family members who were part of the continuing cult of Shabtai Tzvi within the orthodox Jewish community.

As for Mordechai Mokiach, his descendants changed their names to ‘Pick’ and ‘Berlin’, and quickly became leading figures back in the orthodox Jewish community again.

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Here’s some more strange things, that I’m trying to fit into the whole picture of what was really going on, back in the 18th century.

Did you know that Yonatan Eybshutz and the Vilna Gaon (!) were good friends? They were such ‘good friends’ that Yonatan Eybshutz even wrote to the Vilna Gaon, asking him to publicly support him in his argument with Yaacov Emden, over the infamous ‘Sabbatian amulets’?

This from Wikipedia:

In 1755, when the Gaon was thirty-five, Rabbi Jonathan Eybeschütz, then sixty-five years old, applied to him for an examination of and decision concerning his amulets, which were a subject of discord between himself and Rabbi Jacob Emden.

The Vilna Gaon, in a letter to Eybeschütz, stated his support of Eybeschutz but that he did not believe that words coming from a stranger like himself, who had not even the advantage of old age, would be of any weight with the contending parties.

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Recently, notarised copies of those infamous amulets turned up and were analysed by scholars.

They showed that they were Sabbatian in nature. Here’s the text:

“In the name of [YKVK] the God of Israel, who dwelleth in the beauty of His strength, the God of His anointed one Shabbethai Ẓebi, who with the breath of His lips shall slay the wicked, I decree and command that no evil spirit plague, or accident harm, the bearer of this amulet.”

So, how can it be that the Vilna Gaon wrote a letter siding with his ‘good friend’ Yonatan Eybshutz?

Increasingly, the idea is taking shape that most of the orthodox Jewish community of the 18th century – and especially the rabbis – was ‘Sabbatian’ to some degree or other.

Which is profoundly shocking, at least to me.

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I’m currently working on trying to figure out who Jacob Frank really was, in terms of his family connections, who his descendants married, and where the descendants of these other Sabbatean ‘prophets’ ended up.

I’ve already made some connections with Lea Golda Broda, the grand-daughter of Avraham Broda / Rovigo, the author of the Eshel Avraham, that are truly shocking.

But before I can really get to the bottom of this, my research keeps spiralling out further and further, into more unanswered questions about some of the biggest names in the Jewish world.

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Does it make sense, to you, that the Vilna Gaon would apparently ‘excommunicate’ the chassidim of the Rabbi of Mezritch and Chabad’s Alter Rebbe, while leaving obviously Sabbatean rabbis like Yonatan Eybshutz alone – and even writing them letters of support?

Does it make sense that Yonatan Eybshutz’s reputation would be so ‘whitewashed’ and revered, even in our days, when he was so obviously and clearly a Sabbatean?

Why is it, that the family trees of so many of our ‘big’ rabbis are so deliberately convoluted, mixed up and deceptive?

How can it be, that the Mittler Rebbe of Chabad had two daughters both called ‘Sarah’, and also two daughters with the name ‘Chaya’, and no-one thought that was odd?

How can it be, that apart from the descendants of Shneur Zalman, there is no-one else listed under the family tree of ‘Betzalel Lowe’, who was apparently the son of the Maharal of Prague? Everyone else on his tree apparently died young, had no children, or is unnamed.

Which is so very strange, because the family trees of ‘Betzalel Lowe’s’ brothers and sisters literally spew on for page after millionth page, in all their glorious detail.

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So as you can see, I am currently grappling with way more questions than I have concrete answers.

But I can tell you one thing for sure:

There is some sort of massive cover up going on here, that spans every part of the Jewish world, orthodox and unorthodox, Zionist and ‘anti’ Zionist, Litvak and Chassidut, ‘Israeli’ and ‘Chutzniki’.

And when (if….) I get to the bottom of what’s really going on here, I will finally have the answer to who has been persecuting Rabbi Berland – and the answer to many other ‘big mysteries’ of the Jewish community, too.

TBC

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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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When I was researching the family tree of Moses Montefiore, I stumbled across a mind-blowing find.

I’m still in the middle of trying to piece everything together, but I find it’s helpful to ‘clear out some space’, mentally, by sharing with you on the blog where I’ve got to with all this, so more new information can percolate through, and more clarity can come to this process.

So, here’s what happened:

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After I figured out (in THIS blog post) that Montefiore was a secret Sabbatian freemason – because otherwise, he and his kin would never have married so freely with the Frankist Rothschild family – I decided to try and trace back some of his ancestry, to see what that would turn up.

When it comes to the Rothschilds, and other of the more obvious Ashkenazi Frankist ‘banking’ families, it’s very hard to trace the ancestry accurately, because so much deliberate disinformation has been sown.

That said, I’ve managed to make some headway there, too, and that maybe will be a post for another time.

But I figured that the Sephardi sabbateans have been much less under the public eye, and so their family trees will still be much more ‘honest’, as no-one expected a reformed psycho with OCD tendencies to spend weeks trying to figure out who the great-grand-daddy of Moses Montefiore really was.

Ha!

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So, I hit the first obstacle when Moses Montefiore wasn’t actually listed under his father’s family tree, on geni.com – and I couldn’t find him other places, either.

Immediately, the red flag went up that ‘something’ was being hidden away here, so I started clicking on every other family member, tracing them backwards and forwards, to see ‘who else’ they were connected to, who they married, who their ancestors and descendants were.

Very quickly, I hit something initially very strange:

So many of Montefiore’s close relatives were married to, or otherwise connected to, what appeared to be a bunch of Irish catholics:

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Like this guy, Moses Augustus Montefiore – Sir Moses Montefiore’s first cousin – is married to a ‘Mary Kissane’.

Hmmm.

For a day or two, I didn’t know what to do with that info, so I sat on it.

Then I resumed my research, and that’s when I turned up the following, stunning, chain of information, that began like this:

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Jacob Frank was married twice.

His first wife was Chaya (Josefa) Falkon, (married in 1740) daughter of the ‘bad’ Baal Shem of London, called Samuel Falk. As well as being a close confidant of the Victorian Rothschilds, Goldschmidts and other Jewish-Frankist bankers in London, Falk was also big time into black magic.

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Samuel Falk had to leave Podolia (what is today Poland / Ukraine) because he’d been charged with practicing witchcraft, and was about to be burnt at the stake.

Instead, his Sabbatean / black kabbalah connections helped him to escape to London, where he became a ‘respectable rabbi and kabbalist’ – whose daughter just happened to marry the false messiah Jacob Frank.

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If you want to know why you never knew this before, the answer is simple:

These people’s descendants and co-religionists are still running the show today, in all areas of the Jewish world, which is why they have gone to such great lengths to expunge all these links and evidence from the ‘official’ history of the Jewish people.

But with God’s help, I’m piecing it back together, and sharing it with you.

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So, Frank and Ms Falk Junior have six daughters, each of whom has a ‘Jewish’ persona and name, and each whom has a ‘catholic’ persona and name.

The six daughters are called:

  1. Ruth Dinah Frank (Franconia)
  2. Rivka Shoshana (baptised Anna Rosa) Jacob
  3. Miriam Chana (baptised Maria Anna) Frank
  4. Esther Matrona Frank (Franconia)
  5. Leah Golda Frank
  6. Sarah Judith Jacob

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Ms Falk Junior dies in 1751, and Frank remarries a woman named Hannah Cohen.

He has his notorious daughter Eva Frank[1] in 1754, plus at least two more sons named Joseph and Roche[2].

(Remember, the Frankists were into immorality in a big way, so who really knows how many illegitimate children Jacob Frank really had, and just how many of his ‘official’ children were actually mamzerim, Hashem yishmor.)

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Jacob Frank’s last daughter, Sarah, married someone called ‘Francis Rogers Kissane’ – who comes from a Jewish-catholic family of Spanish and Portuguese descent.

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The Kissane / Kassin / Kessin family is very interesting.

They have tentacles all over the Jewish world, and if you look at their family tree, you can see that various members would pretend to be ‘catholic’ in countries like Ireland, but would sometimes (and simultaneously!) also be ‘chief rabbis’ in places like Aleppo, Syria, and Baghdad.

It’s truly mind-blowing.

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But let’s stay on track.

The main point here is that if you trace Francis Rogers Kissane’s genealogy back, you get to a man called Ephraim Kassin, who was born in 1590 in Aleppo, Syria. Kassin was the ancestor of Nicolas Rodriguez Galvan, a Jewish catholic, who had at least two daughters.

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One of those daughters, Maria Rodriguez, became the mother of Frances Rogers Kissane in Ireland, who became the husband of Jacob Frank’s daughter, Sarah.

And the other one, Juana Rodriguez, married Jacob Montefiore, the paternal uncle of Moses Montefiore:

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Most of the genealogy links showing these connections have been carefully scrubbed from the internet, but even the titles of the pages that are now no longer ‘found’, are revealing;

https://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/juana-judith-chana-galvan-montefiore-rodriguez-24-21k0phl

Juana’s surname was then magically changed from Rodriguez Galvan to the more English ‘Levi Barrow’.

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I know this is confusing (believe me, I know!).

So let me try and break it down in simple terms:

> Sir Moses Montefiore’s paternal uncle married Juana Rodriguez.

> Her sister Maria was the mother of Frances Roger Kissane (another crypto Jewish Catholic) in Ireland.

> Frances Roger Kissane married Sarah, Jacob Frank’s daughter.

> And then Juana’s son Moses Augustus Montefiore – first cousin of Sir Moses Montefiore – married Mary Kissane, the daughter of one ‘Captain John Walsh’:

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The parents of ‘Captain John Walsh[3]’ were also Frankist / Catholic Jews.

John Walsh’s father is called ‘Frederick Walsh’ – and his father was Yehuda Wolowski Schorr of Rogatin, one of Jacob Franks most loyal devotees.

The Schorr family also crops up in connection with a lot of Zionist / State of Israel stuff, and I will try to do a post about that another time.

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To sum up: the Montefiore family have multiple links marrying Frankists, including actual descendants  of Jacob Frank himself.

And all of this has been carefully hidden from the Jewish public, for reasons I will explain as we go along, in future posts.

But all this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Here’s the takeaway message from this post:

Even before Shabtai Tzvi and Jacob Frank showed up, there were large numbers of ‘crypto Jews’ of Spanish and Portuguese origin – Jews who were practicing Catholics, and who had been immersed in Catholic beliefs and society for at least two centuries preceding Shabtai Tzvi.

Many of these marranos were looking to create some sort of ‘synthesis’ between Christianity and Judaism, to accommodate their own (now warped….) beliefs, and the difficulties they had in resuming a truly orthodox life, which adhered to even basic commandments like circumcision and keeping kosher.

These people were flung all over the globe – literally – and had a very strong ‘crypto Jewish’ network operating, particularly along maritime trade routes.

Many of them were also located in German / Ashkenazi communities, and in Amsterdam, Holland, where they often resumed an openly Jewish lifestyle (despite their secret heretical tendencies).

Many of them were big into kabbalah.

And many of the big names in the Ashkenazi ‘orthodox’ religious world are directly related to families who trace back to these conversos, and to two ‘big rabbis’ of the middle ages, in particular.

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Shabtai Tzvi was backed from the start by these people, who were looking for a ‘figurehead’ to try to get their reformed Judeo-xtian new religion officially accepted amongst the Jews.

Then when he converted to Islam and then died, Jacob Frank became their next ‘figurehead’, in the 18th century.

That’s part of why Sabbateanism and Frankism spread so very far, so very fast in the Jewish community

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I have even more secrets to share with you in future posts, BH.

And if you think what I shared here is astounding, I promise you that what I’m researching now is even more mind-boggling and disturbing.

But it all needs to come out, and with God’s help, it will

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FOOTNOTES:

[1] From the time Eva was born, Frank started teaching that Moshiach would be a woman – i.e. his daughter – and started up a whole new aspect of his cult, stressing the feminine aspect of the divine.

This obsession with ‘women’s lib’ is a key indication you are dealing with Frankist doctrine in the modern Jewish world.

Frank himself also claimed that Eva was really the daughter of the Russian Monarch, Catherine the Great, born as a result of his affair with her. More on this another time.

[2] That given name is another interesting ‘clue’ pointing to more links between the ‘catholic Jews’ and the European ruling classes. More on this in a future post.

[3] Captain John Walsh’s sister was a woman named Charlotte Sarah Jane Grimstead.

As well as being a descendant of the Frankist acolyte Yehuda Wolowski Schorr, she was also the mother of Charlotte Lyon-Bowes, whose son, Claude Bowes-Lyon is the paternal grandfather of the present Queen of Britain, Elizabeth II.

Yes, the British royal family have Jewish blood, and are directly connected to Frankists.

TBC

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It all started innocently enough, with a nagging question about the ‘tzaddik’ Moses Montefiore:

How come, if he was such a ‘good’ guy, he married into that den of vipers known as the Victorian Rothschilds of London, and went into business with his brother-in-law, Nathan Rothschild, to create the Alliance Insurance company in 1824?

And from there, I managed to open a whole massive can of worms.

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A few months back, following some of the clues about real Jewish history that is scattered throughout Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s book Conversations, I tripped over a whole bunch of information about Jacob Frank, and his ‘Frankist’ movement, that you can read more about HERE.

When I’d finished writing that piece, I thought I’d more or less bottomed-out the greatest secrets being concealed in Jewish history over the last 500 years.

I mean, the fact that Yonatan Eybeschutz WAS a secret follower of the infamous false messiah Shabtai Tzvi; and this his son openly proclaimed himself a Frankist prophet and then converted to Christianity, seemed like enough of a scoop.

And, the fact that Rebbe Nachman and Breslov were being slandered as being ‘secret Frankists’ was also a massive revelation, that explains so very much about what was going on behind the scenes, back then.

So, I put all that research to one side, and came back to more ‘fun’ stuff.

Like Covid 1984. And, like the links between the Rothschild family and the State of Israel. And, the strange intersection between Jews high up in the American administration and military and the fate of those thousands of Yemenite children.

And that, dear reader, is when I stumbled across the biggest can of worms in Jewish history.

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I could literally write 100 detailed posts about all the things I’m finding out, but who has time or patience for that?

No-one.

So instead, after getting a prompt in my hitbodedut to start getting this information out there, however simply, I’m going to pick out a few subjects, a few individuals, and tell you their stories, and then hopefully, you will start to fill in more of the blanks for yourselves.

So today, let’s start with Moses Montefiore.

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Like I said, it started off innocently enough.

I’d always thought (been brainwashed into believing…) that Moses Montefiore was the builder of modern Jerusalem, and a truly saintly, scrupulously observant, generous individual, who spent great sums of his own money helping his poor Jewish brethren around the world.

True, he was known as being a great confidant and friend of Queen Victoria, which always struck me as a little strange.

And then, I discovered that he was also a leading Freemason, which is when the nagging doubts really started to emerge that something in this pious picture was off.

In 1812, Montefiore became a freemason, joining the Moira Lodge, No. 92 of the Premier Grand Lodge of England in London.

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This comes from the Israeli Freemasons own site:

Montefiore was born in Livorno, Italy. He was an active Mason, having been initiated in Moira Lodge in 1812. His brother-in-law, Nathan Meyer Rothschild, had been initiated ten years earlier in the Emulation Lodge. Montefiore and Rothschild had married sisters, daughters of Levi Barent Cohen.

He was knighted in 1837 by Queen Victoria. That same year, Benjamin Disraeli was elected to Parliament as a Tory.

In August of 1840, together with the French Lawyer and high-ranking Masons Adolphe Cremieux (1796-1880), he led a delegation to Turkey and secured the release of the captives of the Damascus blood libel.

We’ll come back to Adolphe Cremieux later on. For now, he’s what you need to remember about him (from Wikipedia):

The Alliance israélite universelle

The Alliance israélite universelle (Hebrew: כל ישראל חברים‎) is a Paris-based international Jewish organization founded in 1860 by the French statesman Adolphe Crémieux to safeguard the human rights of Jews around the world.

And then, two weeks ago, once I’d made the connection that the Rothschilds – and the vast majority of all those Jewish-German banking families were intimately connected to the Frankist movement that swept away European Jewry 200 years ago – I hit another kooshia that refused to be silenced.

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Frankist families – and the secret believers in the cult of Shabtai Tzvi, that preceded them – tend to only marry other ‘believers’ in their Frankist / Shabbatean faith.

That’s how they operate, that’s how it works, to keep everyone ‘on plan’ and to ensure that these families’ secrets won’t be spread to outsiders. We saw the same phenomenon with the Marranos in Spain and Portugal, with the Donmeh (pretend Muslim / Shabbatean sect in Turkey), and of course, we see it so very clearly with families like the Rothschilds.

This practice of marrying members of your own family is called ‘endogamy’, and at least where the Rothschilds are concerned, commentators state that they adopted this practice in order to keep all their vast wealth in family hands.

But when I started checking back in the Rothschild genealogy, I quickly noticed a strange thing:

There was a lot of ‘endogamy’ going on amongst these German-Jewish families even preceding Jacob Frank, and the Rothschilds coming into their tremendous wealth.

And then, there was the curious matter of Sir Moses Montefiore – a Sephardi Jew of Spanish and Portuguese descent.

How had he, a Sephardi Jew, come to marry into the Frankist Rothschild clan, even after their enormous fortune had already been well established?

The answer was shocking.

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I started digging around Sir Moses Montefiore’s family tree, and I discovered that his family were ‘New Christians’ – forced converts from Spain and Portugal – who only re-adopted their Jewish faith when they hit the relatively tolerant environment of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.

There was a very large Spanish and Portuguese community there, made up predominantly of former Marranos, and Amsterdam at that time was a hub of trade and commerce, and Jewish life.

There are conservative estimates that at least half of the Jewish community in Amsterdam had become earnest supporters of the false messiah Shabtai Tzvi, with many accounts of people selling their homes and businesses for a fraction of what they were worth, in readiness for the call to move to Eretz Yisrael.

Many of those people fell away from the cult of Shabtai Tzvi when he converted to Islam in 1666, and then died in 1676.

But many didn’t.

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One of the things I’ve been discovering more and more, is just how many of these ‘secret Shabbateanisms’ held leading positions in the Jewish world, both on the communal side, and on the rabbinic side (which were often intertwined, in any case).

So many of the ‘big rabbis’ of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries were actually secret believers in the cult of Shabtai Tzvi, long after he’d been unmasked as a fraud.

Shabtai Tzvi was ultimately a figurehead, a puppet, who fronted a movement that brought together a lot of people with a similarly twisted ideology, including people like Nathan of Gaza, a German Jew living in Jerusalem, who became his main ‘disciple’.

And that’s why this movement outlasted both his apostasy and death, and even strengthened and spread.

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As I mentioned in the earlier post on Jacob Frank HERE, there were 3 main groups of people who believed in Shabtai Tzvi:

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

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

Group 3: Hard-core Sabbateans, who are practising the occult, many of whom also sham convert to Islam and / or Catholicism, but whose real religion continues to be Sabbateanism. The infamous ‘Donmeh[1]’ of Turkey belong to this last group, as to the infamous ‘Prague Sabbatians’, headed up by Frank’s cousin, Moshe Dobruska, who are directly connected to the Illuminati.

Many of these Jews schism off and out of the Jewish community, at this point.

But not all of them, especially in Podalia and Frankfurt.

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Clearly, that last group of Shabbateans – people who had bought into the warped idea that the Moshiach would only appear when the world was ‘totally bad’, because it was impossible for the world to be ‘totally good’ – were an enormous problem for the Jewish world.

(For reference, this belief is referred to as being ‘antinomian’. That basically means that they turned every aspect of the Jewish faith on its head – eating on fast days, eating pork, committing adultery – in order to ‘make the world bad’ as quickly a possible.)

Part of their attempts to make the world ‘totally bad’ involved engaging in the worst types of promiscuity and adultery – all behind closed doors, of course.

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So, back to Moses Montefiore.

Montefiore’s family spent time in Ancona and Leghorn (Ligorno), before moving to London.

HERE, we learn that Nathan of Gaza spent some time in Leghorn before his death, and “made a number of converts” there.

One of the leading ‘disciples’ of the antinomian cult of Shabtai Tzvi, after his death, was a guy called Avraham Rovigo.

Rovigo was a ‘disciple’ of Rabbi Eliyahu Mujajon. You can see a handwritten note from Mujajon HERE, where we also discover that:

The most well-known of Nathan of Gaza’s disciples were Rabbi Shlomo Ayllon (the future Av Beit Din of Amsterdam) and Rabbi Eliyahu Mujajon and they were the ones who distributed the Sabbatean faith in Italy.

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Rovigo was given a very warm welcome in many Jewish communities with strong Shabbatean elements, including the Italian town of Leghorn – Livorno.

Montefiore himself was born in Leghorn on October 28, 1784, before moving to London (he died in Ramsgate, England in 1885).

He became prominent in the Spanish and Portuguese community there, and lucky Moses, quickly married into money and respectability – so much so, that even England’s queen counted him as a friend.

Doesn’t that strike you as odd?

[There are some glaring problems with Montefiore’s ‘official’ family tree, so I am going to save that part of the story for the next post. Trying to untwist his family tree led to me finding out something totally unexpected and mind-blowing. More on that in the next post, BH.)

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The Spanish and Portuguese synagogue in London is called Bevis Marks.

Back in the day, I used to sometimes eat lunch at the kosher restaurant housed on the premises, when I worked in the City.

Shlomo Ayllon was the Rabbi of Bevis Marks, before he left for Amsterdam under a cloud of Sabbateanism, in 1702.

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You have to dig very deep to even get a glimmer of the true story, as over the last 200 years, these people’s descendants – who are still lording it over us, even today – have been very careful to hide their traces.

So now, I’d collected more pieces of the puzzle, and I’d discovered that Moses Montefiore and his family hailed from places with very strong connections to the cult of Shabtai Tzvi. He’d also married into the Shabbatean / Frankist extended family network of the Rothschilds:

Moses married (1812) Judith, daughter of Levi Barent Cohen. Levi Barent Cohen was an Ashkenazi, and it was a sign of indifference, on the part of the Montefiores, to current prejudice that, although they belonged to the London Sephardim, they married German Jewesses.

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So now, I hit the next kooshia:

But, wasn’t this guy a strongly orthodox Jew, and a massive helper of his people?! Hadn’t he visited Israel seven times – the last time when he was in his nineties – just because he was so devoted to the welfare of his people?

That sent me down the next rabbit hole.

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Just up the road from me in Jerusalem, there is the famous windmill that Moses Montefiore built, together with a row of almshouses, to try to relieve the terrible overcrowding occurring within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

It was the first Jewish community outside the medieval Old City walls.

It was built with the stated aim of trying to get those ‘backwards’ religious Jews modernizing, working for a living instead of relying on the haluka payment, and becoming more emancipated and away from the control of their rabbis.

Are you starting to see the problem?

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Then, I learned that Montefiore wasn’t spending his own money when he was arranging for the building of all these ‘modern’ communities outside Jerusalem’s city walls.

He was spending the bequest of a Jew named Judah Touro, a business man from New Orleans, prominent member of the Spanish and Portuguese community there, who was also connected to both the Rothschilds and to the cult of Shabtai Tzvi.

How did Touro, based in the US, have such close connections to Montefiore, based in the UK, to make him the executor of his will?

Whenever I ask myself ‘strange’ questions like this, I end up tripping down some very unexpected rabbit holes. That just happened now, and I will try to share the mind-blowing information I just discovered in the next post.

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For now, let’s sum things up broadly like this:

  • Many of the marrano families originally from Spain and Portugal, continued with their double life long after they officially ‘returned’ to the fold of Judaism.
  • Because many of these families were merchants or financiers, engaged in trade, they moved around a lot, and often had different names (and religions, and connections) in the different locales they frequented.
  • They could be ‘Jews’ in one country, in one context – even religious Jews, even ‘chief rabbis’ of whole cities and countries (!) – and then in another place, be known as good christians, with a totally different name.
  • The cults of Shabtai Tzvi and Jacob Frank meshed with many of these marrano families, often seamlessly, as both were built around a core of ‘abolishing’ orthodox Jewry, tinged with very strong (but totally warped….) messianic ambitions.
  • These Jews were also the ‘connecting material’ between the deep kabbalah that was brought into the world by the Arizal (and expanded further when the Zohar was rediscovered, after being hidden for almost 1 ½ millenia), and the kabbalah-based black magic that came to form the basis of the Illuminati lodges, and global networks.
  • But the Jews in this story – bad as they really are – are still just puppets. There is another non-Jewish player in this game above them, and I am inching closer and closer to figuring out who those people really are.

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Let’s just get back to Moses Montefiore, to end.

First, this is what you need to know about the British Board of Deputies:

 The board was established to protect the interests of British Jews not only in the British Isles, but in the colonies. It was appealed to from Jamaica in 1761 and from the Balearic Isles in 1766. Meetings were held sporadically in 1778 and 1789.

In the latter year Moses I. Levi was elected as president, and in 1812 the German members of the board became regularly connected with it. The deputies watched over all the legislation relating to marriages, labor laws, and other matters which might affect Jews prejudicially, and aided considerably in the struggle for Jewish emancipation.

In 1835 Sir Moses Montefiore was elected president, and he remained in that office until his death.

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Most people don’t understand that the Board was created to protect the global assets of the wealthy Jews back in London.

So even in Victorian times, the Board of Deputies was frequently accused of doing nothing to help the Jews across the globe. Then, as now, the Jewish community didn’t realise that the Board was set up more as a propaganda exercise by London’s leading Jewish families – to make it look like they cared and to give them an ‘in’ within these Jewish communities – than to actually help them.

That sounds harsh, I know, but here’s an anecdote that I found, that kind of encapsulates what was really going on, with the Montefiore-Rothschild controlled Board of Deputies.

(Before I continue, you should also know that the infamous Alliance Israelite Universelle was founded and financed by the French branch of the Rothschilds, using Adolphe Cremieux, from above, as their cut-out frontman.)

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Here’s how scholar Mark Cohen explains how the ‘tzaddik’ Montefiore helped the poor, devout Jews of Monastir, whose Jewish quarter ‘mysteriously’ burned down in August 1863, after they refused to modernize their education system:

“After the fire, Monastir’s rabbinical leadership sought the help of London’s Sir Moses Montefiore, who encouraged British Jewry to make donations on behalf of Monastir’s 3,000 homeless Jews.

More than £2,000 was raised. But London did not allow the money to be used to rebuild the traditional Talmud Torah school. It was a revealing if not surprising decision. By the mid-nineteenth century, the Jews of France and England were keen to overhaul the education of the Sephardic Jews in order to prepare them for life as citizens in a rapidly Westernising Ottoman society.

The Talmud Torah schools, which focused exclusively on Hebrew and Talmud, were seen as hindering that goal. In Monastir, British Jewry’s refusal to aid the Talmud Torah helped tip the balance of power away from traditionalist rabbis toward a small group of educational reformers.

Within a year, these reformers founded one of the first committees in the Ottoman Empire to support the kind of schools favoured by Western Jews—those of the Alliance Israélite Universelle.”

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‘London’ was being controlled by Montefiore, as the head of the Board of Deputies, and as the frontman for the Frankist network who were outwardly still ‘Jewish’, and leading the rest of the community.

It’s a post for another time, but it’s truly amazing how many times ‘recalcitrant’ Jewish communities, who stubbornly refused to ‘modernise’ and dump their orthodox Rabbis and Torah-true education and lifestyle subsequently suffered a massive fire, which totally destroyed their communities.

And who was waiting in the wings to swoop in and rebuild these communities in a ‘reformed’ mode?

I think you’re starting to figure out the answer to that question all by yourselves….

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King Shlomo told us that there is nothing new under the sun.

As it was then, 150 years ago, and 350 years ago, and 2000 years ago, and 3,300 years ago, so it still is today.

Those same families and their representatives are still striving mightily to institute that same agenda today, to destroy orthodox Judaism, and replace it with a reformed, messianic cult that’s rooted totally in money, tumah and black magic kabbalah.

And so many of our modern day philanthropists, and modern day ‘leaders’ – both in the orthodox world and elsewhere, both in the rabbinate and elsewhere, both in Israel and elsewhere – are part and parcel of this network of hypocritical ‘pretend Jews’, pulling people away from Torah and God.

In the next post, we’ll really pull back the curtain, and set out what’s really going on here.

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