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.

In a few hours time, I’m probably going to have someone with a broken leg come and stay on my couch for a week.

He’s someone that we met around a year ago, when my kids started making friends with a whole new crowd of kids that can be succinctly called ‘chareidi-world dropouts’.

When we first met these kids, they were kinda scary, if I’m honest. Angry young men smoking two packs a day and trying very hard to evince a ‘cool’ persona, as part of the defense mechanism they evolved to try to deal with a harsh world.

But over time, the defenses started to melt, and underneath I realized that these kids have some of the biggest hearts, and biggest souls, in the world.

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The main reason they ‘dropped out’ of chareidi society is because at home or at yeshiva (and often both…) they were subject to some really bad bullying and emotional manipulation.

I wrote a little about that HERE, but I want to return to this subject today, because chareidi or not, it’s relevant to all of us right now, and very relevant to the question of what it’s going to take to get out of the ‘Covid 1984 cult’, as a people.

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If you’ve been with me for long, then you already know that as well as writing this blog, for a few years I was regularly writing and researching the links between mental, physical and spiritual health, too.

I learned a whole bunch of what you’d call ‘alternative therapies’; I bottomed out what was ‘kosher’ and what wasn’t – which you can basically sum up as anything that there is a scientific explanation for, however ‘woo-woo’ it may seem initially, is kosher.

And then, I went and wrote a few books to sum up this new-found knowledge, including Talk to God and Fix Your Health, and more recently, People Smarts.

All this is directly connected to questions of ‘who is Erev Rav’, and questions of why people act the way they do, because what I discovered during the course of all this learning and research is that

Traumatic experiences dramatically affect a person’s personality.

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So, if a kid has to leave home and live on the street, or the beach, for a couple of years, because it’s just too hard to be at home, the trauma of this whole experience can radically warp their personality, and leave them permanently in ‘stressed’ mode.

And when people are in ‘stressed’ mode, they act angry and aggressive. Or they panic and become commitment-phobic (or more socially ‘acceptable’, they become workaholics and busy-a-holics). Or, they sink into the ‘freeze’, zombified state that is most commonly referred to as ‘depression’.

Or, they become superficial robots, scared to be different, scared to provoke a reaction from the bullies that have been controlling and manipulating them since they were born, and lose touch with their real emotions and neshama.

All these things happen, when we’ve had to deal with a lot of trauma that wasn’t processed properly.

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Now, let’s circle back around, and see how all this fits together with the guy on my couch, and Covid 1984, and Rabbi Berland and his community being ‘excommunicated’, and the Bnei Brak lockdown, and the Erev Rav.

The guy on my couch is super-sweet.

When we came back to Israel and had to go into two weeks of isolation, this was the person that made sure we had milk in the fridge and some food to eat in the cupboards, before I managed to figure out online supermarket shopping.

He came every day and checked in on our rabbit – for nearly 4 weeks!

He watered our garden.

The guy on my couch also has what you’d call a ‘mild mohican’ haircut, and (used to….) drive a motorbike very fast.

If you met him on the street, you’d probably be a little intimidated, especially a year ago when he was still very ‘macho’.

Because of all the trauma he experienced in the chareidi world, he finds it very hard to do things like keep Shabbat, or stay in a house for any length of time. Before Covid 1984, he and his friends used to spend a lot of time living by rivers up North, and just spending weeks camping out by the Kinneret.

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Two weeks ago, he had an awful accident on his bike, where he was really lucky to come out of it alive. He broke his leg in 9 places, now has platinum pins holding his bones together, and is in a tremendous amount of pain.

Last week, he also kept Shabbat for the first time in a very long time.

It’s been a very harsh wake-up call, but I can see the underlying kindness in it, because this guy was so ‘scared’ of being trapped in a house, in a home, that he’s been pushing off getting married, and pushing off settling down, for a few years.

And God wants that to change.

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Last year, he started getting his act together, and he went back to school to complete his matriculation – that happened just before Rosh Hashana. The plan was for him to start studying to be a mechanic, but thanks to Covid 1984, it’s been a little stuffed-up. But in the meantime, he’s in a program that arranged for him to room-mate in Jerusalem, with a few other ‘chareidi drop-outs’ like him.

One of the guys in his apartment is an aggressive, manipulative bully.

Long story short, spending time stuck in that apartment is doing my little Mohican buddy a LOT of harm, spiritually, emotionally and physically. And that is why BH, I’ve invited him to come and spend a week on my couch, so he can start to really heal from everything he’s gone through.

Now, what does this have to do with Covid 1984, Bnei Brak and the Erev Rav?

Let’s try to set it out clearly.

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A few years ago, I wrote a book called Unlocking the Secret of the Erev Rav, where I pointed out, with lots and lots of sources, how it’s totally unhelpful to try to categorise ‘Erev Rav’ as being a specific group of people.

I wrote that book because I was getting sick and tired of all these people online claiming that only Israeli politicians, only left-wingers, only Democrats, only secular people could be Erev Rav.

That’s patently untrue.

‘Erev Rav’ refers to a collection of very negative character traits that include cruelty, immorality, bullying, stirring up trouble, shocking, two-faced hypocrisy, holier-than-thou-itis, greed for money and power, controlling other people, and a few other things besides.

All of us have at some of these traits, at least some of the time, in varying proportions.

The more we work to overcome these negative character traits, the less ‘Erev Rav’ we will be.

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Yesterday, I posted up a link to a message from the daughter of the kabbalist Rabbi Chaim Dovid Stern, where she made it clear that the MAIN consideration of who is going to be around to greet Moshiach is not Torah learning, or length of beard, or yichus (more on this in a moment…) – but the way we treat our fellow Jew.

Or to put it another way, how careful we are about not hurting other people, and trying to do kindnesses for them.

On that score, my Motorbike Mohican buddy – and many of his friends – are light years ahead of the frum parents, rabbis and teachers who treated them so badly in the chareidi world.

Or to put it another way, Bnei Brak, Modiin Illit, Beitar Illit – and all those other chareidi cities that are currently being discriminated against in the most awful ways by this anti-semitic government need to make a lot of teshuva in the area of the mitzvoth bein adam l’havero.

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(Shuli Rand, below, is summing up what I’m talking about, in a different way:)

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If those communities had been ‘solid’ on these mitzvahs – and particularly the different Breslov factions of those communities – they would never have bought into all the slander and lies being told about Rav Berland and his community.

And the Rav being ‘excommunicated’ by a Beit Din in Bnei Brak is the main reason that the city of Bnei Brak is being singled out for the harshest punishment now, as part of the Covid 1984 eugenics agenda.

But of course, that excommunication was just a sign, a symptom, of the much deeper malaise that has been infecting the frum world for years and years.

Even centuries.

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Here’s where we get into ‘crazy’ territory.

The last few weeks, I’ve been absorbed in some deep level research about the real roots of the so-called ‘Illuminati’, and how that links up with the Frankists, and with the Rothschilds / Jewish bankers, and with the State of Israel, and also, sadly, with the chareidi community.

I’m still putting the pieces together, and it’s been an extremely challenging project, but one thing I can already tell you:

A lot of secret believers in the cult created by Shabtai Tzvi – both in the Sephardic and the Ashkenazic world – have been part of the externally frum religious community for approaching four centuries.

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These people have a few different hallmarks.

  • They are obsessed with yichus (especially, with being related to King David).
  • They practice endogamy – i.e., they are careful to only marry within their own extended families, because they only want to marry other ‘believers’ in the cult of Shabtai Tzvi.
  • They cause controversy and arguments wherever they go.
  • They are arch hypocrites – pretending be the strictest of strict on the outside, in order to hide their secret Shabbatean connections and beliefs.
  • They are frequently engaged in – and covering up for – extremely immoral acts, behind closed doors.
  • Their teachings actually pull people away from God, and a genuine soul connection to Judaism.
  • They rule their communities with bullying tactics and intimidation, encouraging a ‘cultish’ atmosphere where no-one can challenge authority or ask questions.
  • They are into cronyism big time. People don’t hold important positions because they are worthy of those positions. They hold positions because of who they know or who they are related to.
  • They are obsessed with money, owning property and materialism.
  • They have some very solid ‘links’ to elements in the secular and non-Jewish world, frequently co-operating in ways that seem hugely surprising to outside observers, and are often ‘praised’ by the secular and non-Jewish world and held up as being ‘model examples’ of how frum people, frum rabbis should be.

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I could go on, but we’ll stop there for now.

I know this is highly controversial information, so I’m trying to share it as gently as I can.

But the point is this:

While there is so much good within the chareidi world, and so many people who are tzaddikim, and truly salt of the earth, good Jews, so many of the leaders and educators in that world – same as in the secular world – are people with very bad middot, who have created a society where a lot of unhealthy attitudes have flourished.

Like, keeping appearances. Like, putting yichus ahead of personal qualities. Like, controlling people, and trying to force conformity with manipulation and threats, instead of open discussions and appreciation of other people’s individuality and free choice. Like, doing things for personal gain and selfish agendas, ahead of what’s really best for the wider community.

This is exactly what the secular government is now trying to do to us with all this COVID-1984 manipulation, lies and propaganda.

It’s all midda kneged midda.

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So, let’s sum this up.

When we write that the frum community has to make teshuva for how they treated Rav Berland and the Shuvu Banim community, clearly we’re talking about the unhealthy, anti-Torah, anti-emuna attitudes that have taken hold there that enabled all the ‘anti-Rav’ sentiment to flourish.

The guy on my couch couldn’t stay in his community because he couldn’t stand the hypocrisy, the superficiality, the keeping up appearances, and the bullying behavior and insensitivity to the deeper levels of the human soul that he experienced there.

These attitudes and behaviors have penetrated deep into the frum world, because for the last 400 years, so many of the rabbis and communal figures in the Jewish world have been secret believers in the cult of Shabtai Tzvi, which has very strong links to the world of Jewish finance – and by extension, the Illuminati.

This cult has infected both the Sephardi and Ashkenazi worlds; it’s spread its tentacles into every area of Jewish life, both orthodox and ‘progressive’; it’s present in the State of Israel, but equally present at all levels of communal life in Jewish communities in the Diaspora; it includes the most virulently secular AND the most virulently ‘religious’ (externally);

And it’s characterized by immorality, finger-pointing hypocrisy, greed, power-seeking and a disregard of other people’s feelings, basic human rights and sensitivities.

That’s what we’re up against.

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Covid 1984 is just coming to clean house.

No-one can think it’s ‘OK’ to force other people to stay locked-down, or masked-up, or to ‘force’ vaccinations on other people unless they have already been ‘brainwashed’, in some way, by an unhealthy society.

That’s why we’re seeing these ‘brainwashed’ individuals – who are often outspoken bullies – on all sides of the equation.

But it’s time to stand up for ourselves, and for God, and for the holy, Divine-given free choice that each of us has, and which defines us as human beings and Jews, and to draw the line in the sand.

And the starting point is to begin working on our own bad middot, and to stop buying the line that ‘our community’ doesn’t have any problems, and that ‘Erev Rav’ can only ever be the other guy, the other family, the other side of the argument.

Because that’s just not true.

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Does all this ‘taking the knee‘ stuff sound familiar to you?

Cos it sure as heck sounds familiar to me.

In biblical times, whenever the nation of Israel was going to go out to war, there would be a selection process whereby those that had ‘knelt to the Baal’ were disqualified for service.

On a similar note, doesn’t all these statues – pessalim, idols – being smashed up, defaced and toppled all over the place remind you of something else?

Like, what happened in ancient Egypt during the 10 plagues, when the nation’s idols were destroyed one after another – except for the Baal Tzafon, that was left standing right until the end?

We appear to be in the middle of a modern day 10 plagues.

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Over the last week or so, there have been a series of 6.0+ earthquakes fanning out across the globe.

Dutchsinse got taken off the internet, because the powers that be didn’t want him educating the population about how geomagnatic phenomena and seismicity really works, so I can’t give you any ‘predictions’ for a big one, at least not from him.

But, I guess I don’t have to, because Rabbi Pinto told us many weeks ago that a big earthquake is coming soon:

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The kabbalists have told us that we are now in the middle of the 9 months of the ‘foreign rule’ that precedes Moshiach’s coming.

It’s all happening, folks.

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One last thought for today, then I have to get on with finishing another book project for the Rav, BH.

There’s a big discussion going on about aliya right now, given the mounting violence etc we are witnessing worldwide, and the fact that orthodox Jews are now being stabbed in the head in London, etc.

I live in Israel. I’ve struggled to live in Israel, financially, and socially, and in many other ways, too.

But I still know that living in Israel is 100% a gift from Hashem, and that when people are ‘stopped’ from making aliya, it’s because they are the subject of large spiritual judgments, above.

I’m not here because I have more emuna, more foresight, more bravery, more wisdom than anyone else.

I’m here because God decided to give me and my family a gift 16 years ago, and to push us out of the UK and into the Holyland.

For me to think that I somehow got here under my own steam, or because of my own spiritual merit is totally laughable. I was really not such a nice person when we made aliyah, and my emuna was practically non-existent. We got here because God basically scared the pants off me via a series of nightmares, and then helped me to buy a much bigger house here, than I could have afforded in the UK at that time.

There was a very big carrot, and a very big stick.

What there wasn’t, was a person with great middot or a burning desire to move to Israel for spiritual reasons.

I can’t claim any credit for moving here, it was all God’s doing.

I guess what I’m really trying to say is that if God could get me to Israel, then He can certainly do that for everyone else, too.

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All this upheaval is a present, to clear away the judgments that have been preventing Jews from coming to Israel.

The single best way to help people to make aliya – including ourselves! – is to:

  1. Pray
  2. Make some sincere teshuva
  3. Connect to the true tzaddikim, and their Torah and advice, including Rebbe Nachman and Rav Berland.

No-one got out of Egypt without Moshe Rabbenu.

No-one.

And no-one got into Eretz Israel if they were still bad-mouthing other Jews, speaking badly of them, and going against the Tzaddik HaDor.

I’ve written about this subject elsewhere, below, I’ll attach a few posts on the subject.

But let me end with this snippet from Rabbenu, which goes to the heart of the question of whether moving to Israel and living here is really enough, to be ‘saved’ from the chevlei Moshiach all by itself:

The motive for making the journey to Eretz Yisrael should be purely spiritual: to draw closer to God. A person who goes there with this as his aim will certainly benefit….On the other hand, if a person’s motive has nothing to do with devotion to God and cleansing himself of his evil, then what help will Israel be to him? The land will vomit him out…

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I am sure that there will still be an opportunity for people to move here, even though most of us still haven’t woken up to the unpleasant fact that the State of Israel has closed its borders to Jews abroad – and from what I can see, this seems to be part of a deliberate strategy to stop people making aliya.

Otherwise, why not just test anyone who flies here for Corona first, why not just put them up in the empty hotels and Air BnBs for 2 weeks of quarantine?

As that Cypriot billionaire showed us all last week, where this is a will to get people into Israel, there was always a way, even at the height of the lockdown here.

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The Rav said many months ago that people will come on boats – and I don’t think he was referring to private yachts.

He’s talking about luxury liners that can hold thousands of people. At some point, the penny will drop, and Jews abroad will realise that every word the Rav says should be explored in total seriousness.

But even if that’s not the case, and people don’t make it here – God has a plan for them.

As long as someone is working on coming closer to God, and working on their emuna that whatever God does, it’s for the best, ultimately they will end up in a good place. That doesn’t necessarily mean getting to Israel, or even coming through the whole process alive.

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There are no guarantees for anyone, wherever they happen to live, except this:

If we accept God’s will for us with emuna, then whatever happens down here, live or die, aliya or not, our souls will end up in a very, very good place.

And that’s really the whole point, hard as that can be for us to swallow.

We all remember the stories of the chassidim in World War II who danced into the gas chambers, because they knew that their souls were going straight to the highest places in shemayim.

And we all remember those reshaim in Israel, all those Labour Zionists, and others, who survived the war and even held prestigious jobs running the country for decades.

Where did their souls end up?

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So, take courage dear reader. Wherever you live, you can continue to do God’s will sincerely, and if you get the chance to move here – take it! And if you don’t, your emuna is what is really going to count, at the end of the day.

Rav Berland has explained more than once that we all have to die before techiat hametim can occur, even if just for a second.

So trust God, remember that the SOUL is what really matters, not the body, and get as close as you can to Rav Berland and Rebbe Nachman’s Torah.

Because no-one got out of Egypt and into the Holy Land unless they were following Moshe Rabbenu and listening to the Tzaddik HaDor

Even if they already happened to live in Israel.

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UPDATE:

I just noticed something interesting:

Black Lives Matter = BLM.

BiLaaM.

There is nothing new under the sun.

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Well, it looks like things are already moving.

This morning the bhol haredi and rotter ‘news’ sites carried a story that the former head of the Tel Aviv –Yaffo Beit Din, Rabbi Nissim Ben Shimon, had published a strong letter decrying the contravention of Torah law that occurred in the recent psak din handed down against Rabbi Berland, in Bnei Brak.

Before I translate the story, let’s back up and give some more background.

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The cholkim, that small group of unfortunate people within Meah Shearim Breslov who have been part of the ‘anti Rav Berland’ movement for three decades, already, were the ones who instigated the Beit Din.

They are experts at playing on people’s innate prejudices and arrogance, and have a lot of unholy siyatta dishmeya in presenting people with exactly what they want to hear.

Hey, media people, you want to believe that all chareidim are abusers?! Here’s a great story for ya….

Hey, dati leumi people, you want to believe that all chareidi rabbis are corrupt and out of touch with reality? Here’s a great story for ya….

Hey, Litvak people, you want to believe that all chassidim belong to cults, with Rebbes who act like a modern-day Shabtai Tzvi?! Here’s a great story for ya….

And so on, and so forth.

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So, more than 18 months ago, the Rav’s persecutors went to a Beit Din in Bnei Brak with pronounced ‘anti Breslov’ tendencies, and told them exactly what they wanted to hear.

There was only one problem:

The Beit Din was not conducted according to the halacha, on a number of counts, the most notable of which include:

  • There was only the testimony of ONE witness to go on, the same false witness that also told the Israeli police exactly what they wanted to hear.
  • Rav Berland himself was never called upon to testify.
  • The verdict was delivered when the Rav was in prison, and couldn’t appear before the Beit Din.

There are more discrepancies too – I have a 3 page document from a first-hand witness that attended the proceedings in person, that lists them all, which I haven’t got around to translating yet – but these three alone should underline that whatever actually happened, that Beit Din in Bnei Brak was apparently not operating in accordance with basic halacha.

How shocking.

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So then, the cholkim being the cholkim, they weren’t content with just perverting justice by one senior Beit Din, and then coercing two other senior Beit Dins to sign on to that pervasion of justice. They wanted even more dayanim and senior rabbanim to sign on to the psak din that they created out of whole cloth.

And that’s where they came unstuck.

Because some of those other dayanim and rabbanim actually decided to do their homework, and to ask for details of the judgement first-hand, from the people who were meant to have made it, before appending their signatures.

And that’s where the wheels have started to come off the bus, big time.

Because the more these sincere rabbanim started probing the judgment against Rav Berland, and asking for the information and facts it was based upon, the more it became clear that the initial Beit Din had not been operating according to even basic halacha.

How shocking!

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Some of these rabbanim and dayanim felt so upset by what had occurred, they asked the original Beit Din to retract their ruling against Rabbi Berland, or at least to put out a letter clarifying how their Beit Din arrived at their conclusions – or else, they would put out their own letter, to inform the public of what had happened.

What can we say?

When people’s pride are on the table, and when their status is at stake, it can be very hard to back down from the tree, or to maneuver out of the corner you painted yourself into.

Admitting we made a mistake is one of the hardest things in the world, regardless of who we are.

And when we’re considered to be someone with status and influence, who is meant to be upholding Torah law for literally hundreds and thousands of communities across the world…. Well. Things get kinda complicated, really fast.

So, with that introduction out the way, here’s a free translation of what appeared on the bhol haredi website today, which you can read for yourselves in the original Hebrew HERE.

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Over the last two weeks, the psak din written about the matter concerning the leader of the Shuvu Banim community, Rabbi Eliezer Berland, has been publicized. It was put out by a special Beit Din established on behalf of the central batei din undersigned by gedolei hadayanim in Israel.

It told the community to distance themselves and to guard themselves from him [i.e. Rav Berland]. This was after a year and a half of examining witnesses and complainants….

[Rivka note: As there was only one ‘witness’, it truly boggles the mind what they were actually doing for a year and a half. Let’s continue.]

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Now, one of the previous Ravads (Rosh Av Beit Din) of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, and Ravad of the Badatz ‘Netzer Aharon’, haGaon Rabbi Nissim ben Shimon, has written a letter raising a number of questions about the published ruling.

In that letter…the dayan and gaon Rabbi Nissim ben Shimon writes that one of the askanim (people involved with the case – i.e. one of the Rav’s persecutors) turned to him, to ask him to add his signature to the psak din, and because of this, [Rav ben Shimon] decided to delve into the details of the ruling, to clarify and check the truth of the matter.

He said that it’s not his way to add his signature to a psak din that he hadn’t clarified himself.

Rav ben Shimon recounts that he turned to two of the dayanim who signed on the psak din, and asked to hear from them on what grounds they’d decided to put out the psak din, and they avoided telling him anything at all about the testimony and the proceedings that occurred at the Beit Din.

One of these two dayanim referred him to the third dayan, the gaon Rabbi Sriel Rosenberg, and in conversation with him, told him [i.e. Rabbi ben Shimon] that the psak was written on the back of “testimony from the mouth of one man, who testified what he testified.”

[Rivka note: this is the same, infamous, false witness that proved so useful to the Israeli police, too.]

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In response to this, Rabbi ben Shimon told him that he couldn’t add his signature to this psak, that recounts that it was based on testimonies [i.e. in the plural, not just the say-so of one man. Apart from anything else, Jewish law requires there to be at least two witnesses.]

In response to this, the gaon Rabbi Sriel Rosenberg replied that: “I didn’t ask you to sign it.”

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[Skipping a couple of pars, where it talks about the other rabbis who signed on to this psak din. You can go and read it yourself, if you want. The story then continues by describing how Rabbi Shimon Badani also originally appended his signature to the psak din – but then changed his mind, after hearing from Rabbi ben Shimon, what had really happened.]

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After the clarification done by the gaon Rabbi Nissim ben Shimon, [Rabbi Badani] added his signature to his [i.e. Rabbi ben Shimon’s] letter. And then added in his own handwriting:

“I see the letter of the famous gaon and rabbi, and I’m flabbergasted. And according to this, I signed on the psak din, [against Rav Berland] which really pained me, and now I take back what I wrote. It’s fitting [for me] to worry about the yeshiva and the kollel, that it shouldn’t collapse, chas v’shalom.

[Rivka note: I think Rav Badani is saying that the shock of discovering that the proceedings that occurred in the Beit Din in Bnei Brak against Rabbi Berland weren’t done according to even basic halacha could be profoundly disturbing to many people in the Torah world – as indeed, it should be.]

The implications of this are enormous.

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Here ends my free translation, although the story continues to describe how Rav Badani then showed up in Jerusalem a couple of days ago, together with Rabbi Yehuda Sheinfeld, to pay a visit to the Shuvu Banim community in Jerusalem, to strengthen them, and to explain why Rabbi Berland is being persecuted.

You can hear what he had to say in the video below (in Hebrew).

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We’ll leave it there for now.

But things are certainly starting to move again.

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

Ah, dear readers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m pretty sure most people can relate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was 36 degrees yesterday in Jerusalem.

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

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

How long can this charade continue?

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

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

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

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

When I hear things like that, it scares me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sigh.

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But there is hope.

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

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

And not just because they are having so many children.

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

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

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

Our soul is untameable and unstoppable.

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

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

And they know it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May Hashem save us from history repeating itself.

And may Rav Berland get out of prison very soon.

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UPDATE:

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

Don’t go into denial!

This is really serious.

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

(It’s shmirat eynayim friendly).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only the True Tzaddik can erase the accusations

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

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

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

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

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People, hold on to the Tzaddik!

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

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UPDATE #2:

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

You can get my post on part one HERE.

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Dying is inevitable.

Our atheist society doesn’t like that idea, because it really underlines the utter pointlessness of a life devoted to the whims of a body that is ultimately just going to crumble to dust.

When there is no soul in the picture, no God, no real spiritual purpose in life, then life just becomes a game of keeping the body together, for as long as you can, whatever it takes.

Even if it means in the meantime that all your quality of life, all of the things that make life joyful, and meaningful and basically live-able, go straight down the toilet.

Who wants to live in a world where you can’t take a breath of fresh air without a mask?

Or a walk in a forest?

Or a visit to a holy site?

Who wants to live in a world where you can’t hang out with a friend, or go visit a parent, or share your holy days and happy occasions with other human beings?

All this cack about not hugging and not touching and not kissing other people is precisely that: cack.

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Life is inherently risky. There is absolutely nothing you can do to reduce the risk down to ‘zero’, and the only way to really deal with all the anxiety and worry and stress is to take it back to God, and accept that whatever God decides, that’s what is going to happen.

Many years ago, before I started working more on my emuna, I had massive fears and anxieties about getting ill, or dying in freak accidents. The anxiety was so big, I nearly cracked under the pressure. Really.

What finally got me out of the problem was when I told God:

Hashem, whatever You decree, I accept! I can’t fight you anymore, and trying to retain ‘control’ is just totally exhausting me and driving me mad.

And then, the clouds parted, and I started to enjoy living life again.

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Rebbe Nachman dealt with this issue over 200 years ago, on many different occasions. This comes from ‘Tzaddik’, page 375, #445:

“There were many cases of people who came to the Rebbe with serious illnesses and he saw there was no chance that they would survive. He would talk to them in a way which went directly to their hearts, saying:

‘What is there for you to be afraid of about dying? The world there is far more beautiful than here.’

When a person has emuna in Hashem, and knows that this world is only a temporary corridor, that is the only thing that can really take the fear and anxiety about dying and falling sick away.

What does that tell us, when we saw the utter hysteria that’s engulfed so many parts of the so-called ‘frum’ Jewish world about Coronavirus?

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The kabbalist Rav Yehuda Sheinfeld recently put out a very interesting interview, which you can read in its entirety HERE.

The basic idea is that all the ‘informers’ that are springing up within the ranks of the Jewish people are the ones that are being weeded out, ahead of Moshiach coming, because the halacha is that we don’t wait for ‘informers’ to make teshuva.

Rav Sheinfeld was discussing specifically the people who have framed Rabbi Berland, but it seems to me his words apply equally to all those people who are encouraging others to rat on their neighbors to the secular authorities for holding an ‘illegal’ minyan; or to rat on people for daring to visit their family members; or who think it’s a great ‘mitzvah’ to ‘shame’ people in their local Whats App group for not wearing masks in the street 24/7.

Those informers are not going to be part of the kehilla waiting to greet Moshiach (unless they do some serious teshuva)….

COVID-19 is doing a very profound birur, and it’s very interesting to watch it play out across the world.

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One of my brothers-in-law is a MD who specialises in geriatrics. He lives in the US, and refuses to wear a mask in public because he knows it’s 1000% BS, that wearing masks has anything to do with decreasing the risk of infection from COVID, or saving lives.

Do you know how many people have yelled at him on the streets?

Why do these people think they know better than a medical doctor, who treats geriatrics for a living?

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Let’s end with this, which is pure genius, and makes the point about life being inherently risky in a different way.

It has a clip of Senator Elizabeth Warren at the beginning, so it’s not shmirat eynayim friendly – but listen to the lyrics. The guy is brilliant. But please don’t laugh at the very important message he is trying to put across, unless of course, you want people to die.

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POSTSCRIPT:

Amazon finally relented, and stuck up the Kindle version of Questions for God, the second volume of the Secret Diary of a Jewish Housewife, on their site. You can get it HERE.

And pretty much the same day that happened, I found out that the online magazine I founded and then handed over to different management last year, Sassonmag.com, decided to censor my posts and then delete all my writing.

Swings and roundabouts….

And the birur continues apace.

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Apparently, the gates of Eretz Yisrael are now shut to Jews.

That’s what I’ve been hearing from many of my contacts abroad, that unless you have prior Israeli citizenship, you can no longer move to Israel because of ‘COVID’ (sarcasm is included in the quote marks).

The last few weeks, I’ve had a bunch of conversations with people all over the world, who are trying to get back to Israel, but now can’t. Some of them own property here, some of them were in the process of making aliyah formally and were literally at the last step and had tickets bought – but they still aren’t being allowed in.

Yesterday, I had this email land in my inbox from someone in the States who wants to get to Israel ASAP, and has been told they can’t, unless they are a citizen:

Rivka, I spoke to Jewish Agency and been informed Aliyah would take too long.

The dangers may be imminent, all this information im hearing about FEMA camps that can actually be concentration camps and martial law worries me and Poskim over there like Rav Berland and Rav Yoel Shwartz of Dvar Yerushalayim has said to return to Israel asap. I definitely want to leave at most in a few weeks. A bunch of companies especially Elal are restarting 2nd week of May.

Can you inquire from any of your sources if non Israeli Citizens / just US citizens have been able to fly to Israel and get in, which defers from what they say online about not being able to unless Aliyah has been completed. Ive read that they might be more lenient than they say.

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I was pondering all this in hitbodedut this morning, and God reminded me about these MTV ‘commercials’ from back in 2011 (warning: they are not shmirat eynayim suitable).

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They were taken down very quickly, and scrubbed off the net.

But some people saved them at the time, and are now re-uploading them (we’ll see how long this video stays up on Youtube, more evidence of the ongoing censorship in action). That’s also why the quality is grainy – they aren’t the originals. They got ‘removed’ a long time ago.

When I first saw them 9 years ago, I thought they were bizarre – but a warning from Heaven.

Today, they are making me pretty nervous.

So, WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT ALL THIS?

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Here’s what I think.

We need to put our own brains aside, and follow the advice of the Tzaddik HaDor, Rabbi Eliezer Berland.

Last week, he put out a statement saying that millions of Jews will come to Eretz Yisrael on ships.

Just like the authorities shut down the escape route to Eretz Yisrael (in connivance with the people who then went on to become the ‘official’ government in the State of Israel….) before World War II, so history appears to be repeating itself.

The planes are down, the gates are apparently shut, for now.

But I am sure that God is not going to leave it like this.

I’m sure that anyone who really wants to get here still can. Just it’s going to take a lot of prayer and mesirut nefesh.

And probably, hiring a boat.

Dumb as this sounds, if you really want to get to Israel and they aren’t opening up the flights soon, and they aren’t letting ‘non-citizens’ come, club together, hire a boat, and sail to the Holy Land.

The boat ride will act as official ‘quarantine’ in the meantime, and then the Israeli Authorities will face a public relations disaster of enormous proportions mamash, if a boat full of Jews who want to make aliya shows up at an Israeli port, and the State of Israel tries to turn it away.

Only nazis would do something like that…..

And our wonderful government, with the holy Bibi at its head, would never do something that evil…

Especially not when the public is watching, and the civil unrest in the country is already starting to build.

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So yalla!

Start organizing the next ‘Exodus’ ASAP.

Things are going back to fake ‘normal’ for a few more weeks, a few more months, so that anyone who just woke up and now wants to make aliyah can still do it – just with a lot of effort.

BH, they will re-open the flights, and re-open the ability to get here as a non-citizen in an easier way soon too, but don’t rely on that. If the Tzaddik HaDor is talking about coming on ships, that’s probably good advice to at least start exploring from a practical perspective.

Because just like those MTV commercials, I’m starting to get holocaust deja vu.

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PS: I just want to add, as an afterthought, even though part of me is so sick of repeating the same thing and being almost totally ignored, that if more of us would throw our weight behind Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the Tzaddik HaDor and hezkat Moshiach of our generation, that all these negative scenarios would disappear like a puff of smoke.

But so many of the Jews out there seem to be playing some kind of weird game of ‘chicken’ with God, seeing who is going to blink first.

It seems to me that so many people are so invested in their egos, and their public appearance, and have such an overwhelming need to be ‘right’, that they literally can’t climb down from whatever ‘anti-Rav Berland’ tree they backed themselves up into, by believing all the lying media reports of recent years, even if it’s going to prevent another holocaust.

28 people downloaded Rabbi Berland’s Prayers #2, and just one holy soul – may God bless them! – actually bought the paperback version, so the book was officially ‘printed’ in the world.

Modest as that sounds, I know that sweetened things tremendously, at least here in Israel, because yesterday – the last day of the free download – nearly all the businesses in Israel reopened, albeit with the dumb masks and police state still clearly lurking.

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Getting behind the Rav sweetens all this, and brings geula the much easier, nicer way, without FEMA camps, COVID-19 or martial law.

BH, I really hope more people will be able to swallow their pride, and admit they made a mistake. About slandering the Rav, about mocking the rabbis who were calling for people to make aliya for over a decade, about thinking they know better than our holy leaders….

If we make teshuva, everything can and will turn around in the blink of an eye.

The choice is ours.

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This isn’t going to stop, anytime soon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Something else is.

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

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

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

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

And this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the authorities know it too.

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

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

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

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

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

Sigh.

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

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

They’re making the Police State very happy.

It’s pure genius.

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

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

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It basically breaks down like this:

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

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

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

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

Especially as the fascist tendencies are really starting to show.

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

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

Ah, our heroes.

[sarcasm off]

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

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

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

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

My heart sank.

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

It took him a while.

Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

My husband told him:

I’m just scared of the police.

Like we all are these days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FOOTNOTES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For sure, we all need rescuing, and ASAP.

But not from COVID-19.

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

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

Moshiach.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

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

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

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

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

Midda k’neged midda.

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

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

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

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

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

Out of all proportion, in fact.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Something massive has changed.

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

But let’s be clear about something:

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

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

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

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

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

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The world of lies is crumbling.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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If you dig into the statistics on COVID-19, they tell a very different story about which cities in Israel, if any, should be ‘locked down’.

If you’re new to this blog, let me first tell you a little bit about myself, so you know what my credentials are as a journalist, and then you can decide how seriously you want to take the following research.

I’ve been a journalist for 25 years, and I used to work for a lot of the quality papers in the UK. Plus, for many years I was writing speeches and ghostwriting articles for half the cabinet of Her Majesty’s British Government.

In short, I know how to read policy documents, and perhaps even more crucially, how to tease out the information that is often so carefully being hidden from view, or deliberately fudged.

With that introduction, let’s get into today’s post, which I’d like to ask you to send around to as many people as you can, once you’ve read it, and if you agree with the conclusions being drawn.

First, I got the following information on the ‘Top 10 Israeli cities with the most coronavirus cases’ from the Mystical Paths blog HERE.

Here’s how they presented the information:

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Top 10 Israeli cities with most coronavirus cases:

Jerusalem: 1,302 cases, population: 914,559

Bnei Brak: 1,214 cases, population: 195,298

Tel Aviv – Yafo: 359 cases, population: 450,192

Ashkelon: 191 cases, population: 139,032

Petah Tikva: 159 cases, population: 242,47

Rishon Letzion: 139 cases , population: 241,010

Bet Shemesh: 137 cases, population 120,812

Netanya: 137 cases, population: 213,971

Elad: 133 cases, population: 46,760

Ashdod: 129 cases, population: 225,073

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Next, I went over to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics website HERE, to:

  1. Double-check the stats being given for population
  2. Check the age ranges of the population in a particular city, especially the over 60s.

That last one is important, because of the 51 people who have so far died in Israel, whose deaths are being attributed to Coronavirus (all of whom had a pre-existing condition), all but 3 or 4 of them were over 60, and most of them were actually 70+.

(I’d love to give you the specific stats on the ages of the people who died, but the government appears to be hiding that information, or at least, making it very, very hard to track down. So I’m going on what I’ve cobbled together from various news reports.)

The youngest victim in Israel was 49 years old – and they were definitely a rare case.

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So now, let’s do another table.

This one is going to be based on how many people are in each city according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) as of 2018, and then also showing how many of those people are actually aged 60+ – because that’s the age group most at risk from actually dying, or having serious complications requiring a ventilator and intubation.

Here’s how those numbers stack up:

Jerusalem: 113,659 people aged 60+, population: 919,458

Bnei Brak: 18,639 people aged 60+, population: 198,863

Tel Aviv – Yafo: 89,021 people aged 60+, population: 451,523

Ashkelon: 29,371 people aged 60+, population: 140,968

Petah Tikva: 49,838 people aged 60+, population: 244,275

Rishon Letzion: 57,342 people aged 60+, population: 251,719

Bet Shemesh: 6,754 people aged 60+, population: 118,676

Netanya: 49,968 people aged 60+, population: 217,244

Elad: 1,164 people aged 60+, population: 47,866

Ashdod: 43,207 people aged 60+, population: 224,628

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Ok, ready for the ‘magic’ to happen, where I reveal all the fake news and hidden agendas going on with closing down chareidi cities like Bnei Brak and Elad, while leaving ‘secular’ cities like Tel Aviv and Rishon LeTzion alone?

Here we go.

BNEI BRAK

The population of Bnei Brak is 198,863.

The number of people over 60+ in Bnei Brak is 18,639.

 

As a percentage, that means that 9.37% of Bnei Brak is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously.

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TEL AVIV

The population of Tel Aviv is 451,523.

The number of people over 60+ in Tel Aviv is 89,021.

 

As a percentage, that means that 19.72% of Tel Aviv is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously.

I.e. MORE THAN TWICE THE RATE OF BNEI BRAK, relative to the population.

And as a ‘raw number’ of people, there are 70,000 MORE over 60s in Tel Aviv, than in Bnei Brak, which is the high-risk age group for COVID-19.

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ELAD

The population of Elad is 47,866.

The number of people over 60+ in Elad is 1,164.

 

As a percentage, that means that 2.43% of Elad is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously.

IE, there are 10 TIMES the number of people at high-risk of dying or developing a serious complication from COVID-19 in Tel Aviv, than there are in Elad, relative to the population.

 

RISHON LETZION

 

The population of Rishon LeTzion is 251,719.

The number of people over 60+ in Rishon LeTzion is 57,342.

 

As a percentage, that means that 22.78% of Rishon LeTzion is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously – an even higher percentage of ‘high risk’ people than in Tel Aviv.

 

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In case you’re not convinced yet, let’s give two more cities, as further examples of the skewed reporting and biased agendas playing out here.

 

BET SHEMESH

The population of Bet Shemesh is 118,676 .

The number of people over 60+ in Bet Shemesh is 6,754.

 

As a percentage, that means that 5.69% of Bet Shemesh is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously.

 

NETANYA

The population of Netanya is 217,244.

The number of people over 60+ in Netanya is 49,968.

 

As a percentage, that means that 23% of Netanya is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously.

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So, let’s take our 6 example cities, and rank them now according to the percentage of residents who are over 60%, and therefore in the ‘high risk’ category for COVID-19:

 

City                             Percentage of ‘high risk’ citizens for COVID-19

 

Netanya                              23%

Rishon LeTzion                22.78%

Tel Aviv                              19.72%

Bnei Brak                           9.37%

Bet Shemesh                     5.69%

Elad                                    2.43%

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Now, let me ask you a question:

If the information was being presented in this fashion, which cities would you pick as candidates for ‘total lockdown’ to prevent people dying from COVID-19, if you were going to ‘lock down’ anywhere?

It’s obvious, but let’s just state explicitly that the first 3 ‘high risk’ cities ARE SECULAR. And the last 3 ‘low risk’ cities ARE CHAREIDI.

Again, open your eyes and ask yourself, what is really going on here?

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I deliberately left Jerusalem out, as Jerusalem is kind of unique, as so many people from chul come here to retire, but there are also a lot of chareidim here, and Arabs too, both of whom tend to have large families and lots of children.

If we take a look at the figures for Jerusalem, too, we’ll notice some interesting things going on here, too:

JERUSALEM

The population of Jerusalem is 919,458.

The number of people over 60+ in Jerusalem is 113,659.

 

As a percentage, that means that 12.36% of Jerusalem is of an age that COVID-19 could potentially affect them seriously – higher than Bnei Brak, but still way, way lower than Tel Aviv, Rishon LeTzion or Netanya.

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Now, I can’t find a breakdown of ages and neighborhoods on the CBS website, but this comes from a press release published in 2015:

“The population of Jerusalem is relatively young. In 2015, the average age of residents was 24 years old. In comparison, the median ages of the populations of Tel Aviv and Haifa were 35 and 38. The median age of Israel’s total population is 30. Some 34% of the city’s general population are under 14-years-old; in the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) sector, this figure is 40%.”

In other words, the chareidi neighborhoods of Jerusalem actually have way more young people, and way fewer of those aged 60+, then the non-chareidi neighborhoods.

So again, we have to ask the question:

Why are the authorities planning to close down Geula, Har Nof and Meah Shearim, while keeping open neighborhoods like Baka, or Yemin Moshe, where the number of people in the high-risk age group of 60+ is way higher than the average of 12.36% for Jerusalem as a whole?

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While you are pondering that, here are few more statistics for you to muse on.

According to Professor Yoram Lass, the previous Director General of the Health Ministry before he was elbowed out the way by Itamar Gross and Moshe Bar Siman Tov, 126 Jews die of flu every single year in Israel.

So far, 51 people in Israel have had their deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Israel, since the first death was recorded on March 22, 16 days ago.

In other words, just over 3 people are meant to be dying a day from COVID-19 in Israel.

According to the Jewish Virtual Library website, 48,000 people die in Israel every year.

That stacks up to 131.5 people dying EVERY SINGLE DAY in the Jewish state, when there is no Coronavirus ‘pandemic’.

If we state this as a statistic, that means that just 2.43% of the deaths that normally happen EVERY SINGLE DAY in the State of Israel are occurring because of COVID-19.

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Please, please, please, remove the blinkers and start to deal with the information we’re being fed by the government and the Health Ministry more critically.

Does 3 deaths a day, of people nearly all over 70, sound like a pandemic to you?

Does it sound like a reason why a million Israelis should now be out of work, including half of all the people aged 35 and under? (These are the people who have small children at home, who need food, clothing and shelter – all things that are now way harder to come by for a million people…)

Does it sound like a reason why they should be locking down Chareidi cities with the army, while totally ignoring what’s going on in much higher-risk secular cities like Rishon LeTzion and Netanya?

Does it sound like a reason why weddings should now be banned in the State of Israel, and everyone should be locked down for Pesach, and why people are being banned from praying and using mikvahs?

Really?

And if you think that maybe there is something to what I’ve written above, please share this article as widely as you can, so that more of us can start to put pressure on our elected officials to explain WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON, and why are they causing so many of us so much pain and suffering, and ruining the country’s economy totally, when the facts on the ground simply don’t justify what they are doing.

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The last thing I want to share with you comes from this article on the Jpost today, entitled:

Top hospital head to ‘Post’: Israel’s Coronavirus strategy failed

This is what that top hospital head said:

“Until now, the health official told the Post, the ministry has focused on testing people most likely to be infected. If the goal is to get the maximum number of positive results, he said, this is a good policy. But, “if the target is to stop the spread of the epidemic and open the economy,” then Israel needs to test more widely and develop a picture of how many cases there are across the country and where they are concentrated.’”

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In that same article, the WHO-sponsored Professor Itamar Grotto popped up again to say that:

“we have no intention or ability to open the economy the day after Passover. I did not recommend it….Even if we can do a million tests a day, it will not help free the economy.”

The question has to be WHY NOT?

Why are Grotto, Bar Siman-Tov and Netanyahu so hell-bent on totally wrecking the economy and keeping everyone under house arrest, when the situation clearly doesn’t mandate that response?

There are increasing numbers of medical professionals in Israel who are also starting to seriously question the whole draconian isolation strategy.

One is Prof. Zeev Rotstein, head of Hadassah-University Medical Center who told the Knesset’s Coronavirus Committee yesterday (April 5, 2020) about two testing experiments he’d just done.

In one of them, he tested 1,200 at a government company that is currently operating with just 15% of its works. Just ONE out of 1,200 people tested positive for COVID-19, and everyone else was healthy.

So WHY CLOSE DOWN THE WHOLE COMPANY?!?

Here’s what Rotstein said:

“This company should not be working at 15% but at 150%,” he said. “Why stop them? We need to produce national products. Without them, we will not be able to support the medical system. If we continue another month, there will be no money to reactivate the country’s economy.”

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But Grotto, Bar Siman-Tov and Netanyahu apparently don’t care about all the tremendous suffering they are inflicting on Israel’s population, and all the incalculable damage they’re inflicting on the economy.

And the question has to be, again, WHY NOT?

If this is meant to be the ‘peak season’ for COVID-19 in Israel, and still only 51 geriatrics have died over the last 16 days, what does that say about what’s really going on here?

Questions, questions.

Hopefully soon – before they totally destroy the country and wrecks millions of people’s lives, mental health and bank accounts irreparably – we’ll get some proper answers.

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UPDATE:

I just went to look up incubation rates for COVID-19. According to this study from March 17, 2020, covered on the Science Daily website:

The median incubation period for COVID-19 is 5 DAYS, and 97.5% of people who go on to develop symptoms do so within 11.5 DAYS of being infected.

To put this in plain English, it takes up to 5 days before you know if you got infected with COVID-19.

It can take another 11.5 days to see if you’re actually going to develop any symptoms.

Altogether, that’s 16.5 days.

But you could get tested already at day 6 after being in contact with someone who has it, to see if you caught it or not.

The lockdown in Israel started in earnest on March 26th – that’s when they shutdown the Kotel and enforced the 100 metres from your house rule.

16.5 days from then takes us up to this Shabbat, April 11th, 2020.

By then, it should be blindingly obvious how many people in Israel have got COVID-19 symptoms badly enough to be hospitalised.

By the end of Pesach – at the latest – we’ll know just how ‘bad’ this COVID-19 thing is actually turning out to be. And unless the numbers of fatalities rise by about 1000% overnight, God forbid, there is absolutely no reason to keep the economy closed any longer, or the nation in lockdown after that.

TBC

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UPDATE #2:

Take a look at this brave ICU doctor from New York City, who has put out a video challenging what COVID-19 is meant to be, and how it’s meant to be killing people, who is saying that it’s NOT viral pneumonia, but appears to be a totally different disease that is killing people by preventing them from getting enough oxygen.

And also, he says that being put on a ventilator is actually making the condition of his patients worse, as ventilators work on the principle that the patient’s lungs are failing, and that’s not the case. Here’s what he says:

COVID-19 lung disease, as far as I can see, is not a pneumonia and should not be treated as one. Rather, it appears as if some kind of viral-induced disease most resembling high altitude sickness. Is it as if tens of thousands of my fellow New Yorkers are on a plane at 30,000 feet at the cabin pressure is slowly being let out. These patients are slowly being starved of oxygen.

Daisy has more details of what might be going on, HERE.

But the plot is definitely starting to thicken.

And the last thing to tell you is that the daughter of Robert F Kennedy Junior was just found dead in some very fishy circumstances. That’s connected to all this, because RFK Junior is the leading person speaking out against vaccination and big Pharma in the USA, primarily through his Children’s Health Defense organistion.

Barely six months ago, another of his daughters was also found dead from an ‘overdose’.

What a coincidence.

Watch this video, it’s six minutes, and then please go and do some hitbodedut on what’s going on here, because spiritually, God is expecting us to slough off the ‘mindless sheeple’ brainwashing we’ve been under for decades, centuries, even, about modern medicine and modern science and modern life, and to start to GET REAL.

We are down to the wire.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why do you think this is happening?

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

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

Rabbi Menashe Amon said THIS.

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Rabbi Amos Gweta said THIS.

Rabbi Ofer Erez said THIS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hmm.

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They lost everything.

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But who’s been listening?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This comes from THIS interview, with Makor Rishon:

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

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

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

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Well guess what?

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

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RECAP:

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

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

UPDATE:

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

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

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

The answer lies in prayer, tzedaka and teshuva.

TESHUVA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TZEDAKA

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

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

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

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PRAYER

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

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

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

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

Honestly?

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

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

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

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

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

And other people are finding that, too.

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

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

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

Over to A…..

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Chapter One.

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

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

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

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Chapter Two.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And we thought that was the end.

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

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

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

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Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

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