In the middle of pondering whether I should continue writing about all the ‘real Jewish history’ stuff here on the blog, I came across this, from the Rav.
It was in the middle of a long discourse about shalom bayit, and I couldn’t for the life of me understand why this statement would appear there:
There was the ‘HaMishnah LeMelech’ (by Rabbi Yehuda Rosanes), where he wrote the longest commentary on the Rambam.
He had a golden sword given to him by the king, because he was the Treasury Minister of Turkey. The HaMishnah LeMelech died on Pesach, in the year 5487, and Rabbi Shimshon Wertheimer, who was the Treasury Minister of Austria, died on the 17th of Av, 5484, two years before.
They used to fight against each other, all the time, because they used to direct the war, each one on behalf of their particular country. One Jew was the Treasury Minister of Austria, and the second Jew was the Treasury Minister of Turkey, and they directed the war effort in both those states, and they didn’t know anything.
They were just worrying about the money, and signing the checks, that [the armies] would have clothes, and that there would be food, that there wouldn’t be swindles and forgeries.
He didn’t want that his commentaries would be written down and publicised, so he wrote in his will that his works shouldn’t be printed. But they didn’t listen to him, and they printed it (i.e. HaMishnah LeMelech), and he merited that his commentary on the Rambam would be the most widely-distributed.
The most ‘sharp’ commentary, that clarifies everything the very best – this is the HaMishnah LeMelech.
He also wrote other books, but barely a trace remains of them, barely a single book.
They used to write their books in the evenings, and during the day, they would govern the country. For an hour or two, they would stay in their offices, and then afterwards, they’d learn the Rambam, day in, day out.
Before we continue, you should know that I read this mamash when I was having huge doubts about whether I should carry on blogging at all, and if so, if God really wanted me stirring all this stuff up.
Then, I got to this ‘clue’ from the Rav.
And I was amazed, because Shimshon Wertheimer has been on my ‘to do’ list for the Sabbatean-Frankists for a very long time.
And I’d never heard of ‘Rabbi Yehuda Rosanes’ of Turkey, even though he also seems to have played a very prominent role in things that were happening in Turkey, right when the Sabbatean-Frankists were reaching their height of open influence.
So I rolled up my sleeves, and started taking a closer look at ‘Rabbi Yehuda Rosanes’.
And this is some of where that process lead me.
The story begins HERE, with a brief overview of who ‘Rabbi Yehudah Rosanes’ actually was, translated from the Imrey.org website:
Rabbi Yehuda Bar Shmuel Rozanes (Mishneh Lamelech; 5417-5487 / 1657-1727/) was an outstanding teacher of the law.
…He was the chief rabbi of Istanbul and one of the spiritual leaders of the Jews of the Ottoman Empire – from all parts of the vast state turned to him for the solution of controversial issues…
R. Yehuda Rozanes died in Istanbul on the last day of Passover 5487 /1727/ year. And then his posthumous fame began.
In 5491 /1731/, four years after R. Rozanes was called to the Heavenly Yeshiva, his closest disciple R. Yaakov Kuli published a collection of hidushim (analytical notes) of his teacher.
The book combines notes and comments by R. Rozanes on the Talmud, as well as on the famous code of the Rambam Mishneh Torah. Thanks to the happy intuition of the publisher, who arranged all the material in accordance with the order of the laws in the Mishneh Torah, the book of R. Rozanes gained wide popularity as a commentary on the Rambam code.
He sounded like a very choshuva guy….the Chief Rabbi of Istanbul at a time when literally hundreds of Shabtai Tzvi’s followers and their families were also there… and according to the Rav, also the Treasury Minister of Turkey….
And despite all this, still incredibly difficult to find out more specific details about he actually was, and who he was related to.
His English Wikipedia page was pretty sparse, but said the following:
Judah ben Samuel Rosanes (1657–1727) was Rabbi of Constantinople and son-in-law of Abraham Rosanes I. His teachers in Talmud and rabbinics were Samuel HaLevi and Joseph di Trani the Younger.
On account of his knowledge of Arabic and Turkish he was appointed by the government as chief rabbi (“hakam bashi“) of the Ottoman empire.
He died at an advanced age in Constantinople on April 13, 1727.
Judah took a very active part in condemning and denouncing the Shabbethaians, and he was one of the signers of an appeal to the German communities to oppose the movement.
That last statement caught my eye, because even though it said it was footnoted on the Wikipedia page, the footnote led nowhere.
In the meantime, I’d never heard of ‘Abraham Rosanes I’, in all my treks through the genealogical undergrowth, and I started to get that strange feeling that so often pans out, that there was more going on here than meets the eye.
I kept looking, and the next stop was this page on the JewishVirtualLibrary site HERE, which filled in a few more details
ROSANES, JUDAH BEN SAMUEL (1657–1727), Turkish rabbi, posek and preacher…
In his youth, he worked in the business of Abraham Rosanes, his uncle and father-in-law, who had business connections with the Turkish army.
After his uncle’s death, Judah engaged in business with his two brothers, Ḥayyim and Aaron. Later he was appointed to the rabbinate of Constantinople, where he served until his death.
He was regarded as one of the greatest Turkish rabbis of his time and was among the rabbis of Constantinople who persecuted the Shabbateans there. In 1714 he was one of the signatories to the ban of excommunication against Nehemiah Ḥiyya *Ḥayon that was circulated to the whole Diaspora.
In 1725, however, three Constantinople rabbis, of whom Judah was one, released Ḥayon from the excommunication on condition that he abandon the study of Kabbalah and Shabbatean beliefs.
The rescinding of the excommunication angered the other rabbis of the town. Apparently this was the reason for zealots‘ breaking into his house and destroying his writings. What remained of his writings was collected after his death and prepared for publication by his pupil, Jacob *Culi…
Rosanes is not to be confused with the Shabbatean Judah Rosanes who lived in the mid-17th century and was one of the Constantinople scholars who excommunicated the two Smyrna rabbis Aaron *Lapapa and *Solomon (Nissim) b. Abraham Algazi I in 1666, after they excommunicated *Shabbetai Ẓevi.
At this point, I have been doing this so long, I can spot the red herrings and the doors that require some more pushing on a mile off.
We still don’t know what really happened with Nechemia Hiyya Hayon. My best guess at the moment is that a turf war broke out between the different factions of Sabbateans about who the successor of Shabtai Tzvi actually was.
Sabbateans believe in the transmigration of souls, and particularly, that the soul of false messiah Shabtai Tzvi would be reincarnated in one of his followers, to continue his path.
This belief lead to some massive rifts between the Sabbateans, as various groups promoted ‘their guy’ as the reincarnation of Shabtai Tzvi, and the next false messiah.
It’s no coincidence that we’ve seen similar fights of succession in so many branches of ‘Sabbatean-chassidut’, not least Chabad, Satmar and Gur.
There is nothing new under the sun.
So anyway, that last statement about not confusing THIS ‘R Yehuda Rosanes’ with another guy who lived a few decades earlier who had the exact same name, and who was a very strong follower of Shabtai Tzvi, taught me this:
In all likelihood, R Yehuda Rosanes II (1657-1723) was probably a direct descendant of R’ Yehuda Rosanes I, the very strong supporter of Shabtai Tzvi.
This stuff really isn’t rocket science.
And so, we know that Sabbateans typically passed their beliefs down within their families, and that these families all just married each other over and over again.
We also know that it was a standard ‘thing’ that many leading secret Sabbateans went out of their way to publically denounce the Sabbatean movement, as a way of diverting attention and throwing the heat off of themselves, and their own secret beliefs.
So, I carried on digging.
The next avenue of research was to try to pin down more about Yehuda Rosanes uncle and father-in-law, Abraham Rosanes, who was supplying the Turkish army.
Exactly as the Rav said the Rosanes family was.
This snippet comes from HERE:
In the days of Sultan Ahmed III, [Yehudah Rosanes] was in charge of purchases of the Turkish army, and was nicknamed “Ojak Basirjan” (the palace banker).
Here’s what I turned up on the Jewish Encyclopaedia site, HERE:
ROSANES Family, originally from Rosas, a Spanish seaport. Members of it emigrated to Portugal at the end of the fifteenth century, and others settled later in Turkey, Austria, and Russia.
Abraham Rosanes I. (called also Abraham the Elder):
Turkish Talmudist; lived at Constantinople in the seventeenth century. He had a literary controversy with Moses b. Nissim Benveniste; and some of his responsa are to be found in Samuel Primo’s “Kehunnat ‘Olam.” Acording to Azulai, he wrote strictures on Abraham Picco’s “Giddule Terumah.”
So, the Rosanes family were a family of Spanish Conversos who later moved to Portugal, and then from there they spread out to Turkey, Austria and Russia.
And there were a lot of ‘illustrious rabbis’ in this family, including:
Abraham Rosanes II.:
Chief rabbi of Constantinople about the middle of the eighteenth century; died at Jerusalem at an advanced age.
Abraham Abele ben Ẓebi Hirsch Rosanes:
Preacher of Minsk, Russia; died there Dec. 23, 1827. He was a preacher of great oratorical talent, and was the author of “Zikron Abraham.”
Abraham ben Israel Rosanes:
Bulgarian scholar; born at Rustchuk 1838; died there 1879. In 1867 he made a voyage to Palestine; and his account of that country, written in Judæo-Spanish, was translated into Hebrew by Menahem Farḥi and published in “Ha-Maggid” (xi., No. 38-xii., No. 34) under the title “Mas’ot ha-Abbir.”
Ẓebi Hirsch Rosanes ben Issachar Berush:
Galician rabbi; born in 1733; died at Lemberg Nov. 9, 1804; grandson of Jacob Joshua, author of “Pene Yehoshua’.” Ẓebi Hirsch was first rabbi at Bolchow, a small town near Lemberg; and in 1787 he was appointed chief rabbi of the latter place, where his wife, Judith, managed a printing establishment.
But no mention of that leading Turkish rabbi, R Yehuda Rosanes I, who was a big supporter of Shabtai Tzvi.
And lots of other names we’ve been looking at here before, in terms of their inexplicably twisted family trees, including the ‘Pene Yehoshua’. And the family stretched from Shabbatean Turkey through to Minsk in Belarus (White Russia) and Frankist Austria.
I have a feeling we may have tripped over the real family of the Sabbatean ‘Eshel Avraham’, another very influential ‘Rabbi Abraham’ who has been inexplicably ‘scrubbed’ out our history books (and who is very closely tied to the Chabad family tree.)
So now, I decide it’s time to see if any of these people actually turn up on Geni.
HERE is the tree that I found for this family, which as usual is all half-missing and distorted, with most of the ‘interesting people’ discussed above hidden, for reasons that are not at all obvious.
But after half an hour of clicking around all the ‘anonymous Rosanes’, I finally get to the screenshot that shows me we ARE dealing with all the same people here:
Number 1 is ‘R Yehuda Rosanes’, the HaMishnah LeMelech, and person who was financing the Turkish army.
Remembered, he marries the daughter of his uncle, R’ Abraham Rosanes I – totally missing off this tree.
But we have Number 2 here, who is ‘Chief Rabbi Abraham Rosanes II’ – and the first cousin of the HaMishnah LeMelech.
At this point, I remember I’ve seen that ‘ROSANES’ surname somewhere else, where I couldn’t really pin down where it was coming from.
It’s THIS guy, R’ Pinchas Rozanes Shick, from that same branch of the SHICK family who keep turning up bang in the middle in a bunch of leading Frankists:
If you actually click into the family tree for ‘R Pinchas Rozanes Shick’, you see he is directly related to Moses Dobrushka.
Moses Dobrushka is the same guy who started up the Asiatic Brethren secret society, the same guy who was offered to take over the Frankist movement after his uncle ‘Jacob Frank’ died, the same guy who played a leading role in the French Revolution as ‘Junius Frey’ – and who was apparently guillotined, as a result.
Click that link to learn more.
There’s a Chabadpedia link underneath the profile for Pinchas Rozanes Shick, so I click that, and learn this:
My free translation of the above:
The Chassid Rabbi Pinchas Shick (Rosanes) from Shklov, was amongst the great chassidim of the Alter Rebbe [of Chabad] and the Mitteler Rebbe (of Chabad).
He was the main person who took it upon himself to memorize and record the Alter Rebbe’s discourses, and his notes were extremely accurate, and many of the leading followers and rabbis of Chabad relied on them a great deal.
A number of his notes were printed in a special book, Ma’amrei Admor HaZaken.
[Rosanes] was a businessman and a big giver of charity, who did a great deal to establish the chassidic movement, and he worked a lot to secure the succession of the Mitteler Rebbe, to fill the role of his father, the Alter Rebbe.
The Mitteler Rebbe gave [Pinchas Rosanes] the nickname: The Chassidic Warlord.
Remember, this is the same guy whose niece marries Moshe Dobrushka, one of the touted successors of Jacob Frank, who is busy starting up ‘secret societies’ all over the place.
Isn’t it odd, that Chabad never mentions the many close connections between their founding fathers and the Frankists, mamash?
That is, it would be very odd, if they didn’t have something to hide….
Pinchas ROZANES Shick marries a ‘nameless’ daughter of ? Berlin.
His wife’s sister marries R Moshe Shlomo Zalman Slonim, and their son, Yaakov Culi Slonim, marries the infamous ‘Menucha Rachel’, daughter of the Mitteler Rebbe, who lived in Hevron and who a lot of stories are told about.
Pay attention here. We’ve seen that name before:
In 5491 /1731/, four years after R. Yehudah Rozanes was called to the Heavenly Yeshiva, his closest disciple R. Yaakov Kuli published a collection of hidushim (analytical notes) of his teacher.
These Sabbatean-Frankists have gone to great lengths to scrub everything they could, but they just couldn’t get every last little bit of evidence removed.
I highly recommend you go back to that Chabadpedia account of Pinchas Rozanes Shick, and read it yourself, or Google translate, if you don’t have the Hebrew.
But there are still more surprises to come.
Here’s another screenshot and snippet:
It’s describing Pinchas Rosanes Schick’s relatives.
It says that one of his nephews – ‘whose name is not known to us’ – inherited a letter about money that was written to Pinchas Rosanes by the Mitteler Rebbe. The nephew gave that letter to one ‘Simcha Kessin’, ‘the ‘informer’, which lead to the arrest of the Mitteler Rebbe.
Remember, that at least one of Pinchas Rozanes Shick’s nephews by marriage is none other than the leading Frankist Moses Dobrushka….
Over on the Chabad website, they give their version of this story, which gives us some more eye-opening details.
[T]hey slandered the Rebbe, [stating] that people were assembling in Lubavitch from all nearby cities to plan a rebellion against the government.
As proof that this was indeed so, they produced the letter that clearly showed that [during his journey] from Krementchug to Lubavitch, [the Mitteler Rebbe] had succeeded in raising quite a princely sum, something that would have been impossible were he not to have been plotting such a rebellion.
Also included in their slander was that he was sending money to the Sultan [of Turkey], that dimensions of his Beis HaMidrash were the exact dimensions of the Beis HaMikdash, and many more similar fabrications.
Remember, the ROSANES family WERE very closely connected to the Turkish government, and apparently were engaged in raising money to finance the Turkish army.
We’ll come on to a discussion about the dimensions of the Beit HaMikdash another time, but go look up ‘sacred geometry’, and understand that the Freemason-Frankists were, and still are, obsessed with these things.
And lastly, there are SO MANY hidden links between people associated with Chabad, in various ways, and the revolutionaries who tried repeatedly, until they finally managed it in 1917, to spark violent revolution in Russia.
One day, we will try to tell more of that story.
In the meantime, that last highlighted yellow line, above, says that Pinchas Rosanes Shick had another ‘anonymous’ sister, who married one Benjamin Kletkzar / Klutzkar.
This is another name that haunts my dreams.
So, I clicked through to the Chabadpedia page for Benjamin Klutzkar, and I learned this:
My free translation:
Rabbi Benjamin Rabinowitz of Kletz (in Yiddish, Kletzkar) from Shklov was a Chabad chassid, from those who were close to the Alter Rebbe and the Mitteler Rebbe. He was a talmid chacham, rich, and a shaliach in regard to raising money to support the Rebbes’ expenses and movement’s expenses.
He lived in Shklov, and made his living from the timber trade, and merited to figure in many stories told by the ‘princes’ of Chabad.
I’ve been wheeling around the messed-up Chabad family tree for so long, and I’ve revisited ‘Benjamin Kletzkar / Klutzkar’ on many occasions before, not least because he links us straight up with the Gunzburg family of Russian bankers, who also connect us back to the Rothschilds.
But this was the first time I realised his real surname was actually ‘Rabinowitz’.
Here’s what it said about his family ties:
His son-in-law was Rabbi Baruch Klutzkar, the grandson of the Alter Rebbe.
His son-in-law was R Aharon Tumarkin, the oldest son of R’ Aharon Tumarkin the Rabbi of Kharkov.
His descendants include the Chassidic Krysic family, including R Yaakov Baruch, Eliezer and Yehuda Leib Krysic.
Benjamin Rabinowitz / Klutzkar actually has another name: Benjamin Eisenstadt.
He’s the great-grandson of the SHACH’s nephew, and the teacher of Jonathan Eybshutz, a known Sabbatean whose brother, Mordechai Mokiach was another famous Sabbatean ‘false messiah’ – the Meir Ponim, R Meir Eisenstadt.
MEIR EISENSTADT > R MICHAEL EISENSTADT ABD KLETZK > R’ MOSHE EISENSTADT ABD KLETZK m FINKEL KALLIR > BENJAMIN EISENSTADT / KLUTZKAR / RABINOWITZ.
(BTW, Finkel Kallir was also a maternal grand-daughter of that same Sabbatean Meir Eisenstadt. As always with these Sabbatean-Frankist families, it’s very incestuous down many generations.)
Why does this matter?
Because we know that the Eisenstadt family continued to be mixed up with the Sabbateans who then morphed into ‘the Frankists’, and were very closely connected to the black magic sorcerer of London, and founder of the ‘Golden Dawn’ secret society (amongst many others….) Dr Samuel Chaim Falkon.
(Remember, Falkon was the first father-in-law of none other than Jacob Frank….)
And so many of these people surrounding Chabad are mamash deeply connected, on so many levels, with the Sabbatean-Frankists.
There is so much more to say here, as always.
For example, if you go and look up ‘Binyamin Rabinowitz’ profiles, pretty much the only one you find is this guy:
He’s the father of the Aderet, R’ Eliyahu David Rabinowitz-Teomim.
Who in turn, just so happens to be the father-in-law of someone you’ve probably heard of:
R’ Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook, the first ‘Chief Rabbi’ of modern Israel.
Are we tripping over more of the ‘aliases’ and alter egos, that would help to explain how Chabad is so very entrenched in all levels of the Frankist-Freemason State of Israel, which makes no sense if we take the history we’ve been brainwashed with seriously?
It’s at least possible.
As always, there is more research required here.
So, as always, to be continued….
PS: I forgot to mention that Pinchas ROZANES Schick’s mother was Mindel RIVLIN.
And she is also a very close relative of none other than the Vilna Gaon.
Vilna Gaon’s descent:
R’ ELIYAHU ‘THE CHASSID’ OF VILNA (1640-1710) > R’ YISSACHAR DOV BER OF VILNA (1665-1720) > R’ SHLOMO ZALMAN (1695-1758) > R’ ELIYAHU VILNA GAON (GRA) (1720-1797)
Mindel Rivlin (Shick’s) descent:
R’ ELIYAHU ‘THE CHASSID’ OF VILNA (1640-1710) > TZVI HIRSCH PRE-RIVLIN (1680-1765) > SHLOMO ZALMAN RIVLIN (1696 -1765) > MINDEL RIVLIN m CHANOCH HEINICH SHICK ABD SHKLOV > PINCHAS ROSANES SHICK.
In otherwise, Mindel’s father and and the GRA’s father were first cousins.
And Mindel’s grand-daughter married the infamous Moses Dobrushka.
And let me remind you again, Sabbatean-Frankists just married each other for many generations.
(And both Netanyahu and Ruby Rivlin, to name but two, are directly descended from the people we’re talking about here…)
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