For the last few years, I’ve kind of being playing softball with a lot of the bloggers, ‘rabbis’ and commentators out there.

But after I read the latest message from Rabbi Aharon Stern, son of the famous kabbalist Rabbi Dovid Chaim Stern, and a mekubal in his own right, I realise that it’s time to take the gloves off, here on the blog.

First, please go and read what he has to say, in full, for yourself here:

If you’re short on time, here’s the takeaway points:

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“Chazal tell us that there are things that the judgment is ‘signed’ because of them. When they came and took Rav Berland, and put him in jail – this was the cry that ascended to the Heavens.

All of this big commotion is happening because this Tzaddik (Rabbi Eliezer Berland, shlita) is languishing in prison – in ‘bidud’ (isolation).

Hashem is angry….

Rav Berland is stuck in prison, and Am Yisrael is stuck with this Coronavirus.

We need to go out, and to cry out, until they free Rabbi Berland from the prison. If you have any brains in your head, if anyone wants to really save this [Jewish] people….

Perhaps, it was decreed that the Coronavirus was meant to be in the rest of the world, but in Eretz Yisrael, there was not supposed to be any Coronavirus.

EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING ONLY BECAUSE RABBI BERLAND IS LANGUISHING IN PRISON.”

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Rav Stern continued:

“We need to cry out to Hashem, and then maybe he will take away from us this terrible gezeira. But we also need to act! We need action!

If we don’t get Rabbi Berland out of prison, then Am Yisrael will be in a huge problem! Chas v’shalom, this can continue to worsen and spread.

I didn’t want to open my mouth, but this thing depends on us. We can save Am Yisrael, RIGHT NOW.

Even though these words may sound strange, you should know that I am telling you the truth.”

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Yesterday, I tried to go and pray at the Kotel, for day 23 of my 40 day prayer-a-thon.

I was stopped at the entrance to the plaza by a female guard – who herself was totally disregarding any rules about ‘social distancing’, and doing the usual flirting with the male guards thing until I showed up – which is when she told me to halt in my tracks (Achtung!!!!!)

Where are you from? She asked me aggressively.

I told her Abu Tor.

She repeated that literally four times, until I felt I should reassure her I was a Jew coming to pray at the Kotel, and not an Arab, because maybe that was the problem. Halavai. The real problem was that I was a Jew coming to pray at the Kotel.

A female Border Policewoman then looked over the top of the wall at me, (Raus!!) and started making veiled threats about Abu Tor being more than 100 metres away from the Kotel, and that I was running the risk of getting a 5oo nis fine for walking more than 100 metres from my house.

What happens if the grocery store is more than 100 metres away from my house? I wanted to know.

It’s ok to go out to get things like food, things that you need, she told me.

What if I need to pray? I wanted to know. Because believe me, I really needed to pray at the Kotel yesterday…

You can pray at home, she told me dismissively.

I so wanted to punch her in the face.

Thankfully, I’ve had a lot of practise now at squashing my more unhelpful Moroccan tendencies, so I spat out a ‘todah’ that was as sarcastic as I could make it, and turned around.

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As soon as I was out of sight of the Wailing Wall’s Wehrmacht, I burst into tears.

Come on, Hashem, I can’t believe this! I’m being barred from praying at the Kotel by ‘Jews’!!! How much longer are You just going to let all the evil rule the world, and to continue to crush everyone’s soul into the floor, Hashem?!

To say I was gutted is a total understatement.

They’ve shut down all the shuls, all the yeshivas, all the kollels, all the men’s mikvas.

In the chareidi world, there are THANK GOD still large pockets of resistance, and a great many people who really do believe in Hashem, and have the emuna that keeping mitzvot is important regardless of what heretics think about Coronavirus.

More and more of those people are starting to wake up and to protest the terrible evil that’s going on here, and they aren’t just taking all these anti-Torah, anti-Semitic decrees mildly, like lambs to the slaughter. (Where have I heard that phrase somewhere before?)

But in the so-called modern orthodox world, the ‘dati leumi’ world, even the anglo-Chareidi world? The picture is very different.

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Yesterday, I was talking to a friend who would self define as ‘dati leumi’, and she was telling me how she’s very scared the government is about to close down the women’s mikvahs. The conversation then lead on to how little protest against all these anti-semitic, anti-Torah decrees is coming out from the dati leumi camp in Israel – who are still more obsessed with politics than with Hashem and His Torah – and I ended up blurting this out:

All this Coronavirus stuff is really showing me who has real emuna and yirat shemayim and who doesn’t, and I have to tell you I’m seeing very little emuna and fear of Heaven in the dati leumi camp.

There. The elephant in the room had finally been mentioned.

And now it’s been publically identified, let it rampage around for the next few paragraphs.

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For years and years, I’ve been writing about what a huge Tzaddik Rabbi Berland is.

I wrote two meticulously researched books that set out first his history, background and Torah pedigree – based on thousands of hours of taped interviews with some of the world’s biggest Tzaddikim – and then the whole, corrupt ‘trial’ that saw him go to prison in 2017 for crimes he never committed.

Let’s be generous and say that back then, so few people had heard of him before the media in Israel started slandering his name and muddying the waters with outright lies and fake videos, it’s understandable that they could have been fooled into thinking the worst.

But that wasn’t the real problem.

The real problem is that so many people out there – even people who consider themselves to be fine, upstanding religious Jews – are actually up to their necks in lashon hara, slander, arrogance, heretical thinking and Facebook.

So when all those juicy Rabbi Berland lies came along, they swallowed it down so very easily, because it came from the same sewer-source they were already happily swimming in 24/7.

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Fast forward three years, and back in October 2019, it all started happening all over again.

More obviously fake stories by Channel 13,  more obviously politicised smear pieces and hatchet jobs carefully placed throughout the Israeli media, including on pretend-chareidi sites.

Hashem geared it all up again, to give Am Yisrael a second bite at the teshuva cherry, and to show them just how easily they’d been fooled by the same tactics the first time around, so they could understand how they – and so many people together with them – were duped.

Thankfully, many people had their eyes open this time around, so the fake news had far less impact on far fewer people than the forces of evil hoped. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that so many of us are still so emuna-deficient, and still so emunat-tzaddikim compromised, that the fact that the Tzaddik HaDor was sent back to prison on obviously falsified charges didn’t move us at all.

And so, Hashem decided to send a very big test along, that was really going to show us just how much emuna we really have, and just how much yirat shemayim we really have, and just how much true connection to kedusha and real tzaddikim we really have, and He called that test Coronavirus.

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The last couple of weeks, I have watched alternatively amazed and horrified at the ZERO emuna so many of our so-called rabbis and religious leaders have displayed, particularly in the dati leumi / modern orthodox camp, and particularly in the anglo so-called chareidi camp, especially out of Israel.

As these people have rushed to excuse and justify the closing of talmud Torahs, shuls, mikvahs and now even holy sites like the Kotel and the Tomb of the Patriarchs; and have rushed to pass new ‘rulings’ that make traif kosher – anything to go along with the evil people running the country, and to keep their own status and salaries – they have made it blindingly obvious that their path is not one of real Torah or yirat shemayim.

Really, it’s OK to do ‘Zoom’ at the seder?

Really, it’s OK to hold a ‘minyan’ via smartphone?

Really, it’s OK to tell people to stop going to mikvahs?

REALLY?

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Over the last few weeks and months, so many leading kabbalists and rabbis in the chareidi world have come out with strong statements linking the spread of Coronavirus specifically with the defamation and disgrace of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, as well as with talking lashon hara and spreading slander, more generally.

Most of the apparently ‘orthodox’ bloggers and commentators and news sites out there have totally ignored these statements, at best, and some have even openly mocked the rabbonim who made them.

When I wrote the Geula P*rn post yesterday, I had these people and sites in mind.

But after reading Rav Stern’s latest statement, and having been turned away from praying at the Kotel yesterday, I feel that veiled statements and shadow-boxing with bad is no longer enough.

So, let’s lay it on the line.

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What I’ve learned from all this Coronavirus saga, so far, is that the main reason why rabbis, bloggers, writers, papers, commentators haven’t been coming to defend Rabbi Berland is because they actually don’t give a monkeys about God or His Torah, either.

That is now as clear as day.

How can they close the Kotel, and you aren’t protesting? How can they stop synagogues from operating, and you stand there applauding this action on the grounds of health and safety?

These people are totally disconnected from their own souls, and from truth, and from Torah.

And that’s the reason why they are also disconnected from our real Tzaddikim, and ignoring and disparaging huge kabbalists and Tzaddikim, and slandering or ‘pointedly ignoring’ Rabbi Berland.

So really, I have to say thank you, Coronavirus, for finally ripping the masks off so many faces, and showing us all what we’re really dealing with.

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Four years ago, I wrote a whole bunch of stuff bringing quotes from people like the Milkman, and Rabbi Dovid Chaim Stern, which basically made it clear that Rav Berland is the last test before Moshiach comes, and geula arrives unmistakeably.

So many people failed that test last time around.

But God is giving us all one more chance to be on the right side of the spiritual equation, when the curtain finally comes down.

If you care more about your own social standing, your status, the State of Israel, or petty partisan politics which means you will only broadcast messages from people in your own camp who wear the sort of kippa you approve of, you are probably going to fail the current test involving Rabbi Berland really badly.

You aren’t going to risk writing a blog post pointing out the link between Coronavirus and Rabbi Berland being in jail on false charges.

You aren’t going to protest that synagogues and holy sites and Jewish life is being totally shut down in the Jewish state on the flimsiest of pretexts.

You aren’t going to admit that so many of the leaders and ideas in the dati leumi and anglicised chareidi world are spiritually ‘off’, and disconnected from real Torah and true emuna.

You aren’t going to accept that YOU are playing a huge part in the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus, and the ongoing suffering it’s causing to literally billions of people around the world, because you are choosing to shut your eyes to our true Tzaddikim, and closing your ears to our real rabbis, to continue empowering charlatans who like to churn out more Geula P*rn and mislead the masses about the real reasons things are happening in the world.

And the REAL teshuva we all need to make, to get things to turn around.

If that’s you, I really don’t envy you.

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But if you want to be in the other camp – the camp that really does care about Hashem, and about Torah, and about mitzvot, and is really trying to make teshuva and to have some real emuna and connection to our real rabbis, it’s so easy to put yourself into it.

Just take a stand, publically, for the Rav, and either share something, or write something, or record something, telling your family and friends that the Coronavirus pandemic is only going to stop when Rav Berland gets out of jail.

Screw up your courage, and have some real emuna and real emunat tzaddikim.

I know it’s scary, but once you try it you’ll feel so liberated from the rule of tyranny that’s clamped down on us all in such a suffocating fashion the last two weeks.

All you have to do is say this:

When Rav Berland is released from prison, the Coronavirus epidemic will end, and Am Yisrael will be saved.

Right now, it’s so very easy to put yourself on the side of good and right.

And also, so very hard.

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UPDATE:

In the UK, I just found out that 4.5% of the fatalities from Coronavirus are Jews, while Jews make up just 0.3% of the overall population. To put this another way, there are 10 times more deaths occurring from Coronavirus in the UK Jewish community, than in the non-Jewish community.

This is NOT because Jews like to mingle and hug each other. It’s because God is sending this Coronavirus specifically for Jews in the UK to make teshuva. Remember this?

Meanwhile, someone sent me a text message that said this:

TEHILLIM NEEDED:

Brooklyn Rosh Yeshiva Critical

5 Town Rov Critical

Petira of Derech Chaim Rosh Yeshiva, Lakewood

Boro Park Corona victim, HaRav….

Son of [NAME] Rebbe, Corona victim

Posek of Paris, Dayan, Moreh Tzedek… succumbs to Coronavirus

Principal of Beis Chana in Paris passes away

[Name] Rebbe of London niftar

First fatality in Montreal is chassidic Jew

ZAKA France: “A large percentage of victims are from the frum kehilla”

“What’s the chances, statistically, of all these frum rabbis dying in chul?”

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Also, let’s throw into the mix that so many of the communities in the US being quoted in the press as being at the heart of this epidemic are Young Israel, aka modern orthodox. And so many more of the communities coming into sharp focus because of the pandemic are also often very vocally ‘anti’ Breslov.

Do you believe in coincidences?

Because I don’t.

God is trying to get our attention, and cancelling our mitzvot observance to kowtow to secular diktats about what’s really causing this pandemic is not going to solve the problem. It’s only going to make it worse.

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UPDATE #2:

I’ve been having an email exchange with someone who keeps telling me that all these people who are passing away are ‘tzaddikim’. Maybe that’s true, maybe it isn’t. But what I can definitely say is that just the mere fact of passing away from COVID-19 doesn’t make someone a ‘tzaddik’ – and that word is being applied way too liberally these days.

There is a real tzaddik who is currently still sitting in prison. I know he’s a tzaddik, because lots of other bona fide tzaddikim tell me that he’s a tzaddik, and they even hint that he’s the Tzaddik HaDor, and that he’s even the head of the Lamed Vavnikim, and that he’s even the most holy and kadosh person who is currently alive in the world.

So, because of what these holy rabbis are saying, I believe that Rabbi Eliezer Berland really IS a tzaddik, and that all this suffering is going on because we aren’t recognising who he really is, and also because we’ve been slandering him and believing and even sharing all the horrible lies about him.

But when I read headlines like this:

44 Rabbis in Diaspora have passed away from Coronavirus

And, when I read headlines like this:

Anti-Semitism on the rise, Jews blamed for coronavirus

And then, when I go and start researching, and I quickly discover that so many things are going on behind closed doors involving money laundering, benefit fraud, “slum landlords”, dodgy property deals, and illegal and immoral business practices – and a million other bits of information that suggest that greed, bad middot and hypocrisy are the name of the game in so many places around the world….

Then, I find it hard to believe that everyone who is being impacted from Coronavirus is a tzaddik.

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Rav Berland told us clearly, that this is about the mitzvot bein adam l’havero.

There are so many bad middot washing around our communities, even the most apparently ‘frum’ communities, that’s it’s hard to know even where to begin. Giving tzedeka – even a lot of tzedeka – doesn’t make someone a tzaddik, especially if they are earning their money in a traif, immoral way and hurting a lot of people and destroying the world, in the process.

We all have so very much teshuva we need to make.

And until we start making that teshuva  – in particular, about our own behavior and actions concerning the Tzaddik HaDor Rav Berland – and start being honest about our own bad middot, and acknowledging that we really aren’t the tzaddikim we like to pretend to ourselves that we are – Coronavirus hysteria and the ridiculous lockdown will continue.

And surely, nobody wants that?

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Yesterday, one of my readers sent me an email with screenshots from another ‘story’ that belongs to the genre of Geula P*rn.

In case you don’t know what Geula P*rn is, let me try to describe it.

Much like p*rn itself takes something that is the epitome of holiness and kedusha, i.e. the unification of a husband and wife in the quest to create a new life, and sucks all the kedusha out of that whole process, and makes it totally about cheap thrills and dark side ‘titillation’ – Geula P*rn does the same thing to our unfolding redemption process.

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Without a doubt, the situation is currently very stressful, dramatic and emotionally-wrenching.

Fear is rampaging all over the globe, and our elected officials and their media lackeys are doing their best to keep us all totally over-strung in a state of permanent fight-or-flight.

They know that panicked people can be easily controlled. They know that scared people are operating from their ‘primitive brain’, and that when that snake brain kicks in, the more mature functions and insight that we associate with acting like a sentient human being, as opposed to acting like a trained animal, get switched off.

All this fear and panic is being deliberately engineered, and it’s 100% coming from the dark side.

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As I talked about before, the whole work here is turn all this ‘fallen fear’ about Coronavirus into yirat shemayim that only God is controlling the world, and only God decides who will die and what’s going to kill them.

As a corollary to that, only God decides if someone is going to get infected by Coronavirus, and if so, by which route that’s going to happen. So, panicking and beating ourselves up about possibly being an ‘agent of transmission’ to our loved ones is totally anti-emuna.

We aren’t controlling the world!

All we can do is pray, and ask Hashem that we shouldn’t be used as the means to hurt other people, in any circumstances, and then we’ve done our part and we don’t need to stagger around guilt-ridden and paralysed by fear that we’re bringing ‘death’ to our loved ones, God forbid.

Open your eyes and see the manipulation going on here!

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Yesterday, the Times of Israel reported that 35% of all Coronavirus cases were ‘caught’ in a yeshiva or synagogue. This is totally fake news, and anti-Semitic. I challenge the government lackeys who put that information out to show the methodology they used to come to that conclusion.

With less than a quarter of a percent of the population being tested for Coronavirus, and with predictions that over a million Israelis have it – which by the way, shows the morbidity rate to be EVEN LOWER than the really low rate it’s already at – there is simply no logical way that the Times of Israel reporters, nor the ‘researchers’ from the Orwellian Ministry of Health could have ANY IDEA of how those people really got infected with Coronavirus.

But straight away, the Chief Rabbinate takes the bait, and announces they are closing all the synagogues.

And then more false leaders jump on the bandwagon, and announce that you can totally break the sanctity of Yom Tov by doing Zoom with grandpa and grandma during Seder night, so they don’t feel so lonely.

This is total madness!

But the one very clear silver lining in all this is that it’s starting to do the job of birur, or clarification, between our true leaders and our false leaders very efficiently.

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But I digress.

Let’s get back to Geula P*rn, and the role that’s playing in holding up the actual Geula.

Just as an addiction to p*rn literally prevents the people caught up in it from actually forming a healthy, holy bond with the opposite sex, an addiction to Geula P*rn is preventing the Jewish people from forming a real connection to Hashem, and to binding themselves with our real tzaddikim.

In case you’re confused about what a real tzaddik actually is, it’s someone who learns Torah, has an intrinsic level of holiness that most of us simply can’t get our heads around, and who eschews trying to ride off the back of current events to churn out more Geula P*rn.

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Let’s give some examples of what I’m talking about, starting with the story I was sent yesterday by a reader.

It was about a passage someone apparently found in the Zohar, talking about two viruses that would cause pandemics before the end of days. The first virus would be somewhat controlled and contained, and the second virus would be totally out of control.

My reader headlined her email with ‘Scary!’

This is classic Geula P*rn.

All doom and gloom and scary predictions, with absolutely zero connection to our real tzaddikim, or Torah, or teachings about how prayer, charity and teshuva can overturn even the harshest decree.

Rebbe Nachman used to rail about this, 200 years ago, that instead of hunkering down and praying to God to sweeten harsh decrees, the Jewish community would first choose to ignore and downplay the problem, and then ping straight into total yeoush and fatalism.

There is a different way of handling all this fear and panic!

It’s called praying, giving charity and making teshuva, and Baruch Hashem, more and more people are starting to opt for that route.

But in the meantime, what Geula P*rn does is cook up some dramatic ‘predictions’, or unearth some ancient ‘prophecy’, and then totally focus on the death and destruction aspect that could precede geula, instead of giving out encouragement to follow the path of prayer, charity and teshuva, to overcome the decree.

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If you look at our real rabbis, our real tzaddikim, they are all putting out the same message:

Make some sincere teshuva, stop treating others badly, have some humility, stop speaking lashon hara – especially about Rabbi Berland – and split the heavens with your prayers. And then everything will turn around, and the harsh decrees will be sweetened!

(REMEMBER: THIS VIDEO WAS FIRST POSTED UP ON FEBRUARY 27TH, 2020. LOOK HOW MUCH HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN….)

 

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If you look at the purveyors of Geula P*rn, it’s all about the ‘buzz’ the ‘drama’, the horrible predictions, the action, the latest news and statistics and conspiracy theories that are designed to just tip the reader into a greater state of anxiety and panic.

All of this is happening just to get us to wake up, and to return whole-heartedly to God.

That message is totally missing from Geula P*rn, and the poor people who are addicted to it are really suffering as a result.

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So now, let’s talk tachlis. What is the main teshuva we need to make?

Rav Kanievsky said lashon hara, rechilut, and letting things go with other people instead of making a big deal out of them.

Rav Menashe Amon (above) said Coronavirus came because people in Israel were speaking against Rabbi Berland, who is currently still being held in prison in awful conditions, and has been persecuted non-stop by the State of Israel for many long months and years.

It’s zero coincidence that the same week Rav Berland got imprisoned, Coronavirus exploded into the headlines.

Over on the Hebrew shuvubanim website, there’s an article that states baldly that as long as Rav Berland sits in prison, and we don’t protest that, and we don’t pray for his release, and we don’t stop pretending that he’s in a totally different category of kedusha and is a good candidate for this generation’s Moshiach – Coronavirus will continue.

Now, THAT’S a scary thought, isn’t it?

Do you really want to spend another 3 months cooped up with your kids with no way to make parnassa as the world implodes around you?

Or, do you want to get things back to something approaching ‘normal’ before Pesach, as Rabbi Berland himself has said can happen?

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Let’s recap:

Geula P*rn is where we eagerly suck in all the juicy details, all the drama, all the fearmongering surrounding the unfolding geula process, but don’t make the underlying teshuva required to actually get redemption the sweet way.

Sure, we blog about it, we comment about it, we talk about it – but we don’t sit down and do a proper cheshbon hanefesh about all the lashon hara we’ve read, written and believed about Rabbi Berland, and other tzaddikim.

And we don’t double-check how badly we’re really treating our children; or how we’re emotionally and verbally abusing our family members; or how we’re trying to manipulate and control the people around us to make sure we always end up getting what we want.

And we don’t really look at how full of fallen fears we are about Coronavirus – which means that we’re even willing to break Shabbat, and stop praying in a minyan, and to stop learning Torah, and to stop visiting the Kotel and to stop dipping in a mikva – and how empty we actually are of genuine emuna and real yirat shemayim.

That is the work to do right now, that is the teshuva required, to get geula the sweet way.

Geula P*rn is very heavy on facemasks, stats, false predictions and conspiracy theories.

Real geula is hyper-focussed on teshuva, humility, prayer and charity.

Make sure you know the difference.

Because the one is going to get us out of the awful mess we currently find ourselves in, while the other is only going to exacerbate it.

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Photo by Miltiadis Fragkidis on Unsplash

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POSTSCRIPT:

In terms of figuring out the midda k’neged midda with slagging off Rabbi Berland and other tzaddikim and the spread of Coronavirus, you might get some clues below:

https://israeltruthtimes.blogspot.com/2020/03/can-you-put-two-and-two-together-those.html

 

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A billion, million years ago (aka, last week), I sent the draft of my new People Smarts book to get laid out.

Two days ago, he sent it back to me, and I uploaded it to Amazon. Then I held my breath, to see if the only books they are banning are by Rabbi Eliezer Berland, or whether I’m also now on the hit list.

Whaddya know?

They approved it within 24 hours, and it’s now up for sale on Amazon, as the paperback, with the Kindle version hopefully being available later this week.

That’s important, because Amazon has now stopped deliveries to Israel while all the Coronavirus hysteria continues, which basically means I can’t even get a hard copy of my own book. Such are the times we live in. But, once the Kindle version is ready (it’s being worked on by my designer, who is currently locked down in the Philippines….) it’ll be available for instant download.

Alternatively, you can also get the PDF to download, and print it off yourself at home, if you send $12.99 to my paypal here: paypal.me/RivkaLevy , and then drop me an email to let me know you want the book.

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Two billion, million years ago, I was teaching the prototype ‘Crush Your Stress’ Masterclass for women, that is meant to go along with this book.

I’m still trying to get that course completed and uploaded. As you can imagine, all these plans kind of got totally disrupted the last few weeks. But, with God’s help, I’m still planning to get that completed, and then to figure out some live group coaching slots for any women out there who are hanging on to their sanity by their fingernails, and would appreciate some time hanging out online with other women to ‘destress’.

I will keep you posted.

And in the meantime, if you live in the US or UK, you can still get this book hardcopy, HERE.

It’s probably more timely than ever now. But I appreciate that few people have the headspace to read it at the moment.

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The ravberland.com site is also doing a special offer on the Prayers for Health book at the moment, which includes a prayer to be saved from the Coronavirus, where someone donated 50 copies free, for the first 50 people who download the book.

Go HERE for more information.

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And lastly, I highly recommend you read THIS, if you want to start doing something practical to get on top of the emotional, spiritual and financial destruction being wrought by the Coronavirus.

The forces of evil are using this whole scene as an excuse to shut down mikvas, shuls, yeshivas and Talmud Torahs all over the world, including in Israel. Every day, my husband hears more rumors of the police in Israel showing up at more Torah institutions and trying to arrest and fine even more people.

This is an unprecedented attack on the Torah, by people who are trying to play God and control the whole world with fear tactics and manipulation.

Mamash, I have to pinch myself at the moment, because I keep feeling like I’ve stumbled into some Kafkaesque nightmare where Jews in Israel are being threatened and punished for trying to go to shul… and for trying to learn Torah…and for trying to pray.

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Three billion, million years ago, when all the police persecution started up again against Rabbi Berland and Shuvu Banim, so many people thought there was some justification to it all, however warped. At that time, we were told starkly in a number of different ways that Shuvu Banim was only the start, and that this was part of a much wider campaign against the Torah world:

When is the religious community in Israel going to wake up, and to realize that what’s going on against Rabbi Berland and Shuvu Banim is just the prototype for a much wider campaign of suppression and persecution aimed at the Torah world?

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Barely six weeks have passed since the Rav was arrested for the ‘crime’ of doing pidyon nefesh and accepting donations, and now look what’s going on.

A couple of days ago I actually had a big attack of yeoush, or despair, at the situation, because if more of us would throw our weight behind the Rav, and add our prayers to his, and make the teshuva required for slagging off the Gadol HaDor, and lacking emuna and emunat tzaddikim, all this would turn around overnight, and Coronavirus would completely disappear off the scene.

But even at this stage, and even after we’ve seen the Rav make so many correct predictions of what was to come, and seen so many disastrous situation turn around and sweeten after following his instructions, and even after so many kabbalists and rabbis have spoken out publically about what is really happening here….

Most of Am Yisrael remain totally oblivious.

Sigh.

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We can get this to change, we really can.

I sit here alternating between panic and emuna, because I KNOW that once more of us get the message, and make teshuva about all our arrogance, and all our control-freakery, and all our lashon hara, and all the poisonous ‘news’ we believed over our own true rabbis, the redemption process will start to proceed in much smoother, nicer way.

But until that happens, things are going to be really, really hard.

I’m already seeing what all this ‘social distancing’ and quarantine is doing to a lot of my kids’ teenage friends, and there is going to be a mental health epidemic that could easily see people start to kill themselves, if we don’t get this decree sweetened ASAP.

Tachlis, we can’t keep our families at home for another 4 months – I don’t think most people will manage more than another week, before they literally start to crack-up, emotionally and mentally.

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SO, HERE’S A PLEA FROM THE HEART:

Am Yisrael, please, please, stop being so stubborn and arrogant, and stop believing all the heretical news headlines and false accounts of what’s going on here, and what the response should be to it. There is only one way to get this Coronavirus destruction to stop, and that is teshuva, prayer, and binding ourselves to our true tzaddikim, especially Rabbi Eliezer Berland.

If this doesn’t turn around by Pesach, as Rabbi Berland is trying to do, it’s going to be really, really bad.

That’s the reality.

And each one of us has a part to play, and a responsibility to fulfill, to put more effort into our prayers, our teshuva, and our hafetza.

PS: Baruch Hashem, I got day 21 at the Kotel done this morning. Hashem only knows if I’m going to be able to reach the 40 days, but each day is its own miracle.

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Did Rabbi Menashe Amon just reveal the head of the Lamed Vavnikim?

With all the moving, it’s been almost impossible to pause for breath to try to get a bead on what is really going on, with all this Coronavirus stuff.

But yesterday, I had the first bit of headspace in a long time to start digging into things in a little more depth, and below I’m sharing my impressions of what I’m coming across.

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First stop was that I actually watched this awesome video that brought the words of the kabbalist Rabbi Menashe Amon, about the link between slandering Rabbi Berland, and epidemics and plagues erupting in Israel – and also in Jewish homes abroad where slander and lashon hara is a big problem.

If you haven’t seen the video yourself, here it is below (they are working on English subtitles, I don’t know if they are up yet.)

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Here’s a few things that struck me about this video:

  • If you check at around the 1:30 min mark, you will see a video clip of Rabbi Menashe Amon performing an exorcism on a young man. This clip was so shocking, it was actually run on secular Israeli TV by none other than Amnon Levy, who then interviewed Rabbi Amon about what was actually going on.

There is absolutely no way you can fake someone’s body moving in that totally bizarre, supernatural way, in front of a whole bunch of people, plus being recorded.

That clip all by itself establishes that Rabbi Amon is a real kabbalist and someone who actually knows what they are talking about.

Halevai, that we should ever see something even a 100th of a percent as authentically ‘other worldly’ from all these YouTube rabbis that everyone likes to quote all the time, or refer to as ‘tzaddikim’.

But I digress.

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It’s no chiddush that Rav Amon clearly links the spread of the Coronavirus with slandering Rabbi Berland, and speaking badly of him.

But what really made me sit up and take notice was when Rav Amon said this:

Dear Jews, there is a great injustice happening here, that people don’t know about. We can’t see it, off in the distance, because we don’t have the spiritual eyes required to understand. There is a Rav, and there is a Tzaddik, there are the Lamed Vav Tzaddikim… (the 36 righteous tzaddikim in whose merit the world continues to exist), and there is the leader of the Lamed Vav Tzaddikim.

Do you know, what a holy Jew Rabbi Eliezer Berland actually is? This is kodesh kodeshim (holy of holies).

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This is basically a public admission that Rabbi Berland is the current leader of the Lamed Vav Tzaddikim.

And seeing that stated so obviously, by someone who can perform exorcisms and is clearly a genuinely expert kabbalist in his own right, totally blew my socks off.

But there was something else that Rav Amon said that also really spoke to me.

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As you know if you follow this blog, I spent the last 2-3 years writing a whole bunch of things on behalf of Rabbi Berland. Currently, There are 8 books (plus a haggadah) including the biography One in a Generation, plus books containing the Rav’s translated prayers, conversations, advice, miracles and words of wisdom on the Parsha of the week.

It’s been a lot of work, and after all that, the books are selling in minuscule amounts.

What kept me going was the feeling that while in olam hazeh, none of my efforts really got anywhere, in my hitbodedut I kept getting the message that all this stuff was far more important than it looked.

It was a reassuring thought, but until I watched that video from Rav Amon, I wasn’t 100% convinced. Maybe, 82% convinced, which meant that there has still been some wiggle room for the yetzer hara to try and induce the idea that I’ve been wasting large chunks of my life the last few years, God forbid.

But then, when Rav Amon started explaining the real spiritual level of Rabbi Berland, and stating so baldly the huge punishment awaiting those people who slander him, I started to realise what a tremendous zchar I’ve actually had – even if not a single book ever sells.

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Rav Amon also explained that having the privilege of giving Rav Berland money, charity, a pidyon, any sort of donation or help at all, is something that we simply can’t understand here in the upside-down world.

Rav Amon explained that giving Tzaddikim like the Rav money is a huge merit, a spiritual present, and that the more money we give, the greater the zchar we actually have in olam haba – even if down here, we don’t always have something tangible to show for it.

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Taken together, all this stuff just started making me feel like Hashem really loves me, that He’s given me the tremendous privilege of working on projects on behalf of the Rav, the last few years.

And also, at least in my world, I’ve been seeing such tremendous blessings show up recently, albeit still mixed in with some massive challenges, especially on the emotional front.

For example, I know that this amazing house I’m currently renting is a total miracle, and in the merit of the Rav. I have no other way of explaining it.

And I’m also seeing things start to open up in some other areas, too.

As the bad guys start to fall, the good guys – or at least, the people doing their best to help and respect the good guys – will start to rise.

And that process is going to accelerate from here on in.

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The last thing to say is that it’s not too late to make teshuva, and to stake your place out firmly on the side of good.

Go pay some money towards helping the Rav defray his spiraling legal and medical costs.

Buy some books and distribute them.

Print off some of his prayers, especially the prayer to be saved from the Coronavirus, and send them around. They’re available in 37 languages now, so there’s something for everyone.

And definitely, definitely make some serious teshuva for any lashon hara you may have engaged in about the Rav, either actively or passively.

Because industrial doses of Vitamin C aren’t going to help to stave off disaster if you find yourself on the wrong side of this equation, when the boom finally comes down.

And we’re edging closer to that happening all the time.

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UPDATE:

They just put out the full video of Rav Menashe Amon’s words about Rabbi Berland, with English subtitles. You can see it here – and please feel free to send it around.

The more people who being to understand what’s really going on here, the better it will be for all of us.

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Rav Kanievsky just doesn’t sound like that, or speak like that….

I got the following message in my inbox:

Hi
I was curious if you have any recent documented response from Rav Arush regarding Rabbi Berland? And your thoughts on the audio going around from Rav Chaim Kanievsky??? What is one supposed to make of all this?
Behtzlacha
Thanks!

So then, I went to check out the actual audio from Rav Chaim Kanievsky, and of course, I knew where I’d find it: Yeshiva World News.

And so, I listened to it. And within half of a nanosecond I realised that the audio is a fake, for two reasons:

  1. Rav Kanievsky doesn’t sound like that.

I’ve heard recordings of him on a number of different occasions, and while there are some passing similarities – enough to perhaps fool someone who is very unfamiliar with his intonations and tone – this sounds like a really bad imitation.

2. Rav Kanievsky would never say what this person is saying – even if he believed it.

It’s just so, so convenient that this audio has apparently captured a full sentence of lashon hara about Rav Berland, saying exactly what the people who are ‘anti’ Rav Berland would just love for the Gadol HaDor to be saying about him.

Doesn’t this all strike you as just a little bit too perfectly scripted?

When people ask Rav Kanievsky complex questions or shailot, he usually responds with just one word.

And then, the questioner asks another few questions to clarify the intent, and again Rav Kanievsky responds with just one word, maximum two.

And here we have him, so conveniently, serving up a whole perfect soundbyte sentence, that if true is tachlis lashon hara, about a man that Rav Kanievsky’s own wife used to babysit for when they were neighbors in Bnei Brak, and who Rav Kanievsky’s own father said about him:

“You should know, he is an expert in the entire Torah, a holy man and a Tzaddik.”

And the Steipler Gaon was also someone who weighed his words very carefully.

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If you aren’t doing hitbodedut regularly, you have about 00000.1% chance of figuring anything out, about any subject, at this point in time.

If you are doing hitbodedut regularly, you still have 00000.1% chance of figuring things out on your own, but God will have mercy on you, and enlighten you with a flash of inspiration anyway, that helps to do the birur between bad and good.

The people who want an excuse to speak badly about Tzaddikim will continue to gullibly lap-up any of the awful ‘anti’ stuff being manufactured by the media, and will feel themselves to be self-righteous ‘big Tzaddikim’ for bringing this ‘information’ to other people’s attention – totally contrary to all the laws of lashon hara, which have not been suspended just because we happen to be discussing Rabbi Berland.

And the people who are trying to have a drop more yirat shemayim, and who are trying (and often failing….) to work on their arrogance, and their yetzers will probably continue to feel very confused by everything, but will keep their mouths shut.

Especially in public.

And in the meantime, let’s all just sit here and wait for this latest recording to be proved a fake, just like all the other stuff that conveniently surfaces in the media just as Rav Berland is in police custory, while the secular authorities try to build another case against him out of thin air and slanderous innuendo.

It’s all proceeding exactly the same way as last time….

Sigh.

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