Connecting back to the Tzaddikim – alive and dead – makes all the difference.

Thursday afternoon, I said to my husband:

Please, let’s try to book a zimmer in Tsfat. We’ll take cold meat and make sandwiches, or something, but I urgently need to have a break, and to do some kever-hopping.

My teenagers – and their ad-ons – are really great.

Really. But after this whole 3 month quarantine thing, where most of my time has been spent on taking responsibility for cleaning up after everyone else; and driving them places because there are no buses; and keeping the fridge and fruit bowl stocked in the face of voracious teenage appetites – I really needed a break.

So, we found a zimmer in Tsfat, and Friday morning, we headed up there.

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The good news is most people in Tsfat are not buying into the whole facemask thing. The bad news is, all the synagogues – and well over half of the main shopping street – is still closed for business.

And from what I could tell, most of those shops are now closed permanently.

But we found a really nice zimmer in the Artists’ Quarter, 10 minutes walk from the ancient graveyard and the Ari, dumped our stuff there, then headed out to try to visit as many kivrei tzaddikim as we could pack into the 3 hours we had before Shabbat came in.

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While the beaches in Tel Aviv are now open, Meron – the grave of the Rashbi – is still closed.

There were police parked in front of the gates, and also police cars parked at all the major intersections of any road that could conceivably lead to Meron.

The government here is very serious about stopping frum Jews from praying together, connecting to tzaddikim, and breathing fresh air.

So, with Meron taken off limits, we decided to stop at every other Kever we passed, as we drove around.

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The first one was the grave of Rabbi Yehuda Bar Ilai.

I didn’t know this before I got to it, but apparently there is also a tradition to go to his kever on L’Ag B’Omer, too. Just as we got there, three Breslov guys with brown chinos, crazy hair, big, knit kippas and tzitzit on the outside suddenly pulled up, and started singing Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, yiy didee yiy yiy yiy yiy yai at the top of their lungs.

All of a sudden, the funny mood I’ve been in for ages started to lift considerably.

The tzaddikim were starting to work their magic.

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Next stop was Rabbi Tarfon’s grave, near Kadita, in the middle of a forest.

The police were prowling at the end of the track, as it was one of the shortcut back routes to Meron, but once we’d turned off towards Kadita, they stopped following us.

Rabbi Tarfon’s grave is up a mountain in the middle of some splendid green isolation. It’s a breathtaking view.

Someone had left a copy of Chayei Moharan out on the grave, so I opened it ‘randomly’ and got to a section talking about Rabbenu’s ‘Burned Book’.

If you take a look HERE, you’ll find a discourse on the Burned Book, and lesson I:83 in Likutey Moharan, which takes a deeper look.

But in a nutshell, it’s all connected to:

  • The “dawning of the ray of the Moshiach.”
  • The importance of the sanctity of Shabbat.
  • Raising up fallen fears and fallen ‘loves’, so they become yirat shemayim – fear of God and holy ‘love’ for God, mitzvoth and His Torah instead.
  • And then it talks about eiver min ha hai – which has the same gematria as ‘Corona’, and which you can read a whole bunch about HERE.
  • But basically, it’s connected to the Tzaddik of the generation taking shame upon himself to atone for the sins of the generation.

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Wow.

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Next stop was one of the places reputed to be the Idra, the place where Rashbi is meant to have taught his inner circle of students the Zohar.

We stepped inside – and were shocked to see the stones inside totally and utterly covered with flies. It was pretty disgusting. And for a moment, I was confused: how can this site be so covered with flies, which are drawn to dung and ‘tumah’?

(There is another site that seems to be more accepted as the place of the Idra, which you can see in this video, but like so many things, it’s not 100% clarified or certain.)

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Then, I remembered what Rabbi Berland has been teaching for a few years now, as expressed in his Prayer for Parents to Say For Their Children, which refers to Klipat Zvuv – the klipah of the flies.

He said this:

“[T]here have never been such difficult tests in the world, that “Klipat Zvuv” has taken hold of every boy and girl….everyone without exception had fallen into the spiritual impurity of Zvuv, which is in fact the spiritual impurity of Amalek, which is the strongest force of spiritual impurity that has ever existed.”

Basically, Klipat Zvuv – the spiritual impurity of the ‘fly’ –  is currently launching an all-out attack against kedusha at the moment, and that is so very obvious at the Idra, the cradle of the Zohar.

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Next stop was the ancient synagogue of Nevoryah, where Rabbi Elazar HaModai is meant to also be buried. R’ Elazar HaModai was the uncle of Bar Kochba, the abortive false messiah of the Jews, who has his uncle killed because of the Romans’ vicious lashon hara against the elderly sage.

At each stop, I felt like I was gathering up clues and hints from Hashem, about what is really going on right now, albeit some of them were far more hidden and obscured than others.

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The last stop before Shabbat took us to Amuka, the grave of Rabbi Yonatan Ben Uzziel.

My husband and I both prayed that our children would find their true basherts, and that if that had already happened, that things should move forward at a good pace.

I opened up one of the siddurim there ‘randomly’, and got to the page for kabbalat Shabbat, with Tehillim #92.

Here’s some of what that said:

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing to Your name, O Most High. To declare Your kindness in the morning, and Your faith at night…. O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep.

A boorish man does not know; neither does a fool understand this. But when the wicked flourish like grass, and all workers of violence blossom, this is only for them to be destroyed forever….         My eye has gazed upon those who stare at me [with envy]; when evildoers rise up against me, my ears hear [them]. The Tzaddik flourishes like the palm; as a cedar in Lebanon he grows.

It made me feel like we are close, so very close, to the ‘Shabbat’ of geula finally being ushered in.

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That kever also had a few other people – non-chareidim – and no-one was wearing masks.

Just as we were pulling out of the parking lot, a middle-aged secular guy on his 4×4 pulled up and asked us if we had a lighter, while his girlfriend squinted at us curiously, from the passenger’s seat.

We didn’t have a lighter, but I offered him the box of matches I’d brought with me to light my Shabbat candles. He took it like a thirsty man in the desert being offered a pina colada – and then whipped out the biggest joint I remember seeing this side of university.

After he gave the matches back, I whispered to my husband that I really wasn’t sure if enabling him to light his massive bong really counted as a mitzvah…

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The last stop before Shabbat in Tsfat was the kever of Ben Yehoyda. There, I picked up a copy of the Chofetz Chaim’s tome on lashon hara, and here is the ‘random’ message I got from that:

Accepting rechilut [about other Jews] makes a person become a complete sonei Israel (hater of Israel, hater of other Jews, hater of Hashem and His Torah, God forbid.)

I thought about all those people greedily guzzling down the anti-Torah and anti-Tzaddikim propaganda that passes for journalism on sites like Yeshiva World News, and I sighed a big sigh.

Today when I was typing this post up, my dad in the UK showed me a big headline from a supposedly frum Jewish paper in the UK, which was lit up with the world SHAMEFUL! in big red letters.

Underneath, the writer was attacking the ‘small minority’ of religious Jews who had defied the retarded and unscientific ‘social distancing’ rules in the UK, to light a bonfire on L’Ag B’Omer.

I sighed again.

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Back in my zimmer, I had the best Shabbat.

I slept well for the first time in 3 months, without being weighed down with other people’s problems and responsibilities.

I managed to do six hours for the first time in a month, and felt way more ‘grounded’ and happy as a result.

And then, just as I was telling God that I so miss spotting all His messages, and recognizing all His hashgacha pratis in my life, my eye was caught by some writing on the walls of the zimmer. Here’s what it said, in order of me reading them:

  • Life the life you imagined, for with God all things are possible.
  • Dreams have no expiration date.
  • Faith makes things possible…not easy.
  • Like chocolate.

Wow again.

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Shabbat day, I stayed in pyjamas until 5pm (for the first time in well over 15 years), then got dressed and went to pray at the kever of the Ari.

All the synagogues in Tsfat are still shut, so minyanim were gathered in the street.

Down by the kever, there was another small band of Breslov-friendly Jews with big payot and t-shirts, drinking soda and singing songs, while others recited a tikkun haklali. I joined them.

And again, it brought home to me just how much life force, just how much spiritual koach we really get from being connected to our tzaddikim.

My husband also took the opportunity to dip in the Ari’s mikvah Shabbat morning, and he also came away from that experience feeling rejuvenated and re-energised.

It’s a funny world we live in, when the high street feels totally dead, and the ancient cemetery of Tsfat feels the most ‘alive’ of any place I’ve been for a good long while.

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Motzash, the road back to the 89 was blocked by the police, still earnestly trying to stop ANYONE from getting within sniffing distance of Rashbi and Meron.

So, we went down the road to Tiveria, and tried to visit the tomb of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess.

It was closed.

Why?

Because there is a war against religion being waged in Israel, undercover of all this COVID hysteria.

On the way out, we stopped for five minutes to go and see the overflowing Kinneret, swollen to almost bursting point by this winter’s rains. The lake level is so high, it’s reaching the top of what used to be the beach area around it. Me and my husband both dipped our hands in the warmish water, and exalted in the gashmei bracha that Hashem had sent this year.

Then it was time to get back in the car, and head home.

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I’m still trying to finish up the sodding 40 days at the Kotel that I started over three months ago, so before we returned to our house, we made a pit-stop down by the Dung Gate, where I donned my regulation mask, and joined the four million other Jews threading their way to the Kotel Plaza.

This time, I didn’t get near the wall, as there was a massive queue, but I got close enough to imagine kissing the stones, and as I turned on my heel to leave, I suddenly had a strange flash of imagination.

A tall tree – a cedar of Lebanon – suddenly sprouted out of Har HaBayit, and was growing at a rapid pace, bringing everything in Israel under its protective shade.

I remembered Tehillim #92, and smiled a small smile:

The Tzaddik flourishes like the palm; as a cedar in Lebanon he grows.   

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Bad guys, your days are numbered.

You don’t realise it yet, but you already lost the game, and geula is unfolding the sweet way, faster and faster.

And very soon, that’s going to be obvious to everyone.

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Photo by tom balabaud from Pexels

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How to cope with the madness?

That’s is the real question, isn’t it?

Because while even a few weeks ago, I was still getting a lot of stick for coming up with weird ‘conspiracy theories’ suggesting that Bibi, and the Israeli health ministry are totally in the pocket of billionaire businessmen with evil agendas, today, I found this headline on the Jpost:

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I had to rub my eyes, and double-check it wasn’t April 1st, or Purim.

But no, there it was in black and white, making the strongest case possible to support the idea that all the stuff we’ve been writing about Bill Gates, and his eugenicist agenda for the world, is actually true.

Here’s a quote from that article:

Cyber experts slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his proposal to “microchip” children who return to schools and kindergartens as the coronavirus lockdown is lifted, Ynet reported on Friday.
While speaking at a press conference on Monday, Netanyahu suggested the Health Ministry use new technology to help Israel adjust to its new routine as the state is lifting the coronavirus lockdown. “That is, technology that has not been used before and is allowed under the legislation we shall enact,” he clarified.
“I spoke with our heads of technology in order to find measures Israel is good at, such as sensors. For instance, every person, every kid – I want it on kids first – would have a sensor that would sound an alarm when you get too close, like the ones on cars,” the prime minister said.
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If you’re anything like me, your head probably started swimming a little, and your eyes lost focus, when you read that.

It’s really hard to deal with all this stuff, honestly, and like one of my perceptive correspondents emailed me a couple of weeks’ ago, there is so much evil out there, that trying to keep on top of it all is like playing ‘whack-a-mole’ with the forces of darkness.
No wonder so many of us are going into denial – honestly, me half included – because what can we really do, about all this anyway?
Go back and read this article from a few weeks ago, to see how all the ducks are being lined up and are now falling into place:

But DON’T DESPAIR!!!!!

Because there is a way we can all get through this in one piece, still, without our children being turned into The Borg.
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The rest of this post is about coping strategies for dealing with what is now emerging out of the shadows.

Last week, I got sent some stuff about five gee, and how ‘they’ want to use it to start zapping ‘undesirable’ groups of people, then pretend that co-in-ci-den-tal-ly Covid-20 just happens to be only taking out brown people, poor people, religious people with lots of kids and people who are in a trade war with the US and / or Europe.
My heart totally sank when I read that, because it had the ring of truth. I haven’t researched it, or looked into it very much, so I’m not saying that from an ‘informed’ place, the way I usually like to impart information on this blog. It just seemed to me very plausible, and very likely, that this could happen in the near future.

And then, I fell into utter despair for a day, and I couldn’t really do anything much except eat a lot of chocolate.

It was even hard to do hitbodedut, and to talk to God about what is going on, because I just started to feel so utterly powerless, and helpless and small and controlled.

The bad is going to win again… and there is nothing I can do to stop it.

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Which is when I got in touch with my contact at the Ravberland.com website, to ask them if the Rav had said anything specifically about us all being zapped with weaponised radiation that will take out our body’s ability to absorb oxygen, just like happened in Wuhan, Milan and NYC – all ‘pilot areas’ for the next generation of wifi.

He told me that no, the Rav wasn’t talking about it specifically, although it’s for sure all happening under the surface.

But then, he told me something that changed the whole picture:

The Tzaddik is sweetening everything.

We just need to hold on to the Tzaddik HaDor, and work on our emunat tzaddikim, and work on our own bad middot and the things that are keeping us away from Hashem and the tzaddikim, and all this will come good.

The Tzaddik is sweetening everything, but getting too caught up in the ‘details of evil’ makes the whole process much harder.

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So, with that crucial piece of info under my belt, I was able to put together a coping strategy that is enabling me to straddle the unhelpful urge to go into total denial about what is transpiring, with the unhelpful urge to go into total panic and meltdown about what is happening.

And this is it:

  1. Stop checking the news sites, unless you are 100% sure that you will not get sucked into all their hype and fearmongering.

People are literally being driven insane by fear of ‘Coronavirus’, and as I’ve written 4 billion times already, Covid-19 is no more scary, infectious or dangerous than any other regular strain of flu. It’s just an illusion, reinforced by the totally corrupt media, and played up by politicians who have been paid millions in share options to get their populations exactly where big Pharma and the billionaire eugenecists want them.

2. At the same time, understand that there IS a big battle being waged here, between the forces of good and the forces of darkness.

Because if you go into denial about that, you won’t make the teshuva God is requiring of all us, to get this problem resolved the sweet way.

Doing nothing is not a good option. But the question is, what DO we actually do about it? What CAN we do about it? Read on.

3. Get behind Rabbi Eliezer Berland 10000000%.

There is no-one else out there on his spiritual level, and with the spiritual capacity he has to take the evil out at its root.

Go and read One in a Generation Volume 1, which spells out his spiritual credentials, and has literally tens of the biggest rabbis of the last couple of generations describing who he really is, in superlative terms.

As we discussed already HERE, the same forces that geared up to convince you that COVID-19 is real, and that microchipping kids is a great idea, were the same forces that geared up to convince you that Rabbi Berland was guilty of crimes that he never committed in a million, billion years.

Twice.

Rabbi Berland is still sitting in an Israeli prison up North, where the authorities are withholding even basic things like food, a change of clothing and medical care.

And who knows, what else they are trying to do to him, God forbid.

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But the Rav can take them out any time he chooses.

He’s just waiting for more and more of us to wake up, and to really pick the right side.

As soon as we get to critical mass, as soon as we get to the tipping point, the Jewish people will be unstoppable, and geula will go full-throttle – the sweet way.

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So, if you hate the idea of your kids being microchipped, and of society being totally controlled by the forces of evil, the choice is getting starker and starker by the day.

Bibi et al are totally corrupt and bought and paid for.

We can’t trust any politician, the whole world over.

We can’t trust the medical establishment, that is staffed full of people who sold their souls and their ability to think critically, independently and morally for their medical degrees, status and fat salaries.

We can’t trust the media, which Rav Pinto clearly told us is all lies.

All that’s left to do is to turn inwards, connect to our souls, and really start talking to Hashem about what’s going on.

If we do that, He’ll show us very quickly the truth about Rav Berland.

And once we get behind the Rav 100%, events in our small world will sweeten, even while the ‘bad’ continues to play out a little while longer.

This is the only way to really cope, with what’s coming down the pipe.

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UPDATE:

A reader just sent me this article:

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/150081/following-netanyahus-plan-micro-chip-kids-israelis-claiming-have-been-forced-micro-chip-speak-out/

The technology has been in place to do this for decades, already.

Strange world we live in, when it seems that the tin-foil hat people might have been right all along.

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UPDATE #2:

Read this article by a real medical doctor (retired, so he can actually tell the truth….) who is explaining that not only do all these face masks NOT HELP AT ALL TO PREVENT ANY SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS, wearing them for any length of time actually leads to a number of potentially serious health issues.

https://www.technocracy.news/blaylock-face-masks-pose-serious-risks-to-the-healthy/

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That’s because wearing masks reduces the amount of oxygen you are breathing in.

And the body requires oxygen in order to function properly.

And the more ‘hi-spec’ the mask – like the vaunted N-95 – the less oxygen you can actually breathe in, like up to 20% less.

Which is enough to make you pass out.

And even if you don’t slide comatose onto the pavement, 80% of health personnel wearing these masks for any length of times developed headaches, with 60% developing headaches bad enough to require pain relief.

Oh, and chronic lack of oxygen also sky-rockets people’s chances of having heart attacks and strokes, and can seriously impair the immune system, and exacerbate existing medical conditions like cancer.

So please, all those self-righteous, scientifically-challenged people who keep harping at the lack of consideration for others being shown by not wearing a mask, PUT A SOCK IN IT. And then, securely tape your N-95 mask over it.

The world will thank you for your ‘consideration’.

Here’s that article again:

https://www.technocracy.news/blaylock-face-masks-pose-serious-risks-to-the-healthy/

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I need to get at least 10 reviews on my People Smarts book, before I can even run ads for it.

Here’s the email I just got from the ads guy:

Our agency can definitely run BookBub and/or Amazon Ads for your book.
Only problem is, we’ve seen that these ads work best when a book has at least around 10 reviews, and is ranking ok – around 30k I’d say.
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I currently have 4 reviews on the book (thanks to every single one of you, may God bless you…)

And my ranking is currently around the 700,000 mark…. i.e. totally cack.
Now, I’m not asking you to solve my author problems, I need to go away and figure things out a bit more myself. 
But, I am asking if there is anyone out there who is happy to write a review, either because they were doing the course, or have already been sent the PDF, or even are happy to buy the book and read it (ooo, now I’m getting really controversial.)
No problem if you can’t, really, I totally understand.

But if you can, and you could and you will, that would be fantastic.

 

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Here’s a little of what some of the existing reviewers said about People Smarts – it’s honestly a really helpful system, that will transform how you relate to dealing with your stress – even of the COVID-19-stuck-in-the-house-for-15-months-going-crazy-with-kids-at-home-24/7 variety:

Review #1:

[I]f you’re looking for a system that has stood the test of time, a system used by some of the greatest Torah Sages and hinted at in Psalm 148 (in which God is praised using the 4 elements) and mentioned in the ancient Midrash Bamidbar Rabbah 14:12 (the elements are referred to in Hebrew as the four teva’im), a system that explains the human psyche in a way others don’t, then [People Smarts] provides a great introduction to an extremely complex & insightful system.
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Review #2:

I took the People Smarts course given by the author herself online, several months ago, before she came out with the book. The course was very helpful and gave broader perspective of stress and stress response and management than I had before….Do not read the book – study it!

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Review #3:

[People Smarts] employs a simple but comprehensive personality quiz to identify your typical stress response behaviors. It describes what these behaviors look like when they are balanced and healthy, and more importantly, when they are unbalanced and unhealthy. And most importantly, it offers practical advice on how to balance your stress responses and work towards having them be more useful and less disruptive to your physical and mental health.
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Review #4:

Rivka Levy has a journalist’s flair, making complex subjects easy for even a novice like me. Moreover, the advice is clear, easy and practical. After mastering the material, was suddenly able to sail through the snags in family relationships and whatever else was blocking this reader from reaching life-long goals. Highly recommended!
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You can review the book here:
And I appreciate any little help you can give me. Let’s be clear, no-one is going to be retiring on the amount I make from writing my books (both my teenagers are out-earning me by a factor of about 1000%….), but it would be great if more people could use the People Smarts information to really get a handle on their stress and their relationships.
Thankenchou.
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Many doctors and scientists are bravely speaking out about the weak evidence for social distancing, and highlighting inflated COVID stats.

This video is full of doctors and experts, speaking out about what is going on, in terms of inflating COVID stats, hyping up the ‘threat’ from COVID, and implementing social distancing and mask wearing diktats that have NO real science, to back them up.

These are all accredited, respected researchers and doctors in their field, not easily dismissed as ‘quacks’.

I know, cognitive dissonance is so hard to overcome.

I know, it’s so hard to admit we might have been wrong, or taken for a ride, or lied to. That we trusted people we shouldn’t. That our ‘gut instincts’ weren’t on the money.

It’s hard to change our mind, and back down, I know.

But please, listen to this:

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And then watch this:

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It’s Yuval Carmi, a falafel restaurant owner in Ashdod who burst into tears during the interview, because he has literally run out of money and has no way of feeding his family.

THERE ARE NOW A MILLION ‘YUVAL CARMIS’ IN ISRAEL.

The economic disaster that is starting to unfold here is totally awful. I watched this video, and I felt so, so sad for Yuval, and the million other people like him now, in Israel.

We CANNOT just sit here, apathetic, and continue to let the lies and the bad to win.

It’s hard to start thinking for ourselves, and to do our own research, and to stop listening to all the lying propaganda we’ve all got so used to pouring out of the media sites.

If we join together, we can overcome this.

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BH, more of us will open our eyes, admit we were duped by our politicians, and make the teshuva we need to make to get all this to turn around.

We were wrong. We made a mistake. We accepted fallacious information from lying media who are funded by big vested interests underpinned by evil.

That’s all we need to do to save people like Yuval – and the millions like him in YOUR country, too – before his livelihood totally crumbles away.

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UPDATE:

To make it easier for you to get, at a glance, how we are all being manipulated with the statistics, I screen-shotted some relevant things from the Corbett Report video, above – which I highly, highly recommend you watch, as it has all the resources as ‘Show Notes’ under the video, so you can go and check all of this information out for yourselves, and make up your own mind.

HOW THEY INFLATE THE ‘DEATH’ STATS BY CHANGING THE REPORTING GUIDANCE FOR COVID-19:

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HOW MORTALITY RATES ARE BEING SKEWED BECAUSE OF ERRORS IN THE TESTING, INCLUDING FALSE POSITIVE IN UP TO HALF OF THE ‘COVID-19’ TESTS APPLIED IN CHINA:

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HOW ‘SOCIAL DISTANCING’ HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH STAMPING THE VIRUS OUT:

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We are sleep-walking our way into a fascist global dictatorship, unless more of us wake up and make the teshuva we need to make, on so many different levels.

More on that tomorrow, BH.

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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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Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash

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That’s what I read, when I ‘randomly’ opened up a Breslov book called Hishtapchus Hanefesh.

Here’s a brief description of that book:

“Hishtapchus Hanefesh is a powerful work dealing with prayer. Rabbi Nachman taught that tefilah is our main weapon and that any challenge can be overcome.” 

I read that during a six hour hitbodedut session that began at 3.55 am this morning, after I woke up in the middle of the night and just couldn’t get back to sleep. I spent more time yesterday rushing around making sure I can make seder if the ‘end of the world’ descends on us before Pesach.

And then, as I was eyeing up the onions, and debating if I should buy another 400 onions to add to the 400 onions I already bought – because how am I meant to cook anything tasty if I don’t have onions?! – I suddenly realised that I have come to the end of my ability to prepare for what comes next.

I have no more koach to buy onions.

Or toilet paper.

Or tuna.

I have no more koach to write blog posts about what’s really going on, and why.

I have no more koach to spend hours listening to people pour out their troubles and woes, all the time telling me they are Litvaks or Lubavitchers, so they don’t believe in things like doing hitbodedut or going to Uman; or that they heard bad things about Rav Berland, so they don’t want to read any of his books or listen to any of his Torah; or that I just don’t understand how their massive problems AREN’T a result of their own bad middot, arrogance and lack of emuna, and so me telling them to make some real teshuva about these things is just insulting and unhelpful…

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Right now, my 16 year old is still in bed.

She’s totally and utterly depressed by being forced to spend 24/7 in our house with her parents, and without her friends. And as a rule, I get on really well with my daughter, and give her a lot of leeway and respect, and also let her do things like build chicken coops and big bonfires in the garden.

But 16 year olds need their space away from parents – especially controlling parents who eagerly set upon COVID-19 hysteria as a great way to get their recalcitrant teen 100% back under their thumb – and so, I’m watching my daughter, and so many of her friends, sink into a terrible, Bibi-induced depression.

There’s so much I can say about the manipulation and deceit being instituted at the highest levels right now, but I don’t have the koach to do it.

Suffice to say that just as all the control-freak parents are doing to their teens right now – i.e. totally destroying their mental health and emotional resilience in the process of getting them back under the thumb with fear, guilt and coercion tactics – so the control-freak government is doing to the wider population.

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In a minute, I’m off for my last walk to the Kotel.

Bibi et al have decided that I can no longer walk down to the Kotel – even totally by myself – and as of this evening, I will only be allowed to walk 100 metres from my home.

Bibi et al have also decided that my husband can no longer go to shul, or dip in a mikva.

Bibi is 70 – the high risk age group! – but is still appearing in public flanked by way more than 10 people, none of whom are following the retarded ‘two metre social distancing rule’.

I see the police at the Kotel Plaza, and no-one is wearing face-masks or wearing gloves, and everyone is hanging out way closer than 2 metres to each other.

But according to the media, synagogues are the main way COVID-19 is meant to be being spread.

Surely, what’s going on here is now so obvious that even the most dense person has to acknowledge that ‘something’ isn’t quite right in this picture?

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I have an article all written up and ready to go about stats from Italy, amongst other things, that show that 99% of the fatalities there were over 60, and 99% of the fatalities there had multiple, pre-existing conditions.

But I don’t have the koach to put it up, not least because the Israeli government is now prosecuting people who dare to say that having 5 people over 79 (all of whom had pre-existing medication conditions) die from COVID-19 in Israel in the last month doesn’t add up to a massive death toll.

In short, I have yeoush.

What more can I write, what more can I argue, what more can I pray?

That’s what I told Hashem this morning, as I lay in bed also trying to fight off a gathering feeling of depression.

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But then, I opened up Hishtapchus Hanefesh (siman 50), and I’m going to translate the full section of what I read, below:

For in truth, there is no despair in the whole world! And every person needs to go through many, many things, before he merits to enter into kedusha (a state of holiness).

Who amongst us is greater than Adam HaRishon, who separated from his wife, and sat in complete teshuva for 130 years? And precisely then, in those 130 years, demonic spirits came and ‘warmed him up’ [a polite way of saying they enticed Adam to spill seed], as our rabbis taught us. And of course, this weakened his daat (spiritual awareness) greatly each time, and of course the baal davar (the Satan) put one over on him, and wanted to totally pull him down from his spiritual level, each time.

But on each occasion, he got a grip on himself, and didn’t move from his path of teshuva, that he continued until he merited to give birth to Shet (Seth) after 130 years. And from him, the world descended; the Patriarchs descended from him, and Moshe, and the Moshiach. And Adam HaRishon himself was a tzaddik and chassid all of his days, and died with a good name.

And even though we still need to tikkun (rectify) his pgam (spiritual blemish) in each and every generation, even so, if he hadn’t got a grip on himself and strengthened himself to rectify whatever he rectified, then the tikkun (spiritual rectification) would certainly have been way more difficult to accomplish for the tzaddikim who came after him.

And of course, [part of the soul of Adam HaRishon] is also present in each person even now, because this is the essence of the test, that he strengthens himself during all of the spiritual descents, Hashem should have mercy, and everything else that happens to him. And that he should accustom himself every day to start afresh, and to imagine to himself that he was only born today, etc.

Whatever he manages to have the merit of rectifying by way of his teshuva is certainly very good. And that which he doesn’t merit to completely rectify will be guaranteed (underwritten…) by the strength of the holy Tzaddikim, who possess the strength to transform everything for the good.

But only if we don’t despair of ourselves.

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Slowly, slowly, that message is sinking in.

I can’t prepare for every eventuality, I can’t fix everything that is still broken, both within myself and with my relationships, even though I’ve tried so very hard to do that, the last few years.

But Rebbe Nachman is teaching me that I don’t have to get the job totally finished.

I just need to do my very best, make the best teshuva I can make, then trust that the true Tzaddikim will be able to get the job finished, and to turn everything around for the good.

Personally, I can’t wait for that to happen.

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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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Despite the difficult situation we all find ourselves in with Coronavirus, suffering is still optional

Day 20 at the Kotel today, and Baruch Hashem, there were a few more people there than yesterday – like maybe 18 women in the whole, massive plaza, as opposed to yesterday’s 13.

This whole test is about controlling our fallen fears, and developing some genuine yirat shemayim, or fear of heaven, which basically boils down to having emuna that God is running the world.

In the middle of all this, it’s impossible to fake what you really think and feel about what’s going on. If you are still sleeping OK at night, if you aren’t consumed by worry, then either you are:

Still living in total denial about what is actually going on at the moment

OR

You have a lot of genuine emuna.

Here’s a quick way to figure out which camp you might actually be in: if you already stocked up enough food to last you over the next few weeks, including buying at least the basics required for Pesach, then you are probably in the last camp.

And if not….

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Stocking up with some essentials is part of how to get through the madness in one piece.

But a much more crucial part of how to not lose your marbles over the coming weeks can be found in lesson 250 of Likutey Moharan.

There, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov teaches us:

“Know: the sole cause of all types of pain and all suffering is a lack of daat (deeply internalized spiritual knowledge), for whoever possesses daat and knows that everything is ordained by God – that “God gave, and God took” (Job 1:21) – does not suffer at all, and experiences no pain.”

Rabbenu continues:

“….pain is very light and easy to accept when one is clearly aware that everything is ordained by God….[pain and suffering] will not be felt at all if one possesses daat, for pain and suffering are mainly on account of one’s daat being taken away, so that one should experience the suffering.

“This is the essence of Jewish pain in the exile: all on account of their falling away from daat and attributing everything to nature, circumstances and fate. This is what causes their pain and suffering.”

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It’s a profound lesson that is speaking mamash about what we are seeing occur all over the world right now with Coronavirus hysterical panic (which so far, seems to be far more infectious and dangerous than the actual virus itself…)

Later on in Lesson 250, Rabbenu explains how the Jewish people are above nature, and how our prayers can mamash transcend nature and change it, and then ties all of that in to bringing an ‘end’ to non-Jewish nations, and remembering the Jews who are sunk in exile within them, still.

Well worth a read.

But for today’s post, let’s come back to this idea that suffering and pain really only happen when we forget that God is in charge of the world, and is ordering everything that is happening to us and around us.

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What lessons can we learn from Rabbenu, about how to deal with the Coronavirus madness we all find ourselves caught up in?

Here’s where I’m holding with things:

  • I’m working on my emunat tzaddikim and emuna.

That means that whenever I start having a self-induced panic attack because I’ve read things by fearmongering heretics about this whole saga lasting for another 6 months, or lo alenu even more, 18 months, I remind myself that Rabbi Berland is working hard to sweeten this, and he said it will be over by Pesach.

And then, I go and say the Rav’s prayer to be saved from Coronavirus, or I go and say a Tikkun HaKlali, or I do a bit more hitbodedut, or I dance around for a bit and clap my hands – and like magic, I start to feel way, way happier again.

  • I’m trying to avoid sites written by heretics and fearmongerers

People are strange. We have this peculiar pull to hearing bad news, and watching horror movies like Nightmare on Elm Street, even though we know they are going to disrupt our sleep and give us nightmares for the next 2 months.

And this Coronavirus matzav is bringing that tendency out very strongly.

I realized a few days back that when I’m not reading doom-and-gloom predictions about economic collapse, 5G zombification and 50 million people dead, I’m actually pretty happy on a day to day basis.

Also, I can’t see any justification for these awful predictions in my dalet amot. People aren’t dropping dead on the street, I don’t know anyone who is seriously ill, and despite Bibi’s massive hysterical fit, the public ‘mood’ really isn’t so hysterical.

On some level, I think so many of us can feel that God is hiding behind this whole Coronavirus thing, and that however bad it looks, looks are currently very deceptive.

But reading news sites and blogs written by hysterical atheists (some of whom are pretending to be ‘religious’) gets me super antsy, super-fast. So, I’ve stopped visiting sites which are full of fear, emotional manipulation and ‘blaming statements’ about chareidim having blood on their hands just because they happen to still be davening in a minyan and learning Torah.

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  • My main response to this matzav (apart from panic buying essentials…) is teshuva and prayer.

On Shabbat, I did another six hour talking to God session, which really helped me to feel way, way calmer about everything, and way more connected to Hashem.

I’ve also started saying a prayer every single day to avoid speaking lashon hara and rechilut, and I’m trying very hard to let go any bad feelings I have about people, as per the instructions of Rav Kanievsky.

When I have energy, like on Shabbat, I’m trying to do 7 Tikkun HaKlalis on behalf of the Rav. When I don’t have that much energy (i.e. most of the time…) I made an agreement with my husband that we’ll split the 7 between us, and whoever had more koach and headspace will do more.

I’m also trying very hard not to go bonkers at my kids, and let’s face it, that’s probably the biggest test we’re all having, day to day.

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Trying to keep bored teens busy enough and happy enough that they don’t start ripping your house to shreds, or tearing holes in their parents, siblings and themselves is a massive challenge.

Like today, I saw that one of my kids left paint brushes full of diluted mahogany wood gloss on the new, white, downstairs sink. And we’re renting. I had a rant to myself for half a minute about how retarded teenagers can be, rushed off to clean it, then worked really hard to not hold a grudge against my kid in my heart.

In Israel, we’ve been in partial lockdown for 10 days already, and that’s a long time to share space with teens.

But I know it’s all coming from God, and that it’s just a test of my middot and my emuna, and that’s really helping me to deal with this whole situation so much better, and to remain so much calmer, and to turn the work inwards, into prayer and introspection, as much as possible, and far less into rants and unrealistic expectations about how other people should be acting and reacting.

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The last thing I’m trying to do is to just live in the moment, and to stop trying to peer around corners.

Right now, I have enough food to get me through Pesach. I have enough toilet paper. I have enough interesting projects to be getting on with. I have enough space that everyone can do their own thing without being in view of others 24/7, Baruch Hashem.

I’m going to the Kotel every day, which I’ve never done before in my life.

I’m taking the opportunity to smell the roses, and to stop being online all the time.

I’m baking cookies for my families, and even starting to plan a new painting.

In short, life is good.

Really good.

God is in charge of the world, not me. And the more I can remember that, the less I stress and worry.

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There is a lot of stress and yeoush rushing around the world right now. It’s so easy to get caught up in the panic and the fear, and to forget that God is the only One pulling the strings, here.

When that happens, we start to suffer terribly, and then the situation can become overwhelmingly painful and scary.

But we Jews are above nature. Our prayers can literally change reality.

God is locking us all down right now so we stop acting like the non-Jews, and stop panicking about face masks, hand sanitizer and staying 2 metres away from each other, and turn back to God wholeheartedly. This is part of the whole process of leaving galut, both physically and spiritually.

And as soon as we really put God back into our picture, our pain and suffering will stop.

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Day 3 of the partial lockdown in Israel, and Baruch Hashem, no-one has (yet) killed anyone in my house.

What open miracles! What revealed good!

At this stage, it seems to me that the real danger from Covid-19 is not so much the pathological nature of the virus, but how much it’s empowering the police state to force me to try to spend 24 hours a day SOLID with my kids….

But you know what?

I’ve been practicing for this for months, if not years. For months if not years, I’ve barely had a single week where both of my teenagers have been in the ‘framework’ they’ve meant to be in. I literally can’t remember the last time they were both in school when they were meant to be, or both doing whatever else it was they were meant to be doing, that gave me a whole week ‘off’ home alone.

So, when this current phase of Coronavirus madness descended, I actually wasn’t so bothered. I’m used to my kids being around when I’m trying to do other things. I’m used to them playing their music at ear-splitting levels, and totally taking over the kitchen to cook weird things that apparently don’t come with lots of instructions for how to clean up afterwards.

In short, I’m used to hanging out with my kids, on their terms, and kind of ‘squishing myself’ into the sidelines, so they have the space and freedom they need to not go bonkers at home.

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And at this stage of the game, I say thank God for all this practice, because it means we’re actually doing ok.

To help things along, I’ve been panic buying a bit more every day, because I don’t trust the government as far as I can throw them. Sure, all the supermarkets will stay open whatever happens….. yadda yadda yadda. Whatever you say, Health Ministry Ubermenschen.

And I also bought two live chickens…. And I’ve also bought some 2x4s for the people in my house that like to make things out of wood…And I also bought some crochet yarns and hooks to make kippas…and a cast iron pot to cook things over a campfire in case we mamash go back to the stone age….

So, we have plenty to keep ourselves busy with.

Of course, I’m getting pretty much zero work or writing done.

And of course, I’m cooking three times a day because everyone is home and comfort eating, so as well as lunch and supper I’ve also been baking more cakes than a conditoria this last week.

What can we do?

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This situation has definitely got its challenges.

It’s definitely got its stresses. But most of all, so far, this lockdown has had a massive silver lining for me, as I see just how much I actually like and love my family, and just how good God has actually been to me the last few years, that I’m in the position I’m in today mentally, emotionally and socially, with my husband and kids.

Imagine being locked down with spouses you don’t speak to or like very much, or kids you haven’t really spoken to for 12 years, since you sent them off to kindergarten, or three million small kids running around that usually the teachers handle because you’re at work drinking cappuccino and pretending you’re doing some real hard work.

Bweeoooaaahhhh.

I’m getting the shivers just thinking about those scenarios.

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In the meantime, so far I can still get to the Kotel every day to pray, baruch Hashem.

In the meantime, the bakery that makes my spelt bread is still open – albeit everything is now pre-bagged – and even the hardware shop is ignoring the rules to keep selling nails, screws and wood stain.

Baruch Hashem.

And then, there are other kindnesses, too. Like, I remember how we were meant to sign on our mortgage 2 weeks ago, and the bank just refused to action it…. Just one of those ‘Israeli-bank-mental-torture’ things that happen. Except this time – Baruch Hashem! Because we didn’t sign, we aren’t paying for a mortgage. And because the whole plan was to rent that apartment out to pay for the mortgage – and everyone is now in partial lockdown – the bank’s torture routine has probably ended up saving me a fortune in time and money.

Baruch Hashem.

I have to say, in the midst of all the madness I’m feeling pretty happy.

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Someone sent me a comment, asking if it’s OK to feel kind of ‘happy’ about all these birth pangs of Moshiach that are going on all over the place, even though things are so stressful and apparently ‘bad’.

Here’s what Rebbe Nachman has to say about that (from Sefer HaMiddot, the section on Yirat Shemayim, or fear of heaven, #28):

One who has yirat shemayim will not be afraid when frightening events come upon the world. To the contrary, he will rejoice.

So, it seems that how we’re reacting to this whole COIVD-19 hoohah is a pretty good measure of how much yirat shemayim we actually have.

And while we’re on that subject, let me just toss in #29 from Sefer HaMiddot here, too:

One who has yirat shemayim will certainly submit himself before the Tzaddik.

Because rejoicing in this difficult matzav we all find ourselves in, and submitting ourselves before the Tzaddik certainly go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one if you don’t have the other.

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So, I’m up to day 16 of my 40 day stint praying at the Kotel, and I can’t really believe just how much things changed since the first day I began.

There are 24 days left to go – until the third day of Pesach chol hamoed – and who knows how much things will change again, by then

But I’m holding on to the Rav’s promise that all this will be sweetened by Erev Pesach, however unlikely that seems right now.

The footsteps of Moshiach are fast approaching.

But who knows how many of us are going to still be sane by the time they actually arrive?

That is the question.

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Today, I got an email from someone I’m close to who works on the Shuvu Banim website.

It was quite a simple email, hinting that there’s a possibility that the person could be arrested soon, in connection with the ongoing police investigation against the Rav.

My contact wanted to know if I could keep an eye on the English ravberland.com website, if that happened.

What can I tell you? I kind of freaked out.

I got on the phone to find out what’s going on, and I learned that seven of the Rav’s attendants are still being kept in prison – together with the Rav himself – and that another 30 of the people around him are due to be targeted by the police any day soon.

Where am I living?!? Soviet Russia, Pinochet’s Argentina, or a country that prides itself on being ‘the only democracy in the Middle East?

That’s what I was asking myself after that call.

Because when all is said and done, there is no crime involved in telling people they should pay sums of money for a pidyon nefesh, and there is no crime involved in receiving that money.

Everyone has free choice – it’s the whole reason why God created the world – and everyone can CHOOSE to believe what they want, and to give their money to whoever they want.

Rebbe Nachman defined free choice like this:

If you want to do something, you do it.

End of discussion.

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(Btw, if you want more background about the spiritual concept of pidyon nefesh  – as described in the Breslov tradition – you can find that HERE and HERE.)

True, sometimes the pidyonot don’t work out as hoped.

Sometimes, you can go to the best doctor in the world, and then still die on their operating table. Sometimes, you can follow the healthiest diet in the world, and still come down with stomach cancer. Sometimes, you can force-feed yourself mega doses of Vitamin C, and chew powdered turmeric all day, and drink your 3 litres of spring water chased with wheatgrass shots – and still get COVID.

Why?

Because God said.

Because this world is full of hidden tikkunim and loose ends from previous reincarnations that aren’t obvious at all.

Because there are no absolute guarantees in life, except that one day we’ll all die.

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What I want to know, is if the police are happy to go after Rabbi Berland for doing pidyonot, not all of which work, but many of which work miraculously amazingly well, are they also going to start going after all these doctors and their institutions who also make big claims that they can cure people for lots of money?

And if not, why not?

Even in my small bubble, I’ve heard so many stories of patients being charged massive sums by greedy surgeons for operations and procedures that still failed miserably, and often did more harm than good.

Where is the equality, here? Where’s the justice?

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In the meantime, after that call I got a little shaky.

I mean, I’ve written two books about the Rav with my real name on them… maybe that’s also now an arrestable offence in the Soviet State of Israel?

Maybe, putting up blog posts pointing out the obvious persecution, and the obvious foul play and corruption going on in relation to this latest ‘investigation’ into the Rav and Shuvu Banim could also land me in the clink?

Who knows?

If there were real legal rules being abided by here, real laws you could examine and clarify, there would clearly be nothing to worry about. Remember, Israel is the only ‘democracy’ in the Middle East!!!!

One of the few silver linings of this whole horrible situation is that it should be painfully clear to even the most ‘anti’ idiot out there that the Israeli Police are politicized, corrupt, and crossing every legal red line you can think of. If this is not about the pursuit of ‘justice’ – and clearly, it isn’t – then it does get a little stressful, pondering whether writing a book and a blog post could be enough to get me thrown in the slammer too….

Hopefully not.

But I still got a little shaky this morning.

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Sigh.

I wish all this confusion would disappear, already. I wish things would be easier, smoother.

Each day, I’m bowled over by something else to consider, something else to try to birur and clarify, something else to test my emuna and emunat tzaddikim.

I’m tired, God.

And still the madness continues.

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UPDATE:

I just got this via email from someone in Shuvu Banim:

moments ago Rav Berland was removed form the police interrogation room in a stretcher to the emergency room, exact situation not known. He’s been suffering from heart problems… this is the second time he passed out during interigations. the police have him hadncuffed to the hospital bed even after undergoing heart cath. please pray and share the link.

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They’ve started up a chesed fund campaign to try to raise money to free the Rav from the hands of the evil Israeli government – pidyon shvuyim, but it’s beyond crazy that this is happening in the supposedly ‘Jewish’ state.

You can see the campaign HERE – and it has approbations from many big rabbis, if you want a very good cause to donate to.

Man, how much lower can things go? BH, I’m off to the prayer gathering for the Rav at Kever Rochel now, happening at 7pm. Please also say some tehillim, do a tikkun haklali, whatever you can, to add your prayers into the mix. We need all the help we can get, at this point.

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