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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why not?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(From HERE🙂

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

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

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

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Ber Eybshutz was a famous rabbi of his time.

Nobody excommunicated him.

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

And who their descendants really are today.

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

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

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

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

This from Wikipedia:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which is profoundly shocking, at least to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But I can tell you one thing for sure:

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

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

TBC

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29 replies
  1. alizah
    alizah says:

    bs”d This really does feel like ‘down the rabbit hole’.

    You reminded me of something the Rav said, don’t remember when or where, that Yehuda HaChassid was not called that because he was a chassid, but rather this was his surname.
    And are you familiar with the story where someone asked R. Yonatan Eyebeshutz how is it possible that Moshiach can prevail against the world? And he said it was like a yard full of roosters. One little chicken hides under a table until the roosters all kill each other.
    Also thought R. Berg said that R. Yonatan was persecuted back then and put into cherem, and that now people say he was good??? Yes, confusing.

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  2. Rachel Erman
    Rachel Erman says:

    I didn’t quite understand what the problem is with two daughters of the Mittler Rebbe having the same name. My husband says that Rav Chisda, the famous sage of the Talmud, had two sons with the same name. To distinguish between them, people called them Mar Yenuka (the younger one) and Mar Kashisha (the older one).

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  3. Shira
    Shira says:

    Hi Rivka,

    Curious if you have an email or a way to ask a question, or is writing in the comments the best way to get in touch with you?

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    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      This comes from Chabad’s own website and publications, here: http://www.sichos-in-english.org/books/sefer-hatoldos-admur-maharash/15.htm

      “Rebbetzin Sarah was the Mitteler Rebbe’s youngest daughter, having been born in his old age. The Mitteler Rebbe had two sons and six daughters:
      the saintly chassid Reb [Menachem] Nachum;
      the saintly chassid Reb Baruch;
      Sarah [the elder];
      Beila;
      Menuchah Rachel;
      Chayah Mussia;
      Sterna Freida;
      Sarah [the younger].

      I do not know the exact order of their births. I heard from my grandmother the Rebbetzin that [the younger Sarah] was named in memory of her older sister Sarah, who had passed away before [the younger one] was born.[1]

      My great-aunt Gittel told me that there was great joy at their mother’s birth. She was originally named Chayah Sarah, for in their great excitement they forgot that she had a sister named Chayah Mussia. But the Mitteler Rebbe always called this daughter Sorkeh;[2] thus, everyone called her Sorkeh as her father did, and her true name Chayah Sarah was almost completely forgotten. She was very beloved by the Mitteler Rebbe. She was born 5571.[3]

      The wedding of my great-grandmother Rebbetzin Sarah to my great-grandfather the gaon and chassid Reb Aharon son of the gaon Reb Moshe of the Alexandrov[4] family of Shklov, took place 15 Menachem Av 5586.”

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  4. Nehama
    Nehama says:

    Korach was a learned Jew and had been considered a “tzaddik” in his generation prior to being exposed. Not surprising that what happened to the avot are signs for the children, as we are told this is how Hashem desires to run the world.

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  5. alizah
    alizah says:

    bs”d When my daughter was born, my husband wanted to give her a certain name and a rav said it’s not allowed because my first daughter from my first marriage had one part of that name. Our rav also said we could not give our son a certain name, for a similar reason. Was confused before, and now even more.

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  6. Netanel Simcha
    Netanel Simcha says:

    Yes Rivka, I think you’re absolutely right in some of the questions you raised. For example, “how can it be that the Vilna Gaon wrote a letter siding with his good friend Yonatan Eybshutz.” And also how can it be “that Yonatan Eybshutz’s reputation would be so whitewashed and revered even in our days.” Yes, I think you’re making very good points over here.

    Shabbtai Tzvi for years proclaimed publicly that he was the Mashiach, and then he died obviously without having redeemed the jews. I don’t think think there can be better proof than that that obviously he wasn’t really Mashiach. Maybe, though, you’ll tell me that, even so, people still believed in him because they believed that he would come back in another lifetime/reincarnation and redeem us, but that obviously and clearly can’t be true because if that’s really what Shabbtai Tzvi believed would happen, then he should have made it crystal clear to everyone from the very beginning that he would only be coming to redeem us in his next lifetime. Since he didn’t say that, and certainly not from the beginning, obviously anyone can see from that that really he was a fake and false prophet. Even more so, it was obvious that he was a fake, because then he went ahead and converted to Islam! No real Mashiach would cause such a massive letdown to the Jewish people, and certainly the Mashiach wouldn’t then convert to Islam. Also, the Torah says very clearly that if the good thing that the prophet says will happen to klal Yisrael doesn’t actually happen, then that means he’s really a false prophet.

    I think what I’m saying right now is very simple and easy to understand. You don’t need a high IQ to understand any of it. That’s why it’s extremely hard for me to believe that these gedolim you mentioned could have really believed in Shabbtai Tzvi.

    A very simple person can understand that Shabbtai Tzvi was a false Messiah, so kal vachomer, these gedolim who were extremely big geniuses, the likes of which we can’t even fathom, for sure they wouldn’t have belived in Shabbtai Tzvi.

    First of all, there are amazing stories that can attest to Rav Yonasan Eybshutz’s righteousness and his genius brain. But even without the stories, his seforim that he wrote are enough of a testimony as to how great of a gadol he was. You can see the precision that he had for halacha just by reading some of his seforim, and his seforim are highly acclaimed even in our day and age, years after he passed away.

    As for Rav Meir Eisenstadt (the Panim Meiros), I don’t know so much about him, but what I do know is that his shailos u’teshuvos sefer can certainly attest to his precision in halacha and breadth of knowledge.

    And as for the Vilna Gaon, kal vachomer it’s not even a question that he was a massive tzaddik and genius in kol hatorah kulah.

    As for the fact that there’s supposedly lots of things that point to these people being followers of Shabbtai Tzvi, I can’t give answers to all those questions, but that still doesn’t convince me that these people were Sabbateans.

    First of all, who says these amulets people found are the same ones that Rav Yonasan Eybshutz wrote? Is anyone around today who is 300 years old who can say that they know precisely where these amulets were during each year of the past 300 years, and therefore they know for sure that these are Rav Yonasan Eybshutz’s amulets? And is there 100% proof that that Rav Yonasan Eybshutz was really friends with Sabbateans? And even if somehow we were to prove that he was, who says that means that he believed everything that those friends believed in, maybe he was just friends with them in order to eventually show them the light or maybe he was friends with them for political reasons.

    And even if you don’t like the arguments that I just said, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any answers to your questions, it just means that none of us have found those answers yet. We may not have discovered the pieces in the puzzle that would explain everything.

    According to the way things stand right now in the whole story with Rav Berland, in 200 years from now the historical archives will probably show that Rabbi Berland did bad things to women and other crimes. Will that mean that Rabbi Berland really did those things? No! Of course not.

    Here too, although we obviously can’t say that it was the Israeli media and judicial system that spread these allegations against these 3 gedolim, as they lived way before the state of Israel, even so, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t some way to answer up how these people really were not Sabbateans even though certain things supposedly indicate that they were.

    Also, maybe Hashem davka made it such that Rav Yonasan Eybshutz would be persecuted for crimes he never committed so he could sweeten heavenly judgements hanging over klal Yisrael, just like you always talk about regarding Rav Berland.

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    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      Just as we got to the bottom of the ‘mystery’ with Rabbi Berland, shlita, we will get to the bottom of the ‘mystery’ here too. With God’s help.

      Clearly, I have way more information I’m currently looking at than what is appearing on the blog. And way more interesting questions that still lack answers.

      So any and all (honest…) input is very much appreciated.

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  7. True Tzadikkim
    True Tzadikkim says:

    Bs”d
    There was some Broda family married into family of Rabeinu. Stephchildren descendants of other streaming are pretending a lot.
    The WAR BETWEEN CHOSHECH VE OR
    was felt by many families of BESHT and
    RABEINU,
    before =(Essau/Yaacov)
    Mostly the choshech families force themself into families of OR.
    By manipulation, rape or even kidnapping.
    Two of family members of Rabeinu divorced to prevent this, one on advice of Rabeinu himself. [I’m editing these names out, for now – Rivka] did not escape unharmed!
    The targetting, destroiyn and replacing continues by way of GENE-GENETICS-DNA TEST websites users/owners.
    By this i put myself in mute mode.
    The one that want to see, will!
    https://www.geni.com/discussions/148313?by_or_about=6000000000348840317

    ([This name also edited, for now – Rivka], Kimch(=Yacobovic)i, Horowitc….etc)
    Rabbi Nachman MAY HIS FIRE OF EMET BRING US WORLD FREE OF RA! was born into this world to give us OR.
    The same time also the opposite, Yaacob Frank, yshvz! the choshech of evil lies, zima and tuma. From that moments the family of Rabeinu was targetted by its descendants/followers.
    Attack on KDUSHA, TZNIUT, KASHRUT, PURE LANGUAGE (LASHON HA KODESH AND NO IVRIT). and the good name of a Jewish woman is their daily goal. The life of a Jew is
    MOSHE TORAH
    AHARON HALACHA
    VE MIRIAM TORAH SH B PEH
    ZOHAR come from keeping all 3 in our life, not without!

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    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      True Tzaddikim – please email me with more information about the name changes etc, out of the comments section. I am trying to figure this out as ‘tzniusly’ as possible, to avoid machloket.

      This is crazy enough already….

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  8. Daisy Stern
    Daisy Stern says:

    Rivka,

    Did I understand you correctly? Are you implying that there is something “fishy” about the Maharal because none of his descendants appear in genealogy? Well, for one thing, I can affirm that some of my second cousins are direct descendants of the Maharal, with a link to David Hamelech as a result.. Second, I myself am a deep admirer of the Maharal; he was one of our greatest Gedolim of the last few centuries. An attack on him would frankly upset me greatly.

    I have a suggestion for you: why don’t you ask the question to Rav Berland himself, or course via various messengers who have access to him? I would be extremely shocked if he were to say even one bad thing about the Maharal of Prague, ZT”L.

    And in general why don’t you ask the Rav if your theories about various of our Gedolim hold weight?

    If I misunderstood you, then first my apologies, and then please clarify what you meant by what you wrote about him. Thanks.

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  9. Adam
    Adam says:

    To find out that some people had Sabbatean ancestors doesn’t mean anything. Both of our ancestors believed in Shabtai Tzvi at one point probably. And to accuse Rabbeinu Yonatan Eyebschutz zs’l is such a terrible thing I dont know how you are able to openly do this. Rav Yaakov Emden also accused the Ramchal of being a sabbatean too, so should we start saying that the Ramchal was one? Lehavdil. There’s a reason why Rav Ovadia would often quote Reb Yonatan right as he quoted Rav Emden.

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    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      Rebbe Nachman teaches that you can tell the measure of a rabbi by his pupils, like a seal in wax.

      Who are R Yonatan Eybshutz’s pupils?

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  10. Daisy Stern
    Daisy Stern says:

    Since you mention Gedolim and their pupils – and of course their descendants, then please let me tell you about my cousin by marriage, father of my second cousins I mentioned, who passed away years ago: he was a rabbi himself, an extremely lovable and loved rabbi, from Hungary, descendant of rabbis too. During WWII he was so horrified by the slaughter of the Jews of Hungary that he personally joined the ranks of the Hungarian Nazis, under disguise of course, with his tzitzit under his uniform, repeatedly risking his life, went to numerous houses of Jews together with those hoodlums, “arrested” the Jews, and then brought them to the Swiss who were saving Jews in Budapest, thereby saving their lives. He saved numerous Jews that way. They even made a movie about him a few years ago: “Sleeping with the Enemy”. His children are wonderful, upright, loving Jews. So here you go: descendants of the Maharal,The fact that it is not mentioned in Geni doesn’t mean it didn’t happen!!!

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    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      Can you give me (and my readers) a link for more of the story, or the film? When I google ‘Sleeping with the enemy’ I just get a bad film starring Julia Roberts or a book about Coco Chanel being a secret agent of the Nazis.

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  11. Daisy
    Daisy says:

    Hi Rivka,

    Shavuah Tov. My sincere apologies: being under a lot of pressure here in the US, I gave the wrong title for the movie. After the fact I thought that this title was rather seedy for my Tzaddik cousin Pinchas (Tibor) Rosenbaum ZT”L. Actually the title was: WALKING with the Enemy, a much more appropriate title. I don’t have the poster in front of my eyes, having left it in Kiryat Arba where it is still in a prominent place. This dear cousin of mine was actually so dear to me that I named my son after him, Pinchas ( as part of a double name), and not after a direct family member. I am still in excellent contact with his children, who live in Yerushalayim and are known for their amazing Hachnasat Orchim for the longest time. Amazing people is all I can say.

    Here is a link to the Wikipedia page of the movie they made about him.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walking_with_the_Enemy

    He did a lot of other amazing things in his life and paid dearly for being a good man, being betrayed by our usual actors we know so well – I won’t name the specific one in public – as a result of which he died at a relatively young age.

    So many more memories, some wonderful, and some very very sad.

    Enjoy, and remember that this Tzaddik was a descendant of the Maharal of Prague – according to his children!

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  12. Daisy
    Daisy says:

    … And here is more, about my cousin Pinchas himself:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibor_Rosenbaum

    I grew up with his daughter, she was more than a sister to me. We are still very close. He gave so much, and paid such a heavy price…. And the “boys” and I are still very close too. The weird thing is, I just noticed that his birthday was exactly seventy years to the day before the birth of my daughter-in-law who married my son named after him. How is that for “coincidence”???

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  13. Nonee
    Nonee says:

    Just one more thing… no matter what any one says, there were non Jews, too, namely Christians who did help many Jews to escape. That is a fact too. Just saying. After all truth is truth.

    Good and bad in every community and religion.
    Nonee

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  14. nonee
    nonee says:

    Rivka, you do not have to agree. But I believe that one day, soon, (Please Hashem!), when the Mashiach comes, all will be open and all things will be exposed. Amen.

    Nonee

    Hashem bless you and all good peoples of the world Amen.

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  15. Daisy Stern
    Daisy Stern says:

    Thank you for the correction, Nonee.

    I started watching the movie for the first few minutes, and please let me tell you. It is BASED on his life, it doesn’t even come close to his life. Pinchas was a very religious Jew, he would never have gone dancing in a cabaret like this. He came from a small town, Kisvarda. Several books were written about his life as well, which describe the reality of who he was a lot better. As I am writing I review a few pages of a French book called Operation Hazalah, where he is briefly mentioned, but I remember reading a whole book about him, which I unfortunately cannot find at this time.

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    • Nonee
      Nonee says:

      Shalom Daisy Stern, I am still watching the movie and i admire how brave Pinchas was.

      Please do not worry about the false extra scenes hollywood and the likes put in, as that is their norm, to ‘attrack’ some people to see the movie.

      Point is a movie was made, and you are proud of your relative. I watch a lot of Holocaust movies and listen to many of the stories of survivors. It has taught me one great thing; to be grateful for everything i have, B’H. Sure there are ups and downs as they are for everyone, sometimes some have more downs and ups, but we are still better off than those who had to endure the horrors of the holocaust.

      So i feel no more sorry for myself. I am grateful to Hashem for everything.
      I also know there are many good people who are not Jews, and i know many personally myself. I am not a Jew. I just follow Hashem and learn from some great Jewish blogs. All this I see as a blessing to me. I am grateful to the blogs I visit, (one is this one) and some few more but excellent blogs that teach about Torah and Hashem and some great leaders. To all I am humbly grateful.

      Hashem bless you and yours, Daisy Stern. Amen.

      Hashem bless this blog and the time Rivka takes to teach… and help many.

      Toda Rivka. God bless you and yours.
      God bless Am Israel and also the rest of the good peoples of the world. Amen.
      Nonee

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      • Daisy Stern
        Daisy Stern says:

        Thank you for your good words, Nonee. Blessings to you too; may you see the truth all the days of your life.
        And of course thank you, Rivka, for all your efforts: really good stuff to be found on your blog thanks to your research! Brachot and Kol Tuv.

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