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The Circle

Yesterday, I went to pray at Honi haMeagal's grave, near Tsfat. Ever since the first lockdown, back in February 2020, my husband and I have been careful now to 'go somewhere' on a Sunday. This week, we headed off to the grave of Honi haMeagal…
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Just one big family

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been consumed over the last few weeks with ‘getting to the bottom’ of what really happened in the Jewish community 200 years ago. Literally every day for three weeks, I’ve sat at my computer for 10…
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Rebbe Nachman's 'Demonic Talmid Chachams'

How can it be, that a person can be so very learned in Torah and still be a force for 'evil' in the world? Rebbe Nachman tackles this question in Likutey Moharan 1:12: (Hebrew source from Sefaria.org) מַה שֶּׁאָנוּ רוֹאִים,…
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What did Shabtai Tzvi / Jacob Frank believe?

Let's try and explain what 'Sabbateanism' and 'Frankism' really are. Before we move forward (very cautiously...) in exploring what happened to all those many thousands of 'pious orthodox Jews' (including big rabbis) who were really secret Sabbateans,…
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Curiouser and curiouser

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,…
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A little bit of 'normal'

Something strange was going on yesterday in Jerusalem. Most of the shops in downtown decided to open - illegally - in total contravention of the Stalinesque government. There were crowds of people all over the place, shopping (still in the…