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I was just going through my files for One In A Generation #3, when I found this.

It’s one of the last things written by former CIA operative William Cooper, before he was killed in a shoot-out with law enforcement back in 2001.

Cooper is the author of the ‘conspiracy theory’ classic, Behold a Dark Horse. Like Barry Hamish before him, he didn’t get everything right – the details about UFOs being of alien origin being a classic example of this – but so much of what he said then, and that sounded so very unbelievable, is actually playing out in front of our eyes today.

You can read this document at its source, HERE.

And if you go HERE, you’ll stumble across a mass of information that’s been totally scrubbed from Google, but cached in this one place, about population control / eugenics, in many different languages.

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I didn’t even remember having this, but somehow it ended up in my raw notes for OIAG3, that I’m going through now, to pull the book draft together.

That’s not a coincidence. Read it and shiver. It’s discussing how the AIDS virus was man-made, and really just a trial run for other planned ‘pandemics’ that are backed by a eugenics / population reduction agenda.

The whole ‘plan’ behind COVID-19 and the vaccine that we all must have has been out there for decades.

BH, the Rav and our tzaddikim will sweeten all this.

In case you were wondering who most of these ‘scientists’ were, who were meeting in Huntsville to discuss all this, they were the Nazis brought over to the USA by Operation Paperclip. This comes from Wikipedia:

In 1950, about 1,000 personnel were transferred from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Redstone Arsenal to form the Ordnance Guided Missile Center (OGMC). Central to this was a group of about 200 Nazi scientists and engineers from Germany, led by Wernher von Braun; they had been brought to America by Colonel Holger Toftoy under Operation Paperclip following World War II. Assigned to the center at Huntsville, they settled and reared families in this area.[39]

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The text below, except for my Ed. notes and clearly marked insertions, was written by William Cooper.

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POPULATION EXPLOSION

The first study was made in 1957 by scientists meeting in Huntsville Alabama. That study resulted in “Alternative 3.” Another study was made  by the Club of Rome in 1968 to determine the limits to growth. The result of the study was that civilization as we know it would collapse shortly after the year 2000 unless the population was seriously curtailed.  Several Top Secret recommendations were made to the ruling elite by Dr. Aurelio Peccei of the Club of Rome.

The chief recommendation was to develop a microbe which would attack the auto immune system and thus render the development of a vaccine impossible.

The orders were given to develop the microbe and to also develop a cure and a prophylactic. The microbe would be used against the general population and would be introduced by vaccine administered by the World Health Organization. The prophylactic was to be used by the ruling elite.

The cure will be administered to the survivors when they decide that enough people have died. It will be announced as newly developed. This plan was called Global 2000. The cure and the prophylactic are suppressed.

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Funding was obtained from the U.S. Congress under H.B. 15090 where $10 million was given to the Department of Defense to produce:

“a synthetic biological agent, an agent that does not naturally exist and for which no natural immunity could have been acquired.”

“Within the next 5 to 10 years it would probably be possible to make a new infective microorganism which could differ in certain important aspects from any known disease causing organisms. Most important of these is that it might be refractory to the immunological and therapeutic processes upon which we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infectious disease.”

The project was carried out at Fort Detrick Maryland.

[Ed. note: Fort Detrick was shut down in August 2019, shortly ahead of the Coronavirus ‘pandemic’, for unspecified reasons. There were theories right from the start that the engineered COVID-19 that was ‘meant’ to start the pandemic originated in the US.]

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Since large populations were to be decimated the ruling elite decided to target the “undesirable elements of society” for extermination. Specifically targeted were the black, hispanic, and homosexual populations. The name of the project that developed AIDS is MKNAOMI. The African continent was infected via smallpox vaccine in 1977.

[Ed. note: This from Wikipedia:

MKNAOMI was the code name for a joint Department of Defense/CIA research program lasting from the 1950s through the 1970s. Unclassified information about the MKNAOMI program and the related Special Operations Division is scarce. It is generally reported to be a successor to the MKULTRA project and to have focused on biological projects including biological warfare agents—specifically, to store materials that could either incapacitate or kill a test subject and to develop devices for the diffusion of such materials.[1][2][3][4][5]]

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The U.S. population was infected in 1978 with the hepatitis B vaccine through the Centers for Disease Control and the New York Blood Center. You now have the entire story. The order was given by the POLICY COMMITTEE of THE BILDERBERG GROUP based in Switzerland. Other measures were also ordered. The one you will be able to check the easiest is the Haig – Kissinger Depopulation Policy which is administered by the State Department.

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[Ed. note: Here’s a little of what Wikipedia has to say about the Haig-Kissinger Depopulation Policy, aka National Security Study Memorandum 200:

National Security Study Memorandum 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests (NSSM200) was completed on December 10, 1974 by the United States National Security Council under the direction of Henry Kissinger.

It was adopted as official US policy by US President Gerald Ford in November 1975….

The basic thesis of the memorandum was that population growth in the least developed countries (LDCs) is a concern to US national security, because it would tend to risk civil unrest and political instability in countries that had a high potential for economic development.

The policy gives “paramount importance” to population control measures and the promotion of contraception among 13 populous countries to control rapid population growth which the US deems inimical to the socio-political and economic growth of these countries and to the national interests of the United States since the “U.S. economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad” and the countries can produce destabilizing opposition forces against the US.

It recommends for US leadership to “influence national leaders” and that “improved world-wide support for population-related efforts should be sought through increased emphasis on mass media and other population education and motivation programs by the UN, USIA, and USAID.”

Named countries[edit]

Thirteen countries are named in the report as particularly problematic with respect to US security interests: IndiaBangladeshPakistanIndonesiaThailand, the PhilippinesTurkeyNigeriaEgyptEthiopiaMexicoColombia, and Brazil. The countries are projected to create 47 percent of all world population growth….

EXCERPTS FROM THAT MEMORANDUM:

  • “We must take care that our activities should not give the appearance to the LDCs of an industrialized country policy directed against the LDCs. Caution must be taken that in any approaches in this field we support in the LDCs are ones we can support within this country. “Third World” leaders should be in the forefront and obtain the credit for successful programs. In this context it is important to demonstrate to LDC leaders that such family planning programs have worked and can work within a reasonable period of time.” [Chapter I, “World Demographic Trends”]

  • “In these sensitive relations, however, it is important in style as well as substance to avoid the appearance of coercion.”

  • Abortion as a geopolitical strategy is mentioned several dozen times in the report with suggestive implications: “No country has reduced its population growth without resorting to abortion…. under developing country conditions foresight methods not only are frequently unavailable but often fail because of ignorance, lack of preparation, misuse and non-use. Because of these latter conditions, increasing numbers of women in the developing world have been resorting to abortion….]

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When you put this information out do not edit it and please give me and this board full credit as the source of the information. Please post the board phone number with this file. That is how I stay alive. This board is THE CITIZENS AGENCY FOR JOINT INTELLIGENCE, SYSOP – WILLIAM COOPER, (602) 567-6725.


To aid you in your research of this CRIME the name of the report was “THE LIMITS TO GROWTH” A REPORT FOR THE CLUB OF ROME’S PROJECT ON THE PREDICAMENT OF MANKIND.

[Ed. note: here’s a little of what that document says. Again, that this meeting and this report happened is proven fact, not conspiracy theory:

By choosing a fairly long time horizon for its existence, and a long average lifetime as a desirable goal, we have now arrived at a minimum set of requirements for the state of global equilibrium.

They are:

1.  The capital plant and the population are constant in size. The birth rate equals the death rate and the capital investment rate equals the depreciation rate.

2.  All input and output rates – birth, death, investment, and depreciation – are kept to a minimum.

3.  The levels of capital and population and the ratio of the two are set in accordance with the values of the society. They may be deliberately revised and slowly adjusted as the advance of technology creates new options.

You can even read the 350 page ‘update’ to the Limits to Growth project that they put out back in 2005 – as part of the G7 discussionsHERE.  Sorry to say, this stuff is totally real.]

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In April 1968 the study began in the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome Italy. They met at the instigation of Dr. Aurelio Peccei. The Top Secret recommendations of the results of the study were made by Dr. Aurelio Peccei who pledged not to use the prophylactic and not to take the cure should the microbe be developed and should he contract the disease.

Dr. Peccei was hailed as a great hero for deciding to take the same risk as the general population. The public results of the study were published in 1972.

The MIT project team that participated in the study are listed below:

  • Dr. Dennis L. Meadows, director, United States

  • Dr. Alison A. Anderson, United States (pollution)

  • Dr. Jay M. Anderson, United States (pollution)

  • Ilyas Bayar, Turkey (agriculture)

  • William W. Behrens III, United States (resources)

  • Farhad Hakimzadeh, Iran (population)

  • Dr. Steffen Harbordt, Germany (socio-political trends)

  • Judith A Machen, United States (administration)

  • Dr. Donella H. Meadows, United States (population)

  • Peter Milling, Germany (capital)

  • Nirmala S. Murthy, India (population)

  • Roger F. Naill, United States (resources)

  • Jorgen Randers, Norway (population)

  • Stephen Shantzis, United States (agriculture)

  • John A. Seeger, United States (administration)

  • Marilyn Williams, United States (documentation)

  • Dr. Erich K. O. Zahn, Germany (agriculture)

When the study was completed in 1969 U.N. Secretary General U Thant made this statement:

“I do not wish to seem overdramatic, but I can only conclude from the information that is available to me as Secretary-General, that the Members of the United Nations have perhaps ten years left in which to subordinate their ancient quarrels and launch a global partnership to curb the arms race, to defuse the population explosion, and to supply the required momentum to development efforts. If such a global partnership is not forged within the next decade, then I very much fear that the problems I have mentioned will have reached such staggering proportions that they will be beyond our capacity to control.”

U Thant – 1969

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MKNAOMI was developed by the Special Operations Division (SOD) scientists at Ft. Detrick, Maryland under the supervision of the CIA and for the CIA. A reference to the project MKNAOMI can be found in Fain, Tyrus G., and Katharine C. Plant. “The Intelligence Community: History, Organization, and Issues.” New York: R. R. Bowker, 1977.

I swear that all of the above information is true and correct to the best of my memory and knowledge. I give this information to the people of the world in hopes that someone will have the courage and resources to help me end this madness. The illuminati (the order) are in complete control of most of the world and they have declared war against the general populations of all nations. We must stop them at all costs. Please help me for I cannot do it alone. Please send this file without editing to everyone that you know and ask them to do the same.

God bless you all.

William Cooper

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POSTSCRIPT: William Cooper was shot dead by American sheriffs – for the crime of evading taxes – on November 5, 2001.

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There’s not a lot to add to this, is there?

With the benefit of hindsight, in our post-COVID-19 world, we can now see how it makes perfect sense that the WHO is in the middle of all this, pushing a ‘universal vaccine’ against Coronavirus for the whole of mankind, which of course is impossible, as it’s impossible to create a vaccine against Coronavirus. That’s why people catch influenza again and again and again, year after year after year.

And now we also understand how all the countries in the world are rolling out the same measures and propaganda in tandem, as endorsed by the UN and the WHO, and the World Economic Forum, all after that elusive state of ‘equilibrium’, that the MIT-authored ‘Limits of Growth’ set as the holy grail, back in the early 70s.

And of course, it’s all linked back to Operation Paperclip, and Nazi science, and Fort Detrick, and the Intelligence Agencies, and all the corrupt politicians, technocrats and global business leaders who have been working together on this project, in their own little ‘clubs’, for decades and decades.

Only Moshiach can get us out of this mess.

I hope he comes soon.

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Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

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This video just surfaced, and it’s shocking.

It’s shocking, because it shows a journalist speaking on TV in 2014, reading out a document that was put out by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2010, entitled Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development, which EXACTLY DESCRIBES the OTT lockdown going on right now across the world in response to a ‘pandemic’.

Or to put this in other words, what you are seeing play out across the whole world right now, including the total wrecking of economies and the imposition of defacto martial law by one country after another was PLANNED over ten years ago.

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As I’ve been watching the hysteria about this fake ‘pandemic’ being continually whipped-up by the billionaire-owned mainstream media, and by the health officials and politicians in the pockets of big business and the agencies they’ve bought like the World Health Organisation, it struck me time and again that governments were going through some sort of pre-coordinated response.

Like, there was a ‘plan’ to crash the global economy, and to lockdown 2 billion people on what is frankly the flimsiest of pretexts. Open your eyes, and see that all the awful predictions simply haven’t materialised.

As this saga continues on, no-one is dropping dead in the streets, are they?

The death rates from Coronavirus are akin to a bad flu season, even in the worst hit countries like Italy. The people who are dying are nearly all pensioners with pre-existing health conditions.

THERE IS NO REASON TO ‘LOCKDOWN’ ANYONE, OR TO FORCE FACEMASKS AND MANDATORY TEMPERATURE TAKING ON ANYONE.

And yet, the government is still doing this, and still pretending that it’s going to have to continue doing this for a very long time.

Why?

Because all this was planned by the Rockefeller Foundation, 10 years ago, to consolidate the power of the fascists who are really running the world, and who have all our politicians in their back pockets.

In the next post, God willing, I’ll bring together some more facts and stats on what is going on with COVID-19 worldwide.

But in the meantime – and before it gets taken down off Youtube – please go and listen to this interview from 2014, about the Rockefeller Foundation ‘scenario’ from 2010. It describes what would happen in China… it describes people being forced to wear facemasks…. it describes people being forced to submit to temperature probes just to go to the supermarket….

I.E., exactly what is going on today in Israel, with NO EVIDENCE -at all – that there is even a pandemic.

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As I keep saying, 131 people die every single day in Israel, on average, when there is no COVID-19. We are still not even at the average daily number of deaths from COVID-19 in Israel, after they’ve been yelling ‘pandemic’ at us for a month, already.

So what the heck is really going on? Why crash the economy? Why make a million people unemployed? Why keep everyone locked up at home for a month and totally forbid religious freedom of any type?

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And in case you need more convincing that this is genuine, you can see the slideshow that goes along with this document HERE.

And you can download the document yourself, or read it as a PDF, HERE.

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And here’s an excerpt of that, describing the Rockefeller Foundation’s ‘LOCK STEP’ scenario, that we are now experiencing as ‘LOCK DOWN’ (check out the notes for Slide 18 on):

Scenario Narratives LOCK STEP

A world of tighter top-down government control and more authoritarian leadership, with limited innovation and growing citizen pushback.

“In 2012, the pandemic that the world had been anticipating for years finally hit. Unlike 2009’s H1N1, this new influenza strain — originating from wild geese — was extremely virulent and deadly. Even the most pandemic-prepared nations were quickly overwhelmed when the virus streaked around the world, infecting nearly 20 percent of the global population and killing 8 million in just seven months…”

“The pandemic also had a deadly effect on economies: international mobility of both people and goods screeched to a halt, debilitating industries like tourism and breaking global supply chains. Even locally, normally bustling shops and office buildings sat empty for months, devoid of both employees and customers.” ….

“However, a few countries did fare better — China in particular. The Chinese government’s quick imposition and enforcement, even locally, of mandatory quarantine for all citizens, as well as normally bustling shops and office buildings… saved millions of lives, stopping and customers..… enabling a swifter post- pandemic recovery….

“During the pandemic, national leaders around the world flexed their authority and imposed airtight rules and restrictions, from the mandatory wearing of face masks to body-temperature checks at the entries to communal spaces like train stations and supermarkets. Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck and even intensified.

“In order to protect themselves from the spread of increasingly global problems — from pandemics and transnational terrorism to environmental crises and rising poverty — leaders around the world took a firmer grip on power.”

(Emphasis mine.)

See THIS ARTICLE for more information.

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Doesn’t this all just creep you out?

Especially as we are witnessing this ‘scenario’ play itself out in all it gory details right before our eyes, just minus the massive number of people who were meant to have died during this COVID-19 ‘pandemic’, because the Rav sweetened it all.

And that’s the single reason why more and more people are going to start waking up and realising that this whole things was planned from start to finish, to try to ‘enslave’ even more people and implement a eugenicist agenda of population control, where ‘undesirables’ like frum Jews and other ethnic minorities get taken in hand by the powers-that-be.

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I know this sounds like bad sci-fi.

But I’m typing this having been locked down for a month, in Jerusalem, forbidden from going to the Kotel, or praying, and being pointlessly forced to wear a facemask and get zapped with a temperature gun every time I want to buy a tomato, just because 128 old people have died over the last 4-5 weeks.

The truth is currently way stranger than fiction.

And there is a battle for the soul of humanity going on.

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UPDATE: USA’S NIH FUNDED CORONAVIRUS ‘RESEARCH’ IN WUHAN

The UK’s Daily Mail has just published an article where they demonstrate that the US, and specifically the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – headed by none other than Anthony Fauci – recently gave $3.7 million dollars to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, to do research on Coronavirus in bats:

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The selfsame Fauci CO-IN-CI-DEN-TAL-LY ‘warned’ back in 2017 that the Trump Administration would definitely have to deal with a ‘surprise’ pandemic:

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Of course, Fauci and Billam Gates are directly connected to each other, and are both pushing ‘universal’ vaccines and a digital ID. See the Washington Times article HERE for a brief intro to just how intertwined they are. Here’s a snippet:

Now comes Fauci who serves as a member of the Leadership Council for the Global Vaccine Action Plan developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, UNICEP and Fauci’s own NIAID — the plan that calls for a “Decade of Vaccines” to spread far and wide, all around the globe.

Now comes Fauci with this, as reported by Politico: “Coronavirus immunity cards for Americans are ‘being discussed.’”

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I went to take a look at that Global Vaccine Action Plan – which is meant to cover the years 2011-2020 – and man, it’s creepy. Lots of stuff in there about upping ‘surveillance’ on people, and leveraging people’s medical records to ‘ensure compliance’, and other things I’ve been writing about recently.

Remember this, from HERE?:

Here’s what Bibi Netanyahu had to say about how he was trying to cash in on all of our private medical data being collected in Israel, to sell if off to big Pharma:

“This is a focused databank of the health records of almost each and every one of us over the last two decades,” he said at the time. “This is a great asset and we want to make it available to researchers, developers and companies in order to receive two things: Preventive medicine and personal medicine, personally calibrated for each person.

“Of course, this depends on the agreement of each person — this right is maintained absolutely. We are achieving a breakthrough here on a global level. The interest of global companies is very great. I have already met with many of them. They all want to come here, and rightly so. They see this as a new direction.” (emphasis mine)

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Hey, whaddya know?

Bill Gates and Netanyahu are buddies! Take a look at THIS article, where you’ll see lots of pictures of them sitting right next to each other at the World Economic Forum at Davos in 2014.

Of course, Microsoft is a huge player in the Israeli hi-tech scene, and the links between Microsoft, the State of Israel and the spy agencies like the Mossad and Shin Bet run very deep.

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But for now, let’s just stick with the can of worms I’ve already opened in this post, and return to Billam’s Global Vaccine Action Plan. I’ve screen-shotted it’s main recommendations, and ringed the parts that sound particularly Orwellian, so you can read this stuff for yourself, first-hand:

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BTW, you might have a problem getting this video below to play. YouTube is apparently trying to prevent people from watching it. I wonder why…

[sarcasm off].

This is shmirat eynayim friendly.

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Let’s remember that here in Israel, our very own Itamar Grotto – deputy head of the Health Ministry – is also on the WHO’s executive board. And let’s remember that this is the same guy who started pushing for a total lockdown of the Israeli economy – to last indefinitely – from day one.

Uh, based on WHAT evidence, exactly? Nobody knows.

And we’re all having to wear the stupid masks outside now because the same WHO that is funded by Billam Gates said that’s a good idea. And now, Gates is pouring even more money into the WHO:

Announcing an extra $150 million of funding from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help speed the development of treatments, vaccines and public health measures to tackle the new coronavirus outbreak, Melinda Gates said the WHO was “exactly the organization that can deal with this pandemic”.

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Again, doesn’t this all creep you out?

There are just so many ‘coincidences’ in all this, it makes the head spin….

If Am Yisrael doesn’t get behind Rav Berland ASAP, I dread to think what happens next.

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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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Well, it’s kind of hard to keep up with developments in some ways, isn’t it?

Every day, there’s fresh madness, fresh examples of something going on here that really just smells so very fishy. Take a look at this latest headline from Ha’aretz:

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In a sane world, this would lead to an immediate halt to any more OTT laws intensifying lockdown. And let’s remember, that 126 Israelis, on average, die each year just from flu, and that we are still no-where near that amount passing away from COVID-19.

(In the US, 40,000 die from flu every year, and in Italy, it’s 17,000. Keep remembering these numbers, to keep things in proper perspective and bring down your heart rate. The way things are going, way more people are going to die from stress and depression, than from COVID-19, God forbid.)

Instead, yesterday the Israeli government decided to totally ‘lock down’ the whole of Bnei Brak, and drafted in two battalions of the IDF to prevent citizens from entering or exiting.

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In other words, the State of Israel is now the proud owner of its very own Jewish ghetto.

From what I can tell, there are plans to also lockdown Elad, Modiin Illit, Beitar Illit, Meah Shearim, and Bet Shemesh too, which also have a high proportion of ‘uncontrollable’ chareidim.

If we look at this with secular eyes, it seems to clearly be part of the Israeli government’s ongoing war against chareidi society. I, for one, am confused as to how government spokespeople can come out so confidently to claim that ‘at least 38,000 people are infected with COVID-19’ in Bnei Brak, when only 8,000 tests for COVID-19 were conducted across the whole of the country over the last week.

We all know that saying: lies, damn lies and statistics.

But the statistics all over the world are helpfully suggesting that frum communities have the greatest incidence of COVID-19 – and at least in chul¸ no-one can argue that enormous numbers of chareidi rabbis are dropping dead in this pandemic.

Why do you think this is happening?

Let’s switch our glasses into spiritual mode, and peek at all this stuff through the eyes of emuna, and emunat tzaddikim.

SO many Israeli rabbis and kabbalists have come out in recent weeks to make it very clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is directly linked, spiritually, to the slander, persecution and imprisonment of Rabbi Eliezer Berland.

Rabbi Menashe Amon said THIS.

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Rabbi Amos Gweta said THIS.

Rabbi Ofer Erez said THIS.

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto said THIS, THIS and now THIS – each time, the message gets more and more explicit, the clues more and more obvious.

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On the Israeli street, Rabbi Daniel Freinter of Elad said THIS (in Hebrew).

And Rabbi Raziel Elul of Bat Yam said THIS (also in Hebrew).

In the meantime Rav Chaim Kanievsky also explained that COVID-19 is directly linked to the sin of lashon hara¸ and a severe problem with the mitzvoth bein adam l’havero.

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So now, let’s see what’s happening on the ground:

In Israel, the main centres of ‘anti-Rav Berland and / or anti-Breslov’ activity in the chareidi world are the cities being targeted by the State for the full ‘ghetto’ treatment.

Hmm.

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

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Now, let’s take a look at where COVID-19 is hitting hardest in the rest of the world.

Surprise, surprise, we see that the hotspots seem to be the frum neighborhoods which were either the centres of all the lashon hara and slander against Rabbi Berland (hereby defined as ‘Yeshiva World News Country’); and / or those kehillahs who seem to be strongly opposed, on idealogical grounds, to the idea of making aliya to Israel.

Making aliya is closely connected to people actually taking the whole concept of geula seriously.

I know SO MANY people who moved to Israel, at great personal cost, and with tremendous mesirut nefesh, or self-sacrifice, simply because they felt geula was approaching, and that God wanted the Jews back in the Holy Land.

So many of Israel’s biggest rabbis – again, including Rabbi Eliezer Berland – have been begging Jews in the diaspora to move to Israel for a number of years, and warning of a massive uptick in anti-semitism. Remember this, from the ravberland.com website, originally posted up on July 9, 2019?

Translated from a shiur given by Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the night of Rosh Chodesh Tammuz 5779

It’s forbidden to leave and go to chutz l’aretz (outside of Israel) for even a single second.

Every second that a person is in chul, he is transgressing an issur d’oraita (something forbidden directly from the Torah.)

And you will not return by the path that you came from, not to return to look at Mitzrayim (Egypt). Everything is called ‘Mitzrayim’! And it’s an issur d’oraita, every second that is spent in chul.

NO PRAYER IS ACCEPTED [THERE], NO TORAH ASCENDS THERE.

A person prays – they don’t hear him. And so, this is why there was a shoah, because people lost their yearning to make aliya to Eretz Yisrael.

Up until the point where they still had this yearning, their prayers still ascended.

But the day when they said, “it’s good for me here, it’s actually amazing for me, here,” – as it’s written in the Gemara, Tractate Shabbat 147b, about the 10 Tribes. [The 10 Tribes] received places that were better than Eretz Yisrael, so they didn’t want to return.

Yirmiyahu went to bring them back, but they received such wonderful, good locations [to live in] that they said, we’re aren’t coming back. If they don’t return, there is no olam haba (world to come).

They lost everything.

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But who’s been listening?

Instead of respecting these holy rabbis, which include the former head of the Lamed Vavnikim, Rav Yehuda Zev Leibowitz, z’tl, who said way back in 2010 that before Moshiach came there would be a catastrophe for the Jews in America.

And instead of taking people like Rabbi Shalom Arush seriously, when in 2008 he warned that:”Those who don’t come to Israel while they still can may be lucky to escape from the USA with a plastic bag  and a pair of pajamas”,  instead, the message was ignored and mocked, and the messengers were roundly attacked.

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Last year, someone put out a book called The Empty Wagon, which was one of the most disturbing anti-aliyah treatises I ever read in my life.

I only got half-way through the book before I literally had to throw it away, there was so much spiritual tumah radiating off it, it was making me feel physically ill.

I bought that book in a very frum bookshop in Golders Green, the heart of frum life in London. Apparently, it was so popular that the initial printing of 1,000 copies quickly sold out, leading to more reprints and to this book becoming a run-away bestseller.

The author of this reeking pile of lashon hara and slander against Eretz Yisrael even went so far as to state publically that Jerusalem is not the capital of the Jewish people, and also poured scorn on the idea that anyone should move to Israel.

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This comes from THIS interview, with Makor Rishon:

“[W]hen they were talking about moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we uploaded a clip of Rabbi [NAME – author of The Empty Wagon] (spokesman for Naturna) who spoke about it.” In the clip, [Rabbi NAME] can be seen watching the American President Donald Trump declaring Jerusalem as the “capital of the Jewish People.”

[Rabbi NAME] explains that “There is no political connection between Israel and Jerusalem. It’s just a holy city,” he declared, “The Jewish People have no capital, we never had a capital. The Jewish People are a religious community. We pray towards Jerusalem and treat it as a holy city, not as the political capital of the Jewish People.”

The clip has close to two million views on Facebook alone. Their page has 300,000 followers from around the world. Katz: “When [Rabbi NAME] is asked about politics in Israel, he asks: ‘Why don’t you ask me about politics in China or Taiwan? If I answer, that means I’m connected to them, and the truth is that I am not.”

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Well guess what?

Now so many of these anti-Israel, anti-aliya kehillas are totally connected to China, in a way that no-one could ever have foreseen, even just a short month ago.

Do you think that’s a coincidence?

Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve been discovering a great many things. One of the things I discovered is just how invested so many chareidi Jews actually are in property in chutz l’aretz.

Of course, I know that all sorts of Jews are doing this, not just frum ones, but frum Jews are meant to be the standard-bearers for yiddishkeit, and are meant to be more sensitive to putting emuna and Torah ahead of crass materialism.

So, when I start reading up about chareidi property barons in places like London and New York, who mamash have reputations for being the most shark-like, mafia-like nightmare slum landlords, that disturbs me terribly.

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Of course, people have to be able to make parnassa. After my own experience of going bust and losing my house when my husband was encouraged to quit his job to learn and pray full-time, I am a BIG believer in the man of the house holding down a job, as well as learning Torah.

But there’s a reason that the first question we’re asked when we pass away and approach the gates of Heaven is:

Nasata v’natata b’emunah? Did you deal honestly, with emunah, in your business?” (Tractate Shabbat 31a)

There is no way that slum landlords, millionaire bankruptcies, benefit fraudsters or money launderers can answer that question with a ‘yes’, no matter how much money they might be giving to charity.

You can’t build a mitzvah off the back of an aveira.

And also, if so many people are making their parnassa by mamash investing in bricks and mortar in chul, then it’s little wonder they are so resistant to moving to Israel. It’s very hard to transplant that sort of parnassa to a different country, to Israel.

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So, let’s recap, and then get on to what simple people like you and me can really do, to insulate ourselves from as many of these birth pangs of Moshiach coming, as possible.

RECAP:

  • The numbers of leading rabbis and kabbalists linking the slander, persecution and imprisonment of Rabbi Berland with the spread of COVID-19 is growing all the time.
  • If we want COVID-19 to stop (and more specifically, the awful hysteria around it, which is really what’s destroying the world and the economy) – we need to make teshuva about what lashon hara we might have said, or believed, or spread about Rabbi Berland, and also about Eretz Yisrael, especially if we put other people off from making aliya.
  • The communities and cities being most affected by COVID-19 are those who:
    • Have been spearheading the lashon hara against Rabbi Berland in the frum community;
    • Have been spearheading the lashon hara against Eretz Yisrael, in the frum world
  • (And I’ll add another category here, that Jewish property developers / slumlords in chul also seem to be highly represented amongst the ranks of those succumbing to COVID-19. See this, for a case in point, it’s the owner of ‘Crown Acquisitions’:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Trumps-friend-in-coma-from-coronavirus-is-a-Jewish-real-estate-mogul-623278

UPDATE:

Having done a bit more digging, it seems that physicians and politicians are also very highly represented amongst the ranks of people actually dying from Coronavirus. So, to get all our ducks in a row, your chances of having a serious problem with COVID-19, health-wise, seem to be much greater if you are:

  • An orthodox rabbi living in chul, and particularly one who is ‘anti’ Rav Berland or anti making aliya.
  • A property developer
  • A doctor
  • A politician or political figure – especially if you also happen to live in Iran.

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So now, how can we get through the next few weeks and months in as good a state as possible?

The answer lies in prayer, tzedaka and teshuva.

TESHUVA

On top of the specific teshuva required vis Rabbi Berland and Eretz Yisrael, all of us have so much work to do on our mitzvoth bein adam l’havero generally, too.

That means we have to stop speaking lashon hara about friends, acquaintances and family members; and that we have to stop acting so ‘holier-than-thou’, as though we ourselves have nothing left to work on and fix, (this especially applies to parents, and especially to parents of teens).

And we also to make an effort to stop stabbing other people in the back, and pulling them down, and embarrassing them, with all our little  put downs on social media and online, as well as the more ‘traditional’ verbal attacks.

Rav Pinto spoke in a very harif way on how each time we start degrading other Jews and speaking lashon hara and stirring up trouble and causing others pain, we are just feeding the bad angel that’s called COVID-19.

We all have that tendency to engage in one upmanship and verbal sparring. I unfortunately have that tendency in a very strong way, and I’m also really trying to get on top of it more, and to restrict what I say and write as much as possible.

(I’m still failing badly at it, but hey, God appreciates the effort.)

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TZEDAKA

Pesach is round the corner, and there are so many families in Israel, and probably also in your communities too, who are really going to struggle to even have the staples this year. So, if you are still one of the lucky ones who still has a job, or some income coming in, then please think about other people, and share your cash around as much as you can.

If we really are heading into a situation where the global economy is going to be totally wrecked, and money will end up being worthless (assuming you can even get access to your savings, before the banks all go bust), then now is the time to spend some of it helping others.

The kimcha de-pischa you do this year could literally save your life, and it will certainly give you a share in the world to come, whatever else happens. So dig deep, and get your spending priorities straight this year, by putting kimcha de-pischa in the #1 spot, however you can do it.

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PRAYER

Weeks ago, Rabbi Berland asked us all to start saying 7 Tikkun HaKlalis a day, until Pesach.

The Tikkun HaKlali has a miraculous power to fix things at their spiritual root, and to atone for sins that otherwise would require a huge amount of suffering or pain to pay down.

There are literally hundreds of stories of how reciting Tikkun HaKlali at a time of trouble lead to great miracles.

Last Friday, Rabbi Berland upped the amount for people to say to 12 a day.

Honestly?

That’s a lot for me to do. So I’ve been sharing them with my husband, and on some days, my kids are also saying a couple of them.

(Let’s give the credit where’s it’s really due, here: my husband is the one who is really making this happen, he often does 7-10 a day, and then I just kind of fill in what’s missing. Thanks, looove!)

And I am 100% sure that saying Tikkun HaKlali is keeping my family ‘insulated’ from most of the difficulties going on right now.

BH, when we’re home away from the Stasi, it’s actually pretty nice, most of the time, and we’re getting on fine with each other, which by itself is an open miracle.

You can’t have teens and parents together in the same space for approaching a month with no blood on the floor, at least metaphorically, without open miracles mamash.

And other people are finding that, too.

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I received the following from a reader, A, who will stay anonymous for obvious reasons.

We’ll end with this, but let me just emphasise that OF COURSE, we should all be keeping the diktats of Bibi 100% – even the really dumb, scientifically-unproven ones about covering our faces with scarves whenever we go out, and keeping the windows in our cars open – and ESPECIALLY the ones that prevent us from keeping mitzvoth.

That’s really, really important, if we want to stay safe during this whole COVID-19 pandemic, that’s killed 37 people, nearly all over 70, in the space of almost a month here in Israel.

Over to A…..

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Chapter One.

A lady was renting a room in our house, and we made breakfast together. Time was short, but we needed to say 7 tikkun klali’s since that is what the Rav said. So, we got the idea that she would read it line by line in English, since Hebrew was hard, and we would repeat after her. She read the whole thing seven times, giving me a chance to wash lettuce and cut cucumbers, garlic and tomatoes, warm the bread, and lift weights.

We kept on blessing her to have her own home with her own husband. She is very squished in the small room we gave her with all her clothes, books, and other stuff, on top of the things our children left in the room after they married and moved out.

After three days we had almost learned the verses in English by heart, and then that lady started having long telephone conversations with a man she really likes.

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Chapter Two.

The Rav asked for 12 tikun klali’s instead of 7 and my friend was too busy to help. So, for the next three days my routine changed: Woke up at 5:30, prayed, made aduki beans for my husband and oatmeal for my son, and started the tikkun in Hebrew. Each time took 13 minutes, so with periodic gasping for air it was done by 12:00.

And then the miracles became noticeable. Something we had prayed for with weeping twenty years ago showed up at our door.

Let me explain. We had no minyan anywhere near that farmhouse, and even if we did, there was no sefer torah even to borrow. We wished like crazy for a minyan. Any minyan. Which of course we got later in Israel, but not the kind we originally prayed for, which had become just plain irrelevant.

But the wheel goes around, and things again become relevant.

Before the Coronavirus happened the main minyan in our small town started at 7:30. When the police got a bad case of nerves because of the damn panic—umm, the pandemic—they locked up the shuls and people started praying with the minyan outside. After a while the cops closed the yard and told them to pray at home alone.

But they didn’t, because the minyan people showed up on our front porch at 6:00.

After the minyan, later that day, a panicked citizen came to my door, a scarf wrapped around his nose and mouth, and started talking to me in Hebrew, which was hard to understand with the scarf muffling the words. At last he opened the scarf and blurted out that we had to stop the minyan, because the police would give us a 10,000-shekel fine if we kept it up, and besides we were all going to die.

And we thought that was the end.

But early next morning, the minyan showed up on our porch and my husband was standing on the other side of the screen door in his tallit, answering my puzzled look by explaining he couldn’t get them to leave.

Later the guys promised to pay the fine, if we ever got one.

They even lent us a sefer torah. You want to see it? It’s standing in the storage shed with its corona-crown and crowning the top of our extra Pesach refrigerator.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hashem is angry….

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

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

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

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

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Rav Stern continued:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where are you from? She asked me aggressively.

I told her Abu Tor.

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

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

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

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

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

You can pray at home, she told me dismissively.

I so wanted to punch her in the face.

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

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

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

To say I was gutted is a total understatement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But that wasn’t the real problem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REALLY?

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

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

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

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

So, let’s lay it on the line.

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

That is now as clear as day.

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

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

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

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

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

So many people failed that test last time around.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All you have to do is say this:

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

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

And also, so very hard.

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UPDATE:

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

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

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

TEHILLIM NEEDED:

Brooklyn Rosh Yeshiva Critical

5 Town Rov Critical

Petira of Derech Chaim Rosh Yeshiva, Lakewood

Boro Park Corona victim, HaRav….

Son of [NAME] Rebbe, Corona victim

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

Principal of Beis Chana in Paris passes away

[Name] Rebbe of London niftar

First fatality in Montreal is chassidic Jew

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

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

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

Do you believe in coincidences?

Because I don’t.

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

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UPDATE #2:

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

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

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

But when I read headlines like this:

44 Rabbis in Diaspora have passed away from Coronavirus

And, when I read headlines like this:

Anti-Semitism on the rise, Jews blamed for coronavirus

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

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

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

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

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

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

And surely, nobody wants that?

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

I got the following message in my inbox:

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

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

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

  1. Rav Kanievsky doesn’t sound like that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Especially in public.

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

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

Sigh.

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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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The last few weeks (months…) I’ve been fighting a losing battle against apathy and despair.

Most of the time, I feel like life boils down to playing the unwinnable game, where my yetzer is constantly tripping me up and testing me with new circumstances and situations designed to bring out the worst.

The last two months, I’ve just had so many tests to try to stand up, external and internal – and for the most part, I don’t think I managed so well.

The problem is, I seem to have very unreasonable expectations of how things should be, and how things should look, and God for the most part just isn’t giving that to me. I understand that the fault, the error, the problem, is 100% on my side. I also understand that I have a part of me that is a perfectionistic control-freak, and that getting that part ‘sweetened’ is probably at least one of my major tikkunim that I’m down here to do.

But sometimes, I still find day-to-day life just so painful.

It’s not easy to have face down your ‘broken-ness’ every single day, and to have to admit – to yourself, to your husband, to your kids – that you’re actually still a lunatic, despite all your efforts to blossom into something a tad less crazy.

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So, to come back to the last two months.

I’ve been noticing a strange phenomenon in the middle of all the apathy and despair that’s been winning out recently.

The more I can’t ‘do’ it, the more I’m giving up and letting God take over, the more things are starting to work out.

And I’ve seen that in a few different places now, so I wanted to share it as it’s giving me some chizzuk that maybe precisely in this low-down place of giving up, salvation can sprout.

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Three months ago, I gave notice on our apartment, to move out end of February.

The apartment is OK – it’s pretty big, pretty reasonable rent, and it’s in the very ‘comfortable’ neighborhood of Baka, where you hear English and French way more than you hear Hebrew.

The body has been relatively pleased with this apartment, but the soul has been stifling since we got here, and I knew that staying in Baka was not a good option, long-term. But finding a good, affordable apartment in Jerusalem ranks up there with finding the holy grail.

Property developers are slowly destroying this city, and making it a place where only millionaires from abroad who don’t want to actually live here can afford to buy anything. Everything they build is ‘luxury this’ and ‘luxury that’, so they can charge a fortune for it.

So, Jerusalem real estate is increasingly becoming ‘old, dumpy, mold-infested affordable’, or ‘luxury-sell-a-kidney-to-pay-your-rent’.

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Our apartment in Baka was a little dumpy, and a little mold-infested, but otherwise pretty OK.

Places like this are not so easy to find, so I was really nervous when I gave notice. The next few weeks, I kept scanning Madlan, and Janglo, and Craig’s List, looking for a reasonable apartment back closer to the Rav, in or around Musrara.

The only things coming up were in the ‘luxury and unaffordable’ range.

So then, I widened the search out to Rehavia, Shaarei Tzedek and Nachlaot – and strange to say, every single estate agent I contacted seemed incredibly uninterested in showing me any properties. I had one of my kids call up too, and she had the same experience.

In the meantime… the clock was ticking, and I had no-where to move to.

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Two weeks ago, after I got back from Uman, I told my husband:

We just have to give up on trying to live in the neighborhood we want. I’m just going to start viewing apartments all over the place, and see if anything clicks.

Because hey, we aren’t going to find a community wherever we live. And I’m not going to be able to ‘settle down’ for more than a year or two anyway. And instead of looking at all of this as another horrible experience to grin and bear through, I decided I have to stop complaining that I can’t get what I want, and just let God give me what He decides is best.

Shortly after that conversation, something came up in Abu Tor, a neighborhood that I would never have considered in a million years beforehand, and we went to look at it.

It’s the house of my dreams.

It’s two storeys, has a garden I’m allowed to plant things in, they just put in a totally new bathroom, including a bath, and they are in the process of putting in a new kitchen, too, which will be ready before we move in.

I don’t have to sell a kidney to pay the rent, and the landlords are also really nice people.

And that neighborhood is also interesting. It’s green, it’s got a village feel, and a view of Har Habayit that is simply the best in all of Jerusalem.

So, we’re doing the experiment, and we’ll see what happens next.

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Then, there was the whole mortgage fiasco that I wrote about HERE.

We are meant to be completing on the flat we bought in Harish end of the month, and for two months the bank has been telling us they won’t give us a mortgage again.

What could I do?

I think I used up all the tears on this subject the last time it happened, two years ago, so I basically just sank into apathy and told God:

Whatever You want. Mortgage, no mortgage, I don’t even care anymore.

In the meantime, we made some minimum hishtadlut – and three days ago we had a miracle.

A few hours after a friend told me she’d been at the Baba Sali, and had spontaneously said a few prayers for us to get a mortgage, we got a phone call from the bank that they were approving it, after all.

Not only that, they made a mistake and gave us a mortgage 1.5 times bigger than we asked for….

Which means that now, we can look into maybe investing that extra money into something else. It’s a totally unexpected result, and way better than what I was hoping to achieve under my own steam.

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Yesterday, I was at the Kotel with a few hundred other people who came to pray for the Rav.

What can I tell you?

We’re back in the State-sponsored anti-Torah madness that is even more unfair and even more patently evil than the first time around – and I barely have the energy to do anything about it. I made myself go yesterday, even though I was feeling so tired and apathetic about everything.

How are my prayers going to help? How can we stop this evil from winning, all the time? What’s the point in even trying?

But after all the help the Rav has given me, and all the difficulties he’s helped me to smooth out and pass through in my own life, going to the Kotel was the least I could do.

So I got there, and of course there are no seats. After milling around for a few minutes, I decided to go sit on my heels by one of the side walls in the ladies section, as I just can’t recite tehillim with any concentration when I’m standing up.

I told God:

If You want me to have a chair, God, I guess you’ll send me one. And if not, I’m just going to sit here like this and pray, even though it’s a little unconventional, because what can I do?

Half-way through the first tikkun haklali, a middle-aged woman basically ran at me with a chair.

Sit!! Sit!! She shrieked.

You can’t do things like that anymore, think about your knees!!

So I sat.

And I said thank you.

And I started to feel that maybe, this feeling of total apathy and giving things back to God is actually the secret to redemption.

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I’ve tried so hard to ‘fix’ things, in so many ways, over the last few years. So often, I sit here and it seems I don’t have much to show for myself. And honestly, that’s making it very hard to continue.

I’ve had days I don’t feel like doing my morning brachot, I’ve had days where I don’t feel like getting out of bed. I’ve had days where I literally have to force myself to do the things on my list of chores and commitments, because nothing gets anywhere, so what’s the point?

I have so many things to be getting on with right now, from packing up my house to finishing my course, to writing new blog posts, that I have zero urge to engage with.

But maybe, the last two weeks has been proving the theory that it’s exactly when we’re so totally despairing of redemption occurring, that it finally shows up.

I guess we’ll find out.

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“Mum, did America start World War 3 yesterday?”

That’s what my 16 year old asked, when I picked her up from the Jewish quarter after Shabbat.

Erm, I don’t think so….

I know America has been trying very hard to start a war with Iran for months, but each time the Rav manages to pull the plug on it. I know America killed some top Iranian general in a targeted killing on a foreign nation’s soil.

I know that if Iran had pulled the same stunt on an American General visiting Mexico, the US would have already nuked them off the map…. But the world has been conditioned to accept that ‘rules’ apply to everyone except America.

Why do you think they started World War 3?

“Stam. They are making jokes about it on my friend’s Instagram.”

The jokes on Instagram is how my daughter gets all the latest news. If there aren’t a million jokes in Hebrew about the latest threat / war / crisis, then absolutely no-one takes it seriously.

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The last week, I’ve been rushed off my feet trying to get this ‘stress less course for women’ finished, so I haven’t been keeping up on the news. Even so, I know that Jews have been attacked on multiple occasions in NYC, I know that Australia is burning, I know that the US is doing all it can to start a war with Iran….

Strange times we live in.

So much going on under the surface.

I’m meant to be flying out to the US in the next few weeks, to spend some time with my brother and sister there, and meet their kids. I hate leaving Israel, but I realized that blood really is thicker than water, and that sometimes, you have to go down to Mitzrayim to reunite your family, if only for a few days.

Just as I started looking at tickets online, the internet exploded with stories of Jews in NYC getting chairs thrown on them on the street, Jews getting punched, Jews getting machete’d, Jews getting shot.

I have to say, I got a bit scared. I still haven’t booked the tickets.

Then before Shabbat, I heard an unconfirmed rumor that Rav Berland has said that there will be no more terror attacks on Jews in America until the 7th day of Pesach. I am planning to be there and back long before that…. So I’m warming up to the idea of booking my tickets again.

But in the meantime, I can’t help but wonder: what is meant to happen on the 7th day of Pesach?

Assuming of course, that the rumor is true and that’s really what the Rav said.

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Last week, the corrupt police in Israel took the Rav in for 4 hours of questioning, so that’s at least one war that seems to be continuing unabated. We know from previous experience, that the ‘wars’ on the outside get transformed into ‘wars’ against the Rav and his community, and sure enough, that’s what is going on again.

Are we going to have a war between Iran and the US?

I don’t know.

I know that Rav Berland has been doing everything he can – for years – to prevent that from happening. He’s said, repeatedly, the wars will only be in 200 years time, even when the autistics were continuing to beat the war drum and predict Armageddon imminently.

But the Tzaddik is continually sweetening things.

That’s why the world seems to be so rudderless at the moment, because we passed the points ‘predicted’ for geula / war / something ‘big’ so many times already, we are in totally unchartered water.

In the meantime, the prayers continue to go up on ravberland.com, and the books continue to come out, and each time another Rav book gets published on Amazon, I have the odd feeling that another brick in the rebuilt temple has just been cemented in place.

But I could be wrong. It certainly doesn’t look like that, from the outside.

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When this course is finally done, I will take a bit of time and research what could be causing Hashem to burn up Australia’s coastline.

I have the feeling it’s connected to all those Nazis and pedophiles that Australia has been harboring and protecting for decades.

Like the US, there are a lot of dirty secrets hidden in the deserts down there, and like China Lake got put out of business by a massive earthquake on July 4, 2019, and the Bahamas got crushed by Hurricane Dorian a few months back, I have the odd feeling that God is now dealing with some Australian link in that particular chain.

Strange times we live in.

Each day seems more surreal than the last.

Like so many other people, I’m trying to put my head down and mostly ignore the news, because honestly? No-one has any idea of what tomorrow might bring right now. Except Rabbi Berland, and he’s keeping his cards very close to his chest.

But one thing he has been mentioning is how the Maccabean leaders of Israel died immediately, one after the other, as soon as they made some sort of ‘agreement’ with the Romans or Greeks of their time.

And we know who the Romans and Greeks of our time is, and also, who has probably made an agreement with them. So that’s definitely an interesting angle to watch.

Life is disjointed at the moment, and I guess that’s reflecting in this post.

There’s so much going on, under the surface.

And none of us knows, really, where all this is heading.

So all we can do is keep praying.

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Sometimes, it’s hard to keep going, isn’t it?

I think the hardest part of this current exile we’re in is that so much of our effort for good just seems to get ‘swallowed’ by bad, and we’re left scratching our heads and wondering where it all went.

The ‘bad’ is swallowing so much kedusha, so much good, so much truth, and it’s gulping it down at a never-before-seen pace.

And then I remember what Rebbe Nachman explained, that at some point, it will gulp down too much, and something will get stuck in its throat, and then it will be forced to regurgitate every last bit of good it swallowed.

More and more, I think the something that will get stuck in its throat is Rabbi Berland.

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In case you don’t already know, the State of Israel, aided and abetted by the Pravda Israeli media, has decided to begin a new war against Rabbi Berland, and his Shuvu Banim community.

This time, they are using a secular woman whose baal teshuva daughter died from gallbladder cancer a couple of months ago.

Shoshie, the daughter, and her husband became baal teshuvas a few years ago – much to the mother’s displeasure. Then, they became Breslovers – which upset the mother even more. And then, the crowning insult – they joined Rabbi Berland’s Shuvu Banim community, and grew their payot really long.

This, the mother could never forgive.

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Before we continue, some facts on gallbladder cancer, the type of cancer Shoshie had.

The following comes from uptodate.com, a website that is used by medical professionals to stay up to date, easily, on the latest research and advice for different illnesses:

Gallbladder cancer (GBC) is an uncommon but highly fatal malignancy; fewer than 5000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. The majority are found incidentally in patients undergoing exploration for cholelithiasis; a tumor will be found in 1 to 2 percent of such cases [1-4]. The poor prognosis is thought to be related to advanced stage at diagnosis, which is due both to the anatomic position of the gallbladder and to the vagueness and nonspecificity of symptoms.

Surgery is the only potentially curative modality for patients with GBC. However, only a minority of patients are eligible for curative-intent surgery because of disease extent (either locoregionally advanced and unresectable because of local invasion into critical structures or metastasized beyond locoregional confines). For the remainder, treatment is palliative in nature.

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I bolded the sentence that you should pay particular attention to. In plain English, it says that the only way you can potentially cure gallbladder cancer is to surgically remove the diseased gallbladder.

If you can’t do that, you have no chance of curing the cancer, according to natural laws.

The following stats come from the cancer.net website:

If the cancer has spread outside the gallbladder to the lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is between 7% and 8%. Gallbladder cancer that has spread to other parts of the body has a 5-year survival rate of 4% or less.

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What these stats say is that just 4-8% of people with gallbladder cancer live longer than 5 years after their diagnosis.

Or to put it another way, it kills 92-96% of people within five years, regardless of the treatment they receive.

Chemotherapy doesn’t work to ‘cure’ gallbladder cancer (whether it works under any circumstances is a post for another time). The medical professionals know this, and many of them will not ‘force’ people with gallbladder cancer to have chemo, as the side effects are horrendous and it’s really not helping them to live longer, anyway.

These are the facts.

The facts that you won’t see reported anywhere, in the Pravda propaganda media here in Israel, and in many other places in the West.

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Cancer is a big industry.

This comes from an article on the newstarget site in 2016:

Last year, the cancer industry was valued at $100 billion, and is predicted to reach $147 billion in sales by 2018, according to data released by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

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Meanwhile, this comes from the marketwatch website from January this year:

Global Oncology Drugs Market to Surpass US$ 196.2 Billion by 2026

The cancer industry is extremely lucrative, and is doubling in the 10 years between 2016-2026.

Why is it so profitable? The following article from October 2019, on the statnews website might shed some light on this:

Americans are rightly furious about the high and unsustainable price of cancer drugs, which now routinely cost more than $100,000 per year of therapy. Those prices are made worse by the fact that most cancer drugs offer only modest benefits — one study put the median benefit at 2.1 extra months of life — along with the fact that expert physicians frequently recommend these drugs for off-label uses, meaning using a drug for a purpose it was not initially approved for.

You got that?

You get an extra 2.1 months of life, on average, and it will cost you $100,000, if you go the ‘cancer drugs’ route.

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So now, let’s return to the sad case of Shoshie, who paid a pidyon to Rabbi Berland, which was really her only chance of surviving her cancer in any way, shape or form.

The Rav advised her to follow a strict ‘no toxin’ diet, to try to encourage the gallbladder to heal, and according to the testimony of Shoshie’s husband, for as long as she was following the diet, her health was actually stable and even strengthening.

But the mother couldn’t leave things alone, and put her daughter under tremendous psychological pressure to have chemotherapy.

The same chemotherapy that even the medical profession admits doesn’t work to ‘cure’ gallbladder cancer in any way, shape or form, and that floods the body with a tremendous dose of literal poison.

That poison collapsed Shoshie’s weakened immune system, and she died two weeks after the chemotherapy.

Let me ask you:

When you know these facts about gallbladder cancer, who should really be in the frame for ‘murdering’ Shoshie?

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So in this instance, the pidyon didn’t work.

Occasionally, this happens, and Rebbe Nachman clearly explains why this happens, at least in the spiritual realm, as you can read about HERE.

In the meantime, anti-chareidi journalists from Israel’s Channel 13 News decided to make a patently misleading ‘expose’ into what happened; then anti-chareidi politicians (who used to be anti-chareidi journalists) got up in the Knesset to ‘demand’ that the State of Israel stop the ‘Rabbi Berland cult’ –

And whaddya know?!

Barely two weeks later, Nurit Ben Moshe has filed a complaint with the Israel Police that Rabbi Berland should be investigated for manslaughter.

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Again, let’s break down the complaint in plain English:

  • Rabbi Berland took money to effect a spiritual cure known as a pidon nefesh – that thousands of people, including terminally-ill cancer patients who the doctors had given up on can tell you first-hand worked to permanently cure them of their illness.
  • Rabbi Berland advised the patient, Shoshi, to follow a strict ‘all natural’ diet – to avoid over-taxing an already very weak immune system, and try to get her body to heal.
  • Nurit Ben-Moshe complained that Rabbi Berland was ‘stopping her daughter’ from having ‘life-saving chemotherapy’ – both claims are totally false. As soon as Shoshie succumbed to the pressure from her mother to have the chemo, she had the chemotherapy. No-one was stopping her from doing anything. And the chemo wasn’t ‘life-saving’ at all – in fact, it’s highly likely that having the chemo radically shortened Shoshi’s life.
  • Ergo, the pidyon didn’t work.

In any other country, the police would throw this complaint out as delusional.

But of course, the State of Israel is run by an anti-chareidi mafia, so instead, the media is full of stories rehashing the old lies and spicing them up with new ones.

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So, why do I say that Rabbi Berland is the ‘bone in the throat’ of the Sitra Achra?

Because last time the State of Israel fabricated a case against him, the Israeli judicial system started to unravel publically. Just last week, Israel’s own Justice Minister had this to say about the ‘justice’ system in Israel (quoting something President Rivlin wrote in Haaretz back in 2004!):

Almost no one dared uncover the dangerous symbiosis between figures in the police major crimes unit, the State Prosecutor’s Office and the media.”….  How can we accept a situation in which senior officials in the judicial establishment, who are obligated to uphold standards, who preach at the gate against corruption, see and hear about institutional corruption on such a scale and say, there’s nothing to be done. The answer is that we cannot.”

No-one believes in the courts or the cops here anymore. Five years ago, most people believed that fair trials and honest investigations occurred in the State of Israel.

Not any more.

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And now, this latest calumny against the Rav is going to highlight all the terrible lies the West likes to tell about its medical profession.

Start researching ‘cure’ rates for chemo, and for radiation oncology, and see what you find. And while you’re at it, take a look at this link a reader just sent me about cells from an aborted fetus that died in 1966, that are being cloned and routinely added to vaccines.

Even Wikipedia confirms that this is happening, known as ‘MCR-5’ on your vaccine information inserts.

Can someone please tell me why that’s happening?

What on earth is the medical justification, the medical rationale, for adding the whole cloned dna from an aborted fetus to vaccines?

I have to admit, I can’t think of anything that would justify this, and I can think of a whole bunch of reasons why I find this idea disturbing in the extreme.

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So, I think this latest blood libel against the Rav is going to start shining the spotlight on the corrupt medical profession, and all the lies they like to tell about what’s really causing illnesses, and what’s really curing them.

In the meantime, Rabbi Berland has been warning for months that the situation is so bad, he’s going to have to take on a new disgrace that will make the last one look like a walk in the park.

I wrote about that months ago, here.

And it seems, that time has now come.

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UPDATE:

Someone just sent me this flyer. If you’re in Israel, and you’re interested in at least asking some questions about why they are putting the full DNA from an aborted fetus from 1966 into vaccines we’re all happily syringing into our children, this could be the place to go for some more information:

UPDATE #2:

Within 10 minutes of me linking to the scholarly article that simply explained that the MCR-5 cells were taken from the aborted, 14 week old male of a 27 year old woman with severe mental illness, that article disappeared! The censorship is totally insane.

Here’s what that scholarly article said:

The MRC-5 cell line was developed in September 1966 from lung tissue taken from a 14 week fetus aborted for psychiatric reason from a 27 year old physically healthy woman. The cell morphology is fibroblast-like.

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