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The friend from the last post just sent me another batch of ‘evidence’ about facemasks.

I tried to dodge it, I really did.

I’m kind of getting a bit tired of having to deal with debunking all the lies being passed along by social media ‘influencers’ as the gospel truth. It’s so similar to what happened with Rabbi Berland, where fact and hard evidence got totally thrown out the window, replaced by salacious headlines, fake stories and strong opinions.

Anyway, I tried to dodge the bullet 3 times, but my friend was pretty insistent on sending me this information, so today, it landed in my inbox.

It’s split into two sections: Section 1 is 2-3 Facebook videos from people in blue scrubs measuring their oxygen levels for approximately 38 seconds while wearing masks.

To put this in perspective, it takes 40 seconds + for a person to lose consciousness when they are being totally asphyxiated to death. This from Wikipedia:

Unconsciousness in cases of accidental asphyxia can occur within 1 minute. Loss of consciousness results from critical hypoxia, when arterial oxygen saturation is less than 60%. “At oxygen concentrations [in air] of 4 to 6%, there is loss of consciousness in 40 seconds and death within a few minutes”.

So, showing a ‘healthy’ oxygen level at under a minute, when someone isn’t having a pillow forcibly held over their face with pressure applied, kind of strikes me as pretty dishonest.

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Section 2 contains statements from rabbis apparently saying that anyone who doesn’t wear a facemask in public is a murderer.

We’ll park that side of the argument, for now, as unpicking it will first depend on understanding the science and the facts about whether facemasks are a) effective at stopping viruses from spreading and b) whether wearing facemasks long-term can harm your health.

If a medical doctor tells a rabbi ‘yes and no’ to the above points, they will get one response. And if they tell the doctor ‘no and yes’, then they will get another, probably totally different, response. So, having accurate information is a crucial part of our rabbis being able to make the correct psak din about these issues.

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So, back to the Facebook videos. One you can see here:

It shows a person in blue scrubs with a stethoscope around their neck and an oximeter on their finger. The AI-supplied voiceover tells us that this is a doctor, who is so sick of his patients asking him if wearing facemasks all day is safe, he’s decided to measure his blood oxygen while putting on 6 masks at once. (See screenshot, below:)

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There’s a few things ‘wrong’ with this video, in order:

  1. There is absolutely no identifying information for who this guy really is. What’s his name? What’s his position? What hospital does he work at? If you’re going to go to the trouble of doing this at all, why do it anonymously?
  2. The guy is wearing an awful lot of ‘germ trap’ hippy bracelets, in direct contravention of NHS hospital guidelines. You can read those guidelines for yourself HERE, and here’s a screenshot of the relevant part:

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3. The video was put out by Storyful.

Storyful is a social media agency whose listed clients include Google and Facebook. Storyful was bought by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp back in 2013. When they bought Storyful, this is how News Corp described the motivation behind the purchase:

[Storyful has] become the village square for valuable video, using journalistic sensibility, integrity and creativity to find, authenticate and commercialise user-generated content”, and that with the purchase, News Corp would “define the opportunities that the digital landscape presents, rather than simply adapt to them”.

In plain English, that means that News Corp decided to buy Storyfulu so they could start manipulating social media to tell the stories they wanted to tell, instead of simply ‘reacting’ to the stories real people were telling.

4. Can anyone really claim that taking less than a minute to put on 6 facemasks while measuring ‘blood oxygen levels’ proves anything? You can hold your breath for a minute, and still retain full consciousness. Once we’re done debunking this stuff, I’ll have some more real scientific studies for you at the end of the post, with real findings about what facemasks do to people who wear them for 8 hour days at work, or in the heat.

Hold on.

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Because before we get to that, I have to (unfortunately….) deal with the second video my friend sent me, another social media spec-tac-u-lar event.

You can see it for yourself, here (shmirat eynayim friendly):

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Me being me, I went to check out who Dr Josh Wolrich actually is.

It’s probably easiest if I just replicate the email I just sent to him, below, with some screenshots to illustrate:

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Hi Josh,
A friend of mine sent me your post about facemasks.
I’m an investigative journalist (yes, they still exist…) so naturally, I went to check out your credentials, and also your education history, so I could evaluate your expertise in making the statements you’re making about masks.
I’ve hit a few anomalies, and I’d like you to please help clear them up for me.
1) There are currently 6 different profiles for you on Linked In (see screenshot), all listing you as working at a different hospital, in a different position. Can you please explain what’s going on with that?
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2) I’m puzzled how you can be working as a General Surgeon, when according to the NHS guidelines, you need the following qualifications in order to do that:

Essential qualifications

  • A five-year degree in medicine, recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC)

  • A two-year foundation course of general training (a paid position)

  • Core surgical training in a hospital (a paid position lasting two years)

  • Specialty training (a paid position lasting up to six years)

Your Linked In profile shows that you have the first two criteria, but left 7 months in to your Clinical Fellowship at Chelsea and Westminster, so you didn’t appear to complete criteria 3, and of course, have no specialty training.
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3) Lastly, what hospital are you currently working at, and what is your position there?

I’d be very grateful for your prompt response to this, as I am currently working on a story and I want to ensure I have all the facts correct, before potentially misleading the public about such an important issue.
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I’ll let you know as soon as he comes back to me….

In the meantime, Dr Wolrich has a grand total of three people endorsing him for his medical skills on Linked In, one of whom is an account manager at Fanbytes, another social media marketing company:

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The last thing to tell you about Dr Joshua Wolrich is that he is quite the social influencer…..

He’s such a ‘social influencer’, that he’s even on the books of a 84 World, a talent and entertainment agency:

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And here’s an excerpt of Dr Josh’s bio, on the 84 World website:

Having grown up with a love of amateur dramatics, Joshua is no stranger to public speaking. He has given talks to secondary schools, medical students and also regularly gives presentations to his peers in the hospital environment.
In order to spread his message even further, Joshua has recently turned his talents to podcasting. A big proponent of staying in his lane, he collaborated with a nutritionist colleague to start “Cut Through Nutrition” in order to address nutrition misinformation. The first season, comprising of six episodes, currently has over 115k downloads. After that resounding proof of concept, further seasons and additional podcasts are in the works.
There are very few full-time doctors on social media doing quite as much as Joshua is. If his engagement rates and current growth is anything to go by, look out for a foray into traditional media soon.
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Well, now his rant about facemasks went viral, with over half a million views, that ‘foray into traditional media’ is probably looming much nearer than previously….

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And now, for some more hard science about facemasks, from real doctors who aren’t moonlighting as social media influencers with a weight loss program they are trying to flog.

This is an excellent, balanced article about facemasks from Dr Joseph Mercola:
And here’s Dr Mercola interviewing PhD Denis Rancourt, who went through all the peer-reviewed scientific papers on the effectiveness and risks of face masks, and discovered that no trials ‘found a statistically significant advantage’ in wearing a mask, vs not wearing a mask.
I.e., even surgical masks don’t block virus particles, because most of the air you breathe when wearing a mask is coming in over the top of it and around the sides of it.
(Again, you have to click to view this, as youtube is deliberately making this as ‘unshareable’ as possible.)
If you prefer a written transcript, you can download that HERE.
Here’s an excerpt:
Denis Rancourt:
Out of all of the many trials that were done, none found that there was a statistically significant advantage for this application to wearing a mask versus not wearing a mask. And likewise, there was no detectable difference between respirators and surgical masks.
So that to me was a clear sign that the science was telling us that they could not detect a positive utility of masks in this
application.
And so we’re talking many really quality trials. And so what this means, this is very important, because what it means is that if there was any significant advantage to wearing a mask to reduce this risk, then you would have detected that in at least one of these trials, and there’s no sign of it.
Denis Rancourt:
So that, to me, is a firm scientific conclusion, there is no evidence that masks are of any utility either preventing the aerosol particles from coming out or from going in.
You’re not helping the people around you by wearing a mask, and you’re not helping yourself preventing the disease by wearing a mask.
This science is unambiguous in that such an effect, positive effect cannot be detected.
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And let’s end with a story, and a suggestion.

The story:
My friend lives on a quiet moshav in the south of Israel. This morning, she was stopped by a policeman while she was walking around pushing her small toddler son. As a busy mother of 5, this is my friend’s only form of ‘exercise’.
The law states that when you exercise, you don’t need to wear a mask.
The policeman pulled her over, and they got into a heated argument because the cop claimed that because my friend wasn’t wearing hot pink spandex, wasn’t running, and was walking while pushing her child in the stroller, it didn’t count as ‘exercise’ as she should get a fine.
In the end, she just got a stern warning – but her blood was boiling so much afterwards at how ‘unfair’ and totally farcical all this is, that she had to call me to share.
Rivka, I thought you were joking when you were telling those stories of the cops stopping you a few months back. I couldn’t believe it was happening in my yishuv, that it’s spread to here now.

Welcome to the police state, that’s so beyond parody I feel I am living in a epic full-length Monty Python movie.

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And now, the suggestion.
If you want to have a mask that won’t get you fined, but still lets you breathe, try this:
Cut out the white gauze ‘padding’, and just leave the blue layer.
I did this for my kid and myself this morning, and it’s amazing – we can breathe almost totally normally, even with it over the noise, and the fuzz can’t fine us a cent, because it’s still ticking their stupid boxes for what a facemask should look like.
Genius.

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UPDATE:

Here’s another article looking at the science behind facemask use:

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Last week was really tough, mentally.

Here in Israel, the corrupt government that is simply the ‘operations arm’ of the vested interests in chutz l’aretz was pushing really, really hard to shut down the whole economy again, and go back into full lockdown.

Their ‘excuse’ was the big rise in the numbers of people testing positive for Covid-19.

Again, the more people you test, the more people you’ll find to have Covid. And that’s assuming that the tests are being done in an honest way, which as the President of Tanzania discovered many weeks ago, is not even the case.

That is why a papaya fruit can apparently have Covid.

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If you look at the numbers of deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Israel, they are totally tiny.

Here’s the latest figures from the Worldometer website, and you’ll see that in the middle of this fake ‘second wave’ in Israel – hardly anyone is dying.

(All this info is coming from the Worldometer site, check it out yourself here).

Here’s the ‘peak’ of the cases from the so-called first wave, back in April 02, when Israel had 765 new COVID-19 cases a day:

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And here’s the death rate from that same period of time, in April, when the maximum daily deaths was 13 old people:

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And here’s the figures from today, first the number of daily cases:

And here’s the number of deaths (apparently from COVID-19, but who knows how all these figures are really being arrived at)- 9 dead people:

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This is not a pandemic, and it’s barely even an epidemic:

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/coronavirus/covid-19-close-losing-its-epidemic-status-us-according-cdc

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But in the meantime, there’s an agenda to get the whole country shut down again, and to push millions of people into poverty, so they are dependent on government handouts just to buy food, which gives the government a powerful amount of control over what they have to do to keep getting the handouts.

Like, being forced to have a vaccine ‘against Covid-19’.

Like, being told that if they protest against the government, or fail to jump through any of the hoops being set up, however ridiculous, to ‘fight against Covid-19’, they can kiss goodbye to their handout.

David Ben Gurion’s Labor Socialists perfected the art of co-opting people’s human rights many decades ago, by making ‘work’ reliant on voting for Labor and joining the histadrut, and what we’re witnessing now is just more of the same, updated for 2020.

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So, between that, and the ridiculous heavy-handed enforcement of mask wearing – even in the fresh air, even when you’re by yourself, even if you’ve already had Covid and recovered from it many months ago – I started to feel really down and anxious again.

It crescendoed last Thursday, when all the fake science seemed to be working again, and the corrupt Government started sending ‘messages’ via the media that a full, Passover-style lockdown was about to be put in place again.

When I heard that, I panicked.

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Not the same panic I had the first time around, when I stockpiled literally 30 bars of chocolate, and bought every tin of tuna in sight.

It was more the panic of having to shop, cook and clean for a whole houseful of people again, for weeks and maybe months, with no break or let-up.

Now, I love my family a lot. My husband is great, my teens are wonderful, and their friends are likewise (mostly….) amazing.

That said, I’m a solitary writer by profession, and temperamentally, I’m just one of those people who really needs my own space, to not crack up and freak out. Usually when things get to cracking point, I book a ticket to Uman and get my ‘space’ that way.

Or, I’ll book something quiet in Israel for a couple of days, and get my ‘space’ that way.

But when I heard we were going into full lockdown again – after months and months of ridiculous restrictions that are 100% about controlling people and zero percent about controlling Covid – I panicked.

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Because on Wednesday, I asked my husband to book us a Shabbat away, up North, on a frum moshav where there’s a lot of the tzaddikim from the Gemara buried around.

And then it looked like the government was going into ‘lock everyone down from Thursday to Sunday’ mode Thursday night.

And so, I started to feel profoundly anxious and scared again, for a lot of reasons, partially because my ‘space’ looked like it was disappearing again, and partly because it’s so depressing to see how many people are buying all this ridiculous, evidence-free propaganda about Covid-19 and facemasks.

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They want to wear us all down, you know.

That’s what they are really after. They want to create so much yeoush, so much helplessness, so much despair, that we all just wave the white flag and roll over.

Yeah, give me the vaccine that will probably sterilize me (at best…) or otherwise change my DNA permanently and / or kill me! I’m desperate to get out the house and go to the beach again…

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So, the yeoush was starting to build up again, and the anxiety was starting to mount, on Thursday.

Which led me to do a few things, as follows:

  • Chase the printers for the last 100 copies of the Rav’s books, reprinting One in a Generation #1 – because each copy of the Rav’s books that gets physically printed is literally killing millions and billions of shedim and removing harsh judgments from the world.

It’s no coincidence that we were somehow able to print 1,000 books last week, just as they were gearing up to impose another disastrous ‘lockdown’ on everyone.

  • Get more of the Rav’s prayers translated and up on the site.

A few weeks ago, the Rav asked for 10 more prayers a week again, and miraculously, that’s been happening. We have one more batch to go, and then we’ll be able to put out another book, BH, called Rabbi Berland’s Prayers to Have Holy Children.

  • Make an effort to continue my plans to go up North for Shabbat, and to hit every kever tzaddik I could find.

In the end, we visited 13 holy tombs – including Reish Lekish – and then ended up ‘visiting’ the Rav in Tzalmon Prison, too, before we ended up driving back.

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I felt so filled up after doing all that, and some sense of optimism returned.

I came home yesterday night, expecting to hear that we were heading into full lockdown mode and more tyrannical madness again.

Instead, the headlines are making it clear that more and more people are starting to see through this Covid-19 con.

Some MKs are actually starting to demand hard evidence for lockdowns, instead of just pushing the panic button and closing down the whole economy again.

More and more people are protesting, and calling out what’s going on for what it really is: a calculated grab for more power and more control over people’s lives, that has NOTHING to do with public health whatsoever.

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In other words, things are being sweetened again.

The Rav’s mesirut nefesh, and all the books and the prayers are working again, behind the scenes.

And the light at the end of the tunnel has returned.

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POSTSCRIPT:

In between writing this and posting this up, I had a conversation with an old friend who is immune-compromised, and hasn’t been out of her house since March.

She basically told me that anyone who isn’t wearing a mask 100% of the time outside is a murderer.

She literally said that.

We had a big argument about just how much control we really have over ‘COVID-19’ – or any other illness, for that matter – and every time she accused me of ‘not caring about other people enough to wear a mask’ I accused her of ‘not caring about other people enough to want a million people to be unemployed, and unable to put food on the table.’

It was epic.

Even though I kept throwing one bit of science after another at her – about the true death rates, about the fake science about facemasks and social distancing – and even gloves! Yes, she’s one of the few people in Israel who still believes wearing gloves 24/7 is mandatory for ‘fighting COVID-19’, but couldn’t explain to me how that is meant to be helping anyone….

She finally just told me:

“It doesn’t matter what you tell me, I’m not going to change my mind’.

Just like this guy:

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So at that point, I gave up, told her she’s a great person (she really is) and let her ‘win’ the argument by just staying quiet.

Sigh.

This is going to be an uphill battle, still.

Hashem y’azor.

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UPDATE:

Check out this video, which kinds of sums up the facemask problem, and the facts and the science behind this subject, in less than 5 minutes.

https://www.bitchute.com/video/Xv35PMDHqDu5/

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UPDATE #2:

Jeremy M, in the comments section, sent me a link to this video apparently showing a guy wearing a N95 facemask for 15 minutes, with no drop in oxygen levels.

Sceptic that I am, I instantly got suspicious when the video started jumping all over the place, and was clearly cut, then speeded up to be 15 minutes.

You want to ‘prove’ something scientifically? Keep the video running the whole 15 minutes, speeded up, but so that every single frame is accounted for, so we know you aren’t taking your mask off for 20 seconds off-camera before taking an oxygen measurement again.

So, I slowed it down and went frame by frame, and whaddya know? There’s funny business going on here.

Here’s some screen shots, but please, don’t take my word for this. Go do the experiment yourself, and see with your own eyes how we’re being manipulated 24/7 by fake news and ‘fake’ science.

First, let’s remind ourselves of the medical definition of hypoxia, or dangerously reduced oxygen levels in the blood, which occurs from 92% down:

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Now, here’s some screen shots to show how the video jumped around, and how the measurements being shown to the camera were NOT the same measurements actually being recorded. This strongly suggests to me that he was taking the mask off, off-camera, breathing some air to get the oxygen levels back up, then re-masking and remeasuring ‘on camera’.

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This next example is even more blatantly manipulated.

After 11 minutes of wearing the mask (apparently…) the blood oxygen level is clearly showing 94% – just 2% above the level considered ‘hypoxic’.

This measurement is only identifiable if you slow the video way down, and take it frame-by-frame.

But in the next frame where he’s showing the blood oximeter close up to the camera, something strange has happened.

Approximately 25 seconds have gone by which are ‘unaccounted for’ in the video, and the blood oxygen level is miraculously back up to 99%.

He took the frigging mask off, off-camera, for 20 seconds then spliced the video together to show ‘99% blood oxygen’ a couple of seconds after replacing it.

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No-one can breathe properly in the N95 masks.

I have one, I’ve tried it myself. I’ve watched other people wearing them, their breathing is labored and obviously lacking a full intake of breath, i.e. oxygen.

This guy is lying through his teeth.

Why, I don’t know.

But watch the video, slow it down, and come to your own conclusions.

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I went to Hevron today, BH.

They closed the road through the tunnels into Gush Etzion, so I had to take the long way around via Beitar. I had a strong urge to go, so I wasn’t going to let a pesky matter like the Israeli police get in the way.

So, I get to Hevron, and I go through the security and up the stairs, and then I find a quiet spot next to the tomb of Yaakov Avinu….and I promptly fell asleep.

That has happened before at Hevron, more than once, so I wasn’t totally shocked when I woke up after half an hour. It’s a known phenomenon by certain kevers, including Rabbi Nachman’s in Uman, that sometimes the kedusha is just so strong that it knocks you out.

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So, I woke up, and I hear that the wailing woman who was hogging the whole of Avraham Avinu’s room is still wailing…

She was crying melodramatically for at least an hour, which is kind of impressive. Either she was a hidden tzaddeket, or….she really wasn’t.

But it was kind of bothersome to me, so I decided to head downstairs and outside to the ‘7th step’, where there were 3 Breslov guys (you can tell by the payot and the casual dress….) and one Breslov woman, hidden off in the bushes where she was rustling quietly to herself.

I sat down, still feeling out of it, and still finding it pretty hard to say anything to God, and suddenly I noticed how windy it had got. Tikkun HaKlalis started flying all over the place, and the wind was also blowing siddurim off shtenders and onto the floor.

I picked two up, stowed them in the special cupboard for holy books, then decided I would do some writing hitbodedut today, seeing as the speaking hitbodedut was kind of a bust.

In case you don’t know what writing hitbodedut is, that’s where you write down your questions and comments to God, and then just kind of let God guide your pen, for the answers.

So, I got some interesting stuff there in Hevron, and I’m going to share some of it with you, dear reader, below:

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Q: Why is it so windy, all of a sudden?

A: Change is coming to the world. Good change. Lasting change. Eternal change. It’s v.v.v. close now, not much longer.

[Rav Yehuda Sheinfeld said 2 days ago that we are in the last 9 months of the chevlei Moshiach process.]

Q: When did the 9 months start?

A: With the imprisonment of Rav Berland (February 9th, 2020).

February 9th – May 9th = first trimester

May 9th – August 9th = second trimester

August 9th – November 9th = final trimester

It’s mamash like a pregnancy.

The first 3 months are exciting, scary, debilitating, puke-inducing. Then the next 3 months are semi-normal (up to August 9th). And then, Moshiach can come anytime, and the drama and discomfort are maximized [i.e. in the last trimester].

Tell people to move to Israel. To organize boats and to come via Eilat.

[Then I had a non-sequitur, because the wind had really picked up again, so I wrote: A mini-hurricane is happening around me, in the garden of the 7th step.]

A: DON’T FORGET THE EARTHQUAKE. It’s on the way, and will change the whole picture.

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Q: Is there a message for my readers?

A: The more people draw closer to the Rav, and learn and disseminate his teachings and prayers, the easier, smoother and faster this next stage will be.

The evildoers have until August 9th to make teshuva from love. Then the gates close.

Don’t fear!

But don’t waste any more time.

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Now, I’m not saying you should take this as anything except what I wrote down at Hevron.

It’s not nevua, I have no idea how much ‘truth’ it really has in it. At the same time, I live my life according to the principle that EVERYTHING is a message from Hashem in some way, shape or form.

So there’s no reason why there shouldn’t be some ‘message’ hidden in what I wrote down at Hevron, but each person can decide for themselves what that might be, and it’s relevance to them.

The other thing to tell you is that I got a big push to get started on One in a Generation III – which from past experience, means that things are going to start moving again big time… Probably in about a week, once I’ve finished tying up some loose ends and clearing the decks.

We certainly live in interesting times.

Don’t fear!

But don’t waste any more time.

All of us have a lot of work to do, to get geula the sweet way.

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I’ve been struggling with the whingy blahs a bit this week.

It’s ok, it’s normal, it’s human.

But, it’s also not so helpful to keep that state of mind for long, because it very quickly spirals down into apathy and despair, and when that happens, I stop doing anything useful and just want to stay in bed all day.

As well as making an effort to get out of the house and to visit kivrei tzaddikim and other places, I’ve discovered that regular doses of Rabbi Berland’s torah and prayers can snap me out of my negative mood almost instantly.

Like today, for example, I woke up with more of the whingy blahs, inspired by the corrupt Israeli police flagging down cars all over Jerusalem yesterday just because they can, and intimidating the public into wearing face masks by handing out loads of fines.

Never mind there is zero science showing face masks prevent transmission of COVID-19, and lots of science showing they harm healthy people who are being forced to wear them for long periods of time.

Never mind that the number of people dying from ‘corona’ is practically zero in Israel, as you can see for yourselves, on the Worldometer website:

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To claim we are in the middle of a second spike, to claim this is a ‘pandemic’ at all, is so farcical, so untruthful…. and at least for me, profoundly depressing, because so many people are still buying the lies.

Sigh.

So anyway, the whingy blahs sometimes take over.

That happened this morning, and that’s why I’m sitting here typing this in pyjamas, before I cracked open my morning brachas.

When I’m upset with how God is running the world, it can get hard to pray.

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But then, I headed over to Rav Berland’s site, and I read this:

https://ravberland.com/5058-prayer-to-be-happy-with-what-we-have/

And I said it.

And then, I started to feel better.

Here’s the translation, below:

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Master of the world, who can do anything, grant us the merit to always be happy with our lot, because only that really means to be truly wealthy.

And to not to fall into poverty, G-d forbid, because poverty is only in the mind, and any feeling of poverty is a denial of the kindness of Hashem, because then a person is not happy with his lot.

Therefore, it’s a mitzvah to always be happy in every single situation without stopping for a moment.

For even in a situation that appears bad it is always the best possible, because, “Hashem is good for all, and his mercy is over all of his creation,” and Hashem never does anything bad for us ever, because the good and merciful father only does good for his children, and even when he gives them a punishment, its only out of his great mercy to raise them on to the path of the king.

Master of the world, who can do anything, grant us the merit to always see that You are only doing good for us and we should never fall into denial, G-d forbid.

We should only thank you for every single breath and for every single movement at every single minute and at every single second that we are alive and breathing, us, our wives, our sons, our daughters, grandsons and granddaughters.

Please G-d, take us out of the trait of complaining, that we always cry a worthless cry over nothing, over things that are no big deal, that their root is absolute good.

And even when we don’t see this good, truthfully it is only good, because You are only good and give good to all.

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One of my correspondents asked me this, over email:

Have a question,was looking for your take on it…In Israel and some States in the US where they’ve been re-opening have been reporting new cases and possibly new hospitalizations…Other hand you have a country like New Zealand who it seems like lifted a lot to all of their lockdown orders(And is Covid Free theyre reporting)….How do you make sense of it vs with what we know that it ended Pesach night.

Here’s what I think, for what that’s worth:

  1. COVID-19 was a ‘plague’ sent by Hashem, specifically to get the Jews of the world to wake up and make teshuva, in whatever way you understand that. The places where there are more Jews are the places where there has been more of an issue, generally.
  2. The kabbalists told us that COVID-19 came because people were speaking badly of Rav Berland and slandering him. This so-called ‘second wave’ was caused directly by the Bnei Brak beit din ruling against the Rav, based on the same old lies that have been repeatedly disproven.
  3. There WAS a disease that we’ll call ‘COVID-19′ that WAS meant to kill millions and millions of people – 65 million people, at least, as per the pandemic planners’ own assessments. The Rav sweetened this, and the potentially fatal DISEASE itself went into retreat, starting Seder Night.
  4. What we are dealing with now is COVID-19 propaganda. There is nothing at all to suggest that COVID-19 is any more dangerous than annual flu, or any more infectious, and just because there are new cases – so what? The real stats to pay attention to are the number of people who are dying from it, or that could die from it. They have shrunk to essentially zero.
  5. People believe COVID-19 propaganda, because at the soul level they are disconnected from Hashem. Hashem’s seal is truth, but if you’re disconnected from Hashem, you have no idea what’s really ‘true’ and what isn’t.
  6. The more people make teshuva – especially about slandering the Rav – the more God will open their eyes to what is true and what is false, and the more they will see through the COVID-19 propaganda. There’s a REASON that face masks and gloves are all over the chareidi world right now, and it’s not just because the Government targeted them for punitive quarantine measures. Indulge in lashon hara = wear your facemask 24/7, and believe all the COVID-19 propaganda.

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There’s more I could say, but that will do for now, and I said a lot of this before anyway, here:

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BH, we’ll all continue to make some real teshuva, and to work on our bad middot, which for me at the moment continues to be working on Azamra, or seeing the good in my fellow Jews, and trying to uproot all the anger and yeoush that can still flood up.

It’s work, man.

But that’s the reason we are all down here.

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I spent a lot of today on the beach with a good friend (and her baby son) who got cabin fever from being locked down for 3 months.

She is a ‘beach’ person (or at least was, in her former life, before making teshuva and having a lot of kids back-to-back), so we went to Palmachim beach. I had my ‘super-tznius’ swimming costume, she had her ‘modest swim dress’, and we were all set.

Honestly?

I didn’t like Palmachim very much. It was beautiful, but the waves were for surfers, not bathers, and the beach was full of hairy (men…), fat (women…) secular types, many of whom reminded me, in the strongest possible terms, why cellulite is totally unattractive.

Even when they are burnt brown, wobbly bottoms being bifurcated by stretch lycra and hairy-rug-eight-month-pregnant stomachs (on men…) are just not attractive.

Please pardon me, for stating the obvious.

But my friend was loving the ability to just relax on the beach quietly for a couple of stolen hours, so I just kind of walked up and down observing humanity and pondering on how sad my life would be if THIS was all I had in it.

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Sure, it’s fun to bat around a hard black ball for a few minutes.

Sure, when the waves aren’t so strong that they can take your legs out from under you even when you are standing out of the water it’s fun to jump the waves for an hour or two.

But as a group of middle-aged hi-tech execs set up their yom kef behind me, all edgy tattoos and cut-off jeans, and expensive-looking grapes from the cool box, and even more expensive dyed hairdos on the women – I suddenly realised that the beach life is actually so empty.

That was useful. Very useful.

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Because in case you haven’t noticed, I roared out of lock down with a serious mid-life crisis.

For a month, I was seriously considering learning how to ride a motorbike, and then toying with buying a pink moped. And I’ve bought my weight in new clothes the last 3 weeks. And I’ve barely had a day in the house, because I had a panicked feeling that I was going to get locked down again, and there is so much I haven’t done yet.

So many streams I haven’t paddled in, so many beaches I haven’t visited, so many natural beauty spots I haven’t seen….

Now, after almost 3 solid weeks of driving literally all over Israel pretty much every day, it’s finally starting to wane.

This morning’s experience, where I watched a bunch of expensively-dressed, miserable secular people trying to cover up all their anxiety with ‘opinions’ about Covid -19 and edgy tattoos and loud red lipstick has made me so very grateful that I spent the last 15 years chasing after God, instead of money and status.

I think I have about another week of full-on tiyuling going on, maximum, and then I’ll be ready to knuckle down again, and to start writing again here properly.

And there is so much to write about.

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Like, about the fact that the State of Israel is refusing to allow Jews into the country, unless they already have an Israeli passport.

Given that the diaspora is currently facing its worse crisis since WWII, with Warren Wilhelm Jr (aka Bill de Blasio) living up to his German ancestry over there in NYC, and given that the State of Israel has always made such a big deal of being the country Jews could flee to when it all hit the fan, what’s going on now is totally scandalous.

My siblings all have Israeli passports, but their spouses and children don’t.

They are literally being told that they can come – alone – but the rest of the family can’t.

This makes no sense, logically, and is also immoral.

So, expect to see a replay of ‘Exodus’ happening soon, but this time with the State of Israel’s navy operating in place of the evil British, trying to prevent ships with Jews from docking in Haifa port.

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And then, there’s the forces of evil’s ‘reset’ agenda going on, with digital currencies and global population control, and all sorts of scary biology. COVID-19 was only ever the ‘excuse’ to role out this plan, it’s not real, it’s a fake pandemic.

But they ARE right, that a Great Reset is going to happen soon – probably by Tisha B’Av 5781.

It’s called the coming of Moshiach, and once Rav Berland finally gets out of prison, things are going to skyrocket.

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And then, there’s all the stuff with the ‘peace’ plan for the Middle East, which I haven’t even touched on yet.

And then, I’m having the growing urge to pull together One in a Generation 3 – which MUST mean more fireworks are imminent, as those books always coincide with some big things shifting in the geula process.

And a lot more, besides. Like DARPA’s link to Operation Paperclip Nazis…

And how failing banks ushered in the last round of Nazis, prior to WWII.

And how there is really nothing new under the sun….

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So patience, dear readers.

My mid-life crisis seems to be drawing to a close, and in around a week or so, I will be back at my keyboard, and back answering emails, and generally back with more enthusiasm and emuna again.

I just need to visit a few more kivrei tzaddikim, to recharge the batteries, and then we will be ready for take off again, and the holy, good ‘Great Reset’ that is going to usher in the geula for real.

I can’t wait.

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This is how to get out of the gathering darkness.

Yesterday, I went up North again with my husband, for a break.

In keeping with the carpe diem idea that all we have is the next 24 hours – which is basically how a Jew is supposed to live their life, in any case, without taking a single second for granted – I have been out every day this week.

Sunday, I sat on a beach in Caesarea (fully clothed…) gathering beautiful pebbles.

Monday, I went down to the Baba Sali, and learned a very important lesson in avoiding harsh judgement of other Jews and hakpada.

Tuesday, I took my teenage girls to the separate beach in Rishon LeTzion, and had a blast jumping the waves for a couple of hours.

Then yesterday, I schlepped my husband to a gorgeous, almost deserted natural pool that’s part of the Lower Amud Stream.

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When we got there, there were just two other frum men there – Americans – who left after half an hour, so we had the place to ourselves. We sat on a rock in the pool, debating whether the fat tadpoles underfoot where frogs or fish and discussing some of the latest Torah from Rav Berland.

After being locked down for almost three months, I have been encouraging my family to get out of the house as much as possible, and to not put off doing anything that’s important, like booking driving tests, or buying things that have been on the ‘to get’ list for a very long time.

All we have is today. Right now.

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The toilets are going uncleaned, the sinks are unwashed, my house is half a tip – but who cares? There will be plenty of time to get everything back in order next time we are locked down again¸ which the Israeli government is patently angling to do.

Even though more and more people are waking up to the fact that we were misled over how dangerous COVID-19 actually is, and we’re still being misled over the ridiculous ‘rules’ for apparently ‘containing’ COVID-19, as continually stated by Israel’s PM:

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Again, THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS for the rules on forcing healthy people to wear face masks 24/7, or for the ‘social distancing’ rule, which takes the biscuit for pseudo-scientific claptrap with absolutely no basis in reality.

And then, there’s the ominous insistence on ‘good hygiene’.

Why ominous? Because a lot of people don’t know this, but the Nazis – and the other eugenecists that held the same views as they did, in terms of getting rid of ‘degenerate’ human beings to ‘improve’ the human ‘species – were obsessed with ‘good hygiene’.

They called their eugenics theories by the euphemistic term ‘racial hygiene’ – and it led directly to the crematoria of Auschwitz.

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I have a book called ‘From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics and Racism in Germany’, which BH I will try to summarise soon in a future post. But in the meantime, this screenshot, above, from the Holocaust Encyclopedia tells a thousand words.

Deadly Medicine > Science as Salvation > The Biological State > Final Solutions > Murderous Racial Hygiene Programs

From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany carried out a campaign to “cleanse” German society of people viewed as biological threats to the nation’s “health.” Enlisting the help of physicians and medically trained geneticists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists, the Nazis developed racial health policies that started with the mass sterilization of “hereditarily diseased” persons and ended with the near annihilation of European Jewry.

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How willfully blind would a person have to be, to not see the obvious parallels with what is occurring right now?

I know, it’s hard to believe the brains and the technology and the evil ‘ethics’ behind the Third Reich got transplanted into the heart of Western society via the secret service agencies, but that’s the truth.

And that ideology has been ‘evolving’ into what we see playing out today for over 70 years.

COVID-19 is straight out of the Nazi playbook. And the clues to the global eugenics agenda that is really behind it are literally all over the place – for anyone with eyes to see.

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But that’s not what I want to really focus on today.

When we’re staggering around in this tremendous darkness, where it just seems to be getting heavier and heavier each moment, at least in some parts of the world, we need to focus our energy on finding the ‘light’ that is going to get us out of the problem.

And that light is the true Tzaddikim, and in particular, it’s Rebbe Nachman’s Torah, and Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s teachings and prayers.

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Yesterday after the pool, we decided to detour to Tzalmon, to drive as close as we could get to the prison where Rav Berland is currently being held by the anti-Torah government which also has a long history of practicing ‘eugenics’ on its native population.

The Yemenite Children scandal – where the Israeli government sold kidnapped Yemenite children to the Nazis running the awful ‘MKULTRA’ programs, to be experimented on and tortured to death, is just one example.

My best guess is that Peres arranged that deal in order to get the nuke for Israel. In his twisted mind, that was probably an ‘ethical arrangement’…

But there have been many other abuses committed in the name of ‘Jewish eugenics’, most of which haven’t been properly documented.

Like the program to irradiate the heads of 100,000 Moroccan immigrant children with x-rays many hundreds of times in excess of the known safe levels, as part of another secret deal the Israeli government cut with the US army / Nazi-infested CIA / NSA.

You can learn more about that in this clip, below, that has English subtitles:

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The early Zionists were obsessed with creating the ‘perfect Jew’, the ‘ideal Israeli’ – the parallels between this and what the Nazis were trying to do with their own Master Race eugenics program are sadly so obvious. The following quote comes from THIS article:

It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1944, six years after Kristallnacht, Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, felt comfortable equating the Zionist ideal of Jewish statehood with “the concept of a racial state — the Hitlerian concept.”

And they never gave up trying to implement it, behind the scenes.

What’s happening with the persecution of Rabbi Berland and the Torah world in Israel generally has to be understood in its proper ‘Jewish eugenics’ context. Once we take the blinders off, it’s obvious that the language being used by so many of the people in power in Israel is clearly reminiscent of the eugenicists who came up with the holocaust as their ‘final solution’.

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Here’s a couple of quotes from the ‘From Darwin to Hitler’ book, and then let’s move on from the darkness, to the light:

“Many [eugenics-promoting German scientists] used Darwinian arguments to assign some humans to the category of ‘inferior’ or degenerate. Generally, they considered two main categories of people ‘inferior’: the handicapped and non-European races.

Since they were ‘inferior’, and since the death of the less fit in the struggle for existence will result in biological improvement, why not help evolution along by getting rid of the ‘inferior’?”….

“Rather than allowing such people to drain the precious, limited resources of the earth, [the eugenicist-promoting scientists believed] it would be better to kill them to make space for the healthy, vigorous and intelligent to flourish.”

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Compare and contrast the above with these quotes:

This comes from here, Racing toward disaster: Israel’s unsustainable population bomb (2017)

The National Economic Council finally decided to weigh in on the issue in its August report, highlighting the dramatic increase among Haredi populations and hinting about possible ramifications for the economy. It would seem that not only environmentalists have come to recognize that present population patterns are unsustainable; economists are increasingly alarmed, as well. That’s because the bulk of local population growth today can be found among Haredi and Beduin families.

And this comes from here, Israel’s soaring population: Promised Land running out of room?

“Israel is on the road to an ecological, social and quality of life disaster because as the population density rises it becomes more violent, congested and unpleasant to live in and with absolutely no room for any species other than humans,” said Alon Tal, a professor at Ben-Gurion University’s Institutes for Desert Research and founder of the Green Movement party.

There’s a subtle, but disturbing similarity, no?

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So, after we said a virtual ‘hi’ to the Rav in Tzalmon, we headed off towards Rashbi’s tomb in Meron, but before we got there, I noticed signs by the side of the road for the tomb of Havvakuk the Prophet. We turned off, headed down a short dirt track – and found there were a few other people at the tomb.

5-6 Breslovers, of various ages were there, eating food and one guy was playing the guitar.

He was playing it amazingly well. And singing a song about ‘geula coming now, if we just hang on one more day’. I stopped in my tracks, transfixed by what I was seeing and hearing.

My soul started to soar up – and it struck me that here, at Havvakuk HaNavi, there was currently way more life, and way more light, than by most places in the world, right now.

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As I was listening to the guy totally rocking the kever with his acoustic guitar, it struck me that he sounded a little familiar. I asked my husband to ask him if he’d put out any CDs – and sure enough, he had. We had one. It’s one of my favorite disks and I bought it from the guy himself when he showed up at my door 10 years ago.

And now he was here, playing at Havvakuk the Prophet.

Two songs later, another car load of Breslovers pulled up, and one guy got out holding a massive speaker on his shoulder broadcasting the more standard techno-Na-Nach music.

It couldn’t hold a candle to the acoustic guitar, but it just reinforced the impression of life, vitality and happiness that really, you can only find by the True Tzaddikim right now.

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On the way home, we also popped into Rashbi, and then Rabbi Meir Baal NaNess, where the facemask madness is half in force, and half being ignored.

I said some tikkun haklalis, and I just felt pretty happy and content.

Mostly.

Because I know the wider world is starting to burn, and I know that the darkness is becoming suffocating in so many ways right now.

But there is a way out of the problem, and that is to follow the light.

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Follow the light, the teachings, the advice of Rebbe Nachman, and of Rabbi Berland, and it will lead you out of the darkness.

It will lead you to reconnecting to Hashem and your soul.

It will lead you to the Promised Land, in so many different ways.

And don’t wait too long to do that, because we only have today.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring.

But if we have the light of the True Tzaddikim to guide us, we’ll be in much better shape to deal with it, than anyone else on the planet, wherever they happen to live.

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From now on, God’s glory is only going to grow in the world.

Today is the day of Malchut she be Malchut, for those of us counting the Omer.

It’s the day of emuna she be emuna, the day of seeing that God is really all there is, and all there was, and all there will be ever be.

That’s the whole ikker of Malchut she be Malchut – revealing God’s glory in the world, even in the lowliest parts of the universe that we currently inhabit.

I have no proof for what I’m about to say here, but I have the profound feeling that the dawn has broken this week, and the first rays of the ‘turnaround’, however we want to understand that, are starting to shine.

From now on….

It’s all going to change for the better.

Starting today, BH.

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I learn something new every day.

Today, I learnt that there is a whole online social media scene devoted to ‘Karen bashing’. In case you don’t know what a ‘Karen’ is, or why so many people (including yours truly…) want to bash her, here’s a quick lesson:

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I have to say, after I read that (and gorged myself on about 1500 Karen-SocialDistancing-Snitch memes…), it was kind of vindicating to know that other people have also noticed that breed of person who seems to have nothing better to do than feel superior because they are voluntarily suffocating themselves to death by wearing a N95 facemask.

Even in their cars.

Even when they are the only person in their cars.

And the windows are all wound tightly up.

And it’s 100 degrees out there….

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Strangely, even with all that ‘protection’ around them, these Karens in their cars still like to fix me with their ‘mega angry’ look, when they see me walking on the road without a facemask. Or walking next to my husband, or a friend, without ‘social distancing’.

Call me prophetic, but they don’t need to speak for me to know what they’re thinking. The words appear virtually above their heads, telegraphed telepathically by the ‘mega angry’ self-righteous look.

How selfish!!!! Breathing fresh air like that!!! And making all those 100 year old people ill, with my germs!!!

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My husband keeps bumping up against the Karens on buses (some of whom are even men…), because he’s decided to protest the government tyranny by refusing to wear his mask as much as possible.

Every day, he has a fresh ‘Karen’ story from his trip into work. And before you start having a go at me or him for being so selfish!!! Making all those 100 year old people ill with our germs!!! – please take a look at the following infographic, that I spent all morning putting together.

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So, tachlis dear Karen, wearing a face mask for hours not only gives 4/5 of people bad headaches, it also makes them way more susceptible to diseases like heart attacks, strokes and even cancer. Oh, and there is NO SCIENCE that shows that wearing face masks does ANYTHING to stop the transmission of COVID-19.

Sadly, Karens aren’t known for being able to digest new information that contradicts how they see the world, even when you put it in a handy infographic designed for the reading abilities of a 6 year old.

The reason for that is that Karens – more than most people – hate to be wrong.

Oh, and they also lurrrrve bossing other people around in a self-righteous way, and trying to control other people.

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I’m in a funny mood today, so I’m going to keep this short.

All this COVID-19 hysteria boils down to a massive lack of emuna. Same as the ‘measles vaccination’ hysteria last year.

(For midda kneged midda watchers, COVID-19 hit those same New York area Jewish communities that were forcibly kicking out unvaccinated kids from schools, and running those families off playgrounds, out of shuls and even out of town really, really hard. I wonder why.)

Anyone who can’t back down from their ‘position’, even when they’re shown to be wrong a million times over; and especially when they’ve done things to hurt other people as a result, has to make some seriously big teshuva.

I’m starting to think this is the whole litmus test, the whole ikker of who will actually get on the geula bus, when it finally arrives.

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When I wrote One in a Generation I and II, I was so shocked to realise that just having the facts and information set out clearly for people wasn’t enough to change their minds, about what had really gone on with Rav Berland.

They’d invested so much in slagging him off, and speaking lashon hara about him and his community, that most people simply couldn’t back down from their (totally wrong….) position and admit that they’d made a mistake.

Now, we’re seeing the same thing play out with the fake COVID-19 ‘pandemic’.

All those people who enabled governments all over the world to shut us in our homes for months, wreck the economy and stop people from doing basic things like breathing fresh air unimpeded, because they bought into all the hysteria and fearmongering –  you need to admit you were wrong, in order to get the madness to stop.

There are no ‘millions dead’, there are no more dead than there are every single year at this time, just at the end of the annual flu season.

Admit you were wrong, and stop enabling the #coronafascists to strip us of all of our basic human and religious rights.

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The problem is, most of these ‘Karens’, who see themselves as the voluntary enforcement arm of the #coronafascists running the world, simply can’t do it. They can’t back down. They can’t admit they were wrong. It’s just not going to happen.

So, we have to make the change on our end, and to totally ignore them, when they start sputtering in indignation when they see kids playing unmasked in the park, or – gasp! – someone wondering around the supermarket without a government-mandated gag.

If you think the masks work, Karen, then why are you so concerned that my germs can affect you? And if you think the masks don’t work, Karen, then why are you so insistent on me wearing one?

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Free choice is everyone’s God-given right, and I choose to breathe fresh air as much as possible.

And Karen, THE REAL SCIENCE IS ON MY SIDE.

So please, spare me the lectures and the ‘shocked’, angry indignation.

I know you got brain damaged from wearing your N95 mask day and night, but still.

Take a look at the infographic, do your own research, and ADMIT YOU WERE WRONG.

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(I’m not holding my breath.)

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UPDATE:

The genius Remy came out with another video a couple of days ago, which kind of sums it up. Shmirat Eynayim friendly.

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UPDATE #2:

Here’s another PhD, who combed through all the scientific literature and studies on wearing facemasks and respirators (i.e. the N95 mask), to conclude that:

Whatever else is going on, the facemask wearing diktat is NOT based on science, and wearing facemasks for any length of time has been proven – beyond the shadow of a doubt – to be detrimental to health.

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As the ‘new normal’ kicks in, I can’t buck the feeling that this is anything BUT normal.

Israel is now coming out of its totally retarded, OTT ‘lockdown’, and some semblance of ‘normal life’ is returning.

For the last few days, I’ve been heading back off to the Kotel, trying to make up the 18 days I was missing from when I got stopped in the middle of my segula to visit the Kotel 40 days in a row, just after Purim.

I’ve discovered a new route that takes me through the back of an Arab neighborhood and up the backside of the hill that slopes up from Guy Ben Hinnom valley, where they used to sacrifice their children to Moloch, in Biblical times.

I now prefer that route to going on the main road, as Moloch and Mahmoud Al-Fahda is scaring me way less than the Israeli police.

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Even though I’ve been to the Kotel six times now, I’ve only managed to actually kiss the wall three times.

Friday night, the gestapo  police decided there were too many people in the plaza, so there was a big line of us queuing up outside, instead.

For the first time ever on a Friday night, the ‘Reform Plaza’ was filled to capacity – 45 people – all frum Jews, who’d been barred entry to the main event.

Then on a couple of other occasions, I got in to the Womens’ section – which has now been divided up into cute, rectangular white tented areas that just seem creepily reminiscent of Bergen-Belsen huts, minus the rooves.

But there were now ‘too many people’ at the wall itself, so I got sent to the left – to the rectangular tented area marked ‘waiting area #14’ – and I just kind of stood there for a few minutes before turning tail and heading home.

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Of course, I have to wear a mask way up over my eyeballs in the plaza itself.

And my forehead has to be shot at by weird men who seem to be strangely over-enjoying their role ‘pretend shooting’ people in the head with a thermometer gun. I guess it’s the next best thing to playing ‘Call of Duty’.

And then, one time I made the mistake of going to the Kotel with my husband, and trying to wait for him to finish up in back of the plaza. A fat, quasi gestapo  police minion in a bright fluorescent vest and an oversized facemask marched up to me and told me it was forbidden for me to stand there and wait.

Geveret, you can’t stand here. We can’t have too many people here.

I looked around – there were maybe another 30 people max, scattered all over the back part of the Kotel plaza – and I almost had to choke myself to stop from saying puh-leeze!!!!, or tossing off a casual heil hitler, and clicking my heels together.

I get it, I know. You are only following orders, right?

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Over the last couple of months, I have learned that acting like a nazi is something good and proper, as long as you limit yourself to forcibly taking people’s rights and basic personal freedoms away, on pain of harsh punishment and massive fines.

But protesting that type of fascist behavior by saying ‘heil hitler’, or goose-stepping away from a public official is the wrong way to act like a nazi.

Please everyone, remember this. I’d hate for you to get this wrong and end up in some gestapo police basement, having your fingernails pulled out by a public servant because you picked the wrong way to act like a nazi.

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But I digress.

With all this ‘normal’ going on, my daughter resumed her driving lessons. She and the instructor both wear masks and rubber gloves (uh, why is that, exactly?) – and the instructor has also been forced to put a clear plastic partition down the middle of the car, where the gearbox is.

Let’s be clear, there is way more risk to human life from novice drivers having their rubber-gloved hands stick to the wheel, or from having that massive mask block their view of the monster truck bearing down on them from out of left field, than there is from any virus.

I actually almost knocked myself out in one shop, because I didn’t see their see-thru plastic sheeting next to the till until I’d head-butted it, trying to pay for my purchase.

While we’re on the subject of totally dumb ‘health measures’ that are 10000% for show, do you know how many ‘germs’ all those cute cloth masks with fake Adidas branding keep out? Maximum 3%.

Oooops, sorry that was a real fact.

Don’t know how that got into any discussion about proper ‘hygiene’ in the era of Coronavirus.

My bad.

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The other kid went back to school yesterday, and the weird normal is also in full swing there. Everyone has to wear masks and gloves full time (which is of course, totally unenforceable, even if it wasn’t also totally pointless).

It’s a dorming school, so they have 2 girls in a room now – as opposed to 5 or 6 pre-Corona – and because they can’t guarantee the ‘hygiene’ of the school kitchen, they are buying all the food takeout, from local restaurants.

Because there are no Corona germs in restaurants.

And anyone who argues with this statement clearly doesn’t know anything about science.

No-one has worked out how the kids are meant to be eating that stuff while fully-masked, so I made a helpful suggestion that they should just puree it all up and then suck in their meals through a straw that’s been hermetically-taped into their masks.

Probably next week, that will be the next ridiculous rule  sensible measure the Government foisters on us all, for our own good.

Gotta love #Coronafascism!!

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There’s also a rule in place that you don’t have to wear a facemask if you’re exercising, because apparently you can’t catch or transmit Coronavirus when jogging, walking fast or playing basketball.

Again, please don’t try and argue with the logic of this statement, because if it’s the law, it must be totally scientific.

I don’t wear hot-pink spandex to exercise; and I don’t have a massive i-Phone to publically stick on a bicep, so I decided that whenever I see a cop on my daily hitbodedut walk, I’m going to stick my elbows out at right angles and ‘power walk’.

Don’t you know? Didn’t you hear? If your elbows are sticking out when you walk, then you are incapable of transmitting Coronavirus. But if you’re carrying your purse while walking on the way to the store – then you’re back in the ‘high risk’ box.

I guess Coronavirus germs are unusually attracted to credit cards, or something.

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So anyway, today I went to visit one of my friends who I haven’t seen for months.

She has 4 small kids, and she’s been cooking, cleaning and all round entertaining them for 3 months solid at home.

Like so many of us, last week she cracked up and totally lost it for a night. I think last week was rough for so many people, me included. I’ve spoken to many other ladies out there – heroines all! – who after months and months of 5 star service for our families just really feel like we need a day off.

We were both regaling each other with our ‘survivor tales’ from the last three months, and laughing our heads off, because what else can you do?

What else can you do, when your three year old comes home from gan demanding to wear a mask, because the pseudo-frum ganenet has scared the pants off them that otherwise, breathing fresh air is probably going to kill them, God forbid?

What else can you do, when your teenager has allergies – the same allergies she’s had every single Spring, for 15 years – but now has to hide away at home in case she gets put on some secret Shabak blacklist for sneezing in public?

What else can you do, when the anti-Semitic government says its OK to get together on L’Ag B’omer, but it’s still forbidden to go to Meron or light a bonfire in your own backyard.

Someone please explain to me, how is lighting a bonfire in my own back garden increasing any risk of getting or sharing Coronavirus?

Really?

What if I saw up a few logs – for exercise – before I do it, and kill off all the Coronavirus germs that way, before I toss the first match in? Would that work?

And in the meantime, what else can I do, except laugh.

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When I’m done typing this, I’m popping out to buy a dart board.

I have a small, cheap one in my garden, and I’ve discovered that throwing sharp instruments at something with violent hand gestures is actually really cathartic.

When I told my husband what I’m up to, he asked me to promise that I’m not going to print off any pictures, to stick up on that dart board. He doesn’t think that’s healthy.

It’ll be nobody we know personally, I told him.

That’s the best I can do.

But as we lurch onwards towards geula, and as we settle into this weird ‘breathing space’ between birth pangs, I have a feeling I’m going to be spending quite a bit of time with my dart board.

Dear man, I told my husband, much better I have an inanimate object to use for target practice, than someone I’m married to.

What else could he do when I told him that, except laugh?

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Don’t forget that Questions for God – Secret Diary of a Jewish Housewife Volume II – is now out on Amazon! You can pick it up HERE.

Dying is inevitable.

Our atheist society doesn’t like that idea, because it really underlines the utter pointlessness of a life devoted to the whims of a body that is ultimately just going to crumble to dust.

When there is no soul in the picture, no God, no real spiritual purpose in life, then life just becomes a game of keeping the body together, for as long as you can, whatever it takes.

Even if it means in the meantime that all your quality of life, all of the things that make life joyful, and meaningful and basically live-able, go straight down the toilet.

Who wants to live in a world where you can’t take a breath of fresh air without a mask?

Or a walk in a forest?

Or a visit to a holy site?

Who wants to live in a world where you can’t hang out with a friend, or go visit a parent, or share your holy days and happy occasions with other human beings?

All this cack about not hugging and not touching and not kissing other people is precisely that: cack.

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Life is inherently risky. There is absolutely nothing you can do to reduce the risk down to ‘zero’, and the only way to really deal with all the anxiety and worry and stress is to take it back to God, and accept that whatever God decides, that’s what is going to happen.

Many years ago, before I started working more on my emuna, I had massive fears and anxieties about getting ill, or dying in freak accidents. The anxiety was so big, I nearly cracked under the pressure. Really.

What finally got me out of the problem was when I told God:

Hashem, whatever You decree, I accept! I can’t fight you anymore, and trying to retain ‘control’ is just totally exhausting me and driving me mad.

And then, the clouds parted, and I started to enjoy living life again.

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Rebbe Nachman dealt with this issue over 200 years ago, on many different occasions. This comes from ‘Tzaddik’, page 375, #445:

“There were many cases of people who came to the Rebbe with serious illnesses and he saw there was no chance that they would survive. He would talk to them in a way which went directly to their hearts, saying:

‘What is there for you to be afraid of about dying? The world there is far more beautiful than here.’

When a person has emuna in Hashem, and knows that this world is only a temporary corridor, that is the only thing that can really take the fear and anxiety about dying and falling sick away.

What does that tell us, when we saw the utter hysteria that’s engulfed so many parts of the so-called ‘frum’ Jewish world about Coronavirus?

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The kabbalist Rav Yehuda Sheinfeld recently put out a very interesting interview, which you can read in its entirety HERE.

The basic idea is that all the ‘informers’ that are springing up within the ranks of the Jewish people are the ones that are being weeded out, ahead of Moshiach coming, because the halacha is that we don’t wait for ‘informers’ to make teshuva.

Rav Sheinfeld was discussing specifically the people who have framed Rabbi Berland, but it seems to me his words apply equally to all those people who are encouraging others to rat on their neighbors to the secular authorities for holding an ‘illegal’ minyan; or to rat on people for daring to visit their family members; or who think it’s a great ‘mitzvah’ to ‘shame’ people in their local Whats App group for not wearing masks in the street 24/7.

Those informers are not going to be part of the kehilla waiting to greet Moshiach (unless they do some serious teshuva)….

COVID-19 is doing a very profound birur, and it’s very interesting to watch it play out across the world.

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One of my brothers-in-law is a MD who specialises in geriatrics. He lives in the US, and refuses to wear a mask in public because he knows it’s 1000% BS, that wearing masks has anything to do with decreasing the risk of infection from COVID, or saving lives.

Do you know how many people have yelled at him on the streets?

Why do these people think they know better than a medical doctor, who treats geriatrics for a living?

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Let’s end with this, which is pure genius, and makes the point about life being inherently risky in a different way.

It has a clip of Senator Elizabeth Warren at the beginning, so it’s not shmirat eynayim friendly – but listen to the lyrics. The guy is brilliant. But please don’t laugh at the very important message he is trying to put across, unless of course, you want people to die.

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POSTSCRIPT:

Amazon finally relented, and stuck up the Kindle version of Questions for God, the second volume of the Secret Diary of a Jewish Housewife, on their site. You can get it HERE.

And pretty much the same day that happened, I found out that the online magazine I founded and then handed over to different management last year, Sassonmag.com, decided to censor my posts and then delete all my writing.

Swings and roundabouts….

And the birur continues apace.

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Photo by Svyatoslav Romanov on Unsplash

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