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There’s something about being stopped by the police right next to your home, for the ‘crime’ of taking an early morning walk around the block, that I thought fell within the 100 meter boundary, that can put a person in a really strange mood.

That happened to me this morning – the policeman told me that I’m just meant to come out of my house to gulp in a breath of fresh air, then turn tail and head back into prison and ze hoo.

I came home feeling so claustrophobic.

I came home feeling like I can probably do this whole ridiculous lockdown prison thing for another week, and then I will go nuts.

How that’s going to look, I have no idea, but when you know that my grandmother was regularly tied to her hospital bed to prevent her from escaping – even with a broken hip – then you know I have a deep need for freedom it in the genes, mamash.

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In the meantime, I had a tough day today mentally.

I was just feeling like bad always wins, and that I’m trapped in an Orwellian nightmare that just seems to be intensifying – because so many of us are lying to ourselves about the fact that the medical profession is not all-powerful, and that we’re not really in control of ANYTHING, let alone COVID-19 – and today, I just felt pretty down and beaten by it all

What can a small person like me really do, to fight bad?

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But then, my friend Chana sent me this video to watch.

A couple of days ago, she called me up to check that she hadn’t gone totally froot-loops herself, because she’d heard shofar sounds coming from the Jerusalem night sky:

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I tried to reassure her that if she’s crazy, then I’m also definitely crazy (not sure how reassuring that was….)

Because in Succot 5776 (2015), when Rav Berland said that we’d hear the shofar hagadol announcing Moshiach on the first day of chol hamoed Succot, me and my husband heard precisely that…. He ran in from the Succah to tell me what was going on, and he opened the window so I could catch the last minute.

It was awesome….

And I really felt it was the shofar hagadol, as it really didn’t sound like anything else I’d heard before. But then, Moshiach apparently didn’t come, and I’ve wondered about what we really heard ever since.

Until I heard this video.

What I heard with my husband was very similar, especially the last minute of it when it seems to become more ‘musical’.

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Geula IS happening people!

Hold on, because the bad is putting the choke hold on us right now, and all our mitzvoth, precisely because it’s on its last legs.

BIBI, YOU WILL NOT MAKE ME FAT!!!

Whatever else happens, I am just going to switch my exercise routine from walking to the Kotel to dancing in my house, and smashing the heads of bad with my dancing heels.

Your time is SO OVER, all you bad boyz…

In the meantime, pass me a beer. Or something.

It’s been a tough day.

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Today, I read the following signs up at the Kotel:

“According to the directives of the Ministry of Health, it is forbidden to kiss the stones of the Western Wall.”

Every day I go at the moment, there is some fresh madness, some new ‘announcement’ designed to put me off from praying to Hashem.

My husband gave up on trying to find a minyan at Kever Rachel – where they are strictly enforcing the no more than 10 people rule – and ended up praying in the Sephardi minyan up the road here, where people are still shaking hands then kissing their fingers afterwards, like they’ve been doing for 2000 years already.

Then, I logged on to the news sites (which I’ve started reading a few times a day again, primarily so I get some warning if they decide to shut down all the supermarkets or cancel all the buses) – and there was a whole parade of what I’m going to call:

Headlines that get me worried

But probably not for the same reasons they are getting most people worried. Let me list a few of them below, so you can get the flavor of how the police state we apparently all live in – regardless of what country we call ‘home’ –  is starting to come out of the shadows

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Worshippers told not to kiss stones at Western Wall; attendance limited

Government approves digital surveillance of Coronavirus police

No more touching – your life is about to change

Health Ministry approves experimental treatments for coronavirus

Due to recent instructions from the Health Ministry, MADA paramedics had to shave their beards to reduce being infected with COVID-19.

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Puhleeze!!!

How can anyone take this seriously?

Two months ago, when the State of Israel started going after Rabbi Berland and Shuvu Banim, they said then that Shuvu Banim was only going to be the beginning of a war against religion and religious Jews.

With the anti-religious Benny Gantz trying to become PM by sucking up to the Arab parties – exactly as Rabbi Berland predicted months and months ago – that war looks like it’s heating up.

The last two days, I’ve been taking my kids to a load of different places, trying to get ready for the apparently inevitable ‘lockdown’ that the authorities here keep saying is only a matter of time.

Never mind that of the 7000 people tested for COVID-19 in Israel so far, only 324 of them have it, and of those only 5 are in serious condition, and NO-ONE has died here at all yet, thank God.

Regardless of the facts on the ground, the lockdown appears to be coming.

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So, while I’ve been running around trying to prepare for that, I’ve been all over Jerusalem, refuelled my car in Shoresh, and been all around Gush Etzion and also Petach Tikva. And here’s what I’ve noticed:

Way more people in Israel are adopting a laissez faire attitude to Coronavirus than are taking it seriously.

There are still cafes and restaurants open, there are still ‘non-essential’ stores open and doing business, the number of people in face masks and gloves is minuscule (but strangely, face masks seem to be far more prevalent amongst the Arab residents) – in short, most of the people I’m seeing are just not buying all the government propaganda.

And while that’s true generally for a lot of Israelis, amongst the chareidi community, there is even less buy-in to the idea that normal life and Torah learning and praying and going to school needs to somehow stop just because there’s another virus on the loose out there.

And so, the battle lines are being drawn, between those members of the population who believe the government – wherever they happen to live – and those members of the public who really don’t.

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We live in such interesting times.

Rabbi Berland is sweetening all this COVID-19 stuff at its root, which is why the next week or so is going to be ‘hinge’ event where everything starts to turn around.

Right now, the government can still get away with imposing draconian measures on the public by using fear tactics and manipulation. But if the number of new cases doesn’t get more ‘impressive’ very soon, God forbid, and if the number of people dying from it stays at zero, God willing, the Israeli public’s patience with the circus that is going on here will start to wear very thin.

And then, things will get very interesting.

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One last thing to add, for now, is that I think this current panic is just a dry run.

I believe Rabbi Berland, when he says it will be sweetened and over by Erev Pesach, however unlikely that currently looks, but I also think that then there will be a short window of opportunity to learn the lessons of what’s going on now, and to make plans to move to Israel, if you’re currently abroad.

Because the next ‘birth pang’ won’t be long in coming, even when COVID-19 fades from sight.

Remember that wave of antisemitic attacks that occurred in the USA a few months ago?

I reported an unconfirmed statement from Rabbi Berland HERE that said the attacks would stop until the 7th day of Pesach.

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Sure enough, as soon as I posted that statement up, the attacks stopped.

But I’ve been wondering about that ‘7th day of Pesach’ thing ever since, and pondering what’s meant to happen then.

I’m not a prophet, so I don’t know.

But I do know that unless this COVID-19 concludes with the open revelation of Moshiach, we will need at least one more ‘birth pang’ to move us forward, and it’s common knowledge that they get stronger and more unbearable as the actual delivery approaches.

So don’t wait for the situation to be as difficult as it is right now, with COVID-19, to make your plans to move here.

There will be another short window.

But it won’t be there for long.

And things are only going to get more intense from here.

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Let’s give the last word to Shwekey. Press ‘play’ and dance along, because what else can we really do, at this point?

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In ten days time, I’m meant to be flying out of Israel to go to my brother’s batmitzvah celebration in London.

I spoke to him a couple of days ago, and I told him I don’t think I’m coming.

Israel had just announced that anyone coming back from abroad would have to self-isolate for 14 days in bidud, and much as I love my brother, we have no family here, we just moved and I don’t know the neighbors, and there is no-one who could keep my family unit going with groceries if I’m out of action.

Such strange days we live in.

My daughter is currently coughing her guts up and streaming phlegm, as she always does when Spring appears and her hayfever kicks off. Although this year, with all the anxiety about Corona and a few other things going on in her life, her asthma has also ramped up again.

Most years, my daughter’s seasonal hayfever and asthma is not a big deal.

This year, with all the hysteria about Corona, she’s scared to leave the house in case people think she’s going to kill them with a sneeze.

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In the meantime, in my own dalet amot I’m having such a strange mix of tremendous good, and tremendous confusion. On the one hand, the house we managed to miraculously rent has blossomed into such a beautiful home.

We had Purim seuda yesterday, and for the first time in 7 years we had enough space to invite a few families together. Honestly, it was initially a little strange, but then we whacked the music up, started dancing and the magic happened and le ha fochu. The weird atmosphere broke and everything turned around.

For a few hours.

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So much of the time right now, I don’t know what’s good and what’s bad, what’s right and what’s wrong.

Yesterday, I went for a walk to the Kotel, and I was really pondering to myself if I’m more a Haman, or more a Mordechai, because I honestly have no idea right now if I’m giving God what He really wants, or the opposite.

Everything seems so upside down at the moment.

I know it’s all exploding in madness everywhere you look, but it still seems to me that the best response to everything that’s going on right now (apart from making some serious teshuva, particularly in how we treat other people) is:

To bake cookies.

Yes, you read that right.

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There is nothing better to do right now, apart from reciting lots of tehillim and doing lots of hitbodedut, except to bake cookies. Because until Hashem decides that the world really is ending, we parents have a duty to show our children that the world is still continuing in the meantime.

Already, our kids are struggling to stay in school. Already, they are struggling to get up in the mornings. Already, they are feeling like there is no point in continuing or carrying on, because the apocalypsa is around the corner, so what’s the point?

Honestly, don’t we grown ups feel that way too, so much of the time?

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I’m not saying this lightly.

I’ve been waiting for geula, and trying to prepare for it in as real a way as I can for at least the last 15 years. But now that it looks like we may be coming down to the wire, and the geula really might be materializing before our eyes, increasingly the most important priority for me, as a mother, seems to be keep things as ‘normal’ as I can.

That means baking cookies. That means cleaning toilets. That means doing my best to look after my children, my family, my husband the best way I can right now.

I have my People Smarts Course that’s half done, and my People Smarts book that has been waiting six months to get sent to the printers already. For months, I haven’t been able to get to it.

Finally, last week, I realized that maybe, that’s not my main work right now.

My main work seems to be to look after my family – even tho my kids are 16 and 19 already – and to make my family my main priority.

So, I find myself making sandwiches and suppers in a way that I haven’t done for years, since they were much smaller. I find myself ferrying them around in the car – not least so I can have some quality time to really talk to them – and taking them to different places and appointments and people, because it seems like there is just so much going on, at the moment.

In some ways, it feels like my family, my responsibilities to these people who I live with, and care for tremendously, have kind of been ‘getting in the way’ of my life.

At least, that’s how it looked.

But today, I’m thinking more and more, this is actually my test, right now.

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There is no better way of working on my bad middot and doing acts of kindnesses that really count than by focusing on the people in my home.

Rav Berland explained weeks ago that Corona has the same gematria as ‘mitvot bein adam l’havero’ – the mitzvahs that take place between people.

And nowhere are those mitzvahs more trampled – or more needed – than in the home.

And especially between parents and teens.

So, if you’re reading this, and you have a teen at home, and especially if you have a difficult teen at home who is struggling, stop reading this and go give them a hug. Go tell them that you think they’re amazing. Go and find something to praise about them, to their face, go make them a sandwich, take them out and get them a new top, or take them somewhere they’ve been bugging you to go for ages.

In short, go and love them unconditionally, with as much energy as you can muster.

Because that is the main test right now.

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So many people are now being forced to spend 14 days cooped up with their families, with no distractions.

There’s no malls and chugim to run away to, no work deadlines, no shopping, no shiurim, no beaches and expensive holidays and restaurants.

All there is, is our raw family unit.

And that is the real test – does it feel like gehinnom or gan eden?

Is there love in the home, or constant arguments, guilt trips and withering criticism about all the things that aren’t being done 100% ‘perfectly’?

Are cookies being baked in that home, or not?

That is the question.

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5 things you can do right now, to give yourself spiritual protection against the Coronavirus.

Yesterday, I got a text telling me that the Israeli Health Ministry had pinpointed a potential ‘spreader’ of Coronavirus in Baka, the Jerusalem neighborhood where until last week I lived.

I went to check out the Health Ministry website, and saw that a 50 year old woman from NYC who subsequently flew back to the States and then was discovered to have COVID-19 had been all around Baka, and also all around the Mamilla Mall.

The site listed where she’d been on the different days, and told members of the public that if they thought they’d come into contact with this woman, they should ‘self isolate’ at home for 14 days.

So then, I went to check out what ‘self isolate’ actually means, tachlis, and honestly, it was hard to keep a straight face.

The instructions were basically to sit in a ventilated room in your house, come out of it as little as possible, and to wash your hands like a bad case of OCD before and after touching anything. Oh yes, and to wear a facemask whenever you do come out of your ventilated room.

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When I lived in the UK, we went to visit a decommissioned nuclear bunker in the countryside close to London.

This was where HM Government was meant to decamp to in case nuclear war broke out.

It was one of the most interesting places I ever went to, not least because it was screening the ‘propaganda movies’ that the British government was putting out in the 1950s, telling citizens what they should do in the event of a nuclear war.

The basic message was this:

“Draw your curtains, lock your front door, then go and sit under your table.”

Didn’t the British authorities know that none of these things would help a jot, if the Russkies decided to drop a nuke on Old Blighty?

Of course they knew that! But they deliberately put out misleading information encouraging people to ‘sit under their tables’ in order to keep people off the streets if something did trip off, and to give them something to do – however pointless – to help quell that mounting sense of panic.

When I read the Health Ministry instructions yesterday, I caught a powerful whiff of déjà vu.

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So today, I went off to the same bakery in Baka I’ve been going to for two years, that usually has a queue so big on a Friday morning it snakes around a few times – and it was pretty quiet. I went to the health store, that is also usually buzzing Friday morning around their breakfast buffet – and it was also pretty quiet.

I guess half of Baka has decided they need to ‘self isolate’ because that one woman was in the Hadar Mall and Osher Ad, and the rest of the customers have decided to avoid Baka like the plague (so to speak….) until things have calmed down.

Whenever that is meant to be.

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In the meantime, the rubber is really starting to hit the road, with this whole Coronavirus epidemic.

That means that the differences between people who really are trying to have emuna, and who really are holding on to our true tzaddikim, and the people who don’t are about to become very obvious.

Already, some of my kids’ friends are experiencing panic attacks and obsessing over wearing facemasks. Already, some people are starting to stockpile bottles of water, and to buy in six packs of tuna.

But with Pesach barely six weeks away, how much dry goods can you really stockpile anyway? And where are you meant to keep the 90 litres of bottled water you’d really need to keep going for six weeks of chaos? And who is to say that even if you ‘prepped’ like a superstar, and was totally stocked up, that some less prepared people with guns and violent tendencies wouldn’t just come and take it all away, anyway?

Déjà vu. Déjà vu.

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Eleven years ago, back in 2008, when all the banks started to fail, I was deep in my ‘autistics fearmongering’ stage, and I never had less than 36 bottles of water stored somewhere in my house, plus tens of tins of tuna, plus many bags of couscous.

This time around, even tho things are looking like it’s about to get pretty complicated, at least short term, at least in some way, until we see which way this Coronavirus epidemic is really going to swing, I am not stockpiling anything.

Instead, I’m switching my ‘prepping for disaster’ into the spiritual realm, and this is what is in my ‘spiritual survival kit’.

I strongly recommend you also go and put something like this together for yourself, ASAP.

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5 Things That Will Give You Spiritual Protection Against The CoronaVirus

  • A copy of Rabbi Berland’s prayer to be saved from the Coronavirus. You can download it as a PDF here, and I’m also including it here on my site, below, to make this super easy for you. Download it, PRINT IT OFF, so you have a physical hard copy in your home, and say it every day.

https://ravberland.com/wpcontent/uploads/2020/02/coronavirus-prayer.pdf

  • Tikkun HaKlali – there are so many stories of people who saw open miracles in Israel’s past wars, rocket attacks and intifadas, from regularly reciting the Tikkun HaKlali. You can buy one here, or you can get a PDF with English transliteration that you can download and print off HERE.

UPDATE: They took the Tikkun Haklali out of the document because Artscroll complained it was infringing their copyright to transliterate it in that fashion. So, please try THIS version instead – it’s a Hebrew version with an English translation.

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Rabbi Berland just put out a new message asking people to recite 7 Tikkun HaKlalis a day.

I know that’s a lot, but make a commitment to saying at least one – or 3 – or something – every single day, because as I’ve written about previously: we aren’t saying this prayer for the Rav. We are saying these prayers 100% for ourselves. We are the ones who will benefit the most from reciting the Tikkun HaKlali.

  • Make a real effort to improve your mitzvoth bein adam l’chavero. This phrase has the same gematria – 363 – as ‘Corona’ in Hebrew, and was identified by the Rav as being one of the main things that the Coronavirus is coming to rectify.

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Tachlis, that means treating other people nicer.

And the main place to start with this mitzvah is in your own household. How are you treating your spouse? Your kids? Your parents? Your siblings? Are you considerate of other people’s feelings, or are YOU the only one that ever appears in the picture?

How often do you practice bitul, the art of backing down and nullifying what you want or what you prefer, in order to respect someone else’s wishes and free choice? (This is often a huge problem for parents, who can continue to emotionally bully and negate their children well into their adulthood.)

How often do you do a real cheshbon hanefesh, and then apologise for the things that we all say and do, all the time, that hurt other people, even unintentially?

How much tzedaka are you giving out with a happy heart? How much effort are you making to practice Azamra, which is the art of seeing the good in other people, especially our fellow Jew?

And especially ourselves, because people who can’t see the good in themselves, and who don’t like themselves very much, are usually the people who are so very harsh and hurtful to those around them.

Especially their kids, and their spouses.

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  • The next thing in the spiritual toolkit is to work on emunat tzaddikim, and in particular, that means double-checking if you spoke or thought badly of any tzaddik, but especially Rabbi Eliezer Berland.

As you can see HERE, some of the kabbalists in Israel are breaking cover to identify Rabbi Berland as the head of the lamed vav tzaddikim, the 36 holy Jews in whose merit the world continues.

Well-known kabbalists including Rabbi Menashe Amon and Rabbi Amos Guetta have both made statements recently that link the spread of Coronavirus to the treatment of Rabbi Berland, and that also make clear that the Rav is ONLY in prison because he is atoning on behalf of Am Yisrael.

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It’s going to be interesting to watch how this Coronavirus plague starts to operate in Israel, and who it’s going to really affect, because this whole thing is spiritual.

For example, Baka happens to be the stronghold of American Reform and Masorti in Jerusalem, so no big shocker that it’s one of the first places slated for mass quarantine.

But I’ve also heard that chareidi journalists and Israeli prison guards have also already been put into quarantine, as well as generals in the IDF.

They are talking about closing down all of the government institutions this coming week, including courts and prisons, depending on what happens next.

None of this is a coincidence, it’s a direct hint as to who is in the sites of this spiritual virus, and what they might have done to get themselves there.

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The last thing I have in my spiritual toolkit against the Coronavirus is this:

  • Adopt a positive attitude and remember Ein Od Milvado. Sure, I could sit here panicking that the end is nigh, and that total chaos and apocalypse is going to break out any second. But how is that going to help me?

If God wants me dead, He doesn’t need a Coronavirus to do it. I drive in Israel, I live next to a million Arabs on the seam in East Jerusalem. Every day I come back from Route 1 in one piece, that’s a miracle. Every day there isn’t a terrorist attack, a terrorist rocket, a bomb, a stabbing, a ramming incident, that’s an open miracle.

God doesn’t need a germ to kill me.

Also, what I think and believe actually creates the reality.

If I’m panicking 24/7, and believing every little cough is potentially fatal, that is creating that reality for me – and it’s a horrible reality to live.

If instead I adopt a ‘no big deal’ approach to all this stuff – and everything else that’s going on at the moment that could be very worrying and upsetting – then I will come through it all in way better shape emotionally and physically, regardless of what actually happens.

I’m not in charge of the world. God is.

The more I internalize that, the happier I feel.

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So like I said, this whole Coronavirus is going to be a huge test of emuna, and emunat tzaddikim.

It’s going to smoke out the fakers in an obvious way, and it’s going to encourage huge swathes of Am Yisrael to actually stop running away from God, and to sit still and really just be in their lives, for a change.

When you have to spend 14 days at home with your family, with very little distractions, that is bound to show you exactly where the fault lines lie in your relationships and personality.

No more running away into work, or shopping, or exercising, or socializing.

People will just be faced with themselves, and with the true state of their own souls, and with the stark reality that they aren’t in control of anything, however much they hoped and believed different.

And that’s when the real geula magic will start to happen.

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Did Rabbi Menashe Amon just reveal the head of the Lamed Vavnikim?

With all the moving, it’s been almost impossible to pause for breath to try to get a bead on what is really going on, with all this Coronavirus stuff.

But yesterday, I had the first bit of headspace in a long time to start digging into things in a little more depth, and below I’m sharing my impressions of what I’m coming across.

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First stop was that I actually watched this awesome video that brought the words of the kabbalist Rabbi Menashe Amon, about the link between slandering Rabbi Berland, and epidemics and plagues erupting in Israel – and also in Jewish homes abroad where slander and lashon hara is a big problem.

If you haven’t seen the video yourself, here it is below (they are working on English subtitles, I don’t know if they are up yet.)

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Here’s a few things that struck me about this video:

  • If you check at around the 1:30 min mark, you will see a video clip of Rabbi Menashe Amon performing an exorcism on a young man. This clip was so shocking, it was actually run on secular Israeli TV by none other than Amnon Levy, who then interviewed Rabbi Amon about what was actually going on.

There is absolutely no way you can fake someone’s body moving in that totally bizarre, supernatural way, in front of a whole bunch of people, plus being recorded.

That clip all by itself establishes that Rabbi Amon is a real kabbalist and someone who actually knows what they are talking about.

Halevai, that we should ever see something even a 100th of a percent as authentically ‘other worldly’ from all these YouTube rabbis that everyone likes to quote all the time, or refer to as ‘tzaddikim’.

But I digress.

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It’s no chiddush that Rav Amon clearly links the spread of the Coronavirus with slandering Rabbi Berland, and speaking badly of him.

But what really made me sit up and take notice was when Rav Amon said this:

Dear Jews, there is a great injustice happening here, that people don’t know about. We can’t see it, off in the distance, because we don’t have the spiritual eyes required to understand. There is a Rav, and there is a Tzaddik, there are the Lamed Vav Tzaddikim… (the 36 righteous tzaddikim in whose merit the world continues to exist), and there is the leader of the Lamed Vav Tzaddikim.

Do you know, what a holy Jew Rabbi Eliezer Berland actually is? This is kodesh kodeshim (holy of holies).

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This is basically a public admission that Rabbi Berland is the current leader of the Lamed Vav Tzaddikim.

And seeing that stated so obviously, by someone who can perform exorcisms and is clearly a genuinely expert kabbalist in his own right, totally blew my socks off.

But there was something else that Rav Amon said that also really spoke to me.

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As you know if you follow this blog, I spent the last 2-3 years writing a whole bunch of things on behalf of Rabbi Berland. Currently, There are 8 books (plus a haggadah) including the biography One in a Generation, plus books containing the Rav’s translated prayers, conversations, advice, miracles and words of wisdom on the Parsha of the week.

It’s been a lot of work, and after all that, the books are selling in minuscule amounts.

What kept me going was the feeling that while in olam hazeh, none of my efforts really got anywhere, in my hitbodedut I kept getting the message that all this stuff was far more important than it looked.

It was a reassuring thought, but until I watched that video from Rav Amon, I wasn’t 100% convinced. Maybe, 82% convinced, which meant that there has still been some wiggle room for the yetzer hara to try and induce the idea that I’ve been wasting large chunks of my life the last few years, God forbid.

But then, when Rav Amon started explaining the real spiritual level of Rabbi Berland, and stating so baldly the huge punishment awaiting those people who slander him, I started to realise what a tremendous zchar I’ve actually had – even if not a single book ever sells.

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Rav Amon also explained that having the privilege of giving Rav Berland money, charity, a pidyon, any sort of donation or help at all, is something that we simply can’t understand here in the upside-down world.

Rav Amon explained that giving Tzaddikim like the Rav money is a huge merit, a spiritual present, and that the more money we give, the greater the zchar we actually have in olam haba – even if down here, we don’t always have something tangible to show for it.

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Taken together, all this stuff just started making me feel like Hashem really loves me, that He’s given me the tremendous privilege of working on projects on behalf of the Rav, the last few years.

And also, at least in my world, I’ve been seeing such tremendous blessings show up recently, albeit still mixed in with some massive challenges, especially on the emotional front.

For example, I know that this amazing house I’m currently renting is a total miracle, and in the merit of the Rav. I have no other way of explaining it.

And I’m also seeing things start to open up in some other areas, too.

As the bad guys start to fall, the good guys – or at least, the people doing their best to help and respect the good guys – will start to rise.

And that process is going to accelerate from here on in.

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The last thing to say is that it’s not too late to make teshuva, and to stake your place out firmly on the side of good.

Go pay some money towards helping the Rav defray his spiraling legal and medical costs.

Buy some books and distribute them.

Print off some of his prayers, especially the prayer to be saved from the Coronavirus, and send them around. They’re available in 37 languages now, so there’s something for everyone.

And definitely, definitely make some serious teshuva for any lashon hara you may have engaged in about the Rav, either actively or passively.

Because industrial doses of Vitamin C aren’t going to help to stave off disaster if you find yourself on the wrong side of this equation, when the boom finally comes down.

And we’re edging closer to that happening all the time.

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UPDATE:

They just put out the full video of Rav Menashe Amon’s words about Rabbi Berland, with English subtitles. You can see it here – and please feel free to send it around.

The more people who being to understand what’s really going on here, the better it will be for all of us.

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Slow posting here, as I’m moving house soon, BH.

But in the meantime, I wanted to share this excellent shiur with you, by Rabbi Yissachar Berg, which explains why Rav Berland has to sit in prison right now, as part of the process of dismantling the Erev Rav and bringing geula.

You can also read the key points HERE.

Enjoy!

This morning, Rabbi Eliezer Berland was arrested. It’s 100% connected to the CoronaVirus.

Three days ago, on February 6th, 2020, the ravberland.com site posted up an article entitled:

“Rabbi Berland Explains The Spiritual Cause of the Corona Virus.”

That article quoted Rabbi Berland explaining that the Corona Virus n-2019 was:

“[S]preading due to the sins of pgmei habrit, (literally, ‘blemishing the covenant’), and also from the sin of eiver min ha-hai, eating a limb or organ from a live animal.”

The post continued that: [P]eople aren’t connecting the epidemic back to their true cause, i.e. human sins…and continued that if we don’t wake up, that this new coronavirus epidemic could even reach the shores of Israel, lo aleynu.”

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That post then took an apparently ‘unconnected’ leap over to a quote about when Moshiach ben David is coming, and then mentioned that Rabbi Berland:

“[H]as been returning to the subject of eiver min ha-hai, and connecting it back to the sin of the brothers in slandering and selling the Tzaddik HaDor of their generation, Yosef HaTzaddik.

In a nutshell, the Rav said that the main dispute between the brothers and Yosef was over whether it was permissible for them to eat eiver min ha-hai, or at least, to have the appearance  of that.”

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Next, that post brought the passage from Likutey Moharan I:83, where Rebbe Nachman said:

“When the Holy One wants to taste the positive mitzvos of a Jew who is a tzaddik, at the moment he is [still] an aspect of a ‘limb from a living [creature],’ (eiver min ha-hai) which is forbidden for consumption, and requires kosher slaughter to make it permissible.

“Therefore, it’s necessary that humiliation, [an aspect of] spilling of blood, an aspect of kosher slaughter, should come upon him.  This purifies the eiver min ha-hai [and makes it permissible].  Then Hashem can taste his positive mitzvos, whether one mitzvah or several mitzvos…”

(I highly recommended you read the whole thing, for context.)

Basically, it’s connecting eiver min ha-hai with the slander and humiliation that the Tzaddik takes upon himself, in order to prevent millions of Jews – and others – from being slaughtered because of deep spiritual tikkunim (rectifications).

This subject was covered in detail in the Knishta Chadar Newsletter from 5777 – almost three years’ ago. At the end of that article in Knishta Chadar, Rabbi Berland explained:

“AND THIS IS HOW THE TZADDIK SAVES THE WORLD FROM TOTAL DESTRUCTION.”

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In the FOOTNOTES for that piece, it spelled out how ‘Corona’ has the same gematria as ‘eiver min ha-hai’ = 367:

ק=100

ו=6

ר=200

ו=6

נ=50

ה=5

סה”כ 367

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אכל אבר מן החי

א=1

כ=20

ל=30

א=1

ב=2

ר=200

מ=40

ן=50

ה=5

ח=8

י=10

סה”כ 367

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Thursday, February 7th, 2020, the following appeared on the Shuvu Banim website:

The World Is Hanging By A Thread

This morning (Thursday) after finishing his morning learning schedule and immersing in the mikvah, Rebbi Eliezer Berland shlit”a said in a stern voice:

“THERE’S A TERRIBLE DECREE OF WORLD DESTRUCTION BY THE CORONAVIRUS.”

The Rav went on to explain that all of humanity including animals and plants are in danger of complete destruction.

And began quickly stating gematrias as to the spiritual cause of this terrible illness. Among others ben adam l’chaveiro the commandment which includes all interpersonal laws has the same numerical value as corona in Hebrew 363.

Open hearing this and seeing the look of concern on the Rabbi’s face, his attendant asked, “What should we do?”

Rav Berland answered:

“We will write a prayer and the decree will be cancelled. The prayer should be translated in all languages and read all over the world. With that the virus it will leave as quickly as it came leaving no trace behind.”

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In the meantime, I got contacted by the gabbai of a Lamed Vav, who told me to publicise that the authorities were lying about the true extent of the pandemic, and that 10,000 people an hour were being infected by the virus.

Separately, information started surfacing on the Taiwan National News site which appeared to show that the real mortality rate of this strain of Corona Virus is actually around 16%.

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HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED NEXT:

The call went out for volunteers to help get Rabbi Berland’s prayer translated, and within 24 hours, thanks to the hard work of some volunteers, and the generosity of a donor who paid for a number of additional translations, the prayer was available in 36 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Greek and even Arabic.

At that point, my husband had the idea to try to send out a press release about the special prayer the Rav had written about stopping the spread of the Corona Virus, to try to give it more traction.

Literally, the last hour before Shabbat fell in Jerusalem, we finished making the arrangements to get it sent out, and our PR guy told us the release would be out in the world by 4pm Jerusalem time today, Sunday February 9th, 2020.

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In the meantime, lots of things started to happen.

First, headlines like this started popping up on news sites all over the place – and remember, they are still hiding the true extent of the deaths being caused by this pandemic:

Real number of coronavirus cases ‘could be 10 times higher’ than figures suggest

A screenshot purportedly showing the real death toll of the coronavirus in China — putting it over 80 times higher than the official number — has gone viral. 

https://www.dailysabah.com/health/2020/02/06/real-coronavirus-death-toll-much-higher-chinese-hospital-employee-in-wuhan-says

Coronavirus more deadly than SARS as global death toll reaches 813

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And then this morning at 7am, I got a text telling me that Rabbi Berland, shlita, has just been arrested by the corrupt Israeli authorities, together with his wife, and a few of his attendants.

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Here’s the screenshot from the JPOST, where you can see the headlines about the growing threat from the Corona Virus and Rav Berland’s arrest side-by-side.

Now let me ask you something, do you think all this is some sort of ‘coincidence’?

It’s exactly what happened back in 2012/3, and again in 2015, when the Rav’s public humiliation and arrest coincided with the G-6 countries deciding to rip-up the agreement that they were secretly about to conclude that would let Iran start manufacturing nuclear weapons unhindered.

The Rav had been warning about Iran’s nuke for years, and telling his yeshiva that he would have to go into exile and face terrible humiliation for years, in order to neutralize the threat from Iran.

And then it happened, exactly as he said.

I wrote all about that, with dates and details, in One in a Generation Volume II, which you can get HERE.

And now, we see that the exact same thing is happening again.

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For months, the Rav has been ‘joking’ about needing to go back to prison again, and saying that this time the whole yeshiva will come with him, and they’ll just learn Torah in prison without any distractions….

Back in November, he said that he wanted 10 translated prayers a week put up on the ravberland.com site, to help him fight against the: “10 crowns of impurity.”

That’s exactly when all this ridiculous farce with the Israeli police began, as I wrote about in detail here:

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At the end of that article from November 10, 2019, here’s what I wrote:

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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This latest deadly outbreak of Corona Virus – so-called, because the protein spikes makes it look like a crown – apparently began in November. See this:

An Evidence-based Hypothesis that the Epidemic began in November 2019 or earlier and at a location other than the Wuhan Huanan seafood market: Major Implications.

Do you think all this is a coincidence?

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Lastly, there’s understandably been so much speculation about ‘why is it happening’, including the patently ludicrous idea that China is getting hit because it’s daring to stand up to America’s economic imperialism.

But if you take a careful look at what I set out above, a strong contender for the ‘spiritual cause’ starts to swim into clear focus.

I know it’s hard to piece it all together sometimes, so let’s set it out a bit more clearly, below:

CLUE 1:

Rav Berland explains that the virus is spreading due to pgam habrit and the sin of eiver min ha-hai.

CLUE 2:

Rebbe Nachman, in Lesson 1:83 of Likutey Moharan, equates ‘the Tzaddik’ with an aspect of eiver min ha-hai. He then explains that when this Tzaddik is humiliated and scorned, this ‘koshers’ the problem of eiver min ha-hai.

CLUE 3:

The Corona Virus outbreak has been traced back to a live animal market in Wuhan, a place where the Chinese come to buy live animals, including snakes and frogs, which they then cut the still beating hearts out of, to eat ‘live’.

This is the physical world / non-Jewish aspect of eiver min ha-hai.

CLUE 4:

We know that everything that happens in the world is designed to get the Jewish people to make teshuva.

So, given that principle, what’s the Jewish angle to this whole eiver min ha-hai idea?

Rabbenu tells us clearly:

Eiver min ha-hai is connected to the Tzaddik of the generation, who is humiliated and scorned, and willingly goes through all that in order to sweeten the harsh judgments and save the Jewish people.

Or to put it in other words:

Tzaddik of the generation              = Rabbi Eliezer Berland

Eiver min ha-hai                             = Rabbi Eliezer Berland

Humiliating and slandering Rabbi Eliezer Berland is the root cause, Jewishly, of the Corona Virus pandemic.

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So, to all the people who have written bad things about Rabbi Berland in the past, and gossiped about him, and stopped other Jews from coming closer to him and his Torah, here’s your chance – possibly your last chance – to make some real teshuva for what you did.

Today, the Rav got arrested, as part of his ongoing attempt to ‘sweeten’ the decree of the deadly Corona Virus n-2019 pandemic.

It’s just history repeating itself, another version of what happened back in 2014, when he got arrested in Zimbabwe on exactly the same day the Iranian nuke fizzled.

If anything, it’s way, way easier to see that this latest bunch of ‘charges’ against the Rav is just 100% government persecution. I’ve been documenting everything that’s happened as we’ve been going along, so it’s as clear as day to see that the whole thing is fabricated from start to finish.

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But the Rav is trying to save the world again, and God likes to give everyone a second chance.

The Rav asked to get that prayer around the world, in every language we can.

So, here’s the challenge:

Are you going to help the Tzaddik HaDor prevent this pandemic from spreading further and killing potentially millions of people, even if that’s going to cause you a little social anxiety and discomfort?

Or, are you going to continue to participate in the sin of eiver min ha-hai, and disdain and slander him?

As we can see, the people engaged in the sin of eiver min ha-hai – in all its aspects – are the ones dropping dead from this Corona Virus plague.

So chew this choice over carefully.

Your life could depend on it.

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UPDATE:

I just found this video when I was looking at possible connections between recent earthquakes in Wuhan and the Coronavirus outbreak. It’s not about earthquakes…. but it’s pretty interesting, for a bunch of other reasons, not least that 5G launched in Wuhan as the ‘test city’ in China on October 31, 2019. And as we all know, Trump is going crazy that China is outflanking the USA with its 5G technology.

Oh, and Bill and Melinda Gates’ Pirbright Foundation took out a patent for a modified coronavirus that they wanted to use as the basis of a vaccine for infectious bronchitis, in 2015. See the screenshot, from the patent office:

And now, in another strange ‘crown‘ link, I just found that Bill Gates has bought $5.3 million in stock in a firm called Crown Castle, which I’ve never heard of before, but which is apparently the leading provider of cell phone towers in the USA (40,000+) – and it set to skyrocket, if American 5G takes off:

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4241756-crown-castle-billionaire-bill-gates-quietly-buying-this-top-dividend-stock

There is way more going on here than meets the eye….

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UPDATE 2:

It just struck me that cutting live human fetuses up for ‘scientific experimentation’ also sounds horribly like all this eating beating snake hearts. Remember this post, also from November 2019? Something massively uck is starting to swim into view here….

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I have been totally rinsed, the last two months.

I’m no stranger to challenging circumstances, or big emotional ups and downs, but I have to say that the last few weeks have been a rollercoaster, even for me.

Literally each week, I’ve had so much inner turmoil and self-doubt to deal with, it’s left me reeling.

So, what’s really going on here? That’s what I’ve been asking God to show me, in a million different ways, in my talking to God sessions. And as the Rabbis tell us, when someone tells you that they searched and that they found, believe them.

After some consideration, I decided to share a little about what I’ve found out, in this quest to figure out why I’ve been feeling as though I’ve been barely clinging on to the edge of sanity the last few weeks. I know there are a lot of people out there who will relate to what I’m about to share, if they will only give themselves the permission to drop the mask and be real.

So with that intro (and if you’re still reading….) let’s continue.

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The ‘problem’, if you can call it that, began back in November, when my daughter told us she’d found someone serious, and she wanted to introduce him to us.

Part of me was happy, part of me was petrified.

I had what can honestly be called a totally awful relationship with my own mother-in-law, as I’ve written about in many other places. With hindsight, I learned that my mother-in-law – who had so many tremendously good qualities – was operating out of a place of severely repressed trauma.

What I’ve learned down the years is that whatever is not ‘fixed’ in the family dynamics, in the family relationships, simply gets passed forward for the next generation to deal with. It’s like a bad penny, that never goes out of circulation until someone gets a grip, takes the hit, and faces the problem down.

The main reason my own crazy Savta didn’t figure as a massive MIL relationship stressor is simply because she lived in a different country, and never called or got in touch. But there were also some big mother-in-law issues between my dad and my British Grandma too, who wasn’t thrilled to have an immigrant for a son-in-law.

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So, back to November 2019, when I suddenly find myself on the cusp of becoming a ‘mother-in-law’ myself, potentially – and WHOOSH!!!!

The internal pressure of trying to do all this ‘right’ kicked in a million percent.

I tried so, so hard to be the nearest version of ‘normal’ and ‘laid-back’ that I could, and the first time I met the bloke, I think I pulled it off OK. But despite my best efforts, all this weird emotional stuff started bubbling up shortly afterwards, and hasn’t stopped since.

What the heck is going on here, God?

Usually, I’m pretty self-aware, but all this stuff was taking me out and I had NO IDEA what was going on, or why I was reacting the way I was reacting.

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After a day or two of doing a lot of intense hitbodedut, I made the connection that I had a heaping dose of unfinished business from my own wedding, and that me and my husband needed to sit down and get to grips with our own repressed anger and resentment from that time.

To cut a long story short, the run up to my wedding was so bad (because of in-law issues, not because of anything to do with my husband, who really is a hidden tzaddik), the counsellor on our ‘engaged couples’ course sat me down the week before the big day to ask me if I was sure I wanted to go through with it….

If I could have eloped (and I considered it seriously 500 times…) I would have.

But in the meantime, that route was blocked, and so I ended up with a ton of stress, trauma and anger still resonating through the system even 23 years later. I realized, I needed to knuckle down and clean all that stuff up, finally.

So I did.

And I looked forward to all the ‘weirdness’ disappearing.

But that’s not what happened.

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A week after I’d knuckled down and cleared out all the ‘my wedding trauma’ stuff, I found myself going really weird again.

Out of the blue, I got hit by a massive panic that with my daughter married, I’d have no-one left to talk to, or interact with.

Let’s be clear, this daughter is pretty independent, and has a ton of friends, and while we get on really well, I also have my own life and I like my own space. I also have a nice husband and another kid at home to interact with, too, so all this hit me as extremely bizarre again.

From past experience, I knew that this type of ‘disconnected’ emotional madness, where you feel you’re going crazy but you have absolutely nothing you can pin it on, from your own life, has to be some sort of ‘inherited stress’, that had got passed down the gene pool from some troubled ancestor.

(If you’re interested in the science of this, look up ‘epigenetics’.)

I picked up the phone, made an appointment with my Bodyspin / One Brain woman, and two days later, I’d tracked the issue down to an ancestor on my mum’s side (for once!).

Now, I was really hoping again I’d got all the tikkunim out the way, and could stop acting so weird and emotionally unbalanced.

That’s not exactly what happened.

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Around three weeks ago, the emotional rollercoaster started up yet again, yet again I thought I was literally going bonkers.

I like to tell myself that I know what’s going on, and that I can ‘figure stuff out’ – it’s part of my shtick, part of my ga’ava that reassures me that I’m not as lost in the world as I sometimes feel. But all of a sudden, I found myself feeling totally confused and overwhelmed about everything.

This sense of anxiety was getting so pronounced, I started to feel anxious and weepy, and even a bit nauseous.

I was getting so overwhelmed by larger-than-life negative feelings that were coming out of nowhere, and for no obvious reason, that that, all by itself, started to stress me out even more.

Was I just losing my marbles? Was it the mold’s fault, that has been spreading all over my house for a month now, thanks to the rain? Was this just a normal part of the ‘letting your kids grow up’ process that was getting out of hand?

What’s going on, God, what?

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Things got so intense that I told my husband if I didn’t get to Uman ASAP, I was probably going to end up in a mental institution.

I was (probably….) being over-dramatic, but that was still an accurate depiction of how I really felt.

Rabbenu stuck me back together, and I felt much calmer when I was there. I realized a few things about the need to get on more with my own life now, and about the importance of letting go of my kids, so they can make their own decisions and forge their own path.

But the paydirt only showed up 2 days after I came home, when I ended up having an unexpected Zoom conversation with a relative I barely speak to.

Without going into too much detail, I used to be very close to that relative until they got married a few years ago, when they effectively dropped me like a hot potato. That happened to coincide with the worst 10 years of my life.

It was such a painful experience, and for years and years, I just stuffed all my hurt feelings and disappointment down into a very big box. They had their reasons for doing what they did… I thought I understood, I thought I’d forgiven them for dumping me in my hour of need, and moved on from it all.

But when that relative unexpectedly got in touch, and when we had the first chat face-to-face we’ve had in years – it all came rushing back again, and I ended that call feeling incredibly angry.

In what has been a recurring theme from the last 2 months, I realized that all that pain and sadness hadn’t disappeared with the passage of time, it had just gone underground and festered.

Because I’d never dealt with it properly, and processed it, and faced up to how sad, lonely and worthless the whole situation had made me feel, I’d been projecting all those ‘lost’ feelings into my current situation.

And that’s why I was feeling so anxious and pukey.

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So, I did yet another six hour hitbodedut to go and deal with the fall-out from that relative properly, and to go and make my own teshuva, and to really do the job of forgiving and applying some emuna to the whole matzav again, and afterwards, I was feeling so, so much better again.

Yes, finally I can start to relax and stop freaking out every five minutes, and feeling as though the world is ending.

That’s what I hoped.

Because by this point, I’d had literally six weeks of riding the biggest emotional rollercoaster of my life, and I was starting to feel pretty rung-out and exhausted from it all.

Enough with all these tikkunim already, God! I have to move house, I have to sort out a mortgage, I have to launch a business, I have to publish a book! I can’t get anything done and I’m all over the place at the moment, it’s enough!

But what do I know?

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So last week, after weeks of being in this cycle of all this stuff surfacing, taking me out, getting dealt with, feeling ok; stuff surfacing, taking me out, getting dealt with, feeling ok….

I started to feel, yet again, like I’d just hit another massive emotional iceberg.

In the same way that I started going to pieces, inexplicably, before I had to run off to Uman, I had that sinking feeling that I was unravelling again emotionally, and yet again, there was no obvious catalyst for it.

Maybe, I should just go and live in Uman for a few months, until all this ‘potential engagement’ stuff blows over, and I have a better idea what’s going on?

That’s what I asked my husband two days ago, and I was 82% serious. I was ready to hand in my notice again on the ‘mum’ job, because clearly I wasn’t up to it, and it was just time to admit that I am the loony tune that everyone always secretly suspected.

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As I started to go to pieces again yesterday, I ended up having a really strange business coaching call, which was so surreal that if my husband hadn’t also been listening in, I think I would have thought I’d imagined it all. I was chatting with some smarmy sales guy from LA, about ideas to move my People Smarts business forward.

In the middle of the call, he suddenly totally switched track and started giving me some hard-hitting mussar:

Rivka, you really need to develop some humility. You just still have a lot to learn. In order for you to be able to help others, you first have to be able to love yourself.”

At this point, I was totally speechless.

It’s like Eliyahu HaNavi had taken over my Zoom call, or something, and all I could do was gape incredulously at the screen. Eliyahu continued:

Forgiveness is the most potent form of self-love, Rivka. Forgive yourself for procrastinating, and start new. Start fresh.”

At that point, Eliyahu reverted back to smarmy LA salesman, but I wrote down every word of that mussar, because it was literally a message from heaven.

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After the call, I was still feeling physically ill, so I went to bed, to do some hitbodedut before trying to go to sleep.

That’s when I realized another profound part of the message God has been giving me, with this latest round of emotional upheaval.

Long story short, the prospect of possibly becoming a MIL has been flashing me back to one yucky experience I had after another, connected to the whole time of life when I met and married my husband, back in my very early 20s.

I met him when I was still in university, and that whole period was such a bitter-sweet time for me, because it’s so hard to hang on to your soul and go to university in a foreign country, where everyone around you is smoking, and drinking, and doing drugs, and listening to gross music, and watching movies, and dressing inappropriately and having boyfriends, and all the rest of the stuff that doesn’t exactly go together with ‘Torah’.

But at the same time, I’d had such a rough 18 years beforehand, the sense of freedom I had in university was totally unparalleled.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

And it left me with a whole bag of unfinished business to try to sort through and clarify, which I’ve basically been ducking for 25 years.

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Us baal teshuvas carry so much baggage around from our previous lives.

Once we learn ‘the truth’, it can get so hard to forgive that former version of ourselves, who wasn’t ‘bad’, and who wasn’t ‘evil’, but who definitely was caught up in the world of lies.

But God wants us all to see the good in ourselves, and to forgive ourselves for not being perfect.

The last few months, I’ve been making such a big deal of doing ‘Azamra’ on other people, but God showed me this week that I left a crucial person out of the Azamra equation: myself.

And especially, that younger version of myself that came out of a really hard situation, had a lot of difficult tests, and just couldn’t pull through them all the way I would have liked to, in an ideal world.

Because the world isn’t ideal.

So today, again, I’m starting to feel much calmer. I’m starting to feel a little more ‘normal’ and put together again, and less panicked and anxious.

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POSTSCRIPT:

After I wrote this, I took a look at the ravberland.com site, and I saw some very disturbing info about the spread of the coronavirus. As with everything, there is so much disinformation out there that until I saw what the Rav said about it, I was minded to play it all down.

Now, I can see we are on the cusp of something potentially enormous and world-changing.

It could be the end of days, mamash.

And so I now think that’s also part of why I’ve been so all over the place since November, when this coronavirus outbreak actually began.

Interestingly, the Rav made the connection between the spread of the virus and the mitzvoth of bein adam l’havero. And he made a point of stressing that we need to forgive others.

It’s the same message, being amplified.

And I really hope we’ll be able to do it.

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THIS IS RAV BERLAND’S PRAYER TO BE SAVED FROM THE CORONAVIRUS. PLEASE SHARE IT AROUND. MANY PEOPLE’S LIVES DEPEND UPON US SWEETENING THIS DECREE.

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Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash

There’s a lot going on under the surface.

I spent a whole day last week pinning down how big hedge funds are transporting massive amounts of money to political figures under the guise of ‘doing business’.

I literally spent 8 hours figuring out how companies like the Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management – a company that was built out of the ashes of Olympia & York, and now part-owned by the Kingdom of Qatar, amongst others – bailed the Kushners out of almost certain bankruptcy.

They did that by buying a 99 year lease on 666 5th Avenue for a whopping $1.1 BILLION – all paid up front – a few short months before the banks were going to foreclose on it, plunging the Kushners into bankruptcy.

Now, why do you think they did that? And how do you think it’s all connected to the ridiculous ‘deal of the century’?

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The next thing I discovered is that this same Brookfield Asset Management conveniently bought out GrafTech, the firm owned by Bibi Netanyhu’s cousin, one Nathan Milikowsky, for a cool $1.25 billion when it’s stock started tanking a couple of years ago. Here’s how Brookfield’s own site describes that acquisition:

Acquired for $1.25 billion in 2015, GrafTech was struggling with poor earnings and facing a severe downturn in the steel industry.

This is the same firm that Milikowsky gave Netanyahu a whole bunch of shares in back in 2007, at a VERY cheap price. Netanyahu then went on to sell them for a profit of well over $3.5 million in just 3 short years…. And his timing was superb, as the stock then tanked again in a massive way, before Brookfield Asset Management stepped in with their very generous buy out just five years later.

This is the same Milikowsky that has been paying Netanyahu hundreds of thousands of dollars, apparently for ‘nothing’, for years and years….

It’s great that Netanyahu belongs to such a caring, generous family. At the same time, I can’t help wondering to myself:

Why did Netanyahu’s cousin pay him so much money for ‘nothing’? Why did Brookfield pay so handsomely to acquire GrafTech? And how is all this connected to the ridiculous ‘deal of the century’?

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In case you’re struggling to follow what the ridiculous ‘deal of the century’ is actually putting on the table, you can read the whole ridiculous proposal here:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Peace-to-Prosperity-0120.pdf

The take home points that drew my eye are these:

Israel gets to annex the Jordan Valley, the North of Jerusalem and some parts of the West Bank. Then, there will be 15 Israel ‘settlements’ stuck in the middle of the 70% of the country that’s given over to the Palestinians, that will be under Israeli sovereignty, and connected by roads that only Israelis will be able to drive on.

Or to put this in different words, there will be 15 ‘sitting duck’ targets stuck in the middle of no-mans land, inviting Palestinians snipers to take regular potshots at as the commuters drive in and out on the ‘come take a shot at us’ Israeli-only roads.

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You can tell which media outlets, figureheads and politicians are on the payroll of ‘Brookfield Asset Management’ (and whoever happens to be pulling BAM’s strings behind the scenes….)

They are the ones that think this plan is somehow a good idea.

Anyone with even half a braincell can see that even the word ‘retarded’ can’t be applied to this plan without severely overstating its merits.

Thankfully, the Palestinians are yet again acting as a brake on all this madness, and in a further sign of the upside-down world, it’s now the anti-Semitic lefties that are stating the obvious truth about what really needs to happen next in Israel, like this statement, publicised on the anti-Semitic SOTT website:

“There is no viable two state solution. To create a viable Palestinian state alongside a viable Israeli state would now involve highly undesirable further forced movements of population. The only long term solution for Palestine/Israel is, as with South Africa, a single state in which everybody has a vote and everybody is treated equally, irrespective of ethnicity, creed or gender.”

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I have to wonder, why would Trump and Kushner and Netanyahu and Gantz even bother unveiling such an obviously retarded ‘peace plan’?

What on earth is the point?

The only thing that came to me is that this is another part of the ongoing effort to spark off another war in the Middle East. Their efforts to get Iran to start a war have come to nil, despite massive provocation. Strangely, every time we go and bomb Gaza, or they start rocketing us, it all dies down again after a couple of days – and no-one knows why.

Even airstrikes in Syria and Lebanon aren’t sparking off the ‘clash to end all clashes’, so I guess the hedge funds that are so very heavily invested in military armament companies, and so keen to start cashing in on their massive ‘infrastructure’ hedge funds that they set up a couple of years ago are getting a little twitchy.

Saudi Arabia recently invested $20 billion in Blackstone Asset Managements‘ new ‘infrastructure’ fund, for example.

The way this works is that the military is meant to go and bomb the heck out of ‘Country A’, earning these hedge funds a fortune in orders for more rockets, planes, tanks and other weapons of mass destruction. And then, ‘Country A’ is meant to let America and the Western International community move in and take over their natural resources in ‘repayment’ for rebuilding all the infrastructure that just got blitzed, earning the hedge funds even more massive profits.

Don’t believe me?

Take a look at this:

https://www.axios.com/trump-to-iraqi-pm-how-about-that-oil-1a31cbfa-f20c-4767-8d18-d518ed9a6543.html

And this:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iraq-warns-of-collapse-as-trump-threatens-to-block-oil-cash-kept-in-fed-bank/

And this:

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Here’s a snippet, so you get the idea of what’s really going on here:

Abdul-Mehdi spoke angrily about how the Americans had ruined the country and now refused to complete infrastructure and electricity grid projects unless they were promised 50% of oil revenues, which Abdul-Mehdi refused.

The complete (translated) words of Abdul-Mahdi’s speech to parliament:

This is why I visited China and signed an important agreement with them to undertake the construction instead. Upon my return, Trump called me to ask me to reject this agreement. When I refused, he threatened to unleash huge demonstrations against me that would end my premiership.

Huge demonstrations against me duly materialized and Trump called again to threaten that if I did not comply with his demands, then he would have Marine snipers on tall buildings target protesters and security personnel alike in order to pressure me.

I refused again and handed in my resignation. To this day the Americans insist on us rescinding our deal with the Chinese.

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And now, so strange, the Corona flu virus has conveniently shown up in China, and interaction with China is being closed down in all sorts of ways, while the Corona virus is being hyped up to the skies.

God must really love America, after all.

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There is so much to tell you, about how the world is actually being run by huge hedge funds that are paying our politicians off in barely disguised ‘business deals’. 

Maybe in the next few days, I’ll share more of those details with you.

In the meantime, let’s be clear that this ‘peace deal’ is actually designed to inflame tensions in the Middle East, not resolve any issues. Let’s be clear that all our politicians are totally corrupt – whichever side of the divide they happen to be on – and that the main reason they are at each other’s throats is because they want to be the ones getting bribed for millions and even billions of dollars in stock shares, 99 year leases (all paid in cash, upfront) and surprising corporate buyouts.

Is anyone out there still dumb enough to believe all those false prophets who told us Trump was some sort of ‘Moshiach’ for Edom, or the good part of Esav?

Is anyone out there still dumb enough to believe that Netanyahu – or any of the other politicians sitting in the Knesset – only have the best interests of the Israeli people at heart? That Bibi is ‘good for the Jews’?

Let’s make that a rhetorical question.

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And in the meantime, thank God for Rabbi Berland, and the people who are humbly continuing to follow him, and to recite his prayers, and to learn their blatt of Gemara, in order to stave off destruction.

Thank God for their simple emunat Tzaddikim, and their willingness to just do whatever the Tzaddik HaDor tells them, even when it’s so unclear what’s really going on in the world.

Rav Berland and Shuvu Banim are staving off World War III.

It’s getting clearer and clearer, that this is what’s really going on, and that the people pulling the strings on the other side of the equation are going nuts because hard as they try, they can’t seem to get the touch paper lit for the ‘clash to end all clashes’.

Long may that continue.

And if you want to do your part in the effort that is really going to bring permanent peace to the Middle East and geula the sweet way, then head over to Shuvu Banim and recite some prayers, or buy some of the Rav’s books and give them out, or send a bit of your tzedeka money over to their yeshivas.

Right now, you can still get a ton of spiritual zchar for doing that, because things are still hidden. But soon, it’s going to be totally obvious who is really ‘good’ and who is really ‘bad’ in this picture.

And that’s when it’s going to start to get really interesting.

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UPDATE:

A reader just sent me a link to this article. It’s not telling me anything I didn’t know before I read it (and it’s still barely scratching the surface of what’s really going on), but it’s a heartening sign – to me at least – that so much of what has been ‘hidden’ behind closed doors for decades is starting to spill out in the mainstream.

This is only the beginning.

“Before the world of truth can appear, the world of lies has to fall.”

And that process is accelerating.

Take a look, here:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/inside-anatevka-the-curious-chabad-hamlet-in-ukraine-where-giuliani-is-mayor/

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You might also like this article:

A crash course in teasing out the truth.

I’ve been deliberately staying away from this topic for months. But now that the ‘Peace Plan’ is upon us, I seem to be getting a strong push from shemayim to set out some of the facts about what appears to be going on with the current occupant of the White House, so that you, dear reader, can make your own mind up about whether Trump is really ‘Israel’s best friend’, or not.

As this subject is so divisive, and as I want to avoid machloket with other Jews as much as possible, I will try to keep my own comments as limited as possible. And I encourage you to click the links wherever you find them, and to uncover more pieces of this puzzle. This is about becoming your own journalist, fitting all this information together, and asking Hashem to show you what’s true, and what isn’t.

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This is the starting point, from something Rabbi Berland said on Chanuka 5780, here:  ravberland.com

The last battle was at Tzur.

Tzur is south of Bethlehem. The last battle took place there. After two or three months, they said now we’re going to Jerusalem, to conquer Jerusalem, that’s to say to begin a world war, and then America and Russia will come, and they began to send armies from all the world.

WHAT? THE JEWS WILL TAKE JERUSALEM? THAT’S THE END OF THE WORLD!

The entire argument between Yaakov and Esav was over who would take Jerusalem.

YAVAN IS IN ALL THE GENERATIONS. NOW TOO, AMERICA IS MALCHUT YAVAN, RUSSIA IS MALCHUT EDOM.

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Take home message:

The world is being fought over by (at least) two different ‘mafias’, one is called the Kings of Edom (headed by Russia) and one is called the Kings of Yavan (headed by the USA).

Both of these mafias have a legal / governmental face, and a very prominent illegal / ‘deep state’ aspect. Both of these mafias are involved in trying to take over as much of the world’s resources as possible, by fair means or foul.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to figure out for yourself which of these mafias Trump is really working for.

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Whilst I was flying to Uman, I took a book along to read called: Trump / Russia: A Definitive History, by Seth Hattena, who is an award-winning investigative journalist for the Associated Press. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:

“In the early 1990s, a famous real estate tycoon – a regular in Manhattan gossip columns and on celebrity chat shows – found his world collapsing around him. He’d secretly gone bankrupt on three, multi-million dollar projects in a row.

Facing numerous lawsuits, isolated and desperate for cash, but cut off by his American Banks, he turned to dark sources in another country, a country regularly under sanction by the United States: its long-time enemy, Russia.

And thus commenced decades-long deal-making with a growing cobweb of corrupt, criminal and powerful Russians…And ending with a tycoon in the White House.”

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After the Communist USSR fell apart in the late 1980s, Russia and the rest of the former USSR fell into a state of chaos.

The people who stepped forward to take control of the country were essentially those who already had experience of free market economics – i.e. the mafiosos who had been running the black economy under the Soviets.

Many of these mafiosos had ties with Russia’s security services like the former KGB, and these people had gained experience and connections with the West by smuggling things into Russia, and also by helping to smuggle things out.

Google: “The Jackson-Vanik Amendment”, and see what you find.

Russia, and the other former USSR countries, were exclusively run by organized crime for at least a decade. During this time, corrupt leaders in the West collaborated with corrupt leaders in Russia itself, including the alcoholic former Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, to privatize the former USSR’s natural resources.

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In 2011, a Russian anti-corruption campaigner called Marina Salye fled for her life to the US. (It didn’t seem to help much. She died in March, 2012). Many years earlier, she’d been head of a special investigative commission in St Petersburg, who had been investigating Vladimir Putin – then the head of St Petersburg’s Committee of External Relations. Here’s part of her stated complaint against Putin:

“Vladimir Putin has issued licences, without government authority, for the overseas export of bartered oil, timber and non-ferrous and rare-earth metals to questionable and little-known firms, often incorporated the previous day, with licences issued in advance of being signed by Western partners and without documentation of the goods’ availability.

And the prices assigned were for dumping – about two thousand times lower than the prevailing ones. The Commission is now sending documentation of its investigation to the Personnel Office, and Putin may have to answer before his hometown for having deprived municipal coffers of $122 million.”

Instead, Putin became Russia’s president, and the Russian mafia acquired a patina of legitimacy.

This is how so much of the former USSR’s national wealth ended up in the hands of a small group of Russian oligarchs, who became fabulously wealthy overnight. All these people had some connection to the Russian mafia. Many of these people are Jews.

Google:

Jewish Russian Oligarchs

“Davos Pact”

“Boris Birshtein”

And see what you find.

It’s important to note that this type of corruption occurred throughout the former USSR, including the Ukraine.

But life as a Russian Oligarch is risky. Back in 2003, Russia’s richest man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was suddenly arrested by Putin’s government, charged with fraud, and stripped of all his fabulous wealth. That sent a very clear message to the other Russian oligarchs and mafia bosses that the best way to protect their wealth was to find a way to get it out of the country, and ‘stored’ in assets in the West, in case the wind one day changed for them, too.

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Starting in the 1970s, there was a huge wave of immigration from the USSR to the USA, which welcomed 200,000 people to its shores. Around 80,000 Russians ended up in Brighton Beach, a community on the periphery of NYC which was subsequently christened “Little Odessa”.

At that same time, Russian organized crime began to flourish in the USA – and the power struggle between the Kings of Edom and the Kings of Yavan took a new turn.

Google the following names, and see what you find:

David Bogatin

Jacob Bogatin

Semion Mogilevich

Vyacheslav Ivankov

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Taking dodgy money from dodgy sources in order to give that money a patina of respectability is technically known as money laundering.

And here is where the story gets interesting.

Guess where so many of these Russian oligarchs and Russian mafia figures and Russian shell companies ended up investing their dodgy money? Here’s a few clues:

Trump Towers

Trump World Tower

Trump SoHo

For example, David Bogatin owned no less than five apartments in Trump Towers before he was arrested for his part in a billion dollar gas tax fraud.

According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, by 2004 a third of the units sold in Trump World Tower went to people or limited-liability companies connected to the former USSR, with one of Trump’s sales agents telling the magazine: “We had big buyers from Russia and Ukraine and Kazakhstan.”

Donald Trump had no problem whatsoever in selling his over-priced condos to fabulously wealthy Russians with murky business connections. Those sales jacked-up the value of his real estate, pulled him out of bankruptcy – and firmly connected him to a whole slew of wealthy people with useful connections on both sides of the legit / mafia business divide.

Google the following names, see what you find:

Sam Kislin

Michael Cherney

Lev Cherney

Fima Shusterman

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Real Estate is big business in today’s world.

Part of the reason so much real estate is going for artificially inflated ridiculous prices is because it’s a great way of laundering ‘black’ money. You buy something with dirty money, you sell it on for an inflated and unjustified profit, and hey presto, all of a sudden your money is ‘legit’ – it’s just the proceeds of a selling a condo.

No-one can ask questions about that….

Trump World Tower opened in 2002. Shortly afterwards, the Trump property brand started to skyrocket, especially with the Russians, many of whom seemed very happy to follow Trump around, wherever he chose to build his next developments.

Take Trump’s Sunny Isles Towers down in Miami, Florida. So many Russians moved into Sunny Isles locals started calling it “Little Moscow”.

Google the following names, see what you find:

Vladimir Popovyan

Peter Kiritchenko

Michael Barukhin

Elena Baronoff

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Trump SoHo was unveiled in 2006, in partnership with a real estate company called the Bayrock Group.

Bayrock’s managing director is a man called Felix Sater, it’s founder was a former Kazakhstani called Tevfik Arif. Sater moved with his family to Brighton Beach, and Sater has a long and very interesting story.

Look him up on Google, and see what you find.

Long story short, he was involved with the mob, went to prison for white collar crimes including a pump-and-dump scheme run out of his ‘White Rock’ organization, and then apparently became an informer for the CIA in the Clinton years, helping the US to track down Osama bin Laden.

(I don’t know about you, but that whole thing just sounds kind of weird to me, and my BS-o-meter is twitching again.)

But by 2006, Sater was working with Bayrock on high ticket real estate details, and became very close to the Trump empire. Sater had business cards printed at this time that said: “Felix Sater: Senior Advisor to Donald Trump.”

Call it a coincidence, but Trump properties continued to fill up with wealthy investors from the former USSR, many of whom had very dodgy backgrounds, and sadly, many of whom are Jewish and closely connected to obviously Jewish organizations. Look up the following names, see what you find:

Vadim Trincher

Alex Sapir

Rotem Rosen

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There’s so much more to say about all this, but I’m going to kind of skip over all the stuff about Paul Manafort helping to rig elections in the Ukraine up until 2013 etc. Look up:

Dmitry Firtash

Oleg Deripaska

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One thing I will say is that the ‘division’ between Democrats and Republicans is really just for show.

It’s just to keep the masses thinking there is a real alternative. The political system in the US is totally corrupt, and really just masking the ongoing battle between the Kings of Edom and the Kings of Yavan for control of the international economy, particularly it’s darker side of drugs, guns and human slaves.

So, it should come as no surprise that ‘pro-Trump’ Manafort was happy to hire the ‘pro-Hilary’ Podesta Group to lobby Congress on behalf of Manafort’s client, Ukrainian President Yanukovych.

What’s more, the original Fusion GPS file on Trump’s connections to Russian mafia figures was originally commissioned by Republican Paul Singer, and then only taken over by the Democrats at a later stage.

The swamp extends in all directions, on both sides of Congress and the Senate, and is also still to be found in the White House itself. All of the politicians are corrupt, and just the ‘legal’ face of the invisible mafias that are running the world.

For example, Former Ukrainian President Yanukovych was totally corrupt, and there are estimates that $70 billion was illegally siphoned off into foreign accounts during his tenure. (He escaped prosecution in 2014 by jumping on a helicopter that whisked him over to Russia, where presumably he’s still hiding out.)

Meanwhile, Manafort flew back to Washington and went to work for Trump.

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As I’ve written so many times before, there is no such thing as a 0-100% argument.

There is no such thing as one side being 100% wrong about everything, and the other side being 100% right.

It’s all an admixture, and the birur or clarification process God expects from us is to keep challenging our own assumptions, and our own black-or-white thinking to really dig down and discover the truth.

I am totally a-political. Before I started investigating all this stuff, I certainly didn’t hate Trump, and I probably would have voted from him back in 2016.

Back then, I didn’t realise just how endemic the spiritual and moral corruption actually is in the world. I didn’t realise that all these political parties and presidents and Prime Ministers are really just figure heads, puppets that are being moved around by the Kings of Edom and Kings of Yavan who are really running the show here.

Rebbe Nachman explained in his story The Cripple that ‘the talkers’ would take themselves out before Moshiach comes, and that’s what we’re witnessing right now. One set of evil mafiosos is trying to take out the other, but ultimately, they are both totally bad.

The Democrats are just as bad as the Republicans, just as corrupt, just as morally bankrupt. They are all just the window-dressing. As for ‘Q Anon’ – at this point, I’m pretty sure it’s being run by the Russians. Most of the information it puts out is probably true, but there’s another side to the story that most of us just don’t want to believe, namely that there are no ‘good’ guys in this picture.

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The real power behind the throne is just playing us all off against each other, keeping us caught up in petty partisan politics, and fooling us into thinking that real change happens at the polling booths.

There is no real change until the real evil is unmasked and revealed. That real evil is bankrolling all our politicians and all our ‘leaders’ – including here in Israel. Just that real evil is also split into different factions, each one trying to get a bigger piece of the pie.

So, let’s get down to brass tacks now.

Trump is definitely part of the evil mafia, definitely not ‘good’ in any way, shape or form, and definitely not Israel’s ‘best friend’. The only question really is which mafia family is he working for, the Kings of Edom (Russia) or the Kings of Yavan (the USA)?

As to why the Jews should care about this, and particularly the Jews of America, it boils down to this.

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Even a very quick look across the internet shows that there are certain crucial pieces of this whole ‘Trump / Russia’ puzzle that are hidden in very plain sight. I’m not going to spell this stuff out, for a lot of reasons.

But I urge my readers to carefully consider which organisations and charities have deep connections to the former USSR. Who used clandestine routes to smuggle things and people in and out of Russia?

What were the main lynchpins clandestinely connecting the USA and Russia during the Cold War? How were those ‘lynchpins’ affected and potentially corrupted by the Russian mafia’s takeover of the former USSR? Why are the same people, the same organisations, the same charities, coming up again and again and again in connection to Russian mafia figures, and money laundering?

Where are these organisations getting their billion dollar plus annual budgets from?

Who is really funding them, who is really using them as a smokescreen, and what are they getting in return?

These are crucially important questions that I urge the Jews of America to look into, however painful it might be, because ‘before the world of truth can be built, the world of lies has to fall.’

And we are perched on the edge of the next part of that process.

There’s no such thing as a 0-100% argument. Yes, the Democrats are totally rotten and morally corrupt to the core. But that doesn’t mean that everything they’re claiming about Trump is wrong.

Just both sides are only presenting their side of the story, because if they came out with the truth and explained that the whole world is being fought over by two main mafia organizations called ‘The Kings of Edom’ and ‘The Kings of Yavan’, and that all this talk of democracy and governance by the people was a total crock, there would be riots in the streets.

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We live in interesting times.

Do your own homework, become your own investigative journalist, and start to tease the truth out about what’s really going on. Because sooner or later, what I’m only hinting to here is going to become public knowledge.

And then, anti-semitism is going to explode in the USA like never before.

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