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My late father-in-law was a Freemason.

I knew that many years ago, and I vaguely disapproved of it, as I’d see him hunched over his Freemason ‘manual’, mamash like a scholar learning a Tractate of Gemara. But I didn’t realise just how bad Freemasonry really is, until this week.

This is going to be one of the stranger posts you’ll read, I’ll warn you now. But there is no way I can really tell you why I’m writing this post, without explaining some of the high strangeness that’s occurred behind it.

And so with that introduction out the way, let’s begin.

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Back in the beginning of August, my husband snapped the tendon – the Achilles heel – of his left leg, playing tennis.

It was a bad injury, as these things go, so his foot was wrapped in bandages, he got a pair of crutches, and I applied all my essential oils, Sujok and lentils weirdness to getting it to heal.

The first 10 days, he was doing really well, relatively. Then, he happened to trip over a piece of carpet – and we were back to square one. Two days later, he tripped over a dip in the pavement. And then, over the next four weeks, every single time his ankle was approaching the point of starting to properly heal up, something would happen again, to re-injure the foot and take him back to square one.

Over Rosh Hashana in Uman, he fell down some stairs and also banged it badly, on a separate occasion. And so, this weird pattern continued on for a few more days, with more strange strains, knocks and accidents.

The last straw happened one Friday morning, during the 10 days of teshuva, when I heard my husband yell sharply before falling over, somewhere in the backroom. I ran over there to find him clutching his ankle again, his face contorted in pain.

What happened?!?

He’d fallen over the centimeter-high lip of the doorsill leading into my daughter’s room. Totally ridiculous.

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 At that stage, the Moroccan genes took over and I told my husband:

I have a really bad feeling about all this. There is some serious ‘din’, or judgment, going on with your foot, and we need to ask the Rav what’s going on.

I put in a request for a pidyon – and the answer came back with quite a big sum. That wasn’t the worrying part. The worrying part was that the Rav told him he had to pay it within the next hour. We scrabbled all over the place to take a loan[1] to do it, because the next day was Yom Kippur, and we both had the strong feeling that the Rav doesn’t say anything stam.

In the recording we got back after we paid the pidyon, the Rav told us:

I will come to your house, and everything will open up.

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Over Succot, I found myself obsessed with researching my husband’s father’s family tree.

I don’t know why, but I just had the feeling it was all connected to his Achilles Heel problem. All Succot, I basically sat in the Succah with my laptop, trying to track down all these long-forgotten relatives.

After a week of obsessive research, I’d discovered that my husband’s ancestors hailed from the Lithuanian coastal town of Palanga; that my husband’s great-grandmother was one of 9 siblings who moved en masse to Liverpool in the late 1800s – and that nearly all of them had totally assimilated.

My father-in-law was born into a third generation Jewish household that effectively kept almost no mitzvahs, and really knew nothing about their yiddishkeit.

I thought maybe marking the yarhtzeits of all these dead relatives was part of the reason my husband had hurt his foot, so I duly copied down the dates – and the Achilles Heel started to improve. For the first time in months, there was some solid and sustained healing going on. But it was still a slow process.

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Two weeks ago, I got a message from one of the Rav’s attendants that the Rav would be coming to my house, for a visit.

I was a little overwhelmed, but then I remembered the Rav’s message, and I understood that we’d got up to the next part of the healing process for my husband’s foot.

The Rav came and met a small group of people in my home. I spent a whole day trying to clean the house properly beforehand, then most of the day itself feeling awestruck that I actually was having the Tzaddik HaDor in my house, and then the next two days in a bit of a daze.

That was 10 days ago.

While my husband’s heel was still improving overall, it was still hurting him. By this point, I’d tracked down every relative I could find, on both sides of my husband’s family. He’d been putting some serious effort into trying to make teshuva about anything he could think of, that could be related, and he was also upping his Torah learning.

Both of us were stumped, at this point, as to what was still causing the problem.

I did a long six hours on Shabbat, to try to get some insight, and by the end of it, all I really had was a strong urge to go and visit the old city of Acco.

The Rav had recently been writing a lot about Acco, and about how Napoleon tried but failed to conquer it, and it seemed to be linked to all this ‘illuminati’ stuff, and the general struggle for good to triumph over bad.

I’m a history buff, and I’ve been wanting to go to the old city of Acco for literally 15 years, and it’s never happened. So on Shabbat I told my husband, yalla, I can’t wait anymore, I’m going to Acco by myself on Monday.

So that’s what I did.

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The first few hours in Acco, I was so pleased I came.

I visited the old Turkish bathhouse built by the cruel Turkish ruler Al Jazzer, ‘The Butcher’, the man who’d beaten back Napoleon’s forces when they tried to storm old Acco’s walls.

Seven times Napoleon launched an attack on Acco, and seven times he failed.

Napoleon didn’t know this, but Rebbe Nachman was staying in the city exactly at that time, and fled to the port just as the Turks and English announced they were closing to gates, as Napoleon’s troops were approaching.

Rabbenu got passage on a Turkish war ship that was anchored in the port of Acco[2] – risking his life in the process – and somehow or other, Napoleon was stopped in his tracks, the Turks prevailed, and the French failed to conquer Acco, and by extension, the land of Israel.

So, as I wandered around the very Arab old streets, I tried to imagine where Rabbenu may have been staying, and which path he took down to the old port, back in 1799. I sat on the quay for a wonderful half an hour, looking at the shoals of fish in the sea and trying to imagine Acco port full of long-masted ships o’war, instead of small yachts.

By Oren Rozen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57357504

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I decided I was going to see everything Acco had to offer, historically, in the day I was there.

So I went to the Turkish bathhouse, the Ramchal’s synagogue, walked around the perimeter of the huge Al Jazzer mosque, walked the ramparts of the massive walls which had held back Napoleon, walked through the Old City markets, walked through the deep underground Templars’ Tunnel that the Crusaders had built to link the port to their now destroyed castle – and then popped up in something called the Knight’s Kingdom, which was the unearthed fortress of the Hospittaler Knights’, built 900 years ago.

And here is where the story gets pretty strange.

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The Knights’ Fortress was found almost by accident.

In the late 1940s, the British had taken over the Turkish fort at Acco, and used part of it as a jail, where they put the prisoners from the Jewish underground organisations like the Irgun, Lehi and even a few Haganah men.

On May 4, 1947, the Irgun launched a bombing raid on the prison to try and spring their comrades out. 40 prisoners escaped, but some of the raiders were captured or killed by the British, who went on to hang three of the Jewish raiders, on the special gallows they’d built within the Acco fortress.

Before the raid, the prisoners had been attempting to dig their way out, but they hit a massive stone structure that blocked their path.

That structure was the Hospitallers’ Fortress.

By Lev.Tsimbler – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28914575

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From the 1950s on, the State of Israel started excavating the site, and they quickly discovered a perfectly preserved Crusaders’ Fortress, buried in the mud. When the Arabs had finally beaten the Crusaders and conquered Acco in 1291, they destroyed the Crusaders’ palace, but left the fortress intact, and simply built their own, new fortress on top of it.

Today, that Crusader Fortress is a massive draw for all the xtian pilgrims and visitors to the Holy Land. The Ministry for Tourism has cleaned it up so nicely. It’s spent a fortune on ‘multi-media’ displays – 44 in total! – which tell you all sorts of interesting snippets of (mis)information, and ‘cute’ stories, about those loving, caring Crusaders, who opened a hospital in Acco to help everyone!

Including the local Muslims and Jews! Because they were just such amazing, loving and giving xtian souls….!

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After I went through exhibit #44, I was totally sickened by all the whitewashing of the Crusaders, and all the ‘Disney-fication’ of who these people were, and what they really did, particularly to the Jews.

How can it be, I kept asking myself, that in modern-day Israel we have a perfectly preserved Crusader fortress and medieval town museum, that makes absolutely no mention of the thousands of Jews butchered to pieces by the Crusaders, on their way to ‘liberate’ the holy land from the Muslim infidel?!

I have a book that I bought to read on Tisha B’Av one year called The Jews and the Crusaders, that contains four eye-witness accounts by Jews of the barbaric atrocities and wholesale murder doled out by these loving and caring Crusader knights to the Jewish communities of what is today France and Germany, on their way to the Holy Land.

But not a word of the Crusaders’ murder of Jews was to be found anywhere, amongst all the exhibits and historical literature put out by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism in Acco.

I decided that when I got home, I was going to research these Crusaders properly, and fill in some of those gaps.

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So Tuesday, just as the latest ‘war’ with Gaza was kicking off down South, I spent the whole day trying to track down references to the Knights Templar, and to the Knights of the Hospitaller Order of St John, and the other order of Teutonic Knights who had taken over Acco 900 years ago, and ruled Israel for 150 years, before being expelled by the Muslim Turks.

Very quickly, I tripped into a whole bunch of information that started to make my head spin.

What follows is a very brief, potted version, just so you can follow the gist. I may well come back to some of this stuff in a future posts to give more details, we’ll see.

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The first thing I discovered is that after a few years in Israel, the Knights Templar quickly degenerated into a fabulously wealthy, devil-worshipping sect who were the people who originated the tenets of the modern banking system.

At the height of their operations in Acco, they were bringing massive ships containing up to 1000 pilgrims at a time to Israel, and they were also at the heart of a European trading network that included sugar cane, spices – and drugs.

Many of Europe’s royalty basically bankrupted themselves and their kingdoms to raise funds for the three Crusades, and nearly all of them became indebted to the Knights Templar, (and in a lesser fashion, to the other orders of Knights and Crusader rulers in Israel at that time.) At their height, the Knights Templar owned 9000 properties and estates in Europe, plus all the associated revenues – tax free.

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The Knights Templars were known for their violence and bravery, which in plain English means they were a bunch of murderous psychopaths that everyone was scared of.

While they started off owing allegiance to the Pope, very quickly they became a law unto themselves – and all of Europe’s rulers were scared of them, particularly when they were kicked out of Israel and returned to the continent.

In 1307, French King Phillippe IV rounded up as many of the Knights Templars as he could on one day, and formally accused them of being a cult of practicing homosexuals who engaged in black magic, murder, pedophilia and devil worship. Many of the group were burned at the stake, but the Templars’ large fleet of ships at La Rochelle – and most of their treasure[3] – disappeared before Phillippe could get his hands on them.

Some of the Templars appear to have joined the ranks of the Knights Hospitallers, while other Templars turned up in Scotland, where they fought alongside Robert the Bruce during his wars against the English monarchy.

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There’s a ‘disagreement’ between modern historians about whether the Knights Templar really had become so evil and corrupted, or whether the French King made it all up, just to get his hands on their wealth and to break their power.

I went through an awful lot of documents and information to research this, and here’s the ‘potted’ version of what I discovered, which I think has been deliberately obscured for a lot of different reasons.

When the Knights Templar first got to Israel, they were exposed to a number of different religious influences here, that they didn’t have to contend with back in Europe. This included ‘heretical’ proto-xtian Gnostic beliefs, and the good old fashioned hardcore idol worship being practiced by the ancestors of the people that we know as the modern Druze.

If you research the Druze, you’ll find that they are neither ‘Muslim’ nor ‘Xtian’, but tend to blend in with whatever religion or people is controlling their surroundings. Their core beliefs are kept strictly secret even to this day, and stories abound of them worshipping golden calves (!) kept in silver boxes, up mountains and in hidden groves across what is today modern Lebanon and Syria.

The Druze are known to have had some close interactions with a group of idol worshipers who maintained a lot of ancient occult knowledge from Egypt, known as the Sabians. There is evidence that the first Templars in the Middle East – a very small, elite group of 9 wealthy knights – went to these Sabians in Harran before they did anything else, to try to learn more of their ‘occult’ ancient Egyptian knowledge, on the direct orders of Bernard of Clairveaux.

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But there’s another, more philosophical, explanation for how the Knights Templar and the other crusaders in Israel literally went to the dark side and started worshipping the devil:

It appears that the Knights Templars were exposed to the Jewish texts that explained that Mary the mother of yoshki was actually a prostitute, and that yoshki himself was a mamzer. In the contemporary Jewish accounts written in The Jews and the Crusaders, the Jews being put to the sword explicitly told their xtian murderers that they weren’t about to exchange belief in the One True God for:

a crucified scion who was despised, abominated and held in contempt in his own generation, a bastard son conceived by a menstruating and wanton mother.”[4]

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At the same time, the Templars came into contact with demonically-inspired Gnostic beliefs that stated the very opposite of what we know to be true, namely that God is only good and the opposite of God is evil and Satanic.

The Templars saw that Judaism, and Hashem, were part of a tradition that called their ‘god’, yoshki, an evil, idolatrous mamzer. So, they decided that anything that was ‘against’ yoshki must be bad, and hey presto, that lead to them saying that white was really black, and to deciding that the opposite of Hashem was what was really good.

It’s easy to see how swiftly this erroneous belief leads to straight-out devil-worship, and all of the unspeakable evil associated with it.[5]

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Meanwhile, the Hospitaller Knights of Acco also seem to have become spiritually corrupted whilst in Israel – although it’s even harder to find any specific historical details or accounts describing this period of their history – and they went through a number of metamorphoses, until they became the modern orders of St John / the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), and Knights of Malta – all apparently different, but actually all just the same “Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta.”

And here’s where we’re about to take off into ‘Illuminati World’.

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I found it a little strange that it was so hard to pin down any real, concrete information about the dark side of the Knights Templar and the Knights of Malta / SMOM on Google.

Consistently, the first few pages were coming up with the same sort of sanitized, superficial Disney propaganda plastering the walls of the ‘Knights’ Kingdom’ in Acco. It’s all about charidee!! And helping sick people!! And running hospitals and organisations for displaced people and poor, orphaned kids!!

So, I started skipping straight to pages 7-8-9, to see what Google was trying to keep buried.

All of a sudden, I started finding all these pages from ‘conspiracy theorists’ about both the Knights Templar, and the Knights of Malta.

I don’t want to overload you in this post, so let me just pick out a few significant things that are actually FACT, not wild speculation, that will hopefully serve to show you that there is way more going on here, than is superficially obvious:

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FACT 1: For centuries since the Crusades, SMOM has acted as the military arm of the Vatican, particularly in the Holy Land.

FACT 2: The British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, and many other members of the British Royal Family, and European Royal Families, are members of SMOM (despite the fact it’s Catholic. The Queen is the putative head of the protestant Church of England.) Queen Victoria opened up a branch of the Knights of Malta in 1885 in the UK, with herself as the head.

FACT 3: None other than Napoleon forced the SMOM out of Malta in 1798 – a year before attacking Acco. At this point, the SMOM formally relocated to Rome.

FACT 4: The Knights of Malta only accepted nobles and royalty in its highest classes of membership until the 1990s, when they dropped that requirement – and membership in the US started to boom, as a result. You can only join SMOM by invitation. The leader of the Knights of Malta is called the ‘Prince and Grand Master’, is elected for life, and has to be approved by the Pope.

FACT 5: The Knights of Malta set up the Red Cross and the Red Crescent – and still have very close ties with these organization. (In the UK, for example, it’s still called the ‘St John’s Ambulance Brigade’).

FACT 6: The Knights of Malta gave the infamous Nazi General Reinhard Gehlen their highest honor for “services rendered” immediately after World War II.

FACT 7: The Knights of Malta has diplomatic ties with 108 nations (obviously not including Israel…) and ‘permanent observer’ status at the UN, despite having no country or government or citizens of its own.

FACT 8: The Knights of Malta were also big in Russia, with Czar Paul I becoming their Grandmaster after 1798, when he gave many of the Knights refuge in St Petersberg.

FACT 9: In 1794, SMOM contacted James Monroe, the American ambassador to France, to propose an alliance between the Knights of Malta and the newly-formed USA. No-one knows (or at least, no-one is telling) what happened next.

FACT 10: According to Wikipedia: “[The Knights of Malta’s] annual budget is on the order of 1.5 billion euros, largely funded by European governments, the United Nations and the European Union, foundations and public donors.” This is a massive amount of public money being funneled into the hands of secretive aristocrats and the Catholic Church.

FACT 11: In the times of the crusades and afterwards, the Hospitaller Knights were often in direct competition with the Knights Templar. It’s not too much of a stretch to say this rivalry could have extended itself into our days, too.

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While you’re chewing over all of that – and believe me, it’s a LOT to chew over – let’s turn our attention back to the Knights Templar, because I want to explain how all this is connected to my late father-in-law and my husband’s damaged, left Achilles heel.

After the devil-worshipping Knights Templar got to Scotland, they went through something of a rebranding exercise, and after 300 years or so, they emerged as the nascent order of the Freemasons.

Again, remember that European nobility and these corrupted orders of Knights were very heavily intertwined with each other, particularly around the areas of military force and finance.

And that pattern is continuing today.

When the Scottish (Freemason) King James I took over the English throne, after the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, that’s when the Freemasons’ Lodges started to pop-up all over England – which coincided with England’s rapid ascent to become the #1 power in the world.

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In the middle of researching all this, I got an email from a reader which said the following:

“According to the Baal HaTanya, Napoleon was a sorcerer see here

http://www.shturem.net/index.php?section=artdays&id=209

Also for that reason, when Napoleon was pursuing him, he went back to his previous location on one occasion, at considerable risk to take a small personal item he forgot, because if Napoleon found it, he would use his kishuf to locate him.”

All of a sudden, things came full-circle, and I decided to research whether Napoleon was a Freemason.

You already know the answer, don’t you?

Napoleon was a Freemason, and actually opened a lodge of Freemasons in Egypt in 1798– called the ‘Isis’ lodge – shortly before trying to conquer Eretz Yisrael and Acco.

All roads lead back to Acco.

Napoleon basically planted the seed of Freemasonry in the Middle East, and it’s been flowering, behind the scenes, ever since, regardless of who is really publically leading these countries.

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Before we get back to my father-in-law and my husband, let me just throw out there that so many of the senior figures in the USA, including many of the founding fathers and George Washington himself, were openly Freemasons. There’s even a ‘Freemasons’ bible that George Washington – and so many of the US presidents after him – have been sworn into office on.

Winston Churchill was a Freemason. FDR – US President during WW 2 – was a Freemason. CIA head Allen Dulles was a Freemason. A whole bunch of US High Court Justices were and are Freemasons. J. Edgar Hoover (FBI) was a Freemason.  Ralph Bellamy (author of the US Pledge of Allegiance) was a Freemason.

A whole bunch of high-profile ministers – many of whom have founded their own churches and popular ministries – are Freemasons. Freemasons founded the US Navy, and commanded American Forces during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. To name just a few of the ones who are publically known.

There are apparently 50 Freemason Lodges in the State of Israel, and even so-called ‘Jewish lodges’ in the UK and US that count a great many pretending-to-be-orthodox Rabbis amongst their initiates.

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Officially, Freemasonry says that it’s all about charity, all about lofty principles of brotherly love, etc, and it goes to great pains to dress itself up as a good ‘social justice’ society, with just some eccentric initiation rites.

I’m a journalist. I try very, very hard to explore all angles of the stories I write about here, and to research every aspect as meticulously as I can, and to share that research with my readers, before rushing to a conclusion.

The fact that Google is apparently censoring so much of the information about the origins of the Freemasons, and the history of the Knights Templar and the Knights of Malta, immediately made me think that something strange is going on here, because otherwise, why would they bother?

On the other hand, while the original Knights Templar were clearly devil-worshipping sodomites with black magic rites and customs straight out of ancient Egypt, including worshipping the mummified heads of dead people, just as Laban used to, it’s still quite a stretch to say that more recent Freemasons like US President George Washington were up to the same sort of things.

So for two days, I decided to just sit on all this information, and not write about it, because who really knows what’s going on?

Until last night, when I had a strange dream.

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All night, I was dreaming of my father-in-law, the Freemason, who kept telling me to ‘go and check what Freemasons do with their left foot’.

Literally all night, the same statement, over and over again.

Yesterday evening, my husband’s Achilles heel had been hurting him again.

So this morning, after I did some hitbodedut about the weird dream, and got a strong steer that I really should take it seriously, and look into the actual initiation rites for Freemasons, I fired up the laptop to take a look.

Again, this information is almost totally absent from Google, which I find very suspicious, because why does Google care about ‘arcane’ initiation ceremonies for charitable organisations that are apparently only doing wonderful things in the world? So I had to switch to duck-duck-go, which censors ways less than Google, and very quickly, I found some xtian sites trying to warn people away from joining the masons.

I typed in ‘left foot Freemasons’ – and here’s a short version of the initiation rite that you need to undergo just to get your foot in the Lodge door as a ‘First Degree’ initiate:

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UPDATE:

Over Shabbat, I realised that this stuff is so dark, and so obviously occult, I actually don’t want it specifically on my website, as it’s mamash demonic. If you go HERE, it will tell you everything that’s involved in the initiation stage of what’s called the ‘Shock of Entrance’ – Google is totally censoring this information, so you may have to use Firefox or Duck-Duck-Go.

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There’s way, way more to this – including Masonic gold rings inscribed with the Hebrew letter yud, connected to the kabbalistic concept of Yesod – but to be honest with you, I started to get freaked out by what I was reading – even on the sites that are trying to pretend that Freemasonry is only a charitable brotherhood.

As a believing Jew, it’s very clear that whatever is hiding behind the secular façade of masonry is anything but secular.

Even just this first initiation rite is full of symbolism and customs that are the exact opposite of what Judaism teaches a person should do, right down to which foot a person should put first.

Judaism says put the right foot first.

Freemasons teach the exact opposite.

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I read all this, and I understood what my father-in-law had been trying to tell me, and why my husband, and the rest of the extended family, have had such a challenging time, in so many different ways, since my father-in-law’s death, eight years ago.

My father-in-law was a tinok shenishba. He grew up in a home devoid of even basic Judaism, and he had a lot of kindness in him, and tried his best to be a good husband and to support his family. For years, I simply couldn’t understand why there seemed to be so much harsh judgment, so much din, hanging over my father-in-law and his family – including my husband.

Now, finally, I get it.

He was basically co-opted into a society of black magic and devil-worship that even at its most ‘mild’ and watered-down, had still bound his Jewish soul to the Sitra Achra, with solemn oaths taken on the Bible.

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So then, I had the question: how do we fix this?

How do we stop other Jewish souls – other people – from falling into the trap of thinking Freemasonry is ‘harmless’, and losing their souls as a result?

After pondering it, I realized that I had to write this, and share this information with others.

I know it’s weird, I know it’s challenging.

All I can tell you, is that I’ve left out way more information than I’ve included here, and much of that makes an even stronger case for who and what is behind so many of the senseless wars, drug abuse, and human misery prevalent in today’s world.

God is only good. If we follow God’s commandments, we really will get to nirvana, to geula, to the redemption of the Jewish people, and of mankind more widely.

That’s the right path, the right foot.

And Freemasonry is idol worship, and selling your soul to the devil.

Once we have that crystal clear, the process of geula the sweet way can start to move forward again.

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Written for the ilui neshama of Baruch ben Silka.

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FOOTNOTES:

[1] Since we took that loan, my husband has been inundated with the work required to repay it.

[2] You can read the whole story in Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom, published in English by the Breslov Research Institute.

[3] There are a bunch of associated xtian myths with this time, claiming the Knights Templar were the custodians of the ‘Holy Grail’. This seems to be more Disneyfication of the Templars, to obscure the fact they were banished and persecuted because they were literally worshipping the devil.

[4] Chronicle of Solomon bar Simson, written in 1140 C.E., The Jews and the Crusaders, by Shlomo Eidelberg.

[5] It’s also easy to see why so many of the xtians who write about the subject of the Illuminati try to obscure the very xtian origin of the problem of how all this devil worship has resurfaced in the very heart of modern xtian societies, and instead make the false claim that the Jews have created Freemasonry as a form of the ‘Noachide laws’, to try to ‘entice’ xtians away from the true path.

[6] The original Knights Templar also used to wear their trademark cross on the left breast, over the heart.

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Photo by Artur Tumasjan on Unsplash

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Rabbi Berland said they would attack us on Tuesday. He was right.

For the last couple of weeks, Rabbi Berland has made some very clear and specific statements that there was another ‘decree of shmad’, or decree of destruction, hanging over the Jewish people.

Last week, he publically said:

“Now, we are declaring a fast, because the situation is awful. The situation is already lost, because America has already abandoned the Middle East. They abandoned Syria. On Tuesday next week [i.e. November 13, 2019], they are already going to launch a nuke.

Because every day, they are launching rockets at Sderot and Ashkelon. Everything will already be hefker (ownerless).

Rockets already fell on Ashdod, but no rocket fell in the chareidi areas. But, we will already be completely hefker….

The son of Eitan Cohen was killed close to Bet El. So, we’ve organized fasts for Monday, Thursday and Monday.”

This has been up on the ravberland.com site for a few days already, you can see it for yourself HERE.

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But that’s not all.

For literally months, the Rav has been saying that a war will break out in Cheshvan.

You can see a few examples of him saying that HERE, HERE and HERE.

There has been quite a debate going on amongst the English speakers who follow the ravberland.com site, because the Rav also said that the holocaust that was meant to happen every 70 years had been postponed for 200 years.

People got confusedif the holocaust has been postponed for 200 years, then does that still mean a war in Cheshvan?

The answer, today, is clearly yes  – but it’s all being sweetened.

Who knows how bad things still might get, a war is a war, after all, but Israel’s ‘wars’ are so very different from the wars that happen anywhere else in the world.

The rockets continually miss their targets.

The rockets continually fail to explode, even if they hit their targets.

The rockets continually fall into empty car parks, and building lots and parks and fields.

The rockets continually fail to cause any major or numerous injuries – although in the last round, there were still a handful of people killed in Ashdod, which shocked the whole country precisely because we’re so used to massive open miracles.

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Two weeks ago, Channel 13 ran a fake news ‘expose’ against the Rav. Last week, a fake news complaint was filed against the Rav for ‘manslaughter’. The public disgrace and persecution is starting up again – right on time!

Exactly as the Rav predicted would need to happen, many, many months ago, in order to sweeten all the harsh decrees he could see coming down the pipe.

At this stage, who can’t see this?

At this stage, who can really still be so brazen and arrogant to deny that the Rav:

  • Clearly and obviously has ruach hakodesh.
  • Is working overtime to sweeten the judgments and the ‘holocaust’ that otherwise would occur, God forbid.
  • Is ONLY experiencing all this public opposition and slander because that’s what he’s agreed to undertake, in order to rescue the Jewish people from these harsh decrees?

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Last week, Rabbi Berland also put out a separate message where he told the kehilla to take on learning 5 chapters of Rambam, and 8 pages of Gemara a day, to conclude by Succot of 5781.

The Rav said:

“We must study five chapters of Rambam, and eight pages of Gemara, because there is going to be a terrible holocaustand whoever holds by this holy learning schedule will be saved.

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So, there are a few options for how you can help the Rav help the Jewish people to stave off disaster, God forbid:

  • Make a commitment to never say, read or believe a negative word about Rabbi Berland again. And especially not the fake news from the anti-Torah media and police in Israel.
  • Start doing some hafatzah to let more people know about the Rav’s writings, and his teachings. Because getting close to the Tzaddik HaDor is the only way to get through the next few months without going totally bonkers. There’s a bunch of books out in English now, there’s a bunch of prayers, you can send them to the ravberland.com site and let them see with their own eyes how what is going on now has all been specifically foreseen.
  • Join in the fast the Rav called for last week, Monday-Thursday-Monday. Even if you only fast a little bit, every intention for the good carries tremendous weight. Yesterday, I could only manage to fast to midday, but I still tried, and that’s what is important.
  • Join the learning schedule, to complete the Rambam and Shas by next Succot 5781.

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In case you haven’t noticed, there is a war going on.

The rockets are just a reflection of the real war, the war against God and His Torah, that the State of Israel has been waging even before it was officially the State of Israel.

Months ago, Rabbi Berland also stated that Gantz and Lieberman would be happy to form a government with the ‘anti-Israel’ Arab Joint List, despite all their protests that they would never do that…

Guess what?

That appears to be what’s going on right now.

All these people care about is gaining power and keeping control, and trying to smash every last bit of Torah observance in the State of Israel.

Recently, they approved public transportation to operate on Shabbat in Tel Aviv.

Today, the schools and non-essential work have been shut down in Gush Dan, because the rockets are reaching Holon, and explosions are being heard in Tel Aviv. The trains are grinding to a halt – on a Tuesday.

Can you see how this is working?

BH, the Rav will sweeten all this, but he needs our help. He needs our prayers, he needs our support, he needs us to counter the fake news about him with all our might, hard as that is, because that brings us face-to-face with all the psychos out there, religious and otherwise, who can’t stand the Rav.

But that is the test.

And I hope more of us will start to pass it.

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The New Madrid Seismic Zone in the US is being hit by quakes.

If you don’t know what the New Madrid Seismic Zone is, or why that’s such a big deal, read this.

To give you a potted history, back in 1811, New Madrid in the USA was hit with a number of quakes that totally destroyed a massive part of the Mid-USA.

The quakes started on December 16, 1811, with a quake that registered 8.1 on the Richter scale and continued throughout March of 1812.

Over that 4-month period, there were up to 10,000 quakes in the New Madrid area itself close to where the Ohio and Mississippi rivers meet, including an enormous quake on February 7, 1812, that was estimated to be as much as 8.8 on the Richter scale.[1]

After that earth-shaking strike which wrenched the land 15 miles south of New Madrid, a new lake was created, an American Indian village was destroyed by flooding, thousands of acres of forest were destroyed almost instantly, and a number of boatmen on the river reported that the Mississippi River started running backward for many hours.

Crew and passengers aboard the Mississippi’s first ever steamboat recorded how some of the islands in the Mississippi literally sank overnight.

If that wasn’t catastrophic enough, a number of crevices also began to open up in the ground around New Madrid as the terra firma continued to spasm, and some were up to 5 miles long. There were many reports of people who went missing at this time, presumed to have fallen into a fissure and been swallowed up by the earth.

There were also reports of the earth receding to a depth of 5 meters in some places.

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Meanwhile, water gushed out of ruptures and craterlets, literally creating huge new lakes overnight like Lake Saint Francis in eastern Arkansas, which measures some 64 kilometers long by 1 kilometer wide.

The earthquakes also caused a number of sand boils, or sand volcanoes to form around New Madrid, including one that measured 1.4 miles long and 136 acres across that was dubbed ”the Beach” by locals.[2] And small golf ball-size tar spheres of solidified petroleum also appeared in the fissures and sand boils after the earthquakes.

All told, an area measuring between 78,000 and 129,000 square kilometers was dramatically affected by land caving in or being uplifted, landslides, sand volcanoes, sinkholes, and rifts which completely changed the topography of the area overnight. Today, you can see what’s called the Lake County uplift, which towers 10 meters over parts of the Mississippi River Valley for about a 50-kilometer stretch.[3]

Modern geologists are keen to assure us that:

“Most of the uplift occurred during prehistoric earthquakes.”[4]

But at least part of this uplift, called the Tiptonville Dome, which measures 14 km wide and 11 km long was formed sometime between just 200 and 2000 years ago.[5] That is, mountains were formed in the American Midwest well within modern times.

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And now, the whole of the North American craton is moving, and the seismic pressure under the US is building to a crescendo again.

Smaller quakes have been hitting New Madrid and Missouri all through the summer, but now they are going up in frequency and intensity. On September 30, 2019, the New Madrid seismic zone was hit by 6 ‘medium’ earthquakes.

Now, according to DutchSinse, the quakes are on the rise across the whole of North America. And the fires that are connected to the underground methane gases rising up and igniting are still burning all over America’s West Coast. And so many of North America and Canada’s volcanoes are experiencing increased seismic activity.

And there’s a new, bigger, swarm of earthquakes going on in the New Madrid Zone.

You can take a look for yourself, here:

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Dutchsinse is calling for new 6.0+ earthquakes to strike over the next week.

This is a forecast, not a prediction, and like all forecasts, it’s not 100% accurate. Dutchsinse is right around 70% of the time, so this shouldn’t be ignored out of hand. Hashem is trying to get our attention.

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I’m having some interesting conversations over email around the last post. One reader suggested that maybe this could be a carry-on from the ‘Geula Gatherings‘ of last year, that kind of crashed and burned and left a lot of people who’d participated feeling very empty and despairing, when after all that effort, nothing really happened.

Or at least, that’s how it looked from the outside. From the inside, from the soul-side, who knows what was really being accomplished? But one thing is clear:

IF WE REALLY WANT GEULA TO COME, WE HAVE TO START DOING THE REAL WORK OF BRINGING IT.

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As you know, I’m a Breslover (trying to be…) The Breslov path set out by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov teaches that while we can’t do anything without being connected to the True Tzaddik, he can’t do anything without our effort and prayers either. Breslov is not xtianity; we can’t just sit back and get ‘saved’ by our leader. We need to be active participants in the geula process, but following the lead of the True Tzaddik.

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HERE’S SOME SOURCES, ON WHY WE NEED TO BE CONNECTED TO THE TRUE TZADDIK:

(You can find more Breslov sources on this topic HERE.)

Everyone must intend, when praying, to bind himself to the Generation’s Tzaddikim, because only
they know how to elevate each and every prayer to its destined place. (Likutey Etzot, Tzaddik 1)

By attaching to the Tzaddikim and following their advice, one becomes engraved with Truth and
merits to attain Faith and Prayer, the Land of Israel, and Miracles. And through this will come the
Redemption. (Etzot, Tz. 9)

Before one draws near to the Tzaddik, he is categorized as ‘fat-hearted’, meaning that his heart is sealed, his ears are shut, and his eyes are blind to the Truth, and he is unable to arouse himself to repentance. When he attaches himself to the Tzaddikim, however, and accepts their advice, then his heart, eyes, and ears are opened, and he understands the Truth and merits Repentance. (Etzot, Tz. 10)

There are souls that are so corrupt that, even after they come to the True Tzaddikim, they remain immersed in all their desires and are unable to move away from profanity towards holiness by even a hairsbreadth. It is surely impossible to elevate and renew souls like these, to make them born again. Yet there is a Tzaddik who is so wondrously and awesomely great that he is able to elevate even these blemished souls through rebirth, thereby renewing them for the good.

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Drawing close to the ‘True Tzaddikim’ is the beginning of redemption – but it’s not where it ends.

Back in January 1987, the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, z’tl was recorded as saying this:

“My father-in-law [Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneersohn], the Rebbe, gave us a mission: “Stand ready to greet Moshiach.” “Everything is already prepared, all that remains is to ‘polish the buttons.'”

The analogy of “polishing the buttons” is a precise one. In the overall picture, buttons are quite minor; they merely serve to fasten a garment onto the person. Spiritually speaking, “to polish the buttons” means that the Jewish People themselves, their “garments” and even their “buttons” are ready for the Redemption. They need to merely be “polished” in order for Moshiach to come.

In practical terms: Every Jew must do their part in this mission by enhancing their Torah study, observance of Mitzvos, and prayer. All those who work to earn a livelihood, should set aside a time during every work day for Torah study. They certainly want to run their businesses according to Torah guidelines, and fixed times for Torah study are a way to assure that a Jewish business runs according to Torah.”

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While there is a lot of similarity between the Chabad path to geula and the Breslov path, there are also some crucial differences.

Where Chabad is putting the focus on: “enhancing their Torah study, observance of Mitzvos, and prayer” – which is wonderful and a very important part of the equation, Breslov takes all that and adds a crucial element:

Work on your bad middot!!!!!

Fix your bad character traits!!!!

Because working to overcome our anger, our jealousy, our hatred, our depression, our fear, our despair, our harsh judgment of other people, is what the geula and Moshiach really depends on.

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To put this into other words, Rebbe Nachman is telling us: You can’t do anything without me, without the True Tzaddik, but guess what? I also can’t do anything without you!!

There is one reason, and one reason only, why Moshiach hasn’t shown up yet, and why the geula process is stuck. It’s because we aren’t working on our bad middot. 

And that’s the WHOLE REASON WE’RE DOWN HERE.

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Life is not meant to be easy.

Geula isn’t meant to be a passive activity where we just sit on the sidelines ‘polishing buttons’, while we leave all the heavy lifting to the true Tzaddik of the generation. There is a lot of work to do! So many of us – even the ‘frummest of the frum’ people out there – are full of anger, arrogance, jealousy, greed and hatred.

So many of us are living superficial, phony lives where the body is totally in the driving seat, and the soul is left far, far behind. Just doing one more mitzva is not going to fix that fundamental problem. Getting to grips with our bad middot, and finally uprooting the sinat chinam that we all still have, is what’s going to bring the geula.

And that is really hard work!

The hardest work!

But we need to be clear that THIS is what’s going to bring the geula the sweet way, and nothing else.

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The USA is being hit with increasingly powerful earthquakes. The political system is hanging by a thread in pretty much any country you care to mention. The lies are crumbling all over the place.

We really need Moshiach now, don’t we?

But we’re only going to get him, if we’re willing to do the work that God put us down here to do.

And that’s really the basis of the training I want to start doing. So If you’re still interested, please get in touch.

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FOOTNOTES:

[1] 2014 USGS National Seismic Hazard Map – https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/events/1811-1812newmadrid/summary.php

[2] http://www.new-madrid.mo.us/index.aspx?nid=132

[3] 2014 USGS National Seismic Hazard Map – https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/events/1811-1812newmadrid/summary.php

[4] Ibid.

[5]   http://www.new-madrid.mo.us/index.aspx?nid=132 – Abridged from Seismicity of the United States, 1568-1989 (Revised), by Carl W. Stover and Jerry L. Coffman, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1527, United States Government Printing Office, Washington: 1993; Johnston, A.C., and Schweig, E.S., 1996, The enigma of the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812: Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, v. 24, p. 339-384; doi: 10.1146/annurev.earth.24.1.339;Hough, S.E., 2009, Cataloging the 1811-1812 New Madrid, Central U.S., Earthquake Sequence, Seismological Research Letters V. 80, No. 6, p 1045-1053 /doi: 10.1785/gssrl.80.6.1045.

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It’s a funny time, isn’t it?

Here’s what’s going on my life, right now: on the one hand, I am gathering more and more information together on a whole range of subjects that shows that most of the modern world we live in is based on a pack of lies. And on the other, I’m trying to sort out the most ‘real world’ business venture I’ve embarked upon for close to two decades.

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If I touched on everything I’ve found out is a lie over the last few years, it would be a very long list. But when you really look at it, all our problems really just boil down to this:

We are scared to be real, and to really face up to what’s going on in our lives and our middot, and to have a real relationship with ourselves, other people and Hashem.

100%, this is the only reason that we’re still in golus, and still spinning our wheels, living superficial lives that are generally making us pretty miserable, and scared to open up and connect in any real way to anyone – including ourselves.

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Over the last 15 years, I’ve had a mighty struggle to try to develop some of that REAL in my own life. When I got to Israel back in 2005, I was still so caught up in all the materialism and competition that the secular world is built on.

God had to keep giving me some sharp raps across the knuckles to really bring my attention to the fact that my ‘wonderful life’ was actually making me totally miserable. I was doing everything the magazines told me to do – I had a career, was making good money, owned a house, had a nice husband, two  nice kids – what’s the problem here?!?!?

I didn’t know the answer to that question in London, where I was feeling more and more anxious, depressed, stressed, miserable and overwhelmed before we made aliya.

I’ve been through so much the last 15 years, as part of the process of getting re-educated about what life is actually really meant to be about, especially if you’re a Jew. I don’t own a house anymore, I don’t have a career, I don’t spend Shabbos lavishing entertaining, or trying to stuff every spare minute with ‘action’, so I don’t have to spend any time in my own head, just being.

And I am so, so happier because of it.

And my relationships with the people who really count in life – i.e. my husband, my kids, myself and Hashem – are doing so much better than they were back in 2005.

And what made the biggest difference?

Learning to talk to Hashem, and to be real, and to stop running away from the truth, especially about myself and my own limitations.

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You know why it feels so ‘weird’ right now? Because the light of Moshiach – the light of truth – is slowly rising in the world, and it’s that ‘sun with healing on its wings’ that is going to burn all the wicked up, but heal all the righteous.

On the blog here, and over on spiritualselfhelp.org, I’ve been pretty honest about the bad middot I’ve got, and the issues I’ve had in my relationships, and what I’ve had to do and acknowledge and work on, to stop being a bona fide psycho to my husband and children.

I’m not telling myself any fibs that it’s ‘ok’ to try and control other people via rage fits and insults; or that it’s ‘ok’ to act like a hypocrite, dishing out advice from that place up on high that I myself can’t hold by in a million years. As soon as I realized that it’s not ‘ok’ to go around trying to control people, or trying to force my children to be ‘perfect’ so that I’ll look good in front of my neighbors, I got to work trying to live that truth.

I’m still falling down on my middot a million times a day, let’s be clear.

But that’s OK. I know I’m on a low level spiritually, and I also know that Hashem just wants the effort, but the outcome is up to him.

But I look around, and I still so many people who seem to be stuck in the lies – and as the light of Moshiach continues to rise in the world, those lies are starting to weigh heavier and heavier. It’s getting harder and harder to believe that politics is the ‘answer’ to anything. It’s getting less and less credible to believe in ‘man-made global warming’. It’s getting way harder for us all to keep pretending that all the problems are just because of ‘everyone else’, and their bad middot.

All of us are down here to work on one person:

OURSELVES.

And the main work to be done is to be real, and authentic, and to start to serve Hashem joyfully from that low place of knowing we are totally imperfect – but that there is actually nothing fundamentally ‘wrong’ with us!!

God created us this way, with bad middot, and gave us the job of working on those bad middot over 120 years, to try to rectify them.

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This is a bit of a rambling post, I know. It’s because I’m trying to blast through the ‘head fog’ that seems to keep descending up on everything worthwhile and meaningful and true, and that keeps sucking us all back into that superficial, nasty space where nothing really matters, and no-one really cares about anything or anyone.

Here’s what I’m really trying to say.

Over the last few years, so much of the public discourse, so much of society, has been shaped by self-absorbed ‘go getters’, who constantly talk about themselves and what they think, and who cow everyone else into falling in line behind them. I have some aspect of that myself, and it’s something I’m continually monitoring and working on, to do my best to ‘use it’ for Hashem, instead of just for myself.

In common parlance, these types of people are often referred to as ‘narcissists’, but I prefer to call them ‘motivators’.

They have a ton of energy, they are very focused, and they often get a lot done. But when they aren’t balancing all their ‘fire’ with humility, and a genuine desire to serve Hashem, they usually just end causing a lot of arguments and destruction, instead.

Then, there are all the quiet, gentle, ‘nice’ people out there – so many of them!! – who generally feel too shy to share their views, and are often too gentle to want to wade into the cut-throat business of taking a stand or having a real opinion, or being authentic.

Over the years, I’ve met some of you in person and over email, when you had the courage to reach out and say hello.

Here’s the thing:

You guys are the people who are really going to bring the geula, and really going to fix the world.

It’s you, that silent majority, the salt-of-the-earth types that don’t really believe in your own goodness, your own importance, and who lack confidence in your own ability to change things for the better, who are really going to bring the geula.

Not the big mouths, or the firebrands, or the holier-than-thou preachers and gurus.

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Gosh, I’m finding this so hard to put into words, which is very unusual for me.

So let me just cut to the chase.

After 15 years of going through SO much stuff, emotionally, spiritually, career-wise, health-wise, relationship-wise, you name it, baruch Hashem, I now have a lot of insight into how people really work.

And I want to start teaching it to others out there, but particularly, the salt-of-the-earth women, who are finding it hard to say ‘no’ to others, and to make their voices heard, and to set healthy boundaries, and to put their quiet goodness out there in a way that will really shape the world in a profound way.

In the next month or so, BH, I will be launching a pilot program to teach this information to a small group of 10 women. I’m still figuring out the packaging, but I already know what this program is going to do:

It’s going to help those ‘good’, but quiet women to finally find their voice, and the confidence they need to stand up for themselves and for ‘right’ without being steamrollered by all the mouthy, self-obsessed ‘motivators’ out there.

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Why is that important?

Because these women are the ones who are going to bring the geula.

The world needs them, and it desperately needs for them to to start expressing their inner wisdom, and their inner goodness, and their inner clarity to start countering all the lies, and to help get us ready for Moshiach.

What is going to bring Moshiach is being real, and doing our best to work on ourselves, and to create an authentic environment in our homes and communities where the voice of the soul – the voice of peace, love, humility, emuna and truth – can start to shine out and be heard.

Phew.

If this speaks to you – at all – please drop me an email, and let’s discuss how to really do this.

I’m not pretending I have all the answers, or that I’m totally fixed, anything but. But Hashem has given me a lot of information that I know could help a lot of people, and especially the gentle people out there, to start putting down the boundaries they need to in a loving way, and to stop enabling ‘bad’.

And once more of us start to put that light out in our own dalet amot, the ‘bad’ that is preventing Moshiach from coming will disappear by itself.

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Just as the women brought the redemption in Egypt, so they will bring it again in our days.

One lasting marriage at a time, one loved kid at a time, one honest and caring conversation at a time.

That’s really the only thing that matters, and not who becomes president, or who is going to end up being Moshiach, or all the other pointless things we waste so much time and energy debating.

I know ‘real’ is scary, but facing up to our ‘real’ – with tremendous compassion and understanding – is how we actually get out of galut, personally and nationally.

So, if you’d like to join me, either take the minute required to fill in the survey HERE, or drop me an email HERE.

It’s time for the ladies to start roaring.

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UPDATE:

Baruch Hashem, I’m starting to pin this down more already.

I basically want to do ‘Azamra’ as a practical course, which will give concrete, tangible ways for:

1) Understanding the 4 main ways our yetzer hara takes us out, based on Likutey Moharan, as reflected in cutting edge science
2) Taking down bad middot like: anger, yeoush, depression, people pleasing, fear and anxiety – in ways that actually totally work in real time.
3) And perhaps most importantly of all, this is the main focus of the program:
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to feel good about yourself, and feel good within your relationships, in six weeks or less, so you can wake up happy, and enjoy being yourself around other people.
Because I think that is really the key to giving Hashem what He really wants from us, and bringing the geula happily, the sweet way, in both our private and public spheres.
How does this sound? I’m VERY open to feedback and ideas.

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Do you want join me, and see where this goes?

Drop me an email!

This could start to get pretty interesting, with God’s help!

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For the last 20-something years, my arguments with my husband have progressed along the same, well-worn path.

I state something that to his ears sounds fantastic, unbelievable, incredible, and sooner or later, he tries to close the argument down with the statement: ‘that’s not logical.’

Who knew, that I’d married Mr Spock?

A lot of his ‘logical’ tendencies have been useful to me, because he’s forced me time and time again to find the ‘logical’ process underpinning what I’m grasping intuitively. Man, the arguments we’ve had, about everything from erev rav, to personality disorders, to how the human body really works, all the way up to how ‘emuna’ is meant to fit into the logical picture.

He’s forced me to pin things down logically again and again, and that’s mostly been very helpful.

But this week, when we were having another one of our ‘discussions’ about whether it’s really possible for Disney to be working with the CIA to put ‘mind control’ cues in its movies, and he delivered his that’s not logical statement again, I suddenly realized something massive:

Why is ‘logic’ the final arbiter of what’s right or wrong, here?

Because what is ‘logic’, ultimately? It’s whatever process or thought or argument you can cram into a human brain. It’s totally limited to human perception and understanding, and as we know, even the most intelligent humans only have a very small part of the picture. There is a time and place for ‘logic’ (more on that in a moment).

Human logic makes no space for God, and because it can’t tease out the ‘process’ behind miracles and other supernatural phenomena, it deals with them by pretending they don’t exist.

To put this in other words, the more a person believes that ‘logic’ is the final arbiter of right and wrong, truth and lie, the less likely it is for that person to have anything even approaching real emuna, or real emunat tzaddikim.

I know that’s a big statement, but I’m going to back it up.

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First, let’s take a look at what logic actually is, and where it comes from. This is from Wikipedia:

Logic (from the Ancient Greekλογικήromanized: logikḗ[1]) is the systematic study of the form of valid inference, and the most general laws of truth.[2] A valid inference is one where there is a specific relation of logical support between the assumptions of the inference and its conclusion. In ordinary discourse, inferences may be signified by words such as therefore, thus, hence, ergo, and so on.

There is no universal agreement as to the exact scope and subject matter of logic (see § Rival conceptions, below), but it has traditionally included the classification of arguments, the systematic exposition of the ‘logical form’ common to all valid arguments, the study of proof and inference, including paradoxes and fallacies, and the study of syntax and semantics.

Historically, logic has been studied in philosophy (since ancient times) and mathematics (since the mid-19th century), and recently logic has been studied in cognitive science (encompasses computer sciencelinguisticsphilosophy and psychology).

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In other words, logic is a form of Greek-inspired philosophy.

So, whenever someone makes the ‘logic’ of a supposition the acid test of whether it’s ‘true’ or not, they are effectively operating out of a system of Greek heresy, instead of Jewish belief.

Let’s give some concrete examples.

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There’s an idea in Judaism that if your finances are hitting the skids, you should make an effort to go and give even more money to charity. That way, you’ll sweeten whatever spiritual judgments are keeping you poor and constricted.

Now, does this sound logical?

At this point in time when you’re finding it hard to even scrape together the money for the rent, you’re meant to go and give even more money to charity?!?!

It’s totally illogical.

And yet, it works. I’ve lost count of the number of times that immediately after we paid a big whack of charity we couldn’t really afford, or a big pidyon that squeezed us financially, how much new business flowed in through my husband’s doors, afterwards.

Essentially, there is very little ‘logic’ behind any of the mitzvoth we keep, whether it’s avoiding shatnez, eating kosher, keeping Shabbat, paying 10% of our income to charity. Sure, Jews with a more philosophical bent have tried to make Judaism jive more with Greek philosophy by trying to assign reasons to mitzvoth that make sense to human logic.

But ultimately?

All the mitzvoth we keep boils down to emuna, to faith, to the idea that we can’t understand everything, however big our brains are.

Behind all this talk of ‘logic’ there is so much arrogance, so much ga’avah.

It takes some real humility to admit that we still know so very little about what’s really going on, and that our ability to grasp what’s really going on in the world is actually incredibly limited.

So, when people start boasting about how ‘logical’ they are, and how they think ‘logically’, what they’re really saying is:

“I have very little emuna, and I’m incredibly arrogant.”

Now that we all know that, hopefully more of us will start to challenge ‘logic’s’ stranglehold on our public discourse.

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All that said, logic and human reasoning still has a place in our lives.

God runs the world according to His spiritual rules, and we have to follow those rules to the best of our ability. If God has built the world in such a way eating fast-food usually makes us ill, and treating people badly usually makes us social lepers, and running in front of speeding cars on the highway usually makes us dead – we have to respect those rules.

Go right ahead, and make a logical calculation about whether you should dash across the road in front of that articulated lorry – but remember that all these logical ‘rules’ aren’t presenting the full picture of how God is actually running the world.

Illogical, miraculous and supernatural things are occurring to every single one of us, all the time.

Why?

Because God is running the world, and God is operating things at a level far, far beyond the boundaries of human logic.

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So, to sum up.

From this moment forth, just telling me something is ‘not logical’ doesn’t automatically win the argument, or close down the discussion. Heretical Greeks made human ‘logic’ the arbiter of truth, and to put it bluntly, they can get stuffed.

A multitude of sins hides behind ‘logic’, including heresy, denial of God’s omnipresent role in the world, arrogance, narrow-mindedness, argumentation for its own sake, victory-seeking, and trying to make other people appear ‘small’ or ‘stupid’.

Logic is a false god, that’s keeping so many Jews away from really developing a genuine relationship with Hashem.

Once we start acknowledging that, and once more of us start relating to a logical frame of mind as some sort of severe spiritual disability, instead of lauding and praising it, that’s when we’ll jump a whole bunch nearer to the world actually getting fixed, and redemption really happening.

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Is the United States of America really the ‘good’ side of Edom?

After going into Yom Kippur in Israel with newspapers blaring headlines that Trump had given permission to Turkey to ‘invade’ Syria (!), I thought it was timely to try to track down what the Gemara says about the ‘good side’ of Edom.

I know there’s an idea being floated around that America is somehow the ‘good’ side of Edom, and that Trump is somehow akin to the Roman Emperor Antoninus, who had a very close relationship with Rebbe Yehuda HaNasi around 1800 years ago.

As things continue to get more and more ‘interesting’ in the international arena, I thought it was time to actually track down the sources in the Gemara that talk about Antoninus, most of which I found in Avoda Zara 10a and b. We can learn a lot from seeing what the Sages actually said about ‘Edom’ and its rulers, and how that maps on to modern-day America, and its rulers.

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The discussion begins in 10a, where the Sages are discussing idolatrous holidays and festivals.

They start talking about something called the ‘Ginusya day of their emperors’, and Rav Yehuda explains:

This is the day on which idolaters inaugurate their emperor.

The Gemara then asks:

But do [the Romans] appoint the son of a king as a king?

The Artscroll notes then state:

“The Emperors of Rome did not reign by hereditary right, but were selected by the previous ruler, or by the Senate.”

Does this sound familiar?

The Gemara then goes on to quote a verse from the prophecy of Ovadiah – which is very interesting in its own right, not least because of the following quotes from it:

“Even if you raise [your nest] like an eagle of if you place your nest amongst the stars, I will bring you down from there…..

“[T]he house of Yaakov will inherit those who had dispossessed them. The house of Yaakov will be fire, the house of Yosef a flame, and the house of Esav for straw. And they will ignite them and devour them. There will be no survivor to the house of Esav, for Hashem has spoken.”

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The allusions to Edom being America seem obvious. The bald-headed eagle is the American emblem – and appears on the logo of the CIA, amongst other things – and ‘the stars’ are also prominently linked to the USA, in just about every sense of the word, beginning with their flag, moving through the space exploration program, and ending with Hollywood.

Let’s continue.

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Rashi explains in his commentary on Genesis 36:43 that Edom is the ‘ancestor’ of Rome.

The Gemara continues to explains that Rome is ‘inferior among nations’ (quoting Ovadiah) because they:

“Do not appoint the son of a king as king.”

Clearly, the Sages aren’t impressed with the idea of ‘democracy’. The Gemara continues that Edom / Rome is “very despised”:

“Because they do not have their own writings or language.”

These descriptions also ‘fits’ the USA perfectly.

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The Gemara now introduces us to the Roman Emperor Antoninus, who had a close relationship with Rebbi, Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi. The discussion begins with how the Roman Authorities – aka the Senate – are ‘persecuting’ Antoninus, and how Rebbe advises him to kill them off one at a time, and “to not contend with all of them at once.”

Rebbe is scared to state this openly, because he’s wary of being bugged. The Gemara says:

“One can never be sure that a private conversation will remain secret.”

Admittedly, this does sound a little Trump-like. Let’s continue. The Gemara next explains about how Antoninus has a daughter who is acting in a way that could cause her father to become embroiled in a public scandal, and again Rebbe advises him on what to do with her.

Next, the Gemara describes how Antoninus is secretly sending Rebbi sacks full of crushed gold disguised as wheat, so that Rebbi will have money to pay the greedy Romans who will come after Antoninus. Then, the scene switches to the secret visits Antoninus would make to Rebbe’s house, where he’d kill the servants who accompanied him.

The Gemara says:

“Every day, he would wait upon Rebbi. He would serve him food and serve him drink. When Rebbi wished to climb onto his bed he would bend down before the bed and say [to Rebbi]: “Climb up on me to your bed.”

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Before we get into the next, really interesting part, I feel the urge to state the obvious, namely that Trump isn’t doing this for any Jewish sage, last I heard. He’s not sending Rabbi Berland sacks of gold, he’s not letting Rav Kanievsky use him as a footstool, he’s not asking the Biala Rebbe questions about how to keep Ivanka in line…

For sure, Trump has a problem with his ‘Deep State’ trying to take him out of action, same as Antontinus did, but without any of Antoninus’ corresponding personal piety. Let’s continue.

The Gemara now gets into a very interesting discussion that has reverberations for us, and our generation, and our confusion of how best to handle, and relate to ‘Edom’ / America. Antoninus asks Rebbi if he’s going to enter the World to Come, and Rebbi tells him yes. Antoninus then starts quoting the prophet Ovadiah at him, and says:

But it is written ‘and there will be no remnant to the house of Esav’, which implies that the descendants of Esav (Edomites / Romans) will not enter the World to Come. Rebbi responded: “That verse speaks only of one who acts in the manner of Esav.”

“This was also taught in a Baraisa: And there will be no remnant to the House of Esav. It could have been thought that this applies to all Edomites. To dispel this notion, [the Torah] states: To the House of Esav. By naming Esav, it teaches that only where the Edomite acts in the manner of Esav is he condemned; otherwise, he may enter the World to Come.”

All this is a direct quote from the Gemara.

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In the Artscroll notes it states:

“Edomites are barred from the World to Come only if they act like Esav (a barbarian who scorned God, committed murder and violated women.)….[A]ny gentile (even if he is not a ger toshav, who formally accepts the seven Noahide laws) has a portion in the World to Come, provided he does not emulate the barbaric Esav.”

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Before we get into a discussion of whether the USA has a history of acting like the arch-hypocrite Esav, pretending to be good, pure and holy while actually rampaging around the world slaughtering anyone who stands in the way of its economic goals and other materialistic desires, let’s just return to the Gemara in Avoda Zara 10b.

Antoninus is still having difficulties believing Rebbi’s assertion that he will make it into the World to Come, and tells him:

But it is written: “There (in Gehinnom) is Edom, her kings and all her presidents.” Apparently, all the leaders of Edom are assigned to Gehinnom!

Rebbi replies that the verse isn’t talking about all Edom’s kings, just most of them; and that the verse states:

All her presidents, and not all her ministers.

The Artscroll notes explain:

“A president is a ruler of Rome who is not a king, but serves at the behest of the Senate (see Tosfos). A minister is a royal adviser (presumably a senator) – Raavad.”

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In other words, every single president of Edom / Rome / America is going to gehinnom, but here and there, there may be some Edomite royal heads of state, and also the odd Senator and Congressman who may actually escape the rampant moral corruption enough to make it into the World to Come.

The Gemara continues with more discussions about the relationship between Antoninus and Rebbe, and the Artscroll notes trace this back to the prophecy that Rebecca is told when she was carrying Esav (Edom) and Yaakov (Israel) back in Genesis, 25:23. I.e. the two babies are two nations, and when one is up, the other will be down.

“Two nations are in your womb…the elder shall serve the younger.”

The Artscroll notes then quote Rabbi Gedalyah Schorr, author of Or Gedalyah who explains that:

“Ideally, Yaakov-Israel and Esav-Edom were meant to enjoy a harmonious and complimentary partnership. Esav…was supposed to defeat evil, while Yaakov…was to promote good. Had Esav fulfilled his role, he would have been equal to Yaakov.”

This view is based on the midrash that states that six tribes should have descended from Esav and six from Yaakov, but this didn’t happen as Esav went bad, failed to live up to his spiritual job, and so Yaakov married Leah instead (who was Esav’s intended bride) and the whole course of Jewish history changed.

Again, Rav Schorr believes that the ‘perfect partnership’ between Edom and Israel did actually occur – uniquely – for one brief interlude in history, when Antoninus was (secretly…) subservient to Rebbe.

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From what I can tell, this passage in the midrash appears to be the basis of the idea that Trump is some sort of Edomite ‘good guy’, but there is absolutely no discussion here of any sort of ‘Edomite’ aspect of Moshiach and there is also a very large distinction made in these sources between EDOM and ESAV.

Parts of the former can make teshuva and get some share in the world to come. But Esav can’t. This is a very important distinction to make, if you’ve been reading articles like this.

Assuming Trump is a retread of Antoninus, the most that would mean is that he’s sneaking Rav Kanievsky sacks of gold and asking Rav Berland coded messages about what to do with Ivanka. Even Antoninus couldn’t and didn’t free Israel from Roman rule, nor give permission for the Jews to rebuild the temple.

And even making that equivalence between Trump and Antoninus seems to be stretching us past reality.  As we already mentioned, Trump is not sneaking billions to any Jewish sage, nor waiting hand and foot on any rabbi. If I’m wrong about this, please do let me know, as clearly that would change things.

Which bring is to the last part of this discussion, which is this:

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Is it realistic to assume that America is the ‘good’ part of Edom, and not actually the bad, unfixable, ‘Esav’ part of Edom?

And that’s where the conversation is going to get a little sticky, because once you move all the brainwashing about apple pie and Uncle Sam out the way, you’ll find that American history is just one, big list of atrocities, genocidal actions and wars. Sure, they were always dressed up as being ‘good’ and holy, but really, they boil down to America using its military might to bully the rest of the world into doing what suited it best, economically.

(Btw, the UK preceded the US, and is also totally corrupt and the ‘Esav’ part of Edom. Anglo Saxon culture also included the Nazis, who were clearly also really bad. However, we’re focusing on the US, because that’s who is still empire-building, and controlling the State of Israel, in 2019.)

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The United States committed the first ever genocide, when it brutally killed off millions of its native Americans over the course of a few decades, as I wrote about HERE.

For 250 years, it built its economy off the back of black slaves who were initially brought to America against their will, and then bred by their slave masters like so much chattel. No-one really knows how many blacks lost their lives amidst brutal conditions, worked to death by their pious, white American owners. No-one knows how many black women slaves were assaulted by their white masters. Blacks didn’t count as real people in America until well into the 1960s and the time of Martin Luther King Jr – and probably well beyond.

Then, we have all the European Jews that were barred from entering the US before and during World War II, even though Roosevelt knew they were being slaughtered by the millions. America held off from really joining the WW2 effort in Europe until the last possible minute, waiting for Stalin to have millions of his soldiers killed by the Nazis, and for the UK to be brought to its knees as an Imperial power.

And then, the US decides they are going to drop not just one nuclear bomb on Japan, but two. And not just on a smallish city of 10,000 people but on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where they killed almost a quarter of a million people, half of them in under a minute. This from Wikipedia:

Over the next two to four months, the acute effects of the atomic bombings killed between 90,000 and 146,000 people in Hiroshima and 39,000 and 80,000 people in Nagasaki; roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day.

This was totally cruel, totally murderous behavior. You want to try out your nuke? Pick a small target! Keep bombing in increments, until the Japanese gave up! Why bomb two such big cities like that, chik chak, with such terrible loss of life?

To this day, the United States of America is the only country to have actually used its nuclear weapons to destroy tens of thousands of people.

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Post WW2, the Dulles brothers and Eisenhower decided to secretly ship 1,600 hardcore Nazi scientists over to the US, as part of Operation Paperclip.

That Nazi science has morally corrupted the US in a million different ways, particularly in the realms of medicine,  biology and economics and industry, which most people still are blissfully unaware of. (Btw, I think that number is way too low. If you include intelligence assets that were ‘taken over’ by the CIA and the British, the number of former Nazis working for the West bounds into the thousands.)

The US has spent decades since WW2 rampaging around the world, starting wars whenever its economic interests are threatened, that have totally devastated whole countries and left tens of millions of people dead, homeless or totally impoverished and with nothing to look forward to.

Of course, American actions are always dressed up as ‘good’ and ‘holy’ and above reproach ‘, but really?

America is acting exactly like Esav.

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Is everyone in the US acting like Esav? No, clearly not. There are many good noahides / non-Jews in the US – and also in other parts of the Edomite Western world – and these people will be the parts of Edom who will make it to the World to Come, as described in the Gemara, above.

But America’s politicians? America’s presidents? America’s generals? America’s elites?

There is absolutely no basis in fact or Jewish sources for believing that these people are even close to being the ‘good’ part of Edom.

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What the sources do seem to clearly show, however is that the USA = Esav, mamash.

Right down to its ‘presidents’, senators, eagle emblem and stars and stripes flag. Here and there, there might be a good politician, but the Gemara is clear:

[A]ll the leaders of Edom are assigned to Gehinnom.

The LEADERS of Edom are all the politicians, heads of states and European royalty.

But America itself is obviously acting like ‘Esav’, pretending to be 100% kosher, but really just a pig.

And the sources are clear that:

[T]here will be no remnant to the House of Esav.

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Which is why I find statements like this to be extremely puzzling:

“When Esau is seen helping Israel, it is a sign Moshiach is right around the corner,” Rabbi Kessin said.

In explanation, Rabbi Kessin quoted the Bible concerning the prophesied fate of Jacob and Esau told to their mother, Rivka.

And Hashem answered her, “Two nations are in your womb, Two separate peoples shall issue from your body; One people shall be mightier than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.” Genesis 25:23

The rabbi noted an ambiguity in the Hebrew text that had vastly different import.

“Due to the absence of pronunciation markings, the wording of the Torah text can be read either as ‘va’ya’avod’, meaning he shall serve, or ‘va’ya’aved’,  he shall enslave,” the rabbi explained. “Esau will help Jacob by either serving him or by causing him to suffer since suffering is a way to bring God back into the world.”

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So, is Trump a possible reincarnation of Antoninus?

It’s possible, especially if you take into account Trump’s pronounced ‘anti war’ stances, but unlikely, especially if you look at recent tweets like this:

“President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God… But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore.”

Does this sound like the kind of guy who’d be sending Rav Berland secret sacks of gold, or letting Rav Kanievsky use him as a footstool?….

If you look through the history books, there are other Roman leaders who sound far, far more like Trump than Antoninus Pius. And we’ll take a look at that side of things in the next post, BH.

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What was really the disagreement, between the Vilna Gaon and the early leaders of chassidut?

If we’ve learnt anything at all about the fight between the followers of the Baal Shem Tov and chassidut, and the followers of the Lithuanian path of mitnagdim, as exemplified by the Vilna Gaon and his followers, this is probably what we believe:

The Vilna Gaon and the mitnagdim became ‘anti’ the chassidim and the followers of the Baal Shem Tov, because they were worried about ‘false messiahs’ in the wake of the Shabtai Tzvi affair.

Right?

That’s what we think the whole disagreement was about? That the Baal Shem Tov started this new ‘Tzaddik-centric’ approach to Judaism, and all the Litvak rabbis decided to excommunicate the people practicing chassidut because they were worried that another ‘false religion’ would spring up.

Guess what…that’s not really what happened. Or at least, not at the beginning of this whole story, back in the 1700s. As I started to set out in THIS POST, geula-fever was alive and well in the 18th century, fueled by kabbalistic speculation that the time for ‘the End’ had come, and geula was about to happen.

As I covered in that post, there were a few key dates that the kabbalists had pegged for the final coming of Moshiach, all based on the gematria of the word ‘dawn’, and allusions to that word in the Zohar and in the book of Daniel.

These years were:

1748 – which was proceeded by an ‘elite aliya’ of the Jewish world’s leading kabbalists to Israel, including the Ohr HaChaim from Morocco, the RaMCHaL from Italy, and many kabbalists and mystics from the Ashkenazi world too, including Rabbi Gershon of Kutow, the BESHT’s brother-in-law.

1753 – when three huge kabbalists in Israel including the CHIDA, Rabbi Shalom Sharabi (the Rashash), and Rabbi Chaim de la Roza tried to ‘force’ the end of days via kabbalistic uses of Hashem’s mystical names. Heaven forced them to stop, and the CHIDA had to go into exile for 5 years.

1781 – which was again proceeded by a ‘chassidic’ aliya from the Ashkenazi world, which was led by Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk.

(The last official ‘date’ as the last possible date for the ‘in its time’ redemption, was 1840, but we’ll leave that alone for this post.)

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Between 1748 and 1781, so many of our leading rabbis believed that the geula was imminent, and the Vilna Gaon and the Lithuanian rabbis were counted firmly amongst them.

In fact, pretty much the only leading rabbi at that time who was saying that geula was NOT going to happen imminently was the Baal Shem Tov. I know I quoted this in the previous post, but let’s bring his letter written to Rabbi Gershon in 1747 again here, to keep all the pieces together in one place. The BESHT wrote:

“I asked the Messiah when he would be coming. “This is how you will know,” he replied. “When your teachings become public and revealed to the world, and your wellsprings of my teachings, which you will have mastered, overflow to the outside, so that [others], too, will be able to perform mystical unifications and ascents of the soul like you. Then all the klipot will be eradicated and a time of [Divine] desire and salvation will come.”

The Baal Shem Tov continues:

“[This reply] left me puzzled and severely troubled. Such a long time! When can it possibly come to pass?”

The Baal Shem Tov was explaining to Reb Gershon that the Moshiach is going to come, and the end of days is going to happen, only when the Jews start to really connect to God, and experience ‘ascents of the soul’, and to really learn and understand Torah on the deep level of chassidut.

Moshiach wasn’t just going to show up, regardless of the spiritual state of the Jews, and regardless of all their bad middot and lack of emuna. He was only going to come when the Jews got real, learned some humility, and started talking to God sincerely every single day, and including Him in every aspect of their life.

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So now, the question is:

Why did the mitnagdim fall out so badly with the chassidim, if everyone at that time was eagerly anticipating Moshiach and geula, and the Lithuanian rabbis were pressing for aliya and for ‘the end’ to come just as much as the chassidim?

The answer lies in the different approaches the Vilna Gaon and the chassidim were trying to take, to bring the geula.

We can set it out like this:

1747 – The Baal Shem Tov writes a letter explaining that Moshiach is only going to come when the Jews make teshuva, and approach their yiddishkeit in a more ‘chassidic’ way.

The BESHT’s leading student, Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polnoye, sat on that letter for over 30 years, but then published it in 1780, when it started to become obvious that Moshiach was not coming imminently, after all.

In the meantime, the Vilna Gaon had spent years trying to resolve all the kooshiot, or difficulties in the Torah, using just his superb logical abilities and ‘cleverness’. According to documents found by researcher Arie Morgenstern which quotes the Vilna Gaon’s students and sons, as brought in his book The Gaon of Vilna and his Messianic Vision, the Vilna Gaon believed he could bring the Moshiach:

“[B]y force of his supreme halachic authority. [T]he Gaon proposed to move to Eretz Yisrael and write the final halacha there, in order to hasten the redemption. As Joseph Karo[1] had done, so would the Gaon of Vilna do. He wished to be the final arbiter, not in order to write the halacha for its own sake, but rather to hasten the redemption and conclude the ‘sorting’ (birur) process that would usher in the Messiah.”

Here’s what the Vilna Gaon himself wrote, about his aspirations[2]:

“Every unresolved issue is a klipah, and emanates from the Erev Rav that intermingled with the Israelites…This is how unresolved issues insinuated themselves into the halacha. The answer to the unresolved issues is the repair of the klipah.

Elsewhere, he wrote[3]:

“At the end of the galut, in the footsteps of the Moshiach, the tree of life, the Law of Moses will be revealed.”

One of the Vilna Gaon’s senior students, Rabbi Israel of Shklov, explained[4] that his mentor had managed to resolve all the issues in the whole Torah (!) except for in two passages in the Zohar. The Rabbi of Shklov says:

“Had the Gaon resolved these issues, he would have brought the birur (‘sorting process’) to its end, and the path to the Messiah’s arrival would have been readied for use.”

As it was – he didn’t, and it wasn’t.

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The Vilna Gaon set out for Israel in 1778.

But first travelled to Amsterdam, where he hoped to track down copies of the books and manuscripts that would help him resolve his two last remaining ‘issues’, before he made aliya, wrote a new ‘perfect’ Shulchan Aruch in Israel, and ushered in the redemption.

But God didn’t let him do that, his mission to Amsterdam was a failure, and the Gaon returned home to Vilna, without attempting the trip to Israel.

Once home, he decided to take a different tack, and for the first time in his scholarly career, he decided to teach an elite group of students his approach to learning Torah, with a particular emphasis on these students moving to Israel, and helping to lay the practical foundations for the Jews to return to their land.

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In the meantime, nearly all the Chassidic rebbes dealt with the ‘moshiach let-down’ of 1781 by starting to put the emphasis on personal redemption, as opposed to national redemption, and taking the emphasis off of moving to Israel.

Everyone, that is, except Rabbenu and Breslov chassidut.

Rebbe Nachman continued to stress the importance of living in Eretz Yisrael, as well as the importance of working on the ‘inner dimension’ and developing the good middot that would enable each person to achieve their ‘personal redemption’, too.

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1781 approaches, the make-or-break date for ‘geula in its time’, and the Vilna Gaon realizes that his approach of trying to ‘perfect’ Torah, and engage in ‘perfect’ mitzvah observance is out of reach, and that he can’t bring Moshiach this way. Instead, he looks to kick-start redemption by placing ‘boots on the ground’ in Eretz Yisrael, and directs a group of his elite students to make aliya after his death.

Meanwhile, after 1781, the different Chassidic leaders put much more focus on the idea that redemption is internal, not necessarily land-based.

Israel is out of reach, so turn inwards and work on your personal and communal redemption instead, wherever you live!

Only Breslov chassidut actually combined these two, very different approaches, continuing to stress the practical aspects of aliya to the real Eretz Yisrael, together with emphasizing the inner work and importance of being connected to the True Tzaddik and praying for redemption.

But there was so much opposition to Rebbe Nachman, and then to Breslov, that this message was muted back then, and really has only begun to flourish in our days.

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So now, what happened with the excommunication of the chassidim by the Lithuanian rabbis, headed by the Vilna Gaon?

As usual, it’s a sordid tale of petty politics and ego-mania.

In the years leading up to the first ‘excommunication’ of the chassidim, in 1772, The Vilna ‘kahal’, or community leaders had been locked in a vicious struggle with the town’s chief rabbi and rabbinical judge, a fellow by the name of Shmuel ben Avigdor.

Shmuel ben Avigdor had been ‘bought’ his position – as was the custom of the time then, and in many ways still is today – by his wealthy father-in-law. The kahal leaders felt that Shmuel ben Avigdor was throwing his weight around, was out of his depth when it came to making halachically-binding decisions, and – most crucially of all – was impinging on their income by trying to butt into communal affairs that they felt he should play no part in.

So, the kahal went to war against their very wealthy, very connected chief rabbi, to try to get him ousted. His father-in-law had bought him the rabbinate ‘for life’, so the kahal leaders could only get him out of the way if they could prove his was guilty of gross, ‘anti-Torah’ misconduct. So that’s what they set about trying to show.

According to Arie Morgenstern[5]:

“The methods used were illegitimate:…false testimonies, silencing of witnesses, preventing the presentation of exculpatory evidence about the defendants under threat of excommunication, forbidding the lodging of complaints with the rabbinical court by the same means, and even forbidding the rabbinical judges to listen to cries of protest against the abuse being committed.”

Plus ca change.

And having waged war against their town rabbi by dirty means, the kahal then just applied their ‘abilities’ against the chassidim in their midst, too.

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Why did the Vilna kahal turn against the chassidim?

Some researchers claim they were egged on by the Vilna Gaon (more on that in a moment), while others claim that the kahal leadership were worried that people flocking to chassidut would diminish their clout in the Jewish community, and their own legal status vis-à-vis their non-Jewish rulers. (Which in turn, would diminish their ability to levy taxes on the Jewish community….)

In the meantime, the horrible, dirty machloket between the Vilna kahal leaders and their chief rabbi Shmuel ben Avigdor raged almost without let up for approximately 30 years (!) It was so poisonous, Vilna’s Jewish residents were frequently arguing on street corners, and fights would regularly break out in public, even between the women.

That only stopped when the community was hit by a terrible tragedy.

In 1771, an outbreak of plague killed hundreds of small children in Vilna’s Jewish community. It was clear to the kahal leaders that this was some ‘punishment from Heaven’, but rather than accept that their own machloket against the Chief Rabbi could be the cause, they searched around for a scapegoat – and found one, in the nascent movement of chassidim.

According to the mitnaged Maggid of Makow, the reclusive Vilna Gaon was totally unaware of any problem with the chassidim, until the kahal leaders – who were giving the Vilna Gaon a salary of 1400 guilders a year and a rent-free home, even though the Vilna Gaon fulfilled no public duties as rabbi – brought a bunch of false witnesses to slander the chassidim as a ‘deviant cult’.

Rabbi David the Maggid writes:

“Due to his devotion to the Torah and his perseverance, the holy Pious One [the Vilna Gaon] was oblivious to all these matters, until the righteous and honest learners cried out… Then he became their enemy, fighting them and pronouncing the great excommunication of all their rabbis and students… The excommunication went into effect in 1772, after Pesach.”

But none of the other four major Jewish communities in Lithuania, including Horodno, Brisk, Slutsk and Pinsk, joined in with the excommunication of 1772, because they understood that the Vilna kahal was trying to deflect the spiritual heat off its own bad behavior, by using the chassidim as scapegoats. Very quickly, the excommunication died away, and the Lithuanian communities happily sent money to support the Chassidic aliya that began in 1777 – ahead of the ‘end of times’ date of 1781.

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THE SECOND EXCOMMUNICATION

But then, there was a second excommunication of the chassidim that happened in 1781 – and that one stuck, and widened out into a veritable war against chassidut.

What triggered this second attack against chassidut? A few different things:

  • More and more people were flocking to the ranks of chassidut.
  • Chassidut became increasingly organized as a communal force within the Jewish community, and so appeared to be more of a threat to the existing leaders’ status, influence, and ability to use their communal position to make money.
  • The Baal Shem Tov’s students started to print and disseminate some of their ideas and teachings – notably Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polnoye, who published Toledot Yaakov Yosef in 1780.
  • May 1781 came and went without Moshiach showing up, and a wave of frustration overtook the Jewish community and led to a whole bunch of internecine fighting.

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The chassidim were not totally blameless, for the war erupting.

By this point, many of them were openly mocking the Lithuanian rabbis for being out of touch with their communities and overly hung-up on pietism and asceticism, instead of serving God joyfully, with their hearts. There were also some Chassidic leaders who were publically complaining about the behavior of other Chassidic leaders, and that might also have fueled external criticism of the movement.

Meanwhile, the mitnagdim communities and their rabbis were having to deal with all these ‘miracle stories’ that started circulating about the Baal Shem Tov – including his infamous ‘conversation’ with Moshiach, in 1747 – after Rabbi Yaakov Yosef’s books came out. To put it bluntly, it was hard for the Lithuanian rabbis to compete, when there was a Tzaddik of the caliber of the Baal Shem Tov wooing their congregants away with his supernatural abilities and awesome, soul-inspiring advice.

In other words: they got jealous.

Plus ca change

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There’s one last thing I want to add here, because clearly what I’m describing above has continued to play itself out in our day and time, too.

At its highest level, there was a dispute for the sake of heaven going on, between the Vilna Gaon and the Baal Shem Tov, about the way to bring Moshiach and geula.

The BESHT said:

Geula will only come when all the Jews make teshuva, and start to serve God sincerely, and not just to pay ‘lip service’ to the external commandments and mitzvoth. And God will wait as long as it takes, for that to happen.

The Vilna Gaon said:

Geula will come ‘in its time’, once we fix the halacha perfectly. And whoever is not on that level of perfection at that time, won’t make it through to the world-to-come.

(I should mention here, that the Vilna Gaon was kind of obsessed with the Erev Rav, and that he and his students both talked and wrote about them a great deal.)

This mirrored the debate that took place in Sanhedrin 97b, between Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol, and Rabbi Yehoshua, that you can read about HERE.

And we are still having that debate today in the Jewish world.

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On the one hand, there are the people saying geula is ready to come NOW!!! Today!!! And that the world is full of evil erev rav types that just can’t change, and won’t make it through, and that millions of people are going to die before Moshiach is revealed, because they just aren’t on the level to make it.

This is the ‘Rabbi Yehoshua’ approach.

On the other hand, we can see with our own eyes that each of these ‘end times’ keeps coming and going; and that the predicted wars keep fading away. And, that the whole ‘erev rav’ approach is basically unworkable in practice (as I cover in my book), and that with daily hitbodedut, regular visits to Uman, and a strong connection to our True Tzaddikim, people can and do transform into better Jews in some fantastic ways.

This is the ‘Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol’ approach.

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The note from Rav Kook, describing Rabbi Berland as a'spark' of Eliezer HaGadolA few years’ ago, Rabbi Dov Kook of Tiveria famously wrote a note where he stated that Rabbi Eliezer Berland is a spark, or reincarnation, of that selfsame Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol.

God is waiting for us all to open our eyes, and see what’s right in front of them.

After 200 years of trying the ‘Rabbi Yehoshua’ approach – which has clearly not worked to bring Moshiach and redemption – God is waiting for more of us to adopt the ‘Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol’ approach of sincere teshuva, talking to God, and connecting to our True Tzaddikim, instead.

And when we get that message, geula will finally happen.

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FOOTNOTES:

[1] The author of the Shulchan Aruch.

[2] Vilna Gaon’s commentary on Ra’aya Mehemana, Konigsberg, 1858, 28a.

[3] Yahel Or, Commentaries on the Zohar, Parshat Mishpatim 114b (Vilna, 1882).

[4] In his preface to the book: Pe’at Ha’Shulchan.

[5] Page 237, The Gaon of Vilna and his Messianic Vision

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Sanhedrin 98a tells us when the gate of Rome falls for a 3rd time, it won’t be rebuilt.

Lots and lots going on at the moment, isn’t there? Both personally and nationally, the Nation of Israel is being shaken all over the place. It’s that time described in Sichot HaRan by Rebbe Nachman, when we need to be holding on to the Tzaddik, if we don’t want to be shaken off the world, especially here in Jerusalem…

“It’s written about the time of Moshiach (Job 38:13): ‘To grasp the ends of the earth and shake the wicked from it’. However, one who comes close to a true Tzaddik, [he] can grab hold of him, and not be cast off. When we hold on to the Tzaddik, we can stay firm.”

Yesterday, the day of the State of Israel held its second elections in four months, as no ruling coalition could be formed because all the politicians mamash hate each other and have awful middot.

I woke up yesterday feeling pretty rough.

I had no energy, my legs were shaky, I was totally spaced-out. I could feel the din in the air, and so could at least one of my daughters, who kept muttering about how ‘heavy’ the atmosphere was.

I still got out to vote – because Rabbi Berland had stressed how important it was to vote ‘gimmel’ – but then I came home and just spent the rest of the day in bed, until around 6pm in the evening, when the fog finally started to lift a bit. Something just got sweetened, I thought to myself.

This morning, with 92% of the votes counted, it looks like the State of Israel is still stuck in another stalemate, unless something remarkable happens to break it.

And this is actually the best possible outcome that anyone could hope for, at the moment.

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Why do I say that?

Because all these yucky politicians have effectively ‘checkmated’ each other, and are preventing each other from putting any massive (and massively evil….) policies into action.

Rabbi Berland already warned us in very clear terms that Gantz, Lapid and Lieberman want to launch a war against Torah and the religious population in Israel. (That ‘war’ is currently being conducted covertly, through the corrupt courts, funded by anti-God Jewish Billionaires in the USA, who are using their cash to create all the NGOs who are bringing these court cases in Israel.)

But, there is still a basic line of ‘religious status quo’ in Israeli society that hasn’t been crossed, and which Blue and White et al are determined to totally smash into pieces.

And if they can’t form a government, they can’t do it.

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On the other side of the equation, looms Likud and all the ‘right wingers’, who were hoping to impose another horrible USA-inspired ‘peace plan’ on Israel, that would involve giving the land of Israel away to a bunch of Arab terrorists.

(And let’s not even talk about the terrible degradation in morals and Israeli society generally, that has occurred on the watch of the current Prime Minister, who has been slowly ‘eroding’ the Torah world, as opposed to smashing it to pieces.)

But now, if they can’t form a government, the Likud can’t sign a ‘peace plan’ with anyone.

So, ‘checkmate’ is the best possible outcome right now.

And of course, it’s all connected to the looming geula process, which is gradually unfolding itself more and more obviously, for anyone who has eyes to see it.

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A little while back, this site ran THIS interview with Rabbi Eliyahu Meirav, where he gave his eye-witness account of Rav Kaduri saying 40 years ago that Moshiach is imminent:

“When there will be will elections, but there won’t be a government.”

It seems that could be happening twice in a row, and that a third election (without any government being formed…) could conceivably be on the cards.

And that reminded me of this, from the Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin 98a:

Rabbi Simlai says in the name of Rabbi Elazar, son of Rabbi Shimon: The son of David will not come until all the judges and officers will cease to exist from among the Jewish people, and there will be no more autonomous government in Eretz Yisrael, as it is stated: “And I will turn My hand against you and purge away your dross as with lye and take away your base alloy. And I will restore your judges as at the first” (Isaiah 1:25–26).

There’s more. A little later on, Sanhedrin 98a continues:

Rabbi Yosei ben Kisma’s students asked him: When will the son of David come? Rabbi Yosei ben Kisma said: I am hesitant to answer you, lest you request from me a sign to corroborate my statement. They said to him: We are not asking you for a sign.

Rabbi Yosei ben Kisma said to them: You will see when this existing gate of Rome falls and will be rebuilt, and will fall a second time and will be rebuilt, and will fall a third time. And they will not manage to rebuild it until the son of David comes.

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Doesn’t this seem to fit our current circumstances like a glove?

In the old days, the ‘government’ sat inside the gate of the walled town or city. That’s where they’d get all the news, that’s where they could control who was coming in and leaving, that’s where they could levy the taxes, and read their proclamations.

If you go to the Jaffa gate even today, you will see that it’s a big room-like structure, it’s not just a ‘gate’ that leads into the city. So when we take about the ‘gate of Rome’ falling, this could also very easily be a reference to the government falling.

As if that’s not enough of a clue, the Knesset, the Supreme Court, and a bunch of other State of Israel government ministries are located in an area called the Jerusalem Gateway. They are currently in the process of building a massive new business and office complex by the same name, a minute away from the Knesset and the ‘seat of power’ in Israel.

(The video below shows how they are planning to turn Jerusalem into Tel Aviv Mark #2 – and in so doing, they are killing the spiritual soul of the place.)

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For all that it’s body is in Jerusalem, there’s no question that the ‘soul’ and the ‘mind’ of our secular government is 100% in Rome, i.e. the West.

We’ll see what happens next, but if they can’t get a coalition together – and let’s pray they can’t! – then they will have to go to elections a third time.

And if that happens, the actual revelation of Moshich must be so very close.

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GOING BACK TO THE ZOHAR

Over in this piece, I set out a possible timeline from the Zohar, that talked amongst other things of wars kicking off, 5 tzaddikim being killed, and how it was all connected to Moshiach.

It’s uncanny how each time we approached one of the ‘milestones’ for war / something bad happening, as set out in the Zohar, the ‘war’ part somehow got sweetened and sent away again.

I just want to pull out one bit of that post here, but please do go back and read it, and make up your own mind about what’s really going on.

The Zohar on Parshat Balak states:

“But, in the Northern Land and in the Yemenite government, how many hardships upon hardships will be awoken upon Am Yisrael, on that same day. But their prayers will be accepted b’ratzon (favorably), when they will pray about their suffering.”

In that piece, I also pegged the ’32 days’ being talked about in the Zohar, to September 16-17th – the date of the Israeli elections.

On September 14th, 2019, the Houthi rebels in Yemen (apparently…) attacked Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil refinery.

Here’s how Tomer Devorah described the situation, two days ago:

This may actually be “IT” – the point of war between Persia and Edom, otherwise known as WWIII.

(Debka Breaking News) Iran launched nearly a dozen cruise missiles and more than 20 drones from its territory in the attack on key Saudi oil facilities in Saturday, a senior Trump administration official told ABC News on Sunday night. Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the assault, but the senior US official said that was false. “It was Iran. The Houthis claim credit for something they did not do.” President Donald Trump tweeted that there was “no evidence the attacks came from Yemen,” adding “There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!”

And every Jew should know, if he doesn’t already, that following on these reports is a flood of accusations being brought across the globe that Israel is the real culprit, that this was a “false flag” attack perpetrated by Israel in order to force Trump into a war he doesn’t want, for the sake of Israel.

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And now?

So far, there is no war.

Even though Trump is talking tough, he fired John Bolton last week, and clearly doesn’t want to be pressured into war with Iran. People, we only need to open our eyes to see what’s going on in front us!

There should have been a war between the US and Iran 5 times over, already. The only person standing in the breach and saying the calamities will only happen in 200 years time is Rabbi Berland.

Rabbi Berland also told us to get as many of his prayers translated and out there ASAP over the last few weeks, because geula coming the sweet way depends on every home having a prayer from the Rav.

And this week, what do we see?

The war between the US and Iran seems to have been ‘paused’ again – totally miraculously! – and the ‘war’ between Israel’s secular politicians and the Torah world seems to have been ‘paused’ again – totally miraculously! – and the US plan to impose ‘peace’ on Israel also seems to have been ‘paused’ again – totally miraculously!

We need to get more of the Rav’s prayers, and more of the Rav’s books out there, ASAP.

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Which brings me to the last thing I wanted to touch on in this post.

There’s a bunch of new books coming out in English, including today:

 

Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s Advice 

 

Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s Prayers –  should be available on Amazon next week, and they hope to get:

 

Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s Miracles (although that title might still change) – out for Rosh Hashana.

 

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Or Zerua le’Tzaddik.

And hopefully, more and more of us are starting to see that open miracles are mamash being done in front of our eyes, and that Moshiach is on the cusp.

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A vote for Mr Evil

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I’m usually totally a-political on this blog (or even ‘anti’ political).

However, after the last election in Jerusalem, when we nearly had a radical, anti-religious, Meretz-backed mayor come into office, I realised that it’s important to vote after all. Not so much because I’m voting for someone, but more because I’m voting against someone else.

Until Moshiach shows up, this is the corrupt system we’re stuck with, and we have to deal with it the best we can.

After I read THIS, over on the ravberland.com site, and also after I read Rav Kanievsky’s message exhorting people to vote ‘gimmel’, I’m going to vote gimmel – Agudat Israel.

Here’s some of what I read:

This Sunday, an election rally held by the two factions that make up UTJ – Agudat Yisrael and Degel Hatorah – will take place on the streets of Jerusalem. It is to see the attendance of rabbinical leaders of both parties.

“The fact that the ‘Minister of Torah’ is troubling himself to embark, despite his extraordinary age, on hundreds of kilometers of travel around the country requires everyone to take extra effort and add more and more supporters to the party that sanctifies Heaven and stands in the face of those seeking to threaten Israel’s Torah,” the preparatory committee said.

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And this, from the ravberland.com website, quoting remarks made by Rabbi Berland last week:

“Now, Lapid announced that they are closing all the yeshivas. There won’t be any yeshivas, there won’t be any budget [from the State to help pay for them]. And there won’t be any places where there will allow ‘separation’ [between men and women]. They will abolish all the mechitzot (partitions used to divide between men and women’s sections at public gatherings including weddings, etc.), as they cancelled the ‘separation’ in Afula and Haifa.

They want to have here a State that is more abominable than even the countries of the goyim, and they are more awful than even the goyim.

And they want to destroy everything here, the whole Jewish religion, and to destroy Shabbat. They will force cars into chareidi areas (on Shabbat) and they will not permit anyone to put up any ‘fences’ (gederot).[1]

They have already announced everything, this is their platform for the elections.

This is a situation of pikuach nefesh (saving a life). We need to know that this is like a war, now, and whoever doesn’t go to vote simply doesn’t understand the severity of the situation.

Gantz, Lapid and Yisrael Beitanu – Lieberman – want to annihilate all of Judaism.

Within two years, there won’t be a religious Jew here, we will need to flee to Egypt, or to Jordan, or to move to New York or Miami.

We already opened a yeshiva in Miami, the Breslov Center, someone donated everything – they donated a mikva for $300,000. We are already preparing everything in Miami. If a war breaks out here, everyone is going to Miami.

There, we will begin Yiddishkeit from anew, the whole of Miami will make teshuva.

In one second, everyone will make teshuva today, all the goyim (non-Jews) will make teshuva. We will invite the mayor [of Miami] we will invite Trump to the chanukat habayit.

And this will be known next week. Next week, we will find out if Gantz will win, together with Lapid and Lieberman. They want to do it together, they will even accept the Arabs [the Arab parties]. The ikker (whole thing) is that they will have 61 [seats]. Here, we talk about 61. 61 is the magic number.

Whoever brings 61, he will be the king.

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When Rabbi Berland made comments about the whole of Shuvu Banim upping sticks and moving to Africa a few years ago, everyone thought he was joking. So, I really am not sure what to make of all this. We also know that the Rav said a few months’ back that if the decrees weren’t sweetened with more of us making teshuva and sticking close to the true Tzaddikim, he’d have to take another, even worse ‘exile’ on himself again.

But since then, the prayers have come out, and they seem to be sweetening things tremendously, as we can see by all the wars that haven’t (yet…) happened.

So…. who knows what’s about to happen?

But today, I’m voting gimmel.

Jeremiah’s Prophecy of Messianic Times tells us to ‘ask and see if a male has ever given birth.’

In the last post, I touched on the reference to Jeremiah’s prophecy of Messianic times, 30-35, that apparently inspired the Armenian Church to start buying up large swathes of the Old City of Jerusalem, a few centuries ago.

Before we continue with the Vilna Gaon, and his ‘messianic vision’ stuff, I just wanted to connect a few more dots, about where we might be holding in the whole process of redemption.

On Shabbat, I looked up chapters 30-35 in my trusty Artscroll Tanach, and I’m copying out the first part of the text – which Artscroll flags as “A prophecy of Messianic times” in the margin – below:

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from Hashem, saying:

Thus said Hashem, God of Israel, saying: “Write down for yourself all these things that I am telling you into a book. For behold, days are coming – the word of Hashem – when I will return the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, said Hashem, and I will return them to the land that I gave their forefathers and they will possess it.

These are the things that Hashem spoke concerning Israel and concerning Judah:

For thus said Hashem: ‘A sound of terror have we heard; of fear, and not peace.’ Ask now and see if a male has ever given birth. Why do I see that every man puts his hand upon his loins like a woman in childbirth and all faces turn pallid?

Woe! For that day will be momentous, there is nothing like it. It will be a time of trouble for Yaakov, but he shall be saved from it. It shall be on that day – the word of Hashem, Master of Legions – that I will break the yoke [of the conqueror] from your neck and I will tear your straps, and foreigners will no longer enslave him. They will serve Hashem their God and David their king, whom I will establish over them.

But as for you, do not fear, My servant Yaakov, the word of Hashem, and do not be afraid Israel, for behold: I am saving you from distant places and your descendants from the land of their captivity, and Yaakov will return and be at peace and tranquil, and none will make afraid.

For I am with you – the word of Hashem – to save you. For I will bring annihilation upon all the nations among whom I have dispersed you, but upon you I will not bring annihilation. I will chastise you with justice, but I will never eliminate you completely.

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Jeremiah continues on to say:

  • While the nation of Israel’s ‘wounds’ are acute and look terminal, God is preparing a cure.
  • Jeremiah also explains that: “How can you cry out over your injury, over your pain that is grave? It is because of your many sins, your transgressions that were so numerous, that I inflicted these upon you.” e., all the suffering we all are going through is 100% deserved, and due to our own sins. God is totally righteous.
  • Then, God repeats that He’s “returning the captivity of the tents of Yaakov”, and that He’s going to start seriously dealing with Yaakov’s oppressors.

Then, in election mode, God says to Jeremiah that:

“His leader will be from his midst and his ruler will emerge from within him….You will be a people unto Me, and I will be a God unto you.”

I.e. we’re approaching that time when our ‘leader’ is not going to be a corrupt, Westernised, pseudo-goy puppet, but a real Jewish leader, who will return the nation to serving Hashem.

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And Chapter 30 then ends with this:

Behold, the storm of Hashem: A rage shall go forth, a tempest that will seek rest; it will rest upon the head of the wicked. Hashem’s burning wrath will not recede until He has accomplished it, and until He has upheld the plans of His heart. In the end of days you will be able to understand it.

At that time – the word of Hashem – I will be a God for all the families of Israel, and they will be a people to me.

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So, here’s a few thoughts on the above. Before Shabbat, I checked in with Sky News, and this headline grabbed my eye:

Freddy McConnell: Transgender man who gave birth hits out at ‘de facto sterilisation’

The piece continues:

One of the few transgender men in the UK to have given birth has said misinformation from the medical profession is “de facto sterilisation”.

Freddy McConnell, who made a documentary film about his experience, spoke to Sky News about what it was like to be a pregnant man and to give birth….

Freddy McConnell, who was legally registered as male at the time of the birth, does not want to be recorded as the child’s mother.

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(I know, I know, believe me I know. May Moshiach come and rescue us very soon….)

But in the meantime, it appears to peg us at a very significant time in Jeremiah’s prophecy for the end of days, vis:

Ask now and see if a male has ever given birth. – CHECK!

And now what comes next?

Woe! For that day will be momentous, there is nothing like it. It will be a time of trouble for Yaakov, but he shall be saved from it. It shall be on that day – the word of Hashem, Master of Legions – that I will break the yoke [of the conqueror] from your neck and I will tear your straps, and foreigners will no longer enslave him. They will serve Hashem their God and David their king, whom I will establish over them.

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I had one more thought about this as I was typing it up.

Over on the ravberland.com site, the story came out that some of the Rav’s followers in Miami got together to pay a pidyon, to have the Rav ‘move’ the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian away from the State of Florida.

(You can read the full story HERE, replete with recordings and WhatsApp messages, where the Rav is clearly heard saying that either he’ll stop Hurricane Dorian over the Caribbean, or it will track up the coast 100 km out to sea. In the end, Dorian did both of these things.)

Dorian basically stayed stationary over the Bahamas for the best part of two days, destroying between 90-100% of the infrastructure on Abaco Island, and an estimated 70% of Grand Bahama Island’s infrastructure, too. The death toll is expected to jump into the thousands, when they finally get around to cleaning up over there.

I don’t know about you, but this was a little disturbing to me. Why was targeting the Bahamas for destruction more ‘moral’ than having a hurricane slam into Disney World? So, I went to do some research – and whaddya know?

The Bahamas is a very big, very important stop on the trafficking route into North America. Guns, drugs and people are all being smuggled in and out of America all the time via that route, which if you continue on for a couple hundred more miles, also leads out to the Virgin Islands and the infamous ‘Lolita Island’.

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Now, it all starts to make sense:

Behold, the storm of Hashem: A rage shall go forth, a tempest that will seek rest; it will rest upon the head of the wicked. Hashem’s burning wrath will not recede until He has accomplished it…

It sounds like a contradiction in terms, to have a ‘tempest that will seek rest’ – that’s not usually what happens with storms and massive hurricanes. They just keep moving until they blow themselves out.

Dorian was very unusual, in that it maintained Category 5 status across 2-3 days, while staying stationary – ‘seeking rest’ – on the Bahamas, until the whole place was effectively totally flattened and rendered uninhabitable for a good long while.

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Jeremiah’s verse tells us two more things:

  • Dorian was placed ‘upon the head of the wicked’ – there’s a lot of very bad stuff that’s been going down in and around that chain of Caribbean Islands.
  • The ‘storm of Hashem’ wasn’t going to ‘recede’ until ‘He has accomplished it’.

What the ‘it’ is, is open to debate. But it seems at least plausible that Hurricane Dorian may just have permanently disrupted a major trafficking route for the forces of evil. From where I’m sitting, it looks like:

Jeremiah’s ‘end of days’ prophecy seems to be jumping a little closer to home.

And we still have the elections in Israel in two days’ time, that could also be a significant turning point.