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I think we’re probably going to get up to part 99 of this saga, the way things are going…

You know, I love a good mystery, and I love the ‘thrill’ of figuring things out. But I have to say, that even I am starting to be overwhelmed by all the twists and turns in the tangled web of ‘Jewish genealogy’ I’m caught up in the moment.

If you haven’t been paying attention, I’m trying to figure out a few things, not least:

  1. How exactly the Vilna Gaon and the Alter Rebbe are connected.

I know they are close family members – brothers, cousins, maybe even father and son, but I haven’t pinned it down exactly yet.

2. Why there are so many deliberate lies and distortions going on around the family trees of Yonatan Eybshutz, the Vilna Gaon, the Alter Rebbe and Jacob Frank (amongst many others…)

As I’ve mentioned, there are a few ‘gatekeepers’ on the geni.com website who keep popping up again and again and again, when I input certain family names.

Whenever I’m pursuing an interesting avenue, all the leads suddenly dry up, and it’s as though these people sprung fully formed from the head of Zeus.

No parents, no siblings, no other children…. always at those intersections where I would start to see how one group, one specific family, might link to another.

But Hashem is sending me more and more leads all the time, and BH, even with all the lies being told, we’re going to figure this out.

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3. How is it, that so many of the ‘leading lights’ surrounding the Vilna Gaon apparently had double identities as the leaders of the haskalah movement?

Let’s give a concrete example.

If you go HERE, you’ll find the following information about ‘Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin’, a leading figure in the community of Shklov and the surrounding areas (I’ve screenshotted all of this, to make sure it doesn’t disappear…)

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According to this rosy write up, Rav Yehoshua Zeitlin was a gaon, and a talmid of the Vilna Gaon and Rav Aryeh Leib Ginsburg, the Sha’agas Aryeh.

He was also wealthy – we’re told by this write up, from hamodia.com – and ‘supported many talmidim from his own pocket’.

Now it lists three of his ‘many talmidim’:

  1. Rabbi Menachem Leffin
  2. Rav Binyamin Rivlin
  3. Rav Boruch of Shklov

Here’s where it gets really interesting.

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When I went to look up ‘Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin’ (1742-1822, born in Kherson) – this is what I discovered.

He was a Baron – Joshua Von Zeitlin – and the main supplier for Potemkin’s Russian armies, during the Turkish-Russian wars that began in 1768. Count Potemkin was a favorite of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. You can read more about Potemkin HERE.

Here’s what the translation from an article in alef magazine (now mysteriously taken off line…) said about Baron Joshua Von Zeitlin:

“Yehoshua Zeitlin (1742–1822) is a personality not yet fully appreciated by historians. Meanwhile, he was the first prominent Jewish figure in Russia to combine deep rabbinical scholarship with a passionate desire to familiarize his fellow tribesmen with Russian public life. A prominent Hebraist and subtle interpreter of the Talmud, he at the same time highly appreciated Russian culture.

Yehoshua was a native of Shklov and came from a well-known and noble Jewish family…”

There’s more. Let’s continue. Another one of Catherine the Great’s boyfriends, Count Semyon Gavrilovich Zorich (1745-1799) is ‘retired’ to Shklov in 1777, where he soon creates a court to rival that of St Petersburg. Semyon has bad middot (to put it mildly…) and creates a very loose, immoral atmosphere in Shklov.

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Somehow or other, Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin and his brother become Semyon’s main helpers and advisors:

Yehoshua (together with his brother, who was sent by Zorich to Riga to buy antiques and “soft junk” there at a reasonable price) becomes his assistant. It is not known what exactly the Count’s assignments were carried out by Zeitlin, but there is evidence that in the 1770s and 1780s he often visited Berlin on the instructions of this tyrant.

Fortunately, from such voyages, our hero [i.e. Joshua Zeitlin] received not only commercial benefits, but also abundant food for the mind.

He became close to the leaders of the Berlin Haskala and became a frequent visitor to the house of the founder of Jewish enlightenment, “Jewish Socrates” Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1789). Friendship ties tied him with such prominent Maskilim as the Chief Rabbi of Berlin, Hirsch Lebel (1721-1800); the outstanding linguist and exegete Naftali-Hertz Wesseli (1725-1805); the herald of reformism in Judaism, David Friedlander (1750–1834), and others. (Emphasis mine.)

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Before I continue, let’s just recap what we’ve discovered.

On the one hand, ‘Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin’ is being lauded as a gaon and a tzaddik, author of the Amudei Gola sefer in the pages of Hamodia.

And on the other, we discover that he’s a leading proponent of ‘haskalah’ in Eastern Europe, and is hanging out with Moses Mendelssohn and others who were men known for pushing the ‘enlightened’ and ‘reform’ agenda.

What in the world is going on?

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So now, I wanted to find a screenshot of Baron Joshua Zeitlin’s sefer, the Amudei Gola, and God sent me another mystery.

First, here’s the screenshot of the book, from here:

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Sit down for this next bit.

The two people who gave Joshua Zeitlin’s book an approbation are R’Chanoch Henich Shick of Shklov – and the Baal HaTanya, Rav Shnuer Zalman Baruchovitch of Liadi.

Apparently, the auction house tells us that: ‘This is one of the few approbations of the Baal HaTanya that has seen print.’

So now, you tell me how it is that ‘Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin’s’ book has got an approbation from the Alter Rebbe, when he is described as being a close student of the Vilna Gaon.

And while you’re at it, please also tell me why one of the ‘few approbations’ of the Alter Rebbe should be found in a book written by a man who was a leading maskil.

And also, why Joshua Zeitlin is listed as the father in law of ‘Reb Alexander Sender’ – apparently one of the Alter Rebbe’s favorite talmidim:

Alexander Sender of Shklov was an outstanding chassid of the First Chabad Rebbe, a generous businessman of exemplary piety. When he passed away, the Alter Rebbe paid a condolence call to his father and testified that he had seen his soul “in exceptionally bright, shining garments” (Beis Rebbe). His grandson, Aharon, was the father of the fourth Rebbe’s wife, Rivka.

In fact, he was SO beloved by the Alter Rebbe that the 6th Rebbe, the Rayatz, wrote a whole chapter about him in his work ‘Her Husband’s Crown’, which you can read for yourself HERE.

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Hey, even more interesting!

That link that I had in the comments section on this post: https://rivkalevy.com/curiouser-and-curiouser/, linking to this: http://www.sichos-in-english.org/books/sefer-hatoldos-admur-maharash/15.htm – has now disappeared.

It seems Chabad have now taken the book offline.

(I downloaded it all anyway, because I had a feeling something like that might happen.)

But hey Chabad, what do you have to hide?

Why remove the sichot of the Rayatz, describing his ancestor’s family tree, and particularly his links to his follower, ‘Reb Alexander Sender‘, and the story of Rebbetzin Lea Golde Broda, mother of the 4th Rebbe?

(Honestly, I’m starting to have a theory about that, but let’s continue.)

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Let’s go back.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about ‘Baron Joshua Zeitlin’:

Joshua Zeitlin (1742 in ShklovBelarus – August 18, 1822, in KhersonNovorossiya) was a Russian rabbinical scholar and philanthropist. He was a pupil of the Talmudist Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg who was the author of Sha’agat Aryeh; and, being an expert in political economy, he maintained close relations with Prince Potemkin, the favorite of Catherine II. During the Turko-Russian war, Zeitlin furnished the Russian army with various supplies, and managed that business so cleverly that he was afterward appointed imperial court councilor.

On retiring from business in the civil rank of Court Counsellor, Zeitlin resided on his estate Ustzia, where he was occasionally consulted by rabbis with regard to rabbinical questions. He rendered pecuniary assistance to many Talmudists and scholars, and supported a magnificent beit midrash, in which many Jewish scholars were provided with all of life’s necessities, so that they could pursue their vocations without worries of any kind.

Among the scholars who benefited from his generosity were: Rabbi Nahum, author of Tosafot BikkurimMendel Lepin, author of Cheshbon ha-Nefesh; and the physician Baruch Schick

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Mendel Lepin = ‘Rabbi Menachem Leffin’ (1749-1826)

(He may well also be the same ‘Menachem Mendel Levin’ who authored a sefer called ‘Cheshbon HaNefesh’.)

Here’s what we learn about ‘Mendel Lepin / Lefin / Levin’ from the Jewish encyclopaedia:

LEVIN (LEFIN), MENAHEM MENDEL (1749–1826), early Haskalah author, translator, and educator. Born in Satanov, Podolia, he had a traditional Jewish education but also studied sciences, mathematics, and medieval philosophy in his youth.

From 1780 to 1783/84 Levin lived in Berlin, where he met Moses *Mendelssohn, through whom he established contact with the leaders of the Haskalah. …

Levin taught mathematics and philosophy to Czartoryski’s children, which was rare at that time, and dedicated his unpublished philosophical treatise, “Aus dem Nachlass eines Sonderlings zu Abdera,” to Czartoryski’s wife. When the great Sejm met in Warsaw (1788–92), Levin participated in discussions on contemporary problems.

Toward the end of the 18th century, he resided in Ustye and in St. Petersburg in the home of the wealthy philanthropist J. *Zeitlin, serving as tutor to his grandson. After 1808 he lived in Brody and Tarnopol, where his influence on the maskilim in Galicia, notably N. *Krochmal and J. *Perl, was so considerable that he is regarded as the father of the Galician Haskalah.

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Isn’t that shocking?

Yet again, we see that the people being lauded as the main disciples of the Vilna Gaon are one and the same as the people mamash leading the haskalah in Europe.

What on earth is going on here?

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I’m still  looking into ‘Boruch of Shklov’ and ‘Rabbi Binyamin Rivlin’, (amongst other things) so expect this series of ‘curiouser and curioser’ to continue for some time.

But there are some very serious questions bobbing up here about who exactly the Vilna Gaon really was, who his students really were – and what they really stood for – and how the Alter Rebbe and Chabad chassidut connects into this whole hot mess.

TBC

(Unless someone in 770 decides to try and take my blog out of action again 😉

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UPDATE:

Here’s what I found about Baruch Schick of Shklov:

He was another radical maskil, and another ‘student’ of the Vilna Gaon. And he’s connected to the Rabbi Chanoch Henich Shick of Shklov who gave approbations for that sefer, above, together with the Ba’al HaTanya:

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SCHICK, BARUCH BEN JACOB (also known as Baruch Shklover , from the name of his birthplace, Shklov; 1740?–after 1812), rabbi, physician, and one of the pioneers of *Haskalah of Eastern Europe.

Schick was ordained as a rabbi in 1764 and subsequently served as dayyan in Minsk. In his youth he was already attracted to the Haskalah and general knowledge. His first scholarly work and his other works were lost in a conflagration. He traveled to London to study medicine and there joined the Freemasons. After qualifying as a doctor he moved to Berlin, where he became acquainted with the maskilim of the town, including Moses *Mendelssohn and Naphtali Herz *Wessely.

In 1778, on his way back to Minsk, he visited Vilna and was in the group associated with Elijah b. Solomon (the Gaon of Vilna), in whose name he published a statement on the need for scientific knowledge for an understanding of the Torah…. He stated that the Gaon of Vilna advised him to translate scientific works into Hebrew in order to make their contents available to Jews….

After some time he settled in Shklov, and there he belonged to the maskilim whose needs were supplied by the wealthy Joshua *Zeitlin of Ustye near Shklov….

Schick devoted his energies to arousing his fellow Jews to the need for studying the arts and sciences. He regarded the neglect of the sciences as caused by the exile. He repeated the accusations of his predecessor, Israel Moses ha-Levi *Zamoscz, against the fanatical rabbis and leaders who persecuted and condemned the maskilim. To restore science to its former place of honor, he pleaded for a revival of Hebrew, in which scientific works intended for his people should be written.”

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UPDATE #2:

The link to the Chabad writings is working again. Baruch Hashem.

UPDATE #3:

Here’s a screenshot mentioned by Aliza, below, in the comments section, that comes from this book:

The Secret Doctrine of the Gaon of Vilna Volume II: The Josephic Messiah, Leviathan, Metatron and the Sacred Serpent

From what I remember from the comments of Netanel Simcha, who mentioned that ‘Metatron’ is the reason Acher turned into an anti-Torah heretic, it seems that this angel is back in the picture here, too.

The book is written by the descendant of the Vilna Gaon’s brother, R Avraham Ragoler, and sets out the Vilna Gaon’s ‘kabbalah’ connected to geula and moshiach.

You’ll notice that the Gaon apparently refers to HIMSELF as Moshiach ben Yosef….

Which is interesting, hey?

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In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been consumed over the last few weeks with ‘getting to the bottom’ of what really happened in the Jewish community 200 years ago.

Literally every day for three weeks, I’ve sat at my computer for 10 hours a day, poring over genealogical tables, reading every description of Jewish life in Podolia and Belarus I could get my hands on, and generally praying long prayers that God should show me what He wants me to be doing with all the information that’s been turning up.

Yesterday, on Shabbat, I did another prayer-a-thon, to try to get some clarity on this issue in a whole bunch of different ways.

This morning, I woke up with an answer, a derech, to how to get at least some of the information ‘out there’ in a useful way, that will hopefully start to heal the divisions within the Jewish community, instead of exacerbating them further.

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The Sitra Achra is so clever.

It’s been pursuing a strategy of ‘divide and conquer’ amongst us for thousands of years, already. We could say all this started with the Tsadukim, (Sadducees) – but we’d be totally wrong about that.

All this traces back to Korach, the first ‘tzaddik’ and ‘talmid chacham’ who put his ego ahead of what was best for the klal, and who fractured the Jewish people into different camps, for and against Moshe.

And it traces back to the spies, who slandered the land of Israel and then fractured the Jewish people into different camps for and against making Aliyah.

And even, it traces back to the 4/5 of the Jewish people who died in Egypt in the plague of darkness, because they lacked the emuna to really want to leave their exile.

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I could probably keep going, all the way back through history, where each time there was divisions and hatred between different family members, until we arrive at Kayin and Hevel.

Kayin believed the world was too small for both of them, so he did away with the competition.

And now, it’s time to try to start fixing this problem, by welding things back together.

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In the Jewish world of today, the Sitra Achra has done an excellent job of dividing us up smaller and smaller into warring factions.

Just some of the camps we’ve been shoved into are:

  • Religious vs secular
  • Left vs right
  • Ashkenazi vs Sephardi
  • Dati Leumi vs Haredi
  • Chassidic vs Litvish
  • Zionist vs anti-zionist
  • And of course, today we also have pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine, and pro-mask and anti-mask, and pro-Trump and anti-Trump….

The list goes on and on.

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Over time, I’ve learnt that the people who are so mercilessly pushing their agendas, their viewpoints, onto other people are at least a touch mentally-ill.

I was in that space myself until a few years ago, trying to ‘force’ all my relatives outside of Israel to make Aliyah, and trying to ‘force’ my children into wearing socks all the way up to their toosik, and also trying to ‘force’ myself into all sorts of boxes that just didn’t fit, because I’d been brainwashed into thinking that’s what God wanted.

But I digress.

Let’s get back to the main point of today’s post.

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In all my digging around in the genealogical tables, I realized a lot of interesting things.

One of the most interesting things that I realized is that so many of the groups listed above were and are being led by members of the same small set of families. Many of these families trace back – via multiple ancestors – to the Maharal of Prague and the Maharam of Padua, and beyond.

Way, way beyond.

One we realized just how ‘connected’ the Jewish people really are, by blood, by marriage, by history – then it becomes totally ridiculous to start pointing fingers at the other groups, and claiming there is something ‘wrong’ with them that isn’t also ‘wrong’ with us.

How can we accuse other groups of consisting solely of ‘erev Rav’ when we have the same parents and grandparents in common?

How can we claim that our gene pool, our yichus,  is somehow superior, when that same gene pool produced the biggest tzaddikim – and also the biggest gangsters, murderers and idolators?

(If you’re getting a bit stuck with this concept, pick up a copy of my book Unlocking the Secret of the Erev Rav, where I clearly set out how to really deal with the problem.)

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Bad people, bad Jews, bad ‘Erev Rav’ are not just on the other side of the debate.

The Sitra Achra has been working so hard to make us think that this is the case, because when we can pretend to ourselves that only lefties are bad; or that only people who don’t vaccinate are bad; or that only Bibi is bad….

[Fill in the blank]

We are totally missing the whole point.

The point is to work on ourselves, our own bad middot, our own lack of emuna, our own issues, and to stop spending all our time pointing out the ‘bad’ in others.

To put this another way:

All of us contain bad. And God expects all of us to work on it, and uproot it.

And whenever someone is running around shrieking that only their group, their path, their derech contains ‘good’ – well.

They’re wrong.

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So now, of all the many millions and billions of bits of information that I could share with you to make the point, I’ve settled on this:

The Vilna Gaon and the Alter Rebbe were very close family members.

This information has been so heavily and deliberately obscured (for reasons that I am choosing to not go into, at least for now) that you will probably have great difficulty in believing me.

But even with all the deliberate disinformation, and the deliberate changing of dates and names, and the conspiracy of silence that has grown up around this topic, last week, I finally figured enough out to tell you that they are definitely very close relatives.

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Here’s how I think they are related.*

They are all members of the same Rivlin family.

Eliyahu Rivlin (the Vilna Gaon) was the father or possibly grandfather of Shlomo Zalman Rivlin, aka Schneur Zalman (the Alter Rebbe).

Shlomo Zalman Rivlin had a brother called Tzvi Hirsch Rivlin.

Tzvi Hirsch Rivlin’s daughter, Shifra, married Shlomo Zalman’s Rivlin’s son, Moshe.

But that’s not all.

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Most of the ‘Vilna Gaon’s’ closest disciples appear to also have been his family members, his sons / grandsons.

Those people were also the very close relatives of the Chabad rebbes.

Many of those people – all the same members of the Rivlin family – moved to Eretz Israel.

Some came dressed as chassidim, some came dressed as Perushim, some came dressed as secular chalutznikim – and many of them became the ancestors of the main players in what became the modern State of Israel.

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Clearly, I’m leaving out some big parts of this story.

Take a look at Joshua Zeitlin (whose alter ego in the ‘frum’ Jewish world was Natan Neta Notkin), the father-in-law of ‘Reb Alexander Sander’, a very popular figure in Chabad mythology, and also, Zeitlin is strangely connected on a very deep level to many of the Vilna Gaon’s students.

And many of those students are credited with being the ‘fathers’ of the haskalah movement.

Whoever has eyes to see, will see.

But let me end with this.

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Did you know that Binyamin Netanyahu, whose family surname was originally ‘Milikovsky’, is a descendant of the Vilna Gaon?

See here for more information:

Nathan Milikowsky Netanyahu was born to Zvi in Krevo (Vilna area)
in 1875, a descendant of the Gaon from Vilna. He studied at the
Volozhin Yeshiva for 8 years and then became an orator preaching about Zionism. He migrated (with his children who were born in Warsaw) to Palestine in 1920 and served as headmaster of various Hebrew high schools in several towns before settling in Jerusalem as an official of the World Zionist Organization.

On his arrival in Palestine, Milikovsky changed the family name to Netanyahu (“Lord has given”). He was from the beginning a supporter of right-wing views in the Zionist movement, a tendency which deepened in the next generations of his closely knit family. He passed away in 1935.

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It’s all just one, big (unhappy….) family….

TBC

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* Many of these people have multiple names and multiple identities, depending on what ‘role’ they are playing.

Slowly, slowly, I’m unpicking it all. But clearly, there’s ample room for error here, especially with all the deliberate cover-up, so I am presenting this as a best guess for how they are related, and I will refine it as new information comes to light.

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Let’s try and explain what ‘Sabbateanism’ and ‘Frankism’ really are.

Before we move forward (very cautiously…) in exploring what happened to all those many thousands of ‘pious orthodox Jews’ (including big rabbis) who were really secret Sabbateans, let’s first back up, and try to understand what it means to be a ‘Sabbatean’, or a ‘Frankist’, or whatever today’s branding of that very old ‘religion’ actually is.

A few months ago, I put together a crash course on the history of Shabtai Tzvi and Jacob Frank, which you can (and probably should…) go and read here:

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This post isn’t going to rehash that more historical information.

Instead, it’s going to try to explain what Sabbatean / Frankists actually believe, and how their beliefs have trickled down into every layer of Jewish life, religious and secular – and why that’s such a problem for us today.

Ready?

Let’s kick off.

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‘The problem’, primarily, is NOT that Shabtai Tzvi’s followers, and then Jacob Frank’s followers believed that these men were potential candidates for Moshiach.

It’s a principle of Jewish faith, enumerated by the Rambam, that we should expect the Moshiach to arrive every single moment, and there is no ‘sin’ involved – whatsoever – in thinking someone might be a potential candidate for Moshiach.

Of course, that candidate has to fit the criteria laid out by the Sages, to help us identify who the Moshiach really is.

If someone is a Moloch-worshipping, baby-slaughtering prince of black magic – for example – then even if they do happen to ‘descend from King David’, that’s still not enough to swing the vote to crown them Moshiach.

Or at least, it shouldn’t be.

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So, the problem wasn’t so much that so many people in the Jewish community believed Shabtai Tzvi was ‘Moshiach’, at least initially, until he converted to Islam and then died without redeeming anyone.

The problem was, and always has been, with the ‘theology’ that the Sabbateans, and the Frankists and Donmeh after them, teach.

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I know this stuff can be hard for a person to get their head around, so let’s go slowly.

Judaism is based upon the idea that when we fulfill Hashem’s will, i.e. by performing a positive ‘mitzvah’ or by avoiding a negative / evil action or transgression, that is how we rectify the world.

When the holy Arizal came along, he revealed way more kabbalah that explains this process of ‘raising the sparks of kedusha’ out of the evil shells, or klipot, that they had fallen into, when the original ‘vessels of light’ exploded, at the creation of the world.

Those slivers of sublime kedusha are now embedded in every layer of creation, and are hidden all over the place, in this concrete, materialistic world we currently inhabit.

Every time we do a mitzvah – defined as performing God’s will – we raise up more of these sparks of holiness, and give them back to God. When this process is complete, and all the sparks have been lifted out of the side of evil and put back in their rightful place, the world will be fully rectified, and geula will occur.

This is the basic idea, clearly very simplified.

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To keep this real, let’s give a few examples.

When you say a blessing on that apple, you are lifting the spark of kedusha out of its materialistic shell, and returning it to God in a rectified state.

Similarly, when you avoid getting angry at really annoying and frustrating people and situations, you are also rectifying some of the sparks of kedusha located in your own body / soul combo, and doing the job of purifying your neshama.

Every single second we are alive on this earth, we have the chance and the choice to ‘rectify sparks of holiness’ in this way – or to do the opposite.

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There are two ways we can do the opposite of building the world, and rectifying the fallen sparks.

One way is by NOT doing positive commandments, like laying tefillin, or reciting brachot on the food we eat.

While this is not contributing anything to building and rectifying the world – which is basically the whole point of being alive – this ‘absence of good’ is still the lesser evil.

Because the second way of doing the opposite of rectifying the sparks is:

By transgressing the negative commandments and deliberately doing exactly the opposite of how Hashem told us we can fix the world.

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And this is where we segue back in, to our discussion of what ‘Sabbateanism’ and ‘Frankism’ really stands for.

As we learned in the post about the ‘bad Baal Shem’ of London, Samuel Chaim Falk, yimach shmo, these people were not irreligious, or ‘secular’. Anything but.

They were deeply religious, often very ascetic and spent their whole life in pursuit of ‘spirituality’.

It’s just that their ‘spirituality’ was all coming from the dark side.

As I’ve discussed before, they took the notion that the Moshiach will only come when the world it ‘totally good’ or ‘totally bad’ literally, and decided that the world could never be ‘totally good’.

So, if they really wanted Moshiach (and man, they really wanted Moshiach now!!!, whatever else you can say about them) – they decided that the only way to get him to come was by making the world ‘totally bad’.

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All the s*xual immorality that you find by both the original Sabbateans, and also within their splinter groups of the (externally Muslim) Donmeh in Turkey, and the (externally Catholic) Frankists in the West and Israel, is not an accident.

The Sabbateans and Frankists were masters of kabbalah, (which don’t forget, is the basis of all black magic in the world, because it’s truly the ‘recipe’ that Hashem used to create the physical world.)

They understood way more than most of us, the tremendous power of evil that could be harnessed through misusing the act of procreation.

That’s why ‘sacred orgies’ were such a big part of Sabbateanism and Frankism.

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That’s why they went out of their way to engage in forbidden relationships of the very worst sort, including transgressing the prohibition of incest.

That’s why Frankists (and also Freemasons) were known to deliberately engage in acts of ‘auto-eroticism’ before any big festival, or project, or ‘spiritual service’ they were undertaking.

It wasn’t an accident or a mistake.

It was totally deliberate, to ‘capture’ the power of the evil created by their misuse of the procreative act, and use it to juice up all their other evil designs.

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So, the main problem wasn’t that people were ‘worshipping’ Shabtai Tzvi or Frank as the messiah (although we’ll discuss more about that in a moment.)

The main problem was that essentially, these ‘secret Sabbateans’ and ‘secret Frankists’ were effectively binding themselves to the side of evil, in the most extreme way.

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Remember, we are dealing with arch-hypocrites here.

They were and are the epitome of ‘two faced’.

They often present a very makpid, orthodox religious face to the outside world, and judge other people oh so very harshly for their minor infractions and failings, while all the time pretending to be ‘perfect and infallible’ themselves – because behind closed doors, they are doing whatever the heck they please.

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So now we hopefully understand that Sabbateanism / Frankism was about the worship of evil, and not just about some case of ‘mistaken identity’ about who was going to be the Moshiach, let’s return to the historical side of things, to lay out what was actually going on.

And how that’s still affecting us today.

First, here’s some basic tenets of what I’ll call ‘Sabbateanism theology’.

As we already learned, Sabbateans hold that you rectify the world by performing acts of evil, and deliberately going against the explicit will of Hashem.

They also hold that as soon the ‘Messianic Era’ began, the ‘upside-down world’ was turned the other way up, which meant that every ‘Thou shalt not’ became a positive commandment.

In their warped ideology, it was now a mitzvah to kill, rob, steal, covet, and commit adultery and incest.

That’s why they used to have a ‘blessing’ lehavdil of: “Blessed art thou, L–d, who cancels and allows the prohibitions.”

Clearly, it wasn’t Hashem who they were blessing by saying this.

So who was it?

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Sabbateans also taught that the soul of Shabtai Tzvi, their false messiah, would come back in one of two ways to ‘complete the job of redemption’.

(Yes I know. We’ve heard that before somewhere, haven’t we?)

Either, Shabtai Tzvi would have a ‘second coming’, where he would literally rise from the dead, or come out of the cave he was hiding in, or beam down from the spaceship he’d flown off to gan eden in (maybe together with Elvis Presley, who knows?).

OR

The specific soul of Shabtai Tzvi would ‘reincarnate’ into one of his followers, as part of the secret of ibbur, and complete the job that way.

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Part of the reason it’s so hard to pin down some of the errors in Sabbatean theology, is because so much of it was wrapped around a kernel of truth, from authentic and holy yiddishkeit.

For example, on the side of kedusha we know that there is a special type of soul referred to as the ‘Tzaddik yesod olam’ – ‘Tzaddik, the foundation of the world.’

There is only one of these souls to be found in every generation, and that soul is the soul of the potential soul of the Moshiach.

Pay close attention, because I’m going to try to explain the subtle, but hugely meaningful difference between genuine Jewish belief and Sabbatean / Frankist heresy here.

The Zohar teaches us that this soul of the redeemer, aka the Moshiach of the generation, contains all the soul sparks of the entire nation of Israel.

Every single one of us from big to small, and from left to right, and even from ‘most evil’ to ‘most holy’ is included in this soul of the Moshiach.

That’s why each of us has a very real role to play in ‘bringing Moshiach’, because the more we work on rectifying ourselves, and particularly the bad middot, the more we are bringing that spirit of Moshiach down into the world.

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This is not what the Sabbateans and Frankists (and heck, let’s include the xtians here too, as it’s effectively the same problem) believe.

They believe that *one particular person*, one particular soul, is *the* Moshiach.

And that *particular person* just keeps coming back and reincarnating in a different body, or even ‘taking over the body’ of a different person, in something that sounds akin to demonic possession, until they get the job done.

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It’s a subtle difference, but it literally makes all the difference in the world:

‘Moshiach’ as the ‘mirror’ / composite soul of the whole of the Jewish people – which means we all have our part to play to get to geula – or ‘Moshiach’ as one specific guy who comes and ‘fixes’ everyone else.

It’s also the difference between a false Moshiach that’s ‘branded’ as belonging to a particular group, or sect, and a Moshiach that represents the entirety of the Jewish people.

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That’s why after Shabtai Tzvi died, there was a massive power struggle between his closest followers to try to claim that they were his true incarnation.

Whoever could convince the massive group of followers that they were ‘Shabtai Tzvi #2’ would inherit the power base, the followers, the influence, the power, the money.

That’s why there were so many different ‘false prophets’ of Sabbateanism after Shabtai Tzvi died, and that’s why there were so very many ‘false messiahs’ in the 18th century, when his followers had finally given up on the idea of the ‘second coming of Shabtai Tzvi’, and moved over to the second model described above.

So, when Jacob Frank, yimach shmo, turned up on the scene, he wasn’t trying to create a ‘new religion’.

All he did, at least initially, was to stake his claim as being that generations ‘incarnation’ of Shabtai Tzvi.

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As I’ve mentioned, there were huge pockets of secret Sabbateans all over Turkey, Podolia, Italy, Amsterdam and Germany, at this time. Anywhere you had Jewish communities, you also had large groups of Sabbateans.

Some communities, like Rohatyn, Zolkiew, Podholice and Furth (to give just some examples) were known to be almost entirely ‘Sabbatian’ in the 18th century.

Externally, these were still communities of ostensibly ‘orthodox’ Jews.

They still had ‘Av Beis Dins’, and synagogues, and shochets, and yeshivas. But behind closed doors?

There was a poisonous root of ‘anti-Torah’ heresy growing and spreading.

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Before I learned all this, it always amazed me how someone like Jacob Frank could show up and convince tens of thousands of orthodox Jews – including big rabbis like the distinguished ‘Shor family’– to drop their religion so quickly, and publically convert to Catholicism.

Once I realized that Frank was just the latest in a very long line of ‘false messiahs’ to successfully inherit the ‘crown’ of Shabtai Tzvi, it all made way more sense.

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So now, let’s end this post with some examples of specific ‘Frankist’ theology, that will hopefully help you to detect some of those ‘Frankist’ influences that are currently all around us, in the Jewish world.

Shabtai Tzvi gave us ‘doing bad’ as a mitzvah, and deliberately perverting the procreative act.

His doctrine is almost certainly behind all the child abuse scandals plaguing both the Catholic church and the ultra-orthodox Jewish community.

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Frank added to this:

  • Literally worshipping ‘the messiah’ as though he is god (deliberate small ‘g’ here, to respect the Almighty).
  • Sanctifying and encouraging incest (which went one step further than Shabtai Tzvi).
  • Raising religious hypocrisy to an artform, where his followers would ‘pretend’ to be devout orthodox Jews, and later, devout Catholics, while secretly working to subvert from within.
  • Actively promoting assimilation within the wider community – (in later years he wrote about his desire to create a ‘one world religion’ to encompass Judaism, xtianity and Islam. Does that sound familiar?)
  • Deliberately going against even external compliance with Torah law (but only to the degree accepted by the doctrinal norms of the Catholic church, which is why he kept his s*xual immorality / nihilism and dark occultic practices more hidden.)
  • Actively promoting settlement in Israel, to await ‘the final redemption’.

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This last one included the following elements:

  • Actively promoting Jews living on what was called ‘agricultural settlements’, which became the forerunner of the kibbutzim in the State of Israel.
  • Actively encouraging Jews to become soldiers.

Frank himself had an army, and encouraged his followers to engage in military training.

And if you look into who was encouraging ‘agricultural settlements’, both in Russia, the new world and Eretz Israel, you will start to identity many of the ‘secret Frankists’ who have so far escaped detection.

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I know, this is big, heavy stuff, isn’t it?

I know.

This morning, I was talking to God again about what He really wants from me here, because God forbid I should do anything He doesn’t want me to do.

I’m very happy to leave this can of worms untouched, if that’s what He wants.

But the message I keep getting – loudly – is continue!!!!!

These secret Frankists have been holding the rest of the Jewish world hostage for way too long already, and delaying redemption.

And from what I can tell, God’s finally had enough of it.

TBC

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UPDATE:

I got this comment, which is making a fair point:

I think it’s important to point out that most of the ‘secret sabbateans’ today probably never heard of Jacob Frank and vaguely know that Shabtai Tzvi was some false messiah. However, they are still continuing in their footsteps by believing and promoting the same ideas.

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The research I’m doing into the Frankists is taking me down some very strange paths in Jewish history.

I started this project off because I was trying to get to the bottom of who is really behind the persecution of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, at least in Israel.

Initially, I thought it was a bunch of leftists, reform-minded Jews from America.

Then, it widened out to include a bunch of Torah-hating non-Jews who probably worship Moloch (and control most of the world….)

And now, strangest of all, I seem to be dealing with a bunch of externally ‘orthodox’ Jews whose belief system, internally, is anything but orthodox.

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This is a massive project, and I’m very wary of putting conclusions ‘out there’ prematurely, or even at all.

I’m not drawing conclusions yet because I still have no firm idea where all this is leading and also, because I’m discovering that so many of the famous names I’m researching often had different personas, or alter egos, that went by a totally different name.

And trying to pin it all down, and to really make sense of it all, is extremely challenging.

That said, there a few tidbits that I want to float past you, as the more of us who engage with this process on the soul level, the faster the birur of what is really going on will happen.

So first, here’s the thesis that seems to be unfolding:

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The 18th century was chock-full of ‘false messiahs’ and ‘prophets of Shabtai Tzvi’ who were either predicting that he would rise from the dead, OR who developed a doctrine that the soul of Shabtai Tzvi would reincarnate in the present generation, to lead the faithful forward.

Examples of the first route are Yehudah Leib ben Ya‘akov Holleschau, the false prophet of Prosschitz, who ‘prophesized’ that Shabtai Tzvi would rise from the dead in 1706.

(As a side note, Yehuda HeHassid lead his contingent of 1,500 (sabbatian) Jews to the holy land in 1700, as part of the attempt to be ‘ready’ for when Shabtai Tzvi showed up again.)

Yehuda Leib wasn’t excommunicated for publically teaching his beliefs by the then Rabbi of Prosschitz, Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt.

Why not?

Because Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt (the ‘Meirot Panim’) was one of his followers.

That’s an incredible piece of information, just let that sink in.

And do you know who else was one of Yehuda Leib’s students? Rabbi Yonatan Eybshutz.

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So, 1706 came and went, and when Shabtai Tzvi didn’t show up as promised – only then did Rabbi Meir turn against Yehuda Leib, banish him from Prossnitz and excommunicate him.

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An example of the second approach is Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt’s own brother, Mordechai Mokiach, who threw his hat in the ring as ‘the reincarnation’ of Shabtai Tzvi.

Mordechai Mokiach also wasn’t ‘excommunicated’ for Sabbatean beliefs. Quite the opposite – he was lauded, summoned to Italy by the Jewish community there, and also became a ‘famous personality’ in other communities, too.

Here’s a little about how Mordechai Mokiach (Eisenstadt, brother of Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt) was connected to another member of the Eybshutz family, Ber Eybshutz (also known as Ber Perlhefter):

(From HERE🙂

In the late 1670s and early 1680s, Ber became deeply involved in the Sabbatean movement as a maggid in the circle of Abraham ben Michael Rovigo (c. 1650–1713) in Modena.

He was instrumental in shaping the moderate wing of the movement after the death of Sabbetai Zevi. Though he initially pinned hopes on Mordecai of Eisenstadt (1650–1729) as a second redeeming figure, he later became disappointed and renounced his support.

His interest in the movement may have attracted the attention of the noted Christian Hebraist Johann Christoph Wagenseil (1633–1705), Professor of Hebraica at the Lutheran University at Altdorf, who employed Jews and converts as translators and informants in his Hebraist enterprise.

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Ber Eybshutz was a famous rabbi of his time.

Nobody excommunicated him.

Also, there is something just so strange going on with the geni.com website for all these famous people with Sabbatian links. Their family records are deliberately altered, dates are changed or omitted to disrupt the chain of descent, family members are scrubbed off, false spouses and siblings are assigned – all to make it so much harder to work out who these people really were.

And who their descendants really are today.

So I’m still working on trying to figure out how ‘Ber Eybshutz’ relates to Jonathan Eybshutz, and many of his other family members who were part of the continuing cult of Shabtai Tzvi within the orthodox Jewish community.

As for Mordechai Mokiach, his descendants changed their names to ‘Pick’ and ‘Berlin’, and quickly became leading figures back in the orthodox Jewish community again.

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Here’s some more strange things, that I’m trying to fit into the whole picture of what was really going on, back in the 18th century.

Did you know that Yonatan Eybshutz and the Vilna Gaon (!) were good friends? They were such ‘good friends’ that Yonatan Eybshutz even wrote to the Vilna Gaon, asking him to publicly support him in his argument with Yaacov Emden, over the infamous ‘Sabbatian amulets’?

This from Wikipedia:

In 1755, when the Gaon was thirty-five, Rabbi Jonathan Eybeschütz, then sixty-five years old, applied to him for an examination of and decision concerning his amulets, which were a subject of discord between himself and Rabbi Jacob Emden.

The Vilna Gaon, in a letter to Eybeschütz, stated his support of Eybeschutz but that he did not believe that words coming from a stranger like himself, who had not even the advantage of old age, would be of any weight with the contending parties.

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Recently, notarised copies of those infamous amulets turned up and were analysed by scholars.

They showed that they were Sabbatian in nature. Here’s the text:

“In the name of [YKVK] the God of Israel, who dwelleth in the beauty of His strength, the God of His anointed one Shabbethai Ẓebi, who with the breath of His lips shall slay the wicked, I decree and command that no evil spirit plague, or accident harm, the bearer of this amulet.”

So, how can it be that the Vilna Gaon wrote a letter siding with his ‘good friend’ Yonatan Eybshutz?

Increasingly, the idea is taking shape that most of the orthodox Jewish community of the 18th century – and especially the rabbis – was ‘Sabbatian’ to some degree or other.

Which is profoundly shocking, at least to me.

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I’m currently working on trying to figure out who Jacob Frank really was, in terms of his family connections, who his descendants married, and where the descendants of these other Sabbatean ‘prophets’ ended up.

I’ve already made some connections with Lea Golda Broda, the grand-daughter of Avraham Broda / Rovigo, the author of the Eshel Avraham, that are truly shocking.

But before I can really get to the bottom of this, my research keeps spiralling out further and further, into more unanswered questions about some of the biggest names in the Jewish world.

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Does it make sense, to you, that the Vilna Gaon would apparently ‘excommunicate’ the chassidim of the Rabbi of Mezritch and Chabad’s Alter Rebbe, while leaving obviously Sabbatean rabbis like Yonatan Eybshutz alone – and even writing them letters of support?

Does it make sense that Yonatan Eybshutz’s reputation would be so ‘whitewashed’ and revered, even in our days, when he was so obviously and clearly a Sabbatean?

Why is it, that the family trees of so many of our ‘big’ rabbis are so deliberately convoluted, mixed up and deceptive?

How can it be, that the Mittler Rebbe of Chabad had two daughters both called ‘Sarah’, and also two daughters with the name ‘Chaya’, and no-one thought that was odd?

How can it be, that apart from the descendants of Shneur Zalman, there is no-one else listed under the family tree of ‘Betzalel Lowe’, who was apparently the son of the Maharal of Prague? Everyone else on his tree apparently died young, had no children, or is unnamed.

Which is so very strange, because the family trees of ‘Betzalel Lowe’s’ brothers and sisters literally spew on for page after millionth page, in all their glorious detail.

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So as you can see, I am currently grappling with way more questions than I have concrete answers.

But I can tell you one thing for sure:

There is some sort of massive cover up going on here, that spans every part of the Jewish world, orthodox and unorthodox, Zionist and ‘anti’ Zionist, Litvak and Chassidut, ‘Israeli’ and ‘Chutzniki’.

And when (if….) I get to the bottom of what’s really going on here, I will finally have the answer to who has been persecuting Rabbi Berland – and the answer to many other ‘big mysteries’ of the Jewish community, too.

TBC

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It’s blowing all over the world right now.

Posting has been slow on this blog, as I’ve been discovering earth-shattering bits of information that totally transform the picture of ‘real Jewish history’ that we’ve all been taught.

Or should I say, that we’ve all been brainwashed with, because once you start piecing together the real story, you start to see the holes in the ‘official narrative’ – a whole bunch of massive, big, holes – from a million miles away.

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I’m still drawing my conclusions, but here are a few tidbits, in the meantime.

I will paint a big picture in this post, where I’m just laying out the lay of the land, without giving the specifics to prove it. I’m still deliberating on what God wants me to do with all this, so in the meantime, I’m steering a cautious path against totally spelling things out.

For now.

So, here’s the deal.

The false messiah Shabtai Tzvi lived 1626-1676.

While he was the ‘figurehead’ for Sabbateanism, what is not really known is that many of the leading rabbis – and also the leading xtians – at that time were predicting 1666 as ‘the year’ that the messiah would show up.

So, they were looking for a suitable candidate to fit the bill, and the clearly mentally-ill, delusional (and yet very charismatic) Shabtai Tzvi fit the bill.

He was helped along by ‘prophets’ like Nathan of Gaza, who wrote most of his ‘theology’ based on a deep, but totally warped understanding of the kabbalah.

He was also supported by hundreds and even thousands of rabbis and kabbalists across the world, particularly in places like Amsterdam, Leghorn, Prague and Aleppo – anywhere with a strong contingency of marranos who had been steeped in xtian theology for 150 years +, and / or who had a strong tradition of studying and using ‘practical kabbalah’, aka black magic.

Which sad to say, was most of the Jewish world.

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So, Shabtai Tzvi converts to Islam, then dies a decade later, in 1676 – and the movement continues.

In arguments that sound just oh so familiar, his followers claim that their rebbe, Shabtai, is just ‘hidden’ from the world. They quote and misquote biblical passages explaining how the soul of this false moshiach is doing a massive tikkun, hidden away, and will return to the world soon.

There is a schism. Some followers believe that Shabtai Tzvi is going to rise from the dead – and make a big effort to get to Eretz Yisrael in 1700 to greet him – while others take their Sabbatian ‘theology’ off in a different direction, that again is a warped version of a Jewish fundamental truth.

The soul of Shabtai Tzvi is going to get reincarnated into the next contender for [false…] messiah, as there is a potential moshiach in every generation.

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Over the next few years, all sorts of people, both in the so-called ‘Ashkenazi’ and the so-called ‘Sephardi’ world throw their hat in the ring as a contender for the position of the next [false…] messiah, which will make them defacto the leader of the huge community of secret and not-so-secret Sabbatians, who are all over the Jewish world.

Some of them are relatives of Shabtai Tzvi like Jacob Querido.

This from Wikipedia:

Jacob Querido (‘the Beloved’, ca. 1650–1690, AlexandriaEgypt) was the successor of the self-proclaimed Jewish Messiah Sabbatai Zevi. Born in Thessaloniki, he was the son of Joseph the Philosopher and brother of Jochebed, Shabbatai Zevi’s last wife. Jochebed (also called ‘Ā’ishah following her conversion to Islam) claimed that he was the reincarnation of her late spouse, so that he might succeed to the leadership of Sabbatai’s followers.[1] He attracted a considerable following of his own, called Ya‘qōviyīm or Yakubiler.[1]

Querido converted to Islam taking his name as Yakup in 1687 and playing an important role in the Dönmeh.[2] He led his disciples on a pilgrimage to Mecca. He died in Alexandria on his way back.

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Then, there are pretenders to the throne that show up all over Israel, Italy and Podolia, too, the part of Poland / Ukraine that borders Turkey, and which is famous as the cradle of chassidut.

Ashkenazi Sabbatean False Moshiachs include (but is not limited to):

Yehuda Leib ben Yaakov Holleschau of Prossnitz – who is supported in his claims, at least for a while, by Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt, the Rav of Prossnitz.

(Oh, and by the way, Rav Meir just happens to be the Rosh Yeshiva of Yonatan Eybshutz… Does that name ring a bell?)

Clearly, Rav Meir is a very upstanding, honest and sincere sort, because his own brother, Mordechai Mokiah, also claims to be false messiah at this time, too.

This from the Jewish Encyclopaedia entry, 1906:

MORDECAI MOKIAḤ (called also Mordecai of Eisenstadt):

Shabbethaian prophet and false Messiah; born in Alsace about 1650; died at Presburg May 18, 1729. The death of Shabbethai Ẓebi (1676) seems to have encouraged his followers, who claimed that he had returned to his heavenly abode and would come back in three years to finish his Messianic task.

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Click on the links, to get more details of who this people were, and also who some of their descendants are. But believe me, this is still only the tip of the iceberg.

If you’re bored, you can also check out the following names of more false messiahs from this period:

Joshua Heshel ben Yosef Tzoref

Yehuda Hasid (who famously tried to ‘ascend’ to Eretz Yisrael in 1700, with a large group of Sabbatians, to await Shabtai Tzvi’s second coming.)

Avraham Rovigo – Whose father was Moises (Michael) Broda, and who wrote the book Eshel Avraham. 

Barukhiah Russo

Chaim Malakh – who was instrumental in developing large communities of Sabbatians in Podolia, and linking them to other Sabbatian communities around the world:

This from the Jewish Encylopaedia:

 [H]e served as an emissary and a link between different Sabbatian factions.

The pattern of his travels reveals the existence of a clandestine Sabbatian network spanning Europe and the Ottoman Empire.

Malakh was initiated into all major branches of Sabbatian theology. after his initial flirtation with the moderate Sabbatianism of Rovigo and Kohen, he accepted the much more radical doctrines of Primo (advocating the deification of the messiah) and Barukhyah (calling for annulment of the commandments)…. Malakh’s main impact was in transmitting the teachings of the Turkish Sabbatians to Europe, especially to Podolia. It is likely that many of Jakub Frank’s early disciples came from the communities established by Malakh.

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Point being, that when the notorious Jacob Frank showed up, he was just the latest of wannabe ‘fake messiahs’, pretenders to Shabtai Tzvi’s throne (and massive audience of followers.)

Again, let’s spell this out clearly:

‘Sabbateanism’ didn’t die with Shabtai Tzvi.

A new religion developed, often clothed externally in very pious ‘orthodox Jewish’ garments, that was basically an amalgamation of xtian and Jewish beliefs about fixing the world and the coming of the Moshiach.

Many of the leading rabbis all over the world were ‘secret Sabbateans’, followers and promoters of this new variant of Judaism, oh so similar to xtianity in some deep ways, and many of these people continued a double life of being ‘frum Jews’ in one setting, and being ‘secret Sabbatean believers’ behind closed doors.

On top of that, many of these people (who also happened to be wealthy merchants and businessmen) travelled all over the world.

And also had different identities and names (and probably also families….) in different places, too.

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So it was, that you could have an ‘Avraham Rovigo’, known Sabbatean prophet, who was apparently the leader of the Italian Sabbatean Kabbalists, but at the same time, you could also have an ‘Avraham Broida’, scion of a famous Prague family and ABD in Eastern Europe.

It’s the same guy.

And that piece of information has very profound consequences for us, and our Jewish community, of 2020.

In the course of writing this post, I tripped over another massive bit of evidence to show just how ‘profound’ this connection is.

But for now I’m keeping shtum.

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Let’s leave you with this disturbing thought:

Most of the people we were taught to revere as being very pious individuals over the last 400 years were actually very closely linked to Sabbateanism and / or Jacob Frank.

Frank’s descendants mamash married into some of the most ‘prestigious’ families you can think of, but all this was carefully covered up, so that you and me wouldn’t know it.

What’s more, Frank’s descendants and followers are on all sides of the equation.

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They are in leading positions both within Eretz Yisrael, and without.

They are in the Knesset, and they are in Bnei Brak.

They are on the ‘left’, politically, and also on the ‘right’.

They are ‘secular’ and ‘assimilated’ – and also super-frum.

And they have been joining with a particular group of non-Jews to run the show all over the world for the last 250 years.

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So that is what we’re up against.

And that is what I am up to my eyeballs trying to research at the moment.

Who these secret Sabbatian / secret Frankist people WERE then, and who their descendants are NOW.

And the answers are totally mind-blowing.

TBC

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We live in a world of lies.

One of the things that I’ve learned over the last few years is that whenever Hashem puts ‘good’ in the world, He counterbalances that ‘good’ with something that appears to be the same, but is really it’s opposite.

This is in order to maintain our free choice.

The whole reason why humanity was created was in order for us to CHOOSE to serve Hashem, and to CHOOSE to overcome ‘bad’ – both our internal yetzer haras, and the ‘bad’ we find manifesting in our environments, too.

That’s why God created a ‘Bilaam’ – a tremendous prophet for the evil side – to balance out Moshe Rabbenu, and maintain free choice.

That’s why when you had the revelations of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in the world, you also had Yoshki (imach shemo).

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That’s why when the holy Arizal (1534-1572) was starting to disseminate his ‘good’ kabbalah, there was also a massive upswing in ‘bad’ kabbalah, and even ‘Christian kabbalah’, with even respected rabbis like the Maharal of Prague (1520-1609) poring over ‘magick’ books like Sefer Raziel, amongst others, to create his legendary golem.

Sefer Raziel describes how to use holy names and demonic forces to manipulate nature, and is one of the leading handbooks of what people like to euphemistically call ‘practical kabbalah’.

We can carry on pretending that all this stuff is whiter than white, or we can actually start to make the birur, the clarification, required, that any time people cut God, and God’s will, out of the picture, and start trying to force changes in the world by manipulating holy names and spiritual forces instead of praying on something – that smacks of black magic.

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But let’s continue the theme of ‘the good one and the bad one’, as it definitely continued down the generations.

When the founder of chassidut, the holy Baal Shem Tov showed up in 1698 (until 1760), we were into the next stage of revealing a new direction for yiddishkeit – one that was greeted with tremendous suspicion by many in the Jewish community.

(I wrote a lot about this in the articles about the Vilna Gaon, here and here.)

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When I wrote those articles, I hadn’t realized just how widespread, and entrenched, the abiding practice of ‘Sabbateanism’ still was in the global Jewish community of that time.

It’s not just (or even) that the secret Sabbateans lurking all over the Jewish community were holding out for the ‘second coming’ of Shabtai Tzvi, as the messiah. Some of them were, but most of them weren’t.

Most of the Sabbateans held by a doctrine that the soul of Shabtai Tzvi was being ‘reincarnated’ into one of his followers, and that the whole game was to figure out which of his followers was the new ‘Shabtai incarnate’, and would go on to become the leader of the movement.

(I know. This sounds worrying familiar. Believe me, I know.)

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But people weren’t attracted to ‘Sabbateanism’ because they wanted redemption, at least, not after Shabtai Tzvi famously converted to Islam and then died.

They were attracted to ‘Sabbateanism’ because it enabled them to indulge their most immoral lusts, and to pretend to themselves that doing so was a holy endeavor that would ultimately ‘fix’ the world.

Without getting into a whole big discussion, you can sum Sabbateanism up as the idea that if the Moshiach will only come when the world is totally good (= ‘impossible’) or totally bad, then you better get to work making the world as ‘bad’ as you can, as fast as you can.

And man, did they take that job seriously.

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So, the holy Baal Shem Tov shows up, and at the same time that he’s putting the power of chassidut in the world, there are all these other ‘secretly Sabbatean’ miracle workers, too, many of whom are also called ‘Baal Shem’[1].

But while the Baal Shem Tov is on the side of good, and acting totally in accordance with Hashem’s will, and trying to bring people closer to Hashem and true mitzvah observance, these evil, secretly Sabbatean ‘Baal Shems’ were using black kabbalah and black magic to achieve their miraculous outcomes and ‘healings’.

And most people in the Jewish community had no idea who was really ‘good’ and who was really evil.[2]

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Which brings me to the subject of today’s post, a man called Samuel Hayyim Falk (1710-1782), aka ‘the Baal Shem of London’.

Before I give over what I’ve found out about him – and I’ll try to do that as succinctly as possible, as I know all this is really a lot to take in and process – let me tell you HOW I found out about him.

I was researching Jacob Frank’s family tree[3], and trying to figure out where all his descendants disappeared off to.

It’s not as easy as you may think, because even though the Frank family (and many of their followers) notoriously converted to Islam, and then christianity, and also engaged in all sorts of illicit behavior including orgies and black magic rites, many of them still managed to ‘blend back in’ with the orthodox Jewish community.

Let that piece of information sink in, and try to understand what I’m really telling you.

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So, the first surprising thing I discover, as covered more in THIS post, is that Jacob Frank had two wives. The custom of the time was to marry at 13, so Frank was apparently already married, widowed and the father of six small girls before he became a notorious ‘Sabbatean prophet’ at the age of 25.

But Frank’s family were already Sabbateans, and these ‘secret Sabbateans’ were already marrying each other, as much as possible, and were often outwardly prominent members of the orthodox Jewish community.

So, Frank’s first wife is called ‘Chana Josefa Falk’ (b 1727) – and she has six daughters with Frank, before she dies in 1752.

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Me being me, I started researching who this woman was, and who her parents were – and that’s how I got to Samuel Jacob de Falk Tradiola Laniado, aka the Baal Shem of London.

Falk’s family were Spanish ‘new xtians’ who moved to Poland in the 16th century. While official researchers can’t seem to trace his ancestry back past his father, Raphael, I quickly found a reference to a ‘Solomon Laniado’ who was one of Shabtai Tzvi’s most enthusiastic, and prominent followers in Syria.

(Interestingly, the Syrian city of Aleppo had a long, unbroken chain of ‘Laniados’ as their chief Rabbis. There are interesting, and hitherto unexplained, links between Aleppo in Syria, and Frankist Jews in Ireland. That’s a post for another time.)

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So, Samuel Falk is living in Podhajce, Poland – known as a hotbed of Sabbateans – while his son-in-law Jacob Frank was born in Korolowka, just 40 kms up the road, also to a Sabbatean family.[5]

We’ll leave Frank alone for now – I will have a great deal to say about him another time – and come back to Falk, his father-in-law.

Falk is good friends with someone called Moses David of Podhajce[6], who is a notorious Sabbatean. These two hang out together doing ‘practical kabbalah’ – which we’ve already established is effectively black magic.

Falk then moves from Podhajce to Furth[7] in Germany – which was also known as a hotbed of secret Sabbateans – and from this point on, his reputation as a ‘Baal Shem’ starts to take off.

He shows up in Westphalia claiming to be able to heal the sick, find buried treasure, and to have the secret of how to turn metal into gold.

Falk is writing cabbalistic amulets for the people who flock to be healed by him, which also includes members of the non-Jewish landed gentry, like Count Rantzow.[8]

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Here’s what Rantzow wrote about him:

“[M]y father frequently received the renowned prince and High Priest [sic] of the Jews, by the name of Hayim Samuel Falk. My father told me that this prince [sic] considers himself to be a scion of the line of King David.”[9]

Falk then starts quoting the New Testament at Count Rantzow, and then Rantzow recounts some of the (black magic…) miracles he’s told about, by another of Falk’s gentrified friends, Baron von Donop:

“[Donop] saw [Falk] at prayer in Cassel, where his reputation is not called into question. At that time, he cured the daughter of the Court Jew. The girl fell ill almost every day due to some hidden malady, and he, by means of kabbalistic amulets, protected her from this mishap, without giving her any medicine.”

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Donop then goes on to tell Rantzow how Falk conjured up an ‘angel’ (aka demon…) when he brought him to his estate.

Then, he walked through his gardens, and said: “’I want to make you richer.’ He drew a circle and held in his hand a 30 ft long parchment scroll filled with letters. He prayed in Hebrew, and I immediately saw that a fire issued forth from the ground and rose to a height of 7 or 8 feet.”

Then, Donop continues that the ground had opened by an oak tree, where he could see an enormous quantity of gold by its roots.

Falk does other ‘black magic’ miracles for him, too, like making knives fly through the air, and performing ceremonies where ‘spirits’ suddenly fill empty parchments with writing.

Donop concludes:

“The greater my repugnance for this person, who is so renowned, the greater is my sense of trust in him.”[10]

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After spending a few years ‘finding gold’ for various members of the landed gentry (and it’s rumored, also the Jesuits) – Falk is charged with witchcraft and sorcery, and is forced to flee Europe before he’s burnt at the stake for being a wizard.

Where does he show up next?

London.

And in London, the Spanish and Portuguese community greet him with open arms, and he quickly gets chummy with expat German banking Jews (and secret Sabbatians….), including Aaron and George Goldschmid, contemporaries of Nathan Mayer Rothschild.

He also maintained close contact with the Chief Rabbi of England:

“Rabbi David Tavli (our Rabbi and Teacher David Tavli the son of Shlomo Zalman HaKohen Shiff).”

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In case you’re wondering, yes, of course these Shiffs are related to the Jacob Schiff who worked for the Rotschilds and became the head of the infamous Kuhn, Loeb Banking House in New York:

“The [Schiff] family has intermarried with the Adlers, Oppenheims, Wertheimers, Günzburgs, Geigers, Glogaus, Mannheims, and Hanaus, and one member married a cousin of Zunz…

Among the rabbinical authors included in the family are Meïr ben Jacob Schiff, known as Maharam Schiff (d. 1644); David Schiff, editor of the “Ẓemaḥ Dawid”; and Tebele Schiff, chief rabbi of the Great Synagogue, London (1765-92), and author of “Leshon Zahab.” The most distinguished recent member is Jacob Henry Schiff, banker and philanthropist, of New York.”[11]

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Rabbi Yaakov Emden warns the Jewish community at that time that Falk is a secret Sabbatean, and “master of the demon” – but most people just ignore him.[12]

He’s more subtle now about his black magic, having learned his lesson from Poland, but he still demonstrates black magic ‘miracles’ on a number of occasions to his Jewish and non-Jewish followers, again involving ‘practical kabbalah’.

Another secret Sabbatean, Zusman Shachnowitz, ‘friend’ of Falk and of Moshe David fro Poland wrote a letter that later came into the possession of Yaakov Emden where he describes Falk in London:

“[A]s some sort of sublime person. His room is illuminated with silver lamps on the walls and with a central eight-branched chandelier made of a solid piece of pure silver. Even though it only held enough oil to last for one day and night, it remained lit for three weeks. On one occasion, he closed himself off in his house in isolation for a period of six weeks, without food or drink. At the end of that period, ten men gathered to enter to him. They found him sitting on a royal throne, with a golden miter on his head, and around his neck a gold chain with a gold star upon which holy names were inscribed.”

Shachnowitz concludes:

“Indeed, this man is unique in his generation on account of his knowledge of holy mysteries. I cannot describe to you in detail all of the wonders that he performed. I consider it a great honor and mercy that this man found me worthy to be numbered among those who sit in his shadow and wisdom.”

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It was so easier to be fooled, to think that Falk’s black magic / ‘practical kabbalah’ miracles meant he was the holy-of-holies.

In reality, he was the archetype of evil in the Jewish community, and the total mirror image of true miracle workers on the side of holiness, like the Baal Shem Tov, z’tl.

In 1778, the CHIDA is in Paris trying to raise money for the Jewish community back in Israel. In the book that he wrote about his travels, the CHIDA describes how he met the non-Jewish nobleman Da Suma and the noblewoman Da Krona, who tell him how Falk has been teaching them ‘practical kabbalah’, i.e. black magic.

The CHIDA is not impressed.

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And Falk has many other connections with European nobility too, including:

Baron Theodore Da Neuhauf, (1694-1756) the King of Corsica

Prince Adam Czartoryski (1734-1823), the ruler of Podolia

A “servant of the king of France (Louis XVI)”, called Emmanuel

The Duke of Orleans (1747-1793), and the Baron Da Charter, who later is crowned as King Louis Phillippe of France after Napoleon is deposed.

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But that’s not all.

Falk was also up to his eyeballs in all the ‘secret societies’ that had been starting to coalesce all over Europe during this time, many of which were heavily steeped in occultism and black magic practices.

With his knowledge of ‘practical kabbalah’, Falk quickly became a highly desired tutor in these dark arts.

For example, people like Emmanuel Swedenbourg and the Count Cagliostro[13] come to visit him for some guidance on how to start practicing Falk’s particular brand of fallen ‘practical kabbalah’:

Cagliostro himself stated… that he had been born of Christians of noble birth but abandoned as an orphan upon the island of Malta. He claimed to have travelled as a child to Medina, Mecca, and Cairo and upon return to Malta to have been admitted to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, with whom he studied alchemy, the Kabbalah, and magic.”

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It’s no coincidence that around this same time, his son-in-law Jacob Frank – who has now been formally acclaimed as the continuation of Shabtai Tzvi in his generation, by most of the Sabbateans – is also up to his neck in beginning a number of secret societies too, including the Order of the Asiatic Brethren, begun in Brunn, where Frank’s cousin (and fellow Sabbatean) Schnondl Dobrushka lived:

‘Jacob Frank and his court remained in Brünn for almost fourteen year until the spring of 1786. As we shall see these were the formative and most essential years during the short life-span of the Asiatic Brethren. During this time Frank developed strong connections into the Masonic communities of Vienna as well as into Germany…

Freemasons and secret societies during this period most of all were interested in re-discovering the ancient wisdom and purported truth hidden in the Jewish mystery tradition.”[14]

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There’s so much more to say, but let’s end with this.

My husband wanted to know what is the value in me sharing this information more widely?

The laws of lashon hara still apply, even to evil, dead people, so what is the toelet, the positive reason for sharing this information about this demon-worshipping ‘bad’ Baal Shem Tov?

I told him that when I started looking up more information about Samuel Chaim Falk, I quickly discovered that 99.9% of the Jewish world has no idea that he was a black magic sorcerer and father-in-law to the notorious Jacob Frank.

Most people still believe he was a holy man – a British counterpart to the Baal Shem Tov haKadosh of Medzhibozh.

Not only that, there is apparently a large crowd of chassidim in the UK that make the pilgrimage to Falk’s tomb in London on Tisha B’Av, to go and pray at the site of the ‘tzaddik’.

When I read that, I shivered.

It literally makes me nauseous to think of sincere religious Jews connecting to this guy, on any level, spiritually.

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So, that’s at least one of the toelet reasons for unmasking this evil Baal Shem Tov.

But there are many, many more.

This guy’s direct descendents (via his daughter Chana Josefa, married to Jacob Frank) literally intermarried all over the orthodox Jewish community. Some of his descendants (and their Sabbatean followers) ‘came out’ as Frankists, and outwardly converted to Catholicism, but many of them didn’t.

Many of them continued to be secret Sabbateans, secret Frankists, secretly ‘anti-Torah’ Jews on the inside, whilst flourishing some very impressive yichus credentials as rabbis and leaders of their Jewish communities all over the world.

And their descendants (and followers…) can still be found in very prominent positions in every strata of Jewish life, orthodox and otherwise, in Israel and in the diaspora, today.

That’s why there has been such a massive cover-up, in so many areas, and why Falk is still being touted as a ‘holy man’.

Because when all the truth about his descendants comes out, it will rock the Jewish world to its foundations – but also clear the way for geula and the true Moshiach.

TBC

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FOOTNOTES:

[1] Baal Shem literally means ‘master of the name’ – a reference to using Divine names to manipulate nature and do ‘miracles’.

[2] The perceptive reader will notice that I’m opening a massive can of worms here.

[3] The perceptive reader will understand that I’m opening yet another massive can of worms, here.

[4] While this is the date given for her on geni, there is so much deliberate disinformation occurring around Frank’s family tree that I’m not entirely convinced it’s correct.

[5] I am currently in the process of trying to uncover Frank’s real relatives, as part of the process of unpicking who was a secret Sabbatean, and who wasn’t.

[6] Read this, for a detailed account of Moses David’s Sabbatean actions and reputation for being a ‘Baal Shem’ in Poland and Germany: https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Podhajce/pod056.html

[7] There was a famous publishing house of Jewish literature established in Furth at this time, and many of the rabbis with secret Sabbatean ties published their works in Furth.

[8] Count Rantzow’s family later intermarried with the crypto-Jewish ‘Jacobs’ family. I’m almost certain this ‘Jacobs’ family were disguised descendants of Jacob Frank (and via his first wife, Falk himself.)

[9] So many of the ‘dodgy’ Jewish (and also non-Jewish…) characters in this saga take great pains to emphasis their connection to King David.

[10] See Rabbi, Mystic or Impostor, by Michal Oron.

[11] http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/13266-schiff

[12] Rabbi Yaakov Emden famously – and with hindsight rightly – accused Jonathan Eybeshutz of being a secret Sabbatean. I’ve discovered a lot more information about Eybeshutz and his Sabbatean connections. For example, Jacob Frank’s cousin Schondl Dobrushka was closely aligned with Wolf Eybeshutz, son of Jonathan, and self-proclaimed ‘Sabbatean prophet’.

[13]https://www.academia.edu/38231338/Staples_Scan_2_pdf_Yeats_and_the_Unknown_Superiors_Swedenborg_Falk_and_Cagliostro

[14] https://theomagica.com/on-the-occult-order-of-the-asiatic-brethren-2

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