On Shabbat, I was reading a bit more of the Kochavi Or book in Hebrew, telling more accounts of Rabbenu’s dealings with the maskilim in Uman.
One of the stories really caught my eye.
It was after Rebbe Nachman had passed away, and Breslov chassidut – and Rav Natan Sternhertz in particular – were going through awful persecution from ‘big tzaddikim’ – chassidic Rebbes! – who were literally trying to kill them.
One night, they sent an assassin to Breslov.
Except, the assassin broke into the house of ‘R Natan Apotekker’ in Breslov, instead of R’ Natan Sternhartz, and murdered the man and all his family while they slept in their beds.
When this became known, Hirsch Ber Horowitz, one of the leading maskilim in Uman who had tight links with the Russian government and who played chess with Rabbenu before he died, came to Rav Natan with an offer.
He told him, just give me the word, and I’ll write a letter. Within 24 hours, no trace of your persecutors will remain…
R Natan told him: I would rather be the one being persecuted, than be ‘the persecutor’.
There is a spiritual rule, that God aligns Himself with the ones who are persecuted – even when they otherwise don’t have a lot of good deeds or good character traits to show for themselves.
R Natan then also told Hirsch Ber:
I have no other etzot (advice) – except for prayer!
Even though I am still doing my best to avoid as much ‘fear porn’ news as possible, it’s impossible to not know about anything, especially those things that are happening in Israel itself.
So yes, I do know there was another very strange double murder in Huwara on Shabbat, and there are things about that murder that don’t add up to me at all.
Like, why someone would drive over 100km from Ashdod – on the Southern coast – to Huwara – central-North – to fix their car.
I know Palestinian mechanics tend to be much cheaper, and to do a good job – but there a bunch of cheap Palestinian mechanics in the Gush, too, which is much closer to Ashdod.
And I also don’t get what other ‘errands’ they were meant to be running in Huwara on Shabbat for hours, nor why they would get their car cleaned before they headed back over 100+km on a dusty road back to Ashdod.
Lots of things don’t make sense to me.
And, I also know there was another shooting attack on the roads near Hevron yesterday, that apparently killed a woman.
As much as I would love to filter all this out, I just can’t.
And the last thing I know at the moment, is that the ‘usual suspects’ – all those ‘dati leumi’ figures who really do just work for the government – are now calling on ‘the settlers’ to rise up and basically begin a violent civil war, in the name of ‘self defense’.
Some of the people calling for this literally sit in the government, and apparently are in charge of ‘security’….
Meanwhile, under the watch of this fantastic ‘right wing’ government, the security situation has just gone from bad to worse – because that’s the whole point.
To give everyone such yeoush, such despair about the pointless political situation here and elsewhere that we either sink into total apathy and give up – or get angry and violent.
Either would suit them fine, but the last one is what they are particularly hoping for, because then they can declare martial law and take over the country officially, with a proper pretext.
The Rav has been talking a lot the last couple of weeks about how David refused to wear armor, when he went to fight Goliath, because he wanted to have the miracles.
And the miracles wouldn’t come, if he was doing even minimum things like ‘wearing armor’, the way he was supposed to.
You think we can successfully fight these ‘Goliaths’ of our day, according to their rules?
Do you really think there is any political system in the world that is not totally rigged and under their control? Any political candidate who they would let get the top jobs, if they weren’t totally under the thumb of ‘the machine’?
We can’t fight this Goliath derech hateva.
The only advice is prayer.
To be honest, I have more than mild apprehension about what the next few months are going to bring.
I am trying very hard to carry on living life regardless, and to just carry on praying and trying to do good deeds, and trying to re-focus on the Torah more, and Rabbenu’s teachings, and Rav Berland’s words, because they seem like the best use of my precious time and headspace right now.
It could be, they will try another plandemic soon.
It could be, we’ll wake up to a fake alien invasion one of these mornings.
Or another war.
Or some other totally manufactured situation to keep us all stuck in ‘fear’ mode, and far away from God.
God forbid, any of that happens.
But if it does, I will try to deal with it at the time, in the best way I can.
And in the meantime….the only advice is prayer.
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