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Let’s go back to Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s seminal teaching on seeing the good.

I bet for every one person who commented or emailed me here the last couple of weeks, there have been 500 at home in a state of high agitation.

I know, believe me I know, it’s been an intense few weeks here on the blog, hasn’t it?

One thing seems to be shining out from everything we’ve been learning together the last few weeks, and that is that God wants us to think for ourselves.

And to build a genuine relationship with Him, because there is just no telling how ‘bona fide’ any of the spiritual mentors we have in our world really are, without that direct connection to God.

In this post, I just want to flag up some important points, address a reader’s question, and then set out some signposts for other blog posts that I highly recommend you go back and read, in order to have more of an answer to the question of how do we deal with all this new information.

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First, let’s sum up where we’ve got to:

  1. We have reached that stage in history where no-one can fall back on their yichus, and expect that this should confer some automatic superiority over anyone else.
  2. We have learnt that the same family trees, the same nuclear families, have produced both the biggest saints, and the biggest sinners in the Jewish world.
  3. Rabbenu’s path is always one of showing the ‘important people’ that they still have so very much work to do, spiritually, whilst also showing the ‘lowest of the low’ that they are still incredibly important and valuable to God. That process has been going on in spades all over this blog, the last few weeks.
  4. Most of the Jewish community, most of the State of Israel, seems to be under the sway of people with distinctly Frankist tendencies and connections.
  5. All these people are connected to each other behind the scenes, and are also pushing a ‘transformative’ agenda where orthodox Judaism is surpassed by some syncretized, ‘one world religion’, together with other weird Frankist ideas about loving nature, and turning everyone into the Borg.

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I think that sums up the main points.

Now, what do we DO about all this?

First, let me answer the question someone sent me over email:

Since Rav Lazer’s enemies accuse him of being a Sabbatean (I should know: When some of them contacted me, that’s exactly what they said, and I have it in writing), his defenders need to make clear why he is not one.

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Here’s what I responded to them:

1) The BESHT’s mirror principle is always in operation.

What we accuse others of, is what we ourselves have an issue with.
I covered that idea in detail in THIS POST, and here’s a snippet of it that’s relevant to this particular discussion:
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The Tzaddik is just a mirror.

Those people who have pretensions to lead the nation, and to be the big enchilada and the main spokesperson for Am Yisrael¸ they look at the Tzaddik and they see a false messiah peeking back at them.

Abusive, angry people who want to ‘force’ others to do what they say, and think the way they think come near him, and they start to believe, incredibly, that the Tzaddik is an abusive, angry, controlling person

Self-righteous people who like to pretend they are perfect get a glimpse of the Tzaddik, and they come away convinced that he’s a hypocrite who is hiding a whole bunch of horrible sins underneath his flawless exterior – just the way they are, themselves.

People who are obsessed with making money, or miserly tightwads who are allergic to the idea of paying out 10% of their income to charity come close and all they see is dollar $ign$ – it drives them bonkers that people pay money to the Tzaddik for pidyonot!!!! They can’t stand it!!! How has that guy figured out how to dupe people into paying him large amounts of cashfor free???!?!?!?!

Innately immoral people who support taavah-dik lifestyles look at the Tzaddik and see someone who’ll stop at nothing to gratify his own lusts and desires.

And the list goes on and on.

(It’s a side point, but it seems obvious that the Tzaddik’s most outspoken critics tend to be the most troubled people, for the reasons outlined above. They’re getting ‘triggered’ all over the place by all the ‘uck’ that’s reflecting back at them.)

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Take a look at the people who have been in the forefront of slandering the Rav, and judging him so harshly, and then understand something profound:

The faults they were pointing out in him, are exactly their own faults.

This is also brought down in the Gemara.
The article below sets out those sources, and also explains how Moshiach is going to fix all this, and all the issues involving mamzerut and negative ‘yichus’ when he finally shows up:
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My correspondent also wanted to know how we can know who was really a Sabbatian, and who wasn’t.

It’s a profound question, and a profoundly difficult one to answer, as the fault of the Sabbateans was (originally at least) subtle and rooted in deep kabbalistic gymnastics and mistakes about the role of the ‘Tzaddik foundation of the world’ – the single most complicated topic to get our heads around.
Also, this problem actually predates the Sabbateans, and even predates the Marranos, and probably is exactly the same ‘problem’ that we saw over by Yoshki.
Very great people have stumbled into terrible errors over this.
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There is a tradition that there were actually only 5 souls throughout history who had this Tzaddik foundation of the world connection, which is linked to some radically different Torah light entering the world.

Those five souls were:

  • Moshe Rabbenu
  • Rashbi
  • The Arizal
  • BESHT
  • Rebbe Nachman

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This are souls of ‘yechida’ – oneness with Hashem, that encompass the whole Jewish people.
I’ve written a lot of different things about these subjects on the blog, and I highly recommend going back and re-reading the following posts:
https://www.rivkalevy.com/moshiach-ben-yosef-vs-moshiach-ben-david/ – This sets out the difference between the ‘real’ Moshiach, who actually gets us to geula, and the false Moshiachs, who try very hard to get to geula, but fail.
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The following comment, from Hannah, basically sums up the main gist this post. Hannah writes:
IMHO, the test is humility.
Why?
Because the Gadol haDor is an aspect of Moshe Rabbenou who was the redeemer of Erets Mitzraim. And we know that the geoula shelema will mirror yetzias mitzraim.
How?
We will be redeemed by the aspect of Moshe Rabbenou anchored in the Tzadik of the Generation.
Moshe Rabbenou was despised by the Hebrews in Egypt. 1/5 of them left Egypt where 4/5 stayed stuck there believing that Moshe Rabbenou was the leader of a cult. What was the sole and only feature which HaShem Yitbarach was looking for in the Redeemer?

Humility.

Someone who was able to nullify himself for avodat HaShem. Someone who would accept all humiliations just to be at the service of the one G.od. Someone who would run away from the honors and all the VIP treatment of men.
This is the birur, everything which is made with self-sacrifice, lishma, deserves to be added to kedousha.
Everything which is made to get rewards, honors, admiration of men goes to the Sitra Acha, the other side of holiness.
Let’s apply this test to currents of Judaism or their leaders and you have the answer. Most of them did tremendous good things, this is undisputed. But one has to ask itself whether this work when to kedousha or to sitra acha.

My conclusion being, these leaders did not fulfill the main condition for bringing the redemption, by revealing the or haganouz as they lack humility (politics is 100% the opposite therof).

Redemption is about bringing light into this world which can only be done through nullification.
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And the test of having some humility and compassion also applies to us, too.

All those people so quick to point the finger at others, and to pretend that they don’t have any issues on their side of the fence – no bad people, no ‘false messiahs’, no greedy, money-laundering ancestors with big beards….
God wants all of us to understand that in an instant, in a second, all our yichus, our pretensions to be better than others, our assumptions that we don’t have any problems, that we are right, and everyone else is wrong – all that could be flipped on it’s head.
And so, it behooves us to judge our fellow Jew with way more understanding, compassion and humility, but without whitewashing their bad behavior, or justifying it, or excusing it and accepting it.
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This is about continuing to respect the other person, and trying to understand the ‘good reasons’ they had for acting in such sick and perverted ways, but without accepting the evil itself.

Because it could so very easily be US in that situation.
(And when Moshiach comes, all the truth is going to come out, and it really, really could be US who suddenly discover that WE were the ones holding up geula, and destroying the world.)
So we need to judge and relate to others with the same compassion we would like to have, if the shoe was on the other foot.
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If you’re having some difficulties with Azamra – I hear you!
Take a look at the following articles, that may be helpful:
https://www.rivkalevy.com/how-to-do-azamra/
https://www.rivkalevy.com/false-messiahs-and-azamra/
https://www.rivkalevy.com/the-40th-day/
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I’ve written a few different things trying to set out the difference between ‘authentic Judaism’ and what you can basically sum up as the main Sabbatian / Xtian / Frankist error.
Judaism teaches that the Tzaddik is just a composite soul that contains a spark of all of us, and so all of us have work to do, to fix the world, specifically by working on overcoming our bad middot and developing real emuna.
As Rebbe Nachman put it:
We can’t do it without him, but He can’t do it without us, either.
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By contrast, all these false messianic traditions teach that the ‘savior’ shows up, and fixes everything without any input from the rest of us, and essentially acts like God in the world, as God has ‘delegated’ everything to him, and is no longer interested in how the world is functioning.

It’s subtle, but the difference is literally all the world.

In the authentic Jewish version, each of us has a a job to do, a crucial role to play, and Hashem is overseeing every little aspect of life on planet earth, every single second.
In the xtian / Sabbatian / Frankist version, we are all going to get ‘saved’ by the false messiah, who is the embodiment of God in the world (God forbid), and there is nothing more to do than just ‘believe’ in that false messiah guy when he shows up (or more specifically, comes back from the dead).
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This article develops this basic idea in more depth:
https://www.rivkalevy.com/what-did-shabtai-tzvi-jacob-frank-believe/
But in terms of ‘knowing the truth’ – about anything – there is still only one answer:

We all have to ask Hashem to show it to us, individually, via hitbodedut.

It comes back to that idea of really starting to think for ourselves again, and of taking responsibility for our own lives, our own souls, our own connection to Hashem.
That’s also at least part of why God is making so many of our rabbis come out with disappointing statements about things like taking a Covid vaccine.

The time of shortcuts, of relying on other people – even great people – to do the hard spiritual work required for us to really have clarity and truth are over.

God wants our hearts, He wants a real connection, He wants us to talk to Him every single day, and to beg Him to show us the truth about what’s really going on, and what He wants from us.

And I don’t think there is really any other way.

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So, to conclude:

Truth is pouring out of all the cracks and crevices, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.

It’s a ‘sun with healing in its wings’, and it will heal the righteous, and burn up the wicked.

But the good news is that it’s very easy to get yourself out of the ‘wicked’ category, and into the ‘righteous’ side of things:

Just come clean, and admit you (and your ancestors, and your ‘tribe’, and your family) aren’t perfect.

That’s it.
As soon as that happens, and we understand that really, we aren’t so different from all those other people we like to criticise and slag off, then all the finger-pointing, self-righteousness, slanderous comments and holier-than-thou judgment calls will disappear by themselves.
Because we’ll start to treat others more fairly, and with more of the compassion we use to justify and excuse our own mistakes and human failings.

And then we can really get down to the work of identifying exactly where things have gone wrong, and get on with the job of repairing them properly.

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  1. zz
    zz says:

    When I was becoming religious and first learning in yeshiva I was shocked how much bad and good could be coming out of the same people. But as you say it’s all just a mirror. You should know that to the Chabad shluchim there is no centralized pot of money so whoever has a black hat, a beard and a source of funding can take the Chabad brand anywhere and do whatever he wants with it for good or the opposite G-d forbid. “Zeh leumat zeh”, the true Sabbateans hiding in plain sight are found in exactly the same place as the holiest Jews, they occupy the same space, speak the same language in public and the etzas they propogate are separated only by the most hair-split differences in high level kabbalah so the masses are easily led astray.

    The current situation provides an easy litmus test to discredit all the rabbis, communities and institutions falling over themselves to serve the cargo cult of public health and play enforcer for the mask avodah zarah. But that really only knocks out the basic level shills, cowards and morons that we already knew were “off” but maybe didn’t yet have a specific reason to back away from. The real spiritual heavyweights are not wearing masks and neither are their communities or institutions. Where you find the greatest light you find the greatest darkness… this is going to be the real birur going forward.

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