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***UPDATE***

I got a message that the Rav was released to house arrest – again – yesterday evening, to a secret location, Baruch Hashem.

And that same day, apparently the ‘capsules’ that have been making the Kotel look like a branch of Birkenau for months also disappeared. BH, I will go down there and check it out myself, and let you know the matzav.

Now, we can continue with the previous post…

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“Covid 19” is totally linked to what’s going on with the Rav, and Shuvu Banim.

So many lamed vav tzaddikim have been telling us that from the start, but still we refuse to see and refuse to hear the obvious.

Thursday night / Friday morning, a ‘hidden tzaddik’ – very possibly Rav Berland himself – leaves a message encouraging Shuvu Banim avreichim to immediately go up to Meron, and pray all night to cancel the harsh judgements still looming on the horizon.

A coachload of them go – God bless them! – and then within 24 hours, this happens:

https://nypost.com/2021/04/09/britains-prince-philip-dead-at-99/

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If you don’t know why that’s such a big deal, spiritually, try googling ‘Queen and illuminati’ and see what comes back.

(But practice extreme caution, as the truth and lies around this topic are deliberately mixed up in a very confusing way, to make it seem all so OTT none of it can be believed. Some of it is true. Identifying what exactly that ‘some’ consists of is very, very difficult.)

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In the meantime, here in Israel some of our medical professionals are finally standing up to be counted, when it comes to voicing concerns over the experimental gene therapy called ‘Covid 19 mRNA ‘vaccine’.

They took this news story down off the Jpost front page superfast, but here it is:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/coronavirus-100-doctors-express-opposition-to-vaccinating-children-664816

And here is a much better version of this story – with way more excerpts from the letter from the senior doctors in Israel – on the Arutz 7 site:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/304124

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Here’s an excerpt:

The letter includes the signatures of Dr. Amir Shachar, director of the emergency room at Laniado Hospital, Dr. Yoav Yehezkeli, an expert in internal medicine and a lecturer at Tel Aviv University, and Dr. Avi Mizrahi, director of the intensive care unit at Kaplan Hospital…

They noted that “the increasingly prevalent opinion within the scientific community is that the vaccine cannot lead to herd immunity, therefore there is currently no ‘altruistic’ justification for vaccinating children to protect at-risk populations.”

They added that even today it is unclear whether the vaccine prevents the spread of the virus and for how long it confers protection, and noted that new variants “that may be more resistant to vaccination are popping up all the time.”

“We believe that not even a handful of children should be endangered through mass vaccination against a disease that is not dangerous to them,” they wrote.

“Furthermore, it cannot be ruled out that the vaccine will have long-term adverse effects that have not yet been discovered at this time, including on growth, reproductive system or fertility. Children should be allowed a quick return to routine; the many tests and broad isolation cycles should be stopped, and no separation between the vaccinated and unvaccinated should be created in the public sphere.

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Vaccination of at-risk populations should be allowed, and under the almost complete vaccination of this population – it is possible to return to full routine (with periodic adjustments) even in the presence of COVID-19 virus.”

They devoted a separate part of the letter the fact that there is still not a complete picture of serious and rare effects of the vaccine, due to the fact that many vaccinated people who experienced side effects did not report on it.

“Therefore, we fear that at this point in time, there is under-reporting of side effects. Moreover, a causal link between events – if any – will only emerge in due course, as more and more events of a certain type accumulate….”

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If you’ve been following the media in Israel at all, you’ll know how very rare it is for anything like this to be appearing in the mainstream news.

The evil is tottering, it’s starting to fall, BH.

But we aren’t quite there yet, still, so pace yourselves, practice maximum compassion for yourselves and others, and just hold on and pray as much as you can, that the Rav will get out of prison, and that things will continue to be ‘sweetened’.

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If you want to help the Rav spiritually, and to help the Jewish people, and to help the side of good, just try doing even one tikkun haklali a day.

It’s really hard, I know, I’m in the same boat.

But maybe even the yearning to do is enough, even if we can’t actually do it.

Like King Hezekiah, who went to sleep as Sennecherib’s massed hoards stood outside the walls of Jerusalem, ready to attack the next morning.

Overnight, God destroyed them.

And BH, the same thing will happen here.

Just hold on a tiny bit longer.

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The eye is so easily caught by the big, flashy headlines.

Especially in our olam hafuch, where so much is so upside-down.

People read that big, flashy headline, they ingest the ‘message’ that’s been carefully crafted and placed within it – and then they think they have all the information, all the facts they need to come to strong opinions that can’t be challenged by the less informed.

Sometimes, I’m also guilty of that.

But as I grow older, and try to make more teshuva, I’m starting to realise more and more about the importance of actually reading the small print, before coming to any firm conclusions about what might be going on.

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Yesterday, I tripped over THIS document, the official protocol Pfizer used to decide who could participate in their clinical trials for the ‘Covid’ shot.

I got to it via THIS news story, that was trying to ‘debunk’ the information that I’m about to set out below.

Click on the links, decide for yourselves, but here is what it says in that official protocol from Pfizer, on page 132:

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10.4. Appendix 4: Contraceptive Guidance
10.4.1. Male Participant Reproductive Inclusion Criteria

Male participants are eligible to participate if they agree to the following requirements during
the intervention period and for at least 28 days after the last dose of study intervention, which
corresponds to the time needed to eliminate reproductive safety risk of the study
intervention(s):

• Refrain from donating sperm.
PLUS either:
Be abstinent from heterosexual intercourse with a female of childbearing potential as
their preferred and usual lifestyle (abstinent on a long-term and persistent basis) and
agree to remain abstinent.
OR
• Must agree to use a male condom when engaging in any activity that allows for
passage of ejaculate to another person.

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This protocol dates from November, 2020 – a month before Israel started rolling out it’s massive, coercive, ‘vaccination’ campaign.

What I want you to notice is how back in November 2020, Pfizer put out a document openly stating that they had no idea what the short, medium and long-term side effects of the Covid mRNA shot would be.

That document also stated that men participating in the human trials would have to agree to abstain from procreation for 28 days after they they got the last shot.

Why?

The obvious answer is, because experimental gene therapy runs a high risk of causing unknown birth defects, in the people who have received the shot.

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I’d love to tell you how they did the experiment – the real science – to rule out the risk of birth defects, or even, just to quantify it.

But of course, they didn’t.

That Pfizer protocol was written in November 2020 – before the trial it described had even begun.

A short month later, Israel had already started its ‘mass vaccination’ campaign.

I don’t know if Pfizer’s trial had even completed giving its volunteers the two shots required before it was rolled out in Israel.

Certainly, 28 days hadn’t gone by since those volunteers received their last Pfizer injection before Israel started mass ‘vaccinating’ the public at large.

So no-one has any idea about the potential impact of the mRNA shot on these people’s future children – and what birth defects may be involved here – because it takes 9 months to bring a child to term.

And 9 months from November 2020 would bring us to July, 2021.

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We are only going to start the beginning of the process of understanding how these mRNA shots may lead to birth defects from July / August 2021.

Not that this is going to help the millions of adults in Israel who have already had it, many of whom are presumably hoping to bring more children into the world.

Sigh.

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So many people in Israel have now got the shot, the spectre of ‘confirmation bias’ will kick in big time.

No matter how many facts or stats you stack up questioning the long-term safety of this shot, most people will now have an inbuilt reflex to ignore it or push back.

Probably if I was in their shoes, I would do the same.

But I’m still stating this information ‘for the record’, so that when more of the pieces start to fall into place, it’ll be easier to trace back what really happened, and why.

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I just wanted to slay one more ‘Covid 19’ myth here, before returning to my matzah.

And that’s the idea that getting the shot has ‘made Covid go away’ in Israel.

If you read the MSM here, apparently Covid has now ‘gone away’ – and all because of the mRNA shots!!!

Take a look at this screenshot, taken today, from the Worldometers Coronavirus site for Israel, HERE.

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Here is what the stats show:

Israel’s vaccination program for Covid 19 began on December 19, 2020.

On that day, 17 people are listed as having died from Covid.

By January 20th, 2021 – a month later, and well into the ‘vaccination’ campaign, the numbers of people apparently dying from Covid spiked up to 101 – more than 5 times as many.

And as you can see clearly from the graph above, the numbers of people dying every day from Covid have been many times greater since the vaccination campaign began.

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Figures for March 28th, 2021 show that 20 people are listed as having died from Covid.

I.e., around the same number of people that died from Covid on December 19, 2020, before the ‘vaccination’ program began.

So much for the fabulous success that the Covid 19 shot has had in saving lives.

All this is smoke and mirrors, and ongoing manipulation by the media and the politicians and the medical fascists to make the public believe what they want us to believe.

Go back to the small print, check things out for yourselves, make up your own minds.

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God is still going to turn all this around for the good, somehow.

I have no doubt of that.

Maybe, when more of us realise that we are now down the proverbial Covid creek without a paddle – at that point, they will do what they should have done a year back, and turn to God with their fears and anxieties, and ask Him to help.

When they realise just how dangerous all this new mRNA technology really is – for them, for their genes, for their unborn children – maybe then the fear and the anxiety will start to work in the opposite direction, to bring more people to make teshuva and to stop believing in the false gods of the medical establishment.

That’s what I hope, at least.

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Haman’s decree of destruction ended up being totally for the good, because it got the Jewish people to make teshuva and return wholeheartedly to God.

And if that happens here too, then we’ll all be blessing the day that millions of us queued up to get the ‘Covid 19’ jab.

TBC

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It’s the fourth election in under 2 years – and no-one in my house can be bothered to vote.

Even before Covid 19, it was a struggle to go and vote, and usually I’d only make the effort if I got a push from a big rabbi to do so.

But this time around, probably even that isn’t enough.

The only person I want to vote for is Moshiach, but my daughter told me if I try to write that on a blank ballot I could end up nullifying all the other votes in the box.

(Which honestly, still doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.)

So I’m not voting for anyone – and I’m praying God will rescue us from all these horrible politicians that are just a puppet show put on by The Powers That Be, to distract us from the fact that actually, democracy and free choice are an illusion.

And not just here in Israel – everywhere in the world.

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Back in April 2019, during the election that was held then, Rabbi Berland said this, after the atzeret (gathering) he’d called in Hevron, that was attended by 10,000 people:

“WE WANT MELECH HAMOSHIACH. BH, BIBI WAS ELECTED, BUT WE WANTED MELECH HAMOSHIACH TO BE ELECTED. AFTER THIS KIND OF ATZERET, WE WERE SURE THAT MELECH HAMOSHIACH WOULD COME, BUT BIBI WAS CHOSEN INSTEAD OF MELECH HAMOSHIACH.”

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This time around, I’m not making the same mistake, of thinking any politician, any political party is going to change anything fundamental.

We need to ‘vote’ for Moshiach, and no-one else.

All this politicking is just an ingenius Amalekite idea, to take us away from the idea that God runs the world, and that prayer, charity and teshuva are the main ways we can ‘affect’ that process.

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Back in September 2019, around another one of Israel’s elections, I wrote this:

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Here’s a snippet:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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That piece set out how the Gate of Rome is really the State of Israel’s government – located at the heart of the ‘Jerusalem Gateway’ project.

Whatever happens now, or appears to happen, the ‘government’ is broken and will stay that way, and there will be no real ‘governance’ here until Moshiach shows up.

May it be soon.

And even if permanent PM Kim Il Netanyahu apparently gets in again, somehow, it will just be like what happened to Haman at Queen Esther’s feast: the final up, before the final and permanent ‘down’.

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Let me leave you with this, in the meantime, from Remy.

(Not shmirat eynayim friendly, but still very funny.)

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That’s the real test that’s going on right now, whatever side of this ‘vaxx’ debate you stand on.

I wanted to write this for a few days, as I’ve been reading more and more ‘scary stories’ coming out of alternative sources about the potential for these mRNA gene therapy pretend-vaccines to create ‘super bugs’ that no immune system can stand up to.

In other words, that people who are ‘vaccinated’ will become the most powerful source of illness and disease in the world, God forbid.

I have no idea if that’s true.

Is it possible?

In theory, yes.

But, if I’ve learnt one thing over the last few years, it’s that we can’t see round corners, as much as we try.

And we actually don’t really know what’s going on, because so much of the information required to ‘know’ is being hidden from us, on every level.

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So what’s the real test that’s going on here?

Clearly, it’s not to ‘know’ everything, and to make the ‘right decision’ about whether to take the experimental gene therapy with unknown side effects that so many people decided to take, thanks to media lies and misinformation, and pressure from the government, workplaces and socially.

Personally, that just didn’t sound appealing, but I can certainly understand those people who had so much anxiety, they felt they just had to do it, to have some peace from themselves.

And I can understand those people who already bought into flu vaccines taking the ‘Covid’ shot, because no-one tole them it’s actually something totally different, and not just a ‘traditional’ vaccine, reconfigured for Covid.

I can understand people who decided to take the shot because they were pressured by family, or fearing that they wouldn’t be able to work anymore, if they didn’t.

And I hope, that at least some of those people can understand my very real concerns and objections to being forced to take this experimental ‘gene’ therapy with undisclosed ingredients and side effects.

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Because, THAT is the real test that is going on here.

Hashem has now engineered a world where the truth is so hidden, so covered over by lies, on so many different levels, that an honest person has to put their hand up and admit:

I really have no idea what is actually going on.

Maybe, as more truth comes out about what is really going on, the pendulum going to swing, and then all of a sudden the ‘vaccinated’ will be treated like dangerous pariahs, and that’s part of why there has been this massive push to vaccinate all of Israel?

If something like that happens, and the shoe is on the other foot, is the ‘anti-vax’ crowd suddenly going to demand that ‘vaccinated’ people are kept away from society, locked up and prevented from having human rights?

You see, how easily all this could turn around?

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So the test right now is simply to treat ‘the other’ the way we ourselves would like to be treated.

Whatever side of the equation we happen to be on.

And even assuming that we are 100% ‘right’ and the other guy is 100% ‘wrong’.

Even so, to empathise with that other person’s humanity, their soul, and to not totally denigrate and rubbish them for not thinking the way we do about things.

That is the main test right now, to have empathy:

empathy ĕm′pə-thē

  • n.
    The ability to identify with or understand another’s situation or feelings

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You remember that horrible woman that slapped my daughter in the face, for not wearing a mask?

I was hating her guts, until I tried very hard in my hitbodedut to try to put myself in her shoes, and to understand that she was probably totally petrified and overwhelmingly anxious.

That doesn’t excuse her behavior.

But, it did mean that I could stop hating her, and I could forgive her for being a MSM-believing retard.

(And all that didn’t come so easy, btw.)

But I know it’s the test right now.

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To keep doing the birur, to keep searching for truth, to keep trying to hold by it – but not to passul others who for whatever reasons, just can’t stick to ‘truth’ in their own lives.

With one caveat:

As long as that other person isn’t try to force ME to do things that are against my own best interest.

Because as soon as someone else is trying to control me with their fears, their propaganda, their bullying, their coercion – they are on the wrong side of the argument, spiritually, whatever else they are standing for.

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Free choice is sacrosanct.

It’s the whole reason God make the world.

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You believe in masks, in gene-therapy-pretend-vaccines, in the medical establishment – good for you!

But I have a God-given right to NOT.

And you have to respect that.

And vice-versa.

You don’t believe in masks, in gene-therapy-pretend-vaccines, in the medical establishment – good for you!

But others have a right to YES, believe in all that.

And we have to respect that.

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Over half my extended family is cheerfully and enthusiastically ‘vaccinated’ already.

I worry about that, I really do.

But I’m not about to start pressuring them, even if I could, or ostracising them, or writing them bullying WhatsApp messages about what damage they are doing to the world with their choices.

I still love them.

I still want the best for them.

I still understand that given who they are, and where they are holding, they felt that getting ‘the shot’ was the best option for them.

I don’t agree – but I totally respect their decision.

And now, we will just drop the subject, and we’ll wait to see whose version of ‘the truth’ turns out to be more accurate.

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Maybe, I’m wrong, who knows?

Maybe they are.

We will all have to deal with the consequences of our choices, whatever they turn out to be.

But in the meantime, I’m going to do my best to keep my love for others who have chosen a different past, and my respect for their basic humanity, going.

Because that is what I would want them to do for me, if it turns out I’m the one who made a mistake.

And that is how we can all pass this test.

Really.

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Who hasn’t heard of the prestigious Mir Yeshiva?

That ‘top of the top’, that ‘best of the best’, when it comes to Torah learning and lomdus.

Over the years, I’ve kind of been circling around the Mir Yeshiva, especially on a Friday morning when I used to live in Musrara, and Beit Yisrael was where I did most of my shopping for Shabbat.

Also, one time my husband rented a small office directly opposite the Mir Yeshiva, and he sat in that dingy hole for a year basking in the ‘atmosphere’ radiating out of the Mir.

Man, we all hated that office so much.

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My husband stuck up a poster advertising Rav Arush’s books for sale on his shutter facing the Mir yeshiva, and not occasionally, he got into some pretty big arguments with some of the people who saw it and decided to ‘put him straight’.

For my part, I had a really nice proofreader whose husband was a ‘Mir guy’, and who totally flipped out on me when I sent her the first draft of ‘One in a Generation’ to look at, which she ‘urgently’ discussed with her husband.

She was so clearly uncomfortable with any discussion of Moshiach and geula, and she was so clearly relating to me as some derango ‘mesichist’, and she was so upset with what she was reading – including the suggestion that the State of Israel was persecuting the ultra-orthodox world and targeting it for destruction – that she couldn’t complete the job and I had to find someone else.

Back then, I wondered: What are they teaching these guys at the Mir, that she is getting so very upset about any hint that the world might change radically, and that Moshiach might actually come? And that she can’t accept that the State of Israel is not as ‘benevolent’ as we’d all like to believe it is?

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Another interesting point to note is that some of Rav Berland’s main persecutors within Meah Shearim are very respected teachers at the Mir yeshiva.

And I also used to find that kinda strange, too, that people who are meant to be ‘deep-dyed’ Breslovers were hanging out at the Mir, and apparently enjoying maximum respect and kudos.

Now, with all the water that has flown under the bridge in recent months, I’m understanding much more clearly some of the connections and links behind the scenes, and how ‘deep-dyed Breslovers’ can feel so very at home at the Mir.

Once you start to figure out how all this stuff, all these people, are really connected, it becomes so obvious.

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So, now I’ve set out most of my personal biases, it’s time to take a closer look at that fabulous institution of lomduss, the Mir yeshiva.

Or more specifically, the people who founded it, and all the different people they are connected to.

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Let’s start with the Mir’s own website, and it’s official history, so we can start to get a flavor of just how big an impact the Mir – and its students – have had on the orthodox Jewish world.

This comes from their homepage:

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Pay attention to this par:

Proliferation of Scholars

It is rare to find a Jewish community the world over that has not been touched by alumni of Yeshivas Mir. The majority of Mir students spend their formative years in Jerusalem and then move back to their country of origin; many enter the Rabbinate and the field of education.

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No-one can argue that Mir graduates are a huge force to be reckoned with within the orthodox, and ultra-orthodox rabbinic world.

So it’s really important that we understand who founded the Yeshiva, and what ‘hashgafah’ it’s truly seeding into all the orthodox communities – and orthodox schools – it’s alumni ‘enter’, back in ‘their country of origin’.

Trouble is, tracking down that information is not as easy as you might think  – not even on the easy stuff, like when the yeshiva was actually founded, and by who.

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The Mir’s own website says the yeshiva was founded in 1817, but if you go to Wikipedia HERE, it has references to 1814 and 1815 as the founding years.

And if you go HERE, to the Otzar Forum, you’ll find a discussion in Hebrew that brings evidence that the yeshiva was actually founded some 50 years earlier, in 1767.

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Although no-one really knows for sure, which is kinda strange.

The most prestigious yeshiva in the Jewish world, and no-one knows who really founded it, or when?

Is your BS-O-meter starting to twitch yet?

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Let’s continue with the ‘official story’.

But even Wikipedia is confused about what that actually is.

If you go HERE, you’ll be told this:

The yeshiva was founded in the small Russian town of Mir, Belarus in 1814, 1815 or 1817 by Rabbi Shmuel Tiktinsky. After his death, his oldest son Rabbi Avraham Tiktinsky was appointed Rosh Yeshiva. After a number of years, Rabbi Avraham died and his younger brother Rabbi Chaim Leib Tiktinsky succeeded him. Rabbi Chaim Leib would remain as Rosh Yeshiva for many decades. He was succeeded by his son, Rabbi Avrohom Tiktinsky, who brought Rabbi Eliyahu Boruch Kamai into the yeshiva.

In 1903, Rabbi Kamai’s daughter married Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel (Reb Leizer Yudel), son of Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel (the Alter of Slabodka), who in time became the Rosh Yeshiva of the Mir. The yeshiva remained in that location until 1914.

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And if you go HERE, you’ll be told this:

The Mirrer Yeshiva was founded in 1815, 12 years after the founding of the Volozhin Yeshiva, by one of the prominent residents of a small town called Mir…, Rabbi Shmuel Tiktinsky.

After Rav Shmuel’s death, his youngest son, Rabbi Chaim Leib Tiktinsky, was appointed rosh yeshiva. He was succeeded by his son, Rav Avrohom, who brought Rabbi Eliyahu Boruch Kamai into the yeshiva. During Rabbi Kamai’s tenure the direction of the yeshiva wavered between those who wished to introduce the study of musar and those who were against it.

In 1903, Rabbi Kamai’s daughter Malka married Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, son of the legendary Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, the Elder of Slabodka, who joined the yeshiva faculty in late 1906. Under his influence, the yeshiva joined the musar movement definitively and Rabbi Zalman Dolinski of Radin was appointed as its first mashgiach.

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Hmmm.

Let’s see if we can get a bit more clarity about Mir’s (apparent…) founder, R’ Shmuel Tiktinsky.

His Wikipedia entry tells us that:

Shmuel Tiktinsky was “a merchant of considerable means and a talmudic scholar.” He used both of these to build and run the Mir.

Avrohom Tiktinsky [Shmuel Tiktinsky’s oldest son] was given “the whole burden of administration” by his father in 1823.

Weirdly, we’re told that both Shmuel and his son Avraham died in 1835 – but on separate occasions. At this point, Shmuel Tiktinsky’s second son, Chaim, is just 11.

In 1850, the now 26 year old Chaim Yehuda Leib Tiktinsky, known as Chaim Leib, “was appointed joint principal of the yeshiva.” Chaim Leib’s [sons] Shmuel (1876), and then Avrohom (1883), were his successors. The latter retired in 1907.

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But over on the Jewish Encyclopaedia website HERE, we learn some different information about TIKTINSKI, ḤAYYIM JUDAH LÖB B. SAMUEL:

He was the second son of Samuel Tiktinski, founder of the yeshibah in Mir, who died in 1835, leaving his eleven-year-old son without any material means.

Despite his very unfavorable circumstances, young Tiktinski succeeded by diligent application in passing a rabbinical examination before he was twenty, at which age he officiated as substitute for Rabbi Elihu Shik in Deretschin when the latter went on a long journey.

In 1850 he was invited by Rabbi Moses Abraham ben David of Mir to deliver lectures before the local yeshibah. By his brilliant delivery and his rejection of the pilpul he attracted many scholars; and when, in 1867, Moses Abraham died, Tiktinski was entrusted with the entire control of the yeshibah.

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So, let’s recap where we’ve got to so far.

A wealthy merchant and Torah scholar called Samuel Tiktinsky apparently starts the Mir Yeshiva in 1814, or 1815, or 1817 – no-one can really remember.

He dies in 1835, together with his eldest son Abraham, but on separate occasions, leaving his eleven year old son Chaim Tiktinsky destitute.

(Which is kinda weird, for a wealthy merchant who has enough money to run his own yeshiva.)

Meantime, the Mir Yeshiva is taken over by one ‘Rabbi Moses Abraham ben David’, and Chaim Tiktinsky only returns to the Mir yeshiva 14 years later, as a lecturer. When ‘Rabbi Moses Abraham ben David’ dies in 1867, R’ Chaim Tiktinsky takes over – and the rest is history.

This is the official story, and it just seems a little ‘off’ to me, I have to say.

Let’s start digging, to see what we find.

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First stop is to try and track down more details of this wealthy ‘Shmuel Tiktinsky’ in the real world.

Over on geni, his entry is very sparse – no parents, no siblings, and you only find any real details for his son ‘R’ Chaim Tiktinsky’.

I plug in ‘Shmuel Tiktin’ – and get back a letter from a Rabbi Shmuel Tiktin – who is apparently this guy:

SHMUEL-FROYM TIKTIN (b. March 2, 1878)

            He was born in Jerusalem.  He studied in religious primary school, yeshiva, and on his own.  In 1891 he became secretary to the writer Zev Yaakov, and later he was an assistant to Eliezer Ben-Yehuda.  He was an active leader in Mizrachi.

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He’s not the ‘Rabbi Shmuel Tiktin’ I’m after, because he’s around 100 years too late.

Then, I try to track down ‘Rabbi Shmuel Tiktin’ down in the Memorial book for the town of Tiktin (aka Tykocin).

Nothing, not a sausage.

How can the founder of the prestigious Mir yeshiva – Shmuel Tiktinsky – not even be listed as one of the ‘famous sons’ of Tiktin?

That’s what I start to wonder to myself. I mean, they have entries for ‘Natan the Mad’ and a whole bunch of other famous Tiktin Rabbis like HaRav Meir HaLevi Ish Horowitz (the Maharam Tiktin) and HaRav Shalom Rokeah (the “Ma’aseh Rokeah) – but not a peep about the founder of the Mir.

Hmm.

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Next, I try a different angle, and try to track down the real identity of the ‘Rabbi Moses Abraham ben David’ who takes over the Mir when Shmuel Tiktinsky (and his son…) die in 1835.

Over on Yivo, I find this:

In the absence of an obvious successor, the rabbi of the Mir community, Yosef David Eisenstadt, took over the position of rosh yeshivah.

He in turn was succeeded by his son, Mosheh, but after the latter’s death in 1846 Ḥayim Tiktinski, a son of the founder, claimed the post of rosh yeshivah and took over its leadership. This step was challenged by the rabbi of Mir, who claimed that by then the post had become a prerogative of the community’s rabbi.

This claim was rejected in 1867 by a large committee of prominent rabbis in a precedent-setting decision that amounted to formal recognition of the separation between yeshivas and communities.

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Well, the picture is already starting to come a bit more clearly into focus.

Here’s the geni profile for R’ Yosef David Eisenstadt. Apparently, this guy had some serious yichus. One of his great-grandfathers is R’ Aryeh Leib Pollack (Zak), the chief rabbi of Poland, while the other is Gaon R’ David Ginsberg of Prague.

I’ve been researching this period of Jewish history in Prague for months, already, and it’s the first I’ve heard of ‘R’ David Ginsberg’ – who again, springs from the head of Zeus.

Meanwhile, ‘R Yosef David Eisenstadt’s’ dad is listed as ‘Zvi Hirsh Pollack Zak’, and his aunt is Chashe Zak, who has a whole bunch of ‘Zakheim’ children.

When I was researching the ‘Vilna Gaon’s’ real family tree, HERE, I came across this guy:

Rabbi Joseph Zakheim – who caught my eye, because his descendants are still making headlines today, for all the wrong reasons.

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This comes from Wikispooks, HERE:

Dov Zakheim...is an ordained rabbi who made it to a high position in both government and private business. He worked in the Pentagon between 1985 and 1987. From 1987-2001, Zakheim was CEO of SPC International, a high-technology firm that manufactures, inter alia, equipment to remotely control aircraft.

During 2000, he served as a foreign policy advisor to George W. Bush. He was hired as a Comptroller of the Pentagon in the spring of 2001.

On September 10, 2001 , Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Secretary, announced to a stupefied internal Pentagon audience that the Pentagon could not track $2.3 trillion dollars in its books.

This statement disappeared, as it were, into the memory hole the next day because of the deadly events, but continues to be widely quoted by Jew-bashers, who connect these missing funds to Zakheim.

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I’m sure that’s just a CO-IN-CID-ENCE.

(Ahem….)

But in terms of figuring out what’s going on at the Mir, I’ve just hit a dead end.

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I know that many of these rabbinic posts are ‘inherited’ from father to son, so I try to find out who was the Rabbi of Mir at this time.

Whaddya know?

It’s one ‘R’ Zvi Hirsch Eisenstadt‘, the grandson of the secret Sabbatean R’ Meir of Eisenstadt, the teacher of Jonathan Eibshutz, and also brother of ‘sabbatean prophet’ Mordechai Mokiach.

I wrote about all this back HERE.

Here’s a snippet:

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 [the Eshel Avraham] (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…”

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.

Things are starting to get interesting again!

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R’ Zvi Hirsh Eisenstadt ABD Mir is married to one Finkel Kallir – his niece, via his sister Chava.

Finkel’s brother Rabbi Eleazar Kallir (1728-1801), the author of the Or Chadash -and another person whose been on my radar for quite a while.

This comes from the Jewish Virtual Library, HERE.

Rabbi Eleazar ben Eleazar Kallir’s father died before his birth, and he was therefore given his father’s name. In 1759, he was appointed rabbi of Zabludow, and from there proceeded to Berlin where he lectured in the college of the wealthy Moses b. Isaac Levy.

He was appointed rabbi of Rechnitz and head of its large yeshivah in 1768 and, in 1781, rabbi of Kolin near Prague. … Baruch Jeiteles states that “after the death of Yechezkel Landau, he was the sole remaining authority in the country.”

His first work, Or Ḥadash, on the Pentateuch, was an appendix to the Kotnot Or of his grandfather, Meir Eisenstadt, which he published under the title Me’orei Esh (Fuerth, 1766). …

His son Alexander Susskind was a well-known philanthropist.

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So, at this point in the research, I tripped over something so mind-blowing, it took me out for the rest of the day.

I know, you want a clue, a hint.

Here it is:

Shabtai Tzvi was not some ‘nobody’ from Smyrna who somehow rose to become the potential ‘moshiach’ of nearly the whole Jewish world.

He was a very well known Rabbi and kabbalist.

He was an integral part of ‘the machine’ that’s been running the Jewish world for centuries already – because otherwise, he’d never have accomplished what he did, no matter how eloquent or ‘inspired’ he might have been.

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Sigh.

Let’s stop here for now, and I will work on ‘Part 2’ of the rest of what might be going on with the Mir, over the next few days.

There is so much smoke and mirrors flashing around all over the place, I have to pace myself to do this stuff, and try to pin it down properly.

So, we’ll come back to this topic soon, BH.

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You might also like this article:

I took my eye off the ‘Astra- Zeneca’ / Oxford Vaccine, because we only have Pfizer in Israel.

Now, it seems more than half my extended family back in the UK has had the ‘Oxford shot’.

They were telling me it’s a ‘traditional’ vaccine, that uses the attenuated, weakened form of ‘Covid-19’, like traditional vaccines.

Either they were deliberately mislead by the government, media and health professionals there (quelle surprise), or they just didn’t read the small print.

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This comes from Oxford University’s own website, HERE.

How the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine works

The ChAdOx1 vaccine is a chimpanzee adenovirus vaccine vector.

This is a harmless, weakened adenovirus that usually causes the common cold in chimpanzees.

ChAdOx1 was chosen as the most suitable vaccine technology for a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine as it has been shown to generate a strong immune response from one dose in other vaccines.

It has been genetically changed so that it is impossible for it to grow in humans. This also makes it safer to give to children, the elderly and anyone with a pre-existing condition such as diabetes. Chimpanzee adenoviral vectors are a very well-studied vaccine type, having been used safely in thousands of subjects.

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Such weasel words.

Let’s see what’s really going on. The giveaway is the phrase ‘vaccine technology’.

What ‘vaccine technology’ do you need, in a traditional ‘vaccine’ apparently just using a weakened chimp adenovirus?

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The following comes from Oxford University’s  COVID-19 vaccine trial information pages.

There, they tell us very clearly that:

Oxford-AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222)
“The vaccine works by delivering the genetic code of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to the body’s cells, similarly to the BNT162b2 vaccine. “
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In case you are wondering what the ‘BNT162b2 vaccine’ is – it’s the Pfizer mRNA experimental gene therapy that they’ve shoved down so many people’s throats here in Israel.

And I already covered how that is meant to ‘work’ here:
It’s basically the same thing as the Pfizer mRNA shot, just different wording and a slightly different way of achieving the same end, i.e. modifying the human cell is penetrates.
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Compare and contrast, the ‘explanation’ of how the Pfizer shot works:

Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine

The BNT162b2 vaccine is a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. It contains the genetic code (mRNA) of the spike protein, which is found on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Once inside the body, the spike protein is produced, causing the immune system to recognise it and initiate an immune response. 

This means that if the body later encounters the spike protein of the coronavirus, the immune system will recognise it and destroy it before causing infection. As there is no whole or live virus involved, the vaccine cannot cause COVID-19 disease. The mRNA is naturally degraded after a few days. More information about mRNA vaccines is below.

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And this is how the Astra-Zeneca / Oxford shot is meant to work:

Oxford-AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222)

The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine was developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca. The vaccine works by delivering the genetic code of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to the body’s cells, similarly to the BNT162b2 vaccine. Once inside the body, the spike protein is produced, causing the immune system to recognise it and initiate an immune response.

This means that if the body later encounters the spike protein of the coronavirus, the immune system will recognise it and destroy it before causing infection.

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Sigh.

I really just want to stay in bed until Moshiach comes, to rescue us all from this madness, already.

Can it really be, that so very many people are literally so brain-dead and zombified that they aren’t catching this stuff?
That they aren’t asking even basic questions, or doing basic research for themselves?

I got to the above information after approximately 57 seconds of searching for it.

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Sigh.

In the meantime, here is something that actually made me laugh out loud, from the incomparable Remy.

We need all the laughs we can get, at the moment.

(Shmirat eynayim friendly).

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UPDATE:

James Corbett has more information on the Oxford-Astra-Zeneca experimental gene therapy.

Not shmirat eynayim friendly, as he’s interviewing Whitney Webb, but very worth a listen.

The article that Whitney Webb wrote has already been pulled off the web – so catch this video while you still can.

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UPDATE #2:

This is a ‘leaked video’ from 2005, when people at the Pentagon were being briefed on a ‘virus’ that could be injected into ‘religious fundamentalists’ / ‘religious fanatics’, to turn off the gene that causes their brains to be more ‘religious’.

I’ve heard this idea for a while, and it sounded incredible to me.

But now I’ve seen this briefing – from 15 years ago – and as keeps happening, I’m starting to ponder if maybe, just maybe, that’s one of the objectives behind this crazy, huge push to ‘vaccinate’ the orthodox Jewish community.

As always, watch it yourself (4.5 minutes and shmirat eynayim friendly) and make up your own minds.

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You might also like this article:

It’s nice to know I’m not the only one pointing out the obvious.

This is a recent video from Rav Menashe Amon – the kabbalist who so famously called out the connection between ‘Coronavirus’ in Israel and the persecution of Rav Berland.

A couple of weeks ago, he put out a video talking about the ‘false rabbis’ that are leading our communities, that readers of this blog may find a little familiar.

The clip below is in Hebrew, and around 6 minutes long.

BH, check back here after Shabbat, and I’ll translate what he says into English, too.

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I’m doing all this ‘uncovering big rabbis stuff’ with a fair degree of trepidation.

One false step… and it’s going to cost me a lot, spiritually.

But in my hitbodedut, I keep getting the message to continue.

And so, I will continue.

Because there is still so much more ‘truth’ that needs to come out about who is really leading us, and how they are operating.

But it’s nice to know I’m not the only one getting that message, or trying to give it out.

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You can see the full shiur on youtube, below:

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You might also like this article:

You probably haven’t heard of Vidal Benveniste (de la Cavalleria).

He’s another one of those ‘big’ names in the secret Jewish history that none of us have been taught. In this post, we’re going to see how that ‘Benveniste’ family from Spain somehow morphed into the famous Epstein and Horowitz families of Eastern Europe.

And in the process, we’ll start unpicking a chunk more of real Jewish history, to see who is the real ‘power behind the throne’ in the Jewish world – and how they are connected to the Freemasons, the diamond trade, and – who else! – Jacob Frank.

Ready?

Yalla!

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The story begins HERE.

It’s the family tree of one ‘Slawa Brodowicz‘, who caused Keith Hanit Lawrence so much consternation when her name popped up over on geni. You can see that discussion – and how it was closed down and subverted – HERE.

But I guess Keith can’t get to every family tree on the internet (although give him some credit: the guy is really trying), so somehow, I tripped over a different family tree for Slawa, HERE, that goes back for generations.

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It’s interesting for a lot of reasons, not least because it shows that the notorious Jacob Frank was Slawa’s great-grandfather.

And it also shows that Binyamin Broide – aka Binyamin Rivlin, the Gabia Hakesef, and leader of the Vilna Gaon’s band of 70 perushim – was Slawa’s father, married to Jacob Frank’s grand-daughter, Rachel Mayer / Margoliot.

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I know it’s hard to keep all this stuff straight.

But if you remember from HERE, Rachel Mayer / Margoliot and Binyamin Broda are the parents of Rebbetzin Leah Goldapace:

  • The 6th Rebbe of Chabad, the Rayatz, sets out himself that ‘Leah Golda, grand-daughter of the Eshel Avraham becomes the mother of the 4th Rebbe of Chabad, and that her husband is ‘Moshe of Shklov’.

In other words:

One of Leah Golda’s great-great -granddaddy’s was the Sabbatian Prophet Avraham Broda / Rovigo.

And her great-granddaddy – from her mother’s side – was the false messiah, Jacob Frank.

Talk about yichus!

And of course, now we start to get another hint about why so much of this stuff is being deliberately and methodically covered up by people and institutions even in our times, 2021.

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So, I’m following Jacob Frank’s family tree back, and I start to learn some very interesting things.

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I will bullet point the highlights below, to keep things simple and stop your head from exploding:

  • Jacob Frank’s maternal grandmother is one ‘Esther Nunes HENRIQUES’, of the Henriques family.
  • Jacob Frank’s father-in-law is the ‘Bad Baal Shem‘ of London, Hayim Falkon. Hayim Falkon is descended from  the Sarfati and ‘De Crasto’ families. De Crasto is a bastardised form of ‘Da Castro‘.
  • I wrote about the ‘Da Costa’ families links to international trade, banking houses and European royalty, HERE. That article basically set out the main Portuguese-converso families engaged with the East India Company, who morphed into leading ‘Ashkenazi’ bankers, court Jews and community leaders.

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Here’s a snippet of what I wrote back then, about this group of ‘Paradesi Jews’:

As well as Jacques de Paiva, there were some other Portuguese Converso merchant names I started looking up, too, including:

  • Antonio do Porto,
  • Pedro Pereira,
  • Fernando Mendes Henriques,
  • Bartolomeo Rodrigues,
  • Domingo do Porto,
  • Alvaro da Fonseca,
  • Samuel de Castro,
  • Salomon Franco,
  • Isaac Sardo Abendana and
  • Avraham Navarro.

Like me, you’ve probably never heard of these people before.

But they, and their descendants, have helped shaped history in the Jewish community, and the wider world, for three centuries.

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Man, was that ever the understatement!

Jacob Frank was directly connected to most of these families, either as a direct descendant, of via his marriage with Haya Josefa Falkon.

Here’s that list again, with a star next to the families that Jacob Frank was connected to:

  • Antonio do Porto,
  • Pedro Pereira,
  • Fernando Mendes Henriques*
  • Bartolomeo Rodrigues,
  • Domingo do Porto,
  • Alvaro da Fonseca,
  • Samuel de Castro*,
  • Salomon Franco*,
  • Isaac Sardo Abendana* and
  • Avraham Navarro.

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And that’s just the ones I actually know about.

I tried tracking back ‘Jacob Franco’ to ‘Salomon Franco’, but quickly hit a dead end. Maybe, this had something to do with that (from Wikipedia):

Solomon Franco was a Jewish convert to Anglicanism who combined his interest in Cabalism with support for the English monarchy.

In 1649, Solomon Franco moved from New Amsterdam (later New York City) to become the first Jew recorded as living in the Boston area. However he was soon paid off by Puritans of the General Court, provided he set sail for Holland within a few weeks.

Although a Rabbi, in 1668 he converted to Anglicanism, publishing Truth springing out of the earth in the same year. A second edition was published in 1670.

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If you want, you can download Franco’s book HERE.

Here’s a snippet:

“Franco, Solomon. Truth springing out of the earth : that is, the truth of Christ proved out of the earthly promises of the Law. Wherein is made manifest, that the coming of the Messias cannot be for temporall things, according to the expectation of all the Jews. Proved out of their own principles. By R. Solomon Franco, a true convert to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

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It sounds like “Jacob Franco”, who converted 100 years later, was probably just a chip off his family’s block.

And it’s very possible there was more than one of them.

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When I was writing about the ‘other Jacob Franks‘, HERE, and also HERE, this is what I learned:

Jacob Franks was the British king’s sole agent for the Northern Colonies at New York and his son David was the king’s agent for Pennsylvania. An eminent and wealthy merchant, he engaged in the slave trade, privateering, general commerce, and shipping.

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[I]f you go HERE, you’ll see that 50 years’ years later, one ‘Charles Franks’ is still the subgovernor of the South Sea Company for Queen Victoria, so clearly the Franks family continued to be in favor with the British monarchy even after the [American] War of Independence.

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I’m willing to bet the farm that “Rabbi Salomon Franks”, who converted to Anglicism in 1668, two years after Shabtai Tzvi became a Muslim, is very closely related to all these Franks.

Again, notice how slave trading, the hugely lucrative trade in diamonds, spices, lumber and other stuff from the ‘New World’ is all tied up with thse Portuguese Conversos / Paradesi Jews, who keep popping in and out of Judaism and xtianity, false messiahs, the British crown (via its German connections) – and America.

Maybe ‘Rabbi Jacob Franks’ and ‘Jacob Franco’ are even the same guy, who really knows, at this point.

Let’s continue.

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The next line of enquiry I try is Jacob Franco’s grandma, Esther Nunes Henriques.

And here is where I start to make some real headway.

You can go HERE, to see the full Wiki write up on the Henriques family.

Here’s some relevant snippets:

The Henriques family descend from the Jews of Spain, who fled from religious persecution to Portugal in 1492. Although led to believe they would be permitted to practice Judaism freely in Portugal, they were forcibly converted to Catholicism upon their arrival. These “Marranos”, or “New Christians”… married each other. Their descendants became assimilated, participating in and contributing to the economic life of Portugal and its empire. Some were elevated to the peerage for their patriotism.

(I’m not so sure they were ‘forcibly converted’ to Catholicism, given what so many of their descendants have been up to. But let’s continue.)

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Apparently, the Henriques family had / has British, Indian, German and Danish branches.

The Israel Henriques family included several prominent Sephardic Jewish benefactors of Portuguese descent during the 17th century in Great Britain….

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The Henriques De Castro family included several prominent Sephardic Jewish Business men of Portuguese descent, they were called Paradesi Jewsof Madras.

They traded in diamonds, precious stones and corals, they had very good relations with the rulers of Golkonda, they maintained trade connections to Europe, and their language skills were useful….

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The progenitor of the Danish branch of the family was Moses Henriques (Cornelis Janssen was his business name), a burgess in Glückstadt in northern Germany, who was the paternal grandfather of the mathematician, Moses Joshua Henriques (1635–1716).

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Merchant Bendix (Pinchas) Moses Henriques (1725–1807), one of Moses Aaron Nathan Henriques sons, became a Danish citizen in 1752 and moved to Copenhagen…. The Warburg family is descended from another daughter of Bendix (Pinchas) Moses Henriques.

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You can read more about the infamous Warburgs HERE.

Not unusually, while Paul Warburg was busy arranging the ‘Federal Reserve’ system in the US for his masters, cousin Otto Warburg was off being a president of the World Zionist Organisation.

As I keep mentioning, these people have nearly every important position stitched up, between them.

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Closer to home, the Melchior (of R’ Michael Melchior fame) family are also direct descendants of the Henriques’ Danish branch, via banker (and Dutch West Indies company financier) Ruben Henriques, and his daughter Dorothea Melchior.

The Melchiors are also descended from the Warburgs.

You see? They keep all these positions of power influence ‘in the family’, while the rest of us keep scratching our heads wondering how all these apparently ‘different’ people ending up working for the same yucky cause?

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You could literally write a book on each of these families, and how they’ve been shaping Jewish history for centuries, but let’s move on.

Remember, ‘Jacob Franco’, whoever else he turns out to be, was the son of Esther Nunes Henriques, and so directly connected in to the heart of power in the Jewish world – which happened to be Sabbatian.

Here’s a bit more about the London branch of the Henriques, from encylopaedia.com:

HENRIQUES (Quixano Henriques ), Anglo-Jewish family. The family progenitor was Moses Henriques of Kingston, Jamaica, who married Abigail Quixano in 1768. The eldest son of this marriage, Abraham Quixano Henriques (18/19th cent.), immigrated to London, where he established himself as a West India merchant.

His sons David (1804–1870) and Jacob (1811–1898) were prominent communal workers and were among the founders of the Reform congregation in London in 1840.

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Notice that ‘Reform’ tendency.

Wherever you scratch the surface, you find the same people, the same family networks.

The Falkons – Frank’s inlaws – were also connected into this network of powerful Portuguese conversos, and descended from the Mendes and de Costa and de Crasto (Castro) families.

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I just want to end this, by going back a bit further in history, so you can see that these families have been ruling the Jewish community forever, way before Shabtai Tzvi and Jacob Frank showed up.

If you keep going back in Jacob Franco’s family tree, you eventually hit the Nunes / Mendes / de Luna families, who are all just different branches of the Benveniste family tree.

You can read all about the Benveniste family on Wikipedia HERE, but below, I’m going to pull out some pertinent points.

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  1. Jacob Frank is directly related to Dona Gracia and her nephew, the Nasi Joseph.

Not coincidentally, these were the only people to try to ‘settle’ the Holy Land, before the Sabbatians picked up that thread again in the 17th century. This from Wikipedia:

Gracia Mendes Nasi – Benveniste – Beatriz de Luna – (1510–1569) (Dona Gracia) a Marrano-Jewish-Portuguese businesswoman. She was the daughter of Philipa Mendes|Benveniste and Alvaro de Luna. She was married to her uncle Francisco Mendes (Tzemah Benveniste), inherited the Mendes|Benveniste fortune and due to her exceptional business acumen, became one of the wealthiest women in Europe of the middle 16th century.[18]

She returned to Judaism in Ferrara in the 1552 together with members of the He(E)nriques|Nunes(nuñez)|Benveniste family (Meir, Abraham and Reina Benveniste).

In 1553/4 she left Ferrara together with her daughter Ana (Reyna), (soon to be) son in law Don Joseph Nasi and the Henriques|Nunes|Benveniste family to Salonika and Istanbul where they settled at the invitation of SultanSuleiman I.

They were very active in trade, finance and in local and international Jewish life.

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If you go back a few more centuries, you get to Vidal Benveniste de Cavalleria, which is where we started.

Vidal Benveniste (de la Cavalleria) was a prominent Spanish Jewish scholar who lived in Saragossa (the capital of Aragon) in the beginning of the second half of the 14th century and the beginning of the 15th century.

The honor ‘Benveniste de la Cavalleria’, according to the Encyclopaedia Judaica, was given to the family by the Knights Templar who protected the family and the family in turn administered the tax system of the Templars.

His family was connected to the development of the town of Saragossa in the 14th century, and members of the family Benveniste de la Cavalleria were financiers of the local kings. He was elected, by the notables of the Jewish communities of Aragon, as the speaker before the pope at the beginning of disputation of Tortosa (1412).

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The links between the ‘Benveniste’ family and the Knights Templars go back at least 600 years.

In case you forgot, the Knights Templars are one of the groups who morphed into modern-day (devil-worshipping…) Freemasonry.

There’s a lot more to say here – as always! – but I don’t want to overload you with too much information in one post.

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What you should take away from this, at least, is the notion that whoever ‘Jacob Franco’ ends up being, he was coming from a long, long line of super-powerful crypto Jews who controlled international trade, rubbed shoulders with royalty, and flipped in and out of Judaism as the whim took them.

The same families, the same people, have been in positions of power for centuries.

Outsiders can’t really get a look in.

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That’s how a ‘Rabbi from Denmark’ can end up playing such a big part in Israeli politics and the so-called ‘peace process’. Like THIS, from Michael Melchior’s website, talking about ‘interreligious peace’.

That’s how people with big beards and impeccable yichus can be working hand-in-hand with extreme secular lefties with a radical ‘anti-Torah agenda.

That’s how we end up with the same policies, the same evil, the same push towards ‘one religion’ and ‘no Torah’, whoever we go and vote for.

Because whoever has a chance to wield real power here, or elsewhere in the Jewish community, is part of this same group, this same clique.

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That doesn’t mean every single person who belongs to these families are ‘bad’.

Each person has to be judged on their own merits, their own actions.

But it does mean we have to stop being so naive as to believe that the people in power in the Jewish community are there on their own merits, or somehow trying to help us, as opposed to themselves.

They aren’t.

They never were.

And our starting point should be to assume that our leaders are part of the problem, part of the corrupt elite that hijacked the Jewish community hundreds of years ago, and to stop giving them the benefit of the doubt until we are totally sure they deserve it.

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UPDATE:

There’s one more ‘Benveniste’ connection that I just wanted to add here.

It’s a tax-farming Court Jew from the 13th Century called Benveniste de Porta.

He’s interesting for a few reasons, and you can read more about him on Wiki HERE.

Another ‘thread’ that I keep noticing with these families – in all their different incarnations – is that they tend to be the tax farmers for the secular / non-Jewish authorities.

In brief, they would ‘buy’ the privilege to charge taxes on the Jewish communities, and then pay out a certain sum to the ruler for that honor.

Whatever taxes they could then gauge out of the community that was in excess of what they’d paid to the ruler, they got to pocket themselves.

And many of them got very wealthy from doing this.
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Benveniste de Porta is also interesting because he is the brother of Nachmanides – the Ramban.

Again, we see how the tax collecting court Jews and some of the biggest genuine Tzaddikim come from the exact same gene pool.

And I have a feeling, there’s an even more notable example of that even closer to our own times.

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TBC

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You might also like this article:

The fear of ‘coronavirus’ is starting to recede in Israel.

And the fear of the government – and the police – is also starting to disintegrate.

If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that one thing I’m not usually guilty of is misplaced optimism. I try to keep things real, I try to keep things grounded in real emuna, as opposed to that fake ‘it’s all going to turn out great, with no teshuva, no prayer and no changes made’ stuff.

But it seems to me, something has really changed here now.

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It’s the small things that give it away.

Here’s a little of what I’ve been noticing, over Purim Meshulash:

Nearly all the ‘Jewish’ (ahem….) news sites have now disabled comments on nearly all of their articles. The Jpost is a strange exception to that – I have a feeling it’s being used as a kind of bellwether by the power behind the throne, to gauge public real, unvarnished public sentiment so they can calculate their next moves here in Israel.

But from what I can see, the power of the media to keep telling us that black is white – and vice-versa – is crumbling with every new post going up.

We figured out so many of the lies and manipulations with ‘Covid 19’ reporting, and now more and more of us can spot the same tactics being used with things like this strange ‘oil spill’; and the convenient ‘aggression’ from Iran.

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There’s massive pushback happening against ‘green passports’, massive pushback happening against curfews, massive pushback happening against ‘social distancing’.

I heard megillah in two different places this year, and no-one asked for a green passport.

I didn’t wear a mask in either of my megillah readings, either, and while I was definitely more the exception than the rule, no-one told me to put one on.

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More and more, I see people walking around outside mask-less.

So many of those who were scared to death, literally, by fearmongering propaganda about Covid-19, got the shot, and now are sleeping easier at night.

That makes them less likely to attack other people like Coronavirus pitbulls, and for that alone, I guess it’s a good thing.

And many, many others literally just don’t care anymore.

The police are barely giving tickets out for anything, here.

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Even in Jerusalem, that was meant to be ‘locked down’ with a night-time curfew 3 nights in a row – so many people just ignored it.

One of my kids even managed to hitchhike, with 2 friends, out of Jerusalem to some Purim ‘affair’ out in the sticks in the middle of the night.

Others of the young people who frequent my house went down to Mahane Yehuda yesterday – with thousands of others – and ‘pushed back’, peacefully, against the police by basically refusing to budge from Mahane Yehuda, and to just keep coming in again, when they were thrown out.

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Don’t imagine for a moment that this is happening because the police here are ‘nice’.

As an institution, they are violent psychopaths, same as the politicians and senior bureaucrats directing them.

But they get their ‘power’ from the people, and the people are increasingly not listening, and not interested.

The ‘spell’ is breaking up all over the place, and more and more of us are seeing through the lies, and understanding that the police, the government, the army, the media – they aren’t our friends.

And they never really were.

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Yesterday, thousands of chareidim walked miles and miles up the motorway, to get to Jerusalem on Purim Meshulash.

The government at the last minute pulled all the buses, both inside the city and intercity, for Jerusalem.

Do you know what sort of spiritual ‘koach’ came down for the good side, when all these Jews started walking 15 miles on Purim Meshulash, just to get to the holy city?

On the more ‘secular’ side of things, there were Purim parties being held up and down the country.

Ok, people got puking drunk, and they weren’t so tznius – but spiritually, hundreds of thousands of apparently ‘secular’ young Jews dafka went against the government’s rules to celebrate Purim.

They connected back to yiddishkeit, even at a very low level, to give all this ‘coronavirus propaganda’ and fearmongering two fingers.

That’s very meaningful, spiritually.

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We aren’t out of the woods just yet.

The evil government, the evil State, is holding back because in order to keep the illusion of ‘democracy’ going just a little while longer – just enough to get everyone ‘encouraged’ to jab themselves with an experimental gene therapy with unknown and potentially massive negative side effects – they can’t send the police out onto the streets in full diktator style.

At least, not before the next election, on March 23, 2021.

But it’s clear that the ‘vaccination’ campaign has now gone as far as it’s going to go, without diktator-style violent coercion.

Whoever bought the line, whoever was overcome by panic and fear, whoever was pressured into participating in Pfizer’s mass medical experiment – they lined up and had the shot already.

But everyone else – at least half the country – is just not playing the game anymore.

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After Israel’s second recent election (out of 4…), I wrote this:

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Here’s a snippet:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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That Gate of Rome is the government, the whole political process, the State and it’s evil institutions.

It seems to me, there will be no ‘4th election after all.

Or that if there is, that’s kind of the last act, the swansong of the State of Israel, before it totally crumbles into dust, ahead of Moshiach finally being revealed.

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Rebbe Nachman taught that Moshiach takes over peacefully, without firing a shot.

One day, more and more us suddenly ‘wake up’, and realise that the world is just one big lie after another, and that we don’t need to obey rules telling us to wear masks, or to avoid giving our loved ones hugs, or to have a piece of green paper in order to daven.

One day, more and more of us see through all the lies, all the manipulation, all the propaganda – and then our souls start to soar free, and all the evil disappears.

Because it only gets its power from us.

From we, the people.

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Ein lanu Melech – we have no King – except for Hashem.

There is no ‘King Bibi’.

There are no Iranian nukes that can touch us, if Hashem doesn’t will it.

There is no pandemic.

All of this is just an illusion, to get us all to make teshuva, and to return wholeheartedly to God.

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Over Shabbat, I read the ‘Purim’ part of Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s book on Jewish Holidays.

There was so much relevant stuff in there, so many awesome hints to what is happening today, it’s hard to know where to start. But the part that I wanted to share in this post is where the Rav says – repeatedly – that all of these evil people, these evil decrees, all the ‘bad’ in the world – we create it all with our own sins.

And if we, the people, make the teshuva we need to make – to identify our own bad middot, and to ask God to start to eradicate them – all the evil disappears by itself.

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There is everything to play for here.

And on some fundamental level, hope is starting to blossom in Israel, despite all the draconian diktatorship, all the lies, all the spiritual oppression.

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Let me leave you with this, the last message from Rav Berland before he left prison, shortly before Purim:

“THERE IS NO MORE CORONA!

Gomarnu, it’s finished, the Corona is finished. There is no more Corona.

“Now, we are building the Beit HaMikdash. Now, this is the most critical moment.

Everyone is lighting candles here, just a little longer and there will be kiddush.

Just a little longer, and there will be dancing until the light of day.”

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Hold on just a little longer.

The light is starting to shine.

The tanker is turning around.

And geula the sweet way is mamash on the doorstep – if we, the people, are holding on to the True Tzaddikim, and working on our own bad middot.

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UPDATE:

After reading this article (below), which explains how it’s at least possible that the leadership of the Jewish community has been hijacked – for millenia! – by pretend Jewish ‘Sabean-Mandeans‘:

A reader sent me this news story:

« Next week, [March 5, 2021] the Pope will hold a service the Vatican has named “Prayer for the sons and daughters of Abraham”. Reuters reported that the “inter-religious prayer service will be attended by Christians, Muslims, Mandaean-Sabaean, Yazidi and other religious minorities present in Iraq. »
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These people are still very much alive and kicking, and the Pope is probably one of them.

I hope more of us will start to figure out that this isn’t a joke, or a purim shpiel.
The leadership of the Jewish community got hijacked by the ’70 sons of Haman’ a long time ago – and once we unmask them, and what they really stand for, so many other things will start to fall back into place.
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You might also like this article:

It’s strange how so many of Israel’s leading politicians are closely related to some of the biggest names in the Torah world.

Most of us wouldn’t think that, because we’ve been carefully trained to think in terms of ‘them’ and ‘us’. Whatever side of the divide we’ve been raised on, we’ve been educated to believe that the people ‘on the other side’ are aliens from outer space, with totally different genes from us.

That ‘other’ is the erev rav!

That’s what misguided people have been teaching us.

You don’t need to look inside your own community, your own household, your own heart for the telltale signs of the ‘erev rav’, because they are only and always over there, on the other side of the equation. 

But that’s just not true.

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The only real ‘power’ we have, if you can call it that, is to work on ourselves, and make our own teshuva, and work to improve and uproot our own bad middot.

For as long as we’ve been buying the lie that the problem is only and always ‘over there’, that just hasn’t been happening.

But I think more and more of us are now waking up to the disturbing idea that ‘bad’ and ‘evil’ are spread across the Jewish world, and that today more than ever, we can’t judge a book by its cover.

The worst evil and the biggest good – it’s all coming out of the same gene pool, the same families.

And that brings me neatly to the subject of today’s post: the yichus of Shimon Peres.

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It’s hard to think of someone I like less than Shimon Peres.

He’s been up to his neck in one horrible, evil act, one literally satanic scheme, after another.

He was the go-between man for the Yemenite children, sold off to the US military / secret services so that Mengele and ‘Dr Green’ could basically torture them to death, in a variety of different ways, as part of Sidney Gottlieb’s ‘MK Ultra / MK Monarch’ demonic ‘experiments’.

Wikipedia tells us that ‘Sidney Gottlieb’ was a Jewish Hungarian born in the Bronx.

That might be true – we know that a lot of these reverse-kabbalah pretend-Jewish Frankists ended up in that area. But there are other sources (this link is not shmirat eynayim friendly, and it’s also contains disturbing information) that say that ‘Sidney Gottlieb’ was an alias for another Operation Paperclip Nazi, shipped over to America.

The truth still hasn’t come out about what really happened to the Yemenite children.

But it will.

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In the meantime, today’s post was inspired by the following email exchange, that I had with a thoughtful reader:

Ataturk was a secret sabbatian.  see here:

https://moishekohen.wordpress.com/when-kemal-ataturk-recited-shema-yisrael-by-hillel-halkin-the-jewish-daily-forward/

I went and clicked on the link – and it’s a really, really good article, that shows just how deep the State of Israel’s politicians are tied to the Sabbateans.

Oh, and that also showed that modern Turkey is essentially a Sabbatian construct, created by that branch of Sabbateans called the Donmeh. I thanked my correspondent for the link, and then he replied with this:

A number of years ago I came across a Donmeh cookbook, which had the odd comment that Jewish dietary laws were now made heter by the Reform movement (i.e. pork, meat and dairy).  Strange how Turkish Sabbateans are following a “pasak halachah” of the Reform movement, which to my knowledge isn’t even present in Turkey. 

There is a fellow at Hebrew University I think, or Yad Vashem, who knows a lot about the Donmeh and had contact with them — Yitzchak Kerem.  Take note that the public “falling out” between Israel and Turkey began on a television show with none other than Shimon Peres and the Turkish Premier. 

Peres was reported by Chamish as allegedly saying Bircat HaTorah with the shem Hashem as written, (a Sabbatian custom).  When corrected, he allegedly said, “I know what I’m doing.”

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Ah. Shimon Peres.

I’ve been trying to figure out who his ancestors were in this whole hot mess, because (in case you hadn’t realised it yet) – anyone who is anyone in the State of Israel is part of this Sabbatean-Frankist-Freemason club.

You just find the people with the money and the power in the State, then follow the trail back.

They’ve been making a big effort to cover all this up, but yesterday, after I got that email, I decided to have another stab at it. And here’s what I discovered:

Shimon Peres (aka Shimon Persky) is a direct descendent of Chaim of Volozhin.

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The path has been deliberately obscured on geni (and elsewhere…) for reasons that may become a little clearer in a minute.

But Shimon Persky, as Peres was known before he changed his name, is the cousin of actress Lauren Bacall.

According to geni, Lauren Bacall’s father, Wulf William Perske, is the brother of Shimon Peres‘s paternal grandfather, Zalman Meir Persky. But honestly? The dates don’t add up, and it seems more likely that some geni sleight of hand is going on here, and that Peres and Bacall were actually first cousins.

Point is, click, click, click, and you eventually get back to Dov Aryeh Persky (Volozhiner) – the son of R’ Chaim of Volozhin.

And here’s where the story gets even more interesting.

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For months and months and months, I’ve been trying to track down who R’ Chaim of Volozhin really was.

It’s been very frustrating, because it’s become clearer and clearer to me that this is information that has been deliberately withheld and obscured – and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why it’s such a big deal.

First, here’s the ‘standard explanation’ of who R’ Chaim of Volozhin was, from Wikipedia:

(Hey, I should have started there for my search for Shimon Peres yichus. Its clearly spelled out that he was R’ Chaim’s great-great grandson. Who knew?)

“Both Chaim (1749 – 1821) and his elder brother Simcha (d. 1812) studied under Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg, the author of the Shaagas Aryeh, who was then rabbi of Volozhin, and afterward under Rabbi Raphael ha-Kohen, (the author of the Toras Yekusiel), later of Hamburg.[1]

Aged 25, Chaim was attracted by the fame of the Vilna Gaon, and he became one of his most prominent disciples. Submitting to his new teacher’s method, he began his studies anew, taking up again TorahMishnahTalmud, and even Hebrew grammar. His admiration for the gaon was boundless, and after his death Chaim virtually acknowledged no superior.”

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Chaim Ickovits of Volozhin, as he was also known, is credited for starting up the famous Volozhin Yeshiva, whose approach was then followed by:

“[A]ll the great Lithuanian yeshivas, such as Slobodka yeshiva, Mir yeshiva, Ponevezh yeshivaKelm yeshivaKletsk yeshiva, and Telz yeshiva.”

In other words, the whole of the Litvak Torah world kind of rests on his shoulders.

R’ Chaim is a direct ancestor of the famous Soloveitchik family – (hey! Who knew that the Brisker Rav and Shimon Peres were actually cousins?!) and also, of R’ Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin, aka the Netziv.

In other words, Shimon Peres (and Lauren Bacall….) had some serious, serious yichus.

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So now, we hit that uncomfortable question:

At what point did the family of Shimon Peres became evil Sabbatian-Frankists?

As I’m sure you are starting to figure out for yourselves, whole worlds – whole world views – literally hang off the answer.

We’ve already learned that these families had a pronounced tendency to marry each other, over many generations. Given that, there are certain names that send up the red flag for me that I might be dealing with something interesting, here.

Like, the Shor / Schor surname. Like, the ‘Berlin’ surname. Like, the ‘Babad’ surname. Like, the ‘Horowitz’ surname. Like the Gunzburg / Ginsburg surname.

A few days ago, when I was writing about the ‘Mandaeans, the Gnostic Sabians’ who are the root of the Sabbatean-Frankist-Freemasons, I turned up this bit of information:

  • The Sabians’ ‘holy book’ is called the Ginza Rabba, and it identifies ‘John the Baptist’ as their main prophet.

After I read that, the surname ‘Ginzburg’ kinda shot to the top of my interesting list.

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So, I’m tootling around try to figure out who R’ Chaim Volozhiner really was, and I start to trip over some more interesting information.

Like apparently, he had an older brother called ‘R’ Shlomo Zalman of Vilna‘, who was meant to be a total ilui in Torah, and one of the Vilna Gaon’s leading students, before he apparently died young, aged 32.

I’ve read a ton of information about Vilna and its rabbis, so I’m sitting here wondering how it is I’ve never heard about this guy before when he was apparently so famous?

I do a bit more digging, and I discover that Shlomo Zalman’s son, Rabbi Yechezkel Feivel (1755–1833) – the maggid of Vilna – wrote a very popular hagiography of his father called Toldos Adam, which you can read an extract of HERE.

While some rabbis like R’ Akiva Eger and R’ Ephraim Zalman Margolioth were happy to give their approbations to Toldos Adam, others were not. And for good reasons. This comes from Wikipedia:

It has been demonstrated that large parts of Toldos Adam were lifted verbatim from the works of leading Maskilim such as Moses Mendelssohn and Naphtali Hirz Wessely, though not attributed to them.

This was presumably an attempt to slip those ideas into the broader Jewish community, which had rejected the Haskalah movement’s ideology.

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Hmm. Fancy that.

Toldos Adam was printed in 1801, and it lives on, in the Chabad library. You can download a copy of it, in the original Hebrew, HERE.

As always, whenever I start to approach ‘the Vilna Gaon’ and his students, things start to get really murky, really fast.

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The next place I go, to try and find out a bit more info about who Chaim and Shlomo Zalman Ickovitz really are, is HERE – a whole website devoted to research about the Vilna Gaon, which lists the Gaon’s main students, as follows:

According to the sons of the Gaon the students are:

  • R. Hayyim Itzkovitch of Volozhin,
  • R. Shlomo of Vilkomir,
  • R. Shlomo Zalman, brother of R. Hayyim Volozhiner,
  • R. Saadya brother in law of R. Shlomo Zalman,
  • R. Shlomo of Tulchyin,
  • R. Zvi Hirsh of Siemiatycze,
  • R. Shlomo of Mohilev (Mogilev),
  • R. Binyamin Rivles,
  • R. Menahem Mendel of Shklov and his brother, R. Simha Bunim of Shklov.
  • One may add to that list, the three sons of the Gaon R. Abraham and R. Yehudah Leib and Shlomo Zalman who passed away at a young age.

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Before we continue, you might want to go and re-read the following posts, which cover a lot of pertinent information about the connections between the Vilna Gaon’s students, and the haskalah movement:

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Here’s a recap of some of the main points, covered in details by these blog posts:

  • The Eshel Avraham, Avraham Broda / Rovigo was a Sabbatean prophet, and leader of the more moderate branch of Sabbatians.

  • He established yeshivas all over the Jewish world, and had literally thousands of students.

  • Many of his students, including Yonatan Eybshutz, Yonah Lansdorfer and Netanel Weil / Wehle appear to have been secret Sabbatians. This showed itself in their descendants, many of whom were at the forefront of the Frankist movement.

  • There were literally hundreds of leading Rabbis who were secret Sabbatians in the Jewish world, in the century following Shabtai Tzvi’s conversion to Islam and death. Many of these people – like the Shor family – have been airbrushed out of conventional Jewish history.

  • The descendants of these Sabbatians continue to play a very big part in the Jewish world today, both in the diaspora and the State of Israel.

  • Binyamin Broda – a close family member of the Eshel Avraham – is identified with Binyamin Rivlin of Shklov, one of the leading disciples of the Vilna Gaon, and father of Hillel of Shklov, who lead the Perushim to Eretz Yisrael.

  • Binyamin Broda is also identified by Athol Bloomer as being the leader of the ‘secret Frankists’ who remain within the Jewish community.

  • The Vilna Gaon is also ‘officially’ related to the Broda family, via Abraham Broda of Serhei, whose daughter marries the Vilna Gaon’s son, Yehuda Leib.

  • Binyamin Broda / Rivlin and Yehoshua Zeitlin were leaders of the haskalah, and both are closely connected to the Vilna Gaon.

  • Yes, I’m suggesting that the Vilna Gaon and his circle were probably closely connected to secret Sabbatians / Frankists. That’s why there is so much deliberate ‘confusion’ being sown about their genealogies.

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Wow, so much water has gone under the bridge, since I first wrote that ‘recap’ back in November 2020.

Let’s continue.

What we’ve learned so far is that so many of the Frankist-Sabbatean-Freemason politicians and ‘leaders’ in the State of Israel are direct descendents of the ‘Vilna Gaon’ and his group of students.

We’ve already ‘outed’ some of these closet Frankists on the blog, like Binyamin Rivlin – aka Binyamin Broda – the great-grandson of the Sabbatean prophet the Eshel Avraham (R’ Avraham Rovigo / Avraham Broda).

And it seems increasingly likely – to me, at least – that the Vilna Gaon and his circle were actually the direct descendents of the Sabbatan ‘prophet’, the Eshel Avraham. This also ties in with Chabad, of course, where so many of the Rebbes married descendants of the Eshel Avraham, as I set down in this blog post:

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Here’s some of the key points, from that post, as it’s usual to start to have all of this stuff in one place, going forward:

  • The Alter Rebbe‘s great-granddaughter via his openly catholic son Moshe marries Zalman Rivlin, the great-grandson of Hillel Rivlin of Shklov – continuing the tradition of these families intermarrying with each other.

  • Hillel Rivlin is the son of Benjamin Rivlin / Broda, the brother of the Vilna Gaon, and the ‘secret Frankist tzaddik‘ that stays within the Jewish community, to subvert it from within.

  • Zalman’s brother, Yosef Yehoshua Rivlin, plays a leading part in ‘building’ Jerusalem, together with the descendant of another Shabbatean Prophet [from Vilna, called Hershel Tzoref], Yoel Moshe Salomon.

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OK, let’s get back to ‘R’ Chaim Ickovitz’, and his brother Shlomo Zalman.

If you take a look at THIS, you’ll see that Shlomo Zalman Ickovitz is listed as being the half brother of a whole bunch of ‘Ragolers’ – the Ragoler family are directly related to the Vilna Gaon.

But the genealogy is a total mess, so it’s hard to know who is really related to who.

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Guess what?

I just fell down another massive rabbit hole with this line of research, so I’m going to park this part of the post, while I’m trying to figure it all out, and instead zoom in on who R’ Chaim Ickovitz, aka Chaim of Volozhin, married.

According to geni, he married one ‘Sarah Ginzburg‘, the daughter of Aryeh Leib.

Hmm. That’s interesting, because in his official biography, Chaim of Volozhin was meant to be a close student of the Sha’agas Aryeh – aka Aryeh Leib Ginzburg (1695-1785):

Both Chaim and his elder brother Simcha (d. 1812) studied under Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg, the author of the Shaagas Aryeh, who was then rabbi of Volozhin, and afterward under Rabbi Raphael ha-Kohen, (the author of the Toras Yekusiel), later of Hamburg.

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If you go and read what’s written on Wikipedia about the ‘Sha’agas Aryeh’, you’ll find many strange things.

For example, it’s strange that his links to Chaim of Volozhin, and to his yeshiva, aren’t mentioned at all.

It’s strange that the fact his daughter, Sarah, married Chaim of Volozhin is totally obscured.

And there are other small touches in the admittedly pretty sparse account that also suggest something is kinda ‘off’ with the whole picture.

Here’s two snippets:

Born in Lithuania, c. 1695, he was a Rabbinical casuist. At one time Ginsburg was rabbi in Pinsk, and then later founded a yeshivah in Minsk. Here however he engaged in hostile dispute with the Gaon Yechiel Halpern, whose supporters eventually drove Ginsburg from the city.

Legend has it that the Shaagas Aryeh was run out of the city of Minsk on an oxen cart.[2] Due to the insult, as he left the city he remarked “What, Minsk isn’t burning yet?” For years, fires that broke out were attributed by the Jews of Minsk to the curse of the Shaagas Aryeh….

“Hasidim considered the Shaagas Aryeh “the definitive talmid hakham (great leader) of the generation”, They maintain a legend that the Besht sought out the Shaagas Aryeh and “served him by putting his shoes on for him”.

“A legend exists of his death. During his studies a book-case fell on him, covering him with books. His students were able to rescue him after an hour or so and he related to them that he had been covered by the books of the authors with whom he had quarreled….

It is speculated that this legend is the source of the urban myth surrounding the death of the French-Jewish composer Charles-Valentin Alkan, whose family originated from Metz.

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Call me jaded, but whenever I see an account of a rabbi that’s based almost totally around ‘legends’, the red flag automatically goes up that I’m dealing with a false persona.

Real people, real rabbis, don’t need ‘legends’ to fill out their biographical details, because they have real families, and real achievements and experiences, and real lives to do all that.

I’m not saying that the Sha’agas Aryeh didn’t exist. What I’m saying is that I think he was another of these ‘dual personas’ that I’ve tripped up on so very many times, the last few months of researching this stuff.

It’s little things, like why would the BESHT seek out the Sha’agas Aryeh to put his shoes on?

What’s the source for this self-serving snippet?

And, why would some secular French guy with no connection, apparently, to the world that the Sha’agas Aryeh moved in, have an ‘urban myth’ spring up about his death based on the ‘legend’ of how the Sha’agas Aryeh apparently died?

It’s the small details, the little things, that really just don’t make any sense.

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So, next stop was to go and try and track things down from the other side of the ‘Sha’agas Aryeh’ persona.

What do the ‘official sources’ say for who his daughter was, and who she really married?

(Here comes the magic…)

If you go HERE, it lists 4 children for the ‘Sha’agas Aryeh’, including one daughter, Sarah.

That daughter Sarah marries one Nathan Nata Notkin.

And when I read that, I almost fell off my chair.

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Here’s why.

There were apparently two main Jewish ‘Court Factors’ serving the court of Count Semyon Zorich in Shklov, in the late 1700s.

One was Yehoshua Zeitlin – who I’ve already written a lot about, and who is somehow the ancestor of the Alter Rebbe, and probably also related to the Vilna Gaon, too, although I still haven’t quite managed to totally pin down how.

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This ‘Yehoshua Zeitlin’ was leading a double-life – ‘orthodox’ Rabbi, according to the above write up from Hamodia, and leading maskil, according to who he was hanging out with, paying for, and what he was otherwise supporting:

[Zeitlin] 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 BerlinHirsch 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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Now, I’ve come across many references to another ‘Court Factor’ in Shklov, who sounds almost identical to ‘Yehoshua Zeitlin’ – except I couldn’t really find any real details for him anywhere – including in a whole big book I bought about Shklov Jews.

That guy’s name was Natan Nota Notkin.

I wrote about him, a little, back in THIS post, when I said this:

There’s another interesting descendant of Yonatan Eybshutz as well (not including this two sons ‘Wolf’ and Mordechai-Marcus, who were both openly Sabbatian / Frankists.)

He is Natan Nata Eybshutz, named for Eybshutz’s ‘illustrious’ ancestor Natan Nata Spira, the Megulat Amukot.

CO-INC-IDEN-TALLY, one of the most famous ‘Shadlanim’ of that time was a guy named Natan Nota Notkin.

I can find so very little about him online, but here’s where you can read a little more about him:

“A merchant from Shklov, Nota Haimovich Notkin was invited to St. Petersburg together with Abram Perets by Catherine II.”

His life story parallels that of Joshua Zeitlin almost exactly.

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Could “R’ Chaim of Volozhin’ and ‘Nota Haimovich Notkin’ be one and the same person?

It’s certainly at least possible.

In THIS post, I wrote this:

  1. The sephardic converso ‘De Porto’ family moved through Ulmo in the Netherlands to become the ashkenazi ‘Gunzbergs’. The Gunzbergs / Ginsburghs / Ginsburgs are connected to Natan Nota Eybshutz; and they are also connected to the Sabbatean Avraham Rovigo / Broda – the ‘Eshel Avraham’ – whose descendants married the Alter Rebbe’s descendants and ‘spiritual heirs’.

Chaim of Volozhin’s mother is listed as being one ‘Rivka Rappaport’.

Another branch of the ‘De Porto’ family also went by the name ‘Rappoport’.

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And in THIS post, I wrote this:

CO-INC-IDEN-TAL-LY, there’s a strange story on the Chabad website which tells us this, about Natan Nata Notkin:

In the year 1798, Rabbi Shneur Zalman was falsely informed upon by his detractors and accused of treason. When he was finally exonerated and released from prison toward the evening of the 19th of Kislev, the authorities asked him where they should bring him.

He replied that they should bring him to the home of Reb Mordechai Liepler, one of his followers. In the same building, there also lived one of the leading mitnagdim (opponents of the chassidim), by the name of R’ Nota Notkin, and unfortunately, Rabbi Shneur Zalman was mistakenly taken to his home instead.

For three hours, until the chassidim realized what happened, he berated, complained and argued against the chassidim, to the extent that Rabbi Schneur Zalman later remarked that he suffered more during those three hours than the entire time he was imprisoned.

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This is strange for a lot of reasons, not least that elsewhere, Nota Notkin is credited for being the man who arranged the release of Shneur Zalman from prison in the first place.

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So if ‘Nota Haimovitch Notkin’ ends up being and the same as R’ Chaim of Volozhin….

That clearly changes the whole picture of what we think we know about real Jewish history, and what so many of these people were really up to – and what side they were really playing for.

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That’s enough for today!

I just fell down a whole other rabbit hole which no doubt you’ll hear about in due course.

We are getting closer and closer to really figuring all this stuff out, BH.

But we’re not quite ‘there’ yet.

There’s still a bunch of lies that need pinning down and biruring.

And with God’s help, we’ll get to it.

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