So much of Jewish life revolves around the Jewish community.

Wherever Jews happen to live, whatever language they happen to speak, whatever Jewish traditions, customs and laws they happen to keep (or not…) being part of a community will often figure as a very major part of Jewish life.

No two communities are the same, each is a unique blend of the history, personalities, beliefs and customs that have molded it over the generations. While so many of the different community customs have been lost over the years, many Jews are still striving to maintain their cultural heritage, and to apply to Jewish life in the modern world, in the face of a growing number of issues, challenges and changes.

In this category, we’ll take a look at a bunch of topics including:

  • Jewish Communal Events – what’s really shaping modern Jewish life
  • Jewish News – the information that we really need to know about living as a Jew today
  • The importance of Jewish communal life
  • History of Jewish community – in all sorts of different places around the globe
  • Day-to-day relationships – both intramural and extramural, with other peoples and faiths
  • Modern values in kehillas – and how they are changing, sometimes unrecognisably, from traditional Torah values
  • Jewish community issues and challenges – both within Israel, and abroad
  • Community leaders, rabbis, and personalities.

There are so many things that are not adding up about what just happened in Meron.

***More updates below***

We all know that another massive ‘whitewash’ is about to occur, where the police and the government will ‘investigate themselves’ and declare they did absolutely nothing – NOTHING!!! – wrong.

I can’t sleep thinking about it, so in the meantime I’ve typed up some of the things that aren’t making sense to me about what really happened in Meron.

I’m just listing them below, to ‘get them out there’ – and I’m very happy to have some help to clear things up, if others out there have more information or facts.

Because one thing is for sure:

The authorities are not going to tell us anything even approaching the truth of what really happened on L’Ag B’Omer in Meron.

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So, here’s what I’ve got so far:

Things that don’t make sense about the Meron tragedy

1. No reports of the loud ‘boom’ that occurred shortly before 1AM.

My daughter reported that she heard a ‘boom’ while she was still working in the Rashbi kever, shortly before 1 AM. She said it sounded like something had fallen down – and she called my other daughter later that evening, to find out if the news had reported what it was.

This ‘boom’ was not reported in media reports – at least, none that I’ve been able to find.

2. Where did the story that the bleachers had collapsed come from?

On the Myrtlerising.com blog, she stated the following:

“At first, news outlets reported a stampede occurred because a balcony collapsed. Then the balcony became bleachers. Then they said nothing collapsed; the stampede occurred due to a closed in area with a ramp & stairs, which causes a downward momentum difficult to halt.

However, my teenage son’s friend said that he was on the bleachers, which were shaking, and indeed, he said there was some kind of collapse. So I don’t know.”

Two days’ later, no-one is talking about anything ‘collapsing’ – despite first-hand witness reports of the boom.

This is very strange.

3. Why did the initial reports contain quotes from ‘first responders’ describing scenes of carnage including people being ‘separated from their limbs’?

Initial accounts had some ‘first responder’ official, making statements about people being separated from their limbs, and terrible carnage that hadn’t been seen since the bus bombings in Israel – consistent with a ‘bleachers collapsing’ version of the story.

But…. No bleachers collapsed.

So, why was that person being quoted making these statements, when that wasn’t what was happening on the ground?

People were being crushed to death and stepped on. But no-one had their limbs ‘separated from their bodies’. That’s just not consistent with being crushed to death in a crowd.

Now, those comments have been scrubbed from the internet, so I can’t double-check this.

But it’s puzzling that this was being reported in the first place.

Unless of course, that was what was have meant to have happened.

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4. Why so many ‘ready to go’ stories about Toldos Aharon chassidut bearing the brunt of the casualties?

Take a look at this story, put up on the awful Jpost:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/what-is-toldot-aharon-hassidic-sect-whose-members-were-killed-at-meron-666808

It’s emphasizing the ‘anti-zionist’ stance of Toldos Aharon, and encouraging readers to believe that these ‘horrible, anti-zionist chassidim’ somehow deserved what happened.

But again, there is a disconnect between the ‘planned news’ and what actually happened.

Initial news stories claim that lots of small children have been killed and injured, and that the majority of the casualties are from the Toldos Aharon chassidut.

This appears to be wrong.

The youngest niftar I read about was 9 years old and the vast majority of those killed were adults.

Also, hardly any of the dead are Toldos Aharon chassidim.

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BUT – if bleachers had collapsed in the Toldos Aharon area while the Rebbe was lighting the bonfire – when the ‘boom’ was heard – then that would have meant that many, many of the dead would be Toldos Aharon chassidim, including small children – as was initially being reported.

I also want to draw your attention to one of the comments on that post about what really caused the deaths and casualties in Meron:

“Many different witnesses told Haaretz that a police barricade prevented people from exiting and caused overcrowding.  Police decided to block an exit passage and people were forced in. Police stood by as people asphyxiated.

“Eliyahu, who was injured in the disaster, described the scene of total confusion. “We tried to leave, but the demonic yasam police closed all kinds of areas and weren’t letting us leave,” he said. “We begged them to open the gates to get out, but the brutal police didn’t let people leave and everyone was pushed, and people were simply trampled to death. I didn’t understand what was happening and fainted, and woke in the hospital.”

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5. The deaths are being blamed on a ‘stampede’ – but no reason has been given for why this ‘stampede’ occurred – if it even happened at all.

Available footage and eyewitness accounts doesn’t show that a stampede occurred.

It shows that the police blocked an exit with fences, resulting in an enormous pressure of people building up that caused 45 people to be crushed to death – and that there was no stampede.

If you want to tell me that there was a ‘stampede’ as being reported – then what were people meant to be ‘stampeding’ away from?

6. Why was the floor soaking wet?

There are a number of reports saying the floor was wet, and that’s what caused people to fall and be crushed.

That the floor was so wet that numerous people noticed it – in the dark, in a crowd of people – suggests that something more than someone spilling some water, or juice, on the ground made the floor that wet.

A small patch of water or juice on the ground wouldn’t have been noticed by so many people, in a crush, at night, unless we are talking about a copious amount of water.

Where did that water come from?

Water dries very fast on summer nights in Israel.

Why was it present on the ground in large amounts in that area, shortly after the mysterious ‘boom’ was heard, and at the same time that the police decided to close the exit off?

  1. Where did the fatalities actually occur?

In this article, it says that happened in ‘Area 41’ of Meron. Also, note the timing – consistent with the ‘boom’ my daughter heard shortly before 1am.

At 12:55am, [A singer playing live] stopped to tell rescue teams stationed across the mountain to help out “at the stairs”.
At 12:57am, a medic came out of the crowd carrying a small child in his arms. “Do not worry, you’ll live,” he was overheard telling the child. He put the child down inside a structure nearby and yelled into his walkie-talkie: “A mass-casualty event in Area 41.”
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All of the videos I saw so far in the MSM showed the fenced off exit you can see in this video, below:

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But then, I found this strange video as part of a ‘Chesed Fund’ fundraiser, which has clearly been cut and mislabeled as ‘Police Attempt To Pull Bodies Out From Under Trapped Crowd’ which appears to show something very different – and people literally piled on top of each other on stairs, as the police look on:

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It’s possible that fatalities occurred in separate places.

But this seems inconsistent with the eye-witness reports of people falling down steps, and the people at the bottom of the steps being crushed to death.

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8. Why were ‘bottlenecks’ set up all over Meron this year, and why were the police practising what would happen if the bleachers collapsed?

This comes from HERE:

“We are standing at the entrance to the compound while thousands of people behind us were pushing to get in. There were barriers and a small and narrow passageway,” Daitsh said.
“A policeman told us to go back and threatened to spray us with pepper spray if we did not do as he said. I asked him if he was insane. I said there were people there, children, they would be crushed, and people would die. I asked him to let some of them through and relieve some of the pressure on the crowd. But he would not listen,” he said…
…Daitsh said that Thursday’s disaster could have been repeated in five or six different locations on Mount Meron that night. “It is a miracle that no other such tragedies occurred….

… During the week leading up to the religious festivities, police forces conducted war games practicing various possible scenarios. The force practiced mass casualty events such as a collapse of stands, fire and other eventualities.”

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Really?

The police were practising a mass casualty event involving ‘a collapse of stands (bleachers)’ the week before this tragedy occurred?

Fancy that.

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While the MSM is quoting ‘massive crowds’ at Meron this year, in truth way FEWER people were in Meron this year than have been attending in the 4-5 years before COVID last year.

Meron usually gets half a million visitors, and this year there were 100,000.

So, something else was happening this year to cause the ‘overcrowding’ that lead to this disaster.

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I’m typing this at 3.30am, because hard as I tried to get to sleep, I just couldn’t.

There are too many things that just don’t add up here, and I need to set them down for the record.

Also, I had a discussion with someone who acknowledged that the police were to blame for what had happened, but violently disagreed that it had been done deliberately.

If it was done on purpose by the government, there would be a 1,000 people dead, at least, not just 45.

And that’s what got me thinking, about the mysterious ‘booms’, and the reports of bleachers collapsing and people ‘losing limbs’ and carnage, and wet floors and exits being blocked at exactly the same time that the ‘boom’ was heard by my daughter, and others.

I can’t help but think that bad as this so definitely already was, if things had ‘gone to plan’, it would have been many orders of magnitude worse.

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You remember, a couple of weeks back I drove up to Meron to be part of impromptu Shuvu Banim prayer gathering called by a ‘hidden tzaddik’ to sweeten some unknown terrible decree?

Here’s how I wrote it up, back then:

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There were instructions to start at midnight, to recite 7 tikkun haklalis, and then to carry on praying until netz – the dawn minyan.

Usually, Shuvu Banim go to Hevron, the Kotel, or occasionally Kever Rachel.

This was the first time I remember being told to go to Meron to pray – and look at the timing of when those prayers began, and until when they continued.

Something big got sweetened here, so very bad as it still was.

And this time around, the evildoers are not going to be able to hide.

There are too many questions, too many things that don’t add up, too many people who saw what they saw, and know what they know.

The bleachers didn’t collapse as planned…

The ‘cover story’ didn’t happen….

And what’s left is a trail of evidence that shows very clearly that a lot of forethought and effort went into what occurred in Meron on L’Ag B’Omer.

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Let me leave you with another account of what happened, from HERE, which points up some of huge questions I raised above:

“As the news of the disaster at Meron first broke out, there were many differing accounts of how it happened, including the collapse of bleachers. However, it quickly became clear that those reports were mistaken.

Instead, the incident occurred as thousands of people made their way down a narrow downward walkway by the Toldos Aharon complex toward the exit of the site. The police, apparently unaware of how many people were in the walkway, blocked the exit for a few minutes for some reason, creating a terrible bottleneck.

Meanwhile, people inside were crushed together and toppled on top of each other. The metal floor was also reportedly wet for some reason and some people on the walkway fell and there was a chain reaction, with people on top of the stairs toppling on those below.

“The blockage led to people being compressed,” the witness said. “More and more people who wanted to leave the crowded [Toldos Aharon] plaza entered the passageway, that according to witnesses was also wet.”

“And that’s how the disaster occurred. Hundreds and perhaps thousands of people on the way down, with no exit, with no possibility of moving backward.”

“We were walking and suddenly movement stopped,” one survivor told Channel 12 News. “I saw police blocking the entrance….”

“….Another witness to the scene said that contrary to the initial reports, no bleachers collapsed or anything else for that matter. “Nothing collapsed,” he said.

“Over the ohel of the Hachnasas Orchim and next to the building of the Rashbi, there’s a passageway to the stairs. There was a bottleneck of people in this passageway. People fell one on top of the other. I can’t even describe to you what it looked like.”

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Tomorrow, BH, I’ll cover more of the spiritual implications of what just happened in Meron.

Because everything that God does, even these terribly painful, heartbreaking things, contain ‘good’.

But it takes a lot of emuna and prayer, sometimes, to be able to start to tease that out.

TBC

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UPDATE:

This video, from inside the Rashbi kever on L’Ag B’Omer, was posted up on the Tomer Devorah website HERE.

It shows Israel Border Police mamash roughing young chareidi men up – for absolutely no reason.

There are no crowds, these young men aren’t doing anything.

There were initial reports – that I haven’t independently confirmed – of police beating people up before ‘the tragedy’ occurred. This video suggests that those reports could well be correct.

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In the meantime, I’m still trying to figure out where the ‘mass casualty’ event actually happened.

Even basic information like this is being withheld from the public here in Israel.

But here is what people have already been talking about, the last 24 hours:

Closing down Meron to pilgrims;

Fake news stories about female soldiers being attacked by haredim they were trying to help (thus demonising religious Jews exactly at a time when one might be moved to feel some sorrow and sympathy with them);

Netanyahu using the ‘Meron Tragedy’ to try and extend his government mandate….

The list of people trying to use this ‘tragedy’ to achieve their own ends just goes on and on and on.

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But the truth is going to come out this time.

I feel it in my bones.

All these deaths at Rabbi Shimon on L’ag B’omer are sweetening something way, way bigger, and evil is finally on its last legs in this country.

My friend just emailed me this:

‘Police came with fire in their eyes’

Hasidim who were at Meron deadly disaster blame police for incident in which 45 people were killed.

This is the beginning of the end for the evil that’s been ruling here for centuries, already.

There will probably still be some ups and downs before we finally get there, but the end is starting to loom into site.

And the 45 didn’t die for nothing.

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UPDATE #2:

This video comes from the Habayitah blog, HERE, and shows more video of the Border Police beating up chareidim – for no obvious reason – shortly before the ‘tragedy’.

The Border Police in Israel wear the light grey uniforms, and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen video of them beating up religious Jews – including young boys – simply for the ‘crime’ of being a religious Jew.

There are more videos out there, and BH, they will start to surface more and more, even though the police cut all the cameras in Meron itself the day before L’ag B’Omer.

This time the truth will out.

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UPDATE #3:

Police blocking an ambulance from entering Meron:

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UPDATE #4:

I’m just going to keep adding stuff to this post, so it’s recorded ‘for posterity’, as I know how quickly all this information can get scrubbed out of the historical record, otherwise.

Now, there’s a report on Israel National News that some building in Meron did collapse – but what that building is, they aren’t saying, and this is the first time it’s being mentioned in the almost 3 days after the mass murder event in Meron;

An engineering report has shown that the section of the building that collapsed in Meron was built for 3000 people, but was holding 20,000 at the time.

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What was this building, and why have there been ZERO reports about it from anyone, including eyewitnesses and people in Meron who were caught up in tragedy, until now?

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UPDATE #5:

More on that mysterious engineers report, from the Israel National News site HERE:

One fact has already been made public: the fact that the official engineer’s report on the site concluded that the area where the crowd gathered for the lighting ceremony conducted by the Admor of Toldot Aharon was deemed suitable for a maximum of 3,000 people. In fact, around 20,000 people were estimated to have been gathered there immediately prior to the disaster that occurred, almost seven times the permitted number.”

[Ed. note from Rivka – but you can see from the Livestream video in Update 6, below, that there was no unusual or life-threatening overcrowding in the Toldos Aharon complex at the time the people were asphyxiating to death in the ‘tunnel’ leading off it, even if there were 20,000 people present. So this engineering report seems like more ‘fake news’ put out by the government.]

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“The crush was described as deadly by many of those present, even before the tragedy occurred; it was, however, only when people attempted to leave the area and were penned into a narrow corridor in order to do so that the fatal events leading to multiple fatalities transpired. 

Multiple eye-witness accounts have attested that police blocked off this exit, despite the increasingly desperate pleas of those crushed within the closed-off area to remove the barrier. Police have denied that the exit was blocked, but if security camera footage contradicts their denials, the evidence against them will be damning indeed.”

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I’m also still collecting first-hand accounts of how the police seem to have deliberately caused the deaths in Meron.

So to that distressing pile, I now add the following eyewitness account from Yitzhak Deri, from HERE:

“I was there, standing in the tremendous crush of people, with people being propelled along like in a river. At one point I was next to that [corrugated iron] wall, that wall of death, battling against the stream of people being pushed down the slope, and somehow I managed to make my way up and out. I cried out to the police officer there and I told him: ‘You have to remove that wall – people are going to die here if you don’t. Dozens of people are going to be killed here, and I’ll bear witness against you in court.’ That was just ten minutes before the disaster,” he noted.

Deri continued: “I almost passed out from the crush. I can’t begin to understand who gave that crazy order to close off the exit. People were trying to get out and they [the police] wouldn’t let them. Next to me there was a father with his three-year-old son, begging me, ‘Please, get my son out of here or he’s going to die.’ And that was before the disaster.

“Gradually the crush was getting worse and worse until there were literally thousands of people trying to get out of the plaza. Until my dying day I will see that police officer before my eyes. Anyone who thinks the police didn’t cause this disaster is so completely mistaken. The barrier the police refused to take down was what caused this terrible tragedy.

Why didn’t they let people leave? People knew they were going to die! One of those who escaped told me, ‘My son and I recited Shema Yisrael.’ Everyone was begging the police officers to remove the barrier – ‘Pull it down – we’re dying here.’”

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I’m also still trying to work out where all the deaths actually happened.

I’ve spent a good part of today poring over google earth maps of Meron, to try to figure it out, and it’s still not obvious.

So much of the footage doesn’t add up to the stories being told.

And now that this mysterious ‘collapsed building’ is being added in to the mix, I think I may have to go up and try to check things out first hand.

We will get into the more spiritual stuff soon, BH. I just felt that getting as many facts down in print, as soon as possible, was really important the last 24 hours, before the government and their media lackeys started spinning it all off into oblivion.

They are still trying to do that – but at least, they have a real fight on their hands this time, and a lot of people aren’t just rolling over and accepting the official narrative.

BH, together, with Hashem and the true tzaddikim, we will finally get rid of this evil.

TBC

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UPDATE 6:

I found the full ‘live feed’ from Meron, 2021, HERE.

Start watching from 3 hours 40 on – it’s in the Toldos Aharon complex, and you can clearly see that there was no ‘stampede’ that caused the deaths of 45 people.

I’m still watching – it’s 9 hours long – so I don’t know what else I’ll find out, but you can clearly see the crowd is dancing and relaxed – and that the tragedy didn’t happen because people were streaming out of the Toldos Aharon complex.

They weren’t.

At least, not before the deaths had already happened.

As always, very happy for you to join me in this quest for truth. The more people focus in on this, and ask Hashem to clarify what really happened, the faster the truth will come out.

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Rebbe Nachman’s works contain so many hints to what is transpiring all around us.

***Important updates below***

This morning in hitbodedut, I suddenly thought about his teaching about the ‘gallach’ and the ‘malach’.

(I will try to find the source on Shabbat, BH, but if anyone out there knows it, feel free to let me know in the comments section.)

Basically, he was talking about the vicissitudes of trying to serve God in this totally confused period of time known as ‘the end of days’.

And he explained how sometimes we act as if we are a malach – an angel; and other times, it all tips over and then we starting acting like a gallach – a priest.

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Rav Ofer Erez does a fabulous job of bringing that lesson down to our level, and applying it to the issues so many of us have today, where one minute we are trying to be tzaddikim praying with devotion and being super-machmir about about everything – and the next minute we’re smoking a joint, or wasting a whole day gorging on netflix.

(Or worse…)

But this morning, I understood for the first time that Rabbenu was also actually describing the reality of what was going on then, in his time, and what is still going on today, in ours.

One minute, an ‘angel’ – and the next minute a priest.

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I didn’t want to overload you with information in that last post.

It’s a lot to take in, I know.

But you should know that what I shared there is literally just the tip of the ‘Christian-Jews’ iceberg.

THIS link will take you to an archived page on the Wayback Machine for something called the ‘Messianicwiki’ site.

Specifically, it will take you to a page called:

“Some Jewish Witnesses for Christ”, by Aaron Bernstein published in 1909

It contains the names of 590 prominent Jews, from prominent families, who became vocal leaders in the xtian community.

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Some of those people you’ve already met, in the posts in this blog.

But there are so many more, that just got scrubbed out of ‘official Jewish history’ – even though they continued to be in close touch with their relatives in the Jewish community, many of whom were the generation’s ‘leading rabbis’ and communal figures.

Let me give you a couple of examples, so you can see just how bad the problem was / is:

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Exhibit 1:

Michael Solomon Alexander (1 May 1799 – 23 November 1845) the first Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem.

Here’s a snippet from Wikipedia:

He was the second son and one of five children born to Alexander Wolff. His ancestors may have come to Prussia from England, or may have been in Schönlanke for many generations.

His education in the Talmud began when he was seven years old, and from age sixteen to twenty, he was a teacher in his community of both Talmud and the German language.

He emigrated to England in about 1820, and became a private tutor for a Jewish family in Colchester. Then he became rabbi at Norwich. Here he came into contact with William Marsh, a stalwart of the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews (now known as the Church’s Ministry Among Jewish People or CMJ).

Attempting to flee Christian influences, he accepted the post of teacher and shochet at Plymouth. He taught Hebrew to the Rev. Benjamin Golding of Stonehouse church.

In 1825, he converted to Christianity.

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Michael Solomon Alexander

The first Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, Michael Solomon Alexander

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Then in 1841, he was proposed as the first Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, and arrived in the Holy Land in 1842.

As soon as he touched down in Jerusalem, he sparked off a mad race with all the other xtian sects, for them to ‘consolidate their presence in Jerusalem’. Hey, thanks guy!

But that’s not all.

What of his relatives? The people he left behind, and the 9 kids he had with his wife, ‘Deborah Levy’?

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(I just tripped over a whole bunch of VERY interesting info about that, which BH I’ll do as an update below a little later on.)

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Here’s a snippet of his write up on that ‘witnesses for Krist’ page:

One of the most interesting incidents in his [missionising] work in Prussia was a visit to his birthplace, and the meeting with his brother, a rabbi to a large congregation near Posen.

We quote the future Bishop’s own words, as shewing his humbleness of mind, and how fully he had left Judaism behind, and entered into the joys of his new faith.

“I cannot describe my feelings on finding myself now in Posen, my native country, when I reflect on the wonderful dealings of the Lord with me since I left this place nine years ago. I was then a wandering sheep from my Saviour’s fold, walking in darkness….[more missionising xtian claptrap….]

“The Lord gave me another gracious token of His mercy at Posen.

I wrote to my brother, who is rabbi to the large Jewish congregation twelve miles from Posen, informing him of my arrival, and requesting that we might have a meeting.

I had very faint hopes of his compliance, as he had been most bitter against me since my baptism. His letter, however, expressed a wish to meet me half way from Posen.

I immediately set off, and had the unspeakable satisfaction of embracing my brother, not as an enemy, even for the Gospel’s sake, but full of brotherly love and affection, and even giving me credit for sincerity.

I stated to him the Gospel, and declared also to him an account of the hope that was in me. He acknowledged that he had not given the subject due consideration, but he promised he would.

He told me what is very important, viz., that it is generally expected among the Jews, that the coming generation will embrace Christianity, and that Judaism is fast dying away.

Time would not allow him to be much with us, and we parted, praying together that the Lord would open his eyes to behold His glory, as it shines in the face of Jesus, and that we may both be united in His love, and become brothers in Christ.”

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Wouldn’t you just love to know who that rabbinic brother in Posen of ‘Bishop Michael’ was?

I sure would.

But for now, they’ve managed to totally scrub his real identity out of the picture.

(But if you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I’ve had a keen interest in quite a few ‘rabbis from Posen’, over the last few months, with strange links to the xtian world.)

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UPDATE:

I found his brother, it’s Wolff Alexander.

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(And I found his sister, too: Joanna Pick, who married Jacob Pick.

Those names don’t mean a lot to you, probably, but to me, they are ‘Real Jewish History’ gold.

I’ll explain why in a separate post, BH.)

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Bishop Michael was a big ‘success’ in Jerusalem.

In the four years he was here, before he died, he managed to convert a whole load of Jews to xtianity.

Thirty-one of them even sent his widow a signed letter of condolence, when Bishop Michael popped his clogs in 1845. And the guy mamash set the ‘Hebrew church’ on a very strong foundation in the Holy Land.

Here’s a description of his first year:

In conformity with instructions received from Constantinople, proclamation was made in the mosques, that “he who touches the Anglican Bishop will be regarded as touching the apple of the Pasha’s eye.”

The presence of the Bishop was soon felt in work amongst the Jews in Jerusalem…

 The Bishop had held his first ordination on March 17, had baptized a Jew on Whitsun Day, and confirmed eight Hebrew Christians; married two converts; finishing up with the ordination of a Hebrew Christian missionary.

The upper room proved all too small, and the building of the London Society’s permanent church, which was to serve the joint purposes of a Cathedral, a chapel for British residence, and a mission centre, was proceeded with…

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Sigh.

These ‘Christian-Jews’ have been pulling the strings here in the Holyland for two centuries (at least….)

This guy was working for the Prussian and British governments and monarchy; he’s a high-level ‘Christian-Jew’ with rabbinic relatives also interested in yoshki working back in the ‘old country’; he mamash totally changed the face of Jerusalem, converted tens, maybe even hundreds of Jews in the Old City back when there weren’t a lot of Jews in Jerusalem – and we’ve never heard of him.

Why not?

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While you are pondering that, let me introduce you to one other ‘Christian Jew’ who caught my eye.

Exhibit 2:

Christian David Ginsburg

Here’s his write-up, from HERE:

Rev. Dr. Christian David Ginsburg, born at Warsaw, December 25, 1821, embraced Christianity there in 1846, was missionary of the British Society in Liverpool till 1863, when he retired in order to devote himself entirely to literary work.

Dr. Ginsburg contributed a considerable number of valuable articles on Jewish topics to Kitto’s Encyclopædia, published a book on the Karaites and Essenes, and a full account in English of the Kabbalah, its doctrines, development, and literature.

But he will be especially remembered for his massoretic studies, and translation of Elias Levita’s “Massoreth-ha-Massorah” in 1867, and of Jacob ben Hayim’s “Introduction to the Rabbinic Bible,” published in the same year. He was on the Revision Committee of the Old Testament.

He edited the Massoretic Critical Text of the Hebrew Bible for the Trinitarian Bible Society, 1894, and also Salkinson’s translation of the New Testament into Hebrew, 1886.

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The Karaites are one of my newest obsessions….

You’ll be hearing more about them soon, BH.

But in the meantime – there are so many scions of ‘big’ Jewish families who became openly xtian – and not just openly xtian in a private way, they became bishops and missionaries and translators of xtian stuff into Hebrew, and went on ‘secret missions’ to get more Jews baptised and following yoshki…

And we know nothing about them.

But at least for me, it’s tarting to explain more about just why there are so many strange ‘gaps’ in the genealogical record, and so much censorship going on around real Jewish history.

And also, why xtians continue to pull the strings here in the Holy Land, from behind the scenes, while our elected officials, leaders and ‘rabbis’ continue to pretend that the State of Israel was a ‘Jewish country’ set up for Jews.

It’s all a lie.

But BH, it’s finally starting to unravel.

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UPDATE 2:

Well, I went to check out “The Church’s Ministry Among Jewish People (CMJ) (formerly the London Jews’ Society and the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews)”, which sent Bishop Michael over to us, to start converting Jews like crazy in the Holy Land, back in 1842.

It was started in 1809, by a dodgy sounding (probably crypto-Jewish) xtian called ‘Charles Simeon’ and the infamous William Wilberforce.

You can read up more about them on Wiki, HERE.

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I’ve been going through all the Jewish converts – almost all rabbis, and sons of rabbis – who joined their ranks over the course of the 19th century, and it’s profoundly shocking, to say the least.

I’m going to list just a few names of their ‘Jewish missionaries’ below, with their bios – and only read them if you have a strong stomach for xtian c*ap.

Joseph Frey

Zebi Nasi Hirsch Prinz

and

Joseph Rabinowitz

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Here’s a snippet about what they were getting up to then, in Israel – 100 years before ‘the State of Israel’ came into being, in 1948:

In 1836, two missionaries were sent to Jerusalem: Dr. Albert Gerstmann, a physician, and Melville Bergheim, a pharmacist, who opened a clinic that provided free medical services. By 1844, it had become a 24-bed hospital.

In its heyday, the society had over 250 missionaries. It supported the creation of the post of Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem in 1841, and the first incumbent was one of its workers, Michael Solomon Alexander.] The society was active in the establishment of Christ Church, Jerusalem, the oldest Protestant church in the Middle East, completed in 1849.

In 1863, the society purchased property outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. In 1897, they opened a hospital on the site, designed by architect Arthur Beresford Pite. Today, the building houses the Anglican International School Jerusalem, which is operated by the society.

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All this is a problem.

But the much bigger problem is that this organisation is still going strong today.

HERE‘s their website, and here’s a few of the snippets I gleaned before the nauseous feeling overcame me:

ACTIVELY MISSIONISING IN ERETZ ISRAEL:

Shira and Yoni’s story

How Yoshki is going to bring ‘peace in the Middle East’

PROMO VIDEO (NOT SHMIRAT EYNAYIM FRIENDLY) OPENLY STRESSING THEY ARE OUT TO CONVERT ‘THE JEW FIRST’:

CMJ is LINKED DIRECTLY TO THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY (AND ERGO, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE QUEEN):

CMJ Mission Partners (PDF)

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Like I said, all this is still just the tip of a massive iceberg.

There are so many ‘missionaries’ here that are born (externally…) Jews, or who belong to organisations and belief systems that were compromised a very long time ago.

We have no idea, just how far this rot has spread.

But we’re starting to guess.

And it’s frankly really scary.

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UPDATE 3#:

When I plugged in those ‘medical missionaries’ to Jerusalem described above, I got to this xtian blog, which finally sets out who was really behind the whole ‘Zionist’ enterprise, to get Jews back to Eretz Israel.

Surprise surprise!

It wasn’t Jews.

It was ‘Christian Zionists’ – from 400 years ago.

Here’s a snippet, but go read the whole thing for yourself, if you really want to get a better idea of what’s been going on here, and why the State of Israel has been resolutely ‘anti-Torah’ and pro-missionising Jews right from the start:

In 1640 AD, Parliamentary censorship of the Puritans ended.  That same year, Jews were allowed to return to England, for the first time since they were expelled in 1290 AD.  It seemed like the time to help the Jews establish self-rule in the land of Israel was at hand.  So, the Puritan leaders in England met with the leading Ashkenazi rabbis of England in London, England, to offer their help in establishing Jewish self-rule in the land of Israel.  Much to their surprise, every single one of these rabbis was adamantly opposed this!

It seemed like the dream of Jewish self-rule in the land of Israel had became only the dream of Christian Zionists….

Christian Zionists bypassed the Rabbis, and met with ordinary Ashkenazi Jews. 

They sought to change the hearts and minds of Ashkenazi Jews, about Jews becoming self-governing in the land of Israel again.  They worked to change public opinion to support this idea.  They worked to change laws that would be favorable in helping Jews make the transition to a country, that did not even exist at the time. 

They worked to influence the Ottoman Empire to allow Jews to move back to the land of Israel in greater numbers.  One of them even spent his entire fortune building docks and inns in New Haven, Connecticut, to handle the large number of Jews, who would one day move to the Land of Israel, and set up a Jewish government there.

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The xtian Rothschilds – and all the other secret xtianised ‘rabbis’, especially centered in around Vilna and Berlin – are just the front, the Trojan Horse, for these ‘xtian zionists’ – who themselves are probably just a front for the Sabeans, and I don’t know what else.

‘Shabtai Tzvi’ was handpicked as the candidate to get Jews to Israel, in 1666 – the year these xtian zionists had fixed as the ‘end of days’.

That’s a big statement, but I (think…) I can prove it.

There’s so much more to say here.

But I have to make supper and get ready to go to Meron later this evening, so this will have to wait a little while longer, until the birur is finally moved on a level.

TBC

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This is a hard post to write, and it’s probably going to be a hard post to read.

For the last few weeks – way before the news broke about the fake-chareidi-xtian-missionary brazening it out in French Hill – I’ve been researching the topic of Christian-Jews.

Before I continue, let me back up and fill in the context, so you understand more of what I’m going to share with you later.

In a nutshell, I believe that this is what has been going on in the Jewish community, for at least the last 2,000 years:

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  • The Jewish community has been infiltrated, at the highest levels, by people who look externally Jewish, and act Jewish, and often have superb ‘yichus’ – but who are really not Jewish.
  • Many of these people – probably even most of them – have some sort of Jewish blood, or Jewish ‘DNA’, if you can call it that, but it’s often ‘patrilineal descent’ and usually comes from mixed marriages with women who aren’t halachically Jewish.
  • Many of our biggest rabbis, our most important leaders, over the last at least 1,000 years have been people who have been leading ‘double lives’ – i.e. pretending to be orthodox Jews, at least externally, when they really aren’t. Many of our rabbis have also been very closely related to Christian-Jews.
  • The problem was exacerbated by the ‘conversos’ of Spain and Portugal, after 1492, but there were large numbers of Christian-Jews – especially in leadership roles – even before this.

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There is so much to say about this topic, but I have to tread very carefully.

What I thought I’d do, is bring some of the stories of these ‘Christian-Jews’, so you can get a flavor for just how big the problem actually was, over the last 2,000 years – and how big a problem it continues to be, for the authentic Jewish community.

We’ll start with the ‘low hanging fruit’ while I’m trying to figure out what to do with the really explosive, controversial stuff that I’m still not ready to share publically.

Here we go.

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How did I get into this subject?

I’ve been busy putting together a real family tree for the more ‘interesting’ Jewish families, where there’s been an obvious cover-up of the real details and information.

In the process of doing that, I kept tripping over weird names, and weird snippets of information, that hinted that certain members of these families had formally converted to xtianity. And I was amazed at just how many of these weird names I kept tripping over, despite all the cover up that’s gone on.

Let me give a few concrete examples:

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Exhibit 1: Paulus Renatus (aka Lob Oppenheim)

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Here’s a snippet about him, from HERE:

Lob Oppenheim – Paulus Renatus The first Frankfurt Jew about whose conversion and its accompanying circumstances more detailed information is available was Lob Oppenheim, who informed the city council of his intention in August 1537 and at the same time complained that his wife Edel (also: nobility) refuse to convert with him.

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Notice that this was happening a good 100 years before Shabtai Tzvi, and a good 50 years AFTER Jews from Spain and Portugal had been forced to go into exile, or convert under Ferdinand and Isabella.

Now, if you go HERE – the German Wikipedia article for the Oppenheim family – you’ll see that (despite a clumsy attempted cover up…), we can identify the xtian ‘Paulus Renatus’ as one and the same as the Jewish Judah Loeb Oppenheim of Frankfurt – married to Edel:

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It says that – at least initially – Edel, his wife, refused to convert with him.

But if you continue reading down that list of ‘Oppenheims’ in Frankfurt who directly descended from ‘Paulus Renatus’, you quickly see that there are way more relatives listed as ‘Christian Jews’ in this family, including:

The grandson of Paulus Renatus, was also called Juda Löb (Löw) Oppenheim. His wife’s mother’s uncle (‘Amschel von Schleusingen’) was another xtian convert called Hans Cunrath.

According to the below, xtian ‘Amschel von Schleusingen’ had a double identity, and was known as ‘Akiva Frankfurter Guggenheim‘ within the Jewish community.

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One of (secret xtian) ‘Akiva Frankfurter Guggenheim’s’ daughters, called Rechle Wetzlar, was the mother of Ella Rothschild – the progenitor of the famous Rothschild clan.

That’s not a coincidence.

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To put this another way:

There is strong circumstantial evidence to suggest that the ‘Rothschilds’ haven’t really been Jews for over 400 years, already.

But let’s continue.

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Going back to that Wikipedia entry for the Oppenheim family, we next learn this:

Judah Lob Oppenheim #2, the grandson of Paulus Renatus, had another brother called Meyer Oppenheim (1580-1640).

Guess what?

Meyer also converted out to xtianity, as did his children.

But his wife Breindlen refused to be baptised, and so began a long, protracted divorce that lasted for many years, and caused an enormous chillul Hashem in both the Jewish Frankfurt community, and also amongst the xtians.

Here‘s a snippet of what was going on then:

Meir Oppenheim converted on December 21, 1606 to Christianity and took the name John Daniel Lichtenstein in. His wife Brendle (Brendlin) did not convert, but their children were baptized.

She demanded a divorce from him , he refused this and the disputes lasted until after 1620… because Lichtenstein demanded a share of 13,500 guilders for himself from the joint property with his wife, it was a sum of 18,000 guilders… [I]n November 1610 he sued his “former Jewish housewife” and her relatives as well…. 

Meir Oppenheimer / Johann Daniel Lichtenstein fell away from the Christian faith after being baptized, became Jewish again and fled to Poland. His brothers Mosche “Zum Schwert” and Juda Löb “Zum White Löwen” were assumed to have been the escape helpers. They fled from the threat of torture to force a confession and turned to the Supreme Court , whereupon the council issued a judgment that forced Moshe to pay 9,000 guilders and Löb 3,000 guilders.

After this judgment, Meir was baptized again in 1626.

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You see what I mean?

These guys just flipped in and out of xtianity or Judaism as it suited them – and then carried on being the leaders and ‘rabbis’ of the Jewish community.

For example, here’s what happened to Meir’s son:

Hieronimus Lichtenstein became a rabbi after his father fell away from Christianity, professed again Christian baptism and became a Protestant pastor…. baptized in 1626. 

You can read more about Meir’s descendants, the openly xtian ‘Liechensteins’, HERE.

There are a LOT more links with the Oppenheim family to explore, but we’ll leave that here for now, as I still have a couple more ‘Christian-Jews’ to introduce you too.

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Exhibit 2: John Ernuszt I

Now, I’m sure you’ve never heard of ‘John Ernuszt‘. So let me introduce you, a little:

John Ernuszt, Sr. was Ban of Slavonia from 1473 to 1476. He was born into a Jewish family in Vienna. He moved to Buda, the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, and converted to Roman Catholicism. He became a purveyor to the royal court, which enabled him to meet Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary.

His career in the administration of royal revenues began in 1461, with responsibility for the collection of the thirtieth (a custom duty) in Pozsony County….

Ernuszt inspired Matthias’s reform of the royal revenues (especially the centralization of their administration and the abolishment of tax exemptions) in 1467. In the same year, the king made him royal treasurer. Six years later, he was appointed ban of Slavonia and became one of the barons of the realm. 

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John Ernuszt Sr has two sons with his wife Catherine (the records don’t know if she was Jewish or not).

One, Sigismund Ernuszt, is made the Bishop of Pecs in 1473, while the second one, John Ernuszt Jnr, follows his dad into dealing with the royal finances.

Here’s a little about what happens next (from Wikipedia):

The Ernuszt brothers who held more than 3,500 peasant households were among the wealthiest landowners in Hungary in 1494…. In 1495, he received the estate of Munkács (MukacheveUkraine) from the King….

His brother, Bishop Sigismund was murdered in summer 1505. His three retainers (John Gyulai, Louis Szerecsen and Albert Cupi) strangled him to seize his wealth.[12] Sigismund’s legal heir was his younger brother, John… John Ernuszt brought charges against the assassins in spring 1506, also accusing them of misappropriation of the Ernuszt property. However they were never sentenced….

In 1514, John initiated a second lawsuit against the three retainers… John’s lawyers accused the suspects of murder, the falsification of Sigismund’s last will and embezzlement of 1,3 million gold florins….

Following John’s death, his only living son Caspar initiated a new trial in 1536, however he died in 1540 and the House of Ernuszt became extinct, making the lawsuit is obsolete.

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I discovered ‘John Ernuszt’ in a weird way.

As you know, I’m going through the family trees of a few ‘interesting’ families, and I’d got up to trying to figure out who the ancestors of the SHACH were, Shabbatai ben Meir HaKohen Katz Ashkenazi.

(That’s a whole other story… and I’m not sure I’m ever going to be able to really tell it. But I digress.)

So, I get to this geni profile of ‘R Akiva HaKohen Katz’ of Budin(1460-1496), and here’s a little of what I read:

“There was a man here in Prague that was great in Torah, wealth and Yichus that came to Prague from those that were exiled from the holy congregation of Uban (Budapest) because of a libel that was fabricated there.

This man was called Rabbi Akiva from Uban. [Son of Rabbi Yitzchok HaKohen son of Rabbi Akiva Kakohen the elder, Av Bais Din of Saloniki (Greece) who were both exiles from Spain, all descendants of The Kohen Gadol Elie.]

Rabbi Akiva was called to the Yeshiva above (died) in the year 5256 (1496). He was known as an expert in Royal Court customs and because of jealousy, the nobles of Hungary in Uban fabricated a libel. He came here (Prague) and built a great, respected house and spread tora in the generation of Rabbi Yaakov POLLACK who was the Av Bais Din here at that time. [Listed as an advisor of King Mathais of Hungary by Encyclopedia Judaica.]…

One of his sons was Rabbi Gershon father of Rabbi Shimshon HaCohen, father of Rabbi Yitzhak HaCohen-Katz, son-in-law of the great Maharal of Prague.

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There’s a few things that strike me as odd about this, initially.

First, ‘R’ Akiva HaKohen Katz’ has an alter ego, where’s he’s apparently also known as ‘Furst von Open’.

Whenever you see ‘von’, that means the person was ennobled. But hard as I look, I can’t find any record anywhere of a Jewish advisor to the Hungarian king who was ennobled at this time…. except, for John Ernuszt I, the converted Jew.

Akiva comes from ‘Budin’, and John lives in ‘Buda’ – the same place.

Akiva is apparently at the Hungarian court between 1460-1496, and John is apparently at the Hungarian court at exactly the same time.

How is that for a CO-INC-ID-ENCE?

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Akiva HaKohen Katz then moves from Hungary to Prague…. at exactly the same time that ‘John Ernuszt’ apparently dies, after becoming embroiled in a massive dispute, or ‘libel’ with the Hungarian nobles.

If you go HERE, you start to figure out a little more about why the nobles start revolting against ‘John Ernuszt’:

[Hungarian King Matthias] entrusted the administration of the Crown’s customs to John Ernuszt, a converted Jewish merchant. Within two years, Ernuszt was responsible for the collection of all ordinary and extraordinary taxes, and the management of the salt mines.

Matthias’s tax reform caused a revolt in Transylvania.

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So, I have to ask:

What are the chances that there would be two Jews, one ‘converted’ and one not, working for the same Hungarian king, at exactly the same time, both involved in ‘libels’ with the Hungarian nobels, and both ‘ennobled’ at a time when very few commoners – never mind Jews – were being ennobled?

And not only that – there are no records of ‘Furst von Open’ – the apparent alter ego of R’ Akiva HaKohen Katz.

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I’m a big believe in Occam’s Razor.

The simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

And the simplest explanation here is that ‘R’ Akiva HaKohen of Budin’ is one and the same as ‘John Ernuszt of Buda’, the converted Jew whose son became a Hungarian Bishop, and who married a bunch of apparently non-Jewish women.

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I cannot begin to tell you how many family trees of BIG rabbis this piece of information torpedoes, yichus-wise, if it’s correct.

I cannot begin to tell you the implications, but let’s just say there are people related to ‘R’ Akiva HaCohen Katz’ who I believe shook the Jewish world to its foundation.

Repeatedly.

All these ‘Christian-Jews’ are a VERY big problem for the Jewish community – and they have been for centuries.

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I probably just blew your mind with all this, so I’ll leave it there for now.

All this information has to come out, for the olam hafuch to turn the right way around.

But I appreciate, that this whole process of birur is difficult.

I really do.

And there is still a way to go, until it’s done.

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Well, the more I look into the ‘star of David’, the more it seems that it’s really not kosher.

My investigative journalist contact sent me something they wrote a while back on the subject, which I’m reproducing below, with their permission.

At the same time, I got another email yesterday from someone closely connected to the Rav, Rav Berland, detailing how the State tried to kill off the Rav in prison by injecting him with poison.

Apparently, they’ve done this many, many times to many other rabbis and others who they want to get rid of.

Except this time, it didn’t work.

So the doctor who tried to murder the Rav had some sort of spiritual awakening, realised he’s dealing with someone ‘supernatural’ – because let’s be clear, there’s no way that the State of Israel could NOT poison someone to death, if that’s what it really wanted to do – and then came to beg for forgiveness.

The Rav told him he’d be forgiven if he told others what he’d done.

And that’s how the story finally surfaced publically, at least in the circles close to the Rav.

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We aren’t dealing with ‘nice’ people here, I hope that’s something more and more of us are starting to understand.

They aren’t telling us the truth about anything, and they are the opposite of how they portray themselves, as ‘good’ and ‘holy’.

(It’s the olam hafuch, remember?)

There are a lot of questions all this raises.

If rabbis who receive the State’s shekel can’t be trusted (as we have so clearly seen, with the Covid 19 agenda); if bureaucrats and politicians who are working for the State are clearly corrupt and pushing evil, anti-Torah agendas in 50 million different ways; if the ‘State within the State’ – i.e. the secret services – are engaged in human trafficking, gun running, drug shipments and I don’t know what else…

Then what does that say about other people who were deep, deep in that corrupt, evil system, and working for that deep state?

While you are pondering that, let me leave you with the very well researched article on the Star of David – and at the bottom, I’ll add in a codicil so you can see how that ‘Star of David’ was being used by the Asiatic Brethren in their black magick initiation ceremonies.

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Why the Star of David is the Perfect Sabbatian Symbol

Every religion or cult has to have its symbol.  The symbol represents the core beliefs of that religion summed up in some visual image.  Two groups that share the same symbol will inevitably share very similar beliefs.

The one exception to this is Judaism, which never had a permanent symbol.  Although the menorah acted something like a uniting symbol for the Jewish people, it was never charged with the same significance as say the cross or the yin yang.  Only fairly recently, in the past few centuries, did Judaism “adopt” the Star of David.

But here you will see why this could never possibly act as a true Jewish symbol, if Judaism could ever employ symbols.[1]

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The simple triangular pyramid symbol has many uses in the occult beyond its double use in the Star of David.

It is the symbol of practically all illuministic societies.  It is often used as an Egyptian pyramid with an eye at its top.  This is the symbol on the back of the US dollar bill to this day.

To these groups, the eye in pyramid represents the principle of “higher knowledge.”

This mainly consists of the idea that those who use it have some sort of messianic quality that because of their higher-than-average intelligence and access to knowledge hidden from the general public permits them to act in a deceptive and underhanded manner.

The reasoning goes that they act in such a way for the benefit of society, but if people knew only part of the hidden information (and thus were not fully and totally enlightened like the elect) they might act with hostility towards the elect and prevent them from doing the “good” they wish to do.

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Thus there are those who are “illuminated” and those who are still “ignorant.”

(This might account for the popularity of the term “ignorant” amongst radical leftists—“ignorant” takes its root from “gnosis,” the significance of which will become clear in the course of this essay.)

This leads to a general permissiveness in all manner of deceit on the part of the elect.[2]

So goes all Gnostic and illuministic thinking.  What they conceal generally is the idea that all religions are true and thus any form of worship is permitted.  This naturally is to the detriment of the idea of one God, one Torah, one Land, one Chosen People.

Particularly the latter, since the idea of a divinely Chosen People seriously disturbs the self-anointed elect.

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It is the habit of these types to borrow from all religions, but especially Judaism and kabbalah.

In this regard, they are true charlatans who demonstrate the highest ignorance of any and all Jewish concepts, taking them haphazardly as is convenient.  This is where their pyramid undoubtedly comes from, besides its association with the Egyptian source.

The letter dalet in ancient Hebrew script came in the form of a triangle.

The Star of David then would be this dalet symbol doubled over on itself.

The heretical formerly-Jewish sect of Shabbatai Zvi were especially fond of using kabbalistic symbolism to justify and represent their heretical doctrines.  Many of the members of this sect continued to act openly as Jews, even while secretly practicing their unique blend of idolatrous Sufism and inversed halacha.

Thus many normal Jews were deceived by members of this sect into accepting them and their ideas as Jewish, even though on a “sod” (allusion) level they contained heretical ideas.

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According to Professor Gershom Scholem, the Star of David found its revival in “Jewish” circles amongst none other than the Sabbatians themselves.

“The career of the Star of David as magic not only reaches its height, but it moves beyond the realm of magic to become a symbol of the Messianic redemption, which the followers of the Kabbalistic Messiah Sabbatai Zevi believed they had already begun to detect.” [3] 

This included its appearance in various Sabbatian amulets.  In fact amongst these amulets it was the only symbol used.  

It was also found on the tombstone of the Sabbatian magician, “Doctor Falk,” known as the “Baal Shem of London” (not to be confused with other legitimate kabbalists who went by the name “Baal Shem”) who died there in 1782. 

“The initials of his name, Samuel Jacob Hayyim, are there inscribed in a large Shield of David.  Such utilization of the sign on monuments was still very rare at this time and became popular only much later. 

On the cemetery of the Portuguese Jews of Hamburg, for example, it does not appear before 1828.”[4]

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Notice the compass Samuel Falk is holding in his hand, and also that he’s next to a ‘challah cover’ with the star of David on it – 200 years before that was common.

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The basic principle upon which Sabbatianism was founded was the idea that since the “messiah” came, the concept of sin didn’t exist, since the entire world had been redeemed.

Therefore, sin not only became permitted but actually a mitzvah.

Therefore, Sabbatians believed that by doing what was formerly forbidden they were elevating sparks of holiness from the abyss.[5]  This included engaging in formerly forbidden studies, such as Sufism, which is the quintessence of the Illuministic ideology explained earlier.

Thus in the Sabbatian scheme a regular triangle would represent the regular dalet of kabbalistic illumination.

An upside down triangle, on the other hand, would represent the inversed dalet of corrupted forbidden kabbalistic illumination—Sabbatian/Sufi illumination.

These combined together represent a union of these two principles.  Thus, on one hand, the corrupt illumination is elevated by the normal illumination. 

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This is in line with the idea of the sanctification (illumination) and elevation of sin.

On the other hand, the normal illumination symbolically is made to look balanced by the corrupt illumination.  This is in line with the idea that no holiness is complete without a little sin thrown in.

Thus we see that the Star of David perfectly represents the Sabbatian ideal.

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The Freemasons, another illuministic society, also use the Star of David in their symbol, albeit in an encoded manner.

Their symbol is two interlocked dalets in the more recent Ashurite script.  In the center is the letter G, which they claim represents the word “God.”

Rabbi Marvin Antelman, in his book To Eliminate the Opiate, Volume 2 asks, “…does the letter ‘G’ really stand for God?  Is it, rather, something else?

Perhaps the ‘G’ of ‘Gnosticism’?”[6]

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Now the Greek word “gnosis” (knowledge) is “da’at” in Hebrew.

The dalet is most frequently used in kabbalah to represent the divine emanation of da’at, knowledge.  Thus, we see that the illuminati pyramid/dalet has a further connotation of da’at, or gnosis.  Therefore, the G in Freemasonry, if it in fact stands for “gnosis,” would also be a hidden allusion to the pyramid/dalet symbolism.

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 FOOTNOTES:

[1] This very question has been the subject of a vituperative debate over the centuries and formed much of the controversy between philosophers, such as the Rambam, and the Kabbalists.  (See article “Kabbalah and Myth” in Prof. Gershom Scholem, On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism, Schocken, New York, 1965.)

[2] The concept that there are an elite who believe they can’t sin is well-established in the history of religion.  One such group was the Spanish Illuminists, the “Alumbrados.”  See Encyclopedia Britannica, “Alumbrados”.

[3] Scholem, “The Star of David: History of a Symbol,” in The Messianic Idea in Judaism, Schocken, New York, 1971, p. 272

[4] ibid., p. 279

[5] This is based on a corruption of the teaching of Rabbi Isaac Luria, the Ari, that the redemption depended upon elevating sparks of holiness trapped in evil.  According to the Ari, this was achieved through mitzvoth.  The Sabbatians simply took this symbolism literally and way too far.

[6] Rabbi Marvin Antelman, To Eliminate the Opiate, Vol. 2, Zionist Book Club, Israel, 2002, p.121

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Here’s some more stuff about these mystical ‘triangles’, and the initiation rites of the Order of the Asiatic Brethren.

(From HERE:)

[The initiate] was led to the Table of Purification, on which stood three lights on as many columns.

The one represented a man with the triangle, the other a woman with the triangle reversed; the central one a man with a double triangle.

In the centre of the table stood a crystal cup, filled with water, in which salt had been dissolved, another cup with salt, a spoon, a bundle of cedar-wood bound with hyssop and pink and green silk.

The candidate had his coat and waist­coat taken off, the collar of his shirt opened, and his right arm bared. Having knelt down, the Grand Master sprinkled his neck thrice with the water, saying, “May the Merciful One give thee the knowledge of thy weapons, of thy lance, and of the number Four [which with Rosicrucians is the root and beginning of all numbers].

Then touching his right arm be said, “May the Almighty give thee strength in battle;” and touching his breast, “May the Just One give thee as a conqueror rest in the centre.” The “Sufferer” was then dressed again, the Grand Master opened the Holiest of Holies, and the candidate having taken the oath, the Grand Master dabbed him a Knight.

Touching his right shoulder he said, “May the Infinite give thee strength, beauty, and wisdom for the fight;” and touching the left shoulder, “We receive thee, in the name of the most worshipful and wisest seven Fathers and Rulers of the seven Unknown Churches in Asia, as a Knight and initiated Brother.”

Touching him on the head, he said, “May the Eternal One give thee the light of the number Four, and thou shalt be delivered from the Eternal Death.”

Then there ensued mutual embracing, a little more speechifying by the Grand Master, and then the servants brought in salt, bread, wine, lamb and pork, the latter being symbolical of the Old and the New Covenant!

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Remember, the Asiatic Brethren was set up by ‘Moses Dobrushka’, Jacob Frank’s nephew and successor.

And according to Albert Pike – leading freemason and really evil guy – this was the group that carried forward the Sabean-Xtian-Sabbatean-Frankist-Freemason plans for world domination into the next generation.

And that involved destroying the authentic Jews, and trying to uproot the Torah, and replacing yiddishkeit, and its focus on serving God and working on our own bad middot with the worship of knowledge and science and man’s own ego, instead.

All in the service of the Samech Mem.

And the Asiatic Brethren’s Sabbatian initiation symbol ended up on the Israeli flag, in a state that was funded and built by Frankist Rothschilds (amongst others.)

What a CO-IN-CID-ENCE.

TBC

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You might also like this article:

I was looking at the Wikipedia article about the ‘Thule Society’, when my mouse had a ‘moment’ and decided to click on a different link.

***This post is being censored. I’ve just changed the tags so hopefully it will show up. Let me know.***

To be precise, I was looking at THIS article about ‘Thule Society’ founder, Rudolf von Sebottendorf, snippet below:

Adam Alfred Rudolf Glauer (9 November 1875 – 8 May 1945?), also known as Rudolf Freiherr von Sebottendorff (or von Sebottendorf) was a German occultist, writer, intelligence agent and political activist.

He was the founder of the Thule Society, a post-World War I German occultist organization where he played a key role, and that influenced many members of the Nazi Party. He was a Freemason, a Sufi of the Bektashi order – after his conversion to Islam – and a practitioner of meditation, astrology, numerology, and alchemy.

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Interesting guy, for all the wrong reasons.

I got to him via a tip-off about Shabtai Tzvi and the Sabbateans from one of my readers, that I shared in THIS article.

So anyway, I’m reading through, when this link catches my eye, and I click on:

Rite of Memphis-Misraim

It’s yet another Freemason ‘variant’ spin-off secret society from the 18th century that’s very heavy on Jewish biblical symbolism.

So, I’m reading through when suddenly my mouse goes full spastic and decides to click on one of the many embedded links in the text, namely this one:

Jean Bricaud – a French ‘neo-gnostic’ Bishop from the early 20th century.

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His Wikipedia entry is accompanied by the following symbol – and this is when I start to sit up and really take notice:

star of david

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What the heck is ‘Martinism’, and why the heck is it connected to the symbol you find on the State of Israel’s flag?

Let’s see if we can find out.

I click through a few more links, and I get to THIS article on Martinism, again from Wiki.

Snippet below:

Martinism is a form of Christian mysticism and esoteric Christianity concerned with the fall of the first man, his state of material privation from his divine source, and the process of his return, called ‘Reintegration’ or illumination.

As a mystical tradition, it was first transmitted through a masonic high-degree system established around 1740 in France by Martinez de Pasqually, and later propagated in different forms by his two students Louis Claude de Saint-Martin and Jean-Baptiste Willermoz.

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Here is the image that Wikipedia uses to illustrate the article – the ‘Martinist Seal’.

Aka, the Star of David.

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Curiouser and curiouser – that a branch of Xtian ‘mysticism’ associated with French secret societies of the 18th century basically has the Israeli flag as it’s ‘seal’.

So, I start to read up on what this ‘Martinism’ actually is, and I learn it’s divided up into 3 main branches, and that the guy who started it all off was some mysterious figure called Martinez de Pasqually.

He’s mysterious because:

  1. No-one really knows who he is, but there’s a strong suspicion he comes from a Jewish family – very possibly with Spanish Portuguese links;
  2. And then he becomes a Catholic – even though any Catholic who became a Freemason at that time would be excommunicated by the Church;
  3. And he’s directly connected to the British Royalty, via King Charles Stuart;
  4. And he decides to call his new Masonic-secret-society spin-off: the Elus-Cohens (French for ‘elected Cohens).

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You can read a lot more about ‘Martinez de Pasqually’ (aka ‘Jacques de Livron Joachim de la Tour de la Casa Martinez de Pasqually’) HERE.

What I can tell you, is that he fits the bill for being a Frankist-Freemason, pretend-Jewish / pretend-Xtian, occult worshipping Sabean to a tee.

The last few weeks, I’ve been setting out who the Sabeans are, and how they’ve been subverting Judaism from within for the last 3,333 years.

(Click the links to read the posts.)

But to trip over a real-life example – replete with Star of David and close links to what became the Nazis – is something else.

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The following comes from a website called:

GNOSTIQUE.NET

THE WORLD OF THE FRENCH GNOSTIC TRADITION

(If you remember from HERE, I explained that ‘Gnostic’ comes from the word gnosis – the Greek word for information / knowledge.)

“Jacques de Livron Joachim de la Tour de la Casa Martinez de Pasqually”, and that he was born in Grenoble, France, presumably in 1727. His father was born in Alicante Spain, and held a Masonic patent delivered by Charles Stuart, “King of Scotland, Ireland and England, dated 20th May 1738 and granting him as Deputy Grand Master the power to erect temples to the glory of the Grand Architect.”

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Let’s be clear that the ‘Grand Architect’ they are talking about here is the Samech Mem himself.

These occultists are black magic practising, old-school devil-worshippers.

But who was Martinez ‘in real life’?

Here’s a few clues:

Martinez spent all his life working at the creation of a great spiritualized movement within the ranks of Freemasonry. When he eventually organized this movement as an Order, not strictly speaking Masonic, but composed exclusively of Masons, he gave it the name of “Ordre des Chevelier Maçons Élus Cohen de L’Univers”/“Order of Knight Masons, Elect Priests of the Universe.

Martinez spiritual mission began probably around 1758, but there is no doubt that prior to that period, he had worked actively at the promotion of the Freemasonic Order as such.

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I bolded that year, 1758, because that was also a very big year in Jacob Frank’s life.

After the debate with the proto-Frankists at Kaminetz, in 1757, a bunch of Talmuds were taken out and burnt in the town square.

You can read about it yourself HERE, on JStor, but I also wrote up a potted history of Jacob Frank HERE.

Then in 1758, Frank won over the Polish Catholic church to his cause, and he and his followers, including Elisha Schor (Wolowski) converted en masse.

Frank himself pinpoints 1758, and his return to Poland, as the start of his real ‘spiritual mission’.

There’s a lot of overlap with ‘Martinez de Pasqually’ – and also very possibly, with Frank’s nephew, Moses Dobrushka.

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I wrote a lot about who the real ‘Moses Dobrushka’ might be, HERE.

But let’s keep things simple by going along with the ‘official’ version of Moses Dobrushka’s bio, snippet from HERE:

DOBRUSCHKA, MOSES (1753–1794), Frankist and French revolutionary. Dobruschka was born in Bruenn into a family that belonged to the small circle of rich tax-farmers who largely controlled the tobacco administration during the regime of Maria Theresa.

His mother, Schoendel, was the first cousin of Jacob *Frank, and her house served as a meeting place for the secret adherents of the sect.

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Now, are you ready for an amazing connection?

Here it is.

It’s widely known that Moses Dobrushka was one of the founders of a secret society called ‘The Asiatic Brethren’.

Here’s what just turned up, when I did a search on that (my underlining, for emphasis):

The Asiatic Brethren
http://surrenderingislam.com/surrendering-islam/asiatic-brethren

According to Albert Pike, a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and American Civil War general, the successors to the Illuminati were the Asiatic Brethren, a secret order created by Moses Dobrushka, Jacob Frank’s nephew and successor.

The Asiatic Brethren, also known as the Fratres Lucis, or the Brotherhood of Light, comprised chiefly of Jews, Turks, Persians, and Armenians, and purportedly represented a survival of the same “Johannite Christians” rescued by the Templars, that is, the Sabians.

Their full title was The Knights and Brethren of St. John the Evangelist.

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Yes, we’re back to the Sabeans again.

Those same Sabians I wrote about HERE and HERE.

Snippet:

HERE’S THE KEY POINTS:

  • The Sabians have ancient pagan (devil-worshipping…) roots, that go all the way back to Ancient Egypt, and they consider ‘Aram’ (probably Lavan / Bilaam) as their direct ancestor.

  • Sabians are the sworn enemy of the Jews and Judaism, and they see God and religious Jews as being ‘evil’.

  • Sabians are a proto ‘Judeo-Xtian’ group, that splintered out of early xtianity 2,000 years ago – but evidently, have done a marvelous job of ‘assimilating’ in and out of the Muslim, Xtian and Jewish populations, as it suits them.

  • There is a direct connection between the Sabians and the Knights Templar, who went on to found Freemasonry, and also links to the other secret societies.

  • I have a very strong suspicion that the Sabbatean-Frankists were actually just the latest in a long line of Jew and Torah-hating Sabians, who were trying to speed up the destruction of Judaism (God forbid) by operating from within the Jewish community.

  • The Sabians are probably one and the same as the klippat de’Tarmodai. 

  • Whoever was funding Jacob Frank’s movement – the ‘Baalakebens’ – were demonically-inspired. And they very well might have been based in the Baalabek area, which is on the border between the modern State of Israel and Lebanon, which has a big Druze population.

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So now, let’s sum up where we got to in this post.

(I know it’s hard to keep all this straight, but we’re getting there, with God’s help.)

  • There’s a xtian ‘mystical sect’ loosely called ‘Martinism’ that was set up by a crypto-Jew with French connections in the 18th century.
  • That ‘mystical sect’ has the Star of David has its ‘seal’, and is meant to be a spin-off from gnosticism (from the Greek world for knowledge / information, gnosis.)
  • The crypto-Jew who began ‘Martinism’ overlaps a great deal with Jacob Frank – and especially, with his nephew ‘Moses Dobrushka’.
  • Moses Dobrushka is known to have openly converted out to xtianity, moved to France and participated at a senior level in the French Revolution. He also was a founder member of the ‘Asiatic Brethren’.
  • The Asiatic Brethren was fingered by none other than Albert Pike, a really evil guy and leader of the freemasons in the USA, who said that the Asiatic Brethren was the successor to the ‘Illuminati’ secret societies that got closed down.
  • (On the small chance that you don’t know who they are, the Illuminati is behind all this ‘New World Order’ / worshipping the dark side stuff that’s been going on for at least two centuries. Rabbi Marvin Antelman wrote a lot of them in his book, To Eliminate the Opiate.)
  • The Asiatic Brethren is a continuation of the Sabeans – those Jew-hating, Torah-hating, devil-worshipping pretend xtians who trace all the way back to Laban the Aramean, and Bilaam, his descendent.

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So now, how does the ‘Asiatic Brethren’, and Martinism, and the Sabeans, tie-in with the modern State of Israel?

That is the question.

And I think that not a few of us are starting to understand the answer.

TBC

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UPDATE:

There is a whole bunch of new information to unpack in this article, which sets out a lot more of the links between Frank’s father-in-law, Samuel Falk, the ‘bad’ Baal Shem of London, and all these secret societies – and also their links to European royalty,

It’s going to take me a while to go through everything, but feel free to join me in figuring it out, in the meantime.

The more of us who start to engage with the truth, the more that truth is going to start permeating the world, regardless of how much I write about it.

Here’s a snippet, in the meantime:

Leading Illuminati like Saint-Martin, Swedenborg and Cagliostro, were all members of the Asiatic Brethren. Following the order’s demise, the title of Illuminati was given to the Martinists, founded by Saint-Martin. In 1771, an amalgamation of all the Masonic groups was effected at the new lodge of the Amis Réunis. A further development of the Amis Réunis was the Rite of the Philalethes, formed by Savalette de Langes in 1773, out of Swedenborgian, Martinist, and Rosicrucian mysteries.

Emmanuel Swedenborg became interested in the teachings of Dr. Samuel Jacob Falk, known as the “Baal Shem” of London, who was reputed to exercise miraculous powers through his supposed mastery of the magical names of God. Falk, according to Nesta Webster, was a crypto-Shabbatean, who collaborated with a network of Frankists in England, Holland, Poland, and Germany.

In Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, Webster explained, “Falk indeed was far more than a Mason, he was a high initiate – the supreme oracle to which the secret socieites applied for guidance.” According to Savallete de Langes, “some people believe him to be the Chief of all the Jews and attribute to purely political schemes all that is marvelous and singular in his life and conduct.”

We are getting closer and closer to nailing this.

BH.

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UPDATE #2:

‘Moses Dobrushka’ had at least one major ‘partner in crime’ when he was setting up the Asiatic Brotherhood, as part of the continuing Sabean plot to bring the world to darkness- and destroy the Torah and the real Jewish people.

He was called: Ephraim Joseph Hirschfeld AKA Ephraim Joseph Hirschel (Germany 1758 – 1820).

Unlike Dobrushka, Hirschfeld externally remained within the Jewish community to subvert from the inside.

Here’s a little about him, from HERE:

Comments: Freemason; Jewish; Qabalist; Ceremonial Magick; Qabalisitc partner to Hans Heinrich von Ecker und von Eckihoffem‘s various Masonic endeavors, with his brother Pascal providing better Hebrew than Ephraim was capable of understanding and writing.

Somewhat in competition with Baron Thomas von Schoenfeld who was also finding Qabalistic elements to incorporate in their Advanced Masonic degrees and their Magickal practices.

Teachers: Franz Joseph Molitor;

Students: the Landgraf Carl von Hessen-Kassel; Hans Heinrich von Ecker und von Eckihoffem;

Friends: Johann Georg Schlosser , the brother of Goethe; David Friedlander; Moses Mendelssohn;

Enemies: rivals, not enemies, Baron Thomas von Schoenfeld, Qabalist;

Organizations: The Order of the Asiatic Brethren; Die Ritter des Lichts (Knights of the Light) AKA Order of Knights and Brothers of the Light ; Die Brueder St. Johannes des Evangelisten aus Asien in Europa (the Asiatic Brethren of St. John the Evangelist in Europe) banned 1785, helped create the Melchizedek Jewish Lodges;

Author: Ephraim Joseph Hirschfeld, & Hirschfeld, Pascal: Biblical Organon real or translation of the Bible with the mystical guidance and critical comments: Genesis, Chapter 1, verses 1-5, 1796

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It’s not a coincidence that ‘Ephraim Joseph Hirschel’ (from Karlsruhe) is listed as being good friends with Moses Mendelssohn and David Friedlander – both in the vanguard of introducing Reform Judaism into the Jewish community.

Moses Mendelssohn recieved his smicha from none other than Yonatan Eybshutz, as I wrote about HERE.

I just tripped over some interesting information last week about which ‘elite’ families Mendelssohn and Friedlander belong to, but I’m still filling out the rest of the blanks, so that will have to wait for now.

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And there’s another occult, Frankist-Freemason connection with a Falk, via this guy (from HERE):

Rabbi Johann Friedrich Falk AKA Chain Chenul Falk AKA “Cain Chenul Falk”

Germany / England 1811 – 1824

Comments: alchemy; Freemason; Jew; Qabalist; mentioned by Westcott along with Eliphas Levi in the first published notice about the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in NOTES AND QUERIES, Dec. 1888;

Teachers:Rabbi Dr Hayyim Samuel Jacob Falk, AKA Dr Falcon aka The Baal Shem of London, 1708— 1782;

Students: Kenneth R. H. MackenzieFrederick HockleyWilliam Wynn WestcottWilliam Blake, who studied with him; George Eliot aka Mary Anne Evans, Mithilde Blind, Jewess poetess; Emanuel Oscar Menahem Deutsch, Talmud scholar;

Friends:

Enemies: Johann Wilhelm von Archenholz, who despite extreme antisemitism, recorded the Rabbi’s great generosity to the poor @ 1760-70;Organizations: Order of the Golden and Rosy Cross (Orden des Gold- und Rosenkreutz ; Qabbalistical College in London “until his death in 1824.” ; Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, (SRIA); Freemasonry;

Resources:http://hagiography.00.gs/Secret_Texts,_4.htm;

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I’m going to continue to nose around – and please feel free to join me, as that way this will move way faster.

These fake Jews have been pulling the strings in our communities for far too long, and causing so much suffering and destruction.

It’s really time to get to the bottom of this, so that the true light of the Torah, and of our True Tzaddikim like Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and Rabbi Eliezer Berland, can start to shine out.

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UPDATE #3:

This just in from my fellow investigative journalist, via email:

From Gershom Sholem,”The Star of David: History of a symbol” from the book the Messianic Idea in Judaism:

“The hexagram (star of David) next appears–with a clearly indicated point at its center–only much later among the various ornamental motifs on a frieze that decorates the well-known synagogue of Capernaum (Kefar Nachum) (second of third century).  But the same frieze displays a swastika right next to it, and no one will on that account claim that the swastika might be a Jewish symbol.” p. 260

There is a lot more in the article connecting the star of David to the Sabbatians.  However, I have seen the swastika in ancient (Kosher) Kabbalistic texts.  It symbolizes Jupiter/Tzedek.
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Dafka, that this synagogue was in Kefar Nachum – Capernaum – is very meaningful.

Here’s why:
“Christian sources of the Byzantine period describe Capernaum as a village inhabited by Jews and Christians.”
Snippet 2, from HERE:
“Capernaum was the center of J*sus’ ministry. It was there that he performed a number of his miracles and healings; it was there that he taught and formed his disciples. In Capernaum, Jesus taught in both the local synagogue and in people’s homes.”
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The thesis that is developing is that Yoshki was just one -and probably not even the first – in a long line of ‘false messiahs’ that the Sabians tried to infiltrate into authentic Judaism, to subvert us from within.

That the star of David – together with a swastika! – showed up in the mosaics of the Capernaum ‘synagogue’ seems very meaningful to me. These things apparently go together, in the world of the Sabeans.
We’ll see what else shows up.
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So they must be good!

I know some of these posts are being ‘whited out’ from the view of readers, I think because of the tags.

While I’m figuring out which tags are causing the problems, you can view the posts at the links below:

The Mysterious Case of Abraham Peretz

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

I have a feeling it’s the ‘Frankists’ and ‘Jacob Frank’ tags.

So interesting, that someone feels the need to be actively censoring that information, even in 2021.

Clearly, it’s still a live issue…

Please let me know if the posts show up on the home page, once I’ve changed those tags, so we can figure out how to get around the censorship.

Thanks!

Maybe, just maybe, I’m finally starting to get somewhere with all this.

My husband laughs at me – insanely – when I say this.

Because I’ve been saying it for months, already, only to find all my insights disappearing in more doubts and confusion. But the last couple of posts, I’m starting to see more and more synchronicity in all this, that’s pointing a path through all the deception.

You might want to go back and read Part 1 and Part 2 of this, before we continue.

Otherwise, let’s dive in.

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In those 2 posts, we got to the following conclusions:

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  • Abraham Peretz‘s father is the brother, or brother-in-law of Hart Lyon / Zvi Hirsch Berliner (grandson of the Chacham Tzvi, and Chief Rabbi of Berlin and London, amongst other places.)
  • In THIS post, we set out the possibility that Zvi Hirsch Berliner could be the father or brother of the false messiah, Jacob Frank (or possibly, even Jacob Frank himself, if we’re going on the shtreimel…)
  • Chabad themselves make a weird connection between the conversion of the Alter Rebbe’s son, Moshe Shneuri, and the conversion of Abraham Peretz.
  • There is also a weird connection between Abraham Peretz and Natan Nota Notkin (Eybshutz), and the Alter Rebbe And Natan Nota Notkin (Eybshutz)
  • Both Abraham Peretz and the Alter Rebbe are also closely related to Yehoshua Zeitlin, in some way. I have a partial family tree from one of the Alter Rebbe’s descendants that show that Yehoshua Zeitlin is also meant to be their ancestor in some way; while Abraham Peretz is the ‘official’ son-in-law of Yehoshua Zeitlin.
  • The identity of Abraham Peretz’s father has been deliberately hidden.
  • The real identity of ‘Rabbi Shmuel ben Avigdor‘ – the Chief Rabbi of Vilna, at the time of the Vilna Gaon, and the son-in-law of wealthy shtadlan ‘Rabbi Yehuda ben Eliezer Safra deVayana’ – has also been deliberately hidden.

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The question is WHY this big cover-up?

And we’re still trying to answer that.

In this post, we’ll see if we can add-in another dimension to this whole hot mess, by returning to Moses Dobrushka – putative nephew of Jacob Frank, and apparently also the grandson of Yonatan Eibshutz.

I wrote a whole big post about “Moses Dobrushka” HERE, and this is the relevant snippet we’re going to kick off with in this post:

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[T]here were three Jews who were making money in Moravia as tobacco merchants at [the time of Jacob Frank], namely Joachim Popper, Israel Edler von Honisgberg, and Salomon Dobrushka – father of Moses, and husband of ‘Schondl’, the leading Sabbateans in Bohemia.

I could find precious little about the ‘Dobrushkas’ online, but the most useful thing I found – by far – was this account of them, on YIVO….

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Prominent Moravian family that took its name from its patriarch, Jacob Moses Wimer (d. 1763), who came from Dobruschka, a small town near Königgrätz (Hradec Králové) in Bohemia.

In 1730 Wimer moved to Brünn (Brno) as a widower with two children, and despite the fact that Jews were forbidden to live in that city, was given permission to settle and to deal first in precious stones and jewelry, and later in spices and tobacco.

In 1750 he was granted a monopoly on the tobacco trade for the royal cities of Moravia.

Dobruschka’s daughter Esther married Adam Oppenheimer of Vienna, a relative of the court purveyor Samuel Oppenheimer. Dobruschka’s son Solomon (1715–1774) married Schöndl, daughter of Löbl Hirschl of Rzeszów and Güttel Jacobi of Prossnitz.

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There’s that name again, ‘Lobl Hirschl’.

The brainwave I had today is that this ‘Lobl Hirshchl’ is also the same guy – ‘Hart Lyon / Zvi Hirsch Berliner’.

He was also born in Rzezsow, and was also known by that name, and in the ‘real world’, he’s the uncle of that infamous convert Abraham Peretz, who we’ve been trying to track down the last few days.

In the ‘real world’, Zvi Hirsch Berliner is married to ‘Golda’, the daughter of R’ David Tebele Katz, the ABD of Glogau.

‘Golda’ and ‘Guttel’ are also close enough matches to make me think this is an avenue worth pursuing further.

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So, to be clear, this is the ‘theory’ we are trying to stand up in this post:

  1. That ‘Lobl Hirschl’ is in fact one and the same as Zvi Hirsch Berliner / Hart Lyon.
  2. According to YIVO, ‘Lobl Hirschl’ is listed as the father of Schondl, who was meant to have married Tobacco industrialist ‘Solomon Dobrushka’ – the leading Sabbatean Frankists in Brunn.
  3. ‘Schondl Dobrushka’ was meant to be the first cousin of Jacob Frank – which means one of their parents was a sibling.
  4. Schondl Dobrushka’s son is the infamous Moses Dobrushka, who began the Order of the Asiatic Brotherhood, and was executed in France where he played a leading role in the French Revolution, under the name Junius Frey.
  5. Zvi Hirsch Berliner is also the uncle of famous Russian convert Abraham Peretz, who is the son-in-law of Yehoshua Zeitlin.

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So, if Lobl Hirschl = Zvi Hirsch Berliner / Hart Lyon, that means the following:

Jacob Frank and ‘Schondl Dobrushka’ are also the first cousins of Abraham Peretz.

That puts the Frankist network slap, bank, wallop right at the heart of the Jewish community in Kherson and St Petersburg.

And depending what else we can figure out about how Natan Nota Notkin (Eybshutz) and the Alter Rebbe fits in with all this – well, let’s just say things could soon get pretty interesting.

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Before we continue, I also want to just throw this tidbit into the mix, about the Rothschilds.

Remember, the Rothschilds are German Jewish bankers who relocate to London (and Paris), and then become fabulously wealthy. They were also known Frankists, and close supporters of Jacob Frank’s court in Offenbach.

Back in THIS post, I set out this interesting fact:

‘Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Halevi Horowitz’ – the rav who apparently ‘blessed’ the Rothschilds with wealth – appears to be our very own Rabbi Hirschel Ben Arye Löb Levin / Rabbi Hart Lyon / Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Berlin / Hirshll Lobell.’

Do you see, how this guy seems to be in the middle of so very many of the intersecting lines of enquiry I’ve been following over the last few months? At this stage, I find it hard to believe this is just all ‘coincidence’.

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So, now we’ve set all that out, let’s see what else we can dig up, to try to support the thesis.

Golda Berliner also has some interesting ancestors.

She apparently descends from Vogel, the daughter of the Maharal of Prague, via R’ Chaim HaCohen-Katz, the ABD of Posen and Frankfurt.

And all of a sudden, I’m in the middle of so many of the names I’ve been trying to link up with Jacob Frank, and with the Rivlin / Vilners, and with the Schicks and Poppers and ‘Dobrushkas’, for a long time already, including Slava Teomim-Frankel Mirels; and David Tebele, and Shneur Zalman Katz – the first in a long line of ‘Shneur Zalmans’.

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Dear reader, we have just hit the genealogical jackpot.

In the next post, I’ll (try to…) set out exactly how ‘Golda Berliner’, wife of ‘Hart Lyon / Hirschll Lobel / Zvi Hirsh Berliner’ links up with Shneur Zalman, the Alter Rebbe of Chabad.

Because once we know that bit of the puzzle, I can tell you the new thesis of how the Alter Rebbe is really connected to Jacob Frank, Schondl Dobrushka and Abraham Peretz.

But before we do that, here’s some more info about Golda Berliner / Shneur Zalman of Liadi’s ancestors, that you probably didn’t know.

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The Alter Rebbe’s great-grandfather was a man named Moshe Loew of Posen.

He was apparently a rich merchant who dealt in antiquities (when he wasn’t being the Rabbi of Posen). And also – according to his entry in the ‘Chabadpedia’ HERE – he spent a lot of time at the Vatican arguing with priests. I’m going to put both the Hebrew original here, plus the English ‘Google Translate’, as these things are delicate, and I don’t want to be accused of mis-translating anything:

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HEBREW ORIGINAL:

ניהל ויכוחים בותיקן עם גדולי הכמרים (בתחילה מול 30 קרדינלים אך לאחר שהתעקש שיהיה כוחות שווים שמו מולו שלושה קרדינלים)ונחל נצחנות גדולים שהביכו את גדולי הנצרות. הוא עשה את זה מכיון שבאותה התקופה רבו הויכוחים והנוצרים התעללו רבות בעם היהודי ומהסיבה הזאת (ההתנכוליות של הנוצרים) ר’ משה התפטר ממשרתו כראש קהילת פוזנא,

במשך נאומיו הרבים על היהדות בותיקן הרבה יהודים שהיו שם בשלבי שמד ל”ע או כבר אחרי התחילו להתחזק ביהדות ולחזור בתשובה. הבולט שבהם היה צעיר יהודי בשם משה גדליה גורדון שהגיע מפולין על מנת להשתלם בכמה מקצועות, במשך שהותו בין הכמרים התחלש קצת ביהדותו ובזכות ר’ משה מפוזנא התחזק והתחיל לפעול עם היהודים ששהו.[4]

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GOOGLE TRANSLATE TO ENGLISH:

“He held debates in the Vatican with the great priests (initially in front of 30 cardinals but after insisting that there be equal forces he put three cardinals in front of him) and had great victories that embarrassed the great men of Christianity.

He did this because at that time there were many arguments and the Christians abused the Jewish people a lot and for this reason (the harassment of the Christians) R. Moshe resigned from his position as head of the Pozna congregation,

During his many speeches on Judaism in the Vatican, many Jews who were there during the stages of the annihilation of Israel or after began to strengthen Judaism and repent.

Prominent among them was a young Jew named Moshe Gedaliah Gordon who came from Poland to study in several professions, during his time among the priests he weakened his Judaism a bit and thanks to Rabbi Moshe of Poznań he became stronger and began to work with the Jews who stayed. [4]”

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Moshe Loew lived between 1663-1736.

This was the time when Sabbateanism was at its height, and many, many Jews ended up converting out to both Islam and Xtianity, in the wake of Shabtai Tzvi.

But as I set out in THIS POST, well before Shabtai Tzvi there were a ton of leading ‘Jews’, many of whom descended from Spanish and Portuguese conversos, who were washing in and out of Judaism with scandalous regularity.

They’d pop up, mamash, as priests and xtian theologists in one place, one country, then change their names and ‘rejoin’ the Jewish community again, often in leading positions as the communal rabbi and / or shtadlan and / or leading rich-guy international trader.

So it’s interesting to find Moshe Loew of Posnan – deep in the heartland of Jewish Poland – popping up in the Vatican, of all places, where he is apparently so at home, he’s able to command the Pope to only let him debate religion with 3 cardinals at a time, instead of 30.

And not only that, the Pope is happy to let him hang out in the Vatican so he can ‘re-convert’ all the apostate Jews that have shown up there, in the wake of Shabtai Tzvi.

Do you buy that, after everything we’ve been learning here together over the last few months?

Or does is sound like another Chabad story?

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Another curiosity is the name of the person who Moshe Loew apparently ‘re-converted’ from xtianity at the Vatican, namely Moshe Gedaliah Gordon.

In THIS POST, I set out how the real name of the Eybshutz family was ‘Gordon’.

Here’s the relevant snippet:

“Rabbi Aaron Gordon, who was also the doctor to the king of Poland; Rabbi Yehuda Leib, who was the head of the Beth Din of Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel; Rabbi Yekutial Ben Rabbi Leib Gordon, who studied medicine in Padua, was influenced by Rabbi Moshe Haim Lucato (the RAMCHAL) and was among the signatories to the rules of the RAMCHAL group. Upon his return to Vilna he studied, in addition to medicine, Talmud and Kabalah.” 

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(As a side note, there is a strong possibility that this ‘Rabbi Aaron Gordon‘ who was the Polish king’s physician was actually the brother of none other than Yonatan Eybshutz – they were both sons of Rabbi Nathan Nata Gordon, the ABD of Eibenschutz.)

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You can tell me that all this is just another big CO-INC-ID-ENCE – that another Gordon-Eybshutz named ‘Moshe Gedaliah’ just happened to be hanging out at the Vatican with the Alter Rebbe’s great-grandfather Moshe Loew, at exactly the same time that Yonatan Eybshutz (Gordon…) was secretly following Shabtai Tzvi, hanging out with the Jesuits in Prague and subverting a whole generation of Jews with his yeshiva and teachings….

….and at exactly the same time that another Gordon (Eybshutz…), Dr Aharon, was apparently the physician of the King of Poland.

But at this point, I don’t really believe in coincidences any more.

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Here’s another point of synchronicity, with stuff we’ve already covered in other posts.

The son of the above Moshe Loew is none other than the Yesod Yosef – who we mentioned back in the first post of this series, HERE, when we were trying to figure out who Rabbi Yehuda ben Eliezer Safra deVayana (YESOD) of Vilna actually was.

Here is the relevant snippet (where I’m talking about the family tree of the poor woman who is related to the Alter Rebbe of Chabad):

Rabbi Yosef Yoske Sabatka of Dubno was a scholar, moralist and cabbalist. He became rabbi of Dubno in 1698. Known for his piety, he wrote a morality book Yesod Yosef, which was first printed in Shklov in 1785.

I also learn that this ‘Yosef Yoske Sabatka’ – the YESOD YOSEF – is the “Brother of Mrs. Aleksander Sender“…

…. If your tradition is that you are definitely descended from the Alter Rebbe, then the premise that the Alter Rebbe = Alexander Sander / Sendor seems to hold up. The information above certainly tallies with what you sent me on your family tree, so far.

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The Alter Rebbe was supposed to be the 7th generation from the Maharal of Prague.

And Tilla Sander (Sobotka) – the wife of Alexander Sender – was the 7th generation from the Maharal of Prague.
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Back in the ‘real world’ – whatever that actually is, at this point – the ‘Yesod Yosef’ is meant to be the brother of Shneur Zalman, the grandfather of the Shneur Zalman who is the Alter Rebbe of Chabad.

But we know that there were a lot of false generations ‘added in’, to try to disguise just how all these people were actually connected to each other – and to other infamous people they didn’t want to be obviously connected to. So before we can say for sure, I’ll need to take another careful look at the dates everyone was alive, to see if they ‘fit’ properly.
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But so far, here is where we’ve got to:

  • The Alter Rebbe’s great-grandfather was Moshe Loew (who liked to debate with priests in the Vatican and hang out with apostate relatives of Jonathan Eybshutz…).
  • The Alter Rebbe’s grandfather was Shneur Zalman, son of Moshe Loew.
  • This Shneur Zalman’s brother was none other than the ‘Yesod Yosef’, who in turn is a leading candidate for the ‘YESOD’ of Vilna whose son-in-law, Shmuel ben Avigdor, was at the heart of the horrible Vilna machloket that continued on for 3 generations around the time of the Vilna Gaon.
  • Shneur Zalman senior and the ‘Yesod Yosef’ have an unnamed sister, who is the wife of ‘Alexander Sender‘ (maybe the same ‘Alexander Sender’ as I’ve fingered as being the real name of the Vilna Gaon. Interestingly, they have a sibling listed on geni HERE who is marked as ‘Private’. Given that all these people lived more than 250 years ago, it’s hard to understand why that’s the case.)
  • Golda Berliner, wife of Hart Lyon / Hirshl Lobell / Zvi Hirsh Berliner, is directly connected to the Alter Rebbe and his family, in ways I hope to set out clearly in the next post.
  • Golda Berliner and Zvi Hirsh Berliner are meant to be the parents of the notorious Sabbatean / Frankist Schondl Dobrushka, wife of ‘Solomon Dobrushka’, mother of Moses Dobrushka / Junius Frey, and cousin of Jacob Frank.
  • Golda Berliner and Zvi Hirsh Berliner are also meant to be the aunt and uncle of Abraham Peretz, notorious convert to xtianity and son-in-law of rich maskil-cum-pretend-orthodox-rabbi, Yehoshua Zeitlin, who in turn is also connected, somehow, to the Alter Rebbe and his descendants.
  • Golda Berliner and Zvi Hirsh Berliner are also closely related to Jacob Frank – but we haven’t managed to pin down the connection yet. But with God’s help, we will.
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That’s enough for today!
It’s a lot of information to digest.
But the net is drawing tighter.
And I really hope that in the next few posts, we’ll finally be able to definitively answer how the Alter Rebbe and the Vilna Gaon are connected; how it all links up to Jacob Frank and the Sabbateans, and how the elusive ‘Alexander Sender’ really fits into this picture.
TBC
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The ‘Abraham Peretz’ / Jonathan Eybshutz connection

If you read part 1 of this series, then you’ll know that I kind of hit a dead end, trying to figure out who the Chief Rabbi of Vilna at the time of the Vilna Gaon really was.

His name was (apparently…) ‘Shmuel ben Avigdor’, and even though the whole kehilla in Vilna was at war with each other for 30 years because of him, and because of his father-in-law (R’ Yehudah ben Eliezer Safra veDayana) – who bought him the Chief Rabbinate as a lifetime position with a big bribe – you just can’t track these people down in the real world.

At least, that’s how it looked yesterday.

But then today, God is showing me that there is more than one way to skin a cat, and that when all the doors are locked tight, sometimes, you can still get in via a window.

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I was going back over a document of information I gathered together a few months ago, entitled ‘Loose Ends’.

It contains a whole bunch of stuff in there about Rivlins and Zeitlins and Brodas, amongst other things. As I read through, I came across this, excerpted from the Kotzk blog HERE, talking about the conversion of the Alter Rebbe’s son, Moshe Schneuri – with a weird connection to our very own Abraham Peretz.

(BTW, that blog post contains a ton of footnoted facts and a discussion of Moshe Schneuri’s conversion from both perspectives, within Chabad and external to Chabad. I highly recommend you take a look at it. Here, I’m just bringing a small snippet, to move our part of the story along:)

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Here is another account [of Moshe Shneuri’s conversion] from the maskil Moshe Berlin of Shklov:

The death of the first zaddik (Schneur Zalman)…sparked debate among the Hasidim regarding the choice of his successor…The eldest, Moshe, had a certain reputation as a scholar, but he was wedded to his desires, behaved immodestly, and did not observe Jewish law strictly. The youngest son, Avraham, although a simple, straight individual, was not a scholar…The middle son, Berke, was also no scholar, and he too was wedded to his desires. 

But being…a talented, and hardworking, preacher he knew how to draw attention and to attract the love of the communal elders by various means, such as flattery, distributing honors, and the like. In order to keep his older brother Moshe from blocking his aspiration to take his father’s place, Berke persecuted and humiliated him as much as he could, driving Moshe to the brink of despair. Consequently, and in order…to embarrass his brother Berke, Moshe converted to Christianity…And Moshe himself, whose conscience was not clear, went insane and died in St. Petersburg.[8]

Chabad historian Yosef Kaminetzky counters such accounts by writing:

During the same period, an embarrassing case of conversion occurred among the opponents of Hassidism: that of Avraham Peretz, the son-in-law of Yehoshua Zeitlin, who lived in the same city as Chabad founder Shneur Zalman. The Chabad leader himself prophesied that Peretz would leave the faith. The opponents of Hassidism had spread the story about Moshe’s supposed conversion to deflect attention from their own shame.

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Doesn’t this strike you as strange?

That apparently no less than the Alter Rebbe would ‘prophesy’ that Abraham Peretz was going to leave the faith, and that Abraham Peretz is being held up by Chabad historians as the real story of the conversion of Moshe Schneuri?

There’s been so many twists and turns in this tale, we still can’t really know how all this is connected. Yet. But, we can say this:

If Abraham Peretz = Moshe Schneuri, then that makes the father of Abraham Peretz the Alter Rebbe.

And as we already covered in a few posts already:

Joshua Zeitlin is listed as the father in law of ‘Reb Alexander Sender’ – apparently one of the Alter Rebbe’s favorite talmidim.

And ‘Alexander Sender’ is meant to be the father of Moshe of Shklov – who we already pinned down as being one and the same as Moshe Schneuri, the Alter Rebbe’s catholic Frankist son.

 That would make Joshua Zeitlin the Alter Rebbe’s father in law.

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I still don’t know which version – if either! – is correct, that Yehoshua Zeitlin is the Alter Rebbe’s father-in-law, or the father-in-law of the Alter Rebbe’s son, but let’s see if we can find some more information about ‘Abraham Peretz’, to try and clarify matters a little more.

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Back on the expanded description about Abraham Peretz under his geni profile HERE, we are told that his father is ‘Rabbi of Levertov, Israel Peretz’.

In the first post, we learned that Abraham’s uncle was none other than ‘Zvi Hirsch Berlin’ aka Hart Lyon, former Chief Rabbi of the UK – a grandchild of the Chacham Tzvi via his mother, Miriam.

So, I start looking through all of ‘Hart Lyon’s’ listed siblings, to see if any of them are either named ‘Israel’, or are married to an ‘Israel Peretz’.

Whaddya know? 

I can’t find a dickie bird – except for THIS weird and misleading profile for ‘the wife of Zvi Hirsh Margoliot, the ABD of Lublin‘, uploaded by none other than Keith Lawrence Hanit.

Whenever I hit dear Keith, I know I’m on the right path.

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Also, Abraham Peretz called his first (and apparently only Jewish son…) ‘Tzvi Hirsch’, and we know that these families usually called their children after their grandparents, which makes ‘Zvi Hirsch Margoliot’ a leading contender for Abraham Peretz’s father.

And lastly, Levertov / Lubartow is close to Lublin, so it wouldn’t stretch things too far to replace one with the other – especially at this far remove in history.

But why go to all this trouble, to hide this information?

What’s the big deal, who Abraham Peretz’s father really is?

Let’s see if we can find out.

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Zvi Hirsch Margoliot is listed as having three children:

  1. Joshua Heshel Margulis of Pietrokov
  2. Jacob Margulis
  3. Isaac Meshulam Zalman Margulis of Pietrokov-Lublin

One of these guys is a candidate for the real ‘Abraham Peretz’.

I start clicking through, and here’s what I learn:

The unnamed wife of Joshua Heshel Margulis is the sister of ‘Zlata Rivka Eybshutz’. 

Zlata is married to Aryeh Menachem Eybshutz – who is the son of Natan Nata Eybshutz.

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(I know all this is hard to follow, sorry. I’m setting all this down as a kind of public record, and hopefully at the end of this process, may it come soon, I’ll be able to link everything up and make it much easier and clearer to understand what is really going on. It’s a very painful and drawn-out birur, I appreciate that.)

Natan Nata Eybshutz is probably one and the same as the famous shtadlan and businessmen in the Russian empire who was a contemporary of Joshua Zeitlin and Abraham Peretz, Natan Nota Notkin.

I wrote a lot about Natan Nota Notkin HERE, and this is a relevant snippet:

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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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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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Here’s another link between ‘Natan Nata Notkin’ (Eybshutz) and the Vilna Gaon / Alter Rebbe:

According to the ‘official history’ of the Gaon’s family, screenshotted below, (which is full of fake names and falsified dates) the Gaon’s son or grandson (?), ‘Shlomo Zalman Rivlin’, marries ‘Natan Nota Notkin’ (Eybshutz’s) daughter, Frumka.

This is the same Natan Nota Notkin who is the shtadlan who gets the ‘Shneur Zalman [unknown surname] aka Alter Rebbe out of Russian prison, and even has him delivered to his own home, according to Chabad’s own sources.

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The dates and details on geni have all been deliberately muddled-up and obfuscated, so it’s hard to pin things down 100%.

Typically, the ‘Keith Lawrence Hanits’ on geni do an excellent job of attributing genealogies to the wrong siblings, and adding in fake generations by replicating names and creating ‘half siblings’ where none existed.

So, I take the ‘story’ being told there with a massive pinch of salt, until and unless I find other sources to corroborate what seems to be the ‘real story’.

According to the geni genealogy, Natan Nata (Notkin) Eybshutz is listed as the son of ‘Yehuda Leib Eybshutz’ – brother of Jonathan Eybshutz, the (not so secret) secret Sabbataean.

But I know from previous research that Jonathan Eybshutz himself had a son called ‘Natan Nata Eybshutz’ – who totally disappeared off the radar, like so very many of Jonathan Eybshutz’s children and grandchildren.

And so far, most of the descendants of Jonathan Eybshutz who I could actually track down in the real world,  like August Bondi, have been married into known Frankist families and / or deeply connected to the Freemasons.

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It seems to me, that ‘Yehuda Leib Eybshutz’ and ‘Yonatan Eybshutz’ may well be the same person (at least, on geni…)

I now have at least a day and a half of checking out this theory, to see what else it might turn up, so I think I will leave this post here, in the meantime.

Isn’t it amazing, though, how all roads in this troubling episode seem to lead back to Vilna, and the Vilna Gaon and the Alter Rebbe?

Isn’t it amazing, how the same names, the same people, keep coming up again and again and again, in some very unexpected ways?

They’ve done a fabulous job of covering things up, you have to hand it to them.

But ultimately, you can’t suppress the truth forever.

And it seems to me, we are fast approaching that time when it finally comes out.

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Somehow, God keeps dragging me back to the subject of ‘real Jewish history’.

Even though I am so tired of all this, at a soul level, and so yearning for Moshiach to just show up and explain exactly what happened and why, so I don’t need to be involved with breaking my head over this anymore – that doesn’t seem to be happening.

I have deleted so many files, archived so much paper – even burnt some of it, as part of the pre-Pesach bonfire effort -and yet, here I am again, about to launch into another slice of ‘real Jewish history.

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As seems to happen nearly all the time, the story starts back in Vilna.

I have a bunch of notes next to my computer, with random ‘interesting’ names written upon them, and today, one seemed to have come free and placed itself right on my mouse mat. The name that caught my attention was this:

R’ Jacob Peretz Klatzi, head of the Vilna Community.

Hmm.

In case you didn’t know, there was a massive machloket that engulfed the Vilna community long before any mention of the suspect ‘chassidism vs mitnagdim’ argument.

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I wrote about that a while ago HERE, and here’s a relevant snippet:

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

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

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

According to Arie Morgenstern[5]:

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

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Of course, you can’t find any trace of a ‘Shmuel ben Avigdor’ in the real world.

Believe me, I’ve tried and tried.

Which is kind of strange, no? Given that this massive machloket was going on in Vilna for around 30 years, at the same time as the Vilna Gaon lived there, and shortly before the whole, seminal ‘excommunicating the chassidim’ thing apparently happened – and yet we can’t find any trace of Vilna’s chief rabbi in the real world?

No descendants, no siblings, no trace of who this guy really was?

That just trips off my ‘BS-o-meter’, and then I have the strange urge to start digging deeper.

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If you go to the JewishGen site HERE, you’ll learn more about the official story of the Jewish history and dispute in Vilna.

Here’s some relevant snippets – see how many names you recognise from stuff I’ve already written about on the site:

The first rabbi [of Vilna] was apparently Rabbi Abraham Segal.

After him came Rabbi Menachem Munish, the son of Rabbi Itshak Hayut, author of the pamphlet ‘Zmirot Leshabat’ (Prague 1621)…. 

Rabbi Uri Shraga Feivish, who immigrated to Jerusalem and served as the rabbi of the Ashkenazi community in 1650-1653 (thereby earning the sobriquet ‘the Ashkenazi’).

The ruling Rabbi (posek) Moshe the son of Rabbi Itshak Yehuda Lima (1605-1658) author of Chelkat Mechokek…

His colleagues at the Beth Din were equally famous: the Dayan Rabbi Efraim Ben Rabbi Aaron Hacohen author of Sha’ar Efraim (from 1635 until his death in 1678). 

Rabbi Shabtai Ben Rabbi Meir Katz (‘the SHAKh’ 1628-1663), who wrote at the age of 24 the treatise Siftei Kohen about the Shulchan Aruch, and among whose other important works are Nekudot Hakesef, Tkafo Kohen, and Gvurat Anashim. Rabbi Shabtai became famous and corresponded also with Christian scholars. In 1655 he fled to Moravia and was a rabbi in Helishoi.

Rabbi Aaron Shmuel Ben Rabbi Israel Kaidanover (MHRSHAK, 1614-1676)…Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Ben Yosef “Kharif” (“the sharp”) author of Pnei Yehoshua, a native of the city: Rabbi Heshel Tsoref (born 1633), one of the most important rabbis of his generation (his work Sefer Hatzsoref is a treatise of five volumes on the Kabalah full of Sabbatean allusions….)

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There is so much ‘weird’ stuff going on in Vilna, it’s hard to know where to start with it all.

Here’s a few more snippets from the JewishGen site, and then we’ll focus in on the Vilna dispute, in particular, to see where that leads us.

(This is going to be a long post…. better go and get the popcorn and cup of tea and make yourself comfy.)

I’ll bold the bits that really stand out, to make it easier for you to try to follow what’s going on. Also, remember that ‘Kremers’ are meant to be ancestors of the Vilna Gaon.

From 1709 onwards, Rabbi Moshe Ben Rabbi Naftali Hirtz (died 1726) served as head of the Beth Din and preacher in Vilna.

Among the great Torah scholars in Vilna were the Dayan Rabbi Arieh Leib Ben Rabbi Yitshak Shapira (born 1701) author of Nakhalat Ariel and Ma’on Arayot and a friend of the Karaite Khakham… Rabbi Shlomo Ben Aaron of Trokai;

Rabbi Josef of Pinchuv, author of Rosh Josef and Rabbi Moshe Kremer’s in-law; the grammarians Rabbi Azriel and his sons Nisan and Eliyahu; Rabbi Zvi Hirsh from Koidanov; the Dayan Rabbi Eliyahu Kremer; Rabbi Hirsh Ben Rabbi Ezriel, author of the work Beth Lekhem Yehuda;

Rabbi Ya’akov Vilna-Ashkenazi, who emigrated to Eretz Yisrael with the group around [leading Sabbatean] Rabbi Yehuda Hasid and was one of the pillars of the community.

Rabbi Aaron Gordon, who was also the doctor to the king of Poland; Rabbi Yehuda Leib, who was the head of the Beth Din of Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel; Rabbi Yekutial Ben Rabbi Leib Gordon, who studied medicine in Padua, was influenced by Rabbi Moshe Haim Lucato (the RAMCHAL) and was among the signatories to the rules of the RAMCHAL group. Upon his return to Vilna he studied, in addition to medicine, Talmud and Kabalah. 

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(As a side note, there is a strong possibility that this ‘Rabbi Aaron Gordon‘ who was the Polish king’s physician was actually the brother of none other than Yonatan Eybshutz – they were both sons of Rabbi Nathan Nata Gordon, the ABD of Eibenschutz.)

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Let’s park that side of things for now, but pay attention to all the interactions going on with Karaites, and xtians, and Sabbatians that have been going on in Vilna for generations.

There’s also a really weird story of how a son of Count Potocki – Abraham ben Abraham – converted to Judaism, then got denounced and burnt at the stake in Vilna. This also comes from the JewishGen site:

Abraham Ben Abraham was condemned to death and on the second day of Shavuot was burnt at the stake.

Rabbi Eliezer Sitskes of Vilna, who was without a beard, disguised himself as a Christian and using a bribe managed to retrieve some of the ashes and a finger which had survived the fire, and buried them in holy ground in Vilna (without a gravestone or mention of name) where to this day the grave serves as a place of pilgrimage.

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Abraham ben Abraham’s teacher was meant to be none other than the Vilna Gaon.

And just to make this weird story even weirder, the remains of ‘Abraham ben Abraham’ somehow ended up being buried in the Vilna Gaon’s relocated tomb in the new Jewish cemetery.

Go HERE, to read more about all this, but I’ll give you one more snippet, to underline just how strange so many of the stories coming out of Vilna, and about the Vilna Gaon, really are:

According to Jewish tradition, following Avraham ben Avraham’s death, the Vilna Gaon believed that the spiritual constitution of the world had become altered in such a way that a Jew was no longer bound to wash his hands in the morning (netilat yadayim) within four amot (cubits) of his bed, as explicitly taught in the codes of Jewish law such as the Shulchan Aruch and other halachic works.

Rather, a Jew’s entire house would be considered as four amot for this mitzvah. This custom, begun at Avraham ben Avraham’s death, commenced with the Vilna Gaon and later became the practice of the Slabodka yeshiva in Europe, becoming today the routine of many leading Israeli rabbis who follow the Slabodka tradition.[10]

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The last bit of info related to this is that Chabad states that the person who brought Count Potocki to Judaism is one “Rabbi Menachem Mann” (not the Vilna Gaon). He is probably one and the same as R’ Menachem Manish Horowitz, aka “Mordechai Yollis”, aka the grandfather of Alexander Sender Margoliot (Shor) – my candidate for the real world name of the Vilna Gaon, as I set out HERE.

The Chabad site states that Potocki converted in Amsterdam under the aegis of the Chief Rabbi there.

Depending on when all this is meant to have actually happened, the Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam would be one of these guys (from the Jewish Virtual Library):

The son-in-law of the Chakham Zevi, Aryeh Leib ben Saul *Loewenstamm from Rzeszów, thereupon became Amsterdam’s chief rabbi (until 1755). He became the founder of the Dutch rabbinical Loewenstamm dynasty: his son Saul ben Aryeh Leib Polonus succeeded him and served until 1793, when his grandson Moses Saul Loewenstamm took over (until 1815).

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In common with ‘Shmuel ben Avigdor’ of Vilna, Aryeh Leib ben Saul Loewenstamm was also bought his pulpits by his wealthy family, and also had a number of ‘wars’ with his unhappy community:

Through the influence of his relatives he then obtained the rabbinical position in Tarnopol in 1720 (or 1718?), the former incumbent having been ousted by the officials of the government to make room for him. This interference on the part of the civic authorities naturally aroused great opposition to him in the congregation, and Aryeh Loeb was deposed in 1724.

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OK, let’s (try to…) get back to Jacob Peretz Klatzi, and the dispute with the Vilna rabbi, Shmuel ben Avigdor.

Back on the JewishGen website, we find this, about who Shmuel ben Avigdor was related to. I’m going to quote the whole thing, as it’s useful to have this information in one place, going forward:

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Pride of place among the public leaders and rabbis of Vilna is reserved for Rabbi Yehuda Ben Eliezer Safra Vedayana (YSUD).

He made his fortune in trade, donated much money to the community and built a synagogue which bore his name (the Old Kloyz). In addition to being a rabbi he was also active in public matters affecting the Kahal and the ‘Council of the Lithuanian Land’…

 In the argument between Rabbi Yonatan Eivshitz and Rabbi Ya’akov Amdan, Rabbi Yehuda Safra Vedayana supported Rabbi Yonatan and convinced the Vilna scholars and the Council to take his part…

After the death of Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel in 1749, Rabbi Yehuda forced the Kahal to appoint his son in law, Rabbi Shmuel Ben Rabbi Avigdor, to the position for life, in return for a large donation.

After the death of Rabbi Yehuda (1762) a sharp dispute developed between the Kahal and Rabbi Shmuel who wanted to appoint members of his family to public positions and intended his son Rabbi Israel to succeed him in office. For some 30 years, the conflict raged on, drawing into it powerful factions from Vilna and elsewhere and threatened the community’s autonomous standing.

The Kahal – the official leadership – opposed Rabbi Shmuel and accused him of corruption and taking bribes but he was supported by the ‘mob’… and later by the Hassids [read: members of Chabad chassidut], who operated underground.

Both parties involved rabbis of other large communities and the [secular] authorities… The two sides also appealed to the crown court and the Gaon (Rabbi Eliyahu) of Vilna, who was imprisoned for a time because of his support for the Vilna Kahal.

The representative of the ‘mob’, Rabbi Shimon Ben Josef, was also imprisoned, and while sitting in the Nieszwiesz prison wrote a pamphlet in Polish about the need for reform in the authority given to the communities. The pamphlet reached the king of Poland, who published a royal order, on July 30, 1786, which forbade the Vilna Kahal to oppress and extort by the use of taxes.

It was only after the death of Rabbi Shmuel Ben Avigdor at the beginning of 1791 that the conflict came to an end.

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Did you know that the Vilna Gaon apparently sat in a secular prison for a while?

No, neither did I. You have to wonder how so many generations of Jewish historians, both secular and religious, apparently missed such an important bit of information (and also note, that every time we see ‘the Gaon’ being mentioned, they have to fill in the name ‘Eliyahu’ in square brackets…).

I also didn’t know that ‘Shmuel Ben Avigdor’ only died in 1791 – just six years before the Vilna Gaon passed away, and the same year that Jacob Frank died.

And the last thing I didn’t know was that there was such a ‘luminary’ in Vilna called Rabbi Yehuda Ben Eliezer Safra Vedayana (YSUD) – who has also apparently been scrubbed out of official Jewish history.

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Before we go on, let’s remind ourselves that when I tried to track down who the Vilna Gaon might be ‘in the real world’, in THIS mind-blowing post, I came to this conclusion:

Alexander Sender Margoliot is the ‘real world’ name of the Vilna Gaon.

Alexander Sender is the son of Rabbi Mordechai “Chassid”, and the grandson of that same Rabbi Menachem Manish Margaliot (mentioned above, in the Chabad story about the ger tzedek). Menachem Manish is married to Hinda Margulis – sister of the infamous Frankist and convert to Catholicism, Elisha Shor.

Long story short, ‘Alexander Sender Haim Shor / Margoliot’ (my candidate for the real name of the Vilna Gaon) changes the family name to ‘Brodsky’, and his family become leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists in Russia.

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So, I start tootling around, trying to find any people nicknamed ‘YESOD’ that might fit the bill for this guy, Rabbi Yehuda Safra Vedayana – one of the most fabulously wealthy and powerful Jews in Vilna, and the whole of Russia, and interestingly, I get to this:

Rabbi Yosef Yoske Sabatka of Dubno was a scholar, moralist and cabbalist. He became rabbi of Dubno in 1698. Known for his piety, he wrote a morality book Yesod Yosef, which was first printed in Shklov in 1785.

I also learn that this ‘Yosef Yoske Sabatka’ – the YESOD YOSEF – is the “Brother of Mrs. Aleksander Sender“.

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And that’s when I remember the conversation I had with a descendant of the Alter Rebbe of Chabad 5 months ago, when I was just starting to figure all this stuff out.

(Poor woman. She was very nice, and has probably been totally scandalised by the turn all this has taken.)

This is part of what I emailed her then, after she’d sent me some of the details of her family tree:

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B’kitzur, I think the Alter Rebbe had an ‘alter ego’ called R’Alexander Sander / Sander (i.e. this is the same person).

If you look on the main ‘Loebtree’ site here: http://www.loebtree.com/maharal.html
You will see most of the Maharal of Prague’s descendants listed.
If you click on Tilla Lowe – his daughter – you will see this family tree: (I put the part where it overlaps with your family tree in BOLD).
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Tilla LOEW daughter of the Maharal

Tilla LOEW married Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch SABA or SABATKA of Lublin (b. Prague), Dayan of Prague 1630, son of Joseph Yaski and/or else  she married Rabbi Zechariah Mendel I WAHL. 

Her children:

  • Rabbi Meir SABATKA (d. 1668 Prague) m. Buna the daughter of Mendel from Kolin (d. 1649 Prague).
    Rabbi Meir SABATKA remarried Surel ZOREF (d. 1664 Prague)
    • Izhak SABATKA (d. 1703 Prague) m. Haja TILS (d. 1668 Prague)
    • Leib SABATKA (d. 1673 Prague) 
    • Matatya SABATKA (d. 1680 Prague)
    • Tilla SABATKA (d. 1694 Prague) m. Josel LIBERLESH
  • Reisel SABATKA (d. 1742 Prague) m. Izhak LEVITIZ (d. 1740 Prague)
  • Rabbi Moshe SABATKA from Pozen, Rabbi in Prague.
    • Rabbi Yehuda Yudl SABATKA from Kawali.
      • daughter married Alexander SENDER son of Rabbi Jacob from Stutzek.
        • Rabbi Alexander SENDER Slutzek
          • Rabbi Yehuda Yudel
  • Rabbi Aryeh LEIB (Shpolar Zeide) of Krakow married Jute FISCHEL (b. about 1620)
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If your tradition is that you are definitely descended from the Alter Rebbe, then the premise that the Alter Rebbe = Alexander Sander / Sendor seems to hold up. The information above certainly tallies with what you sent me on your family tree, so far.
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The Alter Rebbe was supposed to be the 7th generation from the Maharal of Prague.

And Tilla Sander (Sobotka) – the wife of Alexander Sender – was the 7th generation from the Maharal of Prague.
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Then, I remember the ‘new portrait’ of the Alter Rebbe that was discovered a few years back, which you can see on the Collive website (screenshotted below):

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Here’s one of the comments from readers of the Collive website:
“I agree with the comment it looks like the GRA. I am not convinced this is the Alter Rebbe. It has some resemblance, but also very much like the Vilna Gaon.”
Quite.
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Let’s leave that rabbit hole alone for now, and come back to the machloket in Vilna.

So, I’m looking at that post-it note with the name of Yaakov Peretz Klatzi, head of the Vilna community on it, I suddenly remember the story of one Abraham Peretz of Shklov, who was a leading tax farmer, banker, shtadlan, maskil.
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He also happened to be the son-in-law of Joshua Zeitlin.

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And the last thing to tell you is that Abraham Peretz ended up marrying a non-Jewish woman, and also being baptized into the Lutheran church.

It’s so, so hard to find any real information about Abraham Peretz in the English-speaking world, where it’s all been carefully scrubbed and sanitized, but thank God for Google translate.

Because I get to THIS SITE in Russian, and here’s a little more of what I learn about Abraham Peretz:

“The son of a Lubart rabbi, Peretz at the age of 16 married the daughter of a famous Talmudist and philanthropist, Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin (1742–1822) from Shklov, who was patronized by Prince G. Potemkin.

Peretz received a good Jewish education at his father’s house and in the yeshiva, but he strove to supplement it with knowledge of foreign languages ​​and general education subjects.

His father-in-law [i.e. Joshua Zeitlin] introduced him to Potemkin, as a result of which Peretz was able to move to St. Petersburg (early 1790s), where he began to represent the commercial and financial interests of Zeitlin.

Soon he was promoted here as a banker, ship contractor and tax farmer, and in 1801 Emperor Paul I bestowed upon him the title of Commerce Counselor.”

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Notice how coy the internet is being about who Abraham Peretz’s dad is.

That set off the BS-o-meter again, so I went to see what I could learn about who the ‘rabbi of Lubartow’ was as that time (in Russian…). That’s when I tripped over this piece of information:

Abram Peretz was born in 1770 (or 1771) in Lubartow, Lublin province.

His father was the rabbi of this small town and first taught his son at home, and then sent him to the yeshiva (where he himself taught).    However, Abram studied not only the sacred texts assigned to the rabbi’s son, but also other books, as well as languages ​​- he spoke German and Russian perfectly.

The main teacher and spiritual mentor of the young man was not his father, but his uncle – the chief rabbi of Berlin, Hirsch Lebel (1721-1800). In his house, the young man learned a lot about the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskal), which his uncle was fascinated with.

Источник: https://historylib.org/historybooks/Alina–Rebel_Evrei-v-Rossii-samye-vliyatelnye-i-bogatye/19

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Now I start to sit up!

Because we’ve mentioned ‘Hirsch Lebel’ a few times on this blog, not least, in this post:

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As well as being the Chief Rabbi of Berlin, he was also the Chief Rabbi of London, too, where he was called ‘Hart Lyon’.

And ‘Hirshel Lobel’s’ father is Aryeh Leib Lowenstaam – the same guy I was talking about above, as being the ABD of Amsterdam who apparently converted the ger tzedek Abraham ben Abraham.

And Hirshel Lobel of Berlin is the uncle of the wealthy maskil, Lutheran convert and son-in-law of Joshua Zeitlin, Abraham Peretz.

Amazing, how all this is coming together.

But there’s more.

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Now that we know this, it should be a cinch to figure out who Abraham Peretz really was, in the real world.

He’s the nephew of Tzvi Hirsh Lowenstaam (Hirshel Lobel) of Berlin and London.

That means that either one of his parents is the sibling of Tzvi Hirsh Lowenstaam, or that one of their siblings married Tzvi Hirsh Lowenstaam.

But of course, here’s where we trip headlong into more Kevin Lawrence Hanit obfuscation and distortions.

Which always tells me I’m on the right track with all this stuff.

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Why is this stuff being so hidden?

Because if you recall from THIS post, I set out a theory that Tzvi Hirsch Lowenstaam is a strong contender for the real father of none other than Jacob Frank.

Which would make false messiah Jacob Frank and converted Lutheran maskil Abraham Peretz cousins.

And which would bring that whole Frankist connection way closer to Yehoshua Zeitlin, Peretz’s father-in-law, and in turn to the rest of the leading Jewish figures in Shklov and Vilna – on both sides of the mitnaged / chassid divide.

Remember that in previous posts, we figured out that:

Joshua Zeitlin is listed as the father in law of ‘Reb Alexander Sender’ – apparently one of the Alter Rebbe’s favorite talmidim.

And ‘Alexander Sender’ is meant to be the father of Moshe of Shklov – who we already pinned down as being one and the same as Moshe Schneuri, the Alter Rebbe’s catholic Frankist son.

 That would make Joshua Zeitlin the Alter Rebbe’s father in law.

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So far, we still didn’t manage to track down Rabbi Yehuda Ben Eliezer Safra Vedayana of Vilna down, in the real world.

But we learned a lot of other interesting things.

And I can see that I’m finally, bezrat Hashem, closing the gap between the known and unknown enough to make that elusive breakthrough I’ve been waiting on for 6 months at least possible.

So, we’ll wait to see what the next piece of the puzzle is, that God decides to toss me.

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Yesterday morning, me and my family tried to go to Mearat HaMachpela, in Hevron.

Before all the Covid lockdowns, we used to go every chol hamoed Pesach, and also over Succot, as that was when the hall of Yitzhak and Rivka was open to Jews.

I’ve been in Hevron a few times over the last few months anyway, notably for the atzerot for the Rav, but this was the first time trying to get back into the Yitzhak and Rivka hall.

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We drive up there, and apart from the stupid masks, all looks like it used to before.

My daughter even called me while I was on the shuttle bus to tell me the government just announced they are no longer enforcing wearing masks outside, so I had that warm, fuzzy feeling that maybe things really were starting to shift in a good direction.

We get to the Mearat HaMachpela – and that’s when I saw a massive sign that had been erected at the top of the stairs leading into the main plaza.

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It said in simple Hebrew that anyone with a ‘Tav Yarok’ (Green Pass) should go to the right…. While people with what they were calling a ‘Tav Segol’ (i.e. no Green Pass) should go to the left….

Really?

Someone thinks these types of instructions are appropriate, at the top of the stairs leading into the Mearat HaMachpela?

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There was another sign hung up, reassuring all us unvaccinated ‘Tav Segol’ people that for sure, you can totally still get into the Tomb of the Matriarchs!!! Yessirree, no discrimination going on here, don’t worry!!!

Apparently, that was a lie.

My husband and kid queued up for half an hour, together with a fairly large group of other potentially diseased undesirables, and didn’t see anyone get let in.

In the meantime, I watched all the ‘Green Pass’ people get their little green wristbands that granted them magic entry to the Tomb, and I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe, I’d got all this wrong, and Israel really is an Apartheid State after all.

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I didn’t hang around there long.

I figured it was a queue going nowhere, in the best tradition of Stalinist Russia, so I decided to walk off to the tomb of Yishai and Ruth, in the oldest part of Hevron’s Jewish cemetery instead.

Past the natural spring named for the Patriarch Avraham, up past the old Muslim cemetery, and on a path up through a few rickety Arab houses and across a green hill top – there it was.

I got in, and I had it to myself.

No-one asking me if I was ‘Tav Segol’ or ‘Tav Yarok’.

Just me and the Tzaddikim and Hashem – and that familiar twinge of heartache that has been accompanying me for many months, already.

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There was a volume of Likutey Halachot lying around, so I opened it ‘randomly’ – and got straight to a passage talking about Pesach.

There, Rav Natan was explaining how the real chametz to seek out and uproot during Pesach is anger.

And how whenever God is about to send a person a massive flow of riches and shefa, he is first tested with situations designed to provoke his anger.

Because if the yetzer can get a person angry, then all that flow of shefa and riches gets diverted away from the person, and lost.

And so I discovered, that I still have lots of lots of chametz hanging around, even on the 5th day of Pesach, that still needs cleaning out.

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I get back to our meeting point, and I find my husband and kid in a funny mood.

I guess it started to sink in a little, what is really going on in this country, where good Jews are prevented from praying at the Tomb of the Patriarchs because they don’t want to be guinea pigs for Pfizer.

“I went to pray on the Arab Step” my daughter told me, with an odd look on her face.

If you don’t know what that is, take a look at this:

The Seventh Step – Restriction on Jewish Prayer in Hebron

For 700 years, this was the closest Jews could get to the Tomb of Machpela.

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That evening, I had tickets booked to finally get to the Kever of Yosef HaTzaddik, in Shechem.

I’ve been once before a few years’ ago now, which I wrote about here:

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Last year, I tried to go again, and I booked tickets and all – only to have it all cancelled last minute by Coronavirus restrictions.

But this just kind of fell into my lap, and I had the feeling I was going to get there, this time around.

Me and my husband didn’t know if they would let us potentially disease-bearing ‘Tav Segol’ religious Jews in, after what had happened in Hevron that morning – but let’s just say, Kever Yosef appeals to a pretty different crowd.

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It was the same midnight trip, the same bursting out into the Kever in the middle of an otherwise silent trip through the backstreets of Shechem (aka Nablus) as the first time around.

I got to the Kever stood inside a few minutes – then started to realise just what a petrified Jewish zombie I’ve turned into, spiritually, over the last 12 months of mega stress and religious oppression.

I’ve been carrying a heart of stone around for months, thanks to all the worry and stress of ‘Covid 19’, but Yosef HaTzaddik is the first time that I really realised just how bad things have been, spiritually.

I stood there feeling totally disconnected.

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I went outside, said a Tikkun Haklali, and watched a couple hundred men and boys singing and dancing songs about Rabbenu at the top of their voices.

A taste of Uman…

A hint of Rabbenu….

Man, I’ve missed that so much.

Slowly, I felt some embers of hope and emuna and simcha start to re-ignite, and start to warm up my heart of stone, at least a little bit.

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On the bus on the way out, a shocking thing happened.

We’d come in on a full bus, and there were no spare seats.

A small group of 4-5 boys with long, Breslov payot – ranging from about 10 to 13-14 – tried to sneak in, to get a ride out of Shechem with us.

Initially, they were sat in our seat, so my husband asked them to move.

They did – but because the bus was full capacity, there was no-where for them to really go.

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Our bus driver was a psycho.

There is no other way of describing him.

Once he realised these kids were trying to get a free trip out of Shechem, he went into a towering rage and started cursing and shouting at them to get off the bus.

A couple behind me – the only people wearing masks on the whole bus – decided to get involved too, and started heaping verbal abuse on these kids, who were now doubling-down and refusing to budge out of the bus.

Before I knew it, there was half a brawl going on directly behind me, in the stairwell.

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I tried to get involved by deliberately putting my hand out to ‘touch’ any of the religious men who were trying to throw a punch, slap or strangle someone else.

Strange women are way more scary than almost anything else you can think of, for this crowd.

And I also started trying to tell the woman cursing these young kids that they were just children, and that she should calm down.

And then, when the police and army were called and forcibly started putting the kids into headlocks and dragging them off the bus, I also started yelling at them to be more gentle.

My husband had to pull me back over to my side of the seat, I was getting so upset about what was going on behind me, I almost literally dived in to try to break it up.

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What’s wrong with us Jews????

We can’t even come to the grave of a Tzaddik like Yosef HaTzaddik without getting into a brawl and angry fist-fight on the bus????

Where is our compassion for the other?

Where is our empathy?

That’s what I was wondering, as the bus finally pulled away leaving those poor kids to their fate, in custody with the army and Border Police. And those guys just lurve young teenages with payot. They treat them SO VERY nicely.

(Sarcasm / Off)

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I don’t have an answer.

Then I remembered what I read that morning about not getting angry, and I wondered if I blew it.

Probably.

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Ah, God.

We’re a bit of a mess.

But please redeem us anyway, because if You don’t have compassion and mercy on us…

Then who will?

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UPDATE:

A reader sent me a link to this video below (mostly shmirat eynayim friendly, save for a headshot of a frum woman and a couple of female doctors.)

https://www.freedomisrael.org/videos?wix-vod-video-id=c365a6bfc32a421e989ce93b45f0c99c&wix-vod-comp-id=comp-kmxdkjqj 

First, I’ll tell you why I’m posting it up here: It shows what the picture in Israel looks like right now, if you don’t have Rav Berland, and emuna in the true tzaddikim, very firmly in the picture.

I.e., really worrying and terrible.

That’s the reality, if you aren’t connected to the Rav, and if you aren’t buying into the lie that the vaccine is somehow saving the world and medical apartheid is a wonderful idea.

Baruch Hashem, that’s not my reality.

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I’m not denying that reality – any more than I would deny that the Holocaust happened, or that good Jews go through externally very bad, difficult experiences all the time.

But I’m saying that when you connect to the real Tzaddikim, and when you talk to God for an hour a day, there is another layer of spiritual ‘reality’ that becomes superimposed on this dark world, and that continues to light the path to hope, faith and happiness.

Whatever is going to happen next, God decides.

Full stop.

But at the same time, I so, so believe in the power of heartfelt prayer, and the power of real teshuva, and the in the power of our true tzaddikim – like Rabbi Nachman and Rav Berland and Yosef HaTzaddik – to still turn things around for the good.

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The people who are really doing their best to stick to God, in whatever way they can, will come through WITH THEIR SOULS INTACT, whatever happens to their bodies.

And that’s the point. The soul.

Whoever uses all this current yuck to make some real teshuva, and to develop some real humility, and to put their hand up to all the things – and people – they’ve ‘broken’ in this world, and to genuinely return to God – that’s a great outcome, regardless of what else happens.

And each of us can make that choice, and get to that outcome right now.

Nothing ‘bad’ happens to any of us, that isn’t 100000000% deserved, at least when you take the past lives and gilgulim into account.

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But there is another level, too.

And that’s where the true tzaddikim come in.

King Shaul was the reincarnation of Lamech, Noach’s father, who killed his ancestor Cain and also his son, Tubal-Cain.

King Shaul came back to this world with a lot of ‘past life baggage’, and a big tikkun to do, to rectify what he’d done in a previous life as Lamech.

So many times, Rav Berland has emphasized how King Shaul could have come through his tikkun peacefully, if only he’d swallowed his pride and listened to the true Tzaddik of his generation, the Prophet Shmuel.

But twice, Shaul decided to do his own thing, and to come away from the words of Shmuel.

And as a result – he lost the kingship, and spent the last few years of his life chronically depressed and paranoid, trying to kill King David any way he could, before being killed by the Philistines in battle.

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Staying close to the true Tzaddikim ‘sweetens’ all this past life stuff that would otherwise literally drag us all down to the very bottom.

Even when I was at the top of the pile financially and socially in London, my life was so, so difficult internally, until I hit Rabbenu and started following his advice of doing hitbodedut for an hour a day, amongst other things.

Even post-Rabbenu and Uman, even after I’d made as much teshuva as I thought I could make, my life continued to be so difficult internally because I’d ‘inherited’ all this past-life trauma, and had all these heavy past life tikkunim to go through, still.

Until I hit the Rav.

And that’s when it all started to really turnaround, and to sweeten.

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A lot of people don’t like to hear this, I know.

I makes them uncomfortable.

I say to them – go do some hitbodedut, and see what God tells you.

That’s really the only way to get to any sort of ‘truth’ in today’s world, whatever the subject.

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But in the meantime, this is why my picture is still radically different from the one portrayed in the video above:

I have experienced the power of the true tzaddikim to ‘sweeten’ things in my own life, and I know that even very harsh realities like the one we are currently all living through can sweeten in an instant – if we get with the real tzaddikim, and start following their advice.

No-one left Mitzrayim unless they followed Moshe Rabbenu out and followed his instructions.

And as it was then, so it will be again.

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