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The slave trade was big business.

Literally.

In this post, I want to set out some basic information about how the modern slave trade got started, the precedent it set for a global economic model of doing business, and why Portugal – and the Portuguese crypto-Jews – found themselves acting as the main conduits for the slave trade.

Yalla, let’s do it.

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Let’s be clear, that the slave trade has existed since time immemorial.

Every time that one nation, one people, one army, conquered another, they usually sold at least some of the people they’d captured as slaves, or kept them as slaves themselves.

I’m not enough of a Torah learner to give a treatise on how the Torah views slavery, but I can tell you that the Torah limited the period of slavery to 7 years. If the slave wanted to continue being a slave after that, they could – but it was frowned on in the Torah.

And of course, it was the slave’s own choice to continue serving their master after that time. (IF the master was keeping the Torah’s laws. Sadly, a big if.)

Also, the Torah set out a bunch of rules on how to treat slaves that even stated that if there was only one pillow in the house, the slave should get it instead of the master.

So clearly, ‘Torah-sanctioned enslavement’ is a very different beast from what was actually occurring in the slave trade.

With that intro out the way, let’s begin.

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Back in 1711, a few British politicians came up with the idea of creating what became known as ‘The South Seas Company‘, as part of their effort to raise money to cover the United Kingdom’s ever-increasing debts.

The UK was in debt because it was fighting two wars at once, and (just like today…) spending on the army was taking a huge amount of currency out of circulation.

The basic idea is that the people who the UK government owed money to could ‘swap’ their debt for shares in this new company, which was sold as having fantastic prospects for trading in the South Seas. As soon as the company was formed, the UK government started ‘pumping it up’ by promising enormous potential profits – at every turn.

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But, get this: It was all a crock.

At that time, the ‘South Seas’ were controlled by the Spanish, and the corrupt British politicians in charge of the treasury knew that there was effectively zero chance of any ‘trading’ going on, because the British were engaged in a long, drawn out war with Spain at that point.

But the ‘South Seas Company’ had great marketing and fabulous PR, so a lot of people still bought into it, even though it had nothing to really sell, no money to invest in trade, and no real prospects of being able to develop a trade network.

And slowly but surely, the share price started to lift off.

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In 1713, the war over the Spanish Succession finally ended, after a decade, with the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht.

At that point, the South Seas Company finally started to make some cash, as it was granted the Assiento de Negros by the British government, for 30 years.

Long story short, back in 1479, the Spanish and the Portuguese effectively divided the world up between them (I know, the arrogance of all this!)

Spain got South America (amongst other things), while Portugal got Africa.

The only way Spain could make a go of the massive new tracts of land it was conquering in the ‘New World’ was by importing slaves from Africa to work the land.  Of course, this is because Spain effectively murdered most of the ‘New World’s indigenous inhabitants, during the process of conquering it.

So, Spain had gotten used to the idea that it had to import African slaves to its colonies in the New World, primarily via the Portuguese.

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Let’s interject here that many of the merchants involved in international trade and maritime trade at this point were, of course, Jews.

And let’s also state for the record that many of these merchants with a Jewish background were actually crypto-Jews, who’d actually renounced their Jewish religion a long time ago, and had been living as xtians for a couple of centuries, already, by the time we get to 1713.

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Here’s how Wikipedia explains what was going on:

The Spanish were reliant on Portuguese slave traders for all their requirements.

The asiento specified the places of importation and the points of delivery, as well as navigation routes. The contract was usually obtained by foreign merchant banks who cooperated with local or foreign traders, specialized in shipping.

Different organisations and individuals would bid for the right to hold the asiento.

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Notice how merchant banks were mixed up with the slave trade right from the start.

Tuck that piece of info away for now, but be aware that there is nothing new under the sun. And remember that going forward, when more information about human trafficking in our days starts to explode across the internet.

Any day now.

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So, after the Treaty of Utrecht, the British government acquires ‘rights’ to supply 4,800 African slaves a year, for the next 30 years, to the Spanish colonial empire, and they pass those ‘rights’ to the South Seas company.

These are real people we are talking about, who were forcibly taken from their homes and families on the African continent to be worked as slaves in barbarous conditions.

I’m not going to wax heavy on the moralising, but it is just striking me as I write this that the whole Western ‘economic system’ is built, mamash, on human suffering and enslavement – and has been, right from the start.

The ‘Economic Hit Man’ model was just the latest incarnation of it.

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And the enslavement of you and me, in debt; in ridiculous taxes; in a corrupt system that was designed always and only to serve that tiny group of elites at the top – well, it’s just the latest ‘update’ of a model of human enslavement and suffering that has been operating for centuries.

No wonder it has to come crashing down before Moshiach comes.

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So, the South Sea Company now has this ‘contract’ to supply 144,000 slaves to the Spanish colonies.

And they also have competition from Dutch merchants (where a large number of ‘conversos’ also ended up), because Holland had been granted ‘rights’ to supply slaves to Spain under the Treaty of Munster,  75 years earlier, in 1648.

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A lot of people don’t know this, but Spain actually controlled large chunks of Western Europe, for hundreds of years.

This from Wiki:

The Dutch Revolt, also called the Eighty Years’ War, of 1568–1648 was the struggle by the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands for independence from the Spanish Empire…

[B]y 1581 the Northern provinces of the Netherlands were de facto independent…

Despite these successes, the Dutch failed to expel the Spanish from the wealthy provinces of the Southern Netherlands, modern-day BelgiumLuxembourg plus the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Longwy regions of northern France.

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The long arm of the Spanish Inquisition literally reached more than half way around the world.

And with Jews persona non grata in so many other parts of the world during the early Middle Ages – including the British Isles – well.

Many Jews probably felt they had little choice, except to pretend to be xtians at this time.

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It’s a bit of a tangent here, but I think it’s a good time to underline the fact that crypto Jews could be found all over the world, in all different countries by the 17th century.

For example, when the Jews were formally expelled from England in 1290, some of them left. But many of them just became ‘crypto-Jews’ and went underground.

And a lot of those ‘crypto-Jews’ ended up in the neighboring countries of Ireland, Wales and Scotland, which explains what ‘David Yale‘, the crypto-Jewish ‘good protestant’ was doing in the middle of the Welsh countryside; and also, how so many Jews ended up at the highest stratas of Scottish society, too.

It’s totally a post for another time, but if you have time and inclination, there’s an interesting book you can download for free HERE called: ‘When Scotland was Jewish’.

The point is, that there were literally hundreds of thousands of ‘crypto Jews’ who had Jewish roots, but who’d been living mamash like goyim for hundreds of years, but who would ‘recycle themselves’ into the Jewish community, as and when it became expedient to do so.

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There’s a huge discussion to be had here about the whole issue of ‘who is a Jew’, and I certainly am not pretending to be able to provide any answers to that question.

But it does underline the point – again and again and again – that it’s not yichus that matters, but deeds and actions of the individual.

Part of the reason the trail keeps going cold on the genealogy of so many of our leading Sages, before the fifteen hundreds, is because so many of them descend from families who were mamash living like goyim, for centuries.

And don’t tell me that eating traif 24/7, and attending mass, and hanging out in goyish society didn’t leave any lasting impact or scars on those Jewish souls and their descendents, because that’s patently a bunch of c**p.

And that’s also why the modern State of Israel is doing it’s best to close the door on the whole question of recognising modern-day ‘conversos’. It would just bring everything way too close to home.

Ok, back to the slave trade.

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The ‘Asiento’ wasn’t just about slaves.

It was also about conducting international trade.

The Spanish Treasury used ‘asientos’ as a debt tool, whereby the merchants and traders would ‘buy rights’ to operate in their territories, and to ‘sell’ the Spanish colonies things they needed – like African slaves.

And then in return, these traders would also earn the ‘right’ to take the stuff being produced in these colonies (with slave labor), such as tea, coffee, sugar, tobacco, spices, and even gold and gems – and to sell them elsewhere on the open market.

So, the private companies and merchants bore the ‘risks’ involved with the trade, while the Spanish treasury got some safe cash to continue funding its outlay.

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The South Seas Company subcontracted for the slaves required to the Royal African Company – another private company created via Royal Charter, and owned by English royalty – Charles II and his brother, James II – to supply slaves to British colonies:

Between 1662 and 1731, the Company transported approximately 212,000 slaves, of whom 44,000 died en route, around 3,000 per year.

By that time, they also transported slaves to English colonies in North America. By contrast, through Zanzibar, East Africa’s main slave-trading port, Omani Arabs exported as many as 50,000 slaves per year in the 19th century.

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The Arabs were also heavily engaged in the slave trade.

It wasn’t just the British, the Dutch, the Portuguese, and the ‘crypto Jews’ who served them as middlemen, to facilitate the trade.

But I’m concentrating on the Western world, and the ‘crypto-Jewish’ side of things, as that’s the part the Jewish community needs to know about – and to make some real teshuva about.

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Ok, let’s recap what we’ve learned so far.

For around 3-400 years, up until around the 17th century, Spain was the leading imperial force in the world, and had colonies all over the planet.

Portugal also had massive land holdings all over the world.

The expulsion of Jews from Spain occurred in 1492.

Both before and after that time, there were huge numbers of Jews who externally excepted xtianity, and became ‘crypto Jews’, often living as non-Jews for even hundreds of years.

On top of that, there were also many other ‘crypto Jews’ all over the place as a result of tens of forced expulsions, including when Jews were expelled from England, in 1290.

You can see a big long list of those expulsions HERE.

So by the 18th century, much of the Jewish community was either ‘underground’, or had very recently been ‘underground’, and had been immersed in xtian culture – mamash – for centuries.

And people were washing in and out of the Jewish / Xtian / Muslim communities very freely.

So the whole idea of yichus is frankly a big joke.

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This is a huge subject, so let’s just finish today with what happened with the South Sea Company.

Long story short, a new King arose in the UK at this time, called George I from Hanover.

And that lead to a massive reorganisation of the South Seas Company board of directors, as the King started stuffing the board with his own people and politicians.

(Does any of this sound familiar?)

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You’ll recall from THIS post, that ‘Rabbi Jacob Franks’ father, Adam Franks, was a very close advisor to this new ‘German’ King, George 1.

I also just found out that George 1st’s long-time mistress was a woman named Melusine von der Schulenburg.

Isn’t it curious, that she has the strange name of the ‘half woman / half snake’ that we talked about HERE, as the inspiration for the Starbucks logo?

Starbucks Melusine

Clearly, none of this is a coincidence.

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Let’s cut a very long story short.

The South Seas Company board basically engaged in the first modern-style ‘pump and dump‘ scam in history, with the South Seas Company shares.

If you don’t know what a ‘pump and dump’ operation is, read THIS:

They deliberately created what became known as the ‘South Seas Bubble’, where gullible investors were encouraged to trade in stocks which had very little real value supporting them, but which were ‘pumped up’ with false PR and false information in the public arena.

When the greed party finally stopped in September 1720, and the shares eventually collapsed, the economic impact was totally devastating:

“Company failures now extended to banks and goldsmiths, as they could not collect loans made on the stock, and thousands of individuals were ruined, including many members of the aristocracy. With investors outraged, Parliament was recalled in December and an investigation began. Reporting in 1721, it revealed widespread fraud amongst the company directors and corruption in the Cabinet.”

There is nothing new under the sun.

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You can read more about the South Seas Company HERE, and I want to just draw your attention to something interesting:

The South Seas Company was still going in the 19th century, and it’s ‘sub governor’ under the ‘Governor’ Queen Victoria in 1838 was one Charles Franks.

I am willing to bet good money he’s related to ‘Rabbi Jacob Franks’ – and to a bunch of other ‘crypto-Jews’, too.

Nothing about modern history is what we we’ve been taught.

And what was going on then, is still going on now.

Which is why we have to gird our loins, and keep unpeeling this onion until we figure out what’s really happening in our world, in 2021, and who is really behind it.

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Over the next few posts, I want to take a closer look at George I, and his advisors and helpers, many of whom were German-speaking Jews (and crypto-Jews) from places like Hamburg and Frankfurt.

We’ll also take a look at how so many of the Jewish community’s ‘big machers’ actually made their fortunes participating in the slave trade, both in the Sephardi and Ashkenazi world.

(Those were the same people who owned plantations, and who were acting as court factors, and who owned the rights to import stuff like tea and tobacco to Europe.)

And how all this stuff is connected to the rise of ‘Sabbatean Frankists’, and the modern State of Israel.

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There’s a lot to cover!

So much to cover, it’s totally overwhelming…

But once it’s out in the open, more and more of the ‘lies’ propping up the evil in the world will start to implode all by themselves.

So yalla, let’s get on with it!

Wherever it takes us.

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Jacob Franks #2 was co-owner of a lot of slave ships.

One of them was called the ‘Abigail’, which he co-owned together with one ‘Aaron Lopez‘ and Franks’ own father in law, Moses Mendes Levy.

The ‘Abigail’ was named for Franks’ wife, Abigail.

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If you go HERE, you can see a long list of other slave ships owned and co-owned by ‘Jacob Franks’, and other crypto-Jews.

You’ll see pictures on that page of some of the people I’m talking about in this post. It’s strange to notice how they all seem to have a weird ‘pointing finger’ thing going on, some more subtly, and some more obvious.

Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but that ‘pointing finger’ thing is one of the 12 main hand signals of the Freemasons:

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And the fact that the men we are discussing lived a full century before the ‘Illuminati lodges’ of Jacob Frank #1 (false messiah) really got going shows that whatever is going on here, it started a long, long time ago.

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(BTW, I’ve decided to write these posts in a more relaxed ‘stream of consciousness’ style, because otherwise the amount of information is just totally overwhelming. If you spot any big ‘gaps’ that need addressing, let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to fill them in, if I can.)

Moses Mendes Levy hung out in one of Newport’s large colonial mansions.

His address was 29 Touro Street, and he bequeathed his massive house to one Moses Seixas in 1792.

If you’re American, that name may well sound familiar. Moses Seixas was closely acquainted with the first President of the US, George Washington, and (quelle surprise….):

“[W]arden of Newport’s Touro Synagogue of Congregation Jeshuat Israel, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Rhode Island, and co-founder of the Bank of Rhode Island.”

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This picture is of the Touro Synagoge in Rhode Island. It looks almost exactly like the Rothschilds’ built old synagogue in Zichron Yaakov. There’s a Freemasons’-related ‘sacred geometry‘ thing going on here, which maybe we’ll cover in a different post.)

You will see this connection between ‘Jewish communal leader’, freemasonry, and banking / financing again and again and again, as we keep trying to figure out what’s going on here.

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If you go HERE, you’ll learn more about Moses Seixas, and what a key role he played in forming the character of the proto United States of America. Here’s a bit to whet your whistle:

“Seixas wrote a second letter to Washington, also dated August 17, 1790, as a representative of King David’s Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. As a fellow mason, Seixas wrote to Washington not from the perspective of a person of a persecuted society, but as a member of the fraternal order to which both men belonged.8

….Seixas wrote that “the Sovereign Architect of the Universe” should protect Washington during his presidency. Unlike Seixas’s other letter, his reference to God was nondenominational, as he did not explicitly refer to the God of Israel or David.9″

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Remember that post I wrote about who the Freemasons really serve? If you forgot, it might be something  you want to go and re-read.

According to the geni profile for Moses Seixas, he was actually Moses Levy’s paternal grandson – and his father, Isaac, married one ‘Rachel Franks’, on the left.

On the right, for comparison, there is the picture of false messiah Jacob Frank’s infamous daughter, Eva.

Is is just me, or do they look like they could easily be close relatives?

His father, Isaac Seixas, also played a crucial part in American history. According to Wikipedia:

Isaac Mendes Seixas signed the Non-Importation Agreement Act, one of a series of acts of resistance which led to the American Revolutionary War.

These people appear to always be in the middle of a lot of ‘excitement’.

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One of Moses Seixas’ brothers, Benjamin Mendes Seixas (1748–1817), was “one of the founders of the New York Stock Exchange.”

Another brother, the Reverend Gershom Seixas, was notorious for preaching the same sort of of ideas we saw by Napoleon’s ‘reformist’ Sanhedrin, that stated that duty to country came before duty to Torah laws and God, pace:

[Seixas] offered a blessing at the inauguration of George Washington, and for the other, he gave a special Thanksgiving Sermon in 1789.

Interestingly, in this latter sermon, Seixas asserts that the people were ordained by their creator to uphold the law and the government of the United States as their fundamental duties, while adhering to Jewish tradition and law takes second place.

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Gershom Seixas is one of the founders of King’s College, which later becomes Columbia University.

This is another theme I’m finding again and again: so many of the universities in the New World were actually directly founded by these ‘crypto Jews’, some of whom were acting openly Jewish, while others of whom were acting openly xtian.

But they were essentially the same people.

Let’s continue.

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Moses Raphael Levy was one of the original benefactors of the Touro Synagogue.

Again, that may well ring some bells, as the Touro Synagogue was named for one Judah Touro – who left nearly all his massive fortune to Moses Montefiore, asking him to use it to start acquiring land and building properties in the Holy Land.

You can read more in the post I wrote HERE:

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So now, we return again to some uncomfortable truths.

It’s beyond question that many of the Portuguese Conversos / crypto-Jews made huge fortunes running what we’ll call the ‘slave trade’ pyramid:

Much of the slave trade followed a triangular route: slaves were transported from Africa to the Caribbean, sugar from there to North America or Europe, and manufactured goods from there to Africa. Jews and descendants of Jews participated in the slave trade on both sides of the Atlantic, in the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal on the eastern side, and in Brazil, Caribbean, and North America on the west side

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I’m going to do a seperate post, or posts, setting out the facts of crypto-Jewish participation in the slave trade in detail.

All this segues in with all the East and West India companies, and other things like the South Sea Company, and the Royal African Company, and the Asianto de Negros. And all this stuff, in turn, became the basis of our modern economy – and you can trace so much of the problems in the world back to what was occurring 3-400 years ago

There’s an awful lot to unpick.

But here is the bottom line, as simply as I can state it:

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(Crypto) Jewish fortunes were made on the back of the slave trade, and off the back of dodgy financial activities, and using bribes and threats to control political power.

All those Jewish merchants in Europe who held tobacco monopolies, and who built sugar refineries in Russia, and who were importing tea – and all the rest of it – were connected to other [crypto…] Jewish merchants – who were also often (pretend…) Puritans, protestants, Calvinists and Catholics.

And those people owned huge tea, tobacco and sugar plantations in places like Barbados and Jamaica and Curacao.

And those plantations were manned by African slaves.

And this is essentially how they made their money – as well as by creating trading companies, inflating massive economic bubbles, and otherwise manipulating precious metals and creating currency markets.

And all that stuff is still happening today.

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It’s a lot to take in, I know.

We’ll start to fill in more of the blanks over the next couple of weeks.

But I want to finish this post by taking a quick look at that third partner in the slave ship ‘Abigail’, another Portuguese crypto-Jew called Aaron Lopez.

Here’s a bit about him, from Wikipedia;

[B]y 1757, [Lopez] had major interests in the West Indian trade. He also sent ships to Europe and the Canary Islands. Between 1761 and 1774, Lopez was involved in the slave trade. Historian Eli Faber determined Lopez underwrote 21 slave ships during a period in which Newport sent a total of 347 slave ships to Africa. By the beginning of the American Revolution, Lopez owned or controlled 30 vessels, engaged in the European and West-Indian trade and in whale-fisheries.

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Aaron Lopez became the wealthiest man in Rhode Island, for a while, before it all came crashing down (from here):

Like his uncle and future father-in-law, Aaron established himself as a whale-oil merchant and a manufacturer of spermaceti candles.

In 1761, Aaron, Jacob Rodriguez Rivera, and seven other merchants formed a cartel to control the price and distribution of whale oil. That same year he and Jacob Rodriguez Rivera, purchased a brigantine sailing ship named Grayhound which sailed to Africa in 1763, bringing back a cargo of 134 Africans who were sold as slaves to fellow Jew, Isaac de Costa, in South Carolina.

Four captains made thirteen of the voyages to Africa, bringing back some 1,275 black slaves.

Between 1761 and 1774, Aaron Lopez underwrote 21 slave ships and by the beginning of the Revolutionary War, he owned or controlled 30 vessels.

Lopez soon amassed a vast fortune through shipping, the slave trade, candle making, distilling rum, producing chocolate, textiles, clothing, shoes, hats, bottles and barrels. By the early 1770s, Lopez had become the wealthiest person in Newport and his tax assessment was twice that of any other resident.

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What strikes me about this description of the crypto-Jew Aaron Lopez is how he sounds just so darned similar to Moses Dobrushka’s (apparently ‘Ashkenazi’…) father-in-law, Joachim Popper.

Increasingly, I’m starting to think that many of the people leading the Ashkenazi communities in Europe were actually these crypto-Jewish conversos.

For example, the name ‘Wahl’ apparently means ‘the Italian’ in Polish. Many of these ‘elite’ Ashkenazi families trace their lineage back to ‘Saul Wahl’, who is known as ‘the King of Poland for one day’.

(That was actually a lie concocted by my husband’s distance relative, a scholar named Edelmann. But I digress.)

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And of course, Aaron Lopez – and his ships – played a crucial part in America’s War of Independence, from the British Monarchy:

Aaron Lopez was a major factor in the Colonies’ ability to continue to revolt against the British in their quest for freedom. He is said to have owned, whole or in part, 30 transoceanic ships and more than 100 coastal vessels that became an important delivery arm for supplying sorely needed supplies to the Revolutionary Army.

Despite the pressure put on his ships by the British to prevent them from supplying the Colonial Army, his ships managed to deliver the materials needed for the Revolution….

Lopez was also recognized as a promoter of friendly relations between the faiths. He was respected by Christians and Jews alike, and no ship ever left his dock on either’s Sabbath, Lopez personally laid the cornerstone of Touro Synagogue in Newport, which is now a Federal Shrine.

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So much doesn’t make sense.

In yesterday’s post, about Jacob Franks #2, we learnt that:

Jacob Franks was the British king’s sole agent for the Northern Colonies at New York and his son David was the king’s agent for Pennsylvania.

Yet his business partner Aaron Lopez is apparently using those self-same ships – that are part-owned by Jacob Franks! – to sustain a revolution against the British.

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

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There is still loads and loads to unpick here.

I still don’t know where all this is heading.

I still don’t know who the fake messiah Jacob Frank really was, who the Vilna Gaon really was, who the Alter Rebbe really was, who the Rothschilds really are.

But I’m starting to see some broad contours of just why there’s been such a massive cover up going on.

And with God’s help, we’re going to continue to figure it all out.

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I warn you now, this is going to be one of the weirder posts again.

While we’re waiting to see what’s going on with the Rav, I thought we’d continue with our series on real Jewish history.

Just to refresh your memory, you might want to go back and read THIS post again first, which is where we first came across Eliyahu Yale, a crypto Jew from Wales who made a lot of money as the governor of the British East India company in Madras.

In the course of researching all that, the penny started to drop that there are hundreds of thousands of these ‘crypto Jews’ with dual personalities, throughout the last 1400 years (at least…) of history.

When it suits them, they are ‘Jews’, and when it suits them, they are more non-Jewish than the non-Jews – particularly in the xtian world, where so many of them pop up as cardinals, archbishops, landed gentry – and even, royalty.

This is going to be one of the ‘head bending’ posts, probably, but I think you’ll still kinda get a kick out of it.

Let’s begin.

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The story starts with a picture.

This picture, to be precise, a ‘self-portrait’ of one of Yale University’s other main founders – and good friend of crypto-Jew Eliyahu Yale – named Jeremiah Dummer.

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Well, the art world had itself in a whole big tizzy about this picture, because Jeremiah Dummer was meant to be the son of a simple silversmith from England.

Yet, the signature on the back of this picture states that it was a ‘self-portrait’ (see HERE for more of the discussion, which I’ve excerpted below):

SELF PORTRAIT OF JEREMIAH DUMMER ACCORDING TO AN INSCRIPTION ON THE BACK OF THE CANVAS: Subject JDorn in Newbury, Massachusetts, September 14, 1645; one of foremost early- American silversmiths; merchant and part owner in several ships; captain of the Artillery Company; member of the Council for the Safety of the People, formed in 1689; selectman of Boston; treasurer of Suffolk County; judge of the Suffolk County Court of Common Pleas, 1701-1715; died in Boston, May 14, 1718.

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Not only that, there was another portrait apparently attributed to Jeremiah Dummer Snr, too, that was apparently of his wife:

MRS. ANNA (ATWATER.) DUMMER BY JEREMIAH DUMMER

ACCORDING TO AN INSCRIPTION ON THE BACK OF THE CANVAS

JL/aughter of Joshua and Mary (Blakeman) Atwater of New Haven, Connecticut; Subject
married Jeremiah Dummer, 1645-1718, in 1671; died September 16, 1715.

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How could a simple silversmith from the English countryside be painting professional standard portraits in the new world?

The art critics all said that you’d need years of training with a master painter to be able to do that… And so, some said the paintings – or at least the signatures – were forged. Others claimed that the ‘Jeremiah Dummer’ who painted the canvases must have been his son, Jeremiah Jr – yet the clothing depicted in the portraits belong to the father’s period of time, not the son’s.

But when I read this, a lightbulb went off in my head that of course that ‘simple silversmith’ from the English countryside could paint like a pro, because he clearly belonged to a family of educated ‘crypto Jews’.

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One of the big ‘giveaways’ was that he signed his name JDorn – not ‘Dummer’.

And if you look up ‘Dorn’, the surname, you find this:

Dorn (German for thorn) is a German/Austrian and Dutch/Flemish surname

While it would be weird for a yokel from the English countryside to have a surname like this, it would be totally understandable for a Jew who was moving around a lot between Germany and Holland – and also between religions.

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BTW, going forward we’ll have to think up a different way of referring to this type of ‘crypto Jew’, i.e. people who pretended to be xtians, and then pretended to be Jews, as the whim suits them.

I’m talking here about people who had a totally different religion than either xtianity or Judaism, but who have been hiding amongst us for a very long time.

These people are NOT Jews, the way you or I understand it, but that distinction is very difficult to make, particularly for outsiders.

It’s a very thorny topic, and a post for another time. In the meantime, let’s continue with the story.

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There were some more odd details about ‘Jeremiah Dummer Snr’ that seemed to fit the crypto-Jew mold, like for example the fact that:

“He was also an engraver, and engraved plates for currency: in 1710 he printed the first paper money in Connecticut.”

We are going to meet that link between ‘paper money’ and this group of transnational, trans-religional, trans-genderal…. pseudo Jews again and again, as we start to unpick what’s really going on here.

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So, let’s recap:

Jeremiah Dummer Snr (1645 – 1718) is a silversmith, public figure and one of the first people to be ‘chosen’ to print money in the New World.

His son, Jeremiah Dummer Jnr (1681 – 1739), is co-founder of Yale, good friend of Eliyahu Yale (almost certainly another crypto Jew), and really chummy with corrupt, licentious British politicians like Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, who was described by a contemporary as wanting to:

“[M]ix licentious orgies with the highest political responsibilities.”

Which is kinda strange, as Jeremiah Jnr sets himself up for a ‘career’ as a xtian preacher in Boston, and gets his PhD in Europe studying ‘divinity’.

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Again, pay attention to how many of these ‘simple’ traders and merchants and craftsman popping up in the New World were amongst the most highly-educated, financially savvy, and geographically mobile people in the world.

These ‘traits’ simply don’t fit most ‘simple’ non-Jews of that time – but they fit crypto-Jews to a tee.

Contrary to how most of us believe, and were educated to believe, many members of the Jewish community were moving all over the globe, and were part of massive, semi-organised trade networks.

They often went backwards and forwards on multiple occasions to even the most distant places, like America and later on, Australia, and were also amongst the first to set up shop in colonies like Jamaica and Barbados.

But I’m getting ahead of the story here.

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So, the more I look into ‘Jeremiah Dummer / Dorn’, and Eliyahu Yale, the more I start to realise that we’re dealing with an organised group of people who have been ‘pretending’ to be xtians for centuries already, and who are mamash embedded into the fabric of the countries they live in, often at the highest levels.

But who also – when it suits them – ‘re-adopt’ Judaism, and re-enter Jewish communities, again often at the highest stratas of Jewish society.

If you want to know how this occurred, it’s really very simple.

These people were part of the wealthy mercantile class (as we’ll see in a moment).

They were the ones with the money and the connections, the parnassim, the machers.

And it’s well-known that these families would pay a very large dowry for the privilege of having their children marry Torah scholars, and into the families of people with ‘good pedigree’, religiously.

That’s at least part of how so many of these families are producing the biggest Torah scholars – and also the biggest evildoers.

And also, how the position of ‘rabbi’ seems to have historically become so entwined with business, commerce and politics.

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OK, so far so good.

So, I’m tootling around trying to find more details about the real Jacob Frank when I come across this profile, on geni, for a ‘Rabbi Jacob Franks’.

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The picture of this Jacob Franks (1687 – 1789) reminds me of ole’ Jeremiah Dunner.

In the description below, this is what it says about him:

The Franks family came from a long line of successful Sephardic Jews.

A story of their dealings in the Revolution is told in Cha. 13 of Loyalist Mosaic by Joan McGee; Dundurn Press, Toronto (1985)

“Jacob Franks, a merchant of New York, born in Germany in 1688, came to New York from London about 1705, in the company with Moses Levy, whose daughter, Bilhah Abigail Levy, he married in 1719.”

“Jacob Franks had the degree of Doctor of Divinity and was a Rabbi of the Jewish Congregation in New York.”

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So weird, how can there be ANOTHER Jacob Franks, who apparently played a leading role in American history and is from a ‘long line of successful Sephardic Jews’ – and yet I’ve never heard of him, or his family?

I start clicking around on geni, to see who else he’s related to, and pretty soon, I’ve figured out that all the ‘connecting profiles’ for Jacob Franks are being managed by none other than our old friend, Keith Lawrence Hanit.

Which immediately tells me I’ve hit another interesting seam of hidden (pseudo…) Jewish history.

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If you click past Hanit’s ‘managed’ profile for Jacob Franks’ father Aaron, you hit some real people again, with his grandmother (?), Mary deTorres, who is listed as being born in Curaco, El Cuy, Río Negro Province, Argentina.

Mary is the daughter of  Amore (Yosuf Ben ha Levy Haivri) deTorres – who was born in Rome – and from his name, seems to be a converso who returned to yiddishkeit.

So, now I’m pondering to myself: why is Keith Lawrence Hanit all over this profile? What’s being hidden here?

(There’s for sure many answers to that question…)

But that’s when God directed me to THIS post.

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Here’s where it’s about to get uncomfortable for a lot of us.

Because a lot of these ‘crypto Jews’ were up to their necks in the slave trade.

That link, above, lead to a whole discussion of Jews who owned slave ships, and ‘Jacob Franks’ and Moses Levy figure prominently. Here’s an excerpt:

In 1710 a Jewish immigrant named Jacob Franks arrived in New York from London and lived as a boarder in the household of Moses and Rachael Levy, later marrying their 16 year old daughter, Abigail in 1712. 

Acknowledged as a linguist and Judaic scholar, Jacob was the son of Adam Franks of Germany, a friend of King George of Hanover, who loaned that monarch the most valuable jewels in his coronation crown.

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

He was also very involved in the Jewish community and the construction of the Shearith Israel synagogue as well as president of the congregation in 1730. The Franks family was one of the leading families in Colonial New York, not only within the small Jewish community but also within the larger elite secular social circle comprised of prominent Protestant families.

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Well, all of a sudden things got really interesting again.

Again, I’m a history buff, but I never heard about any of this before.

The website I linked to is sadly making the mistake of lumping ‘Jews’ together with these ‘crypto Jews’ – you can understand why.

We’ve been doing that ourselves, for centuries, without realising who and what we’re really dealing with.

But that site still has a lot of factual and historical information that can be independently verified, and not easily discounted or waved away with accusations of ‘anti-semitism’.

So before we continue in the next post, let me go and check out more of the information, to continue the birur process we’re engaged in on this blog.

(Feel free to join me…)

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It’s hard to face up to things like this, I know.

It’s so much easier to just keep sticking our heads in the sand and to deny, deny, deny.

But these ‘crypto Jews’ have been giving real Jews a very bad name with their awful morals and bad actions in the world.

Time and again, the stories come back to the same twin motivations of acquiring more money, and acquiring more power.

And the Jewish community itself is still being controlled by people who put ‘making money’ at the top of their priority pile, regardless of how it may look externally.

Netanyahu is just the latest in a very long line of people who realised that wielding political power is the fastest way to get really rich.

But hopefully, he’ll be the last.

TBC

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For as long as Shimon Peres was alive, it suited most of us to finger him as the main ‘connection’ with the Vatican.

Peres was the man who supposedly negotiated the ‘sale’ of Kever Dovid to the Vatican.

Peres was the man educated by Jesuits, and still dancing to their tune.

I’m not saying that wasn’t true.

I’m certainly no fan of the late and totally unlamented Shimon Peres.

But having spent a couple of hours checking out the the other ‘Jewish leaders’ who are openly part of the Elijah Institute organisation, let’s say that Peres certainly had some competition.

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In this post, let’s just quickly go through the ‘Jewish’ leaders listed on the Elijah Institute website, HERE, and I’ll bring some relevant snippets of info about each, and then let’s all take a breath and try to figure out who is really pulling the strings behind the Chief Rabbinate in Israel, amongst other interesting things.

Ready?

Let’s do it.

All quoted information below comes from their relevant Wikipedia entry, unless otherwise stated, and I recommend you click through, and read more of the stuff I don’t have room to cover here in this post.

For once, I’m trying to avoid my own comments.

Again, make your own mind up, where all the individuals quoted below are really coming from, religiously.

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  1. The late Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, UK

“While a student at Cambridge, Sacks travelled to New York. He met with Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik and with Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson to discuss a variety of issues relating to religion, faith and philosophy. “Rabbi Soloveitchik had challenged me to think,” Rabbi Sacks wrote, “Rabbi Schneerson had challenged me to lead.” Schneerson urged Sacks to seek rabbinic ordination and to enter the rabbinate.”….

“No one creed has a monopoly on spiritual truth” [R’ Sacks opinion stated in his book]

After the publication of his book The Dignity of Difference, a group of Haredi rabbis, most notably Rabbis Yosef Shalom Elyashiv and Bezalel Rakow, accused Sacks of heresy against what they consider the traditional Orthodox viewpoint. According to them, some words seemed to imply an endorsement of pure relativism between religions, and that Judaism is not the sole true religion, e.g. “No one creed has a monopoly on spiritual truth.” 

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2. The late Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, Israel

In 2000, Bakshi-Doron and Lau made headlines when they met with Pope John Paul II.[5] It was later seen as a historical precedent which led the way to the 2005 meeting between Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yona Metzger with the new PopeBenedict XVI.

In 2000, while visiting the Jewish community in Singapore, Bakshi-Doron declared that he was in favor of giving away parts of East Jerusalem to the Palestinians as a way towards ending the Arab–Israeli conflict. He stipulated that any agreement would have to allow for the Temple Mount to remain in Israeli control.[citation needed]….

In August 2005, Bakshi-Doron, along with Modern Orthodox rabbis Norman Lamm and Aharon Lichtenstein, condemned calls by other prominent rabbis for Israeli Defense Forces soldiers to disobey their orders to dismantle Jewish settlements as part of the Gaza Disengagement.[citation needed]…

Bakshi-Doron was indicted in 2012 over his involvement in “the rabbis’ case,” in which he was accused of issuing false rabbinic ordinations and yeshiva education certificates to 1,500 police and security services employees during his tenure as Chief Rabbi…

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3. *Former Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, France

Gilles Uriel Bernheim is a French rabbi who was formerly the Chief Rabbi of France…

The Chief Rabbi of France was respected as a scholar not only in the Jewish community but in the wider academic world. However, he resigned as chief rabbi in April 2013 before his term had ended, amid revelations of plagiarism and deception about his academic credentials…

In October 2012, he took a clear position against gay marriage in a plagiarized essay entitled “Mariage homosexuel, homoparentalité et adoption : ce que l’on oublie souvent de dire….

This essay found a strong echo in Roman Catholic circles, culminating in Pope Benedict XVI quoting him at length in his annual address[6][7] to the Roman Curia, 21 December 2012…

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4. Rabbi David Bigman, Israel

Bigman served as the rabbi of Kibbutz Ma’ale Gilboa between 1982-1986. From 1986-1993 he was the head of the Ein Tzurim Yeshiva, and has been at the head of Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa since it opened in 1993. Bigman was also active in opening the Ein HaNatziv program for girls…

In 2012 Bigman joined Beit Hillel, a group of Modern Orthodox Israeli rabbis working to create a more engaged spiritual leadership.

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5. Rabbi Youval Cherlow, Israel

Yuval Cherlow is a Modern Orthodoxrabbi and posek. He is Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Hesder Amit Orot Shaul in Tel Aviv, Israel. Cherlow was one of the founders of Tzohar, an organization of religious ZionistOrthodox rabbis in Israel….

Cherlow is a member of the ethics committee of the Israeli Ministry of Health and the committee which allocates the budget for new drugs.

[Ed. note: He’s also the guy who recently called for all ‘non-COVID-vaxxers’ to be punished and sanctioned. Fancy that.]

In 2012, Cherlow called on the State of Israel to recognise non-Orthodox streams of Judaism and Reform conversions….

In March of 2018 he garnered attention for stating that genetically cloned pig or any other animal would be Kosher.

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6. The late Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, Israel

Cohen attended Talmud Torah Geulah and studied at the yeshivot “Torat Yerushalayim,” “Mercaz Harav,” and “Etz Hayyim.” According to family tradition, Lubavitcher Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson hid in Cohen’s grandfather’s house after the Bolshevik Revolution.

In his youth he became close to Abraham Isaac KookYeshayahu Hadari, co-founder of Yeshivat Hakotel, said that Kook used to attend the melaveh malkah at the Cohen home and Eliyahu would play the violin.

Cohen served in the IDF for seven years and reached the rank of Aluf (lieutenant colonel)….He also… served in senior positions in the army rabbinate, including army chaplain and chief rabbi of the Israeli Air Force

He was the president of the Jerusalem Lodge of Bnai Brith, and of the Bnai Tsion “Sons of Zion” association in Israel…

Several years ago, the Jerusalem D.A. summoned Rabbi Cohen to a hearing in connection with the alleged improper running of “Jewish Studies” courses for members of the police and other security personnel…. The D.A. agreed not to press charges, on condition that the Rabbi would officially announce his retirement…

[Cohen] served as a chief of the senior council for dialogue between the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Vatican, and recently became Chair of the council for dialogue between Judaism and Islam; he acted as an emissary of the Israel Chief Rabbinate to interfaith meetings…

In October 2008, Rabbi Cohen was invited by Pope Benedict XVI, to lecture before the International Catholic Church Synod in Rome…Cohen led the Jewish delegation of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to the ninth meeting of the Commission for Dialogue between Jews and Catholics in Rome from January 17–20, 2010. He also chaired the Jewish delegation in the 11th Bilateral Commission meeting in March 2012.

[Ed. note: the following year, 2013, Netanyahu was in Rome cutting the secret deal to give away part of the Tomb of David, in the Old City, to the Vatican. I’m sure that’s just a coincidence. Ahem.]

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7. Rabbi Menachem Hacohen, Israel

Born in Jerusalem during the Mandate era, Hacohen was educated in the Slabodka yeshiva, before being certified as a rabbi. He began his military service in 1951 in the Nahal brigade, and held the post of chief editor of the Army Rabbi’s publications from 1951 until 1955. Between 1952 and 1954 he also served as the Religious Ceremonies Officer in the General Staff. He went on to work as a rabbi in the navy from 1955 until 1956.

In 1967 he became the rabbi of the Moshavim Movement, before serving as the Histadrut‘s rabbi from 1968 until 1979. While serving as rabbi of the Moshavim, he met the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who gave him four Torah Scrolls as a donation. In 1973 he was elected to the Knesset. He was re-elected in 19771981 and 1984, before losing his seat in the 1988 elections.

R’ Cohen is also now the IJCIR Co-Chair. More about them in a minute.

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8. Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, Russia

A native of MilanItaly, Rabbi Lazar was born in 1964 to parents who were among the first emissaries of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson…. At the age of 23, he was ordained at the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva in New York City

Since 1990 Berel Lazar has been Rabbi of the synagogue in Maryina Roshcha District of Moscow.

In 1992 Lazar became acquainted with Israeli diamantaire Lev Leviev, who introduced him to Russian businessmen Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich. The latter became the major benefactor of the synagogue in Maryina Roshcha.

On May 29, 2000 Berel Lazar became a citizen of Russia, while retaining his U.S. citizenship.

According to both the Russian government and both Federations of Jewish Communities, he is the Chief Rabbi of Russia.

Rabbi Lazar is an advocate of interfaith dialogue and sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for The Elijah Interfaith Institute

In September 2005, he received the ‘Peter the Great’ First Class Order. The diploma attached to the Order explains that the Chief Rabbi was honored with this award “considering his activities in advancing inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations, and his great contribution to the spiritual rebirth of Russia’s Jewish community and to strengthening Russian state”.

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9. Rabbi Richard Marker, USA

[This blurb comes from Sourcewatch.]

Currently, Dr. Marker serves as Senior Fellow at NYU’s George Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy where he teaches and coordinates the graduate certificate program in Funder Education. He is also co-principal of Marker Goldsmith Advisors, specializing in advising philanthropists and foundations on strategic philanthropy and issues of family involvement….

“Previously, he served as CEO of the [[Bronfman [Seagram] Foundation]]; as international vice president of Hillel; as head of its mid-West office; and as Jewish chaplain at Brown University.

Ed. note: Richard Marker also has fingers in many other pies, too, including something called ‘The Abraham Initiatives’, which is promoting a separate Palestinian State, amongst other things:

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Interesting tie up with the Bronfmans.

And looky here, who is funding ‘The Abraham Initiatives’ (which sounds so similar to the recent Abraham Accords…):

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Hell-ooo!

SOOO interesting that our very own Ministry of Education is partnering up with the New Israel Fund, and the Klarman Family Foundation, and the European Union, on a project promoting a Palestinian State.

If there were any real journalists left in the world, this would be quite a story.

But let’s continue.

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10. Rabbi Michael Melchior, Israel

Michael Melchior… is a former Minister of Social and Diaspora Affairs, a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a former member of Knesset for Meimad. He is the Rabbi of a vibrant community in Talpiyot, Jerusalem (Beit Boyer), while still holding the title of the Chief Rabbi of Norway.

There’s a long list of by now infamous ‘peace’ initiatives listed on Wikipedia, if you can be bothered going through it.

One thing I’ll flag here, is what Michael Melchior’s rabbinic grandfather, Marcus Melchior, said in defense of the war time Pope Pius XII’s complicit behavior with the Nazi murder machine:

“If the pope had spoken out, Hitler would probably have massacred more than six million Jews and perhaps ten times ten million Catholics, if he had the power to do so.”

  • Rabbi Marcus Melchior, Holocaust survivor and Chief Rabbi of Denmark, 1950.

[Strangely, I can’t get geni to work for any of R Melchior’s ancestors…. We’ll probably come back this in a future post.]

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11. The late Rabbi Mordechai Peron, Israel

Mordechai Piron was the second chief military rabbi in the history of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), after his predecessor, Rabbi Shlomo Goren, created the position in 1948….Upon his retirement from his IDF position, he relocated to Zürich, to serve till 1992 as rabbi of the Israelitische Cultusgemeinde Zürich (ICZ), the biggest Jewish congregation in Switzerland

Rabbi Piron officiated at the wedding of Chanoch Langer. The disputed legitimacy of this wedding was settled in 1972 with “The Brother and Sister verdict” of Rabbi Goren as chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, a years-long case that made front-page headlines in Israel.

Ed. note: You can read about the Chanoch Langer marriage problem HERE.

It was basically a case of finding a highly controversial, hotly disputed ‘loophole’ to make the problem go away for the State of Israel.

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12. Rabbi David Rosen, Israel

David Shlomo RosenCBE is the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland (1979–85) and currently serves as the American Jewish Committee’s International Director of Interreligious Affairs. From 2005 until 2009 he headed the International Jewish Committee for Inter-religious Consultations (IJCIC), the broad-based coalition of Jewish organizations and denominations that represents World Jewry in its relations with other world religions.

Before being appointed Chief Rabbi of Ireland, he was the senior rabbi of the largest Orthodox Jewish congregation in South Africa (the Green and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town) and served as a judge on the Cape Beth Din (rabbinic court). He is also a board member of the Brussels-based organization CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe that promotes a Europe of diversity and respect.

Let’s take a closer look at the CEJI:

CEJI has created education and training programmes, the aim of which is to “enhance appreciation of Europe’s diversity including Jews, Roma, Muslims, gays and lesbians, etc.”

And amongst the VERY long list of partners for the CEJI, we find the following:

And looky here, who is funding this project:

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It’s our old friends the Rothschilds (strangely joined by Twitter, Google and Facebook, amongst others.)

Definitely one to return to.

Let’s continue.

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13. Gilla Rosen

Gilla Rosen is the widow of the late Mickey Rosen, founder of Yakar and brother of David Rosen, above.

This comes from the Elijah Institute’s own website:

Gilla Rosen is Dean of the Yakar Centers for Tradition and Creativity in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Founded in England by Rabbi Michael Rosen… Gilla directs study programs and teaches Talmud and Midrash at Yakar and Nishmat, a center for women’s advanced study, and she also works as a Yoetzet Halakha (advisor in Jewish family law). 

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14, 15 and 16:

Chief Rabbi Renee Sirat, France
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, Netherlands
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, UK

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And last but definitely not least:

17: IJCIC – The International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultation, USA

Here’s a little bit about them:

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In case you missed it, here’s the bit I really want to draw to your attention:

“The mission of the IJCIR is to promote the work of interfaith organizations in Israel…”

As well as Menachem HaCohen (#7, above), the other people who sit on the IJCIR’s board (officially) include:

  • Rabbi Eugene Korn
  • Mr. Oded Wiener
  • ​Dr. Marcie Lenk

Eugene Korn is also very interesting.

Here’s the bits on Wikipedia that drew my attention:

He lives in Jerusalem and serves as Academic Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) in Jerusalem….In 2006- 2007 he was Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League….In December 2015, Korn helped draft the Orthodox Rabbinic Statement on Christianity entitled “To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven: Toward a Partnership between Jews and Christians

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[Tip: This video is a great sleep aid, if you’re finding it hard to drop off]

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And this is what I want you to know about Oded Wiener:

He definitely was, and I think still is, the Director General of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.

That same Chief Rabbinate that has been making it harder and harder for sincere Orthodox converts and wannabe Orthodox converts to be treated fairly, and to be recognised in Israel.

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Let’s just end with some of the other ‘Rabbis’ who are publically associated with the Elijah Institute, to keep things neat and tidy (taken from their own website):

Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Israel

Rabbi Joseph Azran, Israel

Rabbi Dr. Naftali Brawer, England

Rabbi Tamar Elad-Applebaum, Israel

Judith Hertz, USA

Rabbi Ephraim Kenig, Israel

Rabbi Daniel Kohn, Israel

Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau

Rabbi Dov Singer, Israel

Rabbi David Wolpe, USA

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I know, it’s a lot of information.

I’m setting it out like this because going forward, it’s so important for us to understand that most of the ‘orthodox’ institutions, and people leading them, in the Jewish world and in the State of Israel have been thoroughly compromised.

There is a serious question to be asked here, as to whether these people are working for us, the Jewish people, or working for their interfaith masters (and ultimately, the Vatican).

I.E, the same people who want to build that monstrosity of an interfaith ‘HOPE’ centre in the middle of Meah Shearim, on the old ORT site just off Neviim Street.

And the same people who want to have a Palestinian State.

And the same people who tell us that:

“No one creed has a monopoly on spiritual truth”

Going forward, I’d like all the people associated with the Elijah Institute, listed above, to start coming clean about what’s really going on here.

Because we already know from the original Elijah, that Israel can’t dance between Hashem and the Baal.

At some point, they have to choose to serve just one Master.

And that time is fast approaching.

TBC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I think that sums up the main points.

Now, what do we DO about all this?

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

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

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Here’s what I responded to them:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the list goes on and on.

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

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

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

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

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

Those five souls were:

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

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

Humility.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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So, to conclude:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Even when the body is being locked down, our souls can still join together this Rosh Hashana.

Man, it’s been a tough day mentally today.

Word on the street is that despite Ron Lauder getting involved (!) to send a letter to the Ukrainian PM Zelensky telling him just how important Uman, Rosh Hashana is for Breslov chassidut (!), the answer is still a nyet for those amazing Jews stuck in no-mans-land at the Gomel crossing in Belarus.

There are no coincidences in the world, and it is totally no coincidence that those amazing, emuna-dik Jews have been dancing and praying with tremendous kavana (and also sleeping rough outside with very little food for 3 nights…) in Gomel.

This comes from the myjewishlearning website:

Birkat Hagomel (pronounced beer-KHAT hah-GOH-mel), sometimes known as “benching gomel,” is commonly said after recovering from serious illness but can also be recited in gratitude for completing a dangerous journey.

This blessing for deliverance is typically recited in the presence of a minyan, or prayer quorum, often in the synagogue following an aliyah to the Torah.

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My take on this is that the tremendous mesirut nefesh of those 1,000 (plus 1,500 others, also stuck in Belarus but not at the Gomel crossing) has helped the world ‘recover’ from the ‘serious illness’ that has plaguing us all year, COVID-1984, and has also helped the Jewish people to finally complete the ‘dangerous journey’ that has been our 2,000 year long exile.

The amount of bizayon and suffering they went through is indescribable, and in their zchut the geula is coming fast, and the sweet way.

But still, it’s so sad that apparently they aren’t going to make it here for Rosh Hashana 5781 after all.

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Then, there’s the heavy-handed police presence all over Pushkina that I wrote about HERE, that is making me and half the rest of my family feel like we just don’t want to go outside. At all.

But I have Rosh Hashana to prepare, so this morning I went with half my family in a taxi to a local super, to pick up the rest of what’s required to actually make yom tov.

The supermarket trip was surprisingly chilled and nice (outside the police state of Pushkina, it’s way, way more relaxed in every way).

But then, we got stopped coming back along Pushkina by a posse of 4 Ukrainian policemen, asking us for our papers.

We didn’t have our passports on us, so one of the policemen decided to get into the taxi – he practically sat on my lap, until the driver told him that Jews don’t hold by that sort of behavior, so he made a bit more space for me. Soo thoughtful….

Then, we get back to where we’re staying, we show him the passports clearly stamped with ‘August 28th’ – the last day a tourist could legally get into Ukraine for Uman, without special permission from the government – and then he starts Google translating questions in English like:

But you are women. Women not allowed here.

I thought his translation was off, so I tried to ask him what he was really trying to say.

Women not allowed here.

He typed back.

At that point – just before my blood pressure zoomed off through the roof, because what, after all this I’m going to get deported from Ukraine for being a woman?!?!? – one of the men in the household who knows a little Ukrainian told him da, da, women OK here.

Once he heard it from a man, the police guy took his mask off, asked for a cup of tea and then started joking about whether we’d poisoned it.

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Two minutes later, he left.

And then I had another mini nervous breakdown because I already haven’t slept for 2 days in a row, for reasons not entirely obvious to me, and I’m not eating so much here, and I literally felt I was going to fall over.

I need a falafel, something, I moaned to my husband.

So we went down the street, and saw black-masked police stopping the 3 1/2 Jews on the street very few minutes to ask them for their documents.

There were also at least 3 local Ukrainian TV crews trying to get shots of Jews looking like disease-carrying COVID-1984 hotspots, and I felt pretty uncomfortable when I realised one cameraman had his lens focused on me. I pulled a really gross face, then started waving to the camera like he was my mum, or something.

That embarassed him enough to move another 500 metres down the road, away from me.

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I came home and just felt so miserable about everything that is going on right now, both in Uman and Israel and everywhere else.

After the falafel, I went to bed to do some quiet hitbodedut for an hour, as the Tziyon is now closed to women.

I felt much calmer afterwards, although still a bit shaky and exhausted.

My middot are just really not up to this test. At all. And we’re still in the middle of the test, with no obvious end in site.

Then my husband came back from the kever, and told me with obvious surprise:

They took the snake away. The Kever is pretty much back to normal again. There are people davening there and praying there again.

I was so pleased.

At least that.

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Then, I went over to the Breslovnews.com website, which is in English, and I read this article, which really spoke to me about the ‘test’ that we’re all going through right now, especially in the Breslov community:

When I reflect on the insanity of the current situation and the multifarious experiences centered around the issue of Uman 2020 within the Breslov world, I get the feeling that Rabbeinu HaKadosh is putting us to the test here, each of us in our own way – granting us all a glorious opportunity to put various facets of his teachings to work.

The author then lists about 15 different tests related to staying at home for Rosh Hashana 5781, or trying to get here, and succeeding or failing, and lists different teachings from Rabbenu that are linked to each one. It gave me so much chizzuk to read it, and I’ve asked permission to reprint the whole article here. But in the meantime, you can go to the Breslovnews site and read it in situ.

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Then I read about the global Tikkun Haklali, which is recited every Erev Rosh Hashana in Uman, and will be read again tomorrow too, at 12pm Israel time, 5am New York Time.

I will be your shaliach here, for that Tikkun Haklali.

Just be sure to recite it wherever you happen to be, at the same time, and have in mind that I’m your shaliach in Uman for that prayer, and God will consider it as though you said it here.

Even though the forces of evil have mamash succeeded in keeping us all apart on the physical plane, in so many different ways, tomorrow we can still have spiritual achdut.

We can still join together in prayer, each in our own little corner, and bind ourselves to the tzaddik and to Hashem, and to the kibbutz here in Uman.

The Tikkun Klali in Uman will be broadcast live tomorrow here:

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Gosh, I can’t wait to be rid of this difficult year.

BH, 5781 will be so much better.

We will be rescued from all serious illnesses and dangerous journeys, and moshiach and geula will finally unfurl the sweet way.

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Let me end by asking forgiveness for anything I wrote here that upset any of my readers in any way.

I’m definitely still a work in progress, and my middot are sometimes really bad, sorry.

Also, I forgive anyone and everyone unconditionally for anything they said or did to me this year, including the a-holes that hacked my site.

I forgive you!

And may we all have a sweet, blessed 5781.

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UPDATE:

I got permission from the Breslovnews.com website to republish the article in full. Here it is:

By Reb Yaakov Klein of the Lost Princess Initiative – The Lost Princess Initiative

I know that people feel very passionately about the subject at hand. I have listened to and processed many of the arguments on both sides, having been back, and forth, and then back again myself. At the end of the day, I don’t know whether there is a clear “right” or “wrong” on the Uman issue. As R’ Chaim Kramer put it, “I can’t tell you to go and I won’t tell you not to go.” To my knowledge, there is no prophet in this generation who can definitively tell us one way or another. A person who approaches the conversation with an open mind will find that there are plenty of fair points on either side. But without trying to answer The Question of “what is one to do” – something Rebbe Nachman himself always shied away from (see Chayei Moharan 430) – the reality is that by virtue of the varied opinions, propensities, proclivities, circumstances, and personal feelings on the matter, the “Uman-goers” have been divided into many camps this year.

When I reflect on the insanity of the current situation and the multifarious experiences centered around the issue of Uman 2020 within the Breslov world, I get the feeling that Rabbeinu HaKadosh is putting us to the test here, each of us in our own way – granting us all a glorious opportunity to put various facets of his teachings to work.

– Those who feel compelled to travel at all costs are being charged with “conquering Hashem” by not capitulating to His decree (Sichos HaRan 69 and Likutei Moharan 124), and doing their utmost to overcome any barriers that stand in their way. (Likutei Moharan Tinyana 46, 48)

– Those who travel only to be turned back are being charged with rejoicing in the knowledge that they tried their best and that the main thing is the desire. (Sichos HaRan 12)

– Those who feel that this is simply not the year to go to Uman must hold firm to the tzaddik’s declarations that “fanaticism is not necessary”, and that “even while acting with simplicity, it is forbidden to be a fool,” (Sichos HaRan 51) as well as his teachings against obstinacy. (Chayei Moharan 431)

– Those who have sacrificed to spend Rosh Hashana with Rabbeinu and indeed managed, with great personal difficulty, to arrive in Uman must try their best to judge favorably those that didn’t even make an attempt, seeking to find the good points even in what – from their perspective – represents a gross miscalculation. (Likutei Moharan 282.)

– Those stuck between borders, faced with lines of impassive soldiers with riot gear as their children cry for water, are charged with finding the presence of Hashem even in the dark clouds of their suffering. (Likutei Moharan 33, 115, 195)

– Those who endure unspeakable waiting times along their travels to the resting place of our Rebbe are granted an opportunity to fulfill the teaching of “Hamtein”, putting their Breslover patience to work. (Likutei Moharan 6)

– Those who will, for the first time in decades, be spending Rosh Hashana away from Rabbeinu’s kibbutz and far removed from the spirit of the Breslover chassidim, must try their very best to remain joyous within their situation (Likutei Moharan Tinyana 24), hold tight to their faith in Hashem’s hashgacha (Likutei Moharan 250), and think only positive thoughts on Rosh Hashana. (Sichos HaRan 21)

– Those who are utterly confused, frustrated, and angry over this issue and can’t seem to find Hashem in any of this are charged with putting the Rebbe’s lesson of “Ayeh” to the test (Likutei Moharan Tinyana 12) and allowing the tzaddik’s silent songs of faith to reveal Hashem’s presence within the void. (Likutei Moharan 64)

– Those who will be joining together with other Breslover chassidim in special minyanim throughout the world are given the opportunity to truly believe that – as Reb Nosson taught – wherever Breslover chassidim gather, Rebbe Nachman’s spirit hovers upon them.

– Those who have been subject to ridicule by those who can’t possibly understand the unique Breslover Consciousness are charged with remaining silent in their experience of shame (Likutei Moharan 6) and judging the bullies favorably. (Likutei Moharan 277)

– Those who find themselves in the strangest, most God-forsaken places along their journey toward the place of their yearning are given the opportunity to remember that wherever a person travels, there is something for him to fix in that specific place. (Sichos HaRan 85)

– All are charged with taking responsibility for the collective suffering of our world (Likutei Moharan 4), with calling out to Hashem in personal prayer to request the final redemption (Likutei Moharan Tinyana 25), and with dancing the broken-hearted dance of humility to sweeten the judgments (Likutei Moharan 10).

– All are charged with crying tears of hope and joy (Likutei Moharan 175), believing that no matter where we might end up this Rosh Hashana, that’s exactly where we were supposed to be – because this is all part of Hashem’s master-plan. Like puppets in the hand of the master Puppeteer, all we know is that in the end it will be good, because despite all outward appearances, Hashem is running the world “better and better” all the time. (Sichos HaRan 307)

– All are charged with feeling the sheer power of this particular tzaddik’s spiritual-gravitational pull on thousands of souls in our generation (Likutei Moharan 70) – to the point that many were compelled to make sacrifices that so infuriated others solely because this degree of commitment to a cause (something they are personally unable to fathom) makes them a bit more uncomfortable than they are willing to admit.

In sum, we are once again experiencing the realization of Rebbe Nachman’s promise that “I will make you into many groups.” (Chayei Moharan 319) But at the end of the day, no matter where you stand on this glorious spectrum of heated debate and sensitivity, we are all bound with the spirit of this singular tzaddik whose life-giving waters flow in a great many directions. So no matter where we find ourselves this Rosh Hashana, let’s hold tight to these teachings with great joy and unity, roaring like animals in the field – as Rabbeinu wanted – for a time when the light of Hashem and His tzaddikim will envelop the world in a wondrous blanket of illumination with the coming of Moshiach, b’mheira b’yameinu.

ASHREINU!

 

How do we deal with ‘reality’ without going nuts?

On the last post, one of the commentators, Alizah, asked this:

Rivka, how do we read this without going nuts? Reminds me of something that says at the end the yetzer hara will appear like a mountain to some people and to others like something small.

If we follow your blog it’s enormous. We want to cry.

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It’s a very good question.

On Shabbat, we were at friends for Friday night, and the conversation turned (as it inevitably does…) to the whole Corona stress we’re all under.

I couldn’t help it.

I tried to explain what’s really going on with all this – how it’s all just part of a deeper ‘depopulation / eugenics’ agenda that’s been in the works for over a century, already – and my host looked at me with a pitying smile.

I’d outed myself as that most lowly of creatures, a conspiracy theorist.

The argument raged on for around two hours, and I realised that the more hard facts and solid information I was throwing at the other people around the table, the more their defenses got entrenched, and the more pointless the whole discussion became.

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At one point, my host turned to me and said:

Why do we need to know all this stuff? What can we do anyway? Why do you keep looking at all the ‘bad’? We can’t make any difference, and I don’t want to be kept up at night worrying about all this stuff.

The answer to that is really the answer to a lot of other big questions. Here’s what I told him:

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Truth is God’s seal.

The more ‘truth’ we acknowledge and let in to our lives, the closer it brings us to God.

The more we see how broken this world really is, the more we will start to really yearn and beg for something to change. The more we will yearn and beg for geula, for Moshiach.

The more sincere teshuva we will make.

The more minutes and hours of heartfelt prayer we will engage in, asking God to fix things and to right everything that is so very wrong.

Knowing the truth gives us the motivation we need to really turn to Hashem, and come back to Him wholeheartedly.

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I guess what I was really trying to tell my host is that I’m not buying into all the yeoush and despairing attitude that says we are nothing, and we can’t do anything to change all this, so why even bother trying to grapple with it?!

The Jewish soul is infinite.

It’s a part of Hashem.

Sure, me by myself I’m totally and utterly nothing and nobody.

I can’t take on the Rockefellers, or Bill Gates, or the corrupt State of Israel.

I know that.

But here’s what I can do:

I can go and pour out my heart to Hashem about all the ‘bad’ that’s going on in the world, and beg Him to fix it, and to fill the world with His light and the light of the true tzaddikim, and to get things to finally all turn around.

That’s all I can really do – but it’s everything.

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If we believe in the power of prayer, if we believe in the power of the Jewish soul to stir Hashem’s mercy and compassion, if we believe in miracles, and that God is the only force that really exists in the world, then uncovering the ‘bad’ doesn’t scare us and overwhelm us and cause us to go into denial in quite the same way.

It might anger us, upset us, shock us – but it also motivates us to PRAY.

To turn to Hashem and to PRAY.

And that is the true strength and the true power of the Jewish soul, and it’s a power that every single one of us can access and activate.

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When the Nazis were rising to power before World War II, so many people stuck their head in the sand and whistled.

God won’t let it happen, they said. I trust that God will continue to look after us, they said. I can’t do anything about this ‘bad’ stuff, so I’m just going to pretend it’s not happening, they said.

That was totally the wrong approach.

Rebbe Nachman spoke about the correct way to deal with harsh decrees:

He said:

“[E]ach person must say that the world was only created for his sake, and [the Rebbe said] how every person must endeavor to make up the deficiencies of the world, praying on its behalf – i.e. before the decree [actually materialises].

He also said the following:

“That year [1803] the Rebbe was very preoccupied with the Cantonist Decrees. He was extremely worried about the situation and said they were not an idle threat. He disagreed strongly with the people who were saying nothing would come of it in the end, for how could God do such a thing to the Jewish people?!

The Rebbe said several times that this was nonsense.

We find many occasions when harsh decrees did materialise.

The Rebbe spoke about this a great deal and said that the rumored decrees had to be taken with the utmost seriousness and not be treated lightly. We had to pray and cry out to God, and to be and beseech Him in the hope that He would hear us and annul them….

If only people had listened to his call to set the earth shaking with prayers and appeals to God, these decrees would have been nullified completely!”

(Tzaddik, Conversations Relating to His Lessons, page 132)

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God forbid, I’m not uncovering this stuff to get anyone down, or add to the despair.

Quite the opposite.

I believe – so strongly! – in the power of prayer.

I believe in the power of a Jewish soul to turn everything around when they partner with Hashem and pray their hearts out.

This stuff scares you? It overwhelms you? It upsets you?

Go talk to God about it, and beg Him to clean up this mess!!!

When you do that, you change everything, literally.

The ‘weapon’ of Jacob is our prayer.

And I’m urging every single one of you to take a deep breath, and go pick it up.

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Photo by Mockup Graphics on Unsplash

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Here’s some real Torah-based explanation about Moshiach and geula.

It’s by one of the best English-speaking Breslov rabbis out there, Rabbi Yissachar Berg.

Here’s the Youtube clip, less than 5 minutes, and if you prefer to read the information, go HERE.

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This explains very clearly about what’s going on right now, and why things are the way they are at the moment, with all the Coronavirus madness.

Here’s a tiny snippet:

“Rebbe Nachman says that when Moshiach comes there will be such a tumult in the world, that people are not going to know what’s happening. They’re going to lose themselves and be completely confused. Only those who are holding on to the tzaddik will know what’s happening. And in another place he says that only those who do regular hisbodedus, personal prayer to Hashem, will be able to experience redemption as something good, everyone else will be confused.

THE LIGHT ITSELF WILL BE THE GREATEST DARKNESS AND SUFFERING FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T SEARCHING FOR LIGHT, THAT JUST WANT THE DARKNESS.”

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Read more HERE.

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Getting back to talking about God.

It keeps happening to me that I intend to leave all the awful corruption, and ‘politics’, and yucky stuff going on in the world behind, and to try to return to more spiritual matters – but I can’t.

God just isn’t letting me.

I had a couple of nice pieces planned out in my head to write up for the site about my own struggles with the idea of ‘renewal’, and whether it’s possible for me to have ‘renewal’ without also having to move house every five minutes, when I woke up with a brainwave to go and research 666 5th Avenue, NYC.

That number is interesting, isn’t it? It’s the number the xtians like to assign to their ‘anti-Moshiach’, and they call it colloquially ‘the mark of the beast’. It also happens to be 66.6 – the remainder of the 33.3 that the Freemasons are obsessed with, the top third of the pyramid on the back of the dollar that happens to contain Bilaam’s all-seeing evil eye.

There’s a lot going on with that property, and once I’ve finished researching it properly, I’ll lay it all out here for you, dear reader, as long as it’s safe for me to do that.

In the meantime, I’ve had no time to write up anything else….but lucky for me, over on the ravberland.com website, Rabbi Yissachar Berg has started giving classes again. Here’s a taste of his most recent class, about finding the good point within, aka Azamra:

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You can sign up for the full-length webinar classes HERE. And if you’re feeling like you need some uplifting Torah, or feeling like you’re struggling to find the good in others, and particularly in yourself, then this is highly recommended.

And BH, there will be more classes in English coming too. I’m pushing my better half to return to giving classes again online. He did it for years at Chut Shel Chessed, but kind of burned out, and so hasn’t been giving classes for years now.

So far, I’ve twisted his arm hard enough to get an agreement from him to start doing a short ‘Parsha of the week’ shiur based on Rabbi Berland on the Parsha starting this week. I’ll post it here when it’s up, but it’s permanent home will be on the new ‘Breslov TV’ channel over on ravberland.com.

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And then, in turn I’ve also had my arm twisted gently to get on with doing some classes again on Breslov teachings.

Like my better half, I also totally went off the idea for a long time because doing those classes took a lot out of me, n a whole bunch of ways. And they also fed into my ga’ava in a massive way around 6 years ago, which led to a lot of big problems that I simply don’t want to pop up again.

So I’ve been running away from that idea for years.

But in Uman, I had a conversation that brought me around to the idea again, and as I wrote about HERE, I know so many of us are pretty lonely at the moment, because we can’t talk about ‘real’ stuff with most of the people we know, without them thinking we are totally nutso.

So, I floated the trial balloon to see if there is interest, and BH, 17 women came back to me.

We’re going to be trying to apply Rabbenu’s teachings in a real, gentle way to the craziness that is our own life. I’m trying something new with this class, and not structuring it to death. I’m going to try talking from the heart, based on Breslov and Rav Berland sources, around a particular subject, then make some space for others to share their ideas, too.

The idea is to build a community, not just a class, so we can stop feeling so lonely and alone in our emuna, and commitment to really seeing God’s hand in the world, and in our own lives, and sticking by our principles even when ‘everyone else’ thinks we’re crazy.

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The first class will be 10am Jerusalem time this Sunday, February 2nd, via Zoom, and it’s for women only.

I’ll post the link up on the website, and also over on my blog on the ravberland.com site a little closer to the time

If it works, I’ll try to do a class in the evening that will work for people in the US, too, but I’m building up slowly to that. There will also be a recording available for ladies who sign up to the mailing list. You can do that below, and yes, I will also sort that side of things out properly too, going forward, with God’s help, so it’s easier to share links and sign up information around.

There’s only one way to fight all this awful corruption spreading everywhere. And that’s by taking a look inside, connecting to our own good and amplifying our own yearning for Hashem and kedusha.

If that sounds interesting to you, come join me Sunday:

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I just got this.

It’s another young man who was in Ukraine last week, praying at all the kivrei tzaddikim there, when he and his kallah and sister got caught up in a head-on crash that was not their fault.

Miraculously, Neria Or – the young man in question – wasn’t hurt, and neither were the other people with him. But the accident was fatal for the Ukrainians in the other car.

The Ukrainians have arrested Neria, and he’s sitting in prison in Ukraine.

I just donated something to this – because I should at least do one thing meaningful today, to show God I’m trying to do what He wants, even while still listening to Ed Sheeran songs on Youtube.

If you would like to help, you can go HERE.

But first watch the video below, and understand that these are real people involved, real families.

It seems there are so many tikkunim going on at the moment, centred around the Ukraine.

It seems so many Jews are somehow ‘stuck’ in that mess, one way or another. So every dollar we spend freeing Neria is somehow freeing ourselves, somehow sweetening the judgments on ourselves.

Go HERE to do something meaningful today, and to help a fellow Jew.

There but for the grace of God go we.

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