Over the years, I have lived in many different Jewish communities.

And I’ve also worked as investigative journalist for 25+ years, and that’s brought me into contact with many different people, and their stories.

What I can tell you is that sexual abuse of children is a massive problem today, everywhere.

But I guess I’ve been focussing more on the frum world in this blog, because so many of us want to believe that things like this don’t happen in ‘religious’ communities.

And so we trust perhaps way more than we should, and don’t recognise the warning signs in quite the same way, because  we don’t want to believe that ‘religious’ people, frum Jews, would be capable of acting in these awful, despicable ways.

And of course, so many of the rabbis and leaders in these communities want to keep all the shmutz and yuck covered up, because they are protecting their ‘brand’. And that seems to take precedence over protecting the victim, for people who don’t really fear Hashem, and who are more interested in receiving honor and kavod, than doing the right thing.

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BUT – as one commentator pointed out, this problem goes way, way beyond the religious community.

In the secular world there are also enormous problems – as you’ll remember from THIS post a few weeks ago, that mentioned the gang rape of a young teenage girl by a pack of feral teenage boys in a Netanya school. That story was totally blanked by the media here, to ‘protect the guilty’.

In the meantime, the poor girl and her father apparently ended up in a mental institution, from the trauma of what had happened – which was compounded by the cover-up.

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Today, the world is a very sick place.

There is no such thing as a ‘safe’ place, spiritually, today.

(Although I have to say, ironically, that Rav Berland’s community seems to have way, way less issues than any other community I’m aware of. After the last 10 years of slander and scrutiny, Shuvu Banim is pretty much the last place a pedophile would try to hang out in.)

Let me tell you a story that emphasizes this point, and then we’ll move on to tachlis, what we as parents can really do to try to protect our children, to the best of our abilities.

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A few years back, I lived in a very large, mixed yishuv, that had chardal communities all the way up to dati ‘light’, and was mixed between olim from many different backgrounds, and Israelis.

It all seemed so ‘wonderful’ there, externally, the first two years. Then, I started figuring out that appearances can be very deceptive, that literally half the yishuv was on Prozac (or something similar) – and that sexual abuse and wife-swapping was also occurring there.

I knew a lady whose 9 year old daughter was repeatedly raped by a ‘frum’ cousin – a stellar, solid dati leumi-type older teen.

When that news came out, her world fell apart – and the dati leumi rabbis counselled her not to go to the police about what had happened, because it would ruin the cousin’s life.

In the meantime…. that guy got married, and continued on in the dati leumi community as apparently a paragon of virtue.

While this lady’s kid went totally ‘off’, started smoking, and experienced tremendous tzaar in her soul.

Does this sound right, to you?

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So now, let’s move into talking tachlis, what can we do, as parents, to try to protect our children?

There is a separate discussion to be had about changing the culture, both in the (Freemason-Frankist….) secular world and in the (Freemason-Frankist….) religious world about not playing down abuse like this any more, and not trying to just keep covering it up.

We’ll leave that for now, although you can be sure that is something that I will come back to in future posts, BH.

Today, I want to focus on what we can do as parents, with God’s help.

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When I was looking into this more, I tripped over the ‘BrightBeginnings’ website, of R’ Yakov Horowitz.

You can find that website HERE.

He’s written a book about how to keep children safe, and he’s also put out this 10 minute video, that covers some very useful information on how to deal with this issue, tachlis:

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Here’s a screenshot of the 4 main messages R’ Horowitz says parents have to give over to their kids – in as calm a way as possible, because when the parent is agitated, the kid won’t remember what they are saying:

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Watch the video above, to really understand how to put these messages across to your children.

He packs a lot of good information into 10 minutes, and he’s also got books in both Hebrew and English called ‘Let’s stay Safe!’, that you can get HERE.

Here’s a precis:

  1. Teach your child that NO-ONE should ever tell them to keep a secret from you, their parents. This is a massive red flag for predatory behavior.
  2. Give your child a sense of having firm boundaries – that their body, their personal ‘space’, belongs to them, and they get to decide who can enter it, and when.
  3. Explain to them the ‘bathing suit’ rule, that no-one else should touch them in places covered by their bathing suit – except for very specific people, in very specific instances (i.e. the parents or main caregivers, when they need to clean them up or care for them in some way – but keep these parameters as tightly-defined as possible.)
  4. Teach your children to trust their own instincts – and to get away from people who make them feel uncomfortable, AS SOON AS they start to feel uncomfortable, even if nothing ‘bad’ has happened.

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This is great advice.

But if we’re honest, as parents, we already know that WE have to do a lot of work on our own bad middot and issues, to really put this advice into practise.

What do I mean?

Well, from my own experience of being a sincere baal teshuva, I know I put so much pressure on my kids to ‘conform’ to a certain very high religious standard, that for a couple of years meant that they simply stopped telling me what they were really up to, because they knew I wouldn’t approve.

And when a kid feels that they can’t tell their parent everything, that’s when the kid enters the ‘danger zone’.

I had to do a lot of work on my own bad middot, including my own anger, disappointment and unrealistic expectations, before I could really create a ‘space’ where my kids felt it was safe to tell me about their struggles again, without me going ballistic at them for not being ‘perfect.’

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Another problem is peer pressure.

It’s hard to encourage our kids to call out predatory, bullying behavior when it might cost us, the parents, socially.

For example, a few years ago I had a really good friend, who outside her home was amazing and wonderful – but whose house was full of dysfunction and problems, from the perspective of the children.

Long story short, her kids were routinely bullying and beating up my kids, and it took me two years to really stop making excuses and to tackle the problem, because I knew tackling the problem was going to cost me my own friendship.

And it did.

But in these myriad small ways, we can send our kids messages that they shouldn’t ‘rock our boat’ – and predators, especially predators who are ‘close to home’, can take advantage of this very human tendency, God forbid.

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And perhaps R’ Horowitz’s last ‘message’ can be the most difficult one of all, for a parent to really convey to their children.

Because if I’m a forceful parent, I’m a super-frum, or super-idealistic parent, who has all sorts of ideas of how my kid should be acting, and dressing, and what sort of super-healthy food they should be eating, and who they should be hanging around with….

….And I don’t really give my kid the ability to develop their own instincts about what is right for them, let alone to trust them….

That gives predators a huge ‘in’.

And we parents can do that, without even realising what a disadvantage we are actually giving our children, because we WANT THEM to listen to us, and to obey us, and to not challenge us all the time with their own opinions and ideas.

Can you see the problem?

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The solution again comes down to us parents working on our own bad middot.

It again comes down to challenging our own assumptions about what is really ‘right and wrong’; and being prepared to take a cold, hard look at where we ourselves trample on our children’s ability to honestly feel what they feel, and to honestly express what they feel – without being harshly judged and punished for it.

It’s so easy to write these words, but it can be so, so hard to live up to them.

Especially when we ourselves often came from homes where kids were meant to be ‘seen but not heard’, and where the parents were meant to be held high up on a pedestal by the child, and never questioned or crossed.

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It’s sadly true, that when a kid is bullied, and / or ignored, and / or harshly judged at home, by their parents, that will make them way more ‘at risk’ of attracting predators.

Spiritually-warped people have a kind of ‘sixth sense’, where they can sense which kids don’t have a ‘back’ – don’t have a parent on their side, really supporting and listening to them.

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One more thought, then we’ll talk more about bringing God into the equation.

Like most mothers, I have always loved my kids a lot. But until my oldest was 5, I was trying to hold down a very demanding career, that meant I had pretty much zero time or headspace to really ‘be’ with my kids, after work.

I was usually so exhausted from the day job, all I wanted was for them to disappear to bed, as soon as possible, when I got home.

It was only after we moved to Israel, that Hashem really started giving me the present of understanding just how toxic my career was, for my family (and also, for myself!)

When my oldest was six, that’s when I made the excrutiatingly difficult decision to quit my high-paying job – and to become a stay-at-home mum.

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On some level, I just knew that I couldn’t do both.

And with the benefit of 15 years’ hindsight, I can now honestly say it was the best decision I ever made, for my family and for myself – even though I can’t overestimate how hard it was to do, personally.

I feel now that so many of my kids’ issues with being bullied etc, mostly stem from that time that I was neglecting them emotionally, when they were younger. And that it took me a good 4-5 years of constant work on my own bad middot, via talking to God regularly for an hour every day, to start redressing the balance, and to start resolving the problems.

Thank God, my kids are great.

But we still live in a sick world, and we’ve all still got so many challenges to deal with, on so many levels.

I dread to think, how bad things would be if I hadn’t made the decision to put my kids’ need to have a ‘present’ mother ahead of my own need to do a job I really enjoyed, and that made me a ton of cash.

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So now, let’s put God firmly in this equation.

As mentioned, the key to so much of this is to know that we need God’s help to really protect our kids – both from ‘stranger dangers’, and also from our own bad middot that can render them vulnerable to predators, God forbid.

I cannot overemphasise the importance of getting into the habit of talking to God regularly, every day, to make a strong spiritual ‘connection’, and overcome our own programming to ignore what we really think and feel about bad people and situations.

If we can’t be ‘real’ with ourselves, if we also have unhealthy boundary issues, if also push down things that make us uncomfortable to avoid ‘rocking the boat’ – then so will our kids, however much we try to educate them differently.

So, the first thing is to get into the habit of asking God to help us, ourselves, uproot all these negative habits and bad middot.

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Then of course, we ask God – all the frigging time! – to protect our kids from the ‘bad’ out there.

If you have trouble formulating these prayers by yourself – and many people do – then Rav Berland has a whole bunch of booklets, that are filled with very powerful prayers that really make a difference.

If you go HERE, you’ll find a bunch to pick from.

Here’s one I recommend, Prayers for Holy Children:

 

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If you don’t speak Hebrew, just try to do one a day – it’s the effort that counts, not the quantity.

Alternatively, you can get that book in English translation – and get the hard copy FOR FREE, from the RavBerland.com site, you just pay for the postage, HERE.

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With God’s help, our children will be protected from all the ‘bad’ in the world.

And we will uproot all the ‘bad’ within ourselves, as their parents, that can make them more vulnerable to predators, God forbid.

And BH, Moshiach will come soon, and finally all this tremendous evil will be banished from the Jewish communities, and the wider world, for good.

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UPDATE:

I had a couple of comments telling me that R Horowitz is anti Rav Berland, and pro ‘vaccinating’.

All I can say, is that this is all part of the birur  process, and I guess part of that process of moving away from the unrealistic black and white world where we are pushed to an ‘extreme’ of having to agree with everything a person says, 100%, before being willing to quote them in other areas, and moving towards a more nuanced approach.

I feel R Horowitz advice in this area is useful, so I’m quoting it.

Clearly, I feel he’s totally wrong about Rav Berland, and Covid 19 shots.

Hope that clears up the confusion.

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“He was the moshiach of the generation”.

Daisy sent me this chesped, where Rav Berland is eulogising R’ Chaim Kanievsky.

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It’s around six minutes long, with Hebrew subtitles.

For those who don’t speak Hebrew, Rav Berland explains how he and his family lived next to R’Chaim for 20 years, and were very close.

R’ Berland says that his children used to go to BatSheva Kanievsky (R’ Chaim’s wife) to eat after school between the ages of 6 and 15, because Rabbanit Berland had a job teaching in school that kept her there until 4pm.

He says R’ Chaim never took his head out of a Torah book, and that even just seeing him for a second could inspire a person to go and learn Torah for 120 years.

He also says that R’ Chaim’s passing is an atonement for our generation, and that in his zchut, no-one should be harmed in Eretz Yisrael, from the decree to ‘destroy and annihilate’ the Jews (using the language of the Purim megillah).

And that R’ Chaim specifically passed away after the reading of Megillat Esther (where we read about the Tzaddik HaDor, Mordechai, saving his generation from the decree of destruction), as an ‘atonement’ for the sins of this generation.

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If I misrepresented anything in the free translation above, by accident, let me know in the comments and I’ll fix it.

But the true tzaddikim are sweetening everything…

In hidden and revealed ways.

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I also want to publically apologise for suspecting R’ Chaim of not being a true tzaddik, with all the false statements that were being put out in his name, around forcing people to take Covid shots.

It’s hard to imagine the amount of spiritual bizayon his soul must have experienced, knowing that the people around him were hurting Am Yisrael – in his name!

Which is why, I guess, his passing is also going to be such a huge ‘atonement’ for what’s gone on with all this, and at least part of how all this starts to be sweetened.

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The MSM is apparently telling everyone that ‘Russia is stalled’.

***UPDATES: New Video of Ukranian neo-Nazis indoctrinating their children***

That seems to be fake news.

There’s a guy called Gonzalo Lira who is an American living in Ukraine’s second biggest city of Kharkov.

He’s been ‘live streaming’ footage and news from Kharkov during the war, the last few days.

Watch this, where he explains that Russia is actually winning the war, and that he believes that all the ‘fake news’ about Russia being ‘stalled’ etc is just propaganda to set up a ‘false flag’ involving a chemical attack in Ukraine.

He covers a lot of ground, very clearly.

Watch here:

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Snippet:

I’m near the center of the city, and over the last seven days it has been clear that the Russians are getting closer and closer.

I see them getting closer and I hear the bombs getting closer. I know for a fact that surrounding towns have been captured, either from news reports, or from people who live in these towns and have told me personally.

Kharkov is the second largest city in Ukraine, and the third most important target, the first being Kyiv and the second being the main Ukraine army in the east (some 60,000 man strong).

I know that they are about to completely capture Mariupol and I know that the Zelenski regime is not able to re-supply the various armies, so I understand what is happening: the Russians are winning. GL

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Remember, everything is being sweetened by our teshuva and prayers, and Rav Berland, and the passing of tzaddikim of R’Chaim Kanievsky.

I’m trying to get to the Rav four days a week, to join in with the prayers there, and I can feel how much is being sweetened, with all the niggunim being sung about Uman at the Rav; and all the clapping and dancing to sweeten the judgments.

Usually, the prayers at the Rav start quiet and subdued – reflecting the real ‘heaviness’ in the world – but by the end, there is so much singing and dancing and clapping.

There is such a good, hopeful ruach there.

Take heart, dear reader!

Everything is really being sweetened, behind the scenes, and nothing is going ‘to plan’ for the evil people – not with ‘Covid 19’, not with the mac-cinations, not with the war in Ukraine…

It’s all being ‘turned around’ for them, which is why it’s so very hard to know exactly what’s going on right now.

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Anyway, this guy gives Zelensky’s government a week or two, max.

And then, he thinks the whole war will be over by the end of April, once Mariupol falls – unless there’s a ‘false flag’ to give NATO and the USA a green light to get into the war in Ukraine.

And that’s when things will start to get even more interesting.

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UPDATE:

A reader just sent me a link that lead to this:

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Highly, highly, highly recommended.

Here is one of the videos it brings, showing the extent of Ukrainian neo-Nazi indoctrination of their children:

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Again, we have to ask:

How many of the 25,000 non-Jewish Ukrainians brought into Israel by the Frankist-Freemason puppets we call ‘our government’ are affiliated with these Azov Battalion neo-Nazis?

What background checks were made?

When are these people going back to their motherland?

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BH, more people are starting to wake up all this – it’s heartening to see so many dyed-in-the-wool ‘patriots’ in the USA calling out the BS, and refusing to respond to corrupt media calls to ‘nuke Russia’.

One more must-watch video from David Sorensen’s site above:

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Like most real journalists in the world right now, Sorensen is being heavily censored. If you feel like donating to his cause, he is certainly putting together some first-rate honest journalism at the moment.

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At least part of the reason the MSM is full of ‘War of Ukraine’ headlines right now is to try and distract us all from the soaring illnesses and deaths going all over the place, as a result of the Covid shots.

***UPDATES BELOW, INCLUDING ALBERT BOURLA STARTING TO BACKPEDAL***

More and more and more factual information is starting to flood out about what’s being found in these shots, and also what these shots are really doing to people’s health.

Again, this isn’t ‘conspiracy theory’, it’s just cold, hard information.

For example, more researchers are now posting information about the parasites – and other unexplained, unidentified microscopic life forms they are finding in the Covid shots, with a particular emphasis still on the Pfizer brand.

Here’s a few recent discoveries to catch you up:

  1. LaQuinta Columna researcher Dr Jose Luis Sevillano, snippet:

“Dr. José Luis Sevillano is conducting research based on the observation and evolution of different possible unidentified life forms in the most detailed way possible.

In a recent program, he identified some structures that look like long leaves and others that are more vermiform and frightening.”

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I’m seeing reports of unrecognisable ‘parasites’ in these shots from other researchers too, but at this stage, I’m flagging it as something to watch, not a 100% certainty, still.

Meanwhile, there is so much information out there now about how Covid shots have been proven to damage people’s hearts (amongst a very long list of serious side effects, including death.)

Take a look at this:

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And the ‘safe and effectiveness’ argument for these Covid shots is also falling apart, with each day that passes.

 Even CDC’s liar-in-chief Rochelle Walensky is now publically back-tracking and trying to cover her derriere:

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I could bring more and more stuff here, but I am honestly starting to tire of doing that – across a lot of different areas.

The critical thing here is to really roll up your sleeves, and continue to do your own birur of what is really going on, and about what you’re being told, and about which information, which people, you ‘let in’ to your mind, to influence your thinking and beliefs.

I’ve been saying this for a while, but there are no shortcuts.

Each of us is responsible for ‘cleaning out’ our own minds, our own souls, before Moshiach comes, and tracking down all the false assumptions we have, and lies we really just tell ourselves.

That’s the real work to be done here.

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So, don’t let anything enter your mind uncritically.

Don’t just ‘assume’ everything you’re being fed is correct, or ‘right’

Even when people have good intentions, everyone is flawed, everyone is limited, no-one is perfect.

More and more, I’m trying to ‘turn off the MSM’ in my life, and if I’m interested in a subject, I’m going to do a deep dive on it myself, research as much as I can from more credible sources, and then come to my own conclusions about what I really think.

If I care to have an opinion.

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Just to end back with the Covid 19 shots.

Don’t forget, that God is really behind all this.

And that everything that happens to anyone is really just part of that ‘conversation’ God is trying to have with each of us, to encourage us to get to know Him, overcome our egos, build up some real emuna, and to fix the things in our soul that need some attention.

Bad things don’t happen ‘stam’.

They happen to encourage a process of introspection and teshuva.

And when ‘bad things’ happen to ‘good people’, that’s also not ‘stam’.

None of us know who we were in a previous life, what pain we caused to others, what destruction we wrought in the world, that we are now bearing the consequences of as ‘good people’ in this lifetime.

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Whatever happens, we need to carry on justifying Hashem, and to stop making hysterical statements that suggest that God is somehow ‘wrong’ or ‘mistaken’, when ‘bad things’ happen.

I know that’s hard, and I know that in the moment, everyone, including me, can still feel so hurt, betrayed, sad, despairing and lost, when faced with the ‘bad thing’.

That’s human nature.

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I guess what I’m trying to say is that now more than ever, we need to remember the 3 rules of emuna, which are:

  1. God is doing everything.
  2. Everything God does is ultimately for the good.
  3. Everything God does is trying to give me a message about what I myself might need to work on, fix, acknowledge, change.

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The war in Ukraine, the parasites in the Covid shots, the world gone mad – it’s ultimately God who is behind all of this.

That brings me a lot of comfort, when I remember that – because it means there is Someone to really talk to, here, about what is really going on, and what I myself can really do about it.

Rav Berland has said repeatedly, that all of these horrible things – all the nazis, the terrorists, the Al Qaeda, the whoever – they are all just the physical manifestation of our own sins.

When we make teshuva, when we really try to uproot the problem at its spiritual source – all these nazis, wars, terrorists, Covid 19 shot-murderers – it all goes away.

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So, we all have our work cut out for us.

And of course, I still have a ton of work cut out for me, to keep addressing all the yeoush, the anger, the self-righteousness, the lack of patience, the harsh judgements that sometimes keep floating up.

But what keeps me going is the thought that every extra speck of ‘evil’ I try to track down and eradicate in myself, is somehow also cleaning more of that global ‘evil’ out of the world, too.

And if we all do our bit…. sooner or later, the madness and suffering and evil will stop.

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UPDATE:

This recent interview with Albert Bourla CEO of Pfizer has more than a whiff of the same sort of ‘distancing tactics’ we are starting to spot by people like Walensky.

Have a listen, see what you think. I have no idea who these mysterious people are that apparently convinced Bourla to roll out gene-therapy, DNA-changing Covid shots against his better instincts. If you think you know what he’s talking about, feel free to share.

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In the meantime, here’s the long list of very serious ‘side effects’ that Bourla and Pfizer knew about BEFORE they asked the FDA to approve their dangerous, nanotech Covid shots:

The Assessment and Research Centre of Biological Products (ARCB) of the Food and Drug Administration of America (FDA) for the first time allowed the public to access the data that Pfizer submitted to the FDA clinical trial in support of a licensed vaccine covid-19.

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When Pfizer asked the FDA for approval, there were already 158,000 adverse events.

You can see the document listing these ‘side effects’ for yourself, HERE.

The list includes:

🚩acute kidney injury,
🚩acute flaccid myelitis,
🚩antibodies antiespermatozoides positive,
🚩embolism of the brain stem,
🚩thrombosis of the brain stem,
🚩cardiac arrest,
🚩heart failure,
🚩thrombosis ventricular heart
🚩cardiogenic shock,
🚩vasculitis of the central nervous system,
🚩neonatal death,
🚩deep vein thrombosis,
🚩encephalitis of the brainstem,
🚩hemorrhagic encephalitis,
🚩frontal lobe epilepsy,
🚩foaming at the mouth,
🚩epileptic psychosis,
🚩facial paralysis,
🚩fetal distress syndrome
🚩amyloidosis of the gastrointestinal tract,
🚩generalised seizure,
🚩encephalopathy, Hashimoto’s disease, thyroiditis,
🚩vascular thrombosis,
🚩reactivation of herpes zoster,
🚩mediated hepatitis,
🚩interstitial lung disease,
🚩embolism of the jugular vein,
🚩juvenile myoclonic epilepsy,
🚩liver injury,
🚩low birth weight,
🚩multisystem inflammatory syndrome  in children,
🚩myocarditis,
🚩neonatal seizures,
🚩pancreatitis,
🚩pneumonia,
🚩fetal death,
🚩tachycardia,
🚩temporal lobe epilepsy,
🚩autoimmunity testicular
🚩thrombotic cerebral infarction,
🚩diabetes mellitus type 1,
🚩neonatal venous thrombosis,
🚩thrombosis of the vertebral artery

AND 1.246 MEDICAL CONDITIONS following VACCINATION

(Translated from Spanish, so please excuse any spelling errors.)

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Safe and effective!!!

My patootie.

Let’s end the update with THIS, from yesterday.

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Seriously?

Are people still buying this?

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Something strange is going on at Meron again.

Before we get into that, I just want to share some more words from the Rav on the subject, from a shiur given on Monday night, in the week of Vayakhel 5782.

Haman had such a cute son [Shimshi], sweet, sweet, sweet, he was meant to write the ‘Book of Remembrances’ [for the King Ahashverosh]. So,  he [Shimshi] decided that he was going to arrange things so that they would hang Mordechai.

[Shimshi] said: Me, I have so much wisdom [to do this], I have just the trick…

Especially that Miriam Naor [the former head of the Meron Commission who unexpectedly passed away last month], the head advocate, she was very savvy in these sorts of thing.

Rabbi Shimon [Bar Yochai] simply took her away [to him]!…

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She wanted to say that the chareidim were guilty [for the disaster at Meron].

Even though it was the police, who were guilty, because they blocked the passageway.

She threw [figuratively: blamed] everything on us!

So, Rabbi Shimon is now dealing with her personally!

In his beit din (court of justice), she came to Rabbi Shimon, so he took her immediately on the spot, to his beit din.

She’s now in his beit din – Miriam Naor.

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(Translated from Shivivei Or Newsletter, Number 252.)

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Two days ago, it was the yahrtzeit of Moshe Rabbenu on the 7th of Adar.

My daughter and some friends went to Meron around midnight, to go and celebrate the yahrtzeit with Rabbi Shimon.

She called me the next day and told me:

Ima, it was so weird there, I almost cried.

How was it weird, I wanted to know? What was going on?

I don’t know, the police closed everything, and they had barricades everywhere, and Rabbi Shimon was behind a fence.

And they turned off all the electricity and just had their weird spotlights. They put the men in a tent to pray, but they didn’t have anywhere for the women, there was no ezrat nashim. So, we just stayed for an hour, then we left.

Hmm.

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This was the daughter who was at Meron on L’ag B’omer, and saw a lot of what was happening first hand.

We had an argument for months over whether the police were to blame for what happened that night.

At this stage – she is starting to come around to my point of view, that they police set everything up deliberately to kill as many pilgrims to Meron as possible.

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While I was pondering all this, I got an email from someone who lives close to Meron, that said the following:

Last year before everything happened [on L’ag B’omer] I saw large contingents of police being shown around [Meron] in a “guided tour” kind of fashion.

Last week I saw the same but with firemen…

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At this stage, many of us are waking up to the fact that our corrupt governments and security forces like to ‘practise’ their planned ‘disasters’ before going into a live exercise, where they really try to kill people.

So, I’m just putting this ‘out there’, so if there’s any strange fires going on Meron soon, we’ll know why.

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You can see the official site for the Meron Commission HERE.

Miriam Naor died on January 24, 2022, and was replaced by Judge Deborah Berliner.

(I can’t be bothered checking out her yichus, but I can already tell you that ‘Berliner’ is one of the popular surnames for the interesting people I write so much about, on this blog…. Of course.)

But Rabbi Shimon is dealing with this problem personally now.

So, I am sure we are going to see a few more unexpected twists and turns, before the truth of what what really happened at Meron that night comes out fully.

I am so looking forward to that moment.

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I just got this over email:

“We no longer know if Putin won’t attack the Jews.

We should sit in the floor and fast to prevent it.

The Rav also said that Ukrainians and Nazis come from the same source.

The Ukrainians of today are grandchildren of natzi’s and they still have it in their blood.”

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I strongly believe in the power of Purim to ‘overturn’ all this evil – there is so very much of it going on, it’s hard to even keep up.

And I keep reminding myself, that Adar is always like this: until we actually get to Purim, the ‘dark’ just keeps building and building and building….

It’s not a happy month – the opposite of a ‘happy’ month, usually – until we get that miraculous turnaround at Purim.

This year, seems we need it more than ever.

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I know there are some readers who don’t want to hear all this, because it’s ‘demoralising’.

I would LOVE to just write good, happy things, good news.

Just seems the world is not quite there yet, and this is a very dangerous time to stick our heads in the sand, and pretend everything is fine.

Prayers, teshuva and tzedaka overturn the harsh decrees.

Crying out to Hashem from the bottom of our broken hearts overturns the harsh decrees.

Pretending everything is ‘fine’ while binging on netflicks and / or smoking weed to calm ourselves down doesn’t overturn anything.

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If I hear more instructions from the Rav about concrete things to do, to try to overturn these harsh decrees, I will share them here.

The last few days, the heaviness has literally been so palpable, I have been going to bed at 9.30pm, because it’s exhausting to be ‘awake’ in the middle of all this.

At the same time…. I’ve seen so many times with the Rav, where situations where there seemed to be no hope, did turn around miraculously, after a lot of prayers, teshuva and charity.

So there is always hope.

May God rescue us all soon – and especially the sincere, holy Jews in the Ukraine.

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PS:

After doing some hitobedut on this, and what small people like you and I can really do to help the Jews caught in the fighting in Ukraine, I suddenly remembered the pidyon nefesh that some of the Rav’s students in Miami paid, to  ‘dodge’ Hurricane Irma, back in August 2017.

You can read the whole story HERE, but basically, I think they paid quite a big pidyon to the Rav – and the whole hurricane moved away from the US, and instead hit the people trafficking routes via the Bahamas, instead.

Thanks to our corrupt Frankist-Freemason government, it is now ‘illegal’ to discuss any sort of pidyon nefesh with the Rav directly, and if he is given any money directly – they will send him back to prison, God forbid.

But I’ve been paying my pidyonot to the website HERE, and I know it’s having the same impact as giving it straight into the hands of Rav Berland.

So, that’s what I just did.

I just did a very modest pidyon nefesh of 500 nis for the Jews of Ukraine, to be saved from any violence. And if you want to do that too, feel free.

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Our intention counts for everything, with this stuff.

Go HERE to do a pidyon nefesh for the Jews of Ukraine, and just have in mind that this is what the money is for, when you donate it on the site.

BH, we should only hear good news.

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“What he wants is a world war.”

***UPDATE***

A new article on The Grey Zone fills out way more of the details about the fascist Azov Battalion, and its ties to ‘Jewish hero’ Zelensky. See below this post for more details.

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The following translated snippets come from the Shivivei Or Newsletter 252, that brings the classes from the Rav, Rav Eliezer Berland, from previous weeks.

Excerpt of a shiur from Purim Katan, 15th Adar (alef) (16th February, 2022)

“Now, we are talking about this, that everything we are experiencing, this is a tikun (rectification) for the sale of Yosef [HaTzaddik, by his brothers.] everything that is happening to us, everything that…

And a person doesn’t know what is going to happen, in another 10 years, 20 years.

It could be, that some crazy person will arise suddenly, who makes a world war now.

Because what he wants [i.e. Putin] is a world war.

He doesn’t want Ukraine, he wants Romania.

Return all my countries to me!

He wants to regain territory.

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In that same shiur, the Rav spoke repeatedly about the ‘guarantee’ from Reb Shayale, the Tzaddik of Kerestir, that whoever believed in him, his grandchildren would survive the shoah.

(Reb Shayale died in 1925, around 15 years before the shoah occurred, but said these words 30 years before WW2.)

Here’s another translated snippet from the Rav:

“Now, we are in the month of Adar, we are rectifying ‘and you spoke evil’.

Because all our life, we need to rectify the sale of Yosef – all through our life, in every generation, Auschwitz, everything.

What they did to Yosef, this was done to us in Auschwitz.

In every place, they threw living people into pits.

And in every generation, this comes back again, for as long as Moshiach doesn’t come, so there will be a few more Auschwitzs.

But this is not in our generation.

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We need to pray for our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren that they will pass through this [and be saved].

It’s like what Shayale from Kerestir said.

There is a book called ‘The Promise’, that he [R’ Shayale] said this 30 years before the shoah, that in another 30 years time, there is going to be an awful shoah.

Whoever assists me (i.e. helps me, or provides a service for me, or attends me) with emuna, his grandchildren (will be saved from the war that is coming.)”

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The Rav then tells the story from this book, written by a grandchild who believed in the promise that Reb Shayale had given his grandfather – and was saved from death repeatedly, in miraculous ways.

The Rav doesn’t say anything stam.

Every word, every letter is a clue.

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Here’s another snippet from a different shiur, given a little later on Shabbat Vayakhel, 5782:

“Rabbenu (Rebbe Nachman of Breslov) is changing the government in Ukraine.

Because this year, they decided that they are not going to let a single person travel [to Uman] on Rosh Hashana, because Shuvu Banim made a balagan.

But they don’t know who is really from Shuvu Banim, and who isn’t, so they said that they aren’t letting anyone come.

So, Rabbenu is fighting against them.

Zelensky said that no-one is entering Uman, so he’s been removed.

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Excerpt from a different shiur, on that same day of Shabbat Vayakhel, 5082:

“Now, Putin is conquering Ukraine, because Rabbenu is doing the whole war.

Everything is Rabbenu, and ‘war I have made’ – the whole war is Rabbenu!

Rabbenu is fighting against Ukraine, because two years ago, they didn’t let people travel to Rabbenu.

So, they made a blacklist and a ‘white list’, because there were 200 people on the blacklist, that they didn’t let them enter.

Because they entered Uman, the travelled with great self-sacrifice, so they searched for them in Uman.

They asked each person, how did you get in?

And they put them on a blacklist.

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And in Belarus, 20,000 people got stuck there on the road [border].

So now, everything there is tanks.

So now we are travelling.

We will get visas from the Russians.

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Because Hashem won’t forgive everything that the Ukrainians did in the Shoah.

Hashem won’t forgive!

‘God of vengeance!’ Hashem is a God of vengeance!

We are coming to say that now, in the prayers.

And Rabbenu [also] doesn’t forgive, and Hashem will take vengeance in the Ukraine, for everything they did.

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Ad kan.

I’ve been struggling a lot the last few days, especially with feelings of sadness and despair about the state of the world, both within my dalet amot, and without.

When I read the Rav’s words on Shabbat, they gave me a lot of chizzuk, so I wanted to share them with you.

This war is not stam, or ‘unjust’, like we are being told.

Again, that doesn’t mean Putin is a good guy – he’s not, he’s awful.

But what it does mean, is that God has got to the stage of really starting to mete out justice to the enemies of the Jewish people, and that he’s using the ‘evil’ in the world to do that.

I just started to feel a lot more hope again, that this is going to turn around, somehow, for the biggest revealed good we’ve ever seen.

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One last thing, and then I’ll leave this for today.

As you probably know, me and my family were in Uman that fateful Rosh Hashana, two years ago.

That’s when I got stopped at the airport with my two teenage girls – despite the fact that legally, I had made it to Ukraine before their deadline of closing the border for Israelis travelling to Uman, at 12 midnight that Friday.

I got there at 4am Friday morning.

And the Ukrainians lied to us that they’d changed the law, and brought the closure forward 24 hours.

Me and my girls – there was only us for hours there, until 3 more chassidim from the UK showed up later on – were put under armed guard.

No-one told us what was going on.

There was nothing kosher we could eat in that airport, and I’d been travelling for 2 days, via France and Portugal to get to Uman, so the food I brought with me was already mostly eaten.

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That was bad enough.

But then these Ukrainians put me and my family, plus these three chassids, on a bus in the middle of the airport – for no obvious reason – and we sat in that bus being mocked by armed Ukrainian guards for an hour, while a vicious Doberman circled the bus, to make sure no-one tried to get off.

mamash felt like I was back in World War II.

All I could do was clap and pray the whole hour.

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By some open miracle, they changed their minds 20 minutes before Shabbat, and released us.

We got a cab to the Jewish Centre and Hotel in Kiev, and I cried the whole way.

That was the first Shabbat since I’ve been married that I didn’t light Shabbat candles, because I thought I’d got to the Hotel way after Shabbat came in.

(Turns out, I was wrong about that, but at the time I wasn’t aware that there is more flexibility in ‘Shabbat coming in’ than I realised.)

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Then in Uman, we were ‘policed’ constantly by at least 3-4 different types of police and Ukrainian soldiers, non-stop for 3 weeks.

I had to go to the market to buy food to feed my family, and each time I stepped out on Pushkina, I could ‘feel’ the hostility of those Ukrainian soldiers in the air.

Meanwhile back in Israel, the horrible anti-semites ruling here (which remember, at that point was Netanyahu, Litzman and Deri) kept making statements about how everyone in Uman was a criminal, and that there would be massive consequences to pay when we got back to Israel.

The whole thing was so stressful and horrible, it literally took me out for a year.

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It wasn’t a Shoah, of course, Baruch Hashem a million times.

But maybe, just maybe, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

After I read the Rav’s words about God himself taking vengeance, I have started to feel way, way happier about what is going on.

Yesh din, v’yesh dayan.

And this process may be starting with the Ukrainians – but it’s not going to end with them, this time around.

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UPDATE:

I highly recommend you take a look at this article by Alex Rubinstein, on The Grey Zone:

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Here’s a taster, of how ‘Jewish actor’ Zelensky was deliberately maneuvred into place in 2019, as a PR stunt to silence any accusations that the Ukraine really is full of neo-nazis.

And a key person funding those neo-Nazis is Igor Kolomoisky – the ‘president’ of the Jewish community in Ukraine (see HERE).

You can not make this stuff up.

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The last two days, I’ve been feeling a tremendous amount of despair again, about how broken our world is.

Despite best efforts, despite hours and hours of prayers, despite tremendous mesirut nefesh on so many levels by so many people…. we are still stuck with a broken world, that sometimes seems impossible to fix.

Even when you follow all the correct etzot for how to do that.

Like, you can spend two solid years making super-human efforts to ‘only see the good’ in a person, and then discover at the end of that, that they were really scamming you all along, and that you really should have listened to that small voice whispering at you, that this person was actually a two-faced poisonous toad.

I’m still pondering the implications of this, for the whole ‘Azamra’ idea, because for sure, Rabbenu is always and only correct. But it seems to me, ‘Azamra’ has to be applied in a way that won’t lead to people getting hurt by sociopath conmen – because otherwise, it’s bad advice.

And it’s simply not possible, that Rabbenu would give bad advice.

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Anyway, two nights ago, I was feeling so very miserable, so very despairing about all the bad in the world, hidden and revealed, that I couldn’t sleep.

Baruch Hashem, the Kotel is close, so me and my husband got in the car and drove the 5 minutes to get to the carpark, then walked down to the wall to pour some of our pain out by those holy stones.

There were about 25 people there, on my side, some of whom were also crying.

That seems to be an increasingly common event, these days.

I took a chair, looked up at the dark starry sky at the top of the Kotel, and just asked God:

Why? Why does the world have to be like this, where it seems that ‘bad’ always wins? 

Why is that, God?

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I know that ultimately, good will win out, in the large and small ways.

But right now, I am feeling pretty crushed by so much of what is going on, both personally and globally.

While I was pondering all this, I happened to glance down at the floor, where a bunch of hand-written notes had spewed out all around the base of the Kotel.

One small note was open, and I could see what was written on it:

“God, please kill Putin.”

After I read that, I felt even more depressed.

Like ‘killing Putin’ is the answer to all the world’s woes….

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The Kotel worked to take the edge off the misery, but yesterday, I was just feeling so ill, literally, from all the ‘winds of war’ blowing around, both in my own life and in the world.

So I told my husband:

I have to get to prayers with the Rav tonight.

I know from previous experience, how so much of the ‘heavy’ literally just evaporates after prayers with the Rav and his community, at Ido HaNavi Street (8.30pm, every night.)

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So I get there, still so wrapped-up in my own misery, and I go and sit inside the tent bit right at the front, which functions as a kind of ‘corridor’ to the  men’s section, and where I can usually get a bit of space and privacy.

It was still cold, so I had a winter hat on and my gloves.

At various points in the davening, the Rav started clapping his hands – to sweeten the judgments – and everyone followed suit.

I sat there morosely clapping my hands in a very depressed way, when this little five year old kid with massive peyot and an even bigger kippa on his head suddenly showed up, and started mimicking me.

Why are you clapping like this? He asked me.

Lo shomim clum! (I can’t hear anything!)

I tried to ignore him, but he wasn’t going away any time soon.

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This is how we clap, he told me, then started clapping both hands together with lots of gusto and sound.

I couldn’t help it: I started smiling at this crazy kid and his very earnest attempts to get me to ‘clap properly’.

I sat up a bit straighter, and started ‘clapping more properly’.

Lo shomim!!! He roared at me again, with his hand theatrically behind his ear.

So, I clapped a bit harder.

Then he ran back two metres, and told me again:

From here, lo shomim clum!!!

I stared at him. He stared at me.

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Why are you clapping with gloves on? he said.

I stared at him. He stared at me – and I took the gloves off, and started clapping ‘properly’.

Anything, to get the little bugger to be quiet and go away.

It didn’t exactly work that way.

He found a chair somewhere, and came and sat right next to me instead.

Now, he was focussing on my winter hat, that I’d pulled on in my ‘maximum despair’ state, without really paying attention to how it looked, or how much hair it was covering.

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Why are you wearing that thing on your head? He asked me. Don’t you have a mitpachat? (Head scarf.)

Then he told me:

You can see some of your hair sticking out, why are you wearing that thing?

At that point, I texted my husband to meet up with me, to go home. 

The Rav was still doing lots of ‘Uman’ songs with the crowd, clapping and jumping around, and there was definitely a strong, ‘hopeful’ vibe at the prayers, that was seeping in and slowly changing my mood, despite myself.

But in the meantime, I was still sitting there crying to myself, and that was just a little hard to do, with my small visitor commenting on my every move, like I was in the jungle being observed by National Geographic, or something.

That said: I really appreciated that kid.

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On a day where I was feeling like God doesn’t notice me, the prayers go unanswered, the stuff I do doesn’t matter, Hashem showed me that everything is being watched and recorded, after all.

Down to the last detail.

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It’s hard to hang on at the moment, because the yeoush can be totally overpowering.

Part of me just wants to throw my computer away, stop trying to write anything meaningful and real, and to go and play (bad…) music and paint (mediocre…) pictures.

Part of me wants to stop hanging out for ‘good to win’, because it’s so hard to deal with the disappointment when that doesn’t appear to be happening.

Part of me wants to totally give up on ‘Azamra’ forever, because it seems the best way to hurt yourself and invite psychos into your world to abuse you, and the people you care about.

But another part of me knows that this is the world of lies, the world of illusion.

And that nothing right now is really what it seems.

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PS: The Rav is regularly talking about Uman and the Ukraine, and ‘sweetening things’ at the evening prayers with lots of dancing and clapping.

He’s also giving over some shiurim about what is happening there, like this one (above), from HERE, said during a prayer gathering for the Jews of Ukraine on Thursday night:

“Fortunate are you and it should be well with you.  You are strengthening the Jews in the Ukraine, who are innocent.  They didn’t do anything wrong.

“All of those who live in the Ukraine are the most righteous Jews, especially those in Uman whose level is immeasurable, and all those who pray for them will merit to the life of the World to Come, and bezrat Hashem, all of them will be saved and no Jew will be harmed. 

Putin made it known that he doesn’t harm Jews.

“[They] only need to be cautious from all types of stray missiles and bullets, and we don’t know how long the war will go on.  We hope that by candle-lighting the war will end.

“Then everyone can come to Israel and we can travel to Uman, in the merit of you praying for them.  In the merit of this, all the gates of heaven will be opened and all the 50 gates of holiness will open, and we will merit to completely new understandings and to see the complete redemption, as is written ‘in the seventh [year] – wars.’

“In the merit of this war, there should be the complete redemption and Mashiach will be revealed already this year, speedily in our days, Amen.”

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On a misty, cold and windy Jerusalem morning last week, I took a drive out to the Dead Sea.

I read something a few weeks ago saying that bathing in sea water regularly helps to neutralise radioactivity from the human body, which also suggested that the Dead Sea is probably the single best place you can go, to do that naturally.

I had kind of been coming to a similar conclusion myself, in a hazy way, but it was very good to see someone else putting that out there.

So, I girded my loins, and arranged a trip to the Dead Sea.

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Usually by the end of February, the weather in Israel is already pretty sunny, and starting to heat up the thermometer.

But not this year.

This year, we’ve had grey skies, mists, tons of rain (Baruch Hashem!), snow, hail – and also a lot of wind. So much wind, that my garden is totally wrecked from it all, and there’s not much I can do to tidy it up, because we are in the middle of shmittah, here in the Holy Land.

But I digress.

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Optimist that I am, I invited two friends to come with, and one of those friends (who is not a ‘Rav’ person) invited three more of her friends.

The day before the trip, that everyone was so looking forward to, and so in need of, physically and emotionally, all the people who are not ‘with the Rav’ got hit with different complications and issues, which meant they couldn’t do it.

The mother of one woman broke her leg….another woman suddenly got overwhelmed with work and had to cancel her holiday day….another woman got overwhelmed with life, and just couldn’t cope with anything ‘extra’ to deal with, not even something nice…. and the last woman woke up feeling really ill, and just ended up spending the day in bed, recuperating.

So, me and my one ‘Rav person’ friend were the only ones who ended up driving down to the Dead Sea, for some R&R last week.

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Given the dramatic way everyone else’s plans had blown up, we were talking about how lucky and blessed we were, that we’d managed to actually do it.

And that’s when I realised, not for the first time, that when you are attached to a real, live Tzaddik, life is just so much sweeter and nicer.

The whole world is so full of din and harsh judgement right now, that if you aren’t figuring out a way to get that sweetened – that really works – it’s almost impossible to cope with ‘life’. 

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As we drove down the decline to the Dead Sea area, the sun started to shine, and the temperature went up a good 8 degrees.

Or to put it another way, we drove out of dark and depressing ‘winter’ and into glorious ‘spring’, in about two minutes.

Israel is mamash like that – every city, every small area, has its own weather going on.

But it was still really blustery.

So blustery, in fact, that when we got down to the beach, there were foot-high waves whipping the coastline to a mineral foam.

Or to put it another way, the ‘Dead Sea’ was the most ‘alive’ I’ve ever seen it.

It’s the winds of change, my friend told me, with a smile on her face.

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Ah, the winds of change.

This friend came with me a few times to say some Tikkun Haklalis outside the Ramla prison in the middle of the summer, when it was stifling hot outside.

Each time we got to the prison, there would be a weird ‘wind’ blowing the trees around there – even on a day when it was totally calm, everywhere else.

I recognised that wind from Musrara – it’s the ‘wind of change’ that shows up not infrequently, when the Rav is praying with the community on Ido HaNavi street.

And now, here it was again, churning the Dead Sea to foam and giving us a lot of absolutely gorgeous scenery to look at, while we soaked our feet in the Dead Sea detox.

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We had a great time, that morning.

It gave us both a lot of koach and strength to continue, and to push back against all the dark clouds of despair and doubt, that are trapping so many people in a bad place, at the moment.

And we both felt in our bones, that the only reason we seem to be sailing through this period of time, actually in a pretty good place in so many ways, is because of our attachment to Rav Berland.

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In the middle of writing this, I got sent some more information about what’s going on in Uman right now, particularly with the Rav’s students.

You remember, that the Rav has said repeatedly that Uman is safe, and that people should just stay put, as Putin isn’t interested in hurting civilians or the Jewish community?

According to first-hand information, there are a number of the Rav’s students still in Uman, and they are doing fine and are in really good spirits.

Not only that, a lot of Jewish ‘refugees’ from other parts of the Ukraine are also now in Uman, staying in the many kosher hotels that are there, and waiting out the fighting.

This is what I’m being told.

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The point is: when you’re following a real Tzaddik – after you’ve done your necessary due diligence to make sure they really ARE a true Tzaddik, and not just a high-level faker – life just gets so much easier to bear.

I saw that at the Dead Sea, and the Rav’s students in Uman are also experiencing that.

But there are literally hundreds of examples I can give, just from my own life, where I have seen the ‘sweetening affect’ of being part of Rav Berland’s community.

(I’m talking spiritually here – I don’t live in the area anymore, and I have no kids in the Shuvu Banim school system. The connection is spiritual, and anyone can connect to the Rav from anywhere in the world. It’s all just a matter of intention.)

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We live in interesting times, exciting times.

Even the ‘Dead Sea’ is starting to come alive….

It’s a good portent of things to come.

But the next few weeks and months are probably going to be extremely challenging.

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Two days ago, my daughter caught up with a triple-jabbed friend of hers, that she hasn’t spoken to for a while.

The girl is 18, and is now in the early stages of unexplained kidney failure. She’s currently in the hospital undergoing three days of tests, so the doctors can pretend they are doing something to help her.

For over a year, I was petrified that my daughters would succumb to the non-stop barrage of propaganda about the Covid shots; or buckle under the strain of all the coercion to ‘get the jab’, to take the shot, like nearly all of their friends did.

Ima, I know so many people who had it, and they are all fine!!!

If I had a shekel for every time I heard that…. I probably still couldn’t afford to buy a toilet in overpriced Jerusalem.

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In the meantime, I just kept praying, and just kept paying small, but regular pidyonot with the Rav when we’d hit a particularly sticky point, and Baruch Hashem, God kept sending my girls ways to dodge ‘the jab’, while still fully participating in school and society.

It was mamash, miraculous.

The last few months, both of the girls – and many of their double-jabbed friends – have come round to the point of view that there is something very ‘off’ with the Covid 19 shots.

These days, very few people are running to take any more of them.

But that still doesn’t mean that most people are accepting that the Covid shots can kill you, and / or make you really, really ill.

I have a feeling that is about to change.

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After that phone call, my daughter turned to me with thoughtful eyes, and asked me:

Ima, do you think what my friend has could be because of the Covid shots?

I nodded.

Unexplained kidney failure in an otherwise totally healthy 18 year old girl with no other issues?

But who had three shots of toxic ‘gene therapy’ designed to totally overwhelm the body’s immune system, in some way, so the ‘nanotech’ can establish itself and take over?

It sounds – at the very least – like a plausible hypothesis.

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I really like this girl.

I’m really sorry this is happening to her.

I also know that her family were one of the biggest critics of the Rav, over the last few years, and that my daughter would come back from their home believing a bunch of terrible lies told by the lying media, which caused no end of pain and tension between me and my kid.

The last two years, I saw a very strong correlation between ‘people who totally believed the media lies about Rav Berland’ and ‘people who went totally cuckoo over Covid 19’

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It’s a free world.

Everyone can come to their own conclusions, and choose their own path.

And that sounds like a good place to end.

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Rebbe Nachman explains what happens when there is ‘war’ in the world.

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This is what he says (taken from the English translation ‘His Wisdom’, discourse 77):

The world is full of strife. 

There are wars between the great world powers. There are conflicts within different localities. There are feuds among families. There is discord between neighbors. There is friction within a household, between man and wife, between parents and children.

Life is short.

People die every day. The day that has passed will never return, and death comes closer every day.

But people still fight and never once remember their goal in life.

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All strife is identical.

The friction within a family is a counterpart of the wars between nations.

Each person in a household is the counterpart of a world power, and their quarrels are the wars between these powers.

The traits of each nation are also reflected in these individuals. Some nations are known for anger, others for blood-thirstiness. Each one has its particular trait. The counterparts of these traits are found in each household.

You may wish to live in peace. You have no desire for strife. 

Still, you are forced into dispute and conflict.

Nations are the same.

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A nation may desire peace and make many concessions to achieve it.

But no matter how much it tries to remain neutral, it can still be caught up in war.

Two opposing sides can demand its allegiance until it is drawn into war against its will.

The same is true in a household.

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Man is a miniature world.

His essence contains the world and everything in it.

A man and his family contain the nations of the world, including all their battles.

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A man living alone can become insane.

Within him are all the warring nations.

His personality is that of the victorious nation.

Each time a different nation is victorious, he must change completely, and this can drive him insane. He is alone, and cannot express the war within him.

But when one lives with others, these battles are expressed toward his family and friends.

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There may be strife in the household of a Tzadik.

This too, is a war between nations.

It is also the war between the twelve tribes, such between Ephraim and Judah.

When the Moshiach comes, all wars will be abolished.

The world will have eternal peace, as it’s written (Isaiah 11:9): “They will neither hurt nor destroy…”

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One of the main reasons I gravitated towards Breslov, 16 years ago, is because Rebbe Nachman was one of the rare ‘Rebbes’ who actually addressed the real problems of real people.

Yeah, sure, it’s great to hear all those pious discourses about overcoming anger – and Breslov also has a lot of practical advice on how to do things like that, too, like THIS – BUT.

Sometimes, there is way more hiding out ‘under the anger’ than just the mere fact that your middot suck, and you need to do some major work on yourself.

That’s where lessons like the one quoted above fill in a very valuable piece of the puzzle.

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Sometimes, even when we don’t want to get into fights and strife, that happens anyway.

Especially, when the winds of war are blowing around in the world generally, and we are affected by them.

The last few days, I’ve certainly been experiencing these ‘winds of war’ in my personal dalet amot, in a very pointed fashion.

Yeah, sure, I also have bad middot and I still have a lot of work to do on overcoming my anger – but that’s ALWAYS the case.

What I’m saying, is that the ‘winds of war’ blowing around Ukraine are also showing up in our own lives right now, in a million different ways, and once we are aware of what’s going on, and why, it makes it much easier to approach these bust ups with the right perspective.

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What’s the right perspective?

To know that Ein Od Milvado.

Like you, I hate when people have a go at me. Nobody likes being publically called out and shamed, and especially not in a public forum.

That’s just how God made us.

The last couple of days, Baruch Hashem, I’ve had a lot of that going on, both here on the blog, and also via email, and also – bizarrely – by the grave of Yehudah, the son of Yaakov Avinu.

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Yesterday, I dragged my husband off to the grave of Yehuda, in the middle of the city of Yehud, because I felt an urgent need to just sit and pray quietly for a bit, somewhere holy and ‘away’ from Jerusalem.

Time to rebalance….time to reconnect to my neshama…time to take a breath and just get away from all the machloket for a bit….

Gveret, either put on a mask or get out.

I looked around to see a middle-aged guy sitting by the door, who had a mask over his mouth but under his nose, gesturing wildly to a pack of blue masks on a table.

I looked at my husband, he looked at me – and we decided to ignore him.

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But the guy wasn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer.

He stood up and launched right into a bullying tirade about how I either needed to put on a mask, or get out. (There was just the three of us in the kever, with a few people outside, who it now seems to me had been ‘bullied out’ of there before we came.)

I continued to ignore him – mentally, I decided I’m just going to kiss the tomb, then go out and do my praying under a tree next to it.

But my husband, rational, kind person that he is, decided to try and reason with the guy, that it’s halachically forbidden to pray with a mask on (see update on this below) – and that anyway, there was no one else around and the grave, even though roofed, was practically outside.

Next thing I know, my husband and the guy almost came to blows.

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After cursing me that my prayers would come to nothing, and telling us both that we were reshaim gemorim, the guy then decided he was going to lock us into the grave.

I’d been trying to ignore him, so I wasn’t aware of what he was trying to do until he’d closed one swing door, and was attempting to shut and bolt the other one.

At that point, my husband stuck his foot in the door, and they started having a physical push and shove over the door – and I got up and walked past them, totally amazed at what was going on.

Because while I’m a crazy psycho with Moroccan genes, my husband is totally not.

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Long story short, somehow, once I got out, the guy got back into the kever – and I shut the door behind him, and locked it.

Just for 3 seconds.

Just to show him, that when you start threatening all sorts of horrible things against other people, God has a way of causing you to fall into your own trap.

And then I unlocked it, and went to sit under a tree to say some Tikkun Haklalis.

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There was an older guy outside, a chassid, who had been watching all this happening, with consternation in his face.

After a minute, he went over to the kever and opened the door (we realised at that point that even without locking it, the guy was trapped in the kever, as that is how the door is made – you can’t open it from the inside.)

Then, he came over to my husband, and started trying to apologise for the guy’s behaviour.

He’s just worried about the Misrad HaBriut, he’s a good guy really, he told us.

There are cameras all over the place now, he’s just worried the Misrad HaBriut will shut the place down, if people aren’t wearing masks….

I didn’t know whether to believe him – I’ve been in plenty of kevers the last few months, all over Israel, where masks are really not a ‘thing’ at all – but I could see he was trying to make peace.

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Ok, I said to myself.

I’ll go and apologise to ‘the Tzaddik of the kever’, it’s the right thing to do.

So I went over, said sorry – and then I could see in his face that the guy was totally unrepentant, totally uninterested in ‘making peace’, and just looking for another opportunity to continue telling us how ‘wrong’ we both were, just in more polite terms now.

My husband got more of the lecture than I did, poor guy.

But the older chassid seemed relieved we’d ‘made peace’ with the Tzaddik of the kever, so that was something.

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In the car on the way back home, we were discussing what had happened, and whether there was something we could have done differently.

After doing some hitbodedut on it later on, I realised that the right thing to have done was to just get up and leave, and go outside to pray.

I was going to do that anyway, and I should have speeded that process up, because when you’re dealing with ‘tzaddikim’ like this, who are so convinced that their own view point (however faulty…) is the only one that matters, there is no point in arguing.

Then, I also remembered this teaching from Rabbenu, which helped to explain why everyone is so agitated at the moment, and why these ‘wars’ are erupting all over the place in our lives right now.

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And the last thing I remembered, is that when you accept an insult with love, that wipes away all your sins.

I always have a lot of sins that need wiping away, and for sure, I was going to get ‘hit’ with a million mekatrigim for putting up R’Emden’s books on the site.

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Did I accept all that guy’s insults with love?

I dunno.

On the plus side, I didn’t insult him back, and I only said to him (with maximum sarcasm) ezer Tzaddik!!! a couple of times.

I also didn’t curse him in my heart, or wish bad things on him before, during or after our visit – which for me, is a big deal.

And I went over to apologise – and I bit back the urge to say ezer Tzaddik!!! again, when he pointedly refused to apologise back for what he’d done to us, after telling me he wasn’t being makpid.

On the minus side, I DID lock him in the grave.

But only for three seconds.

So, I don’t know if it really counts, as an ‘accepting the insult with love’ event.

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The world is very tense right now.

Everyone is frustrated, up-tight, angry, worried, scared.

Most people are just waiting for some poor ‘victim’ to come along, that they can take all their frustrations out against, whilst hiding behind noble excuses and rational reasons for why they just had to try and lock some people into a kever, for the ‘crime’ of not wearing a mask…

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But ultimately, Ein Od Milvado.

Even the psychos are  just from Hashem, and everything that happens to us – and to me – is totally, 100% deserved, and actually a deep discount on what I should really be getting.

When I remind myself of that, I feel better again.

And probably, I have more of this stuff waiting in the wings, because I’m not done yet, with sharing important information about how and when our Jewish community was hijacked by Frankist-Freemasons, and how their spiritual  descendants are still corrupting everything around us today.

I can’t stop myself from getting angry, at least, not always, and apparently not at the moment.

But I can always do some hitbodedut, introspect, figure out where there is room for improvement, and apologise.

And guess what?

So can you.

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HERE’S WHAT THE RAV SAID ABOUT WAR IN UKRAINE, FROM THUR NITE:

(Translated from page 31 of the Shivivei Or Newsletter, number 250):

Now, they announced that Putin is not going to war. This morning, they announced that he met with the president of France, and that he calmed him down, because it looks like he got out of bed on the wrong side, because he doesn’t do an hour of hitbodedut, so he has nothing to calm him down.

And the French president appeased him, to the point where he said, ok, the soldiers will stay there for another month, to show that I am a gibbur (figuratively, ‘a guy you don’t mess with’) – but I’ve already backed down from the idea of having a war.

Today, this morning, they announced already that no [there won’t be a war….]

Those who are in Uman, they need to be told that they should be calm, and that they don’t need to prepare food, and they don’t need to leave Uman, and that it’s possible to travel to Uman quietly.

He [Putin] announced to [unclear], and also had a conversation with the German Chancellor – he also met him, and he said to him, what, do you want another Shoah?! What, to kill another another few tens of thousands of people, for what?! Because you got out of the wrong side of the bed? What’s the matter with you?!

The nations of the world are bored. They don’t have the Gemara, and they don’t have dancing, and they don’t have singing.

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Just to add, that dancing and singing and learning Torah are key ways the Rav and Rabbenu explain change and sweeten the harsh judgments in the world.

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UPDATE:

Apparently, I misheard what my husband was saying about wearing masks while praying being against the halacha, but maybe that’s a good thing, because now I had to go and see if there are sources for saying that, while I was updating the article.

I went back to R Chananya Weissman, to ask him if that concept is something I totally made up, or if I had actually seen something that said that.

Here is what he kindly sent me:

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  1. This snippet from an interview he did HERE with an Italian journalist:

Last question: what does the Torah in regard to closures and masks?

I refer you to some of my articles on the topic and I’ll be happy to clarify any point, if necessary:

https://chananyaweissman.com/article.php?id=366

https://chananyaweissman.com/article.php?id=324

https://chananyaweissman.com/article.php?id=281

https://chananyaweissman.com/article.php?id=275

There is also a lot more in this regard, and offered as a contribution from other rabbis. 

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I quote here from an e-mail that someone has shared with me, and that was not attributed:

“The masks are associated with the idolatry in the ancient jewish sources. 

The Torah urges us to refrain from any practice that has the slightest connection with idolatry (Deuteronomy 7:26 and elsewhere). The Code of jewish Law does not recognize the masks as a garment that is acceptable. (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 301:20. Shabbos 66a; Ref ibid 30b. Or Zarua Hilchos Shabbos 84). 

The masks symbolize division and separation from God.

Likutei Torah of Rabbi Isaac Luria says that there is no garment to the mouth or nose. Similarly, Rabbi Shalom DovBer of Lubavitch writes in Sefer Maamorim 5665, that there is a garment for the mouth. Rabbi Moses Cordovero writes in Tomer Devorah the mouth and the nose must always remain uncovered, in the likeness of the Divine.

The Jewish law does not permit to undergo the hardship or oppression of the breathing, in the name of a supposed public benefit, because the ‘public health’ is not a value in the Torah (discussed at length in one of the articles that I mentioned above).

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And also this:

2) Mask policy in Judaic thought

From the blog of R Michoel Green. Snippet (but go read the whole thing, as he brings a lot of Torah sources in the footnotes there:)

2)      It is forbidden to wear a mask during prayer. [17] It is not appropriate to stand before a king wearing a mask on one’s face. How much more so before the King of kings, the Holy One blessed be He.

[17] Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch in a recent responsum.

See also Rabbi Daniel Green’s recent article:

“Orach Chayaim 91:5, that one must be dressed during prayer as one would while greeting dignitaries. Wearing gloves, alternatively, is prohibited (S.A. Admur Hazokein, based on the Bach and Magein Avraham). See Piskei Teshuvos Ibid., that this prohibition includes wearing pajamas (as per Mishna Berura Ibid. s.k 11), work clothes for laborers or hospital staff, etc., which would normally not be worn while entertaining important guests, and that even a scarf during cold weather should be avoided during the Shmone Esrei itself (as cited in footnote 40, quoting Imrei Emes Likutim pg. 118, in the name of the Sfas Emes and Chidushei Harim, and Zachor L’avraham chapter 7 ois 19, that the Toldos Aharon was unhappy when a healthy person prayed wrapped in a scarf.”

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Furthermore, one is prohibited from praying whilst holding a load that isn’t for the purpose of prayer. [18] A mask is a load according to halacha.

18] Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 96:1.

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Ad kan.

For now.

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UPDATE 2:

Here’s the secular law in Israel, on claiming the right to NOT have to wear a mask, from HERE.

The Ministry of Health’s own site: https://www.gov.il/he/departments/general/pwd_exemption_mask_corona 

No Certificate Required:

The law does not require any certificate, document, or other proof of one’s inability to wear a mask. All that is required is for the individual to say that he is exempt.

The Minister of Health, Nitzan Horowitz was asked to explain this point in the Knesset on 28/7/21. 

He answered:

“Indeed, the law has defined an exception that a person due to mental, intellectual or medical disabilities significantly has difficulty wearing a mask, or is prevented from doing so due to his disability that is supposed to cover the mouth and nose, he will be exempt from the mask obligation. The thing is, the law does not define how this exception is made in practice, simply giving an exemption.

Therefore, the wording of the regulation – I can tell you this clearly – does not impose an obligation to present a certificate for the purpose of the exemption and therefore the same person can also verbally claim his right to explain the situation. We will refine this situation among law enforcement agencies so that they know. If you want, you can also ask for a note from a doctor or a letter, if you want, but it is not mandatory.”

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So, basically anyone who tries to force you to wear a mask after you say ‘ani pator’ is BREAKING THE SECULAR LAW.

Now, how does this piece of information start to change the picture?

Here’s how you say it legally, in the Hebrew:

When asked to put on you mask you don’t have to explain why, simply say “אני פטור על פי חוק יש לי קושי משמעותי”

Transliteration:

Ani patoor(a) al pi hok. Yesh li koshi mashmaoti.

Please, someone out there print some T-shirts with this on it….

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Hey, that website also has some stickers to download and print off, here:

https://www.covil.co.il/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/FINAL-FOR-PRINTINGאני-פטור-מעודכן.pdf

I think I’ll pull this stuff out in a separate post tomorrow, just to make sure everyone sees it.

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