Join in online if you can’t make it in person:

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The Rav has called for another prayer gathering, or atzeret, this Thursday evening, at 10pm in Hevron.

For more details or how to get there, or how to find a subsidised bus, call:

02 532 6502

Or

02 800 8000

(And if you want to help meet some of the costs of putting on the buses, also call those numbers, and tell them you want to contribute.)

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Alternatively, go to the ravberland.com site and try to join the live broadcast.

And remember, these prayers aren’t ‘for the Rav’, or for Shuvu Banim.

They are for us, you and me, and Am Yisrael.

And may we all hear good news, very soon.

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See THIS for more info.

Slow posting again this week, as I’m taking a few more days break from the internet and email.

But over on Ynet, they put up this interesting article, about the former gestapo Catholic woman who converted to marry the late leader of Neturei Karta, Amram Blau.

You can read it HERE.

Snippet:

“The story starts getting interesting in 1944 when she joins the Resistance.

She writes that she was part of an underground guerilla movement, without providing further details – for good reason. I found her recruitment papers and French intelligence documents recording her operations. She was recruited to spy on the Gestapo, official secret police of Nazi Germany, aiming at undermining French and Allied forces’ underground operations. She managed to win their trust and became an officer in the Gestapo. I think this is why she never talked about it.

What Jew wants to hear that Ruth the convert had actually been a Gestapo officer?”

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You remember Amram Blau.

This snippet comes from HERE:

I spent a couple of hours digging around the Cheshin family tree, and I found links to all sorts of people you might have heard of.

Like, the Netanyahu-Milikovskys… and Amram Blau, founder of Neturei Karta, and his disgraced nephew, Yehuda Meshi Zahav, and further back, to people like R’ Hillel of Shklov, and all those Rivlins who are still running the country…

Israel is literally being run by the same big, extended family, on both sides of the religious / secular divide.

And they’re all busy persecuting Rabbi Eliezer Berland, and Shuvu Banim.

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You remember Neturei Karta.

This snippet comes from HERE.

[T]he main point is that Neturei Karta revered Jonathan Eibshutz; apparently had very strong links to the Sabbateans that moved to Eretz Yisrael under Yehuda HaChassid, and went to great lengths to ‘defend’ Eybshutz’s reputation, posthumously, against academics like Gershom Scholem.

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Here’s a bit more about Amram Blau, from his Wikipedia page HERE:

Blau was born in Jerusalem into the city’s Hungarian Jewish community.

His father was originally from Pressburg and had immigrated to Palestine in 1869, while his mother was a native of Jerusalem, with roots in the city dating to the late 18th century.

He grew up in the Mea Shearim neighborhood. Like his brother Rabbi Moshe Blau, who was a leader in the Agudat Israel movement, he was also active in the Aguda during the British Mandate era and was the editor of its newspaper, Kol Israel (Voice of Israel)…

Rabbi Blau broke away from the Edah Hachareidis for various controversies which he claimed proved they were going in the direction of Agudah, and founded Neturei Karta with Rabbi Aharon Katzenellenboigen, and Rabbi Yaakov Meir Shechter.

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You remember R Yaakov Meir Shecter.

He’s the head of the Breslov faction centred in the Breslov shul of Meah Shearim, which has been spearheading all the attacks against Rav Berland and Shuvu Banim, within the orthodox community itself.

I have to say, until just now I also didn’t realise he was a co-founder of Neturei Karta with Amram Blau, uncle of the late pedophile-rapist Yehuda Meshi Zahav.

It’s a small world.

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Let’s get back to how Amram Blau came to marry a formerly catholic member of the Gestapo.

This is what it says on Wikipedia:

Blau’s first wife, Hinda (née Weber), died in 1963.

Because of an injury he sustained from shrapnel during the siege of Jerusalem in 1948, the Halakha (Jewish law) did not allow him to marry a woman who had been born Jewish.

In 1965, he married Ruth Ben-David, a convert 26 years younger than he. Born Madeleine Lucette Ferraille (1920-2000) to a Catholic family in Calais, France, and educated at the Sorbonne, she had married her first husband Henri Baud in France on 5 September 1939. They had one child, Claude. They divorced on 31 July 1944.

With the founding of Israel in 1948 she became interested in Zionism. She and Claude converted to Judaism in 1950 and went to Israel. She became interested in Judaism and then in Orthodox Judaism, but eventually embraced the anti-Zionist views of Satmar and adopted the way of life of the Neturei Karta group.

She was involved in the Yossele Schumacher affair.

Ruth met Amram Blau in Israel via a shidduch. The match was opposed by Blau’s two adult sons and by the rabbinical court of the Edah HaChareidis, so the couple had to move to Bnei Brak, but a year later they returned to Mea Shearim.

Blau died in 1974. He was interred at Har HaMenuchot.

Ruth Blau continued to act as an independent wing of Neturei Karta.

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Remember how so many Frankists formerly converted to Catholicism, but then kept washing in and out of the Jewish community, as it suited them?

Remember how the ‘Old Yishuv’ was basically packed full of Sabbateans, waiting for Shabtai Tzvi’s ‘second coming’ in Jerusalem?

Remember how Marvin Entelmann identified that Neturei Karta was violently ‘pro’ the Sabbatean Jonathan Eybshutz, that guy who promoted pedophilia and incest from a totally evil misunderstanding of deep kabbalistic ideals about how to bring the geula?

Remember, again, pedophile rapist Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, Amram Blau’s nephew?

Who conveniently had a ‘failed suicide’ that kept him out of court and in hospital for a year, before he then apparently died.

Where is he buried, does anyone know?

Or is he now on some Greek island laughing at us all?

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Ha mavin yavin.

And that will do for today.

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Things have kind of got ‘stuck’ again.

It’s happened so, so many times in the past, that you see a crescendo of truth building, a movement of awakening growing larger and larger, the penny dropping in millions and even billions of people’s minds….

And then it gets all stuck and ‘covered over’ again.

That seems to be what’s going on right now.

And throwing more ‘truth’ or information at the problem is not going to solve the problem, because the stuck-ness is spiritual.

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So, let’s try this instead:

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The Rav has called for another prayer gathering, or atzeret, this Thursday evening, in Hevron.

In the past, these atzerot have usually coincided with some big ‘uptick’ in the political or military situation in Israel, with the Jewish people – like a spate of new terrorist attacks, more rockets, more secret ‘discussions’ between corrupt politicians trying to sell us all down the river, that sort of thing.

More times than I can count, I have seen these prayer gatherings sweeten things in an openly miraculous way, including Israeli elections, and stopping the so-called ‘knife intifada’ from a few years’ back dead in its tracks.

I have no idea what this particular atzeret is aimed at, but for sure, it will produce a very big spiritual effect – not least for the people who participate.

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So, if you’re in Israel – please consider going along, even for a little while.

And if you’re not – please consider joining in with saying some tikkun haklalis online, where I’m sure there will be a live feed from the event on ravberland.com.

Getting geula to come the sweet way requires spiritual effort, and a lot of prayers.

The alternative is to just kind of ‘suffer it out’, massively, which may appeal to you, I don’t know, but it certainly doesn’t appeal to me.

Things have gotten ‘stuck’ again, in a whole bunch of ways.

And these atzerot can get things moving again the sweet way.

Instead of the dramatically horrible way that could otherwise happen to ‘get things moving’ again….

(You read all the scare story headlines going around, you see how they’re still trying to pull the same propaganda tricks about wars, monkeypox and economic meltdowns, topped off with the climate change cherry.)

But prayers really do work.

Especially when they are connected to the Tzaddik HaDor, and a few thousand other sincere and genuinely God-fearing Jews.

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I wasn’t going to write anything today.

On some deep level, I’m feeling more and more like I just want to let all this stuff go, and do something else with my time.

(That’s probably just a Summer thing, it happens every year at this point in the calendar.)

Why keep going on about how community has been hijacked by evil Erev Rav?

Why keep shoving more and more information out there, about just how bad all these ‘Covid 19’ shots really are, when that is becoming so obvious to so many, with each day that passes?

Etc etc.

But then I got a couple of emails, with links to a couple of things, that are really showing me why I have to carry on writing what I’m writing at the moment.

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The true evil behind this scheme has been very careful to put ‘externally identified Jews’ in nearly every position of power, as the scapegoats for when all this blows up.

Pfizer’s boss Bourla is identified as being Jewish.

Rochelle Walensky head of the CDC – Jewish.

Tal Zaks, head of Moderna – Jewish AND Israeli.

Trump – and his ‘Jewish’ family members – initiated ‘Operation Warp Speed’ to push Covid restrictions and shots all over the USA.

And let’s not forget, that Netanyahu and a bunch of phoney ‘rabbis’ and ‘enforcers’ were right at the forefront of persuading other countries to go into lockdowns, force-masking, social distancing and then force-vaxxing.

Sure, all that stuff was happening in China, but no-one cares what happens in China.

But when ISRAEL, that light unto the nation, that country of ‘clever Jews’ who know a lot about medicine, started locking down and masking up – I know that made a huge impact on the psyche of regular people in so many other countries, to follow suite.

And that was probably the point.

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So, I have to keep writing to explain that these ‘Jews’ are not God-fearing, however they appear externally, and very probably are somehow connected to that Sabbatean-Frankist-Freemason nexus, that hijacked our community many centuries ago.

Even though I know this whole discussion is very painful and demoralising for so many of us – including, sometimes, me.

Because otherwise, all the millions of real, authentic, kind and thoughtful Jews who still exist out there, even if they don’t identify as ‘religious’ or ‘orthodox’ or ‘observant’ will also start to believe that these fake Jews are somehow representing what real Torah, real Judaism is all about.

When they don’t, in a million years.

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And of course, there’s also the ongoing battle to show that these fake Jews are way more ‘xtian’ than they are Jewish.

And that is also part of this whole propaganda thing being deliberately crafted here, to blame ‘the Jews’ for all of this, when ‘the Jews’ that are part of this Covid 19 genocide are NOT representative, at all, of God-fearing, God-given Torah Judaism.

They are Sabbatean-Frankist-Freemason-Jewish-Christian Erev Rav.

And if you trace their family lines back over the last 1000 years, you see that it’s always these same people coming up in leadership roles within the Jewish community, and who hob-nob with the non-Jews, and who cause us real Jewish plebs so very much grief and suffering, with their machinations and political maneuverings.

AND THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN.

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That doesn’t mean everyone in these families is ‘bad’, not at all.

Free choice always applies to everyone, at all times.

But, we can see that if you are being raised in a Sabbatean-Frankist-Freemason-Jewish-Christian household where demonic rites and terrible things are being practised, religiously – that makes it way, way harder to ‘choose good’.

But it’s still possible.

And the people who ‘choose good’ under those conditions are some of the best and biggest souls in the world.

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Now, the second reason I can see I have to keep writing.

And that is to share the light of the True Tzaddikim, who do still exist in the world, however it may seem at the moment.

There are at least 36 True Tzaddikim, and maybe 72 – depending on the opinion that there are 36 tzaddikim supporting the world in total, or 36 each in Eretz Israel, and chul.

And Rav Berland is probably at the top of that tree of ‘hidden tzaddikim’.

I know people get all upset when I state this, but I’ve experienced enough, read enough, prayed enough to get clarity, to feel very strongly that this is true.

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And that’s why there is a ‘short-cut’ to this whole, painful process of birur, which you can sum up like this:

If you really want to know where someone is coming from, spiritually, take a look at their stance on Rav Berland.

‘Not knowing the truth’ is a starting point in this whole discussion.

If someone refuses to have an opinion because they don’t know the truth, that is actually a very healthy place to start.

But it’s a starting point.

And at some point, even when we’re running away from doing the birur and sticking our head in the sand – in every area of life – we will have to stop, take a deep breath, and do the very hard work of starting to sort the lies from the truth.

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The True Tzaddik is just a mirror.

Whatever is on the inside of us, is what we ‘project outwards’ on to the True Tzaddikim.

All those people who have come out publically hating on the Rav – the people who were so quick to believe all the media lies, so fast to make assumptions, and then, to go out publically on the attack against the Rav and his community….

Where was all that hate really coming from?

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There’s a well-known trick they do with personality testing, where they ask you to estimate how many people around you are doing things like stealing money and doing drugs.

The higher the percentages you give, the more they can ascertain how many of the people in your own life are really doing these types of behavior.

A person who grows up in a very yeshar environment, where they don’t regularly see rabbis molesting women and children, or people smoking weed five times a day, or taking things that don’t belong to them on a regular basis, will truly believe that what they experience themselves is how the rest of the world is.

But the families and communities where bad middot and worse morals are the norm?

Well, OF COURSE those people, families and communities were going to believe the lies being told about Rav Berland, because it mirrors their own experience.

Think about this carefully.

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The Rav and Rebbe Nachman’s light is what has been keeping me and my family going, the last few years.

Thank God, I got such a ‘social media’ dissing a few years ago, when I publically ‘came out’ as a supporter of the Rav.

After I’d spent a year really checking in to the story, and trying to figure out what was true, and what was lies.

And after I’d already been badly burned by a few other ‘rabbinic fakers’ – all of whom, BTW, were distinctly ‘anti’ Rav Berland, despite being Breslovers.

The people who were leading the charge against the Rav on social media and elswhere, pretty much to a person, have all experienced some horrible reversals and issues the last few years.

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Some of them freied out, and are no longer orthodox.

Some of them experienced horrible health issues that took them out of circulation for months.

Some of them saw their whole social media platform crumple to nothing.

Some of them lost their whole status and career.

(And BTW, nearly every single one of them has been tirelessly pushing Covid 19 shots…. I’m sure that’s just a CO-IN-CID-ENCE.)

And this is just the stuff I personally know about, without doing a whole big research project on this.

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Why am I going through all this now?

Because, dear reader, we have to understand that while our communities are stuffed full of fakers and Sabbatean-Frankist-Freemason-Jewish-Christians with truly horrible morality and middot  – the real, authentic Jewish light can still be found in our communities.

It can be found in simple, God-fearing Jews like you and me, who are flawed, but acknowledging that, and trying to work on improving ourselves, and getting closer to God.

It doesn’t look like it, but we are really the majority here, when you blow all the propaganda away, and look past the ‘top of the pyramid’, of the yucky people who are all we hear about in our corrupted media, as they are acclaimed as our ‘leaders’.

And for us simple Jews, there is still a beacon of light to follow, to get out of this darkness.

And that is hitbodedut, and Rebbe Nachman’s other advice and teachings.

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Rebbe Nachman is the real deal, and his teachings work to fix our real problems and issues.

Rav Berland is the real deal, the Tzaddik HaDor, and probably the head of the 36 ‘lamed vad’ tzaddikim who exist in every generation, and who still exist in ours.

That much I can tell you.

That much, I’m going to continue to tell you.

Because I can see where this is heading next.

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Already, there are more and more videos, articles and comments circulating on social media about how ‘the Jews planned this Covid 19 genocide’.

Stop for a moment, and see how all this looks to a non-Jew.

The head of Moderna is Jewish…. the head of Pfizer is Jewish….the guy who ‘invented’ the Covid 19 shots for Russia is a Jewish Ginsburgh…

Israel set the pace for the rest of the West to go into lockdowns and force-masking….there are Israeli and Jewish names all over the nanotech (like Ido Bachelet, remember him?) that more and more people are figuring out is in these Covid shots…

They are even taking Torah lessons from people like Rav Shalom Arush out of context, where he said that Corona is for the non-Jews, not the Jews, at the start of the fake ‘pandemic‘ (i.e. explaining that Jews are above nature, and that even ‘Corona pandemics’ can be sweetened with our teshuva and prayers….How right that was.)

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Honestly?

Something miraculous DOES seem to be happening in Israel, with these shots.

Something does seem to be being ‘sweetened’ here, more than in other places.

We know that’s God and our True Tzaddikim, sweetening things behind the scenes with all the prayers, mesirut nefesh, sincere teshuva and Tikkun Haklalis etc.

But how does all this look to a non-Jew?

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Rebbe Nachman referred to sincere, God-fearing Jews who didn’t take the time to figure out who the True Tzaddik really was before geula arrived as pleetim.

That translates as ‘unfortunate’.

Unfortunate, because figuring this stuff out is a spiritual short-cut that will end up saving you so much pain and suffering and heartache, going forward.

Rabbenu and Rav Berland are the two tzaddikim that have kept me going, and kept me writing, and kept me hopeful, and even kept me mostly happy, over the last few very difficult years.

They’ve also kept me working on my bad middot, kept me working to improve my relationships with others, kept me ‘real’, and given me real tools for dealing with so many issues in my life that otherwise would have totally overwhelmed me with despair and bitterness.

And that’s also why I will keep writing, even though sometimes I get so fed-up of this ‘birur’, I just want to stop already.

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Despite all the dark around, I really actually feel hopeful.

Evil never wins, long-term.

And all this is only happening to bring people closer to God, and to reveal the light of God’s Torah and the light of the real, True Tzaddikim in the world.

There are at least 36 of them walking around today, don’t forget.

And while I can’t tell you the names of the rest of them, I am CERTAIN that Rav Berland is to be found in their camp.

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Let’s end with this quote from Rebbe Nachman:

In Sichos HaRan (translated into English as ‘Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom’, by the Breslov Research Institute), Rebbe Nachman tells us the following:

“It’s written about the time of Moshiach (Job 38:13): ‘To grasp the ends of the earth and shake the wicked from it’. However, one who comes close to a true Tzaddik, [he] can grab hold of him, and not be cast off. When we hold on to the Tzaddik, we can stay firm.”

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There’s a whole ton of fake, Sabbatean-Frankist-Freemason-Jewish-Christian ‘tzaddikim’ out there today.

But when you find the True Tzaddik, and hold on to him, then Rabbenu says that ‘we can stay firm’, while the rest of the world is being shaken to its core during the chevlei Moshiach.

So, do some hitbodedut, and pick your ‘True Tzaddik’ very carefully.

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The RavBerland.com website is regularly putting up translated snippets from the Rav’s recent shiurim.

Go HERE to take a look, and here’s one of my favorites from last week:

One of the commentators wanted to know if Rav Berland had said anything about ‘war with China’.

I try and read the Hebrew digest of his weekly shiurim called Shivivei Or on Shabbat every week. The last two weeks, I haven’t managed to read the whole thing, but to my knowledge, he hasn’t been speaking about war with China.

If I come across anything relevant in the meantime, I’ll try to translate it, and to post it up.

But I think there is a much deeper phenomenon going on with all these ‘wars’ being threatened and arranged right now, which I wanted to try to set out here.

Why?

Because then you’ll start to feel way better, and way calmer, about what’s really going on, and what we can all really do to improve things.

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From the time I’ve been following the Rav, there have been so very many threats of ‘war’ in the background.

Iran’s nuke, rockets from Gaza, stabbing intifadas, war with Syria, the list goes on and on  and on. And that’s just in Israel.

And the Rav has spoken out many times in the past, about an incipient, threatened ‘war’ that needs to be sweetened with tehillim, prayer rallies, Tikkun Haklalis, bi-weekly fasts – and of course, huge amounts of bizayon, shaming and disgrace for the Rav himself, and his community.

And each time this has happened – and it’s happened literally more than a score of times, that I’m personally aware of – everything has been ‘sweetened’ somehow, and that war, that wave of terror, that threat, somehow disappears and everything calms down again.

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The main ‘disagreement’ between the Rav and the autistics, if we can call it that, is that the autistics kept banging the war drum, and scaring the pants off people.

In the meantime, the Rav kept saying there will be no big war, because everything is being sweetened with prayers, Tikkun Haklalis, rallies in Hevron – and of course, huge doses of bizayon and disgrace for the Rav and his community.

It’s crucial to understand that THE REAL WAR IS SPIRITUAL.

And it’s also crucial to understand that the media lies about everything, literally everything.

When we buy into their lies about ‘wars’, and ‘pandemics’ and ‘food shortages’ – and all the rest – we typically fall into yeoush (despair), feel far away from God, and start to despair of our prayers, our efforts, our yearning for good making any difference at all.

And that’s the whole point of trying to pump us all full of ‘fear porn’, 24/7.

Because when a person is full of fallen fears, they are very easy to manipulate and control, and they forget that God is really in charge of EVERYTHING, and by God, there is ALWAYS a solution to the problem.

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I don’t think anyone could accuse me of being a rosy-tinted optimist.

I see so much of the ‘bad’ that is really going on, I’m not trying to cover it over, or run away from it, or bury my head in the sand and go into denial.

But what I’m saying is, there is ALWAYS something you and I can really do, to swing the balance in some radical ways between good and evil.

We can pray sincerely, from our hearts, and ask God to get openly involved.

We can really get behind the Rav, the real Tzaddik HaDor, and when he’s putting a call out to say some Tikkun Haklalis every day, or to show up to a prayer gathering, or to undertake a special learning seder, we can take that seriously and try to participate, to the best of our abilities.

We can start doing some regular hitbodedut, to start transforming all of our ‘fallen fears’ into some real yirat shemayim, and do the hard work of building up our emuna, and acknowledging that really, there is only God going on here.

There’s really a million different options for tipping the balance here, because THE REAL WAR IS ONLY SPIRITUAL, AND INTERNAL.

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I have a few friends who are going through a lot of difficult situations right now, and who sometimes feel like all they do is struggle with themselves, and their own bad middot.

There are days they struggle to get out of bed.

Days they struggle to clean their houses.

Days where they really wonder what on earth they are doing with their lives, because sometimes it all seems just so banal and pointless, to keep putting food on the table for their families, to keep cleaning toilets, to keep sweeping the floor.

I tell them: We are living in the olam hafuch, the upside-down world.

It’s dafka the big internal battles that we small people are waging, that is making all the difference in the world right now.

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Each time I manage to wean off disgusting Netflix, or binging on Youtube – I am striking a massive blow against the forces of darkness.

Every tiny kindness I do, especially for my husband and kids and other family members – I am striking a massive blow, against the forces of darkness.

Each time I avoid getting angry, or put myself out for something ‘holy’, or even just find the strength to get out of bed again to start the day – I am striking a massive blow, against the forces of evil.

Dafka, it’s these internal battles of ours that give God the most pleasure, and that ultimately make the most difference in the world.

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Some days, I also get overwhelmed by everything that is going on.

Sometimes, I also feel like giving up.

That’s where the whole principle of ‘running and returning’ comes in, that Rabbenu talks about.

On those days, I will eat an icecream, I will ‘tune out the bad’, I will stay away from the internet for a day, or two, or three, until I have the energy to deal with it all again.

That’s ok. I’m a human being, and I can’t maintain this pace ad infinitum, without taking big breaks and holidays, when required, in all sorts of ways.

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Some days, I also start day-dreaming about writing about way happier things, and just leaving all this crud and yucky stuff totally behind.

Then I remember that part of my job down here, part of my own ‘spiritual battle’ is to carry on plugging away ‘unblocking the toilet’ that is real Jewish history.

Why?

So that more people can start to really beg Hashem to show them what is true, and who our real tzaddikim are.

Because then that’s game over, the whole enchilada.

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I don’t have a nice way of wrapping this post up today, so instead, I’m going to share some of the more interesting links I’ve been sent, the last few days by other people.

EXHIBIT 1: RABBANIT ROTHSCHILD, THE NEW ‘CHIEF RABBANIT’ OF EUROPE

Read more about that HERE.

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EXHIBIT 2: THERE IS GRAPHENE OXIDE – LOTS OF IT! – IN YOUR NUROFEN

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EXHIBIT 3: THE VATICAN ALSO HAS AN ‘ORDER OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE’

Read more about that HERE, as a starting point.

Here’s what really took my eye:

The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, also called Order of the Holy Sepulchre or Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, is a Catholic order of knighthood under the protection of the Holy See.

The pope is the sovereign of the order.

The order creates “canons” as well as knights, with the primary mission to “support the Christian presence in the Holy Land”….

The order today is estimated to have some 30,000 knights and dames in 60 Lieutenancies around the world, including monarchs, crown princes and their consorts, and heads of state from countries such as Spain, Belgium, Monaco, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

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This ‘order’ got started at the same time as the Knights Templar, and the Knights Hospitaller / SMOM.

I have a feeling that it basically ‘took over’ from the Knights Templar when that formally ‘disappeared’, because 30,000 members!?!?!?!

Including a whole bunch of royals and heads of state?!?!?!?!

All pledged to:

“Support the Christian presence in the Holy Land”….

Now, we start to understand what the Jewish nation is really up again, in Eretz Yisrael.

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Let’s stop here for now.

The war is definitely raging, and the battle continues.

But we win that battle with prayers, teshuva and by sticking close to God and His true tzaddikim.

And no other way.

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I had a few emails from people who are feeling more than a little confused.

Who can they trust?

How do they know, if something is really ‘true’ or not?

If one person says that Rebbe Nachman got them out of the dark, and then another person says that Rabbi Ploni got them out of the dark – who is to say, which one is good, which one is ‘right’? Maybe they are both ‘right’?

Or maybe, they are both ‘wrong’?

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These are difficult questions, but important questions.

And there is a simple answer to ‘how do we really know’ who and what to trust and that’s this:

We have to beg Hashem to show us the truth.

And there are no shortcuts in this process.

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But here’s the thing:

The real ‘world of lies’ that a person has to get out of, is their own internal one.

Because the ‘rabbis’ and ‘leaders’ we follow, the ‘truth’ that we recognise is really just a mirror of our own soul.

And for as long as our soul is mamash still trapped in its own world of lies, it’s almost impossible for a person to really know what is ‘true’ or ‘false’ in the world around them.

Let’s give some practical examples.

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  1. Anger

For as long as someone is still justifying their own self-righteous anger, and still thinking that there are times when anger, and lashing out at other people is a great thing – they will be drawn to angry people, self-righteous and vindictive people.

Whisper this: Most people who are consistently angry are very hard to be around, and usually have a lot of bad middot.

That’s not my opinion.

The Sages teach:

When one gets angry, all sorts of demons control him, and even the Shechina (the holy Divine Presence) doesn’t stand by his side.

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HERE‘s a direct quote from the Gemara in Masekhet Shabbat 105b:

המקרע בגדיו בחמתו והמשבר כליו בחמתו והמפזר מעותיו בחמתו יהא בעיניך כעובד ע”ז שכך אומנתו של יצה”ר היום אומר לו עשה כך ולמחר אומר לו עשה כך

“If one tears his garment in his anger, breaks his utensils in his anger or scatters his money in his anger, he should be in your eyes as one who is performing idolatry. For thus is the craft of the evil inclination: today it tells him “do this”, and the next day it tells him “do this” until it tells him “perform idolatry” and he goes and performs it”.

If you want to hang out with people like that, if you want to take ‘advice’ from people like that, if you want to follow an ‘angry’ rabbi, or an ‘angry’ lifecoach guru – whatever – feel free.

But just be aware that for as long as a person is justifying anger, their own and other people’s, then:

All sorts of demons control him.

And that’s not a recipe for a happy, successful life.

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2. Status

One thing you quickly learn about Breslov, and especially about Rav Berland’s branch of ‘Breslov’, is that you can forget about getting any honor, status or respect from other people, if you’re sincerely following that path.

What, you’re that brainwashed cretin that can’t really see what’s going on with Rav Berland?! Who didn’t believe all the Channel 13 exposes about him?! Who’s just a brainwashed cult-member with no mind of their own and no independent discernment?!

Hahaha.

For as long as a person would like others to respect them for their ‘religious sincerity’, for the path they’ve chosen, or to impress others with just how holy, inspirational, ‘righteous’, and ‘right about everything’ they truly are, they will be drawn to leaders, to organisations, where they can leverage some of that ‘respect’ out of other people.

Ooooo, your rabbi got invited to the White House?!

Your organisation has connections all over the world and is the ‘Chief Rabbi’ of pretty much any country you care to mention?

Your people get massive government grants and kudos; they have a lot of ‘political muscle’ to save their adherents from yucky court cases; they can connect you, business-wise, all over the place….?

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If that sounds appealing to you, then true Breslov – Rav Berland’s Breslov – is not your path.

True Breslovers have been dissed and derided from the day Rebbe Nachman got back from Eretz Yisrael, and told his followers that he’d bought them a gift from the Holy Land:

Machloket.

That people were going to be criticising, mocking them and persecuting them all day long.

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Now, we can ask: What sort of present is that, Rabbenu??

All these other guys are hanging out with Putin, and getting invited to the White House, and people write long screeds about how amazing and wonderful and great they are, and they fancy shuls all over the place, and summer camps for the kids and all the politicians just totally love them to death!

And what does real Breslov have to offer?

Nothing like that.

A lot of poverty. A lot of arguments with your family members and friends, who think you joined a cult. A lot of dissing from people on Facebook, who assume you must be a retarded moron for not believing Channel 13 like all the really enlightened people do.

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But what ELSE does real Breslov have to offer?

Humility. A real connection to God. The inner peace that comes from really connecting to your soul, and trying to do the work God sent you down here to do. A connection to the True Tzaddik.

The sort of advice that really can solve even the most difficult problems, and get your soul out of the world of lies and into the world of truth.

But…. if you prefer ‘status’ and nice kiddushes and fancy shuls and political clout, then ‘real Breslov’ is going to sound about as attractive as a bucket of cold sick.

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I could go on and on, but what’s the point here?

The point is, that for as long as a person is not doing regular hitbodedut, is not accepting that they are full of bad middot and flaws, is not doing the painful, difficult job of clarifying their own internal world of lies….

They are going to find this process of ‘birur’ increasingly hard and confusing, going forward.

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Sometimes, I get emails from xtians (thankfully not so many these days….) who like to tell me how Yoshki helped them ‘out of the darkness’ and ‘into the light’.

They like to tell me how much more patient, and enlightened, and happy, and ‘spiritual’ they are, now that they’ve found ‘the lord’.

What am I meant to tell them?

Am I meant to say, yeah, carry on believing in that guy, because it’s at least better than worshipping the devil….?

Really?

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Birur is a process.

It’s like scaling a mountain.

The higher you go, the more difficult the journey becomes, and the thinner the atmosphere gets.

But when you finally get to the top, the view is awesome.

That’s when you can look around, and just see how everything really looks without all the skyscrapers and lamp-posts in the way.

You can see how beautiful the world really is.

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Let’s just have a quick reality-check moment, that I am no-where near the top of the mountain.

I am a small person, in so many ways, with a lot of bad middot that I know are bad, wrong and destructive.

I have to do hitbodedut for an hour every single day, to try to ‘catch’ those bad middot in action, before they drag me under or destroy the world too much.

It’s a constant process of noticing what I’m breaking, and then trying to fix it.

But one thing I do know:

The path that Rebbe Nachman laid out for his followers does eventually lead right to the top of that mountain.

And if I keep going, even if I get discouraged and overwhelmed some times, and have to take a break – eventually, with God’s help, I will get there.

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So, believe in whoever you want to.

Follow whoever you want to.

Defend whoever you want to.

Promote whoever you want to.

But know, that until and unless you clarify your own ‘world of lies’, you will have an innate bias that will consistently lead you away from what is really true.

That doesn’t mean that you won’t climb the birur mountain in some way, at least partially, but there is only one path to the very top of it, and you find that path by doing regular hitbodedut every single day, and working on rectifying your bad middot.

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May Hashem give us all the merit to find that path.

And may He give us the strength to continue moving forward, when all we really want to do is give up and go to sleep.

And may He move all the obstacles, and distractions and confusions out of the way, so we can finally see where we are really headed, and what we really need to do to get there.

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Let’s take a closer look at Ariel Cohen Alloro.

He’s an externally orthodox Jew for Jesus, who claims that:

a) R Yitzhak Ginsburgh is his rabbi.

b) R’ Yitzhak Ginsburgh knows about his plan to ‘redeem’ Yoshki with $2 million, and is supporting it. 

c) R’ Ginsburgh has agreed to act as the ‘judge’ in a televised retrial of Yoshki, with Ariel Cohen Alloro arguing the case for Yoshki against 10 (hired…) rabbis.

(You can read Part 1 HERE).

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There are a number of serious implications, if these claims are true.

Let’s see what we can find these people saying, from their own words and videos, and then you make up your own minds. Let’s start with this:

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EXHIBIT 1:

A video put up by Ariel Cohen Alloro called: Ariel Cohen Alloro – with his Rabbi, Rav Ginsburgh, the eve of Yom Kippur 5778

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Snippet:

[Rav Ginsburgh greets Alloro warmly, and gives him a piece of cake]

Alloro: This isn’t instead of the $2 million, is it (Lekah = 2 million in gematria]

R Ginsburgh: No it isn’t. I am doing my best to be patient, but please hurry up. 

Alloro: Hurry about about what?

R Ginsburgh: About the 2 million.

Alloro: But I’ve brought you someone with the 2 million!

R Ginsburgh: He was not serious enough.

(The rest of their discussion is deliberately muted.)

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EXHIBIT 2:

A video of Cohen-Alloro preaching his message about Yoshke, and talking to a whole bunch of other externally ‘orthodox’ rabbis who seem to be loving what he’s saying (!).

(If anyone out there can help me identify the other rabbis, please leave the info in the comments section.)

The video is entitled: Ariel Cohen Alloro with his Rabbi, about reconciliation of Judaism and Christianity.

The subtitle is: The Return of Jesus

Warning: I found this video VERY disturbing for a lot of different reasons, and some of the people I sent this on to couldn’t even watch more than a minute, because they felt it was coming from a very bad place, spiritually.

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Here’s some screenshots:

This is setting up the idea that Yoshke was the ‘Messiah ben Joseph’ (and can you guess who he and his rabbi thinks is the ‘Messiah ben David’?)

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Screenshot of Cohen-Alloro discussing ‘his rabbi’s’ belief in his project (and of Yoshke as ‘Moshiach ben Joseph’):

Snippet:

“The Rabbi is too big that people would say it is just another one who went crazy.”

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Screenshot of Cohen-Alloro referring specifically to R Ginsburgh:

Snippet:

“If I can do it and no Rabbi came against me, then no doubt that Rabbi Ginsburgh can do it, that he has the means.”

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Screenshot of the other guy talking about this (anyone know who he is?) confirming that if Rabbi Ginsburgh opens his mouth to talk about Jesus, it’s going to cause a huge ruckus:

Snippet:

“If Rabbi Ginsburgh opens his mouth and stands openly on this matter, it is going to be a great tumult of God.”

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This video then cuts to an excerpt of Cohen-Alloro playing the keyboards at an event where R Ginsburgh is speaking at a Kislev 19 Chanukah event, in 5778 (December 12, 2017).

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Let’s take a closer look at what R Ginsburgh himself is saying at this event.

You can see the full video HERE, and below, I’ve excerpted the snippet that I’m going to bring the full transcript for, below.

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Transcript of some of R Ginsburgh’s comments at the 19th Kislev event on Chanukah 5778:

[Note: I am basing this on the English subtitles under the video itself.]

As we said, in order to connect and buy the heart of the people, we need to be with everyone and we need to be with the attitude of permission, with ‘the power of the permission that is better’.

Because the simple people will never buy the attitude of the dossim (negative slang term for ultra-orthodox).

The attitude of the dossim will never bring the Kingdom of Israel in the land of Israel.

And for sure, it isn’t the attitude of ‘the new Torah that will come out from me’, also for the people of Israel who sit in the land of Israel, also for Jews in the Diaspora, and also, l’havdil, for the nations of the world.

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A most important example of what it means to ‘permit the forbidden’ in our generation is what the Lubavitcher Rebbe says, that we need to go out and negotiate and spread the Torah among the nations of the world.

A thing that was forbidden in previous generations!

What is ‘forbidden’? It’s a taboo.

Out of certain reasons, out of fear, or from another reason that isn’t forbidden from the Torah. On the contrary!

The Rebbe says it is a command from the Torah!

But as the minhag of Israel becomes Torah, and as according to the minhag it was made a taboo.

And to permit the forbidden is to permit taboos.

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This is the primary thing of permitting the forbidden.

There are many things that are a taboo, and particularly the things concerning the image of Esav (Christianity) and what is related to him.

This is exactly what the Rebbe said, that Esav is ready, he only waits for us to be ready. 

So why isn’t Jacob ready? There is a ‘Jacob’ that is far away from the Torah and mitzvot.

But there is a ‘Jacob’ that is apparently close to Torah and mitzvot. But his Torah and mitzvot are in the ‘Egypt’ of holiness, within the contraction, within the forbidden. So he himself is imprisoned.

All the time, he is imprisoned within the tzimtzum (contraction), he has no common language and ability to communicate, not with the people of Israel in the Aretz here, and surely not  with the nations of the world.

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And we will finish with this thought that the Melech HaMoshiach should come and redeem us, and bind us with him, as bridge and groom in a wedding day.

And we should be ready for that marriage, between the people of Israel and the Melech HaMoshiach, to be ‘with the king’ in his rule.

To be partners in this new creation of the king.

And according to this ‘new Torah’, that is the power of permission [permitting?], that is a Torah that doesn’t threaten with a belt

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Let’s say one more simple word.

When is the time to talk to Esav (Christianity)?

Literally, in the moment that the ‘belt’ of Esav is made loose towards us! 

Why was it a taboo all the time, to make with him negotiations, and also to speak of subjects that are connected with his culture, that it’s a taboo for any chareidi Jew to even talk of it?

Why? Because he symbolised the ‘belt’. 

And that is what the Rebbe himself says: in the moment that the world changes, Esav himself isn’t that tough anymore, and his belt is made loose. Indeed, the belt is made loose on his side.

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It is also a ‘feeling’, it’s possible to err about this. 

It’s a sense about Esav that now doesn’t come, like when Jacob went to meet him fearing, back then, and then he really came with 400 men to kill him.

But if the Rebbe said now is not the case, then it means that Esav’s belt is made loose.

Therefore, the world belt (retzua) equals ‘Esav’. And in the moment the belt is made loose, then by us also the belt is made loose.

It’s a mutual thing!

And then, when we succeed to connect together and to prolong the abundant lights of ‘I have a lot’ within the rectified tools of ‘I have enough’, then we will merit to serve God with joy.

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You come to your own conclusions about all this.

But for me hearing this, I was struck at how exactly similarly these remarks are, to so many of the teachings of the Sabbatean-Frankist preachers who were pushing to rehabilitate Yoshki as a ‘misunderstood righteous Jew’, and to bring Judaism and xtianity together in a ‘new religion’ where ‘Moshiach ben Ephraim’ and Moshiach ben David’ would be united.

Permitting the forbidden is a classic Sabbatean concept.

Introducing a ‘higher Torah’ where everything is permitted (including a whole bunch of ‘taboos’ we’ve been writing about here on the blog….)because now the Moshiach has come, and the world is rectified and sin doesn’t exist anymore is a classic Sabbatean concept.

Ha mavin yavin.

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If you are still unsure of what Cohen-Alloro wants to do, take a listen to THIS interview he gave to a messianic conference in Jerusalem (where else?!) also in 2017.

At around the 15 minute mark, he starts talking about wanting to raise $2 million from every Jew to ‘redeem Yoshki’, and pay for a televised retrial over six months, where he’ll argue the case for Yoshki as ‘Esav’ against 10 rabbis he will hire, in front of his ‘rabbi’.

And this has been going on for years.

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One of my readers sent me this:

He seems to have been at this thing of getting 2 million dollars since 2011 as evidenced by the following screenshot (taken from https://www.christianforums.com/threads/the-retrial-of-yeshua.7581536/ page 1)

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EXHIBIT 3:

A screenshot of a  Facebook post on Cohen-Alloro’s page from 2013, where he says this:

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Snippet:

This, according to the view tha “in the Future the Pig [Chazir] will return [leChazur] to Israel”, and (2S 14:14) “levilti yidach mimenu nidach” (so that the banished person may not remain exiled from Him) (=692; Esau + Yeshu).
Thanks to this operation we have green light (to operate) from the Christia wold for the purpose of Tikkun (rectification). To make the Chazir (pig) kosher, and eventually bring peace between Christianiy and Judaism.
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EXHIBIT 4:

A Q+A from Cohen-Alloro’s site HERE, on what will be done with the money:

 30. What will happen with this amount?  
This amount of $2Million is needed for the Pydion haBen. $1 Million will stay with the Rabbi of Ariel Cohen Alloro for his Yeshiva.
The other $1 Million will be used by the Facing-Each-Other non-profit to prepare for and to organize the stages of the Retrial, to make a documentary movie about all the aspects involved in this project that may cost up to $450.000, as well a trailer worth around $35.000, to prepare books, animations, music and other PR materials needed for this event, to pay for rentals and travels, also to hire 10 rabbis that will participate in the public, online debate sessions of this educational Retrial.  
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Last thing, for now, is a quick look at R Yitzhak Ginsburgh’s Wikipedia page in Hebrew, HERE.

Screenshot of the section about his family (descendants):
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We learn from this that Yitzhak Ginsburgh married the daughter of Moshe Zvi Segal – co-founder of the Irgun.
(There’s a lot more to learn about that side of things, but slowly does it).

We also learn that his sons and sons-in-law continue to hold very some very prominent positions with the Chabad movement.

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Further on down the page, we also learn this:
In 1994, Ginsburgh received widespread criticism for his article “Baruch Hagever” in which he defended Baruch Goldstein who had massacred 29 Palestinian worshippers at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron….The conclusion to the article is that Goldstein’s act emanated from the super-rational powers of his soul, therefore one cannot rely on logical reasoning to determine whether the act was worthy or condemnable.
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Ginsburgh also moved his yeshiva to Yitzhar, and there are a lot of rumours that his teachings are inspiring the so-called ‘price tag’ movement of committing acts of violence against Arabs.

We’ll park that side of things for now, as it’s a very complex subject and it will take a lot of serious birur to try and figure out the truth behind these issues. But I’m bringing them here as context, and to show that R Ginsburgh is still very much part of mainstream Chabad, and still has a very strong influence in some segments of Israeli society.

Which disturbs me tremendously, at this point.

Here’s a screenshot of some of his other students:

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R’ Arush learned with Ginsburgh at the very beginning of his teshuva journey, before moving across to Rav Berland.

Meir Ettinger you’ve probably already heard about.

This screenshot comes from a Ha’aretz article in Hebrew, HERE:

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And Dr Shlomo Kalish is a VERY interesting guy I’ve had my eye on for some time.

I got to him when I was trying to pindown more information about Daniel Roth’s ‘hitech’ links to China.

(Roth is Netanyahu’s son-in-law, who is apparently now ‘Breslov’ and part of the Meah Shearim Breslov shul which is the main hub of the psychos who have been attacking Rav Berland and his community for years.)

Most of the information about Shlomo Kalish has been thoroughly scrubbed off the net the last few years, but look up the ‘Shalom Beytenu’ website on the wayback machine HERE, as a starting place.

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Let’s end with something to counter all this horrible spiritual tumah.

Back in 2018, this appeared on the Rav Berland website: ‘There will be no survivor to the house of Esav’.

It’s recommended to read the whole thing, to get an authentic, holy perspective on how Jews are really meant to be dealing with the question of Esav.

Here’s a snippet:

All the arguments between Esav and Yaakov were about Jerusalem

The house of Esav is Amalek. All the Nazis were [from] the house of Esav. For 130 years, only Nazis were created. 

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The Rav reiterates this theme again and again, that ‘Esav’ is evil and will end up being totally destroyed.

That doesn’t mean that people who are currently xtian, or non-Jews raised in Western countries are unredeemably evil, not at all.

Like everyone else, they need to make some real teshuva, leave all that Yoshke / xtian dreck behind, and realise that the Torah is true, and God is the only person to serve.

This is the polar-opposite approach of Cohen-Alloro, and all the rest of these kabbalist-orthoprax Jews-for-Jesus, who are really just peddling updated Sabbatean-Frankist philosophy for our times.

THERE IS REALLY NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN.

And hopefully this time, we won’t fall for all the mystical deceptions being peddled by false messiahs and their prophets.

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PS: I missed this off from the Wikipedia page for Yitzhak Ginsburgh, but I think it’s important to add:

הרב גינזבורג חתם בשנת תשנ”ח על “פסק דין” הלכתי שלפיו לרבי מלובביץ’ יש דין נביא ומחויבים לשמוע לכל הוראותיו, ובכללן שהוא המלך המשיח שיתגלה “מיד ממש”[9].

Translation:

The Rav Ginsburgh signed on an halachic ‘psak din’ in the year תשנ”ח that the late Rebbe of Lubavitch had the status of a navi, and so we are obligated to listen to all of his instructions. And especially, that he is the ‘Melech HaMoshiach’ who would be revealed immediately, mamash.

You can see the PDF of that psak din HERE.

Here is the screenshot of his signature:

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I got sent a link to a news site showing that the bris of Netanyahu’s grandson took place in the Breslov Meah Shearim shul today.

You can see it for yourself, HERE.

This is off the back of the whole discussion we had HERE, about how Netanyahu’s son-in-law, Daniel Roth and his daughter Noa used to be Chabad, or Gur – and are now apparently Breslov.

Since I put that post together, I’ve had a bunch more new information start to reveal itself, about the links between one stream of Breslov – the stream that you can basically categorise as being ‘anti’ Rav Berland, and which is centred on the Meah Shearim shul – and Chabad.

First things first: we’ll finish up looking more at who is whitewashing Yoshki in the apparently ‘orthodox’ community, and who they are linked to in the next post, BH.

Then, we’ll try to tell the tale of ‘Two Breslovs’, one that includes Rav Berland and which has no obvious links to Frankists, and another that seems to be stuffed full of formerly ‘Chabad’ people, and others with a lot of interesting people in their family trees, and lots of interesting connections to people in the Israeli government, who are centred around the Breslov shul.

I have no idea where all this is going, btw.

Just continuing to put the simple information out there, as I uncover it.

Because God’s seal is truth.

And the truth matters.

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Even though the world is half ‘back to normal’, at least for now, it’s still not an easy place to be.

You can see it in large and small ways, like, for example, the way people are driving on the streets. Israel has never been a ‘polite’ society of drivers, to put it mildly, but things have gotten even worse here, the last few months, as a direct result of all the ‘torture’ we’ve been through the last couple of years.

And that comes out on the roads, where more and more drivers refuse to give way; more and more drivers aggressively try to push in; people speed like crazies; they weave between lines, totally spaced-out; they drive super-slowly, because they are really scared to be driving at all.

The driving shows that a lot of people are in a really bad space, mentally, at the moment.

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But who said that the run-up to Moshiach and geula was meant to be ‘easy’?

Who said, that the world, and us within it, was just meant to carry on its merry way, until one day Moshiach showed up and TA-DA!!! Just like that, we’re into geula and the world of truth?

That there was nothing left to do except polish some buttons?

That’s a Disney-fication of geula; a fiction, a child’s bedtime story.

And once we understand that, then we start to also understand why life is challenging each and every one of us, in some very difficult ways.

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A few days ago, I had some long email exchanges with someone who has been through a very difficult patch for the last few years, in just about every way.

Financial issues, health issues, relationship issues, social issues. And throughout it all, the test was to stay close to Hashem, to stay close to His Torah, and to not give up and ‘frei out’.

This is some of what they wrote to me, about what they have been learning from that whole process of real, painful, soul-wrenching teshuva. The kind of teshuva that really gets a person into the world of truth, and out of the world of Disney-fied lies.

With their permission, I’m sharing it below.

(English is not their first language, so this may be a little clunky in parts.)

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It is easier to blame others than to work on oneself.

It is not easy to take time to pray or read Tehillim etc, instead of spending the day watching movies or sports or whatever they like.

It is not easy to accept your own guilt, it is easier to blame others for what they are doing to me.

It is not easy to remain silent.

It is not easy to forget offenses and grudges.

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It is not easy to work on your middot.

I have had a slow and painful process, but we have fought every day to eradicate bad behaviors.

We fail, we get angry, we fall, we get up, we continue, we suffer and we try again.

And in the middle of all that there is so much pain, wounded pride, ego on the ground.

It is easier to turn around, turn your face and blame someone else, like your parents, partner, children, boss, even Hashem.

Being a victim will always be easier.

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Me and my husband went through what I’ll euphemistically call a ‘bad patch’ for around 12 years, shortly after we made aliyah.

We had severe financial issues, lost our home twice, health issues, miscarriages, ‘social outcast’ issues for being English-speaking Breslovers (back before that was acceptable…), more ‘social outcast’ issues for discovering Rav Berland, family problems – you name it.

Hashem threw everything at us, except the kitchen sink.

And the first few years, I just kept whining about why is God doing this to me?? Why is He punishing me so much?!

Then one day, after years and years of doing hitbodedut for an hour every single day, I finally realised something that changed the whole picture:

I totally deserve everything that is happening to me, and probably, I deserve even more.

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We all have bad middot, we all have work to do, to fix our souls.

That’s why we are down here, walking around.

There is a job to be done here, and it’s a messy, painful and often exhausting process.

God, in His great kindness, tries the gentle approach first, to get us to change and shift, and to recognise that WE have the problem, not everyone else around us.

But if we refuse to accept that WE are the ones that need to change, that WE aren’t perfect, that WE have a lot of flaws and ego and bad middot that are often hidden, but nearly always justified or whitewashed even when they do come out from under the parapet – then that’s when life often has to get really difficult.

And this is not a ‘punishment’, difficult as it is to through all that horrible stuff.

It’s the process that most of us have to go through, to stop blaming other people for our problems and to actually get to work on fixing our bad middot – the whole point of being alive.

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I look back at those 12 years of torture now, and I can see how much I benefited from them, in so many different ways.

The financial difficulties finally got me out of ‘house buying OCD’, where all you do is obsess over how much your house has increased in value, and how much better or worse your neighbor’s house is.

The miscarriages taught me how very precious my children really are, and how much they deserved to have a parent who would do their best to really listen to them, and really try to put what was good for them ahead of what was easier and more comfortable for me.

The health issues taught me about my limitations, as a human being, and how good health is the single biggest present God can give a person. Something I was totally taking for granted, before I was ill.

And being a social outcast for a few years also taught me so much, not least, that you have to be nice to people, if you want to have friends.

And also, that while it’s nice to be ‘socially accepted’, there are some things – maybe, a lot of things – that are still worth losing your friends and social status over.

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Point is, all the difficulties, all the suffering, they rubbed off a lot of the ‘hard edges’ of my yetzer hara.

And at this stage, while I pray I’ll never have to go through all that again, I am still experiencing enormous benefits of going through that very painful process.

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Being a ‘victim’ will always be easier, in some short-sighted, temporary ways.

Blaming other people for our own issues and flaws means we can continue to duck the real work to be done, and continue walking on our self-righteous way, as the ‘Ms or Mr Perfect’ in the picture, where everyone else has got a hell of a lot of work to do to get to geula, while we just carry on polishing some buttons.

But that’s not the Breslov path.

It’s not the path of Rebbe Nachman, it’s not the path of real emuna.

And it doesn’t lead a person to the ultimate goal, tachlis, of fixing their souls, and actually doing the job we were all sent down here to do.

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One last thing:

It’s only when I finally got to Rav Berland, that the enormous suffering we had been enduring for years finally started to let up, and to get ‘sweetened’.

The more of his teachings I started to learn, the more of his prayers I started to say, the more charity and pidyonot  I started sending in his direction, the sweeter my life got.

To give one concrete example, reading Rav Berland’s small compendium of prayers to get rid of anger (which you can find HERE) literally defused my anger in half an hour.

I’m half-Moroccan, and in the past, the anger came very fast – and did a lot of damage, especially to the people around me like my husband and kids.

I’ve been working on, praying about, my anger for years and years, in hitbodedut.

But reading that little booklet of Rav Berland’s prayers is like a short-cut, for when I’ve had some strong (justified….) feelings of anger that even the hitbodedut couldn’t really get rid of.

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We are here to work very hard on acknowledging and uprooting our bad middot, not to just ‘polish buttons’.

And there is a ton of that hard work to do, before we can really step out of the world of lies, and into the world of truth.

So, take heart, dear reader.

This process is difficult, painful, and sometimes so hard to endure.

But it’s also totally deserved, and leading us to where we need to be, to really be part of geula and that world of truth.

But only if we stop blaming everyone else, come out of denial about our own bad middot, and knuckle down to the real work of actually trying to fix them.

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Today, I had two emails from two different people, both basically asking me if Breslov is also ‘Frankist’.

I’ve covered this a couple of times, in different ways, in different places on the blog, but I took all this as a hint that Hashem is moving things to the stage where He wants things more clearly spelled out.

So here goes.

Let’s start with what was happening more than 200 years ago, and how so much of the schmutz that actually belongs to Chabad, and their family tree, was (and actually still is….) being projected onto Rebbe Nachman, and Breslov.

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This is the first email I got on the subject today:

I’m reading this back article of yours [Close Mishpocha] from another one called Beating swords…

I’m reading down the story of Rav Nachman and I’m sickened by it… leaving his newborn son with Frankists to raise…?

How is all of this not Sabatean…? How is Rav Nachman and Breslov not treif as the day is long…? How can u be a follower…?

I don’t get it… please clarify… and this time you can’t just say Rav Nachman is the exception… the pearl or the diamond that miraculously emerged out from the mud… come on… for crying out loud… he himself left a son of his behind to become a pagan idolater and a who knows what else morality wise…

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You can go back and read the Close Mishpocha article for yourself HERE, and I highly recommend that you do, before continuing, as there’s lots of new stuff to cover and absorb in this post.

Here is what I replied to my correspondent:

I checked the story of R Nachman’s son, and it’s made up.

Basically, Athol Bloomer is a Frankist descendent, ‘Hebrew Christian’. When I first started doing all this research, his stuff about Rebbe Nachman was one of the first things I came across, and I was totally shocked by it.
So I started digging, and it took me about two months to figure out that Athol Bloomer still has close ties to Chabad, and that basically all the Frankist connections from Chabad were being ‘projected’ onto Rebbe Nachman, and scrubbed out of the picture for the Alter Rebbe and his descendents.
Rebbe Nachman does descend from some Sabbateans on his father’s side, but it seems that his grandfather Nachman Horodenka was trying to make some sincere teshuva, which is why he left his son, Rebbe Nachman’s father Simcha, in the care of the BESHT to raise as a very young child, even though he himself was still alive.
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There are a lot of mysteries to figure out still.

And one daughter of Rebbe Nachman did marry a grandson of the Alter Rebbe, Aharon Zaslavski, as a second marriage after her father died, and that Aharon Zaslvaski is in the middle of a LOT of open Frankists, same as all the Chabad Rebbes.
There are some diamonds in the dirt of these families. The BESHT is also from these ‘interesting’ people, the ARIZAL is also from these ‘interesting people’, and Rabbenu also is.
Where you have the biggest tumah, you also have the biggest light.
See here, for another discussion of how Athol Bloomer mixes up a lot of facts with fiction, apparently deliberately, even when it’s not as explosive as Rebbe Nachman and Chabad:
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You can find an interview with Athol Bloomer on the ‘Association for Hebrew Catholics’ website HERE.

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So, we have to ask ourselves:

Why would a missionising ‘Hebrew Catholic’ who descends from a number of Frankist families be trying to put shmutz on Breslov and Rebbe Nachman, while effectively covering things up for Chabad?

Again, go back and read Close Mishpocha in detail, but the basic point is this:

Time again, I have found stuff ‘projecting’ Chabad’s dirty laundry and dodgy business onto Breslov.

The Alter Rebbe had a son, Moshe Schneuri, who was PROVEN to have converted out to xtianity at least once, and yet all that got buried and covered up, while Athol Bloomer’s claims about ‘Frankist Rebbe Nachman’ got air time even on the Kotzker blog, which usually makes a lot more effort to try and clarify historical information, before posting it up.

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Why am I a follower of Rebbe Nachman and Breslov?

Because right from the beginning, I found that Rabbenu’s advice and guidance really worked, to help me become a better person, and more connected to God and the spiritual side of things.

I read books like Rebbe Nachman’s Advice, or Wisdom (English translations of Sichot HaRan, Chayei Moharan) and I was amazed that here was a rabbi – a rebbe! – who was also struggling, sometimes, with feelings of yeoush. Who also could say that he knew absolutely nothing. Who could also own up to his faults and difficulties, in his service of Hashem, and show other people the way to get past bad middot like anger and depression.

It totally blew me away.

Because it was REAL.

It wasn’t hagiographic pap, like pretty everything else you’ll ever read about every Jewish rabbi or rebbe or leader.

The writings about Rebbe Nachman showed a real person, with real struggles, who managed to overcome his yetzer hara and break it, to become ‘Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’.

And then, he left behind a ton of practical advice on how we could also follow in his footsteps, and do the same.

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Rabbenu talks about his followers knowing the ‘real Hungarian wine’ of chassidut, because they’ve already tasted the good stuff, the real teachings that CAN help them to overcome their issues and bad middot, and feelings of despair.

There are a whole bunch of cheap imitations out there, as we’re increasingly discovering.
But anyone who is sincerely trying to follow Rabbenu’s path of doing an hour of hitbodedut a day, and dancing and clapping when hit by harsh judgements, and reading the Tikkun HaKlali, and paying pidyonot, and going to Uman – they will tell you that it works.
If you stick with it, life starts to be incomparably sweeter, and you find that slowly, slowly, truth and light expands more and more in your soul, and the darkness and bad middot start to get squeezed out.
So, I follow Breslov and Rebbe Nachman because it works to make me a better person, and to help me overcome my yetzer hara and stick closer to God.
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Now, let’s get back to the historical side of things.

Breslov was ‘unusual’ right from the start.
Right from the start, while all the other Sabbatean-Frankist ‘chassiduts’ were rubbing each other’s backs and bigging each other up (internercine fights over which ‘rebbe’ should inherit the movement not withstanding) – the main Sabbatean-Frankist families were fanatically ‘anti’ Breslov, anti-Rabbenu, and ‘anti’ his teachings, especially about prayer.

They ‘projected’ their own Sabbatean-Frankist leanings onto Rabbenu himself, and started persecuting him and his followers mercilessly.

After Rabbenu’s death, the persecution went up levels and levels, with the leaders of the other chassiduts basically telling their followers it was OK to even murder Breslovers, and that every attempt should be made to persecute them economically and socially.
An assassin was even sent to murder Rabbi Natan Sternhertz, the Rebbe’s main pupil and editor of the Likutey Moharan, in his bed.

But the assassin broke into the wrong house in Breslov, and murdered the wrong ‘Rabbi Natan’.

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And this persecution of Breslov and its leaders and followers wasn’t a ‘one off’.

It has continued down the years, almost non-stop.
I highly recommend you go and read the book Untold Tales of the Hasidim: Crisis and Discontent in the History of Hasidism, by Professor David Assaf. Chapter Three, in particular, describes some of the ongoing persecution being meted out by the other chassidic leaders themselves, to Breslov and its followers:
(You can download the full PDF of this for free on ReseachGate, HERE.)
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This fanatical persecution of Breslov by other chassiduts always puzzled me a great deal.

I could understand the secular, xtian, authorities persecuting chassidut; I could kind of understand the (made-up….) ‘dispute’ between the Litvaks and Chabad (which I now think is another deliberate Chabad distortion of history, to hide what was really going on behind this argument, as I’ve written about elsewhere.)

But I just couldn’t understand why other chassidic rebbes would literally send people to try and murder Rav Natan in his bed….

Until now.
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Rabbenu is the only one who was openly writing about ‘Jewish demon scholars’.

He was the only one speaking about Jacob Frank, for posterity.
And from what I can see, at this stage, there were literally just a handful of rabbis and rebbes left when Rebbe Nachman was alive, who hadn’t been ‘infected’ by the Sabbatean-Frankist heresy.
Even after Rabbenu died, the Savraner Rebbe (from the Wertheimer family of court Jew Frankists) wanted to marry his oldest daughter, Odel, after she was widowed – and R’ Natan told her not to do it.

Because he knew that it was part of the ongoing Sabbatean-Frankist attempt to ‘subvert’ Breslov, too, after Rabbenu’s death.

And this is also why there was no ‘Rebbe’ after Rabbi Nachman, because any subsequent ‘Rebbe’ could have been corrupted down the line, and if not him, his children, by intermarrying with the Sabbatean-Frankist ‘rebbes’ all around.
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Are you starting to see, how so many of the ‘mysteries’ around Breslov start to clear up, magically, once you understand the true ‘Sabbatean-Frankist’ context?

So now, let’s talk a bit about what started to happen 50-60 years ago, when Rav Berland came on the scene, and started bringing in a whole bunch of baal teshuvainto Meah Shearim.

Today, it’s the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzhak Bender, zt’l.

Rabbi Levi Yitzhak was one of the last true Breslovers to be by the Rebbe on Rosh Hashanah, before the communists effectively made the gatherings illegal, and murdered most of the small, spiritually-sincere group of Breslovers left in Uman, before WW2.
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You have to understand, that real Breslov was NEVER politically connected.

It’s followers were NEVER wealthy businessmen and merchants with government connections and askanim.
Breslov only ever attracted people who really wanted to learn how to serve God, and overcome their own bad middot.
When Rav Levi Yitzhak Bender made it to Meah Shearim after the war, he found a tiny group of Yiddish speaking ‘Breslovers’ most of whom were not actually keeping Rabbenu’s instructions – at all – about things like doing hitbodedut, getting up for chatzot, reciting the Tikkun Haklali etc.

So, the true ‘flame’ of Rabbenu was kept alive by R’ Levi Yitzhak – who most people had never heard of, because he kept a very low profile for most of his life.

That flame only started to develop into the roaring fire of Breslov today, when Rabbi Berland came along and started learning from R’ Levi Yitzhak, and bringing baal teshuvas into Meah Shearim.
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There’s so much to say, but let’s sum it up like this:

Most of ‘old school’ Meah Shearim, including the Breslov bits of it, descend from Sabbatean-Frankist families who still have strong links, even today, with the secular Zionist state of Israel. Just it’s all hidden.

So, when a sincere outsider like Rav Berland showed up, and now he’s bringing in a bunch of baalei teshuva who want to do things properly – and presumably, who could also start blowing the whistle on all the disgusting, abusive ‘minhagim’ we’ve been learning about recently, that go on in these hard-core Sabbatean-Frankist communities – he quickly became Enemy Number One for the ‘Breslov’ psychos in Meah Shearim.
And the rest is history.
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Let’s pull this back around to Chabad, now.

Chabad ‘historian’ Chaim Dalfin put out a book a while ago called ‘Breslov & Chabad’.

I learnt a lot from that book, which at some point, I hope to come back to.

For now, it’s enough to know that I learnt that the only reason Chabad has a tent up in Uman on Rosh Hashana is because they are trying to do ‘outreach’ for Chabad there; and that some of Breslov’s ‘newer’ leaders, like the Koenigs of Tsfat, actually come from long-time Chabad families.

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Why am I mentioning this?

Because as Breslov’s ‘star’ started to rise, around 50 years ago, and as Rabbenu’s teachings lit up the hearts of hundreds of thousands of baalei teshuva – the Sabbatean-Frankists suddenly woke up to the ‘threat’ of what was happening, and all of a sudden, Breslov was flooded by a bunch of ‘new Breslov’ leaders.

People like R’ Eliezer Shick, the so-called ‘Tzaddik of Yavniel’. And people like R’ Gedaliah Koenig, a chabadnick, who built up Kiryat Breslov in Tsfat right on the most historically significant bit of the Old City – completely destroying what was underneath.

And people like R Yaakov Meir Shechter, the rabbi of the official Breslov shule in Meah Shearim that is home to the Breslov psychos (who are part of the extended Schneerson family…) who have been the main, State-sponsored persecutors of Rav Berland.

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And of course, there are also the Na Nachs, and people like R Yoel Roth, who grew up in strong Satmar chassidic homes, but all of a sudden, are now Breslov.

Which brings us on to the second email about Breslov I got today:

Did you read this?

Snippet:

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that his daughter Noa had given birth to a baby boy. The child is the fifth grandchild of Netanyahu. Netanyahu received the news while visiting London.

Netanyahu’s daughter Noa, 42, is a ‘ba’alat teshuva’ (returnee to Orthodox Judaism). She is married to Danny (Daniel) Roth, and the two are members of the Breslov hasidic sect and live in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The children of Noa and Daniel are named Rachel, David and Shmuel. Noa is the daughter of Miki Haran – Netanyahu’s first wife.

And this:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Netanyahus-controversial-lawyer-also-connected-to-PMs-son-in-law-474255

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I checked out Daniel Roth, Netanyahu’s son-in-law, a couple of years ago, when I was first getting into all this.

The Roth’s aren’t Breslov.

If they are anything, they are Chabad.

(From HERE.)

Or maybe, Gur:

If you go HERE, it’s an old ynet article about the bris of their second son, which links the Roths to R’ Avigdor Nebanzahl and Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.

Point is, none of these people and places are Breslov.

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This snippet about Daniel Roth comes from Ha’aretz, HERE:

For some years, DanielRoth has been trying to launch a business based on ties between Israel and China. Among other things, he founded companies and a public-benefit corporation, through the law firm of Netanyahu’s close associate David Shimron.

This screenshot comes from the Jpost, HERE:

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Now, take a look at this blog post about ‘Danny Roth’ from the Times of Israel, back in 2016:

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In case you were wondering, ‘IoT’ stands for ‘Internet of Things’.

Snippet:

Danny Roth is helping build greater trade and deal flow between Israel and China.

His China Israel Exchange develops programs and initiatives with government, academia, and industry, with the goal of strengthening the economic and cultural ties with both nations.

Focusing on digital health, Roth has an upcoming road show of Israeli companies…the program will feature 16 Israeli companies in IoT (Internet of Things) and digital health….

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Remember, this was six years ago, already.

When Covid 19 was still just a twinkle in Netanyahu’s eye.

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HERE is the main website for Roth’s China Israel Exchange, still going strong.

Here is it’s mission statement:

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We’ll stop here.

You can just go on for ever with this stuff, but I just wanted to really spell out that there are HUGE differences between Breslov chassidut and Rabbenu’s path, and all the other ‘Sabbatean-Frankist’ groups out there.

I’m not saying that all of Breslov is good.

There is a ton of ‘fake’ Breslov too, today, as more and more people have tried to hitch their wagon to Rabbenu’s rising star.

And I’m not saying that things that aren’t Breslov are automatically ‘bad’.

The birur continues one person, one soul at a time.

And even if people come from ‘bad’ families, they can always make teshuva, and become some of the best people in the world.

Especially if they’re following Rabbenu’s advice, and treading in his footsteps to get out of the muck.

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