This is a hard post to write, and it’s probably going to be a hard post to read.
For the last few weeks – way before the news broke about the fake-chareidi-xtian-missionary brazening it out in French Hill – I’ve been researching the topic of Christian-Jews.
Before I continue, let me back up and fill in the context, so you understand more of what I’m going to share with you later.
In a nutshell, I believe that this is what has been going on in the Jewish community, for at least the last 2,000 years:
- The Jewish community has been infiltrated, at the highest levels, by people who look externally Jewish, and act Jewish, and often have superb ‘yichus’ – but who are really not Jewish.
- Many of these people – probably even most of them – have some sort of Jewish blood, or Jewish ‘DNA’, if you can call it that, but it’s often ‘patrilineal descent’ and usually comes from mixed marriages with women who aren’t halachically Jewish.
- Many of our biggest rabbis, our most important leaders, over the last at least 1,000 years have been people who have been leading ‘double lives’ – i.e. pretending to be orthodox Jews, at least externally, when they really aren’t. Many of our rabbis have also been very closely related to Christian-Jews.
- The problem was exacerbated by the ‘conversos’ of Spain and Portugal, after 1492, but there were large numbers of Christian-Jews – especially in leadership roles – even before this.
There is so much to say about this topic, but I have to tread very carefully.
What I thought I’d do, is bring some of the stories of these ‘Christian-Jews’, so you can get a flavor for just how big the problem actually was, over the last 2,000 years – and how big a problem it continues to be, for the authentic Jewish community.
We’ll start with the ‘low hanging fruit’ while I’m trying to figure out what to do with the really explosive, controversial stuff that I’m still not ready to share publically.
Here we go.
How did I get into this subject?
I’ve been busy putting together a real family tree for the more ‘interesting’ Jewish families, where there’s been an obvious cover-up of the real details and information.
In the process of doing that, I kept tripping over weird names, and weird snippets of information, that hinted that certain members of these families had formally converted to xtianity. And I was amazed at just how many of these weird names I kept tripping over, despite all the cover up that’s gone on.
Let me give a few concrete examples:
Exhibit 1: Paulus Renatus (aka Lob Oppenheim)
Here’s a snippet about him, from HERE:
Lob Oppenheim – Paulus Renatus The first Frankfurt Jew about whose conversion and its accompanying circumstances more detailed information is available was Lob Oppenheim, who informed the city council of his intention in August 1537 and at the same time complained that his wife Edel (also: nobility) refuse to convert with him.
Notice that this was happening a good 100 years before Shabtai Tzvi, and a good 50 years AFTER Jews from Spain and Portugal had been forced to go into exile, or convert under Ferdinand and Isabella.
Now, if you go HERE – the German Wikipedia article for the Oppenheim family – you’ll see that (despite a clumsy attempted cover up…), we can identify the xtian ‘Paulus Renatus’ as one and the same as the Jewish Judah Loeb Oppenheim of Frankfurt – married to Edel:
It says that – at least initially – Edel, his wife, refused to convert with him.
But if you continue reading down that list of ‘Oppenheims’ in Frankfurt who directly descended from ‘Paulus Renatus’, you quickly see that there are way more relatives listed as ‘Christian Jews’ in this family, including:
The grandson of Paulus Renatus, was also called Juda Löb (Löw) Oppenheim. His wife’s mother’s uncle (‘Amschel von Schleusingen’) was another xtian convert called Hans Cunrath.
One of (secret xtian) ‘Akiva Frankfurter Guggenheim’s’ daughters, called Rechle Wetzlar, was the mother of Ella Rothschild – the progenitor of the famous Rothschild clan.
That’s not a coincidence.
To put this another way:
There is strong circumstantial evidence to suggest that the ‘Rothschilds’ haven’t really been Jews for over 400 years, already.
But let’s continue.
Going back to that Wikipedia entry for the Oppenheim family, we next learn this:
Judah Lob Oppenheim #2, the grandson of Paulus Renatus, had another brother called Meyer Oppenheim (1580-1640).
Meyer also converted out to xtianity, as did his children.
But his wife Breindlen refused to be baptised, and so began a long, protracted divorce that lasted for many years, and caused an enormous chillul Hashem in both the Jewish Frankfurt community, and also amongst the xtians.
Here‘s a snippet of what was going on then:
Meir Oppenheim converted on December 21, 1606 to Christianity and took the name John Daniel Lichtenstein in. His wife Brendle (Brendlin) did not convert, but their children were baptized.
She demanded a divorce from him , he refused this and the disputes lasted until after 1620… because Lichtenstein demanded a share of 13,500 guilders for himself from the joint property with his wife, it was a sum of 18,000 guilders… [I]n November 1610 he sued his “former Jewish housewife” and her relatives as well….
Meir Oppenheimer / Johann Daniel Lichtenstein fell away from the Christian faith after being baptized, became Jewish again and fled to Poland. His brothers Mosche “Zum Schwert” and Juda Löb “Zum White Löwen” were assumed to have been the escape helpers. They fled from the threat of torture to force a confession and turned to the Supreme Court , whereupon the council issued a judgment that forced Moshe to pay 9,000 guilders and Löb 3,000 guilders.
After this judgment, Meir was baptized again in 1626.
You see what I mean?
These guys just flipped in and out of xtianity or Judaism as it suited them – and then carried on being the leaders and ‘rabbis’ of the Jewish community.
For example, here’s what happened to Meir’s son:
Hieronimus Lichtenstein became a rabbi after his father fell away from Christianity, professed again Christian baptism and became a Protestant pastor…. baptized in 1626.
You can read more about Meir’s descendants, the openly xtian ‘Liechensteins’, HERE.
There are a LOT more links with the Oppenheim family to explore, but we’ll leave that here for now, as I still have a couple more ‘Christian-Jews’ to introduce you too.
Exhibit 2: John Ernuszt I
Now, I’m sure you’ve never heard of ‘John Ernuszt‘. So let me introduce you, a little:
John Ernuszt, Sr. was Ban of Slavonia from 1473 to 1476. He was born into a Jewish family in Vienna. He moved to Buda, the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, and converted to Roman Catholicism. He became a purveyor to the royal court, which enabled him to meet Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary.
Ernuszt inspired Matthias’s reform of the royal revenues (especially the centralization of their administration and the abolishment of tax exemptions) in 1467. In the same year, the king made him royal treasurer. Six years later, he was appointed ban of Slavonia and became one of the barons of the realm.
John Ernuszt Sr has two sons with his wife Catherine (the records don’t know if she was Jewish or not).
One, Sigismund Ernuszt, is made the Bishop of Pecs in 1473, while the second one, John Ernuszt Jnr, follows his dad into dealing with the royal finances.
Here’s a little about what happens next (from Wikipedia):
The Ernuszt brothers who held more than 3,500 peasant households were among the wealthiest landowners in Hungary in 1494…. In 1495, he received the estate of Munkács (Mukacheve, Ukraine) from the King….
His brother, Bishop Sigismund was murdered in summer 1505. His three retainers (John Gyulai, Louis Szerecsen and Albert Cupi) strangled him to seize his wealth. Sigismund’s legal heir was his younger brother, John… John Ernuszt brought charges against the assassins in spring 1506, also accusing them of misappropriation of the Ernuszt property. However they were never sentenced….
In 1514, John initiated a second lawsuit against the three retainers… John’s lawyers accused the suspects of murder, the falsification of Sigismund’s last will and embezzlement of 1,3 million gold florins….
Following John’s death, his only living son Caspar initiated a new trial in 1536, however he died in 1540 and the House of Ernuszt became extinct, making the lawsuit is obsolete.
I discovered ‘John Ernuszt’ in a weird way.
As you know, I’m going through the family trees of a few ‘interesting’ families, and I’d got up to trying to figure out who the ancestors of the SHACH were, Shabbatai ben Meir HaKohen Katz Ashkenazi.
(That’s a whole other story… and I’m not sure I’m ever going to be able to really tell it. But I digress.)
So, I get to this geni profile of ‘R Akiva HaKohen Katz’ of Budin‘ (1460-1496), and here’s a little of what I read:
“There was a man here in Prague that was great in Torah, wealth and Yichus that came to Prague from those that were exiled from the holy congregation of Uban (Budapest) because of a libel that was fabricated there.
This man was called Rabbi Akiva from Uban. [Son of Rabbi Yitzchok HaKohen son of Rabbi Akiva Kakohen the elder, Av Bais Din of Saloniki (Greece) who were both exiles from Spain, all descendants of The Kohen Gadol Elie.]
Rabbi Akiva was called to the Yeshiva above (died) in the year 5256 (1496). He was known as an expert in Royal Court customs and because of jealousy, the nobles of Hungary in Uban fabricated a libel. He came here (Prague) and built a great, respected house and spread tora in the generation of Rabbi Yaakov POLLACK who was the Av Bais Din here at that time. [Listed as an advisor of King Mathais of Hungary by Encyclopedia Judaica.]…
One of his sons was Rabbi Gershon father of Rabbi Shimshon HaCohen, father of Rabbi Yitzhak HaCohen-Katz, son-in-law of the great Maharal of Prague.
There’s a few things that strike me as odd about this, initially.
First, ‘R’ Akiva HaKohen Katz’ has an alter ego, where’s he’s apparently also known as ‘Furst von Open’.
Whenever you see ‘von’, that means the person was ennobled. But hard as I look, I can’t find any record anywhere of a Jewish advisor to the Hungarian king who was ennobled at this time…. except, for John Ernuszt I, the converted Jew.
Akiva comes from ‘Budin’, and John lives in ‘Buda’ – the same place.
Akiva is apparently at the Hungarian court between 1460-1496, and John is apparently at the Hungarian court at exactly the same time.
How is that for a CO-INC-ID-ENCE?
Akiva HaKohen Katz then moves from Hungary to Prague…. at exactly the same time that ‘John Ernuszt’ apparently dies, after becoming embroiled in a massive dispute, or ‘libel’ with the Hungarian nobles.
If you go HERE, you start to figure out a little more about why the nobles start revolting against ‘John Ernuszt’:
[Hungarian King Matthias] entrusted the administration of the Crown’s customs to John Ernuszt, a converted Jewish merchant. Within two years, Ernuszt was responsible for the collection of all ordinary and extraordinary taxes, and the management of the salt mines.
Matthias’s tax reform caused a revolt in Transylvania.
So, I have to ask:
What are the chances that there would be two Jews, one ‘converted’ and one not, working for the same Hungarian king, at exactly the same time, both involved in ‘libels’ with the Hungarian nobels, and both ‘ennobled’ at a time when very few commoners – never mind Jews – were being ennobled?
And not only that – there are no records of ‘Furst von Open’ – the apparent alter ego of R’ Akiva HaKohen Katz.
I’m a big believe in Occam’s Razor.
The simplest explanation is usually the correct one.
And the simplest explanation here is that ‘R’ Akiva HaKohen of Budin’ is one and the same as ‘John Ernuszt of Buda’, the converted Jew whose son became a Hungarian Bishop, and who married a bunch of apparently non-Jewish women.
I cannot begin to tell you how many family trees of BIG rabbis this piece of information torpedoes, yichus-wise, if it’s correct.
I cannot begin to tell you the implications, but let’s just say there are people related to ‘R’ Akiva HaCohen Katz’ who I believe shook the Jewish world to its foundation.
All these ‘Christian-Jews’ are a VERY big problem for the Jewish community – and they have been for centuries.
I probably just blew your mind with all this, so I’ll leave it there for now.
All this information has to come out, for the olam hafuch to turn the right way around.
But I appreciate, that this whole process of birur is difficult.
I really do.
And there is still a way to go, until it’s done.
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