The sun is shining here in Jerusalem, the birds are tweeting, my neighbor is fixing up their house….
What could be wrong in the world?
The honest answer is: nothing and everything.
In my bit of reality right now, life is really good, Baruch Hashem.
Sure, I still have issues and challenges.
I still have a lot of things to pray for, and about.
I still spent the two days of chag / Shabbat totally wiped out, reading in bed, because I was feeling ‘irradiated’ – just getting weirdly ‘hot’ for a minute, every half an hour or so, and then feeling exhausted with a strange headache.
But overall…. Baruch Hashem, life is good.
And anytime it isn’t, I just start doing more tikkun haklalis again, or I go walk to the Kotel for a pray, or I go and pray with Rav Berland’s community on Ido HaNavi street, or I pay another pidyon nefesh, or I do more hitbodedut, to try and figure out what it is I need to work on, accept, or change.
Those are my good, holy pigeons, coming home to roost now.
Over Pesach, we got to catch up with a lot of family members from chul who haven’t been allowed into Israel for over two years, thanks to the Covid regulations.
It was great to see them – and also so interesting to see how the ‘pigeons coming home to roost’ for others are not exactly the same sort I have building their nests on my Jerusalem windowsills.
For example, my brother from London told me that the LGBT-whatever campaign in the orthodox Jewish community there is already yielding masses of bitter fruit.
He has friends who enthusiastically welcomed gay couples to their Shabbos table, and were thrilled when posters of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis telling students ‘it’s ok to be gay’ went up all over supposedly ‘orthodox’ high schools like JFS.
Before we continue, here’s some highlights from Ephraim Mirvis’s career to date, from Wikipedia HERE:
As Chief Rabbi of Ireland and before the opening of an Israeli Embassy in Ireland, he represented Israel’s interests at government level and in the media….
In 2016, Mirvis launched the ‘In Good Faith’ programme, in partnership with Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The initiative is a way of bringing Anglican and Jewish clergy together so that they might encourage their respective congregations to work on interfaith projects together….
In September 2018, Mirvis issued a guide on the well-being of LGBT+ pupils in Orthodox Jewish schools.
The guide was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. It upheld the traditional prohibitions against the act of homosexuality, he then added extremely controversial views which caused uproar across the Orthodox spectrum and caused him to banned from several mainstream Orthodox events by making it clear that the Torah still demands “sensitivity to the feelings of everyone, including LGBT+ people” and that there should be a zero-tolerance approach to either homophobic or transphobic bullying or disregard for their wellbeing…
When JFS got a bad OFSTED report from the UK government, they brought in an ‘OFSTED expert’ to help them do better.
That OFSTED inspector put big, colouful posters of Ephraim Mirvis up all over the school, telling the students ‘it’s ok to be gay’.
And encouraged JFS to start actively teaching the students about how it’s great, wonderful, amazing!!!! to be ‘gay’ – graphically, in the classroom.
And then hired a bunch of ‘trans’ teachers who the poor students now have to address as ‘Mx’ (pronounced ‘micks’).
And if they dare to say ‘miss’ instead of ‘Mx’, they get the full lecture about their lack of respect and tolerance for others….
My brother now knows of at least two people in his close circle with young teenage children who are officially ‘trans’.
Not even ‘gay’ – which would be difficult enough – but ‘trans’.
At the age of 14.
And the parents are not at all happy about it.
Then, we found out another – not at all ‘frum’ – cousin of ours, aged 17, is already the proud owner of a tattoo, and planning to get more.
Her mum took her to get it.
But apparently, students in ‘Jewish orthodox’ schools in the UK are already ‘inking themselves’ anyway, giving themselves amateurish – and permanent!! – tattoos by pricking the skin with needles, then pouring ink into the open wounds, like they used to do in the good old days.
And let’s be honest, that the situation is not wildly better even in Israel.
Even in Jerusalem.
Both my kids went through the ‘dati leumi’ education system here, from the age of 4 on.
One of them told me that out of all her wide group of friends, her and one other are the only ones who still believe in God.
And the ‘gay’ thing is happening all over the place here, too.
I found that out by accident, when there was a discussion going on between my kids in Hebrew about how many ‘Yehudits’ they know are now lesbians, when they didn’t realise I was understanding every word.
What, even THAT Yehudit?! I asked my daughter, who quickly tried to change the subject, because that Yehudit’s mum still doesn’t know that her daughter’s social media profile is a picture of her and her girlfriend….
Before anyone rushes to call me a bigot, or a ‘hater’, I had three young women at my Rosh Hashana table who I knew were gay, and who had no-where else to go for the chag.
I told my daughter they could come if they would respect my family’s sensitivities on the subject, and keep any discussion of ‘gay life’ firmly to themselves, because respect is a two-way street.
They did that, and we all got along fine.
There is a difference between caring for another person, another Jewish neshama, and accepting all the manifestly evil ‘gay propaganda’ being shoved down everyone’s throats.
(Which is the point I made to my kid when she got a little upset with that conditional approach, that at the end of the day, the people who were willing to share their homes for Rosh Hashana with these girls, tachlis, were orthodox Jews, and not LGTB-whatever advocates….)
For a moment, let’s brush aside all the propaganda about people being ‘born gay’, and let me tell you what I’ve been observing myself, about all the ‘gay people’ I know personally, directly and indirectly.
Every single one of them comes from a super-dysfunctional family home.
Most of them underwent severe abuse and trauma by close family members.
While others experienced their parents horrible shalom bayit problems, including violent arguments and divorces.
Again, remember that I’m talking about people who come from families who are supposedly, externally ‘frum’.
But clearly, something has gone very wrong in this picture.
Sometimes, it’s been such a struggle to hang on to my emuna, over the last couple of decades.
Sometimes, it’s been so hard to hang on my relationship with my kids, and to keep picking things up and working on mending and fixing the relationship – which really boils down to me acknowledging and trying to fix my own bad middot.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt overwhelmed by all my problems, both externally, but also and especially internally, as I really battled to treat my kids with compassion and understanding, instead of just flaring straight up into self-righteous rage and anger.
It has been anything but easy.
And there were days, and weeks and months, when I really questioned myself so much, whether my approach was actually correct, and whether I shouldn’t have tried to ‘lay down the law’ more with my kids.
Now, God is showing me more and more how patience, compassion and prayer was and is the way to go.
I can guarantee you, that most of the parents in the so-called frum world have no idea what is really going on in their children’s lives today.
I can guarantee, that most of my kid’s friends’ parents have no idea that their kids don’t really believe in God anymore; or have a nasty nicotine habit; or a predilection for cocaine; or are ‘gay’; or promiscuous.
Because you have to make a very safe space for your child to tell you what’s really going on in their lives, warts n’all, and so many parents in the frum world especially just don’t want to hear anything that could damage the picture-perfect ‘appearance’.
Again, I understand that.
Hearing these things are really, really hard, and sometimes, I feel so overwhelmed by all the ‘bad’ going on out there, I don’t really know how to handle it myself.
That’s when I go back to my routine described above:
I just start doing more tikkun haklalis again, or I go walk to the Kotel for a pray, or I go and pray with Rav Berland’s community on Ido HaNavi street, or I pay another pidyon nefesh, or I do more hitbodedut, to try and figure out what it is I need to work on, accept, or change.
Because what else can I really do?
The world is such a mess right now.
Until recently, I had a big shopping list of ‘requirements’ for the sort of person I wanted my daughters to marry.
They should be religious…
They should appreciate Breslov teachings….
They shouldn’t smoke…..
They shouldn’t be ‘vaccinated’ with Covid 19 nanotech….
At this point, I am understanding that in our days, the list of requirements is actually very, very small:
They should have a truly kind heart, and be truthful, and treat my children kindly and with consideration and respect.
At this point, dayenu.
Rabbenu teaches that by rights, all the ‘good’ in the world will eventually find its way to him, to the Breslov path.
And until it gets there… I’m just going to continue praying for my kids, and whoever they marry, and paying pidyonot over to Shuvu Banim, and working on my own bad middot and lack of emuna.
There is nothing else I can do, anyway.
And that stuff works.
It really works.
In the meantime…. I got motivated to continue uncovering all these spiritual fakers posing as our ‘chief rabbis’, and ‘religious leaders’, who are really just hell-bent on destroying us and our children’s mental and spiritual health.
Today, I’m diving back into the Sabbatian-Frankist parsha again, as God sent me a whole bunch more information to share about who these people really are, and what they are really doing in our communities.
Not for the first time, I am so grateful that all those years’ ago, Lazer Brody started up his ‘Lazer Beams’ blog in English, and opened up the world of Rabbenu and Breslov to me and my husband.
I’m so grateful, that God took us on a path that included R’ Shalom Arush, R’ Ofer Erez, and now, Rav Eliezer Berland.
Honestly, it has not been an easy path to tread, especially before we got to Rav Berland, and his ability to ‘sweeten’ so many of the harsh things, for his followers.
But now, more and more, all those holy, good pigeons are coming home to roost.
And I can see God’s hidden hand in so much of what we had to go through, to get to where we are today.
PS: On Ephraim Mirvis’s Wikipedia page, it also says this:
His nephew Shlomo Mirvis is married to Shira Marili Mirvis, the first woman to serve as the spiritual leader of an Orthodox synagogue in Israel.
If you click on that link, you eventually get to the page of the ‘Shirat Ha-Tamar’ congregation in Efrat, Gush Etzion, where Shira Mirvis is the ‘rabbi’, HERE.
You can get to the ‘Honey Foundation for Israel’ homepage HERE.
Here’s a screenshot:
Here’s the person who is meant to be funding the Honey Foundation:
Another snippet about him from HERE:
The Lipseys are longtime members of Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, where Bill Lipsey served as synagogue president; he has also sat on the executive committee of the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel.
So, Shirat HaTamar is NOT an orthodox synagogue, despite all the PR.
It’s just another Masorti / Conservative-funded trojan horse in the orthodox Jewish community, using ‘women’s lib-tards’ to try to ‘shatter orthodoxy’.
At this point, I’m almost certain Lipsey is just a ‘front man’, or cut-out, for all of this, and that the same people who are funding Reform / Conservative / Masorti, the New Israel Fund and all the rest of the ‘anti-Torah’ agitation in the Jewish world are also behind ‘The Honey Foundation in Israel’, too.
Just they switched the name, to make it easier for people still pretending to be ‘orthodox Jews’ to get funding from them, without raising too many eyebrows from their congregations, while they ‘shatter orthodoxy’ from within.
Always the same people, always the same tactics.
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