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Connections in high places

The Rebbe Rayatz, and a bunch of ‘open miracles’.

Yesterday evening, I got an email from a good friend of mine, who likes to research things properly, before coming to a conclusion.

That is the way it should be for all of us, of course, but usually it’s not. Usually, we just absorb whatever PR and propaganda our bought-and-paid-for media feed us, and then go smoke some weed to silence that inner voice that is telling us ‘something isn’t quite right here’.

(I don’t smoke weed, thank God. But I know a lot of people who do, to try and get their soul to shut up and leave them alone for a while, when the anxiety strikes.)

But I digress.


So yesterday, the following email landed in my inbox.

I’m first going to reproduce it here, and then below, we’ll try to unpack it a little, to see what more we can learn.


Over shabbat I’ve been thinking a lot about the 6th Chabad Rebbe and what was really going on with him. I feel a need to share the following with you, even though I know you already know a lot of the information:

1) Yitzchak Y. Schneerson is imprisoned by the Russian in 1927 and sentenced to death. The following people got involved in his rescue:

  • Rav Avraham Yitzchak Ha-Kohen Kook, Chief Rabbi of Israel, who sends a telegram to the American Joint Distribution Committee asking for help.
  • Yekaterina Peshkova, wife of Maxim Gorky, who had personal access to the highest officials in the Soviet bureaucracy.
  • Vyacheslav Menzhinsky, the national chairman of the Soviet Secret Police (the OGPU). Peshkova enlisted his help.
  • Dr. Joseph Rosen, head of the Agro-Joint, a humanitarian organization run by the American Joint Distribution Committee in collaboration with the Soviet government, primarily to support Jewish agricultural settlements.
  • Rabbi Meir Hildesheimer, head of the famed Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary
  • Dr. Leo Baeck, leader of Reform Judaism in Germany. Together with Rabbi Hildesheimer he contacted:
  • Dr. Oskar Cohn, the Jewish representative of German’s Socialist Party. Dr Cohn arranged a meeting with:
  • Nikolay Krestinsky, the Russian ambassador to Berlin, who pledged to do all he could to ensure the Rebbe’s safety and release.
  • Alexei Rykov, the reigning Premier of Russia at the time.
  • Mordechai Dubin, Lubavitcher chassid and also a member of the Latvian Parliment.
  • Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice.
  • Herbert Hoover, who at the time was the Republican presidential candidate, had lobbied for the Rebbe’s release. Yitzchak Y. Schneerson met with him in 1929 when Hoover had become President of the USA.
  • ( Allegedly even President Calvin Coolidge got involved but I can only find this stated here https://files.anash.org/uploads/2021/06/The-Rebbe-Rayatz.pdf and not in any other place)


2) The following people were involved in Yitzchak Y. Schneersohn’s rescue from Warsaw during World War II:

  • Max Rhoade, a Washington lobbyist hired by Rabbi Yisroel Jacobson the 6th Chabad Rebbe’s leading emissary in the US. Rhoade lobbied many people, among them were Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and:
  • Ben Cohen, an advisor to President Roosevelt.
  • Robert Pell, US diplomat, who got contacted by Ben Cohen. Pell was at the time working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he had become friends with a German diplomat called Helmuth Wohlthat.
  • Cordell Hull, US Secretary of State, who got contacted by Pell. Robert Pell informed Hull that he had an agreement with Wohlthat. Wohlthat had assured Pell to be of help in any cause of concern to American Jewry. Hull contacted Wohlthat asking for his help.
  • Helmuth Wohlthat realized that the only force that could do anything was military intelligence since Warsaw was occupied by the German military. Therefore he contacted:
  • Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, head of the Abwehr, the German military intelligence service. Canaris in turn employed the help of:
  • Major Ernst Bloch, was the one who together with two other officers, did the groundwork and physically located Yitzchak Y Schneersohn in Warsaw and brought him and his entourage to the Latvian border.
  • Louis Brandeis and Ben Cohen put pressure on the Roosevelt administration to grant Yitzchak Y Schneersohn a visa to the US.
  • Jacob Rutstein an American businessman, philanthropist, real estate developer and lumber magnate (who has a rags to riches story) was also instrumental in bringing Yitzchak Y. Schnnersohn to the US. Rutstein is reported to have assisted Rabbi Schneersohn in launching Lubavitch in America. In addition to being a founder of the United Lubavitch Yeshivas, Rutstein helped Lubavitch locate and purchase the building which would become its headquarters on 770 Eastern Parkway.


So my question is, what are the odds that Yitzchak Y. Schnersohn was saved not only once, but TWICE with the help of top officials in the US and in cooperation with officials of countries, who hated and persecuted the Jews.
How is this possible???

Another question, if this amount of help was able to be mobilized in order to save Yitzchak Y. Schneersohn why wasn’t this help used to save more Jews during World War II????


These are both good questions.

I don’t really have the answer for them – particularly not that last one, which honestly is pretty disturbing on a number of levels – but what I want to do know, is to add in some more details, to see if we can fill out the picture, a little, about the Rebbe Rayatz’s contacts in high places.

Ready? Let’s begin.


EXHIBIT 1: Video of the Rebbe Rayatz becoming a citizen of the USA, in 1949


Here’s a few things that struck me about this video.

  1. Two US Supreme Court justices came to 770 to administer the ‘oath of citizenship to the Rebbe Rayatz.
  2. The United States government passed a special law, to enable the Rebbe Rayatz to have the citizenship ceremony done in 770, instead of coming into court, like everyone else.
  3. These two Supreme Court justices where then happy to hang around ‘recreating the ceremony’ for a second time, so the photographers could get better pictures.

Does anything about this strike you as strange?


Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the people who helped the Rebbe Rayatz get out of prison in Russia, the first time around, to start to feel out their connections with Chabad:

  • Rav Avraham Yitzchak Ha-Kohen Kook

Snippet from the biography on the Merkaz HaRav website, HERE:

Rabbi Kook was born in the town of Grieba in the Doynsk district of Latvia to his father Rabbi Shlomo Zalman and his mother Pearl Zalta (Palman). As a child, he was educated by his father who was a misnaged, but was connected with Chabad chassidim from his mother’s community (her father Raphael Palman was close with the Tzemach Tzedek)


  • Yekaterina Peshkova

Here’s what caught my eye about her, for this post, from her very short Wikipedia entry HERE:

After 1922, she was chairwoman of the subsequent organisation the Assistance to Political Prisoners (“Pompolit”).

Here’s the strange bit of all this, from a PDF called Exiled to Palestine, The Migration of Zionist Convicts from the Soviet Union 1924-1934, on Research Gate:

[There was] a time in the early history of the Soviet State when a small number of Zionist activists were allowed to substitute their sentences by going into exile to Palestine instead of Siberia.

In spite of the Bolshevik leadership opposing in principle to the idea of creating a Jewish national enclave in Palestine…

Given the draconian methods of the Soviet state, this relative tolerance was remarkable, although it only lasted from 1924 to 1934 and only about 1000-3000 were permitted to emigrate.

Although the leaders were often arrested there was no concerted effort to demolish the organizational base of the Zionist Youth movements or the parties. Even the Hechallutz farms continued to operate largely unhindered until 1926.


Peshkova was responsible for this very surprising policy.

It’s at least possible that she herself was one of the many ‘closet Jews’ with Frankist-Freemason tendencies, that were at the very top of the command structure, in the nascent Soviet Union.

(BTW, most of what we’re told about the ‘communist revolution’, and who was really behind it, is a lie. We’ll come back to this another time.)


This guy became known, notoriously, as ‘Stalin’s Executioner’, and his JOB was to hunt down and eliminate anyone who was involved in ‘anti-Soviet’ activities. Does it strike you as strange, that someone who had no qualms about killing and torturing literally hundreds of thousands of people for these activities would be willing to help the Rebbe Rayatz to get out of prison and leave the country?

How do we explain this?


  • Dr. Joseph Rosen, head of the Agro-Joint.

Here’s what stuck about him, from HERE:

From 1915 to 1918, Dr. Rosen directed the Baron de Hirsch Agricultural School in Woodbine, N.J.

I first came across the name ‘Maurice de Hirsch’ when I was researching the women trafficking and prostitution ring run by the Jewish mafia in Poland and Argentina, that was called ‘Tzvi Migdal’. Here’s a snippet about Maurice Tzvi Hirsch, from Wikipedia:

Moritz (Zvivon Hirsch, commonly known as Maurice de Hirsch, was a German Jewish financier and philanthropist who set up charitable foundations to promote Jewish education and improve the lot of oppressed European Jewry. He was the founder of the Jewish Colonization Association, which sponsored large-scale Jewish immigration to Argentina.

HERE is his family tree on geni – and man o man, did we just trip into the biggest ‘New World Order’ Frankist-Freemason bankers spiders’ web, there.

I’ll come back to this another time, BH, but when I researched the topic last year as a result of what came out about Jeffrey Epstein, there were at least some suggestions that Maurice de Hirsch’s ‘Jewish Colonization Association’ was basically a mafia front for trafficking Jewish women from the shtetls all over the world.


About the ‘Agro-Joint’ specifically, I found this, from HERE:

One of the interesting moments shared by Irena Ezekieleevna was a story about life in Moscow at the beginning of the XX century, in a mansion in Granatny Lane, 7. The Groer family moved there in 1924, after Irena’s father was appointed deputy director of the Agro-Joint in the Soviet Union:

“In those years, Joint enjoyed great prestige in the USSR. The mansion in Garnet Lane was completely at the disposal of Joint and its employees. On the first floor there was an institution, and on the second floor lived the families of the management of “Joint”. Everyone lived very amicably. It was a small state in greater Moscow.


Irena’s father was later rounded up, in 1937, as part of Stalin’s purges, and Dr Joseph Rosen tried to help his former colleague out:

Joseph Rosen, the director of the Joint in the USSR, tried to save them, got a meeting with Molotov. Molotov replied that nothing could be done, as they had confessed everything. Much later, we realized that at the time of this conversation, my father was no longer alive…We never heard from my father again.

So… the guy who used to work for the Soviets and believed in Communism got executed, and Joseph Rosen couldn’t help him. And the guy who used to apparently work against the Soviets, and was apparently doing everything he could to undermine Communism, got a free pass and was let out of prison and allowed to leave the country.

Does this sound right, to you?

Let’s continue.


HERE‘s his family tree on geni, and you’ll notice that these Hildesheimers are directly related to the (Frankist-Freemason) Bondis, and the Eibshutzs.

And in turn, the Hildesheimers are also descended from that same Shor family I’ve been writing about the last few days.

Ozer Shor is the GG-granddad of the Alter Rebbe of Chabad.

Ozer’s brother, Zvi Hirsch Shor, marries Chavalish Shapiro, the daughter of Natan Neta Shapiro III, the ‘Megaleh Amukot’. Their daughter Chava marries Rabbi Yeshaya Naftali Hildesheim, and their great-grandchild is Jonathan Eibshutz.


And here’s those Schiffs too, ancestors of Jacob Schiff who funded the Bolshevik revolution, in the exact same family tree.



Moving on – there’s a lot to cover!

Here’s a snippet from Wikipedia about him:

Leo Baeck became the “honorary head” of the Council of Elders (Judenrat) in Theresienstadt. As such, he was protected from transports and with his protection list, could also save his relatives from transports, among others his grand-niece Ruth (b. 1925). Moreover, Baeck became “prominent”, which meant that he had better accommodation, better food and could receive mail more often.

Hannah Arendt in her book Eichmann in Jerusalem examined Jewish cooperation with the Nazi authorities during the Holocaust, and names Baeck as one of those functionaries who withheld the truth from their communities of the end awaiting them, believing it more “humane” to bear the secret since “living in the expectation of death by gassing would only be the harder”. 


[Pass the sick bag.]

Here’s a few more pertinent details about Leo Baeck, from HERE:

[He was] head of the German Keren Hayesod (Foundation Fund for Palestine land purchases). Baeck was the president of the German B’nai B’rith.

I haven’t covered the role of B’nai B’rith, and its connection to all the Frankist-Freemasons yet. But BH, I will.


Of the list that remain, Louis Brandeis was a known Frankist.

You can read more about Mordechai Dubin HERE.


Let’s end this with a few more thought-provoking pieces of information, on the rescue of the Rebbe Rayatz from Warsaw, by the Nazis themselves, in 1939.

EXHIBIT 2: Video interview with Bryan Rigg, author of Rescued from the Reich, How One of Hitler’s Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Here’s a Tablet Magazine piece on this story, too.
HERE‘s the book on Amazon, and below I bring some more snippets from that book, to think about:
“Although the Rebbe had made a public statement in 1940 on behalf of all Jews in Poland, his organization now did not request help for Jews under Nazi oppression or ask that Hitler’s atrocities be made more public.

As historian David Kranzler says, “Chabad focused on its mission to rescue American Jews from assimilation and rebuild its community, working against incredible odds. It focused on its own mission.”


“The Rebbe’s obsessive quest on behalf of his library has unsettled many.

Historian Ephraim Zuroff, an Orthodox Jew, asks, “How can one justify expending even a small amount of resources and energies to try and save the rebbe’s library at a time when the rescue of lives should have taken precedence?” One wonders why no one talked about using the funds and political contacts necessary for retrieving the books to save more Jews, but the Lubavitchers never discussed this matter.
As Zuroff writes, Lubavitchers “do not consider such a set of priorities controversial or in any way problematic.” In other words, if the Rebbe wanted it to be done, then such an order was not questioned.
According to Rabbi Shalom Dovber Levine, head of Chabad’s library and archives, “There was something very secret and holy in building the Library from the start…. In the worst times of depression in Russia and Europe, he gave his life for it. He viewed it as part of the rebuilding of the Lubavitch movement.”

Someone sent me this over email, a couple of days ago, headlined in the Jerusalem Post from 2009:



An audio interview with Bryan Mark Rigg, which gives a lot more details about the Rebbe Rayatz’s rescue from the Nazis in Warsaw, by the Nazis themselves.

It’s very interesting, for a lot of reasons (you’ll find more on the two semi-trailers of books and silverware from Europe that were delivered to 770 in 1941, around the 19 minute mark.)
As always, remember that EVERYONE has their own biases, and part of the birur is to put the filter on the information coming in, to ask ourselves what is really happening, here? What is really true? 
I don’t agree with everything being said in this interview – at all! But there is a lot of information here that needs more consideration, and more birur.


What’s clear is that the Rebbe Rayatz, and Chabad, had a huge network of connections at the highest levels of governments across the world before during and after World War 2.

But this network was apparently never tapped to rescue other Jews during the Holocaust – not even Mordechai Dubin’s family.

Now that I’ve finished listening to this interview, I’m even more astounded about what’s gone on here.

As always, listen to it and come to your own conclusions.


This is an upside-down world, mamash, where the lowest of the low are praised as being the ‘highest of the high’ – and vice-versa.

There are so many good people on the frontlines of Chabad, so many good souls in that organisation.

BH, Hashem will guide us all back to the truth very soon.



After a bit more digging, I discover that Yekatarina Peshkova does have Jewish ancestry (color me shocked…)

If you go HERE, you’ll find an article talking about one “Yeshua Zolomon Sverdlov”.

Apparently, the Sverdlovs were a very prominent Jewish family in the whole Bolshevik uprising-thing, in Russia.

Yeshua Zolomon Sverdlov changed his name to Zinovy Alekseyevich Peshkov. If you go HERE, you’ll see his ex-wife is one Lidya Peshkov.

The Peshkov’s niece, Ida Auerbach, married the notorious Jewish head of the Soviet Secret Police (Vyacheslav Menzhinsky’s successor) Genrikh Yagoda – apparently ‘Russianised’ from Enoch Yehuda.


Genrikh Yagoda was mamash a monster.

Snippet from Wikipedia:

Genrikh Grigoryevich Yagoda  was a Soviet secret police official who served as director of the NKVD, the Soviet Union’s security and intelligence agency, from 1934 to 1936.

Appointed by Joseph Stalin, Yagoda supervised arrests, show trials, and executions of the Old Bolsheviks Lev Kamenev and Grigory Zinoviev, climactic events of the Great Purge. Yagoda also supervised construction of the White Sea–Baltic Canal with Naftaly Frenkel, using slave labor from the GULAG system, during which 12,000–25,000 laborers died.


Take a look at the entry for ‘Naftaly Frenkel’ – another ‘Frankel’ showing up in interesting circumstances, where no-one apparently knew where he came from, who then buddies up with Yagoda to commit crimes against humanity.

Point is….. there were so very many Jews, former Jews, tied up in the Bolshevik revolution.

That’s not the chiddush.

The chiddush is that many of these people were probably Frankist-Freemasons, and probably connected to other Frankist-Freemasons all other the globe, in the ways that are not externally obvious.

And not unusually, we find Chabad and the State of Israel somehow bang, smack in the middle of all this.

Yagoda’s son moved to Israel and died here in 2003.

The State of Israel was also a ‘communist creation’ – a Frankist-Freemason idea – right from the start.

And it’s true colors are coming out more and more.



The more I dig around Yekaterina Peshkov, the wife of Maxim Gorky (who changed his name from Alexei Maximovich Peshkovthe more confused I get.

On Yagoda’s Wikipedia page, it says this:

Yagoda’s wife was Ida Averbakh, one of whose uncles, Yakov Sverdlov, was a prominent Bolshevik, and another, Zinovy Peshkov, was the adopted son of the writer Maxim Gorky.

Maxim Gorky is apparently not Jewish, but writes a whole bunch of stuff supporting Jews, and his wife, Yekatarina, arranges for political prisoners who are Jewish to switch Siberia with ‘working the land’ in Eretz Yisrael.

And somehow or other, Maxim Gorky ends up ‘adopting’ this Jewish guy, Yeshua Zolomon Sverdlov, even though the dates and ages don’t really seem to fit this at all, as they should be the same generation, or Yeshua Zolomon could even be older…

One thing I can tell you for sure:

We are being lied to.

All the time.


24 replies
  1. nechama
    nechama says:

    Are there any features of Jewish observance, by some, that is aluded to as being Frankist-Freemason?
    How can one identify a Frankist-Freemason in a Jew, or a Rabbi, nowadays? Is there such a thing?

    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      It’s a good question. I think it just comes back to avodat hamiddot.

      We know Jews, regardless of their religious affiliation, are compassionate towards others.

      There are so many unknowns in this equation still.

      As more truth comes out, it will probably be easier and easier to spot who is the ‘real deal’, at every level of our lives and out communities. But it’s for sure a painful and confusing process.

  2. Dan G
    Dan G says:

    Rivka, I’m sorry to say that such bad-mouthing of Tzadikim is too much for me.
    For the same reason that I don’t trust any of the “evidence” that the Rav is a criminal, not because I did any research, but because a true Tzadik has a shining light that distinguishes him from the rest of the crowd (disclaimer: the Rav was my main inspiration to become a Baal Teshuva), I can’t trust any such “evidence” about the Rayatz.
    I believe that sooner or later you’ll be begging forgiveness at his grave.
    In the meantime I’ll probably stop following your blog.

    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      No bad-mouthing, just verified facts.

      If you have identified something that I’ve written that isn’t true, please do tell me what, so we can set the record straight.

      And btw, I went through this same ‘due diligence’ process with the Rav, before I got close to him, and my findings – and the facts – were very different.

      In that circumstance, all the ‘PR and media’ about Rav Berland, especially in the MSM, was overwhelmingly and almost 100% ‘bad’ – and not born out by the real facts of the case, which I took the time to really bottom out.

      With this story, all the ‘PR and media’, especially in the MSM is overwhelmingly and almost 100% ‘good’ – and again, not born out by the real facts of the case, which I took the time to really bottom out.

      Facts matter, at the end of the day.

      • AnonymousYid
        AnonymousYid says:

        All you’ve done is researched and gathered a bunch of historical sources and created a your own narrative. The sources are accurate but your narrative is… in kinder words… unproven.

  3. AnonymousYid
    AnonymousYid says:

    Each and every Jew used the means at their disposal to escape from the Nazis. That’s what the Lubavicher did. Was/is it forbidden to inlist Chilonim or even Nazis themselves to help Jews escape death? No, infact it’s a mitzvah. Only a proud National Zionist (Nazi) would say it’s forbidden. Obviously you haven’t read Rabbi Weismendel’s זצ”ל sefer Min HaMetsar.
    Now that I’ve explained to you what I think the facts say now it’s your turn….

    Btw, the father of the Rayatz, R Shalom Dovber (Rashab), was adamantly Anti-Zoinist (read his letter against the Zionists and their movement in sefer Ohr Lesharim).

    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      Just so we’re clear, you appear to be accusing me of being a ‘proud National Socialist’. Is that correct, or did I misunderstand you?

      The facts are, that Nazis were not in the business of rescuing Jews in World War II, and certainly not Rebbes and rabbis, who we all know they particularly targeted.

      The fact that Nazis decided to rescue a Jewish Rebbe, from Warsaw in 1939, once WW2 began, begs the question: what was the leverage being used, to induce them to do that? Or to put it another way, how did the Nazis believe they were going to benefit from doing this?

      Similarly, the Bolsheviks in the 1920s were not known for treating orthodox Jews, much less orthodox Jews that apparently were obviously and strenuously engaged in ‘anti-Bolshevik’ activities, and religious underground movements, and who continued to have long beards and big shtriemels in public, very nicely.

      If they could load Russian Orthodox nuns onto barges in the middle of rivers – and then deliberately sink them; execute people all over the place for ‘crimes against the state’ – even fabricated, imaginary ones; send them to Siberia forever, etc etc etc – and again, this occurred all the time to people who were NOT actively engaged in deliberately trying to undermine the State – then we have to ask the question:

      What was the leverage used, that caused them to treat the Rebbe Rayatz so differently? What was the ‘advantage’ these demonic Bolsheviks believed they would get, by releasing one of the main people trying to undermine their communist state and letting him carry on his activities abroad?

      There is no such thing as a ‘one-sided’ pact with the devil.

      Another fact is that there are no letters on file from the Rebbe Rayatz – or his son in law, the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe – trying to intercede with the US government for the Jews left back in Europe.

      There ARE multiple letters on record with the US government from the War period from the Rebbe Rayatz, asking the US government to please rescue his precious library and silverware.

      This troubles me greatly.

      Last fact: the US government was generally not in the habit of passing a law – any law – to make life easier for new immigrants. Yet, a special law was passed for the Rebbe Rayatz allowing him to take the oath of allegiance in 770, where 2 Supreme Court justices came to him.

      Again, what’s the leverage being used here? What did the US government gain by doing this? And if the Rebbe Rayatz had so much leverage with the US govt – why wasn’t it used to save other Jews?

      • AnonymousYid
        AnonymousYid says:

        Whatever the goyim got they got (hesed leumim chatas). You think they did it because they were in cahoots. That ain’t true. The Nazis used to also take money in exchange for Jewish lives. Like I said, you obviously haven’t read Rabbi Weismendel’s sefer.

        Oh, and you also left out that Canaris (the Nazi who helped save him) got HANGED in the end by the Nazis. Historically not everyone went along with Hitler יש”ו. There were attempts internally to overthrow him and his regime.

        As for the Americans, I’ll give you an example. Do you really think that Chuck Schumer helps Orthodox Jews out of the kindness of his heart. No. He has constituents. He’s a politician. He gets in return. Just like every politician. Jew or not (although sometimes the Vaad Hatzola did play on Jewish sentimentality to help save Jews in the Holocaust).

        I didn’t write “National Socialist” and didn’t accuse you of anything. You seem to love to make far off inferences.

        • reuven
          reuven says:

          Anonymous Yid, unless you’re suggesting that the Rebbe Rayatz (and/or his followers) simply paid off all those Nazi’s, Russians, American reform Jews, and of course enough members of Congress to pass a special law on his behalf, and a couple of Supreme Court judges who clearly have nothing pressing in their schedules to make photo shoots – all from Tzedaka money of course, then you haven’t really answered the question of what on earth possessed all of the above to bend over backwards to take the lion’s favourite snack from under its nose as it was about to have lunch…

          Therein lies the ‘elephant in the room’ which apparently cannot be spoken about… (because the implication is too big to deal with).

          • AnonymousYid
            AnonymousYid says:

            Yo Reuven, I’ve been waiting for some kind of proof from you people but all I get is BS. Pardon my french but show me the f*cking elephant! I ain’t a Lubavicher and I ain’t a Bresolver. I got no interest to protect anyone. Y’all are the ones who got your head up Berland’s a*s. STOP FEEDING PEOPLE BULL SH*T!

          • Rivka Levy
            Rivka Levy says:

            I guess you just outed yourself, and your innate bias.


            It makes it way easier to understand what ‘your problem’ is now.

            As I said earlier, I’m not taking any more anonymous comments about Rav Berland. Now that you’ve outed yourself, please take note that if you put any more comments like this about the Rav up, I will just delete them.

            Unless of course, you’d like to have the courage of your convictions and actually put a real name to your comments.

            I’m not holding my breath.

  4. Nachum
    Nachum says:

    Those aren’t United States Supreme Court justices; that’s a federal judge. There are hundreds of federal judges, and all new citizens are sworn in by a federal judge.

    • Shimshon
      Shimshon says:

      Even if not, the passage of a special law is still…troubling. That’s the kind of treatment a head of state would get.

      • Nachum
        Nachum says:

        No question about that. Chabad seems to have had a very good PR machine from day one that somehow was able to make a lot of important people do a lot of things for their rebbes. That’s if you can believe what they say.

        (By the way, historians have called into question the details, and even the very reality, of a lot of these Chabad “imprisoned and miraculously rescued” stories that a lot of their rebbes seem to have. Basically, while the Russians and Soviets kept good records, there’s very little evidence for a lot of these stories in those records.)

        • Rivka Levy
          Rivka Levy says:

          Do you have any links to papers or sites that actually discuss the details? It’s important to keep the discussion as ‘fact based’ as possible, so if you do have additional information that would be great.

    • Nachum
      Nachum says:

      A good rule of thumb is to believe about nothing you see on Chabad-produced videos, which are basically made for one reason only, to convince us that the whole world saw their rebbes as gods. You can look up any list of Supreme Court justices and you won’t find these people on it.

      (In New York, “Supreme Court” actually means the *lowest*, not the highest, court- it’s a long story- but that’s state, not federal, court.)

      • Rivka Levy
        Rivka Levy says:

        What’s the names of the justices – I didn’t take notes when I was watching the video and just assumed what was being said was correct.

        • Nachum
          Nachum says:

          The narrator says “Supreme Court Justice Leo Rifel,” but he has a Yiddish accent. The name is in fact Leo Rayfiel, and he was a judge on the federal court of the Eastern District of New York (which includes Brooklyn). Not at all a “Supreme Court Justice.” It’s generally district court judges who swear in new citizens, although of course not at home.

          Chabad has this belief that mashiach (by which they mean their rebbe) won’t come until everyone accepts him. When this is understood, a lot of their PR makes sense. They produce books and videos showing that this or that gadol or secular authority respected the Rebbe as a way of implying that they felt that he was mashiach. They even got the United States Congress to issue some proclamation- I doubt a single congressman voting for it realized what was going on, but Chabad uses it as “proof” that the world accepts the rebbe. This would be a part of that- “See, the Supreme Court of the United States showed respect to the rebbe!”

  5. Daisy
    Daisy says:

    Rivka, I have to comment here:

    You do say the Tikkun Klali every day, don’t you? So what does it say, explicitly, in Perek 32 ? You are paying attention to your words, aren’t you?

    רַבִּים מַכְאוֹבִים, לָרָשָׁע: וְהַבּוֹטֵחַ בַּיהוָה–חֶסֶד, יְסוֹבְבֶנּוּ

    It didn’t occur to you at all, that maybe Tzaddikim could be saved by Hashem for their righteous deeds? Wasn’t the Rav miraculously saved from the Soviets? What makes you think that other Tzaddikim couldn’t experience Yeshuot? Regardless of their contacts? Because HASHEM wanted them alive? Do you know how much good the Lubavitcher Rebbe did in his life, and continues to do after his death, how many Jewish lives he returned to Torah, how many Jews survive thanks to him, to this very day? Maybe his father-in-law was also needed in the US for the sake of Torah? What happened behind the scenes, who pulled the strings… so what?

    Did you read Perfidy, by Ben Hecht?

    My own cousin ZT”L. was in the same transport that led the Satmar Rebbe to Bergen-Belsen; he told me stories years ago about his life with the Satmar Rebbe. I was also very shocked and horrified that the rebbe was the only one who survived, while his followers were led to the gas chambers. I was furious over it. But maybe Hashem needed him alive too? Do we really know the inner workings of the Shechinah? I am not saying it is OK, I think it’s terrible that the Nazis made a deal with him and only saved him. But some members of my family were also rescued by Kastner in Budapest (because of their leading position in the community). They were the lucky ones ( we are talking about a lottery within the family, literally, to decide who would benefit from the limited number of places available in the rescuing transport ), while my own parents were sent to Auschwitz and lost two children there, an awful, terrible tragedy. I am sure such choices were not only available in Hungary; there were deals made with the Nazis, whereby they would financially or otherwise benefit from offering something to the Jewish community, while the community – or some other people – would decide who would live and who would die – if they were meant to die by Hashem’s will. My own parents, B”H, both survived in miraculous circumstances because of their Emunah. Are you saying that the Rayatz had no Emunah? What if he had the greatest Emunah you can possibly imagine? Again: רַבִּים מַכְאוֹבִים, לָרָשָׁע: וְהַבּוֹטֵחַ בַּיהוָה–חֶסֶד, יְסוֹבְבֶנּוּ.

    If anybody understands Tefillah and Emunah, you should. And it is NOT limited to followers of Rav Berland, as much as you love him. There were many great Tzaddikim before him also worthy of miracles. Not every Gadol is looking for the Bizayon the Rav is requiring for his own role in this world. Some live in opulence, some live like paupers – so what? I am very attached to the Rav, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t appreciate the Lubavitcher Rebbe: to me he was the Gadol Hador for years – from the day I met him, until his passing. Then I knew he would NOT be the Mashiach. There is a Gadol in every generation: Moshe Rabbeinu is being reincarnated every 50 years according to ?…..I don’t remember which source.

    Just saying… research notwithstanding, there are other much more powerful elements behind historical events.

    What do you say?”


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