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I had quite a few comments and emails basically asking the same question: why does the truth matter?

Why stir things up?

Why ‘break things down’, when it’s so very uncomfortable and ‘unpleasant’, to see what’s really hiding under all these stones we’re flipping over.

I had a long car drive yesterday, and I was listening to Yosef Karduner’s ‘Simple Talk’.

The first song on the album basically answered the question in a very powerful, very simple way.

You can listen to it here:

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It’s basically a passage from Rebbe Nachman’s teachings, (Likutey Moharan Lesson 7, Part I) that Yosef Karduner set to music.

Here’s a little of what the song says, in English:

Know: That the ikker (main point) of galut (exile) is really only due to a lack of emuna.

Because the ikker of the geula (redemption) depends upon emuna….

Help us to understand about this lack of emuna…

It’s impossible to get to emuna, other than by way of truth.

And it’s impossible to get to truth, other than by way of drawing close to the [true] tzaddikim and following their counsel….

For the advice of the [true] Tzaddik is totally truth.

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The true Tzaddikim give us the true advice, of how to rectify ourselves and the world, and how to see things, and how to get close to God and develop real emuna.

When we follow that ‘true’ advice, things start to work, and things start to get sweetened, and we get geula the sweet way, instead of with all the suffering and pain, God forbid, that comes from clinging on to all the klipot, and the lies that fuel them.

Rabbenu’s advice is very simple:

Do an hour a day of hitbodedut, try and judge yourself over every thought, word and action, dance and clap to sweeten the harsh judgments, and work on really developing emuna that ein od milvado, there is only Hashem.

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Prayer is what fixes the world.

Hitbodedut, Tikkun Haklalis, talking to God, sincere shmoneh esrei, dancing and clapping and singing – this is what is really fixing the world.

Plus developing a connection to the TRUE tzaddikim, so we can follow their TRUE advice for how to give God what He really wants from us.

If we don’t know who is a true tzaddik, and who at least might be what Rabbenu refers to as ‘Jewish demon Torah scholars’, we can be following the wrong spiritual path all of our life – with the best of intentions – and never get to where we so very much yearn to be.

I.e. in a world of true peace, harmony and emuna.

(Look at Likutey Moran Lesson 12, Part I, for more on these ‘Jewish demon Torah scholars. They are connected to the klipa of Lavan, that Hava shared some interesting thoughts about HERE.)

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To those that say ‘who are we, to be engaged in this process of birur?’

Rabbenu says this (Lesson 5, part I, Likutey Moharan:)

Each and every individual must say to himself, ‘The entire world was created only for me’ (Sanhedrin 37a).

“And since the world was created for me, it is my responsibility to look after and have in mind the betterment of the world at all times, to fill the needs of the world and to pray for its inhabitants.

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People are suffering all over the place, and that can and will intensify until the world of lies finally falls, and we have geula.

And each of us has a part to play, in dismantling that ‘world of lies’ – particularly the inner world of lies, that tells us we are such big tzaddikim, and that we never get things wrong, and that the problem is only and always in everyone else.

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To those who ask ‘how do we know which path is correct, to bring geula?’

Take a look at Likutey Moharan Lesson 20, Part I, where Rabbenu expands in more detail on the ‘story’ he brings in the book ‘Tzaddik’ (in English translation), in the section called ‘New Stories, No. 209’.

It’s a story of many people sitting around someone who is ‘lying on the ground’, apparently teaching Torah to those who are sitting in a circle, surrounded by more and more circles of people.

This is an allusion to a spiritual leader, or ‘Tzaddik’. This ‘Tzaddik’ then dies, and here is what happens next:

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After this, they all started to run and I ran after them. I saw two palaces – very fine, beautiful buildings. Sitting there were two commanders.

They all ran to these two commanders and started arguing with them. “Why did you deceive us?” They wanted to kill them.

The commanders fled outside. I saw them and their nature was very good in my eyes. I ran after them and I saw in the distance a beautiful tent (ohel). From there, they cried out to the commanders: ‘Turn back and seek out all the merits you have and take them in your hands, and go to the light which is hanging there. There, you will accomplish everything you want.

They turned back and took their merits – there were bundles of merits there  and they ran to the light. The commanders came and threw their merits to the lights. From the light, sparks fell into their mouths.

Then the NOR, lamp, turned into a NahaR, river, and everybody drank from the river, and creatures were formed inside of them. Whey started to speak the creatures came out of them and I saw them running and returning. They were neither men nor any kind of animal – just creatures….

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…In the meantime, there was an order to kill the commanders and they cut off their heads.

Meanwhile, the sequence of events returned to what it had been before…

…They ran to the commanders – everything happened as described before – except that now I saw that the commanders did not throw their merits to the light.

They simply took their merits and went to the light and broke their hearts, and began to beg and make entreaties before the light, and sparks fell from the light into their mouths. 

They entreated more, and the light turned into a river, and the creatures were formed etc.

They told me, “These ones will live” – because the first ones deserved to be killed for throwing their merits to the light and not making entreaties, like these latter ones.

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We see from here that ‘doing mitzvahs’ – while it’s wonderful and good – did not achieve the end result by itself.

Because people get puffed-up with pride and arrogance when they are doing a bunch of mitzvahs, and then they start demanding ‘Moshiach NOW!!!’ and thinking that God has to give it to them, because of all the mitzvahs they are doing.

That approach fails, and the ‘commanders’ have their head cut off and everything has to go begin over again, from scratch.

That second time, there’s another Tzaddik teaching circles of students, who also dies.

But now, the ‘commanders’ – the students that take over the leadership of the movement, and who are also trying to get to geula and Moshiach – try a different approach.

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They are still doing mitzvot, and keeping Hashem’s Torah.

But they know that THIS isn’t what bring the geula, directly.

What brings the geula is ‘breaking their hearts’, and begging and entreating ‘the light’ – i.e. Hashem.

I.e. hitbodedut, judging ourselves, reciting Tikkun Haklalis, everything we highlighted above as Rabbenu’s main advice, or etzot.

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In Lesson 20, Rabbenu explains a little more.

There, he says this:

“Moses was meant to take his dominion of might (i.e. staff) that he earned from his mitzvot and good deeds, and ‘gather the people’, for when people are gathered, there are evil ones among them, and the staff of might is meant to subdue their evil.

Then, ‘speak to the rock in their presence’….pouring out one’s words and prayers with supplication, like a pauper and a beggar.

‘To the rock’ refers to the Supernal Heart…

But Moses did not do this….'[H]e struck the rock twice…’ meaning that he struck the Supernal Heart, as one who grabs something forcefully and without consent, for he sought in the power of his good deeds…

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“These were the waters of strife.”

For this reason, one should never pressure oneself for anything, but beg with supplication. 

If God grants it, good, and if not, not.

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All these ‘false messiahs’ started off with very beautiful intentions.

Rabbenu himself says about them:

I saw them and their nature was very good in my eyes.

But they were following the wrong advice, the wrong etzot, and it ended in disaster, both for them, and the people who were following after them.

So now, here we are again, trying the whole thing again, and this time, we need to proceed with maximum humility, maximum prayer, and to know that ‘doing one more mitzvah’ isn’t what’s going to bring Moshiach, especially if we’re trying to force the issue, and ‘assert ourselves’ against Hashem.

Prayer, hitbodedut, Tikkun Haklali, dancing and singing, mesirut nefesh and recognising that really, we are just spiritual paupers and beggars – this is what succeeds, where that other path failed.

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It’s the difference between this:

L’chatchila Ariber (Niggun of the Rebbe Maharash): The tune and the name of this melody represent Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch’s famous adage on dealing with challenges:

“The world says, ‘If you can’t crawl under an obstacle, try to climb over,’ but I say, ‘At the outset, one should climb over!'”

And THIS:

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And it makes all the difference in the world.

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We are all in this together.

(This is going to be a really long post. Make yourself comfortable.)

I know some readers feel I am ‘going after’ Chabad, whatever that actually means, by trying to get to the bottom of our very tangled collective family tree, but in this post, I’m going to explain how the only thing I’m ‘going after’ is the truth.

Here’s how all this started, around two years ago, when the persecution and ‘trial by media’ of Rav Eliezer Berland kicked off again, in Israel.

I was starting work on ‘One in a Generation’ volume 3 – which at this stage, will probably never happen – when I got the idea in my head that I should try to pin down who exactly was running the State of Israel, so I could start to understand more of why exactly they were persecuting the Rav, like this.

Very quickly, I got deep into ‘Frankist-Freemason’ territory, and my mind started to be blown by what I was learning.

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And then, I got to THIS strange post, on the Kotzker Blog, which quoted the notorious Frankist descendent Athol Bloomer describing how he believed he descended from Rebbe Nachman, thus:

“Rebbe Nachman of Breslov was married twice. His first wife Sashia of Brody (Alexandra Body/ Braude) was the daughter of the secret Frankist Rebbe Benjamin Ephraim Braude (aka Alexander Margoliot/ Sender Brody) of Sheklov. She was the mother of most of his children. His wife died in 1807 and he remarried soon after to Devorah Brody (Braude) a daughter of the Frankist Rebbe of Sheklov and his second wife Rachel Mayer a granddaughter of Rebbe Jacob Frank. In 1808 Rebbe Nachman disappeared with his new wife to Lvov for 8 months to await the secret birth of his son named Jacob ben Rebbe Nachman (BaRoN) who he left with the Frankists to rear. This son later used the name Yankel Baron…”

The writer then claims to be descended from Yankel Baron.

“Yankel Baron (b.1808 Lvov) married Bracha Zaslavski (b.1819) a daughter of Aharon Zaslavski and Chaya (b.1801) a daughter of Rebbe Nachman [i.e. he married his niece]. Bracha’s sister Miriam Chaya Zaslavski (1820-1860) married Michael Brennan (b.1820 Sheklov) a grandson of Rabbi Nathan (Nosan) of Nemirov the Chief Disciple of Rebbe Nachman. Michael’s father was Moshe ben Rabbi Nathan of Nemirov (BReNaN/ BRENN) who became a follower of the Alter Rebbe’s son Moshe ben Schneur Zalman [who had become the leader of the Jewish Catholics (secret Frankists)]. Moshe (b.1795 d.1865 Kilkenny Ireland) and his wife Sarah Auerbach (b.1807) (daughter of Adil and R. Yoska) was removed from the family tree and records of the family by the Jewish community…”

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Let’s be very clear, that I got to this post right at the beginning of my search into ‘what was really going on’, within the Jewish community, and before I’d done all the tons of research I have now done.

And there was this claim, sticking straight in my face, that Rebbe Nachman was somehow directly connected to the ‘Frankists’ and even had Catholic-Frankist descendents??!?!?

At that point, I had a choice.

I could either carry on pretending that I’d never seen this claim, and just not check out it’s factual basis and accuracy – and then forever have that gnawing feeling that perhaps I was lying to myself, and fooling myself about something way too big to really ignore.

Or.

I could take a deep breath, and try to figure out what was true.

Because God’s seal is truth. And even when it’s our beloved way of life, our religious ‘beliefs’, our connection to a Rebbe who has mamash changed everything around for the better – we still need to know the truth, about who that person really is, and where they are really coming from.

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So, that’s how I started to research this topic so seriously, that it has literally consumed the best part of two years.

And that’s why I’m telling you, that we are all in this together.

Very soon in my research, I noticed that ‘Breslov’ was being used to deflect attention away from ‘Chabad’, and their genealogy and family tree. Basically, nearly everything that was being ‘pinned’ on Breslov, and Rabbenu’s followers and descendants, usually without any basis, I was finding over there in real life, on the Chabad side of the equation.

That’s how I started researching that “secret Frankist Rebbe Benjamin Ephraim Braude (aka Alexander Margoliot/ Sender Brody) of Sheklov” that I’ve written so much about.

Athol Bloomer’s accounts are a potent mixture of truth and lies – and figuring out what is what has been quite the process.

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While Chabad’s deep ties to Frankists and Sabbateans are becoming more and more obvious, I’ve continued to have that niggling question:

What really happened to Rebbe Nachman’s daughter, Chaya, and her marriage to ‘Aharon Zaslavksi’?

And for the rest of this post, I’m going to try to answer that question.

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As I’ve been saying all along, the Jewish people is just one, big family.

There is good and bad mixed up inside every single one of us, regardless of our ‘affiliation’. This is not a question of one ‘group’ being 100%, unimpeachably ‘perfect’ and everyone else being wrong.

Every single person has work to do, to identify, refine and ultimately uproot their bad middot.

And that applies to Chabad, to Breslov, to the Litvaks, to the Sephardim – to absolutely everyone.

Just it seems to me, authentic Breslov people are way more honest, about the spiritual struggles that are really going on ‘under the bonnet’. They are actually engaging in that work of ‘fixing middot‘ a lot of the time, especially by way of regular hitbodedut.

And when you are engaged in the task of recognising your own bad middot, it makes it way easier to spot them on the outside, too.

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So, let’s get back to Aharon Zaslavski, the second husband of Rebbe Nachman’s daughter, Chaya.

Here’s the basic background:

Rebbe Nachman, and Rav Natan, after him, were exceedingly careful about who Rabbenu’s children married.

With hindsight, I’ve come to realise that the religious Jewish community was so infiltrated by ‘secret Sabbateans’ and ‘secret Frankists’ of every stripe, at this point in time, that finding an upright spouse for your kid, amongst the families with yichus, was becoming an almost impossible task.

And make no mistake, Rabbenu also had ‘yichus’.

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His paternal grandfather, Nachman Horodenka, was the nephew of the famous Sabbatian prophet, the Eshel Avraham.

Nachman Horodenka’s second cousin was the Chacham Tzvi – their grandparents were siblings, and they have the same great-grandfather, namely ‘Jacob (the Elder) Halevi Koppel Heller Frankel.

On Rabbenu’s maternal side, he was descended from the Baal Shem Tov.

In turn, the Baal Shem Tov was part of the wider ‘Isserles’ clan, connected to the REMA.

The infamous Shor / Gunzburg family of Sabbateans also descends from the REMA and /or, the REMA’s brother, Eliezer Isserles (I’m still unpicking all the deliberate mixing up… stay tuned.)

So Rabbenu’s family was mamash in the middle of that very strong current of ‘Sabbateanism’ that was still eddying throughout the whole of the Jewish community, and in the process of crystallising into ‘Frankism’.

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The holy Baal Shem Tov came to ‘rectify’ Sabbateanism.

He took a lot of their teachings, their ‘more spiritual and miraculous’ approach to life, and he infused it with the kedusha required to sweeten it, as part of his new approach of chassidut.

Before the BESHT came along, there were a lot of ‘miracle workers’ and ‘Baal Shems’ – but they were using the names of demons to basically do black magic.

‘Black magic’, or ‘practical kabbalah’ is where you are trying to make something happen in the natural world, using unnatural means.

This can still result in ‘miracles’ – and it often did result in miracles, and miraculous ‘cures’ – but those miracles are coming from an impure place, and they run a very high risk of entraining the ‘miracle worker’ to the world of evil that he thinks he’s controlling.

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Rebbe Nachman talks about this, in his story of ‘The Cripple’.

There, he explains that:

The [Demon] King now said to [the Sage]: “Because you are such a unique man, I will give you a book with all the families of the devils. There are spiritual masters who only know one family, and even that they do not know completely. I will give you a book with all the families….

….Later on, when the Sage reached his time to pass on from the world, he called together his children and commanded them, saying:

“I leave you with this book. You see that I have the power to use this book in holiness, and nevertheless I do not use it. I simply put my trust in Hashem, may He be blessed. Neither should you use it. Even if there be among you one who is able to use it in holiness, even so, do not use it, and rather, trust in Hashem.”

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Conjuring the names of demons – even for ostensibly ‘good’ purposes – is a very risky business, spiritually.

And we see from this story, that the BESHT’s new approach was to replace all this ‘practical kabbalah / black magic’ of trying to ‘force’ things to happen in the world, with a faith-based approach of practical emuna, instead.  Of course, I’m oversimplifying, but the basic idea is that we accept God’s will, but also pray to God to change things and to ‘sweeten things’, instead of trying to take matters into our own hands.

It’s the difference between ‘hitting the rock’ and ‘speaking to the rock’.

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So, the BESHT came out of that same family where so many of his relatives were the leading lights in the underground ‘secret Sabbatian’ movement.

He lived at a time where ‘practical kabbalists’ were working ‘miracles’ all over the place as ‘Baal Shems’ – or ‘masters of the name’. And the ‘names’ they were using for their miracles were the names of demons, as alluded to by Rebbe Nachman, in his tale of The Cripple.

I’m still unpicking Rabbi Nachman Horodenker’s side of the story, but I can tell you he descends from the same ‘interesting people’ I’ve been researching for a while.

Rabbi Nachman Horodenker lived at the time when Jacob Benjamin Loeb Frankel’s ‘Frankist’ movement was gaining steam across Podolia and Galicia – with literally hundreds of adherents who were RABBIS in their community.

At this point, I think R’ Nachman Horodenker was trying to split off from these influences by drawing close to the BESHT. And I think that’s also why he arranged for his son Simcha – Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s father – to be raised in the BESHT’s own home from a very young age, even though Rabbi Nachman Horodenker was still alive.

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So, Rabbenu was born into a family with a lot of illustrious yichus, most of which connected him straight into the heart of the growing Sabbatean-Frankist revival.

I am still in the process of trying to figure out the specific links, but I am certain that the Alter Rebbe and Rebbe Nachman were blood relatives, via their shared ‘Isserles’ connections.

And as we know, members of these ‘illustrious’ families all married each other, again and again and again, throughout history.

So, when I first learned that Rebbe Nachman’s daughter Chaya had married ‘Aharon Zaslavski’, who is meant to be the Alter Rebbe’s grandson via his daughter Frieda, I wasn’t shocked.

This marriage took place after Rabbenu’s death, and was Chaya’s second marriage.

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Chaya’s first marriage was to Zalman ben Yaakov Yosef, of Zlatipolia.

According to the Breslov Research Institute’s book, Until the Mashiach, Chaya has one child from her first marriage, called ‘Nachman Chayales’. He married the grand-daughter of Shlomo of Karlin and Baruch of Medzhibozh.

(Like I said, it’s a very small gene-pool…)

Apparently, she then had three more children with ‘Aharon Zaslavski’, including:

Yechiel – who married his cousin Sterna Sashia, the daughter of Nachman Chayales.

Adil – who married Avraham of Kiniev.

And:

Rochel – who married an unidentified ‘Yitzchok’.

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This is what I learned, all those months ago, before I knew just how ‘deep’ in the Sabbatean-Frankist parsha the Alter Rebbe’s family actually is.

So then, as a natural next step to trying to ascertain the truth of Bloomer’s fantastic claims about Bracha Zaslavski and Yankel Baron, I started looking into the family tree of Aharon Zaslavski, himself. And very quickly, I found myself in an historical quagmire.

This comes from HERE:

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Stupid me, I thought it would be relatively easy to figure out who he was, and who his father was.

Two years’ later, I am still deep in that extended process of trying to figure it out, but let’s see where we get to, today.

Here’s the ‘official story’ of Aharon Zaslavksi’s family, from Chabad:

Rebbetzin Freida SCHNEURI (b. Leozna, Poland) married to Rabbi Eliyahu ben Rabbi Mordechai KLUTZKAR. They had two children:

* Boruch married the daughter of Binyomin KLETZKER.
* Aharon ZASLAVSKI from Kremenchug. He married Chayeh daughter of Rebbe Nachman.

Family book of Rabbi from Ladi, ref #13

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Frieda Schneuri is meant to be the oldest daughter of the Alter Rebbe.

Her son is the ‘Aharon Zaslavski’ who married Rebbe Nachman’s daughter, Chaya. But if you look carefully, you’ll notice that he also married someone else, who strangely, is not mentioned in the ‘Family book of Rabbi from Ladi’, which chronicles the Alter Rebbe’s official family tree.

Aharon has another wife, called ‘Chaya Sarah Alexanderov (nee Shneuri or Schneourson)’.

And here’s where we are probably going to learn something very interesting.

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THIS screenshot, above, comes from the MyHeritage site for ‘Rbzn Rivka Schneerson (born ALEXANDROV).

It names her parents as none other than Aharon Klutzkar-Zaslavsky and ‘Chaya Sara Debarmikder’.

Rbzn Rivka Schneerson marries the Rebbe MAHARASH, the 4th Rebbe of Chabad who we talked about HERE, and is the mother of the 5th Rebbe, the RaShab.

Now, we have a bit of a conundrum to unpick.

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On geni HERE, we see this:

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This names Rbzn Rivka’s parents as ‘Aaron Moshe Alexanderov’ and ‘Rbzn Chaya Sarah Alexandrov’.

That makes Rbzn Rivka the g-g-granddaughter of Jacob Frank(el), via her paternal grandmother Rebbetzin Leah Golda Alecsanderov (nee Broida).

If that’s all we discovered today, dayenu.

We already knew that the Rebbes’ families were blood relatives of the Eshel Avraham and Jacob Frank.

But it still doesn’t explain how ‘Aharon Zaslavsky’ – and his ‘secret Frankist offspring’ – totally fits into the picture, so let’s just try and figure this out a tiny bit more.

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If you go HERE, you’ll see the geni entry for ‘Aaron Moshe Alexanderov‘:

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This tree is based on the account of the Rebbe Rayatz (6th Admor of Chabad), who tells us that Reb Moshe Alexanderov, Aharon’s father, is the son of the Alter Rebbe’s favorite chassid, Rabbi Alexander ‘Sander’ ben Tzvi Hirsch of Shklov.

I’ve been piercing a lot of information together the last few months, and I’m 90% sure that this ‘Alexander Sander’ is the brother of none other than Baron Joshua Zeitlin (Zeitlis).

I don’t want to overwhelm you with info, so park that for now.

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Compare and contrast what’s above, with THIS, the family tree for Aharon’s mum, Lea Golda Alexanderov, the Eshel Avraham’s grand-daughter:

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I know, my head is also spinning from all this.

It’s not so much the information, it’s all the lies.

That ‘Reb Sender’ who is Aharon Zaslavsky’s maternal grandfather is the same guy fingered by Bloomer as the:

“secret Frankist Rebbe Benjamin Ephraim Braude (aka Alexander Margoliot/ Sender Brody) of Sheklov”.

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(Astute readers may have noticed the massive problem this presents, in terms of Chabad genealogy.)

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Let’s see if we can throw a bit more light on this by looking at Aharon Zaslavksi’s brother, Boruch, who is meant to have married the daughter of ‘Binyamin Kletzker’.

Binyamin Kletzker was another famous talmid of the Alter Rebbe, and has a lot of stories told about him, like this, from HERE:

Few Chassidim intrigue us as much as Reb Binyomin Kletzker.

His greatness was that he was a phenomenally successful businessman, whose every action and decision was influenced by and in accordance with the Chassidus he learnt. Those teachings permeated him to such an extent that quite often, to the shock of his associates, he would become absorbed in a thought of Chassidus in the middle of his transactions, reflecting on it for an extended period of time.

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I’m pretty sure THIS is the same guy, R’ Binyomin Volf Klatzki Gunzburg:

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Binyomin Vulf Klatzi Gunzburg is the first cousin of Naftali Hirsch Gunzburg, the dad of Gabriel Yakov Gunzburg.

You know, the grand-dad of this guy:

Baron Joseph Gunzburg (who was doing very similar things, at very similar times, to the 4th Rebbe MAHARASH of Chabad.)

Binyomin Vulf Klatzi Gunzburg is also married to the niece of the Vilna Gaon, R’ Eliyahu Rivlin.

(Yes, that’s a new piece of information I discovered just yesterday. The Vilna Gaon was apparently ‘R’ Eliyahu Rivlin’, the son of ‘Shlomo Zalman Rivlin’.

Just think how many ‘Rivlins’ shaped and are still shaping the modern State of Israel, and then start to understand why so much of this has been covered up.)

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There are no siblings – at all – listed for ‘Binyomin Vulf Klatzi Gunzburg.

As you may have noticed, I could go on forever with this stuff…

But here’s the takeaway, for this post:

We can’t be scared to follow the truth down, wherever it takes us, and however uncomfortable it really makes us.

Once we know what is really going on, and why our communities and world is so very broken, then we can really start to take the steps required, and say the prayers required, to fix it.

It’s as simple as that.

If we don’t know ‘the problem’, we can’t work out ‘the cure’.

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Do I think that Rebbe Nachman has some ‘Frankist’ descendants today?

It’s possible, but at this stage I think it’s unlikely.

Rabbenu brought back ‘the gift of opposition’ for Breslov chassidut from Israel, which means Breslov is constantly being picked apart and criticised. That makes it a very difficult place for ‘secret Frankists’ to hang out, generally, and also means Breslov generally has very little secular power or influence.

It does seem, tho, that there WERE ‘close mishpocha’ of Rabbenu who really were very deep in the Sabbatian-Frankist parsha, and who seem to have a habit of ‘projecting’ all their own stuff onto authentic Breslov.

As is still happening today, with Rav Berland and Shuvu Banim.

Remember, when one of these people was quoted extensively in the Israeli press accusing the Rav of being another ‘false messiah’ and another ‘Shabtai Tzvi?’

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But the point is, really, that there is good and bad in everyone’s closets.

There is good and bad in everyone’s hearts.

There is good and bad in everyone’s actions.

We are all an admixture of good and bad, that needs clarifying and rectifying.

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Going forward, I want to issue a plea:

Let’s just figure out the truth of what is really going on here, as a nation, as a people, so we can work together to figure out the solution, and get geula the sweet way.

Chabad for sure has tremendous good in it too, and tremendously good people. Breslov for sure, as a movement, still has its fair share of crazy psychos with bad middot, including the people who have been persecuting the Rav for the last 20 years.

We need to move past the ‘sectarianism’, and the ‘my Rebbe is bigger than your Rebbe’ stuff, and all the ‘pretending’ that our leaders are perfect saints who never had any doubts, or any crises of faith, or had any massive inherited skeletons in their closet.

And just figure out what is really going on here, so we can join together and fix it.

As one nation, with one heart, all trying to serve the One True Hashem.

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The truth shouldn’t scare us.

Even all those ‘false messiahs’ had some spark of good, and were trying to somehow ‘fix’ the world spiritually – just they made some massive mistakes, got mixed up with demonic forces, and very quickly fell into even bigger spiritual mistakes that we are still suffering from today.

But Rabbenu teaches:

If you believe you can break, believe you can fix.

So yalla, let’s do it already.

Geula is waiting.

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A while back, Rav Berland said every home should have at least one of his prayers.

And from other hints and clues from the Rav, I understood that having a prayer from the Rav in the home connects you to him, and brings you into the circle of spiritual protection.

What am I talking about?

This is a snippet from Rebbe Nachman’s story of the The Cripple:

One time, a new king [of the demons] was declared…he looked and noticed some men sitting (they were the wise man and his people), and he sent some of his men to abuse them, as was his custom always.

When the wise man’s people saw them, they became afraid, but the wise man said to them, “Do not fear.”

When the devils came near them, they could not reach them, because of the circle the wise man had drawn around them. The King [of the demons] sent other men, and neither could they. He flew into a rage and went himself, but he also could not come near them.

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Let’s just say, I relate to this story a lot – and more and more, as time goes on.

So I have a bunch of prayers from the Rav that I regularly say, and right now, these are the two that really speak to me the most.

I am posting them up here, with the transliterated Hebrew (best) if you want to also say them, plus an English translation, so you understand what you are actually saying.

Prayer Number 1: To not be scared of anything and to pray for the Rav

Transliteration:

Ribonu shel olam, kol yakol, zakeyni lisfog hakol. 

Lekabal hakol b’ahava, v’lo lefached mey shum devar.

V’lo lehit-ya-esh af pam, v’le-hamin she Hashem mashgiach al kol tzad ve sha’al, al kol neshima ve neshima.

V’argish et Hashem, be kol nefesh, ruach, neshama, chaya, yehida sheli, v’bkol tenua ve’ tenua sheli.

V’etpalel yomam v’lilah al haRav ve haRabanit, she yehiyu tamid bree-im, v’tamid hazakim.

V’yiyeh itanu at kol ha 120 shana, v’yikansu itanu le Gan Eden, im ha neshama v’haguf, be briut etana.

Ve l’olam lo yihiyu holim, v’yihiyu tamid tzloolim, v’ brurim, b’higayon bari v’tzalool.

Ve tamid shkoolim l’asot ratzon Konam, v’hefetz yotzram.

Ve yarootzo tamid la’asot et ratzon Hashem, le’lo le’ot ve’ayefoot klal.

Ve ani tamid eyiyeh zariz(a) le’asot ratzon Koni, be see ha’shlemot v’simcha.

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Translation:

Master of the World, Who can do anything, give me the merit of absorbing everything, and to recieve everything with love.

And not to be scared of anything at all, and never to become despairing – even once.

And to believe that Hashem is controlling every step of the way, on all sides, and every breath and every breath.

And to feel Hashem, with all my nefesh, ruach, neshama, chaya, yehida [the five levels of soul], and with every action and movement I make.

And I should pray day and night about the Rav and the Rabbanit, that they should always be healthy, and always strong.

And that they should be with us until 120 years, and enter Gan Eden with us, with the neshama and the body, in firm health.

And that they should never be sick, and should always be lucid and clear, the very epitome of lucidity and clarity.

And to always weigh up to do what the Creator wants, and seek out His will, and that they run to do the will of Hashem, without any slowness or tiredness at all.

And I should always be zealous to do the will of my Creator, with maximum whole-heartedness and happiness.

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This particular prayer showed up last month, when I was totally freaking out about 5—G lamp-posts, and AI face recognition cameras and body scanners all over the place, and a few million other things.

It worked really fast to calm me down, and when I combine it with half an hour of singing, dancing and stomping all the ‘bad’ away – it’s magic.

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Here’s the second prayer that I really relate to, right now.

Prayer Number 2: To accept humiliation with love and happiness,

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Transliteration:

Ana Hashem, kol yakol. Zakeyni lekabel bizyanot b’ahavah, et kol ha bizyonot she b’olam, be’ahavah tamid.

Ve lo ehyeh baz lekol adam, she yesh be zeh et ha aveira she lo to’achlu al ha dam.

Ve she tamid esmach be’bizayonot she ya’asu li, ve ekabel otam be’lahat ve be’ahavah, ve be’simcha.

B’ahavah amitit, leshem shemayim.

Ki k’sh’adam mekabel bizyanot, ze be’hina shel chatan v’kallah, she nimchalim lo kol avonotav.

Ki kol mi she mekabel bizyanot be’ahava, nishma’im kol tefilotav, ve kol tefilotav mey esrot shanim metkablot miyad.

Ve oleh le nukva de pardashka, le nekev yamin, she me sham, ha’yayin v’ha’yayin d’ha’yayin.

Ve yuchal le’rapeh et kol haholim, ve le’he-hiot metim.

Ve ha malachim Nuriel, Gavriel, Michael, Raphael yilavu oti yomam ve’lilah.

Ve al yadeh ze, eknes im gufi le Gan Eden.

Ve al yadeh ze, ezkeh le ‘kad ha kemach lo calata, ve tzepachat ha shemen lo haserr’.

Ve al yadeh ze, titaber bi etzem neshmat Rabbenu HaKadosh ve’hanora.

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Translation:

Answer me, Hashem, Who can do anything!

Give me the merit of accepting bizyanot (being shamed and embarrassed) with love – all the bizyanot in the world, I should always accept it with love.

And that I shouldn’t embarrass any other person, because this contains the sin of ‘don’t eat over the blood’.

And that I should always be happy with the bizyanot that is done to me, and I should accept it with ardour and with love and with happiness, with true love, for the sake of Heaven.

Because when a person accepts bizyanot, this is from the aspect of a bride and groom, who have all their sins forgiven [before the wedding].

For, everyone who accepts bizyanot with love, all their prayers are heard.

And all their prayers from the last few decades are immediately accepted.

And they go up to nukva de’pardeshka, to nekev yamin, from where comes the wine of the wine of the wine. [These are all kabbalistic references.]

And then one can heal all the sick, and revive the dead.

And the angels Nuriel, Gavriel, Michael and Raphael will accompany me day and night.

And by way of this, I will enter Gan Eden with my body.

And by way of this, I will merit to “the jug of flour does not finish and the cruse of oil isn’t lacking.” And by way of this, embue me with the essence of the soul of Rabbenu Hakadosh v’ha nora.

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So you see, it’s worth my while to have crazy commenters here, always looking for new ways to try to upset me and embarrass me publically.

Although I know it’s not always easy for others to read, so I’m sorry for that.

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I just want to end with some snippets of an update I got sent about the Rav, Rabbi Berland.

The Rav was brought in for investigation.

They can take him just for getting information. And they can be much more strict than someone actually convicted of something…for so long as they want and under worse conditions.

This time the Rav is going to be held under stricter conditions.

The Media says otherwise with false stories and from these false stories, the police go out and arrest people. One of the names given was Rav Berland. So he was arrested and taken in for questioning. It is important to know that since he was arrested, they are not accusing him of any crime; it is just for information.

All this is ONLY what the police are saying to the Media. Headlines say he is admitting to crimes, but this is incorrect. A body was never found. Someone, long ago, asked the Rav about saying kaddish. Rav ruled yes, you can say kaddish over a missing body. They are trying to manipulate his ruling to say kaddish into some kind of admission that he knew something. “I’m sorry that your brother is missing, you may say Kaddish,” is what he said. And the police turned it into something false…

They are trying to break up the community of Shuva Banim. They want everything to crumble around the Rav, even cutting off his phone calls to the community.

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We are witnessing another technique of the police to keep him locked up even though there is no trial.

They can do this, it is very unjust, but they have this right. This can go on for many years. And they can win, even without having a trial. They know that he is in bad health and can not survive in prison. They will keep him in as long as possible and force a plea bargain and that means admitting to things he never has done. They found 3 cancerous growths in his body while he was in prison that were not treated [the first time around]. One kidney was removed.

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Doing a pidyon is against the law, according to them, but they can not prove this and over 380 days they detained him….without a conviction, without court.

Rav was in hospital for 3 operations during this time. Whenever he is in hospital his health becomes much worse. The Police have an easy job, they do not have to prove anything in court and can just lock him up. This is enough, because of his health, to force a plea bargain. In 2016, same thing in 2019, and same thing now — using this method. This is their way.

We must have alot of patience. Prayer can change the natural way of things.

Police can continue this for years, without discovering anything against the Rav. Even judges in the Supreme Court in Israel, say without a trial, this SHOULD be illegal. The defendant can not really defend himself. This is a Soviet, Communist method. It’s just like the mafia…to force someone to admit to things he didn’t commit.

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Once you understand, that the same people who helped to create the ‘Soviet, Communist’ method, and the same people who helped to create our modern mafia, are the exact same people who created our modern State of Israel – which is going all out to try to destroy Rav Berland and his community – it gets way easier to see what’s really going on here.

The Rav is spear-heading the fight for good, and for authentic, Torah-true Judaism, and that is the only reason they are putting all this effort into trying to take him out.

They want us all to just keep mindlessly following after their Golden Calves, and bought-and paid for fake ‘moshiachs’ forever…

And to keep putting all our soul power and mitzvot and prayers into corrupted vessels, that really don’t and can’t change the world, because they aren’t connected to kedusha and true good.

That’s what all this is really all about.

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So, understand that the media is the enemy of Torah and truth and geula.

The media is just doing the bidding of the evil people behind the scenes who have an unbridled appetite for destruction. And then ask yourself, why does this same media continually ‘praise’ and suck up to certain ‘orthodox’ Jewish groups, whilst continually writing baseless slanders about Shuvu Banim and Rav Berland?

That is the question.

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