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Rebbe Nachman’s works contain so many hints to what is transpiring all around us.

***Important updates below***

This morning in hitbodedut, I suddenly thought about his teaching about the ‘gallach’ and the ‘malach’.

(I will try to find the source on Shabbat, BH, but if anyone out there knows it, feel free to let me know in the comments section.)

Basically, he was talking about the vicissitudes of trying to serve God in this totally confused period of time known as ‘the end of days’.

And he explained how sometimes we act as if we are a malach – an angel; and other times, it all tips over and then we starting acting like a gallach – a priest.

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Rav Ofer Erez does a fabulous job of bringing that lesson down to our level, and applying it to the issues so many of us have today, where one minute we are trying to be tzaddikim praying with devotion and being super-machmir about about everything – and the next minute we’re smoking a joint, or wasting a whole day gorging on netflix.

(Or worse…)

But this morning, I understood for the first time that Rabbenu was also actually describing the reality of what was going on then, in his time, and what is still going on today, in ours.

One minute, an ‘angel’ – and the next minute a priest.

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I didn’t want to overload you with information in that last post.

It’s a lot to take in, I know.

But you should know that what I shared there is literally just the tip of the ‘Christian-Jews’ iceberg.

THIS link will take you to an archived page on the Wayback Machine for something called the ‘Messianicwiki’ site.

Specifically, it will take you to a page called:

“Some Jewish Witnesses for Christ”, by Aaron Bernstein published in 1909

It contains the names of 590 prominent Jews, from prominent families, who became vocal leaders in the xtian community.

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Some of those people you’ve already met, in the posts in this blog.

But there are so many more, that just got scrubbed out of ‘official Jewish history’ – even though they continued to be in close touch with their relatives in the Jewish community, many of whom were the generation’s ‘leading rabbis’ and communal figures.

Let me give you a couple of examples, so you can see just how bad the problem was / is:

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Exhibit 1:

Michael Solomon Alexander (1 May 1799 – 23 November 1845) the first Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem.

Here’s a snippet from Wikipedia:

He was the second son and one of five children born to Alexander Wolff. His ancestors may have come to Prussia from England, or may have been in Schönlanke for many generations.

His education in the Talmud began when he was seven years old, and from age sixteen to twenty, he was a teacher in his community of both Talmud and the German language.

He emigrated to England in about 1820, and became a private tutor for a Jewish family in Colchester. Then he became rabbi at Norwich. Here he came into contact with William Marsh, a stalwart of the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews (now known as the Church’s Ministry Among Jewish People or CMJ).

Attempting to flee Christian influences, he accepted the post of teacher and shochet at Plymouth. He taught Hebrew to the Rev. Benjamin Golding of Stonehouse church.

In 1825, he converted to Christianity.

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Michael Solomon Alexander

The first Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, Michael Solomon Alexander

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Then in 1841, he was proposed as the first Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, and arrived in the Holy Land in 1842.

As soon as he touched down in Jerusalem, he sparked off a mad race with all the other xtian sects, for them to ‘consolidate their presence in Jerusalem’. Hey, thanks guy!

But that’s not all.

What of his relatives? The people he left behind, and the 9 kids he had with his wife, ‘Deborah Levy’?

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(I just tripped over a whole bunch of VERY interesting info about that, which BH I’ll do as an update below a little later on.)

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Here’s a snippet of his write up on that ‘witnesses for Krist’ page:

One of the most interesting incidents in his [missionising] work in Prussia was a visit to his birthplace, and the meeting with his brother, a rabbi to a large congregation near Posen.

We quote the future Bishop’s own words, as shewing his humbleness of mind, and how fully he had left Judaism behind, and entered into the joys of his new faith.

“I cannot describe my feelings on finding myself now in Posen, my native country, when I reflect on the wonderful dealings of the Lord with me since I left this place nine years ago. I was then a wandering sheep from my Saviour’s fold, walking in darkness….[more missionising xtian claptrap….]

“The Lord gave me another gracious token of His mercy at Posen.

I wrote to my brother, who is rabbi to the large Jewish congregation twelve miles from Posen, informing him of my arrival, and requesting that we might have a meeting.

I had very faint hopes of his compliance, as he had been most bitter against me since my baptism. His letter, however, expressed a wish to meet me half way from Posen.

I immediately set off, and had the unspeakable satisfaction of embracing my brother, not as an enemy, even for the Gospel’s sake, but full of brotherly love and affection, and even giving me credit for sincerity.

I stated to him the Gospel, and declared also to him an account of the hope that was in me. He acknowledged that he had not given the subject due consideration, but he promised he would.

He told me what is very important, viz., that it is generally expected among the Jews, that the coming generation will embrace Christianity, and that Judaism is fast dying away.

Time would not allow him to be much with us, and we parted, praying together that the Lord would open his eyes to behold His glory, as it shines in the face of Jesus, and that we may both be united in His love, and become brothers in Christ.”

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Wouldn’t you just love to know who that rabbinic brother in Posen of ‘Bishop Michael’ was?

I sure would.

But for now, they’ve managed to totally scrub his real identity out of the picture.

(But if you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I’ve had a keen interest in quite a few ‘rabbis from Posen’, over the last few months, with strange links to the xtian world.)

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UPDATE:

I found his brother, it’s Wolff Alexander.

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(And I found his sister, too: Joanna Pick, who married Jacob Pick.

Those names don’t mean a lot to you, probably, but to me, they are ‘Real Jewish History’ gold.

I’ll explain why in a separate post, BH.)

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Bishop Michael was a big ‘success’ in Jerusalem.

In the four years he was here, before he died, he managed to convert a whole load of Jews to xtianity.

Thirty-one of them even sent his widow a signed letter of condolence, when Bishop Michael popped his clogs in 1845. And the guy mamash set the ‘Hebrew church’ on a very strong foundation in the Holy Land.

Here’s a description of his first year:

In conformity with instructions received from Constantinople, proclamation was made in the mosques, that “he who touches the Anglican Bishop will be regarded as touching the apple of the Pasha’s eye.”

The presence of the Bishop was soon felt in work amongst the Jews in Jerusalem…

 The Bishop had held his first ordination on March 17, had baptized a Jew on Whitsun Day, and confirmed eight Hebrew Christians; married two converts; finishing up with the ordination of a Hebrew Christian missionary.

The upper room proved all too small, and the building of the London Society’s permanent church, which was to serve the joint purposes of a Cathedral, a chapel for British residence, and a mission centre, was proceeded with…

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Sigh.

These ‘Christian-Jews’ have been pulling the strings here in the Holyland for two centuries (at least….)

This guy was working for the Prussian and British governments and monarchy; he’s a high-level ‘Christian-Jew’ with rabbinic relatives also interested in yoshki working back in the ‘old country’; he mamash totally changed the face of Jerusalem, converted tens, maybe even hundreds of Jews in the Old City back when there weren’t a lot of Jews in Jerusalem – and we’ve never heard of him.

Why not?

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While you are pondering that, let me introduce you to one other ‘Christian Jew’ who caught my eye.

Exhibit 2:

Christian David Ginsburg

Here’s his write-up, from HERE:

Rev. Dr. Christian David Ginsburg, born at Warsaw, December 25, 1821, embraced Christianity there in 1846, was missionary of the British Society in Liverpool till 1863, when he retired in order to devote himself entirely to literary work.

Dr. Ginsburg contributed a considerable number of valuable articles on Jewish topics to Kitto’s Encyclopædia, published a book on the Karaites and Essenes, and a full account in English of the Kabbalah, its doctrines, development, and literature.

But he will be especially remembered for his massoretic studies, and translation of Elias Levita’s “Massoreth-ha-Massorah” in 1867, and of Jacob ben Hayim’s “Introduction to the Rabbinic Bible,” published in the same year. He was on the Revision Committee of the Old Testament.

He edited the Massoretic Critical Text of the Hebrew Bible for the Trinitarian Bible Society, 1894, and also Salkinson’s translation of the New Testament into Hebrew, 1886.

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The Karaites are one of my newest obsessions….

You’ll be hearing more about them soon, BH.

But in the meantime – there are so many scions of ‘big’ Jewish families who became openly xtian – and not just openly xtian in a private way, they became bishops and missionaries and translators of xtian stuff into Hebrew, and went on ‘secret missions’ to get more Jews baptised and following yoshki…

And we know nothing about them.

But at least for me, it’s tarting to explain more about just why there are so many strange ‘gaps’ in the genealogical record, and so much censorship going on around real Jewish history.

And also, why xtians continue to pull the strings here in the Holy Land, from behind the scenes, while our elected officials, leaders and ‘rabbis’ continue to pretend that the State of Israel was a ‘Jewish country’ set up for Jews.

It’s all a lie.

But BH, it’s finally starting to unravel.

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UPDATE 2:

Well, I went to check out “The Church’s Ministry Among Jewish People (CMJ) (formerly the London Jews’ Society and the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews)”, which sent Bishop Michael over to us, to start converting Jews like crazy in the Holy Land, back in 1842.

It was started in 1809, by a dodgy sounding (probably crypto-Jewish) xtian called ‘Charles Simeon’ and the infamous William Wilberforce.

You can read up more about them on Wiki, HERE.

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I’ve been going through all the Jewish converts – almost all rabbis, and sons of rabbis – who joined their ranks over the course of the 19th century, and it’s profoundly shocking, to say the least.

I’m going to list just a few names of their ‘Jewish missionaries’ below, with their bios – and only read them if you have a strong stomach for xtian c*ap.

Joseph Frey

Zebi Nasi Hirsch Prinz

and

Joseph Rabinowitz

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Here’s a snippet about what they were getting up to then, in Israel – 100 years before ‘the State of Israel’ came into being, in 1948:

In 1836, two missionaries were sent to Jerusalem: Dr. Albert Gerstmann, a physician, and Melville Bergheim, a pharmacist, who opened a clinic that provided free medical services. By 1844, it had become a 24-bed hospital.

In its heyday, the society had over 250 missionaries. It supported the creation of the post of Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem in 1841, and the first incumbent was one of its workers, Michael Solomon Alexander.] The society was active in the establishment of Christ Church, Jerusalem, the oldest Protestant church in the Middle East, completed in 1849.

In 1863, the society purchased property outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. In 1897, they opened a hospital on the site, designed by architect Arthur Beresford Pite. Today, the building houses the Anglican International School Jerusalem, which is operated by the society.

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All this is a problem.

But the much bigger problem is that this organisation is still going strong today.

HERE‘s their website, and here’s a few of the snippets I gleaned before the nauseous feeling overcame me:

ACTIVELY MISSIONISING IN ERETZ ISRAEL:

Shira and Yoni’s story

How Yoshki is going to bring ‘peace in the Middle East’

PROMO VIDEO (NOT SHMIRAT EYNAYIM FRIENDLY) OPENLY STRESSING THEY ARE OUT TO CONVERT ‘THE JEW FIRST’:

CMJ is LINKED DIRECTLY TO THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY (AND ERGO, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE QUEEN):

CMJ Mission Partners (PDF)

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Like I said, all this is still just the tip of a massive iceberg.

There are so many ‘missionaries’ here that are born (externally…) Jews, or who belong to organisations and belief systems that were compromised a very long time ago.

We have no idea, just how far this rot has spread.

But we’re starting to guess.

And it’s frankly really scary.

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UPDATE 3#:

When I plugged in those ‘medical missionaries’ to Jerusalem described above, I got to this xtian blog, which finally sets out who was really behind the whole ‘Zionist’ enterprise, to get Jews back to Eretz Israel.

Surprise surprise!

It wasn’t Jews.

It was ‘Christian Zionists’ – from 400 years ago.

Here’s a snippet, but go read the whole thing for yourself, if you really want to get a better idea of what’s been going on here, and why the State of Israel has been resolutely ‘anti-Torah’ and pro-missionising Jews right from the start:

In 1640 AD, Parliamentary censorship of the Puritans ended.  That same year, Jews were allowed to return to England, for the first time since they were expelled in 1290 AD.  It seemed like the time to help the Jews establish self-rule in the land of Israel was at hand.  So, the Puritan leaders in England met with the leading Ashkenazi rabbis of England in London, England, to offer their help in establishing Jewish self-rule in the land of Israel.  Much to their surprise, every single one of these rabbis was adamantly opposed this!

It seemed like the dream of Jewish self-rule in the land of Israel had became only the dream of Christian Zionists….

Christian Zionists bypassed the Rabbis, and met with ordinary Ashkenazi Jews. 

They sought to change the hearts and minds of Ashkenazi Jews, about Jews becoming self-governing in the land of Israel again.  They worked to change public opinion to support this idea.  They worked to change laws that would be favorable in helping Jews make the transition to a country, that did not even exist at the time. 

They worked to influence the Ottoman Empire to allow Jews to move back to the land of Israel in greater numbers.  One of them even spent his entire fortune building docks and inns in New Haven, Connecticut, to handle the large number of Jews, who would one day move to the Land of Israel, and set up a Jewish government there.

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The xtian Rothschilds – and all the other secret xtianised ‘rabbis’, especially centered in around Vilna and Berlin – are just the front, the Trojan Horse, for these ‘xtian zionists’ – who themselves are probably just a front for the Sabeans, and I don’t know what else.

‘Shabtai Tzvi’ was handpicked as the candidate to get Jews to Israel, in 1666 – the year these xtian zionists had fixed as the ‘end of days’.

That’s a big statement, but I (think…) I can prove it.

There’s so much more to say here.

But I have to make supper and get ready to go to Meron later this evening, so this will have to wait a little while longer, until the birur is finally moved on a level.

TBC

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Let’s go back to Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s seminal teaching on seeing the good.

I bet for every one person who commented or emailed me here the last couple of weeks, there have been 500 at home in a state of high agitation.

I know, believe me I know, it’s been an intense few weeks here on the blog, hasn’t it?

One thing seems to be shining out from everything we’ve been learning together the last few weeks, and that is that God wants us to think for ourselves.

And to build a genuine relationship with Him, because there is just no telling how ‘bona fide’ any of the spiritual mentors we have in our world really are, without that direct connection to God.

In this post, I just want to flag up some important points, address a reader’s question, and then set out some signposts for other blog posts that I highly recommend you go back and read, in order to have more of an answer to the question of how do we deal with all this new information.

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First, let’s sum up where we’ve got to:

  1. We have reached that stage in history where no-one can fall back on their yichus, and expect that this should confer some automatic superiority over anyone else.
  2. We have learnt that the same family trees, the same nuclear families, have produced both the biggest saints, and the biggest sinners in the Jewish world.
  3. Rabbenu’s path is always one of showing the ‘important people’ that they still have so very much work to do, spiritually, whilst also showing the ‘lowest of the low’ that they are still incredibly important and valuable to God. That process has been going on in spades all over this blog, the last few weeks.
  4. Most of the Jewish community, most of the State of Israel, seems to be under the sway of people with distinctly Frankist tendencies and connections.
  5. All these people are connected to each other behind the scenes, and are also pushing a ‘transformative’ agenda where orthodox Judaism is surpassed by some syncretized, ‘one world religion’, together with other weird Frankist ideas about loving nature, and turning everyone into the Borg.

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I think that sums up the main points.

Now, what do we DO about all this?

First, let me answer the question someone sent me over email:

Since Rav Lazer’s enemies accuse him of being a Sabbatean (I should know: When some of them contacted me, that’s exactly what they said, and I have it in writing), his defenders need to make clear why he is not one.

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Here’s what I responded to them:

1) The BESHT’s mirror principle is always in operation.

What we accuse others of, is what we ourselves have an issue with.
I covered that idea in detail in THIS POST, and here’s a snippet of it that’s relevant to this particular discussion:
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The Tzaddik is just a mirror.

Those people who have pretensions to lead the nation, and to be the big enchilada and the main spokesperson for Am Yisrael¸ they look at the Tzaddik and they see a false messiah peeking back at them.

Abusive, angry people who want to ‘force’ others to do what they say, and think the way they think come near him, and they start to believe, incredibly, that the Tzaddik is an abusive, angry, controlling person

Self-righteous people who like to pretend they are perfect get a glimpse of the Tzaddik, and they come away convinced that he’s a hypocrite who is hiding a whole bunch of horrible sins underneath his flawless exterior – just the way they are, themselves.

People who are obsessed with making money, or miserly tightwads who are allergic to the idea of paying out 10% of their income to charity come close and all they see is dollar $ign$ – it drives them bonkers that people pay money to the Tzaddik for pidyonot!!!! They can’t stand it!!! How has that guy figured out how to dupe people into paying him large amounts of cashfor free???!?!?!?!

Innately immoral people who support taavah-dik lifestyles look at the Tzaddik and see someone who’ll stop at nothing to gratify his own lusts and desires.

And the list goes on and on.

(It’s a side point, but it seems obvious that the Tzaddik’s most outspoken critics tend to be the most troubled people, for the reasons outlined above. They’re getting ‘triggered’ all over the place by all the ‘uck’ that’s reflecting back at them.)

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Take a look at the people who have been in the forefront of slandering the Rav, and judging him so harshly, and then understand something profound:

The faults they were pointing out in him, are exactly their own faults.

This is also brought down in the Gemara.
The article below sets out those sources, and also explains how Moshiach is going to fix all this, and all the issues involving mamzerut and negative ‘yichus’ when he finally shows up:
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My correspondent also wanted to know how we can know who was really a Sabbatian, and who wasn’t.

It’s a profound question, and a profoundly difficult one to answer, as the fault of the Sabbateans was (originally at least) subtle and rooted in deep kabbalistic gymnastics and mistakes about the role of the ‘Tzaddik foundation of the world’ – the single most complicated topic to get our heads around.
Also, this problem actually predates the Sabbateans, and even predates the Marranos, and probably is exactly the same ‘problem’ that we saw over by Yoshki.
Very great people have stumbled into terrible errors over this.
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There is a tradition that there were actually only 5 souls throughout history who had this Tzaddik foundation of the world connection, which is linked to some radically different Torah light entering the world.

Those five souls were:

  • Moshe Rabbenu
  • Rashbi
  • The Arizal
  • BESHT
  • Rebbe Nachman

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This are souls of ‘yechida’ – oneness with Hashem, that encompass the whole Jewish people.
I’ve written a lot of different things about these subjects on the blog, and I highly recommend going back and re-reading the following posts:
https://www.rivkalevy.com/moshiach-ben-yosef-vs-moshiach-ben-david/ – This sets out the difference between the ‘real’ Moshiach, who actually gets us to geula, and the false Moshiachs, who try very hard to get to geula, but fail.
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The following comment, from Hannah, basically sums up the main gist this post. Hannah writes:
IMHO, the test is humility.
Why?
Because the Gadol haDor is an aspect of Moshe Rabbenou who was the redeemer of Erets Mitzraim. And we know that the geoula shelema will mirror yetzias mitzraim.
How?
We will be redeemed by the aspect of Moshe Rabbenou anchored in the Tzadik of the Generation.
Moshe Rabbenou was despised by the Hebrews in Egypt. 1/5 of them left Egypt where 4/5 stayed stuck there believing that Moshe Rabbenou was the leader of a cult. What was the sole and only feature which HaShem Yitbarach was looking for in the Redeemer?

Humility.

Someone who was able to nullify himself for avodat HaShem. Someone who would accept all humiliations just to be at the service of the one G.od. Someone who would run away from the honors and all the VIP treatment of men.
This is the birur, everything which is made with self-sacrifice, lishma, deserves to be added to kedousha.
Everything which is made to get rewards, honors, admiration of men goes to the Sitra Acha, the other side of holiness.
Let’s apply this test to currents of Judaism or their leaders and you have the answer. Most of them did tremendous good things, this is undisputed. But one has to ask itself whether this work when to kedousha or to sitra acha.

My conclusion being, these leaders did not fulfill the main condition for bringing the redemption, by revealing the or haganouz as they lack humility (politics is 100% the opposite therof).

Redemption is about bringing light into this world which can only be done through nullification.
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And the test of having some humility and compassion also applies to us, too.

All those people so quick to point the finger at others, and to pretend that they don’t have any issues on their side of the fence – no bad people, no ‘false messiahs’, no greedy, money-laundering ancestors with big beards….
God wants all of us to understand that in an instant, in a second, all our yichus, our pretensions to be better than others, our assumptions that we don’t have any problems, that we are right, and everyone else is wrong – all that could be flipped on it’s head.
And so, it behooves us to judge our fellow Jew with way more understanding, compassion and humility, but without whitewashing their bad behavior, or justifying it, or excusing it and accepting it.
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This is about continuing to respect the other person, and trying to understand the ‘good reasons’ they had for acting in such sick and perverted ways, but without accepting the evil itself.

Because it could so very easily be US in that situation.
(And when Moshiach comes, all the truth is going to come out, and it really, really could be US who suddenly discover that WE were the ones holding up geula, and destroying the world.)
So we need to judge and relate to others with the same compassion we would like to have, if the shoe was on the other foot.
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If you’re having some difficulties with Azamra – I hear you!
Take a look at the following articles, that may be helpful:
https://www.rivkalevy.com/how-to-do-azamra/
https://www.rivkalevy.com/false-messiahs-and-azamra/
https://www.rivkalevy.com/the-40th-day/
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I’ve written a few different things trying to set out the difference between ‘authentic Judaism’ and what you can basically sum up as the main Sabbatian / Xtian / Frankist error.
Judaism teaches that the Tzaddik is just a composite soul that contains a spark of all of us, and so all of us have work to do, to fix the world, specifically by working on overcoming our bad middot and developing real emuna.
As Rebbe Nachman put it:
We can’t do it without him, but He can’t do it without us, either.
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By contrast, all these false messianic traditions teach that the ‘savior’ shows up, and fixes everything without any input from the rest of us, and essentially acts like God in the world, as God has ‘delegated’ everything to him, and is no longer interested in how the world is functioning.

It’s subtle, but the difference is literally all the world.

In the authentic Jewish version, each of us has a a job to do, a crucial role to play, and Hashem is overseeing every little aspect of life on planet earth, every single second.
In the xtian / Sabbatian / Frankist version, we are all going to get ‘saved’ by the false messiah, who is the embodiment of God in the world (God forbid), and there is nothing more to do than just ‘believe’ in that false messiah guy when he shows up (or more specifically, comes back from the dead).
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This article develops this basic idea in more depth:
https://www.rivkalevy.com/what-did-shabtai-tzvi-jacob-frank-believe/
But in terms of ‘knowing the truth’ – about anything – there is still only one answer:

We all have to ask Hashem to show it to us, individually, via hitbodedut.

It comes back to that idea of really starting to think for ourselves again, and of taking responsibility for our own lives, our own souls, our own connection to Hashem.
That’s also at least part of why God is making so many of our rabbis come out with disappointing statements about things like taking a Covid vaccine.

The time of shortcuts, of relying on other people – even great people – to do the hard spiritual work required for us to really have clarity and truth are over.

God wants our hearts, He wants a real connection, He wants us to talk to Him every single day, and to beg Him to show us the truth about what’s really going on, and what He wants from us.

And I don’t think there is really any other way.

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So, to conclude:

Truth is pouring out of all the cracks and crevices, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.

It’s a ‘sun with healing in its wings’, and it will heal the righteous, and burn up the wicked.

But the good news is that it’s very easy to get yourself out of the ‘wicked’ category, and into the ‘righteous’ side of things:

Just come clean, and admit you (and your ancestors, and your ‘tribe’, and your family) aren’t perfect.

That’s it.
As soon as that happens, and we understand that really, we aren’t so different from all those other people we like to criticise and slag off, then all the finger-pointing, self-righteousness, slanderous comments and holier-than-thou judgment calls will disappear by themselves.
Because we’ll start to treat others more fairly, and with more of the compassion we use to justify and excuse our own mistakes and human failings.

And then we can really get down to the work of identifying exactly where things have gone wrong, and get on with the job of repairing them properly.

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