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In the space of two days, I had a few different emails all pinging me ‘content’ coming from different people, that said exactly the same thing.

***UPDATES BELOW***

One was this (not shmirat eynayim friendly)

The path of healing after Chaim Walder’s abuse

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As seems to happen so often, ‘Chaim Walder dissing’ seems to go hand-in-hand with ‘hardcore vaccine pushing.’

If you go HERE, to the Open Siddur Project website, you can read something this same person wrote back in 2021 called:

A prayer of gratitude upon receiving a COVID vaccination

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And then, I also got this, sent by someone else, from the Jpropaganda site:

We have no right to stay silent for victims of sexual abuse – opinion

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I was struck by the incredible similarity contained in so many of the statements being made about Chaim Walder, from so many disparate people.

Any judge will tell you that when two witnesses start telling you exactly the same story, it’s a likely bet they’re lying, and coordinated their accounts beforehand.

So, I started doing some digging, to see if there was a way to figure out what was actually going on, here.

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Before we continue, come back with me seven years, when ‘content marketing’ was really becoming a thing.

Back then, I used to spend some time in my local start-up hub, as I didn’t have internet in my house (ah, the good old days…)

And there were a bunch of ‘start up entrepreneurs’ there, including a few guys trying to sell gizmos and gadgets to people, by paying ‘content marketers’ to either:

  1. Write under a totally false name on social media, to ‘puff’ the merchandise and / or
  2. Write under their own name, but totally scripted, to ‘puff’ the merchandise.

Those conversations used to drive me crazy.

Some prematurely balding guy would be sitting there getting all excited about how his cute, young content marketing missy was going to write a post today about how her new air conditioning unit had totally changed her life….

Bottom line: they were totally misleading people.

But people have to make a living somehow, right?

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In 2021, we think we are so much more savvy than those gullible fools from 2015.

But most of us are probably wrong about that.

Before Covid took him out, my husband had a client who networked ‘social influencers’ to push products and ideas to their massive online audiences in all sorts of subtle ways. I was always amazed at how successful this guy seemed to be, and how much cash seemed to be sloshing through that ‘social influencer’ sluice.

So, when I took a look at the second commentator above – who somehow managed to get her opinion piece about Chaim Walder into the hallowed pages of the Jpropaganda!!! – it didn’t take long to surface the fact that she works as a content marketer:

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Let’s just back up again, to do a ‘compare and contrast’ exercise between what happened with Chaim Walder, and what happened with Yehuda Meshi-Zahav.

This comes from Meshi-Zahav’s Wikipedia page, HERE:

In March 2021, following sexual abuse allegations against men, women and children, Meshi Zahav attempted to take his own life but failed and was left in a coma avoiding actual charges and trial.

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There are actually compelling reasons to state that the real evidence against Meshi Zahav was actually much greater than anything being piled against Chaim Walder.

An actual police investigation had already been opened against him for a month, containing complaints from many different people, with actual, real names.

Meshi-Zahav had just been given the Israel Prize by the State of Israel, for going around telling everyone in the orthodox Jewish world how very dangerous Covid 19 was, and how important it was to do exactly what the government wanted.

Remember headlines like this?

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And this:

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And this, from the Ynet site:

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Meshi-Zahav was one of ‘Israel’s most righteous Jews’, according to all his gushing write-ups from those same corrupt journalists who have been pushing the Covid lies for approaching two years now.

When other rabbis were speaking out to say we shouldn’t stop davening in shuls, shouldn’t stop holding weddings, shouldn’t stop going to mikvahs, and shouldn’t stop believing that Hashem was the true healer – there was Meshi-Zahav, slapping them down, and calling them ‘worse than holocaust deniers’.

What a prince!

So of course, someone of his moral calibre needed to get rewarded by the State for services rendered:

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It seems that the Israel Prize, which led to even more gushing adoration in the State-controlled propaganda-press was the last straw for some of his victims.

Six of them came forward to press police charges against him in May 2021 – and the accusations were just as bad as those that appeared in the press against Walder:

The allegations against Mr Meshi-Zahav date back to the 1980s.

Haaretz spoke to six people who say he assaulted them when they were young children, teenagers, and in their 20s.

According to local media he was investigated by police over sexual assault allegations in 2011, but the case was later closed for lack of evidence.

The statute of limitations has run out on five of the six cases described in the paper, meaning police are unable to investigate them. However, they have now launched an investigation into the sixth case, in which a woman says she was raped by Mr Meshi-Zahav when she was in her 20s.

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As soon as the dam burst on Meshi-Zahav, more and more real people with real names started to come forward with additional information and details.

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When he saw he couldn’t weasel his way out having to face his day in court – because remember, there was a real, live police investigation going on here, for weeks already – Meshi-Zahav apparently attempted suicide and apparently became a vegetable as a result.

I say ‘apparently’, because I have no doubt that Meshi-Zahav was being ‘covered up for’ by people in the police and justice system for years, before the snowball got too big to stop:

[H]e was investigated by police over sexual assault allegations in 2011, but the case was later closed for lack of evidence.

I’d love to know WHO, exactly, investigated the allegations back in 2011, and WHO, exactly, decided to close the case for ‘lack of evidence’.

The police in Israel love nothing more than being able to slap another abusive ‘chareidi’ in jail.

So, it seems to me Meshi-Zahav had the sort of protektzia you only get, when you are part of that yucky group of predatory people who believe they can do whatever they want, because they are best friends and family with all the judges, prosecutors and politicians, many of whom are doing the same disgusting things.

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Now, I don’t recall any of Meshi-Zahav’s victims speaking out after his attempted suicide.

It’s possible that they did, but if they did, the media just didn’t cover it.

Rather, my impression at the time was that even the secular media was spinning the line that ‘poor Meshi-Zahav tried to kill himself, because of all these horrible allegations, so now we’re going to leave him alone.’

Snippet from HERE:

The suicide attempt came ahead of a Channel 12News special slated to air on Thursday evening on the award-winning investigative journalism show Uvda (“Fact”) which explored what it called the silencing of Meshi-Zahav’s actions by Haredi society.

A police official said that investigators found a suicide note in Meshi-Zahav’s home.

Channel 12 News issued a statement saying that given recent developments, its editors “will debate whether to air the show at this time” and later said that it would continue with the airing of the investigation as planned.

A neighbor of the former ZAKA told the Walla news site that Meshi-Zahav was “very concerned” about the show and “said they it was going to be the end of him.”

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Now, here is where I’d appreciate your help, dear reader, to start bottoming out what is really going on here.

When I search for any statements Shmuel Eliyahu made about Meshi-Zahav while all this was happening – nothing is coming back.

It could just be my browser, so please, if he did make the same sort of statements about Meshi-Zahav that he made about Chaim Walder, please post a link below, so we can at least see if he is consistent.

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I take a look at ‘content marketer’ Bruria Efune’s Twitter account for March-May 2021 – not a peep about Meshi-Zahav, nor his victims.

I search for a poem, an impassioned video plea, a blog post, about Yehuda Meshi-Zahav’s victims from Chaya Lester – I can find absolutely nothing.

Part of doing this birur requires really checking people out in depth, to find out who they really are, and where they are really coming from, before you decide how much you really want to rely on them for guidance, and how much you want to be ‘influenced’ by them.

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Sigh.

What about R’ Yitzhak Berkowitz, who felt compelled to ‘speak out’ about Chaim Walder?

What did he have to say about Meshi-Zahav?

Again: absolutely nothing.

Although, he did put out this weird video back in December 2020 as ‘sponsored content’ on the YWN propaganda site, where he is talking about individuals doing ‘awful things to children’ in the Sanhedria neighborhood.

I don’t really know what to make of it, honestly.

Maybe it’s an early attempt at ‘normalising’ all the AI facial recognition tech going up in Chareidi neighborhoods, or it could even be genuine (but still strange – the police in Israel have cameras everywhere, anywhere, without needing people to pay for them privately…)

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Point is:

Why are all these people falling over themselves specifically about Chaim Walder, when I can’t seem to find anything – anything!!! – from any of them talking about Meshi-Zahav?

And that’s at least part of why this story of Chaim Walder is making no sense.

And why I suspect that ‘content marketers’ and ‘social influencers’ are being used to skew the public discourse around Chaim Walder, for reasons that are still not very clear.

But that will hopefully start to come more into focus, soon.

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PS: It struck me that I have never seen any picture of the ‘permanently comatose’ Meshi-Zahav, nor any information about where the ‘permanently comatose’ Meshi-Zahav actually is, these days.

Cynical soul that I am, that strikes me as strange.

If anyone out there can help me verify that what we are being told about Meshi-Zahav being ‘permanently comatose’, and therefore unable to ever stand trial, is true, I would be very grateful for that information.

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UPDATE:

THIS article apparently elucidates the evidence that Shmuel Eliyahu’s ‘Beit Din’ relied upon, to issue their public statements about Walder.

Snippet:

A post posted on the Facebook account of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu’s office read:

“We checked and investigated and asked carefully, witnesses came before us who testified that he committed adultery with married women for many years until he caused them to divorce and be forbidden by their husbands.

“We also heard recordings in his voice that indicate serious acts of incest he committed, and we found him guilty without a doubt.” 

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Again, I have no idea what Walder did, or didn’t do.

(And btw, neither do you…)

But this statement, above, is very problematic for a number of reasons, including:

  1. Walder HIMSELF wasn’t questioned by Shmuel Eliyahu’s Beit Din – and that is totally against halacha.
  2. There is a huge difference between someone who is having extra-marital affairs with adults – which is totally immoral, but at least consensual – and someone who is forcing themselves on minors.
  3. Recordings in his voice‘ – this troubles me the most of all.

Because it’s a standard ploy I’ve seen being used against other rabbis the ‘bad actors’ wanted to bring down, or control in some way, including the late kabbalist R’ Chaim HaKohen, aka ‘The Milkman’.

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How did Shmuel Eliyahu KNOW that these ‘recordings in his voice’ were really Chaim Walder?

What technology expert did he have, what tests did he perform, that could prove these were genuine recordings of Chaim Walder?

Doesn’t he know, how so very easy it is to fake ‘voice recordings’ like this?

And even if Shmuel Eliyahu’s ‘Beit Din’ did actually prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that it was Chaim Walder’s actual voice on the recordings, (which I seriously doubt happened)  – this is still a long way off from hearing evidence from an actual, real life witness.

At best, it’s supporting material, that would help substantiate evidence from an actual person.

And then, that this evidence would be presented to the person being accused, and their response to it would either prove the case, or disprove the case.

Which simply didn’t happen with Chaim Walder.

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Sigh.

The number of important halachas this guy and his ‘Beit Din’ broke, with their public condemnation of Chaim Walder, is astounding.

How can a Beit Din issue a public judgement before they even heard the other person’s side?

How can they issue statements, like they did, based solely on listening to easily-forged ‘voice recordings’?

The mind boggles.

TBC

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UPDATE 2:

The outpouring of public hatred against Walder is continuing apace – even though the guy is dead.

Here are two more examples I just got sent:

Rav Moshe Meiselman: Walder is a Rasha Merusha

And this statement, from Torah U’Mesorah:

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Again, I don’t know if he did what he’s accused of, or not – and neither do you.

But what I DO know, is that the heter to speak negatively about people in order to ‘warn’ others who may otherwise be hurt by them just don’t apply to someone who is dead.

All this just seems so overly personal…. like mamash there is some sort of personal vendetta going on, that goes above and beyond the discussion about the unproven accusations themselves.

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I have never been a fan of Chaim Walder’s books.

I threw them out of my house 10 years ago, because I didn’t get a good vibe from them.

But when you compare and contrast the underwhelming response to Meshi-Zahav, and the totally OTT response to Walder, it really reinforces the notion that something very strange is going on here, behind the scenes.

And as always, we have to keep asking questions, and keep questioning narratives that make no sense, until God sees fit to enlighten us about what the truth really is.

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UPDATE 3:

I just got sent this: Chaim Walder shilling for the Misrad HaBriut, gloves, masks and social-distancing pushing, back in April 2021.

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At least for me, this makes Chananya Weissman’s possible theory about what might be going on here more plausible, i.e. that they came back to Walder to apply more manipulative pressure to ‘chareidi kids’ to jump on the vaccination bandwagon – and for whatever reason, he refused.

The timing of all this, just as they were rolling out Covid shots to the kids, is unlikely to be a coincidence.

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