You probably haven’t heard of Vidal Benveniste (de la Cavalleria).
He’s another one of those ‘big’ names in the secret Jewish history that none of us have been taught. In this post, we’re going to see how that ‘Benveniste’ family from Spain somehow morphed into the famous Epstein and Horowitz families of Eastern Europe.
And in the process, we’ll start unpicking a chunk more of real Jewish history, to see who is the real ‘power behind the throne’ in the Jewish world – and how they are connected to the Freemasons, the diamond trade, and – who else! – Jacob Frank.
The story begins HERE.
It’s the family tree of one ‘Slawa Brodowicz‘, who caused Keith Hanit Lawrence so much consternation when her name popped up over on geni. You can see that discussion – and how it was closed down and subverted – HERE.
But I guess Keith can’t get to every family tree on the internet (although give him some credit: the guy is really trying), so somehow, I tripped over a different family tree for Slawa, HERE, that goes back for generations.
It’s interesting for a lot of reasons, not least because it shows that the notorious Jacob Frank was Slawa’s great-grandfather.
And it also shows that Binyamin Broide – aka Binyamin Rivlin, the Gabia Hakesef, and leader of the Vilna Gaon’s band of 70 perushim – was Slawa’s father, married to Jacob Frank’s grand-daughter, Rachel Mayer / Margoliot.
I know it’s hard to keep all this stuff straight.
But if you remember from HERE, Rachel Mayer / Margoliot and Binyamin Broda are the parents of Rebbetzin Leah Golda, pace:
The 6th Rebbe of Chabad, the Rayatz, sets out himself that ‘Leah Golda, grand-daughter of the Eshel Avraham’ becomes the mother of the 4th Rebbe of Chabad, and that her husband is ‘Moshe of Shklov’.
In other words:
One of Leah Golda’s great-great -granddaddy’s was the Sabbatian Prophet Avraham Broda / Rovigo.
And her great-granddaddy – from her mother’s side – was the false messiah, Jacob Frank.
Talk about yichus!
And of course, now we start to get another hint about why so much of this stuff is being deliberately and methodically covered up by people and institutions even in our times, 2021.
So, I’m following Jacob Frank’s family tree back, and I start to learn some very interesting things.
I will bullet point the highlights below, to keep things simple and stop your head from exploding:
- Jacob Frank’s maternal grandmother is one ‘Esther Nunes HENRIQUES’, of the Henriques family.
- Jacob Frank’s father-in-law is the ‘Bad Baal Shem‘ of London, Hayim Falkon. Hayim Falkon is descended from the Sarfati and ‘De Crasto’ families. De Crasto is a bastardised form of ‘Da Castro‘.
- I wrote about the ‘Da Costa’ families links to international trade, banking houses and European royalty, HERE. That article basically set out the main Portuguese-converso families engaged with the East India Company, who morphed into leading ‘Ashkenazi’ bankers, court Jews and community leaders.
Here’s a snippet of what I wrote back then, about this group of ‘Paradesi Jews’:
As well as Jacques de Paiva, there were some other Portuguese Converso merchant names I started looking up, too, including:
- Antonio do Porto,
- Pedro Pereira,
- Fernando Mendes Henriques,
- Bartolomeo Rodrigues,
- Domingo do Porto,
- Alvaro da Fonseca,
- Samuel de Castro,
- Salomon Franco,
- Isaac Sardo Abendana and
- Avraham Navarro.
Like me, you’ve probably never heard of these people before.
But they, and their descendants, have helped shaped history in the Jewish community, and the wider world, for three centuries.
Man, was that ever the understatement!
Jacob Frank was directly connected to most of these families, either as a direct descendant, of via his marriage with Haya Josefa Falkon.
Here’s that list again, with a star next to the families that Jacob Frank was connected to:
- Antonio do Porto,
- Pedro Pereira,
- Fernando Mendes Henriques*
- Bartolomeo Rodrigues,
- Domingo do Porto,
- Alvaro da Fonseca,
- Samuel de Castro*,
- Salomon Franco*,
- Isaac Sardo Abendana* and
- Avraham Navarro.
And that’s just the ones I actually know about.
I tried tracking back ‘Jacob Franco’ to ‘Salomon Franco’, but quickly hit a dead end. Maybe, this had something to do with that (from Wikipedia):
Solomon Franco was a Jewish convert to Anglicanism who combined his interest in Cabalism with support for the English monarchy.
In 1649, Solomon Franco moved from New Amsterdam (later New York City) to become the first Jew recorded as living in the Boston area. However he was soon paid off by Puritans of the General Court, provided he set sail for Holland within a few weeks.
Although a Rabbi, in 1668 he converted to Anglicanism, publishing Truth springing out of the earth in the same year. A second edition was published in 1670.
If you want, you can download Franco’s book HERE.
Here’s a snippet:
“Franco, Solomon. Truth springing out of the earth : that is, the truth of Christ proved out of the earthly promises of the Law. Wherein is made manifest, that the coming of the Messias cannot be for temporall things, according to the expectation of all the Jews. Proved out of their own principles. By R. Solomon Franco, a true convert to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
It sounds like “Jacob Franco”, who converted 100 years later, was probably just a chip off his family’s block.
And it’s very possible there was more than one of them.
Jacob Franks was the British king’s sole agent for the Northern Colonies at New York and his son David was the king’s agent for Pennsylvania. An eminent and wealthy merchant, he engaged in the slave trade, privateering, general commerce, and shipping.
[I]f you go HERE, you’ll see that 50 years’ years later, one ‘Charles Franks’ is still the subgovernor of the South Sea Company for Queen Victoria, so clearly the Franks family continued to be in favor with the British monarchy even after the [American] War of Independence.
I’m willing to bet the farm that “Rabbi Salomon Franks”, who converted to Anglicism in 1668, two years after Shabtai Tzvi became a Muslim, is very closely related to all these Franks.
Again, notice how slave trading, the hugely lucrative trade in diamonds, spices, lumber and other stuff from the ‘New World’ is all tied up with thse Portuguese Conversos / Paradesi Jews, who keep popping in and out of Judaism and xtianity, false messiahs, the British crown (via its German connections) – and America.
Maybe ‘Rabbi Jacob Franks’ and ‘Jacob Franco’ are even the same guy, who really knows, at this point.
The next line of enquiry I try is Jacob Franco’s grandma, Esther Nunes Henriques.
And here is where I start to make some real headway.
You can go HERE, to see the full Wiki write up on the Henriques family.
Here’s some relevant snippets:
The Henriques family descend from the Jews of Spain, who fled from religious persecution to Portugal in 1492. Although led to believe they would be permitted to practice Judaism freely in Portugal, they were forcibly converted to Catholicism upon their arrival. These “Marranos”, or “New Christians”… married each other. Their descendants became assimilated, participating in and contributing to the economic life of Portugal and its empire. Some were elevated to the peerage for their patriotism.
(I’m not so sure they were ‘forcibly converted’ to Catholicism, given what so many of their descendants have been up to. But let’s continue.)
Apparently, the Henriques family had / has British, Indian, German and Danish branches.
The Israel Henriques family included several prominent Sephardic Jewish benefactors of Portuguese descent during the 17th century in Great Britain….
The Henriques De Castro family included several prominent Sephardic Jewish Business men of Portuguese descent, they were called Paradesi Jewsof Madras.
They traded in diamonds, precious stones and corals, they had very good relations with the rulers of Golkonda, they maintained trade connections to Europe, and their language skills were useful….
The progenitor of the Danish branch of the family was Moses Henriques (Cornelis Janssen was his business name), a burgess in Glückstadt in northern Germany, who was the paternal grandfather of the mathematician, Moses Joshua Henriques (1635–1716).
Merchant Bendix (Pinchas) Moses Henriques (1725–1807), one of Moses Aaron Nathan Henriques sons, became a Danish citizen in 1752 and moved to Copenhagen…. The Warburg family is descended from another daughter of Bendix (Pinchas) Moses Henriques.
You can read more about the infamous Warburgs HERE.
As I keep mentioning, these people have nearly every important position stitched up, between them.
Closer to home, the Melchior (of R’ Michael Melchior fame) family are also direct descendants of the Henriques’ Danish branch, via banker (and Dutch West Indies company financier) Ruben Henriques, and his daughter Dorothea Melchior.
The Melchiors are also descended from the Warburgs.
You see? They keep all these positions of power influence ‘in the family’, while the rest of us keep scratching our heads wondering how all these apparently ‘different’ people ending up working for the same yucky cause?
You could literally write a book on each of these families, and how they’ve been shaping Jewish history for centuries, but let’s move on.
Remember, ‘Jacob Franco’, whoever else he turns out to be, was the son of Esther Nunes Henriques, and so directly connected in to the heart of power in the Jewish world – which happened to be Sabbatian.
Here’s a bit more about the London branch of the Henriques, from encylopaedia.com:
HENRIQUES (Quixano Henriques ), Anglo-Jewish family. The family progenitor was Moses Henriques of Kingston, Jamaica, who married Abigail Quixano in 1768. The eldest son of this marriage, Abraham Quixano Henriques (18/19th cent.), immigrated to London, where he established himself as a West India merchant.
His sons David (1804–1870) and Jacob (1811–1898) were prominent communal workers and were among the founders of the Reform congregation in London in 1840.
Notice that ‘Reform’ tendency.
Wherever you scratch the surface, you find the same people, the same family networks.
The Falkons – Frank’s inlaws – were also connected into this network of powerful Portuguese conversos, and descended from the Mendes and de Costa and de Crasto (Castro) families.
I just want to end this, by going back a bit further in history, so you can see that these families have been ruling the Jewish community forever, way before Shabtai Tzvi and Jacob Frank showed up.
If you keep going back in Jacob Franco’s family tree, you eventually hit the Nunes / Mendes / de Luna families, who are all just different branches of the Benveniste family tree.
You can read all about the Benveniste family on Wikipedia HERE, but below, I’m going to pull out some pertinent points.
Jacob Frank is directly related to Dona Gracia and her nephew, the Nasi Joseph.
Not coincidentally, these were the only people to try to ‘settle’ the Holy Land, before the Sabbatians picked up that thread again in the 17th century. This from Wikipedia:
Gracia Mendes Nasi – Benveniste – Beatriz de Luna – (1510–1569) (Dona Gracia) a Marrano-Jewish-Portuguese businesswoman. She was the daughter of Philipa Mendes|Benveniste and Alvaro de Luna. She was married to her uncle Francisco Mendes (Tzemah Benveniste), inherited the Mendes|Benveniste fortune and due to her exceptional business acumen, became one of the wealthiest women in Europe of the middle 16th century.
She returned to Judaism in Ferrara in the 1552 together with members of the He(E)nriques|Nunes(nuñez)|Benveniste family (Meir, Abraham and Reina Benveniste).
In 1553/4 she left Ferrara together with her daughter Ana (Reyna), (soon to be) son in law Don Joseph Nasi and the Henriques|Nunes|Benveniste family to Salonika and Istanbul where they settled at the invitation of SultanSuleiman I.
They were very active in trade, finance and in local and international Jewish life.
If you go back a few more centuries, you get to Vidal Benveniste de Cavalleria, which is where we started.
Vidal Benveniste (de la Cavalleria) was a prominent Spanish Jewish scholar who lived in Saragossa (the capital of Aragon) in the beginning of the second half of the 14th century and the beginning of the 15th century.
The honor ‘Benveniste de la Cavalleria’, according to the Encyclopaedia Judaica, was given to the family by the Knights Templar who protected the family and the family in turn administered the tax system of the Templars.
His family was connected to the development of the town of Saragossa in the 14th century, and members of the family Benveniste de la Cavalleria were financiers of the local kings. He was elected, by the notables of the Jewish communities of Aragon, as the speaker before the pope at the beginning of disputation of Tortosa (1412).
The links between the ‘Benveniste’ family and the Knights Templars go back at least 600 years.
In case you forgot, the Knights Templars are one of the groups who morphed into modern-day (devil-worshipping…) Freemasonry.
There’s a lot more to say here – as always! – but I don’t want to overload you with too much information in one post.
What you should take away from this, at least, is the notion that whoever ‘Jacob Franco’ ends up being, he was coming from a long, long line of super-powerful crypto Jews who controlled international trade, rubbed shoulders with royalty, and flipped in and out of Judaism as the whim took them.
The same families, the same people, have been in positions of power for centuries.
Outsiders can’t really get a look in.
That’s how a ‘Rabbi from Denmark’ can end up playing such a big part in Israeli politics and the so-called ‘peace process’. Like THIS, from Michael Melchior’s website, talking about ‘interreligious peace’.
That’s how people with big beards and impeccable yichus can be working hand-in-hand with extreme secular lefties with a radical ‘anti-Torah agenda.
That’s how we end up with the same policies, the same evil, the same push towards ‘one religion’ and ‘no Torah’, whoever we go and vote for.
Because whoever has a chance to wield real power here, or elsewhere in the Jewish community, is part of this same group, this same clique.
That doesn’t mean every single person who belongs to these families are ‘bad’.
Each person has to be judged on their own merits, their own actions.
But it does mean we have to stop being so naive as to believe that the people in power in the Jewish community are there on their own merits, or somehow trying to help us, as opposed to themselves.
They never were.
And our starting point should be to assume that our leaders are part of the problem, part of the corrupt elite that hijacked the Jewish community hundreds of years ago, and to stop giving them the benefit of the doubt until we are totally sure they deserve it.
There’s one more ‘Benveniste’ connection that I just wanted to add here.
It’s a tax-farming Court Jew from the 13th Century called Benveniste de Porta.
He’s interesting for a few reasons, and you can read more about him on Wiki HERE.
Another ‘thread’ that I keep noticing with these families – in all their different incarnations – is that they tend to be the tax farmers for the secular / non-Jewish authorities.
In brief, they would ‘buy’ the privilege to charge taxes on the Jewish communities, and then pay out a certain sum to the ruler for that honor.
Whatever taxes they could then gauge out of the community that was in excess of what they’d paid to the ruler, they got to pocket themselves.
Benveniste de Porta is also interesting because he is the brother of Nachmanides – the Ramban.
Again, we see how the tax collecting court Jews and some of the biggest genuine Tzaddikim come from the exact same gene pool.
And I have a feeling, there’s an even more notable example of that even closer to our own times.
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