Yesterday, I got some interesting emails.
(My emails are currently going through the roof, btw, so if I don’t respond to yours, please forgive me.)
I had a whole bunch of emails talking about the Baal Shem Tov, and ‘excommunicated tzaddikim’, and how we are forbidden to question tzaddikim.
And then, I had some other emails related to NWO stuff, that I’m still evaluating and sifting through.
And then, amongst other things, I had an email telling me this:
[M]y husband is friends with someone very close to the Rav. This friend asked if he should take the vaccine and which company. He got a response back to vaccinate with Pfizer!!!!
It seems all this is actually linked, so let’s try to unpick what is really going on here.
Let’s start with that last email, a person who asked someone who is ‘very close to the Rav’ about whether to get ‘vaccinated’ with an experimental gene therapy with very limited efficacy, plus a list of unknown and potentially very serious side effects, especially over the long term.
Here’s my thoughts on this, in no particular order:
- I have no idea if the ‘friend’ really knows someone who is close to the Rav.
- I have no idea if the ‘friend’ is genuinely pious and good, or a religious faker.
- I have no idea if the ‘friend’ really asked that question to someone who is close to the Rav in the first place, or is using the Rav’s name to try and sway other people.
- Assuming the ‘friend’ really does know someone close to the Rav, and really did ask them the question – I have no idea if that ‘person close to the Rav’ actually asked the Rav this question (or whether they are genuine or a faker). It seems unlikely to me that the question was even asked, given that the Rav is currently still in prison, and it’s very hard for even his closest family members to speak to him.
- It’s also very difficult for me to believe that the Rav would say something like this – assuming all the other points above are taken care of – because the way of Breslov rabbis is not to tell people to definitely do things, but to give gentle advice, and encourage people to think for themselves.
- To that end, I have seen a whole bunch of people get mighty confused when they started trying to use the Rav as some sort of ‘oracle’ or ‘prediction machine’. The Rav – and no other tzaddik – is a shortcut for trying to have your own conversation with God, or working on your own emuna.
- The best way to get the ‘advice’ from the true tzaddikim is to read their books, and find yourself in their advice.
- Assuming the Rav really was asked in a genuine way, and really did respond like this- the Rav is currently being held in prison, in awful conditions. If they can coerce and threaten rabbis outside of prison to say what they want with violence and threats, how much more so, this applies to the Rav.
They are literally trying to kill him in there, God forbid.
All this reminds me of all those people I knew back in London, who insisted on ‘asking a rabbi’ if they should make aliyah, or stay put.
The very fact that they were asking the rabbi showed that they were divided about the idea of going to Israel. That they lacked the inner conviction probably required to put up with all the difficulties and hardships involved.
So, they ‘asked a rabbi’ to offload the decision to someone else, and to try and throw a sop to their own consciences, and if they picked their rabbi well – they didn’t have to move.
Olam hazeh and olam habah, in one bundle.
The yetzer hara has been given permission to confuse people tremendously right now.
Even rabbis and tzaddikim with impeccable credentials are apparently being manipulated, duped, threatened, ‘deep fake video-d’, or I don’t know what, around this whole vaccine question.
Remember, when there was that whole hysteria about a measles epidemic in Uman, a couple of years back?
(That was probably just a dry run for what’s going on with Covid, but I digress….)
Some mysterious ‘message’ appeared on the Shuvu Banim Hebrew site saying that the Rav had told everyone to get vaccinated with the measles jab, before heading out to Uman for Rosh Hashana.
I read that – and I just knew in my bones that it wasn’t ‘real.’
Doesn’t matter who really said what, how it got there, whether or not it was genuine.
The point was, it went against my own inner daat, so I had to check it out very carefully in hitbodedut, and the message I got back, for me, was to ignore it.
There are no shortcuts here.
If I was buying into all the media (fake…) hysteria about measles in Uman back in 2018, and I was subconsciously looking for a reason to get the measles jab – then would have pounced on this ‘announcement’ like manna from the sky.
This whole thing is just a test of emuna, a test of who we really are, and where we are really holding, spiritually.
We live in a world populated by high-level fakers and charlatans who excel in ‘appearing to be perfect’ in their religious observance, and in giving long speeches and mussar shiurim about how the rest of us should really behave, and should really act, if we want to have perfect emuna like them.
I’m not perfect.
I struggle mightily to know what God really wants from me.
I struggle mightily to maintain emuna, in the face of a constant onslaught of lies and apparent ‘bad’. It’s only my hitbodedut that helps me out, and keeps me going.
But because I keep going into that birur process, internally, it’s giving me a clearer and clearer signal that ‘something isn’t quite right’, when I hit people and pronouncements that don’t seem to be coming from a good place.
Regardless of who is apparently making those statements.
For the record, even if a ‘video’ comes out with the Rav apparently clearly telling me I HAVE to go and get jabbed with an experimental gene therapy, I’m not going to do that.
But also for the record, if in my hitbodedut, God starts telling me that I’ve got this all wrong, and I need to go and get jabbed with an experimental gene therapy – well, I can tell you that I will at least reconsider all angles very carefully again, before coming to a decision.
That’s how we keep our thought processes healthy and flexible, and open to new information and insights that might change the whole picture.
Black and white thinking – the ‘all of nothing’ paradigm – is a clear indication that you are a psycho.
So now, let’s just take a quick look at another topic my inbox was full of yesterday: did the Baal Shem Tov really get excommunicated by the Vilna Gaon?
The short answer is: No, he didn’t.
The Baal Shem Tov died in 1760, and the first (very limited and short-term) excommunication of the chassidim in Vilna is meant to have happened in 1772 – 12 years after the death of the BESHT.
Also, it’s totally unclear whether even then, the Vilna Gaon is meant to have excommunicated chassidim, the way we understand that word today, or chassidim – meaning the secret followers of Shabtai Tzvi and Jacob Frank who remained in the Jewish community.
(Yes, I know who was leading chassidut at that time. There is still a lot of unpicking required here.)
I wrote a great deal about these things two years ago, before I got into ‘Frankist real history mode’, and you can read some of that stuff below:
Just for the record, Rebbe Nachman was never excommunicated. And Moshe Rabbenu was never excommunicated. And the Rambam himself wasn’t excommunicated, even though some of his works (The Guide for the Perplexed) were.
Yes, there was a lot opposition to them.
But these tzaddikim were never excommunicated.
It’s important to stick with the facts as much as we’re able, because what really happened in the past is murky enough without adding to the confusion.
As always, I’m very happy to be sent more information and more sources, to continue this birur process.
As new information comes in, it will for sure change the picture, and the conclusions to be made.
That’s good. That’s healthy.
As soon as people want to close down a discussion based on facts and credible information (as opposed to name-calling and groundless opinion), that always gets me worried.
Let’s end with this.
For sure, we have to be super-careful with lashon hara, and with accepting false reports about any Jew, let alone a true tzaddik.
But that doesn’t mean that can’t question what’s really going on, and that we can’t voice our kooshiot about our leaders and rabbis in our hitbodedut.
That is the real – and only – place that you’ll get the truth.
And it’s not only something you can do, it’s something that you are absolutely obligated and obliged to do at this period of time, when so many of our leaders literally have heresy dripping out of their pockets.
There are no shortcuts.
And the best fakers have a veritable team of professional PR people singing their praises 24/7.
Of course, we don’t question True Tzaddikim, God forbid.
But for sure, we question who is really a ‘true tzaddik’? – exhaustively! – before we let our guard down and move them into the ‘untouchable’ box.
Too many people have been hurt by too many fakers, because they didn’t do this. This is the minimal hishtadlut required of all us.
Because it’s no mitzvah to mindlessly follow after false prophets, charlatans and evil people.
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