According to the Watchers website, Sweden is currently experiencing an unprecedented 40 forest fires burning, with three of those inside the Arctic circle.
The temperature in Sweden has risen to 20 degrees fahrenheit above 'normal' for Summer, and has stayed there for a month.
As you'll recall from THIS post, the UK also has fires raging out of control, and no-body knows how they are starting or why they are so hard to put out. Mangabey's comment on this post inspired me to get and see what Sweden, in particular, might have done to be getting hit right now with all this stuff. Here's just the latest example - from yesterday! - of what I found.
Seems to me that Hashem is becoming more and more visible from this point forward, and that the payment is finally coming due, for a whole bunch of people, and in a whole bunch of ways:
Freedom Flotilla: Swedish MP Calls on Sweden’s Government to Impose Sanctions on Israel
July 18, 2018Jeanette Escanilla of Sweden’s Left Party says protecting Palestinian rights requires Sweden to go beyond recognition of the State of Palestine
Dear readers, thanks for all of your kind words. I'm feeling pretty yuck at the moment, so please forgive me for not responding to each one. BH, after the fast we'll all start feeling much better and happier again.
Yesterday, I phoned up my dentist to cancel my daughter’s appointment. It was last minute, because I thought she was actually going, so I confirmed the appointment earlier in the week. But then yesterday, an hour beforehand, I discovered she had to go to work instead.
I offered to pay the dentist – which they refused to take – but the receptionist then had a gentle go at me for not telling them earlier. Let’s be clear: she was 100% in the right! And I wasn’t. But
I still bristled, I still got defensive and I still argued a bit that it wasn’t really my fault…until I could finally just apologize and accept the rebuke as being deserved.
Now, I work on myself, I do hitbodedut, I’m really trying, most of the time, to work on things and improve my middot.
And rebuke still doesn’t work on me.
Now, let’s imagine we’re dealing with a really nasty, self-righteous character who believes they can do no wrong. Or, let’s pretend we’re dealing with a permanent ‘victim’ who thinks the whole world owes them because of how much they’ve suffered.
Let’s say you catch that person ripping you off in some way, or you catch them saying disgusting things behind your back, or in front of your face, or speaking evilly of some of the biggest true tzaddikim in the world.
Let’s say you try to tell them, gently, that they’re doing something wrong.
What do you think is going to happen?
Do you really think they are going to agree with you, and start praising you for helping them to make teshuva?
Or, do you think they are going to hunker down and get even more abusive, and even more abrasive, and even more disgusting?
In our generation, no-one can hear rebuke, no-one can take it, it just makes people act even more nasty, and it just strengthens their resolve to do even more yucky, anti-Torah things.
That’s why almost 2,000 years ago, Rabbi Akiva said that he didn’t think there was anyone in his generation who was capable of rebuking properly.
And in our generation, what can we say?
That’s why Rabbenu taught us to look for the good, and to take all of our issues and problems back to God, instead.
And that’s often much harder work, spiritually, because our ego likes to make us feel that we are the ones making a difference, with our rebuke, and with our public protest, and with our angry comments.
Ein od milvado.
God is just waiting for more of us to turn to Him to solve our problems, especially all the unsolvable problems that are piling up in our own lives, and to protest our own bad middot most of all.
Because remember, whatever we see in others that’s bothering us, we still have that in ourselves in some way, too.
And while we can’t change anyone else, not even our kids, not even our husbands, we can for sure change ourselves….
But only if we ask God to help us do it.
A quick update on the volcanoes out in Hawaii: the magma is starting to flow back into the collapsed caldera that was the summit of the Kilauea volcano. But now it’s all collapsed, it’s blocked with millions of tons of rock effectively sealing the usual exit closed.
Either the force will build up to an explosion, when the magma will punch through the ‘seal’ of the rock fall, or the magma will have to come up through some other vent and start creating a new volcano somewhere else on the Island.
There may be a third option, but I don’t know what that is.
In the meantime, the bigger volcano next to it, Mauna Loa, is now starting to get earthquakes striking right inside its crater, which could mean it’s also getting ready to explode soon.
The number of volcanoes popping off at the moment is growing every day, and while the last 100 or so years wERE volcanically very quiet on planet earth, this is highly unusual. Volcanic activity and earthquakes go together, so there’s a lot going on, and it’s probably:
3. Definitely all proceeding 100% according to Hashem’s plan, which is why it’s impossible to predict using ‘natural’ methods.
We’ve all got volcanoes and earthquakes and ‘building pressure’ going on at the moment, haven’t we? One way or another.
War seems to be in the air at the moment, doesn’t it? Even before the rockets started falling again on Shabbat, across Israel’s south, Friday was a particularly ‘snipey’ day, where lots of people were bothering me, and probably, vice-versa.
The person who was bothering me the most is the other side’s devious lawyer, who I went and researched Friday and learned a lot about. Like, he’s an expert in cooking up devious contracts that say one thing, but really mean another. And that he’s an expert in helping people deceive other people ‘legally’, within the technical parameters of Israeli law.
To put this in other words: he’s a class A jerk, and probably the absolutely worst lawyer we could be up against, in so many ways.
All this upset me deeply, and I had a lot of inner turmoil going on again that wasn’t giving me any peace, and questions of how God could let us fall into this man’s hands. So on Shabbat, I decided to do a long talking to God session to try to get my equanimity and emuna back.
As I like to do, I ‘randomly’ opened Likutey Moharan while I was talking to God about this yucky, horrible lawyer and I got to this (Likutey Moharan 1:251):
Know: on account of feuds – conflict – the thoughts of the wicked enter the minds of upright people, specifically, thoughts of heresy beset them.
Rectifying this requires surrendering the feud to God – allowing God to fight the battle. In this way, one nullifies the thoughts of the wicked.
As usual, I was blown away by how accurate and pertinent the advice was. One of the things that has been upsetting me the most about this whole house saga is that I’ve had to battle 24/7 to keep remembering that God is running the world, and that ‘the other side’ are just puppets who are being used by God to teach me something, and help me rectify something, spiritually.
Without an hour a day of hitbodedut, there is simply no way of holding on to the reality of ein od milvado, because the feelings of anger and bitterness and injustice can otherwise be overwhelming.
And even with it, it’s still pretty hard going.
So I was thrilled to get this advice from Rabbenu about how to proceed – on so many of the issues that are bothering me at the moment.
Keep your mouth shut, Rivka
That’s what God is telling me.
Sure, I could be going great guns pointing out all the ‘bad’ that seems so obvious to me, and apparently so hidden to others. I could be slagging off this one, pulling down that one, endlessly listing all the flaws and the problems that really are there, and really do exist.
But that’s not what God wants, especially in the Three Weeks.
Because as soon as we start fighting other people instead of recognizing that God is behind everything, instead of recognizing that the only valid, helpful response is to just take it back to God to figure out what message He’s trying to give us, what teshuva or change He wants from me – we fall into heresy and start thinking like wicked people.
So, God wants me to keep my mouth shut, and to let Him fight the battle on my behalf.
And like all of us at the moment, I have so many potential battles raging on so many potential fronts, there really isn’t any other answer.
So, there’s an interesting discussion that’s been happening in the comments section under the last post (and btw, I’m actually so pleased that people with so many different viewpoints feel comfortable enough to post their ideas up on the blog, in a respectful way that isn’t dissing anyone else, Baruch Hashem.)
But the basic discussion is this:
How can we await Moshiach every single day, as we’re told we have to do by #12 of the Rambam’s 13 Principles of Faith, without getting so hung up on a specific date that it risks utterly ruining our emuna if that doesn’t happen?
As always, there is really no clear-cut or black-and-white answer, so let’s try to figure out together what the sources are actually saying, and how to apply that in reality in our own lives, because there is also a huge difference between ‘theoretical’ Judaism and real, live, sincere Judaism.
So many people are excellent at the former, and actually far less excellent at really applying the theories of what we’re all supposed to do, and how we’re supposed to actually do it, especially to themselves.
So tachlis, how can we balance waiting for Moshiach and eagerly anticipating him every single day, as the Rambam tells us we’re meant to be doing, without getting caught up in pointless false predictions and prophecies about ‘the end’, which is a particularly xtian past-time?
(On that note, I just have to say something: a few people, including my usually very switched-on brother, have recently sent me links to ‘Breaking Israel News’ with different stories about prophecies and predictions about the end of days. I get a really, really bad vibe from the stuff on that website, probably the xtian undercurrent that’s going on there is warping all the authentic Torah sources to its own end. Caveat emptor.)
Here’s what Rav Natan has to say, in Tzaddik (527):
“A number of leading Torah figures have made calculations of the time of the coming of Moshiach. In our own period a number of people have made specific claims about when Moshiach would come. The same has happened in previous generations. The Rebbe disagreed completely.
“He said that any date people gave for the coming of the Moshiach would certainly not be the date he would come. There are passages in the Holy Zohar and elsewhere cursing all who make such calculations. For “The Son of David will only come when no-one is paying attention.” (Sanhedrin 97a).
“At the moment, people are saying Moshiach will come in the year 5600 (1839-40) and they claim that the Zohar contains illusions to this. The truth is that he will definitely not come then. He may come before 5600, or he may come after. But in 5600 itself he will certainly not come.
There is no doubt about this, seeing as people are expecting him them.
“One thing is certain: any date someone gives on the basis of calculations as the date of his coming will quite definitely not be when he comes.
“The Moshiach will indeed come quickly and without delay in our days, but it will be when no one is paying any attention whatsoever. No-one would have dreamt that this would be when he would come – and suddenly he will come. Speedily in our days, Amen.”
There is lots of food for thought here. Before we continue, we should know that some of the people who have made calculations (and that word is crucial, I’ll explain why in a minute) about when Moshiach will come include Torah giants like the Vilna Gaon and closer to our times, Rav Yehuda Ashlag.
So this is not an error that ‘dumb’ or ‘unbelieving’ people make, far from it.
Rav Ashlag’s teachings were picked up and warped by the Kabbalah Centre, and all that interesting stuff on the kabbalahsecrets website is another offshoot of this warped, Kabbalah Centre / quasi-xtian obsession with calculating the end. (There’s that word again.)
So Moshiach is not going to come Succot 5779. How do I know? Simple – Rav Natan said: any date someone gives on the basis of calculations as the date of his coming will quite definitely not be when he comes. He may come before Succot, he may come after, but according to Rav Natan, on Succot 5779 itself, he definitely is NOT coming.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN, ‘CALCULATIONS’?
So now, let’s try to dig down a bit more, and to clarify a bit more about what’s going on, because in recent years, so many of our own huge tzaddikim have made clear statements about our generation being the time of Moshiach and geula.
Are we really saying they don’t know the Gemara in Sanhedrin, God forbid? Or that they’re going against what they’re meant to be doing, but saying what they’re saying, God forbid?
That simply doesn’t make sense. So clearly, something else is going on here. I’m going to bring together a bunch of quotes from One in a Generation Volume II that I think will shed some real light on the subject, and then I’ll sum things up at the end.
MOSHIACH WAS PREDICTED TO COME IN 2012
The Jewish year 5772 (corresponding to 2011-2012) had long been touted as a very likely date for the redemption of the Jewish people to begin. The late Rav Yitzchak Kaduri had publicly stated on a number of occasions that Moshiach would come during Av 5772.
Rav Yitzchak Shlomo Zilberman had also publicized the tradition he’d received that the Vilna Gaon had hinted that 5772 was the year of Keitz, or End of Days, as had other descendants of the Vilna Gaon’s students.
Meanwhile, Rav Yosef Scheinberger told over the story he’d heard directly from Rav Grosnas, one of the Chofetz Chaim’s students, that the Chofetz Chaim had said in the year 5692 that it wouldn’t take more than another 80 years for Moshiach to come — again, bringing us to 5772.
Over the last decade, an enormous amount of sources from the Zohar and other holy works, gematrias and anecdotal traditions were amassed, all pointing to the year 5772 as the year of redemption. As more and more of this information came to light and was publicized, the religious public waited with bated breath to see what will be in 5772.
(Guess what: Moshiach didn’t come then.)
MOSHIACH WAS PREDICTED TO COME IN 2014
As 5774 (2014) wound down, so many different Jewish groups and religious leaders seemed to be talking about Moshiach.
Rav Chaim Kanievsky is on record as saying at this time: “The Moshiach is no longer waiting at the entrance, he’s already been given permission to open the door!” And when he was asked specifically what he meant, he replied, “It’s possible that we’ve reached the end of the exile.”
When Operation Protective Edge began in July 2014, the Milkman, Rav Chaim Cohen, made the following statement: “They informed me from Heaven that the redemption process started today. Am Yisrael is going to be redeemed. No one knows how long it will take, dear brothers, but know that the complete redemption process (geulah sheleimah) has begun, and because of this, the troubles are not going to cease in coming.”
Meanwhile, the kabbalist Rav Dovid Chaim Stern from Bnei Brak told his students in the autumn of 2014 that the situation was only going to get worse from day to day, and that only Moshiach could solve the problem.
(Moshiach didn’t come then, either.)
MOSHIACH WAS PREDICTED TO COME IN 2015
Purim time, 2015, Rav Dov Kook of Tiveria said about Rav Berland’s exile: “There’s some profound siyatta d’Shmaya going on. He’s going to come and redeem us, and when he comes, Moshiach will come too.”
As 5775 continued, the feeling of impending doom that had enveloped the Jewish people (and the world more generally) continued to deepen.
Many of the Gedolei Hador put out messages at this time, including the following one from Rav Chaim Kanievsky, which was publicized around Pesach 5775 (April 2015) by the famous darshan and mashgiach, Rav Chizkiyahu Mishkovsky.
Rav Mishkovsky made the following comments while he was speaking at a conference organized by Lev L’Achim:
“Today, we find ourselves at one of the most critical moments for the Jewish people,” Rav Mishkovsky announced. “One of the close relatives of our teacher and Torah giant, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, recently came to visit him, and the ‘prince of Torah’ [i.e. Rav Chaim Kanievsky] told him: ‘Go and announce to Klal Yisrael that we are at the time of ‘the footsteps of Moshiach,’ and that Moshiach is at the threshold, and the only possibility of surviving this time is through Torah and gemilus chassidim.’”
(Moshiach didn’t come then, either.)
MOSHIACH IS PREDICTED TO COME IN 2016
The prophecy in Zechariah speaks of all the soldiers of the nations gathering around Israel, and as 5776 began, it seemed that prophecy was about to come true.
A video of a secular teenage boy who’d had a clinical death, and who had apparently been shown some violent scenes in Heaven relating to the imminent coming of Moshiach, went viral across Israel, with hundreds of thousands of viewers.
Among the many things the teenage boy said was that the IDF would only be able to stand up against its enemies for two days, and that Israel was about to be conquered by literally hundreds of thousands of foreign soldiers. So many of the Youtube rabbis went crazy about all these 'predictions'. Guess what?
Moshiach didn’t come then, either.
The local makolet guy started wearing a kippa and laying his tefillin after he saw that video, around Rosh Hashana 5776. By the end of the year, when Moshiach hadn’t shown up and ‘armageddon’ hadn’t kicked off, as predicted, he took it off again.
THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH PREDICTIONS BASED ON CALCULATIONS
So we can see, ‘predictions’ about Moshiach coming aren’t always helpful. But there’s a different between trying to CALCULATE the end, with all sorts of fancy gematrias and kabbalistic ideas, and between actually KNOWING that we’re at the end.
And I think what is going on now, with Rav Kanievsky, and the Milkman, and Rav Kook, and Rav Berland, is that they actually KNOW we are at the end, just Moshiach hasn’t been revealed yet.
To be clear, that could mean that Moshiach has actually come, that the true tzaddikim already know who he is and that he’s here, but that we haven’t yet merited for him to be revealed yet – which means no-one is making calculations about anything. They are simply referring to a factual occurrence that they are aware of, but that other people don’t know about.
Here’s some quotes to give us an idea about what our job actually is, at this period of time:
WE HAVE TO OWN UP TO OUR OWN FLAWS, INSTEAD OF POINTING FINGERS AT OTHERS
Rav Berland once said: “People think that Moshiach can come without prayer. That a person can simply travel to Uman, press a button, and Moshiach will appear. He’ll be there at the tziyun, and just needs to press a certain secret button, and then Moshiach will appear.
Moshiach can’t come until we do true teshuvah with a truly broken heart, and have true shmiras einayim!
“It’s time to cry out, ‘We are guilty!’ and then Moshiach will really come, and Moshiach will be revealed. Moshiach wants to be revealed at every moment. Motzoei Shemittah — this is the time that Moshiach needs to be revealed.”
The Rav concluded that all the wars, the intifada and the dangers that will accompany the coming of the Moshiach are only to get people to wake up and do teshuvah, so that we’ll cry out “We are guilty! That’s it,” he said. “That’s all we need to do.”
ATTENTION, ALL LITVAKS: WANTING MOSHIACH ALSO APPLIES TO YOU
Rav Yehezkel Levenstein, ztl, the former mashgiach ruchani (spiritual guide) of the Mir yeshiva, wrote in his book Or Yehezkel (7) the following words about the importance of believing in, and hoping for, the coming of Moshiach.
“Emuna (belief) in the coming redemption is one of our fundamental obligations. And not just a grudging, low level of emuna; the Rambam writes that: “A person is obligated to stand and wait for the coming of Moshiach, and anyone who doesn’t wait [i.e. anticipate Moshiach’s coming] is a heretic.
“And even though the whole of the nation of Israel believes in and recognizes the [idea of the] coming of the Moshiach, there is still an obligation to wait for it, and to anticipate it actually happening, and anyone who stops anticipating [the coming of Moshiach], even for just an hour, we see from this that they are not a believer.
“Once a person really expects and yearns for the coming of the Melech Moshiach (King Moshiach), then any of the occurrences happening in the world appear to him to be a hint, or connected with the [imminent] redemption, and will cause him to think that maybe, the Melech Moshiach is truly on the threshold [of being revealed].
“It should be underlined that people don’t see the signs of redemption because they don’t think about it all, or reflect on the matter [of Moshiach coming]. I remember how the Chofetz Chaim, ztl, used to wait for it, and connect everything to the geula (redemption).”
Elsewhere, Rav Levenstein returns to the subject, and adds: “The Rambam already wrote that anyone who doesn’t wait for him [i.e. the Moshiach] to come every single day, is a heretic in regard to the whole Torah. And this is particularly true in our time, when we shouldn’t only wait and hope for the Melech Moshiach, but actually know that we are in the days when Moshiach will come.”
MOSHIACH’S COMING WON’T CHANGE ANYTHING
(Excerpted from One in a Generation)
When Rav Berland was in South Africa during the summer of 2015, he gave a shiur where he explained that the revelation of the Moshiach wouldn’t change anything at all in the world. Until everyone did teshuvah, there simply couldn’t be a true redemption, and the real work of the Moshiach would be to bring everyone in the world back to God.
At that time, he said:
“These next six years, from 5775 to 5781 (2014-2021), are the years of redemption. These are the years when the whole of Am Yisrael will do teshuvah; even the biggest criminals and thugs are going to do teshuvah. There are no criminals in Am Yisrael, there are no wicked people in Am Yisrael. It’s all just stages of the redemption [process.] It’s all just stages in the evolution of the neshamah, in receiving the different stages of the soul. The biggest criminal is going to end up being the biggest tzaddik…
“We also need to bring the 70 nations back in repentance. The King Moshiach is going to return all the nations back to God, because God forbid that even a single goy should die! We don’t want any non-Jews to die, except for [exceptionally evil] people like Hitler, yimach shmo, but even common murderers can do teshuvah.”
REDEMPTION IS A PROCESS
The Rav was sending a clear message that redemption is a process, and that the process that will culminate in true peace, and the coming of the Jewish redeemer, is already occurring right now, however it may look externally.
Moshiach, “the son of Yishai,” is likened to a sprout for a very good reason: For many long weeks, months and even years, the seed of Moshiach lays underground, hidden from public view, apparently decaying and rotting away. Until… that first sprout of redemption finally bursts forth.
May it be speedily in our days, amen.
SUMMING IT ALL UP:
So, lots to think about here. The key points are this:
Over to you, dear readers.
The earthquakes that are striking in the top 1/5 of the Kinneret, very close to the Northern shore where all those yucky church buildings are on the 'consecrated land' that belongs the Vatican (!) are continuing.
I've done a short 5 minute video with much better sound to show you exactly where they are hitting, and also, to show you exactly where Harrat Ash Shamah - that volcanic field is - and how huge it is.
It last erupted a lake of boiling lava in 1850.
The only reason no-one is talking about this place is because there's been ongoing war in the area for the best part of a century, and that's not conducive to running lots of tests and studies. But Harrat Ash Shamah is huge.
The last massive earthquakes that destroyed Tsfat and Tiberius took place in 1837, around the same time there was volcanic activity in Syria and this lava lake sprang out of the ground. That could have happened before 1850, but was only 'noticed' by Europeans writing this stuff down then.
But earthquakes always precede volcanic events, as we've seen with all the eruptions going off recently around the globe. Definitely something to keep an eye on, as maybe God's patience with all the militant 'anti-authentic Judaism' stuff is starting to wear thin.
I don't usually 'live blog' anything, because hey, I so have a million better things to do.
But I think there will be more earthquakes hitting the North of Israel soon, for reasons I'll explain now, and they could be big enough that people need to think carefully about making sure they are 'earthquake ready', especially if they live in an older building, like the ones that got flattened in Italy a couple of years ago.
So, why do I think there's more coming? First of all, I did a very basic video showing all the VOLCANOES that are up in Israel's North.
Yup, there's a ton of volcanoes up there, most of which no-one even talks about. Those 2 earthquakes yesterday hit withing 5 miles of one of them, on the edge of the Kinneret. So I think things may be starting to wake up.
Next, Rav Berland recently started talking a lot about the earth opening up a la Korach, because of the people who have been talking negatively about the true Tzaddikim.
(My advice: make some teshuva pronto if you've been talking badly about Rav Berland, or Rav Chaim Dovid Stern, or Rebbe Nachman, or the Lubavitcher Rebbe, or any of the other real tzaddikim, because we could be getting to a stage where your life could seriously depend on it.)
Last, Dutchsinse recently put out a video HERE (shmirat eynayim friendly) where he explains in more detail the geophysical reasons why Israel is getting quakes right now, and from what I can tell, there are more coming and they may start to get bigger.
You can see his comments about Israel between around the 10-23 minute mark.
Stuff is moving. It's kind of scary, but also kind of exhilarating, at least while my supermarket is still standing and I have a hot shower and food to eat.
BH, the geula will come the sweet way. But there's no doubt things are starting to move again. Whether it'll go all the way this time, or we'll have another decade delay or something, who knows.
But trust me on that making teshuva thing I mentioned, either way. We need to make sure that God is right in the middle of whatever 'earthquake plan' we're working on, even if the seismic events we're experiencing are still mostly internal.
Following on from the discussion in the comments on THIS post, one of my readers sent me an email where she made a very profound point, that I'd like to share with you. She wrote that:
'I really wish that just wanting to be a mother and a wife and taking care of your home wouldn't be looked down upon. That instead of praising women who earn a PhD or become a mayor or the like, we would praise mothers who keep it together when their toddler throws a tantrum in the supermarket or the wife who is cleaning the floors for the 1035th time.
"I think one of the problems today is that nobody wants to have the wife's role, that also women want wives who take care of the drudgery of housework and childrearing. However for me personally I have come to realize that as difficult as it is to being a wife and a mother when I am taking care of my children I am actually building eternity."
This precious reader really hit the nail on the head:
No-one wants the job of being a wife today.
All the elements of that job are being outsourced, because we value it so little. The cleaning is going to the nice Polish lady, the caring is going to the nice Phillipino lady, the cooking is being catered in, the kids are being sent out to sleep-away camps, and if anyone actually wants to have a real, deep conversation and pour out their heart - hey, that's what shrinks and counsellors are for!
I'm part way through reading 'From Darwin to Hitler', which is actually a much more nuanced and well-written book than perhaps its title might suggest.
Part of what happened post-Darwin is that all the 'thinkers' in Europe started seeing human life in terms of 'valuable and productive to society' or 'worthless and pulling society down'.
Disabled people, criminals, and people with mental and physical health problems were in this last category, together with different 'races' and poor people, depending on how racist and snobby the Darwinist 'thinker' actually was.
And the only people in that first, 'worthy' category were people who earned money and helped society flourish. Mothers weren't valued, except as the 'source' of society's future workers. But the actual 'job' of being a mother, being a wife - that was completely devalued and looked down upon.
(And yes, there were a whole bunch of Zionist, atheist Jews who thought that way too. This lead directly to the shocking idea that women should give their babies over to other people to raise as soon as they'd given birth and go back to being 'productive members of society' again, which was the Kibbutz ideal way of life for a few decades, until even the atheist Zionists started to figure out that was completely retarded and damaging to everyone involved.)
Darwin's false, atheistic science completely warped the fabric of society in so many profound ways, including how many of us women have been brainwashed into believing that we only have value if we are working and have a paid job.
But as my correspondent put it so eloquently, the real job, the real value we add to the world is by expending our precious time and effort primarily and principally on trying to raise happy, emotionally-healthy kids who are still connected to their souls.
And if that wasn't enough of a full-time job, we also have our hands full trying to help unrectified husbands get over all their issues and become the amazing people God created them to be, too.
Just before I sat down to type this, I had another upsetting fight with one of my teens, who is still going through a lot of stuff and acting horribly, as a result. The last two days, she's been giving me the strong 'vibe' that all her problems are down to me and my cack mothering abilities, and as someone who quit my career to look after my family, that's pretty painful.
Motherhood is very hard! Motherhood is often very unrewarded and taken for granted (especially by moody teenagers). But being a mother, and being a wife, is the most important, precious job we have in the world, despite the awful wages and cack employment conditions and mouthy co-workers (who all think they are the boss).
It sucks that you can't quit the job no matter how bad it gets, and there is no paid sick leave or overtime!!
But that's the main job we women got given to do by Hashem.
And as someone who used to have a high-flying career, I can tell you that being at the office is definitely the easier option.
After a couple of months of me going on about volcanoes and how they are definitely linked to the geula process, today brought news of a 4.1 earthquake hitting in Northern Israel, pretty close to the Harrat Ash Shamah volcanic field.
First, here's what Wikipedia has to say about Harrat Ash Shamah:
The Ḥarraṫ ash-Shāmah (Arabic: حَـرَّة الـشَّـامَـة, also known variously as the Ḥarraṫ Ash-Shaam (Arabic: حَـرَّة الـشَّـام) and the Ḥarraṫ e-Shāmah (Arabic: حَـرَّةِ شَـامَـة)) is a volcanic field covering a total area of some 40,000 km2 (15,000 sq mi). This massive alkaline volcanic field extends from southern Syria, across Jordan, and into northwestern Saudi Arabia.
This wide extended basaltic province contains more than 800 volcanic cones and around 140 dikes and ring dikes. The Jabal al-Druze, al-Safa and Dirat al-Tulul volcanic fields, among others, form the northern and Syrian part of the Harrat al-Shamah; al-Harrah is in the southern, Saudi Arabian, third of the field.
Next, let's go and see where this field actually is in relation to Israel, and in relation to where the 4.1 struck today near Migdal, on the shores of the Kinneret, and where the Mount Bental volcano is in Israel (it's the three yellow place markers):
Next, let's go and see the lat time Harrat Ash Shamah actually showed some activity from its 800!!!!! volcanoes. (By way of comparison, Hawaii has 5-6 volcanoes, and is around 65 sq miles across. This volcanic field is way bigger - although the source I'm going to bring from the Smithsonian says it's 15,000 square km, while Wiki is telling us it's 15,000 square miles - probably Wiki is wrong. But it's still enormous.)
Yup, the last time there was an eruption there was 1850.
That's no time at all if you hold by false science, but even if I'm starting to persuade you that the millions and billions of years stuff is wrong, that's still only 170 years ago.
So, let's see what happens next. So far, there have been 3 earthquakes in Israel, a 2.1 in the North on July 2, this 4.1 yesterday, and another 2.9 down on the Southern tip of Israel.
We know earthquakes are part and parcel of geula - remember the Mount of Olives is going to split in two, and a bunch of other stuff too from the Prophets, some of which I may collect together here soon if someone else doesn't beat me to it.
The last thing to point out is that the Mount Bental volcano is probably the source of Tiberius' hot springs. When I was up in Tiberius for my two days off last week, I was discussing that with my husband, and explaining how hot springs always go together with underground magma and volcanoes.
And they do.
Orna is right - there was another earthquake in the North, at 10.45pm July 4, 2018. I went to check out the coordinates and those two earthquakes struck 4.5 km to the east and west of Karnei Hittin - which we are told is an 'extinct' volcano.
This is very close to Tiberius' hot springs, and is the source of the heat. Where there is heat, there is still magma, albeit pretty deep down. That volcano is NOT extinct, it's just dormant.
If there are any more earthquakes there, things could get interesting, as earthquakes start swarming when magma starts to rise to the surface - shortly as a prelude to bursting out of it. Something to watch, because all this seismic activity is connected to geula and moshiach, but in ways that I think nearly all of us will struggle to really wrap our heads around.
I just got a comment on my blog from someone called ‘antifeminist’ who has created a whole website bewailing how bad American women are. It’s definitely a real website, although the comment is probably spam, so I’m not going to post it up, but here’s a little of what he said:
“I am an American man, and I have decided to boycott American women. In a nutshell, American women are the most likely to cheat on you, to divorce you, to get fat, to steal half of your money in the divorce courts, don't know how to cook or clean, don't want to have children, etc. Therefore, what intelligent man would want to get involved with American women?
“American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least.”
Over on his blog, he explains how he spent four years trying to develop a serious relationship with a number of American women, and how they all ended in failure.
Now, clearly there are two sides to every argument, and who knows what sort of character traits and temperament this guy has himself.
But I always take the view that if God is taking the time and trouble to put these things into my face, there must be some pertinent message, or lesson to learn from it, even if it’s delivered in not such appealing packaging.
So the question is this:
Could there be some connection between what this man perceives to be the huge failings of materialistic American feminist society, and our own enormous shidduch crisis, which seems to be particularly acute in North America?
We know that the Jews in a particular country or society are always affected by that country’s mores and attributes, both for the good and bad.
Personally, I’ve also been increasingly put-off by the militant ‘feminist’ vibe that’s been picking up speed recently, and is manifesting itself in more and more bullying attempts to force Jewish publications to have pictures of women on their pages, etc.
I can’t stand all these apparently frum women who start screaming ‘discrimination’ against anyone who thinks posing for pictures on Instagram or Facebook is not the epitome of frum female achievement in the world.
I find their general aggressiveness, self-importance and pushiness pretty off-putting, and I’m a woman! And I’m not planning on trying to marry any of these ladies any time soon, BH! So I can appreciate how walking down the aisle with one of these types could be a less than thrilling prospect for a man.
So let me put it out there: Could this materialistic-American-militant-feminist vibe be behind a lot of what’s causing the shidduch crisis in the Jewish world?
Clearly, the menfolk are also not doing so well at this stage of the game, and I know it’s not black and white by any means, and that a lot of the single (and also married...) men today also have some serious work to do on their middot and attitudes.
But as this blog is for women (mostly….) let’s start with our side of the equation, and try to figure out if ‘anti-feminist’ has a point, and if we need to do some collective soul-searching about how much this aggressive American-feminist worldview may be negatively impacting our own relationships and attitudes in the frum Jewish world.
So woman or man, weigh in here, and tell me what you think.
Could the materialistic-American-militant-feminist approach to life be behind a lot of the problems we’re seeing in getting people married and keeping them happily married in the frum world?
And if yes, what can we do to start changing things around?
Over to you, dear reader.
(When I went to look for some images for 'feminists' for this post, it came back with a bunch of moody, pouting 'angry' women in various states of undress holding a whole bunch of 'angry' signs. Now I ask you, why would anyone want to marry anyone who has such a big chip on their shoulder and is always looking for the next fight?
And if you think 'feminism' and all the 'alternative' lifestyle stuff are separate issues, think again. The same people who are promoting the 'rainbow' lifestyle are behind all this feminist clap-trap too. Go google 'feminist' for yourself, and see what comes up - this 'rainbow' lipstick image above is pretty much the tamest picture I could find.)
The last few weeks, I have been feeling incredibly lethargic and drained. Most days this week, I feel like I’ve been moving through treacle. It’s been so hard to get anything done, from the smaller things like wash up to the bigger things like trying to write stuff for my blogs, and my book.
Mamash, it’s taken an enormous effort of will to do anything, because I really just wanted to curl up and go back to sleep. Was I sick? Nope. Over-tired? A little – when am I not, tho? Stressed? Yes, obviously. Again, that’s nothing new.
This morning, I’m feeling a little better again, but there is such a fatiguing vibe that’s settled over the planet recently, and it’s all connected to the freak weather and volcanoes.
I’ve written a bunch of posts about how our moods and health are affected by the electromagnetic conditions prevailing in the world over on spiritualselfhelp, and if this topic interests you then go take a look.
But the point is, God is sending a different electro-magnetic ruach down to the world at the moment, that is affecting us all and making us all feel slow, lethargic and ‘switched off’. Some people are experiencing that has head fog, others as an inability to remember stuff, others as an awful feeling of stuckness, and kind of mental paralysis, others as pure fatigue.
And maybe all of these things together.
But it’s an electro-magnetically-induced situation, that’s being engineered in the world by Hashem. This is also why blog posts are slowing up, why no-one feels like commenting, or doing much – it’s part of the Divine plan for right now.
And at the same time as the slo-mo is going on in our personal lives, things are going crazy with planet earth. There was another big eruption yesterday, this time in Indonesia. Meanwhile, a third ‘wildfire’ has started up in the UK, which they are blaming on sparks from firing guns at a nearby shooting range.
That’s complete BS! This third fire also started on Sunday, when the Saddleworth Moor fire began, but in a location some 30 miles away. There were no shooting ranges near Saddleworth or Winter Hill, and ‘whatever’ caused those fires to begin is also underneath this third fire at Otterburn.
We saw this same sort of miraculous fire starting here in Israel, back in November 2016, the day when the Rav was convicted in Kangaroo Court and forced to demean himself with a public ‘confession’ that was broadcast all over the TV and internet.
The cause of causes for all this stuff is ultimately God.
The mechanism He’s using to heat the planet up is electro-magnetic, and connected to the celestial spheres, particularly the sun.
And a lot of things are starting to come together, from Trump’s ‘peace’ plan, to what’s going on with Hawaii, to all the record-smashing freak weather and floods still happening all across the planet, and now, new volcanic activity.
And in the meantime, we’re all stuck feeling like we can’t do anything or get anywhere, and that everyday life is like moving through treacle. It’s a tough time. It feels like the Three Weeks came early this year.
I’ve been sitting here all week feeling pretty lousy again, that I can’t do anything, achieve anything, plan anything, get anywhere. It’s all treacle, treacle, treacle.
But this is God’s plan for us at the moment, and really, it just has to change soon, doesn’t it?
I know ‘everything is fine’ intellectually, but feelings-wise, I’m just bouncing off the bottom a lot at the moment, and I’m having to deal with a lot of yeoush and despair on an hourly basis.
(Especially when I have to have anything to do with estate agents…)
Even my talking to God sessions have been pretty rubbish recently, because the head fog has been all encompassing, and I can’t focus, or settle down.
But it will change! It’s just a temporary electro-magnetically induced phenomenon, and some very good things are hopefully around the corner. We just have to ask God to keep hanging on to us to get us there.
PS: I realized there might be some copyright issues with the video of Saddleworth Moor, so I’m going to take down the video for now, and do them in a different way in the future, BH, brain fog permitting.