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.
Yesterday, I woke up feeling really shaky. I’d had a weird dream which wasn’t ‘bad’, but was just weird, but before I even opened my eyes, I just felt like my brain was jumping around all over the place.
Now, we can put that down to me being highly-strung and half-Moroccan, but my husband was also feeling pretty shaky yesterday, for no obvious reason.
If I could be bothered, I’d go and check out the Schumann Resonance read-outs, or I’d write another few paragraphs here explaining how space weather affects human moods and health.
But today, I can’t be bothered.
Maybe it’s part of the vibe going on, but I’m losing my motivation to keep pointing things out. I mean, haven’t we all been here before, with so many exciting and dramatic ‘predictions’ that actually never happened?
Haven’t I spent more than a decade with my life on hold waiting for ‘the end’ to start happening?
So even though ironically, more and more of the pieces seem to be slotting into place, and even though I believe that Rav Berland is 100% on the money with his timescale of geula by 5781, I’m still finding it a little hard to get into the spirit of things.
Because what if it all fades out and fizzles again?
I got so burned by all those false ‘predictions’ from the autistics, that I don’t have a huge amount of energy left for the real deal. And I know I’m not alone. I’m seeing so many people give up, all over the place, in a myriad different ways.
That one is giving up on living in Israel, this one is giving up on trying to keep Shabbat or wearing tzitzit, that one is giving up on guarding their eyes – the list goes on and on.
Because so many of us made a super-human effort to get into the right place, the right ‘space’ spiritually, for geula – and then geula receded off into the distance and we were left feeling pretty lost and confused.
Uh, I AM meant to have made all that sacrifice to be in Jerusalem, right God? Even if geula doesn’t kick off tomorrow? I AM meant to have committed to covering my hair 24/7, even if judgment day doesn’t happen in my lifetime, right? It wasn’t a dumb idea to put soul ahead of body, even though body has got a pretty rough ride of things the last few years and it looks like I'm never going to be able to live in my own home again?
That wasn’t just stupid and retarded thinking, right God?
These are the discussions I’ve been having with God recently, where I’m seeking some reassurance that all the effort, the self-sacrifice, the struggle to try to give God what I believe He wants is actually worth it.
Luckily, God manages to reassure me every single time that it is.
HE WHO PREPARES FOR SHABBAT EATS ON SHABBAT
A while back, I spent weeks killing myself to make a seder, where we’d be joined by ‘out of towners’ who didn’t really keep mitzvoth.
As my hands turned to that pre-Pesach sandpaper from all the cleaning and cooking, I started to feel a bit grumpy and fed-up, that I was the one slaving away like Cinderella, while my guests would get a ‘free ride’ for the seder.
(Yes, my middot are really that bad.)
“Dear, don’t be jealous of those people who showed up to a gorgeous seder they didn’t do anything to prepare themselves,” God told me then. “Even though it seems you’re eating the same food, and attending the same event, because you made all that effort to prepare it, you’re actually experiencing something completely and totally different.”
And it’s the same with geula.
I’m not one of those psycho-bloggers who is wishing mass death and destruction on people because they couldn’t find the strength or courage to move to Israel. I know how hard that move can be, I know how complicated it can get, I know how much emuna it can take to move here, and then to stay here when the going gets tough and you start to feel so lonely and alone.
It’s a much, much bigger test than most of the psycho-bloggers are willing to admit, and their lack of compassion for Jews in the diaspora bothers me tremendously.
I want every Jew to make it to the end point, to the netz, and to greet Moshiach, wherever they might live and even if they aren’t perfect. Because who the heck is perfect, in 2018?!?
But at the same time… I still have that niggling feeling that it’s not really so fair, that I’m slaving away over geula like Cinderella while other people are focused on getting their nails done and booking their next holiday to the Bahamas…
Until God reminds me:
“Because you made all that effort to prepare for it, you’re actually going to experience something completely and totally different.”
WE ALL HAVE TO DIE BEFORE WE GET REVIVED
While we’re talking about geula, here’s something else I recently learned from Rav Berland:
Everyone is going to have to die, at least for five minutes, before techiat hameitim, or the revival of the dead.
So, you can’t move to Israel just to avoid an exploding Yellowstone, because we’ve got our own version right here on our doorstep in Harrat Ash Shamah (or ‘The Mountain of Guilt’, as my husband pointed out.)
God is going to judge each and every one of us on our own individual merits wherever we happen to live, and we’ll all have to snuff it before we can get to the revival of the dead and the World to Come.
So then, why make all that effort? Why try so hard to move to Israel, or to continue to live in Israel, or to keep wearing socks when the thermometer hits 42 degrees, or to keep doing hitbodedut and or getting up to pray at dawn when you can’t really see, often, how it’s getting you anywhere?
That’s something so many of us are grappling with at the moment.
But there is an answer:
To serve Hashem lishma, simply for its own sake, and not because we’re going to get geula, or money, or houses, or an easy life back in return.
And when I remember that, I don’t want to give up anymore.
Over on RavBerland.com, they just posted up another awesome translation of some of the Rav’s more recent comments about what is actually going on all around us.
Rav Berland has been dropping clues about all the ‘climate change’ that’s going to precede the coming of Moshiach for many months now, and to my knowledge, he’s the only real rabbi who is doing this. And you need a tremendous background both in Tanach and kabbalah, and also in climate change stuff itself to start picking up all his clues, and to try to figure it all out.
I don’t have the former, but I’m working on the latter, so let’s go through his latest words to see what we can try to figure out, together. The Rav’s words will be bolded, and my comments will be underneath.
It’s written in the Zohar that two years before the netz (end of days), the stars start to sing. A person needs to wake up two years before the netz.
The ‘song’ of the stars is electro-magnetic – it’s the pulse of life, it’s the pulse of all creation. If the stars are starting to ‘sing’ two years before the end, the geula, one of the things that means is that the electro-magnetic vibes flying around planet earth via cosmic rays, and a bunch of other ‘celestially inspired’ phenomena are going to lead to some very interesting developments down here.
Climate change, earthquakes and volcanoes erupting are all connected to this electromagnetism (as is human mental and physical health). That’s why every time there’s a huge spike in the Schumann Resonance, we all start feeling decidedly weird, emotionally.
So, this ‘singing’ has started now, and will continue for two more years until the geula starts in earnest. BTW, that matches up exactly with what the Rav said HERE, about the coming of Moshiach being a process that will last until 5781. Two more years takes us up to the cusp of 5781.
the ridicule of Hashem is arafel (fog, mist, haze)….
This is clearly a very deep, hard to understand passage (even in the Hebrew) but my best guess is that the people who are ‘ridiculing’ Hashem – we all know who they are – are going to have to deal with some serious hazey-fog-cloud thing.
To my volcano-obsessed mind, that could easily be an eruptive ash cloud, or a cloud of ‘laze’ – the dangerous lava-cum-haze that occurs when molten magma flows into the sea.
This is all referring to 50 seas…”And [God] said come until po (here).” Why is Yaffo (Joppa) called Yaffo? Because Hashem said ‘come until po’. And why is Haifa called ‘Haifa’? Also, because Hashem said ‘come until po’.
Yaffo, the ancient port of Joppa, is where the whale spat Yonah out. While Yonah was in the whale, he was also shown the entrance to sheol (purgatory / gehinnom) that was presumably on the ocean floor, in keeping with the idea we learned in THIS POST that the entrances to gehinnom are located in the desert, in the sea and in inhabited places.
Today, Jaffa has become Tel Aviv. Haifa is still Haifa. It’s very interesting that these are the only two cities that I know of, in Israel, to recently put up tsunami warning signposts all over the place.
God is the one who told the water to ‘stop’ and go no further. If the inhabitants of a city are ‘mocking’ or ‘ridiculing’ God (and we all know what that means) – then it seems like a midda-kneged-midda thing that just as they aren’t listening to God anymore, the sea could also stop ‘listening to God’ – resulting in some massive flood-type scenario.
The oceans were spreading out in all directions, the Mediterranean Sea was spreading out. In the time of Enosh, it spread out in the direction of Yaffo and Haifa, and after that, in the generation of the mabbul (great flood), it spread out in the direction of Gibraltar….
Enosh’s generation preceded Noah’s, and is considered to be the time of the Second World, after Adam and Eve. It’s a time when a third of the earth was permanently flooded as a result of that generation’s descent into idol worship. Here’s some of what our sources say about this time:
From Chazal: (Mechilta, Yitro, baChodesh 6)
At the time of Enosh God said, “You made an innovation and called others ‘gods’. I too will make an innovation, and call the waters of the sea.” And the sea rose and flooded one third of the earth.
From Brayshis Rabba 23:6:
In four ways nature changed in the time of Enosh. The mountains became rocky, the dead became subject to vermin, the faces of people became similar to apes, and men became subject to gremlins.
(No I don’t know what ‘gremlins’ are – this is taken from Rav Dovid Brown’s English translation in Mysteries of Creation. Any ideas what it’s actually referring to?)
Chazal tell us: (Shekalim 6:2, Braishit Rabba 23:7 and Yalkut Shimoni 2:543)
The Prophet Amos twice (5:8 and 9:6) declares that God ‘calls to the waters of the sea and spills them over the earth.’ The reiteration is not redundant; the ocean broke out twice and in these two surges the Mediterranean Sea came into being. The first time took place at the time of Enosh and the second at the time of the Dor HaFlaga [when the built the Tower of Babel].”
(There is then recorded a disagreement about which part of the world was flooded first, with some holding it was the shores of Eretz Yisrael first, then Calabria and the Barbary Coast, while others hold the opposite opinion. Rav Berland is going with the opinion that says first Israel, then Calabria was flooded.)
This is a good place to note that all this happened less than
5, 400 years ago.
This all happened AFTER Adam and Eve, so all that rubbish about massive earth changes only occurring in the ‘billions of years’ before man was first created it clearly baloney (if you believe the Torah is the living word of God.)
When we get up in the morning, and we see the new dawn, we see that the sunrise knows its place; “the four corners of the world are grabbed, and the wicked ones are shaken from it”. At the end, Hashem is going to shake off all the rashaim (evildoers). He’s going to turn everything over, and prevent the evildoers from seeing the daylight, and the deceitful limbs [He will] break.
This part is very hard to figure out….until you read Velikovsky who brings a whole load of evidence from folk traditions across the world that sun didn’t always use to rise in the east and set in the west. I’m bringing just a little bit here, to give you the picture (Worlds in Collision, Chapter 5, East and West):
Our planet rotates from west to east. Has it always done so? In this rotation from west to east, the sun is seen to rise in the east and set in the west. Was the east the primeval and only place of the sunrise? There is testimony from all parts of the world that the side which is now turned toward the evening once faced the morning.
This testimony comes from the Greek chronicler Herodotus (amongst many others), ancient Egyptians in the ‘Magical Papyrus Harris’, which talks of when ‘the south became north, and the earth turns over’, the Roman Pomponius Mela and a few others including the ancient Chinese, who say “that it is only since a new order of things has come about that the stars move from east to west.”
Again, Velikovsky has a whole, big chapter on precisely this subject, packed with sourced and footnoted references to different traditions that this happened within the last few thousand years.
We all know that quote that at the end of days God is going to shake the world like a blanket…Rav Berland is telling us that just as that happened in the past, and everything got ‘turned over’, it’s going to happen again in the future, and ‘shake off’ the evildoers.
Have you seen the fish in the sea? “Enquire of the t’hom (depths) to move about, and to disclose the shaarei mavet (the gates of death).” There [at the bottom of the ocean] are the gates where the Angel of Death walks around, and the Tzaddik rules over these gates.
The gates of death seem to be one and the same as the entrances to gehinnom that are located underwater. There are hundreds of thousands of volcanoes located underground – science has no way of even counting them. We know from THIS POST that volcanoes = entrances to gehinnom.
Rav Berland is telling us that the Tzaddik rules over these underground volcanoes, and that underground volcanoes is where the Angel of Death walks around, which again all kind of fits, doesn’t it?
Because the Tzaddik rules over these gates, a person can’t leave, [the Tzaddik] has total authority. So, Iyov (Job) was asked, ‘Can you rule over the gates of the Angel of Death? Can you stop the Angel of Death?’
“And you will see the gates of pitch-darkness”.
Now, how is the sun rising and shining? Every day, through a different window, who is causing it to rise in the East? The Tzaddik….If you know the secret of where the sun’s light derives from, then you’ll live for eternity.
Again, we can understand this much easier now we know the sun didn’t always rise in the east, and that the ‘gates of pitch-darkness’ are the ‘entrances to gehinnom’ that double-up as deep-sea underwater volcanoes.
There are two secrets that you need to know: To know where the light of the sun comes from, and where the gate and the path from where the light of the sun continues to shine – and then [if you know these two secrets], a person can live forever….
You need to uncover the treasure house of the snow, “and the treasure house of the hail, that I reserved for the time of siege, for the day before the war.” The hail doesn’t have any gate in the world….
Very deep stuff… but notice the reference to hail and snow. So many countries right now, all across the world, are dealing with massive hail on an ongoing basis, and also very unseasonal snow. (Parts of Canada had snow fall at the end of June, Sweden had snow after its hottest ever May, and South Africa last week was blanketed in snow.)
The ikkar (essence) is the dew drops, the dew of techiyat hametim (reviving the dead). Hashem wanted to reveal to Iyov the dew of reviving the dead….
Why was Korach called ‘Korach’? Because he was kerach (ice-cold)….Now, here, we have the greatest secret of all. “Connect the epochs of Kimah”. Kimah is 100 stars. When we see a star, it’s really 100 stars. How can you connect all these stars together? Only the Tzaddik [can do this].
“Or open the measures of Kesil.”
Can you take Kesil, and place it [where you want], and drag it to do what you want it to do? The Tzaddik can do this.
So, this is where it gets even more awesome, as Kimah and Kesil are the two stars that Hashem moved around in order to bring Noah’s flood.
The Rav is telling us that the Tzaddik can control these celestial objects, and so can ‘control’ what’s going on down here, on planet earth, with all the crazy climate stuff.
Did you ever wonder what happened to ‘Nibiru’, and all those end of the world predictions?
My best guess is that ‘the Tzaddik of the generation’ managed to move it out the way, or keep it in abeyance, somehow, and that everything really depends on us making teshuva and coming back to Hashem 100% and having emunat tzaddikim.
The people who make teshuva, and who stick close to the Tzaddik will make it through – just like they did at the time of Noah, and also when Moshe took the Jews out of Mitzraim. The people who don’t – won’t.
So please, please, please people, stop slagging off rabbis and big tzaddikim and believing all that cack about the world being 4.7 billion years old and massive earth changes only happening over eons.
They happen immediately, whenever God wills them to happen, and the best (and really only….) insurance policy is to stay close to a real tzaddik and to do your best to live life according to Hashem’s dictates, wherever you happen to be located, geographically.
We live in very interesting times.
 The Rav was referring to many of the concepts found in both the book of Iyov (Job) and in the Gemara, in his remarks on the constellations and stars. For example, "'Ash" or "'Ayish" is mentioned twice in Job, and has been identified with the Great Bear. The Gemara in Brachot 58b and says: “But for the heat of Kesil, the world could not endure, on account of the excessive cold of Kimah, and vice versa.”
‘Kimah’ the star (often associated with the Pleiades) is the source of cold in the world. Kesil the star (associated with Orion) is source of heat in the world. In Amos 5:8, Kimah is mentioned before Kesil. In Iyov 9:9, Kesil is mentioned before Kimah. The Talmud quoted above says that this means that God uses each constellation to balance the other. Pleiades keeps Orion from boiling the world to death; Orion keeps Pleiades from freezing the world to death.
Elsewhere, the Gemara explains how the stars Kimah and Kesil are directly related to the mabbul, which came about when God took two stars from one constellation and moved them to another, leading to Noah’s flood.
This week, we read Parshat Pinchas. The Haftorah for that Parsha is from Jeremiah, and part of it reads:
“Hashem said to me, “You have seen well, for I hasten to fulfill My word. The word of Hashem came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a bubbling pot, and its spout is facing north (alternative translation: its bubbling is from the northern side.)
“And Hashem said to me, “From the north shall the evil loose itself upon all the inhabitants of the land.”
This is one of the most famous passages in scripture, and it’s been explained so many ways, most recently involving the whole Syrian civil war and the face-off between Russia and America.
But after discovering that enormous volcanic field to the N-NE of Israel (or what would have been directly north in Jeremiah’s time, as the tribes of Reuven, Gad and Manasseh were located where present Jordan is today), I’ve started to see this verse in a completely different light.
That whole imagery of a ‘bubbling pot’ called to mind something else I’d read in Mysteries of Creation, by Rav Dovid Brown, where he brings some of the descriptions of gehinnom as found in the Gemara. Like this:
“The whole world is like the cover of a pot, compared to gehinnom.” (Taanit 10a)
“Once the people of Tiveria ran a pipe carrying cold water through a branch of the local hot springs in order to have piped hot water. The sages told them that the water flowing from the system on Shabbat is prohibited for both drinking and bathing; on yom tov, permitted for drinking, but forbidden for bathing.
“The Gemara (Shabbos 39a) explains that the story of Tiveria was cited as a precedent contrary to the opinion of Rabbi Yosi who permits cooking with a heat source other than fire. However, Rabbi Yosi finds no contradiction in that ruling, for the heat source of the hot springs [of Tiveria] is fire, as the springs get their heat by passing through the entrance of gehinnom.”
(Talking about Korach and his crew who spoke evil against the Tzaddik of the generation, and are now being roasted for eternity in gehinnom. An arab guide took Rabba bar bar Channa to the place in the desert where you could still hear their cries. The Gemara continues (Bava Batra 74a):
“The Arab told me, “Every thirty days gehinnom returns them to this spot, as pieces of meat stewing in a pot on the fire constantly churn in the liquid, and they scream, “Moshe and his Torah are true. We are frauds.”
What happened in Parshat Korach? The ground suddenly fissured, Korah and his entourage fell into gehinnom, and then “A fire went out from God and consumed the 250 men who had offered incense.” (Parshat Korach, 16:23-35).
Scary stuff! Doesn’t this sound at least a little like what we’re seeing going on with our own eyes in Hawaii right now, by Fissure 8 et al, albeit the lava is moving more slowly so no-one’s been killed?
The Gemara (Eruvin 19a) explains there are three entrances to gehinnom:
The Vilna Gaon explains (Even Shleima, 146):
“Gehinnom is in the depths of the earth.”
And now, back to the ‘pot’ theme again, this time from Bereishit Rabba, 33:1:
“One covers an earthenware pot with an equally earthenware lid. In the same way, God covers gehinnom….God proclaims, “I transported the rashaim (evildoers) to gehinnom and covered them with the t’hom.”
In a book called Continents in Motion, a geologist by the name of Walter Sullivan tried to explain how the earth came to be ‘spread out’ over the oceans, via molten magma rising to the surface. He said:
“Convection currents moving slowly in the deep of the earth… explain the distribution of the continents over the earth’s surface. In the churning pot, hot material arises directly over the flame, spreads and cools on the surface, thus becoming heavier, and sinks down the sides to be drawn in over the flame at the bottom, and heated again.”
“I see a bubbling pot, and its spout is facing north (alternative translation: its bubbling is from the northern side.)”
It seems to me, that ‘bubbling pot’ is referring to a huge underground lava lake – like the one close to Israel’s Northern border, next to the Harrat Ash Shamah volcanic field (which is in Syria, btw, and not Saudi Arabia as I incorrectly told you earlier.)
It seems to me, the ‘spout’ of that lake is facing North – i.e. AWAY from Israel itself, which is located to the South, and instead in the direction of Syria, Lebanon and Turkey (and beyond that, the Ukraine and Eastern Europe).
The last thing I wanted to share with you for now is the reasons that Jews got burnt up, or fell into gehinnom. It’s not because they worshipped idols (even though they did.)
It’s not because they broke Shabbat and ate traif (even though they did). If you look through Tanach, there are four main sins that caused Jews to get thrown into that boiling pot of molten magma which is actually gehinnom.
What are they?
Earthquakes are a precursor for volcanic activity. When the earthquakes start to pick up in an area, that means magma is on the move deep down below the ground. Magma = gehinnom.
This week’s earthquakes in Israel, near to where those 20+ volcanoes are standing sentinel along the Golan heights, is a warning that ‘the boiling pot’ is really starting to bubble, underground.
Now is the time to really think about where we’re holding in relation to the four sins mentioned above, and to make whatever teshuva is really necessary.
Following on from Daisy’s comment on the last post, I thought I should explain a little bit about where these ideas about enormous earth changes, particularly but not exclusively in Israel, are mentioned in the Tanach.
Because as we all know from experience, if ‘prophecies’ and theories and ideas aren’t found in the Torah somewhere, that means they are false.
Midrash Dvorim Rabba 4:11:
“How will God enlarge Eretz Yisroel? When a scroll is rolled up one cannot tell its length. When it is unrolled, its size becomes evident. Just so, Eretz Yisreol is mostly mountains and hills. God will flatten it as the navi (Isaiah 40:4) prophesies:
“Every ravine will be raised and every mountain and hill lowered, gullied lands will become level and rocky places, meadows.” Then the true size of Eretz Yisrael will become evident.
Zecharia 14:10 tells us:
“The whole land will become a plain, from Geva to Rimon south of Jerusalem, and it will rise and settle in its place.”
THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF HOW THIS CAN HAPPEN
I’ve been researching real geological processes, (as opposed to fake, atheist-assumption-laden geological processes about the world being billions of years old, blah blah blah), for a while now, and that’s why Hawaii has been so captivating.
It’s mamash showing the natural mechanism God will use to accomplish what’s described by the prophets.
Liquid magma is flowing under the whole of the earth’s crust. Where there are weaknesses, cracks or vents in the earth’s crust, pressure within the earth pushes the molten magma up to the surface at those spots, and then you’ll have a volcanic eruption, a Steamboat geyser, a mud volcano, something.
Changes in the earth’s pressure are registered as earth quakes. When magma is on the move under the crust, you get earthquakes. The more it’s moving, the more earthquakes and the bigger they are.
When the magma moves out from one place, especially a ‘weak spot’ like the caldera of a volcano, for example, that causes a vacuum under the earth’s crust, and unless the magma quickly flows back in, that causes the earth above that vacuum to destablise and collapse in on the unsupported space left by the magma moving somewhere else.
This has happened twice in the last few weeks in Hawaii, when first the caldera of the ‘mini volcano’ Pu’u O’o collapsed, and then beginning last week, the caldera of Kilauea itself has also collapsed.
In the meantime, the magma under the surface has flowed elsewhere – it’s filled in a bay, dried up a lake, and is now building a new promontory of brand new earth on the coast that’s currently a mile wide, and still growing.
We are seeing all this with our own two eyes, and it played out in under two weeks, in circumstances that are definitely ‘unusual’ but which no-one considers to be miraculous (yet….)
Now, how does this ‘fit’ with what the prophets have told us will happen in Israel? We know Israel is on the African / Asian rift, we know there are still volcanoes up in the Golan, we know the country has been hit with a number of big earthquakes, including the one that destroyed Tzfat a couple of hundred years’ ago.
The timings are not easy to pin-down 100%, we don’t know if what I’m about to describe will happen sooner or later as part of the era of Moshiach, but at some point in that process, some huge geological changes will happen that will ‘flatten’ the mountains in Israel, fill in the depressions in the land, and extend the land out much wider.
Very similar to what we’re seeing happening in Hawaii, just on a much grander scale.
The magma will start to move, there will be huge earthquakes, old volcanoes will roar into life, new volcanic ‘vents’ will start to spring up all over the place and as that stuff starts to flow, the earth’s crust will start to collapse in on any areas where there is too much weight ‘above’, and not enough magma ‘below’ to support it.
Mountains are a good candidate for this type of thing.
And this is all according to the laws of nature that are operating right now in Hawaii.
The only question is what could cause the earth’s core to heat up enough to send that boiling magma rising to the surface the way that it’s doing?
Spiritually, it’s toeva parades, immorality and all that other stuff Hashem hates, which is filling gehinnom to the brim – and our sources teach us that gehinnom is located within the earth, at its core. The more evil people there are in gehinnom, the hotter earth’s core becomes, the more that magma starts to rise up to the surface.
Physically, there is a probably a ‘Planet X’, or some other alignment of comets, planets and other celestial objects that is exerting a huge effect on the earth, and causing a lot of friction between the earth’s mantle and its core. That friction leads to heat, heat leads to pressure, pressure leads to earthquakes, volcanoes exploding and magma moving around all over the place.
The prophets have been telling us this is what’s going to happen when Moshiach finally comes for millennia, none of this is my idea.
Zecharia 14: 1-5 says very clearly:
“A day for God is coming… I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem for war… And God will go out and fight with those nations like the day He fought the Egyptians at the Yam Suf. His feet will stand on that day on the Mount of Olives which is just east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will split in half forming a very big rift. And half the mountain will move north and half south.
“You will fell from the ruptures in the mountains, as the rift in the mountains will reach Otzal; you will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the time of Uzziah, king of Yehuda…”
What happened in the days of Uzziah? This comes from Velikovsky:
“In the 8th century BCE, in the days of Uzziah king of Jerusalem, there occurred a devastating catastrophe called ‘ra-ash’ [this is the Hebrew word for noise]. Amos, who lived at the time of Uzziah, began to predict a cosmic upheaval two years’ before the ra-ash took place.”
Amos is arguably the darkest of all the prophecies in Tanach. Here’s a little of what Amos says:
“The words of Amos…in the days of Uzziah…two years before the earthquake:
“Hashem will roar from Zion…thus said Hashem for three transgressions of Damascus [i.e. Syria] (I have looked away), but for four I will not pardon them….
“For three transgressions of Gaza [i.e. the Palestinians] (I have looked away), but for four I will not pardon them…
“For three transgressions of Tyre [i.e. Lebanon]….but for four I will not pardon them…
“For three transgressions of Edom [i.e. xtianity, the west, Europe, Russia, America]…. But for four I will not pardon them…”
And then for Ammon – currently the kingdom of Jordan, and then for Moav, also currently the kingdom of Jordan, and then lastly:
“Thus said Hashem: For three transgressions of Judah [I have looked away], but for four I will not pardon them – for their despising the Torah of Hashem and not observing His statutes; their falsehoods that their fathers followed have corrupted them. I will send fire into Judah and it will consume the palaces of Jerusalem.”
Later on, Amos says (8:8-9):
[The land] “shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. And it shall come to pass in that day, says the Lord, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day.”
We’re so used to thinking that ‘floods’ must be referring to water, but molten magma is also liquid, and in listening to the descriptions of Hawaii I’ve been struck at how often the same words usually associated with water are being used in connection with magma: magma lakes, magma rivers, places being ‘inundated’ with magma, magma fountains, magma reservoirs, magma flows.
Could it be the prophet Amos is talking about a flood of magma that will completely re-shape the contours of Israel, and not just a more standard tsunami / deluge type thing?
But the more I look into Tanach, the more I see mountains moving around and being destroyed, floods, earthquakes and people being passed through fire – and that happens even to the third that survives all the stuff that’s being prophesized to occur when Moshiach shows up.
And the more I look around, the more I see the contours of that scenario starting to take shape in the world.
Moshiach’s coming is not a simple matter, not a simple matter at all. That’s why Amos warned us (5: 18-20):
“Woe to you, who desire the day of the Lord! To what end is it for you? The day of the Lord is darkness and not light…even very dark, and no brightness in it.”
I know so many of us are going through the wringer at the moment, and that it seems so hard to keep hanging on and waiting for Moshiach to show up. But just take a look at the rivers of molten lava blackening the earth, destroying hundreds of homes, and turning ‘paradise’ into ‘hell’ in Hawaii, and ask yourself if you’re really ready for Moshiach to show up now, if that’s what it takes.
And if not, then maybe that’s why Rav Berland and others are trying to hold Moshiach back a little, so it can come a different, and hopefully sweeter way.
As you can probably tell, I’ve been feeling extremely out of it the last few days. True, there’s a lot of stressful things going on in my life at the moment; true, I have no idea where I’m going to be living in six weeks time; true, I’m trying to avoid a court battle with a bunch of very immature wannabe fraudsters who think that yelling lies at people counts as a discussion.
But honestly? When am I not dealing with a bunch of psychos, when am I not having huge uncertainty about where to live, when is life not stressful? Things have been that way forever, and I usually cope much better with it all than I am at the moment.
Since Rav Berland and Rav Kook got together on Rosh Chodesh Nissan to ‘bring Moshiach’ on March 17th the world has been steadily getting crazier and crazier. The day they got together, there was a huge spike in the Schumann Resonance on earth, which is the energetic frequency that all creation 'vibrates' to, physically.
There was some very strange, never-before-seen energy being picked up on the Schumann Resonance that day these two holy men got together, and clearly, something 'new' started to come down to the world as a result.
That same day, the extreme weather started going crazy all over the world - cyclones in Australia, crazy flooding in Hawaii, Saudi Arabia got hit with massive hail and lightning storms, as did South Africa, Brazil had flash flooding washing cars and trucks down the street, snow in Morocco. This was the beginning of the weather craziness that has been continuing ever since.
Do you know when things started to pick up in Syria? April 13th - that's when the US, UK and France bombed Assad's forces for using chemical weapons.
When the US pulled out of the agreement with Iran? May 9th.
Do you know when Hamas started trying to storm the border between Southern Israel and Gaza? March 30th.
Do you know how many freak weather records have been broken since then, worldwide, how many volcanoes are exploding, how many earthquakes are being registered all over the place (including another one just yesterday in the UK?) Lots and lots.
The news is full of weird weather, strange incidents of animals going beserk and killing people in ‘once in a century’ events like when that man got killed by a cougar on America’s West Coast, or this woman got gored by a bison (!) in Yellowstone Park, or when this Pastor got eaten by a crocodile, of all the tens of children who are being savaged to death by wild dogs in India in unprecedented attacks?
The animals are all going crazy!
The animals know something is coming down the pipe.
And I think I’m feeling it too. I go to sleep exhausted, but wake up two hours later for absolutely no reason, feeling absolutely wired an unable to go back to sleep. I close my eyes and I can ‘feel’ them jumping around, like there’s an earthquake going on inside my head. Some days, I’m so listless and spaced-out I can barely move – and I know it’s not just me that’s having some of these weird symptoms, albeit I seem to be getting them more intensely.
Something is coming down the pipe.
The summit of the volcano at Kilauea in Hawaii has collapsed across the caldera in a spectacular manner. Either that means the volcano is now capped at that location, or it means it’s going to explode if and when the magma flows back in.
In the meantime, fissure 8, 24 miles away in the Leilani estates, has turned into a new and growing volcano, and lava from that new volcano completely filled in the Kapoho Bay and solidified a mile out to sea past the coast. Now, some of the hundreds, maybe even thousands of the underwater volcanoes surrounding Hawaii are starting to re-activate.
The huge volcano at Mayotte which apparently hasn’t erupted in 5,000 years even according to incorrect scientific dating is re-activating. The volcano in New Zealand is re-activating. The volcanos in Guatemala you already heard about – but this is the tip of the iceberg.
For every one of the 1,500 active volcanos they know about, there could be another 100 under the sea.
I have this feeling in my bones that something big is coming down the pipe. I’m not getting that feeling because I’m reading stuff, it’s the other way around: I feel something huge is in the air and I’m reading stuff to try to figure out what that might be.
Everywhere I look, I see fire.
Fire in Hawaii, Fuego – fire – in Guatamala, houses being destroyed by lightning strikes in England (!), fire in the south of Israel as the crops burn from Hamas and their Molotov cocktail-carrying kites. The Prophet Zechariah tells us: “I will bring that third into fire and purify it, as one purifies silver.”
And then it goes on to talk about mountains splitting, and massive earthquakes, and huge celestial disturbances which leave the world in a weird twilight that is neither day or night, and culminate with the total reshaping of Eretz Yisrael into a plain.
All the mountains will be flattened, and the land will expand like the skin of a gazelle, to accommodate all the Jews who will be rushing back here to live.
Those things don’t happen gently.
They happen with enormous seismic activity, with volcanoes exploding, with tsunamis and with utter chaos and awe at the might of Hashem.
And they don’t happen over four billion years, they happen in a day.
Just like the Big Island of Hawaii got completely reshaped in a day. It lost a bay and its biggest lake, and gained a new volcano and a mile long stretch of brand new coastline – all in a day.
I have the feeling something big is coming down the pipe. And in the meantime, trying to function as a (semi…) normal human being the last few days has got pretty hard.
I’ll admit it: I’m completely obsessed with what’s going on in Hawaii right now, and it’s beyond strange that it’s not being covered better by the mainstream news. Ok, it’s not really – we all know mainstream news is of the ‘nothing going on here to make teshuva about, go back to sleep’ variety, but still, this is a very dramatic ‘nothing’ to be ignoring.
Last I heard, the lava had covered six of the 11 deep fracking wells that are part of the Puna Geothermal Plant. In case you don’t know what ‘fracking’ is (I also didn’t until about two days’ ago) here’s the explanation from Wiki:
“Hydraulic fracturing (also fracking, fraccing, frac'ing, hydrofracturing or hydrofracking) is a well stimulation technique in which rock is fractured by a pressurized liquid.
So to put this in other words, the Geothermal Plant has drilled 11 of these ‘fracking’ wells deep into the subterranean rock beneath Hawaii’s Big Island to access the gas there that they converted into 25% of Hawaii’s electricity.
(Read THIS for more helpful background on the pros and cons of fracking, and what we’re actually talking about here. Germany and France have banned fracking, the UK is sitting on the fence and America has some 30,000+ fracking operations currently open for business.)
No-one has any idea what would happen if lava, with an average temperature of 2000 degrees, would somehow ‘fall’ down these very deep wells. There are not unreasonable fears that it could cause an absolutely massive explosion if it interacts with the groundwater pumped in at very deep levels to expedite the fracking (which is short for ‘hydraulic fracturing’) – but nobody really knows!
Because no-one has ever been dumb enough to drill a fracking plant right next to an active volcano before.
This comes from the Wiki entry on volcanic gases:
“In explosive volcanic eruptions, the sudden release of gases from magma may cause rapid movements of the molten rock. When the magma encounters water, seawater, lake water or groundwater, it can be rapidly fragmented. The rapid expansion of gases is the driving mechanism of most explosive volcanic eruptions.”
So, who was dumb enough to drill a fracking plant next to Kilauea? Step forward: Ormat Technologies, Inc. If you go to the Ormat website, it seems like this is some sort of ‘grass-roots’ alternative energy firm that grew spontaneously out of the Nevada desert where it’s HQ is now located.
But if you do a little more scratching around, you’ll find this (from Ha’aretz in 2004):
“Ormat Technologies, which completed its initial public offering on Wall Street last week at a company value of over half a billion dollars, is not your typical Israeli offering in New York. In fact, Ormat is almost the exact opposite of the accepted profile for Israeli companies issuing overseas: It is not a high-tech firm; it is not new; and its owners are not young entrepreneurs.”
And Reuters, to name at least one media outlet covering Hawaii, is already telling its readers that Ormat Technologies is “Israeli controlled”.
If the Big Island of Hawaii doesn’t blow sky-high or split into pieces, then this probably won’t matter. But if things continue to melt down in Hawaii? If complications develop when molten hot lava drops down a few deep-drilled fracking wells? Well, it’s upsetting, to say the least, that the people who thought it’s a good idea to drill a fracking well next to an active volcano are obviously Jewish Israelis.
Fracking is a very controversial technique, because like all this cutting-edge technology that is so invasive, they don’t really know the full picture of what could happen as a result of doing it, or how they might be destabilising things, geologically.
Dutchsinse has been forecasting earthquakes pretty accurately on Youtube for years, and has a model that often makes much more sense than the ‘official’ stuff you get told about seismology and volcanoes. One of his interesting – and completely intuitive – observations is that seismic activity is drawn to weak points in the crust, like deep sea oil rigs and fracking operations.
There are thousands of these things all over the world now, and it’s a very interesting question as to whether these operations are actually causing earthquakes, as their opponents suggest, or just acting as the focal point for existing seismic energy that kind of surfaces in those areas that are weak points in the earth’s crust.
This short (4 min) video from Dutchsinse covers a huge landslide that happened next to a fracking plant in Colorado 4 years ago, that was completely unreported by the mainstream media as being at all connected to the fracking operation going on. He explains neatly what fracking is, and how it can cause some serious issues.
Big earthquakes and volcanic explosions are usually preceded by lots of little earthquakes, or ‘swarms’. Before Kilauea started oozing lava all over Leilani estates, 24 miles away to the East, there were a bunch of ‘swarms’ there for many weeks.
Swarms happen all the time, but it’s the intensity and the duration, and whether they start building up in magnitude over time, that suggest that something might be starting to kick off, underground.
A few weeks’ back, some unusual swarms were detected by the volcano in the Canary Islands, and also by Mayotte, a volcano that has officially been ‘dormant’ for around 5,000 years. Two days ago, Mayotte had a bunch more swarms, now up in intensity ranging between 4-5 on the richter scale. As soon as you get into the sixes, things start to move, magma-wise.
Hawaii was hit by a 6.9 earthquake just before Kilauea started actively spewing stuff out.
Again, mainstream science has taken its eye of places like Mayotte, because if it hasn’t exploded for 5,000 years, then that was probably the last spluttering of an ‘ancient’ volcano that did most of its dirty work billions of years ago.
Do you think they’re right?
Or, do you think that the Torah’s account of the creation of the world is true, and that that volcano – and all the others in the world - was smoking and active at least once in the last 6,000 years?
Over on Ravberland.com, they’ve had some very interesting articles going up the last few months, where the Rav has been making some high-level allusions to comets ‘burning up’ the enemies of the Tzaddikim; mountains moving around and melting together, and most recently, in a post called Now, we’ve reached Har Sinai, he talked about ‘pele’.
This is what he said:
“The whole spiritual work is to reach to Alef – to Peleh (the same letters – אלף = פלא), to ‘Peleh’ – to ‘wonders of wonders’, we came to this world in order to reach to ‘Peleh’ – to ‘wonders of wonders’….
“Because the Jewish Nation sees all the miracles every second, every second Klal Yisra’el sees all the nissim (miracles) and nifla’ot (wonders).
“A person came to this world only in order to see the nissim. Because when Hashem created the world he planned all the nissim that would be until the end of all the generations.”
I got a shiver down my spine when I read that, because while it’s very hard to grasp the deeper points of what the Rav is really saying, especially in translation, ‘Pele’ is what the Hawaiins call their volcanoes.
Here’s the Wiki entry on the subject:
“According to legend, Pele lives in the Halemaʻumaʻu crater Kīlauea
What are the chances that the Rav is ‘randomly’ mentioning ‘Pele’ in the same breath as discussing mountains fusing together, us getting to Har Sinai, and the end of the process where the suffering of the Tzaddik (he’s been talking about Rabbi Akiva’s being combed by iron combs for years, throughout his years of exile) transforms into this ‘Aleph – Pele’ thing?
I’ll leave you to mull all that over.
But if I was a betting woman, I wouldn’t bet a cent on the idea that the world is 13.8 billion years old, that the continents ‘drifted’ into their current formation hundreds of millions of years’ ago, or that ‘tectonic rubbing’ caused our mountain chains, when clearly that process simply wouldn’t contain anywhere near the energy required to make rock rise up to thousands of feet high.
The crust was rippled like a pond, like someone drawing their hand over a tablecloth, bunching it up in all sorts of weird ways. The amount of power and energy required to do that can only come from outside the earth’s own sphere – which is why ‘science’ discounts that such a thing could have happened.
But when you believe in God, and you know God uses comets to do things on earth, and that God turned the earth’s crust over 974 times before our world even began, there is no difficulty in seeing what’s really happening in our world right now with clearer eyes.
We are entering a time of Pele, wonder of wonders, and open miracles.
I hope we’re all ready.
Ephraim Geltman is a good friend of my co-writer on One in a Generation. He publicly 'came out' as a Rav Berland supporter on Facebook a few months back, and he got hit with an absolutely enormous tsunami of sinat chinam and evil speech.
But Ephraim is a very brave, and very sincere individual, and recently, Ephraim sent this video along plugging the book on his Youtube channel, which I'm happy to share with you.
While we're here, let's do a mitzvah: Does anyone know someone who would be a good match for Ephraim, marriage-wise? He's located in Israel, works in the holistic health field, and is into Breslov. If you can think of someone suitable, please drop me a line HERE.
When troubles strike, there’s a tendency – that we all have – to believe we don’t really deserve our fate, our circumstances, our troubles. That’s human nature, but it’s really not very helpful, because as long as we’re sitting there feeling like we don’t really deserve what’s going on, we are stuck in victim mode.
And victim mode is awful, for so many reasons, including the following:
But the point is this: feeling like a helpless victim keeps you stuck in a really bad place, makes you act in some very negative ways, and tends to ruin your life.
So then, what’s the answer? How do we get out of victim mode, while still accepting that objectively we’re going through some rough stuff, some tough times?
I learnt the answer to this from Rav Berland. A while back, I read a shiur of his where he was explaining that you can deal with anything, you can cope with anything, if you accept that on some level you definitely deserve it.
Again, the Rav has been through so much suffering, he’s talking from first-hand experience. As long as we think some mistake has been made, that it’s not fair, that what we’re experiencing is an enormous injustice, it’s so hard to stand up in the test.
As soon as we put our hands up and say “I’m guilty. I deserve this 100%. God is completely righteous, and it’s my own sins that are causing me these problems” strangely, things start to lighten up and you start to see a real light at the end of the tunnel.
I’ve been trying to work on this the last few weeks, as my whole apartment debacle has been unfolding. For as long as I felt it was undeserved, unjust, unfair, I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat, and I was consumed by bad middot including anger, hatred and vengeance.
But at the beginning of last week, God had some mercy on me and reminded me about the Rav’s teaching, so I started trying to apply it.
“God, I’m not 100% sure why I deserve this, but I’m prepared to say that I’m certainly guilty of something that has led to this situation developing. I’d really like to get through this stage as fast as possible, so please show me what I need to make teshuva on, so things can start to improve and move forward.”
As soon as I said “I’m guilty” I started to feel better.
Then, the next part of the work unfolded: what bad middot, what bad behavior of mine has contributed to this mess? Because for sure, God isn’t just sending it stam to make my life miserable. There has to be something I’m doing that’s causing the problem, and once I figure out what it is, things will start to improve.
Again, this is the opposite from staying in angry, helpless victim mode and blaming everyone else for the problem. As soon as I started to take some spiritual responsibility for what is going on, I started feeling way more optimistic that this is all going to turn out for the good somehow.
Because God never punishes. He just educates.
So, I got back a few things, like the ‘yiyeh beseder’ tendency to let important details slide; and a certain greediness that convinced me that we’d be able to register the apartment properly, and easily legalise it’s illegal second storey, which would double its value over night; and a kind of false emuna that I could take impractical risks, and God would just always make it work out, because hey, I believe in miracles!
None of these things are hanging offences, it’s true, but as I noted in the last post, the huge financial disaster that developed was built on lots of people’s very minor character flaws.
The same thing happened when 10 teens died in the desert a few weeks’ ago. The same thing happens when families get ripped apart at the seams and plunged into the agony that is divorce. The same things happen when buildings go up in smoke because of bad cladding, or when poorly-engineered bridges collapse, or when drivers fall asleep at the wheel and then cause a huge accident.
Small flaws often add up to big consequences. God wants us to understand that, to acknowledge that, and to stop making excuses and justifying our bad behavior.
So to put this another way, I’m feeling so much happier, Baruch Hashem, merely as a function of putting my hand up, and saying “guilty as charged”. Sure, I could blame the lawyer, the estate agent, the bank, my husband.
But to do that would completely miss the point. God sent me these circumstances because He wants to me acknowledge my own part in how this mess got made. And as soon as I do that, the chaos will start to recede, the optimism will start to return, the din will start to lesson – and the good times will start to roll again very, very soon.
I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Uman over shabbat, and I’m so pleased I went. Last week, I was literally starting to feel like I was disintegrating, there was so much din in the air.
After Uman, I’ve got some energy and some clarity back, and I feel more like a human being again. Not that Uman was ‘easy’ – it’s never that, but it’s always worthwhile, as Rabbenu has a way of bringing things up to the surface that need acknowledging and resolving.
We took a red-eye to get there before Shabbat on Friday, so I fell asleep shortly after we checked in – and had one of the nastiest nightmares I’ve had in ages. I started dreaming the whole room was smoking and on fire, which meant I started screaming my head off – and my poor husband had to shake me awake.
This is maybe what happens when you’ve been watching Youtube videos of lava in Hawaii spurting 100s of feet into the sky. And that ‘event’ so isn’t finished yet, by any means. It’s probably only just beginning.
I went to the Kever, did some Tikkun Haklalis and prayed for various people, then got back to my strangely quiet hotel when I noticed something interesting: half the guests were deaf, and had come together as part of a group of deaf women from Israel.
So instead of shrieking, ululating and very loud statements of kappara aliy and chaim sheli, there was a lot of hand gestures and soft grunting noises going on in the lobby.
The women came from across the religious spectrum, and they were clearly having a whale of a time. Those deaf people ‘talk’ in a much more real way, these days, than most of the rest of us. They look into each other’s faces, they just don’t barge in with ‘clever comments’ (because no-one can hear them anyway) and they wait patiently for their turn to speak. I was extremely impressed.
Then came the Friday night meal, and another glorious sight: 50 deaf women wordlessly ‘singing’ Shalom Aleichem together in sign language. It was beautiful.
So, we ate, bentched, then went back to bed exhausted – and I had yet another bad dream.
This time, I was in Jerusalem trying to get Shabbat ready, when there was a flash flood and my car suddenly got swept out of the car park and down some hill towards the Al Aqsa mosque. I was standing there holding a salmon in my hands, unsure what to do next.
Again, I woke up in a bit of a panic – I mean, salmon is pretty expensive. I calmed down, gathered my wits about me, and realized that the toilet in the hotel room was running, and figured that might have contributed something to my dream. Then I got changed and headed off to the Kever.
I had some big insights there, even though I was so tired, spiritually and physically, I could barely open my mouth to pray. Sometimes, you just have to sit quietly and receive the information you’re being sent, and internalize the insights you’re being given as a free gift.
So that’s what I tried to do.
We had one other couple at our table, who clearly weren’t (yet…) married. The guy was a new baal teshuva, and he was trying to persuade his girlfriend of the deeper and more spiritual aspects of life.
At the next table sat a Chassidic family, be-strymelled and be-cloaked, straight out of Meah Shearim. Then there was the deaf community, and around another 10 families or groups of various sizes and appearance.
And that is really the magic, the miracle of Rebbe Nachman. That so many people from such different backgrounds can come together, and focus on what unites them, instead of what superficially divides them.
You only get that sort of tremendous unity, or achdut, going on by Rabbenu, although sometimes you can also find it by other big inclusive tzaddikim like the Rashbi in Meron, and Rav Berland.
I’ve noticed that so many of the people who are ‘anti’ Rebbe Nachman, and ‘anti’ Breslov are also the ones that cause so much strife and dissent amongst the Jewish people. They are the ones who spend an awful lot of time dissing and criticizing ‘the other’, and looking for other people’s flaws and defects to harp on and magnify.
No-one is interested in that stuff by Rabbenu, quite the opposite. In Uman, you get a small taste of the beauty that’s hidden in every Jewish soul, however ‘weird’ or different they may look from the outside. Including yours.
After someone has been to Uman, and seen how fervently all the blonde-haired ‘secular’ ladies in tight jeans and tattoos pray; or how the be-wigged anguished mother breaks into tears by the tomb; or how there is good and bad mixed up in every single one of us, the trouble-makers have to work so much harder to try to convince you that ‘the other’ is so bad, and so dangerous, and so different.
Maybe, that’s why the haters can’t stand Breslov and the real tzaddikim.
We got the red eye back to Israel, and I had my nightmare scenario on the plane: sat next to the fattest woman in the world, stuck in the middle seat while she blocked the aisle (and the toilet…). She promptly fell asleep, which means she spread over half my seat and I started to feel more than a little claustrophobic.
(My husband wanted a window seat, to make it easier to sleep. I acquiesced, as he’d let me go for the aisle on the flight in. I spent the next three hours fighting back the urge to wake him up as ‘punishment’.)
So, I’m exhausted. Every time I dropped off, the fat lady managed to flop an arm the size of a tree trunk onto my leg. She’d half wake up, fold it back over her three stomachs, then fall asleep and drop it back on me again. Like, 10 times a minute.
As I said, Uman always brings out what’s simmering underneath, so I realized a few things:
So, there’s a lot of work to be done before I’m all fixed up and ready to accept the Torah.
And only a week of the Omer to go!
So either Hashem has to cut me some slack here, or it’s going to be another wild week.