So, I was pondering how much guts it actually took for Trump to make the announcement about Jerusalem, regardless of what may be behind it.
And I was also pondering how I’ve experienced in my own life that when you practice getting ‘immune’ to insults and put-downs, you can really start to go after the meat of a story, and the underlying truth of a situation.
Over the last few years, whenever I’ve tackled subjects like there being absolutely no scientific basis for saying people with depression have a ‘chemical imbalance’, or how there is ZERO evidence (and a whole bunch of fraudulent claims…) for macro evolution, or how people being mistreated by their parents in childhood is really the main cause of a slew of mental and physical health issues, I’ve had so many people come after me with insults and put-downs.
A little closer to home, when I started poking around all the ‘claims’ being made against Rav Eliezer Berland, and I started to realize that an enormous miscarriage of justice was going on - on a par with the Dreyfus affair - a whole bunch more insulters came on the scene. Ditto for when I wrote what the Gemara actually said about the founder of xtianity, and a few other things besides.
Whenever you’re dealing with a deceitful ideal or belief, you first have to go through a whole round of being insulted and mocked, when you’re trying to uncover the truth of what’s really going on. But if you hang on and weather the storm, sooner or later the truth starts to shine out of the situation, despite the mockers best efforts.
So what does this have to do with Trump, fires, Chanuka and Moshiach? Great question!
Like or loathe Trump, he’s got a lot of courage to call out the entire world on the de facto status of Jerusalem. Jerusalem being the capital of the Jewish state is as obvious as men NOT descending from apes; Prozac NOT curing depression; and narcissistic bullies NOT being the paragons of virtue they pretend to be.
I.E., to anyone that has a true grip on the reality of what’s going on in the world, it’s a complete no-brainer. And to everyone else - it’s completely upsetting and mind-boggling. Why? Because they’re living a lie and they’re invested in it 100%. And anyone who challenges the lies that other people are invested in believing in are going to be insulted, mocked and persecuted as much as possible.
With his State facing the worst fires in recorded history, California Governor Jerry Brown went on record to blame Trump for having ‘no fear of God’, and basically said that if Trump hadn’t pulled out of the Paris Climate Change Accords, California wouldn’t be burning down to the ground right now.
Here’s how thehill.com website reported his comments:
“California gov: Trump doesn’t fear God or ‘existential consequences’
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) says President Trump's stance on climate change demonstrates that he does not appear to fear the "wrath of God" or have any regard for the "existential consequences" of his environmental policies.
“I don’t think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility ... this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed,” Brown said in an interview on CBS's "60 Minutes," which is set to air on Sunday.
Brown, who studied to become a Jesuit priest prior to entering politics, has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration.”
When you read who is getting burned out of their upscale Californian mansions, it reads like a who’s who of A-list lowlifes: Ah, poor Rob Lowe….poor Ellen DeGeneres….poor Paris Hilton....
I’m just waiting to hear that Harvey Weinstein’s mansion also went up in smoke.
But according to good Catholic Governor Brown, global warming is to blame for all this destruction, which is frankly very funny because (you guessed it…) the ‘evidence’ for global warming is flimsy, to put it mildly. It’s actually the next bit of ‘fake science’ I’m going to write about over on spiritualselfhelp.org, because the idea that burning a few petrochemicals can affect our planet in any significant, long-term, fundamental way is really a joke.
To put this into perspective, one iron meteor hitting the Sahara desert a few centuries back unleashed more nuclear energy than the Hiroshima bomb. Our earth is far more sturdy - and also far more unstable - then the scientists believe.
What’s causing this warped view of things, that says that carbon pollution is causing California’s problems, but the warped, degenerate morals of Hollywood aren’t?
A lack of God.
People don’t believe in God, so they start going on about ‘fire intifadas’ and ‘Santa Ana winds’ and ‘CFC emissions’ being behind all these things. Which brings me to the next interesting point, that the good Catholic Governor Brown might like to take note of:
WHO IS THE ‘THOMAS’ FIRE NAMED AFTER?
South California had 5-6 wildfires spontaneously spring up last week, but the one that is doing the most damage by far is the so-called ‘Thomas’ fire. It’s called ‘Thomas’ after the ‘Thomas Aquinas College’ in California, which was very close to where this fire first sprang into being. Here’s what you should know about that college:
“Founded at a time when many Catholic institutions were straying from their loyalty to the teaching Church, Thomas Aquinas College would, by contrast, strive for fidelity to the Magisterium… the academic program would be ordered to the study of God in precisely the manner in which the Church has for centuries prescribed, according to the mind of Her Universal Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas….
“Four decades later… the College has earned a national reputation for academic and spiritual vigor, becoming a model for the many new, faithful Catholic schools that have followed. Through God’s grace, it has also graduated generations of alumni who have gone on to faithfully serve the Church and society in myriad ways.”
Here’s another connection: Last week after Trump made his announcement about Jerusalem, the Pope rushed out an announcement that the ‘status quo in Jerusalem should be preserved’ - not least because Catholic dogma depends on it. The Church teaches that Jerusalem will never again be the capital of the Jewish people, and they have done their darndest to try to make that happen since 1967, and are the main people behind the push to make Jerusalem an ‘international’ capital for humanity, and to wrest it away from the Jewish people.
RAV BERLAND MAKES EVEN MORE CONNECTIONS
So all this was going on, when I went over to the RavBerland.com website today and read this from the Rav, which he said a few years’ ago with quite a hefty dose of ruach hakodesh:
“Fire will break through on Chanuka, great tongues of fire will break through (literally: run), and it will be impossible to halt them. These tongues of fire will come down from shemayim (the heavens), by way of the Chanuka candles.
“The Rebbe bring down in lesson 249 [of Likutey Moharan]: Suddenly, a person wears this spirit of ‘might’ (gevurah) - and then he can do ‘mighty deeds’, because: ‘the essence of gevurah (strength / might) is in the heart.’ When a person has a strong heart, he’s not scared of anyone else in the world…
“When a person decides to give himself over to Hashem Yitbarach, he receives a spirit of oz (courage) and gevurah (strength). By way of this spirit, he can make great wars, and vanquish all the evildoers, all of the assimilationists, and bring the geula (redemption).”
The man who isn’t scared of anyone, and who’s off doing some big stuff in the world is Trump. And the last bit of the equation is still hidden in the mists; it’s not clear who, tachlis, this person is who’s going to fight the great wars and vanquish the evildoers, but he could well be Moshiach himself, or the spirit of Moshiach housed in some other person, and causing him to act in these ways.
WHAT DOES ALL THIS HAVE TO DO WITH CHANUKA?
Again, Rav Berland ties it all up so nicely in his post, but Chanuka is a time when Jews can bring the soul of Moshiach down to the world with our prayers.
The last few months, we’ve all been waiting for the ‘something big’ that’s meant to happen by the end of Chanuka. Increasingly (and I could be wrong here…) I don’t think that we’re going to get a Nibiru-inspired geological meltdown that will see continents sink beneath the waves and hundreds of volcanoes erupt.
At least, not yet.
If things were going to play out that way, the volcanoes in Indonesia, Mexico and Iceland would have blown last week, and they didn’t. I think the Rav sweetened things, and that the trajectory towards Moshiach is now going to play out very differently than the predictions being handed down by the autistics.
Right now, we still have everything to pray for, and that’s what the light of Chanuka is all about.
Remember in THIS POST we talked about the difference between Rebbe Nachman’s Luminaries of Light and Luminaries of Fire? It’s the difference between the Thomas Fire and the Chanuka Candles.
Between the fire of Rebbe Nachman’s teachings and the light of emuna and emunat Tzaddikim, and the fire of all the evil lusts for power, money, desire and control that’s been consuming Hollywood for decades, and the Catholic church for centuries.
And we Jews are in the middle, wavering between these ‘Luminaries of Light’ and ‘Luminaries of Fire’.
The world is in such a low state right now. But dafka on Chanuka, a light descends to the world that can even illuminate that lowest and darkest of places, below 10 tefachim, where the Shechina can normally never penetrate to.
Let me end this post with Rebbe Nachman’s lesson 249, quoted by Rav Berland above:
“Strength is mainly in the heart. Someone who possesses a strong heart and does not fear anyone or anything is able to accomplish awesomely mighty deeds. He is able to win battles, since on account of the strength and power of his heart he is not afraid and runs into the thick of the battle.
“This corresponds to ‘Who is mighty? The one who conquers his evil inclination.’ (Avot 4:1)….”