The trip to the UK was eye-opening in a lot of ways. Every time we return, there seems to be even more pointless rules that have been introduced simply to dull the spirit and turn people into stressed, fearful zombies.
For example, now there is apparently a ‘law’ that you can’t spend a long time in the fastest lane on the motorway (even if you are the fastest car), which is punishable by a fine and points. And given that most of the M1 and M6 now has a speed limit of 50 miles an hour, and traffic cameras literally every 50 metres, the joy of driving has all but evaporated from the UK.
But the biscuit was taken by the flight home.
My husband and I were passengers on an Easy Jet Flight from Manchester that was somewhat akin to an airborne gulag. The cabin crew – headed up by a horrible man called Roger – made my skin crawl from the get-go, with a bunch of fake-polite, passive-aggressive ‘requests’ that made me feel like I was the naughty girl in school, because I’d had the temerity to take my shoes off.
That’s sadly pretty standard behavior on the UK – Israel route, at least with the budget airlines. Even with all the madness that is Uman, the flights to and from Ukraine are generally so much more laid back, cabin-crew wise. But yesterday was awful, even by ridiculous-British-rules standard.
ROGER, THE CHEAP FLIGHT DICTATOR
Yesterday, we were in row 12, two rows behind a poor frum family with three small kids that were forced off the plane at Sofia, Bulgaria, by the cheap flight dictator, Roger. What was their crime?
The mother had dared to ask for a thermometer, as her 5 month old baby was feeling a little warm, and she wanted to see what was going on.
Roger told her that only a doctor or medical professional could administer the thermometer, and paged on the intercom for a doctor, nurse or paramedic. A doctor was found, who measured the child’s temperature as being 37.5 – definitely a temperature, but well within the bounds of what any mother would consider ‘normal’, if a little concerning.
A spoonful of Calpol was given, and Roger told the parents that the doctor would have to check the temperature again in another 10 minutes. From this point on, Roger became increasingly aggressive, hysterical and controlling.
When the doctor was called back, the baby’s temperature had reduced to 37 degrees – still hot, but not overly concerning for anyone with any experience with babies. In the doctor’s opinion (who I spoke to first-hand), the baby was OK to continue on with the journey. The mother and father also believed that the baby would be OK to continue on with the flight to Tel Aviv, which at that stage was approximately another 2 hour flight away.
But Roger, who was clearly ‘one of those’, over-rode both the doctor and the parents, and started shouting, hysterically, that the baby could start having a fit on the airplane. While this is theoretically possible, in reality babies with a temperature of 37 very rarely, if ever, fit.
The same cannot be said of Roger.
It didn’t matter that the doctor told him it was probably fine. It didn’t matter that the parents offered to sign a waiver form taking all the responsibility for whatever would happen. The hysterical, emuna-less chief steward decided to force the plane to land in Sofia, Bulgaria, to get an ambulance to attend to the baby.
That poor family with their three small kids left the plane against their will, with whatever food the rest of the frum passengers could cobble together to try and tide them through a trip to a Bulgarian hospital.
In the meantime we were on the ground for 5-6 hours, trying to get a new take-off slot, and also going through more ridiculous ‘rules’ where the bags had to be re-checked to make sure the family that had been forced off the plane against their will by Roger hadn’t somehow managed to leave a bomb behind them.
While all this was going on, the plane only had one toilet working, so the queues snaked down the whole aisle, and the flight attendants still kept popping up with more ridiculous fake-nice, passive-aggressive ‘rules’ that were basically much more about them cracking the whip over the poor passengers than it was connected to looking after them.
These types of mini-dictators are increasingly popping up all over the place, as the general standard of mental health continues to nosedive in the Western world. If Roger believed in God; if Roger wasn’t clearly engaged in a lifestyle that set him completely at odds with belief in God; if Roger actually had even the smallest bit of self-awareness, he’d probably realize that he’s a hysterical, paranoid, emotionally-abusive individual who is completely not cut out for the job of reassuring passengers or helping them to ‘enjoy’ their flight.
Instead of managing the situation calmly, and with a cool head, this guy blew the child’s temperature up completely out of proportion, and went into a hysterical fit that no-one could talk him out of.
Neither the poor parents nor the doctor could talk him back down from his self-righteous ‘worse case scenario’ perch, that was completely removed from reality.
Anyone with a kid knows that they can spring a fever of 37.5 degrees at any time, and it’s usually not at all a big deal. And even when it is a big deal, it’s not an ‘ambulance’ big deal.
But Roger clearly didn’t have children of his own, and clearly had no idea about babies and the real world. In another Kafka-esque twist, the mother of another 11 month boy then complained that the wait was making her son feel poorly – which of course, it would for any small kid – and then Roger rushed up the aisle, nostrils quivering, where he stated:
“Madam, I will not let this plane move until I am 100% sure that your son is fully fit to fly!!!”
We all held our breath, waiting to see if the madman was going to cause us to lose the precious flight slot we’d just been given by another display of abusive, OTT ‘caring’. Thankfully, Roger backed down the second time and we were finally on our way.
We arrived at 2.15am, 10 hours later than planned.
WHY THE WEST IS LOST
And so I pondered on the decadence and weakness of Western society, as displayed by ‘Roger’ and his crew. So over-reliant on pointless rules, so puffed-up with their own importance and egos, so completely disconnected from reality that they could send a 5 month old baby with a 37 degree temperature to hospital in the middle of Bulgaria just to satisfy their inner sense of panic and out-of-controlness.
If people like Roger can’t even run a plane sensibly, and they can’t even deal with a 37 degree temperature in a 5 month old baby, then it stands to reason that anything approaching a real crisis is going to completely topple these people into full-on insanity.
And a lot of them have very responsible jobs, including key positions in the government and the army.
So once again, I came to the conclusion that it’s a matter of when the West topples, and not if.
The lunatics are now so firmly in charge of the asylum, it’s hard to see a way back.
And the way forward is going to be far more challenging than most of these people can manage, psychologically. (For the record, I think the bridge collapse in Genoa happened because the ground is shifting in Italy - it all goes together with increased seismic activity and rising magma).
The take homes:
 I changed his name for this post. In the formal complaint I made to Easy Jet, I spelled out exactly who we was, as he’s a real menace to the public, and more of us need to start pointing this stuff out.
The last three months or so, since Shavuot, I’ve been working on a book trying to piece together what’s really going on with all the freak weather, and how that’s connected to false science and the very real and ongoing danger posed by volcanic eruptions.
Once you get all the fake ‘billions of years’ timescales out the way, the pieces of the puzzle start to come into far clearer focus, and you can mamash start to see what’s gone on over the last few millennia.
The finished draft of that book was completed two days ago, Baruch Hashem, and now I’m typing this on an Easy Jet flight to the UK (which is why posting has been slow on Emunaroma, as you’re only going to be reading this when I’m back on holy ground, Bezrat Hashem) and because I got stuck with the window seat, I’m noticing a bunch of stuff I never realised before.
Like how from the sky, you can mamash make out where large quantities of lava were billowed out of the ground, both via volcanoes, and also simply via volcanic vents, where the earth simply cracked open and started pouring out magma.
That stuff is many of today’s mountains, and again, once you understand very clearly that mountains were not formed gradually over millions of years, the incredibly dramatic – and fast – way God created the world starts to be so obvious.
We just flew over a bit of Italy, and the old lava flows billowing out all over the place were so obvious from the air.
But I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking ‘if all this stuff about volcanoes creating the world is correct, and about massive geological changes occurring in very short timescales is correct, then why isn’t science talking more about all this stuff?’
The real, lengthy, answer is in the book, and I’ll let you know when it’s available to buy (and if anyone out there would like a free PDF copy of it to read and review in the meantime, I’ll let you know how to go about doing that too, shortly, when I hopefully get a bit more organised.)
But the short answer is this: science is living in denial about what’s gone on in the very recent past, and what is about to start happening again in the very near future.
VESUVIUS IS STILL ACTIVE
Let’s take Vesuvius, as an example of what I’m talking about, because most people have heard of this infamous volcano that exploded in 79 C.E., burying Pompeii and Herculaneum in millions of tons of super-heated lava and volcanic dust.
Pliny the Younger was an eye-witness to this deadly eruption, which killed an estimated 16,000 people, and he made Vesuvius famous for posterity by writing an account of the eruption to his friend, the Roman historian Tacitus.
If Pliny hadn’t done that, no-one would really know the extent of what had occurred around Vesuvius today. And let’s be clear that literate ‘Plinys’ who were friends with historians were pretty sparse on the ground when it came to cataloguing ancient volcanic eruptions.
So, we have Pliny’s historic account, which even today is used to describe ‘Plinian’ eruptions that shoot ash and gas straight up into the stratosphere and which can cause some very severe climate change and freak weather phenomenon for years.
We also have the entombed remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which has already disgorged more than a 1,000 victims of the volcano in those towns alone, and that’s just the ones who got preserved in the volcanic ash or left casts in the lava.
We have credible accounts that Vesuvius has erupted at least another 30 times since 79 C.E., including most recently in May 1944, when it destroyed 80 or so planes belonging to the US navy that were being housed on the ‘Pompeii Airfield’ nearby.
And the Italian government today knows that the volcano is still active, and could explode again unexpectedly and spectacularly at any point. The government knows this so well, it’s recently put a new evacuation plan in place to try to get the 700,000 people it’s identified as being in the worst danger zone out as fast as possible, should the worst happen again.
And yet, less than 10km away from Vesuvius you’ll find the modern city of Naples. Three million people today live within 20 miles of Vesuvius, and they could all be affected by another volcanic eruption the size of the one that buried Pompeii in 79 C.E.
The scientists and the government officials know all this. Even some of the people that actually live near Vesuvius know all this. And yet, that still hasn’t changed the enormous denial of reality going on.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, there are two more large, active and dangerous volcanoes close by to Vesuvius, too.
THINGS ARE ABOUT TO CHANGE
Now, I know we can’t walk around expecting the sky to fall in on our heads all the time (but now I type that, I’m definitely starting to understand that Chicken Little actually had a realistic basis for his paranoid delusions) – but we definitely can, and actually must, wake up to what’s really going on all around us at the moment.
I will write more about this soon, but volcanic eruptions over the last millennia have been strongly linked with the sun’s solar cycles, and particular what’s referred to as Grand Solar Minimums.
In a nutshell, Grand Solar Minimums happen around every 200-400 years or so, and it describes a situation where the sun stops producing sunspots.
Sunspots are bursts of intense solar energy that power-up the solar wind that actually contributes to the strength of the earth’s magnetic field. When there are a lot of sunspots, the magnetic field is strong and far fewer cosmic rays – like x-rays, gamma rays, UVC, etc – can penetrate through to the earth.
That means the weather is more stable, the climate is warmer (but crucially, less extreme – so warmer in a crop-growing, abundance-inducing good way) – and humanity and civilisation thrives, at least materially.
But the opposite happens in solar minimums generally, and when there is a Grand Solar Minimum – which means very few sun spots over a relatively long period of time – then the earth’s magnetic shield is weakened, and lots of cosmic rays from exploding stars in outer space start to filter through.
The science for what I’m about to tell you next is all footnoted in the book but cosmic rays wake up volcanoes and volcanic activity, particularly explosive volcanic activity. And volcanic activity vents more CO2 into the atmosphere, as well as other greenhouse gases like SO2, and also vents more CO2 into the oceans via the estimated one million underwater volcanoes.
A big reason why the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica is currently melting away, for example, is because it sits on a barely acknowledged massive volcanic field that the scientists think effectively died out thousands of years ago. But they’re wrong. And a few recent studies are even starting to prove that empirically.
Why all this matters – a lot¬ - is because the 200 years of warmer, stable and bounty-inducing weather effectively ended 5-10 years ago, and we are now apparently sliding into what could be another very intense Grand Solar Minimum.
The NOAA released stats for solar activity in July 2018 that show that the sun has effectively ‘flatlined’, to quote one climate blogger, and the sunspots have all but ceased.
And on cue, the volcanoes are waking up, and the seismic activity is increasing, and the magma is starting to shift and flow underground, and the gases contained in these subterranean magma chambers are starting to be heated and to rise up, causing methane-induced ‘wildfires’ all over the world.
In a nutshell, that’s what we are seeing happening all around us at the moment, and my best guess currently is that it is probably going to intensify for at least two more years, until 2020.
Some types of volcanic eruptions – like the one I wrote about HERE, Tambora – can cause freak weather and disrupt climate cycles for three years. I think that’s what is going on now. Some volcano seems to have erupted massively somewhere in a way that was either totally missed, or totally hidden, and that’s what is causing a repeat of the crazy weather that ALWAYS attends these types of volcanic eruptions.
There’s a possible culprit down in Ecuador which erupted in 2015, but was then put under media blackout for 50 days after it blew it’s top (why? No-one knows.) And maybe God will send me more clues, which I’ll continue to share with you.
But we are entering very turbulent times, Moshiach or no Moshiach. Crop failure is not a laughing matter, and it’s not so much cold weather that kills crops, as out-of-season freak weather, monster hail, drought and massive floods that kills crops. And that we’re seeing all over the world at the moment.
So to sum up: man-made climate change, my patootie.
The volcanoes are where it’s at. And more and more of them are starting to wake up.
I'm reposting this from last Chanuka, but with the Carr Fire burning, and the Mendocino Complex Fire burning, and with Portugal, Ireland and the UK burning, and Sweden burning, and Israel's south burning, it's probably even more relevant now than it was when I wrote it. Luminaries of fire - and the people who give them more power and influence - mamash destroy the world.
Someone asked me what I thought the message might be, that God was trying to send the Jewish people, by causing that terrible fire in Flatbush a couple of days ago. I told them I had no idea - because you have to be on an incredibly high spiritual level to even begin to guess at the real reasons for these things, and the people who are genuinely holding ‘there’ don’t rush their views into a Youtube shiur within 24 hours of the tragedy occurring.
But that discussion then brought me back around to pondering the notion of the ‘luminaries of fire and the luminaries of light’.
In Lesson II:67, Rebbe Nachman explains how the luminaries of fire get empowered in the world when the luminaries of light get diminished.
Who are the luminaries of light? They are the true Tzaddikim, and particularly the Tzaddik Yesod ha’olam (Tzaddik, the foundation of the world), the one true Tzaddik that is to be found in every single generation. Rebbe Nachman explains very clearly that when these Tzaddikim, and especially this true tzaddik: ‘becomes renowned and famous in the world, the eyes of the entire world are then opened…whoever becomes his follower…his eyes are opened and he becomes able to see.”
And what, exactly, does this person begin to see?
Rebbe Nachman explain that: “his eyes are opened and he sees and beholds himself, how he is holding in all of the traits…One also becomes able to see and behold God’s greatness in the world.”
In other words, when a person becomes the follower of a true tzaddik, or a luminary of light, he first starts to see himself honestly, and to understand just how many bad middot and negative character traits and behaviors he still needs to work on; and then, he also starts to recognize the hand of Hashem in the world, i.e. he starts to really internalize ein od Milvado - there is only God!
But when people don’t follow the true Tzaddikim, and instead chase after ‘luminaries of fire’ instead, then what happens?
“…when the luminaries of light are subdued, the luminaries of fire are empowered. And fires are caused in the world on account of the names of these ignominiously renowned people becoming great and enhanced, for this causes God’s name to disappear, the luminaries of light to become subdued and the luminaries of fire to become empowered….This is symbolized by the burning of the Temple.”
The lesson continues:
“…what was, is gone. For our Temple has already been burnt. However, now that God waits to return to us and rebuild our Temple, it behooves us not to hinder the Temple’s rebuilding, but rather to endeavor to build it….
“…by mourning over the Temple, one subdues the luminaries of fire, so that the luminaries of light…are empowered. Thus MiT’ABeL (mourning) is the acronym of ‘Lo T’varu Aysh B’chol Moshvoteykhem’ - (you shall not kindle any fire throughout your dwelling places), for by mourning, one subdues the luminaries of fire.”
There’s always so much to try to unpack in Rabbenu’s lessons, so again take all this with the caveat that I understand less than 1%, and that 1% is what I’m sharing here.
There’s a few key things that seem to be jumping out here, as follows:
1) The more we try to make ourselves followers of the true Tzaddikim, the more this will empower the good leaders, the ‘luminaries of light’ in the world, and weaken the ‘luminaries of fire’.
2) ‘Luminaries of fire’ are not just people like Oprah and all those other celebs, big-wigs and Hollywood A-listers getting burned out of their Bel Air mansions by the Thomas fire (which btw, is still burning and set to become the biggest wildfire in California’s recorded history).
‘Luminaries of fire’ are also all those suave rabbis and rockstar rabbanits who are full of themselves, and their own learning, and their own opinions and who frequently make some very harsh judgment calls against their fellow Jews.
It’s those people who magnify their own importance in the world, and who by so doing, minimize Hashem’s greatness. Luminaries of fire never talk about their own flaws, they never describe their own battles, they always have to come off as the clever know-it-alls who have an answer for everything.
If you want a no-fail short-cut to spotting a ‘luminary of fire’, anyone outside of Breslov circles who mocks and disdains Rebbe Nachman and his teachings is almost certainly a luminary of fire. And within Breslov itself, anyone who mocks and disdains Rav Berland is almost certainly a luminary of fire.
3) I’m inclined to think that some huge cosmic event was scheduled for the end of Chanuka, potentially involving a lot more fire and destruction than we’ve already seen - volcanoes simultaneously erupting, North Korean missiles being fired at mainland America, some huge, fiery ball of molten gases and metals coming a bit too close to planet earth - who knows what, exactly.
But as the ‘luminaries of light’ are getting more and more empowered, and more and more people are ‘opening their eyes’ to see what’s really going on in the world, on a number of levels, these decrees are being sweetened more and more.
4) This poor, holy family in NYC were another korban, and their deaths by fire - by the light of the Chanuka candles - has most certainly sweetened the ‘decrees of fire’ hanging over the Jewish people and the world.
5) The more we do our bit to empower the ‘luminaries of light’ and take down the ‘luminaries of fire’, the less these terrible tragedies will have to keep occurring.
6) We can do that, tachlis, by:
That’s a lot of hard work, I know.
But Lesson 67 seems to make clear that THIS stuff is what’s causing all the fires in the world.
Of course, no ‘luminary of fire’ is going to make those sorts of connections for us, because they don’t read (or understand…) Likutey Moharan and they don’t hold by Rebbe Nachman.
So if you really want to know where the truth lies, and what the message really is behind all these terrible fires coming to the world, you have to pray on it, and to ask God to really show you.
There is no other way.
The weather in Jerusalem today is very strangely overcast for this time of year. It looks like it could rain, or snow, or hail.
We'll see what God has planned.
And in the meantime, I'm joining the bloggers' protest organised by Yaak, because after doing some praying on what God wants, I think that it's what God wants. BH, God's glory and light will be full revealed soon, the sweet way.
Today, I walked back from davening a little with Rav Berland’s minyan in Musrara to Baka, past the Liberty Bell Park, where the lamp-posts on all the main drags are festooned with rainbow flags.
My stomach lurched.
When Trump came, everything was stars and stripes. When the President of Guatemala came, everything was the Guatemalan flag. When four French Jews were killed in the Hyper Cache attack, everything was ‘Je suis Charlie’ and Tricolors.
Everything is a rainbow.
And my heart sank.
Who is the ‘guest of honour’, the Head of State who is being honored like this? It can only be the Samech Mem himself.
So I walked back pondering what’s the best way to show God I really do care about this enormous desecration of His name, and the truckload of tumah this is piling up on every street corner and inside every house. Because make no mistake, it’s already breached the walls.
My youngest has been having a running argument with her best friend about all this surrogacy stuff, because her friend thinks that gay men should be allowed to rent-a-womb to try to get round the simple fact that biology (and clearly, God) is not on their side.
My daughter’s friend comes from a very frum background, where both parents are in kiruv, so I was astounded. Maybe she’s just trying to hold ‘edgy’ views to upset her parents, I have no idea, but what I do know is that the tumah has already breached the walls.
In the UK, another friend was telling me how her 7 year old grand-daughter – who goes to a modern orthodox Jewish school – started asking her: “Grandma, what do you call that thing that’s not a man, or a woman?” My friend was stumped, so the kid explained. “You know, it’s between being a man and a woman…You can’t call them ‘he’ or ‘she’, so what do you call them?”
How on earth is a seven year old in an orthodox Jewish school even talking about this stuff?!
The tumah has already breached the walls.
MOST ORTHODOX JEWS DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THE REAL PROBLEM IS
A huge part of the problem is that most orthodox Jews simply have no idea about the spiritual dimension to spermatozoa; they don’t know that it contains billions of souls, and that the koach of those billions of souls are entrapped in the dark side – and literally used to fuel all the evil in the world – when men engage in intimate acts without the appropriate kedusha.
This also applies to single men, this also applies to licentious and adulterous men, this also applies to when men are with their wives while using contraception that hasn’t been rabbinically-sanctioned. Long story short, any time a man is doing something like this outside the bonds of marriage, where there is no possibility for creating a life, even just in theory, then all that ‘soul power’ is getting delivered straight up to the dark side.
That is why it’s such a problem, spiritually.
But a person can be ‘orthodox’ all their long lives, and never even have the first idea about this underlying spiritual reason why spilling seed is so very, very bad. So then they think ‘hey, no big deal! Let people live how they want! Let people be who they really are! Let them adopt, let them make babies in test-tubes, no big deal!’
But spiritually? It’s a massive deal. It’s mamash fuelling all the forces of evil in the world at the spiritual level.
And then, there’s the poor kids themselves that are raised in unnatural homes. Modern medicine has split bodies off from souls, so it has mostly no idea of just how many illnesses, physical and mental, results from unfinished business from parents and grandparents.
It’s hard enough raising healthy, emotionally-balanced children when you actually love the other half of their gene pool, and actually know who they are. But can you imagine finding out that your ‘dad’ was an anonymous sperm bank donor? Or some poor women who was ‘rented out’ for nine months to create you?
Do you know what torture to a person’s psyche this stuff actually causes?
A while back, I was talking to an older woman who confided that her parents had conceived her out of wedlock – they’d had a shotgun wedding a few months before she was born. This woman was well over 50 – and she was crying when she told me still feels so dirty, from how she was conceived.
I was so shocked that five decades on, this was still causing her so much pain.
But that completely pales next to the mental suffering and spiritual anguish all these poor kids being raised in unnatural families are going to have. And I think that’s what’s upsetting me the most, that these parents are so incredibly selfish to be deliberately bringing children into the world with so many emotional handicaps.
It’s all about doing what’s good for them, the parents, and nothing at all about doing what’s right for the kid.
This stuff is far deeper, far more fundamentally disturbing to a person than our modern society is anywhere near being able to accept or understand, stuck as they are in the ‘body-centric’ view of the world that discounts and dismisses the soul. But those kids are being condemned to a lifetime of massive emotional and spiritual angst and unhappiness.
So, the question returns: How do I show God that I really do care about the terrible things going on all around me?
What does God want from me, right now?
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far: Every time I see a rainbow flag, I’m asking God to help all these people to develop some yirah shemayim and make teshuva. I’ve also decided I have to stop listening to that one George Michael song I still love so much, and any other music by ‘rainbow’ people. Ditto for reading any books, opinion pieces or other output.
Because it’s impossible for these people to be coming from a good place, or to be having a positive impact on me, for as long as they are directly fuelling the forces of evil in the world.
Wherever possible, I’m going to vote with my feet and with my wallet, to avoid any of the companies and organisations who have come out publically in favor of all this stuff, including those companies that ‘proudly’ let their employees have a day off last week.
And then, there’s the whole ‘pride’ thing.
Pride = pride, or arrogance, and that’s something else I’m going to try my best to work on and take down in myself. That I shouldn’t think I’m better than others, that I shouldn’t unnecessarily hurt others, that I shouldn’t act like an angry, selfish, materialism-obsessed superficial pig, and I shouldn’t big myself up and big others down, because honor really only belongs to God.
And the last thing on the list is tznius. To try to pick it up a little again. I’m not sure how yet, but that’s the plan and we’ll see what God inspires me to do.
What more can I do? What more can I say?
I desperately want God’s honour to be restored in the world, and for people to stop acting like body-obsessed, selfish animals. That’s what I want, God.
But only God can really give it to me.
That was the question I was asking myself, when I was reading reports of this latest spate of massive wildfires in California, particularly the Redding fire, which looks set to be even bigger than the Thomas fire from the beginning of January.
How can a wildfire jump a huge river?
The firefighters believed the Sacramento river would stop the fire in its tracks, or at least contain it, but shortly after reaching the river, fires started up on the other side of the water.
How is this possible? Modern science has no idea.
Because they are stuck in such a deceitful paradigm of how natural earth processes actually work, and how long it takes for things to happen (billions of years, remember!) they are completely unprepared for what’s going on right now, and are still blathering on about man-made climate change.
I’m not pretending I know everything, far from it, and I welcome any and all input from you, dear readers, to figure this out together. But my starting point is this: the earth’s core is heating up.
Why is it heating up? Because all the rainbow lifestyle stuff and machloket is causing more and more people to enter gehinnom, which we know from the Gemara and Midrashim [see HERE] is located in the earth’s core.
How God is actually doing this according to the laws of nature, I’m still trying to figure out. I think it may have something to do with the increased cosmic rays hitting planet earth as a result of the solar minimum perturbing the silica content of the earth’s crust.
(If that sounded like gobbled-gook to you, BH I will put together a post in plain English trying to explain all this properly soon, once I have it a bit more figured out.)
When one atom of something agitates against another, that causes friction, and friction leads to heat, and that seems to be the most plausible mechanism I can think of for how God is super-heating the inside of the earth’s core (aka Gehinnom) by a natural mechanism.
Because the Zohar teaches that God always works according to the laws of nature, just we haven’t yet figured out what those laws really are.
So now, the next question: how could this extra heat be causing wildfires all over the globe?
I’ve been pondering that a lot too, recently, but when I heard about the fire jumping a massive river in the States, I had an eureka moment: it’s following the flow of flammable gas from the ground.
As the earth is heating up, that’s causing a chain reaction to happen with the more volatile chemical elements, including the gas contained in the ground. As that gas is heated, it’s rising up to the surface. Also, as these changes are occurring, it’s ‘shifting’ the earth’s mantle around too, as the magma (which contains 60-70% silica, if it’s the explosive type, plus lots of volatile gases) also starts to move around and rise closer to the surface.
These shifts are manifesting as the earthquakes that are happening all over the place, including in the UK (10 since April!) and in Israel, with another 3.6 up in the Kinneret, plus a couple of 2 magnitudes the last couple of days.
As that molten rock shifts around due to the earthquakes, more gas is released up to the surface – and it starts to literally leak out of the ground. The main culprit is probably methane, which is highly flammable, the main component of natural gas, and also regularly emitted by molten magma.
Once that gas is near the surface of the ground, even a spark can set it alight.
And I think that’s what we’re seeing happening all over the place at the moment.
If this process really is leading to Moshiach, BH, then we can expect to see more earthquakes, wildfires and volcanoes going off in a pretty major way, that will change the world drastically, with all that entails, but all in a completely ‘natural way’ that the Rambam would be proud of.
And if Moshiach is being held up again, then the earthquakes, wildfires and volcanoes will probably tail off again and slow down.
So we’ll see.
But my guess is that God isn’t going to tolerate all the rainbow stuff for much longer. It’s completely warping the fabric of society, and ensnaring more and more people in evil stuff that is mamash directly fuelling the forces of darkness in the world. And it’s only getting worse.
So my best guess is: things are getting set to blow. But it could still take another two years for the final act to begin.
After I wrote this up, God helped me to find this video. (That's happening a lot at the moment - it's kind of showing me the hypotheses are heading in the right direction).
This is a video from 4 years ago in Hawaii, showing how methane suddenly ignites, then bursts up through the ground. Watch up to the first minute - it's shmirat eynayim friendly, but the rest is just lava going into ponds etc.
The big chiddush here is that THIS COULD HAPPEN ANYWHERE, not just where there is a known active volcano. These methane blasts and lava vents could literally start opening up anywhere in the world, where God chooses to move the magma closer to the surface.
Over in California and 3-4 other Western states right now, there was a bunch of recent earthquakes swarms BEFORE these big fires broke out. The swarms were small - they didn't do any structural damage - but they showed the magma is moving around underground. Now, the fires broke out in the same places the earthquakes hit.
Why? Because as the core is heating up, the methane gas is rising (and I'm debating this with my husband at the moment, because I think the magma is following up close behind, but he's still not convinced.)
And it's being triggered by 'rainbow lifestyle' stuff and the people who are anti-God and anti-emuna.
It doesn't take a million years for this stuff to happen, it can literally occur in a few days.
Are we ready?
Did you ever wonder why so many people are choosing bizarre ‘rainbow’ lifestyles, or tattooing every little bit of skin they possess, or sticking massive rings through their nose so they look like stuck pigs?
Did you ever ponder oabout what makes a leftist a leftist, or what makes a Jew prefer Palestinians to their own people, or what makes a Jew marry out or leave the faith?
If you sit and think about this for a while, sooner or later the idea will pop up that these people weren’t created ‘gay’, or ‘lefty’ or self-hating, but somewhere along the way, they got so disconnected from their true self, from their soul, from God, that their inner landscape tipped upside-down, and good became bad, and black became white.
And in nearly all cases, this happened because these people grew up in extremely dysfunctional circumstances.
They grew up in homes that were battlegrounds, where kids were used as human shields or pawns. OR, they grew up in homes where they were belittled, guilted and smacked around. Or, they grew up in homes where they weren’t really seen, or weren’t really heard, or weren’t really acknowledged, and now they walk around like the ghost of childhood past, desperately trying to get attention any which way they can.
And in case you think this only happens where this is ‘obvious abuse’, it really, really doesn’t. Emotional neglect – where the child isn’t related to as an independent individual, where the parent is too plugged into Facebook, or work, or their own social network, or their own problems, to really talk to their kid and listen to them on their level – can do just as much spiritual damage as ‘obvious abuse’.
Do you think it’s a coincidence that as the family unit has exploded into a billion smithereens over the last few decades, that all these people are popping up who are ‘choosing death’ over choosing life?
That rainbow man is probably the way he is because on some deep, deep level he has some really heavy baggage vis-à-vis his mum that he never acknowledged, and has never sorted out.
Often, these people will yell the loudest about how ‘amazing’ their mother is, but it’s usually just a case of protesting too much.
And when women can’t bear to think of settling down with a man, and find men physically repulsive, you can betcha that underneath all that is a very dysfunctional relationship with a parent or older male relative.
Same is true for tattoos, nose rings and boring huge holes where your earlobes are meant to be: people feel awful about themselves, they feel so low and lowly, they feel so unseen and lost, and they are scribbling that message all over their bodies in permanent ink.
Same thing for leftists and self-hating Jews and anyone else who hates and is angry all the time (and yes, that includes ‘rightists’ and frum people, too…), and who can’t see anyone else’s point of view and is always ranting on and on about their rights and other people’s wrongs.
THE MONSTERS UNDER THE BED
What connects all these people together is that they are still fighting the childhood monsters under their bed.
And some of those monsters are really, really scary.
So what’s the answer? What are we meant to be doing about all this?
A little while back, someone was telling me a story about a huge kiruv personality who’d seen every single one of the children in their own family go off the derech.
I don’t know who this person is, I don’t know the details, but I can tell you one thing for sure: our relationship with God is based on our relationship with our parents.
If the parents are loving, compassionate, joyful, kind, caring and really ‘there’ for the kid emotionally, those kids will generally find it very easy to believe in a caring, compassionate and loving Creator, and will want to spend a lot of time in His company.
And if the parents are cold, selfish, self-obsessed, emotionally-absent, punishing, capricious, condescending and angry – then those kids will have no problem believing that God is just waiting for them to put a foot wrong, so He can smite them into a million pieces.
And who wants to be waiting for the hammer to fall on them like that all the time?
So, here’s how you can do your bit for the world, and stop the rainbow people, and leftists and atheists from taking over the world: love your children with every fibre of your being, and put what’s good for them ahead of what’s good or convenient for you.
Work on your bad middot, especially anger.
And most of all, ask God every single day to let your kids grow up as happy, emotionally well-adjusted people who feel loved, and cared for and protected from ‘bad’.
We’re all messing our kids up in one way or another, despite our very best efforts.
But if we ask God to fill in the gaps, and to help them develop in a healthy way physically, emotionally and spiritually, that’s really all that’s required to ensure that our kids will be on the side that’s trying to build the world, instead of trying to destroy it.
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.
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