A little while back, I got an email from a reader telling me I had to read this book By Rav Avraham Sutton, called Spiritual Technology. I started tracking it down to the Pomerantz Bookstore in Jerusalem, when this very special reader got back in touch to tell me she could give me her copy, as she was visiting Jerusalem shortly.
We met; I got the book; I read it over Shabbat two weeks’ ago – and it has a lot of very interesting information that does shed some light on so many of the things we’re all struggling with today, including how technology has taken over our lives, whether it’s good or bad, spiritually, and how all this may be affecting the rectification of the world and the geulah.
Rav Sutton explains that ‘technology’, which the dictionary defines as 'the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes', comes from the Greek work tehkne, and is in direct opposition to the Jewish word tikkun, which refers to rectifying the world spiritually.
Greek tehkne is all about making life easier, controlling nature and the environment, and externalizing the human soul in so many cheap, superficial ways.
By contrast, Jewish tikkun is about rectifying the world at its spiritual root, nullifying ourselves to God’s will, and building up the strength of the human soul internally so that many of ‘technology’s’ achievements can be accomplished in a much purer form.
This is the ultimate goal of humanity, and this is the world we are heading towards with the dawn of the coming of Moshiach.
A world where people can transcend the physical body, and travel all over the globe without airplanes, and connect to others without phones, and who can access tremendous knowledge directly from the spiritual realm, via a very strong bond with Hashem.
It sounds a little crazy and far-fetched, doesn’t it?
In the past, I’ve had a few arguments with readers here about the role technology has to play in this future world. Even before I read Rav Sutton’s book, it seemed to me that the rabbis’ call to ditch i-Phones, etc, was coming from a very deep understanding of the true damage they are doing to people’s souls.
Most of us have no idea of what’s really playing out here between Greek tehkne and Jewish tikkun, or what’s at stake.
So, here’s a few excerpts from Rav Sutton’s book, to get the ball rolling:
“External technology [in ancient Egypt] hadn’t developed to the point it has today. Nevertheless, the chartumim had direct access to what we may call psychic technology…In a sense, Pharoah’s magicians were the equivalent of today’s scientists. It’s just that their ability to manipulate physical reality was through magic and psychic manipulation.”
“Alienation as we find it in modern society is almost total…Man has created a world of man-made things as it never existed before. He has constructed a complicated social machine to administer the technical machine he built.
“Yet, this whole creation of his stands over and above him. [He is] the servant of a Golem which his hands have built. The more powerful and gigantic the forces are which he unleashes, the more powerless he feels himself as a human being…He is owned by his own creation and has lost ownership of himself. He has built a golden calf, and says “These are your gods, O Israel, who have brought you out of Egypt.” – (Quote from Erich Fromm)
“It is axiomatic that true spirituality cannot be selfish and self-serving.”
“When the connection between heaven and earth is broken, we lose the understanding that behind every physical process, there is a spiritual process making it happen…preceding it, activating it, and guiding it through every stage of its evolution and development.”
Zohar, Ki Tisa, 2:191a states: “The Erev Rav consisted of all the magicians of Mitzrayim.”
“The letters of the first tablets (luchot) – embodying the [much higher spiritual] level of the Tree of Life – could not exist in close proximity with the coarse consciousness of the golden calf (i.e. technology in the service of magic.)”
“Torah / kabbalah describes evil as being without any real ‘mind’ of its own. It is best imagined as a mechanical force that has one primary function: it grabs onto everything and anything in order to own it.
“It is the will to receive, in its most extreme, negative and ugliest form. You can always identify a person or a nation that has… become an instrument of evil: it inevitably wants to own you and everything else in the world. This force acts within the human personality as well.”
“The klipot (forces of evil) draw their life-force and nourishment from the souls that they hold captive under their dominion… This is why the klipot exert such effort to cause humans to sin.” Sefer HaGilgulim.
(Hans Morovec is a scientist, and the director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory of Carnegie Mellon University):
“Morovec calmly explains how within the next 30 years we will bypass the present limits upon artificial intelligence and robotic mobility, to the point where we will be able to ‘download’ all of the content of our brains – which are now unfortunately stuck in decaying biological entities – into computers housed within mobile robots, thereby gaining ‘us’ immortality, via these machines. The machines will ‘evolve’ by their own design…and will generate ideas and actions that will far exceed human evolution.”
( Master magicians of Egypt)
Let’s stop there for now, and put together some take home conclusions from what we’ve learned so far:
1) Today’s scientists are yesterday’s ancient Egyptian magicians, and the root of today's 'Erev Rav' tendencies. The Egyptian magicians were also extremely precise, their magic also followed very detailed calculations and rules, and it was all focused on taking power away from Hashem, and trying to control the world and the environment.
2) The Egyptian magicians – like so many of today’s scientists – were also obsessed with ideas of ‘immortality’. Ancient Egypt tried to do this by embalming the body to keep a degree of the lowest soul level, or nefesh, trapped in this world forever, in an attempt to defy God and His justice.
3) Egyptian / Greek technology is doing its best to get people to sin, and to break the connection between us and God. That’s why they’ve come up with all these huge lies about the theory of evolution, the age of the world, the ‘progress’ to be achieved via i-Phones and the internet, pretend cures for cancer, fracking wells and all the rest of it.
4) In the future world of moshiach, we won’t need all this technology, as we’ll be able to tap into the unvarnished power of the soul to do all the good things technology enables us to do without it. That’s what we’re aiming at, strange as all this sounds to our modern, materialistic, technology-dependent ears.
5) The true 'Golden Calf' today is anything that takes the power or honor away from Hashem, and gives it to 'science' instead. If you think that pill is 'curing' your headache, or that the Iron Dome is 'protecting' Israel, or that Darwin and science knows more about the true age of the world than the Torah does - you are effectively worshipping the Golden Calf.
There’s so much more to say about this, as always, but let me leave you with this out of office message that my husband got yesterday from one of his non-Jewish clients:
"I found myself constantly looking at my mobile for no good reason, often in front of my children.
I am experimenting with checking my emails once a day so if you need me urgently please call me or text on [number]. Otherwise I will respond to your email as soon as I am able to.
Thanks for helping me break this cycle!!!"
The push-back against technology and towards true tikkun is beginning.
So, after readers Alizah and Stella drew my attention to THIS post over on Rav Berland, talking about apartments falling from the sky, I decided I should go over to Musrara yesterday afternoon, to look at the sky and see if anything else would happen while I was doing that.
It’s a strange thing with the Breslov stuff, that whenever you open up a book by Rebbe Nachman, or by Rav Ofer Erez, or by Rav Natan, it always seems to give you a message about what’s really going on in your life.
True, a blog post isn’t exactly the same, but it’s close enough.
So while I was already going to Musrara, I thought ‘let me go and see if there’s anything else to rent there’ – because the old bag who has got my house money still isn’t giving it back in the meantime.
So I found the *one and only* apartment currently listed there for rent, and miraculously, it wasn’t one of the millions I’ve already seen over the last few years, and I looked at the sky a lot before I went to take a look at it.
On the one hand, it had three bedrooms, and they all had a window (kind of…), and two reasonably new bathroom / toilets which is already a plus. On the downside, the kitchen pre-dated the Second Temple, there were red ants everywhere, and while I could fit my furniture into the salon, walking around it would definitely be a challenge.
On the one hand, he was very kindly dropping the price to only double my last mortgage, and it had a place out front to sit, and it was very close to the Rav, and they had no plans to sell it anytime soon, so we could live in it for years. On the other hand….
I sat on a bench looking at the sky for a while in Musrara, and I started to feel really, really down.
I came home, and the down kind of spiraled even further down. I went to bed, I woke up – and I realized I was feeling really angry at God. The sticking point was not the grotty, ucky, disgusting kitchen, the red ants, or the weird shape of every single room. I could have lived with that.
The sticking point was the furniture.
I have a table and sofa that are approaching 20 years old, and are massive. I’ve been trying to tell my kids and husband for five years that we need to get rid of them, but as my daughter keeps telling me, they’ve moved so much that this furniture is their anchor point.
The table and sofas makes them feel at home. And the table and sofas are just way too big for any apartment we can afford to rent in Musrara.
And strange to say, this is what opened up the conversation with God this morning, because I started to get really angry at the stupid situation I currently find myself in where every option is really bad.
I decided I have to lay things out on the table, so to speak, as there is no point pretending, so I told God bluntly:
“I am not on the spiritual level to happily live in yet another hugely expensive rented dump just to be in Musrara. I can’t do it anymore.”
We moved to Musrara four years’ ago as part of our misguided ‘fake pious’ stage, where we really thought Meah Shearim was the pinnacle of Jewish perfection. We stayed because it’s where the Rav is, and being close to the Rav is really important.
But socially for anglos, Musrara is a wasteland.
And it’s so expensive and dumpy.
And I got burned on that property I tried to buy because so much of that area is problematic, legally.
And I just can’t do it anymore.
If I’ve learned one thing over the years, it’s that God wants us to be real. Maybe, this whole experience has been going on as part of the tikkun for the last time we tried to move to Musrara, because back then, we were trying so hard to be people we really aren’t, religiously.
On Shabbat, Hamodia ran an interview with Rav Dan Tiomkin, who wrote an amazing book for BTs called ‘Reclaming the Lost Self’. I read that book at the height of my religious identify crisis three years’ ago, and it was extremely helpful.
. In the interview, Rav Tiomkin set out his ‘5 stages’ of the baal teshuva experience, as follows:
This process is similar for immigrants to a new country, too, so if you’re a BT who moved to Israel (like I am…) and then gets all Breslov on top of that (which is like moving to a different planet) – then it’s a triple dose of what’s being described.
Man, no wonder things have been so difficult the last few years!
BH, with my ‘can’t do expensive dumps’ anymore epiphany, I think me and my husband are now, finally, moving into that fifth and last stage of harmony, where we really just start to serve God the way He intended.
Maybe, now we finally got the message about not trying to fit in where we don’t, or trying to be people who we aren’t, God can now clear the way for us to find the place where we really belong, at least enough, in all our freakshow-frum weirdness.
So, I didn’t get an apartment when I looked at the sky (yet….).
But maybe, I got something even better.
One of the things that I really want to ask the people who are pushing the ‘climate change’ paradigm of why we’re seeing so much record-breaking, freak weather at the moment is how using an old fridge, or driving a gas-guzzling car is causing so many earthquake swarms and volcanic eruptions.
Because while ‘climate change’ could maybe sound like a superficially-convincing explanation for freak weather, there is a whole bunch of unusual geological phenomena going on right now that even the most ardent ‘climate change’ scientist can’t link to people spraying too many aerosols around.
God holds the key to the weather, only God.
And the geological events that are going on right now are all connected to the weird weather reports that are pouring in from around the world. Someone in Holland told me they had a near-miss with a tornado last week. There are no tornados in Western Europe… In Paris, more streets turned into raging rivers as France got hit with flashflooding. Now, the UK is being lit up by some crazy electrical storms with warnings of more flashflooding and huge hail there, too.
Two weeks ago in the Gulf of Aden, Yemen and Oman got battered by a tropical storm, 'Sagar', that is highly unusual in those parts, and was hailed as a ‘once in a century’ weather event. (The Gulf of Aden is at the bottom end of the Arabian peninsula, to the South West of Israel.)
Then, barely a week later this past Sunday, Yemen and Oman got hit by a Category 3 hurricane called 'Mekunu' that dumped three years’ worth of rain on them in less than 24 hours and is apparently the biggest storm they've ever had in recorded history. I could go on (and pity my poor husband, because I really do go on and on and on about this stuff…) but make no mistake: earthquakes and volcanoes and sink holes and freak weather are all connected.
And man-made ‘global warming’ has absolutely nothing to do with what we’re seeing happening all around the planet at the moment.
So, I’ve been watching the Kilauea volcano with great interest the last few weeks, and it struck me that Kilauea is kind of setting the blueprint for how redemption is going to unfold. I really expected it to blow sky-high two weeks back, in a massive eruption. Instead, it’s been gently oozing out all over the Big Island of Hawaii – slowly enough so that there is no loss of life and people can get their things together and flee before their houses are destroyed.
Are things fundamentally changing over there on the Big Island of Hawaii? Yup. Is some massive destruction and upheaval occurring? Yup again. Is the pace of what’s going on picking up from day to day, with some more huge changes conceivably on the horizon? Again yup.
But all this very dramatic stuff is unfolding in such a gentle, merciful way, and the hints are all over the place. Hawaiins call Kilauea ‘Madam Pele’, and have basically turned the volcano into an idol that they still worship in some mild ways, like trying to offer it the odd pineapple as a sacrifice, to make it calm down and go away.
‘Pele’ in Hebrew means, wonder, miracle. This is a time of open miracles, but they are being revealed by God in such a gentle, merciful way. So far.
But the warnings are growing louder, and the destruction is becoming more dramatic, and the lava is starting to move much faster than it was a couple of weeks’ back. Things are heating up over there on Hawaii, and people are starting to talk about the Hilina Slump, which is where big parts of the Island have fissured from the mainland and dropped into the sea.
If you look at how the vents opened up – 24 miles away from the main volcano! – they are pretty much going across the bottom part of the Big Island in a straight line. Just above that straight line of lava eruptions and vents, at least four of which have now joined together to become one big lava lake, the earth is starting to literally crack.
It's looking possible, let’s say no more than that, that the bottom part of the island could fissure and slump into the Pacific Ocean. The islands of Hawaii kind of ‘face’ the Western coast of the USA, particularly LA, Hollywood and San Francisco, and we all know what sort of morals and ‘lifestyles’ these places have exported and promoted out into the world, lo alenu.
A little while back, I wrote up some of what Rav Dovid Brown, z’tl, had to say about the connection between seismic events and sins in his awesome book Mysteries of Creation, and I thought it would be good to re-state that here, so you can also see why I’m so interested in events in Hawaii:
Rav Dovid brings a bunch of sources from the Gemara and elsewhere to show that Gehinnom is located at the core of planet earth. The more sinners there are, the ‘bigger’ gehinnom gets, and the more seismic activity occurs.
This is a crucial point to understand, when it comes to the spiritual dimension behind all the geological changes we’re seeing right now: Gehinnom is a physical entity, located in this world.
There are even halachic issues that are resolved with this assumption (see Shabbat 38b), so Jewishly-speaking, no-one can claim this is just a metaphorical statement: it’s a physical fact.
Also, the midrash in Bereishit Rabba (33:1) says:
“One covers an earthenware pot with an equally earthenware lid. In the same way, God covers Gehinnom. Gehinnom is darkness and the T’HOM is a place of darkness. God proclaims: “I transported the reshaim [wicked evil doers] to Gehinnom and covered them with the T’HOM. Darkness covers darkness.”
T’HOM is a reference to the world’s water table, and the earth’s fiery core is UNDER the water table.
But here’s another interesting thing, from Yalkut Shimoni 2:429:
“There are eight thousand gates to Gehinnom.”
What are these ‘gates’? They’re all the volcanoes, geysers etc in world.
To quote Rav Dovid Brown:
“Gehinnom is not static, but rises and melts more the substance of the globe as more reshaim are consigned to it….seismic activity and volcanism should vary according to the character of the inhabitants of the earth in any given era; the greater their evil deeds, the greater the raging fires of Gehinnom, the greater the movements of the plates and the more numerous the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.”
If part of the Big Island does ‘slump’ into the sea, as its done on many occasions in the past, that could very easily trigger a huge tsunami, and let’s not even talk about the seismic activity that would be occurring concurrently with that happening, either as cause or effect.
The West Coast of the USA could be very negatively affected by this.
And if you want to know why a kind, loving God would do something like this specifically to the West Coast of America, the Yerushalmi Gemara, in Brachot (9:2) may shed some light on the subject:
Eliyahu asked Rabbi Nehorai: “Do you know why earthquakes occur?...When God sees the theatres and other entertainment establishments prospering and his Beit HaMikdash in ruins, He becomes angry and wishes to devastate the world. The result is an earthquake.”
Rabbi Acha maintains that earthquakes come because of same-gender relationships between men. The other sages hold that they come because of partisan disputes.
Of course, teshuva is always an option, and Kilauea is proceeding in such a slow, merciful way, that things don’t have to escalate up, and could be ‘sweetened’ and sink back down into a more normal course of affairs again, as so many of our current dramas seem to be doing, from North Korea to Syria to Iran to Gaza, and back again.
Everything depends on teshuva, and on Jews and gentiles sincerely coming back to God.
So, we live in very interesting times. Keep watching Hawaii, because if it goes off the boil, that means that world got another reprieve and some more time to make a bit more teshuva. And if not, then that will signal that we’ve entered the next stage of the geula process, and it’s only going to get more interesting and crazy from that point on.
 Sources: Psikta d’Rav Kahanan 30, Eruvin 19a, Taanis 10a, Bava Batra 74a, Nedarim 39b, Sanhedrin 100b, Kohelet Rabboti (3:21).)
The headline in Al-Ha’aretz said it all: “Cult leader Moshe Rabbenu declares himself ‘a redeemer’; claims he can control the weather.”
Datan read the headline, then threw the paper down in disgust. Enough was enough! Datan had been reading the Rambam, and he knew that all this stuff about open miracles was really just symbolic stuff that his simple-minded, superstitious fellow Jews were sadly taking at face value.
I mean, Moshe Rabbenu and his followers were clearly a cult!
So many people were hanging on Moshe’s every utterance like it was the word of God, or something. And it didn’t matter how many exposes Ynet wrote accusing Moshe of making eyes at other people’s wives [see Sanhedrin 110a and 110b], the people were still just gullibly following after the guy, and thinking he was the moshiach, or something.
Datan took out his latest i-Phone, the Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury, kissed it reverentially, and scrolled over to the Witch of Endor’s site to see what she had to say about the whole thing.
“I don’t understand why more people aren’t coming out against Moshe Rabbenu!” began the Witch of Endor.
“Moshe Rabbenu was accused of serious crimes: he killed an Egyptian by uttering the ineffable name of Hashem, which is something only a xtian would do. And then he ran away from the Egyptian police for 80 years, which just shows he was guilty of everything they said he was.
“Now, he’s developing a dangerous ‘cult of the personality’, and making out like God needs to go through him to talk to the Jewish people, and that we need him around to really understand what God wants from us. Moshe Rabbenu has turned a man into God, and God into man!” screeched the Witch of Endor.
“We all know that the only way we’re going to get out of Egypt is by armed uprising! Every Jew needs an uzi! We need to put a bullet in the head of all the Erev Rav who are trying to leave Mitzrayim and then drop a nuke on Cairo and Midian! That is the true, Jewish way to achieving redemption.
"All this stuff about relying on God, believing in tzaddikim and working on your own personality flaws is cultish and anti-Jewish!”
Just then, a cluster of huge 5 inch flaming hail started smashing into Datan’s home and surroundings, destroying his garden and smashing his car windshield. He observed the huge dint in the bonnet of his Honda and sighed deeply. Man, something had to be done about CERN’s weather machine.
“Hand of God, my patootie!” muttered Datan.
Everyone knew the illuminati were behind all the tornados and freak weather that had been happening lately. All this stuff about God sending 'plagues' down to the world was just another example of all the superstitious, ‘cultish’ beliefs that had recently overtaken large sections of the Jewish community.
Datan flipped over to Aviram’s site, where Aviram had written a big long screed against ‘The cult of Hevron’. “Every year on the yahrtzeit of Avraham Avinu, thousands of misguided Jews are leaving their homes to go and ‘worship’ at his grave,” began Aviram.
“That journey takes at least two weeks, roundtrip, by express camel, but these people don’t care about the huge toll that takes on their families and children. They’ve been brainwashed by the cult of Hevron to keep hanging out at the Mearat HaMachpela, instead of just dealing direct with God, like a Jew is meant to do.
“The false guru Moshe Rabbenu has been one of the key people behind this disturbing new practice. He’s been teaching people that tzaddikim are greater in their deaths than in their lives (2) – which is clearly idol worship!!! We all know that once someone is dead, they’re dead and that’s it.”
Aviram continued: “I saw a video of a séance on Youtube where some guy who’d been to the Mearat HaMachpela came down as a disembodied spirit and explained that he’s suffering so much because he believed in all this superstitious clap-trap about visiting the graves of tzaddikim.
“It’s so tragic that someone in the Jewish world can create some new religious rites that then spread like a virus amongst the non-thinking masses,” bewailed Aviram. “Nobody was keeping Shabbat in our forefather’s time, but within a few years, this ‘mitzvah’ is going to magically attain the status of being an ancient tradition, particularly when there is money to be made.
“Just last week, Moshe Rabbenu put out a call for everyone to come and donate their gold and silver to build a mishkan, another ‘new’ practice that he’s introducing to enrich himself and enslave the Jewish people into more nonsense and superstition.”
“Yeah, right on man!” Datan said to himself.
I mean really, things were getting completely out of control with this new religion that Moshe Rabbenu was trying to foister on the Jews.
He, Datan, didn’t need a rabbi to tell him how to serve Hashem! He didn’t need an intermediary to tell him how to act, and how to think! This was complete idol worship, just like xtianity!!! Why couldn’t other people understand that?
Just then Datan’s wife came into the room and asked him if he could help her schlep the shopping from the car. She’d been caught in the crazy hailstorm and was clearly a bit shaken up. “Not now, I’m busy,” Datan waved her away.
“There’s some crazy cult leader trying to mislead the Jewish people, and I have to go and save them.”
Datan’s wife bit her lip, and retreated back to the kitchen.
A message popped up on Datan’s i-Phone that Korach had just put out a new tube video, called ‘The Truth about Moshe Rabbenu’.
Now, this was more like it! You could always rely on Korach to call out all the ‘bad’ and the craziness going on in the Jewish world! Datan pressed play, and settled back, hands on his head, to see how Korach was going to make mincemeat of this guy and his faction.
“Their main speaker today, the most popular, Aaron HaKohen, says in his speeches that you can't connect to HaShem without connecting first to Moshe Rabbenu, and he is the only one that can connect you to HaShem!
“Without him nothing will help you, not your teshuva, not your learning Torah nothing! Only Moshe Rabbenu can save you and get you out of galut. This is similar to J.c in Christianity! If this is not Avoda Zara, then what is??”
Right on, man! If his neighbors hadn’t been so brainwashed by Moshe Rabbenu, they’d see all this stuff clearly for themselves, too.
Just then, night descended and the 'luxury Light' of the i-Phone went blank.
The plague of darkness had begun.
 As explained HERE: “Rabbi Shmuel bar Nachmani quotes Rabbi Yonatan as teaching, based on Sefer Tehillim (106:16) that Moshe was accused of adultery. In fact, Rabbi Shmuel bar Yitzhak taught that when Moshe set up a tent – Ohel Mo’ed – outside of the encampment (see Shemot 33:7), the entire nation began to suspect him of committing adultery with their wives.
“The Ri’af explains this simply, that when any member of the community had an issue to discuss, they would turn to Moshe who was in his tent outside of the camp. It is clear that women as well as men would turn to Moshe for direction, and this led to suspicion. The Torah, however, dispels any such claim by emphasizing that Yehoshua, Moshe’s protégé, never left the tent (see Shemot 33:11).
“The Margoliyot ha-Yam notes that the Ohel Mo’ed was set up outside the camp immediately after the Sin of the Golden Calf, when the women refused to hand over their gold jewelry to build the calf. This led their husbands to suspect that they listened to Moshe more than to their own husbands.”
 See the Gemara, Chullin 7b: (R. Chama bar Chanina): Hash-m does the will of Tzadikim after their death more than in their lifetime. (Or to put it another way, Tzaddikim are greater after their death than during their lives.)
Also see the Gemara, Taanit 5b, which records the following exchange between Rav Nachman and Rav Yitzchak:
Rav Nachman said to Rav Yitzchak: "So said Rabbi Jochanan: Our father Jacob did not die."
Asked Rav Yitzchak: "Was it for no reason that the eulogizers eulogized, the embalmers embalmed and the buriers buried?"
Responded Rav Nachman: "I am only citing a verse. It is written, 'And you, my servant Jacob, fear not, says the L-rd, and do not tremble, O Israel. For behold, I shall save you from afar, and your descendants from the land of their captivity' (Jeremiah 30:10). The verse equates Jacob with his descendants: just as his descendants are alive, he, too, is alive."
If you look carefully, you’ll see that whatever all the self-righteous people on the internet (and elsewhere…) are criticizing other people about so vociferously is what they themselves have the biggest problem with.
(And yes, this certainly also applies to me.)
This is because the whole world is a mirror, and God is using all of the annoying, ucky people out there to give us a message about what we ourselves need to work on, acknowledge, identify and fix.
How do you know which trait is particularly your problem? It’s the one that gets the biggest reaction, or rise out of you. When someone accuses me of being stingy, for example, or of believing in martians, I barely lift an eyebrow.
Because that’s so not my problem.
But when someone accuses me of talking lashon hara and of being judgmental, I still get upset.
Because they are usually right, and God wants me to go and deal with that.
Let’s take an example of how this phenomenon can play out in the world. Let’s say, someone spends an awful lot of time knocking other Jews for not being ‘real’, or accusing them of being evil ‘erev rav’ types, or accusing them of hanging out with groups that aren’t ‘Jewish’ enough for that person, or aren’t ‘orthodox’ enough for that person, or perhaps, who are too ‘orthodox’ (or what they would term ‘extremist and fanatical’).
If you go and do some digging, you will probably discover:
Or, let’s take another example a little closer to home. Let’s say you’re dealing with a married couple who only sees the ‘bad’ in the other person, and believes themselves to be an innocent victim in the whole mess their marriage has gotten into.
This is a very common problem – but the mirror principle applies even more in a marriage!
I’ve lost count of the number of conversations I’ve sadly had to hear where MRS is telling me how awful MR’s family are, when her own family is just as bad and ucky, in their own way. Or, where MR is moaning on about how selfish and heartless MRS is, when he’s been acting callously and recklessly for years’ already.
How different so much of the picture would be, if we would all stop blaming everyone else for our problems, and recognize that God is simply showing us ourselves, reflected back in all the ucky people who bother us.
Me personally, I get so riled up when people slag off whole section of the Jewish people publicly, and speak evilly of our holy rabbis.
Because in the past I also used to do this a lot, and clearly, I still have some of that issue myself. Now, God is now getting me to knuckle down and to work on it properly by showing me just how horrible and divisive it is.
The more work I do on this, the less all the ‘frum’ psychos on the internet are starting to spoil my morning. (Although let’s be clear, it’s probably going to be a ‘live’ issue for a good few years still.)
Again, the more ‘abusive’ tendencies we have ourselves, the more we will go on about other people’s ‘abuses’. The more ‘erev rav’ traits we have ourselves, the more we will call other people ‘erev rav’. The shakier our own faith actually is, the more we will call into question other people’s commitment to yiddishkeit and God. The more we are worshipping ourselves and our own ego, the more we will accuse others of 'idol worship'.
That’s why the truly nice people out there don’t say horrible things about others, and don’t write ‘controversial’ or knocking blog posts. (Yes, believe me I know I’m not in this category).
The more unhinged you yourself are, the more you hate yourself, the more you'll be out there criticizing others and pointing out everyone else's flaws.
This is the mirror rule.
This is how God is running the world.
And it applies to us all.
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.
Things are moving so fast, it’s hard to even hold on to the latest headline ‘panic’ story before another one pushes it out of the way.
Back on April 13th, we were all worrying about the Cold War replay stand-off that was taking place in Syria with the US and Putin’s Russian squaring up to each other.
Then on April 25th there was North Korea’s last nuclear test, which melted down their under-mountain test site and had China worrying about North Korean subterranean nuclear contamination crossing the border.
(Which, if you ask me, is the real reason Kim Jon Un suddenly decided he’s for peace, and not war, with South Korea. Apparently.)
Then on April 26th, we had the awful, unprecedented storms that killed 10 teens in the Israeli desert and brought flash flooding to wide swathes of the Middle East, while the temperature in places like Pakistan shot up to a world-breaking 51 ®C – killing more than 1,300 people and making 100,000 ill - which is just plain crazy.
Meanwhile, temperatures across the world yo-yoed from record lows to record highs – often within 24 hours – then back again. In the UK, for example, they broke one record after another the last few weeks, both for the most snow ever at this time, the lowest temperatures ever for this time, the most rain in one day, ever, for this time, and the highest temperatures ever, for this time.
Now, with Trump pulling the plug on the awful deal with Iran, the mullahs will probably try to start a war before their economy gets so bad their long-suffering populace finally overthrows them. Today, the North of Israel was told to get their bomb-shelters ready, because something is probably going to start happening soon.
NO WONDER I'M NOT FEELING SO HOT...
If you’re a regular reader of this blog (first of all, thank you!) and second of all, you’ll know that whenever there is ‘war’ in the air, I get some very weird physical symptoms that I can’t explain by more normal routes.
Guess what? The last two weeks, those physical symptoms have been back so strongly, I had to rush off to Superpharm to get two bottles of Rescue Remedy and book and emergency trip to Uman.
It could be that all this current 'din' will also get sweetened by the nation’s true tzaddikim, but it could also be some rockets are going to start flying around all over the place again. Only time will tell.
But nuclear war is not really what’s worrying me. What’s going on in Hawaii – and along the US Western seaboard, and around Yellowstone, and around the world’s beaches and estuaries – is far more interesting, and concerning.
Over on spiritualselfhelp, I wrote up a whole bunch of posts based on Immanuel Velikovsky’s research about how the geology of our planet didn’t change slowly over millions and billions of years, as the God-less scientists like to claim. Changes in the earth’s topography happen much, much faster than that.
Continents can literally break apart in a week, a month, a year – i.e. a very short period of time. Volcanoes can spring up overnight, dry land can become flooded, and the bottom of the ocean can become a mountain peak in a very short period of time – an hour, a day, a week, who really knows the timescale?
Because massive geological changes in our planet are tripped off, electromagnetically, by near misses and close calls with big celestial objects.
We know that Moshiach’s arrival will coincide with a whole bunch of geo-magnetic upheavals, including massive earthquakes, mountains moving around the planet, and at some point in the process, the whole earth being covered with water for a thousand years.
That’s not small stuff.
And it’s starting to happen in front of our eyes.
In Hawaii, the lava from Mount Kilauea didn’t explode out the top of the crater, as usually happens with volcanoes. Strangely, the volcano is oozing out of the bottom of the crater, and travelling 24 miles away before popping up – literally in the middle of the road – in the Leilani housing estate.
The volcano is miles and miles away from where the lava is popping up. Which tells you that something is agitating the lava in the volcano, not the other way round. Remember those stories from a few months back that scientists have discovered a huge pool of rising lava under the US?
Go back to sleep, don’t worry about anything, this stuff takes millions and billions of years to do anything dramatic! That’s what they like to tell us all.
But it’s not true.
If you take a look at MR MMB333’s video here (the video itself is shmirat eynayim friendly, but the ads may not be) you’ll see that he’s also starting to draw parallels with the incredibly fast pace of the lava flow in Hawaii, and the flow of lava that was meant to have taken millions and millions of years to form the Yellowstone caldera.
In other words, we can start to see with our own eyes that enormous earth changes occur in a very short amount of time – and I have a feeling that more convincing evidence of that is on the way.
Huge fissures in the ground are appearing overnight in New Zealand and Africa. The weather’s going crazy all over the world, and shorelines that remained unchanged for 2,000 years are disappearing or re-appearing overnight. Animals are acting strange all over the place – with elephants and camels being found trying to swim away, to somewhere, in the oceans, and sea-borne birds migrating to the very middle of the continental US.
Away from the coast.
Two days ago, the Western coast of the USA was shaken by a 4.5 magnitude earthquake. Up in British Columbia, on Canada’s Western coast, highways are starting to warp and crack. The earthquake swarms around Yellowstone are now up to 400 a week. Something similar happened a few weeks’ back in Hawaii, before the lava started moving and exploding out of the ground in front of people’s houses.
The Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone has now erupted three times in two months - highly unusual. The underground pressure in the area, and on the earth’s crust all over the world, is clearly building and building. And the changes, if and when they come, aren’t going to take a million or billion years.
They could literally happen in the blink of an eye.
If you read THIS over on spiritualselfhelp, you’ll start to have more pieces of the puzzle as to what is going on right now, and what it COULD mean.
I’m personally a big believer in our true tzaddikim sweetening all of the judgments, but that does come with the enormous caveat that this only works for the people who believe in them, and stick close to them. And sadly, there’s still so many people who are still on the wrong side of that equation.
I’m going to re-post my epic post about how comets really work next, because it also explains why strange noises are being heard in the heavens all over the world, and explains more of the real science underpinning the strange events that are being reported, but without the journalists (and also the scientists they quote) really having any idea what it is they are really showing us.
Seems to me, the world really is gearing up for Moshiach to show up soon.
And war with Iran is probably going to be the least of our problems.
Before I started researching all the Rav Berland stuff, I actually spent about five years deeply immersed in researching personality disorders, and Erev Rav traits. The fruits of those labors were distilled into Unlocking the Secret of the Erev Rav, which you can learn more about that HERE, but it’s interesting to see the intersection that’s now occurring between the information I learned at that stage, and the information I’m learning now.
When people have a severe mental and / or emotional disorder, there’s always a few key traits present, or absent.
Top of the ‘absent’ list is empathy and compassion for others.
When people have a personality disorder, they simply can’t put anyone else in the picture and it’s all about them: their ego, their status, their opinion, their control of others, their self-image, their success, their need to be right.
Also on the ‘absent’ list is a marked inability to apologise to other people for their hurtful behavior and comments.
Over on the ‘present’ list, the key thing that tips you off that you’re dealing with someone with a mental disorder is when they can’t process or accept new information, and they desperately cling on to their old story, their old idea, their old certainty of ‘how things really are’.
When I start to hear the same story, the same comment, the same insults, even, for the fifth time in a row, there is no longer any doubt that I’m dealing with someone who is a ‘rigid thinker’, which is psychiatric code for ‘severely mentally disturbed’.
Again, this is a function of trauma, and it’s learned behavior that could, at least in theory, be ‘unlearned’ if more people really understood how their body, minds and soul actually work together. (I write about this subject a lot over on spiritualselfhelp.org. THIS is a good place to start, if you’d like to know more about this.)
But the point is this: When you’re dealing with ‘rigid thinkers’ with extremely fragile personalities, the truth is never going to be enough to change their minds.
Because ‘rigid thinkers’ can’t change their minds – about anything.
When we talk about ‘closed-minded’ and ‘narrow-minded’, it’s actually a literal description of what’s going on. The traumatized mind is closed, and cannot accept any new information.
In the deeper Jewish sources, this is referred to as mochin dekatnut, or ‘small-brained’. The person’s psyche is so stunted by trauma, so collapsed in upon itself, so consumed by its own paranoid vision of the world, that there is literally no space to put any new information.
A big part of the problem with rigid thinkers is that most of them feel literally sick about the idea that they could be ‘wrong’ about anything. This usually stems from the poor parenting they received, which is a whole book (or six…) unto itself, but this is how it plays out in real time:
The ‘rigid thinker’ is presented with some new information that would mean they’d have to change their position / attitude, possibly admit they were wrong, possibly have to apologise for doing or saying things that were ‘bad’.
This possibility causes their stomach to literally plummet into their shoes, and they become filled up with a disgusting ‘sick’ feeling that paralyses them, physically, and literally makes them feel like their soul is being shredded to pieces.
This feeling is one of the worst feelings in the world.
The rigid thinker’s main – and really only – priority at this stage is to get this ‘sick’ feeling to go away as quickly as possible. There are two ways they typically do that:
In a nutshell, the poor rigid thinker is simply trying to offload their own ‘ucky’ feeling off on to someone else. And the worse they feel about themselves, the bigger the ‘uck’ payload they manage to pack into their verbal attacks on others.
Often, you’ll get some combo approach, where they will begin with rubbishing and denying the information you are trying to present them with, but if you persist in shoving the truth in their faces, they will then get really angry, and fall back on trying to destroy you, as a person.
THAT'S WHY YOU CAN'T ARGUE WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE 'ANTI' RAV BERLAND
Lucky for me that I learned all this before I even started writing One in a Generation, because it makes it so much easier to understand the otherwise bizarre responses of so many of the rigid thinkers out there.
There’s enough real information circulating around now, on this blog and other places, about who’s really behind the persecution of Rav Berland, that any balanced individual should at least be pausing for thought, and feeling confused about where the truth actually lies, before rushing into the fray to publicly condemn him.
As I’ve said many times already, at this stage of the game no-one else can tell you the truth about Rav Berland – or about any of the other millions of things that we’re being lied to about.
That’s the test of our generation.
God wants each of us to go ‘inside’, and to connect to our souls, and to connect our souls back to Him, and that’s the only way we’re really going to have clarity about anything today.
So confusion and lack of clarity is a valid, normal response at this stage.
But what is completely abnormal (for mentally stable individuals) is to up the offensive by adding even more lies on to the old ones, and to keep refusing to acknowledge obvious facts and information that could potentially change the whole picture, and to resort to personal attacks on people who are telling you things you don’t want to hear.
But this is exactly how people with personality disorders and very fragile egos react. And this is exactly how ‘rigid thinkers’ react.
And there is nothing that anyone from the outside can do to change these people’s minds, because they are literally crazy.
CRAZY PEOPLE ALWAYS SUPPORT OTHER CRAZY PEOPLE
Something else I learned a long time ago is that ‘narcissists of a feather flock together’, because rigid thinkers seek out other rigid thinkers who will enable them to maintain their unchanging world view.
Mentally-stagnant and mentally-renewed people just don’t jive together, because the new learning and the new information that so invigorates the one threatens the other. This is also why rigid thinkers try to shut down the sources of any new, and threatening, information with denial, deceit and personal attacks.
So what does this mean practically? Rav Berland has already set it all out on his site. Here’s what he’s been telling us the last couple of years:
Because I still have a lot of work to do on my own bad middot, it’s actually getting kind of fun seeing which ‘big names’ are so publicly putting themselves on the wrong side of the equation.
At some point soon, we will reach that point when the world of lies will fall, and the truth will shine out.
And then, it’s going to get really interesting.
UPDATE: THE LAWS OF SPEAKING LASHON HARA L'TOELET
Following on from one of the comments below, I just wanted to share the 7 rules that apply to speaking lashon hara l'toelet, for a positive purpose. Again, lashon hara is TRUE information that happens to be negative. Slander is falsehood and lies. All the stories about Rav Berland are slander.
Just to be clear, the following rules don't apply to sharing things around on Facebook - with your own big, juicy, slanderous opinion attached - that you read on Ynet or Ha'aretz. You have to have witnessed or heard the 'story' you're re-telling FIRST-HAND, even when speaking lashon hara for a constructive purpose.
These rules apply to everyone, including and especially 'rabbis'.
When dealing with negative information that is TRUE, you must still follow the following 7 rules before sharing it l'toelet, for a positive reason, such as warning someone away from a bad influence. (See more HERE):
Saying Lashon Harah is only permitted when said for strictly constructive purposes. Even then, however, one is required to ensure what he is saying meets a criterion of seven conditions:
I had a couple of emails from people pointing out that the autistics were also trying to encourage people to make teshuva, and to get ready for the geula. Over on shirat devorah, a commentator made the same point.
I know so many of us were drawn to their statements about the world of lies falling etc, and there was never any problem with those general statements. The problem is and was all the 'divining the future' stuff, which increasingly took over the FC messages, and which was strictly and totally forbidden right from the start.
As soon as we started ignoring the message for each of US to make teshuva, and started relying on the autistics as a source of information about the future, the forces of tumah in the world took over the dialogue, and we can all see what a huge, negative mess got made as a result, with so many Jews being turned against other Jews.
This is what I responded to the commentator over on shirat devorah, who brought up some very important points in a very respectful manner, which is exactly the way we should be discussing these sorts of things, kol hakavod to her:
THE RABBINIC HASKAMOT ON THE FIRST 'DANI18' BOOK
The problem was never one of speaking generally about the geula, and encouraging the Jewish people to return to God. That is clearly not 'kesimah' or divining the future. The problem is whether FC was ever permitted as a kosher way of giving over specific information about the future.
In the English haskamot for the first Dani18 book, which you can see for yourself here: http://www.dani18.com/uploads/HASCAMOT_ENG.pdf
This warning is given over time and time again:
"HaRav Hagaon Rav Steinman greatly encouraged me to publish this book which conveys these messages to the public at large.
"However, he also asked me to caution that one may not use these messages in order to derive practical advice or for halachic guidance.
"He also warned not to ask the mentally disabled questions about the future. We have merited the revelation of this remarkable phenomenon only for the purpose of drawing the hearts of the Jewish People closer to their Father in Heaven."
Rav Shmuel Kamentzky's haskima reiterates the same warning:
"Therefore, it is worthwhile to print this book in English, so that people may understand the secrets and greatness of the human being. One must not forget the directive, "You shall be wholeheartedly faithful to Hashem, your G-d," and not use these abilities to predict the future."
Here is how a recent message from Meir Yisroel for Shvat 5777 begins:
"Times are difficult and I see that next week will be more of the same. There will be places in
the world where there will be huge demonstrations and riots. When you see that, then you will know that the great conflicts are upon us."
This is straight up predicting the future, and is clearly transgressing the Torah prohibitions of kesimah and not being wholehearted with Hashem.
The rabbis who gave their haskamot clearly warned us not to use FC communication to try to predict the future, and clearly, their warnings have been completely ignored - and have damaged the faith and lives of a great number of Am Yisrael as a result.
The yetzer today is so clever. It took something that initially was such a strong motivator for people to make some sincere teshuva and to return to God, and turned it mamash into witch-craft.
So many people got negatively affected by the autistics 'predictions of the future', which they should never have been asked to give, which should never have been publicly shared once they were given, and which should certainly never have been widely disseminated across the web as 'true prophec,y' when all of that clearly flew straight in the face of the very strict warnings Rav Steinman, z'tl and Rav Kanievsky gave to NOT USE FC TO PREDICT THE FUTURE.
BH, I really hope that all the truly God-fearing people out there can now put all the 'predictions' from the autistics in the proper perspective, and will strengthen themselves to stop having anything to do with these tumah-dik sources of information.
The messages to come back to God and prepare for geula were OK and coming from a holy source. Any message to do with predicting the future is and was straight up witch-craft, and is not coming from a good place, spiritually.
Two days back, both my teens came back from their ‘national religious’ high schools in a state of semi-panic. For once, it wasn’t exam pressure or social issues, it was something much more existential and Orwellian: the looming threat of nuclear war.
After Bibi dished the dirt on Iran, clearly hoping to nudge Trump into nixing the Iranian nuclear deal, the whole country seems to have kind of frozen in place, expecting an imminent Iranian nuke in response.
Now, that stuff is passé for us geula blog aficionados, I know, who love to discuss all that stuff before breakfast (at least, in theory). But I don’t remember it being a topic of conversation in my girls’ ‘national religious’ high schools before, and it’s having some profound effects.
One of my kids told me her and her class had read through the whole of the prophecies of Gog and Magog in the book of Ezekiel. The bit she was particularly freaked out about this section, helpfully headlined: ‘Prophecy against false prophecy’, in my Artscroll edition (Ch. 13).
“The word of Hashem came to me, saying, ‘Son of Man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel…who prophesy out of their own hearts…
Each person can decide for themselves who these ‘false prophets’ are who are misleading the nation, and how that might be connected to all the freak weather we're currently experiencing.
But my daughter and her friends were particularly struck by the pouring rain / huge hailstones / stormy wind / annihilation bit, especially given the recent tragedy when 10 teens around their age died in a flash-flood in the desert.
(Interestingly, some really big hailstones – 2 cm diameter – also fell in Israel last week - see the Youtube above. And parts of the US are predicted to get 4-inch hail this week, which is definitely big enough to kill you, if that drops on your head from a height.)
So that, combined with their Bibi-inspired nuclear war freak-out meant that they suddenly got all unusually biblical on me, and started talking about wars, floods and mountains collapsing.
(Interestingly, that just happened in North Korea, when the nuclear test site they built under a big mountain collapsed after the last test, effectively putting their nuclear program on ice and prompting Kim Jong Un to sue for peace, instead.)
Then the youngest piped up: ‘Ima, I don’t want to die in a nuclear war.’
I reassured her that nobody does. But that also, if God decides that’s actually what’s going to happen, lo aleinu, getting incinerated in a nano-second is actually one of the better ways to go, in terms of how much that would actually hurt.
We had a big chat about dying, and nukes, and the purpose of life from a Jewish perspective, for a good half an hour, and then it was time for them to go and get on with sorting out L’ag B’omer.
This conversation taught me many things, not least that even our teens are picking up the panic in the country that Israel may be on the verge of another war, and also apparently picking up the deeper geula vibe that inevitably strengthens at these times.
Maybe, that’s also why I’ve been feeling pretty ill the last few days, and all achy, dizzy and a little pukey. There’s a heavy vibe in the air, and that’s often the pre-cursor to ‘something’ kicking off in the world, as I’ve written about many, many times before.
Or it could just be that I’m also feeling pretty scared, on a number of fronts, about what the future is going to hold. Not so much about Iranian nukes because hey, I do that for breakfast, remember! My fears have more to do with keeping on the right side of Hashem, and away from all the truly bad people out there.
RASHBI DOES IT AGAIN
The last five years, I’ve been going up to Meron on L’ag B’omer with my husband, but this year I didn’t know if I could hack it. I’d been in bed for two days, and really didn’t feel great. But we really need some miracles this year on the house front (I know, some things never change).
And then I found out Rav Berland was going to be up in Meron after all, as his opponents simply couldn’t find a legal case to stop him, hard as they tried. So that gave me the strength to do the 9 hour round trip up to Meron and back.
We left at 3am today, and got back an hour a go.
And I feel so much better.
I was too tired to do any fabulous hitbodedut up in Meron, but I felt very peaceful up there, and I got a strong sense that whatever is going to happen, it’s all ultimately going to turnaround for the good.
At least, for the people who are sticking close to our true tzaddikim and trying to work on their own bad middot.
And if not then you may want to seriously consider springing for a jumbo-pack of super-strength anti-anxiety meds instead.
Because it seems that stormy times are ahead.