In theory, thousands of us are very well versed in all the prophesies about 2/3 of the world being destroyed, about the war of Gog and Magog, even about Bilaam’s prophecy of the Kochav Yaacov, (which some commentators, including some Gedolei HaDor, are suggesting is connected to ‘Nibiru’), and about the Temple finally being rebuilt, and the people of Israel finally being redeemed.
Thanks in great part to the autistics, the Erev Rav have also become a familiar concept to many us, despite being buried in Jewish esoteric thought for thousands of years and generally ignored.
Yet despite all the knowledge about the End of Days freely sloshing around all over the net, most of us are completely clueless about what is actually happening in front of our faces right now.
Again, it’s very understandable. After years of warnings of impending doom that didn’t materialize, dates for geula that came and went, ‘unmissable’ signs of redemption that didn’t add up to anything tangible, and even a few wars here in Israel, so many of us are tired and jaded by the whole ‘geula’ thing that we’re scared to hope it could happen, really.
What, I’m going to get my hopes up again?!?!?
But there’s something deeper going on, too, and that is that our modern world is so full of manipulative lies and media deception, that most of us really struggle to recognize the truth in 2016 about any subject, let alone one as shrouded in mystery as the forthcoming geula.
And the last, and probably most insidious, reason why we aren’t recognizing what’s going on in front of our faces is because many of us are living the lie that Moshiach and redemption is going to happen automatically, without us having to do anything much to bring it about.
We can carry on treating other people badly on Facebook and in our personal lives; carry on sucking up all the gossip, pritzus and heretical poison that makes up 99.9% of the stuff we’re looking at on the web; continue to put making money ahead of people (both our own family members, and others); continue to pay lip-service to the idea of serving God; daven from our huge i-Phones (which have been roundly banned and condemned as being ‘idol worship’ by pretty much every Gadol HaDor you care to mention); and continue to look down our noses at our fellow Jews, and to openly hate them just because they look different, or believe different, or daven different to the way we do.
If we aren’t working on improving our negative middot and character traits, we are holding Moshiach up, because when people still harbor so much evil inside of themselves, it’s impossible for them to recognize that same evil as being truly bad, and to split off from it when they come across it in their external environment.
But Moshiach’s coming, and the redemption, depend on both of these things.
Right now, we’re all wasting so much of our time (me included…) reading about the theoretical signs of redemption, while neglecting and ignoring the things that are actually going to make it happen, i.e., working on identifying and eradicating our own bad middot, and splitting off from the Erev Rav behaviors, beliefs and attitudes that are literally all around us.
In the rest of the post, I want to set out what is REALLY going on, to the best of my ability, with God’s help, so that anyone who has eyes to see it, and ears to hear it, can decide if they want to carry on holding Moshiach and redemption back, or if they want to be part of the small group of people who are actually going to make it happen, God willing.
The story involves all the things you’ve been reading about in theory for decades already. But as we come down to the wire, it’s time to start applying that knowledge to the things that are unfolding in front of our faces right now.
I’m going to refer to a lot of different things in short-hand below, as there’s a lot of material to cover. Whenever you see a pink link, click on it and it will take you to an article that contains much more additional support, background and where necessary, proof of what you’re reading.
THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY: The Deal
More than 4 years’ ago, Rav Eliezer Berland, Rav Dov Kook and the Baba Elazar got together to try to cancel the enormous, negative decrees of destruction hovering over Am Yisrael’s head, primarily in the shape of Iran’s nuclear bomb (but not forgetting Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Kaida and ISIS, too.)
You can read much more details about this HERE, but the main thing to know is that Rav Berland took it upon himself to be shamed and humiliated (‘losing his good name’); and also, to voluntarily go into exile.
Rav Berland warned his students right from the beginning that his exile and abuse would last for 3 years.
Crucially, the Rav left Israel voluntarily, and no charges were ever laid against him - AND STILL HAVEN’T BEEN LAID AGAINST HIM.
THE SLANDER BEGINS
The three main groups of people persecuting Rav Berland and slandering him are:
- A disgruntled former employer, NS, who’s behind all the initial allegations. All these allegations are completely false, and involve either members of NS’s own family, or people who were paid thousands of dollars to lie.
- Three ‘rabbis’ from the Breslev community in Meah Shearim who have been conducting a vendetta against Rav Berland and his Shuvu Banim community for more than 3 decades already. They hate the Rav for sullying the ‘purity’ of Breslev by bringing so many new baal Teshuvas in, including Sephardim.
- The anti-Torah government in Israel - who hates the Torah world, and has been conducting campaigns to destroy it for decades, already - and the media, spearheaded by Israel’s Channel 2, who is being sued for libel by Rav Berland for publicizing NS’s initial claims without telling their readers that the women they interviewed with blurred faces were his family members, or that NS was under house arrest for shooting real bullets (that can kill people…) at Rav Berland’s gabbai. He was later convicted of that crime.
THE EXILE AND SHAME COME TO AN END, THREE YEARS’ LATER
Around three years’ later, the Rav was sitting in a South African jail, about to be extradited to Israel. Many of our leading Rabbis, including Rav Dov Kook, made it clear that when Rav Berland made it back to Israel, the geula would come with him.
So far, it didn’t.
Why not? ENTER: THE EREV RAV
This is a good time to remind ourselves of the main Erev Rav groups and character traits, as identified by the Vilna Gaon:
In an unholy alliance of unprecedented evil, a few weeks’ before the Rav made it back to the Holy Land NS started up with all his false, completely untrue and libelous allegations again, which were printed up all over the place by the media.
This is a good time to note that the modern media, even so called ‘frum’ outlets, consists of 99% lashon hara. Negative information about another Jew is lashon hara, even if it’s true. If it’s false - which SO MUCH IS , these days - then that is slander and libel, which is something even worse.
Even just writing, sharing and believing the plain old version of lashon hara (i.e. negative information that is actually true) transgresses 31 averot. The Chofetz Chaim wrote that people who regularly engage in gossip / lashon hara (i.e. all forms of modern media, including social media…) are called baalei lashon hara, and that a person should do everything in their power to avoid their company, favours and friendship, and that these people certainly shouldn’t be believed about anything.
In a situation where one could easily have left the group and did not, or where he joined a group knowing that a sinful conversation was in progress, or where he joined knowing that these people are prone to speaking lashon hara, he is as guilty as they are, for our Sages have instructed us to distance ourselves from forbidden talk. If someone joins such a group with the intention of listening to their evil talk, then certainly, says the Chofetz Chaim “his sin is too great to bear.”
Once NS and the scummy media and scummy social media mavens had got the public ‘softened up’ with all his lies, the three so-called ‘rabbis’ from Meah Shearim took over.
One of them, YTC, has now got such an evil reputation for spreading the worst lies and slanders about Rav Berland within the Torah community that it prompted the Milkman to issue a statement about him describing him as being possessed by an ‘evil spirit’, and warning people to stay far away from him. He's also been described as being a 'delusional' individual by his own father-in-law.
This man, his brother, and their accomplice were behind the following terrible slanders - all of which were completely untrue, and which the media eagerly rushed into print about without checking, and without issuing any retractions or corrections even when they were proved to be completely false:
- The slander involving the Rav’s son
- The slander involving Rav Yaacov Meir Schecter
- The most atrocious slanders of all, with the false ‘confession’ that they cobbled together from bits of old video of the Rav.
At this stage, many of the leading rabbis of the Breslev community issued public statements to try to explain what was going on with these evil people, and also publicly referred to them as ‘Erev Rav’. (You can read the full statements at the links below:)
- Rav Glazerson shows in Torah codes how the Erev Rav are persecuting Rav Berland
- Statement from Rabbi Yaacov Moshe Salmanovitch - "If you stop now, the geula can still come"
- Rav Motta Frank speaks out
“We need to make it clear that these wicked people will not be ashamed to falsify further signatures and letters in the future, because this is their foolish way, and they are strengthened by their own lies. And certainly, they will falsify my signature to attack the contents of this letter, which I’ve written with the blood of my heart…..
Therefore, this warning should also be for the future that in every place where my signature appears on this matter, which contains hatred and machloket, and which is against halacha, and against the path of Rabbenu HaKadosh (Rebbe Nachman), you should surely know that it is falsified, because I have always acted according to the way of Rabbenu, to distance myself from machloket, and to pursue peace and truth, according to Hashem’s will.
To those that are known troublemakers and stirrers, we have nothing to say to them, because their ears are blocked from listening. I have already begged them so much to quench the terrible fires of hatred that burn within them, but their heart is closed and blocked, and their hatred overcomes everything else.” - Rav Yaacov Meir Shecter
"There’s so much hatred going on here, so much hatred, hatred without end. If each person had love [in their hearts instead], we could have rectified everything. The very first thing that causes the continued exile of Moshiach is this type of ‘Erev Rav’ informing; the very first thing is *baalei machloket *(troublemakers; people who cause strife). Rabbenu could find the good in everyone, except for the *baalei machloket*.” - Rav Yaacov Moshe Salmanovitch
How us 'regular Joes' have been helping the Erev Rav and preventing Moshiach....
Thanks to all the people who wittingly or unwittingly chose to help the Erev Rav by:
- Giving these statements credence in the first place (that means simply reading them…)
- Spreading them around to other people (“here, look at this!”)
- Worst of all, quoting them as ‘fact’ and using them as pretext to heap their own poisonous, evil, Erev Rav-type slanders on Rav Berland’s head - check out Facebook for your own examples of what’s gone on, Hashem should have mercy on us
The stage was now set for the next group of Erev Rav to move in, and in request that Rav Berland be kept in prison INDEFINITELY, despite the fact there is no evidence against him, because now they are claiming that he and his community are a ‘danger’ to Israeli society.
“….we should pray for him, Rebbe Eliezer ben Etya, that Hakodesh Baruch Hu should protect him and save him from the Sitra Achra [Dark Forces], and from the tumah [spiritual impurity], and from the cult of the Erev Rav about whom the Zohar Hakadosh writes that they’ll rule (take control of) until the end of the Geula. And Melech HaMashiach will come and cut off the Erev Rav–this is the same Erev Rav that controls now and tries to battle him. Therefore, we will hold firm, b’ezrat Hashem, and we will not do what the sages of the generation did in the time of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, who didn’t stand up strong for honor of Bar Kamtza (who was a simple Jew all the more so a tzaddik) and this is what destroyed the Beit Hamikdash. Yes, we WILL protest! So that HKBH will see that we are not mevater, not on His Kavod and not on the kavod of the tzaddikim….” - Rav Yosef Berger
You saw it happen to Meir Ettinger. You’re seeing it happen to Sgt Elor Azaria, and the exact same power-hungry, self-serving and corrupt Israeli government, media, and ‘justice’ system is now keeping Rav Berland in prison indefinitely.
Not only that, they keep moving this elderly Tzaddik all over the country, for no other reason than to maximize his discomfort and make it hard for his family and followers to come and see him.
Contrast the harsh treatment of Rav Berland with how the Israeli government treats murderous Palestinians terrorists with blood on their hands, and you’ll hopefully start to see that ‘justice’ is the last thing that’s going on here.
HOW THE EREV RAV ARE PREVENTING GEULA
A little while ago, I got sent the following statement which you can see in full HERE. These are the highlights, for our purposes:
“When we were travelling back from Tzalmon (the prison far up North where the Rav was recently moved. Before that, he was in a prison in the deep South of the country, in Beer Sheva), we went to visit a very well-known big kabbalist from Tiberius who currently prefers to remain anonymous (although all his comments were recorded).
He said: “We need to participate in the suffering of the Tzaddik [referring to Rav Berland]. Yimach Shemim (may the names be erased) of the people who put him there [i.e. in prison], they are erev rav, Amalek, and they are preventing this Moshiach [from coming].”
We asked this famous kabbalist: “Ad matai? (How long will this terrible situation continue?) We don’t have any more strength!”
The Kabbalist replied: “I also don’t have any more strength! This situation is driving me crazy. All of these erev rav, these Amalekites, should die already, and then the redemption will come.”
On many other occasions, we have been told the same thing by many other big Tzaddikim and kabbalists who are scared to go public with their opinions on the matter of what is occurring with Rav Berland, for fear of being that next one to have to deal with all the slanderous lies, lashon hara and persecution.
On a second occasion, we went to visit another big Tzaddik in Bnei Brak, who told us that he knows for certain that the Rav, shlita, had voluntarily accepted all this shame and humiliation upon himself, and had even paid people to slander him.
The Tzaddik continued: “The person who accepted this money, and who is doing this, is a fool. All those who are continuing the war against this Tzaddik, if they don’t make Teshuva [for what they’ve done to him], [within a particular time frame that the Tzaddik didn’t want to specify publicly] they will die all manner of strange deaths.”
Both the Vilna Gaon and the Divre Simcha (amongst many others), told us that splitting off from the Erev Rav would pose the hardest and final test to Am Yisrael, before Moshiach came.
This is the Vilna Gaon’s words:
1) As the Vilna Gaon says:
“Anyone who doesn’t participate in the battle against the Erev Rav becomes, defacto, a partner with the klipah of the Erev Rav, and was better off not being born in the first place.”
THIS is why you have to pick a side. Doing nothing and saying nothing - even if you’re not actively spreading slanders and lies - makes you ‘defacto’ a partner with the Erev Rav.
Both the Vilna Gaon and the Divre Simcha are telling us very clearly that we have to participate in the battle against the Erev Rav.
- Start praying for Rav Eliezer ben Ettia’s success, freedom and good health.
- Say a Tikkun Haklali for him.
- Donate some money to his legal expenses, which have already passed the astronomical figure of 2 million shekels, as the Israeli government has put him through more hearings than I can even recall.
- Stop reading any sites who spread lies and slanders about him (and about others…)
- Stop excusing and justifying other people when they act like an Erev Rav, and try and drag you along with them in their condemnations and libels and terrible lashon hara and emotional abuse of other people.
- Sign the petition.
2) “Rav Berland is the last test before Moshiach” - Rav Chaim Dovid Stern told us.
Because on one side there’s one of the biggest Tzaddikim of the generation who has a good claim to potentially be Moshiach, if the generation is worthy (more on this in another post), and on the other side are a bunch of people who are clearly acting like, and who many of our leading sages have clearly identified as being, ‘EREV RAV’.
Remember, we have to split off from the Erev Rav and reject their traits completely, if we want to make it through to redemption. What are their traits?
- Reading, believing and spreading stories about other Jews (even if the negative information is 100% TRUE)
- Running away from the fight for justice and letting other people deal with it (moral cowardice)
- Worrying ‘how is it going to look to other people, if I take a stand on this and they don’t like me / respect me any more?’ - (obsessed with honor, status and personal influence)
- Failing to stand up for what’s right, or doing things that are bad, solely because of financial considerations (‘what if people stop paying me or buying my stuff, if I don’t do what they want or go along with their funny ideas?’)
- Telling lies about Torah observant Jews and Judaism, and persecuting religiously observant Jews just because they believe in God, and abide by laws that go against your morally-corrupt, promiscuous and hedonistic lifestyle (including watching movies and having an i-Phone...)
- Causing strife and hating other people just because they are different, vis:
- ‘Well, this guy is haredi, so clearly everything the media is saying about him is true. If he was a dati-leumi settler type, things would be different…’ OR
- ‘Well, this guy is religious, so clearly everything the media is saying about him is true. If he was a Sgt in the IDF, things would be different…’ OR
- ‘Well, this guy is Breslev, so clearly everything the media is saying about him is true. If he was a regular chassid, or Litvack, things would be different…
DO YOU REALLY WANT GEULA AND MOSHIACH TO COME IN THE NEXT MONTH?
That’s not my opinion, that’s what we’re being told by our Sages, both alive and deceased, who foresaw the enormous tests that was going to precede the redemption.
To make it even more clear:
If you don’t actively pick a side on the matter of Rav Berland, and actively start defending him / supporting him in any way you can (which can include just praying for him and avoiding all forms of gossip and slander) - then ‘defacto’ you are going to get lumped in with the Erev Rav people who aren’t going to make it through to redemption.
All of us can make Teshuva!
We aren’t stuck thinking and talking and acting like Erev Rav. We can make a decision to stop doing that ASAP, and instantly fix the spiritual problem, and get flipped onto the right side of the equation.
The situation with Rav Berland is a fight between good and evil, Erev Rav and the Tzaddikim.
In the desert, the Erev Rav caused large segments of Am Yisrael to come away from believing in God and His prophets, and all those people - including the original Erev Rav themselves - died.
We have to fix that problem now, one way or another.
So be brave! Pray on it, and ask God to show you what’s right. Ask Him to give you the courage you need to stand up to the emotionally-abusive, slanderous and bullying Erev Rav behavior that is saturating our modern media, institutions and leadership, both secular and religious, and help get the Rav out of prison.
It would be terrible to find out that geula was here, right in front of our faces, and we blew it because we were too busy complacently surfing stuff about theoretical geula to actually make it happen.