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31 May 2020

Food and Food Labels

Be sure to listen to “Farm to Fork” by Ice Age Farmer, before or after this:

FOOD: What's In It? Who Knows! FDA Drops Labels as "Fake Food" Rolls Out

The FDA has waived labeling requirements, allowing producers to change ingredients WITHOUT updating the label -- WHY? Christian explores this loss in fidelity of information on your food, and how it enables the masking of underlying food shortages AND the rollout of "Fake Food" as we witness the total technocratic takeover of food.

With both of the above videos, outlining the controlled plans of the EU (UN) to control humanity’s food, be aware of the following terms:

KEY RED FLAGS: “sustainability” “resiliency” “protein” “food waste” “sea food sources” “terrestrial sources” “tax on garbage"

Where is Israel's food industry heading? JPost

WHILE THIS ARTICLE SEEMS TO PROMOTE THE PROTECTION AND SUPPORT OF FARMS AND FARMING, ONE NEEDS TO READ THIS WITH SKEPTICISM: With all the excess time we’ve had in quarantine, there is no time like the present to reconsider the kind of world we want to live in after the corona pandemic. This holds true for the environment and food security. “One does not have to wait for the post-crisis era in order to change. Changes can be made now, not after,” says Gideon Behar, ambassador and special envoy for climate change and sustainability for Israel’s Foreign Ministry.
“At some point, countries might block certain exports, for example, grains, in an effort to protect their own population and supply their own people with their food needs,”
“We are losing 10,000 dunams (approx. 2,500 acres) per year to construction. Therefore, we need to maintain, support, and protect agricultural production,” he says. “We must understand that we cannot touch this land, especially agriculture located in the center of Israel, which is vital to the agricultural sector.”
[…] giving local farmers incentives to continue growing crops. Currently, farmers feel pressure to compete with products imported from abroad. “These local farmers need incentives,”
“We are using products from abroad, but we need to see that we have the ability to support our local and national necessities. This is something that decision-makers are not aware of.”
“In times of a global crisis, we might find ourselves in a situation where we cannot supply enough protein to the people of Israel,” says Behar. “This means that we need to rely on other protein sources such as legumes, beans, and sea-based sources.”
"Terrestrial protein supplies are difficult in terms of upkeep… For example, feed such as grains needs to be imported in order to sustain the livestock and resources such as water and fertilizer are heavily used in order to maintain farmland for these animals.”
“Food waste makes up a third of our food system,” says Bitterman. “A quarter of what we buy goes to the garbage.”
‘...legislation should be enacted that either mandates stores to donate food that is left over at the end of the workday or puts a price on garbage.'
[…] Michal Bitterman, CEO and cofounder at *The Natural Step Israel, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and companies work toward sustainability, says that we “need to put an emphasis on different priorities and handle the food system differently. We need to focus on food security on a local scale that has a holistic base. This will give us resiliency.”

Every crisis is an opportunity. We must savor this opportunity and not let it slip away,” concludes Behar. [doesn’t this sound familiar? grab the opportunity to push in more controls?]

[Realise that the above article is camouflaged, but covertly underlies the EU and UN Agendas on controlling the world’s food ingredients and supply, i.e. **alternate forms of “protein” and “taxing garbage”.

Israel’s inclusion in the EU leaves ordinary Israelis vulnerable to all the evil of the EU and UN Agendas, including mandatory vaccinations, food control, and other nefarious plans. At this point, please re-read the article by Rabbi Kahana and his “Degrees of Punishment”]


*who is TNS (The Natural Step Israel)? TNS Israel works to assimilate and promote the field of sustainability in Israel. We offer various services that include project management, guidance, process consulting and guidance, and a variety of ways that can help deepen the company's sustainability across its various components - the business, public and civil sectors

**alternate forms of protein. While Israel can “create” protein from vegetable sources (such as peas, lentils, chick peas), the “EU/UN agendas” want to eliminate all “meat and meat derrivatives (chicken, eggs, milk, cheeses et al.) and foist upon the undiscerning public bugs as protein and false dairy lab creations (and I wouldn’t be surprised if ‘human derivatives’ might eventually enter into the labs). Sounds dreadful, but this is their plan.

Kashrus and Brisim. Thank G–D we Jews have kashrut and kashrut agencies to overseee what enters our bodies.  At present there is a universal onslaught on Brisim, and I wouldn’t be surprised if “Kashrut” is next. Life as we have known it is becoming very tretcherous.

“Farm to Fork” – A Most Aggressive EU World Food Plan

EU's "Farm to Fork" Exposed: Total Takeover of Food in EU's "Green Deal”

The EU's "Farm to Fork" strategy was unveiled this week, describing the necessary shift in people's diets to insects as protein and away from meat/dairy. The EU promises to apply prohibitively high luxury taxes to meat and dairy, and has allocated € 100s of billions to BOTH buy out traditional farmers to stop farming AND simultaneously fund robotic insect farms and lab-grown meat. Plus, they plan to refuse any trade deals unless partner countries are EQUALLY committed to "Green Alliances." This is a GLOBAL takeover of our food supply. Understand it. Expose it. Grow food.
“You shall not eat, among all things that swarm upon the earth, anything that crawls on its belly, or anything that walks on fours, or anything that has many legs; for they are an abomination.” Leviticus 11:42
Say goodbye to meat, chicken, eggs, dairy; 
(and this may impact veggies, 
because “ they” want to close up all farms and farming)
but this goes against Mitzvos and Jewish halachic dietary laws
EU Commission Calls For Bugs As “Alternative Protein” For Human Consumption
[Excerpted from breaking news:] “To reduce the environmental and climate impact of animal production, the Commission will facilitate the placing on the market of innovative feed additives that help reduce the carbon footprint, water and air pollution and methane emission of livestock farming” the draft reads.

The strategy establishes a multitude of goals including:
  • a reduction by 50% of the use and risk of chemical pesticides and the use of more hazardous pesticides by 50% by 2030.
  • a reduction of nutrient losses by at least 50% while ensuring that there is no deterioration in soil fertility. This will reduce the use of fertilisers by at least 20% by 2030.
  • a reduction by 50% of the sales of antimicrobials for farmed animals and in aquaculture by 2030
  • and reaching 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030
  • the aim for all rural areas to have access to fast broadband by 2025, to enable digital innovation.
Another plan called the Horizon Europe program will promote research to increase the availability and source of alternative proteins such as plant, microbial, marine and insect-based proteins, and meat substitutes. In 2011, the European Commission issued a request for reports on the current use of insects as food, with the promise that reports from each European Union member state would serve to inform legislative proposals for the new process for insect foods. The European Union is investing more than 4 million dollars to research insects as a human protein source. [. . .]


Note: you might have thought it weird when some time ago I mentioned “they” want you to drink ROACH MILK, but this is on “their menu”.

UNBELIEVABLE: CDC WARNS — Cannibalistic Rats and the Black Plague

How do you cause panic and fear among humanity? 
You have a “medical expert” dredge up a horrendous disease 
and warn you that a hungry rodent might attack you!

CDC warns cannibalistic rats in urban areas
Workers should use repellents to protect against fleaborne diseases, CDC warns. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that city rats may display "unusual or aggressive" behavior due to the lockdown, since there is less street garbage and food waste in the streets.

According CDC, some of the rats were observed eating their young. "Rodents rely on the food and waste generated by these establishments," the CDC wrote. "Community-wide closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, especially in dense commercial areas."

"Follow established guidelines when cleaning up after rodent infestations to prevent exposure to rodent-borne diseases. Fleas are common on rodents," CDC warned. "In areas of heavy rodent infestations, workers should consider using a repellant registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as effective against fleas to prevent flea bites and minimize exposure to fleaborne disease."

It is believed that coronavirus made the transfer to humans via rats and live wolf pups, and rats were prime spreaders of the Black Plague in the mid-1300s.

Someone should inform Herr Fauci that ISRAEL is blessed with many dogs in Tel Aviv, and other areas; plus we have an abundance of precious cats who love to taunt mice and rats. So I don’t think we’ll have a problem. Malicious “medical experts” like that we can do without! This crazy guy should be locked up.

30 May 2020

Stop The Conveyor Belt – Important Timeline

Vaccine Trial Catastrophe: Moderna Vaccine has 20% ‘Serious’ Injury Rate in High Dose Group
Despite Moderna’s cheery press release this week, the clinical trial results for its groundbreaking COVID vaccine could not be much worse The vaccine, developed and championed by Anthony Fauci and financed by Bill Gates, used an experimental mRNA technology that the two men hoped would allow rapid deployment to meet President Trump’s ambitious “warp speed” time line. Dr. Fauci was so confident of his shot’s safety that he waived ferret and primate studies (Moderna suspiciously reported no specific health data from its mouse studies). That appears to have been a mistake. Read about the blunder at ChildrensHealthDefense


A Timeline—Pandemic and Erosion of Freedoms Have Been Decades in the Making
By the ChildrensHealthDefense Team

From the moment of “COVID-19’s” naming—and particularly since the imposition of unprecedented restrictions on “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”—some people have smelled a rat. And with each passing week, the smell becomes worse. A growing chorus of ordinary citizens and world-renowned medical and scientific experts is raising questions about matters ranging from the coronavirus’s origins to the rationale for continued lockdowns (see here, here and here).

The mainstream media have shown themselves only too ready to lob ad hominem attacks against any and all such non-conformists. However, one does not have to be insensitive to the illness and deaths associated with COVID-19 to recognize that powerful agendas are riding on the coattails of SARS-CoV-2. Citizens are waking up to the fact that the countries, officials and public figures who embrace draconian interventions such as immunity certificates, microchipping, forced vaccination and the removal of children from their homes also approve of making our sovereign rights—whether to earn a living, maintain bodily integrity, congregate to practice our spirituality, enjoy the arts or protect and educate our children—contingent upon our acceptance of these Big Brother measures and technologies.

To make it easier for the public to assess what is happening and what is at stake, Children’s Health Defense has put together the following timeline of selected events. We invite readers to consider how these events—some of them seemingly unrelated—and the network of partnerships and relationships that they illustrate have contributed to the unfolding set of circumstances in which we now find ourselves.

Notes/Explanatory Context
Gain-of-function research: COVID-19 has prompted renewed questioning about a long-debated branch of virology that, around 2012, scientists benignly rebranded as “gain-of-function” (GOF) research. GOF experiments seek to generate viruses “with properties that do not exist in nature” or, stated another way, “alter a pathogen to make it more transmissible or deadly.” One of the leading proponents of GOF work is Dr. Ralph Baric at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), a “legend in coronavirology” and “trailblazer of synthetic genomic manipulation techniques” who specializes in engineering lethal coronaviruses from “mail-order DNA.” Baric and other GOF enthusiasts argue that this type of viral tinkering is “critical to the development of broad-based vaccines and therapeutics,” but critics, such as Dr. Thomas Inglesby (director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security), dispute this putative benefit.

Big Data and Big Telecom: Children’s Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Dafna Tachover (director of CHD’s “Stop 5G and Wireless Harms Project”) wrote on May 8: “5G has almost nothing to do with improving your lives; it’s all about controlling your life, marketing products, and harvesting your data for Artificial Intelligence purposes. The 21st century’s ‘black gold’ is data.” They note that Bill Gates, along with a number of other players and companies, is helping set up a “microwave radiation-emitting spider web [that] will allow Big Data/Big Telecom and Big Brother to capture what happens inside and outside every person at every moment of life” using a sinister brain-machine interface and other technologies, many financed by Gates. In short, “While the lockdown is a cataclysm for the world economy, it is an opportunity for Gates” and his billionaire brotherhood, ably assisted by an unadmirable fleet of medical and scientist yes-men.

Timeline of selected events
May 18: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 20 states file antitrust charges against Microsoft.

2000: Bill Gates steps down from his position as Microsoft CEO, and Bill and Melinda Gates launch their eponymous foundation.

2000: The Gates Foundation (along with other partners) launches the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), known today as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The foundation has given $4.1 billion to Gavi over the past 20 years.

November: After initially losing the antitrust lawsuit and appealing the decision, Microsoft settles its case with the DOJ out of court.

November 2002: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) researcher Ralph Baric publishes a “breakthrough work” in gain-of-function research (studies that alter pathogens to make them more transmissible or deadly, see Notes above), describing the creation of a synthetic clone of a natural mouse coronavirus.

November 2002: China’s Guangdong province reports the first case of “atypical pneumonia” (later labeled as SARS).

October 28: A paper by the Baric research group at UNC describes their synthetic recreation of the “previously undescribed” SARS coronavirus. (Writing in 2020, a scientist states, “The speed of the Baric group illustrates how quickly a qualified team of virologists can create a synthetic clone from a natural virus, and therefore make genetic modifications to it. Moreover, that was back in 2003. Today, a qualified laboratory can repeat those steps in a matter of weeks.”)

December: Congress approves the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act, which authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “to issue a PREP Act Declaration . . . that provides immunity from liability for any loss caused, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from administration or use of countermeasures to diseases, threats, and conditions determined in the Declaration to constitute a present or credible risk of a future public health emergency.”

2009-present (and earlier): The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awards millions of dollars in global health funding to Imperial College London; funding covers areas such as polio, HIV, family planning, malaria, health care delivery, agricultural development, information technology and “public awareness and analysis.”

2009: The Gates Foundation funds human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine trials in India, administering the vaccine to 23,000 young girls in remote provinces. Seven die and approximately 1,200 suffer autoimmune conditions, fertility disorders or other severe reactions. Ethical violations include forged consent forms and refusal of medical treatment for the injured girls.

October 2009: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), goes on YouTube to declare that serious adverse events for the H1N1 influenza vaccine are “very, very, very rare.” Months later, serious adverse events such as miscarriages, narcolepsy and febrile convulsions explode in multiple countries.

January: Bill Gates pledges $10 billion in funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) and announces “the Decade of Vaccines.”

May 18: Senator and physician Tom Coburn calls out Dr. Fauci for misleadingly touting “significant progress in HIV vaccine research”—research that has ushered millions into NIAID’s coffers. Dr. Coburn stated, “Most scientists involved in AIDS research believe that an HIV vaccine is further away than ever.”

December 30: Dr. Fauci promotes gain-of-function research on bird flu viruses, arguing that the research is worth the risk. The risks worry other “seasoned researchers.”

April 20: Baylor College researchers publish their evaluation of four vaccine candidates for SARS, concluding that “Caution in proceeding to application of a SARS-CoV vaccine in humans is indicated.”

May: The 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly endorse the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with NIAID, WHO, Gavi, UNICEF and others. Dr. Fauci is one of five members on the GVAP’s Leadership Council.

2014: Dr. Deborah Birx takes the helm of PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), which Dr. Fauci helped launch (in 2003) and which benefits from generous Gates Foundation support. Birx and Fauci are long-time allies, having worked together during the early years of AIDS and sharing overlapping career paths.

October 7: National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins announces a “new phase of cooperation” between NIH and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including partnering for vaccine development.

October 17: Under President Obama, the NIH halts federal funding for gain-of-function (GOF) research (see Notes) and asks federally funded GOF researchers to “agree to a voluntary moratorium.” The funding hiatus applies to 21 studies “reasonably anticipated to confer attributes to influenza, MERS, or SARS viruses such that the virus would have enhanced pathogenicity and/or transmissibility in mammals via the respiratory route.” NIH later allows 10 of the studies to resume.

2015: NIAID, under Fauci, awards a five-year, $3.7 million grant to EcoHealth Alliance (whose director gets credit on subsequent publications for “funding acquisition” rather than scientific work) to conduct gain-of-function studies on the “risk of bat coronavirus emergence.” Ten percent of the award goes to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which does “the bulk of the on-the-ground sample collection and analysis.”

September 24: UNC’s Ralph Baric is granted a patent for the creation of chimeric coronavirus spike proteins.

November 9: Baric and the Wuhan Institute’s Shi Zheng-Li (the leading GOF coronavirus researcher in China) publish what some refer to as “the most famous gain-of-function virology paper” (in Nature Medicine), describing their creation of a synthetic chimeric coronavirus. The authors state: “[T]hese data and restrictions represent a crossroads of GOF research concerns; the potential to prepare for and mitigate future outbreaks must be weighed against the risk of creating more dangerous pathogens [emphasis added]. In developing policies moving forward, it is important to consider the value of the data generated by these studies and whether these types of chimeric virus studies warrant further investigation versus the inherent risks involved.”

2016: The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity states that “very few government-funded gain-of-function experiments [pose] a significant threat to public health.”

February 8: The Modi administration in India severs ties with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, after researchers blame the Gates-funded polio vaccination campaign for almost half a million cases of childhood paralysis.

November 30: Shi Zheng-Li and coauthors publish a paper in PLoS Pathogens describing the creation of eight new synthetic coronaviruses.

December 19: The NIH and Dr. Fauci’s NIAID restore federal funding for gain-of-function research, ending the moratorium that began in October 2014.

December 19: Dr. Marc Lipsitch of the Harvard School of Public Health tells the New York Times that the type of gain-of-function experiments endorsed by Dr. Fauci’s NIAID have “done almost nothing to improve our preparedness for pandemics, and yet risked creating an accidental pandemic.”

2019: NIAID awards a six-year renewal grant of $3.7 million to EcoHealth Alliance and the Wuhan Institute of Virology to continue their gain-of-function studies on bat coronaviruses. The renewal is approved “unusually quickly,” receiving a “really extremely high priority for funding.”

August 14: Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) records show that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation owns 5.3 million shares of Crown Castle International Corp., representing the Foundation’s second largest tech holding after Microsoft. Crown Castle dominates ownership of 5G infrastructure throughout the U.S., including cell towers, small cell nodes and fiber.

October: A report released by NBC News in May, 2020 declares, “The analysis of commercial telemetry data in Wuhan suggests the COVID-19 pandemic began earlier than initially reported” and “supports the release of COVID-19 at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.” NBC’s May 8 summary states, “there was no cellphone activity in a high-security portion of the Wuhan Institute of Virology from Oct. 7 through Oct. 24, 2019, and that there may have been a ‘hazardous event’ sometime between Oct. 6 and Oct. 11.”

October 6: On May 5, 2020, British and French researchers publish a study estimating that COVID-19 could have started as early as October 6, 2019.

October 18: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security convene an invitation-only “tabletop exercise” called Event 201 to map out the response to a hypothetical global coronavirus pandemic.

November-December: General practitioners in northern Italy start noticing a “strange pneumonia.”

December 2-3: Vaccine scientists attending the WHO’s Global Vaccine Safety Summit confirm major problems with vaccine safety around the world.

December 18: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) report the development of a “novel way to record a patient’s vaccination history,” using smartphone-readable nanocrystals called “quantum dots” embedded in the skin using microneedles—this work is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

December 31: Chinese officials inform the WHO about a cluster of “mysterious pneumonia” cases. Later, the South China Morning Post reports that it can trace the first case back to November 17.

January 7: Chinese authorities formally identify a “novel” coronavirus.

January 10: China makes the genome sequence of the new coronavirus publicly available.

January 11: China records its first death attributed to the new coronavirus.

January 20: The first U.S. coronavirus case is reported in Washington State.

January 23: Shi Zheng-Li releases a paper reporting that the new coronavirus is 96% identical to a strain that her lab isolated from bats in 2013 but never publicized.

January 30: The WHO declares the new coronavirus a “global health emergency.”

Jan. 31, 2020: A group of Indian scientists publishes a study finding HIV sequences in the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. The scientists withdraw the study withdrew the study within 24 hours, presumably under some pressure.

February 4: With just 11 people in the U.S. who are confirmed to have COVID-19, HHS issues a Declaration, published on March 17 in the Federal Register, that places the new coronavirus under the umbrella of the 2005 PREP Act, making medical countermeasures (including vaccines) immune from liability.

February 5: Bill and Melinda Gates announce $100 million in funding for coronavirus vaccine research and treatment efforts.

February 10: French and Canadian scientists publish a paper about the new coronavirus describing an “important” anomaly—12 additional nucleotides—not observed in previous coronaviruses. They suggest that the distinct feature “may provide a gain-of-function . . . for efficient spreading in the human population.”

February 11: The WHO gives the disease thought to be caused by the new coronavirus a name: “COVID-19.” WHO’s Director-General explains, “We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease.”

February 24: Moderna, Inc. sends the first batch of its experimental coronavirus vaccine, mRNA-1273, to its research partner, NIAID.

February 25: Moderna stock shares trade 15% higher.

February 29: The U.S. reports its first COVID-19 death.

March 5: Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College (who has previously tried to develop a SARS vaccine) tells a Congressional Committee that coronavirus vaccines have always had a “unique potential safety problem”—a “kind of paradoxical immune enhancement phenomenon.”

March 6: President Trump signs an $8.3 billion emergency coronavirus spending package, much of which “directly benefit[s] the drug industry.”

March 10: Dr. Paul Offit of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia expresses concerns about the push to “rush [a vaccine] through,” particularly in the absence of “any history of making a coronavirus vaccine.”

March 10: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome and Mastercard commit $125 million to identify, assess, develop and scale up COVID-19 treatments, forming the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator. The $50 million in Gates Foundation funding is part of the $100 million in COVID-19 funding announced by Gates on February 5.

March 11: The WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic.

March 13: Bill Gates steps down from the Boards of Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway to “dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities.”

March 16: Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London, scientific advisor to the UK government, publishes his computer simulations warning that there will be over two million COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. unless the country adopts “intensive and socially disruptive measures.”

March 16: Dr. Fauci tells Americans that they must be prepared to “take more drastic steps” and “hunker down significantly” to slow the coronavirus’s spread.

March 16: NIAID launches a Phase 1 trial in 45 healthy adults of the mRNA-1273 coronavirus vaccine co-developed by NIAID and Moderna, Inc. The trial skips the customary step of testing the vaccine in animal models prior to proceeding to human trials.

March 17: The Nation publishes an analysis covering conflicts of interest in the Gates Foundation’s charitable giving, describing “close to $2 billion in tax-deductible charitable donations to private companies,” including GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and “close to $250 million in charitable grants . . . to companies in which the foundation holds corporate stocks and bonds,” including Merck, GSK, Sanofi and other pharmaceutical corporations. A critic states that the foundation has “created one of the most problematic precedents in the history of foundation giving by essentially opening the door for corporations to see themselves as deserving charity claimants at a time when corporate profits are at an all-time high.”

March 22: U.S. bioweapons expert Dr. Francis Boyle repeats earlier statements that the purpose of Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) labs such as the Wuhan Institute of Virology “is the research, development, testing and stockpiling of offensive biological weapons” and that the new virus is a “weaponized” SARS coronavirus that leaked out of the Wuhan BSL-4 lab.

March 24: Bill Gates announces significant funding for a company, EarthNow, that will blanket Earth with $1 billion in video surveillance satellites.

March 26: Microsoft announces that it is acquiring Affirmed Networks, a company focused on 5G and “edge computing.”

March 26: Dr. Fauci publishes an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine (with senior NIAID official H. Clifford Lane and CDC director Robert Redfield), stating that “the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza,” with a case fatality rate of perhaps 0.1%.

March 27: President Trump signs the $2 trillion CARES Act into law.

March 27: Children’s Health Defense publishes its video and article, “Dr. Fauci and COVID-19 priorities: therapeutics now or vaccines later?” Shortly thereafter, Mailchimp deactivates CHD’s account with no advance notice and no violation of Mailchimp’s rules.

March 29: President Trump extends nationwide social distancing guidelines until April 30.

March 31: White House coronavirus advisors Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Fauci cite models showing a potential 100,000 to 240,000 coronavirus deaths “even if the country keeps stringent social distancing guidelines in place.” Fauci describes social distancing and lockdowns as “inconvenient” but “the answer to our problems.”

April 2: Bill Gates states that a coronavirus vaccine “is the only thing that will allow us to return to normal.”

April 3: Forbes reports that Moderna’s CEO has become an overnight billionaire after the company ended 2019 with a net loss.

April 6: Dr. Fauci describes a COVID-19 vaccine as a “showstopper” and states, “I hope we don’t have so many people infected that we actually have . . . herd immunity.”

April 9: Dr. Fauci states that the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus “looks more like the 60,000 [range],” adding the “models are really only as good as the assumptions that you put into the model.”

April 9: The Gates-funded Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) reports that 115 COVID-19 vaccines are in the pipeline.

April 9: Children’s Health Defense publishes “Gates’ globalist vaccine agenda: a win-win for pharma and mandatory vaccination.”

April 11: Children’s Health Defense publishes “Here’s why Bill Gates wants indemnity… Are you willing to take the risk?”

April 15: Bill Gates pledges another $150 million to coronavirus vaccine development and other measures. He states, “There are seven billion people on the planet. We are going to need to vaccinate nearly every one.”

April 16: Moderna announces up to $483 million in funding from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to speed up the mRNA-1273 vaccine’s development.

April 18: Professor Luc Montagnier, recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of HIV, appears on French television and states that SARS-CoV-2 has been “manipulated” to include “added sequences” from HIV. Professor Montagnier asserts that this “meticulous” insertion could only have been carried out in a laboratory. Others raise similar questions about the origins of SARS-CoV-2.

April 18: News outlets report that the country’s first coronavirus tests are ineffective due to CDC lab contamination and the CDC’s violation of its manufacturing standards.

April 21: Washington State announces plans to have a 1,500-person contact tracing team in place by mid-May.

April 23: Researchers issue a preprint reporting “direct evidence” of at least 30 different SARS-CoV-2 genetic variants.

April 23: News outlets report that American billionaires’ wealth increased by 10% during the first few months of COVID-19.

April 23: Children’s Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. publishes “The Bill Gates effect: WHO’s DTP vaccine killed more children in Africa than the diseases it targeted.”

April 24: The NIH cancels the funding awarded to EcoHealth Alliance and the Wuhan Institute of Virology for gain-of-function research on coronaviruses (funding awarded continuously since 2015). The NIH and Dr. Fauci decline to comment.

April 27: Former FDA head Scott Gottlieb (now with Pfizer) and former Medicare/Medicaid official Andy Slavitt urge the Trump administration to dedicate $46 billion to contact tracing and isolation.

April 28: A Newsweek article reports, “Dr. Fauci backed controversial Wuhan lab with U.S. dollars for risky coronavirus research.” Fauci does not respond to requests for comments.

April 29: Bloomberg publishes a story about President Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed,” a planned pharmaceutical-government-military collaboration to shrink the development time for a coronavirus vaccine.

April 30: Bill Gates writes that “the world will be able to go back to the way things were . . . when almost every person on the planet has been vaccinated against coronavirus.” Gates also states that “Governments will need to expedite their usual drug approval processes in order to deliver the vaccine to over 7 billion people quickly.”

April 30: Dr. Fauci states that it is “doable” to have hundreds of millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine available by January 2021.

May 1: Dr. Thomas Inglesby (director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security), discussing gain-of-function research, states that “laboratory systems are not infallible, and even in the greatest laboratories of the world, there are mistakes.”

May 1: Democratic Representative Bobby Rush of Illinois introduces the TRACE Act (“HR 6666: COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, and Contacting Everyone”). The conspicuously vague Act would allocate $100 billion to CDC-hired entities for contact tracing and “other purposes,” including family separation. (See also May 15.)

May 4: Bill Gates pledges another $50 million toward COVID-19, for a total of $300 million in commitments.

May 4: President Trump states that the U.S. will have a coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2020.

May 5: British and French researchers publish “Emergence of genomic diversity and recurrent mutations in SARS-CoV-2,” suggesting that the recurrent mutations detected “may indicate ongoing adaptation of SARS-CoV-2 to its novel human host.”

May 5: Neil Ferguson resigns from the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) after flouting his own social distancing rules. The married lover with whom Ferguson has his trysts works for an organization “loosely connected with Bill Gates, through the World Economic Forum.”

May 5: Children’s Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. publishes “Redfield and Birx: can they be trusted with COVID?”

May 6: An anonymous software engineer (ex-Google) pronounces Neil Ferguson’s COVID-19 computer model “unusable for scientific purposes.”

May 7: Business Insider reports that over 33 million Americans have filed for unemployment over the seven-week period since COVID-19 restrictions began.

May 7: NPR reports that 44 states and the District of Columbia have plans to deploy a contact tracing workforce of over 66,000 workers.

May 8: NBC News releases a private report describing an unconfirmed shutdown of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in October 2019.

May 8: Children’s Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Dafna Tachover (director of CHD’s “Stop 5G and Wireless Harms Project”) publish “The brave new world of Bill Gates and Big Telecom.”

May 11: UK chief medical officer Dr. Chris Whitty (an insider who has received millions in malaria research funding from the Gates Foundation and who endorses stigma as a useful public health intervention) states that COVID-19 is “harmless to [the] vast majority.”

May 13: Australian researchers report that “SARS-CoV-2 is uniquely adapted to infect humans, raising important questions as to whether it arose in nature by a rare chance event or whether its origins might lie elsewhere.”

May 14: Microsoft announces that it is acquiring UK-based Metaswitch Networks “to expand its Azure 5G strategy.”

May 15: The House passes the 1,815-page, $3 trillion HEROES Act (“Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act”), sneaking in portions of the TRACE ACT that would funnel $75 billion to the CDC for “coronavirus testing, contact tracing and isolation measures.”

May 18: Moderna announces interim results from the Phase 1 trial of its mRNA-1273 coronavirus vaccine. The company reports that three out of 15 healthy participants (20%) experienced Grade 3 systemic adverse events following a second dose. (The Merck Manual defines Grade 3 as “severe or medically significant but not immediately life-threatening; hospitalization or prolongation of hospitalization indicated; disabling; limiting self care.”)

May 18: Discussing the interim results from Moderna’s Phase 1 trial of its mRNA-1273 vaccine—co-developed with NIAID—Dr. Fauci states: “I must warn that there’s also the possibility of negative consequences, where certain vaccines can actually enhance the negative effect of the infection.”

May 18: After describing its interim Phase 1 results as “promising,” shares of Moderna stock soar 25%, closing at a “record high.” The company’s stock has gained 241% since the beginning of 2020.

May 19: Children’s Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. publishes “How Bill Gates controls global messaging and censorship.”

May 20: Microsoft announces its new supercomputer intended to create “human-like” artificial intelligence.

Stop the conveyor belt
Around the world, many people are understandably reeling in shock at the rapid economic, social and cultural changes that have followed in the wake of the phenomenon called “COVID-19.” Many of these changes involve ever-tighter restrictions on our rights and freedoms, accompanied by inexorable messaging—both public and subliminal—that a “vaccine for all” and 24/7 tracking and surveillance are the only way out. Increasingly, however, there are hopeful signs that more members of the public are recognizing the duplicity and self-interest of those offering false salvation. Each of us needs to do our part to expose these issues, standing up for individual sovereignty and working to halt the transition “to a totalitarian singularity more despotic than Orwell ever imagined.”


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28 May 2020

“A *Shavuos Gift” ??

What an Insult! What hypocrisy?
The Health Ministry is no longer what it once was, “Israeli”,  it has become a branch of the ‘alphabet organizations that want to “control” the world.
Do you really think we are that naive?

While the beaches are overcrowded — no distancing or masks
While restaurants are busy — no masks while dining, sitting at a table opposite one another

Meanwhile, Yeshiva bochrim not allowed to sit at a table opposite one another
Meanwhile, Shuls are instructed to distance and wear masks while davening? [At least they are dressed properly, covering their body.]
The religious community is still being “chosen”

“Quarantine” is when you restrict the movement of sick people.
“Tyranny” is when you restrict the movement of healthy people

*The title of this post is from the following article:
“A Shavuos Gift” – Israel’s Health Ministry Allows Up To 70 People In Shul Or 100 In Two Rooms
YWN. In what Health Minister Yuli Edelstein called a gift for the chag, Israel’s Health Ministry announced on Tuesday night, among a larger rollback of restrictions, that shuls can hold minyanim with up to 70 participants as of Wednesday morning, an increase of 20 people over the 50 people allowed thus far.

Shuls can also house up to 100 mispallelim in two separate rooms within the same building.

The shuls must, of course, continue to adhere to health ministry regulations such as wearing masks and maintaining a distance of two meters between each mispallel.

While seated, an empty chair must be maintained between each mispalel. Mispallelim are required to bring their own siddurim and chumashim.

BTW the word “infected” sounds too anti–Semitic. How about, ‘has the virus’! That’s all it is, a (very contagious) virus.

Celebration of Da’as

Dedicated in memory of Gil Goodman, a”h. 
An avid shul-goer, he was also very good to all of his friends. 
He will missed and may his family be comforted from their loss. 
Sharon Grossman Lazar and Family

Celebration of Da’as

WE ARE ABOUT celebrate the holiday of Shavuos, otherwise known as, “Zman Toraseinu—the Time of our Torah.” It is the second of the “Shalosh Regalim,” 50 days after Pesach and about half a year before Succos. As the second name indicates, it is the time we celebrate our receiving of Torah at Mt. Sinai, on the sixth day of Sivan, 2448, or 1313 BCE.

The only problem is that we didn’t actually receive all “our Torah” on the sixth of Sivan of that year. We had received some of laws at Marah just prior to then, Sefer Bereishis and Sefer Shemos, from the beginning of the exodus up until the giving of the Torah, by the fifth of Sivan, and the Ten Commandments on the sixth of Sivan. We weren’t supposed to receive the rest of Torah, with the vast majority of the 613 mitzvos, until 40 days later, on the 16th of Tammuz. That was when Moshe Rabbeinu was scheduled to return with the first set of tablet that had been “carved out by   G–D and engraved by G–D.”

We lost that opportunity when the Erev Rav built the golden calf. Consequently, though Moshe came down the mountain with the first set of tablets, he ended up smashing them before we could receive them, when he saw the sinning going on in the camp below. It would take another 80 days to convince   G–D to forgive the people and present the nation with a second set of tablets and the rest of the Torah.

So what are we really celebrating on Shavuos, when many stay up all night just to learn Torah and    “re-receive” it on a personal level? 

Another question. G–D told Moshe before he descended the mountain what to expect in the camp below. In fact, He dismissed Moshe for that very reason, blaming him for taking out the Erev Rav who caused all the trouble. So why did Moshe take the tablets with him, and not just leave them on the mountain until everything in the camp below was made right?

After all, we would never consider throwing down a Sefer Torah to make any point to any congregation. On the contrary, if the person picking up the Sefer Torah looks unsteady, people will dive to support the Torah and protect it from falling. And a Sefer Torah is only animal parchment prepared by man and written on by man. The tablets were carved out and written by G–D!

There’s an additional question. According to the Midrash, the letters flew up off the tablets once Moshe Rabbeinu saw what was going on down below. Until that time, the tablets had basically carried themselves, because no human being could have carried that much stone in their arms. The words engraved on them gave them a miraculous quality.

Yet the Torah says that Moshe threw the tablets down. It sounds more as if they threw themselves down once the Jewish people lost the merit to receive them. How is the midrash reconciled with the actual verse from the Torah? And why did G–D thank Moshe as if he did in fact threw them down and broke them?

There is one answer to all these questions: da’as. Not just any da’as, but the kind alluded to here, in the fourth blessing of the Shemoneh Esrai:

You graciously bestow da’as on man and teach mortals understanding…Blessed are You, G–D, gracious Bestower of da’as.

The average person would probably interpret this to mean that learning anything is a gift from G–D, and they are right. Many people are born impaired in one way or another, preventing them from being able to learn such a central part of a fulfilling life. And since we have little or no control over our born abilities and health, we have to consider it a great gift to have any of either.

That’s why the average person can say this blessing quickly and without much consideration. It’s not that they do not agree with it. It’s that, since they can very easily get additional knowledge, they don’t feel that dependent on G–D to learn. And with online education today, even less so.

The above-average person knows otherwise. They agree that ALL learning is a gift, as much a part of every day life it is for the average person. But they also know that having da’as is only the first level of miracle, and the less obvious one. They know that there is something beyond small-d da’as. There is capital-d da’asDa’as.
This is the Da’as that Shlomo HaMelech tells us about when he writes:

If you want it like money and pursue it like treasures, then…Da’as Elokim you will find. (Mishlei 2:4-5)

Hmm. I love knowledge. I love to learn. But I can’t say that the last time I was to driven to attend a class was equal to my drive for money, or for any buried treasure I might happen to find out about. I wish. On the contrary, it is not unlike me to find a book I need and casually look at it with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake.

But “Da’as Elokim” is a different story. I know that it is not something easily achieved. I know that it is a portal to higher realms of understanding. I understand that it is a level of wisdom that goes far beyond any other knowledge known to man, and that you just can’t get it when you want to. Only G–D decides who gets access to this level of da’as, no matter how hard they try on their own.
This is alluded to here:

G–D saw that the light was good, and G–D separated between the light and the darkness. (Berei-shis 1:4)
G–D separated: He saw that the wicked were unworthy of using [the light] and therefore set it apart for the righteous in the future time (Chagigah 12a). (Rashi)

He made a separation in the illumination of the light, that it should not flow or give off light except for the righteous, whose actions draw it down and make it emanate. However, the actions of the evil block it, leaving them in darkness, and this itself was the hiding of the light. (Sefer HaKlallim, Klal 18, Anaf 8:4)

Hence, the light’s Kabbalistic name and nature, “Ohr HaGanuz—Hidden Light.” It originates so high up in the “system,” on a level called “Da’as Elyon—Upper Da’as,” that we could never access while still in the physical body we currently have. This is what G–D basically told Moshe Rabbeinu:

"You will not be able to see My face, for man shall not see Me and live.” (Shemos 33:20)

A person’s face is one of the highest levels on the body. More importantly, it reveals on the outside what is hidden on the inside, as the Hebrew word “panim” alludes. That level of Divine revelation awaits in much later periods of history, well into Olam HaBa—the World-to-Come. 

In the meantime, we can only access aspects of that light, each person according to their spiritual worthiness. Just as glasses can improve and sharpen a person’s vision of reality, and therefore their interpretation of it, the Ohr HaGanuz does the same thing for the mind’s eye.

It’s difficult for people to comprehend that what they “see” is not necessarily the truth about what exists, even though they experience examples of this everyday. How many witnesses have testified to have seen something that, in the end, had been an incorrect interpretation? How many times have people sworn to have seen something that, in the end, had never really been there? It happens all the time and to just about anyone.

So often mistaken perceptions are not a function of poor or limited eyesight. Everything that could have physically been seen was seen. They are a function of missing information, or a misunderstanding of known information, the result of which is a mental distortion of the hard cold facts. 

The danger of this is obvious. It is one thing to be wrong about life. It is something far more dangerous to be wrong about life and think you are right about it. It is one thing to lie. It is more insidious to lie and think it is the actual truth. Without Da’as, this happens all the time, and rather automatically, thanks to the yetzer hara.

This all changed for the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai. But it happened at a moment, one that is famous but not for this, per se. The Jewish people gained the right to Da’as Elokim here, at this moment:

He [Moshe] took the Book of the Covenant and read it within the hearing of the people, and they said, “All that G–D said, we will do and we will hear.” (Shemos 24:7)

It doesn’t seem like much, and perhaps, what anyone would have said under the circumstances. But the Talmud says otherwise:

Rebi Simai taught: When the Jewish said, “We will do” before “We will hear,” 600,000 ministering angels came and tied two crowns to each member of the Jewish people, one corresponding to “We will do” and one corresponding to “We will hear.” (Shabbos 88a)

That was quite a reaction from Heaven. In fact, the Talmud says, G–D even refers to their answer as the “secret of angels.” As the Talmud points out elsewhere, most people would never agree to do anything as comprehensive as Torah without first knowing all the details. Somehow, when the Jewish people answered as they did, it was with a level of da’as that superseded that of mortal men, and they even became immortal as a result. The Har Sinai experience had allowed them to tap into Da’as Elyon.

Temporarily, at least. As the Talmud concludes, the sin of the golden calf cost them what they had gained. They lost their heavenly crowns, became mortal once again, and the rest has been a long and often arduous history.
Well, not exactly. 

“You only get one shot at a first impression,” and Moshe Rabbeinu was determined to use this one to the best of his ability. He knew that the Jewish people had lost the chance to receive Torah on the level he was bringing down, and probably wouldn’t have the chance again for a long time to come. So he made a point of at least showing them what they almost received, before losing it.

We can’t comprehend what that must have looked like to the Jewish people, because there is nothing in our experience that compares. But the Pri Tzaddik says that this short exposure to the first set of tablets “engraved” Torah on the hearts of the Jewish people, and carries us to this very day. It’s what saved our incredible transformation from disappearing altogether.

This alone is reason for great celebration. But there is more. Seeing the first set of tablets didn’t just make the connection to Torah indelible, it allowed us to maintain access to Da’as. This is why G–D approved of Moshe Rabbeinu’s independent act of bringing the tablets down and letting them get destroyed. It was, in the language of Shabbos law, “destruction for the sake of building,” and that makes Shavuos a joyous event despite what did not occur.

R’ Winston – Naso/Shavuos: G–D is Moving Pieces Around to Reveal Hidden Truths

Should any man's wife go astray and deal treacherously with him… 
(Bamidbar 5:12)

This is where we part ways with Diaspora Jewry, for whom Shabbos will be Second-Day Shavuos, while we read Naso, b”H. 

My next webinar, “Rules of Reincarnation,” 
is scheduled to start June 2, b”H. 
Write to pinchasw@thirtysix.org for details.

CORONAVIRUS HAS CAUSED many changes to occur in the Torah world. A headline last week in one of the Charedi news sites bemoaned the death of many well-known and respected rabbis in Bnei Brak alone. And though many are beginning to return to their shuls once again in Israel, it is with caution, precautions, and masks. Others still prefer the “safer” outdoor environment.

One change is certainly going to be felt this Shavuos, b”H. Normally Shavuos is a great and joyous time for everyone to crowd the Battei Midroshos all over the place for all-night learning, followed by Shacharis at sunrise. The more the merrier. The more the greater the honor of Torah. 

Warnings have already gone out that people have to be vigilant this Shavuos while abiding by the rules laid out by the Ministry of Health. Enthusiasm for Torah does not take priority over the health of others, or even ourselves. The Torah we are celebrating tells us exactly that.

When it comes to Succos, the Talmud says that rain signals Divine rejection, at least in Eretz Yisroel (it’s not yet the rainy season). It compares rain in the succah to water thrown back at a servant who had brought it to his master. Likewise, if after building a succah it rains and it prevents the proper fulfillment of the mitzvah, it’s as if G–D has rejected our effort.

Fortunately, we can learn Torah just about anywhere, b”H, in shul, at home, or even in the streets. And even if it will necessitate extreme measures like masks and social distancing, at least people will be learning Torah and celebrating the chag. If G–D is rejecting our “avodah,” at least it’s only part of it.

The truth is, it’s not even the avodah that we are being denied.  We still prayed, either by ourselves on in street or garden minyanim. We found ways to continue on with Krias HaTorah away from the shuls, and many have pointed out some positive benefits of these changes as well. 

The fear of death was certainly more pronounced in the beginning, aided by the media’s constant reporting of coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths. For a while cities were like ghost towns, and people retreated to the safety of their homes. Judging by the lifting of restrictions and people’s quick and sometimes unwarranted return to normality, that has ended. 

As for the people who died, many “unexpectedly” and within the same time period as others, it’s not so clear cut. When G–D doesn’t want to shake us up, He arranges for people to die in ways that do not make us wonder. If He wants us to notice, then He does it in ways that make us pay attention and think about what is happening…even though all those who died may have died at the same time anyhow. (In a week, b”H, I hope to start my next webinar on reincarnation, during which I will discuss the idea of “early” death.)

Some, maybe even many, believe that what has happened has nothing or little to do with the Jewish people, at least in any specific way. Even though the Talmud says quite clearly that all punishment comes to the world because of the Jewish people (Yevamos 63a), this pandemic happened to affect a lot of people other than the Jewish people. 

You have to be careful about thinking like that. We just finished reading in Parashas Bechukosai that G–D only sends more troubles to the Jewish people when we downplay the specific Divine origin of the ones we already have. And a lot of them would have definitely constituted pandemics when they occurred.

On the other hand, as we learn from the redemption from Egypt and Babylonia, not everything is punishment, per se. Usually we’re not ready when redemption comes, and require a spiritual upgrade to be a part of an impending one. That was the increased slavery Pharaoh imposed upon the Jewish people before the plagues came, and the mental anguish Haman caused through his plan to exterminate the Jews. 

Of course, G–D is capable of carrying many agendas at one time, punishing some, preparing others, or both. Sometimes He does what He does to implement changes that we should make on our own, but haven’t. Like it or not, we change because of the situation, and the only question is, will we revert back once the situation quietens down again. 

There is something to be learned about all of this from this week’s parsha, especially regarding the mitzvah of the Sotah. She is the woman who causes herself to become suspected of adultery, forcing her husband to bring her up to the Temple for Divine verification. Her illicit seclusion with a forbidden man, even if nothing happened, set in motion a very long and complex process to clarify the truth.

If she is guilty, then the miraculous waters she is forced to drink will cause her a horrible death, together with the man with whom she was in seclusion, wherever he is at the time. If she is innocent, she will survive the drink and instead have children with her husband, and life will go on for them together.

The question is, why was all of this necessary for something G–D could have revealed without all the dramatics and erasing of the Divine Name to make the “Sotah Waters”? There were many prophets through whom G–D could have revealed her secret of guilt or innocent, keeping it off of the public agenda. We’re not talking Hollywood where drama is the name of the game and source of big bucks. We’re talking about G–D, Whose entire concern is simply the truth. Any drama HE creates is purely for us.

The main thing about the Sotah is the secrecy. The adultery is one thing. It’s the fact that something so “abnormal” is done with a desire to actually make things appear to others as if they are still normal. The inability to control oneself is suicide enough, but the fact that the adulterers deceived their families and the society of which they are supposed to be a part kills others as well. Their fatal attraction to one another attacked the very foundation of life upon which so many others have built their lives. 

This makes the sin of the Sotah about much more than just the cheating man and woman. It’s a societal issue, so G–D has made sure that society is involved in the result and subsequent punishment. Even the woman who is proven innocent compromised herself to such an extent that doubt about her loyalty arose, and had to prove her innocence. People who care about people are careful about such things, and when we are don’t care enough, then we are ALL like the Sotah to some degree.

“And I will expose you,” G–D tells the perpetrators, miraculously. I will create scenarios that you cannot escape and which will show the world who you are and what you are really like, no matter what kind of face you wear in public. Your guilt will be revealed, and Emet—Truth will be served. 

You know why Lavan was called “lavan—white”? So that it would become so obvious to everyone just how “black” his deeds really were. Sometimes people are called what they are called because the title fits. Sometimes they are called the complete opposite of who they really are, as a matter of Divine Providence, to make it so clear to others just how bad they are.

The coronavirus, whatever it is and wherever it came from and for whatever reason it got out, is from G–D. Nothing happens without His approval, though for the sake of free will, He prefers to keep His involvement somewhat mysterious. So He works through all kinds of channels, taking advantage of good and evil people alike, each to play their role in HIS plan. Someone’s belief in G–D, or disbelief in Him, just determines the part G–D gives them to play, either as a “good” guy or a “bad” guy. 

But at the end of the day, at least from the perspective of the Jew, it has to all plug into the eventual redemption. 

Whatever we’re seeing happen today, it is all just a means to a redemption end. Drama and intrigue aside, G–D is moving pieces around to reveal hidden truths to help the Jewish people better assess where we are holding in this last and final exile, to know what to do as we approach the end. Additional information can be found on Twitter at @pwinston36.

The redemption begins on Pesach. It’s supposed to end on Shavuos. Maybe even this year, b”H.

SHAVUOS – The Quiet of the Night

By Roy S. Neuberger

Dear Friends, this is the article I sent out last year before Shavuos, but I like it so much I am going to send it out again. It is so right for the times we live in. We need desperately to greet King David’s descendant, Moshiach ben Dovid, very soon. And B”H … we will!

I admit it. Of all the Megilas, my favorite is Rus. The language is simple, even spare, the essence of understatement. “And it happened in the days when the judges judged, that there was a famine in the land, and a man went ….”

What could be simpler? And yet, within these quiet and plain words a drumbeat can be heard, the drumbeat of eternity, the footsteps of Moshiach and the establishment of the eternal monarchy of Israel. One has to listen, but it is there. Maybe that’s one reason we do not sleep Shavuos, because the night is quiet and one can hear things one cannot hear during the day.

“In the middle of the night, the man was startled and turned about … and behold! There was a woman lying at his feet.” (Rus 3:8)

Dovid Ha Melech absorbed the wisdom which can be accessed in the quiet of the night. “When Dovid ate a royal repast, he ate until evening, slept until midnight and then rose and studied Torah.” (Eicha Rabbasi 2:64) “Until midnight, he would doze [for short periods) …. Thereafter, he would strengthen himself like a lion. [Rav Ashi said:] Until midnight he was engaged in Torah study; thereafter in songs and praises….” (Berachos 3b)

Whenever we need spiritual sustenance, we open Sefer Tehillim. What is it about this Sefer that sustains our neshoma? What draws us so powerfully to Dovid?

“Sent away from his home, a pariah in the community at large, David found rich pasture and clear, flowing water for his soul, which thirsted for G-d, in the wilderness to which he fled. There, where no one knew him or saw him, he sought to draw close to Hashem….” (Book of Our Heritage)

Dovid had no place for sham or hypocrisy. He wanted only closeness to the Ribono shel Olam. “Achas shoalti … one thing I asked of Hashem, that shall I seek: that I dwell in the House of Hashem all the days of my life…” (Psalm 27)

Are we not filled to the brim with the noise, the PR, the emptiness of the world around us? I believe many sensitive people would like to flee to the wilderness like Dovid and speak to Hashem without distraction.

Har Sinai is alone in the wilderness. It is the place to which we now arrive after seven weeks of struggling upward from the tumah of Mitzraim. “Arise and depart from amid the upheaval. Too long have you dwelt in the valley of weeping …. Shake off the dust. Arise!” (Lecha Dodi)

We want to be like Dovid. We to be real! We want to learn from his life. We want to call out as he does:“Ana Hashem Hoshia na … Please Hashem save now … Ana Hashem hatzlicha na … Please Hashem bring success now!” (Psalm 118)

Dovid is the embodiment of Shavuos. Not only is it the day of his birth, but he came from Moav the way the Children of Israel came from Mitzraim[1]“Min hamaitzar … from the straits I called upon G-d!” (ibid) Dovid never pretended to be anything other than himself. He worked on himself in truth and passion until Hashem appointed him king over Israel.

May Hashem send Moshiach ben Dovid, his descendant, soon in our days!

Rabbi Kahana – Naso - Shavuot: Degrees of Punishments

Parashat Naso Shavuot 5780
Rabbi Nachman Kahana

Degrees of Punishments

Four degrees in a Yiddishe father’s tool chest of punishments: frask, shmice, potch, pet’chala.
Father comes home to the mess that his kids made in the house. The oldest  boy gets a frask (a big slap on the cheek in anger), the younger one gets a shmice (hit of a stick where he sits), the youngest  boy, a potch (a medium slap on his cheek,) and the little  daughter gets off with a pet’chala (barely a slap on her cheek).
The Angel of Severe Justice, in his appointed role of prosecutor of humanity, appeared before the Creator with voluminous documentation attesting to the sins of man, which included only one small paragraph regarding the Jewish people. HaShem passes judgement with a punishment of a pandemic virus to mirror the pan-avairus (raixez) that the majority of the world’s nations are committing.
What is this pan-avaira the world is being accused of? Some heavenly initiatives take longer than others to register in the dull minds of human beings; but now the puzzle is taking shape, even though the details are still a bit sketchy.
The Gemara declares (Shabbat 55a) that the cause of all human suffering is their sins.
And the corollary: the severity of the punishment is proportional to the sin or to the sum of a variety of misdeeds collectively.  So, what is humanity doing so wrong at this time?
We are in the throes of a vicious, obstinate pandemic which is killing hundreds of thousands now, and possibly even millions of human beings around the world. It could bring starvation and deprivation to billions and has signs of reverting national economies to levels of 100 years ago!
HaShem the Creator is demonstrating great anger with His creations. Some nations are feeling His frask, others his shmice, others his potch and even we in Eretz Yisrael, albeit a little pet’chala (no more – Thank HaShem).
This degree of world punishment has to be on a Biblical scale of sin. But why now, when there is an unprecedented awareness in many nations of human rights, social justice and transparency in government?
The answer has to be a sin that is rampant throughout the vast majority of the world’s states through a common sin. That avenue of sin is the international body that incorporates 193 nations, The United Nations.
The UN Charter of 1945 in Article 2(4) declares that all UN member states “shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes  of the United Nations”.
A day does not pass when some psychotic, delusional Shi’ite Iranian leader reiterates his country’s intention to destroy the holy state of Israel, with never an attempt on the part of Iran to disguise that this is the major thrust behind their ongoing race to develop a nuclear weapon. Despite all this, there has never been a proposal by any UN member state to expel or even censure the rogue state of Iran, based on the above-mentioned article 2(4)! However, It’s actually very simple.
Who are we talking about? The Jews and their little Jewish half-acre!!
Most Christian and Moslem theologians, their adherents and allies, would feel spiritually uplifted and fulfilled if there was no State of Israel. The return of the Jewish nation to the holy land and to Yerushalayim is conclusive conformation of the Biblical proclamation that we, the Children of Israel ,  are God’s chosen people and ‘replacement religion’ is the figment of some illusionary anti-Semite. Rome, Mecca, the churches, and mosques and certainly those billions of people who are godless are all living a lie. Hence, most UN nations would be delighted if Iran would do the dirty work for them.
Here lies the worldwide pan-avaira – the 70 plus wolves (nations) surrounding the lonely sheep.
The Sifrei (Midrash Halacha Parashat Beha’alatcha) teaches:
Whosoever hates Yisrael (the Jewish people) is considered as hating the Creator… Whosoever rises against Yisrael is considered to have risen against HaShem, and whosoever touches (harms) Yisrael is as if he has harmed the pupil of his eye.

But this is not new, as King David stated in Tehilim (83):
A psalm of Asaph.
O God do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God.
See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads.
With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.
Come, they say, let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.
With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you
The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Byblos, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants.
Do to them as you did to Midian, as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who perished at Endor and became like dung on the ground.
Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna (all four were defeated by the judge Gidon), who said, let us take possession of the pasturelands of God.
Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like chaff before the wind.
As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm.
Cover their faces with shame, Lord, so that they will seek your name.
May they ever be ashamed and dismayed; may they perish in disgrace.
Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord, that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

The pity in all this is that the world’s nations are at this time incapable of doing tshuva (repentance) and will have to undergo more suffering before they see the light. So, until then the words of the prophet MIcha (4,5) will have special meaning:
כי כל העמים ילכו איש בשם אלהיו ואנחנו נלך בשם ה’ א-להינו לעולם ועד:

All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.

So dear friends just remember the three B-s:
B careful    B healthy    B HERE!

Chag Shvuot Samayach!
Shabbat Shalom,
Nachman Kahana
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