I wrote a whole long rant that I just decided to delete. There are so many ‘false beliefs’ and ‘fake information’ circulating, it’s kind of disheartening. But the bottom line is that people are free to believe what they want to believe, and at the end of the day, each person will have to live […]

Rav’s prayer for Shavuot

This prayer really speaks to me. It's one of the prayers that was distributed ahead of Shavuot. Meet me below for more of a discussion about how 'judging ourselves' in daily hitbodedut can save us from SOOO much suffering and hardships. Even…

What R Eleazar Fleckeles wrote about the Frankists of Prague

I finally tracked it down, from a post I put up last year. I'm reposting most of that post below - now we've learned what we've learned about BARUCH SHICK of SHLOV, it makes even more interesting reading. In the next post, I'm going to take…

Boruch Shick of Shklov – is the Alter Rebbe’s grandson

I was actually looking for the stuff Elazar Fleckeles wrote about the Prague Frankist in my old blog posts. I didn’t find that – yet. Because I got side-tracked by a whole bunch of stuff I’d already put together three years ago about…

Thank you, Leah Golan

In all the mad rush to get this research as 'finished' as it can be, I'm in my own little world at the moment. I have literally piles upon piles of notes stacked by my desk and by my bed - the surviving remnants of the 'suitcase purge' of last…

Avigdor ‘the snitch’ of Pinsk

A big bunch of information swings loose in this post. Buckle in. == So, you remember that bubbe meises story we all got told, about the ‘mitgnadim’ of Vilna being against the ‘chassidim’ just because of some dispute around ‘spirituality’…

Russia’s first Modern Jews part 3: Baruch Shick, Amsterdam and the Vilna Gaon

I am starting to think that things are STARTING to move.... I've been offline writing up a few things, this being one of them. I'm going offline again in a minute, once this is posted up, but it really seems to me that things are starting…