All the charity given for Eretz Yisrael went into private pockets

Here’s another excerpt from the long shiur I’m translating from the Rav.

BH, I will put up a few more excerpts too.

They contain astounding information, and need quite a bit of ‘unpacking’.

Here’s excerpt 2, where the Rav tells us that right from the beginning of the ‘chassidic aliyah’, the tzedaka being raised for ‘Eretz Yisrael’ was being funnelled into private pockets.

I’ll have a lot more to say about this shortly – it dovetails perfectly with so much of the information I’ve been gathering from my end of the equation.

In the meantime, there are so many clues here. And I encourage you, dear reader, to really try to think for yourself, about all the clues and hints in the Rav’s shiurim.

Engaging with his shiurim from that place of trying to figure them out, even if we don’t really get it, kick-starts the whole process of ‘expanding the mind’, and helps a person to start thinking in some different, and very enjoyable ways.

So, take the pressure off about trying to understand all this 100%, and just enjoy the process of exploration.

It’ll really start to change the way you think about things, and how you see the world – in a very beneficial way.


Excerpt 2 of a shiur given by the Rav on 28th Nissan, 5784, after the Ma’ariv prayers

In the end, they kidnapped Adel.[1]

They said that the most tasty flesh in the world was Adel. They called this a ‘d-e-l-i-c-a-c-y’. I also tasted, it was really a delicacy. It was such tasty meat, I’ll bring some to your home. Adel’s flesh is the most tasty meat in the world.

They tied her to a tree, they lit the bonfire.

And after that, they also kidnapped her father, in the end they also took her father, poor thing. What was he guilty of?! OK, they wanted to eat his daughter, ok, fine, eat until you are sated, you’re allowed.

But also him?! How am I to blame, that I’m her father?! They also took the father.

And there was the shamash (attendant) there, poor thing – R Hirsch, the poor thing, the unfortunate.

He wasn’t part of things at all, but they also tied him up, and they also wanted to eat him.


So Rabbi Hirsch said to the Baal Shem Tov, Rebbe, why are you quiet?! Cry out!!

[The Baal Shem Tov said to him]: What ‘cry out’?! My mochin (brain) has disappeared! I am left with no mochin! I am tied to a tree, what can I do? They want to eat me, and they are saying it’s a ‘delicacy’.!!

So the Baal Shem Tov said to R’ Hirsch, Nu, so you cry out!

[Reb Hirsch replied] How can I cry out? Where’s my mochin?!

[The BESHT said to him] Say something! Cry out! What do you remember? The Alef-Bet? So scream out the Alef-Bet!

[Reb Hirsch started to scream out] Alef, bet, gimmel, dalet, hey, vav….


Suddenly, they heard the FBI had arrived. The FBI came. It was the CIA, or…merkavah (chariot) with four horses, everything gold.

(I think they had a smartphone, they hid it under their clothes, they connected the FBI, the FBI arrived.)

This was Eliyahu HaNavi. He cut their bonds for them, put them up on the ship, the ship got to Istanbul – and so, we tell over the story on the Shvi’i shel Pesach.

Next year, it falls out on Shabbat. So, there is what to learn from the story of the Baal Shem Tov, to know, why did they tie up Adel? Why did they tie up the Baal Shem Tov?


And the Rebbe was also from the hatufim (the kidnapped).

Adel was from the hatufim, and they didn’t want to free her. They wanted 1,500 terrorists for her, so the Baal Shem Tov didn’t agree. The Baal Shem Tov was ‘right-wing’, and they were lefties. They wanted to give 1,500 terrorists for her. Or even [text missing].

In any case, this was the problem.

And then, Blinken and Biden came, and they said….In the end, they came down from 1,500 to 1,000. There was already ‘a breakthrough’, we got to a ‘breakthrough’. Instead of 1,500, we’ll make it 1,000.

This was fantastic progress!

They announced across the whole of the media that they’d made progress. Instead of giving 1,500 [terrorists] for each hostage, they’d reached a compromise, Israel is flexible, Israel is putting it’s head down, a bit.

They compromised on 1,000 terrorists – there’s dancing across the whole State.

They already danced for 12 hours. See, it’s possible to compromise with the Hamas! With the Jews, it’s already a problem, they aren’t prepared, they aren’t prepared to give 1,500 terrorists for a hostage…

So, it was 1,500 for Adel’eh.


And when they kidnapped the Rebbe[2], they wanted 5,000 terrorists.

They said: Rebbe Nachman?! We’ve caught Rebbe Nachman?!

They wanted 5,000 terrorists for the Rebbe. For the Rebbe, 5,000 terrorists? Where are they going to get 5,000 terrorists from?

There are terrorists they imprisoned in Turkey, in France – they wanted all of the terrorists in the whole wide world, if this is Rebbe Nachman!

It’s like what they said during the journey to Eretz Yisrael [text missing], Rebbe Nachman, [text missing], to the Rebbe’s attendant, when they threw him down the stairs….[3]


The Rebbe came to eat on Shabbat.

He didn’t want to steal their food from them, like Shuvu Banim, who steals food. He came to them nicely, he said, can I eat with you?

[They said to him] You are a criminal! You are coming to go against the people of Eretz Yisrael, you are the son of the Komarna!


At that time, the Komarna was the chief opponent against the people of Eretz Yisrael.

It was said that all the money was going into private pockets.

There was a kupah (charitable collection) for Eretz Yisrael, that the Baal HaTanya was in charge of. And there was a machloket (disagreement) about who the money was going to.

One person said it was going to the zionists, it was going into private pockets.

He was against hamaot [giving the small change] for Eretz Yisrael. There was the Kupat Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess, there was the Machazit HaShekel.

In the end, [text missing] took it all for themselves.

Not a penny got to the chareidim.

This was all ‘chareidi people’ that did this, and they took it all for themselves.

This is the true story, according to its most simple telling.


We need to read all the stories, there is what to do.

Now it’s such a long day, now it’s 22.00, we need to know all the stories, about what the People of Israel have gone through, what injuries we’ve suffered at the hands of the zionists.

They took the money!

The Machazit HaShekel!

People here were destroyed by hunger.


HaRav Aryeh Levine, the Rav of the prisoners[4], the Rav of the prison – they sent him money from abroad.

The gabbai [who was responsible for distributing the money in Israel], he was a chareidi gabbai. He said: I am not giving you the money, [first] I want to check if there is another ‘Aryeh Levine’. Maybe there are two ‘Aryeh Levines’. Who says, there is only one?

[R Aryeh Levine told him] My son is being destroyed by hunger. My son, a baby of one year old, I don’t have food for him!

That was the situation here, simply put.

[The gabbai replied] First, I need to go and check.


Great. Until he made his checks – the boy passed away.

In the end, [the gabbai] came to the shiva, and he said: I checked. There is no other ‘Aryeh Levine.’ There is only one ‘Aryeh Levine’. Take all the money.

Now you are coming?! I told you that my son didn’t have food, and that he was going to die!

People need to be familiar with all the stories, how there was such poverty in Jerusalem.


[Skipping some].

So now, we find ourselves in the most awful period that there has been in Eretz Yisrael.

After 80 years where they founded a state of criminals here, of murderers.

All the government ministers are a collection of murderers, a conglomeration of thugs, of Haidemaks.

That the army only got [to the communities around the Gaza Envelope] after four days – they’d already slaughtered everyone.

Now, they are recounting what happened, half a year ago. The army only came after four days. They slaughtered children, babies, women, children.

In Be’eri, they slaughtered 100, and in Nir Oz, they only showed up after four days – the army. After they’d already slaughtered everyone, and not a single one remained alive. That’s when the army came.


So, they are saying that the mefakdim (army commanders) were ‘confused’.

It’s not like the Yom Kippur war, that within two hours…

Everyone on Simchat Torah, everyone on Simchat Torah was drunk. They were in Eilat, they were like that, in hotels, they weren’t answering their telephones.

They said terrorists are coming in! – but the army didn’t recieve any notices. They didn’t know how to proceed. There are other stories that we’ll tell, during the time of…[text  missing].

It’s going to take another 100 years, to tell over all the stories.



[1] The Rav is referring back to the famous story that Breslov (and other chassiduts) tell on the Shvi’i shel Pesach, of when the Baal Shem Tov tried to get to Eretz Yisrael with his daughter Adel.

[2] See Shivchey HaRan for the full story of how Rebbe Nachman and his attendant were held hostage aboard a Turkish warship which they mistakenly boarded when they were fleeing from Acco, a day before Napoleon began his assault against the city. (In English, translated in the book ‘His Wisdon’, by the Breslov Research Institute.)

[3] A reference to the two Jews the Rebbe and his attendant met on the way to Israel, who mistakenly thought they were spies coming to make trouble for the Jewish community of Eretz Yisrael. The Rebbe asked if he could eat with them, as they had slaughtered kosher meat, but they didn’t want to admit him.

[4] Who were being held by the British Mandate Authorities, primarily but not only in Jerusalem.

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