Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Smith of Passaic Park, NJ speaks about public health vs healing in the Torah and the G-d of Abundance vs the cult of scarcity.
Below is a transcript of Rabbi’s Smith’s video. Please note that we inserted paragraphs and punctuation as seemed reasonable, in order to make it easily readable and understandable.
Okay. So, Baruch Hashem, since this letter came out in the 10th of Elul, we literally received hundreds and hundreds of emails and phone calls from around the world and from people of all different walks of life – rabbanim and rosh yeshivas, roshei kollelim, doctors, scientist and so forth. And, um, it’s just really incredibly outpouring of support. Very little negative feedback directly, just to be aware I mean some people have written; I’ll show you how I respond to them.
And It’s just really important to understand this in terms of the bigger picture and that’s why it’s so important to understand the bigger picture and I really tried to bring that out in the letter because a lot of people get into the details are the masks safer, are the not masked not safe. That is 100 % irrelevant discussion because it doesn’t deserve a discussion that human beings are not supposed to masked. We don’t get into a mask discussion. That’s, that’s irrelevant it’s, it’s cruel, it’s inhuman to mask human beings and you could say uh get into all kinds of different arguments but you’re missing the point. Same thing as people are going to argue, you know, is it is the death rate, the mortality rate 0.1%, 0.2%, 0.3%. These are also all kinds of really distracting arguments because no matter what you bring as your argument, no matter who you bring as your expert, they’ll always say “Well there’s that’s only one expert” or “it’s only 10 experts but there’s a 100,000 experts on the other side”. Right, but they don’t understand that the other experts on the other side don’t really understand the numbers themselves. None of them are reading the reports, none of them are reading the studies, or very few of them are.
So, what’s really, really essential over here is to really understand what’s really going on. But this is not about coronavirus, it’s not about the death rate, the mortality rate, it’s not whether it was made in China, or not made in the lab in China. This is about the question of public health – what is public health? And people need to understand that and even speaking to the greatest gedolim that I’ve had the opportunity in the schools to speak to now, they understand a lot of these pieces but they don’t understand what public health is and public health is not refuah according to the Torah.
Refuah according to the Torah, healing according to Torah, means that a person who has an ailment goes to a doctor and speaks to that doctor and that doctor has to be an expert in that. but before we even get to that we have to understand where the healing comes from – ki ani Hashem rofecha – Hashem is the source of healing. That’s the first starting place, that’s what the Torah says. That’s the, the understanding and it’s, it’s just not only is in the Torah but it it makes sense because Hashem is the source of all life. For sure he is providing the life that you need and if there’s a slight interruption or disruption in your life and your health which is really like your expression of your life, there’s a disruption in this, the healing’s going to come from Hashem.
Now, really no one should have any permission to heal because if it’s all from Hashem so it says rapo y’rapeh, means to say that there’s permission given to a person to heal, but that healer does not have to have a degree from any particular place. If a person has the knowledge, the expertise, and the caring to help other people, that has the experience, then that’s called a rofeh in Torah. That rofeh has to be a person who’s an expert in you and the particular condition. So that means an ophthalmologist cannot just say oh he could be the greatest ophthalmologist in the world and a real rofeh in eyes but he can’t tell someone he never met what to do about his stomach ailments because it’s not his area of, he’s not expert in stomach ailments and he’s also doesn’t know anything about the person. So refuah in Torah is a very, very individual process and what works for one person doesn’t work for another person. So, you can’t go and say okay this is the um thing that everyone should be taking and that’s really important to understand over here, because everyone say for example, one thing that people are very excited about is hydroxychloroquine. It’s also wrong to say that everyone should get on hydroxychloroquine right now. That’s wrong, that’s the same problem, the same problem is that it’s taking away the individuality, the concept of a rofeh who understands it, understands the disease, understands the solution, understands you and your personal situation. so that’s where refuah is in the Torah. But public health is the complete opposite.
First of all, the word is public, whenever they use the word public, it means everyone as a group, it does not mean anything about you at all. It means public. The public health is not about health, it’s about public, um conforming the public under government control to be able to control the public, the public to create certain statistical outcomes. Because it’s not saying that everyone’s going to be healthy, it’s going to say that we’re going they’re going to reduce the numbers, they always start with flattening the curve that we’re going to manipulate the statistics even if even when I say manipulate the statistics, leaving aside the fabrication of the statistics. Even if the statistics were 100 reported correctly you could understand when they’re saying flatten the curve, they’re going to make everyone stand in certain places and and and stand here don’t stand there and so forth until they can change the numbers on a public level, on the entire level.
Well this, this is philosophically something that was is a long-standing debate from the beginning of humanity and it goes this is a real simple debate between the G-d, the G-d of Abundance and the cult of scarcity. This is the first fundamental principle that everyone has to have a chinuch in, and people are not brought up so well in the yeshivas to really understand this. They understand there’s something called avodah zara and they understand we don’t do avodah zara or but they don’t understand what avodah zara really is. Avodah zara comes along and says: I can’t figure out how to make my way in the world. It looks like there’s shortage in certain areas therefore I have to worship certain forces to try to make sure they’re going to come up with my favor”. It’s taking a person away from the G-d of Abundance Who provides everything we need all the time and does that lovingly.
So, everything that in history has been this battle. So, Plato, Sparta, the ancient Greeks had this battle to get rid of the children that were not healthy, to get rid of, make decisions, that were trying to force on the people decisions that would then bring the best result for everybody in a place and a time of limited resources. So, everything that you hear, Marxism, communism … everything is about limited resources. There’s not enough to go around and the fundamental concept of Marxism is that since there’s limited resources, then the government will take over and decide who can work, can work where, what is going to be produced what will not be produced, how to allocate all the resources. This is the fundamental concept of Marxism. Marxism is not a political philosophy. Marxism is avodah zara because it’s based on the principle that G-d cannot take care of His creations.
All the concepts of that the world population is too much for the world to handle is the cult of scarcity. The cult of scarcity is based on the idea that the world can’t sustain the world population now, and G-d can’t take care of all these people. So, this is how they’re able to infiltrate into the churches and into, into Judaism and so forth, because they don’t deny that there’s a G-d; it’s just that G-d has limited capabilities. So, G-d, they’ll let people believe in G-d, but just as long as they don’t believe that G-d is all capable and all abundant and providing everything, because once you agree that … there are some limitations.
It’s true said G-d said be fruitful multiply. What’s the first commandment the Torah? The first commandment of the Torah is to be fruitful and multiply. That is an expression of emunah, of emunah in G-d’s Abundance because when you conceive a child you have no idea how this child is going to be taken care of. And even if you have a lot of money, you have no idea how this child is going to survive in the world after he leaves the home. You don’t know. All you know is that there’s a loving G-d that’s providing and going to provide for this child and so every, every kium of the mitzvah peru -urvu is actually a ratification that we live with, with the G-d of Abundance. That’s why all the arguments of public health and all the arguments of Marxism and all the different isms and Nazism and all these different points all come down to the point of restricting and reducing the world population, because they fundamentally believe that the world is a world of scarcity.
So, today you have, uh, Bill Gates saying that the world can’t handle the world population and can’t handle the population growth and big small families are healthier than big families. All kinds of different things that he’s saying. Now he’s not the first person to say this, he’s not the guy who came up with this, and go back to Thomas Malthus in the 1800s, who said then that the world could not handle the world population of that time and would not be able to handle the world; there would not be enough resources. So, therefore, he proposed culling the world population through wars and suffering which means forced starvation and killing people. That philosophy, that avodah zara, is the basis of what Nazism, is what communism is. It’s all… they come up with different version, slightly different labels – utilitarianism, communism, Marxism, Trotskyism. Those are all, all those labels are distractions. You can boil it down to the G-d of Abundance and there’s a cult of scarcity. And public health is the ultimate concept of the pub, of the um, cult of scarcity.
But, whereas, in other areas it’s hard to really control the people, one thing that scares people is the thought of dying and the way you get everyone to line up to do whatever the government wants is the thought of dying. You see global warming is a concept of scarcity; the not enough ozone, not enough water, not enough space for garbage, not enough space for the population, not enough rain forests, not enough of all these different things are all part of the cult of scarcity. The only thing, is it’s very difficult to get people to change their behavior and agree to allow the government to make all the decisions based on global warming which may happen, and let’s say even if it was going to happen, it’s a, it’s a distant prospect maybe five years, 10 years ,20 years. But that person could die in the next 10 minutes based on who he’s gonna sit with, or he’s gonna get sick within the next two days and die, or he’s gonna get sick, and or not get sick, and he’s gonna kill his grandmother – that gets people’s attention. And, therefore, people are willing to accept anything no matter what they’re told. So that’s what public health is and that is absolute contradiction to the Torah. It is the opposite of Torah, and it is really Nazism, and the holocaust is a very efficient fulfillment to public health. Very efficient fulfillment of the campaigns for euthanasia, for just killing all the people that have lives unworthy of life, because in this world view of scarcity, the people who are most uh worthy of living are the only ones that really should be taking up the resources.
Someone sent me a poster yesterday, that is in German, from the 1930s, and it has a picture of a doctor and an elderly, slightly paralyzed man sitting in a wheelchair, and it says this person is costing 60,000 marks. This is how they built the public into resentment and and hatred of the people that were taking the resources because it’s all scarce. If we live in a at a place of unlimited time, unlimited love, and unlimited money which is really what G-d provides us. Then … or it will do it but the cost doesn’t really matter because it’s not because it’s coming through the government, we see that in many communities they take care of their elderly and they’re taken care of just fine. It’s not that the government, once you put in the government then you do have scarcity because there’s only a certain amount of tax resources. But if you leave it in the hands of the people, people take care of their family members. Even the poor do.
So, what the point to remember over here is someone was just talking to someone on the way to this meeting… and he’s saying: “well you know Rabbi Smith, why did you have to mention the holocaust in the first page of the letter and in this letter?” and he said it just gets people thinking that you know this, I’m being dramatic. So, I said so I’m not, I’m not comparing what’s happening now to the holocaust. What I’m explaining is that Nazism, the holocaust is the fulfillment of public health. Nazism in the holocaust is the fulfillment of the euthanasia campaign, and the key mistake people make is they think that the holocaust was about the Jews. Now what we call the holocaust today is by definition about the Jews because there was the holocaust is by definition six million Jews that were killed by the Nazis.
However, what people don’t understand is the Nazis started within two weeks of coming into power of building a, the first Dachau … the first concentration camp was started operation two weeks after they came to power and their political opponents were put in their labor camps and killed. Within a few weeks after coming to power they started a sterilization campaign to eliminate the ability of people to fulfill the mitzvah of pru urvu if they were deemed to be people that were not worthy of replicating. These were all Germans. The German and they always talk about the Aryans and the … no no oh one second, this is the Germans they were doing this. So then in 1938, they started euthanasia campaigns for the elderly and the sick and the disabled children, just gassing them. And when there was uproar among the German population against that they resorted to just starving them in their hospital beds and overdosing them with medication. Those doctors who became trained in this way of taking care of people that didn’t have lives worthy of life, then went on to run the gas chambers.
The selection was done by doctors. When the people came who could, who’s essential, who’s not essential? If a person is a working man capable and strong or a woman that’s capable middle aged and capable of working that person was sent to the side of life otherwise, they were sent to the side of death. That’s the selection process that’s what’s going on now in the whole discussion: who’s essential, who’s not essential; who could work, who can’t work; who can make a living, who can’t make a living. It’s the same idolatrous, the same avodah zara distinction that’s made of what do we do with since they think it’s a world of scarcity then they have to decide how to apportion it. And we see what’s happening right now is that they are making um presentations and beginning to say that um scarce we see from coronavirus scarce resources we have to allocate who gets the ventilators who doesn’t get the ventilators. In fact, the interesting thing is the very first argument used against the rabbanim, against the Torah, to close down the shuls and the yeshivas was the argument of scarcity. Everyone remembers there’s not going to be enough ventilators. No one asked the question if the ventilators were necessary for the healing of these people because we now know that it killed a lot of people. But they told us that shortage… so the fear of shortage… that maybe somebody who will get sick… they would get to the hospital. They never said that fewer people were going to get sick by closing the shuls and the yeshivas. It would just space it out so it wouldn’t run out of capacity in the hospitals and capacity of the ventilators.
As soon as you hear someone arguing shortage and scarcity you know that they’re coming from the cult of scarcity. Because from the world of G-d’s Abundance the G-d of Abundance we will always have what we need as human beings to function. We see that the world population increased and increased and increased and amazingly miraculous new techniques and abilities to bring food into production came that everyone’s fed. Now, the United States of America, I’ve heard it can feed the entire world and and there are other countries that are producing food also. There’s a surplus of food in the world the only reason not everyone has food is because of artificially created shortages by people who want to control.
So, this is really the the really the first um point that we have to get clear. When someone starts writing to me about all the details and what’s up with this number and this number I answer them on a… I answer them because you know point by point but I don’t spend a lot of time on all those points because the real point to get to them is that in the last 100 years, 500 million people died at the hands of governments that believed in scarcity, and that’s worse than any virus. You want to tell me the coronavirus is 15% mortality, 10%, whatever numbers they want to come up with, which is not, there’s no such virus of that type of mortality. They, and they’ll claim Ebola does but it’s that’s also the same manipulation of the numbers over there also based on who’s counted and so forth. The end result is that this is not a discussion about coronavirus, it’s a discussion about the ability to live in a world of G-d’s Abundance or instead to live under the cult of scarcity.
Now, one of the interesting things that you’ll discover when you start to see the G-d of Abundance versus cult of scarcity. We discovered something else fascinating – that in Torah, the concept of the Torah is, the Torah goes from the highest place to the lowest place. That means that every human being is capable of learning Torah, accessing Torah, and mastering Torah. In fact, the gemora says that a goy, a non-Jew who learns Torah is k’kohen gadol, he is like the kohen gadol. That’s a great, shows you that a non-Jew’s allowed to learn the Torah, parts of the Torah that apply to him. We see also that uh there’s three kessarim; there’s the kesser of malchus, the crown of kingship; the crown of the priesthood; and then there is the crown of Torah. Anyone could take that, anyone could take the crown of Torah, it’s a yerusha, it’s an inheritance for everybody – morasha kehilas Yaakov. Everyone’s capable of taking this. You know, the Rambam says that everyone could rise to the level of a Levi in the service of Hashem, and take upon himself the mission of serving Hashem. Everyone can become a talmid chacham. Nothing’s stopping anybody from becoming a talmid chacham, knowing the Torah and acquiring the Torah. This is the opposite of cults. All cults say that knowledge is reserved for the select few. In order to become a knowledgeable person, a person has to be inculcated into the cult and then reach the highest levels, and then they find out what’s on the next highest level, and they never really know what’s above them, and they control the source of information. So, the end, don’t allow the information go to the people.
This is what we’re seeing today. The whole cult of expertise today, the experts say, the experts say… The cult has become so overpowering that they say the experts say they don’t know and therefore we should, we should listen to the experts. The experts are so able to control the people in the cult of scarcity and the cult of the scarcity of information that by even saying they don’t know, they are now… we still have to follow the instructions. So, this is another sign – whenever someone comes and tells you that you don’t know enough, you can’t figure this out, the experts are saying – warning sign – this is the cult of scarcity because they’re saying that information is not available
The fact of the matter is anything that’s true, that’s relevant to our lives can be explained in the simplest words, to the simplest people. And, in fact, the whole idea of viruses and how viruses work, Koch’s postulates, and so forth are so basic and simple that you can explain it to a child. What they’ve done is made it more and more complicated and more more complicated with – okay now, we’re creating exceptions to Koch’s postulates which don’t really have any legitimacy and saying they don’t really have to establish Koch’s postulates which is meant to. I’m sorry not I didn’t tell you what that cost positions are but the basic fundamental concept of virology that number one if for a virus to cause a disease it has to be present every time the disease is there and has to be present in sufficient quantities and there’s a number of different postulates different principles here that have to be met. All that’s ignored now, but they’re experts. So, since they’re experts you’re not allowed to question them and you’re meant to feel inadequate and unable to be able to think for yourself. So that’s why in the letter and I’ve since I wrote the letter better articulated this concept and the letter I brought up the point that the only credentials today are honesty and common sense. And people will write, someone threw out uh, through someone I know, he said “well who is this rabbi?” So my person and he knew me for many years he wrote back a whole long explanation of who I am and he shared it with me and I said no. All, you’re missing the point. If a person is asking the question “who is this rabbi?”, they’re missing the whole point of this discussion which is that it’s not who this rabbi is. Is this true? Is this meet your standards of honesty? And does this meet your standards of common sense? I don’t want and we’re not here to create new gurus. we’re here to empower everybody and empower you to be able to figure out for yourself what’s exactly for you you may need once in a while a phone call or you might be have some sort of confusion you might need a little guidance on but ultimately it’s your decision it’s your ability to understand the information and everyone has that capability and don’t ever let anyone take that away from you. So that’s, that’s the first concept that we need to discuss
The second thing is um that we need to understand that we are in a time of shmad. Shmad, people understand that, that means when people come and say the kids have to be indoctrinated into the Catholic religion. That’s not what shmad means. Shmad means destruction. If they’re coming, destroying the yeshivas and destroying the shuls and the mesivtas and putting at risk the mikvahs for the women… it’s shmad, it’s destruction. If they’re shutting down the entire economy and preventing people from going to work, that’s destruction. If they’re separating people from each other and saying family members can’t visit each other, that’s destruction. If they made you afraid of the air and they made you afraid of other people – that’s destruction. If your teachers are walking around in the hallways and all they talk about is wear a mask wear a mask wear a mask – that’s destruction. They’re destroying all the fabric of human relationships. Therefore, all the, um, concepts that are brought in halacha of shmad apply, because it is shmad right now.
And what comes up from that is two things, two practical things I would like to suggest. One is that the Yitzchak Viloshina, Rav Yitzchak Viloshina and the Tzemach Tzedek, the third Lubavitcha rebbe, when the time of machshavas Haman, when Haman, when people were trying to destroy the Jewish people in Russia they came up with a takana to say three kapitalach Tehillim, and asked all the Jews in Russia to say, chaf alef, chaf bais, and samach tet, 21, 22, and and 69 and again in 1906 Rev Chaim Brisker and the fifth Lubavitcha rebbe, the Rebbe Rashab, they did the same thing the exact same kapitalach Tehillim and both times the decrees were nullified. So, this is a sign that we should be instituting, knowing that there’s machshavas Haman and that we need to say Tehillim and we need to tell the Aibishter that we are, that is what we’re doing, we’re following the example of our teachers.
The other point is that what do we learn in in the time of shmad is that we have to resist. We have to resist because every detail is relevant to the concept of acknowledging the authority of people that want to promote the cult of scarcity. There’s no thing that they say to do which is insignificant. You may say it’s insignificant to whether you’re going to wear a mask or not and what’s the big deal, but the fact of the matter is they’re setting everyone up for a much greater decrees, because now you can’t go into a store without a mask, now there’s legislation pending in this state to fine people who go into the store without a mask, then they’re going to say that they could bar these people from the stores. Then what will be the new requirement? We have to prove, like they do in certain countries already, that you have antibodies or that you have taken a vaccine? That they’re going to, that’s something that they want to do give people these vaccine passports. Well we know that the vaccines they want to do a tattoo on a person and a tattoo is forbidden, it’s forbidden al pi Torah.
Now will there be rabbis that will say in the name of public health that it’s a mitzvah to do tattoo because pikuach nefesh is docha everything. I can see they’re writing it right, right now G-d forbid, unfortunately tragically, but that doesn’t make it so. That is people who have unfortunately fallen under the, um, the delusion and fallen under the, um, the intoxication of going along with the experts because what they’re told is, they’re told rabbis – you don’t really understand, you see you have to follow the experts. And then some rabbis try to be really clever and become experts themselves but all they’re doing is regurgitating the cult of scarcity’s numbers and the cult of scarcity’s reasonings. They’ve left the Torah and then they adopt the expertise, now become big experts, like certain rabbis have become big experts in the public health ideology and they promote it, and then they try to pin back on words of Torah – sakanas nefoshos, sakanos nefashos is life-threatening. Pikuach nefesh pushes away everything. All kinds of phrases that are now meant to take the Jewish people to adopt idolatry, because it’s idolatry if you’re following the cult of scarcity it’s not about … Idolatry is not merely about you know … kneeling before some fake idol. Idolatry is about agreeing that there is scarcity in the world. Once a person agrees to the cult of scarcity, they have left the G- of Abundance that is going to take care of everything we need and we do not need to surrender ourselves to the cult of scarcity. So that’s the second point I want to bring out.
The third thing I want to bring out is the asai tov, things that we need to do. We need to heal the breaches of the Torah and the breaches of the Jewish people. The hazak bitka means to say to the breaches that have happened in Yiddishkeit. Now we need to rebuild those things, but we need to rebuild them from the ground up because they fell apart. They were, they fell apart because of poor chinuch, because people didn’t realize that they had to say no when a shul was being closed. They had to say no when a yeshiva was being closed. They had to say no when they were told to put on masks. And if they had – the whole state and the whole country would have been in a much better situation right now because the governor said he never closed down houses of worship. He said in a press conference that the rabbis did it for him. If the rabbis then… that’s why it’s remarkable. If you go through the executive orders it never said all synagogues must close. Why? Because they got certain people and certain representatives of the governor to carry that out for them which led to the darkness in the entire people of New Jersey, because if the Jews had stood up and said we’re not closing they would have hit a roadblock right at the beginning. Now they got to convince everybody and then we would have been explaining to everyone why we’re keeping our shuls open, while we’re keeping our yeshiva’s open. Why it’s essential for the people of New Jersey and people of America and then people that would have given people an inspiration to say “yes, well my my shop is also essential, my work is also essential. So, we need to do that.
One particular thing that I believe is under direct uh threat right now is women’s mikvahs. There, um, one rabbi put out a, uh, what he calls a a psak saying that women should not go to the mikva if they’ve had symptoms within 14 days. This clearly (side comment – this was on a chat, a kallah teacher chat as well, not good) right. And, um, I’ve I put out now a subsequent letter that I drafted which is after I found out what’s really going on people have been sending me emails of people being literally been prevented. I just got a message today from someone who went to the mikvah in Miami and the mikvah attendant told the lady proudly that she had denied entrance to a woman from New York who needed to use a mikvah. this is the level that people have uh gone to because they are now subscribing to a new religion the religion is public health is over everything. public health uber alis to explain the German terminology and if we go back to the original point I’m bringing out that the war is really against pru-urvu; it’s against having more children. So they want to prevent women from going to the mikvah. That is their goal. Every missed possible conception is a victory in the war against pru-urvu.
So, therefore, it’s necessary, I, I’ve drafted a letter now that has been, uh, actually started to be circulated. That is a letter for women to sign to the rest of the rabbanim in the town saying and clarifying that and saying what’s obvious is that mikvas belong to the women.They do not belong to the rabbis, they do not belong to the community leaders, and they do not belong to the geverim who paid for it. [side comment – I’ll add that on the chat, too]. I prepared a cover letter for that. But it’s so patently obvious that the mitzvah of taharas hamishpacha and and really everything to do with holiness of Shabbos and chinuch, kashrus belongs to the women and what’s become confused is that because a woman doesn’t sit and learn all day therefore has particular questions that she can’t identify or can’t do the calculations or she needs help and guidance on something, that then somehow have gone to people’s minds that a rabbi can tell them not to go to a mikvah . That’s simply not the Torah and that has to be established. The women have to make that very very clear that they’re not going to accept that, and this is already now going out into the world, and my hope is that women will sign this letter and deliver to the rabbanim. It only takes one woman in each community and even if for whatever reason the women feel shy or afraid that they’re, it’s going to cause strife between their husband and their rov, or whatever it is, the fact is now it is in the world. The women know that the mikvah belongs to them and no one can tamper with it. And if the government officials come to the rabbis and say you got to close the mikvahs the rabbis have to answer back it doesn’t belong to them, it’s not for them to close it. It’s not in their permission. They can’t force the women to close the mikvah and also they cannot exclude any woman from the mikvah. In, in I was told about one city where uh women were excluded from the mikvah if their husbands were davening with a minyan during this time. This is the level of public health derangement that has come and is now being said in the name of the Torah. Okay, it’s all… they think they’re holy, they think they’re holy! So this has to go there and I’m bringing that as an example there’s obviously other examples but the women’s mikvah I think is something that’s very important because the women need to lead the charge over here because this is the the whole concept that nashim tzidkanious, bezechusam that we were nigalim mi mizrayim and in their merit we’re going to be redeemed from this exile also. The women are the ones that have the capability and the absolute determination in all the generations to fulfill the mitzvah of pru-urvu. People get confused. They say oh, the mitzvah is really on the man, but the fact of the matter is, once a woman starts becoming part of that chailek, like she has 50% of the schar, and she is really the one making it happen. So that’s what has to be honored and that’s why the women have to step up to the forefront. I could write letters. I can speak. But at the end of the day it has to be the women that say they are going to use the mikvah and not let anyone stop them and if the, if someone does lock the mikvah door, then find a way to get into the mikvah and if they drain the mikvahs then build alternative mikvahs because that is what’s necessary. This is the whole mitzvah of pru-urvu. This is what the war is about you see. This is not saying that, and it might still be an issue in a time of shmad to say all the teacups might be, must be pink this time, or you can’t, they’re gonna say you can’t have tea on Friday nights. The whole purpose of creation is that the world should be settled with righteous people. This is what the war is about the cult of scarcity that does not want more human beings coming into the world. So this is why, this is not merely about “oh it’s missed two weeks, he’ll miss this time and come back next time”. It’s about a person is participating and going along and volunteering by participating in this. They’re volunteering for allowing the world the war and the cult of scarcity to rule over them.
Um, key initiatives right now I think is one is the letter that I wrote getting into everyone’s hands. It’s about to be released in Hebrew also. It needs to be brought to Eretz Yisroel. Someone asked the question earlier before we started what’s going on in Israel what in the land of Israel why don’t they have more seichel uh more foresight to see what’s going on in the answer is because this has nothing to do with the Israeli government. It has to do with the public health ideology that has gripped those that run the Israeli government and that’s what their, their allegiance is to them. and they are crushing and destroying the Israeli population and that includes the Jews the Arabs the Druze, the Bedouin and the Christians in Israel. They are being destroyed. It’s a destruction of humanity. It’s a war against humanity and it the fact that they wear Magen Dovids, Star of Davids on their uniforms and speak Hebrew is irrelevant here; it is the war against pru-urvu, the war against humanity, war against G-d that’s being carried out in every country in the world. And it’s the same now Israel because they are culturally attuned to trusting the government and letting the government do whatever it wants; and they are culturally and and parts of this population kind of believes it’s part of the religious fulfillment is the the government of Israel. So, they are naturally, and they’re used to surveillance they’re used to police everywhere, they used to knowing that their phones are tapped and the computers are you know monitoring them they’re being spied on and so forth. So that country, Israel is an easy place to really implement this. But it’s planned to be rolled out in every country; we see it is going on in New Zealand, Australia now, people are being arrested for even saying that the lockdown is wrong. um in New Zealand they succeeded in disarming everybody; just a few months they got all that, had the people to turn all their high capacity, their rifles had to be turned in and destroyed based on the mosque shooting, coincided with the ability to now take everyone’s guns and now they’re all disarmed. New Zealand was one of the highest armed countries in the world, now disarmed, now the worst lockdowns in the world. So this is what they’re bringing, this is what they’re planning to bring to America and this state by state patchwork where one state is bad and one state is good is something that they’re going to try to override with a national mandate – to say the problem is you have people in South Dakota who are not participating and that’s spreading it to the people in Michigan who are under lockdown and therefore they’re going to try to do a national, um uh, mandate and try to overcome the entire constitution.
So spreading the letter everywhere is essential; getting out in different languages. I think it should go out in Spanish and Arabic. I think those are the the four world languages – that we first have an obligation to our brethren in Eretz Yisroel in Hebrew and also the Yiddish-speaking population can read the Hebrew but this letter is already up in Yiddish speaking phone lines and stuff like that. People are getting emails from people that are in Williamsburg that are hearing this letter. But I would say Hebrew, Spanish, obviously we have English, Arabic. Arabic is another major language. These people need to hear this because they are being targeted, um, you know in in Israel and other countries also. Um, the mikvah letter.
So now the question is we have to we have to realize it’s not just about trying to find replacements for the schools that have gone into this mask worship. It’s about realizing that the whole chinuch of the people that are running those schools is off base – because they are putting public health against the, ahead of the the health of their own kids. They’re willing to close down the school if the governor says so. What kind of chinuch is that? That’s not the Rabbi Akiva that’s my rebbe. That’s not the talmidei chachamim in the gemorah that are my rebbeim. Where did this come from? It’s not, so these these people have had this weakness in their chinuch all along and they’ve been teaching our kids! So something, something’s wrong and we have to figure out what those details are and we have to start new chinuch programs that are based on what are the fundamental principles of life – G-d of Abundance he’s taking care of us, Kol Yochol, everything’s provided for. You’re meant to be fruitful multiply; He will provide your parnassa; you don’t have to be, let anyone control your life. And any time anyone’s using fear against you, fear of scarcity and so forth – are coming to control you. These are basic principles that are completely left out of the current schooling system
And then the other thing that I think is important to discuss is fundraising. This all requires the cost of translation, the cost of spreading the letters, the cost of setting up new schools, litigation challenges against the attempts to close down the schools, litigation challenges against the hospitals. We’re talking about really tens and tens of millions of dollars that need to be raised to pull off all the battles that need to be fought on many different levels – educating people, preparing materials. We can’t rely on merely the materials that are chinuch materials that are available now. We have to develop new chinuch materials that are going to be made available to the parents, to the teachers, to the kids, that are going to educate them on what it means to be a Jew and what it means to be a good human being.
And, fundamentally, we have to remember to tie this all together that the real problem is here is a spiritual problem. And the spiritual problem that mankind has become so demoralized that they can allow these people to, they can allow things to be, themselves to be taken over and told what to do and that comes from a lack of recognition of G-d. And our job as the Jewish people is fundamentally to teach the sheva mitzvot bnei Noach; that’s what we’re here for. We’re here in this world; we are spread around to teach the non-Jews and we have to look at every single non-Jew as our ally – the police officers, the people from the department of health, the neighbors, they’re all on our side.We just have to give them the recognition that there’s only one G-d and not to fall into this cult of scarcity. And that’s what we could do. And that’s really our mission here and that requires preparing materials and getting out there and each one of us is responsible for – that it’s not like “okay, so rabbi so-and-so is going to go teach the sheva mitzvos”. You have your sphere of non-Jews whether it’s people that come to your house, whether you meet them at the stores, whether it’s people that are in your businesses. These are your responsibility to make them into your Hassidim. That’s what it means chassidei umos haolam – means each one of us is meant to have thousands of students. Ha’amidu talmididm harbeh is really an injunction for us to have many many non-Jewish students because that’s what we’re here in the world to do. I don’t need to teach you anything about Torah. Who am I going to teach? You already know the Torah. We got to teach the non-Jews. You’re going to have 15,000 students and I’m going to have 15,000 students.
So that’s really the whole picture and that’s what the part that I just want to end on this positive note and we’ll take questions but that’s the positive outcome over here. That’s the concept of the Mashiach. The concept of the Mashiach is that this this descent of the world into this darkness, into this confusion, is an opportunity for the Jewish people to shine forth and provide the leadership that the world has always wanted. And Rabbi Yonasan Shteif, um, who wrote a safer called Mitzvos Hashem, in 1933, and wanted to publish then but unfortunately it wasn’t published says that why does the gemorah say that Mashiach is not going to come until – ain Ben David ba ad shecol hamalchuyos, that means that all the government that all the governments turn into uh denying G-d that’s when Mashiach is going to come. He says “how does that make sense?” He says the answer is because when the governments turn to atheists and deny G-d, civilization will collapse and there’ll be massive strife in the streets and uprisings, all the things that we’re seeing. It could come from a lack of moral fabric. And then the goyim are going to realize it’s not working for them and they’re going to turn to the yidden, the simple goyim on the street, not the leaders of the goyim necessarily, but the simple non-Jews are going to come to the Jews and say you have the secret, you have the information. It’s not even a secret. It’s, we’ve been saying it for all these thousands of years. But teach us what the Torah says on how to run a civilization, how the world’s supposed to be run. And that is, he says, is what Mashiach is, because Mashiach, the only difference between now and Mashiach says the Rambam is shibud malchuyos. We’re subjugated to the nations, not just because they want to rule over us but because we volunteer for that and when we step forward and be the teachers and the light unto the nations then that ends the shibud malchuyos. They will come to us and ask us to teach them, and we have the gift, we have the ability to do that because we have the emes and we’ve been holding it for all these years. And the more that we point out what’s the cult of scarcity and and say don’t go in that direction, instead point to the G-d of Abundance. The more true we are to who we are and then that is going to inspire the nations and all this, well, that they’re trying to do to manipulate people’s minds and to get them to believe in this cult of scarcity is just going to dissolve. (Side comment – amen.)
So, im yirtzah Hashem, we should be zocheh to that now and just from having this meeting and and so forth we are going to be zocheh to experience this and it’s very very, it’s very very close. The whole principle of atomic energy is if you get one atom to explode it will create a chain reaction and you then have a nuclear reaction or a nuclear explosion. The whole world can be effective positively in one, from just just getting one, just putting the energy and the time into getting one atom to go and I think that we really have that process going. It’s really possible and it could happen in an instant because the whole world is really is calling out for this. So thank you.