Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Unholy Trinity

After discussing the dangerous, hateful rantings of Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi and Rabbi Yaron Reuven, the topic should not be left without mentioning the third member of this unholy trinity: Rabbi Alon Anava. These three collaborate on various events and productions, and three-hour videos on YouTube. Like Mizrachi and Reuven, Anava has hundreds of hours of lectures, hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, and has distributed hundreds of thousands of CDs and DVDs. He's also on the faculty of a seminary for frum American girls in Tsefat.

Rabbi Alon Anava has some very interesting views.

He has a presentation on YouTube about the New World Order. In this video, Rabbi Anava explains that 9/11 was the work of a global conspiracy, led by the Rothschilds, the Clintons, and other puppet-masters. These secret groups have been functioning since time immemorial, using advanced technology - they built the pyramids to channel demons from the underworld. They are now trying to create a new World Order, which is also why they engineered the Covid pandemic (which makes people vulnerable to being zapped and incinerated by 5G). These figures secretly controlling the world are commonly known to be reptilians in human form, and that's because they are an incarnation of the Primeval Serpent.

Rabbi Anava also explains that the Vatican is connected to this Secret World Order, and they are more evil than you can possibly imagine. The Vatican is secretly a Devil-worshiping cult which sacrifices children. They even arrange with the Israeli Government (because they are also all puppets, controlled by the secret Cabal) to sacrifice children to the Devil in Israel.

Imagine that - a Jew spreading a blood libel against Christians!

I know. It sounds unbelievable that anyone could say such things, or that people would believe it. But you can watch it yourself on YouTube. (I didn't have patience to listen to more than a few minutes of his craziness - the video is three hours long!)

Now, you might be thinking, "Okay, Mizrachi and Reuven are crazy, but this guy is completely off-the-charts insane! How on earth would they associate with him?"

The answer is that Mizrachi and Reuven are also detached from reality. Mizrachi believes that stage magicians are actually performing real magic, and claims that Covid can be cured by firing a hot hair dryer down your throat! And Reuven believes that plants are intelligent, understand English, and get offended if we insult them!

It's a mistake to dismiss all this as harmless nonsense. Such anti-scientific, conspiratorial thinking leads to people acting dangerously with regard to pandemics and vaccinations. And when it's coupled to blood libels - whether it's Anava claiming that the Vatican conspires with Israel to sacrifice children, or Reuven claiming that the Jews really did destroy Germany with greed and perversion - there's no knowing what effects it can unleash. Not to mention Mizrachi and Reuven's endless talk about the violent deaths which heretical rabbis deserve. And these three rabbis have disciples who are even crazier than them - I received hate mail from one of them, who labels himself a "Radical Torah Supremacist," and posts YouTube videos about the evils of heretical Jews and Christians.

I don't believe that such dangerous nonsense should be tolerated.


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54 comments:

  1. The marketplace of ideas says that there is an appetite for this. What is wrong with our rabbinic establishment that cannot feed that appetite with healthier substitutes. When rational judaism tips over the edge it becomes flat out heresy. This is what mystical judaism looks like when it stops being grounded.

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    1. Rav Moshe Weinberger is a good substitute, but his shiurim are only audio (on YUTorah) and not as entertaining as the YouTube material.

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    2. Our Rabbinic 'establishment' is not in the business of sensationalizing Judaism so that it can tie in to the conspiratorial zeitgeist of the connected universe. Don't forget that these 'sermons' appeal greatly to a gentile audience as well - if not more than a Jewish one.

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  2. My humble view is that not having a centralized hierarchy of clergy like Catholics,Jehowah's Witnesses and is a weaker form Shia Muslims,is the reason these cretins are free to spread their lunacy (and is also the reason why for instance conversions done by one beth din are not recognized by other ones). We'd need a Jewish Vatican with to whom all rabbis around the world had to obey!

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    1. Yeah. Because Jews LOVE to obey! Especially other Jews.

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  3. You should all read the book "Them" by Jon Ronson.
    Its about meetings he has with a variety of extremists and the common belief they all have in the secret world order.
    Exactly on point to this post.

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  4. Rabbi Slifkin,

    In my humblest opinion, you are spending far to much time monitoring these clowns and seem borderline obsessed with it. Please dont let them dominate this blog page. One last humble opinion of mine, the “Unholy Trinity” are nuttier than squirrel droppings and will eventually disappear like farts in a fan factory.

    Take care.

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    1. Yeah. I'm with him too. I keep resisting the urge to tell you to KNOCK IT THE HELL OFF with these guys, but you're a big boy and can do what you want. But, as a regular reader (if not commenter) of your blog, I think many of us don't share your alarm over these people. Dangerous, foolish wackjobs have always been and always will be around. It's okay for your to dedicate a post to "exposing" them. But this has been going on for the better part of a month.

      It's starting to say more about your mental health than theirs.

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    2. IK many who follow these morons.

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    3. Rabbi Slifkin,

      I have a feeling this was a direct result of Reuvens videos and I take back what I said earlier. Please keep monitoring and keeping us up to date.

      4 men arrested for hanging ‘Hitler Was Right’ banner on bridge in Arizona

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.timesofisrael.com/4-men-arrested-for-hanging-hitler-was-right-banner-on-bridge-in-arizona/amp/

      I’m beginning to think some action needs to be taken against Reuven.

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  5. I think both Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi and Rabbi Yaron Reuven, as well as Rabbi Alon Anava believe that "plants are intelligent, understand English, and get offended if we insult them!"

    The trick to say something so crazy that the crazies thinks you're crazier than them! Its not good enough to say "I am convinced that Hillary Clinton is a reptilian overlord." No. You have to be more crazy. For example, I once heard a gay say that the pyramids were used as a landing depots for spaceships.

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    1. Agree that Hillary is a reptilian overlord. I don't see how that's controversial in any way.

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  6. I once met a Jew who believed in all the blood libel against Jews. But when I asked about the blood libel against Christians, since the Romans mistook communion for cannibalism, he denied it. He also agrees with Reuven that Jews destroyed Germany with greed and perversion. He was equally convinced that a new World Order engineered the Covid pandemic. Typical conspiratorial thinking.

    Can anyone be crazier than this?

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  7. You notice on the las picture that the beards get longer as they go.

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    1. The Three Stooges -- Moe, Larry, Curly, and Shemp when Curly wasn't part of the act -- were all Jews with a strong Jewish identity. They even spoofed the Nazis before Chaplin did:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Nazty_Spy!

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    2. Yes, I know. I like the three stooges. They also made fun of Mussolini and Tojo.

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  8. While you are correct that this is insanity, it's a mistake to call it anti-scientific. How do you know that it's anti-scientific? What peer-reviewed scientific studies do you bring showing that lizard-men aren't secretly in control of the world? Which institutions conducted the studies, and what were the rigorous protocols behind them? Apparently, you feel that scientific rigor is unnecessary to prove this point. Instead, you just rightfully call it insanity, in an appeal to common sense. Which is fine, most of truths we know are based on common sense rather than the scientific method. But it's imprecise to call it anti-scientific if you're not using science to refute it.

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    1. Disagree. Your average appeal to common sense is a combo of reasonable epistemology and evidence. This is also the foundation of the scientific method.

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    2. You also can't prove that the moon isn't made of green cheese. That doesn't mean you should give lectures stating it as a fact.

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    3. @Big Mouth, I don't think that's correct. First of all, just because common sense is the foundation of the scientific method doesn't mean you describe every insanity as anti-scientific. Common sense is also the foundation of mathematics, would you say Rabbi Anava is "anti-arithmetic" or "anti-calculus"? Secondly, commons sense is most definitely not a good guide to what's scientific and what's not. Case in point, the idea that men descend from sea creatures is a violation of common sense, at least as much as the lizard-men theory, but it's backed up by science.

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    4. I dont think anti-scientific means what you think it means...

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    5. Americans landed on the moon in 1969. It was made of rock. Not green, or any other colored, cheese.

      Proved.

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    6. The scientific method isnt limited to the natural sciences or to controlled studies. The word "science" come from the Latin word scienta which means knowledge.

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    7. Again, common sense =/= science, no matter what the etymology of the word "science" is. In fact, science is frequently in opposition to common sense. As such, it's a mistake to conflate them.

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    8. Even if this wasn't a troll or joke, the onus is not on Slifkin, but the proponents of such lunacy to provide 'proofs'.

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    9. Again, it's fine to use common sense to point out Anava's insanity, but it unnecessary and incorrect to call it "anti-science" when no science has been done on the topic, ever.

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    10. Common sense said that it made absolutely no sense for doctors to wash their hands between patients. I don't want to think about the number of patients who unnecessarily died because of that common sense.

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  9. Rabbi Alon Anava is an embarassment. !) Is he mentally ill ? 2)Does not believe what he pontificates, but doing so for a happy buck or for ego ? 3) Lacks critical thinking skills and lacks evidential reasoning. But are some of his opinions really crazier that what is found in religions including Judaism ?

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  10. Sounds like he gets his ideas from Alex Jones

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  11. caleb afendopouloAugust 6, 2020 at 8:16 AM

    The amazing thing concerning this triune phenomenon is the length of their videos. ?-הכח הטומא-association with the unclean?

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  12. You've never heard of the lizard theory? It's a big thing in these circles. It was invented by a British nut named David Icke, who of course is an anti-Semite as well- indeed, "lizards" may be code for "Jews". Of course Icke goes on about the Rothschilds as well. Alice Walker, American black anti-Semite leftist darling and Pulitzer winner, is a huge fan of Icke. But this is the first I've heard Jews using it.

    Tolerate it? Of course not. Should they be free to spout it? Of course they should.

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    1. And whaddya know, Netflix has a series that includes the "Yiddish-speaking lizards control the world" bit.

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  13. It can and should be tolerated. Freedom of speech is a very "Rationalist" idea. They should not be banned and deplatfomed. You're doing a great job exposing them, and contributing to the marketplace of ideas, but we should not be pushing for a deplatforming.

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    1. Do you advocate for yelling "Fire!" in a crowded building? Freedom of speech, after all.

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    2. That's an incredibly dumb comparison.

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    3. Why? Is advocating to kill people harmless? Even Facebook disallows it.

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    4. Actually, 'Rationalist' belief makes a very strong case for threats to society NOT to be tolerated and indeed, dealt with in a manner commensurate with the potential threat to the the greater good. There are many historical examples to support that view: See Weimar. See Pre and Post Soviet Russia. etc. etc.

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    5. Avraham, Facebook decided that a comment that said "Kill All Muslims" did not violate their "community standards" when I reported it.

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  14. Hi, of course we all agree with the insane and outlandish nature of this Rabbi's videos, but isn't it counterproductive to point him out? I 'd rather see rationalist Judaism thrive and develop, marginalising this type of extremist?

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  15. Well, on the positive side, at least they show pictures of women, even if they are reptiles...

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  16. Actually Hillary is very similar to a shape shifting alien reptile. Bill is the gilgul of F Scott Fitzgerald. So conspiracy theory...what is the definition of conspiracy? Two or more people who plan an illegal act. So there are lots of conspiracies. Some work, some fail and others are just people having a fantasy. Look there are rabbis that think that NYC will sink beneath the waves because Hashem has a bad hair day and the statue liberty is the gilgul of the colossus of rhodes. Lots of rabbis think whacky things. Nothing new under the sun.

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  17. Rabbi Slifkin, I have a question. You want to deplatform and shut down these rabbis because of the dangerous things they say, and I agree that they are dangerous. But why would you allow heresies in your comment section? Surely you would agree that comments and ideas held by Alter Cocker Jewish Atheist and his ilk constitute real heresy. Wouldn't you agree that heresy spewing apostates such as Alter Cocker Jewish Atheist are also dangerous, albeit in the spiritual sense? Do you not agree that spiritual dangers are also dangers, just as physical ones? Why would you allow him a platform on your own website? Instead you should be campaigning to shut him down as well.

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    1. Easy. People think Anava and such are our brand. They're ruining our brand. Der gantze velt is mechaven that ACJA and such aren't our brand.

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  18. I'm surprised that you seem to have never heard of this conspiracy. It's one of the most common ones out there (incorporates the Illuminati). Look up Denver International Airport + New World Order. They all overlap.

    I really don't see this Anava character being of deep concern nor worthy of so much attention. (Granted I'd never heard of him before today.) There are always conspiracy nutters out there. The only ones who treat them seriously are other conspiracy theorists.

    The other two rabbis are a different story as it appears they are fomenting anti-Semitism, though I would still argue against censoring. Forcing a governing body (the rabbinic council in this case) though to review its members and hold them to a certain standard does seem a good tactic.

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    1. Denver International Airport?

      That's... that's...

      EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE NOW!!

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  19. Followers on social media does not equal followers.

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  20. Rabbi! There's an armful of religious fanatics out there who have views I never thought possible in my life. I like your reporting, and I sympathize with you. I also like your anger. But don't spend Too MUCH time with these idiots - for one reason alone: Too much reporting about these people could be misunderstood. As if these mobs matter and they definitely don't.

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  21. beside:
    https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/375085/rabbi-berel-wein-responds-to-rabbinic-holocaust-denial-regarding-comments-made-by-rabbi-yosef-mizrachi.html

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  22. Well, the caption fits a warning to Jews to avoid Avoda Zarah.I can't believe it could be used against an orthodox Jewish Rabbis teaching the truth in the Torah. Show me a shiurim by Rabbi Reuven that's inconsistent with the Torah. Rationalist Judaism might be too rationalistic for a good understanding of the Torah.

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  23. Could Amnon Yitzchak be added to this elite group of 3? Or does the fact that he speaks in Hebrew, or that his popularity has waned, exclude him from the list

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  24. Very damaging to carpet bomb someone and unilaterally declare them evil or bad.

    Rabbi Anava has some very powerful and good content that even Natan Slifkin would approve of. Take this one video as an example.
    https://youtu.be/x0CVg7q1QS0

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