Parable a “Crooked Eyesight”

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“A Man with Crooked Eyesight”


With Rabbi Reuven Ben-Avraham.

“Seek ye  while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near; Let the wicked forsake his way, and the man of iniquity his thoughts; and let him return unto , and He will have compassion upon him, and to our Elohim, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith . For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 55:6-9 (JPS version of the Tanakh).

The excerpt from Yeshayahu - Isaiah above came to me one day after Davening and then, suddenly the following (verses below) also came to my mind. Thus I decided to make a note of it all and I prayed why these verses specifically came to my mind just then.

“… that he may learn to fear  his Elohim, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them that his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left; to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 17:19-20 (JPS).

Obviously the truth is we are …

to love  your Elohim, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul” Davarim - Deuteronomy 11:13 (JPS).

But as we all well know the world around us is, to say the least in a terrible mess, for the past few years has been nothing short of a disaster! Besides what now seems the never ending Covid-19 and it’s many variants, plaque a world simply going mad, with never ending shootings in the USA, as people there are obviously not of a sane mind and many allow that crazy gun control laws on earth, and automatic guns that can kill dozens in second, well that is wonderful, right? Well is just fine in the U.S. of A, and that according to the vast majority of the world and I am sure for Elohim, blessed be He, it is just too evil! Terrorists are still active in the world, and then there are those certain evil nations that attempt to rule the world.

A World in Chaos:

I am sorry if this study may be somewhat on the tough side, but believe me it is one that sadly I have to share, for we already know that things in the world is far from perfect anyway. I am sure that if we look around us, we can see a world that is in a huge mess with a Pandemic that just seems to keep on continuing around the globe, and there are also those never ending wars and evil in so many places.

It has also become so obvious that the weather is completely out of control, for icebergs and glaciers are melting at an incredible speed with temperatures worldwide are either at extreme high’s (London reaching 40.3 C on Tuesday July 19, 2022) or extreme lows. In Australia there the past few years the weather has been chaotic, with extreme heat and cold and in Tasmania’s Capital City that has certainly been the case in 2022, where Hobart’s Mount Wellington would normally have some snow at the top, but in July 2022 the snow went right down to sea level and covered the city below!

Photograph taken from the top of Mt. Wellington, with Hobart and the Derwent River below

However, Australia has been going through huge massive rain storms causing bigger floods than ever not once, but three times in just several years with countless thousands of home lost as well as lives, etc,  then there were the huge Bush (wild) fires, that also have lost thousands upon thousands of homes and sadly lives.

Then around the globe there have been countless earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions that simply seem to be increasing at an amazing speed, as well as other natural disasters.

I am sorry to bring all this to your attention, but I believe we really need to sit down and think about all these things that are going on with the world and why there are so many problems besetting the world today? But these are problems which we can do very little about, although we are slowly getting on with battling against Covid, and those who are wise enough have had their vac’s and boosters, etc, and stay up to date and keep on doing the right thing!

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the man of iniquity his thoughts; and let him return unto , and He will have compassion upon him, and to our Elohim, for He will abundantly pardon” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 55:6 (JPS).

These words Elohim spoke to Yeshayahu - Isaiah struck me so powerfully and that is very much why this study came about, for below I will be covering something which was a difficult subject to cover and not something I have ever done, but it does affect us as Jews as well as the State of Yisrael! I really felt that I needed to do this, but with the following always in mind “… and let him return unto , and He will have compassion upon him, for He will abundantly pardon” for there is hope for all, Elohim willing, blessed  be His Name!

What I am going to say is this, problems are much closer to home than we might realise. The problem is that some are just not looking for it, and that has a lot to do with our eyesight. For many are sadly mentally blind and as we will soon find out, I shall be covering a lot more about eyesight in due course, for it is so relevant especially us who are Jews!

Those with the aforementioned kind of blindness their situation is similar to the following Parable;

The King with a Mighty Fortress:

There was a great king who built a mighty fortress that had very thick walls, and large heavily bolted doors. Inside the walls there were a number of palaces for the Royal household and his advisors. There was the great council where the king and his advisors would meet to take care of the administration of the city. The king’s officers and soldiers kept guard day and night in order to keep them safe. Rising high above the fortress was a tower; it was there where the king resided. It had windows that overlooked the street that led up to the great gate.

One day a man with poor eyesight was walking down this street that was straight, however due to his eyesight, everything to him looked crooked. But sadly, he did not realise that he had a visual problem, thus when he looked at the height of the fortress he thought that the walls were crooked and that they were about to tumble down on top of him. So, he called out, “Hurry, hurry, get out of the way before these walls fall upon you.”

All those around him who had good eyesight, laughed off his warnings, and said “Is it possible that the fortress of such an awesome and mighty king would fall?”

However, many rash and panicky people who did not even use their eyes, or brain for that matter, believed the man with his poor eyesight and they ran in all directions, shouting, “The fortress is crumbling, run, hurry run, the fortress is crumbling!” This cry of urgency spread very quickly and many of the population believed the warning.

Those who could see the truth shouted; “Stop, do not be afraid. If you will only use your eyes, you will see that the fortress and the palace is powerful and very strong, and look there are no signs of it falling at all! Look for yourself, the king and his advisors are seated in the council, and the officers and soldiers are on duty. Why pay attention to those completely confused voices that say the opposite to the truth?”

But, those confused panic stricken souls continued going berserk warning one another and creating panic.

While all this was going on, one wise person rose up out of concern for the people and the situation at hand. He gathered up courage and he cried out, “Listen to me! Is there a doctor among you?” Suddenly everyone stopped and looked at him. Then a voice came out of the crowd asking, “Can a doctor fix the falling walls?”

No, my friends,” the man answered. “The doctor can only show that the person who spread all this panic that he has a severe problem with his eyes. For what is straight looks crooked to him. Stand back and look at the walls for yourself. Look how strong the foundations are, they are made with massive hewn stones. The gate is made from cedar and bolted with iron, surely the fortress will stand forever, and it will never fall!”

Let us now turn to our Beloved Tanakh:

I pray that the point of the parable we read much earlier will now form the things that has been covered clearer for you. Our Tanakh is like a mighty wall built by our Elohim, blessed be He, and He is our Supreme King who He gave us the Torah for all of us to treasure, to uphold and know that it will stand forever! The Tanakh states, “I am a wall.(Shir Ha’Shirim - Song of Songs 8:10). If Elohim, blessed be He, is our wall, surely His Word is all powerful and it will not ever fall, but it will also never fail us!

“Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein For I, saith , will be a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her” Zecharyah - Zechariah 2: 4-5 (JPS).

The man who is smitten by an intellectual blindness may believe that the walls he sees are unstable, and this error causes others to panic as we read above in the parable. However, the man who sees with clarity helps his confused brother, “Why do you cry out? Surely the foundations of our fortress are mighty and powerful”.

I did mention earlier that this was going to be somewhat on the tough side, but I firmly knew that it is one that sadly I had to share with you all! Thus prepare for something that certainly does not seem like me, but believe me this is a study that must be written, for I know I am being engaged in order to clear up certain facts and to warn us as Jews and Eretz Yisrael as a Nation!

The Klu Klux Klan the ultra right-wing and the Proud Boys, etc:

Oy Vey, it is unbelievable how it is hard to find a remedy for those whose minds have been so badly poisoned with evil and erroneous teachings and ideas. Currently one of the worst poisonings in the world is mostly preached by the most evil of organisations, and its background goes all the way to the old time “KKK’ or the “Ku Klux Klan” who are also known as the “White Christians”.

Sorry, but I have only included this and the next images for education purposes

As they are all hideous!

But today there is a new organisation of people who are more or less part of Donald Trump’s beloved followers, with countless thousands belonging to the ultra right-wing groups, such as “QAnon”, the “Proud Boys” and other ultra right-wing groups, all are more or less Nazi based groups who worship Adolph Hitler. And after their evil onslaught on Capitol Hill, Trump released a short video, and amazingly his statement was peppered with kindness for these evil ones who had ram-sacked Capitol Hill and murdered a number of people whilst inside. Yet Trump told them whilst making a TV statement added, “We love you, you’re very special.”

We know for a fact that Donald Trump told his supporters (Alex Jones, an ultra right winger, anti vaxxer) “to march to the Capitol Hill”.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Trump confidant Roger Stone were a few of the prominent names linked to gatherings at ‘Willard Intercontinental Hotel’ a block from the White House, that included people such as Steve Bannon, former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Trump confidant Roger Stone.

We now know that the sitting committee has indicated contempt of a Congress resolution that Steve Bannon had direct contact with Trump re the January 6 rally on at least one occasion. And Alex Jones has now admitted that the White House asked him to lead the march to the Capitol Hill.

Thus leading the Capitol Hill invasion was the anti-government conspiracy theorist and ultra right-wing & TV-host Alex Jones, Stewart Rhodes who founded the dangerous militant ultra right-wing extremist group “Oath Keepers”, as well as “QAnon Shaman,” being the shirtless Jacob Chansley


The leader of “QAnon” and a member of the “Proud Boys” both Trump’s face of evil!

After weeks of calls, tweets and unsuccessful legal battles, Trump set his sights on January 6, as it was to be his pivotal day that would determine whether he could successfully overturn the results of the election in his favour. Trump tweeted: “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th,” He then tweeted on 19 December: ‘Be there, will be wild!" He followed that up 11 days later with another tweet: "JANUARY SIXTH, SEE YOU IN DC!"

Donald Trump specifically encouraged rally attendees to “ … head to the Capitol” – but he added to  "fight like hell". Even when the mob was chanting “Hank Mike Pence” with gallows being raised outside, when Trump was pressed specifically about chants of “hang Mike Pence,” Trump refused to denounce it and instead said: “how can you pass on a fraudulent vote to Congress? How can you do that?” For he was obviously supporting the rioters, because Mr. Pence refused to do what Trump had demanded him to do, which was illegal.

However, we need to ask a very serious Question, and we MUST make sure that we answer it not in the human way, but how Elohim would want us to address it; 1. Having really thought about it; 2. And answering it truthfully with a pure heart having prayed about it in faith!

The question is this, how can a man who loves these evil ultra right-wing (yes I did mean Nazis) can also be a genuine friend of Israel, no matter what he did for Israel? I would not trust this man at any cost, for you have to look who this man really is, and what he always is trying to do. For throughout his entire life he has always worked to benefit who or what? His history makes that very clear, for Donald Trump his entire life is all about the - I, Me, and Myself!

I am not sure if you would remember that in 1973 he lost a huge lawsuit, which was all about his shocking racist discrimination problem, as he wanted to get rid of all coloured people living in his apartments. It was a long case and even though he lost miserably, yet he still publicly claimed that he was the victor, think about it, does this not sound very familiar, he lost an election, but he claimed he won, a madman never changes, unless Elohim enters his life and changes it!

But throughout his life Trump has befriended anyone and everyone who will back him and help with his plans, no matter who they are, including the mafia, which he did in the old days. For years during his business career, Trump worked and was directly associated with mobsters, come Mafia bosses, some of whom were closely connected to a good number of Trump projects.

I recall listening to one of his campaign speeches on TV, he made a number of big promises to homosexuals, lesbian communities and other out there groups and of course the beloved gun lobby, etc, as well as Christian churches who of course tend to preach that “The Jews killed Christ”, although I thought that the New Testament said it was the Romans. And yet he befriends Eretz Yisrael? Now if that makes sense to you, I am sorry there is something very wrong if we are a true Torah abiding Jew!

I believe his gesture to Israel was nothing more than one of his usual political ploys, just as he did most things throughout his presidential reign, for he is all about making contacts, for let’s face it history proves, he will befriend anyone even Hitler, Putin and if there is a Satan, he would just love him! For the record shows that he is not fussy as long as it will benefit Mr. TRUMP! He always seeks support and money for his campaigns, and he will work and try and get it from anyone be it the gun-lobby and any other groups regardless of their ideology including anti-Semites which he has obviously done, some of them are his best friends as has been proved, yet he also needs support from the wealthy Yidden and their money which is just as welcome as Nazi money to assist his ambitions to cause further chaos.

It is time that we wake up, and open our eyes and discover if this man is a fake and if he is just all about himself, not anyone else. We must keep our spiritual eyes open, not be blind person who can see that rich so-called great men are not always special, for often, we cannot see what is real and what they are really up to.

I did mention this is a tough and a hard going study, but I felt it was necessary to warn what is really happening in the world today.

Above I mentioned something about “erroneous teachings and ideas” and these very same evil ultra-right wingers, who are preaching that COVID-19 is not real and we are all conned, or lied to, and that must be why so many millions have died, May they rest in peace! And they are anti-vaxxer’s. It is so sad, but these confused people who read the rubbish of these liars actually believe what they read on Social Media. If they only realised who is actually writing this evil ultra-right wing (Nazi) rubbish!

Their only hope is that our loving Elohim, blessed be He, will send them a new spirit from heaven as they are badly in need of it, for sadly their thinking process is completely out of whack. These lost ones are so smitten by a kind of spiritual blindness that it is possibly a type of insanity, as they are incapable of perceiving facts and the truth!

The reason for all the above is to prove a point and that is that we must test everything that the world is continually trying to force upon everyone, and of course that includes us. I know that even within our beloved faith there are things that we should really look much closer at, and not just say, “its tradition.” Beware, although tradition is wonderful, but within “tradition” there can also be a trap that leads us away from what we are taught in the Torah! And I will come to that a little later!

“He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh truth in his heart; That hath no slander upon his tongue, nor doeth evil to his fellow, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour” Tehillim - Psalms 15:2-3 (JPS).

But we Cannot always blame Blindness:

Elohim’s beloved Torah and His precious Tanakh is powerful and it is full of truth as it shows His everlasting love for His people who must never lose sight of Him and His Word. The most important word above is “TRUTH”. Because there has been a habit of somewhat altering truth a little or what might be called twisting it somewhat!

But what does our beloved  Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, have to say about all that? He gave us a very powerful instruction, which is one that we as Jews MUST uphold for His Word cannot be changed, and it is this;

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of  your Elohim which I command you” Devarim - Deuteronomy 4:2 (JPS).

Ye shall observe to do therefore as  your Elohim hath commanded you; ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Ye shall walk in all the way which  your Elohim hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you,” Devarim - Deuteronomy 5:28-29 (JPS) - verses 32-33 in other Bibles.

Therefore, we must beware of all things, and of what is happening in the world, for sadly there are deceivers who desire to blind us and they do it very deceptively and convincingly, but deceivers are usually very clever and most deceitful! However, I have covered that subject earlier in full above, and we need to be strong and ensure we only take Elohim’s view point on the subject. Omein!

Over the centuries there has been so much blindness regarding the teachings by so many, especially the priests of ancient days. But sadly rabbis of days long gone did add countless new laws that simply are not from our beloved Torah and are completely 100% man-made, no matter what they try and tell you for there is no record of that pretend hand me down law, and they are not from our loving Elohim, blessed be He! I know for a fact that Elohim, blessed be He, never commanded men to tie a rope tightly around their waist so that their heart cannot see that what hangs down below, putting it nicely, the rabbi’s were more explicit!

Tragically, this has led far too many Yidden who are not able to uphold all those additional thousands of false laws, which seem to almost hide the beauty and the genuine Mitzvot (Laws) as given and found only in our blessed Torah, and thus many have fallen into error and worse still due to the confusion, have even gone astray.

But there are also those who have been led what can be called Cult-like ultra orthodox organisations, such as the Chabad-Lubavitch Movement and they continue to pray to and worship their past dead leader. In fact I have a card which this group has been handing out around the world as well as the one that was given out in Israel, and it is all about their dead rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. But what is so tragic, they have the audacity to state on this card that has a colour photo of their dead rabbi Schneerson, but under his photo believe it or not it states “This is the God Mashiach”.

Due to these misguided ones who belong to a false and sadly a dangerous Jewish sect, like a good number of other sects whose brains are filled with a spiritual blindness, but these Lubavitcher’s are completely at home with a very large portrait of their rebbe hanging on their walls, for I recall visiting the rabbis home in my city and as the door opened it hits you in the face, you cannot miss it. Also in every publication of theirs, it is Schneerson this, and Schneerson that. There are other movements like the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement who have caused error by teaching doctrines that are far from being Torah based, and we need to understand that some of their teachings are far from being right. One Melbourne based movement in Australia, protected one of their female teachers who molested the school’s students, and she took refuge in Israel, where their powerful rabbis also spent a fortune to protect her, but finally the law caught up with her and she is in jail in Australia, awaiting trial. Thus even the law has no meaning with these so-called ultra religious movements!

Also, I am so sorry to have to say that they have also introduced for Jews to practice pagan based habits, which is against Elohim’s Torah! Unbelievably their teaching, that includes ‘necromancy’, for example, we know that at Sukkoth a non Torah based custom was introduced at some time, and they commenced to invite a dead Hebraic leader to join them for the meal in the Sukkah, in addition to praying and asking the dead at gravesites, asking them to seek Elohim’s help for whatever, etc. Sorry, but I firmly believe that this is called “necromancy” and sheer “paganism”.

“When thou art come into the land which  thy Elohim giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any … that consults a ghost or a familiar spirit, or a necromancer. For whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto ; and because of these abominations  thy Elohim is driving them out from before thee. Thou shalt be whole-hearted with  thy Elohim” Devarim - Deuteronomy 18:9-13 (JPS).

The truth is that there are far too many in the world today with “crooked eyesight,” and they are the cause of great error that now fills our world and sadly Chabad-Lubavitcher rabbi’s like Trump took over America, but Chabad is taking over our Orthodox Synagogues. There certainly are those who had good eyesight, but they are slowly losing their way and the truth and our old ways ended up being blurred and the truth regarding the Word of  Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, is slowly being altered according to suit these new ultra so-called orthodox religious movement’s ways.

Understand, only when our spiritual eyes and hearts are strong we will be able to comprehend the greatness of our loving Elohim and the fullness of His blessed Torah.

For those who love Him in spirit and in truth, the Torah and all of the Tanakh is the sole means of our survival, for it contains the breath of life. Remember, the only reason it looks twisted to some, is because some priests and rabbis of days long gone had a problem due to their “spiritual eyesight But remember if we have also been blinded, even it has been in part, remember that we have a promise;

“Elohim He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 35:4-5 (JPS).

“Thus saith Elohim , He that created the heavens, and stretched them forth, He that spread forth the earth and that which cometh out of it, He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I  have called thee in righteousness, and have taken hold of thy hand, and kept thee, and set thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the nations; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house. I am , that is My name; and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 42:5-9 (JPS).

Do you need an ophthalmologist, or do you have perfect vision? I pray you do.

And remember our motto seen on the logo at the top of this page: “The More Torah, the More Life”, for  Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, is the one who gave us our Life!”

Rabbi Reuven Ben-Avraham.


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