The Vaccine Debate: Why are the ‘experts’ scared to respond to our questions? – Guest post by Aliza Green
As a mother, grandmother, and long-time educator, I wholly empathize with the members of our Jewish community who feel an overwhelming sense of confusion, in the face of all the experts and rabbis who are coming out hard against people who choose not to vaccinate their children.
In today’s modern world, so many issues appear to be so convoluted and complicated. So, it’s with a big sigh of relief that we turn to those people in our community who have earned an MD or smicha, and who seemingly have a grasp of the science and halacha involved in the issues of vaccines for clarity.
Yet, instead of the light of clarity and daat Torah truly shining out in our communities, the darkness and confusion about the safety and advisability of vaccinating only seem to be darkening. Why is this?
The main problem boils down to the fact that probably the most important skill required when probing for the truth – the ability to ask a question, and also to be told an answer that challenges our own basic assumptions – has been effectively lost.
Judaism encourages questions
So many of those educated in our secular educational institutions were taught NOT to question, but to listen to and follow authority, no matter what they say. This paradigm is directly derived from non-Torah-based religious institutions in which people were made to feel ostracized and unsafe if they dared to question and disagree with the authorities.
The same sort of psychological manipulation that was used by the Catholic Church for centuries to minimize any challenges or disobedience to the accepted ‘credo’ is sadly also being used in a number of modern secular organizations and classrooms too, where students are routinely made to feel too intimidated to ask questions, and are rarely encouraged to get a satisfactory understanding of what can otherwise be so easily sensed to be true.
Growing up in society where we are routinely encouraged not to trust our own intuition on matters as diverse as ‘evolution’ being an absolute fact (when it’s anything but) to the best way to care for our own children, we are being conditioned to jettison our own G-d-given free choice, and to rely on supposedly much more “knowledgeable” and “capable” experts.
In our communities, so many of us feel that it is G-d’s will to trust that rabbi or doctor because that’s what they were programmed to believe, and we generally ignore the inner whispers of truth that niggle at us that something is not quite right with the picture being painted for us by these ‘experts’.
Hashem gave parents the tools they need to make the right decisions for their children
Another outgrowth of this problem is that parents do not realize that no one has been given the Divine responsibility to make proper choices for the well-being of their children except for them. Again, this is a principle that is enshrined in Yiddishkeit, that Hashem gives parents the help they need to truly make the best decisions for their children, especially if the turn to the Creator and ask for His input.
A doctor – even an observant, well-meaning doctor – simply doesn’t have the same Divine help, inspiration, siyatta de’shmaya and ultimately, responsibility, as a parent. The facts of the matter are that even a “little” injected prick of some mysterious brew at the doctor’s surgery could lead to serious long term repercussions that the doctor will NOT take any responsibility for – but that the parents and their child will have to deal with for the rest of their lives.
We have been so conditioned to unquestionably obey doctors as the last word on some of the biggest issues in our lives, that we will accept the services of that doctor who is renowned to be good even if he has a “nasty bedside manner”, and even or if they are arrogant, and even if they relate to healing is being only about the mechanics of fixing the body with a pill, a vaccine, or surgery.
Again, this is not and never has been the Jewish way.
Emulating the Master Healer
Real healers in the Jewish tradition have always sought to emulate our Master Healer – who is a “ne’eman v’rachaman”. If there are nontoxic, risk-free, natural ways to strengthen the immune system and maintain vibrant and robust health with real prevention, a truly educated, caring, faithful, and compassionate doctor who actually lives a healthy lifestyle himself will want to encourage his parents to follow that path.
Worldwide, there are much better, safer, and effective interventions being used to prevent complications from ANY infectious disease that are non- toxic. When someone tells you that a vaccines confers ‘herd immunity’ they are lying to you. Even doing some basic research into the issue of vaccinations starts to lead to more and more disturbing questions and a growing anxiety that we aren’t really being told the truth of the matter by the many ‘experts’ who keep encouraging us to turn our brains off, and let them do the thinking for us.
Over the last few years, there have been many doctors who actually risked their lives to tell the world the truth about the corruption of the vaccine proponents. Nearly 100 doctors over the last couple of years who have been outspoken about the serious dangers associated with vaccines and pharmaceuticals more generally have mysteriously died.
So where does the truth really lie in this matter?
The proponents for vaccines, sadly including many prominent and well-meaning rabbonim, will tell us that vaccines are completely safe, and that any risk from vaccine is more than outweighed by the supposed benefit to health.
Recently, there have been a number of long articles posted by orthodox rabbis who claim to be ‘experts’ on the subject who seem to be strangely unversed in so many crucial pieces of information about vaccines. The authors of these articles state or imply that vaccines are comprised of all safe ingredients and have never been implicated in killing children or maiming anyone.
Yet, the U.S. government has a department called “Vaccine Court” that has given out nearly $4 billion in claims for deaths and debilitation due to vaccines. This is a fact, no-one denies it. So it’s strange that these rabbis who claim to be ‘experts’ in the subject are overlooking this hugely crucial piece of information, and continuing to tell their readers that vaccines have never led to the injury or death of any person, when even an uneducated layman can see this is patently false.
Recently, the World Mercury Project undertook an enormous and professionally-overseen piece of research into how the safety trials for vaccines are actually managed by the pharmaceutical companies. Their findings, published in the Vaccine Safety Project, clearly demonstrated that these safety trials are corrupt. (See the nine minute video below – shmirat eynayim friendly!)
Vaccines are big business
The manufacture of vaccines and CDC advisory is an enormous lucrative business which earns tens of millions of dollars of profits for the people who create and sell vaccines every single year, in the US alone.
Are we really supposed to believe that when there is such a strong profit incentive, what’s best for a child’s health is really the only factor governing the push to force more and more of our children to be vaccinated? Or that a medical rep really could know more, or care more, about what is truly good for a child than that child’s own parent?
The question is asked: if vaccine safety is not as clear-cut and obvious as the ‘experts’ all rush to tell us, then how could so many well-meaning doctors and rabbis be involved in encouraging parents to go against their own intuition to put their faith in corrupt science and fraudulent and deceitful medical claims?
One possible answer could come from Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, who recently wrote an article for the Flatbush Jewish Journal concerning a psychological experiment by a Dr. Asch. It basically describes the process of psychological manipulation, and how this can very easily lead to a situation where people become too afraid to stand up for the truth.
Doctors are routinely penalized for not “following orders” – their medical licences can be revoked at the drop of a hat, if they refuse to encourage their patients to vaccinate as prescribed. And they are also richly rewarded when they continue to do what they are told they should be doing by the medical authorities.
That’s one possible explanation for why so few doctors are speaking out about the real dangers associated with vaccines. We are taught a ‘bribe blinds the eyes of the wise’, and that no-one, not even the holiest person, is above the lure of money to sway their judgment.
An inability to listen to other people
When it comes to why so few rabbis are speaking out about this issue, or at the very least, encouraging a full and frank discussion of the facts in order to clarify where the truth really lies, then we must return to our initial statement, that the skill of asking questions is sadly lacking in our generation.
But asking the right question is only one of the skills required to ascertain truth. Being able to listen to pertinent information, and being able to properly evaluate it, is sadly also a skill that so many appear to lack these days.
It takes real humility to listen to someone else. In the time of the galus in Egypt, Amram, the Gadol HaDor, needed tremendous humility to be able to listen to the prophetic wisdom & pure bitachon of his young Miriam, when she counselled him to remarry his wife. He needed even more humility to actually reverse his opinion – publicly stated, to the whole nation! – and admit that he was wrong.
Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky, shlitah, has been listening for years, as more and more Jewish parents come forward with countless stories of the unimaginable horror and heartbreak they and their children experienced as a result of vaccine-damage. He has done the research. In addition to these Jewish parents, Rav Kaminetsky has also spoken to many doctors, scientists, immunologists, and investigative journalists. His research has led him to the conclusion that modern vaccines are dangerous.
Sadly, Rav Kaminetsky appears to be more of the exception than the rule, when it comes to finding rabbis who will actually do their own research on the topic, and who will actually listen to the experiences and knowledge of others within the community who don’t agree – for good reason – that vaccines are unequivably ‘safe’.
True Jewish leaders are humble
If we should steer clear of an arrogant doctor who places more faith in pharmaceuticals than he does in Hashem, the question begs to be asked why we should do anything less with our rabbinical leaders? A true Jewish leader has humility. A true Jewish leader respects the spark of Hashem in every Jew, he honors his fellow Jew, he doesn’t look down on them, condescend to them, or arrogantly sweep their valid concerns about vaccines away with statements like: ‘you don’t understand statistics.”
The true greatness of our rabbonim lies in their ability to convey even the loftiest concepts to the simplest person. If a rabbi cannot or will not discuss the matter of vaccination respectfully, and cannot or will not point the sincere questioner in the direction of independent sources of information that they can check and verify for themselves without having to rely on the interpretation of ‘experts’, then maybe, that rabbi is simply not up to the job of being able to properly guide others.
Education and understanding is the key.
There is a plethora of empowering books, websites, teleconferences and even Jewish hotlines devoted to discussing this topic, and you can find a useful list to get you started below. The government/CDC and anyone who profits from vaccines cannot be trusted to tell the truth. Our rabbis understood this facet of human nature very well. That’s why they stated ‘a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise.”
There is so much money at stake in connection with pushing the vaccines agenda that it sadly requires no stretch of the imagination to believe that otherwise caring, ‘wise’ people in our communities, schools and rabbinic courts could be persuaded, manipulated and used to keep pushing harmful pharmaceuticals down our throats.
But a Jewish parent cannot be swayed by financial considerations, or by other considerations of how ‘bad’ they will look if it’s discovered they were publicly backing the wrong horse. And that’s why a Jewish parent should be the first, and last, ‘expert’ to really decide on what is truly best for their children and families.
USEFUL RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT VACCINES:
https://www.facebook.com/HighWireTalk/ listen to Del Bigtree’s talk – from the stage
The author’s opinions are their own, and do not necessarily reflect Sasson Magazine. We cordially invite any ‘pro’ vaxxers to submit an opinion piece on the subject, but respectfully request that any facts stated should be properly sourced and footnoted for interested readers to explore further.