Updated January 1, 2006

Profiles in Subversion

Targeted Movement: Hasidic Judaism
Background on Infiltration:

Since its very inception in the mid-1700s, the Hasidic movement of orthodox Judaism has been a primary target of sabotage and subversion by the various branches of the larger Amaleki world revolution. The Frankist movement, a secret society that, in an earlier form, had infiltrated Judaism in the 1600s, created a public front known as the Haskalah” (“Enlightenment”) Movement1 whose agents infiltrated the rabbinical leadership of Judaism in Vilna, Lithuania, while simultaneously publishing attacks and conducting a smear campaign against Israel Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism.2

By the time Rabbi Schneur Zalman, known as the founding “Alter Rebbe” of the Chabad Hasidic movement, rose to leadership over the Hasidim of White Russia and Lithuania in the late 1700s, the Frankists and their Haskalah agents had come under the unified command of the Illuminati (“the Enlightened Ones,” the head revolutionary secret society of that time) and had launched a multi-pronged assault on the growing Hasidic phenomenon.3 Maskilim (agents of Haskalah) disguised themselves as religious Jews and penetrated Hasidic circles while their comrades provoked a split between Hasidim and other orthodox Jews. Haskalah agents simultaneously gained influence over the Czar’s government of Russia, instigating repressive measures against the Hasidim — including the arrest and near-execution of the Alter Rebbe.4

The Alter Rebbe’s undercover Hasidic agents, meanwhile, waged a war of counter-intelligence against the Maskilim. The Hasidic agents penetrated circles under Haskalah influence, uncovered their infiltrators in the Hasidic movement, and helped neutralize the Haskalah influence over other orthodox Jews and the Russian government.5

The war between the Illuminati’s agents and Hasidim escalated with the French Revolution, itself instigated and controlled by the Illuminati’s various front organizations.6 Illuminati agent Napoleon Bonaparte, after seizing power in France and marching across Europe in conquest, invaded Russia and headed straight for the Alter Rebbe’s home in Liadi, White Russia, in a vengeful attempt to destroy the Illuminati’s arch-enemy. But the Alter Rebbe’s own intelligence network had already penetrated Napoleon’s high command; Napoleon found nothing but a burning house (scuttled by the Alter Rebbe himself), and before long Napoleon’s forces were defeated by the Russians — with the aid of intelligence information passed along to the Czar’s officers by the Alter Rebbe’s agents.7

The Maskilim continued their drive to destroy Hasidic Judaism. During the early 1800s, their disguised agents persistently infiltrated Hasidic and other orthoodox communities, while others provoked the Russian government to impose harsh laws suppressing Jewish religious observance and tearing Jewish youth away from their parents and Judaism. Maskilim posing as Hasidim also secretly recruited young Jews into their subversive movement. The “Tzemach Tzedek,” third leader of the Chabad Hasidic movement, effectively neutralized some of these attacks through the Chabad underground intelligence apparatus, which exposed phony “Hasidim” who were actually Maskilim, beat them severely, and forcibly threw them out of Russia.8

But much of the subversion still had its effect. Some of the Jews who had been recruited, or who had been torn from their Jewish backgrounds, joined a growing revolutionary network which, by the late 1800s, had become the Communist organization. Operating under the name “Bolsheviks,” the Communists seized control of Russia in 1917 and immediately formed a special Yevsektsia (“Jewish Section”) of the Communist Party to persecute and destroy all Judaism in Russia. Its agents, working closely with the Cheka (the secret police, later known as the KGB and today as the FSB) infiltrated the religious Jewish underground, recruited informants, and arrested Jews to be sent to prisons and concentration camps, or simply to be tortured and executed.9 As the death toll mounted and Jewish observance was being crushed, Hasidim of the Chabad movement operated under standing orders to identify and kill spies and informants posing as religious Jews.10

Despite the best efforts of the Hasidim, Judaism in Russia was largely wiped out, leaving millions of Jews trapped without their religion. The remnants of Hasidic groups escaped to the West, but the survivors who personally battled the Communists have continued to operate in the United States, Israel, and other countries with the awareness that KGB agents have followed them and operate within their new communities.11

The problem of Communist infiltration has escalated in recent decades, as tens of thousands of non-observant Jews have been returning to their religious roots. While this creates a revival of orthodox and Hasidic Judaism, it also opens the door to spies who simply claim to become religious, adopt religious dress and customs, and are welcomed into all Jewish functions without any possibility of security screening. Jews who are born religious are also susceptible to recruitment, whether by the newly entering agents, the KGB/FSB directly (through contacts with relatives and other Jews in Russia), or Israeli intelligence services, which have been heavily penetrated by Communists since their establishment in the 1940s.

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1. Antelman, Rabbi M.S., To Eliminate the Opiate, vol. 1, Zahavia, New York, 1974, pp. 56-69, 93-138.

2. Mindel, Rabbi N., Philosophy of Chabad, Vol. 1: Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, Kehot Publication Society, Brooklyn, NY, 1969, pp. 119-124.

3. Antelman, Rabbi M.S., Op cit., passim.

4. Mindel, Rabbi N., Op cit., pp. 119-145, 158-161.

5. Ibid., pp. 119-145, 189-217.

6. Robison, J., Proofs of a Conspiracy, 1798, republished by Western Islands, Belmont, MA, 1967, pp. 207-285; Barruel, A., Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism, 1798, republished by American Council on Economics and Society, Fraser, MI, 1995; Webster, N.H., The French Revolution, 2nd ed., 1919, republished by Christian Book Club of America, Hawthorne, CA, 1969; Antelman, Rabbi M.S., Op cit., pp. 56-69.

7. Mindel, Rabbi N., Op cit., pp. 250-267.

8. Schneersohn, Rabbi Y.Y., The Tzemach Tzedek and the Haskala Movement, Kehot Publication Society, Brooklyn, NY, 1962; Antelman, Rabbi M.S., Op cit., pp. 33-38.

9. Schneersohn, Rabbi Y.Y., A Prince in Prison, Sichos in English, Brooklyn, NY, 1997; personal communications by various Hasidim with Bryan Ellison and others.

10. Personal communications by various Hasidim with Bryan Ellison and others.

11. Ibid.