What follows is solely my own opinion, based on my own subjective observations and discussions with Hashem.
Your conclusions may be very different.
So here it goes:
And this is what Nibiru symbolizes.
But there is also a tremendous amount of love, too.
Jewish, non-Jewish, secular, traditional, frum—doesn’t matter.
The reason why Nibiru’s existence isn’t entirely clear yet is because the judgment hasn’t been sealed. (Again, no proof, just my thoughts.)
Hashem is still giving us a chance to make teshuvah out of love, out of a sincere to desire to come close to Him and to become better people.
And it doesn’t need to be heroic measures. Baby steps are just fine for beginners or backsliders.
There is tremendous love in Shamayim and the time is ripe for even the smallest step in the right direction.
Some people have suffered so much and are also caught up in Western society’s values (even if they think they’ve lived such a frum life that they’re unaffected by Western mores) that they honestly can’t see the right way.
(Please see How to Avoid being a Victim of Mind Control for more discussion.)
Taking that first baby step feels like taking a step off a cliff while blindfolded.
Way too many people dismiss core Jewish values and even outright halacha as things that “only tzaddikim can do” or things that “people did back then, but it’s not for our generation” or else they present such a watered-down superficial version of the original Torah exhortation that it’s like saying a soggy tissue is the same as the tree from which it came, with the same qualities, strength, and fruit.
The road on which the baby steps must be taken consist of 2 things:
- Talking to directly to Hashem in your own words
- Cheshbon hanefesh/self-introspection to scrub out the stains mucking up your otherwise pristine neshama.
Now, it goes without saying that trekking down this road can involve fails, stumbling, careening, belly flops, potholes, and completely spinning off in a fit of pique.
That’s okay. Those fails are all from Hashem, too.
The main thing is to start walking. Even just a tiny step.
Trials and tribulations are meant to bring us closer to Hashem.
As life presses down on us and closes in, we’re supposed to realize that we have no one else to turn to—and turn to Hashem.
But many times, we don’t do that.
There always seems to be yet another expert with whom to consult, yet another method, treatment, or medication to try. There are addictions and other self-harming behaviors. Or sometimes we just remain in a constant state of anger or in a constant state of detachment and disassociation, lashing out our frustrations and fears either aggressively or passive-aggressively at whoever seems to be the most suitable target.
Anything so as not to face up to the truth and do the work necessary.
Yet despite all our most strenuous efforts, things get worse (or they improve temporarily and then get worse) as described here.
A lot of people are angry at or afraid of Hashem. They've been traumatized and Hashem doesn't seem Compassionate or Loving or Merciful. Deep down, they believe He's punitive, harsh, and sadistic.
And that's why even taking one baby step is so meaningful - because it is so hard to overcome all that false and negative programming.
As seen in Part I, there are definitely indications that something might be out there, but there is no clear undeniable pie-in-the-sky proof.
So does Nibiru exist? It does and it doesn’t.
Is it heading our way? Yes—and no.
In the meantime, Hashem is holding it off.
Why Nibiru? And Why Now?
And if they didn’t catch themselves (meaning, if they didn’t even try to start taking baby-steps toward a raw personal relationship with Hashem, which includes authentic continuous self-introspection/cheshbon hanefesh), they became progressively worse.
For example, I know people who always behaved with sterling middot, and now you wouldn’t believe the hostility and irrationality they express now—for absolutely no reason, completely unprovoked.
In fact, sometimes, they get hostile after you tell them something genuinely positive about themselves or give them comforting chizuk.
Other times, they wait until you’re in a vulnerable moment, and then they kick you when you’re down—which is incredibly nasty. I’m talking about people that I’ve known for 10-20 years. And even those who didn’t have sterling middot, per se, they still started off as pretty good people.
And this turn that starts at around age 35 affects EVERYBODY—including me.
I personally feel that if I hadn’t read Garden of Emuna and started talking to Hashem directly and making a real cheshbon hanefesh, then I would be a really horrible person right now. Or on medication. Or both!
And other people have confided the exact same thing. They also feel that if they hadn’t caught themselves and started talking to Hashem and doing real nitty-gritty teshuvah, they would be just awful right now.
Doing teshuvah and connecting personally to Hashem don’t mean that you act angelic all the time. Only tzaddikim are good all the time.
But it does save you from becoming the embodiment of Erev Rav.
I've had friends who ended up on Prozac for the long term.
What I didn’t know at first was that one of the possible side effects of Prozac is that it makes its user shoot off his or her mouth.
And it’s done in kind of cheerful way because of the false mood Prozac imposes upon its user.
He or she becomes less sensitive to other people.
In fact, sometimes people on Prozac even say shaming or insulting things to you in a loud, gleeful voice (which is really bizarre and embarrassing).
Because Prozac is usually used for depression and because depressed people see the world and often themselves very negatively and hopelessly, they see you that way too. Then they project their own self-loathing and life-loathing onto you.
So they feel better...but everyone else feels worse.
And let me tell you, it is very ugly to be on the receiving end.
I noticed that some people on Prozac showed no interested in me or even in my response to their words, skipping lightly from subject to subject without pause until they ended the conversation with a light "Well, that's all I wanted to say now...bye!" as if they were starring in a one-woman show, monologuing before an attentive yet passive audience (me).
Yet others still snipe and cheerfully insert insulting comments even when you don't talk at all, expertly finding something hurtful to say even when you provide no "springboard" and remain totally silent.
With the Prozac-sniper, explaining yourself or calmly confronting his or her misperception (i.e., “Why did you call me ‘neurotic’? I’m not acting ‘neurotic.’ I’m showing enthusiasm. Being enthusiastic is not the same as being neurotic.”), you'll receive a blissful smirk in return. There is never any apology, no admission of misunderstanding, nothing. Your feelings simply do not register through the haze of Prozac. They may even imply that if you are bothered by their behavior, then that is a clear sign you need to be on meds, too.
In fact, I've known Prozac-users who encourage others go on meds. Many even start whatever children who are just old enough to also go on meds. They do this despite the fact that some meds (such as...Prozac!) are contraindicated for young people. For example, the rate of suicide in Prozac-users at age 13 or younger is so high that even the greedy pharmaceutical community was compelled to issue warnings about prescribing Prozac for that age group.
I saw that some of these Prozac enthusiasts want everyone medicated so that they can continue verbally abusing people (including their own children) without feeling any repercussions (such as healthy guilt or remorse).
And yes, of course, many of them have their own story.
- Some have suffered through the selfish, irresponsible, emotionally abusive upbringing typical of upperclass Liberal parents.
- Their marriage may be unhappy (although I’m not sure who’s really at fault)
- financial problems
- health problems
- chinuch problems
In other words, underneath it all, there is a wonderful person who has been broken by life.
But as things stand right now, their behavior is insufferable and I haven’t the fortitude to continue even the most superficial relationship with such people.
What will it take to wake them up?
We have millennia of mussar by all our Sages telling us that the trials and challenges in life are supposed to make us turn to Hashem.
But right now, there are people cracking under the weight of marital problems, health problems, chinuch problems, financial problems, problems with neighbors and schools, and much more...and they can't bring themselves to connect directly with Hashem.
And it doesn’t matter whether they are frum from birth or baal teshuvah. Many are in a situation in which they no longer have anywhere to turn. They’ve exhausted resources, schools, “experts,” methods, medications, treatments, and so on.
And they still won’t turn to Hashem.
And they won’t do a cheshbon hanefesh.
Oh, they may say Tehillim or do 40 days of Perek Shirah or give tzedakah or go to the grave of their favorite tzaddik or tzaddika.
And those are VERY good and powerful deeds.
But they aren't a replacement for direct connection and chesbon hanefesh.
It all goes together.
For example, some people keep Shabbat, but they don't keep kosher. Some people engage in serious learning while also engaging in serious machloket and lashon hara. Some people do chessed, but also chisel away at the self-worth of the very people they're supposed to be helping. And so on.
There has to be an attempt to keep the whole package of mitzvot and not just the ones considered easy or more appealing.
Likewise, some of people may go over an interaction in which they feel they may have spoken or behaved inappropriately. And they may even apologize—which is all very good.
But they don’t finecomb through themselves and their decisions and their overall behavior and hashkafah on a daily (or even weekly) basis. They don’t dig down and get dirt under their nails, spiritually speaking.
Rockets from Gaza, terror attacks, tragic accidents, the recent upending in American and British politics, mental health issues (considered “incurable” by standard mental health “experts”), chronic physical problems, rising Jew-hatred, chinuch problems, marital problems, societal problems, and much, much more…and some people are answering the wake-up call.
Personally, I needed the wake-up call several times over many years before I forced myself to answer, as described in How I Only Discovered Emuna 20 Years after I Thought I was already Religious and The Erev Rav Strategy: Following the Biggest Bully.
This post has given examples from within the frum community.
But when I look outside the frum community, I see even more solidly anchored complacency.
An extremely intelligent and successful Jewish professor once told me, “If someone held a gun to my head and said, ‘Choose a religion!’, I’d choose Orthodox Judaism.”
“Not Reform?” I said. “Not Conservative?”
“No,” she said. “I’d definitely choose Orthodox.”
But the gun isn’t to her head and she has been happily intermarried for years and contentedly lives a life completely devoid of Judaism—no Yom Kippur, no Shabbat candle-lighting, no Chanukah candles or Pesech Seder—nothing.
Most people I know who are assimilated Jews and non-Noachide goyim are content to be as they are. Even a life-threatening illness or the death of a loved one does little to jolt them out of their haze.
The only thing I see that can nudge people into taking that first baby step is something that can’t be dealt with or controlled or smoothed over or ignored.
A large pale green dwarf star appearing in our sky cannot be medicated away.
No “expert” can instruct you in the right method for treating it.
Reality shows, mindless novels, Internet surfing, yoga, Buddhist quotes, “giving it your all!”, atheism, raw food diets, addictions, temper tantrums, chocolate fudge cheescake, pretending not to see it, platitudes, getting angry, and giving away parts of Eretz Yisrael to those who want us dead will not touch Nibiru’s effect in any way.
Nothing can stop it or even deter it.
(And all those underground luxury bunkers are bunk. For all their hype, they cannot survive a direct hit from an asteroid or being in the middle of an earthquake fault or massive flooding. Hashem decides where things hit and He has perfect aim.)
If Nibiru does come, I’m kind of hoping it shows up before the scheduled Amona destruction because then I think the big fake Libtards will forget about Amona and just panic (or do teshuvah!).
People will finally have to confront themselves—and deal with God and what it all means.
And I will, too.
(Believe me, as much work as I’ve done on my own middot, I’d be working a lot more intensely if I had a massive brown dwarf star system visibly bearing down on me.)
- Garden of Emuna by Rav Shalom Arush
- The How, What, and Why of Talking to God by Rivka Levy: a free download
- How Davening for Others Can Work
- How to Overcome Obstacles Blocking You from Doing a True Cheshbon Hanefesh
- Question Time with God: How to Do It Right
- How to Borrow Hitbodedut from the Torah
- Dancing for Din
And here is how good deeds and emuna can rearrange the stars (including Nibiru) for your benefit: