Sunday, November 11, 2012

Explain to your children how Yiddishkeit once looked

Discussion with Moishe’la (and his family)     part 5
A handicapped child
22 Cheshvan 5773 (Nov 6 ’12)

I want to write about Chinuch today.

Chinuch is the most important part of our Yiddishkeit because that is what promises us the future of Yiddishkeit. The children that are educated to do Hashem’s Ratzon, are the future of Am Yisroel, and those who don’t receive the correct Chinuch (education) become the dropouts from what Hashem wants us to be.

Unfortunately the Egel HaZahav rules the United States of America, at least until now, and together with the Goyim it also rules the Yidden. Most of our Frum schools and Yeshivos are steeped in Gashimus, are steeped in ”the torah of the Egel HaZahav”  and not in the Torah of Hashem.

We look at the Kinderlach in the Chadorim. We look into their faces. We see Yarmulkas on their heads. We see Payos dangling at their sides, Tzitzis and so on.  We can also see on the faces of many aggression and the features of the modern world. We can see little Kinderlach that seem so Frum trying to give a judo-chops to each other. We can look into their faces and not see the Erlicha children, the Temimusdik expressions that we expect to be looking back at us.

The little boys that go to Cheder today, many of them, have lost their Yiddishe Chein. They have lost their connection with HaKodosh Boruch Hu. A generation that has grown up on pizza, coca cola, and ice cream can’t have the Temimusdik look of an Erlicha little boy. Unfortunately the teenagers in our community are suffering very much from a terrible malady, the illness of the Egel HaZahav, of the Gashimus.

The girls of Bais Yaakov today are not what the Torah calls Tzniusdik. At least most of them aren’t. T-shirts are common; short tight skirts. And even if they have uniforms or dress code most everything is too tight, not long enough, and not always buttoned to the top. The conversations between the young teenage girls are usually superficial and Gashmiusdik. The conversations of the Bochurim may be spliced with a bit of Torah, but most of them are also Gashmiusdik and not full of Kedusha.

The main thing, the Kedusha, that’s what’s missing. Do you hear? Do you hear Mommies and Tatties? You didn’t pass on to your children Kedusha. Why not? Because Motzai Shabbos you rather go out bowling. Because in the three weeks you take the kids to amusement parks. Because during the nine days you can’t eat meat, so you take the kids out to fast-food places for Milchigs. And that’s called Yiddishkeit. You have made a plastic Yiddishkeit and passed it on to your children, and then when they do abominable things, when they lose their contact with Hashem you are shocked. But why are you so shocked when most of you Mommies and Tatties and Bubbies and Zadies have also lost your contact with HaKodosh Boruch Hu and this is very bad. This is very very bad.

The generation from the beginning of World War Two until now is about three to four generations, and we have fallen way down. The American Frum Jew of today is almost totally different then the Frum Jew of yesteryear.

Oh sure, the Yeshivas are full, full of Bochurim learning. You hear the sounds of Torah being hummed, and the Bais Midrash is full of excitement and words of learning, however something very big is missing, and that is HaKodosh Boruch Hu. He has not been invited in to any one of our Mosdos. I can’t really say none of them, because I’m sure here and there, there are people who are still holding on to Hashem, but in most cases where Bochurim are worried about their hats and the color of their ties and they’re worried about how smooth their shave is and how tight their pants are and how skinny they are, and the girls are worried about their make-up and their clothes and their fancy Sheitels, in these places Hashem is not invited.

Another terrible Minhag in our circles is that if a girl Nebach wants a learning boy, her parents have to dig up a few hundred thousand dollars plus the girl herself must have some kind of profession to assure the up and coming Talmid Chachom that he’ll be able to sit and learn all of his life without giving up any of the Gashmius that he is used to. This is all in order just to have him consider the Shidduch. Today’s Bochurim also ask for a description of the girl’s Middos, however when they speak of Middos they are not speaking of character traits they are speaking of how tall she is what size dress she wears etc.  In all of the above situations unfortunately there’s no place for Hakodosh Boruch Hu.

So Mommies, Tatties, Bubbies, Zadies you’re going to be held responsible because you yourselves have done this. You yourselves have put Hashem on the side and you come to Him only when you want Him, when you need Him. When a person is sick Hashem Yirachem, and when there is some tragedy Hashem Yirachem, when you have lost a lot of money Hashem Yirachem etc. Then you start crying out to Hashem. However it doesn’t help because Hashem knows very well that the minute you get what you want you’re back to your old tricks, and He is pushed aside. Yes you keep Torah and Mitzvos, Yes you try to do more or less what’s expected of you technically, but the heart and the soul is not there.

There is a certain roughness and a lack of Erlichkeit. Look at our singers, the people that put out all the Frum music of today.  Who are they? Rough people, not refined, not close to Hashem. The sound of their music is the sound of the American street. Even if it’s a kind of soft music, it’s still the sound of the street. Its superficial sounds of the American scene, and therefore the music that there once was has disappeared, and the Yiddisha person doesn’t want to hear the old songs, the old songs with the old heart with the old soul. They want the new smooth jumping singer, who have most of the time shaven faces or even if the singer looks like a Tzaddik with a long beard, his movements do not coincide with the look of a Chassid.

No we are very confused. Our education is going down the drain, and because of this, this must be the last generation before Moshiach, because if not we’ll have no more future generations of real Jews Hashem Yirachem. Maybe we will have a few relics of our once beautiful Yiddishkeit but no more than that. The real Yiddishkeit will have disappeared, and therefore Am Yisroel take stock.

After the storm Sandy, many of your children are home you have a great opportunity to talk to them before they go back to school. Before you talk to them, do Teshuva first and beg Hashem to redirect you because you have forgotten what Yiddishkeit really is. You have forgotten that you can’t have your cake and eat it too. You can’t have everything. You can’t have the Goyisha world and the Yiddisha world. The way you are going, you’re loosing so much. With all your Gashmius you’ve lost the essence of life. The closeness to HaKodosh Boruch Hu is the main reason for life, to do Hashem’s Ratzon without all the Gashmiusdik frills is the essence of life.  You can’t concentrate on getting close to Hashem after you have eaten a pizza or a falafel or any other other junk food because it doesn’t coincide with spirituality; it’s the street.

After you have done Teshuva, speak to your children about what is the essence of Yidishkeit .Explain to them that this terrible storm came to wake up the Frum community to the fact that Gashmius is something that can disappear with a strong wind, rushing water, or fire etc. But Yiddishkiet, true Yiddiskiet Torah and Mitzvos is Eternal. And if we want to be eternally with Hashem we must rise above the Egel Hazahav and hold on very tightly to our true Kesher with HaKodosh Boruch Hu through Torah and Mitzvos. However we most explain that Torah and Mitzvos should be the main part of our day and night, and all the stupid pastimes that we have created for ourselves is just the Egel Hazav sent to destroy us by the Yetzer Hora.

You have become street people. Your dress is outlandish for a Yiddisha person. Your jokes are not refined. Your thinking is very primitive, and therefore you don’t look like Yidden. You sit in your bungalows groups of husbands and wives Shmussing and joking, Oy Lonu.
You go to Disneyland with your portable Sukkas and you think you’re giving your children a good Jewish education by that, Oy Lonu.
There is no problem to go to Disneyland because there is a Kosher restaurant in Disneyland,   Oy Lonu.
No problem at all to meet ten times and take her out to all kinds of restaurants and entertainments.  Oy Lonu.
No problem that the women should wear long fancy Sheitels that make them look obviously not married and of course skimpy clothes goes along with it, Oy Lonu.
Our minds are full of money and Gashmius, Oy Lonu.
And all these girls want boys that learn, Oy Lonu,
but a girl like that can never understand a boy that really wants to learn. But most of our Yingerleit have one foot on the Egel HaZahav and the other foot next to the Torah and in the end this Yingerman will certainly lose his Torah, and drown in the Egel HaZahav.

What can I tell you? My heart breaks. Am Yisroel is going to the abyss. Therefore take this storm that has hit hard every Frum community in a very wide area, and understand that now is time to do Teshuva, complete Teshuva. You have to sit down on the floor, tear your clothes, put ashes on your head and beg forgiveness for Retzach first of all, for killing the Yiddisha Neshomah. Ask forgiveness for killing your whole family, for putting them in the wrong direction, for putting them in the direction of the Egel HaZahav. Beg forgiveness for each and every Aveirah, and unfortunately because we’re so tied to the Gashmius we have many Aveiros, very unpleasant Aveiros, and it’s very terrible.

Am Yisroel, the Frum Am Yisroel suffers from Aveiros that are embarrassing even to talk about. Aveiros that never before Frum people were usually dealing with, but now even Rosh Yeshivas are guilty of some of these Aveiros. What else can I tell you? Sit and do Teshuva. Cry and beg for forgiveness. Hashem will forgive you, but only if you truly want to change and if you don’t, if you think this is a joke you’ll soon see that it’s no laughing matter.  If you think this storm was bad wait and see what’s going to be next.

I beg you. I beg you Am Yisroel, do Teshuva, true Teshuva. Not just a fast for one day or a half a day, like you were told to do when it was discovered that a certain person was feeding you Treif for years. It’s not enough. You must beg Hashem to forgive you. Even if you ate the Treif not knowingly, still you are careless with your Kashrus and you’re careless with all of your Yiddishkeit, and you have almost no Kedusha left, and that is a terrible situation.  It’s more than terrible. It’s catastrophic. So Am Yisroel sit on the floor. Tear your clothes. Put ashes on your head. Wrap yourself up in your Tallis and Tefillin, and beg forgiveness for each and every Aveira, and then decide that you’re going to come back; a new person; a real Yid the way Hashem wants us to be.

I suggest that you take all of your children aside and explain to them what it is to be a Yid. Take your boys and your girls. Take each age separately and explain to them what it means, really means to be a Yid, that nothing is more important than to be a true Jew.

In the near future anti-Semitism is going to increase in a terrible way. A Yid might be called upon even to sacrifice his life for his Yiddishkeit! Rachmana Litzlon. And why? Because we weren’t willing to sacrifice our everyday lives and make a Kiddush Hashem. We weren’t ready to take the Goyishkeit out of our lives and to make a Kiddush Hashem.

So therefore we may be called upon to sacrifice ourselves. How could a child understand such a thing when he grew up in such an anti-Frum, Frum society? How could he understand how to be willing not Davka to die for Hashem, but to be willing to live as a true Jew and not being afraid to endanger his Gashmusdik life.

Explain to your children how Yiddishkeit once looked. The only trouble is that you yourselves have forgotten and you yourselves don’t know, so maybe you find a Bubby or A Zaidy that can remind you what it meant to be a Yid. However today even the Bubbies and Zadies don’t look the same the same as their forefathers, and many Bubbies into their ninties are wearing blond Sheitels and coloring their eyes and even if they don’t understand what it’s all about and their children dress them up that way in gaudy Goyish-like dress, still they have forgotten also. And many of the Zadies have forgotten also, and you can see long bearded men, elderly men talking like a Shaygutz and that’s really sad.

Try, try finding someone that remembers Yiddishkeit the way it was, and teach your children, teach your children what it is to be a Yid and demand it from the schools and from the Yeshivas. By the way, Yeshivas are a big business so it’s not going to be so easy to do that. Schools are also businesses so it won’t be easy to do that. They put all the Goyishe attitudes into your schools and you’re so happy with it.

I’m warning you; you’re getting warned by  HaKodosh Boruch Hu with hurricane Sandy, that if you don’t want to take away or tone down very much of your Gashmius and go back to what’s real in your Yiddishkeit that can connect you to HaKodosh Boruch Hu, then Hashem will take it away from you in a stronger way.

I pray that all of Am Yisroel will all be Zoche to greet Moshiach Tzidkainu, and that all the Yidden with true Yiddishe Neshomas will be saved without suffering.


  1. Are you sure this is an autistic kid talking? Sounds more like a crazed kollel Charedi from Eretz Yisrael.

    1. No I am sure it is a message from Hashem. Show some respect -- Hashem is watching you. We know you as Anonymous -- Hashem knows everything about you. Read my answer below to Owlbay.

    2. Do you people ever stop with the guilt? It's quite oppressive. Look in the mirror sometime.

    3. Who exactly are "you people?" Please read my explanation that I provided this past Thursday as to why Hashem uses the effective guilt trip. It works and has throughout history. Since you seem to be affected by it, maybe you need to look in the mirror. If it cracks, Hashem is sending you a very personal message that you need to start living the truth, do some very serious teshuvah and buy a new mirror.

  2. Sounds like he's just echoing the thoughts of his community. Is this a low functioning person? If so, why are his sentences so complex. If not low functioning, then he is not a shoteh and his communications are not different than yours or mine.

    1. The person I believe is severely retarded. This is one of the reasons we know that his words are from Shamayim. There are documented cases of children answering in a language that they were never exposed to since the facilitator was foreign. If these children can answer in any language, we know the messages are not originating with them. Ben Golden has told us that he can only say answers that Shamayim gives him. He knows no answers himself. People have asked him questions that he said Hashem will not disclose that information.

  3. Autism doesn't mean retarded. He may be severally autistic but I do not think he's mentally retarded. His mind is on a higher level because he does not know sheker. His thoughts are pure and innocent.

    1. Facilitated Communications has been used on many types of individuals that are not cognizant of the reality of this world. FC is not talking to the physical individual but the spiritual individual -- his or her soul. Autism is only one type. Galia, as an example, was not able to communicate because of retardation, yet provided many predictions that came true. FC has even been used on individuals in a Coma. There was a very interesting case of FC used on a baby. The physical may not be able to communicate; but, the soul has complete knowledge from Shamayim and that is what FC taps into. Once again, I believe this individual is not Autistic but suffering a severe state of retardation. In the US, I was friendly with two Psychologists who used the FC method and were fascinated by its effectiveness. They are also observant Jews and knew very well what the source of the information was that they were taping.

  4. "Explain to them that this terrible storm came to wake up the Frum community to the fact that Gashmius is something that can disappear with a strong wind, rushing water, or fire etc. But Yiddishkiet, true Yiddiskiet Torah and Mitzvos is Eternal"

    Thank you Moishela I could not have said this any better!!! the thing is that you speak to much to the point, every time I read your post I say to myself "moishela is right" I'm ready to change my entire life around, but as soon as I go back to Shull work etc. I can't find a single person who I can share this with.

    Perhaps we should set up work shops in different neighborhoods world wide to get to the bottom of why we are not ready to except the truth? after all we all know that "the end is here as you know it" and it's going to be over soon, sooner then we can imagine.

    I am not blaming anyone but my self for not being strong enough but as I keep on reading this stuff I hope one day I will be a better and stronger person in the eyes of hashem.

    1. Well put. One thing to keep in mind is Hashem knows our deepest intentions even when we don't succeed. If we sincerely want to help our fellow Jews, Hashem gives us credit for our efforts. The more important thing is not to get discouraged, but continue even if it is an uphill battle. Know that in the end Hashem will help all good people to succeed. I have always said during the decades of doing Kiruv, the only One Who really does Kiruv is Hashem, we are only agents who want to help because of our love for our fellow human being and, of course, our love for Hashem.

  5. I can understand to some extent that the old ways are better in many respects (be it social, legal, etc) compared to today's Westernised world, yet it is worth mentioning that the Jewish people wherever they have dwelled for the past few millenia in exile have always been influanced culturally by other peoples (be it customs, foods, music, dress, language, etc) so how far back does he want the Jewish people to go?

    What rubs me the wrong way is the the impression that he believes the ideal ways of our forfathers originate from Eastern Europe rather than the Land of Israel (while omitting Jews from other backgrounds as if their status as Jews is questionable) as well as the fact that I feel the main issue is not so much the "tools / objects" themselves (be it technology, food, music, etc) but the fact that some people (sheltered or not) are immature enough to misuse them.

    I agree that we should prepare of a time where what we currently take for granted suddenly disappears though I fail to see how Pizza, Falafel, Spicy Foods and other certified Kosher foods are considered sinful as many of the foods Jews have eaten in the past were essentially Kosher versions derived from the locales they stay in.

    1. Since I remember the 1940's and 1950's which were much simpler times when being observant was a completely different situation. Yes, throughout history, the Jews lived in every country and assimilated, but there were many fewer ways
      available to get into trouble. As a young child I didn't have a television since just about no one did have a television nor were there any programs available to watch. Even movies were all rated G with no violence, sex, foul language, etc. I was 17 years old before I even knew what a pizza was. Fast food was a very secular invention; since, Jews were used to sitting down with a loving family to a hearty meal. Even going to a restaurant was a very rare occasion and would usually be for a simcha. Yeshivahs had to use books since there was no electronic substitutions available or even in existence. What Moishela is saying is how much easier it is today to act secular even if you are in an observant atmosphere and how the human psyche allows us to justify every secular move we make (it was Kosher, I only use a Kosher web service, I only use a Kosher phone, etc, etc, etc). It is much easier to deceive ourselves today into thinking we are doing Hashem's will, by taking many shortcuts that are questionable.

    2. But where does one draw the line when it comes to acting secular?

      Rabbi Pinchas Winston is the view that the internet or modern technology itself is the Tree of Knowledge while Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok is of the view that "Tools / Objects / Mediums" such as the internet / modern technology are not to blame for people lacking the common-sense to use them in moderation since just about everything in this world can be used for good or evil and throwing the baby out with the bathwater is not really going to help matters, though I agree that Television / Digital / Popular Culture is more trouble than it’s worth (for the utter decadence and biasness against everything Jewish / Israeli / Godly alone).

      The obvious reason that Fast Food exists and is easily accessible is due to people living a fast time-constrained lifestyle (the inevitable result of advances brought about by the Industrial come Technological Age) that has impacted the Jewish community for decades, even if some people are now beginning to appreciate the benefits of living a wholesome low-velocity lifestyle.

      Still amongst the Jewish people I do not understand why a symbiotic Issachar/Zebulun relationship between Religious and non-Religious Jews cannot still be maintained.

      It is worth mentioning that in my own case it was electronic substitutions to books that ultimately brought me back into Judaism and even allowed me to buy books to further enhance my own learning so there are both sides to the coin regarding relationship between technology and Yahadut along with the use / misuse of the former, for some people electronic substitutions are the only way people can connect to the world and maintain their connection to Judaism in absence of a nearby community.

      My main concern in both the secular and religious worlds is with regard to the rampant misandry, the disintegration of the family unit, the courts being used to promote legal / social injustice and the alienation between the sexes (with many men both religious and secular becoming increasingly risk adverse to the prospect of marriage, children and even co-habiting).

      Fwiw, one of the things that I notice when it comes to the Gevurah-section of the Moshiach Blogosphere is that there appears to be a time delay or lag between something that is foreseen and when it actualises into reality (ranging from within seconds to many years as in the case of Noah).

    3. You speak very logically about what people should do but let me add my psychology education into the picture. We have a yetzer tov and a yetzer harah guiding us. The human psyche is to do things with the least effort and, unfortunately, with total justification when we give into temptation. Human beings are very weak. If we would always do what is best for us, according to the Torah, you are absolutely correct; what is wrong with coming into the 21st century and using all its facilities. But, we not only abuse this modern lifestyle, we sin greatly by passing it on to the next generation. I stated that I grew up in the simpler times that Moishela speaks of but I also grew into the electronic, fast food age of today. My comparison definitely has shown me how we so easily fall into the Klipah of today. Even in the secular world, the tremendous lack of discipline due to gadgetry has made much of the western world lazy, fat, ignorant, miserable and much less productive. We don't have to think anymore, we have computers doing it for us. We don't have to take care of our young anymore we have television, electronic games, computers, etc babysitting for us. We don't have to prepare meals anymore, we just order out. We have lost the human factor as proven by the fact that the family unit is a thing of the past.
      Now, let me tell you the total solution to the problem. Come to the city that I live in and see the 1940's atmosphere. There is no TV cable service here and the beautiful Judean Hills block TV signals from Yerushalalim. There is a staunch requirement that homes with school children cannot have a computer and definitely not the web service (visible to the children since there are those who use the computer for parnasah). If a family is found to have the web available where the children can see it, they are expelled from school. If families have children that are off the derech, they are ask to move from this city. Fast food is very sparse here but never, never is a fast food establishment allowed to be a hangout for the children. Almost always, the fast food is being served to the family. One would think that this is so archaic in nature, but now let's talk about results. This is a Torah city of about 45,000 observant Jews and, believe it or not about 150 Shuls, Yeshivot, Kollelim, in other words places to daven. The entire theme of this city is Avodas Hashem and doing His mitzvot. The results, family life is at its best, children are happy, children are very intelligent (they are not lazy about learning), divorce rate is extremely low, drug problems don't exist (do you think I am being naive, no I have 8 of my grandchildren living here and they don't even know what that means), teen pregnancy -- what is that considering boys and girls are never together -- in school or socially (dating starts when they are ready to get married), the people here know almost nothing about the world problems and it political situation (the local government -- Mayor and his staff -- are all Rabbis with total chesed as their job description). I can go on but suffice it to say by living the Moishela scenario in this modern day and age, I am in Geula surrounded by the happiest most loving people on Earth and I love it, bli ayin harah. Neighbors can't do enough for neighbors. There is not police force since there is no crime. Stores leave merchandise out over night or get most of their deliveries before they open and nobody takes anything. Are my neighbors human beings with all the weaknesses in life and all the frailties that the yetzer harah makes us give into? Absolutely, but no one has told them that they have these frailties or shortcuts in life, so they work hard to serve Hashem the old fashion way and life is great. After Moshiach is introduced, the whole world will be happy just like my hometown just a Moishela described.

    4. I agree that it is a part of human nature to take the path of least resistance and always taking a self-centred pragmatic cost/benefit view of life, unless for whatever reason we act irrationally.

      Your hometown is an ideal in theory though how would such a society deal with people who are currently left behind in the secular world and rejected through no fault of their own by the religious world along with people who are simply disillusioned with the religious world, assuming that such a society were up-scaled to include the whole Land of Israel in the Messianic era?

      However, it is not yet all roses since it has been reported in throughout the web / media (both impartially religious as well as those with a biased anti-religious agenda) that the religious world has its own problems that it’s trying to deal with, along with constantly dealing with issues of transparency that simply does not project a good picture of the ideal society that you are promoting.

      It has the Zebulun aspect sorted yet the former on its own is not enough if the Zebulun aspect is maligned / unappreciated / omitted from the equation in building / maintaining a healthy society.

    5. Once again you are speaking very logically and in tune with the reality of the world. The entire point is that we still are responsible measure for measure for ourselves (and even the chinuch of our offspring) and the purpose of Torah study is to try as much as possible to help us approach the ideal situation. Moishela is not saying ignore everything; make a 180% change in your life; because, that is not humanly possible. But, work on improving your situation every day as much as you can.
      I was born in the month of Zebulun and my son was born in the month of Issachar. I lived that arrangement for many years since I was the professional working and he was the one who desperately wanted to study Torah. I greatly desired limud haTorah too, but I not only had the obligation, but the merit to help my son, even when he got married and started a family. I studied Torah hours a day but I worked many hours a day also. The limud haTorah of my children and grandchildren gave me such nachas that living a part of my day in the secular world to serve Hashem was a joy to me. Since I returned home to Lakewood, New Jersey every day, and lived as frum a life as possible in Chutz L'aretz, Hashem rewarded me and my family with aliyah. Instead of using secular activities as an excuse to avoid Yiddishkeit, I stayed as observant as possible even at work. Read the book Lt Birnbaum. Meir Birnbaum, who I had the privilege of knowing for years, was drafted into WW2, went to Germany through the worst of it all and stayed totally observant, against all odds, for the four years he served in Europe. He was so involved with Yiddishkeit, when the war ended and he was told it was time to go home, he volunteered to go to concentration camps to help liberate his fellow Jew. His Yiddish speaking skills and Kiruv that he provided for these Jews, who went through hell, was such a Kiddush Hashem that he too wound up in Eretz Yisroel for a very happy and meaningful life. Hashem sees our efforts, knows our temptations and judges our performance, not on how easy it was to serve Hashem, but how determined we are to succeed when it isn't easy. We have every excuse in the world to be more secular (money, time, environment, etc) but we have no excuse not to do our utmost to serve Hashem and do His mitzvot. Only Hashem judges us, but also Hashem helps us. When we truly make the best effort, it does become easier. When we use every excuse we can, Hashem will make it even more difficult. Why? It does help us when we stray to have Hashem send us in the right direction, it is part of our chinuch. The message from Moishela (actually it is a message from Hashem) is part of the help. If life is too overwhelming, all Hashem asks is do your best and He will help you with the rest. It worked for me, Meir Birnbaum and many, many Jews worldwide once they caught on to the system.

  6. We must take these messages with caution. there is no such thing as nevuah these days. So they are messages but not to the most accurate level.

    1. I disagree. Go to Bava Basra 12b where it says that nevuah will be given to the children and the shotim, usually translated as deranged people but Rabbis agree that it is talking about those who are not able to speak (those using FC qualify). The more important thing is the test for a prophet in the Torah. If what and individual says comes true, then the word came from Hashem. In the 15 years that I have been following those communicating with FC (since 1997), everything that was said has happened or is happening. There are books written on the subject with 100's of pages with such predictions.