Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Raider of the Hidden Ark

The Mishkan (Tabernacle) of Moses and all the Implements made by Betzalel


This is just a short note to let you know that Vendyl Jones will be speaking in Kochav Yakov this Shabbat at our house and at a location to be announced later on Motzei Shabbat (Saturday night) at 9:45 pm. (Please e-mail me for details.) He will be speaking in English with his homespun Texas accent. There will be a translator into Hebrew at the Motzei Shabbat event for those who do not speak English.

He is the genuine article. In 1988 he found one flask of the shemen HaMishkhah (the anointing oil for Temple vessels, priests, and kings) either made by Moshe Rabbeinu himself or made during the first Temple. This flask is sitting in the Israel Museum at this time. The oil itself has thickened up over the last 2500 years, but it is still inside the flask. In 1992 in an even more spectacular find V. Jones found the Pitum Qetoret (the eleven spice incense mixture) for twice daily service on the inner Golden Altar of the Temple/Mishkan sanctuary. It was analyzed by at least three independent teams of Chemists and Botanists and was found to contain amongst its finely ground powder plant remains of all eleven spices. One of the teams was personally picked by Rav Ovadia Yosef, and another was lead by Rabbi/Dr. Marvin Antelman. Rav Yehudah Getz the former "Rav of the Kotel and Holy Places in Israel", I believe, also had the Qetoret analyzed. Vendyl Jones found up to 600 kg. of the finely ground powder, but just to verify it was the Qetoret, he found several containers of "Karshina lye (potassium hydroxide)" and containers of Sodom salt lying right next to the stone vat which was holding the qetoret. Both the lye and the salt are necessary ingredients in the composition of the incense mixture used for Temple Service.

He found all of these things with his heavenly blessed genius and the information on two key documents:


  1. The Copper Scroll: found in Qumran in 1952. It turns out to be a treasure map to the cave where all of the implements of First Temple service were hid along with the golden vessels of the Mishkan (Desert Tabernacle) that were made by Betzalel. The scroll begins as follows: "In the desolations of the Valley of Achor, under the hill that must be climbed, hidden under the east side, forty stones deep, is a silver chest, and with it, the vestments of the High Priest, all the gold and silver with the Great Tabernacle (Mishkan) and all its Treasures." This is the cave where Vendyl has been digging and from which he hopes to have photos of the "treasures" by Tisha B'Av.
  2. the lost mishnayot of Tosefta gimel on Keilim (vessels): These 12 mishnayot specifically outline the five tzaddikim who hid the vessels of the desert Tabernacle during the reigns of King Yoshiyahu (Josiah) and King Tzidkiyahu (Zedekiah) just before the destruction of the First Temple at the request of Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) the Prophet. The mishnayot contain information on all the vessels that were hidden including all of the golden vessels built by Betzalel in the desert with specific direction by Moses himself. This, of course, would include the Ark, the Menorah, the showbread Table, the golden inner altar, etc. It also refers to a chest which contains within it the Bigdei Kehuna (the garments of Aharon HaKohen) along with the Breastplate of Judgment. The five Tzaddikim were Shimor HaLevi, Chizkiya, Tzidkiyahu (may or may not be the king who ruled in Yehudah during the last eleven years of the First Temple), Chagai the Prophet, and Zecharia grandson of Iddo the Prophet. In the second mishna of this lost chapter in the Tosefta on Keilim, it specifically says that Shimor HaLevi and his companions wrote down the treasure list for the Tabernacle that was also in the First Temple on to a copper scroll (See above). This list does not include implements that may have been made by King Solomon, for it says in the Book of 2nd Kings that the vessels made by Solomon were carried off by Nebuchadnezzar during the reign of Jehoyachin son of Jehoyakim (The father reigned for 11 years and the son for a grand total of three months). Adding up the years of the various kings that ruled in Yehudah, the Southern Kingdom, from the death of Yoshiyahu until the destruction of the First Temple, one arrives at a figure of 22 1/2 years. This includes three months for Yeho'ahaz son of Yoshiyahu who reigned for another grand total of three months before the rule of Jehoyakim another son of Yoshiyahu. This means that the implements from the Mishkan must have been hidden for at least 22 1/2 years since the Talmud says that this hiding of implements occurred during the reign of Yoshiyahu. It is worth noting that the references in known Rabbinic literature about the hiding of the implements of the Mishkan and the First Temple seem to say that they were hidden in a cave underneath the Temple Mount and/or connected with the Temple Mount by a long winding passage. This passage has been found by V. Jones. It begins in the Old City of Jerusalem and goes directly under the Temple Mt. Also while it forks off into many dead ends, it does wind up 18 miles from the Temple Mount at a closed up entranceway to the Cave of the Column, near the northern tip of the Dead Sea. Some of the things that were not carted off by Nebuchadnezzar such as the Qetoret and other minor vessels could have been hidden during the reign of Tzidkiyahu before the First Temple was completely destroyed in the year 3338 after Adam. It has been completely sealed now for almost 2500 years.

These mishnayot have been found by several people in several locations. One place was the Sefer Emeq HaMelekh (Valley of the King) written by Rav Naftali Hertz ben Ya'akov Elchanon in 1648 in Amsterdam. Another place was the genizah of the Cairo Synagogue. A genizah is a place for storing sacred texts that can no longer be used, usually in the belfry or the attic of ancient and medieval buildings. It was found there in 1895 by Dr. William Bowen and later studied by Solomon Schechter. It was soon discovered that the 10th century scroll was the identical text found in Rav Naftali Hertz's book. The most amazing aspect of divine providence in all this, though, is that the same text was later found to be on two marble tablets that were found in the basement of a museum in Beirut, Lebanon with ancient Hebrew text inscribed on them. These tablets were "coincidently" found in 1952, the exact same year that the copper scroll was independently found in Qumran!! G-d does work in mysterious ways!! These marble tablets start out as follows: "These are the words of Shimor HaLevi, the servant of HaShem, in the year 3331 from Adam" The rest of the scroll is the identical text for the entire missing chapter of the Tosefta, found in Rav Naftali Hertz's sefer!! By the way if these tablets were written in 3331, they were written exactly seven years prior to the destruction of the First Temple.

Based on all the above please join us. E-mail me at dovbearbarleib@gmail.com if you are interested in coming. You can believe the following that if he finds the main cavity of the Cave of the Column by Tisha B'Av, with all of the blessings that he had received, these golden implements will not be sitting in a Jerusalem museum. I will write more about why Tisha B'Av is important in our redemptive process, G-d willing, next week.

18 Comments:

Anonymous josh said...

Could it be that simple?

A Hollywood movie (directed by Spielberg who will then go on to do Schindler's List) about an ark that was mostly forgotten and frankly, still is taken for granted.

I know that when the geulah does come, we'll all want to hit ourselves on the forehead in a collective, "d'uh, it was so obviously the whole time", but a blockbuster movie talking about actually finding the ark based on an archeologist who is still looking for it?

6/15/2005 10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has the Sanhedrin given Vendyl Jones permission to bring the Ark out of the ground? I don't think he will act on his own. If they have given him permission -- or even more, a command -- that is very significant.

6/16/2005 2:02 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

At this time, I can only say that he has met with the Sanhedrin recently. He is being directed by Rabbanim at the highest levels. He does not plan on touching the Golden implements. The proper rabbinic authorities will take care of matters when he locates the keilim. He believes that he will find the ancient ashes of the red heifer in the same location as the implements. Only through purification with those ashes can a true Kohen properly pack up the vessels so that a true Levite can move them.

One of the reasons that he did not convert to Judaism is that a non-Kohen who is a Jew can die just by looking at the golden implements made by Betzalel. A non-Jew should not touch them but will not die just by looking at them. This is all very serious business (slightly more auspicious than a Spielberg/Lucas production). All of the above has been said by him recently. There is more that will come out in due course, G-d-willing.

6/16/2005 2:25 AM  
Blogger Akiva said...

Unfortunately, the actual publicity leads to concerns. There are people _now_ getting in the way, including the government which has now blocked off his announced search area.

The path is now no longer straightforward, and while I agree he's got the right stuff, in the quest to get the resources to complete the job he has raised his profile too high.

There are now obstacles, in the most physical sense.

6/16/2005 4:45 AM  
Blogger MatzahNacho said...

Akiva, did you read in an article somewhere that the government has blocked off his search area or did you hear it via word of mouth? If there's an article I hope you'll post a link here.

I would expect that whether or not there had been a lot of publicity there would be those, especially if it includes the Israeli government, that would have known of his plans and attempted to stop him. So at this point I think the publicity could help, both about Vendyl Jones' plans and about any attempts to stop him. The more people that know who is trying to prevent the greatest archaeological find in history the less likely it is that they'll get away with it.

6/16/2005 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Yaakov Nathan said...

I heard that Vendyl Jones has been called a gilgul of Yisro?

Take a look at Bamidbar 10:31

Moshe pleads with Yisro to stay with Yisroel:

כִּי עַל-כֵּן יָדַעְתָּ, חֲנֹתֵנוּ בַּמִּדְבָּר, וְהָיִיתָ לָּנוּ, לְעֵינָיִם

"You know our resting places in the desert, and you would be eyes for us."

Rashi points out this can be read as future tense:
"If anything should be hidden from our eyes (in the future), you shall enlighten us."

If he finds them, it will only a clear sign that Moshiach is present and accounted for. These items cannot be revealed without Hashem's complete agreement in the matter.

6/16/2005 10:59 PM  
Blogger Akiva said...

Reb Yaakov, extremely cool!

Matzo, yes I have direct info that there is a problem. I've posted it here:

Info Here.

6/17/2005 7:23 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

I have it on good authority, from Dr. Jones himself, that even though what Akiva writes is a possibility it has not happened yet and G-d willing will not happen. This is why I am careful only to mention those things that he has mentioned before in interviews with others which have been publicized. Confidential info. on his coming dig that could harm its prospects will not be released here.

6/17/2005 10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides Vendyl has been having problems with the State for years and years. Don't think they are not notified the moment he enters the country. They don't depend on the media for their information.

6/17/2005 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shavua tov, Dov. Did you learn anything interesting from Dr. Jones that you can share with the rest of us here?

6/19/2005 3:08 PM  
Blogger yaak said...

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6/19/2005 8:03 PM  
Blogger yaak said...

I noticed Willow Tree was there. I'd be interested in hearing non-confidential details as well.

6/20/2005 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

רבנו זעק מנהמת לבו !!!!
בפומבי כמה פעמים קודם פטירתו בבכיה ובתחנונים לפני שומעי לקחו את הדברים הבאים:

" חושבים שיהיה שלום, חושבים שיהיה שקט יום אחד? טפשים גמורים, שעל זה נאמר בפרשת האזינו עבורנו אנו היום " דור עיקש ופתלתול ה- לה' תגמלו זאת עם נבל ולא חכם".

אתם יודעים מה יהיה רח"ל?

קוריאה תגיע לכאן !!!

השם יצילנו ויציל. לא סוריה, לא פרס, ולא בבל....קוריאה!!!!רח"ל.

אתם יודעים מה הולך שם היום? אטום !!! זה בשבילנו רח"ל....

יהיה לנו קשה מאד אם לא נחזור בתשובה !!! תבינו !!! תדעו !!! זה יהיה יותר קשה מהשואה - "כי אש קדחה באפי ותיקד עד שאול תחתית".

אתם יודעים מה זה שאול??? זוהי עיר הבירה של קוריאה !!! סאול !

"ותאכל ארץ ויבולה ותלהט מוסדי הרים אספה עלימו רעות חיצי אכלה בם". מה הפירוש???!!! עזבנו את קוב"ה, חשבנו שאנו של עצמנו, ראש הממשלה יושב ועושה מה שהוא רוצה, קוב"ה ח"ו לא קיים, ארץ ישראל שלו והוא עושה בה כרצונו, העם שותק.
והתורה אומרת "כי חלק ה' עמו", אתם לא של עצמכם, אתם שלי !
"חי אני נאום ה' אלוהים, אם לא ביד חזקה ובזרוע נטויה ובחימה שפוכה אמלוך עליכם".

אין לנו שום סיכסוך עם הערבים, יש לנו סכסוך עם אלקי ישראל.
אם אנחנו לא נשמע לו, יהיה לנו רק צרות ועוד צרות, המצב ילך ויחמיר....

על עם ישראל להזהר מתרבות רעה של גויים שהכניסו כאן. כי אתם יהודים בני אברהם יצחק ויעקב שקבלו את התורה. תורתכם !!!
אתם צריכים לכבד אותה, להעריך אותה, ולהלחם בעבורה, לא באלימות, אלא בדרכי שלום - בתשובה, רק תשובה!!!

כי קרוב אליך הדבר מאד בפיך ובלבבך לעשותו" עכ"ל זיע"א.

6/22/2005 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above statement about a nuclear weapon from Korea was made by the great Tzaddik and Mekubal Rav Nachmani ZT'L more than 10 years ago.

6/22/2005 9:52 AM  
Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

When the L-rd has his sacrifice in Botzrah, the two Koreas (K'raim), will be added to the altar as they are in any fully burnt offering. See Leviticus.

6/22/2005 2:55 PM  
Blogger yaak said...

Here's my own translation of Rav Nahmani's statement

6/23/2005 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Yaakov Nathan said...

Update from Eli

Soon to be posted on ErevMoshiach.org: Eli stated with great conviction that Jews should go to Gush Katif to prevent the disengagement. How? By davening. Details to follow.

(I guess you have been on the right track all along, Dov!)

6/23/2005 3:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dov, it looks like you're right. This could very well be the summer, and that we should all be in Eretz Yisrael for it. The following was just posted today from Lazer Brody's website:

Last night, the Melitzer Rebbe had a siyum (festive completion of learning a Talmudic tractate) in his house, with a minyan of his sons, sons-in-law, and closest talmidim (pupils). In honor of his father's yahrtzeit, the Rebbe said a siyum on tractate Sota.

It was the most astounding siyum I ever heard. With the voice of a pilot doing a pre-flight check, the Rebbe read one by one the preconditions for the coming of Moshiach that our sages listed on 49b, the last page of Sota.

Especially when the Rebbe reached the conditions, "The heads of the generation are like the face of a dog," he nodded, paused, then completed the list. In a calm matter-of-fact manner he then said, "this is the generation of Moshiach."

A week ago, I told the Rebbe that I had four speaking invitations (Denver, Atlanta, Toronto, and DC) to North America that coincide most timely with the upcoming release of The Trail to Tranquility, which is running a few weeks behind schedule and hopefully will be released by this coming July 1st, G-d willing. The Rebbe told me not to leave Israel. Now I understand why.

It's time to fasten our seat belts: It looks like we'll be taking off for Geula (redemption) any minute. Nows the time to grab as much Torah and tshuva as we possibly can. If you've harmed a neighbor, don't wait until the High Holidays to make amends - do it right away.

6/23/2005 11:50 AM  

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