A group of twenty men gathered at a cemetery of the Israeli town of Rosh Pina on a quiet night of July 23, 2005. All of them were bearded, married, in their fifties. All but one were wrapped in black prayer shawls. The men were holding black candles in their hands. They were headed by one Josi Dayan, a rabbi and expert in Kaballah. The men gathered to put Pulsa da-Nura (“Lashes of Fire”), an ancient Kaballistic curse, on Ariel Sharon.

Kaballah is a system of esoteric theosophy and theurgy developed by rabbis. It is based on a mystical method of interpreting Scripture by which initiates claimed to penetrate sacred mysteries. The so-called practical Kaballah rests on the belief that man can partake in the Creation by using special rites, prayers, oral formulas, inscriptions and numbers.

Pulsa de-Nura means “lashes of fire” in ancient Aramaic. During a ritual, a rabbi intones the ancient Aramaic chant Pulsa de-Nura to deliver an enemy of the Jewish people to the angels of wrath and ire. A person cursed by the pulsa denura should die within forty days, according to one source. Another source says that revenge can be postponed for some period of time.

Leo Trotsky and Josef Stalin are rumored to have been cursed with the pulsa denura too. The Soviet dictator was cursed for allegedly planning genocide of the Jewish people.

Ariel Sharon was visiting Jacques Chirac in Paris when he was told about the curse that had been put on him. He asked his aids when the curse would come into effect. Sharon's aids told him that the curse might come into force in a few decades. “Then I do not care,” said Sharon philosophically

Talmudic witchcraft, at it's best.

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