Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, issued an open letter to President Donald Trump via Breaking Israel News:
Greetings To the Honorable President of the United States:
First, I want to express my great appreciation to you, for your courage and great will
that you express in all areas to bring about a solution and cure for the disease. You clearly are thinking in novel and creative directions, all for the benefit of the public. You are undoubtedly guided by truth and have a great soul.
Frankincense resin, known as לבונה (levona) was one of the eleven components of the incense used in the service in the Jewish temples in Jerusalem. Many people in Israel, some seriously ill with the coronavirus, have found the resin to completely cure COVID-19, the disease that is currently causing the entire world to suffer. It is for this reason that I feel compelled to tell you about the frankincense that has been known since ancient times to have a special power to heal. It is known to bear antiviral properties and in several cases, I have personally witnessed in Jerusalem, it cures the patient within a few days.
I will briefly tell you how I came to this conclusion:
On March 18, about a week after the outbreak of the Corona epidemic in Israel, Dr. Rebecca Shargal, a naturopath, contacted me, informing me that she has many years of experience using
Boswellia Carterii – a resin from the frankincense plant, that, according to many studies conducted around the world, is highly effective against viruses and cures many inflammatory diseases. Dr. Shargal recommends using the same material to cure coronavirus patients. She prescribed it to some patients who saw immediate positive results and, according to Dr. Shargal, were completely cured of the virus.
Dr. Shargal requested that I use my influence among many of the Israeli public, in particular the ultra-Orthodox community of which I am a member, to persuade patients and their families to use frankincense as a prophylactic preventative measure. l believe the use of frankincense in the properly prescribed manner can save the lives of patients and prevent people from getting infected by the disease.
I accepted Dr. Shargal’s recommendations in the most serious manner and under her direction and began giving the frankincense to some acquaintances. In the area in which I reside, there are several people who have been diagnosed with the disease and they experienced positive results in just 48 hours!
After the results became known in my community, an ultra-Orthodox media person contacted me about his wife who was in grave condition. She was, of course, in quarantine and had not left her bed for several days. Again, in 48 hours, she was feeling well enough to leave her bed.
The possibility that frankincense can aid sufferers has been published in Kol B’Rama, an ultra-Orthodox radio station, and in Breaking Israel news. Many people have contacted me as a result since so many are seeking a way of coping with the spread of the pandemic.
There are several reasons that I am contacting specifically you. As President of the United States, you can make this know to the public. In the most selfless manner possible, you have sought to aid the nation you represent despite many who oppose you, putting petty political interests before the well-being of the people. Toward this end, you have investigated every possible pathway to aid your people and, as a result, are a beacon of hope to the world.
I would remind you at this time that the source of your success against all odds has been your connection with Jerusalem and Israel. Just like the Persian King Cyrus, the source of your success is the Temple and the source of the healing power of frankincense is also the Temple. King David purchased the Temple Mount and brought the first sacrifice, successfully diverting a disastrous epidemic. So too, you must continue in your path towards helping Israel to establish the Third Temple. At this time, you should look to the Temple for inspiration and aid, seeing the Temple frankincense as a cure for this illness plaguing the world.
Though the spiritual source of frankincense is focused in Jerusalem, the resin comes in the form of granules, is a completely natural material, and grows in several places around the world.
I would like to bless you and all of your people with health. I would also like to bless you and the United States with great success, to be blessed in return for your blessing Israel.
Rabbi Yosef Berger
Rabbi of King David’s Tomb – Jerusalem
And rabbi of the Mishkolts community in Emanuel
Frankincense has been prized throughout history for its purported medicinal qualities, sometimes being worth more than its weight in gold, but was also known for the great spiritual significance, playing a prominent role in the Temple service.
And Hashem said to Moshe: Take the herbs stacte, onycha, and galbanum—these herbs together with pure frankincense; let there be an equal part of each. Make them into incense, a compound expertly blended, refined, pure, sacred. Exodus 30:34
Not only was frankincense one of the eleven elements of the Temple incense but it was also placed on the rack holding the Show Bread in the Temple.
With each row you shall place pure frankincense, which is to be a token offering for the bread, as an offering by fire to Hashem. Leviticus 24:7
Aromatherapists and naturopaths use frankincense to treat viral infections. Frequently, the common cold is caused by a viral infection that cannot be treated by antibiotics. This is because unlike bacteria, a virus enters the cells of the host and replicates. Antibiotics are effective against bacteria which are foreign invaders. Viruses are not recognized by the body or by the antibiotics as foreign invaders.
Frankincense, made from the resin of the Boswellia tree, has been proven by medical testing to be helpful in reducing inflammation caused by cold and flu viruses. Frankincense contains boswellic acid, which may help fight inflammation, the body’s reaction to infection. In 2006, a study published in Planta Medica showed that oil made from Frankincense attenuated influenza virus infection and suggested a number of ways the boswellic acid in frankincense might fight inflammation.
Rabbi Berger noted that Jews have a tradition of reciting pitum ketoret, a prayer describing the composition of the Temple incense, as a means of dispelling epidemics. He also noted that after Korach caused the congregation of Israel to sin, a plague struck the nation. Aaron was commanded to pass the burning incense among the people to stop the plague.
Then Moshe said to Aharon, “Take the fire pan, and put on it fire from the mizbayach. Add incense and take it quickly to the community and make expiation for them. For wrath has gone forth from Hashem: the plague has begun!” Numbers 17:11
DISCLAIMER: This article is intended to report on a possible natural remedy for viral infections that some studies have shown might be an effective treatment for some ailments. This article is not medically authoritative. A certified physician should be consulted before using Frankincense as part of a treatment for COVID-19.