Let's make the question even sharper: even if all that other stuff wasn't going on in the background, how would you react just to find yourself in a prison cell, stam?
The following is an extract of a post up on the Shuvu Banim English website by one of Rav Berland's grandsons, Rav Chaim Reicher. I picked out some highlights below, but I highly recommend you go and read the whole thing yourself, and then be honest: how would YOU react, if you were in a prison cell right now?
EXTRACT OF THE INTERVEW WITH RAV CHAIM REICHER, AFTER VISITING RAV BERLAND IN TZALMON PRISON:
“You sit in front of the Rav Shlit”a who is already 80 years old, and you are at the height of the tremor and fear, because you see his holiness, the light that he projects and you hear from him that everything is fine there are no complaints ‘I’m just learning here, nobody bothers me’.
“What really strengthens the Rav Shlit”a is that people out here are praying for his success and continue their avodas Hashem, continue their torah study, prayers and that the community is growing and prosperous day by day...
“Thousands more new people are drawing close, litvish rabbonim, Admorim that I talk to and I am in constant touch with, like a new world opened to them of tremendous wisdom, and singing melodies, of real Breslov, not Breslov that speaks bad about others, not Breslov that say we are the best. Rabbi Nachman is prayer, is torah, is nigunim and zmirot, and to accept insult with love and joy, etc, – all this we see in the Rav shlit”a. I do not think that things like we see in the Rav Shlit”a were seen in previous generations, there were no such things, the epitome of spiritual exaltedness and holiness.
“We sat with the Rav Shlit”a and for 25 minutes we sang the same song weeping tears of adherence and joy. The prison commander says he does not understand what is happening here, that whenever the Rav Shlit”a begins to pray the entire prison is quiet, from 5:00 am the Rabbi is singing and no one complains that he is interfering him. I heard that all the prisons are asking that the Rav Shlit”a should come to them and return the prisoners to teshuva.
“We were ten people with the Rav Shlit”a including some of his grandchildren and I told the Rav that there are ten Jews here together, we have a minyan, but the Rav replied that there is always ten – you have no idea which souls are here, souls that years and years are waiting for their tikun.
“These things should awaken and shake us who are so entirely absorbed in this world because the Rav is entirely absorbed in avodat Hashem.
“The righteous can never be locked up, as Yosef Hatzadik that all the awesome things he attained and achieved he achieved specifically in jail. We are near the holy and awesome tzaddik that is willing to accept disgrace like this on himself. Leading Rabbi’s speak to me privately and tell me that they have explicit instructions from the Rav not to support him openly, except for some things he permits because of the chillul Hashem. The Rav shlit”a feels that he must take on himself this disgrace in order to mitigate decrees and ignite the light of teshuva in all of Am Yisrael.
“I told the Rav shlit”a that they are talking bad about him and asked if we should act against it, but the Rav Shlit”a said we should do nothing, just pray, just learn, just dance and be happy. The Rav Shlit”a already told me some of those secrets that I must not tell, why some things happen, how the Rav filtered out the kind of people connected to him from all those who were looking only for money, pride, status and dignity. What other Rav or Admor have these kind of students that after five years of persecution and torment are still sacrificing themselves?
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