And I was stunned by what I was reading.
Here was a man who regularly pulled all sorts of ‘above nature’ miracles out of his back pocket for people seeking his help; a man who barely slept an hour or two a night, who barely ate, whose breadth of Torah learning was clearly of the highest calibre, and who was the confidant, friend and mentor of any number of ‘Rebbes’, kabbalists and Tzaddikim in their own right.
The more I was reading, the more I started to see what an enormous, terrible miscarriage of justice was being perpetrated right in front of our faces: that someone so holy and so good should be slandered, libeled and now even arrested in such a vile, under-handed way.
Anyone who knows even a little about Rav Berland, and about what he’s accomplished in his life, and who he really is, couldn’t believe the terrible lies printed about him in the media for a second.
But there was just one problem: While that information was starting to be more freely available in Hebrew, thanks in great part to the heroic efforts of the people behind the Knishta Hada newsletter, there was barely any true information to counter the toxic flood of libel, lashon hara and lies being freely spread around in the English-speaking world.
One of the problems of communicating the true essence of Rav Berland to others is that his life has been so incredible, his avodat Hashem has been so huge, his miracles have been so numerous and so, well, miraculous, it’s hard to know where to start.
Which is when Hashem gave me a brainwave, around three months ago: Go write the biography of Rav Berland for the English-speaking world, and help people to see what’s really going on here!
Dear reader, I have been working flat-out on the book, and the more I learn, the more amazed, awed and upset I am. How can a huge Tzaddik like this be languishing in prison, while we’re all messing around on the internet and patting ourselves on the backs for being such upright good Jews?
That’s the bad news. The good news is that, BH, the book will be out by Chanuka, and it’s shaping up to be the best thing I’ve ever written. It reads like a mystery thriller crossed with the Zohar and spiced-up with some of the most sublime insights about Geula and the end of days that you’ll find anywhere (but especially, in English).
I’ll give you details where you can pre-order a copy soon, as the initial print run is only 1,000 copies and trust me on this one, this book is going to sell out very, very fast.
God willing, may the men of truth return to Jerusalem very soon, and may they usher in the redemption with them.
Sign the petition HERE.
Q: What do you know about all the persecution of Rav Berland? They put him now in such a hard place [i.e. Tzalmon Prison]
A: As we said before, it's in order for him to do a tikkun (spiritual rectification) for us. Even in that very difficult situation, he's still happy. Could you [i.e. anyone else] do something like this? So there's an example for us, and we can also do this, when we have such an example like this. Perhaps we can't reach to his level, but for us 'regular Joes' , it's enough.
Q: When he leaves prison, is it a sign for us that the redemption is close?
A: The fact that he's even in prison is a sign in and of itself that it's nearly finished, and the geula is coming.
Q: Tzaddikim have said that it won't be a lot of time, that he'll have to sit in prison...
A: Bezrat Hashem. Bezrat Hashem. I don't know. All I can tell you is that he, with his presence, has won over the heart and souls of many Jews around the world, and gave them the feeling that they are really Jews.
And we need to see how much the wickedness is going up, and how even here in Eretz Yisrael, the Jews that are ruling here are bringing in all the secularism from the whole world, in order to change the Jews into non-Jews. Mamash. It's impossible to describe how many murders they've done, murders 'for the sake of the State of Israel'. They didn't just murder Arabs, they also deliberately murdered good Jews. So, what can one really say?
You can see the full thing (if you really want to..) HERE.