First, M. wrote this about the massive test of faith, and birur, surrounding the Gadol HaDor, Rav Eliezer Berland:
[What's happening with the slanders and lies around] Rav Berland is a big obstacle for many. Good-hearted people are so used to siding with abuse victims that they are distracted from the truth.
The Yetzer hara has found a stronghold with our hearts bleeding for the victim and since truth is so obscured in today's reality, most don't stop to see if perhaps the story is false. We want to right the wrong done and place blame and are even happy to try to expose evil when it is wearing a rabbi's clothing.
There is a chillul Hashem in that but also an awakening of truth in our reality that shows not all the frum people out there are truly frum in their hearts and actions. We KNOW that Hashem will expose the truth now, in the end of days, so we expect it and search for it...
We know there are a lot of evil rabbi lookalikes out there and are waiting for these stories to come out. This is a very tricky fight and I'm afraid many innocent people will be dragged into the anti-Rav Berland camp just because they will think they are on the right side
M. makes some very good points - how is a 'good-hearted' person meant to know what's true, and what isn't, when there are SO MANY fake rabbis also being exposed at the moment?
There are two answers to this:
1) People need to work on building their own direct connection to Hashem, by talking to Him every single day for as long as they can, preferably a whole hour. The more a person does this, the more they get used to listening to that 'voice of truth' that whispers at them to stop taking all the 'information' being churned out in the world at face value, and to start filtering and sifting everything they see, read, experience and hear, to see where the real point of truth lies.
The more hitbodedut, or talking to God, a person does, the more their trait of truth - both about themselves, and about other people - starts to develop. All of the people who are genuinely connected to God, and to truth - which is God's 'seal' - in this way are three billion per cent behind the Gadol HaDor, Rav Berland.
The people who aren't doing this are either confused, or anti.
2) If someone is not on the level to really develop their own strong connection to God (and it's not easy for everyone to do that, especially if they have pronounced left-brain tendencies...) then, they need to be connected to a REAL rabbi who IS connected to God, and listening to them.
Again, as mentioned above, all of the people who are genuinely connected to God, and to truth - which is God's 'seal' - are three billion per cent behind the Gadol HaDor, Rav Berland.
While they may not all be saying that directly in public - not least, because Rav Berland himself has repeatedly asked leading rabbis who come out with statements supporting him and defending him to stop doing it - anyone who's really close to them knows their true feelings on the subject.
If someone isn't talking to God on a regular basis, and they aren't connected to a real tzaddik and listening to them, then they are probably in big trouble spiritually, no matter how externally 'frum' they look. Which brings me on to another thoughtful comment another reader, E., made about the whole 'false science / evolution' crock that we've all been brainwashed with.
Maybe part of the difference between those who could know better (frum Hebrew- and Aramaic-skilled Jews) and those who don't (like Velikovsky and others) is that Velikovsky and others are coming from a place of innocence, per se.
And at least Velikovsky took the Torah Narrative seriously (even if he was coming more from a place of taking all ancient "wise men" seriously). But that was sort of a maaleh [high level] considering the place he was at.
But the frum Jews, especially the men, really do have the skills to figure it out.
I mean, it is all written down. Yet instead, they are using their skills to justify evolution, conventional psychiatry, and all sorts of other things -- some are even trying to make allowances for homosexuality.
And maybe that's why it's so bad?
I'm not a 'learned' person, in terms of my Torah skills. Most of what I read is in English, I read Gemaras in the Artscroll translation, and the Hebrew language books I do read tend to take me quite a while, and a lot of effort. If a midrashic source isn't translated into English, for example, it's usually beyond me.
Still, even with my limited skills base, I know the theory of evolution is a 100% crock, that yoga is spiritual poison, and that psychiatry is the biggest quack-factory around.
Yet, I see supposedly 'learned' rabbis, who have done 50 siyum of Shas, and all the rest of it, who still seem to be a million miles away from having emuna, and being able to challenge all the atheistic lies being told by modern science, and the modern world, which are completely contrary to Torah.
Why is this?
Why are these rabbis unwilling or unable to stand up for the Torah's truth, and to explode all the lies being told, that even the frummest Jews are now swallowing wholesale?
(See the first part of this post...)
This process is only going to get stickier and stickier, the closer we get to Moshiach.
Anyone who isn't willing to start exploring 'truth', at whatever level they need to be doing that, is going to suffer tremendously the nearer we get to redemption.
The first item on the list has to be a 'clarification conversation' with God, where we just ask Him to show us where the truth really lies with Rav Berland. Once we get the answer to that, everything else will start to fall into place by itself.