Many weeks’ ago, I got a phone call from a friend who’s pretty Breslev, who’d been thrown into a tizzy about what was going on with Rav Berland by an evil-speaking acquaintance of theirs, who put far more credence in news headlines on ynet than they did our Gadolei HaDor.
I spent ages talking to my friend about what was going on (which actually inspired me to write the piece called ‘Setting the Record Straight About Rav Berland’, because I figured if someone like my friend was struggling to see the truth, then probably a whole bunch of other people were, too.)
Over the next few weeks, my friend went through some very, very difficult experiences, and I couldn’t help wondering if it was all connected somehow to her doubts about Rav Berland. A little while ago, history repeated itself and my friend was again accosted by her evil-speaking acquaintance with a new piece of slanderous gossip about Rav Berland.
Again, my friend initially wobbled - but this time, she pulled herself together spiritually, and fought back, despite the fact that it was a very difficult, hard test. (In case you’re wondering, the evil-speaking acquaintance was also apparently a ‘frum’ Breslever…)
Literally within a day of doing that, my friend received some amazing, very unexpected news that some big issues in her life were starting to turn around. I heard all this, and couldn’t help wondering if it was somehow all connected to Rav Berland. But I decided to keep shtum, because hey, not everyone has ears to hear this stuff.
Fast-forward to a couple of weeks’ back, when more horrible, slanderous lies about the Rav hit the headlines. I got a phone call from another good friend of mine, who told me she’d just broken her finger. But the really interesting thing is that as soon as she’d broken her finger, my friend had done some introspection about why it had happened, and immediately got back the message that it was because she’d been reading scandalous headlines about Rav Berland.
She called me to tell me what had happened, and mentioned that she was maybe going to start saying the Tikkun HaKlali every day for the Rav (and stop reading those news sites…) to fix her mistake.
In the meantime, someone my husband knows voiced some doubts about Rav Berland - in a very subtle way - and my husband has watched this guy’s situation go from bad to worse since then. Again, he wondered if it was maybe connected to his believing the lies about Rav Berland, but said nothing - because what can you really even say?
A few days’ ago, I had a chat with another friend who’d been trying to encourage people to sign the petition in support of Rav Berland, and had been pretty shaken up by some of the horrible, negative sentiments coming back at her, particularly from ‘frum’ respectable people. She had to do a lot of soul-searching about what was going on, but at the end of that process she had even more clarity that the Rav is truly a holy, saintly individual who’s being slandered by some very evil people.
In the meantime, one of the people who’d been very doubtful about the Rav, and who had most disturbed this friend, had a freak accident, and is now in a pretty bad way. Is it somehow connected to what she said about Rav Berland?
I don’t know.
But recently, another person told me that they’d been having some doubts about Rav Berland, and that two of their kids had subsequently experienced some pretty serious (but thankfully, temporary) injuries to their private parts. If you know a little about Sefirot, then you’ll know that genitals are in the domain of ‘Yesod’, or foundation.
The biggest Tzaddikim of the generation are commonly referred to as ‘Tzaddik, Yesod HaOlam’ (‘Tzaddik, the foundation of the world’). After the weird injuries, my friend really started to think deeply about whether it was all connected to Rav Berland…
I could go on and on, but I just wanted to end this post by coming at the issue from the other direction, too: Every time I donate some money, effort or prayers to Rav Berland or his institutions, I’m seeing things move in my life. I’m seeing brachot.
Some people wanted to know why I’ve been so keen on encouraging people to take sides on this issue. What’s the big deal?
There’s a lot to say in response, but for now let’s put it this way: the people who are openly ‘anti’ Rav Berland seem to be getting hit with a lot of big problems and issues (and part of why I’m writing this post is to help more of us start to make those connections.)
The people who are openly ‘pro’ Rav Berland seem to be getting a lot of miracles and blessings.
Sure, being in the middle is better than being openly ‘anti’. But who wouldn’t want to connect to a source of blessing, happiness and success, if it was so freely available?
If you’ve found yourself on the wrong side of this equation, don’t despair! You can make Teshuva really easily by doing some, or all, of the following:
- 1) Acknowledge the problem, and apologise to God.
- 2) Try your hardest to avoid any slanderous news sites, discussions, blogs or acquaintances.
- 3) Up your efforts to avoid listening to, and believing, evil speech.
- 4) Do something spiritually to benefit Rav Berland - say the Tikkun Haklali for him, say a prayer for him, donate some money to the Shuvu Banim yeshiva.
- 5) Sign the petition.
- 6) Wait for the miracles to start happening ;-)
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