That’s why for the most part, you’re not hearing about them.
Even when the Rav’s main persecutor - N.S., the original ‘false witness’ who struck a deal with the Israeli Police to turn State’s witness against the Rav Berland in order to avoid going to jail for the attempted murder of the Rav’s gabbai - suffered the loss of his young child in extremely traumatic and unexpected circumstances a couple of months’ ago, it was barely even mentioned in the community.
There is no joy in this news of another Jew’s suffering, however they may have acted, however much damage and destruction they may have wreaked in the world.
I also knew about this story two months ago, but I decided not to publicize it. The family involved are suffering whatever they’re suffering, and everyone knows there is a true Judge in the world, so why pour salt unnecessarily into another Jew’s wound?
But yesterday, I heard an absolutely shocking story that I feel I must share, as it underlines again and again that the people who publicly speak out against Tzaddikim like Rav Berland and Rebbe Nachman - and also against other enormous luminaries like the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, for example - are NEVER coming from a good place, spiritually.
AS SOON AS YOU HEAR LASHON HARA ABOUT ANY JEW, RUN AWAY
Here’s how: when someone is speaking out about a huge Tzaddik, it’s only because they’ve become so habituated to lashon hara, and so habituated to arrogant, hurtful, destructive speech and behavior, their innate sensitivity to good and bad has become severely eroded.
So with the intro, let’s begin.
Many months’ ago, when the controversy raging against the Rav was at its height, someone told me that a good friend of theirs had been visiting an ‘alternative’ healer - an apparently ‘frum’ Jew - who had managed to convince them that all of this person’s health and life issues had come about as a result of being part of the Rav’s wider community.
This person believed in the healer 100% - I mean, why would he lie???? - and quickly and vocally took steps to distance herself and her family from Rav Berland and his wider community.
In the meantime, when I got told this story all those months’ back, a big, red flag went up in my head about this ‘healer’. Because it’s a cast-iron rule that has never yet failed me that every single person who speaks out against Rav Berland - or Rebbe Nachman - in this type of public, toxic way is ALWAYS coming from a bad place, spiritually, even if they look like the biggest rabbi in the world, externally.
I didn’t say a word, but I made a mental note to stay far away from this ‘healer’ despite the stellar reputation he appeared to enjoy.
Fast-forward to a couple of days’ ago, when I heard that this healer has just been arrested for apparently committing a number of awful crimes, the very least of which is pretending to have degrees, credentials and medical experience that he just plain didn’t have.
The accusations are so bad, I was shocked to my core to even hear them. Apparently the court case is soon, and women are flying in from around the world to testify against him.
The point is, all those months ago when he was brainwashing his clients into falsely blaming their rabbis for all their woes, this guy’s evil nature was still completely hidden from the world, so it seemed bizarre to even imagine that he’d be making something like that up, simply to mess-up and destroy other people’s lives and their faith in the true Tzaddikim.
But now that the truth is starting to come out - and after the court case, it’ll probably be even clearer where, spiritually, this ‘healer’ was getting his abilities from - it all ‘fits’ perfectly.
Psychopaths come in all sizes and shapes. Deranged, mentally-ill individuals can come packaged up with the most impressive credentials, achievements and titles.
So how can we smoke them out, and recognize them for who they really are, before they destroy us? Here’s how:
Rebbe Nachman famously taught this lesson in Likutey Moharan, and Rav Berland expounded on it very nicely HERE, over on the English Shuvu Banim website. Whatever people see in the Tzaddik, is actually just a reflection of their own character traits.
That’s why some Jews in the desert accused Moshe Rabbenu (!) of wanting to commit adultery with their wives (!). That’s why some Jews in the desert accused Moshe Rabbenu (!) of trying to kill them by taking them out of Egypt (!)
All the baloney this ‘healer’ was telling his clients about how holy rabbis were sucking their energy, giving them the ‘evil eye’, destroying their lives etc etc (and again, this is the least of the destructive things he was apparently doing) - it was all just a reflection of his own extremely disturbed and evil personality.
And in a few short weeks, that’s going to become abundantly obvious to more and more people.
Dear reader, if you take one thing away from Emunaroma, let it be this:
Stay far, far away from people who habitually speak lashon hara, and especially people who publicly slander huge Tzaddikim like Rav Berland, Rebbe Nachman, and also the Lubavitcher Rebbe. (I’m not a Lubavitcher myself, but I’ve come to realize the same principle definitely applies.)
As time goes on, more and more stories are coming to light to show just how caught up in evil so many of these individuals truly are.
Let me end this post by bringing THIS PLEA FOR HELP from Rav Berland to your attention. The Rav’s health has been pretty fragile for a while, after the Israeli Prison Service left a number of cancerous growths untreated for months while the Rav was in prison (this is one of the many reasons why the Rav made a plea bargain even though he was 100% innocent - so he could get the medical attention he so urgently needed.)
The doctors recently discovered a terrible infection in the Rav’s leg that might see the leg being amputated, God forbid, unless expert doctors can be flown in from Boston, who may be able to save the Rav’s leg.
Flying those doctors in is going to cost a million dollars.
The Rav has no money - the Israeli Courts deliberately imposed the enormous cost of having to pay for a security team of 4 people, 24/7, for eight months, on the Rav, as part of the ‘price’ of freeing him to house arrest.
The cost of the security team is running into millions of shekels, and if the Israeli court had tried to come up with a more effective way of bankrupting the Rav and his community, it’s hard to know what that would be.
THE RAV NEEDS OUR HELP!
He’s the Tzaddik of the generation and what happens to him affects us, and our lives, tremendously. The Rav is busy 24/7 praying and dancing to sweeten the judgments hanging over every single one of us.
That’s why all the Arab intifidas keep bizarrely dissolving into nothing, why Iran’s nuke melted away, why ISIS didn’t invade Israel from the Sinai. We need to keep the Rav on his feet, in every sense of the word!
The Rav has asked that every person donate 1000 shekels to help cover the enormous medical bills and debts he’s running up ON BEHALF OF AM ISRAEL!
Don’t read this and think ‘someone else will take care of it’ - because even if someone else does, that still means you lost out on the chance to do an enormous mitzvah that will pay out enormous dividends both down here and upstairs.
Remember what Rav Ofer Erez said HERE: Israel, the Jews, are being controlled by the US because we’ve fallen into their ‘lust for money’. I know money’s tight. That’s why donating to this cause is a real test of emuna, and a true barometer of where you’re really holding, spiritually.
Every time I give money to the Rav - and especially when I give money that I don’t even really have - I see tremendous blessings in so many areas of my life.
(Everything except getting my books to sell, but hey, maybe that will also happen soon, who knows….)
You can donate in English online by going HERE (scroll down to the bottom of the page), or by calling the following phone numbers:
To donate by phone:
In Israel: 058-632-2207 (English)
In the US: 347-873-1222
The main Ka’ayal Ta’arog office number is 02-650-2929 (Hebrew)
The Tzaddik is our mirror.
What do you see reflecting back at you?