Why do I say ‘pseudo-ignorant’? Because if someone has been reading my blog for the last year, or talking to me for the past year, they already know full well that I’ve checked into the story in great detail, and that I’m putting more and more of the facts together that prove the Rav’s complete innocence and unimpeachable holiness.
You want to have that discussion with me the first time, fine, I understand you’re confused by all the media lies, and all the slanderous facebook posts that are being written by very disturbed people with an axe to grind against truly pious people.
But once we’ve discussed it once…and then twice…and then three times… and you’re still coming back with the same outrageous slanderous garbage, and apparently didn’t pay any attention to all the statements put out by huge rabbis in complete support of Rav Berland, and you start implying that I must be morally-corrupt myself, because otherwise why would I be supporting a hardened criminal of the lowest sort (because why else would I be writing all this stuff, if it wasn’t actually true?) - then I really don’t want to have anything more to do with you.
If this sounds harsh, let’s remember that lashon hara is a key ‘erev rav’ trait, and involves 31 transgressions with each word spoken OR listened to. And that’s when we’re not talking about the Gadol HaDor. When we’re talking about a Tzaddik of the calibre of Rav Berland, the punishment for talking badly about him goes up a whole other level.
If you want to take the risk that Rav Chaim Dovid Stern, and Rav Dov Kook, and a bunch of other huge kabbalists are just joking when they say that the people who talk negatively about Rav Berland are going to die horrible, unnatural deaths and then spend the rest of eternity in Gehinnom - please, be my guest.
But don’t drag me down there with you.
If someone doesn’t have enough humility, enough yirat shemayim, and enough spiritual awareness to at least keep their mouth shut about Rav Berland, then what does that say about their character? What does that say about the spiritual level they’re really on? What does that say about who they are, really?
I’ll leave that as a rhetorical question, but in terms of myself, I’m increasingly finding that I just can’t tolerate the people who talk a lot of poisonous lashon hara under the guise of ‘innocent questions’, about Rav Berland or about anyone else.
We all make mistakes, we all cock up and say things we shouldn’t - me included. But I think there’s a huge difference between people who feel bad when that happens, and strive to do better, and people who actually enjoy all the negative feelings and bad energy they whip up with their caustic tongues.
That last group is the one that I can’t stand, and it’s the one that’s really coming to the fore with the whole Rav Berland episode. What, Rav Arush isn’t enough for you? Rav David Abuchatzeira doesn’t cut the mustard for you? Rav Dov Kook, Rav Grossman, Rav Stern, Rav Glazerson, the Steipler Gaon, the Tosher Rebbe - none of those people’s opinions count for you?
You still want to shoot your mouth off about a huge Tzaddik just because you read some more mentally-disturbed trash on the internet?
Be my guest - but please, leave me out of it. I’ve been working very hard to try and acquire at least a little bit of the world to come, and I don’t want to run the risk of losing it by having any more ‘conversations’ with people who love to spread slanderous gossip about huge Tzaddikim, or anyone else.