Already more than a month ago, I heard a rumor that Rav Chaim Dovid Stern said that geula had been pushed off again, until Nissan.

You’ll recall that I thought that the 9 months of foreign rule would end on November 9th, 2020 – 9 months after the Rav was first imprisoned by the corrupt State of Israel.

Well, that didn’t happen then….

And it’s still not happening now.

And for a few weeks, I have to admit to starting to feel that awful despair that is just crouching at the door for so many of us right now, if we let it it.

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Then, I spoke to someone who is close to the Rav, and he told me that Rav Chaim Dovid Stern had said that if the geula came then, in Tishrei, it would be with terrible bloodshed.

So again, it has been pushed off until Nissan 5781, so it can come the sweeter way.

Honestly?

I just don’t know any more.

We for sure are in the ‘birthpangs of Moshiach’ stage of things, which is why it’s all so intense and yucky right now.

But I think I’m going to stop running after predictions about what’s really going to happen, when, because over the last few years, we have seen the Rav change things again and again and again, with all his mesirut nefesh.

But it still gave me hope to know that God didn’t forget about us all, and that something is going to change, very soon, BH, for the better.

They just wrote up Rav Stern’s comments now, on the ravberland.com site, and you can read them for yourself here.

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In the same vein, someone just emailed me comments from Binyamin Goldin, the autistic man, about the same subject of geula and Moshiach.

I haven’t read them yet (although I will) – but I don’t think I’m going to share them here, whatever they are saying, because I know that Rav Berland told the autistics to retire a few months ago, and that they didn’t listen to him.

The Rav certainly had his reasons for doing that, maybe more of that same push to stop us obsessing over dates for geula and ‘predictions’, which I’m learning more and more was such a big part of the ‘fabric’ being woven for the dark kabbalah that directly underpins Sabbateanism, and probably a few other things in the Jewish world.

At the end of the day, I just need to stay close to the true tzaddikim, talk to God every day, and work on my emuna and bad middot.

Obsessions with dates and ‘prophecies’ and trying to predict the future is just a red herring.

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On that note, we are now heading into an even stricter lockdown again here in Israel, from tomorrow night, and part of me is dreading it.

But strangely, part of me is not.

As my kid said to me last week, Ima, the blanket is being shaken but we are still holding on!!!

To be truthful, it’s not so much that I’m holding on, with my own strength. It’s much more the case that Rav Berland, and Rebbe Nachman, are holding on to me.

That difference appears small, but it’s crucial.

And it means that while the world continues to melt down in a million different ways around my ears, my life is actually pretty good right now.

I’ve spoken to other people who are close to the Rav, and who have put a lot of mesirut nefesh into being close to the Rav, and they seem to be experiencing something similar.

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As long as Rabbi Berland is in prison, the lockdowns and the evil is going to continue.

It’s as simple as that.

One of the commentators on THIS post gave a fantastic explanation of how evil basically boils down to us only seeing ourselves in the picture, and doing whatever it takes for the ME FIRST paradigm to continue.

Rav Berland has continually and consistently stressed that self-sacrifice, mesirut nefesh, is what it’s going to take to turn things around in the world.

He’s leading by example, of course.

But all his teachings boil down to working on our own bad middot enough, and working on our own emuna enough, that when God gives us the test between doing what is right, or doing what is good for us – we can make the right choice.

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So many of our leaders right now are failing that test, in a very big way.

And so many of us ‘smaller people’ are also failing that test.

Like, the woman that slapped my daughter on the bus for not wearing a mask, and the parents forcing their kids to mask-up 24/7, and pushing them to the front of the queue for experimental ‘vaccines’, and a million other examples we can all think up, from our own lives.

The choice is to do what’s right, not to do what’s easiest or most convenient for us.

The longer that choice is pushed off, the bigger the stakes grow, and the harder it gets to make the right choice.

May Hashem help us all to do what’s right, and may the Rav get out of prison – together with the rest of us – very soon.

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UPDATE:

One of my readers sent me this class by Rabbi Anava.

Over the last few years, I’ve been increasingly careful about putting up videos from rabbis on my blog, because so many of them are just not coming from a good place, and I don’t want to be putting any more stumbling blocks before the blind, God forbid.

But I trust a lot of my readers’ judgments, so I decided to listen to this, and then decide if it should go up on the site or not.

Having listened to it, I have to say I’m impressed with the courage and faith of Rav Anava.

It takes a lot of balls to come out honestly, and to say what he’s saying.

And it totally ‘fits’ with what I was saying above, about how mesirut nefesh is what it’s going to take, to get us to geula the sweet way.

So, here it is:

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  1. Daisy
    Daisy says:

    Rivka, great post! I love what you said about the dates, it is so true. And also that your daughter is with you in all of this. Isn’t it wonderful to have children who actually get it? Baruch Hashem, and as you say, thank you Rav Berland.

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