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For the last few years, I’ve kind of being playing softball with a lot of the bloggers, ‘rabbis’ and commentators out there.

But after I read the latest message from Rabbi Aharon Stern, son of the famous kabbalist Rabbi Dovid Chaim Stern, and a mekubal in his own right, I realise that it’s time to take the gloves off, here on the blog.

First, please go and read what he has to say, in full, for yourself here:

If you’re short on time, here’s the takeaway points:

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“Chazal tell us that there are things that the judgment is ‘signed’ because of them. When they came and took Rav Berland, and put him in jail – this was the cry that ascended to the Heavens.

All of this big commotion is happening because this Tzaddik (Rabbi Eliezer Berland, shlita) is languishing in prison – in ‘bidud’ (isolation).

Hashem is angry….

Rav Berland is stuck in prison, and Am Yisrael is stuck with this Coronavirus.

We need to go out, and to cry out, until they free Rabbi Berland from the prison. If you have any brains in your head, if anyone wants to really save this [Jewish] people….

Perhaps, it was decreed that the Coronavirus was meant to be in the rest of the world, but in Eretz Yisrael, there was not supposed to be any Coronavirus.

EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING ONLY BECAUSE RABBI BERLAND IS LANGUISHING IN PRISON.”

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Rav Stern continued:

“We need to cry out to Hashem, and then maybe he will take away from us this terrible gezeira. But we also need to act! We need action!

If we don’t get Rabbi Berland out of prison, then Am Yisrael will be in a huge problem! Chas v’shalom, this can continue to worsen and spread.

I didn’t want to open my mouth, but this thing depends on us. We can save Am Yisrael, RIGHT NOW.

Even though these words may sound strange, you should know that I am telling you the truth.”

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Yesterday, I tried to go and pray at the Kotel, for day 23 of my 40 day prayer-a-thon.

I was stopped at the entrance to the plaza by a female guard – who herself was totally disregarding any rules about ‘social distancing’, and doing the usual flirting with the male guards thing until I showed up – which is when she told me to halt in my tracks (Achtung!!!!!)

Where are you from? She asked me aggressively.

I told her Abu Tor.

She repeated that literally four times, until I felt I should reassure her I was a Jew coming to pray at the Kotel, and not an Arab, because maybe that was the problem. Halavai. The real problem was that I was a Jew coming to pray at the Kotel.

A female Border Policewoman then looked over the top of the wall at me, (Raus!!) and started making veiled threats about Abu Tor being more than 100 metres away from the Kotel, and that I was running the risk of getting a 5oo nis fine for walking more than 100 metres from my house.

What happens if the grocery store is more than 100 metres away from my house? I wanted to know.

It’s ok to go out to get things like food, things that you need, she told me.

What if I need to pray? I wanted to know. Because believe me, I really needed to pray at the Kotel yesterday…

You can pray at home, she told me dismissively.

I so wanted to punch her in the face.

Thankfully, I’ve had a lot of practise now at squashing my more unhelpful Moroccan tendencies, so I spat out a ‘todah’ that was as sarcastic as I could make it, and turned around.

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As soon as I was out of sight of the Wailing Wall’s Wehrmacht, I burst into tears.

Come on, Hashem, I can’t believe this! I’m being barred from praying at the Kotel by ‘Jews’!!! How much longer are You just going to let all the evil rule the world, and to continue to crush everyone’s soul into the floor, Hashem?!

To say I was gutted is a total understatement.

They’ve shut down all the shuls, all the yeshivas, all the kollels, all the men’s mikvas.

In the chareidi world, there are THANK GOD still large pockets of resistance, and a great many people who really do believe in Hashem, and have the emuna that keeping mitzvot is important regardless of what heretics think about Coronavirus.

More and more of those people are starting to wake up and to protest the terrible evil that’s going on here, and they aren’t just taking all these anti-Torah, anti-Semitic decrees mildly, like lambs to the slaughter. (Where have I heard that phrase somewhere before?)

But in the so-called modern orthodox world, the ‘dati leumi’ world, even the anglo-Chareidi world? The picture is very different.

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Yesterday, I was talking to a friend who would self define as ‘dati leumi’, and she was telling me how she’s very scared the government is about to close down the women’s mikvahs. The conversation then lead on to how little protest against all these anti-semitic, anti-Torah decrees is coming out from the dati leumi camp in Israel – who are still more obsessed with politics than with Hashem and His Torah – and I ended up blurting this out:

All this Coronavirus stuff is really showing me who has real emuna and yirat shemayim and who doesn’t, and I have to tell you I’m seeing very little emuna and fear of Heaven in the dati leumi camp.

There. The elephant in the room had finally been mentioned.

And now it’s been publically identified, let it rampage around for the next few paragraphs.

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For years and years, I’ve been writing about what a huge Tzaddik Rabbi Berland is.

I wrote two meticulously researched books that set out first his history, background and Torah pedigree – based on thousands of hours of taped interviews with some of the world’s biggest Tzaddikim – and then the whole, corrupt ‘trial’ that saw him go to prison in 2017 for crimes he never committed.

Let’s be generous and say that back then, so few people had heard of him before the media in Israel started slandering his name and muddying the waters with outright lies and fake videos, it’s understandable that they could have been fooled into thinking the worst.

But that wasn’t the real problem.

The real problem is that so many people out there – even people who consider themselves to be fine, upstanding religious Jews – are actually up to their necks in lashon hara, slander, arrogance, heretical thinking and Facebook.

So when all those juicy Rabbi Berland lies came along, they swallowed it down so very easily, because it came from the same sewer-source they were already happily swimming in 24/7.

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Fast forward three years, and back in October 2019, it all started happening all over again.

More obviously fake stories by Channel 13,  more obviously politicised smear pieces and hatchet jobs carefully placed throughout the Israeli media, including on pretend-chareidi sites.

Hashem geared it all up again, to give Am Yisrael a second bite at the teshuva cherry, and to show them just how easily they’d been fooled by the same tactics the first time around, so they could understand how they – and so many people together with them – were duped.

Thankfully, many people had their eyes open this time around, so the fake news had far less impact on far fewer people than the forces of evil hoped. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that so many of us are still so emuna-deficient, and still so emunat-tzaddikim compromised, that the fact that the Tzaddik HaDor was sent back to prison on obviously falsified charges didn’t move us at all.

And so, Hashem decided to send a very big test along, that was really going to show us just how much emuna we really have, and just how much yirat shemayim we really have, and just how much true connection to kedusha and real tzaddikim we really have, and He called that test Coronavirus.

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The last couple of weeks, I have watched alternatively amazed and horrified at the ZERO emuna so many of our so-called rabbis and religious leaders have displayed, particularly in the dati leumi / modern orthodox camp, and particularly in the anglo so-called chareidi camp, especially out of Israel.

As these people have rushed to excuse and justify the closing of talmud Torahs, shuls, mikvahs and now even holy sites like the Kotel and the Tomb of the Patriarchs; and have rushed to pass new ‘rulings’ that make traif kosher – anything to go along with the evil people running the country, and to keep their own status and salaries – they have made it blindingly obvious that their path is not one of real Torah or yirat shemayim.

Really, it’s OK to do ‘Zoom’ at the seder?

Really, it’s OK to hold a ‘minyan’ via smartphone?

Really, it’s OK to tell people to stop going to mikvahs?

REALLY?

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Over the last few weeks and months, so many leading kabbalists and rabbis in the chareidi world have come out with strong statements linking the spread of Coronavirus specifically with the defamation and disgrace of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, as well as with talking lashon hara and spreading slander, more generally.

Most of the apparently ‘orthodox’ bloggers and commentators and news sites out there have totally ignored these statements, at best, and some have even openly mocked the rabbonim who made them.

When I wrote the Geula P*rn post yesterday, I had these people and sites in mind.

But after reading Rav Stern’s latest statement, and having been turned away from praying at the Kotel yesterday, I feel that veiled statements and shadow-boxing with bad is no longer enough.

So, let’s lay it on the line.

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What I’ve learned from all this Coronavirus saga, so far, is that the main reason why rabbis, bloggers, writers, papers, commentators haven’t been coming to defend Rabbi Berland is because they actually don’t give a monkeys about God or His Torah, either.

That is now as clear as day.

How can they close the Kotel, and you aren’t protesting? How can they stop synagogues from operating, and you stand there applauding this action on the grounds of health and safety?

These people are totally disconnected from their own souls, and from truth, and from Torah.

And that’s the reason why they are also disconnected from our real Tzaddikim, and ignoring and disparaging huge kabbalists and Tzaddikim, and slandering or ‘pointedly ignoring’ Rabbi Berland.

So really, I have to say thank you, Coronavirus, for finally ripping the masks off so many faces, and showing us all what we’re really dealing with.

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Four years ago, I wrote a whole bunch of stuff bringing quotes from people like the Milkman, and Rabbi Dovid Chaim Stern, which basically made it clear that Rav Berland is the last test before Moshiach comes, and geula arrives unmistakeably.

So many people failed that test last time around.

But God is giving us all one more chance to be on the right side of the spiritual equation, when the curtain finally comes down.

If you care more about your own social standing, your status, the State of Israel, or petty partisan politics which means you will only broadcast messages from people in your own camp who wear the sort of kippa you approve of, you are probably going to fail the current test involving Rabbi Berland really badly.

You aren’t going to risk writing a blog post pointing out the link between Coronavirus and Rabbi Berland being in jail on false charges.

You aren’t going to protest that synagogues and holy sites and Jewish life is being totally shut down in the Jewish state on the flimsiest of pretexts.

You aren’t going to admit that so many of the leaders and ideas in the dati leumi and anglicised chareidi world are spiritually ‘off’, and disconnected from real Torah and true emuna.

You aren’t going to accept that YOU are playing a huge part in the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus, and the ongoing suffering it’s causing to literally billions of people around the world, because you are choosing to shut your eyes to our true Tzaddikim, and closing your ears to our real rabbis, to continue empowering charlatans who like to churn out more Geula P*rn and mislead the masses about the real reasons things are happening in the world.

And the REAL teshuva we all need to make, to get things to turn around.

If that’s you, I really don’t envy you.

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But if you want to be in the other camp – the camp that really does care about Hashem, and about Torah, and about mitzvot, and is really trying to make teshuva and to have some real emuna and connection to our real rabbis, it’s so easy to put yourself into it.

Just take a stand, publically, for the Rav, and either share something, or write something, or record something, telling your family and friends that the Coronavirus pandemic is only going to stop when Rav Berland gets out of jail.

Screw up your courage, and have some real emuna and real emunat tzaddikim.

I know it’s scary, but once you try it you’ll feel so liberated from the rule of tyranny that’s clamped down on us all in such a suffocating fashion the last two weeks.

All you have to do is say this:

When Rav Berland is released from prison, the Coronavirus epidemic will end, and Am Yisrael will be saved.

Right now, it’s so very easy to put yourself on the side of good and right.

And also, so very hard.

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UPDATE:

In the UK, I just found out that 4.5% of the fatalities from Coronavirus are Jews, while Jews make up just 0.3% of the overall population. To put this another way, there are 10 times more deaths occurring from Coronavirus in the UK Jewish community, than in the non-Jewish community.

This is NOT because Jews like to mingle and hug each other. It’s because God is sending this Coronavirus specifically for Jews in the UK to make teshuva. Remember this?

Meanwhile, someone sent me a text message that said this:

TEHILLIM NEEDED:

Brooklyn Rosh Yeshiva Critical

5 Town Rov Critical

Petira of Derech Chaim Rosh Yeshiva, Lakewood

Boro Park Corona victim, HaRav….

Son of [NAME] Rebbe, Corona victim

Posek of Paris, Dayan, Moreh Tzedek… succumbs to Coronavirus

Principal of Beis Chana in Paris passes away

[Name] Rebbe of London niftar

First fatality in Montreal is chassidic Jew

ZAKA France: “A large percentage of victims are from the frum kehilla”

“What’s the chances, statistically, of all these frum rabbis dying in chul?”

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Also, let’s throw into the mix that so many of the communities in the US being quoted in the press as being at the heart of this epidemic are Young Israel, aka modern orthodox. And so many more of the communities coming into sharp focus because of the pandemic are also often very vocally ‘anti’ Breslov.

Do you believe in coincidences?

Because I don’t.

God is trying to get our attention, and cancelling our mitzvot observance to kowtow to secular diktats about what’s really causing this pandemic is not going to solve the problem. It’s only going to make it worse.

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UPDATE #2:

I’ve been having an email exchange with someone who keeps telling me that all these people who are passing away are ‘tzaddikim’. Maybe that’s true, maybe it isn’t. But what I can definitely say is that just the mere fact of passing away from COVID-19 doesn’t make someone a ‘tzaddik’ – and that word is being applied way too liberally these days.

There is a real tzaddik who is currently still sitting in prison. I know he’s a tzaddik, because lots of other bona fide tzaddikim tell me that he’s a tzaddik, and they even hint that he’s the Tzaddik HaDor, and that he’s even the head of the Lamed Vavnikim, and that he’s even the most holy and kadosh person who is currently alive in the world.

So, because of what these holy rabbis are saying, I believe that Rabbi Eliezer Berland really IS a tzaddik, and that all this suffering is going on because we aren’t recognising who he really is, and also because we’ve been slandering him and believing and even sharing all the horrible lies about him.

But when I read headlines like this:

44 Rabbis in Diaspora have passed away from Coronavirus

And, when I read headlines like this:

Anti-Semitism on the rise, Jews blamed for coronavirus

And then, when I go and start researching, and I quickly discover that so many things are going on behind closed doors involving money laundering, benefit fraud, “slum landlords”, dodgy property deals, and illegal and immoral business practices – and a million other bits of information that suggest that greed, bad middot and hypocrisy are the name of the game in so many places around the world….

Then, I find it hard to believe that everyone who is being impacted from Coronavirus is a tzaddik.

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Rav Berland told us clearly, that this is about the mitzvot bein adam l’havero.

There are so many bad middot washing around our communities, even the most apparently ‘frum’ communities, that’s it’s hard to know even where to begin. Giving tzedeka – even a lot of tzedeka – doesn’t make someone a tzaddik, especially if they are earning their money in a traif, immoral way and hurting a lot of people and destroying the world, in the process.

We all have so very much teshuva we need to make.

And until we start making that teshuva  – in particular, about our own behavior and actions concerning the Tzaddik HaDor Rav Berland – and start being honest about our own bad middot, and acknowledging that we really aren’t the tzaddikim we like to pretend to ourselves that we are – Coronavirus hysteria and the ridiculous lockdown will continue.

And surely, nobody wants that?

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Today, I got an email from someone I’m close to who works on the Shuvu Banim website.

It was quite a simple email, hinting that there’s a possibility that the person could be arrested soon, in connection with the ongoing police investigation against the Rav.

My contact wanted to know if I could keep an eye on the English ravberland.com website, if that happened.

What can I tell you? I kind of freaked out.

I got on the phone to find out what’s going on, and I learned that seven of the Rav’s attendants are still being kept in prison – together with the Rav himself – and that another 30 of the people around him are due to be targeted by the police any day soon.

Where am I living?!? Soviet Russia, Pinochet’s Argentina, or a country that prides itself on being ‘the only democracy in the Middle East?

That’s what I was asking myself after that call.

Because when all is said and done, there is no crime involved in telling people they should pay sums of money for a pidyon nefesh, and there is no crime involved in receiving that money.

Everyone has free choice – it’s the whole reason why God created the world – and everyone can CHOOSE to believe what they want, and to give their money to whoever they want.

Rebbe Nachman defined free choice like this:

If you want to do something, you do it.

End of discussion.

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(Btw, if you want more background about the spiritual concept of pidyon nefesh  – as described in the Breslov tradition – you can find that HERE and HERE.)

True, sometimes the pidyonot don’t work out as hoped.

Sometimes, you can go to the best doctor in the world, and then still die on their operating table. Sometimes, you can follow the healthiest diet in the world, and still come down with stomach cancer. Sometimes, you can force-feed yourself mega doses of Vitamin C, and chew powdered turmeric all day, and drink your 3 litres of spring water chased with wheatgrass shots – and still get COVID.

Why?

Because God said.

Because this world is full of hidden tikkunim and loose ends from previous reincarnations that aren’t obvious at all.

Because there are no absolute guarantees in life, except that one day we’ll all die.

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What I want to know, is if the police are happy to go after Rabbi Berland for doing pidyonot, not all of which work, but many of which work miraculously amazingly well, are they also going to start going after all these doctors and their institutions who also make big claims that they can cure people for lots of money?

And if not, why not?

Even in my small bubble, I’ve heard so many stories of patients being charged massive sums by greedy surgeons for operations and procedures that still failed miserably, and often did more harm than good.

Where is the equality, here? Where’s the justice?

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In the meantime, after that call I got a little shaky.

I mean, I’ve written two books about the Rav with my real name on them… maybe that’s also now an arrestable offence in the Soviet State of Israel?

Maybe, putting up blog posts pointing out the obvious persecution, and the obvious foul play and corruption going on in relation to this latest ‘investigation’ into the Rav and Shuvu Banim could also land me in the clink?

Who knows?

If there were real legal rules being abided by here, real laws you could examine and clarify, there would clearly be nothing to worry about. Remember, Israel is the only ‘democracy’ in the Middle East!!!!

One of the few silver linings of this whole horrible situation is that it should be painfully clear to even the most ‘anti’ idiot out there that the Israeli Police are politicized, corrupt, and crossing every legal red line you can think of. If this is not about the pursuit of ‘justice’ – and clearly, it isn’t – then it does get a little stressful, pondering whether writing a book and a blog post could be enough to get me thrown in the slammer too….

Hopefully not.

But I still got a little shaky this morning.

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Sigh.

I wish all this confusion would disappear, already. I wish things would be easier, smoother.

Each day, I’m bowled over by something else to consider, something else to try to birur and clarify, something else to test my emuna and emunat tzaddikim.

I’m tired, God.

And still the madness continues.

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UPDATE:

I just got this via email from someone in Shuvu Banim:

moments ago Rav Berland was removed form the police interrogation room in a stretcher to the emergency room, exact situation not known. He’s been suffering from heart problems… this is the second time he passed out during interigations. the police have him hadncuffed to the hospital bed even after undergoing heart cath. please pray and share the link.

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They’ve started up a chesed fund campaign to try to raise money to free the Rav from the hands of the evil Israeli government – pidyon shvuyim, but it’s beyond crazy that this is happening in the supposedly ‘Jewish’ state.

You can see the campaign HERE – and it has approbations from many big rabbis, if you want a very good cause to donate to.

Man, how much lower can things go? BH, I’m off to the prayer gathering for the Rav at Kever Rochel now, happening at 7pm. Please also say some tehillim, do a tikkun haklali, whatever you can, to add your prayers into the mix. We need all the help we can get, at this point.

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The last few days, I’ve been struggling.

There’s a lot of things going on, and I’ve been trying to ‘unpick’ why I’m having a lot of low-level yeoush, or apathy and despair, dafka now, when I have so many projects on the boil.

Part of it is the sense that nothing I do really gets anywhere. I get up, I wash clothes that end up either on the floor or back in the laundry within 2 days; I wash dishes that get dirty again; I make food that gets eaten so fast; I write blog posts that go in one eyeball and out the other; I write books that no-one buys.

And then I start to wonder: why am I doing all this? What’s the point?

In my hitbodedut, I get an answer:

This is life. What’s the alternative? If you don’t wash up, and you don’t cook, and you don’t write blog posts, and you don’t keep writing books, what else are you going to do with yourself? How would your life actually look?

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In the past, I would attribute this yeoush to the fact that I really don’t make any money, doing all the things I do, but now I know that’s a red-herring.

Sometimes, when you’re making money doing things that weary your soul and seem totally and utterly pointless, that can feel even worse.

I guess it’s just the ruach, the spiritual vibe of the planet at the moment. Even my kids have it – they are finding it really hard to know what’s the point? And I can’t really help them out of the difficulty, because I’m sharing it.

I’m trying to figure out what’s going on, how I can lift out of this and really just be grateful for all the tremendous kindnesses and goodnesses that God is continually doing for me. Part of the problem, for sure, is that it feels like the goalposts for geula keep being moved, and I just can’t keep the pace up for another 200 years.

It’s hard to get motivated to keep going, when there is no end in sight.

And right now, it feels like there is no end in sight.

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On Shabbat, I flipped open Likutey Moharan, and I got to Lesson 2:78, which is talking about how sometimes, we have to serve Hashem from a place of total simplicity, where we don’t reveal any Torah and we just engage in idle chatter.

Rabbenu explains there that it’s:

“[A]bsolutely impossible to be involved in Torah study and spiritual perceptions without a break. One must inevitably stop for a while, and during that time when one is not studying the Torah, then this Torah scholar, or spiritually perceptive person is literally in the category of a rustic.”

It’s a long lesson, but I’m picking out the parts that spoke to me. Later on, Rabbenu continues:

“In sum, one should never despair! Even a simple person who is totally unable to study Torah, or is in a place where he can’t study. Nevertheless, even when one is in a state of simplicity, one must persist in the fear of God and simple service, according to one’s capability….The main thing is to encourage oneself in any way possible. [The Rebbe interjected at this point: “For there is no such thing as a lost cause!…]”

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If it was anyone other than Rebbe Nachman saying this, I’d really struggle to believe it.

The last few weeks, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in the behind-the-scenes yuck going on in the Jewish community, past and present, here and abroad, both in the ‘religious’ and anti-religious world, and it’s been extremely demoralizing.

A few years ago, I read another passage in Likutey Moharan where Rabbenu talks about how sometimes, you have to throw yourself into the mud and filth of ‘battle’, to fight for God and for what’s right. The last few weeks, I’ve been swimming through reams and reams of spiritual ‘sewage’, and it’s been very hard to deal with.

In hitbodedut yesterday, I was telling God how I don’t mind cleaning out the odd spiritual ‘toilet’, but I’d like to be given a different job to do, at this point. Because all that yucky stuff sticks to the soul, however hard you try to scrub it off with prayer and emuna.

Let someone else do this now, God! Let someone else take over! I need a break! I need a holiday!

But…. I already know that there is no-one else. Who else would be dumb enough, to do this?

And then, there is what is going on with the Rav again, which I’m also finding pretty demoralizing.

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We’re in the middle of trying to get One in a Generation II translated into Hebrew, and published.

Last week, I called up my contact in Shuvu Banim to see how the fact-checking is going, and I got told the stunning piece of information that it’s all on hold, because five of the Rav’s gabbays got arrested by the Israeli Police last week.

I thought he was maybe joking, but after looking at the usual fake news sites including Jpost, Times of Israel, Ynet, and the worst of the lot, the Yeshiva World News, I was stunned to see it was no joke.

That crazy woman’s obviously crazy complaint is all the pretext the police here needed, to start up the whole slander-to-incarceration miscarriage of justice machine again. They are trying to put Rav Berland away for 10 years (!) for the ‘crime’ of letting people donate money to him.

And I don’t even know if I have any more strength left to protest the madness that’s going on.

What’s the point? Doesn’t it seem like the bad has won, and will just keep winning, no matter what we do?

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That’s where I was holding on Shabbat, when I was flipping through Likutey Moharan, trying to get some answers and some balm for my soul.

Usually, I just read the English translation, but there was a word I wanted to pin down properly in Lesson 2:78, so I switched to the Hebrew – and lo and behold, I found this extra few paragraphs, that had somehow been left out of the English version.

I took it as a little ‘message’ from Rabbenu, about what’s going on right now, and here’s what it said:

We need to beg Hashem a great deal to have the merit of drawing close to the True Tzaddik, because praiseworthy is the person who merits to draw close to the True Tzaddik during his lifetime.

Fortunate is he, and fortunate is his lot in life!

[For afterwards, it’s extremely difficult to draw close, and we need to multiply our prayers and supplications greatly, that we should merit in his lifetime to draw close to the True Tzaddik.]

For the baal davar (aka the satan) is making every single effort, now, to confuse the world, because Israel is now very close to the keitz (the end), and Israel now has a very great yearning and great desire for Hashem yitbarach, in a way which wasn’t seen in former times.

Every person is wistfully awaiting Hashem yitbarach.

And so, the baal davar is awakening himself over this, and is creating machloket between the Tzaddikim, and is putting a great many famous purveyors of lies into the world. And also, he’s making a big machloket between the True Tzaddikim, to the point that not a single person knows where the truth lies.

And so, we need to beg Hashem yitbarach a lot, for the merit of drawing close to the True Tzaddik.

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Ad kan, from Rabbenu.

Reading this revived me, at least a little. To know that this awfully confusing, depressing situation we’re currently going through was foreseen and written about over 200 years ago is encouraging.

Rabbenu warned us, that there would be a flood heresy and ‘evil’, the likes of which has never been seen in the world before, and that it would be very hard for us all to hang on to God and His true tzaddikim, as a result.

But hang on we must.

Because what’s the alternative?

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You can feel the holiness shining off the pages.

That’s what someone told me a couple of days ago, when someone sent me a message about One in a Generation Volume II. I asked their permission to share it more widely, and they kindly gave it. It gave me a lot of chizzuk, as getting Rabbi Berland’s books out has been a lot of hard work, with very little ‘obvious’ success.

For example, we currently have a PR person trying to place a press release about One in a Generation II to tie in with the recent announcement by the Bet Din that all slander about Rabbi Berland has to stop, and that any complaint should be brought straight to them for evaluation.

The news wires rejected it.

But that’s not all, when our PR guy went back to find out what’s going on, they accused him of making up quotes, then insisted he take out any suggestion that any of the charges against Rabbi Berland were fabricated. They also totally refused to link to the video I made setting out the other side of the story.

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I never heard of anything like this. I asked the PR guy, has this ever happened to you before, on any of the things you’ve ever worked on?

Nope.

Hmm.

So as you can see, getting the real story about Rabbi Berland out there has not been so easy. Which is why I was thrilled to get this email. Every person who reads the books can feel the truth about Rabbi Berland. And I think probably, that’s the biggest reason that so many people out there don’t want to risk pick them up, and why the news wires are shunning our releases. It’s very hard to admit we got something wrong, especially something as significant as this.

But at some point, the truth has to get out there.

I hope.

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I’m a 42-year old observant Noahide, living in the US.

I’ve been a huge devotee of Rav Arush for a few years now, but it was only a few months ago that I made the connection between the Rav Berland who taught him and the Rav Berland I’d heard the scandal stories about.

I found your blog a few weeks ago, along with ravberland.com. I was curious to know if there had been any major developments in his story since I first heard it a few years ago, and to review R. Arush’s defence of him, which I’d heard of. In the same search session. I read a story by his detractors. They were just so ridiculous and over the top that, even without R. Arush’s testimony, they pretty much destroyed what little credibility they started with.

A week ago, actually it was the early morning of the 4th, I couldn’t sleep. Normally when this happens it’s a big hint to me that I really ought to be talking to HaShem, instead of just lying there like a dingbat. This time I actually did something about it.

I was lying in my hammock in my back yard. I believe I had asked God what the truth was about Rav Berland. Knowing almost nothing about him except that he taught R. Arush, the allegations seemed like the sort of thing that has been known to happen, particularly in other religions.

God made it very clear, very quickly, that this was not the case. Immediately I was seized by an impulse to go back inside and look at your blog. I saw the links for One in a Generation 1 and 2, and was driven to immediately purchase them, almost as if I had no say in the matter.

As I read them both over last week (I wanted to jump straight to two, but it felt righter to get all the background), the holiness of the Rav shone through in your words in a way I’ve never felt. Any tentative feeling of credibility even the slightest claims against the Rav had ever had evaporated like they’d been hit by a supernova.

The holiness of the Rav came through so strongly, in fact, that about halfway through volume 1 something in the text nudged sonething in my soul (I don’t know how else to put it) and I was inspired that there was a connection between the problem I’d been having around my eyes and the mitzvah of guarding one’s eyes, which I’ve never been very much for, sadly.

This week I’ve been really making an effort, averting my eyes from women around my office, saving them for my wife. I can’t even tell you how remarkable the difference us when I look at my wife now with holy (or at least slightly holier) eyes. Well, I’m sure your husband knows all about it. [I’ve also been talking to HaShem a lot more this week, in the light of this experience.]

Thank you very much. I just wanted you to know that, no matter how apparently insignificant the sales figures are, two of them were generated by HaShem Himself, and have brought some real, if small, measure of holiness into the world. You share the merit with Rav Berland in this. Thank you.

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For the next couple of weeks, you can get the Kindle version of One in a Generation Volume II for 99 cents.
Go HERE to buy it.

The true story behind the persecution of Rabbi Eliezer Berland

Playing time: 4 mins
As part of my efforts to get more buzz around One in a Generation Volume III’ve put together a four minute video which explains the main points of who was behind the persecution of Rabbi Berland, and why the secular press and the State of Israel was so happy to go along with them.
We’re also working on launching a new website just for One in a Generation, so I will keep you posted on the progress. There’s a lot of interesting things going on behind the scenes, and the fall-out from the autistics‘ shocking (at least to me….) announcement will continue for quite some time to come, even though I know it doesn’t look like that at the moment.
There are big, big things happening, and the ‘war’ against truth is about to get ratcheted up a whole other notch. So buckle your seatbelts, keep talking to God about what’s really going on, and remember that speaking lashon hara and stirring machloket are key ‘Erev Rav’ traits that should be a big, red flag that people may not be as ‘pious’ and holy as they are trying to appear.
We live in interesting times. And that’s going to continue for a while.

UPDATE:

A few people couldn’t see the Playbuzz version of this video, so I’ve redone it on Youtube, here:
I’m working on a few more, too. Let me know if something in particular is puzzling you, or that you want me to address. There are answers to all questions.