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The year we go out to freedom


There’s an idea that just as Rosh Hashana is a ‘new year’, Pesach is also another ‘new year’.

There’s a machloket in the Gemara about this, about when the real new year is, and we go with the opinion it’s in Tishrei.

But, there is still an aspect of a new beginning, a new start, that comes along with Pesach too, and especially Leil HaSeder, our festival of redemption.

I was going through some of the old posts on the RavBerland.com site, and I found THIS ONE, from December 2021, when the Rav was still imprisoned, that I am excerpting below:


As is known, physical access to our Rebbe, Rav Eliezer Berland shlit”a has been difficult recently as a result of the merciless persecution which he is found in.

In proximity to the Rav at all times have been security guards and Rabbis who were not the Rav’s students beforehand, as requested by the court.

One of the security guards, who has requested to remain anonymous, personally related to us the startling testimony before you, such critical testimony for the Jewish people and directly connected to the preceding words of Rav Pinto:

A period of around four months ago, before Rosh Hashanah, there was a rumor that the nine months before the coming of Mashiach had already begun.  The security guard, who was constantly found by Rav Berland shlit”a, asked him in the month of Tamuz about the validity of the rumor.


Rav Berland answered him:

This isn’t correct.  The nine months before the redemption still haven’t begun. 

They’ll begin in Chanukah and will be accompanied by difficult events which will continue until Rosh Hashanah.

The guard continued, asking: What do we need to prepare for this period?  Do we need to prepare a lot of food?

The Rav continued, answering: The situation with food won’t be so difficult.  There will be enough food; there will be what to eat, but medicine will be difficult to get.  Therefore, anyone who takes medicine routinely should see to preparing for himself a supply for the coming months.

At another opportunity, the guard asked the Rav shlit”a about the concern about a nuclear bomb being launched from Iran.

The Rav shlit”a answered:

Iran will throw a nuclear [bomb] at Israel, but I will catch it in the air and throw it back at Iran.  It will also fall on Egypt and Syria, but mainly on Turkey.


Reading this now, that last line hit me like a thunderbolt.

As you know, I’m increasingly of the view that nukes don’t exist. But what DOES exist is all sorts of directed energy technology and weapons, that the Controllers are trying to keep under wraps, so they can pretend this is ‘alien technology’ when the fake alien invasion shows up soon.

So…. was that earthquake in Turkey, that was meant for Israel, man-made, and got ‘redirected’?

(It definitely got redirected, the question is more whether it was a deliberate attack with a directed energy weapon, and there’s not a few people who believe that is the case.)


Even more, though, was the timings being discussed.

The Rav said this back in 2021, that the nine months of foreign rule would begin on Chanukah 5782 (December 2022), and then end at Rosh Hashana 5783.

UPDATE: I got the dates wrong on this. See Shimshon’s comment below. To be clear, the Rav didn’t give dates when he was speaking, I made assumptions.

UPDATE 2: Now I’m re-reading this again, there’s no contradiction with the dates (?) The Rav said this in Dec 2021, that the nine months would only BEGIN that Chanuka, and last until Rosh Hashana (5783), which was September 25, 2022.

We are still in the year 5783 now, and this is the first Pesach after those nine months are meant to have been finished.

If I’m missing something here, tell me.


Even though things haven’t been easy for any of us the last few months, in terms of the plandemic, the forced vaxxing and forced masking, the fake war with Ukraine, the planned food shortages, the whole narrative – it all seems to be falling apart before our eyes.

In terms of ‘Deep State activities against the population’, things ARE way better than they’ve been, for the last three years.

(And may they continue….)

Here’s some more of what the Rav said back then:

In the last two weeks the Rav said a number of times that the redemption will be on Passover night, with the light of redemption beginning from Shabbat Chanukah and continuing and growing until Seder night.


Like many of the deeper things our Sages say, the timing is always not so clear, with the Rav’s statements.

But, when I was reading this yesterday, it really struck me that this year could be the Seder night being referred to, above.

That idea got reinforced when I found out the Rav was back in hospital yesterday, having his old pacemaker replaced.

The Rav, as the Tzaddik HaDor, is the heart of the world.

When the heart isn’t functioning well, the whole body feels it.

When the Rav came out of surgery, he said all of the harsh decrees had been sweetened now, and that from now on, there would just be increasingly ‘good vibes’.

(I didn’t hear a recording of the Rav saying this directly, it was reported by one of the gabbaim. If I get the Hebrew original of his words, BH I will try to translate it into English, here on the blog.)


From where I sit, it does seem like some very big klipah finally got broken last week, here in Israel.

The tide is turning, the tanker is turning around, truth is starting to sprout here in some beautiful ways.

Of course, this is not a linear process, and for sure there will be more ups and downs on the path to geula.

But maybe, just maybe, this Pesach will mark the real beginning of redemption in a way that more of us can actually notice, and feel tangibly.



BH, you should all have a healthy, happy, kosher and uplifting Pesach!

I am planning to take some time off from the blog over chag, unless I get a mad urge to write something.

And I will see you the other side of Pesach, hopefully in a world that is visibly lighter, holier and just.


PS: After I wrote this and posted it up, I checked my usual three Telegram channels for Israeli news, apparently all saying there’s been massive riots on the Temple Mount, plus more rockets from Gaza.

What I can tell you, is that I live very close to the Old City, and the vibe here is peaceful and calm. That doesn’t mean that there were no riots, but it does mean that whatever happened seems to be over-magnified, a million percent, by the propaganda news to get every one here jittery just before Pesach.

Also, the rockets from Gaza… we know they are served up on demand to the Israeli government, who have the ‘terrorist on’ button pressed at the moment, for political ends.

As usual, they are trying very hard to start another war here in the Middle East to bounce the population into reacting a certain way, and forgetting about all the terrible corruption going on at every level.

And BH, they won’t manage it again.

The more of us understand this is all theatre, and the more of us put our energy into prayer and real teshuva, and spiritual endeavors to break the evil in the world, the faster it all falls apart.

Don’t forget that!


12 replies
  1. Rivka Levy
    Rivka Levy says:


    Now I’m re-reading this again, there’s no contradiction with the dates (?) The Rav said this in Dec 2021, that the nine months would only BEGIN that Chanuka, and last until Rosh Hashana (5783), which was September 25, 2022.

    We are still in the year 5783 now, and this is the first Pesach after those nine months are meant to have been finished.

    Maths isn’t my forte, so tell me if I’m missing something here.

  2. Jeremy M
    Jeremy M says:

    Chag kasher v’sameach! Rav Shalom Arush says that on Rosh Chodesh Nissan (“Rosh HaShana l’mlachim”) Hashem decides whether mashiach will come this year…and if he will, it’ll happen fast!

  3. Daisy
    Daisy says:

    Moadim Lesimchah to all, a very happy Pessach!

    Really relevant post to our situation here: we are spending Pessach in Destin, Florida, across from a lovely CHABAD shul full of great people. We had a large communal seder at the shul, and a second one – as they hold in Chutz la’Aretz -, at the shul again. much smaller that time, with enough space for the following:

    It was my Jewish birthday, as I was born on the second seder, and I mentioned it to the beautiful Shlichim and other wonderful guests. Shortly thereafter, they all broke out in vivid, happy dancing, singing “We want Moshiach now, we want Moshiach now, we don’t want to wait”…. They invited to the dance the only children there, my lovely Nati, 8 y.o, Moshe-Eliyahu, 6 y.o. Rivka-Rosie, 4 y.o, and Leah-Lilly, 2 y.o. You should have seen and heard the gusto with which the kids danced and sang “WE WANT MOSHIACH NOW, WE WANT MOSHICH NOW, WE WANT MOSHIACH NOW, WE DON’T WANT TO WAIT!” repeatedly: there was such happiness, such Kedushah! And before that they had anticipated Eliyahu Hanavi with such fervor and love, it was out of this world. Then later both boys said that they had felt a presence next to them while dancing. How do you like that? Isn’t it written that the prayers of children will bring the Geulah? I was so elated, and the Shelichim and my son too, the best birthday present I could ever have wished for – and this, in Destin of all places. You just never know who and where Mashiach will come! What a spiritual experience, ein milim.

    Yes, the kids asked: is Moshiach coming this year? They never asked that before! And we never had a Pessach such as this! What touched me the most, for some reason, was counting the first day of the Omer: Chesed she be Chesed. Such love, such Chesed! And then the next day we had a Gevurah experience – no need to enter into the details…. but this Pessach is very special, at least for us here.

    Rings a bell?

    Everybody, a continued amazing, special, unique, blessed Pessach!

      • Daisy
        Daisy says:

        Thank you, Hava, and a happy birthday to you too – whenever that birthday will be…. and until then, lots of happiness – and of course to you too Rivka, and other readers I don’t know personally!

        Hope you had a great Pessach. Ours here just ended and was really nice.

        May we all have a wonderful Omer.

        Shabbat Shalom


  4. Simon
    Simon says:

    Do you have any idea why the Bible and prophets do not speak of all the horrible evil and possibly unprecedented conspiracies going on right now? I would think a prophet should have known of these times, but apparently not.

    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      Check out Yirmiyahu 30:6:

      (From the Chabad site HERE):

      For so said the Lord: A sound of quaking we have heard, fear, and there is no peace. הכִּי־כֹה֙ אָמַ֣ר יְהֹוָ֔ה ק֥וֹל חֲרָדָ֖ה שָׁמָ֑עְנוּ פַּ֖חַד וְאֵ֥ין שָׁלֽוֹם:
      6Ask now and see whether a male gives birth. Why have I seen every man [with] his hands on his loins like a woman in confinement, and every face has turned to pallor? ושַֽׁאֲלוּ־נָ֣א וּרְא֔וּ אִם־יֹלֵ֖ד זָכָ֑ר מַדּוּעַ֩ רָאִ֨יתִי כָל־גֶּ֜בֶר יָדָ֚יו עַל־חֲלָצָיו֙ כַּיּ֣וֹלֵדָ֔ה וְנֶֽהֶפְכ֥וּ כָל־פָּנִ֖ים לְיֵֽרָקֽוֹן:
      7Ho! For that day is great, with none like it, and it is a time of distress for Jacob, through which he shall be saved. זה֗וֹי כִּ֥י גָד֛וֹל הַיּ֥וֹם הַה֖וּא מֵאַ֣יִן כָּמֹ֑הוּ וְעֵֽת־צָרָ֥ה הִיא֙ לְיַֽעֲקֹ֔ב וּמִמֶּ֖נָּה יִוָּשֵֽׁעַ:
      8And it shall be on that day, says the Lord of Hosts, [that] I will break his yoke off your neck, and I will break your thongs, and strangers shall no longer enslave them. חוְהָיָה֩ בַיּ֨וֹם הַה֜וּא נְאֻ֣ם | יְהֹוָ֣ה צְבָא֗וֹת אֶשְׁבֹּ֚ר עֻלּוֹ֙ מֵעַ֣ל צַוָּארֶ֔ךָ וּמֽוֹסְרוֹתֶ֖יךָ אֲנַתֵּ֑ק וְלֹא־יַֽעַבְדוּ־ב֥וֹ ע֖וֹד זָרִֽים:
      9And they shall serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will set up for them.


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