I just got more details of what happened with Rav Berland, over Rosh Hashana, and what he said about this year’s kibbutz.
The Rav ended up spending Rosh Hashana in Romania with some of his talmidim, after being refused permission to cross into Ukraine multiple times.
One of the local Jewish communities donated food, kindly, the last minute, but there was no refrigeration on site, so much of the food spoiled, but they managed to have enough for chag, still.
The Rav was very weak, as he’d been fasting all week as the Rav’s custom is to not eat when he’s crossing borders. And he was trying to cross borders all week.
So the first day of Rosh Hashana he was very unwell, but by the second day he came out to be with his students, and was apparently full of energy and enthusiasm, although still physically weak.
As already discussed here, the Frankist-Freemason State of Israel, and it’s agents embedded within the Meah Shearim community, paid huge amounts of bribes to get the Rav blacklisted, apparently until 2025….
(Again, ask yourself: where are these ‘poor rabbis from Meah Shearim’ getting hundreds of thousands of dollars from, to continually persecute the Rav like this? Who is funding them and their campaign?)
So, the Rav’s students found out about this, and tried to ‘reverse’ the blacklisting by raising a huge amount of money to overcome the bribe.
But it didn’t work – either because it was too late, and / or because they got double-crossed.
The Rav said that if he’d got to Uman, that would have cancelled out Putin…. but that didn’t happen.
So it looks like it’s going to be an interesting year for the Ukrainians…
Re: the tremendous mesirut nefesh of the people who went to Uman this year, in terms of the hours and days spent travelling, and the fact that everything was way more expensive, and people are still stuck at borders all over Europe, and missing their flights home.
The Rav said that all this mesirut nefesh has tremendously sweetened the harsh judgments – at least, for the Jewish people.
27,000 people overcame their fear of war, paid a ton of money, and travelled for days and days just to be by the Tzaddik on Rosh Hashana.
Spiritually speaking, that’s very impressive.
So, to sum up this first bit of ‘chizzuk’:
Even though the Rav didn’t get to Uman, the fact that so many other people went, with tremendous hardships, has done a great deal to mitigate the harsh judgements for the coming year, at least for the Jewish people.
(And Ukraine is probably on the cusp of being totally invaded by Russia….)
Now, let’s add in some more chizzuk.
I was reading one of the Rav’s lessons from a while back, where he started talking about what happens when Moshiach comes.
Here’s what the Rav actually said, and then I’ll bring the snippet of Lesson I:14 in Likutey Moharan, that he’s basing his remarks on:
Everyone says, we want Moshiach now! We want Moshiach now!
How is Moshiach going to help you? You still need to do the same work, and to walk around guarding your eyes, and to have the right intentions when praying Shmoneh Esrei.
Moshiach is just going to teach you how to guard your eyes, that’s what Moshiach is going to do for you. He will teach you how to pray the Shemoneh Esreh with kavana.
Rabbenu says that Moshiach is going to start to teach people how to pray the Shemoneh Esrey with correct intention, and how to distract your mind from everything that’s going on around you.
Regular life will continue with Moshiach
When Moshiach comes, people will still continue to build houses, and to build cities, and to make tables and cupboards.
Just, the Rebbe says, everything will be distributed for free. The ‘buying and selling’ will be nullified, in the secret of: “Until the last person leaves the marketplace.”
Whoever can’t learn [Torah], they’ll tell him, so make cabinets.
Here’s the passage itself in Likutey Moharan:
“Through peace we then merit prayer, by way of which we merit universal peace, peace in all the worlds.
And when we merit universal peace, all business transactions will disappear from the world, for all business transactions arise from a lack of peace, since it is impossible that the desire of the buyer and seller be the same – one wishes to sell and the other to buy. If their desires were the same, it would be impossible to make any transaction.
“Hence, all business transactions and trading arise only from an aspect of dissent, of a lack of harmony between wills….
But in the future, when there will be wonderous peace in the world, as the verse says, ‘The wolf will dwell with the sheep, and the leopard will lie down with the goat,’ business transactions will then disappear.”
What’s happening with the economy is part of this plan of moving towards geula, and that time where there will be ‘wonderous peace in the world’.
There’s a lot more to say about ‘money’, here, and how it’s literally an invention of the side of evil.
Goods and services existed in the world before ‘money’, and they will exist in the world after ‘money’, too.
The in-between time is the difficulty.
And that for sure is not going to be so easy to traverse.
But, we will continue to hold God’s hand, to talk to Him, to pray to Him, and to follow after our True Tzaddikim, who are lighting the way forward, in these turbulent times.
But at least for the Jewish people, a lot got sweetened this Rosh Hashana, by the heroes of Uman.
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