I translated some of the Rav’s recent comments, from Purim 5782.
As always with Rav Berland’s conversations, there are awesome hints and illusions to a lot of different things, and I would caution you to not take everything below literally.
The Rav often ‘sweetens’ things by saying the opposite of what is really true – like when he calls Ishmael a sweet, innocent child, of like when he says that Haman is a ‘good guy’ with emunat chachamim.
But there are still a lot of hints ‘in the real world’ to pick up here.
BH, I have a few more excerpts I want to translate and stick up from recent weeks, so stay tuned.
Excerpt of a shiur given over on Purim day, 5782, during the visit of the Spinka Rebbe
[The Rav was previously speaking about Esther HaMalka and Mordechai, and how the decree of Haman – the descendent of Amalek – was turned around.]
Hitler was Amalek, and now Putin is Amalek.
What does he want? Already 90,000 people, and he’s not stopping. He’s gone totally mad. He’s worse than Hitler.
The Jews – he says, I’m not going to touch the Jews, but it’s impossible to tolerate [lit: suffer from] the ‘booms’ [of the bombs]. It’s written about Pharoah, I can’t tolerate the noise! He used to yell at them, stop!!! He used to hear ‘booms’ all day long, all the roofs were shaking.
In Ukraine, they damaged a beit knesset, and they damaged Chabad.
It’s impossible to continue to suffer from the booms. The noise is worse than the explosions.
Within the hail there was also noise, such loud noises.
Moshe promised Pharoah, [that he’d remove the plague] but he also told him tomorrow, not today.
Why not today?
The whole matter is the ‘tomorrow’ that they give a person another 24 hours, to uproot Amalek.
It makes no difference if it’s Putin or Khomeni, who says that he’s going to annihilate Am Yisrael.
I was with an Arab [in prison], in the same room. I asked him, so tell me, is Iran going to kill two million Jews? [I.e. if they drop a nuclear bomb on Israel.]
Us, we’re enemies, and them, who are Shi’ites, they don’t believe in the Koran, because they didn’t bring in Eli. There is one, [called] Eli, they buried him on the South side, a few kilometres away from Baghdad, and they didn’t put him in the Koran.
He was a stepson, so they didn’t put him in. The Koran is stories, but it’s Jews who put it together. An Arab didn’t know how to read or write. The whole Koran – two Jews put it together, and the cut everything out, and took his big speeches, and then his small ones – and slowly, they conquered the whole world with this.
They got as far as France, almost to Paris. They got to Gibraltar. All of ‘Gibraltor’ is ‘Jabal Terel’. ‘Jabal’ means mountain, and ‘Terel’ was the commander of the Arabs.
Really, they hung Haman by mistake, because he wasn’t an Arab.
He was Persian. I don’t know why they hung him. So what, the Arabs you hang, but why hang a tahor (lit: pure) Persian?
He was a tahor Amalek – but he wasn’t an Arab.
Now, I came from his levaya (funeral), there were terrible cries, and Vaizasa cried. Vaizasa, he’s so short, so I promised him that he will be great, great, and he’s going to be taller. He’s going to go up, up to 50 amah.
On Purim, all the blessings are realised here, even those for Vaizasa. He will be [up] 50 amah, on the shpitz (peak / top).
What did they want from Haman?
Haman asked the king about every single thing. He had such morals, he had such emunat chachamim. About every single thing, his wife would tell him go to the king, and tell the king everything, and ask the king about everything. You’re not to take a side without the king!
He just made a single mistake. What was the mistake? The she [his wife] told him to go in the morning, go in the morning! You aren’t Breslov, and you aren’t Spinka, what are you doing getting up in the middle of the night?! They’ll say that you are a thief, suddenly someone will get killed, or they’ll shoot at someone, or they’ll rob a house – and then they’ll say you are the thief!
So what, if you were a Breslover or a Spinka, then that would be OK.
The Spinka Rebbe learns Torah the whole night, but you aren’t Spinka, so why are getting up in the middle of the night?! Go to sleep!
I tell everyone to be in their beds by 10pm.
That one time, if he’d have listened to his wife, then this disaster wouldn’t have happened, they wouldn’t have hung him.
A person just needs to listen to his wife’s voice. This is a shiur about shalom bayit.
From this, we learn that everything that the wife says – apart from [telling you to] break shabbat – this is the holy of holies.
It’s forbidden to go against what your wife says, even as much as a hair’s breadth. “Everything that Sarah tells you, listen to her voice.”
Even if it’s to throw Ishmael out of the house!
Ishmael had such amazing, long payot (side curls), down to his belly button. He didn’t have anything ‘bad’ about him, and he went around wearing a yellow kaftan. He was a nice child, he was a sweet child.
He said, why do you want to throw such a sweet child like this out of the house?! Stam, he’s shooting at birds, he’s not shooting at Yitzhak. And Yitzhak is not going where he’s shooting, Yitzhak is far away on the sidelines, he’s searching for Yitzhak.
Wherever Yitzhak is going, [that’s where] he’s firing his arrows. That’s why he’s called ‘Yitzhak’, after the word hitzim (arrows), that were fired at him. After the phrase ‘k’mitzhak bi’ (making sport of him), because of this, it looked like they were ‘sporting’ with me.
“And Sarah saw the son of the Egyptian convert that had been born to Avraham mitzhak (sporting / playing.)”
Now, the gates are being opened. All the gates are being opened.
Now, is the moment of ‘Purim’, and such a miracle has never been seen before.
You should know, that a miracle like Purim will never be again, even when Moshiach comes and there will be Gog and Magog.
Putin is not Gog and Magog, it’s stam, a meshuga (crazy person), stam, someone who is insane.
He’s already 69 years old, he was born the same year Stalin died. He recieved the soul of Stalin, to stam kill people.
Already, 90,000 people died, and already 20,000 Russians died.
Up until now, the Ukrainians already recieved $800 trillion worth of arms, from America, anti-tank [missiles], and everything. They didn’t have anything, not a weapon, nothing. From Holland they sent, from Germany they sent, from France, they sent weapons.
They wiped out all the tanks for them. The Russians still can’t enter Kiev.
The king said, on one day, I’m going to kill a whole people.
It’s impossible to conquer a single city in one day. Here, try with Kiev. Already now, it’s been four weeks. The war started at 5 and 10 minutes.
There was one person here, R’ Shmuel Stern and his son, Yechiel. They got on the airplane five minutes before they blew up the airport in Kiev. Five minutes earlier, his son got on the airplane, and the airplane still managed to navigate to Israel.
Putin really doesn’t want to harm the Jews.
A motorcyclist was killed in Uman because a rocket fell there by mistake. Someone was travelling from Kiev to Uman – a secular Jew wanted to hide himself in Uman, but on the way there, there was shooting, and he was killed. Two Jews died, one secular and one religious.
But it’s impossible to murder a whole people in one day.
Translated from Shivevei Newsletter 255.
NB: The Rav is currently in hospital again.
Please pray for the continued good health or Rabbi Eliezer ben Ettia.
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