Here are some more translated comments from Rav Berland about the war in Ukraine, from the last two weeks.
Again, the Rav tells these ‘stories’ to sweeten the harsh judgements in the world, and if you study them carefully, you can pick up a lot of clues about what is really going on, that is not being reported in the fake news.
I have a much longer ‘story’ I’m working on too, which I’ll try to put up in the next day or two, at least, a big chunk of it, as it really helped me to get a better emuna perspective on all the terrible things going on at the moment.
Excerpt of a shiur given on Parshat Vayikra, 5782 (March, 2022)
(Someone in the audience says: Putin is the same gematria as ‘Nachman’, spelled without a ‘vav’.)
Yes, because only Rabbenu will subdue him.
Because now, Zelensky asked the Jews in Uman to pray for him in the Tzion. So there will be some miracle, because according to usual way of the world, he has no chance.
So, either Putin will regret [going to war], or maybe all the tanks will be burnt, because there are five million citizens in Kiev, so each one will burn a tank.
(Someone in the audience says: A million people already ran away.)
Yes, they stood on the 20 km road, and went around with loudspeakers, [saying] whoever has got an Israeli passport, they should come.
Because Zelensky is doing that now.
Like Rabbi Yaakov Galinsky, when he did the brit for the KGB commander. So after that, he met him in the street, and he asked him [the KGB commander] how were you not afraid [to do that]? So he [the KGB officer] replied, I know that now it’s bad for the Jews, but there will come a day when it’s good for the Jews. And I want my son to be worthy of that good.
So now, it’s good for the Jews, and whoever is a Jew, they immediately let him pass through [the border], even without a passport, and the non-Jews are exploding because of this.
Now, they conducted 200 children [Jewish children from Ukraine] from an orphanage, without passports.
Everything that the Ukrainians did [to the Jews] is being done to them.
But because Zelensky requested that they should pray [for him] in Uman, the war will be finished by Purim. The fear is from the pogroms, because when there is no government, there are pogroms, the same as happened by Ahashverosh.
They call this ‘Brigades’. Because Ahashverosh didn’t let people own a weapon, he just let them pile up all the tables by the door.
They [i.e. the people who wanted to kill the Jews in the Purim story] had to get back by dawn, because Haman only gave them permission to kill [Jews] for one day.
Whoever managed to survive until dawn was saved.
Like the person who told the story of how [in World War II] it was mamash the second where they [i.e. the Nazis] were about to break down the door [and kill him and his family].
He said, in the zchut of Rebbe Nachman!!! – so they (the Nazis) left, and he was saved.
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