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Lev Daniel is the new Breslov Yeshiva for English speakers, in the Old City of Jerusalem

INTRODUCING A NEW BRESLOV YESHIVA FOR ENGLISH SPEAKERS: YESHIVAS LEV DANIEL

Yeshivas Lev Daniel is a new Breslov Yeshiva for English speakers that’s opening its doors for enrollment in Elul 5777.

The yeshiva is the brainchild of Rabbi Chananel Horowitz, formerly from South Africa, who has more than 30 years’ of experience teaching Torah to students from all backgrounds and abilities. Rabbi Horowitz wanted to create a caring Breslov Torah environment that paired top-notch learning, with a number of different creative disciplines to help the students discover their strengths in many additional areas, too.

Yeshivas Lev Daniel will be offering its students:

* A Warm & Relaxed Learning Environment

* Ulpan

* Half Day Learning Curriculum of Gemara, Halacha, the Weekly Parsha, & Chassidis (Full Day Learning Option Available)

* Grand Finale Tour for students successfully completing the curriculum!

* Hikes & Excursions

* Sports & Music

* The Dormitories and The Beis Midrash are located in Heart of the Old City of Jerusalem right next to the Koisel!

To find out more about the program, or to enroll, please email Rabbi Matisyahu Manin at: info@tha613.com

THE LEV DANIEL WEB YESHIVA

Every week, some of the staff of the Lev Daniel yeshiva will also be recording ‘taster’ shiurim that you can access here and also via the English Breslov Youtube channel, to share some of the light of Rebbe Nachman’s Torah as widely as possible via the new Lev Daniel WEBYESHIVA.

This week, we’re pleased to present the following online shiurim:

RABBI CHANANEL HOROWITZ, ON WHY IT’S SO HARD TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNINGS:

RABBI MEIR HAMBURGER TAKES A LOOK AT LESSON 5, LIKUTEY MOHARAN:

RABBI MATISYAHU MANIN DISCUSSES PARSHAT DEVARIM, THROUGH THE LENS OF REBBE NACHMAN:

RABBI REUVEN LEVY TAKES AN INTERESTING LOOK AT WHAT THE GEMARA HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE FOUNDER OF XTIANITY:

Check back next week for more updates and more online Torah classes from Lev Daniel.

And, if you’re interested in hearing more about the yeshiva or enrolling, please email Rabbi Matisyahu Manin at: info@tha613.com, and he’ll come back to you at the earliest opportunity.

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Miracles are brought down to the kehilla via the prayers

THE MIRACLES ARE BROUGHT DOWN VIA PRAYERS

The following is translated and modified from an article describing Rav Berland’s first few days back in Jerusalem, that appeared in the latest Hithadshut magazine, #17. You can order copies of hithadshut by calling: (+972) 799-318-318.

Thursday, 21st Sivan (June 15th, 2017)

This morning, Rav Berland came down to the morning prayers earlier than usual, and arrived at 4am. Together with the crowd, he recited the Tikkun Haklali (the 10 psalms that make up the ‘General Rectification’, as described by Rebbe Nachman) for a baby who was in a very critical condition.

Afterwards, the Rav gave over a shiur (Torah lesson) on Masechet Yevamot. During the shiur, the Rav remonstrated on a couple of occasions that people were giving him notes, or speaking to him, during the time when the Tikkun Haklali or other prayers were being said, and asking him for brachot (blessings) and advice.

And it seems that the people who were doing this didn’t realize that they were disturbing the prayers, which was a real shame, because the Rav pointed out: the time of the prayers and of reciting the Tikkun Haklali is when all of the miracles can be brought down.  So there was no need to submit notes to the Rav in a way that disturbed his prayers.

In fact, the whole reason that the Rav was coming out to pray with the community was only in order to influence matters according to what each and every participant needed.

This is the place to add another anecdote, which shines some more light on the subject. Six years’ ago, when Rav Berland came to the Shuvu Banim Beit Midrash in the Old City of Jerusalem for the morning prayers, after the service he went to the Kotel, to dance.

During the dancing, someone came over to him and asked him for a bracha (blessing). The Rav gently rebuked him, and said to him:

“You see that we’re in the holiest place, and that we’re doing the single biggest thing that can bring down miracles and sweeten judgments[1], that we’re dancing, and you’re disturbing us in the middle of it?!”

When Rav Berland was in Holland, he also cautioned the community on a number of different occasions that whoever came to ask questions or speak with him during the prayer service, they were actually only disrupting all the miracles and salvations.

The message is clear: If you need a miracle, or you’re stuck in a difficult place and are waiting for a yeshua (salvation) the single best way to open up the channels of Heavenly abundance is to come and join Rav Berland during the prayers, but without disturbing him.

All of the miracles are flowing down to the kehilla (community) as they pray with the Rav. Disturbing the service by giving the Rav notes or speaking to him instead of participating in the prayers is only delaying your miracle.

Please bear that in mind when you come to pray with the Rav, but please also feel welcomed and encouraged to come and pray with Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita.

The doors of the Rav’s temporary shul on Ido HaNavi are open to all comers, and everyone is welcome.

[1] Rebbe Nachman teaches in many places that dancing and clapping the hands sweetens the harsh judgments that cause the nation of Israel, and individuals, to suffer.

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Rabbi Levi Yitzhak Bender, zt'l, walking with Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita, by the Kotel

REMEMBERING RABBI LEVI YITZHAK BENDER, ZT’L

Rabbi Levi Yitzhak Bender, zt’l was the leader of the previous generation of Breslov chassidim. He passed away in 1989, and handed over the mantle of leadership to the still relatively young outsider, Rabbi Eliezer Berland, shlita, igniting a storm of controversy that has continued to blow even into 2017.

Recently, Rav Berland, shlita, spoke about the enormous spiritual levels achieved by his former mentor, and past leader of Breslov Chassidut:

The 22nd of Tammuz, (the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzhak Bender, zt’l) is brought up in seforim (lit: books), as being from the aspect of Yom Kippur…”Difficult is the passing of the tzaddikim, twice as much as the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash.”

Because, as also on Tisha B’Av, we don’t don our tefillin until it’s almost sunset ‘as like tefillin are sandals’[1]. Because sandals, which are ‘the footsteps of Leah’ are changed into the ‘crown of Rachel’, and when we don’t don tefillin, we also don’t ‘wear sandals’, because the sandal is the secret of geula (redemption) and of the transition… and the tzaddikim, they are the ‘sandals’ of the Shechina (Hashem’s Divine presence).

And thus, they sold ‘their brother for a pair of shoes’[2], because the 10 tribes wanted to be the sandals of the Shechina, as per the secret ‘a seal within a seal’.

[In gematria] Rabbi Levi Yitzhak = seal (חותם) = 454. Because all the argument between the brothers was over who would merit to be the sandals of the Shechina, because Rabbi Levi Yitzhak merited to be the sandals of the holy Shechina, as explained by the holy Shlah, in parshat Chayei Sara.

[There he explains how] Eliyahu Hanavi and Hanoch merited to be the ‘sandals’ of the holy Shechina. Hanoch, [who became] the angel Metatron, and Eliyahu [who became] the angel Sandalfon, and thus the secret of canfei nesharim (the eagle’s wings) = 600 = Metatron and Sandalfon, the same gematria as tzitzit = 600. The gematria of ‘Eliyahu HaNavi Sandalfon’ = El maaleh rachamim (God who is full of mercy) = 400.

RABBI LEVI YITZHAK STAYED ATTACHED TO HASHEM THROUGHOUT EVERYTHING

Because Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was from the aspect of canfei nesharim, in terms of his unlimited  dvekut (spiritual attachment) to Hashem yitborach, and nothing in the world could prevent his wonderful dvekut, that continued the whole 24 hours [of the day], in fulfillment of [the verse]: “I keep Hashem before me, always”; without any diversion of daat (spiritual awareness), God forbid.

Even when he was sitting in prison in Uman[3], he didn’t experience any diversion of daat, God forbid, from the moment he entered the prison on the first day of [the week corresponding to] Parshat Vayeira, until he left on the eve of the holy Shabbat of Parshat Zachor. His spiritual awareness of the holy Shechina wasn’t diverted at all, and he mamash merited to fulfill the verse: ‘when will I come and see the face of Hashem’ – to see the holy Shechina face-to-face.

To such a point that his wife dreamt that all the Tzaddikim of Tiberius where trying very hard to help him, and were tearing the Heavens apart on his behalf. When [Rabbi Levi Yitzhak] returned to Rabbi Moshe Kolikov [after being imprisoned] at 2am, after the apparatchik in Kiev told him to return to the prison, Rabbi Kolikov told him: “See how Hashem will do an astounding miracle [for you].  You can return to the prison in peace, and nothing will happen to you.” And that’s how it was.

If not for the outbreak of the First World War, who knows if that awesome meeting between Rabbi Avraham Ben Rabbi Nachman [and Rabbi Levi Yitzhak] would have occurred? From Tisha B’Av 5674 to 29th Kislev, 5678 – four years, where Rabbi Avraham Ben Rabbi Nachman used to say that he couldn’t give over a shiur (Torah lesson) if Rabbi Levi Yitzhak wasn’t present.

THE YEAR OF DIFFICULTIES

And after that, throughout the whole year of 5696 the ‘year of difficulties’, to be in prison from Parshat Vayeira until the eve of the holy Shabbos, Shabbat Zachor, [in conditions] where no other mortal man could have withstood the test there, and yet there was no hour was ‘closed’ [to being connected to God] for him.

Whoever had the merit of accompanying him on the journey to Meron, and who witnessed his terrible weeping on the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, which has no parallel in the whole world; and who saw his awesome dedication, day and night, 20 hours a day; and his wonderful learning sedarim (schedule) that included the Gemara, the Shulchan Aruch, the books of Rabbenu, and the other holy books, too.

Until he merited to fulfill Torah 22 [of Likutey Moharan], the lesson that Rabbenu paid thousands of rendels[4] for.

‘The seal within the seal’ = Rabbi Levi Yitzhak = 454, and he merited to be ‘sealed’ with the seal of the awesome Rabbenu HaKadosh, from the aspect of ‘to be sealed irrevocably with the ring of the King’. The King is the King of Kings, Hakadosh Baruch Hu, and only one person in the generation merits to be sealed with His holy and awesome seal….

“For Rabbi Levi Yitzhak was from the aspect of the Leviathan, which is called the Tzaddik. It says in the Zohar about this, (Ki Tetzai 279) that the entire world stands on one fin of the Leviathan. And the Leviathan in Perek Shira says: “Give thanks to Hashem, because His goodness endures forever.”

THANKING HASHEM WITH EVERY BREATH

This was the entire identify of Rabbi Levi Yitzhak! With every single breath, he’d be thanking Hashem and saying this same verse: ‘Give thanks to Hashem, because His goodness endures forever.” And even when he was in prison, he didn’t stop thanking Hashem for a second, which is an aspect of the frog[5].

Even if someone took his food, nonetheless he would say like Hanoch: ‘Blessed is His glorious name forever and ever!” Which is what Hanoch would say every time he sewed a stitch: ‘Blessed is His glorious name forever and ever.” And by doing this, he embodied the verse: ‘Strength and glory is her garb, and she laughs on the final day’[6].

And the scorpion says [in Perek Shira] ‘Hashem is good to all, and has mercy on all of His creations’. Rav Natan explains in Likutey Halachot, Hilchot Matana, that we merit to have Moshiach dafka through the sting of the scorpion.

Rabbi Levi Yitzhak was from the aspect of: ‘I said you were Godly, and all of you are children of the Higher One [i.e. God].’ ‘From the shoulders upwards’ – [Rabbi Levi Yitzhak] was above all of the generation, and he always fulfilled: ‘and he shall lie in the emek (low place / depths)’ – in the depths of halacha.

Day and night, all of him burned with a yearning for Hashem, and this didn’t stop for a moment or a second.

[1] Gemara, Tractate Shabbat, 61.

[2] Referring to the sale of Yosef HaTzaddik, by his ten brothers.

[3] Before he finally managed to escape from the USSR after World War II to settle in Eretz Yisrael, Rabbi Levi Yitzhak had a number of dangerous encounters with the anti-religious KGB in Uman, and was imprisoned for the ‘crime’ of being a religious Jew on a number of occasions.

[4] The currency of the Ukraine, more than 200 years’ ago

[5] There’s a story in the Perek Shira that the frog taught King David that he showed more gratitude even than King David himself.

[6] A line from Ayshet Chayil, the hymn praising Jewish women that is typically sung on Shabbat evening, which also alludes to the relationship between the Jewish people and Hashem.

Full transcript: How to stop sinat chinam

DOWNLOAD THE FULL TRANSCRIPT! HOW TO STOP SINAT CHINAM – RAV OFER EREZ

Just in time for the nine days, when we continue to mourn the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash, and to beg Hashem to redeem us from galut (exile), we are pleased to present the full English transcript of Rav Ofer Erez’s amazing shiur about how to stop sinat chinam in its tracks.

The English-subtitled video has been so popular, we received a number of requests from readers asking us if we could pull everything together into an easy-to-read, easy-to-download document. We listened, and we’re pleased to present a PDF of the shiur, that can be easily downloaded.

So many people have been blown away by the insights and ideas shared by Rav Ofer Erez, shlita, in this shiur, about what sinat chinam (baseless hatred) actually is, how it’s delaying the geula, and how, practically, we can start to fix the problem at its root.

You can view and download the full (24 page) transcript here:

 

We hope to bring you more translated clips from Rav Ofer Erez soon. Please subscribe to his new youtube channel for English speakers to ensure you get the latest updates, HERE.

We echo the words of Rav Ofer, shlita, that we should merit to uproot sinat chinam, to see our fellow Jew with a good eye, and to see the tremendous good that we ourselves possess, and that in the merit of this, we should have the Third Temple rebuilt, the exile ended, and Moshiach revealed, speedily, within our days.

Amen

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Rav Ofer Erez tells us how we can fix the sin of sinat chinam

WATCH: HOW TO FIX SINAT CHINAM – RAV OFER EREZ

We had so much positive feedback on Rav Ofer Erez’s recent ‘Azamra’ video, that was partially subtitled with English captions, that the Shuvu Banim staff have been working day and night to complete the full video.

You can see Rav Ofer’s stunning explanation of what the sin of sinat chinam (baseless hatred) really is,  what we need to do to finally fix it, and what part Rebbe Nachman’s Lesson 282 in Likutey Moharan (popularly called ‘Azamra’) has to play in the whole geula process, by clicking ‘play’.

We’ve also had feedback from other readers that they would appreciate a written English transcript of the class. We are working on putting that together, and BH, we will post that up as soon as we’re able.

We hope to be able to bring you many more clips of Rav Ofer Erez soon, with English subtitles, plus more Torah classes given over in English by the Rabbis at Shuvu Banim, so please stay tuned.

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How Rav Berland prevented a suicide

PREVENTING A SUICIDE

The following story was told over by Rav Yaakov Amzaleg and is translated from the original Hebrew version that appeared in the book ‘Lehavot Aish‘:

“The grandchild of the Klausenberger Rebbe, zt”l, married the grandchild of Rabbi Moshe Halberstam, zt”l, and the whole Orthodox world, including all the Rebbes and Rabbis, came to the wedding, including the Rav.

(As an aside, in all of the pictures of this illustrious occasion, you can clearly see the Rav sitting at the table for the dignitaries, poring over the holy books he brought with him and continuing to learn Torah throughout the wedding.)

“At this time, I was teaching at one of the yeshivos, and I had a student there who was a baal teshuvah who was suffering a great deal from all the errors he’d made in his past. He was being plagued by negative thoughts that didn’t give him any respite.

“He used to tell me what he was going through, and I’d try to give him some chizuk, but on the day that this wedding was taking place, he came to me and told me he just couldn’t continue anymore. The yetzer hara was chasing him nonstop, and he’d reached the end of his rope. He told me, ‘I want to kill myself.’

“I told him, ‘Look, I can’t help you any further, but I have an idea for you: The only way to get past this is to go to Rav Berland. He’s the biggest expert in things like this.’ The student agreed to see him.

“But we still had to solve the next problem, which was how to arrange a meeting between the two of them. At that point, the Rav was very isolated, and it was very difficult to get in to see him. So I told the student, ‘There’s a big wedding tonight that the Rav is definitely going to attend. Go to the wedding, and hopefully you’ll be able to grab a few words with the Rav there.’ He agreed to go.

“The Rav was sitting in the middle of the very long table of Rabbis and Rebbes, and there were a lot of people between my student and the Rav, including rabbinic attendants and ushers. But this student didn’t let anyone put him off, and he patiently worked his way past everyone until he managed to get to the Rav, where he grabbed his hand and quickly told him why he’d come to see him.”

“YOU’RE BETTER THAN ALL OF THEM!”

“The attendants were trying to prevent him from talking to the Rav, but when they saw he’d already got close to him, they decided to let him be, as they didn’t want to make a big scene. If they’d known what was about to happen next, they would have probably thrown the student out immediately, but Hakadosh Baruch Hu is the One who runs the world.

“The Rav listened to the young man and heard everything he had to say. When he’d finished, the Rav squeezed his hand, took off his glasses, and then gestured to the whole table of dignitaries seated around him, before saying,

‘You see all the Rabbis here? You’re better than all of them!’

“And the Rav didn’t say this quietly; he yelled it at the top of his lungs, before continuing, ‘All of them [referring to the Rabbis] don’t even come up to your shoelaces!’ Needless to say, there was a very awkward silence for a few seconds after this happened, as everyone turned to look at the Rav. Even the people who’d been dozing off woke up to see what all the fuss was about.

“After all, we’re talking about a table full of Rabbis and Rebbes, so clearly some derech eretz was required… Who was yelling things like that, so loudly?! Everyone looked at the Rav in astonishment.

“But the Rav didn’t pay them any attention, because he knew that these Rabbis weren’t about to go and commit suicide, God forbid. If it was embarrassing for the Rav, or making an unpleasant scene for him, what did he care? In fact, that would even be an extra bonus for him, if he could also manage to humiliate himself publicly… The most important consideration for the Rav was that there was a Jew standing in front of him who needed to be rescued.

“The Rav hugged the young man and gave him a kiss, and thus they parted.

“When I saw my student a little while after that happened, he was floating on air. He told me so enthusiastically, ‘The Rav told me that I’m worth more than everyone else put together!’ He was still floating on air for a few weeks after it happened, and that’s how the Rav managed to disconnect him from his very negative, even suicidal, state of mind.

“He strengthened himself, got married, and today he’s the father of a big family of bnei Torah in Modiin Illit. Every time I see him, he tells me again how all his success in life is because of Rav Berland,” concludes Rav Amzaleg.

Rav Eliezer Berland explains how Tikkun Chatzot can bring the geula

HOW TIKKUN CHATZOT CAN BRING THE GEULA

Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita, explains the importance of getting up to recite Tikkun Chatzot, the midnight lament, and how it’s connected to attaining our personal and national geula (redemption):

During these days of bein hamatzarim[1] (between the difficult times) in the three weeks, everyone should sit on the ground, and say the Tikkun Chatzot[2] (midnight lamentation), and to cry. And it’s even allowed to cry in the middle of the day, too, to sit on the ground and to say the Tikkun Chatzot.

When the three weeks comes, everyone should sit on the ground, put dust on their heads, and cry and cry, like babies.

If a person knew what the Beit HaMikdash (Temple) really was, he would cry and lament the whole night, at midnight, and not only during the days of bein hamatzarim. But almost no-one feels the lack [of the Temple]. Almost no-one feels that they need the Beit HaMikdash. Everyone has a cake at home, they have some nice food, they have drinks in the house – they don’t need the Temple.

Baruch Hashem, everyone feels good until they reach the age of 120…

But, there are still a few for whom the Beit HaMikdash is lacking, and who cry all night, and who say the Tikkun Chatzot. 50 years’ ago, all of Jerusalem used to get up for Chatzot. It used to be a rule that everyone respected.

PEOPLE ARE WEAK TODAY

Today, people are weak, it’s hard for them to say the Tikkun Chatzot [at midnight] every night. But the real problem is that they also go and weaken others, who do want to get up for Chatzot, and this is a great shame! You’re weak? So keep quiet! Sit on the side! Let your sons still wake up for Chatzot, let your students still wake up for Chatzot, keep quiet! Don’t tell other people that you’re weak, and that you can’t get up yourself for Chatzot at midnight.

The goyim (non-Jews) since that time, and right up until today have been seeking to annihilate Am Yisrael, and all the time there are more [harsh] decrees. And there’s no advice, and no wisdom that will enable us to be rescued from them, except the Tikkun Chatzot. We need the ‘roaring’[3] of Chatzot, as it’s written: ‘roar, He will surely roar over His dwelling place’.

TIKKUN CHATZOT SAVES US FROM EVILDOERS

When we say the words in the Tikkun Chatzot ‘roar, He will surely roar’ that projects fear onto all of the nations of the world, onto all the evil-doers, so that they won’t then do any harm to us. There are 370,000 lions in shemayim (heaven), and those who say Tikkun Chatzot, so they wake these heavenly lions up, and then there is a such a roar in heaven that even the biggest rasha (evildoer) in the world can’t do anything.

All the evildoers start to shake from the terrible fear that they feel. Each and every roar causes another deep feeling of fear to fall on them. Every single roar shakes the evildoers to their core, so that they can’t even move a muscle from the terrible fear that they feel.

A person needs to start arousing this heavenly mercy, and to start arousing mercy on his neshama (higher, Divine soul) and on his Nefesh (basic, ‘bodily’ soul) and to cry out to Hashem: “What’s going to be with my Divine neshama?” He needs to arouse mercy about the fact that he’s disconnected himself from Hashem’s ineffable name [YKVK], and that his neshama has fallen into the realm of the 10 crowns of impurity[4].

Right now, his life force is coming from pagam habrit (sins related to personal holiness), and from saying unpleasant things, and from spiritually meaningless conversations. Right now, he’s being sustained by the force of the Sitra Achra (the side of evil), which gives a person a strength that comes from the koach hatumah (forces of spiritual impurity) via evil thoughts and spiritual blemishes.

This [force] also sustains all the terrorists, and the murderers, and the Nazis, and it causes the Shechina (Hashem’s Divine presence) to be exiled, as it’s written…

HAVE SOME COMPASSION ON YOUR SOUL!

And this person needs to start having some compassion on his neshama. He feels it’s good for him to keep all his lusts, and to stay with all his evil speculations. It’s fabulous for him, it’s so much fun! He doesn’t feel bad about it at all, he doesn’t feel the slightest need to leave these things behind.

If so, how is he meant to start having compassion, mercy on his soul? Sit on the floor, put some dust on your head, and say the Tikkun Chatzot and cry out to Hashem!

And when we say that the crown of our head has fallen, we should have in mind that the ‘crown’ that we’re really talking about is our neshama. How did our neshama come to be held prisoner in the fortress of spiritual impurity of the Sitra Achra? How did our body come to be more important than our neshama? How did our body manage to defeat our soul? We need to cry that our soul has fallen into the depths of the klipot (realm of evil) – “the crown of our head has fallen.”

“Woe to us that we have sinned!” There is no bigger insult than this, that the Divine neshama that was hewn from the kisay Hakavod (heavenly throne), that is really a part of Hashem mamash, is imprisoned inside a body, with all its lusts, with all its lowly desires. According to the true measure and true intelligence of a person, each of us needs to start to have some mercy on ourselves. “Where am I really holding? How is it really possible for me to be thinking such stupid thoughts?”

If a person recites the Tikkun Chatzot with this sort of broken heart, and with this sort of humility, then his Tikkun Chatzot, said with these intentions, will bring down a shefa (bounty) of ‘aliveness’ to all his 248 limbs and 365 sinews.

WE NEED TO CRY EVERY DAY

When we come across a spiritually ‘dead’ Jew, G-d forbid, we need to immediately start crying out! “There’s a seriously-wounded Jew here, we need to say a few chapters of tehillim (psalms) for him, maybe we’ll manage to revive him!” Every Jew is a neshama from the kisay Hakavod. 600,000 can come out of each Jew. Why should a Jew lose his life?

We need to be crying about this every single day, and especially at the time of the evening Chatzot. And the ikker, the most important thing to remember, is that it’s my sins that’s caused this. I’m the one who laughed at everything, who made light about things like praying, who made light of waking up for Chatzot.

A person needs to know that “Rachel cries for her children.” If Ima (mother) Rachel is crying, so we need to get up for Chatzot, and to cry along with our Ima, we need to join in with her tears. Our Ima is crying about the six million who were killed in the holocaust. She’s crying about all the people who are being killed every day, about the souls that need to make teshuva.

How is it possible that a person can know that Rachel is crying at Chatzot, but still go and do other things at this time?!

Rachel is the holy Shechina! Don’t you think its befitting to join in with Rachel? Don’t you think it’s worthwhile, to join in with her weeping? A person needs to have a little bit of a Jewish heart, a little bit of feeling. They need to say the Tikkun Chatzot, and to feel Rachel’s tears, to feel the sorrow of all the generations, of all the people who were murdered.

We have an Ima who can do anything, Rachel can do anything, everything is in her hands. She exists in the world, she can rescue us in an instant, this second, from exile. She just wants to see who is crying along with her.

Translated from the Tzama Nafshi newsletter.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE TIKKUN CHATZOT.

[1] Bein HaMatzarim is a Hebrew term referring to the three weeks between the Fast  of the 17th of Tammuz, and the fast of Tisha B’Av on the 9th of Av, the date when the first and second Temples were destroyed.

[2] A prayer lamenting the destruction of the temple, which many Breslov chassidim (and others) are careful to say at midnight.

[3] The Gemara mentions in a few places that Hashem Himself ‘roars’ over the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash at midnight.

[4] A reference to a kabbalistic idea that just as good created 10 holy Sefirot, each with its own keter (crown), this is paralleled by the 10 ‘crowns’ belonging to the side of evil.

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The 'Nachal Novea' newsletter is now available in English

DON’T GET INVOLVED IN PUBLIC DISPUTES!

The following comes from the first edition of the Nachal Novea newsletter in English, Parsha Sheet 11, Tammuz-Av 5777. If you’d like to receive the English version of the Nachal Novea newsletter straight to your inbox, containing a wealth of Torah insights from Rav Eliezer Berland, the Ohr HaChayim, and the late Satmar Rebbe (amongst others) please email: dnachalnovea@gmail.com.

DON’T GET INVOLVED IN PUBLIC DISPUTES – THE CHOFETZ CHAIM, ZT’L

It’s a great wonder that someone would get involved in public disputes…He becomes known as a cruel person in the eyes of everyone and he will not rest and he will not be quiet until he gets paid back for his actions…there will be measures taken for this eternal hatred.

Because of his cruelty and inner hatred he himself brings problems on his children and because of this, it’s possible that they will also die, Heaven Forbid.

[The Chofetz Chaim continues, in his book Shmiras Haloshon, Shaar Hazichirah Chapter 16):

Come my brother, and I will show you the great power of the evil inclination regarding defeating and putting down someone else. That when someone delves deep into a public dispute, then even if he sees in his eyes that he is going in a path of complete darkness, and even if he feels himself going doing to the burning inferno (i.e. Gehinnom) because of this, nevertheless, he’ll want to go deeper into the burning inferno and not stop partaking in the public dispute until he feels that he has defeated his opponents…

Even if someone entered into a public dispute and it’s hard for him to separate himself from the rest of his friends that are also involved in the public dispute, nevertheless, he should use all of his strength to separate himself from them, just like On ben Pelet. In the beginning, On ben Pelet took the advice of those involved in the public dispute on the side of Korach, as it’s written in the Torah.

Yet in the end he left them….Since he left, he wasn’t punished with those that stayed in the public dispute against Moshe…

As our wise Sages of blessed memory said:

“It’s better for a person to be called an idiot for all the days of his life, than to be a wicked person for even one hour before Hashem.”

The Chafetz Chaim, Rav Yisrael Meir HaKohen Kagan, writing in his book Shmiras Halashon, Shaar Hazichirah, Chapter 16.

 

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Welcome to our new site: www.ravberland.com

WELCOME TO WWW.RAVBERLAND.COM

You may have noticed that posting has been a little light on the en.shuvubanim.com website recently. That’s because we’ve just moved over to a new site, www.ravberland.com, and there’s been a lot of technical details to take care of.

Now that the lions’ share of the work has been done, we hope to be able to start bringing you many more stories, first-hand interviews with people whose lives have been profoundly touched by Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita, and his many holy students, more inspiring words of Breslov Torah, and other insights into the process of geula (redemption) that is unfolding before the Jewish people’s eyes.

Thank you for patience in the meantime.

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Rav Ofer Erez explains what's really delaying the geula

THE SINGLE BIGGEST THING DELAYING THE GEULA: RAV OFER EREZ

As the world continues to melt down, as our problems and personal issues continue to stack up, and as the security situation on Israel’s borders begins to heat up again, so many of us are wondering why the geula (redemption) is being delayed.

In one of the most important Torah lessons that you might ever hear, Rav Ofer Erez, shlita, explains clearly how the single biggest thing delaying geula is… us.

And particularly, all those more internal, ‘secret’ bad middot (character traits) that we all have, but that so many of us aren’t even aware of.

In the first part of this 60 minute video, Rav Ofer brings the sources from the Gemara that sets out what the real problem of sinat chinam, (baseless hatred) actually is; how it’s often far more subtle and widespread than we realize, and just how seriously Hashem takes the whole subject of how we interact with our fellow Jew.

(Bezrat Hashem, we are currently working on a full translation with English subtitles for the rest of this tremendously important video, but the following clip is subtitled up to the 15 minute mark.)

As well as clearly identifying the problem, Rav Ofer also starts to share a practical solution, based on the advice from Rebbe Nachman of Breslev, contained in his famous Lesson 282 from Likutey Moharan. This lesson, popularly known as ‘Azamra!’, teaches us practical tools for:

  • Identifying and acknowledging our own more hidden bad middot, including anger, jealousy, hatred and intolerance;
  • What we can do to start solving the problem, and overcoming these negative character traits (even if we don’t know that we actually have them…)
  • Fixing the sin of sinat chinam, or ‘baseless hatred’
  • Bringing geula closer, and ensuring that the nation of Israel will be redeemed the sweet way.

WE’RE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW ‘ENGLISH’ YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR RAV OFER EREZ, WHERE YOU’LL BE ABLE TO FIND ALL HIS ENGLISH-SUBTITLED VIDEOS IN ONE PLACE.

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