75 Prayers Until Geula
At the beginning of last week, the editorial team of the ravberland.com website were given a challenging task: Rabbi Berland had asked for 75 new prayers to be translated into English, and put up on the site ASAP. The gabbai who passed along the message had the strong impression that the next stage of geula depended on these prayers getting out there as quickly as possible.
We all gulped, felt totally overwhelmed – and then miraculously, managed to translate 78 prayers in less than a week. That hasn’t left much time for other articles to get posted up on the site, including new messages from the autistics, amongst many other things, but we wanted to explain the importance of these prayers, and also underline how YOU can help to bring geula the sweet way.
Yes, YOU, the dear reader who is currently perusing this post.
The secret to understanding the spiritual power of these prayers lies in Prayer #915, one of the newly-translated batch. Here’s a little of what Rabbi Berland wrote in that prayer, beginning with the general introduction:
TO MERIT TO DISTRIBUTE THE PRAYERS OF THE RAV IN EVERY HOUSE AND TO SPREAD THE SPIRIT OF LIFE THROUGH ALL THE NATION OF ISRAEL.
AND TO MERIT TO CONNECT TO A NUMBER OF PRAYERS WITH WHICH I WILL GO ALL MY LIFE, BECAUSE THESE PRAYERS ARE THE SANCTUARY OF CHANGING COLORS.
AND IN THE MERIT OF THESE PRAYERS, MAY WE RECEIVE OUR RIGHTEOUS MOSHIACH.
The prayer then continues:
“The obligation to spread the light of the Tzaddik.
Master of the world, may I merit to distribute the prayers of the Rav in each and every house, and in each and every place, and in each and every neighborhood, and to each and every Jew, so that no Jew will be lacking in any prayer, G-d forbid.
And on this depends the complete redemption, until the revelation of Moshiach ben David through the prayers of the Rav, until they are spread throughout the world, and to every single Jew, which is the secret of the death of the firstborn, when Hashem smote the sitra achra, on account of there not being a single home that doesn’t have prayers of the Rav.
And may we merit to go out and distribute every single day all the prayers of the Rav.
And through this may we merit to enter in the blink (305) of an eye (130) to the sanctuary of changing colors, because the Rav wrote in all the types of colors, tens of prayers in each and every color, and so every single Jew is obligated to find for himself a number of prayers which he is obligated to connect with, and to go with them all the days of his life.”
(We are skipping a few paragraphs, but then prayer #915 continues:)
“So too in the merit of these prayers, may we all merit to receive Moshiach ben David and to bring down the Temple of fire from the heavens before the eyes of all Israel, and before the eyes of all the nations of the world. [Skipping more paragraphs, until the prayer concludes:]
“So too, there should now stop all the flood of the sitra achra, and it should all be turned around into a flood of prayers and supplications, and through this we should be saved from the evil inclination.”
In his writings, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov explained in a few different places that at the end of days, the world would be drowned by a ‘flood’ of heresy, and it would rise so high, this heretical ‘flood’ would even splash over the Holy Land of Israel, which was untouched in Noach’s flood.
That is the situation we are currently facing.
And there is one way to stop this ‘flood’ of the sitra achra, as Rabbi Berland described, in order to bring the geula the sweet way, and that’s by turning everything around to become a flood of prayers and supplications.
The volunteer staff of ravberland.com have been working day and night to get all these prayers translated and available, but now dear reader, we are passing the gauntlet on to you. There are a number of different ways you can send these prayers around the globe, and help Rabbi Berland to bring geula the sweet way.
- Email a friend or family member a direct link to a prayer you think they might like, or that might speak to them.
- Print some of the prayers off for yourself, or for others.
- Order one – or more! – of the hard-copy prayers, which are laminated prayers that you can give out to others, or keep for yourself (Small prayers are a $1 each, medium prayers are $2 each).
- Order a ‘prayer package’ – a set of 50 laminated cards in English. Small size costs $30, Medium size costs $60.
- Sponsor a ‘prayer package’ via the DONATE tab on the website, and in the comments section let us know that you’d like those prayers to be given out in your zchut by Shuvu Banim volunteers at the Kotel.
YOU CAN PICK WHATEVER PRAYERS YOU’D LIKE (GO HERE TO BROWSE) OR ASK TO BE SENT A ‘RANDOM’ PRAYER CARD, OR SET OF PRAYERS.
In prayer #915, Rabbi Berland explained:
“[E]very single Jew is obligated to find for himself a number of prayers which he is obligated to connect with, and to go with them all the days of his life.”
We are happy to try to fill in any gaps if there are prayers you’d still like to have that you don’t see on the A-Z. In the meantime, we have now expanded the index to 78 categories, and around 180 prayers in total, so there really is something for everyone.
And we are already starting to hear miracle stories, from people who are incorporating the prayers into their daily routine, including from one gentleman who is now sleeping better than he has done for years, and a mother who has seen her relationships with her children improve tremendously.
Rebbe Nachman famously taught his students that while they couldn’t accomplish anything without being connected to the Tzaddik, the Tzaddik also couldn’t accomplish anything without his followers, and their efforts and prayers.
So we are now turning to you, dear reader, to ask you to join with Rabbi Berland, to help get the prayers out into the world, and to turn the ‘flood’ of heresy and evil currently deluging the world into one of prayer and redemption.
We can’t do it without him, but he can’t do it without us, either.
And with so much in the balance, and the heaviness only increasing in the world with each day, time is of the essence.
We would also like to thank our French volunteer, J., who has posted up many translations of the prayers in French in the comments section. BH, we will putting together an index of the French translation prayers soon, too, and if any readers would like to translate the prayers into other languages, please feel free!
Tizku le mitzvot!