ANOTHER TERRIBLE ILLNESS STRIKES: A WEEK AFTER SPEAKING AGAINST RAV BERLAND, THE AVREICH LOST HIS OWN KIDNEY
A few months’ ago, we published the frightening words of the Kabbalist Rav Mordechai Menser, a miracle worker and author of holy works, who the late Rav Avraham Chai, ztl, (the famous kabbalist from Pardes Katz) and many other Tzaddikim testified is one of the leading lamed vav Tzaddikim of our generation.
Rav Menser wrote a very strongly-worded letter where he stated categorically that:
“A person isn’t punished unless they’ve first been warned, and therefore I’m now warning you.”
“From now on, anyone who opens their mouth to talk against the Gaon and Tzaddik Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita, he’s now considered to be a deliberate transgressor, and he should know that he’s playing with fire.”
(You can read the full story about Rav Mordechai Menser, shlita, HERE.)
A little more recently, we also brought the terrifying story of the Milkman, the kabbalist Rav Chaim Cohen, shlita, who warned a senior figure in the Torah world that the reason that his wife now had an incurable brain tumor was because he’d spoken negatively about Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita.
Rav Cohen, shlita said:
“Tell me something. Did you talk badly about Rav Lazer [i.e. Rav Eliezer Berland], shlita? Did you write something bad against him? Or do something to try to hurt him?…In that case, there is no cure for your wife’s illness.’”
(You can read the full story, including the Milkman’s exact words, HERE.)
Sadly, despite the many warnings against speaking lashon hara (evil speech) or participating in any form of machloket, (strife and controversy) that are being circulated by the Gedolei HaDor (leaders of the generation), some people are continuing to risk all they whole dear by falling into the trap of the yetzer hara (evil inclination).
We have received many stories of some of the terrible hardships and tragedies that are befalling some members of the frum Jewish community, most of which we can’t publicize, for a number of different reasons.
However, in order to try and prevent any more people from suffering unnecessarily, and to hopefully instill a thought of teshuva into the hearts of those people who continue to participate in machloket and evil speech, despite all the warnings, we decided to publish just one of the many stories we’ve received.
‘HIS WIFE’S KIDNEYS COLLAPSED’
We were told this story by ‘Natan’, a businessman who lives in the all-chareidi city of Beitar Illit, located just south of Jerusalem. Natan told us:
“This past week, one of my customers came to my premises and told me an awful story that had just happened to someone in the kollel where he learns,” he begins. “He recounted that one of the avreichim (Torah learners) in his kollel, someone who belongs to one of the more respected families in Beitar, came in one day and started to talk in a very nasty way about Rav Berland, shlita.
“This occurred just after the Rav had undergone a very difficult surgery on his kidneys [where one of his kidneys was actually removed], but this person didn’t think twice about mocking the Rav, shlita, Hashem should have mercy.
“Some of the other avreichim who were there came over to this individual, and warned him that it was forbidden to speak against Tzaddikim, but this didn’t calm the man down, and he started saying that Rav Berland, shlita, deserved everything that was happening to him, Hashem should have mercy.
“Barely a week even passed before this man’s wife came down with a very serious illness, where both of her kidneys mamash collapsed. This man was forced to donate one of his own kidneys [to his wife], but even after the transplant, his wife is still in a critical condition.
“Everyone was stunned by what happened, because beforehand the man’s wife had been perfectly healthy, and it was only after he spoke against the Tzaddik that his wife fell ill. We’re all hoping that this person will wake up, before it’s too late,” Natan added sorrowfully.
“We all need to be so careful not to talk against the Tzaddikim under any circumstances, and to even be careful to guard our thoughts. Moranu Rav Berland, shlita, is a Tzaddik and he forgives all the slights to his honor, but from Heaven they don’t forgive! It’s like what the kabbalist Rav Dovid Chaim Stern, shlita, said:”
(You can read the full story of what Rav Dovid Chaim Stern said, HERE).
“Rav Berland can say that everything [i.e. all the slander and lies against him] is good, but HaKadosh Baruch Hu doesn’t take it into account that Rav Berland forgives all the slights to his honor, and He is going to strike down all his persecutors and cause them to die horrible deaths. They are committing an injustice that it’s impossible to imagine or describe.
“I simply don’t know why such a pure Tzaddik like this, who is free from all sin, should have to undergo something like this. The people who are persecuting him like this are evil and wicked, and they won’t merit to see the geula (redemption),” continued Rav Stern. “They are going to undergo the fires of Gehinnom. I don’t envy them at all, what they’re going to bring upon themselves.”
It should be stated unequivocally that these stories sadden us tremendously, and no-one is ‘celebrating’ the terrible fate that is befalling Rav Berland’s persecutors, G-d forbid. We decided to publish this story solely in order to warn people of the enormous dangers involved with speaking evilly and participating in machloket, especially against the biggest Tzaddikim of the generation.