The miraculous letter of Ilan Tamir

Ilan Tamir's miraculous letter
Ilan Tamir explains how Rav Berland sent him a letter in a truly miraculous way


The following amazing story was recorded a couple of years’ ago, before Rav Berland, shlita, returned to Israel:

“My name is Ilan Tamir, and I was born in Tiberius and grew up there. Today, I live in Jerusalem. The story I’m going to tell you happened around 20 years’ ago, and it started when someone invited me to go with him to see the gaon and the Tzaddik, Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita.

That time around, something happened and I wasn’t able to get in to see the Rav, shlita. So instead, I gave in a letter describing a couple of big questions I had. It was only when I was leaving that I realised, to my great regret, that I’d forgotten to write any of my contact details on the letter, and the Rav didn’t know me, I thought, so he wouldn’t be able to get hold of me.

One day, my sister got in touch and told me that she had a letter for me. I found out that one of my childhood friends from school in Tiberius had been walking through the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem and had seen a letter that had been thrown on the floor, that had my name on it – Ilan Tamir.

He remembered that he knew someone called Ilan Tamir, but he didn’t know how to get hold of me. He told this story to his sister from Jerusalem, where he was staying, and she told him that Ilan Tamir’s sister was also living in Jerusalem, and that he could leave the letter by her.

I got to Jerusalem, to come get the letter, and to my amazement I saw it was the letter that I’d written, and that [on the bottom] there were answers from Rav Berland, shlita. I took the letter to Rav Shalom Arush, shlita, who reassured me that it was indeed the handwriting of the Rav, shlita, someone like him would know, because he is one of the Rav’s oldest students.

I’d asked questions regarding my private life, but Rav Berland didn’t just answer them, he also added in writing that I’d been told what to do before, by Rav Shalom Arush, and I hadn’t followed his advice…

I was surprised all over again, because I hadn’t written anywhere in the letter that I was connected to Rav Arush, shlita.

Rav Berland finished his answers by saying: “Do what Rav Arush told you to do, and your problems will disappear very quickly.” So I did, and in truth the problem that I’d been suffering with for a long time already suddenly disappeared, in 15 minutes. I really saw a huge miracle, and it was very hard to believe what had happened.

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How I finally got to meet Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita, was completely by accident. One day, I was travelling around the North [of Israel], when one of my friends called Ezra suggested that we go and visit Rav Berland, shlita.

At that point, I was still just at the beginning of my [spiritual] journey, so I said to him: “Get out of here, I’ve already seen enough rabbis to last me a lifetime.” But happily, he didn’t back down and he managed to drag me along with to see Rav Berland, shlita. He kept telling me: “This Rav, he’s really big, he’s the Rav of Rav Arush!”

We got there, and it was the middle of Succot, and the Rav, shlita, just stayed sitting in his succah, eating very small slices of challah – and I just froze on the spot. Everyone was trying to convince me to leave and continue with the tiyul (holiday), but I just ignored them. I just couldn’t stop staring at him – ‘get out of here!’ I told them. It was the first time I’d ever seen anything like it.

One day, my wife and I heard about the idea of doing a pidyon nefesh (redemption of the soul) with the Tzaddik. I’d heard that Rav Berland had said that even if he wasn’t present, and the pidyon money hadn’t yet been passed along to him, it was already doing what was required, even if the pidyon hadn’t actually got to him yet.

So, me and my wife scraped together all the money that we could from our bank account – it was like the last 500 shekels we possessed. We sent it all off to Rav Berland, then we went on our way.

Four days’ later, we got a really surprising letter delivered to the house. It turned out that the Bituach Leumi (National Insurance) had gone through their files, and discovered that my wife had a number of children, and also had a disability. So, it turned out that they were sending us seven times the amount that we’d sent off to Rav Berland, as the pidyon.

This was really a miracle! At the time when we were doing the pidyon, it didn’t even cross our minds that we’d be helped in this way by the Bituach Leumi, because we had no idea that they’d made a mistake [with our file.]

It’s really hard to explain it to others, but an enormously holy man is walking around in our generation. We have the merit, that we’ve got a Rav like this in our generation. I have no idea how people could do the things they’ve done to the Rav! Until we actually merited to get a holy man like this in our times…

It seems like something really big is going on that we can’t really explain. Because there’s no doubt that Rav Berland, shlita, is an ish emet (man of truth), and that there is no-one else like him.

When Rav Berland gets back to Israel, that’s when everyone will start to understand the truth. Even if the Rav, shlita, ends up being extradited, he’ll still arrive home to a red carpet welcome.

The red carpet by Rav Berland’s front door

(And in truth, what Ilan Tamir predicted in this interview, recorded before the Rav returned to Israel, actually came true in the end. When the Rav came home to Jerusalem, the red carpet was rolled out for him in front of his home.)

Eventually, everyone will know the truth. Even the police knows the truth [that everything is just slander and lies]. I know there are so many different people [who made teshuva] by Rav Berland, shlita, in his yeshiva, including musicians, pilots, and even, former police chiefs.”

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