Rabbi Berland tells us: “Persevere until the end!”
This past Shabbat, Shabbat Parshat Re’eh, 5779, (August 31, 2019), Rabbi Eliezer Berland, shlita, spent many long hours in prayer, together with his community. In fact, from the beginning of Kabbalat Shabbat until the end of Melaveh Malka, Rabbi Berland and the holy Shuvu Banim kehillah spent no less than 14 hours praying together.
During the Melaveh Malka meal, Rabbi Berland, shlita, gave over many words of chizzuk, on the subject of not quitting part way, and continuing to persevere until the very end.
Rabbi Berland mentioned this particularly in connection to staying close to the Tzaddik, saying that whoever sticks by the Tzaddik until the end, will merit to be brought to his complete tikkun (spiritual rectification).
We’re pleased to share a translated excerpt of some of his comments, below:
“The Rebbe (Rebbe Nachman of Breslov) said, “I have succeeded in fulfilling everything that I promised.” Everything that the Rebbe promised, he did. Everyone who continues to persevere, and who won’t fall away in the middle of the process, the Rebbe will bring him to his complete tikkun – every single person!
“So, we need to keep going until the end. Don’t fall away in the middle of the journey! Don’t cut your payot (side curls) off, don’t just walk around in a sweatshirt, or a vest. Suddenly, a person decides to take off his suit, a group of them already decided to take off their jackets, and to remove their payot. I’m also going to take mine off [referring to his jacket], what’s going to happen? (The Rav laughs).
“But, anyone who continues on until the end, the Rebbe will make him into a real tzaddik.
“Every person needs to rectify all of their previous reincarnations. All the [difficult] thoughts that everyone has, this is all from their previous incarnations. Whenever these types of thoughts appear, they are coming from a previous lifetime.
“He got confused, he falls, he fails, he removed his payot in a previous life, and now he’s getting all these thoughts in this incarnation. Everyone needs to persevere, and to not fall away in the middle of the process. The Rebbe said all this, when he was travelling to Uman.
“A person needs to know that he was created to be a big, real, tzaddik, even if he’s acting in the opposite way.
“The Rebbe said that it doesn’t matter! The only thing is that he shouldn’t give up in the middle, and let go of me. Then, he’ll be a huge tzaddik, the likes of which hasn’t been seen throughout all the generations. No other tzaddik will be able to reach his level.”
You can watch Rabbi Berland giving over this shiur in Hebrew, below:
These are the holy words of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, shlita. May we all be blessed with the ability to take them to heart.