At a time when many feared going to the holy Rosh Hashanah Kibbutz (gathering) in Uman this year, our Rebbe Rav Eliezer Berland shlit”a didn’t stop speaking about the obligation for everyone to travel to Uman.
Already a half-year before Rosh Hashanah, Rav Berland shlit”a began to speak words of Torah about the importance of the trip to Uman, while singing for hours along with the community the songs of the holy Kibbutz. Likewise, without exception, all the Rav’s students, supporters, and followers came with great self-sacrifice to the holy Kibbutz in Uman, the place of the grave of Rabbeinu HaKadosh, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov zy”a.
All of them came to the holy site in Uman and immediately began the holy work of the days before Rosh Hashanah, waiting for their Rebbe Rav Berland shlit”a. However, with great sorrow, it was announced that he would not arrive.
Announcements from the media began to come in, according to which the persecutors of the Rav shlit”a carried out a lowly act which isn’t done and paid the Ukrainian authorities a large bribe in order to forbid the entry of the Rav Berland shlit”a into the Ukraine Their intent was to put an end to the holy gathering around Rav Berland shlit”a; however their tactic didn’t work out for them.
Immediately when the matter was made known, tens of students of Rav Berland shlit”a travelled with self-sacrifice to Romania, the place where the Rav was found. There all the prayers and the mitzvot of the day were fittingly held around the Rav shlit”a, with great light and holy fire.
With the conclusion of the days of the holiday, the Rav shlit”a said that they performed all the rectifications.
Photo gallery from the holy Rosh Hashanah with Rav Berland shlit”a in Romania
Rav Berland opened the locked iron curtain decades ago for all of us to travel to Rebeinu. Now this year the Tzaddik once again opened the way for us: “Open for me the gates of righteousness; I shall enter them and thank God.” [from Hallel] Thank you Rav Berland!