Fund for the release of the Tzaddik
Rav Eliezer Berland shlit”a
Under the supervision of Rav Ofer Erez shlit”a
“Pidyon Shvuyim comes before feeding and clothing the poor, there is no greater mitzvah than pidyon shvuyim” (Rambam)
“Our Sages tell us ‘[When] one opens a door to his fellow, he owes to him his very soul.’ How many hearts our Rabbi and Teacher HaRav shlit”a opened, returning Jews to Torah and bringing them close to the Kadosh Baruch Hu! He sacrificed his soul for every Jew. I know the Rav for forty years, and I know how much self-sacrifice he has to help Am Yisrael. Now when he is in suffering, we are obligated to remember ‘he owes to him his very soul.’ Anyone who can help or can influence others to donate, should know, there is not greater mitzvah than this!
“With Hashem’s help, the Rav will return to lead the community, give shiurim, and make the Torah great and glorious, and with Hashem’s help prepare us all for the complete redemption soon. This is the goal.”
– Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman shlit”a
“Even if we were talking about the simplest Jew in the world, the mitzvah of redeeming captives is a giant mitzvah. All the more when we are talking about my Master, Teacher, and Rabbi HaRav Eliezer ben Etyia shlit”a. Anyone who has ever traveled to or ever will travel to Uman—everything is in [the Rav’s] merit. I testify to this very unambiguously—he opened the way to Uman in a way that’s undoubtable, with complete self-sacrifice. One day I will tell you the things that I mamash saw with my own eyes, self-sacrifice. Therefore, we need to help by donating to Pidyon Shvuyim. We are talking here about a great tzaddik who took upon himself suffering for our sake, and we also have here a case of returning the favor in that we have made it to Uman. And not only that, but everything about Rabbeinu, [the Rav] opened up with self-sacrifice.
“I myself went around and gathered [donations] from my students, and I personally request from each person to transfer their donations to redeeming captives for our Teacher HaRav Eliezer Berland shlit”a. This is a giant mitzvah, and it’s forbidden to miss out on it. The costs are enormous, and I request from everyone to participate in this great mitzvah.”
– Rav Shalom Arush shlit”a
“When Dovid Hamelech fled from Avshalom, all the people who were with him with simplicity and self-sacrifice. Even though Dovid was on a very high spiritual level that he apparently could manage on his own, this is our job and obligation to help.
“Everyone understands that everything that is happening to the Rav is on a very very high spiritual plane, and that is true. Nevertheless, we need to simply live according to this world and to do everything in our ability to help, this is certainly our obligation.
“Yes, it is true that the Rav copes with supreme strength that it is almost impossible to comprehend with the human mind how he stands firm throughout this terrible suffering, but our obligation is to help – that is not a question at all.
“It is told, that once people were waiting to harm Rebbe Nachman, and his chassidim were standing there in order to protect him, at one point they left the place and relied on the great merit of Rebbe Nachman. Even though miracles did take place and he was saved, Rebbe Nachman rebuked them and said ‘You need to do what is incumbent upon you and not to rely on my merit, you needed to stay and protect me’ – our obligation is to simply help the Rav.”
– HaRav Ofer Erez shlit”a