The army didn’t show up for two days

More recent comments from Rav Berland.

(These are pretty charif, be warned. I’ll discuss a bit more under the comments themselves.)

Translated comments from Shivivei Or 366

Excerpts from a shiur given by Rav Berland on motzash, June 29th, 2024, Parshat Shelach.

[The Rav has been talking about how Yonah the Prophet is swallowed by a huge fish, and that fish in turn is meant to be the ‘lunch’ for the Leviathan, but the Prophet Yonah stands in the mouth of his fish and tells the Leviathan not to eat him. Instead, the Prophet Yonah promises the Leviathan will be eaten at the time of the geula, by the True Tzaddikim, at the ‘Feast of the Leviathan’.]


So, who is going to make the bracha [at the seuda for the Leviathan]?

Who is going to bless for us? Avraham Avinu can’t make the blessing, because Yishmael came out of him. Yitzhak can’t make the blessing, because Esav came out of him. So who is left?

Yaakov remains. But Yaakov says I married two sisters.

But, David also married two sisters[1] – but everything happens according to protectzia. You have protectzia, that you have such a holy father. So Yaakov, who married two sisters, he can’t make the blessing.

But David has protectzia, they arranged some protectzia for him, he got special permission.


The Gemara asks about this, on page 19b in Tractate Sanhedrin[2]: How did he marry two sisters?! Who gave permission?

Did you give the permission, Rav Goren?….


Rav Goren gave permission for the…

There were two officers [in the IDF] who were the children of an adulterous relationship.

[There was a woman who married a convert, but then left him without obtaining a get. She was then in a relationship with another man, and two children were born from him, a son and a daughter. According to the halachah, because the woman didn’t get divorced with a get from her first husband, these children are mamzerim.]


So, what did the Rav Goren do?

He nullified the conversion of her [first] husband, because she didn’t recieve a get from the first husband. They [i.e. Her two bastard children]  were born, Baruch Hashem, in a ‘kosher’ fashion,[3] but without a get.

Without a get.


Everything that is now happening in….

[The Gaza envelope, from the date of the Simchat Torah massacre]

They took children and put them in ovens – this was those who were born without mikvah[4].


For two days, the army didn’t show up.

So, this is the Defense] Minister Yoav Gallant and Herzi HaLevi – they didn’t let the army to come.

Came 400,000 [reservists, to fight] within an hour. They said 200,000 came, 400,000 came.

[The army told them]: There are no guns! Make a list!

Good, it takes a whole day to make a list [of who wants a gun, then] there is no key for the armoury. No [keys], like that. They find the key – and the armouries were empty.

After two days passed, the army came.

They’d already burnt all the children, all the babies. They took everyone hostage.


They kidnapped all the women who were going along b’pritzut (dressed / behaving immodestly).

A woman who was going along b’tznius (dressed modestly / behaving modestly ) – they said: “You are staying here, we aren’t going to touch you.”

They went past a lot of girls who were there in force, with their families. They said if you are b’tzniut – we aren’t touching you! We won’t take you. We won’t fire on you.”

And so like this, they shot at point-blank range all the women who weren’t going b’tzniut, who weren’t dressed appropriately.


And every day, they are killing another woman there [of the hostages in Gaza].

Now there are 120 [hostages], and 47 have died, al kiddush Hashem (to sanctify God’s Name), in Gan Eden.

There are 73 left. Each day, a different woman, a different soldier, they abuse her until she dies.

But they didn’t take the banot tzniot, a girl who was dressed appropriately.

They said, you are going to stay here.


A few came [to the Nova party] from Shuvu Banim, but they didn’t drink champagne.

There was here Natan, the son of Nachman Dan. He came, [but] he didn’t drink champagne, so he remained clear-minded.

All those [who were drunk / high] thought that it was their friends, they didn’t understand that it was terrorists.

So he was saved, he ran away until Tze’elim. He travelled some 60 km, and they chased after him the whole way, with the driver. The driver was Amer [his name?], he didn’t drink anything, the driver drank just one bottle.



[1] King Shaul promised that whoever killed Goliath would marry his daughter Merav. David fulfilled the condition, technically,perhaps, becoming ‘betrothed’ to Merav, but Shaul then changed his mind. Later on, David married Shaul’s daughter Michal. See the next footnote.

[2] That passage states:

“The following Baraisa discusses David’s marriages to Meirav and Michal. R Yose’s disciples asked him: How could David have married two sisters while they were both alive? [R Yose] answered them: David married Michal after the death of Meirav.

The Baraisa cites a different answer to this question:

R Yehoshua ben Korchah says: [David’s] marriage to Meirav was based on a mistaken assumption, and was therefore invalid. As it is stated: Give me my wife, Michal, whom I married with one hundred foreskins of Phillistines. Since David was never legally married to Meirav, he was permitted to marry her sister, Michal.”

[3] The Rav appears to be speaking sarcastically.

[4] I.e. Their parents weren’t keeping the laws of taharat hamishpacha. It’s a fact that the religious yishuvim in the Gaza envelope were almost totally spared from the atrocities that occured on Simchat Torah.


One of my daughters read these comments in Shivivei Or on Shabbat, and got really, really upset by them.

She was saying that ‘no-one knows why it happened’, and stuff like that – stuff that I hear from a lot of believing people, who have been brainwashed by our [mis]education system to believe that there is no such thing as ‘reward and punishment’.

It’s part of the narc paradigm, that basically says ‘I’m a good person, so nothing bad should ever happen to me.’


But as we’re starting to unpack here on the blog more, there is no such thing as ‘good people’ and ‘bad people’, spiritually (at least, not until we’re dead and the total reckoning of our deeds can be made by shemayim.)

What there is, are ‘good deeds’ and ‘bad deeds’ – and a person will be amply rewarded for every single good deed.

And conversely, if they don’t make the requisite teshuva for their bad deeds, those bad deeds create harsh dinim (judgements) on a person, that can lead to difficulties and suffering, in order to ‘atone’ for the bad deed.


It’s a sign of just how messed-up our world is, spiritually, that this idea is even controversial.

We aren’t hefker.

We can’t just do whatever the heck we want, and God doesn’t notice, God doesn’t care, chas v’halilah.

This is the main ‘idea’ of the satanic masons – that if there is a Creator, He doesn’t care what you do down here, because He’s not actively involved in the world any more.

God forbid, a billion, trillion times over.


This idea is the exact opposite of living life with emuna, where we know every tiny little thing that happens to us is specifically tailored for us, by Hashem, and part of the conversation He is trying to have with us all the time.


Where my daughter is right, is that you need to be on the level of the Rav, to be a true Tzaddik with real ruach hakodesh, to be able to state so clearly what ‘sins’ are leading to what dinim, specifically.

Hitbodedut gives us a little bit of ruach hakodesh specifically for ourselves, and possibly, for the people who are very close to us.

I have lost count of the number of times I was suffering with some ‘din’ and I took it into hitbodedut and suddenly got a huge wodge of insight into what it was connected to, and what I needed to work on, acknowledge and try to change, in myself,  in my own life.

Nothing happens ‘for nothing’.


But only a real Tzaddik with real ruach hakodesh can state so clearly for other people, what is causing the dinim to manifest for them.

Rav Berland is in the position to do that.

But if you don’t believe he’s a ‘real Tzaddik’….. things can get kinda tricky.


The satanist-masons have been pushing the idea for centuries that God doesn’t care what we do, and everything is hefker.

Even in the so-called frum world, this idea has taken root so strongly – just we try to get a heter, or a ‘rabbinic opinion’ to make it possible to turn black into white.

But God does care.

About every little thing.

And every bad deed we do that isn’t rectified with teshuva in some way pulls down harsh judgements upon our heads.

It’s a harsh reality to grasp, for many of us.

But it’s reality.

And the basis of the ‘reward and punishment’ that underpins free choice, and the whole reason Hashem made the world in the first place.


After my daughter’s reaction, I was really thinking hard, about whether to translate and publish these comments from the Rav.

But I realised there is no point ‘candy-coating’ reality, and that the Rav is only saying these things to try to bust through our national apathy, and our spiritual stupor, to encourage us to start taking the whole idea of ‘reward and punishment’ seriously again.

To take God seriously again.

The war isn’t over yet, by any means, and spiritually, we are coming down to the wire here.

So, his comments are up.

And may Hashem help us to take them to heart in a positive way, and to understand that just as we get ‘punished’ for the bad deeds, we also get rewarded 500 times as much for our good deeds.

There is still everything to play for.

8 replies
  1. Simcha VSasson
    Simcha VSasson says:

    Similar to the name of Rav Meir Kahana’s old book – right now, these are the uncomfortable questions for comfortable Jews. Working very hard to stay positive, in the light, and diligent in the metaphysical work through the Torah, that is sooo critical right now. Thank you for sharing what’s needed!

  2. Nachum
    Nachum says:

    It has long been halakhic practice to find any reason to free a mamzer. Obviously we don’t lie and sometimes nothing can be done, but we try, even if what seems to be legal fictions are employed. It’s certainly no less justified than other “legal fictions” like eruv or mechirat chametz.

    In the Langer case- the one here- even that wasn’t necessary. There wasn’t even really evidence the first husband had converted at all, and his conversion was certainly not halakhic. Even more, he had kept going to church all along, from right after his supposed “conversion.” If he wasn’t Jewish, no get was required. And after all, the marriage to the second husband had been approved. Ergo, the kids weren’t mamzerim. Simple.

    Even so, R’ Goren got a whole bunch of halakhic authorities to sign off on this. They all agreed there was no issue, as did many others who looked into it.

    (He was involved in an earlier controversial case, involving a kohen, but that was another story.)

    And then politics entered into it. R’ Goren was too independent, and the charedi establishment didn’t like him, and even the dati leumi establishment had political problems with him. And eventually that led to all of the stupid religious politics of today- the split in Agudah, the creation of Shas, the destruction of the Chief Rabbinate. And for no real reason that people like their power and money. But halakha is halakha.

    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      Judaism stackexchange here:

      Has a lot more details about the case, for anyone interested.

      Nachum – maybe give us some names of all the ‘many rabbis’ who agreed with R Goren’s heter, because I’m finding that information hard to come by…. most of what I’m reading is all the big rabbis who were totally against it, including R Ovadia Yosef – who also had a reputation for trying to be as lenient as possible, within the framework of halacha.


      And here’s the “Failed Messiah Blog’s” take on R Goren’s heter – hardly someone anyone could excuse of siding with chareidim.

      He writes:

      “Rav Goren “freed” the Langer children only after he became chief rabbi. His election was predicated on his promise to do so, but there was one more issue at hand.

      The Langer case was an impetus for a bill to allow civil marriage in Israel. Gideon Hausner, the leader of the Independent Liberals, was ready to introduce it.

      Rav Goren asked him to wait so he could do something for the Langers, which he did. Hausner’s bill disappeared, and the public support for civil marriage, dissipated.

      Were we the better for Rav Goren’s ruling? Had Hausner’s bill passed, of which there was a very good chance, the Langers could have married and the can of worms would not have been opened.”

      • Nachum
        Nachum says:

        You can look up the Hebrew Wikipedia page, which has a list of the other rabbanim on the beit din- he made sure to pick respected ones- and other who supported him. R’ Zvi Yehuda Kook did, R’ Henkin did, R’ Soloveitchik (who had his differences with him) did.

        Of course lots of people were opposed. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, for one. R’ Elyashiv was motivated to bring down the Rabbinate due to this case. But none of them are necessarily any “better” than any others.

        Failed Messiah has an obvious agenda: He wishes this *hadn’t* happened so that the Rabbinate would have been destroyed. (By the way, nothing was stopping Hausner from keeping on pushing even after.)

        R’ Goren was already Chief Rabbi when this happened. He’s probably confusing this with the Zeidman case, which I mentioned, but which is unrelated.

        • Rivka Levy
          Rivka Levy says:

          Tell me more about the Zeidman case. I can’t find any reference to it on his Wikipedia page, here:

          Although, this snippet kind of sums up his attitude to ‘halacha being halacha’:

          “One example of Goren’s desire to adapt Halakha to changing realities in science was his controversial stance on Kiddush Levana, the monthly blessing over the new moon.

          A prayer customarily added after the blessing contains the words “just as I dance before you and am unable to touch you.”

          Goren said that since the Americans landed on the Moon in 1969, this line should be changed to reflect that it is, in fact, possible to touch the Moon.[16]”


          Ho ho.

  3. Simon
    Simon says:

    In the past months, I’ve been struggling very much with matters of lust and the sins that come from it. I’ve been praying to God to help me, but other than that, it feels entirely hopeless. Whenever I sin, I say the 10 chapters of T’hilim that Rav Berland revealed for this matter, but I find it very difficult to even say one Tiqun Kelali a day.
    I’m not sure what I’m meant to do, what God wants of me here.

    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      He wants you to not give up, and to also keep searching for the good in yourself.

      You are tremendous, Simon! If more men had even a fraction of your yearning to do the right thing in this most difficult of areas, the world would look like very, very different.


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