The power of prayer

Maybe, just maybe, there is a glint of light at the end of the tunnel.

Maybe, just maybe, more and more people are starting to realise that the real ‘power’ of the Jewish people – the ONLY power of the Jewish people – is prayer.

Yesterday, the Iranian President and a few other people apparently went ‘missing’. And they still haven’t been found.

You can tell me it’s ‘our guys’ that did this, but as our ‘our guys’ are working for exactly the same people as the Iranians, at the highest levels, I really don’t think so.

What made this happen is prayer.

Lots and lots and lots of prayer.

And also, the Rav.

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On the Habayitah blog, there’s a whole update about the situation of the Iranian yeshiva bochur who is facing imminent execution.

You can read it HERE.

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But the point is – there is no coincidence that the Iranian President ‘disappears’ like this just as the Rav is having yet more serious procedures and treatments in hospital.

It’s happened so very many times, that it just can’t be chalked up to CO-IN-CID-ENCE.

(At least, if you aren’t a perpetual cynic who struggles to believe that God actually exists in the world, and is taking a close interest in His creations.)

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I have a whole bunch of stuff to translate from the Rav again, and that will coincide with me taking my three days ‘offline’, that go from MON-WED.

Rav Yaakov Ades is organising a huge prayer rally in the MENORAH STADIUM in Tel Aviv this evening – and he will be praying for Am Yisrael, the soldiers – and also the Rav.

If you want to go, you can book tickets HERE, or just show up there tonight.

(This is nothing to do with Shuvu Banim, btw, but prayer rallies can never be a bad thing.)

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And in the meantime, I thought I should stick up this Chapter from One in a Generation III.

(You can get the hardcopy on Amazon HERE.)

The Rav was saying what he was saying below back in June 2023.

At that point, I had a few ‘cynics’ attacking me here on the blog for suggesting that Rav Berland getting to Uman for Rosh Hashana was the ‘big deal’ I was making it out to be.

As this year unfolded…. we can see that the Rav’s ruach hakodesh was clear, and that the ‘Shoah’ he was warning about happened immediately afterwards.

And is still going on right now.

But prayer, charity and teshuva overturn even the harshest decrees – especially when they are connected back to the Tzaddik HaDor.

The True Tzaddikim can’t do anything without us. But we can’t really do anything without them, either.

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PRAY FOR ME

Rebbe Nachman spoke about the correct way to deal with harsh decrees:

He said: “[E]ach person must say that the world was only created for his sake, and [the Rebbe said] how every person must endeavor to make up the deficiencies of the world, praying on its behalf – i.e. before the decree [actually materialises].

He also said the following: “That year [1803] the Rebbe was very preoccupied with the Cantonist Decrees. He was extremely worried about the situation and said they were not an idle threat. He disagreed strongly with the people who were saying nothing would come of it in the end, for how could God do such a thing to the Jewish people?!

The Rebbe said several times that this was nonsense.

We find many occasions when harsh decrees did materialise.

The Rebbe spoke about this a great deal and said that the rumored decrees had to be taken with the utmost seriousness and not be treated lightly. We had to pray and cry out to God, and to be and beseech Him in the hope that He would hear us and annul them…. If only people had listened to his call to set the earth shaking with prayers and appeals to God, these decrees would have been nullified completely!” 

  • Chayey Moharan, in Conversations Relating to His Lessons

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At the beginning of June 2023, the Rav spoke to one of his followers and asked him to put out a message that the Rav was asking people to say an extra Tikkun Haklali for him, in the merit of him getting to Uman for Rosh Hashana 5784.

In that conversation, the Rav said that if he was blocked from travelling to Uman for this Rosh Hashana there would be a decree of destruction on the world at the level of another Shoah – and there would be no other way of sweetening it.

These words fell on the community like a thunder clap, particularly as the Rav has always been so careful to stress the path of hope, optimism and teshuvah, even with there is a ‘sharp sword’ pressed against our throats.

A couple of days later, a short video was put out[1] which brought together more of the difficult comments the Rav had shared with some of his senior followers, in recent days.

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In that video, the narrator explained the following:

Everyone should know the current situation of the Rav and what he said to one of his students who was going to visit Uman. The Rav told him:

  1. Pray for me that I shouldn’t go back to prison

  2. Pray for me that I shouldn’t need to go back to hospital

  3. Pray for me that I should get to Uman for Rosh Hashanah, may good be upon us.

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The narrator continues:

“Everyone was asking what the Rav actually intended with these words…Three months’ ago, the Rav talked about going back to prison again – and at that time, there were new court proceedings happening again, that can’t be publicised, but the Rav said what can I do? I’m obligated to go back to prison.

At that time, he said the only thing that can ‘cancel’ this is if people went immediately to Hevron to pray – and Baruch Hashem, we merited to do this, and it got cancelled, and the Tzaddik stayed with us.

The rashaim aren’t staying quiet for a moment, and are constantly seeking out new ways to come after the Rav.

If the Rav says we need to pray to avoid him being sent back to prison – he means it literally.

Next, the narrator returned to the subject of the Rav’s fragile state of health:

Two weeks ago [at the beginning of June 2023], one of the Rav’s senior students explained that the Rav told him on Shabbat morning – in front of tens of other people – that the doctors were giving him just one more month to live.

These are the words the Rav himself said to […]”

Then narrator continued:

The Rav told another one of this senior students that the persecutors are doing everything they can to keep him out of Uman, on Rosh Hashanah, in every way possible.

But, the Rav said if he doesn’t get to Uman this Rosh Hashanah, there will be no ‘sweetening’ of the judgements, etc, and chas v’shalom, there will be a Shoah.

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The narrator then explained the huge importance of saying Tikkun Haklalis – as many as possible – for the Rav to get to Uman this Rosh Hashanah, to continue to be with us, to avoid going back to prison – and to sweeten all the harsh judgements hanging over every single person.

At the 4.15 min mark in the video, the narrator mentions that the Rav’s community are trying to organise a massive campaign to get a minimum of 100,000 Tikkun Haklalis said for the Rav, over the coming weeks. He continued:

We have set a target of 100,000 Tikkun Klalis. However, if we spread this amongst social circles and synagogues in Israel and abroad, we could achieve a more incredible, higher number of Tikkun HaKlalis.

This would produce tremendous help for the Tzaddik of our generation! And it could enable the Tzaddik to get to Uman for Rosh Hashana, and to send tremendous shefa (bounty) to flow to everyone.

If we help the Tzaddik to arrive in Uman this Rosh Hashanah, Mashiach will be revealed in our Generation!

The narrator then concludes:

The Rav has promised: Anyone who prays for me, I will pray for them. Anyone who says the Tikkun HaKlali three times a day, I will provide a good place for them in Olam Haba. The Rav met one of his students who told the Rav that he was praying Tikkun HaKlalis and Pirkei Nivcharim in the merit of the Rav, and the Rav told him:

Do not stop praying for me, I am very ill.’”

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Also in June, another well-known kabbalist in Israel, Rabbi Eldad Shmueli, made a plea for the Jews living abroad to move to Israel – and for every Jew everywhere in the world to knuckle down, and make some real teshuvah.

Rav Shmueli said:

“Am Israel – wherever you are – In the past hour, I have spoken with a few people and it is only a matter of time that there is going to be a very big change in all the World, in all the Universe and also in all our private lives.

Everyone can see that the world is very unstable. The Prime Ministers of the countries are not trustworthy, it is the beginning of World War III.

The countries of NATO are buying all kinds of weapons and getting ready for this war. Much more than it is now between Russian and Ukraine. The weapons are not like the old weapons of WW II, which were like a game. Now, the weapons and bombs destroy, this is not a game.

Also, Israel itself is in a very big danger. Inside and outside and among us… the Arabs, and Erev Rav who want to fight us spiritually. All Am Israel is in a very big danger. The Geulah of Mashiach is about to appear soon, how much time we do not know. Nobody knows. Before a woman has a baby, the birth-pangs are strongest.

But the main danger is that we went out from kedushah, holiness.

Make teshuvah, wake up! We do not have years or months or weeks, nobody knows the time, but do it now, make teshuvah, think about whatever you did wrong.

THINK! Start with your head, then go down to your eyes, and then your ears, nose, etc. and think about all your body parts, and turn around, make Teshuva. If you do teshuvha then you are in a safe place, it will save you.

The safest place to be in is Eretz Israel. The safest place to be is with HaKadosh Baruch Hu.

The beginning of the WW III every place will be in a “big mess”, Eretz Israel will have the Shechinah and be a safe place.Before the Mashiach will come, the Shechinah will come back to Eretz Israel and leave the overseas.

[There will be] more anti-semitism, there will be no protection outside of Eretz Israel.”

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Rav Shmueli made these comments two long weeks before a 17 year old boy of Algerian descent was shot by French police in a suburb of Paris on June 27th, 2023, sparking a week of shocking riots across France and making it painfully clear just how unstable our world currently is.

Rebbe Nachman taught there is no despair in the world!

But at the same time, he also emphasised the importance of taking these warnings of harsh judgements seriously, and making every effort to engage in the teshuvah and prayer required to make these harsh tidings disappear.

So let’s conclude this chapter with the Rav’s own plea for where our prayers should be aimed:

  • Pray for me that I shouldn’t go back to prison
  • Pray for me that I shouldn’t need to go back to hospital
  • Pray for me that I should get to Uman for Rosh Hashanah

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[1] You can see that video for yourself in Hebrew here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fe1UJBLduI

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Ad kan, from OIAG 3.

The Rav is still seriously ill, and is asking for people to say 7 Tikkun HaKlalis a day, for his refuah.

But really?

We’re just praying for ourselves.

And the more ‘prayers’ are said by the more people – connected back to the True Tzaddikim – the easier and sweeter this whole process goes for everyone.

3 replies
  1. Simon
    Simon says:

    Today I was at the hospital, and I ended up getting a vaccine, it was so decided.
    I’m pretty scared of what that will entail for me.
    At least it’s not the c0v!d one. I can only pray, as I did, that I will be protected.

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    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      Rav Natan of Breslov wrote that God is so great, He can even heal someone that goes to a doctor….

      Prayer (teshuva and tzedaka) are the ‘antidotes’ to all this stuff, as really, Ein Od Milvado. There is only Hashem doing everything. Deal direct with the ‘Source’, and the issues go away by themselves.

      Reply

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