Rabbi Berland begins:
“We can see with our own eyes that people are fighting with Hashem, they are fighting against Shabbat. They think that they are greater than Hashem. (They wanted to force stores and public transportation to remain open on Shabbat and now Hashem forcefully closed everything).
“THERE IS NONE AS HOLY AS HASHEM, FOR THERE IS NONE BESIDES YOU, AND THERE IS NO ROCK LIKE OUR GOD.” (SHMUEL 1, 2:2).
It’s impossible to fight with Hashem.
Hashem says do hitbodedut (self-isolation and cheshbon nefesh<accounting of the soul>) an hour a day (but people are fighting with Hashem by not doing hitbodedut and now they are forced into isolation).
We hope that the Corona [lockdown] will be finished by August 31, so we can travel to Uman <Haredi shrine city in Ukraine> . If not, we also won’t be able to go to Uman.
Now, they closed down all the synagogues because everyone today talks lashon hara <unclean language>.
Today, all the synagogues are just for lashon hara. They are just a hornets’ nest of lashon hara. It’s written about Esav:
“[Y]OUR BROTHER SHALL YOU SERVE, YET IT SHALL BE THAT WHEN YOU ARE AGGRIEVED, YOU MAY CAST OFF HIS YOKE FROM UPON YOUR NECK.” (BEREISHIT 27:40).
Rav Berland, shlita, is showing us the way we can immediately get out of quarantine, so that we won’t have to be ‘locked down’ until the end of August, G-d forbid.
The Rav reminded us about the terrible war that was waged against the sanctity of the Shabbat in Israel, when they fought to open all the cafes, businesses and recreational facilities on Shabbat.
The outcome of this is that now all of these places are shut – and not only on Shabbat.
The Rav also added that so many people, sadly including in the religious world, have been allergic to the idea of isolating oneself for an hour a day and praying directly to Hashem in their own words, and of doing hitbodedut every day, as Rebbe Nachman of Breslov strongly recommends.
The outcome of this is that now we are all in bidud (isolation, from the word hitbodedut).
It’s impossible to fight against Hashem.