Sunday, October 5, 2014

Yom Kippur in the Isle of Texel with the Tzaddik Rabbi Eliezer Berland

Approximately 600 people (men, women, and children) came to the Isle of Texel to spend the High holiday of Yom Kippur with the Tzaddik Rav Berland. They were welcomed warmly by the locals, were given their own synagogue to pray in, around 20 villa's for the women and children to sleep in, and two large tents were erected to accommodate the rest. 
This was the largest gathering since Rabbi Berland began his exile from Israel two years ago.
The Rav was the shliach tzibur for all the davening excluding ne'ilah. Yom Kippur night begain with Kol Nidrei before Shkiah and lasted until 12 midnight. The day began at 6:30am and lasted until after sundown. The prayers were uplifting, with the Rabbi and most of the tzibur being on their feet the entire time, the melodies were sung in the inspiring way according to the nusach of breslov. 
Reb Nosson of Breslov explains that while Rosh Hashana is the kibutz (gathering) of the Rebbe, Yom Kippur is the kibutz of the Talmid Hador. Every year Breslov chassidim try to be together with the Talmid Hador, this year the largest kibbutz of Breslov took place in Holland, surpassing that of the main Breslov shul in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem.
The numbers of followers keep growing, more are expected to be arriving for Succos. It seems the more that the Rabbi is persecuted and chased for no reason the more people are attracted to him, people are realizing that "הוא מחולל מפשעינו וחליינו הוא נשא" he's taking upon himself the suffering of the generation, and they want to be a part of it.  

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