by Dr. Zev Ballen
Rav Berland, the Rebbe of Rav Shalom Arush is known as a human angel - his service to Hashem is so intense that he has gone for periods of three days without sleeping and eating. When Rav Berland was young and new to Breslever Chassidus he was a chavrusa (study partner) with the famous Steipler Rav. One year, before Rosh Hashana, Rav Berland informed the Steipler that he would be traveling to the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman in Uman for Rosh Hashana. Somewhat taken back the Steipler expressed his concern that Rav Berland's trip would disturb their learning schedule. Rav Berland then asked the Steipler Gaon if he could make him the same guarantee that Rebbe Nachman made to all of us. The Rebbe promises to save the soul of anyone, from hell, who says a short prayer by his gravesite and gives a penny to charity. To this the the Steipler humbly answered that he could not give such a guarantee.
Just imagine what a spiritual giant Rebbe Nachman was to make such a promise. The Rebbe promised us that if we will just remember him for one second and say the tikkun hakalali (general remedy of ten psalms) that he will erase all of our sins and renew us like newborn infants. Our job is to believe in the power of the Rebbe's promise. He said that we could count on him and by attaching ourselves to him there is no need to worry about anything. He will open the paths for everything that we need.
It is a Breslev custom to pray at the holy gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev before Pesach (Passover) the time of our national redemption from Egypt. Rav Arush will be flying to the Uman on Thursday, G-d willing. This is a very auspicious time to connect yourself to Rav Shalom Arush - the Light of Rebbe Nachman in our generation. By supporting Rav Shalom you give him the ability to advocate for you and your family in the most critically important ways.
The Rebbe also wrote beautiful melodies. Here is a very special rendition of one of the Rebbe's melodies for the Friday night Kabbalas Shabbos prayers of Breslever Chassidim by Rabbi Lazer Brody and the Kisufim Trio. Enjoy!
Wishing you Blessings Always,
Dr. Zev Ballen