I can see why the Rav is making so many enemies in the PTB, a bit like Rav Meir Kahane HY"D , just without the political bravado: he does what he does fearlessly, without any concern for political correctness, without any weighing of possible consequences to himself - proof is the severe persecution that has raged against him for years; yet he goes completely against the establishment grain, enters the WHOLE Land of Israel fearlessly, arouses Jewish souls wherever he goes, and last but not least, creates SERIOUS CONVERTS AMONG THE CREME DE LA CREME OF SECULAR ISRAELI YOUTH. See the video above, the names mentioned: it's earth shattering. That is a crime "they" can't forgive him: imagine, stealing their choice success stories, and converting them into Hashem's servants instead of their own servants? That cannot pass, this HAS to be stopped. So declare him and his Torah students a CULT, and persecute the cult; let's spread all kinds of lies about him, so people will turn against him!
It's one thing to play the religious card without shaking the establishment to the core: such as all willing "Mizrochnikim" who worship the state and coordinate with it at the same time they worship Hashem. But woe to whoever chooses to worship Hashem only! And that is Rav Berland's great crime.
I will gladly join in that crime. How about you?
And you know what, I am not in any way changing my lifestyle or my appearance, I keep doing what I was doing before; it's just that my understanding, my Emunah, have changed. Now I have inspiration, I am connected to Hashem more than I have ever been. And I promise you, I DON'T worship the Rav: I just follow his advice, his writings and his appearances from a distance, whenever I get a chance. That's all.
Doesn't it say: ASEH LECHA RAV? So I did.
And he is not my first teacher: I have had a number of them: all of them except for one are unfortunately not in this world anymore, although I very much love and appreciate them even after their passing. But for now he is the only alive Rav I can deeply connect to. So why not?