To my dear readers,
The Israeli media these days have been flooded with stories about Rav Eliezer Berland, accusing him of all kinds of crimes, financial, social, going as far as Kan 11 making a video basically accusing him of planning two murders years ago.
As you probably know if you have been following this blog in the past, my experience with the Rav has been intense - on the good side: deep meditations in his presence, fantastic prayer events, deep awe at his incredible breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of Torah and all its aspects, delight at his unique and powerful prayers for all kinds of situations. Bekitzur, I saw in him someone larger than life. I have met a couple of people of that caliber in my life, for instance the Lubavitcher Rebbe ZT"L; but such great beings are few and far between.....
....And then, on the other side, comes this flood of horrible stories about him. In my usual M.O. I had to investigate this. As fate would have it, I stumbled upon a couple of videos that tell a completely opposite version of each other; the latest one from KAN 11. I have included them below. After studying them in detail, I came to the conclusion that the accusations of incitement to murder against the Rav are based on falsehood, as they ignore the fact that the principal person named in that story, the Rav's own son-in-law, was throughout the years repeatedly allied with the Rav's internal oppressor and enemy and doing his bidding, not the Rav's, so that pointing the finger at the Rav for all the evil that apparently took place under his watch is ludicrous, false, and without any basis in reality.
In addition there is also a political element included ( I will get back to that in part II of this series) : according to that video from Kan 11, the file about the Rav ( I couldn't retrieve the exact place in the video where that is mentioned) has been in the hands of a certain Shmuel ben Amos ( or is it Shmuel Habani?), who is supposedly a leading figure on the Left of the political spectrum. I don't quite understand who that person is and why he is in charge of the file about the murders and Shuvu Banim of 30 years ago, but I certainly find it odd that this story should come out just on time for these fateful Israeli elections, where the fate of Am Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael hangs in the balance. It seems as though Rav Berland is being used as a political hot potato, sort of a 'divide and conquer" kind of weapon. Not to mention the spiritual aspects of this coincidence of events.
I also found out to my amazement that the person who led the prayers at Kever Rachel on Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar in honor of and for the sake of Rav Berland was none other than Rav Yaakov Ades. Again, if you follow my blog, you will notice that I had posted a few things about Rav Ades in the past, actually exactly a year ago also on Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar. I had mentioned how Rav Ades had made a tremendous impression on me, when one Yom Kippur at Mearat Hamachpelah years ago I had had a vision of him being Eliyahu Hanavi - and it turns out he talks about Eliyahu Hanavi a lot in his videos! So for him to be in such awe of Rav Berland means everything to me: who in the Chareidi/Chassidish/ Zioni Dati world doesn't revere Rav Ades? So if Rav Ades gives him his stamp of kashrut, shouldn't this be kosher enough for everybody? Could it even be that my vision was right, and that Eliyahu Hanavi is ushering in the period of Mashiach ben David?
I have included in this post the various media stories and videos regarding both Rav Berland and Rav Ades that I thought were relevant. Also relevant is the fact that these elections were finalized on the 7th of Adar, the Yahrzeit of Moshe Rabbeinu. Everything is so fateful here! Everything hangs in the balance! Who will lead Israel? Who will live and who will die?....
Enough has been written about the coronavirus and Rav Berland, so I won't get into that. But interestingly enough, last night, Wednesday night, the night before the Rav's court indictment, again Kever Rachel was chosen for the place of supplications to Hashem. Was Rav Ades there again?
Of course many other Talmidei Chachamim are supporting the Rav as well.
So, who will win? The naysayers and haters of Torah, or the lovers of Torah and the Land? So far the elections point in the direction of the latter, but it is not clear yet. Is Rav Berland the canary in the mine so to speak? Are we going to defend righteousness, or go along with false witnesses, false accusations and an unjust and cruel indictment, all for political expediency and hatred? The truth hangs in the balance. And Truth is Hashem's: "Hashem Elokechem Emet"
I have therefore included as much evidence as I could here, so you can make up your own mind. It is permitted to ask questions, but don't be swayed, don't be fooled by manipulators, propagandists, political tools: try to see the good, appreciate the enormous spirituality of the Rav, don't only hear the bad and accept it blindly! Then decide. Hatzlachah!
Here are two posts I had written about Rav Ades a year ago; you can tell, from the testimony of his student below, the greatness of the man.
Here, at 1:09.32 till 1:11, the video from Kan 11 claims that Zvicka Tzucker, the son-in-law of Rav Berland, was guilty of the murder of Nissim Shitrit under the direction of Rav Berland. I shared this before the (unintended) refutation in the next video, so you can see that these accusations are obviously baseless.
Here you can clearly see - from 59 min - that Zvicka Tzucker was one of the people drawn into the cabal of Cheshin, who managed to convince him that the Rav was guilty (1:18.30) So if Tzucker implicated the Rav, his testimony is obviously totally biased and unreliable.
On another note, here is a past statement of the Steipler Gaon Z"TL about Rav Berland
I hope this post gives you some clarity on the situation. I am doing this with the hope that my dear readers will see what is really going on here, realize that we are dealing with a case of persecution, plain and simple, of a person accused of crimes he did not commit. And of course the whole baloney about Pidyon Nefesh is totally ridiculous. So what if people want to donate?
Kol Tuv to all
PS: Part II should be ready shortly, B"H