Someone calling themselves ‘A. Zintzheim’ – because if I’ve learnt one thing about these self-righteous anti-Berland gossip mavens, it’s that they never use their real names when trying to castigate me over the internet – left a comment on THIS post saying the following:
The video you have posted here is highly misleading. If you look at the longer video from which your "fabricated" video is taken, it is clear that the audio and video are not intended to be related to each other. Indeed, part of the video is just shots of R' Berland hiding under his tallis in court. Source is here:
I have to admit, I had no idea what they were actually trying to say, given that the post on the Channel Two site is entitled: הווידוי של ברלנד: "אנסתי אותה" – “Video of [Rav] Berland: I r**** her!”
So I went back to them asking them for clarification, and I got this back:
Your attempt was to show the movie was a fabrication consisted of the following steps:
(I distinguish here between "audio", "video", and a "movie" - the combination of audio and video)
1. Assume that the audio (and sub-titles) in the movie corresponded to the actual video in the movie.
2. Show that the original video for the movie in question actually corresponded to a different, non-incriminating audio.
I agree with your point #2, but your assumption in point #1 is false. The movie I linked to was clearly the source for your movie, yet it is clear from watching that movie that there is not intended to be any correlation between the audio and the video tracks in the movie. Thus your movie completely fails to demonstrate any "fabrication".
Which showed me two things:
Let’s start with the faked video / audio, which I’m reposting here so you can compare and contrast the lurid claims about it with the truth. Here’s some of the headlines – that are still up on the internet – from that time (in the interests of modesty, I’m starring out words that none of us need to be reading:)
Jul 27, 2016 - Years-old footage released of newly extradited Eliezer Berland shows him explaining how he forced a married woman into s**.
Well, this says it all, doesn’t it! Read this headline from the Times of Israel and you have the whole picture. Except….first it was badly FAKED audio, and NOT a video, and everyone knows that faking audio (especially as badly as this was faked) is ridiculously easy.
Secondly, Rav Berland was never ‘extradited’ from South Africa, he made a voluntary agreement to return to Israel to clear his name. Third of all, even the faked audio doesn’t actually say what these lurid headlines are claiming.
Fourthly, the Rav’s opponents never even tried to admit this ‘evidence’ into court because it was so clearly faked. In that same article, Moshe Nussbaum of Channel 2 (the same Moshe Nussbaum that Netanyahu recently said on social media lies to the Israeli people every single night) – says that:
In spite of what was heard in the Rav's recording, there is a problem in accusing the rabbi of committing rape offenses. In the framework of the request to extradite the rabbi to Israel after he was abroad, the State Attorney's Office stated that he is only responsible for offenses of indecent assault and harassment, and that the indictment must rely solely on the request for extradition. Rabbi Berland cannot be accused of rape.
Do you see how cleverly these journalists hide the truth from their readers in plain view? The Rav can’t be accused of r*** – because there is absolutely no evidence! But that’s not going to stop them running false stories and headlines claiming to have video-taped confessions.
While we’re on the subject, all the prosecution could claim (and what the Rav was forced to ‘admit’ to, in order to be released for treatment for his life-threatening cancer that subsequently required him to have a kidney and part of his colon removed) was two minor counts of ‘inappropriate touching’ and one count of sending people out to ‘assault’ the State’s Witness back in 2013, before he’d even gone public with his claims and long before his wife started telling her own fake story.
There is so much to say about how these claims were also 100% deliberately falsified by the police, the media and the Rav’s persecutors too, but you’ll have to read Volume II of One in a Generation for more details on that.
Let’s fast-forward two years, and another ‘video story’ about Rav Berland surfaces, with more breathless headlines:
Shocking Video Of Rabbi Berland Surfaces; Followers Defend It As ...
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com › Headlines & Breaking News
Feb 4, 2018 - Home Headlines & Breaking News Shocking Video Of Rabbi Berland Surfaces; Followers Defend It As 'Miraculous Healing. ... On Sunday morning a shocking video went viral on social media that depicted Rabbi Eliezer Berland conducting, what appears to be an act that goes against all the teachings of ...
Again, this says it all doesn’t it! Never mind that Klara Hammer had uncurable throat cancer which disappeared after the Rav touched her throat. That’s a small detail that must be mocked and overlooked, because the point they are trying to make is that Rav Berland is ‘committing acts that go against all the teachings of the Torah’.
(You can see the full story behind Klara Hammer’s miracle HERE).
Yeshiva news loves video stories about Rav Berland and his students. Last year, they ran this one:
SHOCKING VIDEO: Breslov Mashpia HaRav Moshe Kramer Attacked ...
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com › Headlines & Breaking News
Feb 5, 2017 - The followers of Rabbi Eliezer Berland who was convicted of offenses have taken to attack his opponents. In the opening scene, a prominent Mashpia who dared to speak against Rabbi Berland was attacked violently. In the second you see followers of rabbi Berland covering their heads with Taleisim ) as ...
There was just a small problem with this story: It was all lies. When the police investigated, they discovered that the people who’d attacked Rav Kramer were involved in a monetary dispute with him, and had absolutely no connection to Shuvu Banim.
If you go and view this video yourself (below), it will become abundantly clear that apart from their misleading headlines about it, there is absolutely no link with Shuvu Banim students or Rav Berland – it’s just a video of regular, Meah Shearim chassidim.
But yeshivaworld is continuing to have this false, slanderous story up on its website anyway, because hey! What’s a little thing like the truth when it comes to slamming Shuvu Banim and Rav Berland?
Ynews also doesn’t miss any opportunity to write awful stories about the Rav, including this latest offering from a couple of weeks’ back, when the Rav went to visit the Kotel:
Rabbi Berland allowed to enter Western Wall plaza with car - Ynetnews
Apr 8, 2018 - Convicted s** offender Rabbi Eliezer Berland was allowed to enter the Western Wall plaza with his car, an honor normally reserved only to the greatest of rabbis. During the intermediate days of Passover, when the Western Wall is particularly crowded with ...
Again, the media is going all-out here to impress on you that only a selfish, awful person would visit the Kotel when it’s so crowded!! On Pesach!! In a car!! As though he was ‘the greatest of rabbis’, or something. How could the authorities let Rav Berland visit the Kotel?!?
Recently, Ha’Aretz also dipped their toe back in the ‘bashing Rav Berland’ water, by running a piece entitled:
Rav Berland’s followers have a flesh-and-blood God
The article then goes on to say that:
“Haredi society as a whole denounces Berland (even if not publicly), and most of the Bratslav rabbis came out against him harshly after a rabbinic court investigated the allegations against him and came to the conclusion that they were true.”…
Ha’aretz certainly excels in squashing a maximal amount of lies into one short sentence.
As even a casual glance at the list of rabbis who have recently and publicly come out in support of the Rav shows – including Rav David Abuchatzeira, Rav Shimon Badani, Rav Matityahu Glazerson, the Spinka Rebbe, Rav Reuven Elbaz, Rav Dov Kook, Rav Dovid Chaim Stern, to name but a few – shows, Haredi society as a whole is NOT denouncing Rav Berland at all.
Not even close.
Next, it tells us that ‘most of the Breslov rabbis came out harshly against him’ – which again is completely untrue.
There are a small core of people, centred on the Breslov shul in Meah Shearim, who have been against Rav Berland for 30 years. And the main persecutor of the Rav within Breslov, the main source for ALL of these slanderous stories about the Rav, and the person named below, belongs to that group.
"A rabbinic court investigated the allegations against him and came to the conclusion that they were true” Ha’Aretz informs us.
But again, that’s a lie. The ‘rabbinic court’ in question was made up of this group of persecutors who have been persecuting the Rav for decades, none of whom are dayanim, and which no real Breslov Rabbi would so much as touch with a bargepole. (See HERE for more info).
The email address that is given for this supposedly 'Special Beis Din' is that of the breslevemet website, a joint venture between the 'State's Witness' against the Rav, and his other main persecutor within Breslov.
Strange indeed that the Beis Din that allegedly 'came to the conclusion the allegations against the Rav were true' should share an email with the Rav's two main persecutors, and stranger still that this small detail is not something that Ha'aretz feels is at all relevant to its story, or the 'facts' it's presenting, or the credibility of its sources.
Like I said, Ha’Aretz manages to pack in a lot of lies into one short sentence, and the unwitting reader is none the wiser about just how deliberately deceitful this article actually is. Then, we get to the main man of the story, who tells us that regardless of anything you might hear - from thousands of people - to the contrary:
“even if outwardly his followers sometimes offer blanket denial, "inside they speak differently," says Rabbi [name], perhaps Berland's greatest opponent and one of his close associates before the affair broke out. "They claim that he is permitted, that he is God."
In every negative story that you read about the Rav, you will find this man either explicitly mentioned, or anonymously referred to as a ‘former student and confidant’. Someone emailed me about this story to ask if Rav Berland really believes that he’s God.
Of course he doesn’t!
There is barely a word spoken about the Rav in the media that is true or honest, and that’s especially so when you’re dealing with ‘anti-religious’ media with this individual as their only source of information.
It would be bad enough if only the secular media sites were continually lying to their readers and manipulating them in such a disgusting way, but sadly, as the following story I happened to come across recently shows, the ‘frum’ media sites are also not being run according to halacha, or anything even approaching it (I'm removing names below, to minimise the lashon hara):
Shocking, isn’t it?
Yet extortion has come out as the key motive for many of the people behind the false allegations of Rav Berland, which is why this story shouldn’t be a shock to anyone:
Civil suit against Rabbi Berland
Some of the complainants against the Shuvu Banim leader file civil suit amounting to 4 million shekels.
Again, even this headline is deliberately misleading, because it gives the impression that only a small number of the actual complainants are filing the suit, and that there must be millions more women out there that aren’t.
In truth, there were only two women the whole time, both false witnesses:
That’s it. There are no other women, there never were any other women. That’s why the rest of the story reads like this:
Three women filed a civil suit Wednesday against a convicted s** offender rabbi and fifteen others who they claim enabled him.
The women are suing Eliezer Berland, 80, for NIS 4 million ($1.1 million) and also demanding that he be barred from leaving the country until the case is concluded, Channel 2 reported.
The suit was filed in Jerusalem District Court by the two women, who Berland admitted to and was found guilty of assaulting, along with another woman who was not involved in the criminal case against the rabbi.
Why not? Why wasn't this women involved in the 'criminal case' if she had a real complaint to make?
There are so very many lies that have been told by this case, by so very many people, that even fitting all the information into a book is proving quite challenging. But as I’ve started, so I’ll try to finish.
May God protect us from all the liars, hatemongers and gossip-mongers out there. And may the Moshiach come soon, and deal with them all once and for all.
Go HERE to see all the Emunaroma FAQs and articles on the Rav Berland scandal in one place.