The Rav was hospitalised 3 weeks ago when his attendants discovered he had tumours that the Israel Prison Service was leaving untreated. After a lot of wrangling, the Rav's attendants managed to organise some private doctors, and the Rav underwent a serious operation that removed 3 seperate growths.
Within a couple of days, more bad news emerged: Further tumours had been discovered in the Rav's kidney. Again, the Rav underwent a serious, complicated operation to remove the tumour, and the doctors discovered they had to remove one of the Rav's kidneys, too.
The Rav is not a normal person. Within a day of undergoing such a serious operation, he made a supreme effort to pray in his usual way, i.e. standing up and not rushed.
This was more a statement about his immense desire to serve Hashem, than a reflection of his state of health - which clearly was still very precarious, given that he's 80 years' old and just had 2 operations and a kidney removed....
But the Prison service, egged on by the malicious people who have been behind the Rav's persecution and smearing right from the start, decided that this was 'evidence' that the Rav was somehow faking being ill and weak (because, you know, it's SO easy to fake that stuff after you've just had a kidney removed....) and immediately sent him back to prison, where he isn't getting even the basic care he requires.
Please GO HERE and read the whole, shocking article, as it also contains some very important background info about the spiritual reasons for everything that's going on right now.
FAKE NEWS AND NO NEWS
So now, we're up to the 'fake news' part of the post. A couple of days after the Rav's second serious surgery, the so-called 'frum', slanderous, really-anti-Torah-but-pretending-to-be-'religious' websites, including yeshiva news, had some terrible, fake stories up about how the Rav's students were deliberately trying to get themselves hospitalised, to be close to the Rav.
This was 100% fake news designed to make the Rav and his followers look bad, as the Rav had ALREADY been moved back to prison.
Which brings me on to the 'no news' part of this post:
WHY did yeshiva news, and all the other so-called gossipmongering 'frum' website out there consider it NEWS when the Rav's students supposedly try to get into hospital to be close to him (which never happened...) but DON'T consider it NEWS when an 80 year old Rav has a kidney removed, and is then sent back to prison within about three days of that serious surgery occurring?
What's going on here?
Why are we all falling over ourselves to share and 'like' and distribute so much fluff, fake news, gossip and stuff that REALLY doesn't matter, when huge miscarriages of justice and perversions of justice against one of the leading rabbis of our day aren't being covered at all???
And worse, when the enemies of the Torah world (some of whom look extremely 'frum' themselves...) keep churning out stuff that has proven to be lies and slander again and again and again, WHY are we still reading those sites, and giving those people any credence????
A long time ago, I wrote a post where I spelled out that there is no 'middle way' with Rav Berland. You are either 'for' the Rav - and what he stands for - or 'against' the Rav - and what he stands for.
And to be clear, what he stands for is an unwavering commitment to God, his Torah, and the Jewish people.
Over on the Hebrew Shuvu Banim website, they just published a story about a woman who got an incurable malignant brain tumour, who went to the famous kabbalist the Milkman, for advice and a blessing. He asked the woman and her husband repeatedly whether they'd been spreading, or reading, slanderous lies about Rav Berland.
When the husband finally admitted that he had - the Milkman told them that he didn't know if his wife's illness could be cured!
The two things were connected: speak badly of Rav Berland, spread 'fake news' or deliberately fail to tell the real story about what's going on with him, and you're playing with fire, spiritually.
Despite the awful treatment and persecution the Rav is undergoing, he WILL get out soon, BH. And when that happens, the wheels of justice are going to start grinding into gear all over the place.
If you've been indulging in the 'fake news' festival surrounding Rav Berland, there's still time to make teshuva. But get a move on! God forbid that some horrible illness or other suffering should pop up next in your family, because you believed lashon hara-ridden 'frum' internet sites over our true tzaddikim.
Start telling people what's really going on with this holy man, start sending around the REAL stories about what's going on, and stop sharing and 'liking' fake news stories about him.
So much depends on it.