I've reprinted the message from the Rav below - which I also hadn't heard about, so it's a huge mitzvah to send this link around - please send the link to shiratdevorah above, and not my website.
Let's pay the money and get him back! Rav Berland is 100% the real deal. I've also had a lot of experiences with phoney rabbis, and Rav Berland is complete holiness and mesirut nefesh for Am Yisrael.
Release the Rav
Below is a translation of a series of text messages that were sent today [Wednesday, May 18] to people in Israel who are followers of Rav Eliezer Berland. [HT: Rivka Lambert Adler]
''HaRav Berland in a message from his jail cell requests that every man and woman from age 4 donate 99 NIS towards his release within 24 hours. And through that, the Rav, within two weeks can return to Eretz Yisrael.
Listening to the message one hears Rav Berland and Rav Ofer who is responsible for the money collection explain that only through the merit of the contributions that are given with mesirut nefesh. the Rav has started to receive food. To get more information and donate, call 02-587-5777 or 054-856-1226/8. May we hear good tidings and please share this message as widely as possible.
The Rav is the neshama of Yisrael. He said specifically that all of Yisrael is imprisoned by their physical cravings. The tzadik is working to take all of us out of the cell. There is no doubt that the tzadik, working above nature, can release himself but he refuses because he is working in the Heavens to fix and redeem us.
The fact that the tzadik received food after Jews contributed with mesirut nefesh is a sign that our giving has worked. And after our giving money will effect mun from Heaven that will save and redeem us.
Precious Jews. Whoever contributes their money in order to return the tzadik to the land in the end redeems himself and his family before the geula.
The Rav did not ask this today just for redemption but specifically because today in the sefira it is Netzach she'b'Netzach of Rebbe Nachman who said, "I was victorious and will continue to be victorious. I finished and I will continue to finish." This is the middle of sefirat haOmer.
May we merit his [Moshiach's] revelation quickly.''