If someone makes a plea bargain, it doesn’t automatically follow that they will get their sentence reduced as a result. Because the courts in Israel work more along the ‘Stalinist Show Trial’ model than anything that you or I would recognize as a genuinely just legal system that’s interested in getting to the truth, people making a plea bargain have to grovel abjectly to the judges and show enough ‘remorse’ before the judges will commute their sentence.
When I started getting the emails yesterday telling me about what Rav Berland had apparently said in his court ‘confession’, I was a little stumped at first. I thought: “Either he didn’t say it” - because let’s be clear, honest reporting has NOT been the name of the game with Rav Berland, or I thought: “If he said it, he’s for sure apologizing globally for something on a much higher level than we can grasp.”
Now my friend has given me a third explanation, that ties in very neatly with the recent video by Rav Glazerson where he basically explained that Rav Berland’s ‘confession’ got squeezed out of him by the erev rav-type people running the corrupt legal system.
In a nutshell, we live in a Jewish version of Stalin’s Russia, where the appearance of justice is far more important than actual justice itself. Whenever a legal system is going all out for ‘public confessions’ instead of evidence and due process, a big red flag should pop up in everyone’s brain that something very dodgy is going on.
True, they don’t salute big portraits of Stalin (although Ben Gurion comes close…) but in many other ways, the Israeli court system is straight out of a communist gulag.
So it was that Rav Berland, who had been denied a fair trial for many months’ already because THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE was told he had to sit in jail for two more years until the case was concluded, OR make a plea bargain with a public confession (because there’s NO EVIDENCE other than self-incrimination).
And if the confession wasn’t contrite enough, and sincere enough, and didn’t contain enough juicy soundbites for Channel 2, then even with the plea bargain, the judges still weren’t going to reduce his sentence.
Voila - we now have the forced public ‘confession’, the forced public apology, and the State of Israel can now pretend that the 10 million shekels it spent chasing the Rav all over the world when there wasn’t even an arrest warrant out for him was money well spent.
Justice has been done!
Thankfully, there is still a true Judge, and true justice is still coming down the pipe. One clue to the supernatural nature of everything involving Rav Berland was the number of forest fires that sprang up around the country at exactly the same time the Show Trial in Jerusalem’s HaShalom Court was being concluded.
There were literally at least 6 forest fires being reported in the press yesterday, and they were in very different locations, from down South, to the Shomron, to all the way up North, near Zichron Yaacov. (And since I wrote this yesterday night, a new massive fire has now broken out near Modiin.)
Rav Dov Kook from Tiveria had this to say about it: “All the terrible forest fires that are happening now around Zichron Yaacov are because of the persecution and suffering of the holy Tzaddik, Rav Eliezer Berland. The measure of justice is being weighed out primarily against us in the North, and we need to know that the terrible fires that are burning there in a few different places are because Rav Berland is being held in the North, close to Tiveria.
“The midrash says that when people persecute and shame Tzaddikim, then HaKadosh Baruch Hu brings fires to the world! All the slanderers and people who are speaking libels and falsehoods about this awesome, holy Tzaddik should be aware that soon, judgment will occur, and that there is a Judge mamash, who will reveal his [Rav Berland’s] honor and innocence to every eye.”
In the meantime, do you remember THIS POST from a couple of weeks’ ago about the ‘Luminaries of Light’ and how they are opposed by the pseudo-miracle working, corrupt-leader type ‘Luminaries of Fire’?
Here’s a reminder: In Part 2 of Likutey Moharan, Lesson 67, Rebbe Nachman writes:
A little later on in that same lesson, Rebbe Nachman explains that:
“When someone who totally lacks God’s name becomes renowned - when his name becomes renowned and exalted - God’s name becomes diminished and disappears. Then, pseudo-miracle workers and magicians become exalted, and things happen in the world against which only the names of demonic powers are able to protect against….
“Fires are caused in the world on account of the names of these ignominiously renowned people becoming great and enhanced, for this causes God’s name to disappear, the luminaries of light to be subdued, and the luminaries of fire to become empowered.”
People, don’t you think it’s AMAZING that just when a ‘Luminary of Light’ was having his Show Trial in Jerusalem, all these fires broke out all over the place in the middle of winter?! And that this is exactly the scenario Rebbe Nachman wrote about in Lesson 2:67, that I happened to quote two weeks ago when I was trying to explain the difference between a ‘Luminary of Light’ like Rav Berland, and the corrupt, evil ‘Luminaries of Fire’ out there?
It seems to me Hashem is starting to deal with the world with more and more revealed Divine Providence. It seems to me that ‘reward and punishment’ for trying to obey God, or doing the opposite, is about to get a whole lot more real and tangible. (Depending on where you’re holding spiritually, that either made you really happy, or more than a little concerned…)
Fasten your seatbelts. There are interesting times ahead.