Rav Berland’s persecutors in Meah Shearim (aka the ‘Breslev Zealots’) have been hitting new lows, recently. Not content with working hand-in-hand with the corrupt Israeli police to have the Rav framed and imprisoned for crimes he never did in a million-billion years, the Breslev Zealots have continued to work around the clock to try to spread new slanders and libels about the Rav and his followers.
Their favorite modus operandi seems to be to try to trick well-known rabbis into signing up to something, or saying something that has absolutely nothing to do with Rav Berland, that the zealots then completely twist and falsify into an attack on the Rav and his students.
Over the last few months, there’s been a whole string of statements from some very big rabbis either explaining how they’d been ‘tricked’ into something that looked like they were attacking Rav Berland when they’ve never said a negative word about him, or even, explaining how the zealots simply used their names, stam, on their latest lie du jour.
(If you’d like more background about who these zealots are, and why they’re so keen on attacking Rav Berland and Shuvu Banim, please read THIS.)
The more I found out about what’s been going on with these people and Rav Berland over the last few years, the more I thought I'd got to a point where nothing they could do could shock me any more. But I was wrong! Last week, one of the ringleaders of the zealots, YTC, hired 40 Arabs to start a mini-pogrom in the Breslev shul in Meah Shearim, which they then promptly blamed Shuvu Banim for.
A couple of weeks ago, my husband went to learn at the Shuvu Banim yeshiva in the Old City, and believe me, the people there are really a bunch of serious, Torah-learning and living sweeties. Only in a completely upside-world could anyone even begin pretend for one moment that Rav Berland’s followers were trying to smash up a shul in Meah Shearim while 40 Arabs armed with tear gas and batons were apparently the 'good guys' who were trying to stop them….
How ridiculously unbelievable do the lies have to get, before more people start to understand who these Breslev zealots really how, and how mentally ill they really are?
I mean, who in their right mind hires 40 Arabs, lets them into a shul in Meah Shearim, and then kits them out with tear gas and batons? Does that sound like something a normal, sane person would do?
Does telling one lie after another after one big rabbi after another - like Rav David Abuchatzeira, like Rav Yaacov Edes, like Rav Koenig of Tzfat - sound like something honest, God-fearing NORMAL people would do? (Click the pink to read the stories in Hebrew).
Does shelling out hundreds of thousands of shekels to pay for 100,000 slanderous pamphlets, and massive billboards of libelous posters about Rav Berland and Shuvu Banim, sound like something normal, sane, rational people would do?
Let alone supposed ‘rabbis’ or holy people?
Rav Berland was framed right from the start by people who would have been institutionalized or arrested a long time ago if the world wasn’t so upside-down right now - and they’re still going! And the lies they’re telling about the Rav and his community, and the efforts their making to drag the Rav’s name through the mad is continuing unabated!
These people are truly psychos.
Last week, a message appeared on the Shuvu Banim website from the lamed vav Tzaddik Rav Mordechai Elazar Menser, who said he’d been given the following message for Am Yisrael from shemayim:
Rav Menser said:
“You should know, that all of this persecution [of Rav Berland] is born out of jealousy. I have no doubt that if these persecutors would have been living in the generation of Rabbenu HaKadosh, Rebbe Nachman, that they would have also been persecuting him.”
He continued: “They don’t punish a person unless he’s first been warned, therefore I’m now warning you….From now on, anyone who opens his mouth against Rav Berland, shlita, he’s considered to be a deliberate transgressor, and he should know that he’s playing with fire…
“Also, a person who only thinks bad thoughts against Rav Berland, shlita, should know that these thoughts are considered to be idol worship, and that he needs to use all of his strength to expel these thoughts [from his mind].”
Rav Menser concluded: ‘Whoever has already spoken against Rav Berland, shlita, has no remedy, except to go to two trustworthy Jews, and to tell them that he takes it upon himself that when the Rav, shlita, is released, BH, he will go to him to appease him, until he hears from him [Rav Berland] that he’s been forgiven.”
So there we have it: on one side, an ever-growing list of lamed vav Tzaddikim and undisputed leaders of the generation who are telling us that Rav Berland is Kodesh kodeshim, completely innocent of any accusation, and that we need to be VERY careful to not even think a bad thought about him.
And on the other… a bunch of hardcore, mentally-ill psychos.
We’re taught that you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. Who do YOU want to hang out with?