BH, I'm putting a post together on the laws of Lashon Hara and slander for next week some time, as so many people are doing this stuff. They seem to think that 'just' because they posted up someone else's slanderous comments, or forwarded on someone else's libellous statements to a million of their facebook friends, that they haven't done something wrong themselves, or they're somehow whiter than white.
That's not how it works. You forward something on to someone else, you send someone else an email with a link to that juicy article you just read, you're as guilty of spreading gossip as the person who wrote it.
Which brings me to the subject of this post: The complete english translation of Rav Yaacov Meir Shecter's defense of Rav Berland, that was posted up all over Meah Shearim in the original Hebrew this week.
I decided to translate this in full for 2 reasons:
1) There are still people shamelessly spreading around the completely fraudulent, slanderous negative statements about Rav Berland, as though they are fact. And when told that the whole thing is a falsification they are continuing to spread it around away.
2) Most of Rav Shecter's statements in Meah Shearim have been ripped up and defaced, so I want to make sure this stuff is still publicly available, via as many avenues as possible.
Let the people who spread round the lies that were made in Rav Shecter's name also spread round this statement. And if they can't, or won't - then what does that tell us?