One of the things that hasn't ceased to amaze me is the 'pick and choose' approach so many orthodox bloggers and journalists have taken to covering what's going on with Rav Berland, and the awful miscarriage of justice that's occurred with his false prosecution and imprisonment.
BH, I'm writing up some more stuff for the book, some of which I'll post up here before condensing it for inclusion in Volume II of One in a Generation, which I hope to get finished soon.
Perhaps you could understand that secular journalists who have made a notorious name for themselves by falsely accusing all sorts of men in Israel of attacking women, and who have been repeatedly caught making up negative stories about Chareidim, would have no qualms about telling open lies about people like Rav Berland.
There was a certain secular female journalist who made up a whole story about a 5 year old apparently being violated in a synagogue in Modiin Illit which caused an enormous scandal in Israel - until it was checked out, and was found to be a complete fabrication.
Which then caused another type of scandal about terrible journalism and deliberate slander of the chareidi community, which few outside the orthodox world even noticed.
A month after this female journalist's story was found to be completely false, she was back with another story 'proving' that the chareidi world was as bad as she said it was - i.e. the false accusations against Rav Berland.
Then there is Channel 2 anchor Moshe Nussbaum, who has also built up a steady reputation for sacrificing truth on the altar of pushing his own ideology and opinions. A little while back Bibi Netanyahu wrote this on his Facebook page (as reported HERE) about Nussbaum and the Israeli media generally:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today described the Israeli print and broadcast media, almost in its entirety, as “fake news” and “liars.”
Amnon Levy we already know about, from THIS over on the Rav Berland website.
But what continues to amaze me is the attitude of so many apparently 'orthodox' bloggers and journalists out there, who will happily quote Rav Yekutiel Fish, shlita, until the cows come home on any subject - except his outspoken support for Rav Berland.
Or, who will happily post up videos from Rav Matityahu Glazerson on any subject, except those that happen to mention Rav Berland favorably, or show him in a positive light.
Or who will eagerly glean the last word from tzaddikim like Rav Dov Kook, especially when it comes to 'geula' matters - except when a video shows up where Rav Dov Kook and Rav Berland are together, talking about imminently bringing the Moshiach and redemption.
Or, who report on every Rabbi and Rebbe's visit to each other - but fail to mention how so many of the nation's leading rabbis and admorim have welcomed Rav Berland publicly, with open arms.
Then, they fall strangely quiet on the subject (at best...). At worst, they start spewing awful lashon hara all over the internet about how 'they've never heard of any rabbis supporting Rav Berland', etc, and then link to slanderous statements from obvious apikorsim to support their position.
Or take the apparently 'frum, chareidi' journalist on Kikar Shabbat who worked hand-in-glove with one of Rav Berland's main persecutors, YTC, to write one negative, knocking and false story about the Rav and his community after another.
Take this story, for example:
It's talking about how a number of Breslov rabbis apparently 'deleted' shiurim connected with Rav Berland, as a result of the scandal engulfing the community. One of the yeshivas the piece mentions is Chut Shel Chessed, Rav Shalom Arush's organisation.
The shiurim deleted happened to be those given by one of Rav Berland's extended family members who at that point was engaged in spreading the slanders against him.
That piece of information changes the whole picture - and the writer knew it.
We don't expect anything different from 'loony left' publications like Ha'aretz, who are still running poisonous pieces today, which if you read them carefully, all mention the same person and his opinions as the only source of their information.
But surely frum, 'orthodox' journalists and bloggers shouldn't be in the same malicious, untruthful and chareidi-bashing boat as the people who are reporting for Ha'aretz, Army Radio and Channel 2?
And if they are, what does that mean about who these people really are, and what they really stand for?
That's why Rav Eliezer Berland, and the libel surrounding him, really is the last test before the Moshiach comes, as Rav Glazerson, Rav Dovid Chaim Stern and a few others have clearly stated.
It's really bringing out people's true colors, and regardless of whether they call themselves 'orthodox', honest, open-minded, truthful, it's actually providing a litmus test of a person's true character that can not be faked.
So I guess it's a very good thing, ultimately, and a very necessary part of the process leading up to Moshiach and geula. And it's only going to continue and strengthen from this point on.
The truth will out.
A reader asked me to re-post details of how to get to Rav Berland's shul, to daven with the Rav, in Jerusalem.
The shul, called the Beit HaRav is a makeshift place attached to the Rav's building. The arrangement began while the Rav was still under house arrest and is continuing for the foreseeable future.
You can get to it on Ido HaNavi Street, across from the Meah Shearim road. The Rav davens vatikin (at sunrise), and usually does mincha and maariv together at the latest time for mincha.
There is a women's section, but women daven outside the building. There is seating (for women) but it's limited and squashy, so come early.
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