Baruch Hashem, I've had so little blow-back from all this stuff so far I think it counts as open miracle. Either that, or a lot more people are starting to wake up and to realize that they are being told a whole bunch of lies by a whole bunch of people across a whole bunch of subjects - and this is just one more of them.
I've had a few more questions asking for clarification, so here are my responses:
I just saw a psak din, signed by 4 people. They sat as a beis din, they are big talmidei chachomon, know choshen mishpat well, and know how to investigate stories and take testimony, and see if the testimony is reliable. These people have no personal axe to grind.
What most people don't know about the controversy surrounding Rav Berland is that is has been whipped about by a small group of extremely disturbed individuals within Breslov chassidut itself.
These people have been trying to get Rav Berland and his community 'ex-communicated' for many, many years already, and they have played the leading and main role in fabricating all the allegations against him.
In terms of this latest 'beis din' scandal, Rav Berland's detractors within Breslov have done this on many, many occasions before.
Their usual modus operandi is to work in 3 main ways:
1) Find upright people who are ignorant of the true situation, tell them a bunch of lies about the Rav and his community (which sound very convincing coming out the mouths of apparent 'rabbis' from Meah Shearim) and get them to condemn this behavior.
2) And / or then add the signatories of people who are known to be 'anti' Rav Berland to this condemnation from 'objective third parties'
3) And / or then fraudulently add forged signatures from 'named' rabbis whose signature carries weight, either by straight out forging the signature (as has happened with R' Meir Shechter), and / or by fraudulently combining a previous statement that was signed on by 'big' rabbis with this new 'psak din'.
In this case, Rav Berland's opponents within the Breslov community in Meah Shearim used all three tactics - there was an old statement that was released when R Moshe Kramer was attacked by a creditor (who had nothing to do with Shuvu Banim) in Meah Shearim and had his shtriemel knocked off a few months back.
Many, many rabbis affixed their names to a public statement decrying this behavior. Rav Berland's opponents merely cut and paste their new 'psak beit din' together with these signatures, and then publicized it all over the place.
I hope this clears it up, and I'm very happy to answer more questions you may have, if I'm able to.
Do you know R. Berland, or was this based completely on research?
I have seen Rav Berland - from a distance - on a number of occasions now, but the bulk of the book was written before he returned to Israel, and was based solely on research and interviews.
Have you seen this website: breslevemet?
Ah, the infamous 'breslevemet' website.
Why infamous? Because this is one of the principle ways that Rav Berland's detractors use to get their horrible lies and slanders out there into the wider community, and lapped up by eager journalists who are only too keen to print something salacious, regardless of how absurd, outlandish or obviously fraudulent it is.
A careful reader of this website will see that the people behind the site make no bones about wanting Rav Berland dead, God forbid.
The site is full of lies, hatred, evil speech, forged 'psak din', forged videos, fake stories of big tzaddikim saying horrible things about Rav Berland... you name it.
This is the source of most of the lies - and it's so very slick and professional! You can see that the people who have devoted the best part of a decade to trying to take the Rav down, and to literally kill him, God forbid, are continuing to put a lot of time, effort and money into their endeavors.
Whenever any negative news 'surfaces' about Rav Berland in the more mainstream media, you can be sure that it will appear on this site first. And the journalists giving you their 'scoop' will never tell you that they are getting their slanderous, fraudulent stories from the same person, the same source every single time.
Above, you'll find a clip of the infamous 'rape confession' video that so many Israeli news sites rushed to serve up to their readers and viewers, along with the most lurid headlines imaginable.
Even today, so many people tell me things - that they are CERTAIN ABOUT!!!! 100%!!!! - based on this video.
But if you click this short clip, it will show you the 'forged' version that was concocted by the Rav's persecutors in Breslov, and the people who are behind 'breslevemet', and then it will show you the original clip, including what the Rav really said.
The Rav was convicted on the back of such patently false 'evidence' as this.
And 'breslevemet' if full of such forgeries and fakeries.
BH, if you reallly want to know the truth about Rav Berland, and what an enormous Tzaddik he truly is, read One in a Generation. You can get the book on Amazon HERE, and I'll let you know when it's also available via the Book Depository, if you want free delivery to Israel.
The truth will out, BH!
If you have a question about One in a Generation or about the scandalous persecution and incarceration of Rav Eliezer Berland, please email me, and I'll do my best to answer it if I can.
Someone did a search to find out who registered the 'breslevemet' domain. Does this name sound familar to anyone out there?: