1) The Rav himself hasn’t wanted anyone to defend him, because he knows that ‘accepting an insult with love saves the lives of a thousand Jews…’ AND
2) Because the Rav has been in so much danger from the police, judiciary and State of Israel generally, we’ve had to play things according to their rules until the Rav is 100% free.
Baruch Hashem, things are now starting to change.
Recently the Rav gave permission to start publicly defending his name and to start telling the true story of what’s transpired, plus his prison sentence is very nearly over, so it’s much safer now, for the Rav, to tell the real story.
Over on the Shuvu Banim website, which is now back after being maliciously hacked, and which can be found at their new address of:
There’s an incredible post up today that shows just how un-credible the main (read: only) witness the police had against Rav Berland truly is, plus how corrupt and deceitful the media has been in covering the story.
You can read the whole story for yourselves - with pictures - HERE, and I highly, highly recommend that you do that.
(Before I continue, please take a look at THIS post which sets out clearly the rules of lashon hara, or evil speech, and which explains why I’m permitted to fully name the false witness, Nachman Shalom.)
Here’s the basic gist:
1) The main (read: only) false witness against Rav Berland, Nachman Shalom has been suffering from schizophrenia for a number of years, and is taking a number of psychotropic drugs for his mental illness.
Why this is so crucial is because delusional hallucinations - where the schizophrenic imagines things that never happened, and hears voices talking to him, and experiences delusions that seem to him to be 100% real - is one of the key elements of schizophrenia.
To put this another way: Nachman Shalom's delusional accounts of what he supposedly ‘saw’ (which are embellished and changed with every re-telling…) would have never, ever stood up in a proper court of law.
The anti-religious Israeli media and police knew this witness wasn’t credible right from the start, but used him to launch their campaign of persecution and vilification against the Rav for their own political ends.
2) Nachman Shalom was under house arrest when he first made his public accusations against the Rav. He and his brother had fired 5 bullets into the home of the Rav’s gabbay in Meah Shearim, after Nachman Shalom had been told to stop coming to the Rav’s home, as the Rav’s attendants could see he was clearly unstable, and were starting to fear for the Rav’s safety.
To put this into other words: he was stalking and harassing Rav Berland for months before the Rav’s attendants stepped in and warned him off. After that happened, Shalom started coming up with his delusional fantasies and when he was subsequently barred from the Shuvu Banim yeshiva, he got into a fist fight with the Rav’s gabbay that resulted in Shalom and brother going over to the gabbay’s home, and firing five bullets into his door.
He was arrested by the police, questioned - and then immediately released to house arrest. He never spent a day in prison, despite later being found guilty of the crime, and a few days after his initial arrest, he popped up on Channel 2 to give his infamous interview about ‘what he saw’ that kicked off the whole circus.
Shalom has continued to wage a campaign of hate against the Rav for almost six years now. He set up a number of false, female identities on Facebook all claiming things against Rav Berland (which the people who accept lashon hara as fact swallowed wholesale); a couple of years’ ago, he hacked Shuvu Banim’s Youtube accounts and got them taken offline for a month. And there’s a strong - but as yet unproven - suspicion that he may also have had something to do with the hacking of Shuvu Banim’s websites, last month.
This is NOT an innocent victim. The whole picture is backwards - as you may expect from this upside-down world - and Shalom is the one who has been persecuting Rav Berland and Shuvu Banim, not the other way around.
3) The media have consistently lied to the public about the true facts of the story surrounding Rav Berland.
The recent interview with Amnon Levy is a case in point. When Levy asked the Rav about the allegations, he then edited the Rav’s response to make it sound as though the Rav had confessed.
As the Rav’s legal team were in the middle of trying to get the Rav released to his home, they asked that no-one should rebut this story, as they felt the deceitful ‘confession’ forged by Levy would help the Rav’s case.
Again, there’s loads more details over on the Shuvu Banim website HERE, and please go and take a look for yourselves, so you get a much clearer picture of what’s really going on here.
The last thing to mention is that Baruch Hashem, One in a Generation is back on track again. For a few months, it got stalled for a number of different reasons (the main one being that probably the time wasn’t yet ripe to start telling the real story of what’s gone on with Rav Berland) - but most of those obstacles have now disappeared, and me and my co-author are going through it one last time, before sending it for a final edit and then God willing, publication.
I hope the book will be out by Chanuka 5778, but we’ll see what God wants.
So that’s it for now!
BH, the Rav is completely freed on October 5th, 2017, erev Succot - and then things could really start to get interesting.