One of the commentators on the last post, Mike, has never heard of Rav Stern, Rav Kook of Tiveria or Rav Arush. He also - correctly - wanted 'proof' that these people really did say what they are quoted as saying.
Ah, if only people would be this discerning and careful when they read things on Ynet and Arutz Sheva too!
I responded to to Mike in the comments section, but it struck me that many new readers from abroad may also not know who these rabbis are, or how to find the original sources (most of which are in Hebrew.)
So I'm re-posting my comment here for them too, to make it super-easy new readers to understand just how 'big' these rabbis actually are, and to see / hear / read their comments about Rav Berland, etc, first-hand.
Thanks for the nudge, Mike!
Rav Chaim Dovid Stern is known as the 'mekubal of Bnei Brak' and is one of leading rabbis of the generation. Mishpacha interviewed him here 4 years ago: http://www.mishpacha.com/Browse/Article/4464/Spiritual-Currency
(See an excerpt of the Mishpacha story, giving some of Rav Stern's achievements in the Torah world, below)"
This video (above) is on YouTube, and shows Rav Stern very clearly praising Rav Berland (this was filmed last year, and is in Hebrew with English subtitles).
Rav Stern is not only a rebbe for chassidim. He unites thousands both in Israel and around the world, likely because of his multifaceted affiliations. He is Hungarian-born, but he grew up among the giants of the litvishe community and was personally nurtured by the Chazon Ish. At the same time, Rav Stern is fully proficient in chassidic Torah and the esoteric world of Kabbalah; 40 years ago he received an endorsement of his enormous powers of tefillah from the Beis Yisrael of Gur zy”a. Yet he combines chassidus with the Torah of his rebbi muvhak, Rav Yechezkel Levenstein ztz”l, his mentor from the time he was a bochur in Ponevezh. (In fact, the shiurim of Ponevezh rosh yeshivah Rav Dovid Povarsky that were prepared for publication are based on Rav Stern’s notebooks from yeshivah.)
Rav Dov Kook is also one of Israel's leading kabbalists, and you can see his wikipedia entry (in Hebrew - there isn't one in English) here:
Above, you can see the video of Rav Kook speaking about Rav Berland.
Below, this is Rav Kook's hand-written note where he says Rav Berland is a gilgul of Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol, (who you'll recall was excommunicated and then re-instated by the Beis Din of his time).
Plus you can hear a recording of Rav Kook's nephew giving over the message from Rav Kook re: the Breslov chassidim and Rav Berland here:
Rav Shalom Arush has sold literally millions of copies of book about emuna, and is one of the best-known rabbis in the world today, both in Israel and in the English speaking world. Here's his wikipedia page (in English):
You can see a full English translation of the statement that Rav Arush put out together with Rav Shaknazi where he said 'woe to anyone who believes badly about Rav Berland, even in his heart', plus also download a PDF of the original statement in Hebrew, here:
To make it super-easy for you, on the left you can see the original statement, and on the right is the English translation of the last big, where he says 'Woe' to anyone who believes these falsehoods.
(If it's too small to read, just click the link above and it will bring it up much bigger.)
Plus, if you scroll back to the post called 'Anatomy of a Smear', you will see that Rav Arush - together with a bunch of other leading Rabbis within Breslov - signed on the recent statement decrying the 'false beis din' that was recently convened by Rav Berland's persecutors within Breslov.
Other rabbis who have come out in support of Rav Berland
The list is growing longer by the day, but here's a few more rabbis who have publicly come out in support of Rav Eliezer Berland:
1) Rav Shimon Badani
Following the passing of Rav Ovadia, z'tl, Rav Badani took over as the spiritual 'head' of Shas.
He's a member of Moetzet Chachmei HaTorah, the head of the ‘Torah Ve Chaim’ kollel in Bnei Brak and a very senior Sephardi Posek in Israel.
Below, you'll find Rav Glazerson's video around Rav Badani's statement that anyone speaking lashon hara about Rav Berland will 'inherit Gehinnom'.
Rav Yitzhak Dovid Grossman
Rav Grossman has been a staunch supporter of Rav Berland over the years. You can see his Wikipedia entry here:
And here's just one of the instances of Rav Grossman's involvement in the Rav Berland story, which dates back to when Rav Berland's persecutors in Meah Shearim tried to get Rav Shechter embroiled in another false 'machloket' with Rav Berland and Shuvu Banim, two years' ago:
(You can hear Rav Grossman's own statement (in the original Hebrew) HERE.)
Rav Grossman said as follows:
Rav Yitzhak Meir Morgenstern, and Rav Mota Frank
In Feb 2017, the Rav's persecutors within Breslov Meah Shearim again tried to embroil the Rav and his community in a contrived scandal, by paying Arabs to smash up the Breslov shul in Meah Shearim, which they then tried to blame on Shuvu Banim, Rav Berland's yeshiva.
You can see the full story for yourself, HERE.
In response to that, Rav Yitzhak Meir Morgenstern and Rav Mota Frank put out the following statement:
When news of this terrible chillul Hashem reached the ears of Rav Yitzhak Meir Morgenstern, shlita, he immediately put out a statement decrying the terrible actions of the Breslov zealots, Rav Mota Frank when hearing this urged his followers to do everything they can to start publishing books – including in English – that tell the true story of who the Tzaddik and gaon Rav Berland really is.
Here is Rav Morgenstern's biography, from the Hebrew wiki and a very brief English translation:
He is a Chasid of Ger from birth. He learned in the Yeshivas of Lucerne and Gateshead. He is married to the daughter of R' Yosef Lubinsky from Antwerp (known as the Chantshin Rabbi). He moved to Yerushalayim after his marriage and learned with R' Eliezer Shlomo Schick and R' Nissan Dovid Kivak. He is also close to R' Tzvi Hirsh Rosenbaum (Kretchnifer Rabbi-Siget).
If you click HERE, you'll find an interview Mishpacha did with Rav Mota Frank in 2016, and below, is a clip of Rav Berland officiating at Rav Frank's recent wedding of his son.
There are so many more Rabbis who have come out publicly in support of Rav Berland, incluiding Rav Yekutiel Fish, Rav Chaim Perachia HaKohen (the 'Milkman'), Rav Elazar Mordechi Menzer.
And many, many more who support the Rav 'behind the scenes' but who are not speaking out either because Rav Berland himself has asked them not to, or because they are concerned about reprisals from the Rav's persecutors, who have been working hand-in-hand with the Israeli police and anti-religious media to sow trouble and dissension for anyone they believe is supporting Rav Berland and his community.
But the truth will out.
You can get 'One in a Generation': Rabbi Eliezer Berland, from Haifa to Uman on Amazon HERE. (There are some miniot going on with Amazon at the moment, but they will be sorted out soon, BH, and we are also working on a much cheaper option so you can order the book direct from us. I will keep you posted, BH, but the Kindle option is still working for Amazon.