05 September 2018

The Berland Balagan

26 Elul 5778

And God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the water, and let it be a separation between water and water." And God made the expanse and it separated between the water that was below the expanse and the water that was above the expanse, and it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven, and it was evening, and it was morning, a second day.

I've only just discovered that this 'Berland Balagan' is not just a matter of a group of disgruntled men with an axe to grind against him but a matter of an actual ruling of a rabbinical court.
...In October 2017,...a special Bratslav rabbinical court released a religious ruling, verifying the accounts of several women from Shuvu Bonim who appeared before the panel to testify against Berland, and exhorting all to distance themselves from him and his followers.

“We were convinced without the slightest of doubts that indeed, the rumors are true, and we also received many witnesses who testified that even though he said many times that he regrets his offensive deeds and does teshuva [repentance], he continued committing them shamelessly,” wrote rabbinical judges Betzalel Galinsky, Reuven Nakkar, and Yitzhak Leznovski. The ruling was also signed by Rabbi Nachman Zeev Frank, who was present during all the sessions.

In February 2018, the rabbinical court received another boost, with a letter by 26 leading Bratslav rabbis backing the ruling and openly expressing their denunciation of Berland. Since then, numerous conferences have seen leading Bratslav rabbis excoriate Berland and his adherents.

לראשונה מול המצלמות: הרב יעקב מאיר שכטר ובכירי מנהיגי ורבני ברסלב מוקיעים את אליעזר ברלנד

...Recounting his own attempts to get other ultra-Orthodox rabbis on board, Frank added: “Why didn’t these rabbis come out [against Berland]? They told me explicitly: We have no strength for these wars. We are afraid. I don’t want to name the rabbis, both Ashkenazi and Sephardic, who told me, this is a Bratslav issue.”

Rabbi Natan David Shapira, another prominent Bratslav rabbi who appears in the video, said his daughter had been in contact with Berland’s victims: “Some of them cried, and some were happy to be with him.”

“I didn’t want to get involved in this business, I didn’t want to. But my daughter came to me with others, and they said: ‘Why are you silent? Why are you silent?'” Shapira said in the video, fists clenched.

...[Rachel] Lichtenstein, of the Israeli Center for Cult Victims, said she has privately received the backing of ultra-Orthodox rabbis, who encouraged her to continue her efforts against Shuvu Bonim. But when she sought a public condemnation, they were evasive, she said.

“That they know it’s happening and aren’t coming out against it, is, in my eyes, a disgrace,” she said.

...Mostly, however, they fear his followers will exact retribution on their students, Cheshin said, and “when you speak to them more, they show you this. They’ll show you where it’s written in Jewish law that a man doesn’t need to endanger his life” to combat the wicked.
False messianism has to be countered no matter where it appears. (The full report can be seen HERE.)

1 comment:

  1. It’s a cult, and has ensnared gullible and illogical Jews. Like Shabsi Tzvi.