Most of you probably have no idea who Rav Berland is, except for the allegations of sexual abuse being leveled against him. I was one of those people, I had never heard of him. Like most other people, I also believed the media reports, and it was not until I started reading articles in his defense from various reputable sources that I began to doubt the accuracy of the allegations against him.
I urge all of you, especially those who are doubting and skeptical, to read this : Setting the Record Straight about Rav Eliezer Berland
Some quotes from the article to get you started:
Don’t think that only Anshei Shlomeinu in Breslov are praying for Rav Eliezer Berland, Shlita. All of the bigAdmorim, Rabonim, and Tsadikim from the whole world are praying for the Rav, Shlita!
“From Rav Shteinman to the Belz Admor, to the Gur Rebbe until Rav Kanievsky, everyone is praying for Rav Berland, Shlita, and are always interested in what is happening with him. The gabbai of Rebbe David Abuchatzera, Shlita, called me personally last week and told me that the Rebbe wanted to know what’s happening with Rav Eliezer Berland,Shlita.
“The house of Rav Shteinman called and wants to know what’s happening with HaRav. The son of the Belz Rebbe himself called me to find out what’s going on with the Rav and said that his father wants to know. It’s not that Rav Eliezer Berland, Shlita, is alone in the world and only his chassidim are the ones that care about him.
“All the Gedolim of Israel from the whole world care about the Rav and are praying for him.”
The head of police investigation who had a big part in chasing the Rav Eliezer Berland Shlit”a is begging for teshuva, he’s been suffering ever since. He came to Rav Shalom Arush yesterday and admitted that the police file on Rav Berland is empty, there is no mention of any of the accusations that appear in the media. Rav Arush told him that his teshuva is in admitting this in public.