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Jerusalem - Rabbi Berland: I Am Willing To Burn For My Sins

Published on: May 4, 2017 05:40 PM
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Jerusalem - An elderly Israeli rabbi who is serving the remainder of a shortened prison sentence under house arrest because of an illness has said that he deserves capital punishment as outlined in the bible in retribution for the crimes he committed.

As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2oq7Nbn) 80 year old Rabbi Eliezer Berland, head of the Shuvu Bonim yeshiva in Jerusalem, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after being convicted on two counts of sexual assault.

He was granted an early release from prison in order to undergo cancer treatments and will remain at a convalescent home at Hadassah University Hospital for the duration of his sentence.

In an exclusive interview with Israeli Ch. 10 News (http://bit.ly/2pdIWbi), Rabbi Berland said that he accepts full responsibility for his actions and welcomes the opportunity to apologize to his victims.

“I am ready to face any punishment in the world,” said Rabbi Berland.  “I am ready for them to burn me and stone me, which is the law of the Torah.  The penalty I was given was perhaps too lenient and I am ready to accept a harsher punishment.”

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Rabbi Berland also said that he has ordered his followers on many occasions not to harm his victims in any way.

“Their anguish must be respected,” said Rabbi Berland. “I am ready today to go back to jail.”

While Rabbi Berland may no longer be behind bars, he remains under full house arrest, with any changes to his current arrangement requiring the parole committee’s approval, according to Arutz Sheva (http://bit.ly/2qwMeKL).

A decision handed down by an Israeli court ordered Rabbi Berland to pay the full cost of his stay at the convalescent home as well as the associated expenses for a special security team that has been tasked with ensuring that Rabbi Berland complies with the conditions of his release.



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 May 04, 2017 at 05:48 PM thetruthis Says:

According to some פוסקים he is permitted to actually commit suicide in order to get a full כפרה.
Instead of gloating, as I've seen some people do, we should all take this as a lesson about not trusting in ourselves and always being on guard against the יצר הרע. Rav Berland is a genuine עובד ה׳ who fell big time. That's a good lesson for all of us as well.

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 May 04, 2017 at 05:54 PM alterknaker Says:

I personally admire him for having the courage to accept this, & coming out in public with his statement,,,

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 May 04, 2017 at 06:05 PM Frish Says:

Nu what is he waiting for?

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 May 04, 2017 at 06:07 PM Thank God he gave permission Says:

Now that God has his permission he could burn in hell

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 May 04, 2017 at 06:39 PM zakky Says:

he didn't admit to it . he just said "if if"

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 May 04, 2017 at 06:56 PM Frish Says:

Reply to #1  
thetruthis Says:

According to some פוסקים he is permitted to actually commit suicide in order to get a full כפרה.
Instead of gloating, as I've seen some people do, we should all take this as a lesson about not trusting in ourselves and always being on guard against the יצר הרע. Rav Berland is a genuine עובד ה׳ who fell big time. That's a good lesson for all of us as well.

Which פוסקים? And its not about believing in ourselves its anput not trusting """"ANY""" rabbi

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 May 04, 2017 at 06:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
thetruthis Says:

According to some פוסקים he is permitted to actually commit suicide in order to get a full כפרה.
Instead of gloating, as I've seen some people do, we should all take this as a lesson about not trusting in ourselves and always being on guard against the יצר הרע. Rav Berland is a genuine עובד ה׳ who fell big time. That's a good lesson for all of us as well.

The lesson YOU should learn is to do Teshuva and stop being hateful towards jew's living in Israel!

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 May 04, 2017 at 07:46 PM grandbear Says:

How big a man is, his yetzer ho'ra is greater The 'bal dover' is strong enough to fool even the most scrupulous tzadik . We cant condemn a person untill we are faced with the same situation as he.

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 May 04, 2017 at 07:49 PM ayoyo Says:

The laws regarding 'yichud' ( being alone with any person) are so strong to insure that a person doesn't come to commit a sin.Yet people fall onto the trap.

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 May 04, 2017 at 09:46 PM adar29 Says:

Reply to #1  
thetruthis Says:

According to some פוסקים he is permitted to actually commit suicide in order to get a full כפרה.
Instead of gloating, as I've seen some people do, we should all take this as a lesson about not trusting in ourselves and always being on guard against the יצר הרע. Rav Berland is a genuine עובד ה׳ who fell big time. That's a good lesson for all of us as well.

Never ever heard suicide is allowed. I'll like to see where any rishonim or acharonim matirs it.

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 May 04, 2017 at 09:49 PM Chaim Says:

One can learn from him. Studies show that the majority of abusers are untreated victims themselves. It's a sad vicious cycle

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 May 05, 2017 at 01:45 AM thetruthis Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

The lesson YOU should learn is to do Teshuva and stop being hateful towards jew's living in Israel!

I live in Eretz Yisroel. I love Eretz Yisroel. I hate the Medinah with a passion - because Hashem does. And I served in Tzahal (Gaza and Lebanon) which is more than you did.

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 May 05, 2017 at 02:42 AM BTDT Says:

Berland is a cult leader and this is just another manipulation. Obviously it works, people will believe anything this con-man fraud says.

I know the pattern, I was in a cult and I have helped deprogram victims of other cults. The cult I was in was all about control - the craziness I did to be subservient shames me now. The only good thing was, because I'm frum and always have been, I realized (eventully) that these people wanted me to also give up my faith for theirs...Catholicism. So I walked away, it wasn't a live in cult. It was pure mind control, call me at exactly 2:07 on Monday sort of thing. If I was a second late (I actually used the speaking clock to hit dial at the optimum time) I was "punished" by a refusal to answer the phone.

This is how control works. Berland is still doing it with his "teshuva." Please stop believing this scum is sincere, I guarantee he isn't. The cult may be different but the pattern is the same.

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 May 05, 2017 at 08:49 AM gadol Says:

I don't understand all you people!!! can't you see when someone is crazy ?!! all you have to do is listen to one sentence that comes out of his mouth !! The man is bonkers!! toit meshuggeh!!

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 May 05, 2017 at 10:25 AM Shimon Says:

Honestly! He looks like he is lying by letting people get the impression that he really did these things.
His facial and body features show that he is strongly innocent as does his exact wordings.
And he is educating people on how severe such things are that they are accusing him of (and sentenced him for).
He is actually disgusted as to how "normal" people think his supposed crimes are.
He is a true tzadik plus plus.

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 May 05, 2017 at 11:22 AM Mayer Says:

“I am ready for them to burn me and stone me, which is the law of the Torah." Maybe the honor of setting him alight can be sold with the proceeds going to help victims of abuse.

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 May 05, 2017 at 12:22 PM Observer Says:

Reply to #10  
adar29 Says:

Never ever heard suicide is allowed. I'll like to see where any rishonim or acharonim matirs it.

Rav Yaakov Emden, the Yaavetz, says that a person who is chayav miyasah may commit suicide.

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 May 07, 2017 at 04:58 PM Shimon Says:

Reply to #16  
Mayer Says:

“I am ready for them to burn me and stone me, which is the law of the Torah." Maybe the honor of setting him alight can be sold with the proceeds going to help victims of abuse.

reply to #16
Mayer, so you are on the same page with him?!

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 May 14, 2017 at 11:06 AM Shimon Says:

Reply to #16  
Mayer Says:

“I am ready for them to burn me and stone me, which is the law of the Torah." Maybe the honor of setting him alight can be sold with the proceeds going to help victims of abuse.

reply to #16
Mayer, so you are on the same page with him?!

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