Three Chareidi Batei Dinim Rule that Eliezer Berland is Guilty and Should be Ostracized


(By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for

The Talmud Yerushalmi in Kiddushin 4:1 states that a Kiddush Hashem is greater than a Chillul Hashem.  It is clear, however, that the simple meaning of this expression is too obvious a statement to be an insight of the Talmud Yerushalmi.

Rather, the meaning of this passage reflects the idea that when both a chillul Hashem and a Kiddush hashem are present in the same action, the Kiddush Hashem outweighs the Chillul hashem.

A few hours ago, in Eretz Yisroel three separate Chareidi Batei Dinim, after 18 months of (two of them) meticulously collecting evidence and testimony, issued a devastating ruling and declaration against R. Eliezer Berland.  One such Beis Din was Zichron Meir Tzedek (Rav Shmuel Vosner’s Beis Din) which included Rabbi Shriel Rosenberg. Rabbi Shmuel Eliezer Stern, and Rabbi Yehuda Fisher, from the Eida HaChareidis Beis Din in Yerushalayim.

The Batei Dinim described the content of the testimonies that they had heard as “untoward acts” and “very serious behaviors.”  They concluded that according to the opinion of our of holy Torah everyone must stay away from

After describing the content of the testimonies in plain language as “acts that are not done and most serious acts”, the judges state: “It is clear that according to the opinion of our holy teachings, anyone who violates the three cardinal sins and their derivatives, someone who values his soul must stay away from him and one is obligated to act in this way.”

The second Beis Din was Rabbi Yitzchak Tuvia Weiss, the head of the Eida Chareidis, Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, and   Rabbi Chaim Meir Halevi Vozner.  The third Beis Din that signed onto the conclusions of the other two were Rabbi Shevach Tzvi Rosenblatt, Rabbi Yehuda Silman, and Rabbi Menachem Mendel Lubin.

They further accused Berland’s followers of heresy for claiming in public and in writing that the crimes and sins he committed were permitted.

In the past, Rav Chaim Kanievsky advised people that Rabbi Berland was a rasha. Berland has also told cancer patients not to proceed with medical treatment and that if they donate vast amounts of money to him and take certain pills (later found to be Mentos) they will be cured.

Translation of ruling:

Special Beis Din

Authorized by the Central Batei Dinim in Our Holy Land

BS”D  Wednesday, 26 Iyar 5780

Psak Din

At the request of many, a special Beis Din was convened to investigate the rumors that have come out against the leader of the Shuvu Bonim community.  In its proceedings explicit testimony was collected and proofs to actions that must never be done, some of them of the most serious nature.  It is clear that according to our holy Torah a person who does not observe matters of the three cardinal sins and their derivatives – someone who is concerned about his soul must stay away from him and we are obligated to observe this.

The matter is very serious since some of his students and followers have Heaven forbid rationized that it is permitted for a Tzaddik to perform any matter of sin, and this has even been publicized in published works.  These matters are to considered complete heresy in the fundamentals of our religion. We must uproot and remove this apikorsus from within us.

Doing so will fulfill the verse (Shmos 18:23), “and all this people also shall go to their place in peace.”

Rabbi Shriel Rosenberg. Rabbi Shmuel Eliezer Stern, Rabbi Yehuda Fisher, Rabbi Yitzchak Tuvia Weiss, the head of the Eida Chareidis, Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, and   Rabbi Chaim Meir Halevi Vozner,  Rabbi Shevach Tzvi Rosenblatt, Rabbi Yehuda Silman, and Rabbi Menachem Mendel Lubin.

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  1. still does not say what the guy did wrong just says he’s no good and stay away from him. WHY SINCE HE DOESN’T WEAR A BLACK HAT???????????????????????? TIME TO BE DUN LEKAF ZCHUS.

  2. I just would like to add
    Rav Berland himself said for the authorities that if it’s true what he he’s being accused he should be put in jail for life

  3. It is about time. IT IS ABOUT TIME!! Thank you to all the Rabbanim, G’dolai Torah involved. PLease, achinu b’nai Yisroel, listen to these Talmedai Chachamim, including Morenu Sar HaTorah, R Chaim. Use the up coming days now leading to Chag Mattan Torasainu t”o be mavdel bain Kodesh l’ Chillel HaSh-m

  4. Until Rav Berland שליט”א has been given a fare chance, and has adequately represented his side of the story, whatever any Beth-Din has said, is worth absolutely NIL and NOTHING. Even then, only the 1 Beth-Din where he represents himself, can pass a comment, and no other Beth-Din whatsoever can even utter so much as a peep.

  5. Yair please learn how to read a psak.

    The 3 batei din are:
    1) Rav Fisher representing Eida Chareidis
    2) Rav Rosenberg representing Bais Din of R Karelitz Bnei Brak
    3) Rav Stern representing Zichron Moshe

    The others signed below place thier trust in these batei din but haven’t investigated the case themselves.

  6. At long last, may we never hear of this rashah and abuser again. I’m not sure what it means for him being put in cherem but perhaps it will result in his name being blacklisted on any frum media. He should be rotting in a jail cell but until then, we shouldn’t have to read about him.

  7. FINALLY!! What took them so long to finally censor This Rasha?This Rasha has been allowed to operate freely and cause enormous Chilul Hashem ,as well as destroy the lives of many women and girls , for years.

  8. This is IMO one of the bigger kiddush hashem stories Ive seen in the past few months (together withe the plasma drives). I dont have a problem with it being too late as they wantes to be absolutely sure about it, as they should have.

  9. @Fellow Yid and @147.
    His various crimes include (but are not limited to) those against innocent women and girls. You can look up his name if you need someone to spell it out.

    Once Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shilitah calls someone a Rasha and to keep away there is no Dun Lechaf Schus. Once three eminent Batei Din also rule that he is an Apikores etc… IMO he should not be defended, excused or somehow explained away. He has ruined too many peoples lives. He is a walking Chillul Hashem.

  10. This thug burland who has been doing terrible things to jewish people teaching them that he is some sort of holy yoshke that he can do any aveiros that he wants, it’s about time that a psak beis din comes out against him and his kefira. I am very disappointed to see some shuvu banot guy who left a comment here saying this beis din cant judge him stop the lies he was summoned to beis din he was a coward so never came any body who wants I can send them the copy of this letter so stop lying and see the truth that this burland is your idol it is assur to believe in him get in to a normal jewish life believe in hashem yisborach by
    burland agreed to this beis din any way so this is 100 percent legit he sent his spokes people to the beis din instead of himself
    This is the word of sisn torah so fo not carry on spewing garbage

  11. fellow yid
    1234567890: I guess he didn’t do anything yet to harm someone in your family or you wouldn’t be dan him likaf zechus. You don’t have to do dan a rasha likaf zechus.

  12. To comment from 147 butland agreed to this beis din stop being a sour loser your rabbi is a criminal stop making his criminal activities in to some holy garbage