Rabbi Eliezer Berland On Respirator After Contracting COVID


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Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the leader of the Shuvu Banim cult, contracted the coronavirus and is now hospitalized in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and is on a respirator.

In June, Rabbi Berland, 84, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by a Jerusalem court after pleading guilty as part of a plea bargain to charges of fraud, extortion, and money laundering.

The prison sentence includes time already served. Berland was imprisoned for a year before being released to house arrest in February.

He was also fined 2,415,000 ($743,250) and was ordered to pay damages to his victims.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. The word on the street in Yerushalayim, which we are told comes from Hadassah Hospital medical staff, is that Berland will likely to soon be moving permanently.

  2. It’s incumbent on us, as Yidden, to not wish a fellow Yid harm. So I wish him a refuah shleima & ask… did he pay those choivers to his victims? If not, perhaps he should sort that out now. It would be an appropriate time.

  3. Clarification. I think he’s on a ventilator.
    “Respirator” generally means a mask. Lying on a mask wouldn’t really help much.

  4. Why do you have this obsession, even on Rosh Chodesh Elul, to slander Rabbi Berland?
    We all know his background. Every single one of us.
    Just report the news as it is today.
    Rosh HaShanah is coming VERY SOON!!!

  5. What does contracting covid and being on respirator have to do with his past wrong doing? Is the purpose of this religious news site to encourage lashon hara, what if he has done teshuva, are we suppose to always be reminded of his past aveiros? I don’t know very much about the laws of lashon hara, but this does not seem right.

  6. The deafening virtual silence on this and other frum social medial speak volumes about sometimes its better to just say nothing.

  7. This is exceedingly חשוב venerated Rov שליט”א had his health compromised by the wicked Israel Prison system.
    We wish Rav Berland שליט”א an absolute speedy full recovery, as we badly need him to resume all his wonderful work that he has dedicated his illustrious life to.

  8. “We wish Rav Berland שליט”א an absolute speedy full recovery, as we badly need him to resume all his wonderful work…”

    147: Ask all those he abused about his “wonderful work”…perhaps you have some volunteers for him to “work on” assuming he survives intubation.

  9. וְלַמַּלְשִׁינִים אַל תְּהִי תִקְוָה, וְכָל הַמִּינִים כְּרֶגַע יֹאבֵדוּ, וְכָל אוֹיְבֵי עַמְּךָ מְהֵרָה יִכַּרֵתוּ, וְהַזֵּדִים מְהֵרָה תְעַקֵּר וּתְשַׁבֵּר וּתְמַגֵּר וּתְכַלֵּם וְתַשְׁפִּילֵם וְתַכְנִיעֵם בִּמְהֵרָה בְיָמֵינוּ. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’, שׁוֹבֵר אוֹיְבִים וּמַכְנִיעַ זֵדִים.