VIDEO: Purim 5774 With Rabbi Eliezer Berland In Zimbabwe




As YWN reported, Shuvu Banim leader Rabbi Eliezer Berland spent this Purim in Zimbabwe, where has been living for the past few months.

Rabbi Berland’s travels began when he fled Israel around 18 months ago to avoid arrest amid accusations of law-breaking. He first set up shop in Morocco, where he was for seven months until being instructed to leave. He then chose Zimbabwe as his new home, where has remained until now.

Prior to Purim, YWN had reported that Rabbi Berland instructed his talmidim to be mispallel for him as he plans on returning to Israel. As of this time, he remains in Zimbabwe.

The video below was taken in Zimbabwe on Purim, where 150 of his Chassidim joined him for purim.

Many of our readers may find this video fascinating for many reasons.

The following text appears below the video on YouTube, and was written by the individual who took the video and published it:

Apologies for the quality, my son is not a professional cameraman and this is the first time I used iMovie, but I just wanted to provide a taste of what it was like there.

As is well known in the Yeshiva already for many years, the camera works perfectly well, turning out movie after movie of the highest clarity…until you train it on the Rav, and then all of a sudden the picture goes blurry!

The weather forecast said thunderstorms throughout the week, but in the end it was beautiful and sunny the whole time, apart from one downpour on Purim afternoon, so of course, everyone was so completely drunk, they all simply had to run out and dance in the rain…après moi le déluge!

Purim was followed immediately by the Mor wedding, where they brought in some resident Bulawayo drummers to add a little local colour, (no pun intended), and taught them some Hebrew songs.

Many thanks to President Mugabe for providing the beautiful setting for the holiday.

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. Why don’t you mention which law he was accused of breaking? Your continued glorification of this man is a slap in the face of his victims. Please stop posting material about this individual. It is a chillul hashem and a re-victimization of his victims.

  2. glorification?

    YWN is doing anything but glorifying this man.

    Just watch this video and have a bast. Personally, I loved the walking around during chazras hashatz. That was particularly interesting.

  3. Michal51 please do yourself a big chased and don’t talk about the rav who R you to talk about hem and what do you know ? Please go and learn הלכות לשון הרע before you open your big mouth it is a dangerous area to talk about big tzadikim.

  4. “Bulawayo drummers to add a little local colour, (no pun intended)” To the writer of this: Grow up. Your Eurocentric racism is disgusting. People come in all shades and colors. it’s not the 1950s anymore.

  5. People like YBC who enable these predators are as big a problem in our society as the predators themselves. Let this “tzadik” go back to Israel and face his accusers once and for all.

  6. To: Michael51

    If Rav Berland was your son would you talk like that. Also
    let us not forget that it is human nature to believe a negative report about someone else, regardless who the people are. If that somebody else happens to be your close relative or a dear friend, would you jump immediately to a positive conclusion that the negative report is 100% the whole truth with zero exaggeration?

  7. “Does this Rabbi know the proper position for the shel rosh?”

    Getting drunk (look at his hand in the picture above) with Tefillin on is not a good thing. Maybe it’s better that the Shel Rosh is misplaced.

  8. ok. listen up you big mouth know it alls! dont you know the law that if a tzadik (and this is a true tzadik, if you kow anything about him!)CH”V does (or is even seen doing)an aveirah, you MUST believe that he did teshuvah right after it was commited, and therefor considered as if the sin wasnt done at all! thats the power of teshuvah! all your bad mouthing is no longer against a SUPPOSED rasha, but a clean TZADIK. besides, i highly suspect the entire accusation is a hoax (like that witch many tzadikim of old had suffered from ignoramises like these)if hoax than good. if real, than for gods-sake keep your mouths shut… hes done TESHUVAH!