Rabbi Eliezer Berland was detained by authorities in Zimbabwe for about two hours and released. According to reports, Zimbabwe local police detained the rabbi for visa inspections after he has been in the country for about two months. While the rav was released from custody, it appears his visa has expired and he will soon be compelled to leave that country.
Breslov officials quoted by a number of chareidi news sources called on the tzibur to recite “Tikun Klalli” on the rav’s behalf.
Kol Berama Radio reported on Tuesday morning 8 Nissan that Rav Berland has been instructed to leave the country.
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. He remained in Zimbabwe on Purim, where 150 of his Chassidim joined him.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)