Breslov Rabbonim: Distance Yourself From The Man Called Rabbi Eliezer Berland


2A number of prominent Mashpi’im in the Breslov Tzibur have released a kol korei instructing chassidim to distant themselves from Rabbi Eliezer Berland, who remains imprisoned in Johannesburg awaiting extradition to Israel.

Rabbi Yaakov Meir Schechter, Rabbi Shmuel Mosher Kramer and Rabbi Nosson Liebermentch signed the kol korei, speaking out against Rabbi Berland in harsh terms.

The explain Rabbi Berland errs in the essence of his derech, as well as his basic understanding and teachings of Yiddishkheit and as such, poses a true threat. The also highlight they have no connection to him and his derech whatsoever, as should be the case with all true Torah-believing Jews.

Shuvu Banim officials respond, explaining the kol korei is not at all surprising, citing the rabbonim who signed have little-to-no influence it he chassidus today and as such, the kol korei is all but meaningless. They explain this small bunch has always been on the outside looking in and they attack rabbonim who bring people back into the fold, such as the tzaddik from Yavniel ZT”L and mashpiah Rav Meir Brenner Shlita, “all emanating from their hate for Sephardim and baalei teshuvah…”

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. While this Kol Korei will effect the way We outsiders view him and the whole situation, not one person from the Shuvu Banim community will listen. The’ll see this as a נסיון to leave their cherished Rebbe. And whoever withstands it, is only a more Devoted חסיד.

  2. To say that Rabbi Yaakov Meir Schechter, Rabbi Shmuel Mosher Kramer and Rabbi Nosson Liebermentch have no influence in Breslov is absurd…

    Depends on what you call Breslov, main stream or fringe…

  3. Rav Yaacov Meir Shechter published a very strong letter stating that the the Kol Korei is falsified and was forged by Baalei Machlokes
    May Hashem guide us in the way of Emes

  4. Will you now post the letter from Rav Yaakov Meir Schechter saying that Rav Berland is a huge tzaddik and a pure tzaddik and these people are evil and that they forged his signature?

  5. I sent YWN a copy of the letter from Rav Yaakov Meir Shechter saying that the previous letter is forged hopefully they post it

  6. All letters in the world can be false even the second letter from y”m shechter and that could be the reason why ywn didnt post it but usualy i trust yw”n they are very careful with what they`re posting

  7. If Berland’s cult’s response was that, its quite ridiculous. Rav Yaakov meir schecter, Rav Moshe Kremer, And Rav Libermensh love all yidden. On Reb nosson’s yahrtzeit this year, R’Yakkov meir shechter spoke about a hayliga sephardi yid that used to come to the breslover shul and say likutei tefillos and how it inspired him. Shuvu bonim and their “rebbe” continue to lie and lie