A Beis Din comprised of three of the top Dayanim in Eretz Yisroel issued a Kol Koreh regarding both sides of the dispute between the Shuvu Bonim movement and those that dispute the leader of that movement R. Eliezer Berland. The Kol Koreh was issued by the three members of the Beis Din, and a letter of support was appended to the ruling of the Beis Din – expressing confidence in them. An addition was added by Rav Moshe Shternbuch that indicated the necessity to minimize Chillul Hashem.
A translation of the Kol Koreh by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com appears below:
Monday, 21 Sivan 5779
By virtue of the fact that we, who are signed below, have been appointed by the leading Batei Dinim in the land of Israel to be and act as Beis Din to investigate the arguments against Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the leader of the Shuvu Bonim Kehillah and to rule upon the manner in which everyone should conduct themselves. And in light of the fact that Rabbi Berland and his Kehillah have accepted upon themselves to adjudicate the issues before the Beis Din, therefore, the Beis Din is obligating all sides from this day onward to immediately cease all the hate, all the persecution, all the arguments, and all the slander. They are not to speak nor publicize any negative matter one of the other, nor express any negative nickname, in any manner or form – neither in print or orally or through any medium printed or broadcasted.
Whomsoever has any complaint or response, or legal tort in this matter must bring and present all complaints to be examined and resolved solely in front of this Beis Din.
The Beis Din will appoint a special secretary (the details of which will be announced), and only through his agency will it be possible to bring complaints for investigation and resolution.
On this we have signed upon,
Rav Sriel Rosenberg, Rav Shmuel Eliezer Stern, Rav Yehudah Fisher
We who have signed below, rely upon the aforementioned Gaonim to clarify and rule upon the manner upon which everyone must conduct themselves
Rav Yitzchok Tuvya Weiss, Rav Moshe Shternbuch, Rav Chaim Meir HaLevi Vosner, Rav Yehudah Silman, Rav Menachem Mendel Lubin, Rav Shevach Tzvi Rosenblatt, Rav Yoseph Binyomin Tzvi Rosenblatt, Rav Menachem Mendel HaKohen Shafran, and Rav Naftoli Nusbaum.
Rabbi Berland was released from house arrest just before Rosh Hashana a year ago, the result of a conviction for assault. Berland pleaded guilty to his actions against multiple victims. he had first fled Israel and traveled from country to country, thus avoiding extradition to Israel, where a warrant for his arrest had been issued. He spent time in the United States, Italy, Switzerland, Morocco, Egypt, Zimbabwe, and Johannesburg before being arrested and extradited to Israel where he faced the law.
His followers claim that Berland willingly took upon himself this disgrace, suffering, and exile, “which spiritually protects the Jewish People from heavenly decrees of annihilation”. It should be noted that audio footage was released where Berland was talking to his attorney about the details of one of his assaults.
Despite the charges and the guilty plea, he continues to be a celebrity-rabbi, as thousands of people flock to him.
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