By Yerachmiel Lopin (Frum Follies blog)
July 26, 2016
Israel’s Mako news service posted a hetefore unrevealed old recording of Rabbi Eliezer Berland saying:
Totally, she was raped from beginning to end.
After, it she asked is it permitted, she asked after the first time I raped her if she is permitted to her husband [or whether she was an adulterous wife who had to be divorced].
Beyond any doubt she is permitted to her husband.
She did not understand what happened. She asked me, “What happened? What happened here?”
I told her, “You are not an adulterous wife; you are not an adulterous wife.”
Not once did she do this of her own will.
She understood it as a divine mission to be the wife of the rabbi.
Berland was recently extradited back to Israel from the Republic of South Africa after a three-year flight spree over multiple continents and countries including The Netherlands, Morocco, Zimbabwe and a few others. He headed the formerly respected Shavu Banim faction of the Breslov Hasidic group. He still has dozens if not hundreds of followers who insist on his innocence. I do not know if their blind faith will survive these revelations.
Hat Tips to: Hannah Katsman, bloger of A Mother In Israel who got it from Rivkah Sherr