I am not into the Breslover Baalei Teshuva Rabbi Berland Movement at all and many times I have critisized Rabbi Eliezer Berland for demanding 1000 Dollar from an ordinary person who wants to ask him for advice. Many times I have been attacked by people who are part of this particular movement or followers of another Rabbi of this kind, Lazer Brody.
Now, Rabbi Berland's Baal Teshuva Yeshiva "Shuvo Banim" in the Arab Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City has its scandal and it is mainly the haredi press jumping on it. Of course, there are articles by the secular press in Hebrew. In HAARETZ or in today's YEDIYOT ACHARONOT. Nevertheless, the haredi press seems to be more interested. There are different reasons for doing so: Rabbi Berland is very controversial among the real Breslover Chassidim from Mea Shearim. Lots of Breslover internal politics are involved and sometimes it is hard to figure out who is fighting who. Nothing is perfect on the Baal Teshuva sector because money and the strive for power play an important role.
The first video shows how Berland's bodyguards deal with people coming to his Yeshiva or special events. How the guards select people and how they beat others. How security cameras took over and what kind of a role the Rabbi's son Nachman Berland and his grandson Natan played. Natan obviously spoke openly about sex and drug abuse. There are also claims that Natan Berland took money from the Yeshiva.
Natan Berland is talking about sex and drugs.
After the above videos were published, the Berland family denied its authentity. Everything would be a lie and the videos are faked. Now Rabbi Eliezer Berland himself spoke to his Chassidim on the phone and claimed that he was not locked away by his family but took a break due to his mental health problems. He does know about the violence of the guards and now wants to be closer to his followers and not being kept away (by his son and grandchild) anymore.
Who has an interest in releasing the first three videos showing what is going on at "Shuvo Banim" ? It obviously had to be an insider. Just look at the photos of the security cameras. Some say the Gabbaim have an interest but who knows.
However, I know one thing for sure: I would not spend any money in order to see Rabbi Eliezer Berland. Not even 5, not even 2 Shekels !