After three years of police searches for recordings that would conclusively vindicate the claims against Rabbi Eliezer Berland of rape, a new recording was released this evening which would seem to provide significant evidence against the founder and spiritual leader of the Shuvu Banim yeshiva.
According to Channel 2, the recording is four years old, and was recorded by close followers of the rabbi. Yesterday, one of the men that made the recording passed it over to investigators.
Berland can be heard in the recording describing sexual acts that he did, presumably with one of the claimants against him.
“She was completely forced from beginning to end,” Berland can be heard saying. “After that, she thought it was allowed, she thought it was…the first time I raped her, she was permitted to her husband , without a doubt. She didn’t understand what’s happening, she doesn’t have any need for a bill of divorce.
After that, she was already asking me, “what’s going on here? I told her, ‘you’re not bound to your husband anymore!”
After that, the rabbi can be heard saying, “she never does it from her own will. She understands it as a Godly mission to be the wife of the rabbi.”