Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the former dean of the Shuvu Banim Yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem, was rushed to the hospital Monday morning.
Eliezer Berland, formerly rabbi and dean of the Shuvu Banim yeshiva who was convicted of sexual offenses, sent to prison, and released to house arrest because of his health, has expressed remorse for his actions.
Two senior members of government, Health Minister Yakov Litzman and Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush, visited Rabbi Eliezer Berland on Tuesday, following the spiritual leader’s release from prison at the start of the month for sexual molestation and assault.
The parole board headed by retired Judge Shlomo Isaacson has decided that the sentence handed to Rabbi Eliezer Berland is to be shortened by a third.
Over the past weeks, the struggles within the Breslov Hasidic group, between followers of Rabbi Eliezer Berland who was convicted of sexual offences and his opponents, grew worse.
The Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Tuesday convicted the leader of the Shuvu Banim (Return boys) movement, Rabbi Eliezer Berland, 79, of two counts of indecent assault and one count of assault and sentenced him to 18 months in prison.
Rabbi Eliezer Berland, who fled Israel after allegations of sexual misconduct against female followers came to light in 2012, will serve 18 months in prison for sexual abuse.
Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the leader of the Shuvu Banim hasidic community, is reportedly seeking a plea bargain that would allow him to only serve a few months in prison.
The High Court rejected once again Wednesday a request by lawyers representing Shuvu Banim head Rabbi Eliezer Berland to release him to house arrest.
Rabbi Eliezer Berland appealed to the two chief rabbis of Israel in a letter today requesting that they arrange for his release.