Mass prayers to try and defeat the odds

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On Wednesday night, the colourful Israeli supporters of Rabbi Eliezer Berland were holding a “Mass Prayer Rally” at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Chevron in Israel for the speedy release of their spiritual head. They laid on buses from all over Israel for the event. As things are going in the Randburg courtroom, the media and legal fraternity seem to believe that it is increasingly unlikely that bail will granted by Regional Magistrate Pravina Raghunandan on Thursday.
by ANT KATZ | Apr 27, 2016

ABOVE: a video of a mass prayer rally held outside the SA embassy in Tel Aviv

“It’s happening!” reads an advert by Rabbi Berland’s Shuvu Banim Breslov Chasidic sect for “the  Mass Prayer Rally by (sic) the Cave of the Patriarchs in Chevron for the speedy release of the tzadik Rav Eliezer Berland shlit”a.”


The event will be followed worldwide by many of the “immense worldwide following of about 1,3 million people,” as stated by Berland’s attorney, Themba Langa, in the bail application on Tuesday.

Berland B16 Wed1Of course, those attending will be mainly Israeli and many of Jewish Report Online’s 24 328 regular users in Israel (and 14 626 occasional users) in that country are supporters and follow the website to keep up to date with happenings in South Africa.

RIGHT: from the advertising that Berland's followers are painting Israel blue with.

Buses are being laid on throughout the country and it is expected to be a massive rally.

The Breslov followers’ adverts say the following ON THEIR WEBSITE:

For the redemption of Am Yisrael,

For the redemption of the Tzadik,

To raise the Shechina from the dust

A mass prayer rally will be held

G-d willing this Wednesday night

19th of Nissan April 27th 2016 at 10:00pm Israel time

By the Cave of the Patriarchs in Chevron

and from all over the world people will join in prayer

for info and registration 077-229-2222

Bus details for those interested

“Full army security will be provided,” say the followers.

Their calling for the mass rally is likely due to the increasingly effective arguments against the rabbi’s being granted bail by senior NPA Advocate Nerisha Naidoo - who has told Regional Magistrate Pravina Raghunandan on Tuesday that the prosecuting authority sees Berland as a flight risk and painted him as somewhat of a charlatan.

Arguments have been completed and at 9am on Thursday the magistrate will hand down her judgement.

Users can follow the highlights of the daily proceedings during the bail hearing by following a link similar to this one, below, which will ultimately take readers back to the rabbi’s dramatic arrest:

Rav Berland opts for return to ‘Sun City’ prison
posted on JR after court Friday, links to the recent 
events & the whole Rabbi Eliezer Berland megillah

Berland B16 WedThe following is just a “partial list of buses to the prayer rally from around Israel” as published by the followers of Rabbi Berland:


  • Jerusalem 0772292222 ext 121
  • Bet Shemesh 0527632422    0583211481
  • Beitar 0548497194
  • Tel Tzion – Mate Binyamin 0527125155
  • Yitzhar 0526614144



  • Elad 0527601376 0527120001
  • Bnei Brak  0772292222 ext 131 or 0527695673
  • Rishon L’tzion 0522221313
  • Tel Aviv 0526483000
  • Cholon 0509494448 0504104243 0527134512
  • Bat Yam 0527698283 0527640941
  • Ramat Gan  0502996626
  • Petach Tikvah 0528787160


  • Tiberias 0548401600
  • Tzfat 0525531268
  • The Kiryot 0527675684 046898017  0543032301
  • Migdak Ha’emek 0544758624
  • Naharia 0527177750
  • Ma’alot 0532444462
  • Afula 0772292222
  • Hadera 0548519148
  • Bet Shean 0526188364  0523821126
  • Haifa 0548414172


  • Eilat 0523332320
  • Ashdod 088646745
  • Be’er Sheva 0504143560 0548423549
  • Dimona 0542187218
  • Kiyat Gat 0527605415
  • Ofakim 0533144780
  • Kiryat Sefer 0527139863 0504115036 0533120591 0527664881  0504153392
  • Netivot 0548471485
  • Kiryat Akron 0548480761
  • Ramla – Lod 0533367083
  • Kiryat Malachi 0503071376
  • Hashmonayim 0522737122
  • Ashkelon 0548414358
  • Rechovot – Nes Tziona  0507704067


  • Netanya 0548519148
  • Emanuel 0548497347
  • Raanana 0548475055
  • Karnei Shomron 0528197364
  • Kfar Saba  0533381468

“If you would like to organise a bus in your area please dial 077-229-2222,” add the followers.

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