Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the spiritual leader of the Shuvu Banim faction of the Breslev movement, calls on his followers to bring him cannabis and ecstasy so that he can sell them and renovate synagogues with the help of money.
"If you take drugs - always bring something to Rabbi Berland," he said. "I officially inform everyone that from now on all the drugs in the Land of Israel - bring to Rabbi Berland ... all those who do not want to be caught - bring a tip, 50, 30, or 45 percent, and make some compromise."
"I will have a warehouse, a tower of 200 meters," he added. "After that we will sell it, pay debts, build yeshivot, renovate synagogues."
"In Lebanon, ordinary drugs are sold ... There is no prohibition there. They sell drugs, and that's their profession. "
Berland then added: "It will also be legal. Cannabis is already legal today, Ecstasy It's legal, grass is going to be legal. The Greens are making sure everything is legal. "
According to the Ynet report, Rabbi Berland has yet to respond to the comments, but his associates tried to argue in his defense that he had joked that he was known for his struggle against drug use among his followers.
Rabbi Berland is the leader of the Shuvu Banim faction in the Bratslav Hasidism. He was convicted on the basis of his confession as part of a plea bargain for indecent assault and assault and was sentenced to 18 months in jail for 10 months.