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the Insignificance of Berland

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
Despite significant improvement in recent years, the Haredi community still has a ways to go in how it deal with child abuse and sexual harassment and molestation issues.
Another good sign happened this past week when Eliezer Berland was sitting shiva for his brother. Despite some pressure on askanim from his followers, Haredi leadership, with minor exceptions, basically stayed away from paying shiva calls to Berland.  (source: Haredim10)
He can make statements and make efforts to display himself as holding communal significance, but clearly the community has largely rejected him as a current leader. He might have a few followers, but clearly they are as insignificant as he.
Good job all around
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