Monday, December 18, 2017

But it is also true that there will be some in the Jewish world who, while eagerly consuming accounts of the various stories about celebrities who have been exposed as abusers, don’t want accounts of misconduct within their own community to be published...

Ending the silence on abuse

Posted and filed under Opinion, U.S..

In the last two months, the avalanche of stories about sexual abuse and harassment has touched virtually every sector of American society. The revelations about deeply troubling behavior on the part of politicians, journalists and figures in the entertainment world have transfixed the country. As more victims come forward to tell their stories, the consequences have gone beyond the disgrace of some prominent individuals, the end of careers and, in Alabama, a surprising election result. What began with a shocking story about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has led to what may well be a crucial turning point in the way sexual misconduct is viewed. 

We are no longer in an era in which all forms of abuse—be it violent crime, abuse of minors as well as unwanted physical touching, abusive verbal comments and forms of pressure—that might have once been viewed as permissible if unpleasant behavior can be ignored or dismissed.

Under these circumstances, it is only to be expected that some of these stories would involve the Jewish community. This week’s JNS feature by Elizabeth Kratz concerning alleged abuse carried out by a since-retired United Synagogue Youth (USY) director follows the same pattern of the rest of the #metoo scandals. A powerful person used his position to carry out sexual abuse, in this case, against minors. The victims felt unable to step forward at the time, both because of the shame they were made to feel by the predator and also because they felt nobody in a position to do something about it would listen. Organizations that should have been on guard against abuse were, like the rest of society, not listening or indifferent about what was going on under their noses.

The Conservative movement responsible for the USY program in question was not alone in this respect as such scandals have, in one form or another, touched other Jewish denominations. To its credit, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism appears now to have taken appropriate action, not only to sever any ties with alleged abusers, but also to ensure, as much as it is possible, that similar misconduct doesn’t recur.

This story is so similar to numerous other sex scandals that many readers who have become so accustomed to such discussions may have lost their ability to be shocked by the topic. But it is also true that there will be some in the Jewish world who, while eagerly consuming accounts of the various stories about celebrities who have been exposed as abusers, don’t want accounts of misconduct within their own community to be published.

The impulse to regard journalism about bad behavior by Jews—especially those connected to vital Jewish organizations—that are published in the Jewish press as an unnecessary airing of dirty laundry is, in one sense, understandable. Such stories are seen as something that ought to be kept in the family and away from the view of outsiders who might use them to denigrate Jews or harm Jewish institutions. There will always be a tendency to regard any accounts that portray Jewish life in an unflattering context as betrayals of tribal loyalty if they come from Jewish sources.

But as it should have already become clear as society comes to grip with the pervasive nature of sexual harassment, keeping quiet does nobody any good. The mindset that regarded the reporting of such crimes and misbehavior as bad form or disreputable scandal mongering, or what Jewish tradition regards as “lashon hara,” is a big part of the problem that enabled the abusers to get away with their crimes for so long. When The New York Jewish Week reported on the abuse going on at the Orthodox movement’s NCSY in 2000, it was subjected to a storm of criticism from those who thought this wasn’t the sort of thing Jewish publications should publish. But it is exactly that kind of reporting that is a necessary precondition for action that will prevent future crimes of this nature.

While there may still be some Jewish readers who prefer to avert their eyes from coverage of these issues like this week’s JNS story or even to criticize us for publishing it, responsible Jewish journalists cannot be part of a conspiracy of silence about this or any other subject that directly affects the welfare of the community. It is the duty of JNS and every other reputable outlet of Jewish journalism to responsibly report the facts about sexual misconduct. That obligation is even more important when the safety of children is at stake.

The days when the predators could count on the silence of the Jewish world to protect them from the consequences of their crimes should be over. Let’s be sure never again to let a desire to avoid negative coverage of our own community lead us to keep quiet about criminal acts. Never again should such sentiments serve as an excuse for the sort of coverups that are part of the reason why it took so long for us to learn the awful truth about this subject.


Friday, December 15, 2017

A royal commission investigating the sexual abuse of children in Australia found Friday that the nation was gripped by an epidemic dating back decades, with tens of thousands of children sexually abused in schools, religious organizations and other institutions....


Australia Gripped by Decades of Sexual Abuse of Children, Panel Finds

SYDNEY, Australia — A royal commission investigating the sexual abuse of children in Australia found Friday that the nation was gripped by an epidemic dating back decades, with tens of thousands of children sexually abused in schools, religious organizations and other institutions.

The commission, the highest form of investigation in Australia, urged the government to consider and respond to its conclusions and 189 recommendations, among them the establishment of a new National Office for Child Safety and the adoption of laws to address the failure to protect children.

“Tens of thousands of children have been sexually abused in many Australian institutions,” the commission’s report said. “We will never know the true number. Whatever the number, it is a national tragedy, perpetrated over generations within many of our most trusted institutions.”

The commission’s chairman, Justice Peter McClellan, said that the panel heard from more than 1,000 witnesses over nearly 15 months in discovering the magnitude of the abuse.

“Across many decades many institutions failed our children,” Justice McClellan said at the commission’s final hearing, on Thursday. “Our child protection, criminal and civil justice systems let them down.”

Australia created the commission in 2012 to investigate decades of sexual abuse in religious institutions, schools and other establishments — the only country in the world so far to initiate such a sweeping government-led inquiry. More than 4,000 institutions have been implicated in abuse allegations, the commission found.

Australian government investigators found 4,444 victims of abuse and at least 1,880 suspected abusers from 1980 to 2015, most of them Catholic priests and religious brothers.

Francis Sullivan, the Roman Catholic Church’s point person in dealing with the crisis, acknowledged that the revelations had “shocked the nation” and “revealed a deep, deep, weeping wound.”

The inquiry, costing 500 million Australian dollars, or $383 million, was unmatched in its scope in examining a scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic hierarchy worldwide.

Advocates on Friday outside Government House in Canberra. Credit Lukas Coch/European Pressphoto Agency 

The most damaging revelations centered on scandals in towns like Ballarat, the hometown of Cardinal George Pell, who this year became the highest-ranking Roman Catholic prelate to be formally charged with sexual offenses.

In Ballarat, a police officer investigated a pedophile ring at local Catholic schools and said up to 30 victims had since committed suicide.

The charges brought in June against Cardinal Pell, one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, followed years of criticism that he had at best overlooked, and at worst covered up, the widespread abuse of children by clergymen in Australia.

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who had called for the establishment of the royal commission, said that previous efforts to conduct such an inquiry were resisted, despite efforts by whistle-blowers to expose the abuses.

“Increasingly as more and more survivors came forward, the question became, how do we respond to this?” she said. “There were a number of factors to consider that troubled me quite deeply."
She said that in formulating the inquiry, she found that previous such efforts hadn’t given survivors the sense of healing or closure they sought.

“I knew that it would be difficult to get it right and I was very concerned that if we created an inquiry that didn’t work well, it would end up retraumatizing survivors,” Ms. Gillard said.

She decided that even in the face of many of the risks, giving survivors the respect and dignity that came with having a formal, wide-ranging inquiry in which they could report what had happened to them was more important.

Ultimately, Australians have been shocked and appalled by the range of the abuse that has been brought to light, and the systematic nature of the cover-ups.

“It has already changed the nation,” Ms. Gillard said. “Never again can we be naïve about the depth and breadth of this problem.”

In August, the royal commission recommended a sweep of legislative and policy changes, one of which would require priests who hear about sexual abuse in the confessional to report it to the authorities, alarming church officials since confidentiality is integral to the ritual.


This volume discusses what we learned during our five-year inquiry about institutional responses to child sexual abuse in religious institutions. It outlines the nature and extent of the abuse, its impacts, and survivors’ experiences of disclosing it. It examines common failures in institutional responses, and draws out factors that may have contributed to the occurrence of abuse and to inadequate responses. It makes recommendations to prevent child sexual abuse from occurring in religious institutions and, where it does occur, to ensure that responses are appropriate and effective.

Children and their wellbeing, safety and protection have been at the centre of our inquiry. Our Terms of Reference recognise that all children deserve a safe and happy childhood and that Australia has international obligations to protect children from sexual and other forms of abuse.

We have examined a broad range of institutions – from schools to Scouts, from the YMCA to sporting and dance clubs, from Defence training establishments to a range of out-of-home care services. We have considered institutions managed by federal, state and territory governments as well as non-government organisations. It is clear that child sexual abuse has occurred in a broad range of institutional contexts across Australia, and over many decades. However, we heard more allegations of child sexual abuse in relation to institutions managed by religious organisations than any other management type.

More than 4,000 survivors told us in private sessions that they were sexually abused as children in religious institutions.

 The abuse occurred in religious schools, orphanages and missions, churches, presbyteries and rectories, confessionals, and various other settings. In private sessions we heard about child sexual abuse occurring in 1,691 different religious institutions. The sexual abuse took many forms, including rape. It was often accompanied by physical or emotional abuse. Most victims were aged between 10 and 14 years when the abuse first started. We heard about perpetrators including priests, religious brothers and sisters, ministers, church elders, teachers in religious schools, workers in residential institutions, youth group leaders and others.

We conducted 30 case studies on religious institutions. They revealed that many religious leaders knew of allegations of child sexual abuse yet failed to take effective action. Some ignored allegations and did not respond at all. Some treated alleged perpetrators leniently and failed to address the obvious risks they posed to children. Some concealed abuse and shielded perpetrators from accountability. Institutional reputations and individual perpetrators were prioritised over the needs of victims and their families.

Religious leaders and institutions across Australia have acknowledged that children suffered sexual abuse while in their care. Many have also accepted that their responses to this abuse were inadequate. These failures are not confined to religious institutions. However, the failures of religious institutions are particularly troubling because these institutions have played, and continue to play, an integral and unique role in the lives of many children. They have also been key providers of education, health and social welfare services to children in Australia for many years. They have been among the most respected institutions in our society. The perpetrators of child sexual abuse in religious institutions were, in many cases, people that children and parents trusted the most and suspected the least.

Many people who experience child sexual abuse have the course of their lives altered forever. Many of the survivors we heard from continue to experience the ongoing impacts. For some, these impacts have been profound. They include a devastating loss of religious faith and loss of trust in the religious organisation that was once a fundamental part of their life. The impacts have rippled out to affect their parents, siblings, partners, children and, in some cases, entire communities. Some victims have not survived the abuse, having since taken their own lives.

It would be a mistake to regard this child sexual abuse as historical; as something we no longer need to be concerned about. While much of the abuse we heard about in religious institutions occurred before 1990, long delays in victims disclosing abuse mean that an accurate contemporary understanding of the problem is not possible. Some of the abuse we heard about was recent. More than 200 survivors told us they had experienced child sexual abuse in a religious institution since 1990. We have no way of knowing how many others may have had similar experiences.

However, it would also be wrong to say that nothing has changed. In some religious institutions there has been progress during the past two decades. Some of the religious institutions examined in our case studies told us about their child protection reforms. Others remained reluctant to accept the need for significant internal changes.

We have developed a comprehensive set of recommendations aimed at making religious institutions safer for children. Many of the recommendations apply to all religious institutions in Australia. Some are specific to particular religious institutions. In some cases, the recommendations are also relevant to the international leadership of religious organisations.

The recommendations focus on factors that we identified as contributing to the occurrence of child sexual abuse in religious institutions and to inadequate institutional responses. Some relate to governance, internal culture and underlying theological and scriptural beliefs and practices. We have examined these matters to the extent that they have affected – and may continue to affect – the vulnerability of children to abuse, and the likelihood of religious institutions responding poorly when abuse occurs. Religious leaders in Australia have recognised the importance of our role in providing recommendations on such matters.

While positive reforms are underway in some religious institutions, there is still much progress to be made before the community can be confident that all religious institutions in Australia are as safe as possible for children.

Common contributing factors across religious institutions


Thursday, December 14, 2017

“For years we’ve had a system of believing men,” he said. “It’s worked very well. It’s done a great job.”

Trump Warns That Dumping Roy Moore Could Start a Dangerous Trend of Believing Women

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Breaking his silence on Alabama’s embattled Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that dumping Roy Moore could start a “dangerous trend” of believing women.

“I think we need to be very, very careful here,” Trump told reporters. “This is not just about Roy Moore. This is about our country deciding that we are going to start believing women, something that we have never done before.

“This is a very dangerous road we’re heading down,” he said.

Trump cautioned that, if instituted, a new practice of believing women would “totally destroy” the system that the country already has in place. “For years we’ve had a system of believing men,” he said. “It’s worked very well. It’s done a great job.”

He said that he was considering a number of measures to stem the tide of women’s credibility, including an executive order banning women from giving believable accounts to the press. “That’s something we’re looking into,” he indicated.

Trump painted a doomsday scenario of what might happen if the “very bad trend” of believing women gained traction in the country. “If people believe Roy Moore’s five accusers, what happens to a man who has, say, about twenty accusers?” he asked. “I don’t like where this is going.”

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

When Humans Are Turned Into Gods...You Get Over The Top KRAZZZYYY....

Old men, youths, and members of the security forces are crying and jumping into the grave Of Rabbi Steinman (a segula for longevity)..

Old men, youths, and members of the security forces are crying and jumping into the grave Of Rabbi Steinman (a segula for longevity)..
Old men, youths, and members of the security forces are crying and jumping into the grave Of Rabbi Steinman (a segula for longevity)..
רשעם ארורים - שמואל אויערבך והסיקריקים רוקדים וכותבים 'באבוד רשעים רינה'
Old men, youths, and members of the security forces are crying and jumping into the grave  of Rabbi Steinman (a segula for longevity)..

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sheinberg served as a rabbi and is the former Rosh Yeshiva (dean) of the Orot HaAri Yeshiva (Torah academy). He was accused of sexual abuse by no less than thirteen women, and admitted his offenses to Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, as well as to his wife - but he has since then claimed over and over again that the allegations are "nonsense."

Family of convicted rabbi sues for compensation


Family of Tzfat rabbi convicted of rape, sodomy, considers suing women who complained for loss of home, lower standard of living.

Ezra Sheinberg, when his arrest was extended
Ezra Sheinberg, when his arrest was extended

The family of Ezra Sheinberg is considering suing three women for damages and slander after the women complained of rape and sodomy but their complaints were not included in the final indictment, Israel Hayom reported.

Sheinberg was indicted in July 2015 for rape, sodomy, sexual assault, disrupting legal proceedings and obtaining objects through fraud. However, a plea bargain reached later left out both rape and sodomy.

Sheinberg served as a rabbi and is the former Rosh Yeshiva (dean) of the Orot HaAri Yeshiva (Torah academy). He was accused of sexual abuse by no less than thirteen women, and admitted his offenses to Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, as well as to his wife - but he has since then claimed over and over again that the allegations are "nonsense."

Those close to the Sheinberg family told Israel Hayom that just a few months after Sheinberg was arrested, three women filed civil suits against him, claiming he raped them and demanding millions of shekels in compensation.

"The ones who suffered most from this civil suit was the rabbi's family, who did nothing wrong," a relative told Israel Hayom. "Immediately after the suits were filed, a lien was issued against the family's home and every bank account which the rabbi was a signatory for, including the family's bank account. This caused the family to suffer severe financial distress."

"To this day, the family lives in a small rented apartment, and their standard of life has dropped considerably due to the liens on their bank account and home. Today, they manage to survive only thanks to the financial support of their extended family.

"They're not interested in revenge, but the financial damage caused to them is very significant, and they are seriously considering suing those who caused this damage and demanding compensation for the injustice caused them."


Monday, December 11, 2017

Why this obsession with education that has stayed with us from that day to this? Because to defend a country you need an army. But to defend a civilisation you need schools. You need education as the conversation between the generations....

The world our children will inherit tomorrow is born in the schools we build today
On Friday 8th December 2017, I spoke in a debate in the House of Lords on Education. The debate was initiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and focused on the role of education in building a flourishing and skilled society.

I took the opportunity to talk about the contribution that faith schools have made, and continue to make, to the education system and to wider society, and especially about the values they give our children. Below is a video and transcript of my remarks.

My Lords. I am grateful to the most Rev Primate for initiating this debate on a subject vital to the future flourishing of our children and grandchildren.

My Lords, allow me to speak personally as a Jew. Something about our faith moves me greatly, and goes to the heart of this debate. At the dawn of our people’s history, Moses assembled the Israelites on the brink of the Exodus.

He didn’t talk about the long walk to freedom. He didn’t speak about the land flowing with milk and honey. Instead, repeatedly, he turned to the far horizon of the future and spoke about the duty of parents to educate their children. He did it again at the end of his life, commanding: “You shall teach these things repeatedly to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk on the way, when you lie down and when you rise up.

Why this obsession with education that has stayed with us from that day to this? Because to defend a country you need an army. But to defend a civilisation you need schools. You need education as the conversation between the generations.

Whatever the society, the culture or the faith, we need to teach our children, and they theirs, what we aspire to and the ideals we were bequeathed by those who came before us. We need to teach our children the story of which we and they are a part, and we need to trust them to go further than we did, when they come to write their own chapter.

We make a grave mistake if we think of education only in terms of knowledge and skills – what the American writer David Brooks calls the resume virtues as opposed to the eulogy virtues.

And this is not woolly idealism. It’s hard-headed pragmatism. Never has the world changed so fast, and it’s getting faster each year. We have no idea what patterns of employment will look like in 2, let alone 20 years from now, what skills will be valued, and which done instead by artificially intelligent, preternaturally polite robots.

We need to give our children an internalised moral Satellite Navigation System so that they can find their way across the undiscovered country called the future. We need to give them the strongest possible sense of collective responsibility for the common good, because we don’t know who will be the winners and losers in the lottery of the global economy and we need to ensure its blessings are shared. There is too much “I” and too little “We” in our culture and we need to teach our children to care for others, especially those not like us.

We work for all these things in our Jewish schools. We give our children confidence in who they are, so that they can handle change without fear and keep learning through a lifetime. We teach them not just to be proud Jews, but proud to be English, British, defenders of democratic freedom and active citizens helping those in need.

Schools are about more than what we know and what we can do. They are about who we are and what we must do to help others become what they might be. The world our children will inherit tomorrow is born in the schools we build today.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Can the national outpouring of sexual abuse claims help move recalcitrant mountains in Albany?

A New Push to Expand New York’s Childhood Sex Assault Law

Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, a Democrat who represents Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is part of an effort to raise the limits on when victims of child sex abuse can sue.

Can the national outpouring of sexual abuse claims help move recalcitrant mountains in Albany?

For 11 years, activists and lawmakers in New York have tried and failed to pass the Child Victims Act, which would expand the legal recourse available to people who say they were sexually abused as children, who now face some of the most restrictive laws in the country. As the national conversation bursts with a reckoning over sexual misconduct, activists hope that this year they will succeed and are advancing a new, more aggressive strategy to pass the bill.

“Now is the time,” said Bridie Farrell, a competitive speed skater who was abused by an older teammate and has been pushing the bill in Albany for years. “The people who are speaking up are famous people, with fortunes and legal teams and PR teams,” she said. And yet for years, she continued, “they were too scared to talk. So how do you expect a child to do it?”

Under New York State law, victims of childhood sexual abuse have until they are 21 to sue the institution where the abuse took place, like a church or a school, and until 23 to sue their attacker. Criminal charges, with the exception of rape, must be filed before a survivor turns 23. Activists say New York, along with a handful of other states like Alabama and Michigan, has some of the least victim-friendly laws in the country.

The Child Victims Act would allow survivors to sue until they turn 50 and let criminal charges be filed until they are 28. It would also create a one-year window during which cases from any time could proceed in court.

Some two dozen advocacy organizations and survivor groups are coordinating their efforts this year with the twin goals of convincing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to put the Child Victims Act in the budget and creating the political space for it to succeed. A member of the coalition, Child USA, a nonprofit group led by Marci Hamilton, a legal expert in child sex abuse cases, has hired the strategic communications firm SKDKnickerbocker to coordinate the campaign. SKD has enjoyed a close relationship with Mr. Cuomo’s office, and oversaw the successful effort in 2011 to legalize gay marriage in the state.

Child USA says that the law belongs in the governor’s budget because current laws cost the state money. Some survivors of childhood sexual assault, who may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or other difficulties like addiction, often end up depending on state programs like Medicaid. 

Child USA argues that the Child Victims Act would shift that financial burden to the abusers and responsible institutions.

Last year, the bill passed in the Assembly by a vote of 139-7, and Mr. Cuomo offered his endorsement by introducing it as well. But the Senate speaker, John J. Flanagan, a Republican, has declined to bring it up for a vote in that chamber. A key piece of the proponents’ strategy will be to aggressively target specific state senators, especially in competitive suburban districts, with efforts like digital advertising to get their support. Carl L. Marcellino and Elaine Phillips, Republicans from Long Island who won narrow victories in recent elections, are two senators on their list, according to coalition representatives.

I think we realize now that they really need to be called out,” said Stephen Jimenez, an abuse survivor who has been advocating for the bill for more than 10 years.

“The question for us now is really blunt: Why are you protecting predators?”

Mr. Flanagan did not return repeated calls seeking comment.

Those pushing the legislation have met with Mr. Cuomo and his staff over the past year and a half, and they say that communication continues.

“It is outrageous that as a result of arcane laws, these victims have been denied their day in court,” Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Mr. Cuomo said in an email. “We are working with the advocates to determine the most effective way to achieve these much needed reforms.”

The measure, which has been spearheaded by the victim organization Safe Horizon for over a decade, has faced consistent opposition from the Catholic church and other groups that serve young people. Dennis Poust, the director of communications for the New York State Catholic Conference, said that while the state’s bishops support forward-looking legislation to raise the statute of limitations, they opposed the window that might open the church up to decades worth of claims.

Activists say such a window is an important way to flush out predators who may have evaded detection, who may even still have access to children, and Linda B. Rosenthal, a Democrat from Manhattan and the bill’s sponsor in the Assembly, called it a “moral responsibility” to allow victims the chance to seek justice. But Mr. Poust said that dioceses in Minnesota and Delaware had filed for bankruptcy after a flood of sexual abuse claims.

“We have to ensure that the church can continue to provide essential services, be it charitable, educational or sacramental,” Mr. Poust said.

As both sides gear up for the legislative session, the drum beat of assault allegations seems to quicken every day. Time Magazine named “The Silence Breakers,” who have called out abuse, its person of the year.

“I’m hopeful that because of revelation about widespread sexual abuse, the dam of resistance has been broken — there are no more sacred cows,” Ms. Rosenthal said. “If this isn’t the moment,” she continued, “then we’re doomed.”



Thursday, December 07, 2017

Three of Sheinberg's victims spoke to Israel Hayom about how he used his influence to demand they perform sexual acts on themselves while speaking to him via video chat and later that they meet with him privately....

Women sexually abused by senior rabbi speak out for first time 

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

“How far will this ostensibly religious extremism go?" This Is NOT A JOKE ANYMORE!

Ultra-Orthodox singer tapes eyes shut to avoid seeing women dancing in audience


At Jerusalem concert for female-only crowd, American-born Yonatan Razel takes drastic action to block the sight of women boogieing in front of the stage

Ultra-Orthodox singer Yonatan Razel covers his eyes with masking tape to avoid seeing women dancing at the foot of the stage on December 3, 2017. (Screen capture: Twitter video)
Ultra-Orthodox singer Yonatan Razel covers his eyes with masking tape to avoid seeing women dancing at the foot of the stage on December 3, 2017

An ultra-Orthodox singer covered his eyes with masking tape in the middle of a concert for women only in order not to see audience members who were dancing in front of the stage.

Yonatan Razel was playing his keyboard and singing at Jerusalem’s International Conference Center on Sunday night when he put the tape over his eyes during one song. Video of the incident was played on Hadashot television news.
Razel is an American-born musician, and one of most popular ultra-Orthodox performers in Israel. He recently released his third album.

An organizer of the concert, which was part of a festival of ultra-Orthodox music for women, said that Razel covered his eyes for a few minutes.

Yonatan Razel, with masking tape over his eyes, at a Jerusalem concert for women on December 3, 2017 

“The scene in which he is seen to be covering his eyes took place for only a few minutes, when there were circles of women dancing at the foot of the stage,” he told the Ynet news site. “It was his personal decision, so as not to sit with his eyes open in front of the dancing women. Then he removed the tape and continued the concert normally.”

The act was considered unusual, even among the ultra-Orthodox who practice strict adherence to modesty laws. There have not been other incidents of Haredi singers covering their eyes in this way in front of the all-female crowd.

Galia Wolloch, president of Israeli women’s rights organization Na’amat, slammed the singer for his extreme behavior.

“How far will this ostensibly religious extremism go?” she wrote on Facebook. “And who are the religious authorities who encourage this bizarre behavior?”

A representative of Razel downplayed the incident.

“Razel wants to say that he has appeared regularly for years before women and respects them, and his actions yesterday should not be given any other significance,” he told the news site.


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Godol b'Yisroel Really Upset He Was Not Seated At The Dais At The Recent Agudah Convention...

Rav Pinchos Tumtum Shlita

 Lunatic Goes On Anti-Semitic Rampage At Jewish Nursing Home 



Bronx, NY - A man shouting a Jewish slur attacked the resident of a New York City Jewish nursing home after trying to rob him.

The alleged attacker, Harav Hagadol Hatzadik, Hagaon, Pinchos Tumtum of Brooklyn, New York, was allowed in the New Jewish Home in the Bronx on Shabbos koidesh afternoon after telling the security guard he needed to use the bathroom after a bad cholent. (Mishpocho With The Asher Yatzer Rebbe)

But Tumtum entered the room of a resident, where he lit a marijuana cigarette and trashed the room, according to the New York Post. He then entered the room of an 84-year-old Jewish man and demanded his money before hitting him with a fire extinguisher. He also shouted, “I’m going to kill you, you mother f***ing  secular Jew,” according to the report.

Benjamin Adroygonus, Tumtum's lawyer, said Tumtum  was charged with robbery, burglary, a hate crime, assault, criminal possession of a very little weapon and possession of marijuana, police told WUOJ TV. Androygonus was preparing the "Kool-Aid" defense saying that nobody that gets out of an Agudah Convention can possibly have their sanity intact. "I will pursue this defense vigorously" said Androygonus. He gave out his cell phone for anyone else that was in attendance that will need legal assistance. He warned secular Jews particularly to be on the lookout for Agudah members that want to beat up secular Jews, and all Jews of a different outlook on Judaism than the Aguda rabbis.

The nursing home fired the security guard, he went back to being the Satmar Rebbe.

The victim reportedly spent Sunday, his birthday, with his family.

Rabbi Avi Shafran, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zweibel, Rabbi Perlow were not available for comment, they were eating the leftovers from Thanksgiving.


UOJ was available for comment - He said NO COMMENT!