Sunday, July 08, 2007


To understand the illness of various members of the Tendler family you must read this. Was Mordecai sexually molested by the same uncle that his brother Aron was? The illness that has overcome members of the Tendler family, in my opinion, is not isolated to Aron & Mordecai. Mental illness is a genetic defect and is a medical fact that it runs in families. I must warn the public that to associate yourself or your family with any "rabbi" Tendler in any way, in my opinion - having them anywhere near your children and wives... please bear in mind the damage that these sociopaths have done and are capable of doing. I firmly believe - to entrust your children to the care of any Tendler, is to play dice with your child's future, and are putting him/her in harm's way. They can not be trusted in being able to have access to your wives as well. Sociopaths are known to have sexual relationships with many women under the guise of "entitlement". Their judgment is seriously warped. Having Tendler in a bais din setting or in the rabbinate - with no sense of shame whatsoever, has demonstrated to all that care, that they will do anything to feed their illness under the guise of halacha. The RCA has learned their lesson. Will the other bais din learn or will they have to be shamed into it? I much prefer that you wash your own dirty laundry, if not, I will do the job for you!

In case you are not familiar with the ways sociopaths operate...Google "sociopath".

By Caroline Konrad


These people are mentally ill and extremely dangerous! The following precautions will help to protect you from the destructive acts of which they are capable.

First, to recognize them, keep the following guidelines in mind.

(1) They are habitual liars. They seem incapable of either knowing or telling the truth about anything.

(2) They are egotistical to the point of narcissism. They really believe they are set apart from the rest of humanity by some special grace.

(3) They scapegoat; they are incapable of either having the insight or willingness to accept responsibility for anything they do. Whatever the problem, it is always someone else's fault.

(4) They are remorselessly vindictive when thwarted or exposed.

(5) Genuine religious, moral, or other values play no part in their lives. They have no empathy for others. Under older psychological terminology, they fall into the category of psychopath or sociopath, but unlike the typical psychopath, their behavior is masked by a superficial social facade.

If you have come into conflict with such a person or persons, do the following immediately!

Notify your friends and relatives of what has happened.

Do not be vague. Name names, and specify dates and circumstances. Identify witnesses if possible and provide supporting documentation if any is available.

Instruct friends to take such an incident to the newspapers and other media.


From The Committee of Rabbinic Integrity...

Monsey Rabbonim Identify Mordy for what he is:

Reprinted From the Jewish Week: Monsey Rabbis Call Colleague Untruthful

Seven haredi leaders say Mordechai Tendler unfit to serve.

Gary Rosenblatt - Editor and Publisher

Three years ago Mordechai Tendler, a controversial Modern Orthodox rabbi, met with nine leading haredi rabbis in his community of Monsey, N.Y., who challenged him on a number of his halachic rulings and on allegations that he had acted improperly with women. Since then, Rabbi Tendler has said publicly that he was exonerated by the rabbinical panel, which he has described as a bet din, or religious court. This week a statement signed in May by seven of the rabbis became public through the Internet and in selected mailings, asserting that Rabbi Tendler’s assessment of the meeting was “an outright lie,” and urging people not to seek his advice on halachic matters on marriage, divorce, conversion or family harmony. (One of the original nine rabbis moved to Israel and another said he agreed with the others but wanted to remain private.) There has been little harmony in Rabbi Tendler’s community for some time now, particularly since he was expelled last March by the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), the largest Orthodox rabbinic association, for “conduct inappropriate to an Orthodox rabbi.”

The case centered on charges of sexual abuse and harassment against the rabbi from several women, and it escalated last week when one former congregant filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court charging that the rabbi had induced her to have sex with him from 2001 to 2005, claiming that he was the messiah and could help her find a husband by submitting to his “sex therapy.” Several sources close to the case said that a number of meetings were held in the last week at Rabbi Tendler’s synagogue, Kehillat New Hempstead, and at the homes of its leaders to discuss what, if anything, to do about the latest charges. While the top leadership of the shul appears loyal to the rabbi, others are said to be either wavering or more openly skeptical of his veracity in light of the lawsuit and the statement by the highly respected group of rabbis. Some congregants left the shul after the RCA expulsion.

Rabbi Mordechai Ohrbach, one of the seven rabbis who signed the statement last May 29, told The Jewish Week “we felt we had no option but to respond” to Rabbi Tendler’s claim that the rabbis had found his statements truthful when they met with him three years ago. “He did not come across as truthful, and he said things at the meeting that were borderline absurd and delusional, and totally false,” he said. One copy of the statement, he said, was given to the RCA, which had come under attack from supporters of Rabbi Tendler after expelling him, and another to a bet din in Israel that Rabbi Tendler has appealed to, insisting that he was not given a fair hearing by his American colleagues. Rabbi Feivel Zimmerman, another signer of the statement, told The Jewish Week that although the rabbis did not make their statement public — it is not known who did — “it is authentic and we stand by it.” The material, released in recent days by a group known as the Monsey Committee for Rabbinic Integrity, included a lengthy responsa from Rabbi Benzion Wosner, a respected rabbinic authority in Monsey. It found that that the RCA had “a right … and Torah obligation” to expel Rabbi Tendler, and that “his own congregation thus has a similar obligation.” The ruling by Rabbi Wosner said that “numerous rabbis sat together and heard tapes” indicating that Rabbi Tendler sought to “seduce married (and unmarried) women.” Other rabbis involved in the matter told The Jewish Week that they have seen convincing evidence that would prove Rabbi Tendler’s sexual involvement with women, though none would comment publicly. The rabbis who signed the statement have no direct influence over Rabbi Tendler or his congregants, but several noted that while he has complained that he was being attacked by the liberal element of the Orthodox community — namely, the RCA, an arm of the Orthodox Union — those who signed the statement were haredim. Another irony, they said, was that while Rabbi Tendler has complained that he was not allowed by the RCA to make his case before a bet din, he himself has described his meeting with the Monsey rabbis as a bet din — and they found him to be untruthful. According to several sources, the original meeting was called at the suggestion of Rabbi Tendler’s father, Moshe Tendler, a prominent rabbi in Monsey and biologist on the faculty of Yeshiva University, who sought to clear his son’s name. He was informed a few days later that his son’s explanations and denials had not been believed by the group, someone close to the case said. Phone messages for Rabbis Moshe and Mordechai Tendler were not returned. Mordechai Tendler has maintained his innocence of charges of sexual misconduct. Described as a brilliant, charismatic and generous rabbi, he had been a champion of some Jewish women’s groups, primarily for his help in allowing agunot to receive a religious divorce. Some of his halachic decisions on agunot and conversions drew the ire of a number of his Monsey rabbinical colleagues. When they questioned him three years ago about his rulings, which he said he based on observing and assisting his late grandfather, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, the leading posek, or arbiter, of his generation, the nine rabbis concluded that he was not being truthful or consistent with Rabbi Feinstein’s decisions. “We found his halachic decisions to be borderline Conservative,” one of the rabbis said. Rabbi Tendler has maintained that he is the victim of an effort by some rabbis with whom he disagrees on religious matters to portray him as a womanizer so as to diminish his halachic stature. He has said that he often dealt with troubled women, some of whom were emotionally fragile, and that rather than being appreciated for taking the time to counsel them, at no cost, he was the subject of vicious and untrue rumors about his moral behavior.


There has been a horrible attack of lies perpetrated on Gedolim in Monsey this week. It is an obligation of every Torah fearing Jew in Monsey to answer this attack and to stand for the Kavod of these Gedolim and for Kavod Hatorah. We are calling for all members of the community of Monsey to stand this coming Shabbos publicly for Kavod Hatorah and to stand publicly in support of these courageous Gedolim of our community. Let us make a Kiddush Hashem. This Shabbos please attend at a synagogue where one of the 8 Gedolim below daven. Thank them personally for their courage and strength. Let them know you will support them and stand for their Kavod and for Kavod Hatorah.Bring your wives and children and anyone that can come. Invite your neighbors. Bring people in from surrounding communities. Bring as many people as you can.

If you can, attend at a different one of the shuls that these Gedolim daven at, for each service on Shabbos. Go to any classes that these Gedolim are giving this coming Shabbos. Let us fill the synagogues of these Gedolim and fill our community with prayer and Torah learning and show those who attack Gedolim will never win. It is an obligation of every Torah fearing Jew in Monsey to answer this attack and to stand for the Kavod of these Gedolim and for Kavod Hatorah.

List of Gedolim of Monsey under attack:1) Harav Hagaon Rabbi Benzion Y. Wosner Shlit'aRosh Beis Din Shevet Halevi Monsey 2) Rabbi Moshe Green, Rosh Yeshivah, Yeshivah D'Monsey 3) Rabbi Yisroel Hager Son of the Grand Rabbi of Vishnitz 4) Rabbi Chaim Halberstam,Rav, K'hal Yoel Moshe, Satmar, Monsey 5) Rabbi Chaim Shraga Feival ShnaybalgRav, K'hal Avreichim, Monsey 6) Rabbi Chaim Leibish Halevi RottenbergRav, K'hal Netzach Yisroel, Monsey 7) Rabbi Sharaga Feivel Halevi Zimmerman Rav, K'hal Bney Ashkenaz, Monsey 8) Rabbi Mordechai OhrbachRav, K'hal Forshay, Monsey.

Attention current members of KNH: We call on every person still attending KNH to ABANDON their shul immediately and rejoin the Torah community this Shabbos. Personally thank these Gedolim and offer your apologies on behalf of your FORMER congregation. Let the world see a Kidush Hashem this Shabbos and for as many Shabbosos it takes to rid your community of the Chillul Hashem and the rashas that have publicly attacked the Gedolim of Monsey.

Please distribute this plea widely throughout Monsey. It is an obligation of every Torah fearing Jew in Monsey to answer this attack and to stand for the Kavod of these Gedolim and for Kavod Hatorah!

This is just the first step required of the tzibbor!

We will see the power of even the smallest acts of kindness that Hashem rewards by greatly protecting all our families and kehilas.

The Rishaim who continue in their ongoing endeavour to give kavod to and support a rasha, will regret their rishus terribly over the coming weeks. Din v'Cheshbon is not that far away.

Harav Wosner Shlita's T'shuvah on Removing a Rav

Please see attached T'shuvah (Psak Din) from Harav Wosner Shlit"a to be forwarded to all Rabbanim and their congregants who are learned enough to appreciate probably the most important t'shuvah on removing this rabbi that unfortunately was necessary to have been written, in the last few hundred years.


Rabbinic Committee (CRI) Formed to Expose Mordecai Tendler

A Wide Spectrum of Prominent New York Rabbanim Conclude and Present Herein Their Joint Halachic View that Mordecai Tendler is Unfit to Serve in the Capacity of Rav

In light of this, residents of greater Monsey have formed The Committee for Rabbinic Integrity that strives to prevent Mordy Tendler from continuing on in capacity of "Rav", "dayan" or "mashgiach" and to warn the entire Jewish community against having any contact with him, especially women, many of whom he has abused as well as so many families for decades.

According to the Chafetz Chayim in his vital sefer Shmiros Halashon (klal 4 halacha 7-8,7:65) it is permitted and even obligatory to record and and even a mitzvah--good deed to publicize the information contained herein:

Additionally, in light of the express permission of a wide spectrum of foremost N.Y. Rabbanim, that includes the enclosed summary translation of an important t’shuvah-- responsa expressly written for this issue, this can and must be read by all adults.

1. Summary Translation Responsa of the venerable Rav Wosner, Shlit"a
2.Rabbinic Proclamation of Leading Monsey Rabbanim (translation)

Note: If any halachic material on this site is printed, please discard it properly in shaimos. Thank you.

Summary Translation for the "Responsa" written by
Harav Hagaon Rabbi Benzion Y. Wosner Shlit"a
Rosh Beis Din Shevet Halevi
Monsey - Beit Shemesh

Please note: These are excerpts only from a lengthy and very thorough T'shuvah. This translation has been authorized by Harav Hagaon Rav Wosner, Shlit"a, but has not been translated by him. This is only a summary, not at all a complete translation. One must actually read and study the original Teshuvah in its original Hebrew to get a true understanding and appreciation of this psak (Halachic ruling). All Rabbis in Monsey retain a copy of the original Teshuvah and it is thus available for anyone to study.

Please note: While Rabbi Wosner is a Gaon in his own right, and one of the leading Halachic Authorities for the Monsey Kehilla Mikvah, he is also the son of the venerable Gaon, and world renowned Posek, the author of the multi-volume responsa, Shevet Halevi of Bnei-Brak. (The great Chazon Ish Z"l is known to have recommended the Shevet Halevi as the leading authority in Bnei-Brak 50 years ago.)

The reason this vital information was not presented publicly until now* is that the Rabbanim attempted to give Tendler many chances, with the latest attempts during the Yomim Noraim, to resign as Rav and Dayan before releasing both the t'shuvah and kol-korah proclamation and if needed other very compromising information. Their patient attempts went on completely deaf ears that included his father and brother. The time to declare the Torah view has come. No more chances.

A Short Translation Summary:


This is in regard to an issue whereas numerous Rabbanim in our town (Monsey) have requested that I rule Halachicly, how to deal with a certain Rabbi, who deals with divorces, marriages and kashruth issues.

Unfortunately, there have been rumors about him for years that he has deliberately violated many Torah prohibitions, particularly involving immoral relations with women. To be sure that this was in fact truthful, I summoned and interviewed many men and women who reside in both New Hempstead and who reside outside of New Hempstead, and found all of this to be unfortunately true!

The women testified on his total disregard of Torah prohibitions. For example, he would meet women one on one, on the pretense that he wants to teach them Halachos and counsel them on the ways of life. Once he wins their confidence, he would, for example, forget to bring his book and ask the woman he was seeing if they could learn together using her book, thereby giving him the opportunity to move physically closer to her where they would eventually touch. He would ultimately hug the woman and subsequently perform other immoral acts that I have great difficulty putting to print!

In addition, he has brazenly dealt in difficult Halachic marriage situations, annulling countless marriages (Hashem, protect us).

When asked by a group of Rabbis at a meeting, how he could take upon himself these halachic rulings, he answered that his grandfather Harav Moshe Feinstein Z”l also ruled this way! However, after having inquired from Harav Feinstein’s own children and students, we found that this was a total fabrication!

Now, the inquiry before us is:

What do we answer members of our community and our neighbors, who ask whether to continue under his leadership and teachings, or to leave him?

In addition, this inquiry notes the fact that this Rabbi was a member for many years of a Rabbinic organization, (RCA) and after doing their own investigation decided to oust him from their organization!

This Rabbi has summoned this same Rabbinic organization (RCA) to a (Rabbanut) Beit Din in Israel claiming that they terminated his membership in their organization under the violation of Halacha-Torah law.

For example, he claims that the Shulchan Aruch writes that one cannot remove a “Chazzan” from his position based on a rumor, unless there are actual kosher witnesses.

From his side he likewise claims:

a) there are only women witnesses and he claims women are not kosher witnesses
b) that these witnesses testified without him being present
c) the witnesses are biased
d) the rumors were spread by his enemies!


This case has absolutely no resemblance to the case discussed in the Shulchan Aruch. The Shulchan Aruch talks about a Congregation that wants to remove a Chazzan from his employment in a synagogue, based on a rumor.

In our case this Rabbi was not employed by the organization (RCA), he was a member like other member Rabbis. We could not find one instance in Halacha that an organization cannot remove one of their members. In addition, every organization can set and change its own rules as they see fit!

Every organization has a right to set rules that their members should not profane HASHEM’S great Name, certainly not to violate outright Halachic prohibitions .

Therefore, since this rumor has been ongoing and the Rabbis of the organization are ashamed and embarrassed of his actions, they not only have a right to oust him from their organization but they have a Torah obligation to do so!

With this action, the Rabbis of this organization are sanctifying HASHEM’S Name!

It is vital to know that, accordingly, his own Congregation has an equal obligation!

(a) In regard to his claim that only women testified:

As far as Halacha is concerned (see actual T’shuvah for elaboration), in a case where a Rabbi has a rumor that doesn’t stop ... (this rumor has been ongoing for multiple years) we do not need any witnesses to remove him.

In our case we actually do have witnesses ... men… who have testified that they actually saw this Rabbi meet women one on one (flagrantly violating the prohibition of Yichud). There are, however, also women witnesses! The victims themselves who came to him for counseling to pour their broken hearts to him!

The Ramah in Choshen Mishpat (Siman 35,14) rules that in a case where only women congregate or in a case (like ours) where only women could possibly testify, (since he meets women one on one behind closed doors) they can and should certainly testify. (Terumas Hadeshen Siman 353 and Agudah Perek 10, Yochasin)

This is also the ruling of the Mahrik, Radvaz, and the Mahr”i of Minz. Even those “Poskim” that would normally not rely on women witnesses, they would certainly agree that in our case ... where there is ample evidence that this Rabbi violated Torah precepts, then even children or women can certainly be kosher as witnesses, as the Chasam Sofer pointed out in his sefer (Orach Chaim T'shuvah 11)

(b) His claim that the witnesses testified without him being there:

There are many Responsa in regard to having witnesses testify, without the defendant being present. The Ramah has already ruled (Choshen Mishpat) that testimony taken without the defendant present is halachicly correct, especially in a case where the defendant has a history of intimidating witnesses (This Rabbi called and threatened many women who testified at the RCA hearing).

In addition, since we are dealing with a person who intimidates, curses and harasses anyone that dare oppose him including respected Rabbis...one may testify without the defendant being present.

The Ramah adds that in such a case (as ours) where we know that the defendant will certainly intimidate the witnesses, the Gaonim (Sages who lived during the years 900 C.E.) long ago established a Halachic rule that one may testify without the defendant being present!

c) He claims the Witnesses are biased: This claim is not true since:

(1) some of the witnesses were actually men who had no previous associations with him

(2) some of the women witnesses who testified, testified not what he actually did with them, but they testified what he did with other women who confided in them (and additionally brought them evidence of this). And even if his claim was actually true, the absurd claim of his ... that these women were biased, it would be irrelevant as far as Halacha is concerned.
According to Halacha, these women would still be believed.
(Please see sources).

Rumors that have not stopped (Kalay D'lo Pasak V'Sanu shomaneha):

In a case such as ours where rumors about this individual have been ongoing for years, the Ramah has already ruled that in a case such as this, even if one individual of his congregation protests his behavior, this would be sufficient reason to remove this Rabbi from his position ... based on a rumor only! See also the Chasam Sofer (ibid)

Even in the case where the Rabbi claims that he is like a Chazzan, where the Shulchan Aruch says that based on one rumor one cannot be removed from his position, in this case even the Shulchan Aruch would agree that he should be removed since there are many people in his Congregation that have protested his despicable behavior (witness how many people left his shul).

The Aruch Hashulchan (Yoreh Dayah 119) writes a rule for all to know, that the Halacha requires his removal even if the rumor never reached a Beis Din!

The Bais Yosef in the name of the R"ash and Rabbeinu Yeruchum rule this way even if the rumor stopped !!

One may surmise from the Rambam’s ruling (source) that even in a case where we do not have clear kosher witnesses, but where we have some basis of fact, and a rumor that doesn’t stop that he has violated immoral prohibitions, one has an obligation to humiliate him in public! All of this without any witnesses testifying!

The Rambam therefore states regarding a person like this: (Sanhedrin chapter 24):

"The Congregation should taunt the one that is transgressing the Torah prohibition of arayos--immoral relations and, in addition, whoever hears about his evil behavior must embarrass him even in front of his own children" (See Rambam source above).

d) Claim ... that his “enemies” have spread the rumors:

All people who have claims against them, always argue that the witnesses are enemies and hate them ... we actually see this on a daily basis with people who go to court!

With this reasoning there would never ever be any court cases whatsoever!

Having said this, the definition of “enemies” is clearly defined by the Talmud (Yevamos 25a) and several other commentaries (e.g. HaHaishiv Moshe 60, Rambam Sanhedrin chapter 23, Otzer HaPairushim 11:33, etc...) and these sources talk about real enemies not people who had some disagreements between each other.

We can therefore reason that his claim that “enemies” spreading rumors about him are not only false, but absurd!


All Rabbis Have a Clear Obligation to Publicly Ostracize Him:

Rashi in Tractate Megillah 25b states that if there are rumors that one is an Adulterer, one may embarrass him!

Rabbis that are quiet and do not chastise this individual cause HASHEM’S Name to be profaned.

It is therefore an obligation on our town’s Rabbinic leaders to do whatever is in their power to ostracize him and separate him from his congregation. This Halacha is brought down by the Rif and this is the Halacha (Yoreh Dayah 334:42)!

No prohibition on speaking Lashan Harah (evil gossip):

The Chofetz Chayim (klal 7:65) rules emphatically that if an individual is a known rasha, for just an example, he is known to have had immoral relations (and is involved in Yichud repeatedly, etc.), one is allowed to listen and speak about this individual!

Prohibited from being a Dayan (Rabbinical Judge):

The Bais Yosef (Choshen Mishpat 34 in the name of the R"osh) rules that one who has been accused of illicit relationships including one who is m'yachaid (meets women alone on a one on one basis) ... is prohibited from ever being witness, and anyone who cannot be a witness can never be a Judge! (Ramah 25, Niddah 49b, Tur Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat Siman 7:69)...

Therefore it stands to reason that one who cannot be a witness or a Judge ... must immediately be stopped from officiating at weddings and divorces! See Responsa Rabbi Moses Feinstein Z"l (Yoreh Dayah Siman 1)!

Final Halachic Ruling Summary:

Numerous Rabbis sat together and heard audio tapes, where this “Rabbi” attempts to seduce married (and unmarried) women (Hashem, please protect us). On one particular tape one can clearly hear a married woman begging the “Rabbi” to leave her alone.

Accordingly, the RCA had every right to oust this Rabbi from their organization, and his own Congregation has the same obligation!

This Rabbi can no longer officiate at divorces, weddings, batei dinim, etc...

No one is obligated to give him any respect such as standing up for him, etc.

He can no longer be a Rav or Rabbi or Dayan amongst the Jewish People!

One should never allow their wives or daughters to go to his classes or to go to him at all including counseling... and all his rulings are null and void!

This ruling obligates all of us according to Halacha as per the ruling of his own grandfather Alah V'shalom, Z"l in his Sefer Igros Moshe ... (ibid).

By doing so we will fulfill the verse in our Holy Torah...

“Destroy Evil Amongst Us.”

Translation of a joint Rabbinic Kol Korah
“Denial & Clarification” letter
issued by 7 Leading Monsey Rabbonim
against R’ Mordecai Tendler of
New Hempstead, New York
Denial (of his claims) and Clarification!

We have gathered together to inform the public that since it has been publicly announced, written and printed that we investigated R’Mordecai Tendler and that we were convinced of the truth of his statements. We are hereby forced to publicize that this is an outright Lie!

In addition, we want to publicize our opinion that after thoroughly investigating the matter in his presence and after a thorough examination of the issues, it is our opinion that one must not seek any advice in any area including Shalom Bayis, and certainly not in any Halachic matters pertaining to Divorce, Marriage or Conversions!

On this matter we are affixing our signatures on this the 20th day of the month of Iyar* in the year 5765. Here, in Monsey, New York

(In order of Hebrew Signatures)

Rabbi Moshe Green,
Rosh Yeshivah, Yeshivah D’Monsey
Rabbi Yisroel Hager
Son of the Grand Rabbi of Vishnitz
Rabbi Chaim Halberstam,
Rav, K’hal Yoel Moshe, Satmar, Monsey
Rabbi Chaim Shraga Feival Shnaybalg
Rav, K’hal Avreichim, Monsey
Rabbi Chaim Leibish Halevi Rottenberg
Rav, K’hal Netzach Yisroel,Monsey
Rabbi Sharaga Feivel Halevi Zimmerman
Rav, K’hal Bney Ashkenaz,Monsey
Rabbi Mordechai Ohrbach
Rav, K’hal Forshay,Monsey

The Open Truth about Mordechai Tendler’s LIES, DISTORTIONS & EVASIONS


With heavy hearts and tears in our eyes, we unfortunately had to come to the following decision which is to let the people of Monsey and elsewhere finally know what the truth is...

(1) We have included above a Halachic Ruling of the great Gaon Harav Wosner, Shlit"a that clearly permits Loshon Hara in this unfortunate case!

(2) We have also included above a “Denial & Clarification” letter from Rabbanim in Monsey that they have never exonerated Tendler of anything but rather to the contrary!

(3) We have included here much detail of just some of Mordechai Tendler’s crimes and lies.

Here is just a sampling of his lies but for more in depth analysis continue on to the irrefutable refutation of Tendler and his many lies known as:

"Unmasking the Tendler facade--The Detailed Chronicle" (below)

LIE: Tendler stated at his “open forum” meeting...that no less than two Batei Dinim exonerated him.

Above please find a statement from 7 Leading Monsey Rabbanim who were on these Batei Dinim and who write that this is an unmitigated lie! In fact these Rabbonim added that everyone should stay away from him and not allow him to paskin (adjudicate) any questions…especially in issues involving divorce and marriage!

Evasion: When asked at the Tendler defense festival if he would submit to DNA testing, he answered publicly that he would not answer any hypothetical questions!

Fact: A group of distinguished Leading Rabbis of Monsey have now seen the evidence based on halachically competent witnesses (eidem k’shairim) with corroborating forensic evidence proving unequivocally that Mordy Tendler had sexual intercourse with a Jewish woman who was someone else’s wife (the evidence was presented to a Bais Din and was duly confirmed according to all Halachic standards). Purposeful, serious b'nei maaminim can call them to verify this is all true!

In addition, a group of Rabbonim and Mechanchim (educators) sat in a public forum dealing with Tznius Issues in Rav Breslauer’s Bais Hamidrash, listened to an audio tape where they clearly heard Tendler soliciting a married Jewish woman to have relations with him (the woman on the tape repeatedly begs him to stop talking like that). The Rabbonim became nauseous and some could no longer listen as they heard more and more holding their stomaches.

LIE: Tendler said that the women accusers were never interviewed in person by the RCA, all interviews were by phone.

Fact: The RCA in fact interviewed the women in a Monsey Shul, with the Rabbi of that shul actually present!

LIE: Tendler said that he never met women one on one behind closed doors (even locked).

Fact: When Tendler actually said that at the meeting, most of the people present including his supporters looked at each other, knowing full well that this was a blatant lie! He even had a “noise box” in front of his secluded room in Shul (this was suddenly removed, when all this hit)!

Questions that remaining supporters need to ask Tendler:

Why don’t you allow your ex-lawyers to speak to us Rabbanim in an open forum so that we can finally find out why they are no longer your lawyer and why one of them ran away from New Hempstead?

How much money was victim (name deleted) paid? Why won’t you remove her gag order thus releasing her to speak, so that we can ascertain for ourselves how much money you gave her, and where this money came from and what it was for?

Why from a group of 1000 member Rabbonim of the RCA was there one sole resignation, R’ Faskowitz, -- a first cousin of the Tendlers'? The real question is of what relevance is his resignation if your own father did not resign?! Why is he still a member?!

If the RCA is such a rotten organization full of rishaim--evil people , and as your PR people are writing in The Jewish Press and the Jewish Voice, and, as you stated in front of the congregation only a few weeks ago in your own words, “It was people like them who caused the holocaust”, then why do you insist on getting re-instated???

Why is everybody out to get you except some of your own congregants and a few relatives?

Why didn’t you sue the RCA... to reinstate you? Didn’t you claim that the Rabbanut granted you permission to go to secular court? Or is this of course one of your countless lies and distortions??

Why didn’t you sue Yeshivah University for ousting you several months ago?

Why are the Rabbis of the left (RCA) after you? Why are the Rabbis of the right (Chassidish & Litvish) after you?

Where are all the Rabbis (not family) supporting you?? Why have they not come forward?

Will you dare now add Harav Hagaon Benzion Wosner Shlita and the many other Rabbanim listed here to your list of harassed, threatened and slandered Rabbanim for simply presenting their Torah-based opinion in written form to the tzibbor in addition to the halachic t’shuvah that captures the knowledge of all the Great Sages on this issue over the many generations that preceded us?

How about the 7 Leading Monsey Rabbonim who interviewed you and found you a liar? (If any of these courageous and beloved Rabbonim and their many associate supporters are harassed or slandered in any way, we are ready to mail recorded cds and DNA evidence accepted by a local Bais Din to everyone!! Please test us!!)

Where and whom were you with in the wee hours of the morning on the same day you married off your daughter?!

Where and whom were you with early in the morning Erev Yom Kippur of last year??!!

Why don’t you resign or move out??? As long as you continue to act in capacity of a “Rav”, the tzibbor must remove you, and thus we will never, ever stop until you are, thereby fulfilling our Torah's dictated responsibility that belongs to all of us!!!!

Unmasking the Tendler Façade:

The Detailed Chronicle

The last Mishnah in Sotah states that in the End of Days, “HaEmes Tehai Ne’ederes” revealing that, “the truth will be absent.” According to some Sages, at that time “emes” itself will be,“ne’edar, ne’edar” – “grouped” as taken from the root word "ne’ederes" where both sides will lay claim to the emes causing it to be unfortunately for us to be lost somewhere in the middle.

As Torah Jews, we have a responsibility to discern emes in whatever we do especially regarding this unfortunate but vital communal issue that stands before our community. Now that the fanfare and standing ovations have virtually subsided, herein is an attempt to appeal to the intellect of the reader that exposes:


The so-called “open” meeting that took place several months ago blinded many uninformed people that walked away believing Mordecai Tendler, even though he did not offer an equitable forum for any of his complainants to speak publicly. Despite erecting his own extremely biased one-sided forum that has been called the “Tendler Defense Fest”, the only defenders he was able to muster on his behalf from the entire tri-state community of the Orthodox Rabbinate, even with his decades of “communal service” and interaction with countless rabbis near and far, was no more than five.

Moreover, with a single exception, they were all family relatives. Even more perplexing, outside of his own congregation, there was just one lone defender from the greater Monsey community. One would imagine Tendler should be able to present at least two or more, surmising that over the course of decades he would have typically developed many deep roots and relationships with other rabbanim in Monsey. Despite the infinite number of rabbis in greater Monsey, only his father singularly came forward on his behalf.

Tendler vs. Tendler:

1) Mordecai Tendler was publicly only willing to acknowledge his own fictitious number of 3 women accusers, as opposed to the truer account that 9 women had testified to the RCA regarding sexual harassment, abuse and or physical contact. His is a clear distortion of information since, in fact, many more women came forward than he will even admit to. In reality, as of this writing, one may add to his “3” an additional 10, totaling at least 13 women that currently claim sexual abuse, sexual harassment, having all been propositioned, touched and or pressured into illicit sex, most of whom having had the capacity to refuse him. For the vast majority of attendees who were uninformed of the endless details of this case, he cleverly used the number 3 to mislead us into believing that over the decades of positioning himself as leading the charge for agunos, it was reasonable to expect “three” women to be possibly “crazy” or “outright liars.” He could not admit to the more accurate number of his victims, despite being fully cognizant, better than anyone, of the greater number of his accusers. Please realize that there are not only female victims, but that whole families have been irreversibly victimized by him on so many horrifying levels until this day that now even rabbinic families, continue to suffer at the hand of his heartless ways. One should understand that Tendler literally set up shop with clever, patient, and calculated planning long ago by maneuvering himself into a position of authority and respect that would enable him to ultimately discharge and fulfill his most demented and base physical desires - consciously preying upon despondent, vulnerable and depressed women through his egregious abuse of power, as one will begin to digest by reading further with patient review.

2) Tendler stated publicly that two Monsey Batei Dinim had separately “exonerated him” and explicitly identified one of them as “Vishnitzer.” Here is a leading example of just one of his countless unashamed perfidious public lies. If these were truths, he could have easily presented the documentation put forward from the two Batei Dinim that absolved him, as he claims. He says that he was called in front of two separate Batei Dinim to answer charges and was exonerated by a total of 15 Monsey rabbis. Is this true or false?

Both Batei Dinim emphatically deny any vindications whatsoever and have now publicly come forward to convey precisely that in this all important joint statement attached. In fact, a few years ago, one of these Monsey Batei Dinim, to whom Tendler refers, amounted to just under a minyan of rabbis that, at the time, meticulously investigated him and met with him face to face in order to question him about the voluminous number of allegations brought against him. Both the Vishnitz Bais Din, led by Harav Hager, and the aforementioned Monsey Bais Din now jointly and very publicly respond, not only to negate his contemptible lie that these authentic Batei Dinim (as Tendler himself calls them) exonerated him, but additionally to his plethora of overt, documented lies as witnessed by these many Rabbanim and recorded within the minutes of that Din. Please see the enclosed translation of the Rabbinic Kol-Koray--proclamation and thus Psak Din signed by prominent Monsey rabbis who will verify the bold faced lies that Tendler stated in front of them. It can now be said that these courageous rabbanim have responded openly in writing to inform the tzibbor of the level of his malevolence and immorality as noted in their lucid public statement of reproach warning everyone to avoid any and all contact with him. They have expressed their true opinion of this man in order to remove all doubt from anyone’s mind of his guilt. Tendler’s claim to them was that Harav Hager and another 15 rabbis already investigated himand exonerated him. Now see the Rabbinic Kol-Korah--Proclamation below that Harav Hager wrote and signed among many other rabbanim saying that he and the others, in fact, never exonerated Tendler for anything and that Mordy documented a decisive falsehood to both the RCA and the Jerusalem Bais Din not to mention his public lies that all can now plainly see! Tendler thus caused this Bais Din to call for the RCA to appear based on purely false pretenses. Please ignore any future claim that they were some other Batei Dinim to which he was referring since these two are precisely the ones that he claims cleared him.

Tendler is sternly forewarned to neither smear nor malign nor threaten with harm any one of these courageous beloved rabbanim and mechanchim and their associates or the most compromising evidence including DNA and audio conversations between him and his victims will be released here and elsewhere to the general tzibbor for all to hear how low this man stoops for self-gratification.

3) Tendler publicly claims that the RCA did not contact him directly nor did he ever meet with them, nor was he ever requested to meet with anyone from the RCA. These are all lies. Unless you genuinely believe that the entire board of the RCA is lying instead of Tendler, please see their somewhat more detailed second and third statements on their website chiefly written in response to his widely publicized incessant lies and accusations. The RCA emphatically states that many attempts were made to contact him, allowing him the opportunity to meet with the RCA and to even face his accusers. He was told from the beginning that the RCA was conducting an internal investigation of Tendler and never claimed at any time to be conducting it under the format of a Bais Din but a body that follows the laws of a Bais Din precisely. According to clear halacha, the RCA has a legitimate right to expel any member for due cause without any need whatsoever for a Bais Din (please see the t’shuva summary enclosed). It took them nearly a year and a half (hardly a Salem witch trial as one of his relatives portrayed it) to come to their conclusion to expel him earlier this year on March 16, 2005 since he had in the RCA's statement,

“...has engaged in conduct inappropriate for an Orthodox rabbi.”

Through his plethora of recurring lies and obfuscating of truth, Tendler may have successfully cast some doubts about the RCA thus causing some to lose their objectivity regarding this honest, impartial and upright body of Rabbis. It should be made clear that the RCA is simply a group of Tendler’s own peers, one that he himself chose to be a member of for years and would still be today, if he had not been thrown out. The same body of rabbis for which, as of this writing, Tendler’s own father still retains membership!

It is equally important to understand that the RCA does not take this type of investigation into rabbinic misconduct lightly. During the RCA’s 70-year long history, with a current membership greater than 1000 rabbis, they have ejected just two members and only one of them publicly. Care to guess whom?
As an aside, in order to cover this news breaking story, apparently radio personality Zev Brenner chose to only do a live interview with the other one they threw out!!)

And yet, despite all of this, Tendler wishes us to believe that the RCA board of rabbis are all lying, a Bais Din comprising nearly a minyan of Monsey rabbis are all lying the findings of which were relied on by the RCA and before whom Tendler publicly admitted having appeared, not to mention his many accusers that include a wide assortment of very different accounts, are all lying as are their many valiant and courageous advocates, respected members of the community. He would have us believe that everyone around him is deviously scheming because they are all against him and that all of these many diverse groupings of Orthodox Jews are uniformly lying. All, that is, except for him. He purports and desperately depends on us to believe his countless barefaced lies as truth and that only he is the sole bearer of emes throughout the Orthodox Jewish world.

For the longest time, even years before the RCA became involved, Tendler had to occasionally fend off an assortment of allegations against him, claiming they were orchestrated by the Charedi community, who were “out to get him” since he was the only remaining defender of “Modern Orthodoxy” in Monsey. So what is his current argument when the largest, most influential organization representing “Modern Orthodoxy” today, the RCA, throws him out? He claims that they do not properly follow halachah, and have various self serving motivations. Is there is a single case anywhere else in the entire U.S. where there are such diverse groupings of Orthodox Jews including even “modern” that are all simply, “out to get them”?

4) Mr. Schwartz, a relatively new member of the community who all but instantly became the shul’s new attorney (who had recently stepped down as his lawyer----where have all his ex-attorneys gone?) attempted to publicly discredit a report from the investigator. This investigator recorded many references to tapes that in fact do exist and have been heard repeatedly by many rabbanim and who have seen equally explicit evidence such as Tendler’s DNA extraction subsequently matched and verified beyond any doubt. Schwartz had the unmitigated chutzpah to demand to know why this evidence was not made available to them. Is it remotely possible to understand that much of the evidence clearly condemning Tendler is at the same time extremely personal, private and strictly confidential as well as inappropriate for public consumption? Also, these women have indeed been threatened numerous times in various ways by Tendler and his ever altering henchmen to the point that they fear their lives would once more be dragged through the mud and further destroyed by these people, as many have to date. They are in a very delicate state of recovery which may take years if ever (B’ezrat Hashem).

Reflect, if only for a moment, on all the upstanding members of the Jewish community whom without hesitation or a moments thought have been publicly continually humiliated, smeared, slandered and lied about. His supporters have been on a mission to do everything and anything to save the perpetrator by destroying the messengers. Is it not reasonable to understand that these women do not feel safe to make such proof public? To bring it to the shul board (which changed dramatically soon after the defense festival) would neither have been wise nor safe since this very shul ostracized their own shul and community members who came forward in defense of these women. Many of whom were summarily treated as literal outcasts and persona-non-gratis status when they bravely and appropriately came forward then suddenly and wholly isolated under Tendler’s imperious directive. For many of them, their once close friends from shul andother members would not even glance at them nor talk to them, let alone dare support them in their time of need. And somehow people cannot fathom why these abused, anguished, and tormented women are not coming forward publicly to be heard from? Many of these women feel they owe nothing to the members of the shul who themselves abandoned them in their time of crisis. However, some of these women have felt safe enough to share this evidence with local rabbis and the RCA, as well as other defenders of the truth. While Tendler hopes there are no audio tapes or other solid proof of his explicit sexual exploits with women, such as DNA, prominent Rabbis in our community (see above) will openly tell you they have heard with their ears and have seen with their eyes overwhelming and truly nauseating proof of his inappropriate behavior.

The fact is that leading New York Rabbanim have accepted evidence in the forum of a formal Bais Din receiving testimony from halachically competent witnesses (eidim k’shairim) and theirtestimony that included corroborating forensic evidence proving unequivocally that Mordy Tendler had very direct immoral relations with a Jewish woman who was not his wife. For reasons of confidentiality, this DNA evidence will be kept out of public view, for now, as long as it is necessary to protect her and her family.

In addition, a large group of prominent Rabbis sitting in a public forum dealing with tzniyus issues in Rav Breslauer’s Bais Medrash, listened to audio taped conversations of him pursuing another married woman for sexual favors. Their apprehension to release this unambiguous evidence and Bais Din maskanah--conclusion is, again, chiefly due to the confidentiality the women have entrusted in these foremost rabbis. If released publicly, the abundant clear and damaging information would simply serve to compound the current chillul Hashem and would destroy any remaining reputation Tendler has left. It is resolutely in the hands of serious Rabbonim who will admit to having seen and heard this evidence when asked. On the other hand, Tendler and his minions care nothing for these women’s privacy.

In response to a question asked repeatedly regarding individual monetary settlements with women, Tendler claimed that there were no settlements or payoffs with accuser (name deleted). In a third response to the general question of payoffs, Tendler finally leaned into the microphone and categorically denied any settlements by claiming, “There were no settlements, whatsoever.” There are many shul members who know this to be an outand- out lie since the board had in the past met with Tendler who admitted to them about a very large payoff based on a potential “nuisance case.” There is a ten page handwritten letter in our possession signed by Michelle Tendler (sent to threaten some of the advocates) claiming that the DA recommended to settle the case. Some on the receiving end who saw the actual checks and others on his shul board all confirmed separately that the settlement approached $100,000 or more – a sum that does not accurately reflect a potential “nuisance suit.” Many know this to be another in a series of bold-faced Tendler lies. By altogether denying there ever was such a case, Tendler hopes to avoid having to release the “gag” order on this woman. Thus he is stuck having to deny there is even a settlement so that the compelling evidence from that settlement will not be made public which includes many tapes and other unambiguous proof, which is why he was forced into such an unusually large settlement in this particular situation.

Tendler went on and on in some detail (lying the entire time) that he never writes checks himself and therefore does not possess the records so we should “go ask the shul President Eric…who writes out every check himself and maintains the bookkeeping records and checkbooks, he can verify for anyone that no such checks were ever written.” Eric, by the way, retired as president within weeks of the Tendler Fest. Despite this magnanimous offer and denial that such checks were written, there is evidence of shul checks written out in Tendler’s own hand written to a separate impoverished woman whom he abused and even threw out from the shul months prior to writing those checks to her by his own hand. From the time Tendler claimed that he no longer had anything to do with her, he subsequently and periodically paid her hush money. She held some of these checks in case they were ever needed as proof. She has filed her law suit and holds this evidence. The lies continue where, on the one hand, he expects us to believe that there were no monetary settlements to silence his accusers and on the other hand, he never writes out checks himself. Perhaps the board and others should ask ex-President Eric to make public all the records in this matter in both the shul checking fund as well as the existence of Tendler’s Discretionary Fund account, the account he conveniently neglected to mention in response to that question, that prove his twice over lie. Finally, how many other rabbis write out large checks or even small ones as settlements or hush money to women, anywhere, and then have to both publicly and privately deny ever having done it?

We challenge Tendler’s current shul board: Give your rabbi an ultimatum. Either he can sign the enclosed stipulation form to release only one woman (the board knows her name and much more) from any alleged settlement and related gag order as well as releasing his ex-lawyers as it relates to these matters only, or he is fired. If he is completely innocent, as he claims, then he has nothing to hide and will willingly sign the below "stipulation of release" document. We challenge the reader to name one other rabbi who would not!

5) When asked why he believes that so many people are out to get him, Tendler responded with, “Sitting on Din Torahs has created all this animosity towards me.” He was similarly asked, “Why he believes so many rabbis are against him?” He pondered aloud with, “I have many theories which I won’t make public right now.” Not one of the other rabbis that sit on the very same Bais Din as Mordy Tendler, needs to even consider making such false and bizarre responses since no one is apparently out to get any of them, i.e. Rabbi Chaitovski, Rabbi Zvi Jacobs, etc, etc.

As a matter of fact, there are no other rabbis on the numerous Batei Dinim anywhere else in the world that would be asked such a question, let alone put forward these lamest of all excuses. His extremely pathetic and illogical responses make little sense other than he had nothing better to put forward. How many thousands of beloved rabbanim continue to sit on Batei Dinim worldwide, presiding over the precise kind and variety of cases Tendler has presided over without any claims against them of sexual harassment, abuse, lies and settlements? Who else needs to answer this line of questioning?

6) Tendler claims that after the RCA received the report from the investigator, he did not subsequently tamper with any witnesses. In fact, the RCA was taken aback and extremely disturbed upon discovering that he had tampered with two witnesses during the course of their investigation. Though the RCA candidly admits to naively sharing some confidential information with him (after tremendous pressure from his attorneys), the understanding was clear that he could not contact any of the women or witnesses named in the report. One was a victim who Tendler threatened to have her arrested, straightjacketed and thrown into the penitentiary if she released any of her information she had on him (she has filed a lawsuit against both him and the congregation where she was terribly harrassed and abused by several members).

The second was an RCA witness, a cleaning lady who saw with her own eyes evidence of what transpired. It is the cleaning women that often witness what is undeniably happening in the home. These two witnesses had thus been tampered with -- something Tendler claims to have never done -- continuing to pile up his lies. Furthermore, remember his claim at the public defense festival that the only time he was ever contacted by the RCA was at the same moment the rest of us were which was on March 16, 2005? One can see from the same letter written by Michelle Tendler where she writes to the RCA 1) about the March 9th letter they received from the RCA apparently before everyone else & 2) mentioning “…and your (prior) request for yet another meeting and investigation …!

7) Tendler had the unmitigated gall to advance his lies by using the world renown and most highly respected name of the Gadol Hador Harav Elyashuv, Shlita, claiming publicly verbatim:

“Harav Elyashuv cleared me completely through his talmid, Rav Eisenstein, who wrote a “psak halacha” that I am innocent.”

The fact is there can be no correlation between a “psak halacha” and the determination of someone’s innocence since even a Bais Din can only rule if someone is "not guilty" but can never attest to their complete innocence since not even a dayan (judge) can know for certain if someone is completely “innocent.” So this statement is false to start with, and he runs a bais din?? Hashem, help us.

Additionally, this publicly stated lie has been wholly exposed from direct contact with HaRav Elyashuv’s good offices, as they have denied ever being asked such a shaila – question. At no time did Tendler or anyone claiming to represent Tendler, including Rav Eisenstein ever ask Rav Elyashuv or those who work closely with him such as Rav Efrati who oversees the Rav’s office or others such as his grandson that are close to the Rav, anything regarding this communal question that looms before us today. What utter disregard and arrogance to drag a Gadol Hador into his massive web of lies!

After the nine rabbanim in Monsey met with both Tendler and his father separately about three years ago, as mentioned earlier, they contacted HaRav Elyashuv for advice on how to proceed with their knowledge of the many accusations against him, having met with many of his female accusers in addition to documenting his pathological lies and careless psaks with all of their incongruities. The Gadol Hador counseled them not to come out publicly at that time since Tendler would ultimately bring himself down by his sexual misconduct about which the community will only then be willing to act upon, as it becomes known. He warned the rabbanim that the community would be less than willing to take action against the erroneous halachic rulings of Tendler’s bais din, his contradictions in psak halacha, even with his having been caught red-handed in his fraudulent responses to the hard questions asked by the same Monsey Bais Din. In hindsight, the advice of the Gadol Hador was, as usual, unquestionably correct.

Here is just a minor sampling of the very informative minutes of the halachic decision of the Bais Din that openly demonstrates Tendler’s willingness to lie as easily as a normal person speaks the truth. In one line of questioning he completely denied his involvement on his own Bais Din that simply rendered null and void a valid ketubah and marriage which he claimed he does not do. When caught red-handed with documentation of such a psak from his own Bais Din with his signature on his own stationery that proved he was lying, his first reaction was to deny that it was his signature and then soon recanted. Any of the rabbonim that were there (see enclosed list) will attest to this…! Tendler then claimed that the reason he can be mafkia (invalidate) kiddushin (he has done many) is that he was just following what he learned from Reb Moshe Feinstein, Ztz”l. Having grown up in his house, he claims to have witnessed Reb Moshe undo thousands of ketubos! He claims that, "Reb Moshe undid thousands of non-religious marriages and hundreds of religious kiddushin." Later, these same rabbanim interviewed his father, Moshe Tendler and one of Reb Moshe’s dedicated students, who both testified. They separately confirmed that Reb Moshe Feinstein reversed one ketubah and perhaps one more that they remember having heard about, totaling perhaps 2, at most, over his entire life. When the rabbanim showed him the above documented statements by his own son’s contrary claims, Moshe Tendler simply lowered his head shaking it in shame while sighing.

In a similar attempt by other disconcerted members of the community seeking gadol hador advice, in late summer 2004, the Gadol Hador Rav Chayim Kanievsky Shlita was approached about the Tendler dilemma. He directed the shaila to Rav Shteinman, who was more qualified in these issues who was inspired to advise; “He should not be publicly embarrassed until the investigation is complete.” Subsequent to the RCA’s March 2005 expulsion of Tendler, Rav Chayim was again approached and he responded in Yiddish with, “What do you want me to do—it is the Monsey Rabbis’ responsibility!”

The Monsey rabbis have now loudly and publicly responded in kind.

8) Tendler had others say for him that the RCA’s statement is “null and void” and that Tendler is “innocent.” How can any individual or any other organization nullify a statement of banishment from a different organization? These public statements did not result in his reinstatement as a member of the RCA despite Tendler’s bogus claims that they were imminently going to. Moreover, most of his supporters at this meeting have little knowledge of the case. Considering their scant knowledge, their decision to carry him was carelessly decided to say the least. His supporters have not, nor do they claim to have, conducted their own investigation, having never met with the complainants. They made few if any half-hearted attempts to contact either the RCA or the rabbis in Monsey or the complainants whom are aware oftentimes first hand of his pathological behavior and sexual misconduct. This includes Rav Dovid Feinstein, the only relative of notoriety that spoke ever so briefly on his behalf who made one phone call to the RCA before making such careless statements of support. When later asked why he publicly defended him, he was quoted as saying something along these lines, “True that his halachic psaks are flawed, but we know that about him. I just can’t believe the additional claims of sexual abuse, I just don’t believe him to be that, too.” With all due respect, and putting aside the question if he is at all nogaya b’davar--tainted as a defender since he is a relative, Rabbi Feinstein did not speak to any of the Rabbonim in Monsey who investigated Tendler, nor did he speak to any of his many female accusers of sexual harassment before he stood before the tzibbor in Tendler’s defense. In other words, without first thoroughly researching the matter as is typically expected for a Rav to do before taking such a public stand concerning a vital communal matter such as this, he stood up to defend his relative. His main stated assertion was that the RCA’s ruling was not worth anything. To the contrary, it was an ejection notice that clearly served its purpose and for the very first time alerted the tzibbor what some rabbanim have concluded about him after the RCA’s near one and a half - year long investigation - an investigation the likes of which some obviously believe was and is a monumental waste of time. Even this highly respected Rav was naively manipulated by the Tendlers. His brother, on the other hand, Rav Reuven Feinstein, was conspicuously absent. Let us see if any of his defenders choose to compound the error of their ways or retract them. That will be very telling for future reference who deserves our respect and whom does not...

On the grandest of scales, we have literally seen with our eyes the ongoing attempts by Tendler and his remaining supporters to drag so many good, upstanding, and genuinely honorable leaders and members of the community down with him. He began this process at the Tendler Defense Festival and its vicious ugliness continues. It can be said he is many things, but among them there is no indication that he is behaving as either a communal rav or Torah leader. Why is this so difficult to comprehend? Or is it that Emes is so deeply hidden and hard to recognize today? We can thank the likes of Tendlerites for their contribution in further cloaking emes behind a very thick dark cloud.

Are there any other rabbanim in Monsey or anywhere else for that matter where there are numerous remotely comparable claims being made about them, from a wide continuum of sources, where they find it necessary to respond with such venom, pointing fingers at their accusers and desperately trying to distort their claims through a variety of public outlets (newspapers, new and anonymous internet sites, etc. Please do not naively view ours as anonymous--you can see the names of the courageous Rabbonim who represent all of us and who firmly believe in Rabbinic Integrity. Who among us would not be a proud member of any Committee that fights for Rabbinic Integrity?

On the other hand, did any other rabbi pay such a large sum in the vicinity of $100,000 to a woman in order to silence her claims of abuse? Has it ever been necessary for any other single rabbi to erect and re-erect a series of powerful public relations defense teams and attorneys that with lies and deception only serve to vilify the accusers and advocates regardless of who they are by either threatening them into silence or severely maligning them publicly with underhanded character assassination tantamount to libel? To discourage others and divert our attention away from himself, he even uses his slander machine to drag defenseless, ill children and their parents through the Jewish tabloids. The parallels to the historic libels against the Orthodox Jews of Eastern Europe are stunning. We have never seen anything on this level except perhaps during the Haskalah Movement that also involved mosrim – people who gave over false information to the public authorities (in this case the health department, tabloid newspapers, the internet, etc.) to bring about potential loss of licenses, reputation and thus incomes. While his current defenders of “enlightened” Jews are publicly maligning a broad spectrum of rabbanim and true Torah Scholars, in the process they are violating basic Torah law by fostering steadily growing and irreversible public chillul Hashem that could have immediately ceased, at any time, if he would merely step down or be relieved of his position. How many of us naively believed that for the good of the community in which we all live, he would have stepped down at his public defense meeting, but deep down knew he would never even consider it if only for sake of the community. Just as we survived (barely) the so-called Enlightenment Movement, we will survive him and his ilk as long as we stick together as one Kehilah of Monsey, and never, ever consider any of his lies to be remotely true. Tendler undoubtedly prides himself on his inexhaustible efforts to distort all emes and with his abhorrent process successfully manipulating public opinion toward his side, like no one before him. Does any of the editorial staff of the two so-called “Jewish newspapers” owe Tendler any “large favors” which Tendler handily called in by having these two newspapers let him and his spin doctors that include his father and others, writing virtually unedited, biased and misleading articles, consistently commandeering the editorial page for months at a time? The RCA had correctly relinquished the single opportunity granted them to write their own version since the so-called “Jewish” Press rescinded their promise to allow it to be unedited. And yet, they continuously provide Tendler with an ongoing unedited forum for his lies. It is pointless to speculate as to the nature of the favors owed, but there is only speculation (therefore we will not comment further) that the corruption runs very deep indeed – and we may never know the complete truth. There are always political favors that powerful people grant each other often to the detriment of the very community they supposedly represent. One can never comprehend the true motivation of others. There is no logic in insanity, but often there are identifyable goals. As believing Jews, we know that in the end, deep corruption and evil is sooner or later exposed as the light of Emes is ultimately revealed. In their self-achieved often imposed positions of power, rishaim can temporarily succeed to out maneuver rabbanim by presenting lies and manipulative distortions to spin and confuse the general public. Tendler has little choice but to persist in pushing his mountain of lies that he disperses mainly through two so-called “Jewish” newspapers or more accurately, sensationalist tabloids, and (in the recent past) on the internet, the validity of which these two forums speak for themselves. He endeavors to outsmart, even pre-empt rabbanim and others by repeatedly mischaracterizing them in a variety of ways to the general tzibbur in order to win over public perception of himself. For example, even though the RCA did not have to, out of respect for a Jerusalem court, even as they halachicly correctly rejected their jurisdiction over the matter, the RCA formally responded to them and agreed to relocate the Din to the most highly respected Monsey Bais Din, M’chon L’hora in Spring Valley as is within their halachic rights (see Harav Wosner’s t’shuvah above in this regard where there is no need for a Bais Din whatsoever to eject a member). Tendler then never responded to this halachicly acceptable request but instead the Jerusalem Beit Din held a private hearing with only Tendler present to say the RCA was in violation of not appearing. The newspapers would have you thus believe that the RCA has in fact ignored the rabbanut Beit Din in Jerusalem altogether. That is because Tendler never planned to pursue his requested Din anywhere outside of Israel as the newspapers have already publicized. When the papers initially admitted that a “Zabla” was requested, the outlandish reason they gave for it being unacceptable was that the M’chon L’horah Bais Din is against Tendler. That is one of the most ridiculous claims yet since there is no such thing. A “Zabla” is where each party gets to pick their own Rav to represent them. The third Rav is mutually chosen by those two Rabbonim. This makes it impossible for this Bais Din to be against Tendler yet that is his claim since he never plans to show up and has no other out except to get others to lie by falsely claiming the RCA is in violation of not responding to the Jerusalem’s Bais Din. Why go to Israel for a Din to be determined in the first place? It is simple: 1) All the witnesses are in America and 2) to ultimately be able to lie that he has been exonerated by them, which he has already done, a claim that will be difficult for individuals to disprove. It is astounding how everything he says -- a proven liar -- is believed at face value to be true, but what others say about him is doubted. For the answer to that, please see the very first paragraph of The Detailed Chronicle.

We will soon be adding a translation of statements from several different Batei Dinim that uniformly verify for all (uninformed of the laws of Batei Dinim) to clearly understand that Mordy Tendler's Jerusalem rabbanut Bais Din has no jurisdiction whatsoever.

One final comment regarding the one or two so-called “Jewish” newspapers who have revealed their overt biases and lies in an endeavor to support and prop up Tendler: The question as to how can they do this if he is guilty of such terrible things as outlined here? This can be answered by just recalling early on, when the RCA ejected him, the so-called “Jewish” Press blasted the other “more secular” newspapers for their so-called past derision of "orthodox" rabbis. The Jewish Press "educated" us how this was just more of the same.

Then, only a few weeks later, the very same “Jewish" newspaper was caught doing precisely what they claim others have done, but this time in the most unparalleled libelous manner, not just once or twice (as rarely as the secular newspapers reported it), but publicly week after week, month after month printing blatant lies that maligned, and continue even now before our very eyes, so many Rabbonim in order to merely build back Mordy's reputation obstinately refusing to do teshuvah for their voluminous transgressions. That forum, as well as the poorly constructed poorly written Jewish Voice, is where the true Jewish Voice of Lashon Harah lies.
The only real shame here rests with Tendler and his two remaining support outlets. We have all seen or heard of a very recent article from one of these so-called “Jewish” newspapers that shamelessly maligned the elderly tzaddik and widely respected Rav Gedalia Schwartz from Chicago. Those retaining the unambiguous facts of his immoral behavior (DNA evidence and tapes) recognized all along that these two “Jewish” newspapers have incessantly lied, making it easy for all to especially now identify how shrewdly they served those lies between two truths so that they may be believed.

We have this year cancelled our subscriptions to the Jewish “Mess” for this reason and hope every reader will do likewise until and unless they recant every single lie after lie, line by line, including all scurrilous statements of defamation and slander made against so many fine rabbonim. The way Hashem’s world usually works is, in the end, the same forum rishaim use for their rishus--wickedness, is the same platform used in their self-destruction. He used the so-called “Jewish” newspapers, to malign so many, so it may very well be the newspapers and other media that tear him down (midah k’neged midah).

9) Regarding Tendler’s claims as to the so-called “investigation” Rabbi Greenwald conducted that purportedly vindicated Tendler: Rabbi Greenwald met several women, but they were mostly advocates, not accusers – having only met with one accuser. In the process of questioning Tendler about the many accusations, Tendler became aware of some of his accusers names revealed to him by Rabbi Greenwald. Subsequent to that meeting, each of these women was summarily threatened. Several advocates of the women were then threatened into silence on behalf of Tendler stating, “Only if you back off, will Tendler back off of you.”and many other such threats and worse.In terms of Rabbi Greenwald’s “investigation,” his meeting with this one group of women did not comprise a true investigation – in no way did it resemble one. He had a conversation with some people that Tendler at the defense festival called, an “investigation.” There was never an attempt to contact the vast majority of accusers or their advocates. Apparently only the RCA and many prominent Monsey Rabbanim are the only ones who can not conduct a competent investigation. Even Rabbi Greenwald openly says, "It does not mean I exonerated him."

10) Tendler produced some supporters who hollered publicly that the whole RCA investigation was based on phone interviews by “a goy from Texas.” However, the women were previously interviewed mostly in person when the case was originally brought before the RCA. Following that, they were re-interviewed by the more than qualified abuse investigator. After the final report was received from this investigator, the RCA determined to move forward in its investigation. They contacted some of the accusers again, in order to interview them a third time. Some of the women received letters from the RCA requesting them to come in for interviews, stating that Tendler would be there with his lawyer and that they were welcome to bring their own lawyers. Eventually, the interviews occurred with these women in a local Monsey shul, with the rabbi of that shul present, while Tendler refused to show up and cooperate. All told, these women were interviewed by rabbis, psychologists, and yes, believe it or not, even a non-Jewish investigator from the state of Texas.

11) Mordy Tendler publicly stated that he never met with women alone. It is intriguing that a woman in the audience at the same Defense Festival stood up and said that she had met “alone” with Tendler many times, and that he was never once inappropriate with her. Yet, at this very same meeting Tendler earlier stated that he never met with women alone! Most members of his own congregation and others plainly recognize this to be another blatant lie that requires no proof whatsoever, many having witnessed him on innumerable occasions secluded with women. He has been seen often by countless individuals over the many years meeting with women alone behind closed, even locked doors. What does one do with his recent public lies to the contrary?

12) In an answer to one question, Tendler stated he would not release any of his many ex-lawyers from attorney-client privilege. Why not?? Perhaps because they have vital information that would obviously incriminate Tendler. Why did one of his lawyers abruptly resign as his lawyer only three months after first becoming his lawyer? Most normal people have a consistent lawyer for years. Upon his resignation on October 20th, 2003, as lawyer representing both Tendler and Kehilat New Hempstead, Brad instantaneously left the shul and accepted the very first offer to buy his house in order to speedily move out of the neighborhood. We understand that privately one of his lawyers wishes he would be released thereby enabling him to bury Tendler permanently (his formerly trusted rabbi and client) with the evidence of deep corruption that he cannot make public due to client-attorney privilege. Why the need for Tendler to have lawyer after lawyer to begin with?

13) Tendler claims he never threatened any ex-husbands or anyone else for that matter. This is another terrible lie. There are several witnesses, including one exhusband who openly claims that Tendler used intense pressure on this man’s boss repeatedly to have him fired from his job--thus losing critical parnasah for his family unless he and his ex-wife stopped talking about him and withdrew their claims of sexual harassment.

No, never any threats. Then, only minutes later at the Tendler Fest itself, Rabbi Esformes stood in front of the congregation, screaming about pain and chillul Hashem. It is Tendler’s behavior that is the sole source of chillul Hashem. Rabbi Esformes threatened to sue anyone in the congregation that tries to fire the “rav.” We were hoping for a little constructive emes to occur at this meeting. Instead, one of the original founders of Kehilat New Hempstead (KNH) threatened to repossess the building if anyone even hinted at firing the Rav. Do these low lives believe that emes is arrived at and justice is meted out with money, power, and threats? This simply confirms the overt strong-arm tactics that could not even be concealed at the public forum that is the m.o. of the Tendler camp, as we have all seen ongoing.

14) One of the many accusers that Tendler publicly maligned at this same meeting included a decent and straightforward person named Batya Siegel, inferring that she herself was an abuser among many other things. It is to the contrary simply this. Tendler is the only one involved in abuse by abusing his position of power attempting to manipulate and control her with mental abuse, using her Get process as a tool for his sexual gratification. She was sexually harassed by him many times, but she was able to bravely defer his sexual advances – postponing them with a regular verbal delay of, “let’s talk after the Get is signed.” Immediately following the signing of her Get in front of a Bais Din, during which Tendler had been lurking in the shadows, she abruptly left the proceedings as he chivvied after her, pursuing her promise she had made “to discuss it after the get was signed.” Having been completely demoralized and reeling from a dearth of spiritual, monetary, even moral support, Batya had not received even a modicum of support from hence it should have come, namely, her rabbi – Tendler. Rather, Tendler’s role was the complete opposite as he was a major contributing force in her misfortune. All of his abusive actions occurred during the precise period when she was at absolute lowest point in her life. So, the moment she turned to face her abuser one last time, she selected some choice words for him, deciding just then to give up her religious affiliation with Judaism because of him, as she says openly. Make no mistake. Batya Siegel dreadfully recalls from over thirteen years ago all the encounters with him as he gradually and subtly transformed from a trusted rabbi into her nemesis; that includes her final recollection of when and where her very last conversation with Tendler took place, immediately following her Get proceedings (despite Mordy's public claims of never having been there). For Mordy this is normal behavior, patiently seeking constant opportunities to take advantage of downtrodden, vulnerable, desperate women and their families, then later destroy anyone and everyone in his path reproaching him of it. Lending much credence to her account is the fact that she never claimed to have been abused by him sexually. She does not need to lie, nor does she stand to benefit by rehashing the most intimidating and desperate point in her life, so many years ago. She is a very strong-willed and bright person when you meet her. Outside of his sexual advances (Tendler proposed to bathe her, among other terrible suggestions), the only actual physical contact she says he had with her was when he rubbed her hand back and forth on the desk in his office, which took her aback, as did his concurrent heavy breathing.

15) Mordy Tendler’s warped mind continues to cause great chillul Hashem by widely slandering upstanding, humble Orthodox Jews whose involvement stems solely from their sheer dedication in defense of the abused. Here is just one example among many advocates that Tendler slandered. At this meeting, Tendler publicly broadcast to all his baseless accusations against one defender of the abused, Rabbi Dratch (member of the RCA), accusing him of either manipulating or, worse yet, fostering the entire RCA investigation in order to somehow benefit monetarily in the hope of creating a position for himself that would ultimately result in some notion of income. We all heard Tendler makes those highly inflammatory remarks that when one considers them for a mere moment, they literally smack of conspiratorial insanity. Anyone who has met and heard Rabbi Dratch speak knows that he is a true mentsch who cares very much about the vital issue of abuse whenever it arises, especially in the rabbinate. The complainants and their advocates originally contacted him and he handled their dire situation with extreme caring, sensitivity and confidentiality.

16) Mordy Tendler purported that there would be a “mass resignation from the RCA,” if he would “just give the word.” What narcissism and patent egotism, not to mention an overt falsehood. To begin with, where are all the rabbis in the RCA or elsewhere, for that matter, rushing to his defense? Even Rabbi Faskowitz (who recently resigned from the RCA in a two page letter to the “Jewish” Press) does not defend him but instead maligns the entire RCA. Faskowitz’s mother’s maiden name is Joffen just as Michelle Tendler’s maiden name is Joffen. That is because he is her first cousin! Here is another case of a relative standing up to support the Tendlers. You can’t make this stuff up even if you wanted to. From what we hear, the RCA is far from disappointed that he is gone and will not be allowed back in. He states in his resignation letter, “It is unimportant whether Tendler is guilty or innocent.” We believe that it is all important. Since Tendler has already pulled out all the stops as demonstrated by his never ceasing retaliatory actions publicly attempting to crush all his opponents, then why not “give the word” already? That’s because there is no word; for his word is worth nothing. Furthermore, Faskowitz may have resigned but what of Tendler’s very own father who continues on as a member of the RCA?!! At a bare minimum, why has his father not resigned as a statement of protestation? There is only one answer to that. It is called Shtika Kihoda’ah. By silently retaining his RCA member status, his father is by default communicating and revealing to us all his true belief of what his son is affirming the RCA’s just decision. When his son falls, which is inevitable, his father fears, having left the RCA, he may never be accepted back. His son’s claim of “mass resignation” could not even entice his own father!

Moreover, try to recall how many times we have heard that the RCA will imminently be reinstating Tendler. His abysmal lies continue despite his supporters futile attempts. Furthermore and beyond belief, in addition to being related to the Tendlers, it has been brought to our Committee for Rabbinic Integrity’s attention by the RCA that Faskowitz has a history of having previously stood up for an abuser (A..). Again, even the most imaginative writers in the world could not make this stuff up, folks!

17) Mordy Tendler claims he had no relationship with one of the victims and stated that he, “only gave her rides in his car years ago when she did not live in the community and perhaps only during snowstorms,” which is another lie. Many from the community have witnessed him meeting with this woman and giving her car rides many times in the not too distant past and in perfect weather. He claims that it is a flagrant lie that he met with her and gave her rides after he called the police on her and had her kicked out of the shul. The flagrant lies are all his. He was seen many times since then going into her apartment and riding in his car with her in the frontseat. Many have openly admitted seeing this with their own eyes. When later questionedwhat type of relationship he had with another RCA witness, he stated, "I haven’t the foggiest idea who she is", even though she and her family had been very regular and ongoing shul (KNH) members for many years.

18) Mr. Schwartz was sounding off about the RCA report that he formally requested, but had not received. He then stated only a few hours later at a subsequent meeting restricted only to shul members that he in fact received the entire RCA report from a so-called confidential source and to “take his word for it that it is full of lies, flaws, and inconsistencies and is therefore worthless.” He stated that there is no new evidence, there are no reliable witnesses, and the only evidence is this severely flawed report from a Texas investigator. The truth is that the RCA investigation continued for many months after this report from the investigator was concluded. Local rabbis have unambiguous evidence, having heard from many women, and of late, even new women and their families that previously were not heard from.

19) Old lawyer Schwartz mentioned an uncanny “consistency” in the sexual harassment charges claiming that it all started by one person who may have tainted the story and that the rest of the women were directed what to say. This is typical lawyer-ease and is a terrible, blatant lie that attempts to lump all his accusers together as a single testimony. The only common theme among the women’s stories is Tendler’s pattern of sexual abuse repeating itself over and over again. No woman has ever been instructed as to what to say. Each of them, just like the rest of us, has their own mind. They were asked only to speak the truth in their own words. The truth is that their experiences with him occurred under very different circumstances, while only the abuser’s behavior is consistent throughout (the CRI has the complete confidential detailed accounts of each woman’s hideous experiences with Mordy Tendler that are not for public consumption just yet).

20) Supporter at the time, ex-lawyer Schwartz said a terrible hatchet job was being executed on his rabbi. The real hatchet job is against these vulnerable, broken women and their families. This is the only place our sympathies should be. In truth, though, how many of us feel true empathy towards these abused women, who as victims naturally feel powerless. Meanwhile, the Tendler people use their money and by abusing their position of power, continue in their attempts to tear down, malign, and demolish so many good people, as you have seen that is ongoing, even as you read this.

21) Several prominent Torah scholars that were the veritable linchpins in Tendler’s shul, as far as their Torah knowledge and weekly shiurim they generously shared with the local community have already left the shul so as to no longer enable Tendler’s immoral behavior. It is because they trust the upstanding Rabbanim of the RCA and their decision to oust him for solid reasons.

Those remaining members of his shul must realize by now that they have been and still are a part of shul that has many outward appearances akin to a cult-like atmosphere where their “inspirational leader” can do no wrong. While it may be difficult for dedicated members to assess him objectively, given that he is still technically “rabbi,” how long will he continue to be viewed with rose-colored glasses despite the many evils he has committed throughout the years? Continuing to trash so many others, including many respected rabbanim, and his predisposition to lie privately, to rabbanim and in front of the tzibbor, it has become so obvious that it would be a joke if it were not so sad and devastating to all. A person truly innocent of all charges would not behave this way. They would conduct themselves in a humble, innocent manner, staying far away from any involvement in lies and chillul Hashem. Trashing the character of so many different people speaks volumes.

22) To date, the oldest “known” case of known abuse occurred fourteen years ago. But abuse of people comes in many forms. A congregation can also be abused and damaged over the duration of many years by its so-called leader and not realize while it is happening. Yet, even a 10 year old child has realized Tendler’s flagrant disregard for straightforward halacha. He learned in the Shulchan Aruch (please see Hilchos Tefilah 98,1 near the end that says:

“It is forbidden for a man to kiss children in shul in order to emphasize in one’s heart (to get used to the idea) that there is no love greater than our love for Hashem.” The inference being that, kal v’chomer-- even more so, it is forbidden for two adults to kiss each other in shul while davening is occuring which is why it was placed in the section of the Shulchan Aruch called Hilchos Tefila--the laws of praying. It is widely known and has been witnessed often that Tendler kisses the male congregants in front of the Aron during davening, displaying public disregard for basic halacha, the poignant implication being that he carelessly rejects open halachas as it relates to the basic Jewish ethics of Ahavas and Kavod L’Hashem --honor and love of Hashem that even a 10 year old child can understand!

It is locally known that Tendler has taught his kehilah many twisted things that endeavor to separate his kehilah from the rest of the Orthodox community:

He teaches, for example, that all other rabbis’ matzos are chometz, implying that thousands of rabbis are wrong and only he and a select few are right.

He also states that his shul is the only “Bais Hamikdash M’at” (a small replica of the temple). Long-time congregants who attended his classes will recall that several years ago Mordy Tendler gave a series of shiurim to prove from the Torah that his shul was the “only” Bais Hamikdash M’at. He expounded on that arrogant and absurd notion week after week, first claiming that it was the only one in the Town of New Hempstead, then in Monsey, then New York, then in America, then the world. How can his shul be the “only” anything? A stable, sane rabbi would tell you that there are many good shuls.

Hardly a shiur goes by where he does not shamelessly capitalize on the fact that Reb Moshe is “my grandfather” whom he misquotes continuously and uses as a contingency source to back his erroneous halachic interpretation. He has, in the past, also pretentiously maintained from his bully pulpit that his Eruv, “is the number one Eruv in the universe.” He must be from Mars to know that.

Using his wife and others to do his dirty work, Rosh Hashana a year ago, she asked a couple that purchased seats for the Yomim Tovim to leave the shul even before they had a chance to hear shofar blowing that morning for simply and responsibly warning a close friend who was then widowed to avoid meeting alone with Tendler. She and her husband could care less about fulfilling a D'oraiysah--Torah requirement to hear the shofar. There are so many more examples of this “charem--excommunication” concept that are exacted only in the shul where Mordy still officiates, usually by others he requests to do his dirty work.

He likewise continues to periodically pressure members who appropriately wish and have every right to leave the shul with incessant bullying through repetitive phone calls, letters, packets and strong-arming tactics in order to stop the spreading of this type of discussion among themembers. All of these are examples, and there are more, are symptomatic of a virtual cultlike atmosphere where the leader and those representing him try to separate its membersfrom the rest of the community (in our case the tzibbur), something strictly forbidden in Judaism since it is the very antithesis of achdus!

Those against him are summarily isolated and condemned; the more correct term perhaps being excommunicated. he has most likely excommunicated more individuals that all other New York Rabbonim combined!

Those of you who continue to show up and daven at the shul and pay membership are enabling him to continue in his ways. By continuing to attend the shul, you are supporting an abuser. By doing so, among several halachas one is violating is the vital Torah dictum of “Lifnei Iver, Lo Titain Michshol” – “Do not place a stumbling block in front of a blind person.” Every Friday night we proclaim, “Ohavai Hashem, Sin’u Rah” – Those who love Hashem, are to despise evil.” Are we proudly practicing those words or are we mindlessly mouthing them to Hashem?

23) Consider that Tendler’s ongoing actions only serve to compound his evil behavior that continues to destroy Jewish families that we are all responsible for, even outside our immediate community. The bare conclusion remains that he is a bonafide pathological liar, and perhaps even sociopath, also termed psychopath, possessing anti-social, antisocietal personality disorders. The definition of this disorder, from the Merck manual is:

“Persons with this personality disorder callously disregard the rights and feelings of others. They exploit others for materialistic gain or personal gratification. They act out their conflicts in impulsive and irresponsible ways, sometimes with hostility and serious violence. They tolerate frustration poorly. Often, they do not anticipate the negative consequences of their antisocial behaviors and typically do not feel remorse or guilt afterward. Many of them have a welldeveloped capacity for glibly rationalizing their behavior or for blaming it on others. Dishonesty and deceit permeate their relationships. Punishment rarely modifies their behavioror improves their judgment and foresight; it usually confirms and often reinforces their harshly unsentimental view of the world.”

Keep in mind that sociopaths are commonly able to fool others over an extended time period - they often manipulate others into liking them, and are capable of acting in a very charming manner in order to impress others. They cause much harm to others over the years, and have even been known to temporarily fool medical personnel (nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, even rabbis and congregants) until they are ultimately caught in their inability to cease their own pathological behavior (multiple times on both tapes and from DNA extraction).

Tendler long ago lost an understanding of what we naturally recognize as right and wrong. The criminal mind is truly not a complicated one. When it affects others, i.e. married women, single women, families, etc., we must act without hesitation, without pity. The time for rachamim has passed long ago indeed. The Gedolim over the many generations forbid it, as per the timely and pertinent Torah T’shuvah--response that has collated their halachic opinions on this issue that can be requested in original Hebrew from any of the local Rabbanim (see the authorized summary outline and translation enclosed). The Great Sages of all past generations have spoken loudly in this teshuvah!

A final note:

As we are all B’nei Yisrael, we must be aligned on this imperative communal issue. Please join your most courageous and highly respected leaders, ex-members and fellow colleagues and friends that includes the five Rabbis who vacated the shul simultaneously last spring and others by abandoning this rashah as they have--as soon as this Shabbos. You have no chiyuv-obligation whatsoever to walk into a particular building according to any halacha except the genuine Bais Hamikdash when, B’mhaira B’yamainu, we will see its rebuilding—and even then approximately only three times a year.

Perhaps due to the passage of much time, many congregants with decades of real dedication to building and maintaining Kehilat New Hempstead Shul, some may have developed clouded judgment and should not trust their lack of objectivity that continues to overlook Tendler’s profound pathology. Actually, you, the congregants of KNH can add your names to the long list of his victims.

We empathize with your situation, rachmana l’tzlan, for you now have to search out your neshamas and face the shock and loss after spending so many years being this man’s devotees. You undoubtedly feel the shame and embarrassment in front of your own families that you have brought them to him for guidance, halachic advice and perhaps even counseling. We understand that you trusted him throughout a host of personal family issues. We will get the tzibbor to ignore his future lies he may attempt to reveal about you that he has done to others who have left. We are proving he is a liar beyond a shadow of a doubt, so fear not, and certainly do not fear Mordy! As we say every Rosh Chodesh and Chanukah--" Trust in Hashem, not in the son of men that can not save. Trust in Hashem not in "princes" (or people who think they are). Trust in Hashem (speaking through the chachamim captured over the generations by Harav Wosner's t'shuvah and the contemporary Rabbanim who have spoken and whom will speak to each of you one by one that is truly seeking emes asking a serious shaila-question: whether your decision to abandon him is the correct one.

You, like many others who have already left, also feel that you wasted years of your life following this disturbed man in spite of your better instincts. You even now still feel a necessity to maintain the status quo rather than face the cold reality (of emes) that you have followed a rashah with endless pathological and psychological problems and have to admit to your families that you were led astray. But you can survive and still go on without him and end the relationship as others have promptly done. Teshuvah is very hard for each and every one of us but for the sake of your families you need to cleanly sever your relationship with this man as the rabbonim have required of all of us to do. Many who have already left are ready to support you despite all that has happened which is mainly his fault and not yours. The key is to, any way you can, detach yourself from an un-repented rashah instead of aligning with and supporting him. Always remember who the perpetrator is.

And, since you lack the necessary objectivity -- that is what the Rabbanim are there for! Please, for the benefit of your beautiful families and the rest of the community, re-read and listen to the Rabbonim’s deepest, heartfelt Torah-based advice above. We are one kehila, and thus it is all of our responsibilities to follow the halachic advice of the many Rabbanim who possess the proper and objective Torah knowledge who have spoken. A very wide spectrum of so many Rabbonim ranging from Misnagid to Chasidish to Young Israel to Litvash and everything inbetween, from right to left, have unambiguously delineated their position for the general tzibbor on this matter despite the past attempt at character assassination and defamation that has occured that may come their way (if the Jewish Press restarts his lie-forum once more).

The taped evidence many Rabbonim heard was brought forth by women outside of the one woman who had to give up her tapes and other evidence due to the huge settlement paid to her by Tendler that resulted in a “gag order.” She had to relinquish all her evidence and sign an agreement that she could no longer share her information or talk to anyone about Tendler’s illicit sexual behavior toward her. The terribly inappropriate sexually oriented dialogue between Tendler and his multiple female victims is not for public consumption since it would only serve to add to the tremendous Chillul Hashem and further stain the Orthodox Rabbinate if it is disbursed ultimately reaching the internet for all to hear (which may unfortunately have to happen if decisive action is not taken by KNH and he is allowed to have a base from which to continue unfettered in his abusive and slanderous ways--we pray not).

When one stands back to fully reflect upon this with clear eyes, one can see the height of unprecedented arrogance and brazenness that repeats itself over and over again and is ongoing throughout a variety of public forums. The final Mishnah in Sotah as explained by Michtav MaiEliyahu part 3:

“Our Great Sages have forewarned and instructed us who live at the end of the galus that, “audacity will increase” to the point where even if the truth may be discerned, but due to one’s personal arrogance and brazenness is unwilling to bend to it, thus behaving audaciously, even rebelliously at times against the emes in order to simply overcome our pangs of conscience.”

A weak and divided tzibbor permits criminals to thrive on societal inaction and misplaced pity. It is unfortunate that the Tendler children will be hurt by him so. Far outweighing that are so many more children of the many families he irreparably destroyed throughout the years and continues to today. So, never forget who the real victims are. The community must not fail to act against this unfortunate scourge in our midst by meeting it head on with a strong communal will. Even this detailed chronicle does not capture barely a smidgen of the depths of this man’s ongoing evil behavior. Nevertheless, please consider this in its full due and then make the right decision for the sake of our entire community that includes all of our families. Only with achdus and taking action can we put an end to this historic madness without further delay. Hatzlacha Rabbah!


therapist said...

For those of you who are seeking understanding of psychopathy, Hervey Cleckley's book The Mask of Sanity, the absolutely essential study of the psychopath who is not necessarily of the criminal type. This book is no longer available. We have it scanned and our team of researchers spent two weeks going over the text carefully to eliminate text conversion errors. You may download the entire book FREE as a PDF from the link at left, top. (Read A Sample Chapter of The Mask of Sanity)

"Likeable," "Charming," "Intelligent," "Alert," "Impressive," "Confidence-inspiring," and "A great success with the ladies": These are the sorts of descriptions repeatedly used by Cleckley in his famous case-studies of psychopaths. They are also, of course, "irresponsible," "self-destructive," and the like. These descriptions highlight the great frustrations and puzzles that surround the study of psychopathy.

Psychopaths seem to have in abundance the very traits most desired by normal persons. The untroubled self-confidence of the psychopath seems almost like an impossible dream and is generally what "normal" people seek to acquire when they attend assertiveness training classes. In many instances, the magnetic attraction of the psychopath for members of the opposite sex seems almost supernatural.

Cleckley's seminal hypothesis concerning the psychopath is that he suffers from a very real mental illness indeed: a profound and incurable affective deficit. If he really feels anything at all, they are emotions of only the shallowest kind. He does bizarre and self-destructive things because consequences that would fill the ordinary man with shame, self-loathing, and embarrassment simply do not affect the psychopath at all. What to others would be a disaster is to him merely a fleeting inconvenience

Barbara said...

Following close behind Cleckley's stellar work is Dr. Hare's WITHOUT CONSCIENCE.

Tendler follows the pattern. The horrible predictable pattern. That anyone believes these people is, to my mind - still flabbergasting - but they can be very charming.

Women aren't kosher witnesses? Ugh.

Continued kudos to you UOJ!

Belsky's Unfinished Teshuva said...


"Hemshech yavo" like when he brought "closure" to the Kolko affair?

Alan Horowitz said...


What a let down. I thought Uncle Milty was going to organize a kabbalas ponim for me at Newark Airport yesterday.

Moshe said...

I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. It seems that the guy is a complete shaygetz and that this has been acknowledged by the Charedi and Modern Orthodox worlds. The letter from the Monsey Charedi rabbonim, together with his explusion from the RCA and YU, show this. It all looks like a refutation of the UOJ shitto that there are no true rabbonim any more. The only problem seems to be that a few brain washed idiots in his shul are standing by him Who cares?!

Anonymous said...

Is UOJ saying that Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald pulled "a Shea Fishman" and divulged the names of the accusers to Tendler?

"You are either with The Un-Orthodox Jew - "UOJ"- or against him!"....... said...

There are ehrliche rabonnim---the UOJ shita is that they are in the minority of minorities---NOT IN THE AGUDAH OR THE TENDLER FAMILY--

Ronnie "Green"-Wald is a Tendler stooge.

LVF said...

Please everyone out here, do the right thing and call the DA and other officals, they have gotten a lot of heat lately, lets not let it slip away, there are victims out there begging for justice.

Lets Extradite mondrowitz now!!





Steve---A great friend of the blog, furnished us with these e-mail addresses. Kindly e-mail them as well!

Dov Hikind: hikindd@assembly.state.ny.us

Charles Schumer:
Go to the following website:

Hillary Clinton:
Go to the following website:

Elliot Spitzer:
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Anonymous said...

What distinguishes all of these people from the rest of us is an utterly empty hole in the psyche, where there should be the most evolved of all humanizing functions. [Martha Stout, Ph.D., The Sociopath Next Door] (highly recommended)

wikipedia said...

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Dissocial personality disorder
Classification & external resources ICD-10 F60.2
ICD-9 301.7
Psychopathy is currently defined in psychiatry and clinical psychology as a condition characterized by lack of empathy [1] [2] or conscience, and poor impulse control [3] [4] or manipulative behaviors.[5] It is a term derived from the Greek psyche (soul, breath hence mind) and pathos (to suffer), and was once used to denote any form of mental illness, often being confused with psychosis.

Though in widespread use, psychopathy has no precise equivalent[6] in either the DSM-IV-TR, where it is most strongly correlated with antisocial personality disorder, or the ICD-10, where it is correlated with dissocial personality disorder. Some experts are working toward listing psychopathy as a unique disorder. However, only a minority of diagnosable psychopaths are violent offenders [7] [8]. The manipulative skills of some of the others are valued for providing audacious leadership [9]. Some have argued that psychopathy is adaptive in a highly competitive environment, because it gets results for both the individual and the corporations [10] they represent [11]. However, these individuals will often cause long-term harm, both to their co-workers and the organization as a whole, due their manipulative, deceitful, abusive, and often fraudulent behaviour [12].

In current clinical use, psychopathy is most commonly diagnosed using the checklist devised by Emeritus Professor Robert Hare. He describes psychopaths as "intraspecies predators [13] [14] who use charm, manipulation, intimidation, and violence [15] [16] [17] to control others and to satisfy their own selfish needs. Lacking in conscience and in feelings for others, they take what they want and do as they please, violating social norms and expectations without guilt or remorse" [18]. "What is missing, in other words, are the very qualities that allow a human being to live in social harmony."[19]

Anonymous said...

THE PSYCHOPATH - The Mask of Sanity

Special Research Project of the Quantum Future Group

Imagine - if you can - not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken.

And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools.

Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs. Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless.

You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience, that they seldom even guess at your condition.

In other words, you are completely free of internal restraints, and your unhampered liberty to do just as you please, with no pangs of conscience, is conveniently invisible to the world.

You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences will most likely remain undiscovered.

How will you live your life?

What will you do with your huge and secret advantage, and with the corresponding handicap of other people (conscience)?

The answer will depend largely on just what your desires happen to be, because people are not all the same. Even the profoundly unscrupulous are not all the same. Some people - whether they have a conscience or not - favor the ease of inertia, while others are filled with dreams and wild ambitions. Some human beings are brilliant and talented, some are dull-witted, and most, conscience or not, are somewhere in between. There are violent people and nonviolent ones, individuals who are motivated by blood lust and those who have no such appetites. [...]

Provided you are not forcibly stopped, you can do anything at all.

If you are born at the right time, with some access to family fortune, and you have a special talent for whipping up other people's hatred and sense of deprivation, you can arrange to kill large numbers of unsuspecting people. With enough money, you can accomplish this from far away, and you can sit back safely and watch in satisfaction. [...]

Crazy and frightening - and real, in about 4 percent of the population....

The prevalence rate for anorexic eating disorders is estimated a 3.43 percent, deemed to be nearly epidemic, and yet this figure is a fraction lower than the rate for antisocial personality. The high-profile disorders classed as schizophrenia occur in only about 1 percent of [the population] - a mere quarter of the rate of antisocial personality - and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the rate of colon cancer in the United States, considered "alarmingly high," is about 40 per 100,000 - one hundred times lower than the rate of antisocial personality.

The high incidence of sociopathy in human society has a profound effect on the rest of us who must live on this planet, too, even those of us who have not been clinically traumatized. The individuals who constitute this 4 percent drain our relationships, our bank accounts, our accomplishments, our self-esteem, our very peace on earth.

Yet surprisingly, many people know nothing about this disorder, or if they do, they think only in terms of violent psychopathy - murderers, serial killers, mass murderers - people who have conspicuously broken the law many times over, and who, if caught, will be imprisoned, maybe even put to death by our legal system.

We are not commonly aware of, nor do we usually identify, the larger number of nonviolent sociopaths among us, people who often are not blatant lawbreakers, and against whom our formal legal system provides little defense.

Most of us would not imagine any correspondence between conceiving an ethnic genocide and, say, guiltlessly lying to one's boss about a coworker. But the psychological correspondence is not only there; it is chilling. Simple and profound, the link is the absence of the inner mechanism that beats up on us, emotionally speaking, when we make a choice we view as immoral, unethical, neglectful, or selfish.

Most of us feel mildly guilty if we eat the last piece of cake in the kitchen, let alone what we would feel if we intentionally and methodically set about to hurt another person.

Those who have no conscience at all are a group unto themselves, whether they be homicidal tyrants or merely ruthless social snipers.

The presence or absence of conscience is a deep human division, arguably more significant than intelligence, race, or even gender.

Anonymous said...

Profile of a Sociopath

A number of mind-controlling cult leaders may exhibit many of the behavioral characteristics of a sociopath--an outstanding ability to charm and seduce followers. Since they appear apparently normal, they are not easily recognizable as deviant or disturbed. Although only a trained professional can make a diagnosis of whether or not someone is a sociopath, it is important to be able to recognize the personality type in order to avoid further abuse. These traits also apply to a one-on-one cultic relationship.

Glibness/Superficial Charm
Language can be used without effort by them to confuse and convince their audience. Captivating storytellers that exude self-confidence, they can spin a web that intrigues others. Since they are persuasive, they have the capacity to destroy their critics verbally or emotionally.

Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They dominate and humiliate their victims.

Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as "their right." Craves adulation and attendance. Must be the center of attention with their own fantasies as the "spokesman for God," "enlightened," "leader of humankind," etc. Creates an us-versus-them mentality

Pathological Lying
Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and able to pass lie detector tests.

Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

Shallow Emotions
When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion, it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

Incapacity for Love
While they talk about "God's love" they are unable to give or receive it. Since they do not believe in the genuineness of their followers' love, they are very harsh in testing it from their devotees and expect them to feel guilt for their failings. Expects unconditional surrender.

Need for Stimulation
Living on the edge, yet testing the beliefs of their followers with bizarre rules, punishments and behaviors. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal.

Callousness/Lack of Empathy
Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them. Their skills are used to exploit, abuse and exert power. Since the follower cannot believe their leader would callously hurt them, they rationalize the behavior as necessary for their (or the group's) own "good" and deny the abuse. When devotees become aware of the exploitation it feels like a "spiritual rape" to them.

Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others. The followers only see them as near perfect.

Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blame their followers or others outside their group. Blame reinforces passivity and obedience and produces guilt, shame, terror and conformity in the followers.

Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
Totalist leaders frequently practice promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts. This is usually kept hidden from all but the inner circle. Stringent sexual control of their followers, such as forced breakups and divorces, removal of children from parents, rules for dating, etc.

Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future. Many groups claim as their goal world-domination or other utopian promises. Great contrast between the leader's opulent lifestyle and the followers' impoverishment. Support by gifts and donations from the followers who are pressured to give through fear and guilt. Highly sensitive to their own pain and health.

Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
Changes their image and that of the group as needed to avoid prosecution and to increase income and to recruit a range of members. Is able to adapt or relocate as needed to preserve the group. Can resurface later with a new name, a new front group and a new twist on the scam.

Other Related Qualities:

Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them

Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them




Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired

Conventional appearance

Goal of enslavement of their victim(s)

Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life

Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love)

Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim

Incapable of real human attachment to another

Unable to feel remorse or guilt

Extreme narcissism and grandiose

The above traits are based on the psychopathy checklists of H. Cleckley and R. Hare. In the 1830's this disorder was called "moral insanity." By 1900 it was changed to "psychopathic personality." More recently it has been termed "antisocial personality disorder." Order: Without Conscience: The disturbing world of the psychopaths among us by Robert D. Hare.

m.d. said...

Mental Illness Is A Family Affair

Many of the major psychiatric illnesses commonly seen in adults surface during adolescence. Although not directly linked, there is a strong predisposition for mental illness within families. Some families function in such ways as to trigger mental illness within its members, especially those more vulnerable members. Family awareness, early identification and prevention are often the first steps to effective treatments. Relatives can play a key role in the identification and treatment of the teen with a mental illness, with family members themselves often needing help and support.

DM said...

Anyone that suffered sexual abuse should contact Joan Hertz at Ohel 718 851 6300 immediately. jehertz1@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Please people - speak up.

Its a MITZVAH to get this man off the streets - you are doing everyone and HIM a favor!

Anonymous said...

I think UOJ is referring to the RCC in California and Shalom Tendler who was fired from his shul and YU.

Charlie Hynes said...

Just to show what a BATLAN I am, I've been running around farkoyfing my fictional crime novel, instead of battling real criminals like Mondrowitz. A portion of my sales go to Belsky.

This Barnes & Noble is near the Young Israel of Syracuse in DeWitt, NY.


Brooklyn district attorney and novelist Charles "Joe" Hynes reads from and signs copies of his debut novel, "Triple Homicide" (St. Martin's Press, $24.95), at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt.

mike said...


Barbara Kay: Let’s have no clucking of tongues about the anti-Semitism of Laurentian towns
If you live in Montreal, and an acquaintance tells you she lives in Outremont, you may ask with a wink – it is not considered anti-Semitic to ask – if she lives in Outremont “ma chère” or Outremont “kaschère”.

Outremont is in many respects the francophone version of Westmount. Of course both quarters are now quite integrated linguistically, but Outremont is still mostly francophone. One large enclave of this beautiful neighbourhood, the aforementioned Outremont “kaschère," is home to thousands of Hasidic Jews, who in their usual fashion live peacefully but separately – very separately – from their neighbours. As in any Hasidic neighbourhood, you can walk freely through it with your physical security intact, although you may walk out of it wondering if you still exist, or have suddenly become invisible.

Herein lies the “problem” with Hasidic Jews. Since their way of life demands a separate school system, separate meat and other foodstuff provision (usually purchased outside the communities they live in) and synagogues close enough to walk to (no cars permitted on Sabbath or holidays), and since Hasidic families are as large as nature allows, inevitably their presence makes a huge impact on whatever urban environment they settle in. More important, they have zero interest in any social interaction with the outside world. And by the way, outside world does not mean gentiles. It means any non-hasidic Jew. Mainstream Jews are not only invisible to Hasidim, they are also seen as pretenders or apostate Jews, and therefore worthy of contempt, as opposed to the indifference shown to gentiles.

So when I noticed the front-page story in today’s Post, “Town Uneasy about Jews’ Resort Purchase,” I knew the story would be about putative anti-Semitism in the charming Laurentian town of St. Adolphe d’Howard, where a Montreal Hasidic community has bought and is now renovating an old resort hotel for future use as a self-contained Hasidic community. The town manager told a reporter that people are anxious about a group “that might not integrate into the Saint-Adolphe community with the result that the property would be ghettoized.” Was this anti-Semitic code for "we don’t want Jews here"?

The fact that three Hasidic buildings in nearby Val Morin have been subject to arson attacks recently naturally added to the tension. One Montreal Hasidic leader, recalling an era when Jews were not allowed in any Laurentian hotels, calls the St. Adolphe reaction anti-Semitic: “They don’t want them there, plain and simple … The message is these guys bring trouble wherever they go. If you can get more anti-Semitic than that, I want to know how.”

Well, hold on just a minute. It is true that there was a time in Quebec when Jews of all kinds were explicitly rejected from Laurentian hotels, and those famous signs, “Pas de chiens ou Juifs” – no dogs or Jews – have not been forgotten by Montreal elders who were affected by them. It may also be true that many individual Québécois are still anti-Semitic, some obviously to a hateful degree. But the era of official, institutionalized anti-Semitism is not only over, it is over in a big way. Traverse the Laurentians today, and you would be hard pressed to find a community or town or resort that is not in part or almost wholly supported economically and culturally by Jewish vacation home owners, Jewish camps and Jewish skiers - and that includes many Orthodox Jews, who often are, but should not be confused with Hasidim.

Jews are arguably the single most integrated Anglophone group in the towns of St. Sauveur, St. Adele and Ste. Agathe. Every large grocery store in the Laurentians has a small, but variegated kosher food department. Any single decent restaurant on a Saturday night in any of these towns is likely to be half full of Jews. In the town near us, St. Sauveur, the Arts festival in August is disproportionately funded by Jewish home-owners in the area. I once joked to my husband that on opening night at the Arts festival, the patrons’ section makes me feel like I’m in synagogue on Rosh Hashana.

So let’s have no clucking of tongues about the anti-Semitism of Laurentian towns. The words Hasidim and Jews are not interchangeable in sociological terms. Economically and culturally, mainstream Jews return value added to their communities. Personally in my near-40 years of Laurentian home ownership, I have never heard a single friend complain of anti-Semitism encountered in any town, nor have I encountered any myself. On the contrary, I find Laurentian Quebecers to be very pleased and grateful for the prosperity, diversity and liveliness that Montreal Jews have brought to the area.

St Adolphe d’Howard is a tiny town , and in the off-season homogeneous. Its location several miles from the main highway has left it a bit high and dry from the first-tier tourist centres. It would be fair to say its existence is fragile. The lake it sits on is gorgeous. Around it are the homes of many Jews, who presumably do not feel anti-Semitism is rampant in the town. It isn't. What the townspeople are worried about is exactly what you and I would be worried about (although we might be more worried about expressing it in public for reasons of political correctness) in our neighbourhoods if any segregationist, cultishly inward group settled in large numbers amongst us.

The whole point of a neighbourhood is friendliness, trust and social interaction, as well as mutual economic support. You get none of this with Hasidic Jews. What you get is a socially separatist entity living in a voluntary ghetto in your midst, from whom you derive disproportionately modest economic benefit, and absolutely no social interaction. Hasidim don’t like others, they don’t dislike others, they are indifferent to others. Of course they have the right to live as they wish. When Hasidim form settlements in rural areas, physically detached from towns or neighbourhoods with a long-established character and mores, nobody cares. But they should understand that their presence is not, sociologically speaking, value added to a small and (in this case) struggling community. It would be hypocritical to denounce the people of St Adolphe as anti-Semites. Their reaction is natural. Indeed, if a community of Hasidic Jews set up shop in my neighbourhood, I would worry “that [they] might not integrate into the [Barbara Kay] community with the result that the property would be ghettoized.” Does that make me, a mainstream Jew, an anti-Semite?


Milton Balkany said...

Ha! I'm busy with vouchers and Horowitz thinks I'm going to go running like a putz to greet him and his US Marshall escorts at Newark airport.


Rabbi Yehoshua Milton Balkany, who along with family members has contributed $23,000 to Giuliani's mayoral and senate campaigns,
"secured daycare vouchers for selected families by personally delivering their names to top Giuliani administration officials." The families "jumped
them over thousands of others on waiting lists." Balkany said he met with the mayor's former chief of staff and current campaign manager about the program. The number of families registered in Balkany's neighborhoods was more than the number of participants in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island combined.

Chaim Dovid Zweibel said...

Bubba Cohen & Avi Shafran must be upset that I beat them to giving a statement to the press.


Following a string of conservative rulings in the closing weeks of this year's Supreme Court session, some Jewish officials are suggesting that they may be forced to abandon their decades-long strategy of relying on the courts to protect liberal gains on a host of issues.

For decades many Jewish groups counted on the top court to correct what they saw as the excesses of legislatures and chief executives across the country. But with the close of the court's first full term with two recent conservative arrivals, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, Jewish groups say the situation has reversed itself.

Not only has the Supreme Court thoroughly abandoned a decades-old tradition of upholding the liberal gains of the 1950s and 1960s, it has become the premier bulwark of conservatism now that Democrats have retaken Congress and the White House is weakened to the point of impotency.

"To put it in the historical perspective, we were quite sanguine when cases would come up, with the sense we would get a decision in our favor," said Jeff Sinensky, legal counsel to the American Jewish Committee. "Looking forward, it's likely that the majority, now headed by Justice John Roberts and with Justice Samuel Alito coming on the court, have a fundamentally different perspective than the Jewish community."

Sinensky and others cite four decisions that have especially roiled the community over the last year since Alito replaced Sandra Day O'Connor, who carefully hewed to the center as the court's swing vote on several hot-button issues:

* The court ruled in April that a ban on late-term abortions did not violate a woman's right to privacy, rolling back in part the gains of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

* In May, the court imposed a tough 180-day limitation on an employee's right to claim pay discrimination.

* Last month a 5-4 majority of the justices ordered school districts in Seattle and Louisville, Ky., to end voluntary busing programs that sought to integrate schools that had become segregated through demographic trends.

* Also last month, the court ruled that taxpayers have no standing to stop the executive branch from spending federal funds on faith-based programs, a decision that would hamper efforts by Jewish groups to wage legal challenges on such matters.

Not every Jewish group was unhappy with those decisions. Two Orthodox groups, the Orthodox Union and Agudath Israel of America, praised the ruling on faith-based programs. In fact, Agudah argued that it didn't go far enough, saying it should have eliminated challenges to congressionally mandated religious spending as well.

"There's not a whole lot of logic for the distinction between executive branch decisions and congressional decisions," said David Zweibel, Agudah's general counsel.

Agudah also praised the abortion decision, but Zweibel stressed that the Orthodox community was not necessarily embracing a more conservative court. He noted that Orthodox lawyers in the past had been on the "liberal" side of arguments, for instance in expanding laws combating discrimination (and giving a free pass to child molesters).

"To say we're conservative or liberal is wrong," Zweibel said.

Anonymous said...

UOJ,did you ever notice the extreme case of a.d.d most of the comenters here have.Without fail they manage to comment about dumdb and uninteresting subjects totaly unrelated to your post.I can imagine this must bother you especialy after posting a huge post like this one.

mike nifong said...

Michael B. Nifong and the Sociopathic State
by William L. Anderson
by William L. Anderson


When we last left Michael B. Nifong, he had begged off the Duke Non-Rape, Non-Kidnapping, Non-Sexual Assault case in order to deal with his personal legal matters, those being ethics charges filed against him by the North Carolina State Bar. Because the case now is in the hands of special prosecutors appointed by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, one would think that Nifong would simply become background noise.

Think again. Nifong has managed to make himself front-and-center once again, this time by his answers to the more than 100 charges that the bar filed against him. If one might think (or even hope) that the man would be contrite when faced with massive evidence of misconduct and outright lying, then that person would be greatly disappointed. However, as F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, "Character is fate," and that statement seems to have been written to apply to Nifong.

In his reply to the NC Bar, Nifong basically laid out some of the following defenses:

Regarding his failure to give attorneys the exculpatory DNA evidence that the law required him to give, Nifong’s response was to say that he really did not have to give it because he did not believe that the defense should have it;
Regarding the conspiracy he hatched with Brian Meehan (the private DNA lab director) to withhold important results of the DNA testing, Nifong claimed to have no recollection of the April 10 meeting with Meehan and others;
Regarding his inflammatory public statements (which earned him his first set of ethics charges from the bar), he was just repeating what the police had told him, and so it was the fault of others who simply gave him bad information;
Regarding his testimonial order in which he sought to gain DNA samples of all the white Duke lacrosse players and declared that the DNA testing would demonstrate who was innocent and guilty, he was not bound by such statements, since someone else in his office wrote them;
Regarding bar criticism of his statements that the players were not cooperating even though a number of players had met with police without advice or the presence of lawyers, he claims he was simply trying to move the case forward.
The arrogance of Nifong’s statements simply is breathtaking, but we have to remember that throughout this case, Nifong has behaved like a sociopath, and a sociopath generally is beyond any kind of shame. However, I think it instructive not only to examine his claims (however briefly I can do it in this article), but also to make the larger point that Michael B. Nifong is not an outlier; he is the face of government "justice" in the United States, not an exception. Like Richard Nixon, his main crime was being caught.

"You are either with The Un-Orthodox Jew - "UOJ"- or against him!"....... said...

Anon 1:41,

I do agree with you. I don't post 90% of the comments. This post is a public service post---The Jews must learn this illness as it affects our welfare. There is much mental illness disguised in our community. When it is by people who have the ability to destroy families, it is especially important that we know what to look for.

Imagine these ill people sitting on bais din, in the rabbinate, teaching your kids, paskening hilchos nidah,...

Anonymous said...

Speaking of mental illness, I recall a sheilah once asked of the Satmar Rebbe, Rav Yoel. Too many Chassidim were sufferring injuries to their anus and surrounding tissues because of excessive wiping. The Torah commands that we be clean when we daven, and hence the problem. Before the advent of toilet paper, people used to use smooth stones. The Rebbe ruled wipe six times maximum.

I'm not mocking anybody. These types of religious extremism are a manifestation of mental illness, and cause physical and psychological injury. Rabbis and doctors need to curb these types of harmful, extremist behaviors.


Is This True? said...

And if so, was it because of Margo genayvos?


When Yeshiva Torah Vodaath was in dire need – on the verge of bankruptcy – and the banks were going to repossess the school’s building, an urgent appeal for help was made in the press. The Rebbe called Reb Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars – equivalent to millions today – to resolve the problem.

It Runs in the Family said...


Joseph Margulies, a Northwestern U law professor, is one of the putz lawyers along with Leopold's lawyer Avi Moskowitz and Leo Kimmel's law firm to defend al Qaeda terrorists.

Shadchan who has seen it all said...

The Female Psychopath:
Using her false mask of sanity, this charming "Southern Belle" schemer appears helpless or needy, pitiful, inept or emotionally unable to cope. Even total strangers give her things she gratefully accepts. Falsely claiming to be the victim, this passive parasite lures and abuses the normal protector/provider instincts in her male target. When her mask comes off she is cunning, ruthless, predatory, and loveless.
Defense Strategy: This 'damsel in distress' will try to hook and reel you in. Take the hook out of your lip. Don't make her emotional neediness your problem. This black hole of need can never be filled. Understand the mask of helplessness is not the "real her". If she won't give reasonable answers to reasonable questions turn and run. Beware and remember "...deadlier than the male." Realize she uses sexuality as a lure. A certain clue is if she was ever in a foster home. Avoid financial or emotional involvement.

New Jersey Therapist For Religious Schools said...

SOCIOPATH: (hope this will help, and if you are, get help)
* Glibness/Superficial Charm
* Manipulative and Cunning
* Grandiose Sense of Self
* Pathological Lying
* Lack of remorse, shame or guilt
* Shallow emotions
* Need for stimulation
* Callousness/Lack of empathy
* Poor Behavioral controls/Impulsive Nature
** Promiscuous Behavior/Infidelity
* Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle

Another definition: MORAL INSANITY

If you know anyone who exhibits these behavior patterns, especially someone in a leadership position, stay as far away from them as you can.

Anonymous said...

Experts explain characteristics of psychopaths as:

"They tend to operate with a grandiose demeanor, an attitude of entitlement, an insatiable appetite, and a tendency toward sadism. Certain organic (brain) disorders and hormonal imbalances mimic the state of mind of a psychopath". The QFS Report.

"All psychopaths share three common characteristics. They are all very egocentric individuals with no empathy for others, and they are incapable of feeling remorse or guilt". Rebecca Horton.

"He is generally superficially charming and often makes a striking impression as possessed of the noblest of human qualities".

"He makes friends easily, and is very manipulative, using his ability with words to talk his way out of trouble. Many psychopaths love to be admired and bask in the adulation of others. With the lack of love, there is also a lack of empathy. The psychopath is unable to feel sorry for others in unfortunate situations or put himself in another's place, whether or not they have been harmed by him". Gordon Banks

Bottom line: "they are human in every respect - but that they lack a soul".

Sigmund Freud said...

Doesn't Margo have many of the sociopathic markers?

Effy Wachsmann said...


I'm scouting for ideas to make it as an up and coming Agudah gadol.

Anonymous said...

come on "Therapist" since when does any sociopath know, admit or believe they are one?

or get help for that matter?

they are too "special" for that

That's why the public needs to get involved to get this piece of dreck off the streets

Hank Scheinkopf said...

I was spokeserson for Mordecai Tendler and Israel Singer. I got rid of Mordecai when he went after my wife and got rid of Singer when he ran out of Bronfman's money.

frum therapist said...

This is definitely one of the many vital UOJ posts. This is a must read in its entirety. Yes, we have many emotionally disturbed and seriously ill people in leadership positions, and practically all of them get away with it. And along came UOJ.

Anonymous said...

this is one sick dude.

"You are either with The Un-Orthodox Jew - "UOJ"- or against him!"....... said...

Rabbi Y.Y. Schneerson and Reb Shraga Feivel were in contact with each other and met each other a few times. Rabbi Y.Y. arrived in America in 1940 and passed in 1950. RSFM was niftar in 1948. There is no information available that I know of, that the story of-- the Rebbe Y.Y.-- having raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Torah Vodaath.(I don't know) It was RSFM that had initially helped the Rebbe get settled in the U.S.A.

Historian said...

Now that we've established the time line of Rav Mendlowitz and the alter rebbe, when was the first known incident of Margo stealing from YTV?

Breaking Rubashkin News said...


July 09, 2007
BREAKING! Rubashkin Caught Using Meat Hook On Live Cows, Cutting Off Parts Of Ears While Cows Still Living – All Violations Of The Humane Slaughter Act

Gas Station Attendant at Ditmas & Coney said...

"when was the first known incident of Margo stealing from YTV?"

He was seen by the oldtimers siphoning gas out of the YTV bus to sell on the black market.

Anonymous said...

I feel that if we label bad behavior with an illness,then we are just enabling them to further
their deviant behavior. How is being a 'psychopath" any different than a heart condition? We can not blame the person. Lets stop the psycho babble, and make people accountable!Ultimately, they can't hide from G-d. People sin because they have desires, and choose not to resist. They know exactly what they are doing, and choose not to care.

Anonymous said...

i live in monsey and while i have no opinion on this matter i can tell you that all the 9 "gedolim" on your list are fringe rabbonim, ie chasdish or in the case of orbach radical off the wall "kanoim" who dont represent the normal common sesnse working person

Yeshivishe Nudnik said...

The attack on R' Mottel Orbach is not only uncalled for but inaccurate.

He represents run of the mill products of the yeshivos. Just take a look at who davens there. He is a Brisker who learned by R' Berel and is somewhat of a kanoi but that is a good thing. He was the first one who had the guts to speak out against Tendler and warn women to stay away from him. What kind of ridiculous blather is that, that you "have no opinion on this matter", before going on the attack ?

Is Eli Greenwald a fringe, off the wall character because he did the right thing in standing up to YTT?

Not all the other rabbonim on the list are chassidish either. Even if they were Chassidish, let's understand the background here. They did not insert themselves into this inyan. They were asked by the Tendler family including Moses to get involved because the Tendlers foolishly assumed the rabbonim would exonerate / cover up for the predator.

Like R' Mottel told the Jewish Week reporter, Tendler dug his own grave with the pathetic presentation he gave. He was so outrageous and bordering on the delusional, that they knew he was lying without even hearing the other side of the story.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget that the letter from R' Shlomo Miller against Belsky, also takes a swipe at Tendler for his fake bittul kiddushins and infidelities.

"You are either with The Un-Orthodox Jew - "UOJ"- or against him!"....... said...

Anon 11:14,

Mental illness is a very grave illness, and evil---is evil! Some people have/are both! A heart attack victim is ill- does he spread his illness to others? Does he destroy families with his illness. Tendler(s) are both evil and severely ill. Whether on the east coast or the west-they have ruined countless lives. In my opinion, they are very ill and should be isolated from humanity as a leper would.

I'm talking about Shalom, Mordecai and Aron. The fact that Shalom is still a member of the RCC says volumes about the RCC, not much about Tendler, because that is exactly how ALL of them hide, under the cloak of legitimacy.

The RCC will deal with him or will be forced to by me. I keep my promises.

Anonymous said...

What letter from R' Shlomo Miller are you refering to? Is it posted anywhere on the internet?

"You are either with The Un-Orthodox Jew - "UOJ"- or against him!"....... said...

Rabbi Miller's letter is part of the Belsky files:
Download the Belsky files here:
(copy & paste)

He lumps up Belsky and Tendler as two hoodlums. (among the others)

"You are either with The Un-Orthodox Jew - "UOJ"- or against him!"....... said...

The Female Psychopath:

Using her false mask of sanity, this charming "Southern Belle" schemer appears helpless or needy, pitiful, inept or emotionally unable to cope. Even total strangers give her things she gratefully accepts. Falsely claiming to be the victim, this passive parasite lures and abuses the normal protector/provider instincts in her male target.

When her mask comes off she is cunning, ruthless, predatory, and loveless.

Defense Strategy: This 'damsel in distress' will try to hook and reel you in. Take the hook out of your lip. Don't make her emotional neediness your problem. This black hole of need can never be filled. Understand the mask of helplessness is not the "real her". If she won't give reasonable answers to reasonable questions turn and run.

Beware and remember "...deadlier than the male." Realize she uses sexuality as a lure. A certain clue is if she was ever in a foster home. Avoid financial or emotional involvement.

I am working diligently on a case that virtually mirrors the psychopath you describe. This woman infiltrated a man's life with her illness exactly under these circumstances.

tendler spotted in uganda said...

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan police are holding a Ghanaian preacher over a stage magic device they fear may dupe people into believing they have experienced miracle.

Customs officials seized the Electric Touch device -- which magicians use to give small electric shocks to volunteers -- from "Prophet" Obiri Yeboah at the airport last week, the state owned New Vision daily reported Tuesday.

The pastor heads one of many Pentecostal churches in Uganda, receiving large sums of money from congregations seeking miracle cures for diseases or help with financial problems.

The Electric Touch device is usually sold in magic shops alongside card tricks, magic coins and disappearing balls.

"With a simple touch, make a fluorescent bulb glow on and off at your command, make confetti move, charge a spoon and watch as it shocks a volunteer!" says one online magic shop selling the device.

"People could be duped to think it is a miracle," the New Vision quoted Civil Aviation Authority security chief Herman Owomugisha as saying.

Officials are worried about the proliferation of "miracle" churches in Uganda, many of which claim to cure HIV/AIDS.

Anonymous said...

Nowhere in the Belsky files do any of the letters mention Rabbi Belsky by name; the only place his name appears is on the final letter.
Is there any more concrete evidence?

Anonymous said...

What a putz! Why don't you call R' Miller and ask him who he was referring to?

CNN said...


Yes indeed. Uncle Milty sent Horowitz his care package with Fedex instead of being caught on camera if he delivered it in person.

Follow this page for the video link.

"You are either with The Un-Orthodox Jew - "UOJ"- or against him!"....... said...

Community pressure and mass publicity works. Witness the events of the past 18 months.

I urge everyone to contact Bill O'Reilly at:oreilly@foxnews.com--they have expressed interest in the Mondrowitz story---and need to be persuaded that the Jewish community really wants Mondrowitz extradited.

The same for John Walsh at America's Most Wanted---go to their website--click the "to contact"--let them know we want their help in getting Mondrowitz extradited.

Both O'Reilly and Walsh are people that have pedophiles on their radar screen, and need to be urged to publicize the travesty of letting an indicted vicious pedophile live free while their victims are tortured. Every e-mail counts.

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steve said...

they have expressed interest in the Mondrowitz story---and need to be persuaded that the Jewish community really wants Mondrowitz extradited

Although I feel that the silent majority of Jews want to see Mondrowitz extradited, why should that make a difference? This is a big enough story and the behavior of the Brooklyn DA for the past eighteen years has been nothing short of scandalous. I don't care if I'm the only Jew that wants him extradited. Justice must prevail and the scandal must be exposed in its entirety.

"You are either with The Un-Orthodox Jew - "UOJ"- or against him!"....... said...

Steve, right you are. The media is concerned about the "anti-semite" factor. Robert Kolker, from N.Y. Magazine- who is one of ours, took the whip-lashing of his life from Abbott & Costello - Schick & Shafran. We need to encourage them not to be concerned about the Jewish Sharptons and Jacksons.

Lower East Side said...

"Abbott & Costello - Schick & Shafran."

Someone with video edit skills should put a spoof up on YouTube with their heads superimposed. Or maybe something like these two clowns doing a Groucho Marx act, dancing with canes.

Rabbi Moishe Vaye said...


I heard that Belsky's favorite food is strawberry shortcake.

R' Yudel Shain vs Belsky said...

Belsky likes his strawberry shortcake made with cholov stam.

The first comment was posted by Rabbi Gordimer who is a bigwig at the OU.


Dear Rabbi Shain,

There are many methods for treating DA cows. Some undergo various newer procedures (including full piercing - at an angle - which may have different halachic ramifications), some undergo mere rolling, some undergo sutures which do not piece the abomasum, etc., and many DA cows are entirely removed from herds from the start due to associated health concerns.

I spoke with Rav Belsky last week several times. He fully holds by his teshuva, in which he provides numerous, independent reasons for his p'sak that DA cows are not tereifos and why cholov stam is unaffected by DA cows.

The fact is that some dairy farms have high DA incidence rates, while some have very low rates, often less than 1%. One cannot know from which herd a specific container of cholov stam derives - is there shishim in the herd or not? - and there is therefore a sofek shishim, which is l'kula. (See YD 98:2 and Taz. Ibid. s.k. 3.) This leaves us with the equivalent of a simple rov, which permits it.

Obviously, many, great poskim do not agree with the DA heter, and the article from Rabbi JD Bleich of YU which you quote is an excellent presentation of this opinion.

Kol tuv,
Avrohom Gordimer

7/11/2007 12:48 PM

Yudel Shain said...

To Rabbi Gordimer.
There aren't any 1 percent herds in the USA that are selling the commercially available dairy products.

There is no shishim in the farms-even no sofek to be mitztareif.

If Rabbi Belsky would be comfortale with the teshuva, he would have finished it a long time ago-or at least now.Rabbi Belsky only wrote a half teshuvah to protect the dairy kosher certifiers in the USA.

Sure the Teshuvah wasn't finished, because it's a catch 22- If he finishes it and All the Poiskim disagree, the certifiers have a check-mate. On the other hand if doesn't finish it , he can always say "I got something more up my sleeve".

RE: sutures & rolling etc. removed DA's discounting all of those, all of your farms have in the 4-5% range of treifes.

They also do electric stapling "a blind shot" where all the missed staples went to, and the staples also made a treife.

Don't forget to count bloating, "C" section among others & you are above the 4-5% number.

7/11/2007 1:12 PM

Shea Fishman said...


Oh, I hadn't thought of America's Most Wanted and O'Reilly. I figured UOJ would want to get the Mondrowitz fiasco on The Weather Channel.

Anonymous said...

To Anon 8:00 who wrote the following piece of garbage:

"i live in monsey and while i have no opinion on this matter i can tell you that all the 9 "gedolim" on your list are fringe rabbonim, ie chasdish or in the case of orbach radical off the wall "kanoim" who dont represent the normal common sesnse working person"

The "Kol Korah" sent out to all Rabbonim that Mordy Tendler had an affair with a married woman not his wife, was signed by no less than 60 Rabbonim of Monsey, including Rabbi Schabbos and Rabbi Cinner, who are Tendler's neighbors
In addition, His own shul KNH threw him the hell out based on DNA evidence presented to a Bais Din which was presided by Harav Zimmerman. They already hired a new Ra, Harav Yeshuah Kohl Shlitah.

steve said...

UOJ, I can see the Avi Shafrans of the world crying "anti-semitism", even though a Mondrowitz expose would reflect more negatively upon Charles Hynes. To me, it is anti-semitic NOT to report about this story. All this does is leave countless Israeli children exposed to this predator on a daily basis, promotes more chillul hashem by aiding and abetting the coverup, and denies Mondrowitz' victims their rights to justice. The Jewish community needs to understand that the longer this coverup continues, the chillul hashem and negative publicity will only worsen. The sooner we bring this guy back here to face his accusers, the sooner the chillul hashem will end.

Anonymous said...

Will the RCC of California have the guts to do the same with their "Mordy?"

"You are either with The Un-Orthodox Jew - "UOJ"- or against him!"....... said...


Imagine Mondrowitz trying to make a deal with the D.A. He would spill his guts about all the kids he molested, all the rabbis that knew and protected him, all the yeshivas that sent their "problem" kids to him.

That's why Hynes must be pressured, and everyone must kick up a stir with anyone in the media.


Anonymous said...

Steve, right you are. The media is concerned about the "anti-semite" factor

11:51 AM, July 11,

Anti-semites? What about African-Americans committing crimes? What about Arabs? Spanish? Indian?

Should color and/or religion be a determining factor in deciding who to lock up and who to leave alone?

Two NYPD officers were shot after a routine traffic stop. The alleged offenders are three African-Americans. Did investigators even consider not pursuing the criminals on account of their skin color? If it were three Jewish trigger men involved, would the NYPD have then ceased to arrest the perpetrators.
I think not.

So if in fact the authorities are scared of a community backlashing when the offender in question is a religious Jew, then we must start to reassess the qualifications and procedures of the people elected to keep society crime-free.

''' Unforgiven '''

"You are either with The Un-Orthodox Jew - "UOJ"- or against him!"....... said...

Cut & Paste the Mondrowitz post and e-mail it to: oreilly@foxnews.com--- asking him to kindly help us-the victims and society.

E-mails from attorneys, professionals, victims... are especially helpful.

We will get Mondrowitz back to face justice!

LVF said...


When you posted the peice about tendler, I had this sinking feeling that your just bailing out on mondrowitz, and continuing on with the next pervert, and nothing would have happened with all those calls and e-mails to the DA.

Thanks for staying on this monsters tail, there are victims out there bleeding, literally!

And thanks once again for "protecting the children".

"You are either with The Un-Orthodox Jew - "UOJ"- or against him!"....... said...

LVF...Never..NO! I'll never cut and run. This is a tough one, I need everyone's participation. The rabbinical coverup on Mondrowitz is bigger than Kolko!

"You are either with The Un-Orthodox Jew - "UOJ"- or against him!"....... said...

Can I get 1000-one thousand people to show up at a peaceful protest at the D.A.'s office?

E-mail Michael Lesher Esq. at:mlesher@att.net
and copy me:

Please spread the word and help in every way you can!


New Prison Policy Raises Religious Hackles

July 11, 2007

Five national Orthodox Jewish organizations have asked the Federal Bureau of Prisons to reconsider a new policy it has put in place severely limiting the number of religious books available to prisoners.

The Bureau of Prisons implemented the new policy in late May of this year, pursuant to a report issued by the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General that recommended that the Bureau “conduct an inventory of chapel books and videos and re-screen them to confirm that they are permissible under BOP [Bureau of Prisons] security policies.”

The Jewish groups say they have “no quarrel” with the Inspector General’s recommendation and “applaud” its goals. Nevertheless, they maintain, the Prisons Bureau went far beyond what the Inspector General suggested by promulgating a policy that limits each religion to an approved list of 150 published works to which inmates can have access.

In a missive sent earlier this week to Harley G. Lappin, the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the five Orthodox organizations – Agudath Israel of America, the Aleph Institute, the National Council of Young Israel, the Rabbinical Council of America and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – stated that they “are at a loss to understand why any religious book would be banned by an arbitrary cap if it is otherwise acceptable and contributes to the spiritual development of inmates seeking religious reading materials in a prison chapel library.”

The Orthodox groups point out, for one example, that the religious library at the prison in Otisville, N.Y. has been dismantled, with many hundreds of books, videotapes and audiotapes having been removed and placed in storage. In fact, several inmates at the facility – including one Orthodox Jew – have initiated a lawsuit challenging the move. The issue, however, say the national Orthodox groups, should be resolved without having to go through a legal proceeding.

The Orthodox Jewish groups have suggested to the Prisons Bureau that there be no limit placed on the number of religious books and tapes made available to inmates even as all material is in fact screened to ensure that it is appropriate. In that effort, the groups recommend that the Bureau seek the advice and assistance of responsible religious advocacy organizations, as it has done in the past with regard to various prison programs. The groups also request that “unless there is reason to believe that specific materials may be objectionable,” materials removed thus far be returned to prison library shelves, or otherwise made available to inmates, while awaiting screening.

The organizations asked Mr. Lappin for the opportunity to meet to discuss the issue, in the hope of “helping formulate procedures that will allow the BOP to meet its security objectives and at the same time permit prison libraries to retain the vast storehouse of wholesome religious materials that have been accumulated over the years as well as new publications.”

Anonymous said...

Show up at the DA protest with your UOJ cap if u were lucky to get 1.

Get a protest together and I'm showing up.

OU Crony Watch said...

From Shmarya:

The OU's head of kashrus, Rabbi Menachem Genack told the Forward that he had not yet "had the chance" to see the new PETA video but that the OU has sent an "inspector" to the Nebraska plant to check it out. Rabbi Genack also said that, from what he has learned “this is nothing like the same story as Postville.”

What does this mean? Let me point out a few things and then you decide:

In the Forward article, Rabbi Genack admits that PETA contacted him about the newest abuses at Rubashkin's Gordon plant before contacting the media. My sources told me Monday that contact happened more than a week before PETA went public.

Rabbi Genack is currently on vacation. He was due back today but then sometime late Monday decided to take an extra day off.
Even though the video is very short, less than five minutes in duration, and widely available on the Internet, and even though PETA approached him days ago, Rabbi Genack could not find the time to view it.

The OU apparently has no presence at the Gordon plant, yet it puts its hechsher on the meat killed there.

The abuses at Gordon are less severe than the abuses at Postville because the animal is standing in Gordon and on its back in Postville. The extra fear and stress from upside down slaughter and from being flipped right side up and dumped onto a bloody floor immediately after slaughter extends the dying process.

Further, as bad as the shechita is in Gordon, what was passing for shechita (and may still be passing for shechita) in Postville is much worse. Why? Because of the design of the Weinberg Pen used for upside down slaughter in Postville. Shoctim, have to be very careful using the Weinberg Pen because its design makes it very easy to bring the knife in contact with the pen's metal, which causes damage to the blade and means that a shochet must spend a large amount of time repairing that damage and not shechting. This costs Rubashkin money and puts extreme pressure on the shochtim to avoid doing this. So shochtim make shallow cuts that protect their knives but often miss severing the carotids and jugulars of the animals.

In Gordon the extended dying time comes from poor quality shechita and bad animal handling immediately before and after shechita.

Rabbi Genack told me in a 2004 interview that meet hooks would not be used to excise the trachea and windpipe, and that a shochet would do the second cut, if a second cut was necessary.
Today, in researching the OU's position from that time, I ran across a quote from the JTA published in December of 2004. "O.U. officials told JTA on Tuesday that they will make two main changes to slaughtering procedures followed by the plant, which processes meat for the Rubashkin/Aaron’s Best label.
The plant no longer will allow slaughterers to pull out a slaughtered animal’s trachea in order to hasten death. Instead, an artery that supplies blood to the brain will be severed on a second cut.

The Orthodox Union also said it would look for a way to either kill or stun cows that are still walking even after the initial stage of slaughtering."

As you can see in the new PETA video, a meat hook is used. The trachea and windpipe are not excised. Instead they are pulled aside and then the hook is used to hack the major blood vessels.
This may appear less gruesome but it is still a painful, illegal procedure.

Animals that remained conscious for up to two minutes were not put down by captive bolt, even though they should have been.
The OU appears to have no one in charge at Agriprocessors Gordon plant, yet its supervision seal is placed on the meat killed there.
Rubashkin's attorney Nathan Lewin is quoted by the Forward this way:

Nat Lewin, a Washington lawyer who has defended AgriProcessors in the past, said that the video does not show anything illegal or out of the ordinary in slaughterhouses.

“All I can conclude is that it proves that PETA is out to destroy or make unlawful [kosher slaughter] in all its actual implementation,” Lewin said. “The purpose of the video is to have people say, ‘Look, there is a man with a beard and a long knife.’”

Lewin has often compared PETA to the Nazis, like this quote from 2004:

“We’ll put them on the wall with Hitler,” Nathan Lewin, an Orthodox Jew and a lawyer for Agriprocessors, said, referring to PETA.”

Meanwhile, leading Humane Slaughter expert Dr. Temple Grandin joined other leading experts in condemning the latest abuses from Rubashkin and the rabbis who endorse his products:

Among the critics of the new footage is animal rights expert Temple Grandin, who was also a prominent critic of AgriProcessors after the release of the 2004 video. She visited the Iowa plant last year, after a series of reforms had been implemented, and gave it a clean bill of health. Now, in response to the new footage, she is again criticizing the company.

“They’re not working on fixing the details of their procedure,” Grandin told the Forward. “Now, it’s nowhere near as bad as the other AgriProcessors thing. I would label that atrocious. This I would label poor.”

The USDA's FSIS spokesman Steven Cohen told me in an email Monday that the statement attributed to the USDA and reported by the AP on Monday afternoon, that the USDA sent an inspector to the plant and found no violations, "does not accurately represent the position of the agency."

Here's what the USDA told the Forward:

A spokesman for a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture, Amanda Eamich, said that her agency had sent a veterinarian to the Nebraska plant after receiving the PETA complaint. Eamich said that her agency is “reviewing the procedures” at the Nebraska plant but has not made any conclusions.

My sources tell me the OU knew about the PETA findings before the USDA sent its inspector. Rubashkin also had prior warning.

Last time around, the USDA sat on its internal report for almost one year. When it was forced into the open by PETA and the the media, it became clear why the USDA held the report. The USDA had ignored Humane Slaughter violations at Agriprocessors. Its inspectors played computer games while on duty, slept and took presents of cold cuts and beef from Rubashkin.

What will come of these latest Humane Slaughter violations? Not much is my guess. Tzaar baalei hayyim, animal cruelty, don't matter much (if at all) to the rabbis who provide kosher supervision. Non-Orthodox Jews largely do not keep kosher. Those who do rely on these rabbis for their meat because there is no other option.

The USDA is perhaps the most corrupt agency in the federal government. Its current head is the former Republican governor of Nebraska, the state where these latest Rubashkin violations took place.

Expect little to come from the USDA's 'review' of its procedures, and expect little, if any, change from your OU rabbis.

Hamburgers sold at McDonald's are produced in a much more humane and ethical way than the glatt kosher burger you're fressing on.

Anonymous said...

I just want to know if there is any possabillity to make something like this with the faces of -colmor-mondrowitz-leizerowitz-tendler, and the likes of them, please if someone can get this done please post it.

copy & paste


John Diamond of "Jewish Vegetarians" said...

The OU not giving you the whole truth.

The OU's comment ["Shechita is performed humanely at all facilities they certify."] is an outright lie.

Their total lack of enforcement re: AgriProcessors facilities, both in the USA and South America is a horrible Chillul Hashem in the eyes of the nations.

Alle, a South American operation, is a major problem, which Bruce Friedrich of PETA has brought to their attention last November and very little, if anything, has been done to rectify the horrible inhumane slaughter that takes place there.

If you email me at (jdiamond4@cox.net) and give me your address, I will send you the audio CD's of a debate between Nathan Lewin, Agri's Attorney and Bruce Friedrich, that took place last November in an Orthodox Synagogue in NYC.

Israel Singer's buddy-Next Agudah Honoree said...

Vatican Expands Use of Prayer for Conversion of the Jews

by Hillel Fendel

International Jewish bodies have called upon the Vatican to "clarify" a new Papal edict expanding use of an old prayer that asks Divine help for Jews to overcome their blindness.

Pope Benedict XVI issued a directive last week, authorizing expanded use of a prayer service known as the Tridentine Mass. The phrase "perfidious Jews" was removed from the liturgy in question by Pope John XXIII in 1959, such that the anti-Semitism that accompanied it for centuries is not self-evident. However, the prayer, recited on Good Friday, still includes a prayer for the conversion of the Jews, asking Divine help in removing "the veil from their hearts" and overcoming their "blindness."
How do we now sit and dialogue when the other side believes we are blind and need to be converted?

Jews have responded with great disappointment. The leadership of IJCIC (International Jewish Committee for Inter-Religious Consultations) has sent an urgent letter to the Cardinal responsible for Catholic-Jewish relations, asking for "clarification" regarding the decision. The letter noted the "profound concern within Jewish circles" that have greeted this decision, adding that it can be construed to have turned back the clock on the improvements made in Jewish-Catholic relations since the Second Vatican Council in the 1960's.

French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard said on Saturday that the prayer could be changed if it caused difficulties with Jews.

The head of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, said the Papal decision was a "body blow to Catholic-Jewish relations." He told the Catholic News Service, "They understand that 'perfidious' was offensive, but how is this any less offensive?" Foxman noted that the previous pope, John Paul II, had been "very courageous to bring about reconciliation and repair 2,000 years of terrible history in terms of understanding Jews, calling Jews the elder brothers of Christianity... How do we now sit and dialogue when the other side believes we are blind and need to be converted?"

Historian said...

The Germans come from Amalek, so what do you expect from a Kraut like Poop Benedict?

Steve said...

The OU's comment ["Shechita is performed humanely at all facilities they certify."] is an outright lie.


Is that the only thing they're lying about? Why don't you ask them who is controlling the labels at Agri, or about the hand-picked mashgichim, or about the money under the table, or about the closed door policy, or about the messichist shochtim. Then add it all up and ask yourself, "Can this possibly be kosher, according to ANY standard"? Any fool can see that there is a major scandal and coverup going on.

News Wire said...

ABC News reported that Moshe Milstein from Flatbush is one of the Otisville Prison inmates who complained to a federal judge about books being removed from the library, except I don't think the putz was complaining about Talmud Bavli. I seem to remember it was some dumb novel.

Putzo-criminal Milstein should deal with the consequences after he put people at risk and may have harmed many.

OU Crony Watch said...

This may be in the teshuva sefer Yabia Omer.

An important Torah value is to avoid inflicting gratuitous pain on animals (Tzaar Baalei Chaim). The Gemara (Bava Metzia 32-33) indicates that Tzaar Baalei Chaim is a Torah level prohibition. According to the Gemara (Berachot 40a), it is improper to eat before one has fed his animals. The Gemara (Bava Metzia 85a) relates a story of a calf that stuck its head beneath Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi’s coat to escape the slaughterer’s knife. Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi told the calf that it should go to the slaughter, for this is why it was created. The Gemara relates that Hashem brought travails upon Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi as punishment for his failure to pity the calf.

The following Halacha demonstrates the priority Chazal accord Tzaar Baalei Chaim. The Gemara (Shabbat 128b) permits helping an animal that fell into a water ditch on Shabbat by supporting it with a pillow, even though it is a violation of the rabbinical prohibition to render an item Muktzeh on Shabbat. The pillow was not Muktzeh when Shabbat began and becomes Muktzeh when it is placed beneath the animal on Shabbat. Chazal waived this rabbinical prohibition because of concern for Tzaar Baalei Chaim. This passage in the Gemara is codified as normative by the Rambam (Hilchot Shabbat 25:26) and Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 305:19). In fact, this Halacha serves as the basis for the Shulchan Aruch’s (O.C. 305:20) permission to ask a non-Jew to milk a cow on Shabbat. Rav Ovadia points out that it is rare for Chazal to waive a rabbinical prohibition relating to Shabbat. Tzaar Baalei Chaim is one of the very few considerations that merit such a waiver.

The Torah expresses its concern for Tzaar Baalei Chaim many times. The Mitzva to unload a donkey from its heavy load, the prohibition to muzzle an animal while it is threshing, the prohibition to plow with two different types of animals, and the angel reprimanding Bilam for needlessly striking his donkey, are a few examples of expressions in the Torah’s that we not harm an animal needlessly. Part of Eliezer’s test of Rivka’s character was to see if she also gave water to his camels. Sefer Hachinuch (Mitzva 550) explains that a reason for the prohibition to plow with two different animals is concern for Baalei Chaim. The different species might be incompatible and working together might torture the animals.

Acharonim express concern for Tzaar Baalei Chaim. A prime example of this concern is Rav Yechezkel Landau’s (Teshuvot Noda Biyehuda Yoreh Deah 2:10) ruling forbidding recreational hunting because (among other reasons) of Tzaar Baalei Chaim. Rav Landau writes that in the Tanach we find recreational hunting as an activity of people of poor character such as Esav and Nimrod.

Similarly, the Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh (Vayikra 17:11) asserts that we have no right to kill an animal needlessly. This, he writes, explains the seemingly odd requirement of the Mishna (Sanhedrin 2a) to convene a panel of twenty-three judges to determine if an animal deserves to be put to death. Indeed, the Rama (Darchei Moshe Orach Chaim 316:2) writes that one who hunts with dogs will not participate in the feast of the Livyatan upon the arrival of the Mashiach.

Rabbi Israel Belsky said...

There's money under the table at Rubashkin?

WHERE ???!!!

What's this About? said...


Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Is This Convicted Sex Offender Hiding Out in an Orthodox Community?

Leopold Margulies said...

You leave Milstein alone. His brother is an esteemed rebbe at my feinne yeshiva.

Yankel Applegrad said...

Oh no, if UOJ is putting out chidushei Torah about tzaar baalei chaim, people might make a kal vachomer about little boys being molested by Kolko.

I wonder how this will affect YTT fundraising?

Oh wait, the Hungarian YTT parents don't give a rat's behind.

UOJ & Yudel Get Results said...


OU Rabbis and other rav hamachshirs know they are coming under attack on the blogs. They ignore UOJ to show they consider him riff raff but they at least initially chime in on Yudel's blog and sign their names. They usually lose the argument and then bug out, refusing to answer anymore questions.

The latest fellow to happen along is the OU's Rabbi Gordimer. Before announcing that he will no longer answer anyone, he attacks Yudel's readers, specifically Steve.

John Mackey said...

Belsky gave me a heter to go online and attack my opponents with a pseudonym.


By DAVID KESMODEL, The Wall Street Journal,

(July 11) - In January 2005, someone using the name "Rahodeb" went online to a Yahoo stock-market forum and posted this opinion: No company would want to buy Wild Oats Markets Inc., a natural-foods grocer, at its price then of about $8 a share.

"Would Whole Foods buy OATS?" Rahodeb asked, using Wild Oats' stock symbol. "Almost surely not at current prices. What would they gain? OATS locations are too small." Rahodeb speculated that Wild Oats eventually would be sold after sliding into bankruptcy or when its stock price dipped below $5. A month later, Rahodeb wrote that Wild Oats' management "clearly doesn't know what it is doing... OATS has no value and no future."

The comments were typical of the banter on Internet message boards for stocks -- but the identity of the writer was anything but. Rahodeb was the online pseudonym for John Mackey, co-founder and chief executive of Whole Foods Market Inc. Earlier this year, his company agreed to buy Wild Oats for $565 million.

For about eight years until last August, Mr. Mackey posted voluminous messages on Yahoo's stock forums as Rahodeb, the company confirms. The moniker is an anagram for Deborah, which happens to be the name of Mr. Mackey's wife. Rahodeb routinely cheered Whole Foods' financial results, trumpeted his personal gains on the stock, and bashed Wild Oats.

Rahodeb even defended Mr. Mackey's haircut when another user poked fun at a photograph in Whole Foods' annual report. "I like Mackey's haircut," Rahodeb said. "I think he looks cute!"

Mr. Mackey's online alter ego came to light in a document made public late Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission in its lawsuit seeking to block the Whole Foods-Wild Oats deal. The 45-page filing, submitted under seal when the lawsuit was filed in June, includes a quote from the Yahoo site in which Mr. Mackey said "the writing is on the wall" for Wild Oats. An FTC footnote said, "As here, Mr. Mackey often posted to Internet sites pseudonymously, often using the name Rahodeb."

Whole Foods didn't authenticate each and every one of Rahodeb's postings as being from Mr. Mackey, who declined to be interviewed. However, the company said in a statement that among millions of documents the company gave the FTC were postings Mr. Mackey made from 1999 to 2006 "under an alias to avoid having his comments associated with the Company and to avoid others placing too much emphasis on his remarks."

Mr. Mackey fired back at the agency with a 14,000-word treatise on his blog. He accused the government of "bullying tactics," failing to do its homework, and taking out of context "macho posturing" by executives that is common to competitive organizations.

Rahodeb often sparred with other users, deploying a rigorous analysis of financial statements.

Tuvya-Bungalow Putz-Neuhoff-John Kerry Heinz Ketchup OU endorsed said...

I attacked UOJ before I stopped attacking him.

miriam from jerusalem said...

.....I am at war with ignorance and intolerance. I am at war with decisions by rabbinic leaders which I believe are harmful to Klal Yisroel. I am at war with any individual or group that causes a Chilul HaShem. And I will continue speaking out on those issues. NOT because I am at war with people, but because I am at war with what they do. Even if they do so in the name of God! Those who act in ways which create a Chilul HaShem while claiming to be doing a Kiddush HaShem will succeed only in the former and fail in the latter.

Am I always right on every issue? That is my hope, but I freely admit that I may be wrong on some issues. Since I am only a human being with only finite wisdom, all I can do is follow my conscience. A conscience that was formed by my upbringing, my education, and my experience. I see an injustice and I use my own God given intelligence to analyze and comment on it. That is the least anyone can ask of a human being.

But to sit silently by while our world, the Torah world, goes to hell in a hand-basket, even though the road to it is paved with the best of intentions... is to violate at least the spirit if not the letter of the Torah’s admonition Lo Samod Al Dam Reiacha. Do not stand idly by, while your friend’s blood is being spilled. And my friend is Klal Yisroel, all of it... or an individual part of it.

To look the other way when an individual or a group of people who identify... and are identified by others... as religious Jews, while they commit grievous Chilulei HaShem...to ignore decisions that affect the well being of tens of thousands of religious Jews by rabbinic leaders who refuse to make necessary changes in their communities... to sweep under the rug violations of a sexual nature by others because it reflects badly on 'us' at the expense of the victims... well, I’m not going to do that.

Just to be clear. I do not say that I have an exclusive monopoly on the truth in those instances in which I speak out. And I am not in any way accusing any of the rabbinic leadership of our people of nefarious motives or evil, God forbid. They are all certainly great people who are far more knowledgeable than I am in Torah. People with great wisdom indeed. And I am absolutely convinced that their decisions are based on their best interpretation of justice and right as seen through the eyes of the Torah as they understand it. But even though I am not as great as these people, I will still speak out if I feel their decisions are wrong in spite of their great wisdom. People can disagree with me and that is their right. But I am not going to stop.

And anyone else who sees injustice should speak out as well. Often! Until they are heard. When there is injustice in the world, especially in our world, the Torah world, we must do everything in our power to try and stop it, without creating other injustices in the process. That is why I speak out. That is why we all should.

Swift Boat Veterans of Camp Agudah said...

Note to: "Tuvya-Bungalow Putz-Neuhoff-John Kerry Heinz Ketchup OU endorsed"

Were you at the "front lines" of the battle with Belsky and Kolko at Camp Agudah?

We're sure it's "seared, seared in your memory".

And do you know of any molestation cases during the Vietnam war?

Rabbi Yudel Shain said...


The "OU"s expert in DA's Dr. Randy Shaver in his report indicates that the DA ratio is more in the 2-6% range. This is without counting any of the other vet procedures that make a "treife".

The OU's Rabbinical consultant must defend (at all costs) the kosher certifiers' of dairy product. Rabbi oh Rabbi make me a heter, make me a heter.

Some are trying to defend the treife issue in theory, and we are confusing them with the facts.

In Harvard they teach the following;
when the law is in your favor, but the facts aren't-"HARP-ON-THE-LAW.

When the facts are in your favor but the law isn't, HARP-ON-THE-FACTS.

When none are in your favor CONFUSE THE JURY WITH........

I guess in kashrus it's the same.

Al Gore said...

I was all high strung about causes of global warming until Shea Fishman explained the UOJ factor to me. Then it all made sense.

Vidal Sassoon said...


John Kerry is the only guy I know besides Margo's lawyer Avi Moskowitz who you remember for his hairdo.

Kerry is known in Washington as the "bouffant buffoon."

He's also French looking which explains his visits to le Marais and his wife's Heinz ketchup company being under OU kashrus.

pinny bullshitz said...

Editor's View
by Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

Lernen, Lernen, Lernen

Recently, this paper wrote up a tale making the rounds in Eretz Yisroel. The story was printed in many of the religious papers and was passed around by word of mouth among Bnei Torah on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. It related an anecdote in which Rav Chaim Kanievsky was asked by someone how many times the name Moshe is written in the Torah. R? Kanievsky, the story went, was able to give the precise number.
We tried to track down and verify the background and details of the story, but weren?t successful. We therefore presented it as a story that is being retold and used it to make the point that it is possible for someone even today?in an age of relative mediocrity?to attain a phenomenal range of Torah knowledge reminiscent of earlier generations.
Surprisingly, this simple story unleashed an avalanche of invective in my direction. ?How dare you print such a story!? was the gist of most of the complaints. ?So-and-So checked with Rav Chaim?s gabbai and he said the story never happened.?
Others took an even more acrimonious tone. ?How can I trust anything written in your paper if you print a story which is obviously false?? one person fumed.
?I demand an apology,? the letter concluded.

Because it's all bullshitz said...

We read biographies of tzaddikim of generations gone by and they all seem the same to us. He was born to great yichus and was a genius himself. By the age of six, he knew all of Mishanayos. By the time of his bar mitzvah, he made a siyum on Shas, and at the age of twenty, he was appointed as dayan in a large town. He was kind to the poor, tough on the rich, and all the good people in the country respected him and flocked to him for his pesakim, eitzos and brachos.
We gobble up those articles and books and they warm our hearts as we read of the greatness these great people achieved. But they have little effect on us, because we easily dismiss their accomplishments as part of reality that is far removed from us. You can?t expect me to be like the Chasam Sofer, Rav Yitzchok Elchonon Spector, Rav Chaim Soloveitchik, Rav Boruch Ber Leibowitz, the Chofetz Chaim, Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzensky, the Satmar Rebbe, the Belzer Rebbe, and so on.
When the story relates to a moifes, a miracle, performed by a rebbe or a master of Kabbolah from a different era, we have no problem with it. But when someone tells us about a moifes performed by a man living today whom we can approach and speak to, many will react skeptically, ?Oh, that can?t be.?
Why is that?

con man said...

If there is someone today in Nahariyah who can heal the sick and to whom thousands of people flock to for blessings, then it means that it is possible, even in the demoralized world we live in, to reach very high levels of kedushah.

Lipshitz targeting Agudah said...

There you have it. You want to be a Moshe? You want to achieve greatness in Torah? You want to be a peledikeh mentch? Stop being so areingeton in your FOOD - and Olam Hazeh and become more pre-occupied with your Olam Haboh! It won?t happen overnight, but day by day you can grow until one day you won?t realize what it is you are eating. You will then know that you are on the path to netzach.

Agudah Fresser said...

Pinny was just mevazeh me b'rabim big time. I'm not moichel

Anonymous said...

You leave Milstein alone. His brother is an esteemed rebbe at my feinne yeshiva.
10:20 AM, July 12, 2007

Does anyone know if Shlomo Milstein is a brother or relative of Moshe and Yerachmiel Milstein?

friend of uoj said...

Wisconsin Court Allows Clergy Abuse Victims To Sue For Fraud

Editor: David P. Lowe, Attorney At Law

Firm: Jacquart & Lowe, S.C.

July 12, 2007

By David Lowe

Court decisions by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1995 and 1997 closed the door to the courthouse for childhood victims of sex abuse by priests, holding in John BBB Doe v. Archdiocese of Milwaukee that the statute of limitations had expired three years after the last incident of abuse and, in a case called Pritzlaff v. Archdiocse of Milwaukee, that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee was not liable for negligent supervision of its clergy because the First Amendment precluded courts from deciding that the Church should not employ sex abusers. Wisconsin is one of the only states in the nation that protected the Catholic Church from sex abuse suits on these grounds.

Yesterday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of clergy sex abuse victims, holding that their cases should not have been dismissed at the threshold on statute of limitations grounds without considering whether the Archdiocese had fraudulently concealed its knowledge of the sex abuse by its priests.

Wisconsin, like many jurisdictions, has a "discovery rule" that allows a tort victim to extend the statute of limitations. In the context of sexual abuse claims, the Wisconsin discovery rule extends the limitations period by the time it takes the victim, acting with reasonable diligence, to discover both that injury was suffered and the identity of the perpetrator.

But efforts to use the discovery rule to allow adult victims of clergy sex abuse to have their claims heard in court have faced tough going. For example, the Wisconsin Supreme Court had rejected victims contentions that delay in taking legal action should be excused because of repressed memory of the sexual abuse.

In yesterday's ruling, the court concluded that the date of the accrual of the fraud claims is "when the plaintiffs discovered or, in the exercise of reasonable diligence, should have discovered that the Archdiocese's alleged fraud was a cause of their injuries."

Hopefully, the plaintiffs will be able to surmount this standard. The plaintiffs in these cases alleged that they were sexually abused from 1973 to 1976, when they were children, by a now-deceased Roman Catholic priest, Siegfried Widera, after he had been criminally convicted of sexually molesting another child and the Archdiocese knew of his conviction. It was after Widera's criminal conviction that the Archdiocese moved Widera from a parish in Port Washington, Wisconsin, to St. Andrew's Parish in Delavan, Wisconsin, where Widera molested them.

The plaintiffs also alleged that the Archdiocese was informed that Widera later sexually molested an altar boy at St. Andrew's Parish and confronted Widera, who admitted he had made "a slip." Attached to the plaintiffs' complaint were notes made by the Archdiocese at the time of the assault stating that the Archdiocese would "try to keep the lid on the thing, so no police record would be made" and also that it knew the mother of the boy "feared reprisals from Church if she would go to police." Later, in 1976, the Archdiocese transferred Widera to California, falsely telling the people in Delavan that he was going on vacation. Widera molested numerous boys after his transfer to California. As prosecutors prepared to file felony charges against him in 2002, Widera fled California. The following year, Widera jumped to his death off a hotel balcony in Mexico as Mexican law enforcement agents were closing in.

These facts state a pretty good case of fraudulent concealment, don''t ya think?

Clergy abuse victims groups lauded the decision as historic, and one that would open the doors to claim by many other victims.

PERKUNAY said...

Yankel Applegrad said...

Oh wait, the Hungarian YTT parents don't give a rat's behind.

Why should they care about a RAT'S BEHIND...if they send their children to YTT..it's obvious they don't care about their children's behinds either

Baltimore Police Dept said...


Alleged Molester Investigated Here
By Phil Jacobs
Baltimore Jewish Times
July 13, 2007

Yisroel Shapiro is the target of a State's Attorney's Office investigation.

Two alleged victims of sexual molestation by Yisroel Shapiro of Olympia Avenue in Baltimore City filed a complaint June 8 with the Baltimore City Police Department's Sex Offense Unit. The complaint triggered an investigation by the State's Attorney's Office. . . .

On June 11, the two alleged victims said they were informed by the city's State's Attorney's Office that an investigation was going forward. A staff person in the State's Attorney's Office familiar with the case confirmed the investigation but was not authorized to release details. . . click here to read more

Vintage Yudel Shain Sarcasm said...


Yudel Shain said...












Thu Jul 12, 11:01:00 AM 2007

Anonymous said...
Very sharfe post by R' Yudel.

For those readers that are not familiar, the title "Dokter Rabbiner" was used in the Haim in Europe as a sign of disapproval.

Thu Jul 12, 11:31:00 AM 2007

Yudel Shain said...
I did not mean at all any disaproval by the Dr. Rabiner.
That is his name that he goes by, we can add Dr. Rabbi "shu"b".

Thu Jul 12, 11:45:00 AM 2007

Anonymous said...
Does that mean that Seth Mandell disapproves of himself?

That's a moyradik midda. Dovid Hamelech hoht gezogt auf zich: "ani tolaas velo ish."

Thu Jul 12, 12:17:00 PM 2007

Anonymous said...
Seth Mandell is a shochet ubodek? I thought Rubashkin offers chassidishe shechita?

"Chassidishe" Shechita Scam said...


Yudel Shain said...
It's not a Chosid Schechting.

So what is Chasideshe Schechita???

An unknown to make it more appealing to the consumer. AKA "A FRAUD".

What is it realy?
There are 2 ways tho sharpen a "Chalef", one side & 2 sides.
Don't confuse as the sharpening is only done on 1 side of the blade.
It's the method used to sharpen to a razor sharp edge.
/ is one side, v is 2 sides. the 2 sides is sharper but dulls quicker, the 1 side lasts longer.
The Chasidim always used 2 sides, while the Litvishe used 1 side.

Most all shoichtim commonly use 2 sides,HENCE CHASIDISHE-SCHECHITA!

"If you can't convince the consumer,
Confuse him". Great job kosher certifiers & gullible consumers.

In Kashrus there is no fear of the one above, not of Rabonim etc. ONLY THE CONSUMER is feared.

So wake up & demand "no more bi'de'eveds, only li'chat'chilas".

Rabbi Avrohom Braun, Dean of Ohr Sameach said...

What does Vicki Polin want from me?


Rabbi Avrohom Braun (dean of students at Ohr Somaych) is alleging that Rabbi Alan Horowitz never received a rabbinic ordination.

Rabbi Braun has been claiming that Ohr Somayach does not have a record of him being ordained by their institution. What he fails to tell reporters is that his institution is not mandatory (mandated?) to keep records of rabbinic ordinations and also that an institution does not necessarily give an ordination. The ordination can come from an individual rabbi.

As part of Alan Horowitz's probation agreement back in 1983, he was court ordered to study Torah (bible) and live on the campus of Ohr Somayach. While on probation and under the supervision of the rabbis, Alan Horowitz illegally left the United States and moved to Israel even though this was a violation of his parole.

One of the many questions we all should be asking is how did Alan Horowitz do this? Did any of the rabbis or other staff members of Ohr Somaych of Monsey assist in Alan Horowitz fleeing the country?
Do you think Rabbi Braun would have records regarding this?

I think it's imperative we get answers to these question.

Schenectady County DA Robert Carney said...


Thursday, July 12, 2007

SCHENECTADY - Tidier than his fugitive mug shot but showing several days stubble, convicted pedophile Alan Horowitz shuffled into the county jail Thursday afternoon in sandals and a bullet-proof vest.

Horowitz, 60, was brought to the Capital Region after 11 months in South Asian and faces six more years in state prison - the time remaining on his initial 10-to 20-year sentence for sodomizing a 9-year-old boy. He jumped parole in June 2006.

Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney called the Harvard-educated former adolescent psychiatrist, who has said he believes there's nothing wrong with his abuse of children, "the most vile and twisted kind of human being" and a "poster child" for civil confinement.

Authorities escorted Horowitz Thursday from Essex County, N.J., where he had been held since Sunday after being deported from India, back to Schenectady.

His future is now in the hands of an administrative law judge, who could send him back to prison for the five years and 22 days he has left on his sentence plus the 11 months he was on the lam, said George B. Alexander, state Board of Parole chairman. Alexander vowed to seek the full measure.

But federal prosecutors could also charge him with failing to register as a sex offender, said Gary Mattison, a criminal investigator with the U.S. Marshals Service who helped track Horowitz across the globe. That could land him up to 10 years in federal prison as well.

It was a tip to America's Most Wanted that helped lead authorities to Horowitz in Mahabalipuram on India's southeastern coast in May.

Before his 1992 Schenectady conviction, Horowitz was convicted of abusing a boy in Maryland in 1983. He has also been investigated in Israel, where he also has citizenship.

One of the state's most-wanted fugitives, he taunted law enforcement, hopping a plane to Japan the day after meeting with his parole officer in June 2006, then traveling to Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India and elsewhere, Mattison said.

Horowitz even sent a letter to his parole officer, thanking him for his kindness but avoiding further contact, Carney said.

But one place authorities say they have no evidence Horowitz ever went was Tel Aviv, the city where they say he mockingly told the state sex offender registry he'd be moving.

He has also claimed to be an ordained rabbi, but Rabbi Avrohom Braun, an official with a Rockland County Jewish education center that Horowitz attended after his 1983 conviction, said in a statement that he is a "pathological liar" and that his claim is not true.

Anonymous said...

Kosher" Certification of a Different Kind
by Arutz-7 Staff

An Israeli social justice movement has established a certification system to award restaurants for “kosher” treatment of employees and the disabled.

Bema’aglei Tzedek, a Jerusalem based non-profit organization, has established a system for altering consumers to positive employment practices and accessibility for the disabled through a system resembling that with which Kosher certification is displayed.

Called the Social Seal (Tav Chevrati in Hebrew), the certificate is now being prominently displayed in over 300 Israeli eateries from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv and various other locales. It was introduced by Bema’aglei Tzedek activists to combat what the organization’s director Asaf Banner calls “an all-too-often ignored, yet deeply troubling aspect of Israeli society.”

Banner, who was among the organization’s founders in 2004, says, “The way that tens of thousands of workers all over Israel are being treated - without regard to their most basic human rights - was a situation that demanded to be addressed. We saw that the social seal was a great way of bringing attention to this issue.”

While the campaign began locally in Jerusalem with organization representatives using the seal as a means to promote the good labor practices of shop owners, it has quickly spread across the country.

Roee Zisman, who manages the popular Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Café on Jaffa Road in downtown Jerusalem, believes that the seal is something many of his customers greatly value, as well as acting as a motivating factor for employers to improve worker conditions. “The Social Seal is very important in our relationship with our workers,” says Zisman. “I hear many people coming in and asking about it and we feel that there is a large clientele that comes to eat with us because of it.”

In order for an eatery to receive the seal, representatives of the organization will visit the restaurant and observe overall conditions as well as speak with the workers. According to Banner, several seals have been revoked after it was reported that workers’ rights were being repeatedly violated. Violations include cases where workers are being denied breaks or being paid below the legal minimum wage or where the restaurant is lacking appropriate access for the handicapped.

On Tuesday, July 3, Bema’aglei Tzedek held a conference at Jerusalem’s Rose Garden across from the Knesset entitled “Fighting the Exploitation of Custodial Workers.”

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat, addressed the conference, which attracted over 1,000 people. He said that despite often being pushed to the side of the social agenda, workers rights is something which is deeply entrenched in Jewish values, as well as the nation of Israel’s retention of the Land of Israel. “The Torah teaches again and again that our ability to stay on this holy soil of Israel depends on our being a holy people specifically in the realm of human relations,” he said. “This is including those between employer and employee.”

Leib Kelman said...

Court: Kings County Civil Court Index Number: CV-001294-05/KI

Case Type: Civil
Disposition Date: 03/10/2007

The Chinuch Business said...

R' Binyomin Kamenetzky's South Shore yeshiva has a bunch of civil court cases against people that are in the "consumer credit" category.

Does that mean they sue parents who don't pay tuition?

There is all kinds of new and interesting info posted online for the first time. The NY Courts website has just added local courts instead of just supreme court.

Isn't this Leib Pinter's jewelry "heist" shutef? said...

Court: Kings County Civil Court Index Number: CV-038753-97/KI

Case Type: Civil
Disposition Date: 03/10/2007

Why is Gary Rosenblatt Suing Mirrer Yeshiva? said...

Court: Kings County Civil Court Index Number: CV-039331-02/KI

Case Type: Civil
Disposition Date: 03/10/2007
Calendar Number:
Jury Demand: No
Judge Name:

Attorney/Firm(s) For Plaintiff - JEWISH WEEK INC:

Attorney Type: Firm

BROOKLYN, New York 11234-

Gerrorist said...

Court: Kings County Civil Court Index Number: CV-042934-98/KI

Case Type: Civil
Disposition Date: 03/10/2007
Calendar Number:
Jury Demand: No
Judge Name:

Attorney/Firm(s) For Plaintiff - COPELCO CAPITAL INC:

Attorney Type: Firm

80 FIFTH AVE., STE. 1203
NEW YORK, New York 10011-2313

Jewish Press Nephew Richard Klass said...

A FAT FRESSER like me likes to represent food company plaintiffs because they pay me AND give me free food. That's why I represented Le Marais and now this:

Court: Kings County Civil Court Index Number: CV-077777-05/KI

Case Type: Civil
Disposition Date: 03/10/2007
Calendar Number:
Jury Demand: No

Attorney/Firm(s) For Plaintiff - BENZ'S FOOD PRODUCTS, INC.:

Attorney Type: Attorney

BKLYN, New York 11241

Leopold Margulies said...

That's very bad that local court cases are publicly posted now. UOJ is going to find out what a deadbeat I am with two lawsuits from Con Ed.

Court: Kings County Civil Court Index Number: RE-207712-98/KI
Case Name: CON ED

Case Type: Replevin
Disposition Date: 03/10/2007

Court: Kings County Civil Court Index Number: RE-211549-00/KI

Case Type: Replevin
Disposition Date: 03/10/2007
Calendar Number:
Jury Demand: No

Court Blotter said...

South Shore is not the only yeshiva with many lawsuits against parents or whomever.

The court docket is very busy from Prospect Park, Derech haTorah, Yeshiva of Flatbush, Rambam Brooklyn and Yeshiva of Manhattan Beach.

Overwhelmingly, the targets of the lawsuits are Sfardim.

Simcha Klohr on the Defensive said...

Court: Kings County Civil Court Index Number: CV-081297-05/KI

Case Type: Civil
Disposition Date: 03/10/2007

Court: Kings County Civil Court Index Number: CV-077898-05/KI

Case Type: Civil
Disposition Date: 03/10/2007

Kone Elevator Company said...

Margo stiffed us too.

Court: Kings County Civil Court Index Number: CV-051494-04/KI
Case Name: KONE INC

Case Type: Civil
Disposition Date: 03/10/2007
Calendar Number:
Jury Demand: No
Judge Name:

Attorney/Firm(s) For Plaintiff - KONE INC:

Attorney Type: Firm

130 W. 42 ST., 1301
NEW YORK, New York 10036-

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Bungalow Yenta said...

I wonder if Margo was always sleazy with his bill payments or if he's having cash flow problems now thanks to UOJ and the molestation lawsuits.

Can UOJ guess who this is? said...


Yudel Shain said...
I know of certain well known Rabbi in kashrus that perception becomes facts to fit a Halachik outcome. A sort of premeditated Psak, very sad that it works.

Thu Jul 12, 07:10:00 PM 2007

Gumshoe said...

The lawyer defending Margo for not paying for the elevator is Yosef Tepfer. Does anyone know if he also has an accounting degree?

There was a Yosef Tepfer CPA who gave a presentation at the recent Agudah FRESSER Conference at the Brooklyn Marriott for "ethics" in halacha.

Herbert Tepfer said...


I defended Margo together with my brother Yosef.

Bungalow Putz said...


Was UOJ looking for someone in Pamplona?

Are we crazy or is everyone else crazy? said...


Anonymous said...

Is there any Vaad at all in America that has ossured Rubashkin? Are we crazy or is everyone else crazy and we are the only ones that can see it?

Look how the Rabbonim can go crazy about strawberries, but do not care when other 'gedolim' swear about Rubashkin's Kashrus.

Fri Jul 13, 05:10:00 PM 2007

Yudel Shain said...
By Rubashkin it'$ different-look how many of their own (Rabonim) are reaping the benefit$ & laughing to the $wi$$ alps at the gullible con$umer.
Ask Rabbis Weismandel, Brody & all the certifiers etc.

Fri Jul 13, 05:34:00 PM 2007

Yudel Shain said...
Oh! We all remember Chaimowitz's opinion about the lack of kashrus at Rubashkin.

Look what happened now. Chaimowitz uses Rubashkin, not for the Debritzin product, only for the OU products. But if it aint kosher, how could you use it "for the OU"?

Fri Jul 13, 05:40:00 PM 2007

Tuvya Chaim Neuhoff said...

I'm mamash oiss mentch that the NY Times would badmouth the bungalow culture like this. Maybe Maran, Rav Belsky can put some heat on them.


"Ellenville’s dozens of former bungalow colonies, now given over to rot and termites, can seem insignificant"

No Longer Silent said...

Rabbi Mordecai Tendler, you vile human remain. Why do you hide? Your road to ge henim has started. You have destroyed your grandfather’s image to an entire nation.
You vilda chai-eh. your be-haim-mah ways have just begun to backfire against you. When you are in ge henim ask hitler why he killed yiddisha kinda?
how many children did you steal from yiddisha families and sell to o’hel? did the two of you make enough to line your pockets? do you think rebitzen tendler you will not join your spouce? you conspired with your husband to take children that came to you to learn how to be a bal teshuvah and instead you had the families torn apart and destroyed by your loshon harah to social services, you monster and rebitzen, how did it feel to take babies away from their crying mothers. your time rebitzen in ge henim will be as your spouse. you both mabe could ask hitler if stealing young babies away from their parent’s is as bad as killing babies and their parents? Ich bench everyday that the two of you who have the heart of Pharoh have it melted by ha shem so you can feel the aweful pain you inflicted on all those poor families that lost their children to you.All those poor nashumas . All they wanted was to become a bal teshuva. You both are worse than a kapo. Kapo’s were forced to do what they did or they would die too. you did it for money. My tears cannot stop crying when I see the faces of the people you destroyed. How could you?

Nikol said...

While I mostly agree with your post, this article by Obadiah Shoher presents the haredim in somewhat different light http://samsonblinded.org/blog/not-true-rabbis.htm Shoher argues against haredim isolating themselves from other Jews instead of bringing the religion to masses.