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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Leib Tropper - Alleged Fraud Par Excellence!


Alleged Fraud Par Excellence - Leib Tropper - Center

By Tropper is Troubled

Leib Tropper has only himself to blame for the grim situation he is in facing Guma Aguiar's mighty billionare's wrath.

When Tropper and Guma met, presumably through the good graces of Guma's uncle Dr. Tom Kaplan who had become a dyed in the wool Tropper disciple, they all bonded together strongly and intimately. They were all going to fulfil each other's big visions and dreams. If this sounds grandiose, it was. Tropper was willing to overlook that at that time Guma was living with his then still not converted wife Jamie and even having kids with her. So what? Tropper had kept his own first wife an aguna for a long time, until one day he bumped into his next wife a pretty model who wasn't even religious, but that was solved after a couple of months of quick brainwashing at a seminary, besides she had excellent connections too, like a sister who was major PR executive in the "Mad Men" style and by now Tropper was swimming deep in the Upper East and West Sides jet set scenes and wanted to make it big time there too. If Steven Riskin could do it, so could he.

All he needed was mega-bucks from blind disciples wowed by his charisma and supposed Torah spouting status, and he was about to get it from Kaplan and Guma to launch his name up high in the Jewish world with constant fake articles in The Jewish Press and other Jewish and even secular media outlets.

By now Tropper has had someone fill out an egomanical "biography" of himself on Wikipedia. Read it carefully. Forget his titles and his half dozen claims of semichas. It clearly says that first and foremost he is the disciple of R' Pinchas Scheinberg who must have implanted in him more ideas of grandeur and "saving the Jews" than he needed.

At some point early in his life, while in Israel, Tropper latched on to the potential of the new Kiruv movement in the 1970s. He was hired by Ohr Somayach, even while Noach Weinberg was there. Weinberg soon worked to get rid of Tropper. Tropper never forgave them for tossing him out. He was going to outdo them and outsmart them, and he would recruit from the widening open pools of starry-eyed BTs that were all over the place to create his own brand of Tropper disciples. His method, regardless if he knew it or not, was that of a cult, exactly like Scientology, where the members must give up their personalities, ideas, and most importantly empty their bank accounts for "the cause".

Tropper's sixth and seventh senses are well honed. He has his ears close to the ground and can clearly sniff a trend years before anyone else can, especially in the "saving the Jews" business of which he is a supposed, self-declared, grand leader.

As the 21st century beckoned, most of the world's searching Jews were already from mixed interfaith marriages or living with gentiles. The old time BTs were now joined by people with only one Jewish parent, often not the mother, and even gentiles are looking like Madonna's Kabbalah Centre style, some who even wish to become "Jews by choice" and many are gladly willing to convert to snare a Jewish wealthy man, or for other thought-out personal agendas, nothing to do with sincerely accepting the yoke of the Torah and mitzvos.

So conversion to Judaism was now the hot button central problem for many of these "spiritual seeking" folks that Tropper set out to exploit, and he was going to do it under the guise of fighting for higher standards of conversion, what he cunningly called "universal standards" in conversion; the game plan was to sell the higher standards argument to the big rabbis, pay them off with free conventions and a few small grants here and there, and use the big money to launch Tropper's new role of seller and owner of conversions to the world.

Kaplan was a partner in all of this and Guma, and just as Kaplan trusted Guma in the business world, so too they were co-founders and co-chairmen of the EJF plot as they set about to finance to the hilt Tropper's and their "dreams" for "saving the intermarried Jews" like a kind of misbegotten step-child new "Reform movement", grabbing at straws when it legitimated patrilineal descent thirty years ago. Since Judaism historically forbids reaching out to gentiles to convert them in mass movements, in the guise of Tropper's seemingly very Haredi EJF movement to make everyone into a Tropper approved ger or disciple was going well beyond teaching a handful of BTs in Monsey, like Tropper used to do.

Tropper latched onto this new cohort very quickly and when Guma Aguiar and Tom Kaplan came along and met Tropper about ten years ago, falling into his by then well-tuned and finely honed entrapment skills, they were putty in his hands as he quickly spun his spider's web and got them hooked on his personality, which naturally they equated with "Torah-true Judaism", which it was certainly not.

What came out of the nexus and uniting of Tropper, Kaplan and Guma was their brainchild the Eternal Jewish Family (EJF), to be funded by a new philanthropy to be called the Lillian Jean Kaplan Foundation.

For a long time only Tom Kaplan's name was presented to the world and the haredi rabbonim as being the lay leader of EJF and the Kaplan Foundation. But it was not so. As it transpires, just as Guma Aguiar was an equal partner with his uncle Tom Kaplan in their main Leor Energy gas drilling business in Texas that they eventually sold off for over two billion dollars, likewise they were equal partners in setting up the Eternal Jewish Family and the Lillian Jean Kaplan Foundation. In fact as a Florida court recently found, Guma Aguiar and his mother Ellen Kaplan Aguiar had more legal authority in the case of the dispute concerning control of the Lillian Jean Kaplan Foundation and awarded full continiung control to them.

The same legal battle is now going on in US courts about who controls the more than two billion dollars that was paid for Leor Energy, and Tropper is running scared that if Kaplan loses the Leor Energy profits case like he lost the Lillian Jean Kaplan Foundation case, he is up the creek for good, and will be revealed as the manipulative haredi Rasputin that he is.

So it's no surprise that Tropper will create crazy claims. Break his own nominal principles, which he lacks in case like any sociopath, running to the anti-religious Israeli police in Jerusalem that's beating up Tropper's own haredi brothers, and press charages in secular Israeli courts against Guma, and then drag that into the case now ongoing in Florida that he needs a "protection order" from Guma. Weird. What does he think Guma is going to do to him? And even weirder, what is Tropper doing being involved in the case of the dispute between Tom Kaplan and Guma Aguiar in the two billion and more profits from Leor Energy?

The only answer has to be that this is like the Scientologists going to fight for what they view as "their" assets, meaning what belongs to their disciples they regard as "theirs" and so therefore in Tropper's eyes, Kaplan's stake in the two billion are not Kaplan's, they are his, the mighty Tropper, whom Guma Aguiar has now revealed to be a manipulative crook who cannot account for the ten million dollars he recived from Guma.

Allegedly, Shmuel Kaminetzky has received large sums of money from Leib Tropper and Reuvein Feinstein received $3 million dollars.

Kaminetzky at the podium at a EJF event, Feinstein seated to Kaminetzky's left.

103 comments:

Yochanan Levitansky said...

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/archives/2009/09/ebay_scammer_ge.php

eBay Scammer Gets 1 Year

BY MELISSA BAILEY • New Haven Independent

Yochanan Levitansky didn’t just swindle hundreds of thousands of dollars from eBay customers — he undermined the public’s faith in a vital institution.

So argued a prosecutor in federal court Wednesday. The judge saw it the prosecutor’s way.

Levitansky, a 22-year-old New Haven man, spent most of his life studying to be a rabbi before he changed career paths and opened an electronics business on eBay. He pleaded guilty in May to defrauding over a thousand eBay customers by selling them Bluetooth headsets and cell phones that he never intended to deliver.

He pocketed $237,257 from his customers. He also made them “less likely to trust the Internet,” argued Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Chang.

Chang spoke Wednesday morning at Levitansky’s sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in New Haven.

Senior U.S. District Judge Peter C. Dorsey appeared to agree with his argument.
Dorsey argued that restitution would not be enough punishment for a man who “undermined the confidence and trust” of his customers.

Dorsey sentenced Levitanksy to 12 months and one day in prison, followed by 150 hours of community service and three years’ supervised release. He ordered him to repay $237,257, which he owes to eBay.

Levitansky took customers’ money and “walked away” from the business, Chang said. He blew the money on trips to Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Europe, according to the government prosecutors.

“It was a stupid thing to do, and Mr. Levitansky still is not sure exactly why he did it,” wrote his public defender, Sarah A. L. Merriam, in a sentencing memo.

Levitansky, who lives on Crescent Street with his parents, showed up in court in a pinstriped gray suit, a white tie and a yarmulke. He unfolded a piece of paper and delivered a brief, one-minute speech of repentance before the judge.

“What I did was wrong,” said Levitansky (pictured). He said he had learned a lesson, to “think before I act.” He vowed to dig out of his debt.

“I will stand up, make my victim whole, and become a better person for it,” Levitansky said.

Career Change

Merriam gave several defenses of her client.

In a sentencing memo, she argued that his unusual background made him unequipped for the business world. Levitansky was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in the Beaver Hills neighborhood. His parents put him through years of religious day camps, summer camps, then a Talmudical seminary in California, all in hopes that he would become a rabbi. Following his parents’ wishes after high school, he volunteered alongside a rabbi doing community outreach in Florida, then attended another Talmudic seminary in New York run by the Chabad movement.

The young man didn’t take to the line of work, however.

part 2 said...

“Mr. Levitansky did not want to become a rabbi,” wrote Merriam. At age 18, he withdrew from the seminary. In 2007, he started his own business, Bluetooth Kings LLC.

He didn’t start out intending to scam anyone, Merriam argued: Levitansky just got in over his head. By May 2008, the orders were rolling in with such volume that the young man couldn’t handle it.

“Things quickly got out of hand, and Mr. Levitansky became completely overwhelmed,” Merriam wrote. “As a young man who had been raised with the idea that he would one day become a rabbi, Yochi Levitansky was ill-prepared for the challenges of running a business on his own.”

The impact of the fraud was softened, she argued, by eBay’s insurance policies. When he failed to make deliveries, Levitansky knew eBay would pay the customers back.

“He knew he would owe money to eBay, and he figured he would sort that out with the company,” she wrote.

Levitansky tried to do so — he even paid back $30,000 in listing fees, but when he couldn’t pay the rest of the $237,257, the case landed in criminal court.

In defense of her client, Merriam said the case was “solely about money.” She said the case was really a civil matter, and that the debt owed to eBay was a drop in the bucket compared to the company’s profits. She argued that the behavior was extremely out-of-the-ordinary for the young man, who has no prior criminal record and comes from a supportive, educated family.

Merriam said her client intends to fully pay the company back — he already got a job as a maintenance worker, fixing sinks to dig out of debt. Levitansky can pay it back quicker if he can stay employed instead of going to prison, she argued. She urged the judge for probation instead of prison, arguing that the quarter-million dollar restitution would be sufficient punishment.

Chang didn’t agree.

The case was about much more than money, he argued — it’s about the foundation of the Internet marketplace.

As more people turn to the Internet to buy goods, they need to be able to have faith that anonymous sellers won’t rip them off, Chang argued. Though the customers Levitansky swindled have mostly been repaid by eBay, he said, “they will have the memory of being defrauded.”

The scheme not only damaged eBay, he said. It damaged the Internet.

Levitansky came from a good family and got a good education, Chang added: “He really knew better.”

Dorsey said while a longer prison sentence wasn’t necessary, Levitansky does need some prison time to teach him respect for the law and to deter him from repeating the crime.

“That’s a lot of money,” the judge said of the swindled $237,257. He called the defendant “well short of Bernie Madoff, but somewhat tracking in that same direction.”

He ordered Levitansky to surrender to prison on Oct. 16, and to pay back $300 per week in restitution once he’s employed.

After receiving his sentence, Levitansky lit a cigarette on the courthouse steps.

“No comment,” he said.

Judge Judy imitates UOJ said...

This video is really worth watching. She should quit her show and go to work for UOJ!

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2009/09/09/lkl.judge.judy.cnn

CNN LARRY KING LIVE

Interview With Judge Judy Sheindlin

Sept 8, 2009

LARRY KING: Tonight, Judge Judy is outraged that rapist Phil Garrido was let out of prison, free to snatch little Jaycee Dugard off the street and then keep her locked in a shed for 18 years. TV's tough talker puts sex offenders on notice they'll be behind bars forever if she ever has her way.

SHEINDLIN: I guarantee you, Larry, not one of them (pedophiles) is living next to you in Beverly Hills and not one of them is living next to me in Greenwich.

The question has to be, if you would not be comfortable paroling this person to live next door to you...

Everything goes back to common sense. Sure, it's wonderful to feel as if the human condition can be changed, the mind can be rewired - you can change everybody. And the truth is, based on my 40 years experience in the justice system, and added to that my husband's 50 years in the system, we know that there are certain people that are just wired wrong and evil.

KING: What does that do to the Judeo-Christian ethos of forgiveness...

SHEINDLIN: Well, there's practical.

Practical. I say you've got to either kill them or put them away so that they can't hurt anybody else. So, capital punishment, whether you're for it or against it - build more jails. You want to keep them away, build more jails. Make it part of the stimulus package. Not everything can be building a bridge and a sewer.

Larry, someone who is a predatory sex offender - not a 21-year-old who has sex with a 15-year-old girl who looks 18 wearing high heels. We're talking about the kind of guy, like this guy, who planned to kidnap a woman, took her to a storage unit outfitted with pornography...held her captive for hours, put her through something from which she will never recover and some genius interviews him 11 years later and says, well, he ate all his broccoli and he got a GED and married some lunatic, who married this sex offender when she was coming to visit another lunatic in prison. So we think he's ready to re-enter society. And their first priority has to be the safety of the community, not whether Phillip ate his green beans.

...and there are certain people who despite our best efforts and despite all of God's good work, are wired wrong. There's just something in there that we can't take care of. And even if 25% of them will not recidivate, are we willing to risk the other 75% of our children?

You know, if you have a sex offender - let us assume that he doesn't grab another child, but instead exposes himself to your six year old little girl, who's waiting for the school bus.

I remember when I was a child, my friend Elaine and I were walking in front of a convent. And a man walked by and flashed us. I was no more than six years old. It is so vivid in my mind today...

KING: You still see it?

SHEINDLIN: I still see it. And there was nothing.

Can you imagine somebody being touched, being fondled?

I can't.

I'm saying that the system is screwed up, Larry. That every person in law enforcement - kudos to those security people on campus that brought this, ultimately, to the attention of authorities.

And there will be people who will say she operated on a hunch and we don't like law enforcement to operate on hunches. Well, having been in law enforcement, I will tell you I always felt my first responsibility was to protect the public - do justice, but protect the public. And that's where people should come from. That's the primary job of the president of the United States, to make sure that his country is safe.

KING: Could you sentence someone to death?

SHEINDLIN: Yes. I could. I could.

Moshe Heinemann at work? said...

I couldn't read an article this morning because this malfunctioning program thinks it's Shabbos today.

http://saturdayguard.com/index.php?reffer=1292

SaturdayGuard – Automatically Closes Your Website During Shabbat

Congressman Wilson imitates Boog said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/us/politics/10wilson.html?hp

WASHINGTON — It was a rare breach of the protocol that governs ritualistic events in the Capitol.

In an angry and very audible outburst, Representative Joe Wilson, Republican of South Carolina, interrupted President Obama’s speech Wednesday night with a shout of “You lie!”

His eruption — in response to Mr. Obama’s statement that Democratic health proposals would not cover illegal immigrants — stunned members of both parties in the House chamber.

Gumshoe said...

How do we know about this $3 million figure with R' Reuvein Feinstein?

Rabbi Bloch has publicly criticized him for being on the take with Tropper but that's a lot of money.

"UOJ" - "The Un-Orthodox Jew" said...

Attencion: Senor Guma Aguair

Por favor de comunicarse con migo despues de tirar al Senor Leib Tropper de la ventana.

Gracias,

Senor UOJ

Ronnie Hersh said...

Gumshoe, what's the problem?

When I wanted to make sure my kids didn't have an excuse to move to the 5 Towns, I offered 100 grand to any rabbi willing to declare there is a kosher eruv in Flatbush.

I had takers like the son of Rav Wosner in Monsey.

It doesn't come cheap for R' Reuvein to allow Tropper to distort the piskei halacha of his father R' Moishe Feinstein to allow wholesale gerus of every shiksa married to avaryonim.

Former Chabadnik said...

Shlomo Schwartz (Schwartzie from L.A.) figured this out years ago, and told everybody that would listen to him in L.A., to never marry a phony converted shiksa. For this, Lubavitch threw him out.

Archie Bunker said...

It's a shame that blogger Joe Izrael took down the audio of Rav Bloch blasting Tropper and Reb Reuven.

If anyone has one of those tapes of Rav Bloch's shmuz that was sold in Lakewood, please send it to UOJ.

Tropper knows he's being watched and has been cleverly positioning himself in response.

He has stopped using the names of several rabbonim who he wrongly claimed were backing him, including R' Reuven's brother R' Dovid Feinstein.

He has teamed up with Gateways to put on an "anti-intermarriage" event to give the appearance that he is not engaged in wholesale fraud to the contrary.

He has pulled a Moishe Sherer in rearranging his rabbinical board line up to show all kinds of figureheads from the yeshivishe oylam, the chassidishe oylam, Young Israel, Sefardim and even Lubavitch.

And in an ominous development, he has named Menachem Lubinsky his "international ambassador" and hired Yonasson Rosenblum as a lecturer.

Cash for Clunker rabbonim said...

Rav Wosner in Bnei Brak put out a letter against his own son for that eruv payoff.

Ronnie was originally offering 18 grand, then 50 grand, but because the so called Flatbush eruv is an outright fraud, he had no one signing on until he upped the ante to $100,000.

Shlomo Dreck said...

I can tell you from experience that 100 large is too much greenback to stuff into one of Ronnie Hersh's skimpy Italian handbags. Despite what I told Rabbi Kassin about counterfeit Prada, I knew I would have to use Fruit Loops cereal boxes.

French Bastard from Le Marais said...

The actual owner of Le Marais, Jose, is Portugese but learned in French schools.

Jose just got off the phone with Guma Aguiar. They were trying to figure out which buildings in Times Square would have big enough windows to toss Tropper's rather obese profile out of.

"UOJ" - "The Un-Orthodox Jew" said...

The Tropper scam must be stomped out and publicized throughout the world -- He is worse than anything the Meshichists can dream up.

And what do you know?... Two of the Moetzes Gedoiiilim are right there plugging this fraud -- polluting Judaism with incurable spiritual maladies that can never be cured, as Tropper's gentiles crawl their way into mainstream Judaism.

Where are the "Mee who Yehudaniks" now? Taking bribes and filthy money from charlatan Leib Tropper!

Troppenstein's monster said...

After Tropper was ignored by Charedi rabbonim in Western Europe, he is trying to weasel in wherever he can make a splash. In Western Europe, a large assifa of rabbonim basically said who the heck are you that we should give you any credence? Tropper's massive ego could bear no more, forcing him to flip and storm out of the ballroom.

Last month, Tropper was in Eastern Europe, Odessa Ukraine to be exact, trying to salvage for himself whatever he can of the Old Continent.

Leopold Margulies said...

Vat's dis? Ven it comes to me, UOJ vants me hoisted by my own petard.

Ober ven tze kimt tze Tropper, UOJ wants some Portugese or Brazilian shvantz to varf him aroiss fin de fenster.

Tropper is Troubled said...

Tropper can zig zag and rant all he wants, but he can't hide.

At some point if someone repeats deviant behavior it will reach critical mass and the outer facade will burst and the truth will come rushing out.

That is what is happening in Tropper's case right now. And the funny thing is, it's someone like Guma Aguiar, who had been one of Tropper's closest disciples and benefactors, who is the one piercing Tropper's bubbles big time. He knows Tropper inside out and he will not stop until he brings Tropper down.

Tropper was happy to take millions from Guma even while Guma's wife was not converted yet. Tropper was willing to take a sefer Torah and do a hachnosas sefer Torah in Monsey in full view of the world from Guma for Tropper's kol yaakov yeshiva, and even then Tropper could live with Guma and Jamie's situation.

It goes even further. Tropper actively took tens of millions from Kaplan and Guma to found EJF, even crowning both of them as the cofounders and cochairmen of EJF and having Guma write the checks for EJF from the Lillian Jean Kaplan Foundation, while he knew that Guma was with Jamie who was waiting to convert but resisted Tropper's demands.

Yet neveretheless, none of the hundreds of the rabbis at EJF events, who were summoned and bribed with free airfares and hotel lodgings and pocket money to the EJF conventions, to hear blah-blah speeches and rantings from Tropper about the need for "universal standards" conversions, meaning conversions approved and controlled by him alone, was all in fact a phony baloney scam because quite simply Tropper did not reveal that the very guy who was funding the whole darned EJF junket in the first place was the newly enlisted blind disciple of Tropper Guma, with his uncle Dr. Tom Kaplan, giving tens of millions from their blind faith in Tropper's "greatness," yet still and all behind the scenes Guma's wife Jamie, and their young kids, were not converted yet and defying Tropper's demands to convert by his newly coined slogan of "universal standards" and after a few short years of seeing Tropper's double dealings and two-facedness, Jamie and Guma had enough of Tropper and sought out Rabbi Herbert Bomzer in Brooklyn who finally performed an Orthodox conversion for Jamie. Tropper went through the roof, as did his partner R Nochum Eisenstein from Israel who is waging war on the RCA for years wanting to destroy Modern Orthodoxy and Religious Zionism be leveraging faults with conversions against the RCA and the Mizrachi type people.

Naturally Guma's defection did not sit well with Tropper because he lost not just Guma, but his potential billions, who was now going to give his millions of tzedaka and philanthropy to other groups like Chabad, Nefesh BeNefesh and March of the Living, buy an Israeli soccer tea, even to other Haredi mosdos not connected with Tropper, and just air out from Tropper's constant mania and demands for mega millions/billions and dictates befitting a Scientology mastermind and operator.

So what does Tropper do? He does not do cheshbon hanefesh and see the error of his ways, like "how I lost Guma" but rather he goes back to his mafioso style of conspiring against Guma, something he's done before big time in the case of how Tropper worked to destroy Rabbi Natan Slifkin the so called "zoo rabbi."

Now you don't have to agree with Slifkin, and you don't have to buy his books. No bais medrash is going to make his or similar books a part of their learning curriculum. But Slifkin learned in the best yeshivas and was a super teacher and kiruv rabbi at Ohr Somayach for a very long time and got results, unlike Tropper who got thrown out after a short time there. Slifkin's books were reaching out to tens of thousands of modern Jews, and it helped in the making of many BTs. Tens of thousands of potential BTs were lost to Yiddishkeit and many intellectually curious Jews were locked out of Yiddisshkeit and many probably were totally put off by the way Slifkin was shunted and made into a pariah by Tropper and a few henchmen.

Tropper is Troubled said...

Tropper has a long history of conniving and conspiring to bring down his rivals.

In the Slifkin case, to cut a long story short, there were three wicked conspiratorials, the Kalmanowitz brothers, one from Bnai Brak of all places who was going to decide how to do kiruv with modern secular Jews, and the two "Leibs" Tropper and Pinter. They went to the gedolim and uttered falsehoods about Slifkin's writings. Tropper lied that he lost a student to "YU" of all places because he read a Slifkin book, that was proven to be a manufactured tale, and the now notorious Leib Pinter, then a big macher but now in jail in the US for mortgage fraud involving, surprise, tens of millions of dollars.

What Tropper did to Slifkin THEN, he is trying to do to Guma Aguiar NOW, to find holes in his life. In Slifkin's case it was that Slifkin's books were "no good," in Guma's case it's that Guma's wife's conversion is "no good." Tropper's never heard of a chilukei dei'os and of eilu ve'eilu divrei Elokim chayim, he's a hard core fanatic that could best any Ayatola or Imam.

Never mind that Slifkin was helping tens of thousands of people struggling with their emuna and bitachon and gave them something to chew on and even Ohr Somayach yeshiva had enough trust in him that his methods were ok and worked, unlike Tropper's that frightens the heck out of most people, and now he is trying to destroy Guma's name by saying that Jamie got a no-good conversion from Rabbi Bomzer, but seeing that that is not enough he has resorted to saying that Guma "wanted to kill him by tossing him out a windwo" and taking Guma to secular courts, in America and Israel, and even running to the State of Israel's police, hilarious that a fanatical anti-Zionist like Tropper is now calling on the Israeli police and courts to "rescue" him, from his own former talmid and benefactor yet. Can't wait till those courts get to question Tropper on his full relationship with Guma, the at least ten million he got to keep, and Guma gets to talk about his side of the story and what the complaints really are.

But Guma Aguiar is not Natan Slifkin.

While Slifkin is an intellectual and a writer who must typically depend on the good graces of others, Guma is a rough and tumble successful businessman with a thick skin equal to Tropper's huffing and puffing. Guma is not conventional and he does weird things, like blwing his shofar at events he sponsors with his millions. So be it. Better than hearing Tropper's crappy self-congratulatory speeches.

Guma Aguiar is a billionaire who is now a hero to many people in Israel who will not be amused to see that some crazed haredi rabbi who wants to annul everyone else's conversions, a hot topic in Israel, is now crying like a baby with fake crocodile tears, that he is being menaced by Guma.

Tropper has miscalculated gravely and his options have run out. So he is acting like a paranoid cornered animal and it's showing.

Ombudsman said...

True, it's very bad that Tropper is sneaking goyim in through the back door.

But what about all the emessdik gerim that he is delegitimatizing because the beis din that was megayer them won't sign that Tropper can hijack all gerus in the world?

Quote of the month said...

"Guma is not conventional and he does weird things, like blwing his shofar at events he sponsors with his millions. So be it. Better than hearing Tropper's crappy self-congratulatory speeches."

Archie Bunker said...

I believe it was Tzemach Atlas who was thrown out of Tropper's junket in Boston when he showed up to observe.

The Tropper Politburo will have nothing of reporting that they do not control and spoon feed to the media.

Several rabbonim from R' Hershel Schechter to ultra-Charedi came to the conclusion after that event that they'd better stay as far as they can away from Tropper. The Eidah Charedis even issued an issur to cooperate with Tropper and his Eternal Jewish Fraud.

Universal Standard said...

Tropper is unbelievable.

This is like if Weissmandel all of sudden decides that nothing is kosher unless he is giving his joke hashgocho and getting paid for it.

Alter said...

The only people who never fell for Tropper and his charades were the long time Monsey crowd who knew what Kol Yaakov was founded on. It was founded on lies that Rav Yaakov Kaminetzky zt"l fully supported his approach to kiruv. Rav Yaakov famously retorted, "Lo Dubim V'Lo Yar, Sheker Anah L'Achiv, Er Iz A Charlatan". It was also founded with "blood money" by a very infamous neighbor on West Maple Avenue in Monsey. This is why ruba d'ruba of Monsey is not goires Tropper and all the monnikers he goes by.

Anonymous said...

The allegedly who alleges Reb Reuven Feinstein received $3 million dollars, is he also alleging that Rav Feinstein kept the $3 million for himself? And does he say anything why Rav Feinstein thought $3 million tzedakah money was his for the taking?

Tropper is Troubled said...

Tropper is one grand opportunist.

Many rabbis who knew nothing about this new "return to Judaism" movement have entered into the world of kiruv rechokim, some were even born into it, but few have appeared on the kiruv scene from the "frum from birth" (FFB) world and latched on to the opportunities for fame and glory, and let's not forget riches, like Tropper has.

Here is a key point that Tropper, like many FFBs and their rabbis don't get: Just because you are an FFB or went to yeshiva or just because you know a couple of mesechtas or because someone called you an "illui" does not mean that you are somehow or other an "expert" in kiruv, or anything for that matter.

On the contrary, as an FFB or FFB rabbi you may be the worst and last person to get involved in kiruv. The honest ones have honest questions and admit they don't have a clue and are willing to learn. But it's not simple.

Would any sane person claim that just because you spent your life in yeshiva you are automatically a good darshan, or poiseik, or dayan, or mashgiach, or teacher, or shochet or badchen even? Obviously not, so why would anyone think that they are God's gift to the Jews to save them just because they keep a couple of guys spellbound with long tales from the Talmud?

Tropper is just such a guy, there are others, but he has gone the furthest and caused the most harm, that have come out of this misguided "I am a kiruv expert because I know Shas etc" syndrome.

Few have reached the heights, or is it depths, of coming from the humble Lower East Side, at least that's what his inflated Wikipedia biography states, and risen to the heights of having blind disciples who are billionaires let you rule them and have them fork over much more than ten million measly dollars. Tropper's hunger for money and power knows no limits.

Steve Riskin is a BT who rose up the ladder. So is Ephy Buchwald of NJOP, successful kiruv leaders who start out as BTs in their early youth and work their way up to become leaders of a movement. They know the peoeple because they have been with them and came from the trenches. The Lubavitchers all come from the strength of their Rebbe, who trained and guided them. A Chabad shaliach does not speak for himself as such, he is from the Chabad of the Seven Rebbes, the shluchim on their own did not invent anything, they carried out a mandate and they have a great seven generation mesora with a vast Chasidic literature to push and build on. You don't have to agree with them and you don't have to follow them, but they are genuine, they have the Tanya and the Shulchan Oruch HaRav, the bedrocks of ALL Chasidism, and they were the first to do real kiruv to secular college students starting in the 1960s, and many have tried to jump on the bandwagon since then. Yes, some of them have gone overboard since the last Rebbe died, but the broader movement continues.

Tropper is Troubled said...

So here is Tropper, sometime in the very early 1970s fresh out of R Pinchas Schenberg's schol for "saving the Jews" and he goes as a teacher to Ohr Somayach Israel in its first years.

Yes, he has charisma and knows how to magnetically attract guys, and girls it turns out, and ram through his points willy nilly. But guess what? The leadership of Ohr Somayach, including its then cofounder Noach Weinberg at that time, toss Tropper out on his head. Why? His style is too overbearing. He wants to dominate. He does not seek dialogue he wants to dictate, make the guys yevish overnight, break them not work with them, all brimstone and fire, all "leshem shomayim" of course, but it rubs the Ohr Somayach leadership the wrong way, and who knows what else happened because Tropper never had a happy first marriage and was always seeking thrills in dark corners as many know, and after sending him away to try set up a new branch in Yonkers, New York, it totally bombs. Tropper and Ohr Somayach go their separate ways.

Naturally Tropper does not give up and seeks out Monsey, to stake out a new BT yeshiva that he names kol yaakov claiming it was for and approved by none other than Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky z"l. At the same time Ohr Somayach hands over a franchise to a group from Monsey, savvy businessmen headed by two Yisroels, Yisroel Rokowsky and Yisroel S. Schorr, who disdain and keep far away from Tropper and his band, and with a pragmatic attitude that encourages students to earn a livelihood, be "earner-learners" as they are aclled, and not "learn forever" in kollel. They have long beaten Tropper on his home territory at his own game, they have hundreds of students as they keep on expanding, while Tropper always struggles to have a minyan of steady ones in Monsey who stick it out who are normal people.

The point of all this is that Tropper got the wrong kind of career counseling, if any at all. He should have been a venture capitalist, a manager of a business where cut-throat is king, where underhandedness and deception is the way to make headway, where a pokerplayer and KGB mentality will help win the business game. And that indeed is where almost all FFB ambitious types land up if they are not professionals and why some land up in jail too, but not Tropper. He droppped himself into the world of kiruv with the above sinister skill set with very unhappy results for him on many levels.

Sure he has an alumni organaization, perhaps a hundred or two from three decades of his work, not bad, but you know, the Moonies and the Scientologists also have many thousands more but it does not make their methods worthy of imitating in any way whatsoever.

Tropper is Troubled said...

Tropper's control-freak nature, wanting to know about the private lives and sex habits of his students is notorious.

He is prurient because it's who he is. He will stand up and scream against anyone who insults his distant cousin the singing rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. He has no fear, like the Kabbalah Centre people, of breaking up matches and marriages if one of the mates questions his way and the other mate brings it to his ears, what results is the sudden termination of the relationship and Tropper commands his underlings to engage, marry or divorce according to his whims, like a crazed potentate. If this sound harsh, it is.

This is not the type of man who should be in charge of nurturing BTs to normalcy, something he knows nothing about, and why he has ultimately failed because the human spirit, especially of BTs reared in the Western traditions of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, fair-mindedness, open-inquiery, a sense of fair play and justice, that anyone who has played sports knows, unlike most Charedi FFBs who hate sports and condemn it as Hellenist and thereby never learn the lessons of team work fair play and good sportsmanship, Tropper is virulently anti-secular and vehemently against students going to college or even finishing degrees. He tells them it's all "treif" and useless.

Many have reported that because of this Tropper also shares in the downfall of his students, like one who was attending medical school, but was persuaded by Tropper to drop out. Not being able to handle the stresses of Tropper's BT brainwashing it contributed to a psychotic breakdown. The poor guy then moved to Boro Oark and in one of his psychotic frenzies was gunned down and killed by NYC cops. His name is Gidon Busch, and many hold Tropper responsible and has Gidon's blood on his hands that Gidon's downfall and lack of proper guidance led to such a catastrophe.

These kind of incidents should never happen. If a secular kid is in medical school already, you can't just yank him out of it like you were Attila the Hun riding roughshod over your enemy and rip him up and make him into a "24 hour yeshivisha wonder" something that Tropper does not grasp. Like many FFB's he has no tolerance for the culture gap, does not respect the other side, wants quick and fast solutions, as if problems that took at least 500 years in the making can be solved by one class from a spell-binding orator like Tropper.

These are just some of the many developments blunders and mistakes Tropper made in his years as a kiruv rabbi, when his old employers outdid him yet again when they sold the rights of their yeshiva's name to Ohr Somayach Monsey that has created a huge campus with hundreds of students in 20 years making it the largest and most successful BT yeshiva in America and perahsp in the all time history of the USA, outdoing even the famous Shor Yashuv yeshiva of R hlomo Freifeld who didn't deal with BTs only but with many questioning kids from FFB homes while Tropper who's there 30 years has remained a small-time operator with hoodlum image and very unpopular in his kol yaakov place place that never grows or goes anywhere, no matter how many years its aroiund and how much moinye billionaires pump into it, it is just a mysterious black sink hole from which neither the befits of money "nvesteted" in it nor normal students emerge almost ever and with few exceptions. It has been kiruv market forces that have thrown Tropper and his kol yaakov yeshiva by the wayside.

Tropper is Troubled said...

But Tropper never gives in, even if he's headed for a cliff.

He goes on to prospect in newer broader fields where he cannot be hemmed in or watched and guarded and put under proverbial virtual communal lock and key as he was in Monsey, when he then latches on to the potential of new markets of intermarried and interfaith couples that he decides will be his new clients and disciples and targets them worlwide as he launched the now heavily tarnished and highly questionabale EJF effort to "convert the world" to Tropper's approved conversions controlled as dicated by his "approved" list of batei din many of which take bribes and payments to be on his team. Oh they don't call them that, it's just tzedaka or hachzokas Torah or whatever name they call it.

The EJF plot for dominating conversions is just another piece of sicko megalomania that was bound to fail to the eyes of any normal sane person, that's why he was condemned by both the Modern Ordothox rabbinate and by the Haredi dayanim of the Eidah Hachareidis, a major "accomplishment" and nothing to be proud of, but then again again, Tropper is defiant by nature and therefore defies those descriptions and besides that's where he finally got to grab big bucks from Tom Kaplan and Guma Aguiar who came along like two little shepsalach ready to be shechted and fleeced like Little Red Riding Hoods into the arms of the the big bad wolf who knew exactly how he was going to rape their minds and rob them of their money. He screwed Natan Slifkin and now see how he is trying to screw with Guma Aguiar, but Guma is not "virginal" and knows how to play hardball, after all Guma loves soccer and just saved an Israeli soccer team from extinction by buying it as a personal trophy for himself. Tropper's scalp must be sweating buckets. A very dark tale.

Avi L. Shafran said...

I'm very upset at this fellow writing the exposes on Tropper.

You see, I am a shpitz cool guy who always mentions popular movies and TV shows in my newspaper essays. I was going to mention Mad Men but this guy beat me to the punch (no pun intended).

http://www.amctv.com/originals/madmen/cast/

John Hamm from Mad Men's hat is not old & dusty like Rorschach's from Watchmen but he's fort a feste guy. And the musser haskel is that Bais Yaakov maydelach should not be working at Madison Ave ad firms. Zet men fun January Jones and the other prutzos on Mad Men.

YTT misnaged said...

And Hippopotamus Margo is thought to have slapped more boys than any other animal posing as a rosh yeshiva.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/11/world/americas/11hippo.html

After all, hippos, despite their docile appearance, are thought to kill more people in Africa than any other large animal.

Shea Fishman said...

Vechol Yisroel yivku ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/11/business/media/11batten.html

Frank Batten Sr., Media Executive and Founder of Weather Channel, Dies at 82

Chicago putz said...

http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/1763697,republic-wondows-richard-gillman-091009.article

Richard Gillman, the former CEO of the shuttered Republic Windows & Doors, was ordered held in lieu of $10 million bail this afternoon for engaging in a scheme to bankrupt his own company, leaving 200 employees without jobs or severance.

Son of Boog said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/11/us/politics/11wilson.html

Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina was sharply criticized by both Democrats and his fellow Republicans for shouting “You lie!” during President Obama’s health care address on Wednesday. But here in his Congressional district on Thursday, he was celebrated by many of his constituents for his outburst.

“Yeah, it was rude, but somebody needed to say it,” said Susan Wahl, 41, a homemaker in this town of 800 outside Columbia. “Ordinary people can’t just get up and tell Obama he lied. He said something we all wanted to say.”

In a state famous for both its gentility and its rebelliousness, Mr. Wilson earned praise from voters who admired his message, if not his delivery.

“I kind of want to defend Representative Wilson,” said Mendel Lindler, 63, an insurance salesman in Lexington, a Columbia suburb. “The president has been trying to shove something down our throats, and Representative Wilson said, ‘Hold on here.’ ”

Mr. Wilson yelled the comment when Mr. Obama said that his health care overhaul would not extend benefits to illegal immigrants.

Some figures on the right, including the broadcaster Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin, a blogger, said Mr. Wilson, who was previously known mainly for backing the Iraq war, had nothing to apologize for and should instead be hailed for his willingness to challenge Mr. Obama on the particulars of his plan.

Some Republicans noted that President George W. Bush drew derisive hoots from Democrats when he made his case for Social Security changes during his 2005 State of the Union address. But Mr. Wilson’s Republican colleagues overwhelmingly took the position that he had exceeded the bounds of Congressional decorum and that he took the right step by quickly admitting it.

He has been known to lose his temper. In a 2002 debate on C-Span about the Iraq war, Mr. Wilson became furious at Representative Bob Filner, Democrat of California, who said the United States had given chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein. According to news reports at the time, Mr. Wilson repeatedly accused Mr. Filner of being consumed by “hatred of America,” and said he was “viscerally anti-American.”

Besieged by reporters Thursday, Mr. Wilson said his heckling had been driven by his desire to prevent illegal immigrants from getting government-provided health care and that he had just blurted it out.

“It was spontaneous,” said Mr. Wilson, who said he apologized to the White House on Wednesday night at the urging of his party’s leadership.

Aides to Mr. Wilson said his office on Capitol Hill received what may have been thousands of telephone calls on Thursday, which they estimated were supportive of the congressman by a margin of three to one.

“Give Obama hell,” said Bob Allen, 52, a construction worker in Columbia. “I’m proud of my congressman.”

Marie Briggs, 77, a retiree from Sumter, which is in a different district, said, “I guess you would say it was a mite disrespectful, but I say, ‘All the way.’ ”

Mr. Wilson hit a nerve on the issue of illegal immigration. Even South Carolina supporters of a health care overhaul expressed concern about extending coverage to illegal immigrants. Ms. Wahl accused Latino newcomers of worsening crime in Swansea.

“And now they want health care,” she said.

Son of Boog said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/11/us/11vitter.html

It is difficult to overstate President Obama’s unpopularity in most of Louisiana. He lost handily to Senator John McCain here, picking up only 14 percent of the white vote (the state is roughly two-thirds white). His health care plan is unpopular. His cap-and-trade plan to reduce greenhouse gases, in a state so dependent on oil and gas, is anathema.

In fact, in the South, which largely voted against Mr. Obama, the anger at his policies has been palpable, as shown by Wednesday outburst of a South Carolina Republican congressman, Joe Wilson, during Mr. Obama’s address to Congress.

Though nearly 22 percent of the state’s adult residents have no health insurance — one of the highest rates in the nation — pollsters and political experts say voters in the state are overwhelmingly against Mr. Obama’s health care proposals.

Shlomo Isaacson said...

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20090910_30_months_for_bribing_Phila__Council_aide.html

One of the most prolific commercial landlords in Northeast Philadelphia was sentenced yesterday to 30 months in prison for bribing a City Council aide to help fulfill his development ambitions in Center City.

Ravinder Chawla also was fined $25,000 for his conviction in February of conspiracy to corrupt ex-Council aide Christopher Wright.

Andrew Teitelman, lawyer to the Chawlas' companies, was also convicted. His sentencing, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed until October.

Six witnesses offered glowing testimony of Chawla's character.

Rabbi Solomon Isaacson said Chawla not only had contributed money to his soup kitchen but also worked in it.

Rubashkin fresser said...

http://theyeshivaworld.com/news/General+News/39243/Op-Ed:+What's+at+Stake+in+the+Rubashkin+Trial.html

Eckstein finally allows an anti-Rubashkin op-ed. Look at the brainwashed Yated readers attack the writer.

UOJ-endorsed said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/09/nyregion/09snyder.html?pagewanted=print

Having spent two decades as a judge and another decade or so as a prosecutor, and having written a 338-page autobiography titled “25 to Life,” Leslie Crocker Snyder is a known quantity.

In the course of her career, Ms. Snyder has left a wide universe of statements, many of them blunt, for her detractors to dissect. They have done just that, saying she lacks the temperament to be Manhattan’s chief prosecutor, the post she is now seeking.

She once told a convicted rapist and murderer that she wanted to administer a lethal injection with her own hands

Shmarya groupie said...

http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2009/09/letter-from-great-neck-why-do-media-love-jewish-scandals-456.html

If I were to engage in a business deal, and found that the potential client/partner was ultra-orthodox, I would be very very concerned that he was trying to defraud me, or was otherwise trying to cheat, chisel, or pull the wool over my eyes.

Posted by: WoolSilkCotton | September 10, 2009 at 01:49 PM

The vast, vast majority of non-black hatted Jews are decent, wonderful, generous people. An unusually large fraction of the black hat crowd are sleaze bags.

When I see a black hat coming, I count the silverware before and after.

Posted by: WoolSilkCotton | September 10, 2009 at 07:24 PM

I assume with the "black hats" come the "big noses" as well.

Posted by: harold | September 10, 2009 at 08:36 PM

Jack Bauer said...

Leib Tropper has been destroying Jewish families for years, for example he was the one who messed up promising Medical Student by the name of Gideon Busch A'H. He prohibits his students from seeing their parents if the parents to not become observant. A talmid decided to marry someone Tropper did agree so Tropper called the the student father in law and told im that the student is a thief and probably not Jewish. He found out where the student works and tried to get him fired.

He told a BT to leave his wife and two children without child support and go to Israel to earn in a yeshiva because the wife did not follow Tropper commands. He revoked conversion of woman who sometime did not cover her hair and threatened to do so to another woman who wanted to go to Touro nursing program (an Orthodox school), the list goes on and on.

If Guma is able to stop Tropper and his payola rabbis from inflicting more pain on klal israel he will have a seat in Gan Eeiden all the way up there.

Mad Men said...

Guma on Tropper is like when John Hamm sucker punched that annoying character with the ugly face and buzz cut.

Ombudsman said...

Look pal, I appreciate your efforts to expose Tropper's evils but don't get carried away with Riskin, Buchwald and Chabad.

Riskin arguably cannot even be defined as modern orthodox. Buchwald possibly just makes it as modern orthodox but does not listen to gedolim, from Bnei Brak or YU, when taking courses of action that are gravely in error.

And while Tanya may be a fine sefer, it is not the "BEDROCK" of chassidus.

Meforshim please said...

"Tropper never had a happy first marriage and was always seeking thrills in dark corners as many know"

Jonathan Rosenblum Copies UOJ said...

Shortchanging Our Children
by Jonathan Rosenblum
Mishpacha Magazine
September 4, 2009

http://www.jewishmediaresources.com/1323/shortchanging-our-children

Elul is a month devoted to deepening our connection to HaKadosh Baruch Hu. Ultimately, that process must take place on the individual level. But, as the Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Yisrael Salanter each recognized, in response to spiritual crises in their times, it also has a communal aspect.

A short book by veteran mechanech Rabbi Dovid Sapirman, A Mechanech's Guide to Why and How to Teach Emunah deals with one such contemporary communal aspect. Published by Torah Umesorah, the booklet carries the haskomos of two of North America's leading poskim, Rabbi Shlomo Eliyahu Miller and Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Loewy.

Rabbi Sapirman begins with a startling statement: "Emunah is not usually included in the curriculum of our educational system. Yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs rarely address the thirteen ikarim (principles of faith), and most students don't even know what they are."

These subjects are not taught, he asserts, because it is assumed, wrongly, that our children have somehow absorbed emunah by osmosis, as a consequence of being raised in "homes permeated with emunah, trained in Torah institutions, and immersed in a frum atmosphere."

The result is that our children "accept the doctrines of emunah superficially, because this is all that they know." But they have not internalized those doctrines and made them their own.

UOJ gets results said...

By STEVE THOMPSON / The Dallas Morning News
stevethompson@dallasnews.com

A new Texas law makes it a felony when a domestic batterer grabs a victim by the neck and cuts off his or her air supply.

The law, which took effect this month, raises the offense from a misdemeanor.

Lakewood talmid said...

" unlike most Charedi FFBs who hate sports and condemn it as Hellenist and thereby never learn the lessons of team work fair play and good sportsmanship"

Your comment is incorrect and offensive. The Rambam mandates exercise and this can be accomplished through sports. The Yerushalmi says that the bnei Torah of the day played a type of ball.

Most yeshivos quietly encourage some kind of sports during bain hasedorim. The Lakewood roshei yeshiva once reluctantly questioned someone organizing exclusive rentals of gyms for yeshivaleit but only because farfrumte drey kops were hacking them like nudniks. The roshei yeshiva immediately seized on the first explanation offered, that it is for gezunt, and declared the investigation closed.

Is this where Aron Tendler started working? said...

BALTIMORE — The group ACORN has fired two employees who were seen on hidden-camera video giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman who pretended to be a prostitute.

Fox News Channel broadcast excerpts from the video Thursday. On the video, a man and woman visiting ACORN's Baltimore office asked about buying a house and how to account on tax forms for the woman's income. An ACORN employee advised the woman to list her occupation as "performance artist."

The pair also claimed they planned to employ teenage girls from central America as prostitutes, and an ACORN employee suggested that up to three of the girls could be claimed as dependents, according to transcripts of the video posted online by conservative activist James O'Keefe.

O'Keefe told Fox he posed as the pimp and that he was shocked by the ACORN employees' helpfulness.

In a statement, ACORN Maryland board member Margaret Williams said the video was an attempt to smear ACORN

Shmarya groupie said...

Ombudsman, what's wrong with you? Don't you know that the Tanya is racist?

The Alter Rebbe was certainly already dreaming how Lubavitch would do little to help Falashas hundreds of years in the future!

Monsey said...

http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090910/NEWS03/909100358&template=printart

The pervert on Nissan Ct arrested for flashing children is named Albert Ash.

Israel Belsky SHLITA said...

Is that Mad Men or Made Men, like when you get inducted into the mafia?

A few facts said...

Someone posted that article about Gary Moskowitz and his Mishpat Tzedek initiative to have gun toting security in shuls with a claim of the imprimatur of UOJ.

Moskowitz says he has semicha from Yaakov Spivak's yeshiva in Monsey. Spivak is the absent minded rav hamachshir who certifies goyim open on Shabbos who he doesn't bother to check up on. Some of the hanahala at that yeshiva are corrupt or eccentric.

Moskowitz was kicked out of the NYPD in the 1990s and seems to consider himself "Conservadox". He was kicked out of the Conservative temple in Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island and went on to lead a splinter temple there aimed at "unaffiliateds and converts". That obviously didn't work out too well and he currently resides in Queens where he is trying to reinvent himself.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Lakewood talmid. Even Riverdale, known as River-jail, because they are so metzumtzem and restrictive, encourages sports. A real frumma guy once farherred there but didn't want to go because he was insulted. The hanhola member sitting next to Avremel Ausband took a look up & down at him and made a snide comment while pointing out the window to bochurim playing ball. He said, you know, we are normal in this yeshiva, like playing ball and stuff like that. They evidently felt the bochur was too farfrumt for them although they could have been more diplomatic about it.

Crown Heights said...

http://chabad.info/index.php?url=article_en&id=15833

The Rubashkins backed to Osdabas to throw Rav Schwei (R' Elya Svei's first cousin) out of the beis din. The Osdabas refused for a long time to go to a din Torah. Why are they suddenly relenting? Because the Rubashkins have no more money to support the avlah? Rav Schwei is of course also related to Pinny Lipschutz who has been defending the Rubashkins like a headless chicken.

Leib Tropper said...

It's a good thing that Gary Moskowitz flopped out in the North Fork. Doesn't he know that I've got the market cornered on unaffiliated Jews and the so-called converts they marry? Only someone with an impressive resume and pedigree like your's truly could pull that off.

ME ME ME ME!!!!

What a joke said...

Some of the hanhala at Spivak's Ayshel Avraham yeshiva in Monsey:

Yaakov Klass of the Jewish Press

Hershel Kurzrock from Mendel Epstein's racket

Moishe Rubashkin's shlock shamess Osdaba from Crown Hts

Dov Hikind said...

UOJ is probably what me and the Satmar whores have up our sleeves in misrepresenting the truth to support Brad Lander.

http://www.yournabe.com/articles/2009/09/03/brooklyn/brooklynntchfjg09032009.txt

Der Blatt, which is printed in Yiddish by the Satmar Hasidim, came out with an article last Friday encouraging readers to vote for Lander, who they said “strongly opposes various types of abominations and immoral laws.”

The article was aimed directly at Orthodox readers, who equate “abominations” with homosexuals.

Eyebrows were raised almost immediately, especially since Lander has repeatedly said that he is for gay rights and gay marriage.

But the article didn’t just talk about Lander’s opposition to abominations. It also goes on to say that “it would be a desecration in the name of God to support the other candidates who support laws permitting abominations and who do not at all address the problems we are concerned about even if such candidates happen to be Jewish themselves” -- a swipe at Lander’s Jewish opponents in the race.

Archie Bunker said...

Gary Moskowitz may not be the right guy for the job but the concept of guns in shuls is really giving Liberals nervous twitches.

Some blowhard from a big secular organization is going beserk in an interview with the Forward. He's using similar talking points that the radical Left uses against gun rights advocates.

Meir Kahane said...

Every Jew a .22

Andy Statman said...

http://www.mandolincafe.com/news/publish/mandolins_001112.shtml

Let me know when we start playing the blues for Tropper.

Shea Fishman said...

Man, I thought I was old before I turned 50!

World's oldest person dies at 115

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎

The oldest person in the world has died in Los Angeles at the age of 115 of suspected heart failure. Gertrude Baines, born 6 April 1894, had held the title since January, when a Portuguese woman, Maria de Jesus, died, also at the age of 115

Shmarya gets results said...

Man Killed Over Anti-Abortion Stance

New York Times - Emma Graves Fitzsimmons - ‎15 minutes ago‎

A man who had long been vocal in his opposition to abortion was shot to death Friday morning while staging an anti-abortion protest outside a Michigan high school

Hamodia bloopers said...

They're very careful to ignore anyone that doesn't have their kind of hashkofos, so how did they give prominence to Topolofsky last week who is completely outside the bounds of halacha?

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/08/31/1007562/unusual-reform-orthodox-partnership-born-of-katrina-blossoms

Soon after Congregation Beth Israel, a Modern Orthodox synagogue, was inundated by 10 feet of floodwaters in August 2005, the Reform temple Gates of Prayer offered a temporary home. Since then, Beth Israel has held services each week in the Reform chapel and leased office space at the temple.

At a ceremony last week commemorating Katrina’s fourth anniversary, Rabbi Robert Loewy of Gates of Prayer said he knew from the day he met Beth Israel Rabbi Uri Topolosky that the offer of hospitality soon would transcend mere neighborliness.

They had been introduced the Friday night that Topolosky came to town from his synagogue in Riverdale, N.Y., to interview for the position in New Orleans.

“After leading Beth Israel’s services in the chapel, Rabbi Uri walked through the building to our sanctuary, where our Shabbat services were just beginning, and he sat down in one of our pews,” Loewy recalled. “When I heard him singing along to the Reform tunes of the service, I knew he would become a partner. And even though I had driven my car to the synagogue that night, I walked him home.”

A graduate of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, a Modern Orthodox rabbinical seminary whose mantra is openness, Topolosky said he was drawn to New Orleans by the prospect of cooperation with Gates of Prayer and, beyond that, with the entire New Orleans Jewish community.

Now the two rabbis set aside time each Friday morning to study together, bounce sermon ideas off each other, discuss how to advance the process of synagogue cooperation and “solve the world’s problems,” they said.

During the High Holidays, when the Gates of Prayer sanctuary expands into the social hall adjacent to the chapel where Beth Israel worships, the singing of the female cantor wafts in.

No wonder Kolko moved to NJ said...

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/article_01c172b6-9d7d-11de-bc79-001cc4c03286.html

An alleged sexual incident involving on-duty firefighters and young women inside an Atlantic City firehouse may have been "morally repugnant," but it wasn't criminal, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced Wednesday.

Two 16-year-olds and a 19-year-old were at Fire Station 2 on May 16, when one of the firefighters had the teens touch his genital, then sexually gratified himself in front of them, according to tort claims filed on behalf of the three females, indicating they plan to sue over the incident. They allege at least four other firefighters were there at the time.

The local chapter of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network has held rallies outside the firehouse on Indiana and Baltic avenues calling for criminal charges and an outside investigation by the state and U.S. attorneys general.

But, in a letter sent to city police Chief John Mooney on Wednesday, the prosecutor said an investigation by his office found no cause to bring the matter before a grand jury for indictment.
There was no evidence that the teens were forced to do anything, Housel said. And all were at least 16, which is the age of consent in New Jersey as long as there is not a supervisory relationship between the two parties.

Official misconduct charges were also ruled out, because the sexual conduct did not take place in the performance of the firefighters' duties, the prosecutor wrote in the letter he also released to the media.

Congressman Liu imitates UOJ said...

http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/09/03/Fired_DJ_Loses_Claim_Against_Clear_Channel.htm

A federal judge in Manhattan threw out a lawsuit against Clear Channel brought by a New York DJ who was fired for his on-air comments suggesting that he wanted to perform lewd sex acts on a rival DJ's 4-year-old daughter.

DJ Star, whose real name is Troi Torain, also offered $500 to any listener who could tell him where the daughter of Raashaun Casey, also known as DJ Envy, went to school.

The remarks led to Torain's arrest on charges of child endangerment. They were later dropped.
Power 105 fired Torain after the incident, citing six separate violations of his employment contract.

U.S. District Judge Peter K. Leisure ruled that Clear Channel "did not breach the employment agreement" when it took the shock jock off the air.

Torain hosted the nationally syndicated morning show "Star & Buc Wild" with his stepbrother. He had a running on-air feud with Hot 97's DJ Envy, whose show ran opposite Torain's. "Star & Buc Wild" aired on New York's Hot 97 for three years before Torain inked a lucrative deal with Clear Channel in 2004.

In May 2006, Torain called Casey's half-Asian wife a "slant-eyed whore" and a "lo-mein eater" on the air. He continued to taunt his rival by threatening to track down his child and engage in sexual relations with her.

"If you didn't hear me, I said I would like to do an R. Kelly on your seed. On your little baby girl," Torain said, referring to the R&B singer who was acquitted on charges of sex with a minor.

He claimed the comments were retaliation for on-air remarks Casey made about his mother.

The crude diatribe prompted New York Congressman John Liu to brand Torain a "sick, racist pedophile," saying he should be "terminated from the face of the earth." Torain's lawsuit for defamation against the congressman was also dismissed.

Torain currently hosts a daily entertainment show on VladTV.com.

Bim Bam identity said...

http://rawstory.com/blog/2009/09/white-house-aide-purportedly-calls-wilson-pimple-on-the-ass-of-progress/

Former Newsweek correspondent and now pundit-cum-lobbyist Richard Wolffe, who penned a recent book about President Barack Obama, quotes an alleged senior White House aide in a blog posting Friday in which the aide says that Obama heckler Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) is a "pimple on the ass of progress."

UOJ needs more results said...

http://www.nj.com/parenting/amber_watsontardiff/index.ssf/2009/09/sex_offender_registry_still_he.html

The Wall-Street Journal, New York Times and ABC reporter Jon Stossell all ran stories this week on the flaws of the National Sex Offender Registry, also known as the Family Watchdog site. All of them cited its failure to give adequate attention to the most dangerous offenders on the list.

Anonymous said...

Hamodia bloopers, it's the same thing with the 5 Towns Jewish Times. They are promoting that "Conservadox" weirdo Gary Moskowitz because showing some so called rabbi putz brandishing a pistol in shul on the front page increases circulation. At the same time, they stifle criticism of Rubashkin because Agri was placing paid ads.

Yudi Kolko said...

This is a shvera sugya. Being that I am a leading expert in this inyan, I am volunteering to help them determine this

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/09/11/sports/AP-ATH-Semenya-Gender-Test.html

Runner Reported to Have Internal Male Sex Organs

Same guys that set yeshiva tuition rates? said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/12/business/global/12ikea.html

Weeks before the opening of its flagship store outside Moscow in 2000, Ikea was approached by employees of a local utility company. If the Swedish retailer wanted to have electricity for its grand opening, it had to pay a bribe.

Instead, Ikea rented diesel generators large enough to power a shopping mall. The generators roared to life in a loud rebuke to the corrupt executives who thought they had the retailer cornered, and soon the utility turned on the power.

As Ikea opened stores across Russia, and became one of the most outspoken Western corporate critics of Russian corruption, renting generators to thwart extortion from power companies became standard practice. Ikea executives took great pride in their creative solution — renting generators “instead of putting ourselves into a squeeze,” as Christer Thordson, an Ikea board member and global director of legal affairs, put it in an interview.

But Russian graft may have proved more stubborn than Ikea.

The board of Ikea’s operating company, which is based in the Netherlands, has concluded that the Russian executive hired to manage the generators was taking kickbacks from the rental company to substantially inflate the price of the service. Ikea said that such a fraud could cost it about $196 million over two years.

Ikea canceled the contract and sought redress in Russian civil court. But in rulings over the last two weeks, Ikea has lost another 5 million euros in damages that the judges awarded the generator rental company for breach of contract.

Ikea disclosed the details of its loss to The New York Times last month, saying that it hoped publicity might compel the Russian authorities to investigate.

“We have encountered something here that is outside the scope of what we normally encounter,” Mr. Thordson said, describing the global retailer’s situation in Russia. “I have never experienced anything like this.”

Transparency International, an anti-corruption group, ranked Russia 147th out of 180 countries — a tie with Bangladesh and Kenya — on clean government and business, based on a global surveys of business executives.

Pesach hotel fresser said...

They should place ambulances outside Chevra Chazerim and other hotels for the people who keel over from gorging themselves with too much food!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/12/business/global/12ikea.html

Ikea’s stores here are wildly popular. So many Russians show up for store openings that Ikea has hired ambulances to be on hand in case of accidents.

Vote Early & Vote Often said...

Please help honor our Rabbi who has helped rebuild our lives and so many others. He is loud and proud in his support and advocacy for abused kids and the disabled. Anyone who can't protect themselves he lends a hand to and rebuilds them.

Rabbi Finkel and his family should have the best of health, wealth, nachas, and happiness in the coming year and forever. Amen!

Monsey Observer said...

While it was mentioned that Tropper was mesarev get ti his first wife while dating his second wife it should also mentioned that he beat both of them up.

People see sometime his current wife Liba walkking with bruises on her face. He got two daughters Rina and Gila which he probably beat them up as well if not something worst.

TropWatch said...

Check out this document for details of how Tropper, Eisenstein and the EJF are trying to get rid of converts and dayyonim who aren't Deep Chareidi:
http://www.zootorah.com/controversy/ejf.pdf

Boruch said...

Tis quite interesting that those backing the new America, a reconstituted version of European socialism, are aghast that a member of the legislature would challenge, publicly, a statement of the President. Fist fights occur with regularity in parliaments and in England and France, heckling is a sport of parliament, complete with medalists. An absurdity for anyone to comment against Joe Wilson when Joe has obviously adopted the President's agenda.

UOJ GETS RESULTS! said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/us/politics/13protestweb.html

WASHINGTON — A sea of protesters filled the west lawn of the Capitol and spilled onto the National Mall on Saturday in the largest rally against President Obama since he took office, a culmination of a summer-long season of protests that began with opposition to a health care overhaul and grew into a broader dissatisfaction with government.

On a cloudy and cool day, the demonstrators came from all corners of the country, waving American flags and handwritten signs explaining the root of their frustrations. Their anger stretched well beyond the health care legislation moving through Congress, with shouts of support for gun rights, lower taxes and a smaller government.

But as they sang verse after verse of patriotic hymns like “God Bless America,” sharp words of profane and political criticism were aimed at Mr. Obama and Congress.

Dick Armey, a former House Republican leader whose group Freedomworks helped organize the protest, stood before the crowd and led the rallying cries in nearly the same spot where Mr. Obama took his oath of office eight months ago.

“He pledged a commitment of fidelity to the United States Constitution,” Mr. Armey said, suggesting that Mr. Obama was in violation of what the founding fathers intended the size and scope of the government to be.

“Liar! Liar! Liar! Liar!” the crowd shouted back, echoing the accusation that Representative Joe Wilson, Republican of South Carolina, hurled at the president three days earlier during his address to Congress.

The demonstrators numbered well into the tens of thousands, though the police declined to estimate the size of the crowd. Many came on their own and were not part of an organization or group. But the magnitude of the rally took the authorities by surprise, with throngs of people streaming from the White House to Capitol Hill for more than three hours.

The atmosphere was rowdy at times, with signs and images casting Mr. Obama in a demeaning light. One sign called him the “parasite in chief.” Others likened him to Hitler. Several people held up preprinted signs saying, “Bury Obama Care with Kennedy,” a reference to the Massachusetts senator whose body passed by the Capitol two weeks earlier to be memorialized.

Other signs did not focus on Mr. Obama, but rather on the government at large, promoting gun rights, tallying the national deficit and deploring illegal immigrants living in the United States.

Still, many demonstrators expressed their views without a hint of rage. They said the size of the crowd illustrated that their views were shared by a broader audience.

“I want Congress to be afraid,” said Keldon Clapp, 45, an unemployed marketing representative who recently moved to Tennessee from Connecticut after losing his job. “Like everyone else here, I want them to know that we’re watching what they’re doing. And they do work for us.”

“This is not some kind of radical right-wing group,” Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, said in an interview as dozens of people streamed by him. “I just hope the Congress, the Senate and the president recognize that people are afraid of what’s going on.”

Margo's vekker said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/nyregion/13drummer.html

I can't believe the chutzpah of this Pakki coming to Ave J.

Young Israel of Las Vegas said...

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/278985

Rabbi Yitzchok Wynne has no business showing up at Harry Reid's propaganda circus and saying that not going along with Obama's Marxist healthcare is transgressing lo saamod al dam reyecha.

Obama will ration care for seniors.

Ever heard of lo sirtzach, Rabbi Wynne?

Israel Belsky SHLITA said...

Mistam, there's wasn't enough room in his mattress.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/11/albert_gonzalez_enters_plea/

International hacker buried $1m in backyard

steve said...

Culture clash: Secular law and the Torah: Orthodox community deals with sex abuse


http://www.app.com/article/20090912/NEWS/909120323/-1/FRONTTABS01/Culture+clash++Secular+law+and+the+Torah++Orthodox+community+deals+with+sex+abuse

Bim Bam identity said...

http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline='You+lie!'+Yes,+he+does&articleId=aa2e5b88-3b6d-47c0-a2ee-31dbcf7287c4

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., rudely shouted "You lie!" when President Obama said Wednesday night that his health reform plan wouldn't subsidize coverage for illegal immigrants. Alas, Wilson shouted at the wrong moment. Obama was right about that. He just lied about a bunch of other stuff.

"Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have," the President said. Unless you have Medicare Advantage. The President will eliminate that program.

Furthermore, the Congressional Budget Office has concluded that the proposed reforms will cause millions of Americans to lose the coverage they now have. It won't be "required," but it will happen because Obama's mandates will cause insurers to make wholesale changes to the policies now offered.

The President said that "preventive care ... saves money." The Congressional Budget Office reported this summer that forcing insurers to cover preventive care would cost much more than it saves.

Last year, Obama pledged not to raise taxes of any kind on anyone earning less than $200,000 a year. He also opposed mandating that everyone buy health insurance. Wednesday night, he demanded that mandate, which will effectively tax all who don't qualify for a subsidy.

Yes, President Obama lies.

Belsky in China said...

Not just on OU business?

http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/world/int_ap_beijing_milk_victims_complain_of_intimidation_2009031711192260592

Milk victims complain of intimidation

Are officials urging families to drop lawsuits?

By ANITA CHANG, Associated Press Writer

BEIJING (AP) - Families whose children fell ill from tainted milk have come under pressure to drop compensation lawsuits, victims' advocates said Tuesday, showing the government's lingering uneasiness over one of China's worst contamination scandals.

Local officials were calling and visiting at least a half-dozen families, urging them to drop their cases against the dairies

the Monsey Tzadik said...

Tropper tells everybody that rav Yaakov Kamenetsky. ZT'L told him to open his yeshiva. My father is talmid of rav Yaakov and I can tell you it is sheker vekazav. Rav Yaakov would nothing to do with menuval like Tropper.

Corzine resign! said...

VICTOR EPSTEIN and ANGELA DELLI SANTI
The Associated Press

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Mayor Jerramiah Healy, whose administration has been tainted by a federal corruption sting that's netted seven city employees, disclosed Friday that he's been questioned by FBI agents who have visited his vacation home and City Hall.

FBI spokesman Bryan Travers confirmed Friday that agents "went to Mr. Healy's home in Bradley Beach to interview him as part of our ongoing investigation."

Healy's comments come two days after two members of his administration pleaded guilty to charges connected to the corruption probe. Healy has acknowledged meeting twice with the cooperating witness Shlomo Dreck and former developer at the center of the sting but has repeatedly said he's done nothing wrong.

And, while Corzine has said all elected officials implicated in the federal sting should resign, Republicans have accused him of political gamesmanship for not targeting Healy in Jersey City, a city with 162,000 registered Democrats and 25,000 registered Republicans.

Corzine's office declined to comment Friday.

Moetzes Resign! said...

http://www.hedgefund.net/publicnews/default.aspx?story=10409

IG: No SEC Staff Firings Over Madoff

by Paula Schaap ,Senior Reporter, September 11, 2009

The inspector general charged with investigating how the Securities and Exchange Commission slipped up when it failed to catch Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme said no investigative staff were fired over the debacle.

David Kotz, the SEC’s inspector general, told a congressional committee Thursday, that although about 20 SEC staffers made mistakes when dealing with Madoff over several years, none had been fired from the agency for reasons related to the investigation.

That prompted Sen. Robert Menendez (D.-N.J.), to respond, “First thing you have to do is clean house where there’s a culture of incompetence.”

Whistleblower Harry Markopolos, who also testified, said that while he never saw any evidence of criminal activity at the SEC, its staff “is not capable of finding ice cream in a Dairy Queen.”

“It’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion,” Markopolos said.

Chicago putz said...

A finance executive who worked for a hedge fund that invested with Thomas Petters’ alleged asset-based lending fraud pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Howard Katz, 42, of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, pleaded guilty in federal court in Minnesota Thursday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Katz admitted that, as an accountant for hedge fund firm Lancelot Investment Management, he helped the firm make 86 fraudulent banking transactions that made it look as though Petters’ company, Petters Co. Inc. (PCI) was making timely payments on its promissory notes.

Katz, who is cooperating with the authorities, faces up to 5 years in prison.

Sir Vivor said...

Looks to me we are gonna have a gr8 year, UOJ.

(Much loving gratefulness in your help and encouraging words. UOJ, I shall not forget your kindness. May you and your loved ones have a gr8 year.)

http://www.vosizneias.com/38253/2009/09/12/lakewood-nj-secular-law-and-the-torah-an-inside-look-how-the-orthodox-community-deals-with-abuse/

"UOJ" - "The Un-Orthodox Jew" said...

Sir Vivor,

You are a yedid close to my heart, a gut gebencht yur!

Tropper is Troubled said...

Tropper crossed the line of no return when he dumped his devoted first wife.

It would be fascinating to read the court papers of their divorce. He had married the choshuve daughter of a choshuve talmid of R Aron Kotler, Rav Margolin who lived in Crown Heights, befiting someone who came from Tropper's family bacground, per his Wikipedia biography.

Until that point one could say that he was no different to hundreds or even many thousands of ex yeshiva almni that were trying to make it in one or all of noble Torah professions like chinuch, kiruv or the rabbonus meaning education, outreach, rabbinate, who were not to be blamed for many of their mistakes and blunders.

After all, Haredi yeshivas do not prepare you for any vocations, including the very ones that supposedly are affilated with yeshiva life the most. Lots of graduates, many with good semichas even, good Talmudic backgrounds and wonderful brains try their luck. Some make it and many don't and almost all face all sorts of personal struggles and temptations. Most manage to control themselves and don't get into trouble with molestations or of seductions of students, but some do, and even if they manage to cover it up cleverly, from their over-all behaviors and from far too many "rumors" that are verified by warnings from others who know them well, allegations start to stick.

Tropper was sarting to develop just such a reputaion, and he was very restless. His first marriage dissolved but rather than give his wife a get as a man of honor would do, he went off to play in the larger world of secular Jews where he could use charm offensives to get his way with unsuspecting listeners. None of this a great secret. It's actually worse for those who know the truth.

It was on one of his lecture circuit talks that Tropper met his next wife, and asside from her great good looks and perfect naivete, she had a wealthy family and a most importantly a sister with a wide circle of hip friends who could also become Tropper's disciples and she, of Susan Blond Inc became his literal PR Mad Men-type right hand man gal Friday, after all if his self-chosen foes the Aish HaTorah guys and the Lubavitchers had them why not he, all the way into launching the EJF ploy to recruit gentiles with offers of conversions while duping the rabbis that they would be "universally accepted" only all with Guma's and Kaplan's billions.

Tropper is Troubled said...

Mad Men/Women don't care who pays as long as they get paid the hefty fees they command, and Tropper knows this all too well being the cynic and power player that he is by nature.

Tropper also hired Menachem Lubinsky of LUBICOM to spread the good EJF word, but to Tropper that means that with every mention of EJF TRopper must be mentioned at least ten times, paying for Dennis Rapps Esq of The Jewish Press to come to the conventions and then come up with smart-ass bull about EJF did this and that garbage. This is no secret and its all on the web: "Lubicom News: Eternal Jewish Family Holds Second Conference for Intermarried Jews Looking to Rejoin the Jewish Fam: Seminar participants participated in lectures from such world renowned lecturers and authors as Rabbi Mordechai Neugroschel, Rabbi Doron Kornbluth, Rabbi Meyer Schiller and Rabbi Yonasan Rosenblum as well as Susan Blond, the CEO of Susan Blond Inc." and guess what, in 1999 Tropper is in a NY Times articles trying to cut off rumors about himself, using, that's right, the good offices literally of Susan Blond Inc: "MAKING IT WORKAdding a piquant note is that this project was organized by Susan Blond, a press agent for rock stars and rap artists whose very job is to place items in gossip columns (and who had more than 15 minutes of fame herself as a pal of Andy Warhol). The sign was a gift from Ms. Blond's brother-in-law, Rabbi Leib Tropper, who is the guiding spirit and teacher of the group. Speaking quickly and a little loudly, he discusses the religious and secular reasons to avoid gossip, quoting not just Torah scholars and rabbis, but also Mark Twain, Erich Fromm and Richard Nixon." Yeah right. At least the NY Times reporter more than hinted at Tropper's overbearing style.

Bottom line, what comes out of this phase in Tropper's life is that by leaving his FFB background behind and trading in his own perceived older model of Rav Aron Kotler&Rav Margolin vintage for a stunning new Susan Blond&Mad Men one, he enters into his uniqie twilight zone since professional arrogant FFB rabbis make terrible humble BTs as he loses all sense of perspective as an FFB rabbi as he opens himself for feeling comfortable with the likes of a Tom Kaplan and Guma Aguiar, people with shady mysterious Brazilian and Christian missionary backgrounds that he sweet talks into becoming his next ultimate backers and thinking that would be his ticket to fame and glory as the world's first "Litvish gadol" as he acts like a mafia don frightening the heck out of any rabbi who dares to oppose him all backed and created by smoke and mirrors Mad Men hype and misinformation campaigns all over the media and Internet, but as it would turn out, it was a case of biting off more than he could chew when Guma dumps Tropper, confronts him and wants to know what happened to all the money he put into Tropper's bottonless vending machine of conversion to the goyim goodies.

YOU LIE !! said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/health/policy/13address.html

WASHINGTON — President Obama warned on Saturday that nearly half of all Americans under age 65 could lose their health coverage at some point in the next decade, as he prepared to take his case for health reform on the road with a public rally in Minneapolis in the afternoon.

Troppenstein's monster said...

What's the story regarding Tropper and the falling out with his ex-partner in kiruv, the scam artist Ezriel Tauber?

Anonymous said...

There is a woman sex offender against young boys living in the East 30s who is working at an address on East 13th St that appears to be the office of Dr. Ira Steinmetz.

Veritas said...

Thank you 'Tropper is Troubled... ' for informing us about Tropper. It is a public service and mitzva to publish it. We owe you and UOJ a lot.

UOJ fan on Wall St said...

Tropper must be a real charmer. I know a very intelligent fellow who is sold on Tropper and convinced that Tropper is the victim of a vast conspiracy and smear campaign.

Part of the reason why he is taken in is because he has seen Aron Schechter and Belsky treat Tropper as if he is from the kedoshei elyon.

Disturbed said...

The fact is that Tropper is very powerful. He has a wealthy organization and a lot of political clout with the Gedolim. What can be done to expose and demote him?

Ahavah Gayle said...

So what DID tropper do with the other 8 million dollars that never made it to the charities and institutions for which it was intended?

Will we get to see tropper go to JAIL ala Madof for financial fraud?

I certainly hope so.

Tropper is Troubled said...

Manipulations and destructions by Tropper.

Until about five years ago Tropper confined himself to exercising absolute control over anyone who feel into his clutches at his kol yaakov yeshiva, that should have been called yedei eisav yeshiva, or through his network of lectures conducted under his horizons lectures, that should better have been called "blindfolds&blinkers" or "curtains&veils" directed at the potential BTs as individuals or in very smal groups.

In almost thirty years of trying Tropper had not been able to launch a serious yeshiva or a program like his enemies he loved to hate the two most famous and successful BT yeshivas Ohr Somayach and Aish HaTorah that had firmly and absolutely blacklisted Tropper and his tough guy control freak methods from the days that Rav Noach Weinberg was still with Ohr Somayach and he tossed out Tropper without regret and made sure that everyone in Ohr Somayach and later in Aish HaTorah knew it loud and clear and they were to stay away from Tropper and his disciples and have absolutely nothing to do with him.

In those days, when Tropper set about struggling to keep his nose above water he would send some select brainwashed guys whom he had turned into blank-eyed true-believeing utterly brainwashed overnight yeshivisha wonders to some bigger mainstream yeshivas such as Chaim Berlin to win by conning the admiration of the rosh yeshivas willing to overlook their own dropout problem covered up by the likes of Tropper sending them his newly minted BT true believers in the absolute power of gedoilim.

CB's Shechter paid Tropper and EJF big time honors, lately Shechter is keeping a lower profile. As recently as January 2007:

"1st Dayanim Conference The dayanim conference took a major step in developing universally accepted standards in conversions, in accordance with the dictates of leading Torah authorities. The meeting was also graced with the presence of Harav Aaron Schechter (Rosh Yeshiva, Mesivta Rabbi Chaim Berlin), a member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudath Israel of America and Rabbi Moshe Heinemann (Baltimore)", love those words "universally accepted standards" and "dictates" befitting a statemnts by the EJF liars, because the universal standards is only a code word for Tropper and his partner R Nochum Eisenstein of Israel trying to destroy the RCA's and Israeli Chief Rabbinate's standards by leveraging the involvement of the haredi bigs as he did in the past with the Slifkin case.

In times past Tropper would also manipulate those rosh yeshivas to pump their own backers to help out Tropper saying that that, wow take a look, Leibel Tropper is able to create such nice yeshivisha learning BTs for us, we must support him, and he knows shas backwards, forget about that he's got a terrible reputation with every other BT yeshiva rosh yeshiva who know better about such things.

This is exactly what happened in the case of Chaim Berlin where Tropper managed to charm Rav Shechter and in turn Shechter told his main backer Abe Fruchthandler to fork over many tens of thousands of dollars to Tropper's kol yaakov outfit to keep poor Leibel afloat, and with the CBers you can bet that they figured that they would get pay-back from Leibel too when the time comes as they probably hoped from the Lillian Jean Kaplan Foundation when Shechter was one of Tropper's strongest backers.

That Abe Fruchtandler gave Tropper many tens of thousands of dollars is in open public records of the NY sate charities bureau where a stream of ten thosand dollars donations per month for quite a while from the Alex and Ruth Fruchthandler Foundation to Tropper's kol yaakov from CB's president Avraham Fruchthandler.

The deep personal relationship between Tropper and CB's Shechter, both being confirmed cynical calculating ruthless totalitarian Stalinists in the guise of black-clothed haredi rabbis with fake smiles who care nothing for the small defenseless guy.

Tropper is Troubled. said...

Tropper's true protector revealed.

CB's Aroon Shechter always gives Tropper cover, like those who cover naturally for pedophiles like Kolko and crooks like David Schik now in jail one of Shechter's own alums, and as when Tropper was going through his ugly divorce, affairs, refused to give his wife a get, kept her an aguna for years without batting an eye, and to add insult to injury, Ezriel Tauber was finally disgusted and told anyone who would hear that Tropper is an outright NO'EF philanderer, his words, yet Shechter covered for Tropper all along just think of those nice brainwashed zapped dumb bells sitting at Shechter's feet that Tropper had sent him like shot trophies from the hunt on the wall, loving Tropper as his lackey and uses him as his hit man when need be

Thus Shechter and Fruchthandler share responsibity for creating the Tropper monster.

But until about 2004 Tropper was still focused on creating male BTs, in spite of all his talks across America, and even tho some fell into his lures and got some Carlebach love, Tropper was a cousin of Reb Shlomo and a not so secret admirer of his amorous ways in kiruv, to cure their curioisty, yet the females almost mostly hated him they could pick up he was a not so hidden misogynist, meaning a hater of women.

Any student who dared to cross him was quickly tossed out and had his repatation destroyed just like the Scientologists operate with no regard for human rights and the tzelem Elokim.

This was all small time stuff because in 2004 Tropper was ready for war as he decided to broaden his own "horizons" as he decided to join a bigger war to bring down a fellow rabbi in revenge against Ohr Somayach and Aish HaTorah who relied on that rabbi and his writings greatly: Rabbi Natan Slifkin, the so-called zoo rabbi:

"Account of Events Rabbi Osher Kalmanowitz of the Mir Yeshivah in New York. He did not want to openly involve himself, and so he recruited his friend Rabbi Leib Tropper of Yeshivas Kol Yaakov in Monsey. Rabbi Tropper created a story that was told to the Rabbis were were approached to condemn the books. The story involved two students in his yeshivah, described as "angelic," who allegedly dropped out of yeshivah and left Orthodoxy after reading my books and concluding that "if the Sages could have been wrong about science, then they could have been wrong about everything."

Tropper is Troubled said...

Tropper and Shechter are a match made in stifling and suffocating heaven, hell actually.

Shechter may know Kabbala etc etc, but he should keep that to his himself in his yeshiva and his students, or at least for those few that stomach him and his screaming like a demented Mussolini, with fake theatrics, something the outside world does not know about and rarely gets to experince. All they see is that fake plastic smile that he has mastered pasted onto his rotund face.

Shechter himself was outed in his ignorance of the science subjects Slifkin writes about in two YouTube videos with rabid personal attacks and rants against Slifkin personally in front of an obviously very nervous tittering totally out of their depth MO audience yet that have been posted on YouTube that reveal his dictatorial and off-putting manners, that only a Tropper blind acolyte would love, hey, Scientology is looking for a new head since Hubbard died, here goes, it's worth viewing:

Part One of Rav Aharon Schechter on Rabbi Slifkin and creation and Part Two of Rav Aharon Schechter on Creation and Rabbi Slifkin

The plot to destroy Slifkin is an ugly and disgusting story of the character assassination and public humiliation by lies and manipulations by operators like Tropper with the connivance and knowledge of senior gedolim rabbis who know squat about kiruv or science of one of the most prolific and popular writers reaching a modern crowd who was becoming a star in the outreach world and his writings were helping many modern folks overcome their hesitations and questions and draw nearer to Judaism and Hashem.

In some ways it was the way that Maimonides, R Moshe Chaim Luzzato, Rav Kook, Rabbi JB Soloveitchik, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and R Y Hutner were misunderstood but they were all great thinkers who grappled with how to make authentic Torah Judaism relevant to the masses and even how to sell it to them and win them over, who in their lifetimes were slandered and had their reputations thrown into the dust by their conniving and narrow minded enemies who stopped at nothing to achieve their nefarious goals, something Tropper had polished in 25 years of bringing down many of his errant students he would now apply to the popular and humble "zoo rabbi" that Tropper selected like an animal in pursuit of its prey that he deemed to be errant and as he is now attempting to do with Guma Aguiar as well, just that Guma, unlike Slifkin has billions of dollars to fight Tropper's hate campaign, always with Shechter's manipulating master-mind tricks lurking like a dark reverse halo over Tropper's seeting head, and character assassination worthy of the KGB and the Gestapo combined.

Ezriel Tauber said...

That's funny that Tropper's critic would use me a reliable source.

I ripped off a bunch of Lakewood yungerleit in the 1970s with a real estate ponzi scam and refused to show up to the din Torah by R' Dovid Cohen.

I also ripped off some Tropper connected BTs and refused to come to the din Torah by Dayan Horowitz.

I have since been running around on the international lecture circuit dressed like the shpitz Hungarian that I am and publishing my books.

Anonymous said...

This was a default judgement where Tropper did not even bother to answer.

Rockland Civil Supreme
Index Number: 005316/1987
Case Name: TROPPER, LEAH R. M. vs. TROPPER, RABBI L.
Case Type: Uncontested Matrimonial
Track: Unknown
RJI Filed: 08/18/1987

Josh said...

Question?
UOJ you stated that Rav SHMUEL KAMENETSKY RECEIVED MONEY FROM TROPPER.hOW DO YOU KNOW THIS.iT HAS ALREADY BEEN STATED THAT RAV YAAKOV KAMENETSKY STATED THAT TROPPER WAS A CHARLATAN.

"UOJ" - "The Un-Orthodox Jew" said...

Nachon!

What was R' Yaakov's son doing at charlatan Tropper's dinner?

the Monsey Tzadik said...

I am not sure if Reuven Feinstein and Shmuel Kamenetsky are chometz ben yayin or just decent people who got corrupted by Tropper's money. Basically everyone who is connected with him got money from him.

BTW, The way the money changed hands is interesting, Most of the time the rabbi has his own non-profit organization such as each where Tropper can send the money. the rabbi then can use the money as expenses and not report it as income. I am sure the feds know about it.

In any case, I wonder what is the financial agreement between Tropper and rabbi Union of LA. r' Union beis din is on Tropper "approved" list.