Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A No Shame Con! -- Endorsed By Berel Wein


Anonymous said...

why a con?

frumfollies said...


Please lets show the ala carte menu from their website:

Description of Prayers

Standard Prayers ($90):
A Torah-observant Jew will go to the Western Wall to pray on your behalf as well as others for 40 consecutive days. Minimum donation: approx. $2/day ($90).

Exclusive Prayers ($360):
A Torah-observant Jew will go to the Western Wall to pray exclusively on your behalf for 40 consecutive days. The entire Bircas HaTorah Yeshiva will say a psalm for you and Rabbi Nebensahl, Chief Rabbi of the Old City and one of the great Tzaddikim of our time will do a Mesheberach for you (special prayer in front of a congregation). Minimum donation: $9/day ($360).

Personalized Exclusive Prayers ($720):
In addition to an exclusive prayer, over the course of the 40 days, the entire Book of Psalms (150 Tehillim), or King Solomon's Song of Songs (Shir ha Shirim) will be recited at the Wall, a Mesheberach prayer will be recited in a Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem on Shabbat and a Mishna (portion of the Oral Law) will be learned daily in your merit. Rabbi Nebensahl, Chief Rabbi of the Old City and one of the great Tzaddikim of our time will also do a Mesheberach for you. Minimum donation: $18/day ($720 US + up).

Premier Prayers ($1800):
With special permission from the Vaad HaRabbonim (Council of Rabbis in Israel), a minyan (10 Torah-observant men) will pray together for 40 days at the holiest place where Jews are allowed to go - deep in the Western Wall tunnels across from the Holy of Holies. This excludes Shabbat, when they will pray at the Western Wall itself. This site is not available for public prayer. Because of its holiness, special permission is required and is only given in rare circumstances. Minimum donation: $1,800.

Please contact us personally to make special higher-end arrangements.

further down is a menu for indicating if you are nonJew, reform, ortho, or chareid.

They also want to know how you found them:

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You can pay by credit or check. prayers start within 3 weeks of checks being mailed.

If they find your request inappropriate they will refund in full.

Nice work if you can get it.

Yerachmiel Lopin (frumfollies.wordpress.com)

Rabbi Levin Talks About Gary Schaer & his (Pro)Homosexuality said...

Rabbi Yehuda Levin talks about Assemblyman Gary Schaer & his homosexuality on his weekly radio show, recorded also on video.

See the video evidence for yourself.


Rabbi Yehuda Levin is the Rabbi of Cong. Mevakshei Hashem in Brooklyn, and is the spokesman for The Rabbinical Alliance of America, and The Union of Orthodox Rabbis of The US and Canada.


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

For the record:

Yehuda Levin redefines "crackpot"!

Ombudsman said...


Yehuda Levin likes attention and is a little flaky but he is right about Gary Schaer and his cabal of YU homosexuals including Steve Greenberg and convicted pedophile Neil Cohen.


I think it behooves you to watch the YouTube clip.

The Agudah Fressers and the phonies at the Lakewood Vaad are backing this tinuf which is why R' Yudel Shain is jumping up and down this week.

Where are the billions of dollars of government stimulus? said...

CBS 5 Phoenix Tue, 03 Nov 2009 05:50 AM
Only 1,711 U.S. homeowners have received permanent mortgage loan modifications through a government program.

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

I'll back Yudel's judgment on his issue; didn't Levin go to Louisiana recently and do a rain dance?

Anonymous said...

R' Zelig Epstein ztl would no doubt be upset at Berel Wein's marketing gimmick just as he criticized the stunt of selling tiny bits of karka Eretz Yisroel and other slick campaigns.

It is hilarious by the way that Berel Wein is scratching around for sources in Chassidishe seforim to make a few bucks.

Dr. Bungalow Ferd Neuhoff said...

WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Swine flu has driven up the price of horse meat in Mongolia

Worried Mongolians spread the rumor that eating horse meat might stave off the disease, pushing up prices.

Liar Liar said...

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The health care bill headed for a vote in the House this week costs $1.2 trillion or more over a decade, according to numerous Democratic officials and figures contained in an analysis by congressional budget experts, far higher than the $900 billion cited by President Barack Obama as a price tag for his reform plan.

While the Congressional Budget Office has put the cost of expanding coverage in the legislation at roughly $1 trillion, Democrats added billions more on higher spending for public health, a reinsurance program to hold down retiree health costs, payments for preventive services and more.

Many of the additions are designed to improve benefits or ease access to coverage in government programs. The officials who provided overall cost estimates did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss them.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has referred repeatedly to the bill's net cost of $894 billion over a decade for coverage.

Miami said...


MIAMI — Scott Rothstein relished his flashy persona — the spiky hair, the Ferrari, the multi-million-dollar mansion. He was Bronx raised, Fort Lauderdale rich, and the politicians, charities and businesses that accepted his money rarely asked where it came from.

Until now.

On Tuesday, a Florida judge placed Mr. Rothstein’s law firm in receivership after his partner sued and federal authorities began investigating whether he defrauded investors of up to $400 million with a Ponzi scheme based on selling legal settlements.

Even without criminal charges, the accusations are already leading to panic from Tallahassee to Miami, and what appears to be the largest giveback of donations in the state’s political history.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Republican Party of Florida, which received more than $500,000 from Mr. Rothstein, his wife and his law firm since 2002, said it would place contributions from the most recent election cycle ($148,244) into a victim compensation fund.

Minutes later, the Democratic Party of Florida said it had just refunded a $200,000 donation received two months ago from Mr. Rothstein’s firm, followed by Gov. Charlie Crist’s Senate campaign, which said it would refund $9,600 in donations from Mr. Rothstein and his wife.

Whether all of the money Mr. Rothstein gave to political causes can be recouped is an open question. Richard Briffault, an election law expert at Columbia University, said donations from past cycles might be gone forever. “What do you do when the money has been spent?” he said.

Regardless, Mr. Rothstein is now experiencing quite a comeuppance. Before jilted investors starting calling lawyers from his firm, Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, last week, he was known mainly for loud epithets, fast cars and big checks, written often.

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

I just got this from my friend at the AP!

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Republican Chris Christie elected governor of New Jersey.

Archie Bunker groupie said...

And the Republican in Virginia trounced the incumbent Democrat.

Tonight was a referendum on Barack Hussein Osama (and Shmarya)

Kalter Litvak said...

While I also have qualms about the selling prayers approach too, it is unfair to blame it on Rabbi Wein.

He is not making the sales pitch here. Someone heard him mention the idea from the Nesivos Shalom (as a Litvak, I am not too crazy about him talking up such Hassidic things either, but that's another discussion) and they converted it into a sales pitch, not him.

It is not right to say that R. Wein shlita is endorsing a con. He is not a con, nor an ex-con.

Better focus your outrage on the real crooks among us.

Agudah Fressers not listening to the Gedolim again said...

Rav Simcha Hacohen Kook, Chief Rav of Rechovos, expressed to Rav Noson Leiter of Monsey, his total shock and horror. “How is it possible that you can’t obtain for me letters from Gedolei America that forbid voting for the supporters of Toevah?” So the prohibition, hypocrisy and spiritual “sakanah” of voting for anyone who supports Toevah is a no-brainer! To Rav Kook, it’s “pashut” absolutely forbidden.

Today, Rav Kook shlita obtained the signatures of Rav Shteiman and Rav Elyashiv on a Kol Koreh, which many Gedolei Yisroel DID sign, which obligates US to fight in every manner against the passage of same gender marriage laws. The third rail of kedusha, “not voting” for the evil politicians, is not mentioned in this text although it’s obvious that this is the “hishtadlus” we can and are obligated to make.

Rav Shteiman shlita explained that since he had already told the Lakewood “shoel” that at least b’de’eved they didn’t have to antagonize Corizine by pulling back their endorsement, at this time, he didn’t feel comfortable signing on to the stronger “Kol Koreh” that prohibits voting for the pro-shmutz candidates.

Look at our “Orthodox” politicians-Mechallelai Hashem. Senator Joe Lieberman-pro-partial birth abortions and pro-chukai Toeivah. NY State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver actively passes and advocates for Toeivah marriage. “Orthodox” (ha! ha!) Assemblyman Gary Shear votes absent and not “NO” on NJ civil unions, himself is very “choshud” on inyonim and had a pro-toeivah bill signed by Governor Corizine in an Orthodox shul in Passaic. He deprecates our Torah and the Rabonim who unfortunately still support him!

Rav Avigdor Miller zt”l referenced the Mondrowitz scandal and prognosticated that as long as Yidden continue to vote for “Chukai Toaveh” politicians, more of our children will continue to suffer similar types of abuse. May I add that “kids at risk” will continue to misbehave in similar fashions, Hashem Yerachaim! How prescient he was. Look where we are holding a quarter century later!

Lakewood, you can do a teshuva for all our failures in the area of voting and “chanfaning” politicians for the last 30 years.

With your help, we will turn over a new leaf. L’maan Hashem, don’t vote for Corizine or Christie.

Pinny Shitlips said...


Yes, I am the mouthpiece for the Agudah. I'm glad you fell for me pretending to act besheim the gedolim to vote for pro-toyeva politicians so that I get invited to fresser events to interview them and look choshuv to everyone.

Rubashkin fresser said...

There is an amusing debate going on at Failed Shmarya's. The question has been raised many times over the years if Shmarya has any assets to confiscate if he is sued for libel. As reader David Willig puts it, he doesn't have a pot to piss in.

Today the possibility was raised if the underwear Shmarya blogs in might have any value. A reader called Successful Messiah, who is the sole remaining Shmarya critic not banned from the blog (well, there is also newcomer Chabadnik attorney), discounts the possibility. He reckons that surely Shmarya's underwear must be full of holes by now.

Anonymous said...

JERUSALEM — Israeli navy commandos seized a cargo ship early Wednesday in the Mediterranean Sea that Israeli officials said was carrying rockets and ammunition bound for militants from Hezbollah.

Israel intercepted the ship, which was sailing under an Antiguan flag, near Cyprus, 100 miles west of the Israeli coast, and took it the Ashdod harbor in southern Israel.

“As of now, what we know is that this was a smuggling attempt to arm Hezbollah with terrorist means against civilians,” Shaul Mofaz, a member of the Knesset and a former defense minister, told Israel Radio. “The intent was to send arms, mainly missiles and launchers, meant to strike civilian targets.”

News reports quoted the Israeli president, Shimon Peres, and other officials saying the ship had been carrying the arms from Iran to Hezbollah forces in Lebanon, but officials released no evidence to back up those claims other than to say they had received a tip from UOJ.

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

"but officials released no evidence to back up those claims other than to say they had received a tip from UOJ".


Not only that, I singlehandedly was responsible for Israel decimating all the Arab armies in 1967. Not only that.....:-)

A note to Yerachmiel Lopin said...


This is "Archie Bunker" who comments on some blogs that you read.

I see that you are a newcomer to the blogs and would like to respond to a comment you made at Failed Messiah.

You lauded Shmarya yesterday for allowing critics free reign on his blog. In truth, almost all of his critics including myself have been banned. In my case, he started by deleting select comments that pulled the rug out from under his arguments. Eventually, he locked out the IP of any computer I use.

Shmarya is not just a cyber-dictator but a hypocrite as well because he has criticized other bloggers (only if they were orthodox) for doing the same thing.

National Gay Task Force can go to Hell with Kolko said...


November 4, 2009

Defeat in Maine a Harsh Blow to Gay-Marriage Drive

Filed at 9:14 a.m. ET

The stars seemed aligned for supporters of gay marriage. They had Maine's governor, legislative leaders and major newspapers on their side, plus a huge edge in campaign funding. So losing a landmark referendum was a devastating blow, for activists in Maine and nationwide.

In an election that had been billed for weeks as too close to call, Maine's often unpredictable voters repealed a state law Tuesday that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed. Gay marriage has now lost in all 31 states in which it has been put to a popular vote -- a trend that the gay-rights movement had believed it could end in Maine.

''Today's heartbreaking defeat unfortunately shows that lies and fear can still win at the ballot box,'' said Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Maine will give pause to lawmakers in New York and New Jersey, where gay-marriage legislation is pending.

Richard Socarides, who was an adviser on gay-rights issues in the Clinton administration, said the loss in Maine should prompt gay-rights leaders to reconsider their state-by-state strategy on marriage and shift instead to lobbying for changes on the federal level that expand recognition of same-sex couples.

Archie Bunker said...

Shmarya either has a tremendous sense of humor or a penchant for the worst possible choice of words. In either case I am ROTFL.

Today, he attacks 5 Towns residents who he calls "lethargic".

This from a guy who sits 24/7 in his underwear in front of his outdated clunker compuetr.

Bnei Brak said...


Who is on the Vaad Harabbonim of Bnei Brak that did nothing when this child abuse case was brought to their attention?

Boycott EJF dayanim and ladies conference said...

The EJF is in panic. They have now announced a "women's mentoring" free invitation adding it to the proposed "dayanim conference" to corrupt women in kiruv to enter EJF's conversionionist batei din.

Tropper is in the middle of legal cases and dinei Torah, he has NO right to advertise and "summon" anyone, let alone "dayanim," to come hear him pontificate!

The fourth EJF/Tropper-ego/Kaplan-Recanati bribe money/Rav Nochum Eisentsein-anger/Rav Reuven Feinstein-two faced show, aka "Dayanim Conference" is scheduled to take place November 8-10, so take note

Tropper's sickening chutzpa and fraudulence are being exposed and his so-called major backer R REUVEN Feinstein will have to explain in court and bais din what he did with the 3 million dollars Guma Aguiar gave him, heed the call to boycott and stop any all upcoming EJF events and put Tropper out of action for all time:

Concerned Jews who fear the consequences of a fanatical and unstable Tropper hegemony over all Orthodox conversions are called to protest the upcoming Fourth Eternal Jewish Family Dayanim Conference Scheduled for November 8-10 in New Jersey. See full ad below.

If you know any of the noted speakers in the ad below, contact them and make your strong opposition to Tropper and his EJF scheme known loud and clear. Do not allow Tropper's personal power's to spread. Once he has them he wield's them ruthlessly.

Some of the slated speakers, such as R REUVEN Feinstein have allegedly been paid at least three million dollars to help Tropper and EJF, they are not trustworthy!

Urge your local rabbi, rov, posek or dayan on any Bais Din NOT to attend and to make their own protets heard. By now many rabbis are sick and tired of Tropper's antics and his controversial EJF scheme. Do not submit to Tropper's dictates under any cirmstances!

Urge your rabbis and rabbonim to RETAIN THEIR INDEPENDENCE as any self-respecting person should. Do not submit to Tropper who is a notorious control freak!

It has now been revealed that Tropper cynically uses bribes (given as "grants") to his favored rabbis to attend his free EJF events, thus entirely corrupting the integrity of the Halachic process and forcing those accepting his bribes to adhere to his extreme views that have been criticized and condemned by rabbis from the right (Badatz of Eidah Chareidis) and the left (RCA).

If you are able to, please join a vigil and protest outside of the hotel Novemebr 8-10 at the Sheraton Meadowlands in Secaucus NJ.

Full text of Tropper's and EJF's ad:

"Fourth Eternal Jewish Family Dayanim Conference Scheduled for November 8-10 in New Jersey

Written by Admin on October 13, 2009 – 12:06 pm -

PREPARATIONS WENT into high gear for the fourth EJF Dayanim Conference, which is scheduled to take place November 8-10 at the Sheraton Meadowlands in Secaucus NJ. Some 40 dayanim and Roshei Yeshiva will gather to confront crucial halachic issues that arise involving universally accepted Jewish conversion standards in intermarriage.

Most of the dayanim are part of a growing network of independent batei din in North America that have adopted the Jewish Conversion standards of leading poskim, as is being promulgated by EJF International. The Batei Din function in cities such as Baltimore, Monsey, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Montreal, Miami, Lakewood, Dallas, Toronto, Houston, and Vancouver. Last year’s conference was addressed by such prominent Torah personalities as:

Harav Shmuel Kaminetsky, Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva of Philadelphia and a member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisroel

Harav Reuven Feinstein, Rosh Yeshiva of Mesivta of Staten Island and Chairman of the Halachic Committee of EJF

Harav Dovid Olewski, Rosh Yeshiva of the Gerer Mesivta (Brooklyn)

Harav Betzalel Tuvia Wettenstein (Belzer Dayan of Monsey)

Rabbi Eliyahu Levin (Lakewood)"

Fresser said...

The Jewish Star is often on target but there are some incorrect statements in their report on KosherFest.


You know you had a good time if your stomach hurts

By Michael Orbach
Issue of November 6, 2009

Only Christians believe gluttony is a sin. (what am haaretzus)

Glatech’s Kolatin, the first kosher gelatin, uses animal hide to produce a completely pareve gelatin and relies on a teshuva from Rav Moshe zt”l. (The company and it's owners are in cherem for being lo tzayis dina and not returning investor money. And they are actually misrepresenting teshuvos from various gedolim. The OU couldn't care less and continues to certify)

UOJ Beats The NY TIMES By 14 Minutes said...

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Tue, November 03, 2009 -- 10:32 PM ET

Christie Wins New Jersey Governor's Race, Unseating Corzine

Christopher J. Christie, a Republican former United States
attorney who said he would vanquish corruption from the halls
of New Jersey government, won a closely contested race for
governor on Tuesday over the incumbent, Gov. Jon S. Corzine.

UOJ Groupie said...

By only 14 minutes? He must have dozed off or something.

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

Not only that....I told Corzine to lose on purpose or I would go after him for supporting "Toeveh" marriage!

Anonymous said...

In July 2009, Trump converted from Catholicism to Judaism[11][12] after studying with Rabbi Elie Weinstock from Ramaz, a Modern Orthodox Jewish day school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The beth din that converted her included Rabbi Hershel Schachter, and she took the name Yael.

Anonymous said...

I am surprised that R' Hershel was in on this. I hope that the whole affair was proper, but I do have my doubts. Rabbi Lookstein, Rabbi Schachter, anyone know who the third Rabbi of the Beis Din was?

Anonymous said...

The third Rabbi was the famous Gestetner Rebbe (aka the Copycat Rabbi) formerly of LA now resident in Jerusalem.

Grubba Lipa Margolus said...

wow, that was a close call, for a second i thought they were talking about me.....

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina man caught on video having sex with a horse was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty for the second time in two years to abusing the creature.
Rodell Vereen was also ordered never to go near the stable where the horse's owner caught him and held him for authorities at shotgun point over the summer. He apologized to the woman and to himself after admitting to buggery at the Horry County courthouse.

"I'm sorry about what I've done. I didn't mean to do it. It's my fault. I'm sorry for what I've done to myself," Vereen said during Wednesday's court hearing.

Vereen was arrested in July after Barbara Kenley caught him entering the barn at Lazy B Stables in Longs, about 20 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach. She had been staking out the stable for more than a week after setting up a surveillance camera and videotaping Vereen's assault on her 21-year-old horse named Sugar.

Kenley said she became suspicious because her horse was acting strange and getting infections, and she noticed things were moved around the barn and dirt was piled up near the horse's stall.

It wasn't the first time she'd caught Vereen. In late 2007, Kenley found him asleep in the hay after assaulting her horse. For that offense, he also pleaded guilty to buggery, received probation and had to register as a sex offender.

On Wednesday, the judge sentenced Vereen to five years in prison, but he will only have to serve three years behind bars as long as he successfully completes two years of probation. Vereen also was ordered to undergo additional mental treatment after he gets out of prison and was told to stay away from Kenley's stable.

Kenley told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach she was mostly happy with the verdict, but wished Vereen had got more prison time.

"I've been through hell for the last year and it's caused a lot of hardship," Kenley told the newspaper. "There's a lot of ridicule and jokes going around about this thing. And a person can only take so much."

Yerachmiel Lopin said...

Is the Gestetner Rebbe from the family in Williamsburg which ran a print shop so you could rubber stamp things.

Actually, I take Shachter and Lookstein seriously. I dislike questioning conversions for the reasons that halachah dislikes it. So, absent specifics I don't like the trashing.

AndyBee said...

Archie Bunker, speaking on behalf of EVERYONE who reads this blog -- we don't care about your agenda or your issues with Shmarya.

You hit well below the belt in your ugly criticism (worthy of the Archie Bunker character you chose to name yourself after).

Why don't you start your own blog and then the many people who want to hear what you have to say will all flock there to do so.

You seem to have time during the day to make your comments. Maybe you're sitting in your parent's basement, furiously writing against Shmarya in your underwear.

"Edith bring me a beer."

Thanks for your candor said...

"I dislike questioning conversions for the reasons that halachah dislikes it."

In case Yerachmiel Lopin didn't get the memo, this is not one of the anti-frum blogs where most readers will cheer on that kind of sentiment.

Bim Bam identity said...

It's the first time in history that the unemployed are getting 2 years of benefits at everyone else's expense.

Ombudsman said...


I'm not sure what community you live in, but Shmarya is generally viewed with scorn and described as "sick" across the orthodox spectrum. His vile invective against countless people who don't deserve it is much worse than any counterswipes from Archie.

You have a lot of nerve taking the liberty to speak on behalf of EVERYONE who reads UOJ when you are most likely in the minority.

No wonder Kolko likes water parks said...

(CNN) -- A 14-year-old California boy told police he drowned his 4-year-old neighbor on Friday because the child had threatened to tell his mother the older boy had molested him, according to an affidavit made public Wednesday.

refusenik said...

Andy, get over your archie hangup.he's right to attack shmarya. I am one of the people who can't post there even though I didn't mock the putzs underwear.

Lakewood said...


Who's the letz who wrote this?

Tropper is Troubled said...

Leib Tropper and Guma Aguiar gain allies in their standoff.

The bitter war between Tropper and his estranged talmid Guma Aguiar is taking on even more King Kong proportions and characteristics as each of them beat their chests like snorting gorrillas readying for battle.

Each is reaching out and readying allies in their feud that at the end of the day will leave only one fully standing, and they know it.

While Tropper is going all out to destroy Guma Aguiar's wife's conversion to Orthodox Judaism, and drag his name into the mud, Aguiar on the other side id making it very clear that he is going to go for Tropper's jugular, accusing him of fraud and thievery taking him to court and bais din and will take no prisoners.

To further their over-all warring objectives they have recently received and or hired top notch allies for each other.

Starting with Guma Aguiar, he not so long ago hired the services of the famous attorney Alan Dershowitz to fight the Florida cops who beat him up for his marijuana drunk driving arrest (Haaretz, October 30, 2009: Alan Dershowitz enlisted by Guma Aguiar to take on Fla. law) that he says he was set up for by his uncle Tom Kaplan aided by Tropper.

With Guma Aguiar having Alan Dershowitz on board Tropper must have restless nights of the nightamre it would be to be grilled by Dershowitz on the witness stand as Aguiar claims Kaplan and Tropper set him up for the arrest. (No one said this was not a weird story.)

Then lately, it comes out in the Texas media that Guma Aguiar has been in alliance with Rabbi Irwin Katsof the famous Aish Hatorah outreach king and reputed billionaire from all his work and contacts, as Aguiar hires and works with Katsof to recruit the Texas governor for business deals and giving him honors a few months ago (CBS 11, Oct 29, 2009: Perry's Secret Jerusalem Trip Raises Questions). Until now it was not known that Katsof was the one helping Aguiar put these deals and events together. Now the cat is out of the bag (notice too in the article, how they are trying to slime Aguiar and Katsof, that may be a result of Kaplan and Tropper's urges to ruin Aguiar's image. Who knows, at this stage anything is possible in this war to the finish.)

The alliance between Guma Aguiar the disillusioned and embittered ex-disciple of Tropper and Irwin Katsof who is still an idealistic disciple of Aish Hatorah strengthens Aguiar's hand in many ways, much to Tropper's chagrin and frustration.

Tropper is Troubled said...

Tropper finds a Chabad "friend" in Brazil, and oh yeah, in Suchard of Gateways too.

Things just keep on getting weirder and weirder in Tropper's maniacal battle with his former protege Guma Aguiar. While Guma Aguiar has retained the services of attack attorney Alan Dershowits and struck up a strategic connection with Rabbi Irwin Katsof formerly of Aish Hatorah who now owns and operates his own huge billion dollar energy and real estate Doheny Group business, Tropper under siege gets support from dinky Rabbi Suchard of Gateways who writes him a fawningly stupid two-sentence letter of praise that Tropper immediately posts on his own blog in self-praise, Gateways Thank You Letter to Rabbi Tropper publicly cementing the connection between Gateways and EJF which only spells trouble for Gateways, making Suchard into Tropper's poodle, because Tropper will use them for his ends unlike Gateays that has plenty of better and famous teaching rabbis like Jonathan Rietti and Efraim Becher and regular guest lecturer Akiva Tats three great teachers and speakers who do not need any help from a guy like the heavy breathing and yelling Tropper. But what can they do, their boss Suchard wants to be in bed with Tropper as Tropper's poodle, and sends him complimentary love letters to boot as Tropper rapes Gateways' basically good name once and for all for his own EJF ends that needs all the life support it can get at this time.

More weirdly, a Chabad rabbi in Sao Paolo Brazil, an influential person but not a shaliach it seems, has come out saying things against Guma Aguiar and senior Chabad rabbis who honored Aguiar recently, (Charedim, 01/11/09: רב חב"די: "אגאייר קונה יהדות אשתו בכסף" targeting Aguiar under fire for the doubtfulness of his wife Jamie's Orthodox conversion, and in favor of Tropper and the EJF scheme as if EJF was not guilty of aiding failed conversions of gentiles itself.

That Tropper feels that a letter of praise from the puny Suchard who has no authority of any sort and is himself suspected of fraud and wrongdoings over the years (Tropper has a way of finding himself in league with such shady characters, like with Leib Pinter now in jail) is both amusing and a sign of how desperate Tropper is now clutching at straws when he knows that Suchard's name and idiot letters from him is not worth a mound of six rotten beans.

And as for that obscure Chabad rabbi speaking up from the peanut gallery of Sao Paolo in Brazil of all places, attacking Aguiar's wife's conversion in the same breath as he praises Tropper and the "great EJF" sounds like a Brazil nut speaking and one wonders if Tropper is not starting to unravel at the seams and starting to go nuts himself if he thinks that puny midgets like Suchard and a vengeful Brazil nut Chabad rabbi chiming in will help him in the long-term struggle with Guma Aguiar.

This is getting weirder by the hour, but Tropper is determined to act out his anger and bunker mentality to the last midget and the last nut it seems. So be it.

UOJ Gets Results said...

NEW YORK - The New York Yankees win the World Series.

Anonymous said...

The grandfather of these two “Rebbes”, was the Shomer Emunim Rebbe, Rabbi Aron Roth. Rabbi Roth escaped europe in 1939 with the help of the Zionists, as did his good friend Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar who escaped on a stolen Zionist passport. Notwithstanding this, both men became ardent anti Zionists. The Satmar Rabbi would say, better for the chassidim to have died then to have become Israelis. Its ironic that these rabbis who yearn for the return of Israel to arab hands, and who frequently espouse how “in the olden days, pre Zionisim” life was so much better, are raising money from a pro israel community. It seems dollars make for strange compromises.

What is stranger is that a community like this would be hoodwinked to accept these two anti semitical rabbis, and that people like Dr Fred Marton would be willing to join hands with those who hate us. Their damage to Judaism doesn’t stop with their hatred of Israel. Their chassidim don’t pay taxes nor serve in the army yet make full use of Israels hospitals, doctors, roads, firefighters and police, utilities and other public services. Their vile protests make it onto CNN, BBC and other international tv stations and media outlets, making Jews look primitive and archaic at best or like close brothers to Hezbollah and Hamas at worst. They beat up women on busses, curse policemen who apprehend fathers who kill or starve their children, call security nazis, and cause the irreligious to truly despise God and the religious. A dollar to these misguided souls is a dollar to the destruction of Israel
In defense of Rabbi Weinberger and the other hosts, I can only say; the world is full of misguided souls. A few years ago a kindly settler gave a ride to a suicide bomber who killed 16 people in Tel Aviv.

Bim Bam identity said...






Gore Vidal said...


Even Left Wing nuts like me who were dying to elect a Black man as President are regretting it now because Obama is a disaster.

Doing business - Israeli style said...

Moshe (the father... says to his son): 'I want you to marry a girl of my choice.'
Son says: 'I will choose my own bride!!!'
Moshe says: 'But the girl is Bill Gates' daughter...'
Son answers: 'Well, in that case....ok'

Next Moshe approaches Bill Gates and says.
'I have a husband for your daughter.'
Bill Gates answers: 'But my daughter is too young to marry!!'
Moshe says: 'But this young man is a vice-president of the World Bank'.
Bill Gates answers: 'Ah, in that case.....ok'

Finally Moshe goes to see the president of the World Bank.
Moshe : 'I have a young man to be recommended as a vice-president.'
President answers: 'But I already have more vice-presidents than I need!'
Moshe says: 'But this young man is Bill Gates' son-in-law.'
President answers: 'Ah, in that case.....ok

Emergency said...

A choson of 2 days is on life-support and the doctors have given up hope.

Please say tehillim now for Rafael
Mordechai ben Elka.

Moyser! said...


A new book details how former Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kolek worked for the British intelligence agency MI5 and helped them capture underground Jewish fighters during the British occupation of the Land of Israel.

Quotes from the book:

“Among those who provided names was Teddy Kollek, later famous as a long-serving mayor of Jerusalem, who in 1942 had become the Jewish Agency`s deputy head of intelligence. From January 1945 to May 1946 Kollek was the Agency’s chief external liaison officer in Jerusalem, in regular touch with both the main MI5 representative, DSO Palestine, and SIME, to whom he gave intelligence on `intended terrorist activities`"

"In fact the intelligence supplied by the Jewish Agency had sometimes been more specific than [DDG, Guy] Liddell suggested. On 10 August 1945 , for example, Kollek revealed the location of a secret Irgun training camp near Binyamina and told an MI5 officer it would be `a great idea to raid the place`. The raid led to the arrest of twenty-seven Irgun members.”

(Christoper Andrew, The Defense of the Realm - The Authorized History of MI5, 2009, Pages 355-356)

From the desk of Rav Heinemann said...

Star-K is certifying a product line from the world famous treif steakhouse Smith & Wollensky. These are marinated asparagus where the florets are completely intact and unshaved.

Any generally accepted hashgocho holds that the florets on top must be removed and the OK Labs came up with their questionable chiddush that they can be shaved somewhat, but no one is allowing them fully intact.

And I hope these are being made offsite - not anywhere the treif steak kitchen.

Agudah Fresser said...

If only Maran Rav Belsky can come up with a heter for the steaks alein from Smith & Wollensky. There has to be a way. If he was already matir milk from treif cows then farvos nisht steaks too?

Fresser real estate agent said...


Buying Time

Has Barack Obama sparked a real estate boom in the West Bank?

Wall Street Journal said...

The voters be damned: That seems to be Speaker Nancy Pelosi's attitude in the wake of big Democratic losses on Tuesday. "House Democratic leaders, undeterred by delays in the Senate or this week's Republican electoral triumphs, plan to call a vote Saturday on the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. health-care policy in four decades," Bloomberg reports:

The House will move on the $1.05 trillion legislation that would cover 36 million uninsured people and create a government plan to compete with private insurers even after the election of Republican governors in New Jersey and Virginia. President Barack Obama will go to Capitol Hill tomorrow to meet with House Democrats, as they seek the 218 votes they need to pass the bill, a Democratic leadership aide said.

Politico reports that "leaders expect a close vote, with a one-or two-vote margin, and no Rs." They plan to pass this monstrosity without bipartisan support and with the bare minimum of support from their own party. "Pelosi has reportedly told fellow Democrats that she's prepared to lose seats in 2010 if that's what it takes to pass ObamaCare," The Wall Street Journal reports. Is she mad?

No, not really. Or we should say only ideologically, in that she loves the monstrous idea of socialized medicine. Given that, though, her actions make perfect sense in terms of practical politics. After all, this is likely to be the high-water mark for liberal Democrats. They're likely to lose House seats next year anyway, and there's no guarantee President Obama will be re-elected. At 69, Pelosi stands a good chance of facing a death panel before she leads a majority of this size again.

Besides, her seat is in no jeopardy. She comes from a safe ultraliberal district. The same is true of the Democratic committee chairmen, who had to be able to win re-election even in lean years like 1994. According to Wikipedia, no member of the left-wing Congressional Progressive Caucus has lost re-election in a general election (Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia lost a primary to another CPC member).

So Pelosi will probably still be speaker a year from now, even if her caucus is diminished. In the worst-case scenario, she'll be minority leader, with hopes of returning to the speakership on the strength of President Obama's re-election coattails. This is a small price to pay for the privilege of seizing control of Americans' health care.

To prevail, however, she will still need to persuade some Democrats who do not share her fervor for socialized medicine to risk their jobs for it.

Part 2 said...

Of course, even if the House passes this thing, it still has to get past the Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid has got to be the least happy man in Washington. Unlike Pelosi, he does not have a safe seat. In fact, liberal electoral maven Nate Silver ranks Reid as the most vulnerable Senate incumbent up next year.

The Associated Press reports that Reid "signaled Tuesday that Congress may fail to meet a year-end deadline for passing health-care legislation, leaving the measure's fate to the uncertainties of the 2010 election season." Another Associated Press report notes that far-left groups like MoveOn.org are threatening to campaign against moderate Democrats if they oppose ObamaCare:

The group said Tuesday it was launching radio ads aimed at moderates [Blanche] Lincoln and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., accusing each of "siding with insurance companies." It was also mailing sharply worded brochures to tens of thousands of households in Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and even Maine--home of moderate GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe--urging recipients to pressure their senators. . . .

Conflict between ideological groups and moderate lawmakers is not uncommon in either party.
Yet the intensity of the progressive arm-twisting--and the resentment it is stirring among targeted senators--reflect the stakes as Congress tackles the top domestic priority of President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

Even if Pelosi gets her way, there's reason to hope the Senate will be the death panel for ObamaCare.

Who is Doron Kornbluth? said...


Who is this guy who is on Tropper's team to do outreach to goyim? On his official bio he tells you nothing about himself. It seems that most of his speaking engagements as per his website are to completely secular audiences like the Jewish Federation of Greenwich, CT. I don't know that these kinds of people would pay to bring a speaker that is pushing Torahdik hashkafa. Since his coaching services include the sub-specialty of "interfaith marriages", is he just telling each crowd what they want to hear?


He is also employed by National Council of Young Israel's "National Speakers Bureau".


His Young Israel profile also tells you nothing about the guy. Is it a secret?

NCYI is the personal agenda vehicle for Pesach Lerner and Steve Mostofsky. And these are often corrupt agendas. When he is not busy taking communal money and attracting State Attorney General investigations (docummentation available), Pesach Lerner takes his marching orders from his rebbeim at Ner Yisroel and his former yeshiva chaver Avi Shafran of the Agudah.

Pesach Lerner worked hand in hand with the Agudah to cover up the Rubashkin scandal and kashrus violations.

Steve Mostofsky has been under investigation by the State Senate for witness tampering after he tried to intimidate several frum sex abuse victims.

NCYI counsel Marty Samson is the biggest expert in the country on internet related law. It is no coincidence that companies hosting websites hostile to NCYI are threatened with legal action.

Sheriff resign! said...


After Gruesome Find, Anger at Cleveland Police

1 minute ago

Residents near where 11 bodies were found in a house wonder why it took the police so long to investigate.

Im yirtze Hashem by Margo said...


Kerik Confesses to Cheating I.R.S. And Telling Lies

Kolko gets results said...


Marriage for Gays on Agenda in New York

Uncle said...

Bad news for the 40 hucksters. R. Elyashiv says any time you pray it works. Oh well they will be down to the basic 1 day package for those not in a stone's throw of the kotel or meah shearim.

OneCynic said...

UOJ, I've been one of your biggest fans over the past few years. . .

. . .but I personally know the founders of Western Wall prayers and some of the people who daven for them. My friend's brother founded the organization. It's legit.

I'm curious to know why you're convinced it's a con.

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

....but I personally know the founders of Western Wall prayers and some of the people who daven for them. My friend's brother founded the organization. It's legit.


Legit by who? The guys preying on a needy person's emotions and giving them false hope for a few dollars?

One can not purchase a tefilla, not from a Rebbe and not from anyone!

Anonymous said...

Tefila is great, and the concept of one person davening for another is mentioned in Tehilim, and countless times in Shas and other seforim. The issue is the marketing of a segula of the 40-day stuff, most of which is someone's marketable fantasy. One could fabricate a 40-day thing for Perek Shira, Tehilim, and countless other things. No one has the right to complain about davening. Even mekomos hakedoshim are beyond reproach. But the fabrication of segulos and building of an empire of profit making enterprises on this is abominable.

I did have a laugh at my mail this week, with a flyer advertising a mekubal that much resembled a flyer advertising plots in a goyishe cemetery. Is this ikvasah demishicho?

Rav Elyashiv Copies UOJ said...

In the latest edition of the “Dvar Hashem Zu Halacha” publication, there are a number of shailos that were presented to Maran Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. The publication is produced by Rav Moshe Fried, who frequents the home of the posek hador and presents various questions to him. The answers are then printed in the gilyon.

In the most recent issue, the following question was posed:

“In our times, it has become common that one who needs a yeshuah goes to the Kosel to daven for forty consecutive days. Is there any inyan in doing this?”

Rav Elyashiv responded that there is no basis for this. Every time one goes to the Kosel to daven, said Rav Elyashiv, his tefillos are accepted.

The answer is interesting in light of the fact that various tzedakos commit to have people daven for their donors for forty consecutive days either at the Kosel and other mekomos hakedoshim, suggesting that there is some special significance to davening at the same place for forty straight days. Rav Elyashiv says that there is not.