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Monday, February 08, 2016

Yisroel Belsky - Parting Thoughts "Shameless in his defense of convicted child molesters Yudi Kolko & Yosef Kolko, Belsky was just as shameless when he lied about the dangers of m’tzitzah b’peh and campaigned for a practice that kills Jewish babies."

BELSKY THE KRUM

  GUEST POST by Michael Lesher Esq.


            Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld once informed me (by email) that my accurate reporting on Orthodox rabbis who cover up child sex abuse was “one of the most treacherous acts…of modern times.” So perhaps it’s fitting that the one nugget of truthful information contained in Schonfeld’s encomium to Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, who died January 28, is that Belsky had a crooked mind.


“I asked him,” writes Schonfeld in an obituary posted February 2 on an OU website, “what was the secret to being able to do the [New York Times crossword] puzzle, and so quickly.” Belsky explained that he had trained his mind “to think as krum (crooked) as the puzzler!”

Indeed he had. How else explain a man who recently condemned the family of a young sex abuse victim for bringing the criminal to justice (anyone who “inform[s] upon a fellow Jew to the hands of the secular authorities…has no share in the world to come”) while, in the same open letter, falsely accusing the boy’s family members of being child abusers themselves?

In Belsky’s case, crooked morals went hand in hand with crooked thinking – a pattern Schonfeld appears to emulate. “His solid grasp of mathematical equations,” writes Schonfeld of his hero, “allowed him to compute in his mind some of the complex formulas necessary in kashruth computations.” Belsky displayed his “solid grasp of mathematical equations” by ridiculing overwhelming medical evidence that a mohel infected with herpes can endanger newborns by sucking blood orally from the site of the incision (m’tzitzah b’peh).

“Mathematically,” Belsky claimed, “the number of kids getting infected from metzitzah is so low that it doesn’t even weigh in as a percentage…. When the numbers are that low it is impossible to determine the true cause of herpes.” At that time, over an 11-year period in New York City alone, two infants had died, two had suffered brain damage and ten had been hospitalized from herpes following the use of the procedure Belsky defended so flippantly.

But what are a few dead or maimed children as against a rabbi’s ego? Belsky was incensed that New York City health authorities would dare to “come in and tell mohalim what to do,” given that “[t]hey don’t have any understanding of this field.” And just in case anyone doubted Belsky’s superior knowledge of that “field,” he told Ami Magazine that he himself could never infect an infant because he always rinsed out his mouth with Listerine before sucking blood from the penis.

According to Schonfeld, Belsky held as a “principle” that “what we do conforms to common sense.” Where was Schonfeld when Belsky was claiming – publicly – that Switzerland outlawed kosher slaughter “before the war” because legislators had spotted a Jewish lawyer, who had argued against the ban, eating in a non-kosher restaurant? Someone who actually believed in common sense might have consulted the facts before inventing fanciful stories about the history of kashruth. (Switzerland’s ban was inserted into its confederal constitution in 1893, long “before the war” and without any reference to a Jewish lawyer who ate treif.) But if Belsky preferred to make up facts, that must have been his version of “common sense” – right?

“He was also a kind and caring person,” writes Schonfeld. That will come as news to the child abuse victims Belsky slandered. It may also surprise others who, for various reasons (usually telling the truth), found themselves on the receiving end of Belsky’s venom. Shameless in his defense of convicted child molesters Yudi Kolko & Yosef Kolko, Belsky was just as shameless when he lied about the dangers of m’tzitzah b’peh and campaigned for a practice that kills Jewish babies. One might reasonably question the humanitarian credentials of a man who did those things. But hey – if you think exposing child abuse cover-ups is “treacherous,” as Schonfeld does, maybe letting kids die really does strike you as the act of a “kind and caring person.”

Or maybe Schonfeld has simply learned how to think as “crooked” as his idol.

13 comments:

Yerachmiel Lopin said...

Yoel Schonfeld of course works for the OU which gave Belsky a pass on his protection of the molester, Yosef Kolko.

He is also the man who used his power to defame the hasgachah of Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik in a sneak attack. He used his power in the Queens Vaad to force kosher stores not to sell Streits matzos, just weeks before Passover. This action was not based on any new information. He just chose the most damaging moment to attack. Nor was it based on any real problems with kosher.

http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2009/04/queens-5-towns-rabbis-work-for-ou.html

Yerachmiel Lopin said...

For many posts about Yisroel Belsky, apart from UOJ's activity, I have covered his misdeeds and disturbing connections to OU kosher in my blog, FrumFollies.Wordpress.com

Zephaniah Waks said...

Ah yes, good old "common sense".
Case Study 22, Child Abuse Royal Commission
http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/case-study/a5fd40f7-d96c-4043-9801-d4490fba4188/case-study-22,-february-2015,-melbourne
Transcript-(Day-C064).pdf
page 2: RABBI YOSEF FELDMAN, affirmed [10.04am]; EXAMINATION BY MS GERACE: "MS GERACE: Q. Good morning, Rabbi. A. Good morning. Q. Rabbi, you are presently the rabbinical administrator of the Yeshiva Gedola in Bondi, New South Wales; is that correct? A. Yes."
page 38: "Q. In 2002 did you understand it was against the law for an adult to touch the genitals of another child? A. I didn't know that as a fact."
page 63: "We as rabbis - rabbis are - most of them have a lot of common sense and a lot of knowledge of dealing with people, and they are learned to a large extent and educated"

Queens said...

Yoel Schonfeld is not a particularly bright guy. Check into how many members of Young Israel Kew Gardens Hills left when he took over his father's job.

The Queens Vaad kashrus regime Schonfeld is running through his puppet Chaim Schwartz is a farce that often is less than OU minimums. They of course lie to cover it up & insist it is "mehadrin". And they will try to destroy anyone who dares spill the beans on any of their kashrus scandals.

Amolikka Tzeiten said...

UOJ, please go back to that narrative of how Belsky got to be rosh yeshiva of TV in the first place!

How does the insider families power politics in TV work and what are the Belsky faction going to do now that he is gone?

Who is next to fill the void over there? There is a sense that they are relieved he's gone. The yeshiva has been building up quite nicely all on its own, with the work of the Balebatim and new Rebbeim, so having or not having Belsky there will make no difference to its current growth trajectory.

What happens to those "Batei Din" Belsky ran out of TV using his talmidim as dayanim?

Is it all R Wolfson's show now, with the Emoonies Yisrael people now be on top or what?

Please enlighten us, go back to that important narrative you were telling about the history of TV. Thanks!

Maria said...

I am shocked that when a talmid chochom died there is not a word from the commenters here saying they are sorry that rabbi Belsky died of a painful illness. I did not agree with lots of things he did, and am not an admirer BUT he did lots and lots of good things. Taught talmidim for many decades with dedication, encouraged many who were not great students etc. Was genuinely knowledgable in many facets of halacha, and learned with great dedication. When someone dies we should try to remember the good about them. Just like you believe that you are right, he believed he was.... so don't only look at the bad. any decent person says something like "I disagreed with him, but I am sure his death is a great loss to his family and appreciative disciples, rest in peace, Boruch dayan Emes."

In the name of the blather said...

Maria,

I am not sure if I am addressing a Catholic woman or a Jewish woman. But no matter as this all boils down to common sense.

Did you shed any tears when Dahmer was killed by another criminal?

Many more children were destroyed by Kolko while he enjoyed Belsky's protection than by Dahmer.

RABBI ISRAEL “YISROEL” BELSKY OF YITZCHOCK “BOB” FEUEREISEN [PART 1 OF 4] said...

RABBI ISRAEL “YISROEL” BELSKY OF YITZCHOCK “BOB” FEUEREISEN [PART 1 OF 4]

A new booklet about rabbi Israel “Yisroel” Belsky has appeared in this world. It is compiled by Yitzchock “Bob” Feuereisen of the Ner Israel Rabbinical College of Baltimore. This year Bob outdid himself: Instead of his usual ten+ pages, he produced forty, spending roughly two thousand bucks to print the booklets. At least two thousand to print his lunacy, folks! (But don’t you worry, he plans to cash in on Shlomo Rechnitz, Belsky’s billionaire son-in-law.) And, of course, he couldn’t do it without blundering out a cover error (אלתר in place of לאלתר). The booklet is available here: http://pdfhost.net/index.php?Action=DownloadFile&id=2df74148a87b87e1b8cae793c667c612 (Thanks, DiViDeByZeR0!) The last page has a cool photo of Feuereisen tanzen mit Baltimore leading rabbi Moshe Heinemann and local pious men.

All through the booklet Feuereisen extols Belsky as a “leader,” “genius,” “true עבד ה'‏ [servant of G-d],” “true עניו [humble man],” “אדם השלם [perfect man],” “giant in the spiritual sense,” “physical giant,” “holy, pure and caring נשמה [soul],” “wellspring of חזוק [support] and inspiration,” “individual who possessed great intelligence,” etc. According to Bob, Belsky “took nothing for himself and gave so much, to so many,” did “his best to rectify the injustice,” “always looked out for the needs of others,” and had “empathy towards everyone.” In short, “Rav Belsky was the "רבו אלופו ומידעו" [Avos 6:3], Rebbe, guide, and ultimate friend of all of כלל ישראל [Jewish nation]” (p. 13, 33).

Criticizing Feuereisen is silly because with each new line he piles up more and more idiocy, hypocrisy, and falsehood. It is also dangerous: Try telling him that many of his statements border on heresy, such as the one that three out of four Jewish New Years mentioned by the Sages “do not need to be called ראשי שנים [New Years], but our תנאים [Sages] felt it is an opportunity to be מעורר רחמים [arouse mercy] during the year when דרשו ה'‏ [seeking G-d] is not as relevant” (p. 9), and fifteen minutes later he’ll report on you, and your future may be seriously compromised. As Bob finger-wags his readers, “If one does not take advantage of this day, he loses not only the day, but the year and perhaps his entire future” (p. 6).

RABBI ISRAEL “YISROEL” BELSKY OF YITZCHOCK “BOB” FEUEREISEN [PART 2 OF 4] said...

RABBI ISRAEL “YISROEL” BELSKY OF YITZCHOCK “BOB” FEUEREISEN [PART 2 OF 4]

When Feuereisen does his usual outrageous invented cabalistic crap, it only initially looks ludicrous: “When משה רבינו [Moses our master] said "מי לה' אלי" [whoever is for G-d join me], he also invoked מדת רחמים [attribute of mercy] by being מעורר- awakening the greatness of the עקידה [binding]. The word "אלי" [to me] also contains the word "איל"- ram, which reminds us of the איל that was stuck in the thicket and was used as a תמורה- exchange for יצחק [Isaac]” (p. 7); “It is noteworthy משה רבינו uses the word "אלי" three times.... By repeating the word "אלי" three times, משה רבינו once again invoked the עקידה....‎ משה רבינו felt the need to remind הקב"ה [G-d] four times about the עקידה through the word אלי in order to protect and defend and to show his חשיבות [esteem] for בני ישראל [Jewish nation].... The ארבעה ראשי שנים [four New Years] are a רמז [hint] to the four times משה רבינו says אלי referring to the איל in order to be מעורר רחמים‎” (p. 8-9); “The message is clear. הקב"ה [G-d] is telling משה רבינו throughout the forty years in the מדבר [desert] you became that איל אחד [one ram], you became the symbol of the עקידה to be מעורר רחמים for כלל ישראל” (p. 11); “The פרשה [chapter] of the נשיאים [princes] has eighty nine פסוקים [verses] that is the מספר [number] of the word גוף [body].… The חיה [wild animal] does not show סימנים [signs] of אמונה [faith]” (p. 17); “The idea is that every Jew must be fit להקרבה [to be sacrificed], to be placed on the מזבח [altar].... After removing the word, "חיה" from the word "חגיגה" [festival], we are left with the two letters of "ג" that form the word "גג" which means roof.... He can now feel as if he has a roof over his head and does not have to worry about his next meal” (p. 18-19); “Why do people lose things? It is not because they are careless, it is because הקב"ה [G-d] wants the person to think about the loss of the בית המקדש [temple]” (p. 24); “The word קרניו [its horns] without the "ב" has the מספר of 366, which is the מספר of חשבון, accountability” (p. 32); “If one would count the words from "ויחי" [Genesis 1:31] until "אשר ברא אלקים לעשות" [Genesis 2:3], he would find there are forty one words, which is the same מספר [number] of the word "איל" [ram]” (p. 35).

RABBI ISRAEL “YISROEL” BELSKY OF YITZCHOCK “BOB” FEUEREISEN [PART 3 OF 4] said...

RABBI ISRAEL “YISROEL” BELSKY OF YITZCHOCK “BOB” FEUEREISEN [PART 3 OF 4]

In spite of this, when Feuereisen gets to Israel Belsky, it turns ominously ugly: “He was both the נשמה [soul] and the גוף [body] of כלל ישראל [Jewish nation]. Yes, when speaking of Rav Belsky we can say, "אבי אבי רכב ישראל ופרשיו" [‘My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and its horsemen’ -- Kings 2 2:12] (p. 17); “זכר לאברהם ליצחק ולישראל עבדיך ‘Remember for the sake of יצחק,‎ אברהם, and ישראל [Israel], Your servants.’” (p. 25); “Rav Belsky was recognized as a גדול בתורה [Torah leader] by all the גדולי ישראל [Jewish leaders]” (p. 20); “Anyone who came in contact with Rav Belsky, whether one knew him or not, just by looking at him, listening to him, or observing him, was able to say עדות [testimony] that there is an השגחה העליונה [Divine supervision], a בורא עולם [Creator].... He remained in תורה ודעת [yeshiva ‘Torah Vodaas’] all his life-almost seventy eight years. The word "לחם", bread, has a מספר of seventy eight. It can truly be said that Rav Belsky was a bread winner for תורה ודעת” (p. 27); “He was able to become the משה [Moses], the לוי [Levite] of our generation, who called out to all of ישראל [Israel],‎ מי לה' אלי", whoever is for ה'‏, join me", and join they did.... The word "מסוה" [mask] has a מספר of 111, which is the מספר of the word "פלא"-wonder.... Rav Belsky, too was a "פלא" to all of כלל ישראל [Jewish nation]” (p. 28); “The נביא [prophet] states, "וה' נתן חכמה לשלמה" [Kings 1 5:26: ‘And G-d gave wisdom to Solomon’], it can also be said, "וה' נתן חכמה לרב ישראל בעלסקי" [‘And G-d gave wisdom to Rav Israel Belsky’]. Rav Belsky saw and understood everything” (p. 29); “Rav Belsky attended תורה ודעת from early childhood and the השגחה [Providence] kept him there all his life in the בחינה [aspect] of "והנה איל אחר נאחז בסבך" [Genesis 22:13 /p. 29/: ‘there was only one איל /ram/ stuck in the bushes’]. As a result, his pure נשמה [soul] and גוף [body] were not compromised by outside influences” (p. 31); “Rav Belsky, the איל אחד [one ram] of our generation had to be protected.... In the name ישראל of one can find the letters that form the word איל” (p. 32); “הקב"ה [G-d] gave Rav Belsky another 208 שבתות [Sabbaths]. The number of 208 is the מספר of the name יצחק [Isaac] which alludes to the עקידה and "איל...נאחז בסבך" [Genesis 22:13]” (p. 36).

One might think that Feuereisen was simply unaware of Belsky’s dark side. Perhaps Bob with his poor knowledge of English even missed the Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yisroel_Belsky#Sexual_abuse_controversies? Nay, he could have read it in simple English too: “Belsky was criticized by other rabbis for his repeated defense of sexual abusers. Some have claimed that he intimidated victims of abuse. Belsky has publicly stated that victims should not report their rape to the police” (http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yisroel_Belsky). In reality, Feuereisen knows about the allegations, privately discusses them with folks who foolishly cannot keep their mouth shut, and publicly defends his guru: “Rav Belsky knew how to deal with all types of individuals especially when they got out of hand. He would know how to calm them down and bring them back to themselves and face reality” (p. 17). So why does Feuereisen engage in falsity? Here is the truth:

RABBI ISRAEL “YISROEL” BELSKY OF YITZCHOCK “BOB” FEUEREISEN [PART 4 OF 4] said...

RABBI ISRAEL “YISROEL” BELSKY OF YITZCHOCK “BOB” FEUEREISEN [PART 4 OF 4]

Earlier this year my friend Michael Lesher wrote that Belsky “had a crooked mind” (http://theunorthodoxjew.blogspot.com/2016/02/yisroel-belsky-parting-thoughts.html). I watched Belsky for many years, and I disagree with Michael. Crooked means not straight, but Belsky was very straightforward in his perversion. I’d rather say that Belsky, like his flunky Feuereisen, was completely, absolutely irreligious. And it didn’t start with protecting sexual criminals, it started even before Belsky began flossing his teeth with his beard on Sabbaths behind closed doors. (No exaggeration! He then even gave lectures about the sanctity of that day. Feuereisen: “Rav Belsky’s father, Rav Berel ז"ל once told him that the greatest thing about being a genius is what one does with it” -- p. 14.) The Mishna in Avos points out: “Rabbi Tzadok said: ‘Do not make the Torah a spade with which to dig’” (4:7). For Belsky, Feuereisen, and many other modern Machiavellian thugs the Torah serves as the means (spade) that justify their personal evil ends. So why do they dabble in the Torah and kitchen mysticism altogether? They seem to follow in the footsteps of the notorious writer Henry Miller who reveled in sex with whores at the same time enjoying good Bible passages. This is the general hallmark of our times: Even presidential candidates speak of admirable goals they endeavor, and you want to pinch yourself because you know their absolute dishonesty... In spite of that, I am happy that there are champions like Yitzchock “Bob” Feuereisen and I agree with Bob that “the בריאה [world] is not the same without Rav Belsky” (p. 27) -- their very immoral existence is the proof that change is coming: Gemora says in the end of Sotah that before the Messiah comes those who are wary of sin will be despised, and the truth will be absent. Feuereisen should be thrilled to recognize his special malign role in the upcoming events: You see, according to his cabalistic dogma, his own Hebrew name יצחק יהודה פייעראייזען has the 756 numeric value of פרעות [pogrom] and קרנות [horns]. Go, Baltimore Ravens, go!

RABBI ISRAEL “YISROEL” BELSKY OF YITZCHOCK “BOB” FEUEREISEN [PART 3 OF 4] said...

RABBI ISRAEL “YISROEL” BELSKY OF YITZCHOCK “BOB” FEUEREISEN [PART 3 OF 4]

In spite of this, when Feuereisen gets to Israel Belsky, it turns ominously ugly: “He was both the נשמה [soul] and the גוף [body] of כלל ישראל [Jewish nation]. Yes, when speaking of Rav Belsky we can say, "אבי אבי רכב ישראל ופרשיו" [‘My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and its horsemen’ -- Kings 2 2:12] (p. 17); “זכר לאברהם ליצחק ולישראל עבדיך ‘Remember for the sake of יצחק,‎ אברהם, and ישראל [Israel], Your servants.’” (p. 25); “Rav Belsky was recognized as a גדול בתורה [Torah leader] by all the גדולי ישראל [Jewish leaders]” (p. 20); “Anyone who came in contact with Rav Belsky, whether one knew him or not, just by looking at him, listening to him, or observing him, was able to say עדות [testimony] that there is an השגחה העליונה [Divine supervision], a בורא עולם [Creator].... He remained in תורה ודעת [yeshiva ‘Torah Vodaas’] all his life-almost seventy eight years. The word "לחם", bread, has a מספר of seventy eight. It can truly be said that Rav Belsky was a bread winner for תורה ודעת” (p. 27); “He was able to become the משה [Moses], the לוי [Levite] of our generation, who called out to all of ישראל [Israel],‎ מי לה' אלי", whoever is for ה'‏, join me", and join they did.... The word "מסוה" [mask] has a מספר of 111, which is the מספר of the word "פלא"-wonder.... Rav Belsky, too was a "פלא" to all of כלל ישראל [Jewish nation]” (p. 28); “The נביא [prophet] states, "וה' נתן חכמה לשלמה" [Kings 1 5:26: ‘And G-d gave wisdom to Solomon’], it can also be said, "וה' נתן חכמה לרב ישראל בעלסקי" [‘And G-d gave wisdom to Rav Israel Belsky’]. Rav Belsky saw and understood everything” (p. 29); “Rav Belsky attended תורה ודעת from early childhood and the השגחה [Providence] kept him there all his life in the בחינה [aspect] of "והנה איל אחר נאחז בסבך" [Genesis 22:13 /p. 29/: ‘there was only one איל /ram/ stuck in the bushes’]. As a result, his pure נשמה [soul] and גוף [body] were not compromised by outside influences” (p. 31); “Rav Belsky, the איל אחד [one ram] of our generation had to be protected.... In the name ישראל of one can find the letters that form the word איל” (p. 32); “הקב"ה [G-d] gave Rav Belsky another 208 שבתות [Sabbaths]. The number of 208 is the מספר of the name יצחק [Isaac] which alludes to the עקידה and "איל...נאחז בסבך" [Genesis 22:13]” (p. 36).

One might think that Feuereisen was simply unaware of Belsky’s dark side. Perhaps Bob with his poor knowledge of English even missed the Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yisroel_Belsky#Sexual_abuse_controversies? Nay, he could have read it in simple English too: “Belsky was criticized by other rabbis for his repeated defense of sexual abusers. Some have claimed that he intimidated victims of abuse. Belsky has publicly stated that victims should not report their rape to the police” (http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yisroel_Belsky). In reality, Feuereisen knows about the allegations, privately discusses them with folks who foolishly cannot keep their mouth shut, and publicly defends his guru: “Rav Belsky knew how to deal with all types of individuals especially when they got out of hand. He would know how to calm them down and bring them back to themselves and face reality” (p. 17). So why does Feuereisen engage in falsity? Here is the truth:

RABBI ISRAEL “YISROEL” BELSKY OF YITZCHOCK “BOB” FEUEREISEN [PART 4 OF 4] said...

RABBI ISRAEL “YISROEL” BELSKY OF YITZCHOCK “BOB” FEUEREISEN [PART 4 OF 4]

Earlier this year my friend Michael Lesher wrote that Belsky “had a crooked mind” (http://theunorthodoxjew.blogspot.com/2016/02/yisroel-belsky-parting-thoughts.html). I watched Belsky for many years, and I disagree with Michael. Crooked means not straight, but Belsky was very straightforward in his perversion. I’d rather say that Belsky, like his flunky Feuereisen, was completely, absolutely irreligious. And it didn’t start with protecting sexual criminals, it started even before Belsky began flossing his teeth with his beard on Sabbaths behind closed doors. (No exaggeration! He then even gave lectures about the sanctity of that day. Feuereisen: “Rav Belsky’s father, Rav Berel ז"ל once told him that the greatest thing about being a genius is what one does with it” -- p. 14.) The Mishna in Avos points out: “Rabbi Tzadok said: ‘Do not make the Torah a spade with which to dig’” (4:7). For Belsky, Feuereisen, and many other modern Machiavellian thugs the Torah serves as the means (spade) that justify their personal evil ends. So why do they dabble in the Torah and kitchen mysticism altogether? They seem to follow in the footsteps of the notorious writer Henry Miller who reveled in sex with whores at the same time enjoying good Bible passages. This is the general hallmark of our times: Even presidential candidates speak of admirable goals they endeavor, and you want to pinch yourself because you know their absolute dishonesty... In spite of that, I am happy that there are champions like Yitzchock “Bob” Feuereisen and I agree with Bob that “the בריאה [world] is not the same without Rav Belsky” (p. 27) -- their very immoral existence is the proof that change is coming: Gemora says in the end of Sotah that before the Messiah comes those who are wary of sin will be despised, and the truth will be absent. Feuereisen should be thrilled to recognize his special malign role in the upcoming events: You see, according to his cabalistic dogma, his own Hebrew name יצחק יהודה פייעראייזען has the 756 numeric value of פרעות [pogrom] and קרנות [horns]. Go, Baltimore Ravens, go!