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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Everyone is talking about it on the street and in synagogues. Teachers and parents are talking about it at schools. No one can ignore it, and many people are terrified....

Web Teaches ultra-Orthodox Israelis About Sex Crimes in Their Midst

A 15-page indictment filed last month against a well-known ultra-Orthodox rabbi included detailed descriptions of sex crimes he allegedly committed against female relatives over many years. The indictment, filed in the Jerusalem District Court, caused an earthquake in ultra-Orthodox society.

The affair has been covered with unprecedented intensity on news sites for the Haredi community, but most of the ultra-Orthodox media – newspapers and radio stations – haven’t even hinted that such an affair exists.

The indictment has been shared on Haredi Facebook pages and in internet forums. It has been sent out via email and WhatsApp, and has penetrated the layer that has thickened in the ultra-Orthodox community over decades, if not generations.

The dissemination of the indictment hasn’t just broken down conspiracies of silence, it has ended the automatic lack of trust against the complainants and the accuser – the Israeli government.

Everyone is talking about it on the street and in synagogues. Teachers and parents are talking about it at schools. No one can ignore it, and many people are terrified.

The Bais Yaakov girls school in Elad sent parents a note with instructions on how to be cautious against any threats. “In case of any doubt, refuse and say no categorically,” is rule number seven out of 10.

Rule nine advises girls: “Be careful of people you know or don’t know, and don’t be tempted to go with them. Even if they approach you in a friendly way, break off contact, keep away from them and tell your parents.”

The defendant has only been known as “anonymous,” but now everyone knows who the 50-year-old is. He was a “supervisor” – a mentor in a renowned yeshiva in Jerusalem for older boys, whom it seems he has not harmed.

Some of the acts described in the indictment were allegedly committed in his office at the yeshiva. His fame as a member of the elite of the yeshiva world – with family connections that reach the highest levels of the so-called Lithuanian, non-Hasidic community – was a disadvantage in this case.

The names of three sisters, his relatives, have also passed by word of mouth; the indictment describes how he allegedly raped them hundreds of times. Two were victims starting in their childhood, and the violence allegedly continued after they were married, even in their parents’ home and while they were recovering from childbirth.

These purported acts against the two sisters are detailed in wording that is painful to quote. Still, the allegations have made their way in full to huge numbers of Haredim.

In fact, the Haredi community is agitated over a number of affairs that have been made public, including an indictment against another Jerusalem rabbi for extreme violence and sex offenses against his wife and other women. Also, footage has been taken that seems to expose sex offenders in the largely ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv.

Such revelations were exposed on the Hebrew-language Thou Shalt Not Be Silent Facebook page, which has been operating for about six months to let Haredi victims of sexual abuse tell their stories and receive help.


Slowly, and many years too late, the community’s leaders are beginning to respond.

Two months ago, the police held a conference of senior rabbis from Haredi towns on “modesty and holiness in the community” in order to combat sex offenders. Programs for students have been launched in a number of schools on the matter.

These are just the first signs of people speaking out openly, but over the past three weeks the best-known Haredi websites such as Kikar Hashabbat and Behadrei Haredim have followed the “supervisor” affair closely with both news stories and opinion pieces. They have also followed three other cases of sexual assault in the Haredi community, with some of the alleged attackers coming from the school system.

“We must talk about it!” wrote Avigayil Karlinsky, one of the women behind Thou Shalt Not Be Silent. “Every time such a case is publicized is one small step in a great, blessed process of increasing awareness and bringing this burning matter to the forefront,” she wrote for the Haredim 10 website.

Karlinsky told Haaretz that the “supervisor” affair has brought her and three colleagues on the Facebook page a new wave of complaints from victims, including against “figures even more senior and better-known.”

Haredi society is opening up to the existence of sex crimes, which Karlinsky partly attributes to the programs that have been introduced in the schools. In the “supervisor” case, no rabbi has come out in defense of the accused or claimed that the charges were a fabrication, which Karlinsky says is probably due to the accessibility of the indictment.

The case of fugitive Rabbi Eliezer Berland, who fled Israel after being suspected of sex offenses, is different. In Berland’s case, the Haredi websites and media have let his followers claim that he was falsely accused. This is almost certainly linked to Berland’s standing and his followers’ influence, and maybe to the fact that no indictment has yet been filed.

by Yair Ettinger
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.723948

6 comments:

Bluzhever (PART 1) said...

Yitzchak Robert Feuereisen of Baltimore's NIRC came out with a new publication: "A תורה [Torah] prespective on the life and times of the Bluzhever Rebbe זצ״ל (of blessed memory)." If he deletes the file, this is the original: http://pdfhost.net/index.php?Action=DownloadFile&id=6622bff40c202f2a918074f0cf3aa016 (all pages quoted here are according to this pdf file).

There is no reason to discuss the value of his pamphlet compiled in poor English and Hebrew (he could not even spell the word "perspective" on the cover). Only an unstable pseudocabalist could write such lines:

[p. 13-14]: The word מאד [much] turned around forms the word אדם [Adam]. Since he was the only one, there was no one to distract him…. [h]owever, when חוה [Eve] was created, she distracted אדם and caused him to eat from the עץ הדעת [Tree of knowledge]. {…} אדם הראשון [Adam] did תשובה [repentance] for 130 years. This signified that even though he was sent out גן עדן [Garden of Eden], he still had הקב״ה [God] with him. The word “עמך, with you” has a גמטריא [numerical value] of 130. [p. 16]: The name בלק [Balak] has a גמטריא [numerical value] of 132, the same גמטריא as the [Bluzhever] Rebbe’s name צבי יהודה [Zvi Judah]. The obvious question is what is the connection between the רבי [rabbi] and בלק {…} The answer is there is no connection between the רבי and בלק. {…} Rather one can say the significance of the Rebbe’s פטירה [demise] in the week of פרשת בלק [Numbers 22-25] is that if you take the name בלק and turn around the letters you form the word “קבל,” acceptance. קבל too equals 132, the same as צבי יהודה. [p. 17]: [T]he word “כאלה” [like these] has a גמטריא [numerical value] of 56. The Rebbe’s private residence was on 56th Street. The Rebbe through his כח [power] of עין טוב [good eye] was able to create his own פרדס [Paradise], his own גן עדן [Garden of Eden]. {…} The day the Bluzhever Rebbe was נפטר [died] was an elevated day, ערב שבת קודש [eve of Sabbath]. By השגח [Providence], it was also ט״ז תמוז [16th of Tammuz]. The גימטריה [numerical value] of ט״ז which is 16 has the same גמטריא as the word גבוה which means elevated. Perhaps הקב״ה [God] chose this זמן [time] for עלית נשמה [ascent of the soul] so that the Bluzhever Rebbe can go up to שמים [Heaven] and stand before the כסא הכבוד [Throne of Glory] and act as the שליח ציבור [cantor] and say “מזמור שיר ליום השבת” [Psalm 92]. {Note what Feuereisen penned last year about rabbi Efraim Eisenberg (http://baltimorejewishlife.com/news/news-detail.php?SECTION_ID=1&ARTICLE_ID=60803): Perhaps that is why הקב״ה [God] chose ט״ז סיון, the 16th of Sivan, for יציאת נשמה [departure of the soul] since the gematria [numerical value] of גבוה, elevated, is 16.}

Bluzhever (PART 2) said...

However, there is something more important in that pamphlet — his absolute hypocrisy. Feuereisen discusses the "terrible מידה [trait]" of slanderous speech and then remarks: "On the other hand עין טובה [good eye] is when one shows tolerance, when one is משמח [rejoices] with someone else’s success and is מחזק [strengthens] that person. He gives him self confidence" (p. 6). Fine, but this we hear from the man who has spent his entire life slandering and swindling others and destroying their lives. Feuereisen further asserts: "It is our מסורה [tradition] from the time of קבלת התורה [Covenant at Sinai] that is keeping us going" (pp. 16-17). Good, but this is said by the man who lauds the late rabbi Israel Belsky (a defender of every molester and crook) as one of the Torah "giants" of the generation (p. 11), who quotes his own father Gad Feuereisen (גד פייעראייזען) — unblushingly appointing him as "the legendary שמש [attendant] of the Bluzhever בית המדרש [synagogue] and personal גבאי [aide of] the Bluzhever Rebbe as well as the previous Bluzhever Rebbe" (p. 15) — but "forgets" to mention that his father, Herr Gustav Feuereisen, served with the German Wehrmacht on the eastern front (in Ukraine) during the Holocaust when the Bluzhever Rebbe was in the Nazi concentration camp. (Note that Feuereisen named the concentration camp in Lower Saxony where the Bluzhever Rebbe had been as "Bergan-Belson" and "Bergan-Belsen" instead of "Bergen-Belsen" [p. 10].) Robert Feuereisen must study the issue of hypocrisy in Job 8:13. And if he decides to meditate upon the numerical value of 813, I'll give him a hint — it equals ארור אתה [cursed are you] in Genesis that God pronounced on the serpent (3:14) and on Cain (4:11).

Bluzhever (PART 1) said...

Yitzchak Robert Feuereisen of Baltimore's NIRC came out with a new publication: "A תורה [Torah] prespective on the life and times of the Bluzhever Rebbe זצ״ל (of blessed memory)." If he deletes the file, this is the original: http://pdfhost.net/index.php?Action=DownloadFile&id=6622bff40c202f2a918074f0cf3aa016 (all pages quoted here are according to this pdf file).

There is no reason to discuss the value of his pamphlet compiled in poor English and Hebrew (he could not even spell the word "perspective" on the cover). Only an unstable pseudocabalist could write such lines:

[p. 13-14]: The word מאד [much] turned around forms the word אדם [Adam]. Since he was the only one, there was no one to distract him…. [h]owever, when חוה [Eve] was created, she distracted אדם and caused him to eat from the עץ הדעת [Tree of knowledge]. {…} אדם הראשון [Adam] did תשובה [repentance] for 130 years. This signified that even though he was sent out גן עדן [Garden of Eden], he still had הקב״ה [God] with him. The word “עמך, with you” has a גמטריא [numerical value] of 130. [p. 16]: The name בלק [Balak] has a גמטריא [numerical value] of 132, the same גמטריא as the [Bluzhever] Rebbe’s name צבי יהודה [Zvi Judah]. The obvious question is what is the connection between the רבי [rabbi] and בלק {…} The answer is there is no connection between the רבי and בלק. {…} Rather one can say the significance of the Rebbe’s פטירה [demise] in the week of פרשת בלק [Numbers 22-25] is that if you take the name בלק and turn around the letters you form the word “קבל,” acceptance. קבל too equals 132, the same as צבי יהודה. [p. 17]: [T]he word “כאלה” [like these] has a גמטריא [numerical value] of 56. The Rebbe’s private residence was on 56th Street. The Rebbe through his כח [power] of עין טוב [good eye] was able to create his own פרדס [Paradise], his own גן עדן [Garden of Eden]. {…} The day the Bluzhever Rebbe was נפטר [died] was an elevated day, ערב שבת קודש [eve of Sabbath]. By השגח [Providence], it was also ט״ז תמוז [16th of Tammuz]. The גימטריה [numerical value] of ט״ז which is 16 has the same גמטריא as the word גבוה which means elevated. Perhaps הקב״ה [God] chose this זמן [time] for עלית נשמה [ascent of the soul] so that the Bluzhever Rebbe can go up to שמים [Heaven] and stand before the כסא הכבוד [Throne of Glory] and act as the שליח ציבור [cantor] and say “מזמור שיר ליום השבת” [Psalm 92]. {Note what Feuereisen penned last year about rabbi Efraim Eisenberg (http://baltimorejewishlife.com/news/news-detail.php?SECTION_ID=1&ARTICLE_ID=60803): Perhaps that is why הקב״ה [God] chose ט״ז סיון, the 16th of Sivan, for יציאת נשמה [departure of the soul] since the gematria [numerical value] of גבוה, elevated, is 16.}

Bluzhever (PART 2) said...

However, there is something more important in that pamphlet — his absolute hypocrisy. Feuereisen discusses the "terrible מידה [trait]" of slanderous speech and then remarks: "On the other hand עין טובה [good eye] is when one shows tolerance, when one is משמח [rejoices] with someone else’s success and is מחזק [strengthens] that person. He gives him self confidence" (p. 6). Fine, but this we hear from the man who has spent his entire life slandering and swindling others and destroying their lives. Feuereisen further asserts: "It is our מסורה [tradition] from the time of קבלת התורה [Covenant at Sinai] that is keeping us going" (pp. 16-17). Good, but this is said by the man who lauds the late rabbi Israel Belsky (a defender of every molester and crook) as one of the Torah "giants" of the generation (p. 11), who quotes his own father Gad Feuereisen (גד פייעראייזען) — unblushingly appointing him as "the legendary שמש [attendant] of the Bluzhever בית המדרש [synagogue] and personal גבאי [aide of] the Bluzhever Rebbe as well as the previous Bluzhever Rebbe" (p. 15) — but "forgets" to mention that his father, Herr Gustav Feuereisen, served with the German Wehrmacht on the eastern front (in Ukraine) during the Holocaust when the Bluzhever Rebbe was in the Nazi concentration camp. (Note that Feuereisen named the concentration camp in Lower Saxony where the Bluzhever Rebbe had been as "Bergan-Belson" and "Bergan-Belsen" instead of "Bergen-Belsen" [p. 10].) Robert Feuereisen must study the issue of hypocrisy in Job 8:13. And if he decides to meditate upon the numerical value of 813, I'll give him a hint — it equals ארור אתה [cursed are you] in Genesis that God pronounced on the serpent (3:14) and on Cain (4:11).

Mordechai Harris said...

How did Gustav Feuereisen, serve with the German Wehrmacht on the eastern front (in Ukraine) during the Holocaust? How was that possible? Was he only of partial Jewish yichus? Sounds like a fascinating story, can you give more information?

Der deutsche Soldat said...

Mordechai, vai u sed Herr Gustav voz part Jüdisch?! Nein! Herr Gustav war ein guter österreichischer militärischer Mann! Blitz und Donner!!! Ich habe more gefunden über Herr Feuer-Eisen — http://theunorthodoxjew.blogspot.com/2012/05/etans-disappearance-revealed-that.html!