Monthly Archives: October 2004

Hasidic Transvestite Murders Rabbi–Pictures Of The Rebbe Found Plastered On Walls With Porn

It Doesn’t Get Much Stranger–Or Much Sadder–Than This:

Goldstein answered the door in high heels, makeup, lipstick — and a filthy pair of slacks. He initially told police he hadn’t seen his roommate, but cops noticed a foul smell and found Sultan’s body in a pool of blood on the living-room floor.

The cause of death was listed as multiple blunt- and sharp-force injuries with a skull fracture and laceration of the brain.

Neighbors said Goldstein moved into Sultan’s apartment a year ago, after the older man’s wife died, and had been helping with the rent.

Inside Goldstein’s locked bedroom, cops found walls plastered with pornographic pictures and portraits of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, the Lubavitch sect leader.

Next to his bed stood a rubber sex doll dressed in black lace, with custom-made water-bottle-top nipples.

You can read it all here, here and here.

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The Documents

An English-language translation of the Rebbe’s letter on the rescue of Ethiopian Jews can be read here.

Information on Chabad, Holocaust Rescue and Ethiopian Rescue can be viewed here.

A rabbinic ‘protest’ to this website can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here. [It is also posted on the Adath.com website.]

[It is important to realize that I did not see the Rebbe’s letter written to me twenty years ago until it was published (without my permission) nine months ago in Kfar Chabad Magazine. If I had received the Rebbe’s letter then – in other words, if the Rebbe’s office had not confiscated it, which is what seems to have happened – I would have publicized it immediately. Chabad bought twenty years of silence by confiscating that letter.]

Please click on the thumbnails to read the documents. Thank you.

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Corruption, Chabad-Style: A Deal To Make The Rebbe Proud

From Ha’aretz:

It is hard to stay apathetic about the tender results for purchasing properties in Kfar Chabad, which were published last week. For each of the 171 tenders that the ILA published, only one bid was submitted.

In almost all of them, the bid was pretty close to the minimum price required by the ILA, and all the bids were won without problems, objections, or superfluous questions.

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Rabbi Steinsaltz On New Sanhedrin

A unique ceremony – probably only the second of its kind in the past 1,600 years – is taking place in Tiberias today: The launching of a Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish-legal tribunal in the Land of Israel.

The Sanhedrin, a religious assembly that convened in one of the Holy Temple chambers in Jerusalem, comprised 71 sages and existed during the Tannaitic period, from several decades before the Common Era until roughly 425 C.E. Details of today’s ceremony are still sketchy, but the organizers’ announced their intention to convene 71 rabbis who have received special rabbinic ordination as specified by Maimonides. . . .

Rabbi Ariel said that the rabbis there included many from the entire spectrum:
“Hareidi, religious-Zionist, Sephardi, Ashkenazi, hassidi, and many others – such as Rabbi Yoel Schwartz, Rabbi Adin Shteinzaltz, and many others… We can’t expect a great consensus; that’s not how things work here. But sometimes that’s how the process goes, from the bottom up.”

More here.

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The Alter Rebbe’s Son Converted To Christianity

Yair Sheleg writes in Ha’aretz:

Very few among Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidim know this story, and those who do go to great lengths to deny it. After all, it is not easy for the Hasidim to accept that Rabbi Moshe, the youngest son of the founder of their movement, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1902-1994) – better known in Jewish history as the Ba’al Hatanya and the author of the Likutei Amarim Tanya, a basic book on Hasidic philosophy – converted to Christianity.

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Discrimination, Chabad-Style

"Habad, one of Israel’s stronger orthodox religious groups, doesn’t recognize Ethiopians as Jews or allow their children into its kindergartens."

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Understanding Rav Ovadia Yosef, shelita

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A new biography of Rav Ovadia Yosef has been published:

Rabbi Ovadia’s life story contains all the stuff of myth: growing up poor, setting oneself an ambitious goal from childhood, a meteoric rise to fame, and upon reaching the top, a tug-of-war between heirs and members of one’s inner circle. . . .

At the age of 14, he was forced to leave the yeshiva, until one day the head of the yeshiva, Rabbi Ezra Attia, came to the store and begged the father to let the boy return. “If you need help in the store, I’ll stay. Keeping me away from Torah study matters less than keeping this boy away.” . . .

In this manner, Rabbi Ovadia worked his way up the ladder, waging a one-man campaign to “restore the glory of Jewish tradition” – which he did without any organization behind him or any financial backing. The outcome was not only a political party with 17 seats in the Knesset, but an educational network from kindergarten to higher yeshivas devoted to disseminating Rabbi Ovadia’s own teachings. These teachings were not a recycling of what he learned from his rabbis, but an attempt to create a cultural renaissance that would link Jews living in Israel today with the halakhic traditions of the inhabitants of Eretz Yisrael in the 16th century, when Rabbi Yosef Caro wrote the Shulhan Arukh. . . .

Without budgets, without a foothold in any ministry, Rabbi Ovadia began to spread his teachings, with a little help from his son. Only after Shas was founded and its people were instated in the Ministry of Religious Affairs did the marketing machine go into full gear.

In contrast, for most of his pre-rebbe adult life, the Rebbe lived a life of privilege, studied philosophy (and, less frequently, engineering), frequented the cafés of Berlin and Paris, and did not work to help Jews. Even after he was saved from Hitler’s (yemakh shemo) Europe, the Rebbe played no significant role in the attempt to rescue of the millions of Jews still trapped in Europe. Perhaps the Rebbe’s avowed preference for alleviating the “spiritual needs” of assimilated Jews as opposed to aiding the rescue of dying Jews is at the root of his inaction in the face of slaughter.

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