The Lies of the Rebbe, cont.

In his infamous 1983 letter to me responding to my pleas to help Ethiopian Jews, the late Chabad-Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote:

Equally, your claims regarding scholarships and other projects you
mention in your letter are not logical and they do not fit in with the
activities and duties of Chabad-Lubavitch institutions or
representatives.

Of course, this was complete bullshit. Chabad had long been involved in using these same methods to save Iranian Jews. (So, to be clear, had Satmar.) But Chabad’s operation had come to a halt early in 1982. And it was no state secret. Iranian Jews saved this way were very evident in Crown Heights and LA, and they didn’t hide how they were saved. Many had moved from the US to Israel, as well.

Many of you questioned me on this point, claiming Chabad had not used student visas to save Iraninan Jews. Well, just to keep the record clear, here is why you were so very wrong:

One late afternoon in October 1978, Hertzel Illulian, a Chabad student from Brooklyn, was silently praying mincha outside the Intercontinental Hotel in Tehran. He took three steps back after reciting the Amidah, the service’s central prayer, and found himself surrounded by a wall of men, secret police dressed in street clothes.

They threatened to cart him off to jail, eventually dismissing him and taking a local Iranian Jew instead.

This was a period of massive unrest in Iran, as pro-Ayatollah Khomeini supporters engaged in often violent street demonstrations against the shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who had imposed martial law and whose tanks and troops patrolled the streets. But Illulian, then 19, didn’t feel scared.

"I was courageous," he said. "I had the purpose to save Jewish children."

He was an official Chabad student shaliach, or emissary, working on behalf of [Chabad’s] Brooklyn-based National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education, and armed with the coveted blessing of Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Schneersohn. This was the beginning of his now-legendary mission to help transport about 3,000 young Jewish Persians, most ranging in age from 12 to 19, using I-20 student visas, from an increasingly dangerous Iran to safety in the United States.…

Illulian, who was raised in Milan, Italy, by parents born in Tehran, has a bona fide track record in this area. It was his idea to bring almost 3,000 young people out of Iran, working tirelessly from 1978 to about 1982 to accomplish it.

Sholem Hecht, rabbi of the Sephardic Jewish Congregation and Center in Queens, N.Y., who accompanied Illulian on his first trip to Tehran and assisted in the rescue, said, "There’s no question he played a very special role in the history of Iranian Jews in America."

The Rebbe lied. Ethiopian Jews died. Period. End of story.

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24 responses to “The Lies of the Rebbe, cont.

  1. Yehudi

    “Equally, your claims regarding scholarships and other projects you mention in your letter are not logical and they do not fit in with the activities and duties of Chabad-Lubavitch institutions or representatives.”
    Maybe that’s why you never received the letter. The rebbe chose not to send the letter out because he realized that this wasn’t true and he didn’t want to lie.

  2. Anonymous

    maybe you should write a poem about it

  3. “The rebbe chose not to send the letter out because he realized that this wasn’t true and he didn’t want to lie.”

    Chabad runs a 5 year long rescue of Iranian Jews, many of whom end up in Crown Heights next door to the Rebbe, and he doesn’t know this? Are you an idiot?

    And, by the way, the letter was filed and marked as sent. It was printed from the sent file by Kfar Chabad Magazine almost 3 years ago. I didn’t get it because it seems Yudel Krinsky snatched it, wisely, because he knew what I would do with it.

  4. Jank

    I agree with Yehudi – is it possible there is some easy, overlooked / absent minded / 2nd thought it wasn’t quite correct? or he simply decided for one of a thousand reasons not to reply?

    After all he is HUMAN, people do make mistakes or is it underneath the veneer of bitterness you aren’t so sure??

    Maybe you should write to him NOW and see what happens – you maybe pleasantly surprised..

  5. Barry

    Never seen a Stinker like Rosenberg with such a Chutzpah to the Rebbe. Korach was atlies A “Pikach” a wise man a rich man, had Yichus was a great personality, etc… You don’t even qualify to fall in to the category of “Cherseh,Shoite, Vekatan”.
    The day will come and you will come crawlling to the Rebbe for forgiveness. The Rebbe loves even such self hating Jews like yourself.
    By the way, how many Yidden where you Mekarev since 1983 in your neighborhood???????????????????????????????

    Wishing you a”REFUAH SHELEIMAH”

  6. Jank again

    OK Shmarya tell me this – how do you know for sure exactly what happened? – you don’t simply because you weren’t there.. claiming you do is as ridiculous as any defence laywer trying to worm his client out of hot water when he has lack of supporting evidence…

    Do you know what ASSUME stands for? ASS U ME – thats what you are making of both parties maybe its time to stop Rebbe / Chabad bashing and move on..

  7. You mean that Yudel took it? Ask him to deny he did it.

  8. Jank again again

    Shmarya you are asking the impossible, while I don’t agree which much of what you say I still listen, you are being hotheaded and full of self importance do you really believe for one minute anyone can remember ever single detail of what happened years ago??

    I’m going to email you get back to me asap

  9. Chaim

    So Rosenberg, the last time you got off your fat lazy tuchus to help Ethiopians Jewry was when? Why dont you put up or shut up and enlighten us all to your personal heroic efforts to do anything concrete other then point fingers at your betters???

    Been to Ethiopia with food and medicine?

    Rent an apt for even one family in Israel so you can take them out of Misrad Haklitah and give them a more comfortable roof over their heads?

    Adopt any Beit Israel children?(naw you cant take care of yourself.)

    Offer to sponsor any here in the United States?

    I will tell you what you do. You sit on your on your Parents dime, like those Kolel schnorers you think yourself so much above and do nothing, but nothing.

    Your the liar, your the one who is not sane.
    Accept it and you will find yourself on the slow road to recovery.

  10. Chaim –

    If any of what you wrote is true (it isn’t, except, perhaps for the description of my butt – and I can’t vouch for this, I don’t tend to look at it much) how would this change the facts?

    The rebbe lied. Ethiopian Jews died.

  11. An aside of sorts – now the Health Ministry is throwing away Ethiopian blood again. Don’t these people ever learn?

    Why is it so difficult for people to accept Jews who are not Caucasians? Why is it such a problem?

    This racism (against Blacks and others, as evidenced by the Israeli diplomat in Australia who just got fired after saying Israel and Australia were white sisters amongst the “yellow races” of Asia) will bit the Jewish people in the ass. Big time. REAL white people are way beyond this 19th century style blubbering, anyway.

  12. They don’t learn. They cannonize their mistakes instead.

  13. Chaim

    “If any of what you wrote is true (it isn’t, except, perhaps for the description of my butt – and I can’t vouch for this, I don’t tend to look at it much) how would this change the facts?

    The rebbe lied. Ethiopian Jews died.”

    A cockaroach will flee into darkness when you shine the light on it. Case in point, Rosenberg scampers away as usual.

    I really didnt expect any kind of rational answer as regards your feats of selflessness towards the Beit Israel, in fact I didnt expect you to be able to shove some facts in my face and make me eat my words at all, since someone like you would brag about it if only to further scoff at the doings of Chabad and its teachings.

  14. I tend not to list what I have done. You could ask Mendel Feller. Perhaps he could help you.

  15. Alemzeyed Mahbarit

    Chabad, Haredi, Euro Jew, Ashkenazi, The so-called White jewish converts, and etc. favour non Jewish europeans, gay jews and racists, criminals etc over Ethiopian Jews.
    I wish the world could turn upside down tomorrow:- Ethiopians on top and the rest of the world down!

  16. Scot

    Scotty boy,

    Do you REALLY care as much or do you just have more fun blaspheming the Rebbbe and Chabad and then enjoying all the responses that you have to reply to. I ten to believ that you truly haven’t done much to help Ethiopian jewry, besides the fact that it’s debatable wether thaye are authentically (halakhakly Jewishaltogether) Have they observed any of the mitzvot during their diaspora… How many of them are religious? How many Rabbi’s do they have? Why are they bringing so many problems to Israeli society today? Do you know what ludeness they have brought to to Israel? They are like the eiruv rav there…. It’s sick.

  17. “Do you know what ludeness they have brought to to Israel? They are like the eiruv rav there…. It’s sick.”

    Spoken like a true Klan member. Creep.

  18. Scot

    Scotty boy,

    Do you REALLY care as much or do you just have more fun blaspheming the Rebbbe and Chabad and then enjoying all the responses that you have to reply to. I ten to believ that you truly haven’t done much to help Ethiopian jewry, besides the fact that it’s debatable wether thaye are authentically (halakhakly Jewishaltogether) Have they observed any of the mitzvot during their diaspora… How many of them are religious? How many Rabbi’s do they have? Why are they bringing so many problems to Israeli society today? Do you know what ludeness they have brought to to Israel? They are like the eiruv rav there…. It’s sick.

  19. You do this double comment, cut and paste shtick one more time, and you’re banned. Got that?

    As I noted almost three hours ago in response to the first version of this comment of yours:

    Spoken like a true Klan member. Creep.

  20. Amir

    Scot wrote this:
    “Do you know what ludeness they have brought to to Israel? They are like the eiruv rav there…. It’s sick.”
    “How many problems they brought to Israel…”
    You sound like you know a lot! You don’t have any idea what’s going on in Israel within the ethiopian community – why it is difficult in the absorbtion etc. Since you made such blasphemous comments and insults, it proves that you are an idiyot so I treat you like one:
    IF you don’t like jews from different nations, then don’t ever come to the Middle East, stay in your Crown Heights borough-since it’s so great there! We are in Israel and we are here to stay!

  21. Alemzeyed Mahbarit

    Reply to Scot:

    What an apnormal disgusting creature!
    That’s exactly why there is a very bad image of Jews among other societies in this world;-people like you, who are self hating with ugly mentality that create chaos all the time.
    Anti-Orit science, homosexuality, crime and drugs, prostitution, bizzare culture, hate
    There was never such things in our Ethiopian community, in our history. I guess you never read what I wrote earlier. Only western aliyah is supported by the Israeli and RACIST Chabad society since they prefer these liberal, anti torah sience and business worshippers, instead of the Ethiopian Jews that only want to live prey for the coming of Moshiach in Jerusalem.
    Khara! too bad there too many guys like you!

  22. Saul

    So called Ethiopian Jews are not Jews at all.

  23. Scott,

    Hope you burn in the aching hot fires of gehenna for that comment. You shame all of Israel.

    “Woe to those who refer to good as evil and evil as good.”

    from a White, Ashkenaz Jew Boy

    PS: My next store neighbors had their brith conducted by rabbi Ovadiah Yosef zt”l himself. There was no conversion for them. Also, many types of types of Mighrabi, Mizrakhi, Bavli and Yemenite rabbis see no need for an Ethiopian conversion. So go sell your racist sh-t to someone who likes eating crap for dinner!

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