Jonathan Mark writes in the Jewish Week:
…After Chabad ordination, he earned a business degree and in 1988 won first place in a national entrepreneurial competition. For many years he was the financial director for J & R Music World, and he still does business consulting. He wrote a critical biography of the Lubavitcher rebbe that earned him contempt within Chabad, though some fences are mended. But all the while, “I studied archaeology on my own and dreamed of creating this museum.”
Like most “attics,” the museum wasn’t quite officially founded but grew like Topsy and came of age in 2004 when it was validated by a five-page spread in the Biblical Archaeology Review. Its editor, Hershel Shanks, declared that this was the first museum that he knew of in the United States devoted to biblical archeology.
The rabbi, with “sweetness” and a “justifiable pride,” wrote Shanks, “has done what no one else in the United States (perhaps in the world outside of Israel) has done. … All the big shots, all the people with access to the most sophisticated knowledge and current excavations, have not accomplished what Rabbi [Shaul Shimon] Deutsch has.”…
But what of that biography of the late Rebbe?
…Let’s leave the rabbi now to his busy life, for he has to get “food for Shabbos” to the poor, with scores of volunteers. And a lot of food is delivered, “$5.5 million worth,” says the rabbi, in the last year alone. He has men coming to his shtieble to daven, he has a weekly column to write for Hamodia, and he has to get ready for his weekly radio show on the Talkline network. …
Conspicuously absent from the list of Rabbi Deutsch’s activities is the completion of that biography, originally planned to be five volumes. Two volumes were printed. The most controversial material would be in volumes 3 and 5, but they are not published.
The Jewish Week doesn’t note the threats Deutsch received on publication of volumes 1 and 2, the police protection needed or the Chabad-directed violence against him. It also fails to mention that the biography is incomplete. And it does not tell us whether Deutsch ever intends to complete that work. More than two years ago, Deutsch told me he was publishing volume three, and gave me some indication of when that would be. The time came and passed.
Just like Gary Rosenblatt, Mark’s boss, passed on the Rabbi Mordechai
Gafni clergy abuse story because Gafni was a friend of friends, Mark
passes on the real story here. When journalists like Jonathan Mark write garbage like this, ignoring Chabad’s criminal behavior and Deutsch’s enforced silence, they fail us all, while at the same time encouraging violence and anti-democratic action, just as Rosenblatt encouraged and enabled Gafni’s abuse.
Mark and Rosenblatt are the two most prominent Orthodox journalists in America. The operative word here is Orthodox, which increasingly should be read as a synonym for corrupt.