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Doctor Rich Roberts, famed Lakewood GOP Philanthropist (he donates GOBS of money to the GOP to purchase influence) and now chief antagonist of the Jackson Township government was recently interviewed on the radio. His comments and strategy are quite telling.
During the interview he talks about formulating a strategy, how ultimately “we’re gonna win” because eventually there will be enough orthodox Jewish families to form a “voting bloc” to force their will on local government.
“It’s impossible to fight our strong economic forces and strong demographic forces”.
Does this sound like a man that is leading a community interested in finding a mutually beneficial path forward or a man that is hellbent on forcing the will of the orthodox Jewish community on their new neighbors?
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Rockland County Legislature
James Foley, who was elected into office on a platform promising to confront the Ramapo political leadership, will be in attendance at his first legislative meeting on Tuesday, January 21st at 7:00pm.
Legislator Aron Wieder has now twice used the floor of the County Legislature to attack Legislator Foley while simultaneously claiming to want to mend fences and work together. We expect further childish antics from Legislator Wieder at this evening’s meeting and we therefore encourage residents to come out in force to show Legislator Wieder he needs to respect the will of Rockland’s voters who elected his nemesis into office.
If Legislator Wieder truly wants to put his past behind and begin working toward resolving the very real issues we face, we suggest that he drop the antics and begin a cooperative and productive discussion on development, code enforcement, and respecting the rights of others.
But we won’t hold our breath waiting for that to happen. This video of a recent Public Safety Committee meeting shows firsthand the public stunts that lead us to feel this way.
After all, Wieder has proven to be nothing more than a showman time and time again…..
The alleged victims of an Israeli teacher accused of sexually abusing girls at a Melbourne school said they were distressed and angry about further delays to her extradition case.
The Jerusalem District Court has granted lawyers for the former principal of the Adass Israel girls school, Malka Leifer, time to cross-examine members of a psychiatric panel that found the 54-year-old had been faking mental illness to avoid extradition.
The panel is meant to be the final assessment of Ms Leifer’s mental fitness after more than 30 previous examinations, many of which found her mentally competent to face trial.
Israel’s State Attorney’s Office had seized on its findings to press for a speedier resolution to the extradition hearing, so Ms Leifer could be sent to Australia to face 74 sexual abuse charges.
“The psychiatric panel’s findings lead to the inevitable conclusion that over the past five years, the court and the mental health system have fallen victim to a fraud perpetrated by Leifer and her supporters,” it said in a press release before the court hearing.
According to Zwiebel, there are some 160,000 students studying at about 450 yeshiva schools in the state, and most of those schools would need to significantly alter their curriculum under the proposed regulations. A better approach, he says, is to work with struggling schools individually to improve secular education.“We have to work on those things and get them straight and do it on individual school-by-school basis rather than creating a new aggressive oversight structure that goes, as far as I’m aware, beyond that which exists in any other of the 50 states,” he said.A similar fight has been playing out in Israel, where attempts by the government to enforce general education standards on publicly-funded ultra-Orthodox schools were met with fierce pushback from community leaders and their political representatives. Some ultra-Orthodox schools in Israel receive exemptions that free them from having to provide core classes in math, science, English and other subjects. Only 12 percent of ultra-Orthodox students received matriculation certificates in the 2015-16 school year, far lower than the 77 percent of students who did so in secular and modern Orthodox schools, according to a 2018 report by the Israel Democracy Institute.As in Israel, some members of the ultra-Orthodox community in New York worry that the proposed regulations are part of a larger effort to change their way of life.“The danger is that if you try to change one thing, it will not stop there. Tomorrow you will say that we need to change our dress code, the way of our beliefs, and so on,” said Volvi Einhorn, 28, a yeshiva graduate who now works at a design firm in Brooklyn.Einhorn said that ultra-Orthodox Jews can do well professionally thanks to the support they receive from others in the community. But Steinberg says that still leaves many people working at jobs far below their potential and does nothing to help people who decide they don’t want to live an ultra-Orthodox lifestyle.“What if I happen to not want to be part of the community anymore?” Steinberg said.Under the proposed rules, private schools that don’t comply with the regulations would lose funding for textbooks, transportation and other state services. If schools don’t comply and parents continue to send their kids there, the parents could potentially face jail time. The Education Department held a public commenting period that ended in September and is currently considering whether to enact the proposal.The proposed regulations stem from a 2015 complaint to New York City’s Education Department by former students of 39 Orthodox schools who alleged that they had not received sufficient instruction in secular studies, particularly English.The letter was organized by Young Advocates for Fair Education, or Yaffed, which advocates for improved education in Orthodox schools. Its founder, Naftuli Moster, grew up attending Hasidic yeshivas in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park and says he graduated barely being able to speak English.“[The yeshivas] want to continue doing what they’ve been doing, which in our view is mass educational neglect and depriving kids of an education, subjecting them to lives of poverty and dependence on government assistance,” Moster told JTA.
What to Know
- One detective and three civilians were killed during a targeted shootout and standoff at a Jersey City kosher market last month
- Two suspects, David Anderson and Francine Graham, were found dead inside the market; NJ’s top prosecutor said their motivation was hate-fueled domestic terror
- Investigators said Monday that a bomb found in their van could have killed or maimed people as far as five football fields away
The U.S. attorney in New Jersey and the head of the local FBI said Monday that the bomb found in the van of alleged domestic terrorists Francine Graham and David Anderson could have killed or maimed people up to five football fields away.
They also said there was enough material in the van to make a second bomb.
Four innocent people, including a veteran Jersey City police detective and father of five, died in the hail of prolonged gunfire. Most of the victims were found inside the JC Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Boulevard during what officials have described as a hate-fueled terror spree on Dec. 10.
NEW YORK (JTA) — Gene Steinberg was born and raised barely an hour outside New York City, but well into adulthood he could barely speak the language of his native country.
Raised in a mostly Hasidic community 50 miles northwest of Manhattan, Steinberg, now 43, attended schools where Yiddish was the primary language of instruction. Until age 12, he received only an hour of instruction in secular subjects each day. After that, the number dropped to zero. From early morning until late in the evening, he spent his time immersed in the study of Jewish texts.
When he went to enroll at a community college at the age of 37, he was told he had to take an English class aimed at new immigrants.
“I had a conversation with the person in charge and the first question she asked me [was], ‘When did you immigrate? What year?’” Seinberg recalled. “And I tried to explain to her, I didn’t immigrate. I was born here.”
Daniel Greer was sentenced to 20 years in prison, suspended after 12, last month after getting convicted of four felony counts of risk of injury to a minor. Connecticut trial Judge Jon Alander considered the testimony of no less than three accusers, ie., Rabbi Avi Hack, Eli Mirlis and Rafi when he sentenced pedophile “Rabbi” Daniel Greer, AKA “the Goat” to 20 years in jail.
In spite of the testimony of no less than three accusers, in spite of the fact that the Goat’s two loyal sons fled the compound, and in spite of the fact that Dr. Ford testified in the civil trial that Ezi Greer was molested by the Goat, the Goat received numerous glowing letters of admiration, love, and support. One such love letter was written and signed by “Senior” Rabbi Albert Feldman, Rabbi Emeritus of the Westville Synagogue, who stated: “After knowing Daniel Greer for better than a half-century, I can fully vouch for Rabbi Daniel Greer’s upright moral and ethical character and behavior in all situations.”
NINE years after three police statements were made in Victoria, a panel of psychiatrists has ruled alleged child sexual abuser Malka Leifer is fit to face extradition from Israel to Australia.
“We cannot believe this day has come,” alleged victim Dassi Erlich said.
“Incredible news! We knew this all along! Such a long wait! Justice has come!”
Leifer was first arrested in Israel in August 2014, but was ruled unfit to face extradition proceedings. A new panel of three psychiatrists was recently formed to give the Jerusalem District Court judge a new opinion on her mental health conditions.
The panel is due to hand over its report to the Jerusalem District Court today (Friday) and then it will officially be presented in court Tuesday, but an official with knowledge of the case told The Times of Israel that she has been assessed as fit to stand trial.
Child sexual abuse advocate Manny Waks said this is a monumental development in the case.
“It seem that finally justice will prevail,” he said.
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From The Jewish Press
Why do people hate us? What is it about us they despise?
But perhaps it has nothing to do with us. There is a drop of bitter resentment deeply ingrained in the human psyche that, upon seeing the triumph of a people so small, gives birth to loathing.
We Jews are leaders. We are at the forefront of scientific research, medicine, and mathematics. We are producers and directors of major films. We are prolific writers, thinkers, and artists. We are a tiny people. Yet, we are disproportionately represented among the world’s elite.
It is unpleasant to see a small person win. It is unnerving to see a lowly person, a person abused and ostensibly stripped of honor and dignity, maintain his humanity and kindness. It is unnerving to see him demonstrate a G-dly element, an element that is higher than animalism.
Humankind ducks its head, subconsciously ashamed of its own failure, disgusted at the success of the humble. Humankind is shocked that a nation that has been beaten, over and over again – abused, expelled, exterminated – can rise up again and again. Like a phoenix from the ashes, we rise reborn, renewed, and idealistic as ever.
We are man’s mirror. What he shies away from is merely his own reflection. We are showing him his greatest failures and his greatest possible success. And if you know anything about human nature, you know that man’s tendency is to distance himself from potential, to idle in the shadows. Man fears the light, and in seeing another’s, he seeks to extinguish it. Instead of feeding the flame, he attempts to smother it.
Yes, we are also human. Prone to evil like any other, involved in some of the most gruesome schemes. On the other hand, we are shining moral examples. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Moses, David, and Solomon. Maimonides, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
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PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO THIS SPEECH.
It is measured, eloquent and calm and specifically acknowledges that Rabbi Rottenberg does not believe that the community should be politicizing this event or that the community should be arming itself.
We might all be able to do a little soul-searching after these comments.
“We Identify with the hurt of all of the Iranians. We are Jews of the Torah, we pray that Zionist Israel will topple at the first opportunity.”
One speaker was noted Jewish community activist, Chaskel Bennett, who delivered a passionate speech defending the Chassidic community. In the article posted below there is a seven minute video of Mr. Bennett’s succinct remarks.
Bennett said that for every large scale attack such as Jersey City and Monsey there were also numerous small scale attacks. He stated that anti-Semitism is seen in many different forms and particularly mentioned that beyond the major incidences there were frequent and numerous occurrences. Bennett mentioned of particular concern:
1: Thugs cursing at Jews and committing knockdowns and similar random horrendous attacks on individual Jews going peacefully about their daily business.
2: Naftuli Moster, New City resident, founder of YAFFED and one of the rally’s supporting organizers for his work seeking to enforce secular education standards in ultra-Orthodox yeshivas. YAFFED’s work was said to be sowing the seeds of hatred towards Chassidim.
3: Some social media sites for spreading violent and despicable anti-chassidic bigotry on line. People were asked to call out and condemn the sites and the social media companies that host these sites.
We certainly agree with the first point made by Mr Bennett about knockdowns etc in New Jersey and elsewhere. Hopefully we will not see that type of thuggery become prevalent in Rockland County.
As to Mr. Moster, his activities should be very simple to resolve once the NY State Education Department and the government of NY State answer a very simple question as to whether or not YAFFED’s claims have validity. We believe that they do and we fully support Mr. Moster and the work of his organization. NY State monies should not be going to any institution that does not meet the standards required by New York law. If the State of New York finds that the yeshivas in question are in compliance then the matter can be closed.
As to Bennett’s criticism of social media we can only speak directly about this site. We would welcome a review of our content by New York State Attorney General Tish James and would fully cooperate with any such review.
As we have mentioned in an earlier post, to this end we have proactively written to the AG formally requesting a meeting with her to discuss any concerns she may have. We have also offered to bring several prominent people from Rockland County – about whose work we frequently write – to also meet with her as part of this review.
Finally, with regard to the social media platform that we use (Facebook) we have always successfully passed examination of our posts and will at all times continue to comply with this platform’s stated standards.
Throngs of demonstrators joined by elected officials walked solemnly across the Brooklyn Bridge in a solidarity march Sunday against anti-Semitism and all
The Rise In Attacks On Jews – What’s Behind It?
Here are some questions as they pertain to Rockland County that we feel were raised by the panel in the Journal Editorial Report:
1: Are the attacks pertaining to the ultra-Orthodox community – either physical or verbal (including criticism of its behavior on social media) – an indicator of social decay in Rockland County?
2: Are the secular and religious segments in Rockland County becoming uncertain and thus are becoming polarized and alienated?
3: Are citizens heading to a situation in Rockland County parallel to that in the 1990s experienced in the Crown Heights section of New York where tensions between the African-American and the Jewish communities boiled over into riots?
4: Are the new bail reform laws that were put in place recently by Governor Cuomo contributing to the rise of attacks on Jewish people by thuggish hooligans?
5: Is there a rise in anti-Semitism in Rockland County and if so does that rise indicate there is a lot of social anxiety resulting in disfavored groups becoming targets?
6: Is there a deeper problem in Rockland County that needs to be recognized and addressed?
We were stuck by the similarity of what we heard in this program with what one of our readers posted as a series of comments in several of our earlier posts a day or so ago. We believe that she correctly articulated some of the elements of “social anxiety” in Rockland County and we now would ask our readers if her observations give an indication of the “deeper problems in Rockland County society that need to be recognized and addressed?
‘Can this truly be happening in the United States? What has changed in the past generation? The answer is social media. A tool that is the essence of millennials’ pastime and even vocational endeavors, but now also serves as a vehicle of propagating hate and inciting malice and hostility.
Never before has it been so simple to indoctrinate the masses with the push of a button. This generation is educated by vindictive sociopaths instead of erudite professors. In an interview with The Associated Press, J.J. McNab, a fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, explained that the internet has played a pivotal role in assisting the most militant elements in disseminating their ideologies.
In early March of this year, I addressed state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer at a “Stop the Hate” event to combat anti-Semitism and discrimination. I implored them to act against the rising anti-Semitic and discriminatory inuendo that exists in our own backyard.
I quoted Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who visited Israel for the first time after the deplorable attack on a Squirrel Hill Synagogue where 11 congregants where brutally massacred. Peduto said, “Hate speech leads to hate crime.” This was my theme; hate speech leads to hate crime.
One month later, on April 5, Grewal and the Division on Civil Rights called for Facebook to help stem the rising tide of hate in New Jersey and across the nation by examining a Facebook page known as Rise Up Ocean County (RUOC).
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Just last week several “cowardly politicians’ sat silent as they were criticized in a meeting with New York State Attorney General James. In that same media one social media page, namely this one, was discussed and AG James was asked to do something about it.
This page was defamed when the attorney general was told that the “they” in the title of our page refers to the ultra-Orthodox community.
We have written to AG James with an offer to travel to Albany and meet with her in person and we have offered to have accompany us several leaders of various organizations struggling with zoning, fire, safety and educational issues in Rockland County. We also identified to AG James several politicians who are leaders in the issues about which we write frequently and indicated to AG James that we would welcome their participation in a face to face discussion.
We will keep you informed as to whether our offer of dialogue with the Attorney General will be accepted.
Meanwhile to our friends in Ocean County we await your return and to witness vindication of the constitution of the United States!
Note: This has been posted at our discretion. It is without the permission of the author but publicly available on Facebook. Click here for link. This comes in the wake of a terrible tragedy in Monsey, New York on the 7th night of Chanukah.
We wish the victims and their families a refuah shlema (speedy recovery) and peace for the family of the man who remains in critical condition.
We believe that this sort of “arming the community” is going to come with accidents, dangers and a necessary review by both State and Federal authorities on whether or not we really want all of our communities to start taking up arms. This, in our view, is a dark path, very dark. Combating anti-Semitic attacks, anti-anything attacks with combat weapons is a slippery slope.
That is our take. Yours may be different.
MONSEY, NY — The pictures that circulated on social media showed three men with long guns strapped to their bodies.
They stood outside one of the many synagogues in Monsey, New York after an attack on a Hanukkah celebration left five injured.
“People need to understand there’s no other choice,” said one man named Shlomo, who held a rifle as he spoke to Yeshiva World News this past Sunday near the *shul*.
Another man holding a weapon said, “One day, it’s a stabbing, another day it’s a shooting,” adding, “I’m clearly here to say, ‘Hey, don’t bother me.’”
A Rockland County man named Anthony Mele gave a “thumbs up” as the group posed for some photos.
Mele—president of AMI Global Security– told PIX11 on New Year’s Day that some Monsey men had called him within an hour of the Saturday stabbings on Forshay Road, seeking advice.
Five Orthodox Jewish men had been injured in the assault at a rabbi’s home, including 71-year-old Josef Neumann, who suffered a devastating brain injury that’s left him partially paralyzed.
Mele said he spoke to the men about something he calls a Jewish Tactical Defense Initiative.
“It is the concept that the community should be well-prepared and well-trained to defend itself at a moment’s notice, “ Mele said, “….which is perfectly logical, in this particular situation.”
“Self-preservation and self-defense is a human right,” Mele added.
But some locals became concerned when they saw photos of the men with rifles circulating on Facebook and on sites like Rockland Report.
They contacted PIX11 about the photos.
We traveled to Monsey on New Year’s Day to see if anyone was ‘open carrying’ a rifle, which is not permitted in New York State, unless you have a hunting permit or special permission.
We didn’t see evidence of anyone carrying a long gun Wednesday, and we asked Captain Marty Reilly of the Town of Ramapo Police Department about the incident.
“We sent one of our lead firearms experts, a sergeant in our department, ” Captain Reilly told PIX11. “He went over and physically inspected the weapons and they were compliant with New York State laws.”
“It’s alarming to some residents when they see people carrying weapons openly, so they voluntarily secured the weapons,” Reilly said. “The persons carrying it were on private property. The sergeant asked them if they could secure the weapons and they voluntarily complied.”
Anthony Mele told PIX11 that he had trained one of the men in how to use an M-4 rifle.
“The only person it should be alarming to is the person planning to make an attack against them,” Mele said.
Yet the nephew of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, who owns the home where Saturday’s stabbings took place, told PIX11 the rifles were not something their congregation endorsed.
“It was definitely not sanctioned by us,” the nephew said. “They’re not part of our community.”
Yet Mendy Hecht, who’s a Hasidic resident of Rockland County, said to PIX11, “I don’t think it is a problem. I mean, there is a Constitution and you are allowed to carry a gun.”
When PIX11 asked Hecht if that should include carrying assault-type weapons, he responded, “If you’re afraid, then yes.”
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KeyBank has sued a Hudson Valley religious charity and a co-founder for allegedly running a $950,000 credit card chargeback scheme.
KeyBank of Cleveland sued Mordechai Gold and BHMD BY on Chevron Inc., of Kiryas Joel, Orange County, Dec. 16 in White Plains federal court.
“KeyBank seeks to prevent the fraudulent transfer or dissipation of assets, including those assets that they have already tried to put beyond the reach of KeyBank,” the lawsuit states.
Gold responded in a court filing that the allegations are a “complete fabrication.”
The bank “has attempted to dress up its contract claim as being an elaborate fraud involving over 40 conspirators,” he stated, “yet KeyBank has proffered no evidence of fraud.”
Gold, 26, Yoel Shtosel and Joel Fekete set up BHMD BY on Chevron in 2015 to establish a place of worship, Bnai Yisroel, on Chevron Road, according to the incorporation papers, and to “support the spiritual needs of the community with providing free loans and to support the religious, intellectual, moral and social welfare among them.”
Shtosel and Fekete are not named in the complaint.
BHMD opened a settlement account with KeyBank in March for handling credit card transactions. Fiserv, a vendor working for the bank, processed credit and debit card charges for BHMD merchandise bought by cardholders, collected funds from the credit card banks and paid the merchants.
From April to early September, about $984,000 was deposited in the Keybank settlement account. During the same period, Gold transferred about $950,500 out of the account.
The transactions include $22,308 in cash withdrawals, $41,150 wired to a family trust, $84,000 wired to a member of Gold’s family and $533,996 transferred to Gold and BHMD accounts at NorthEast Community Bank.
Fiserv became suspicious and opened an investigation. BHMD was repeatedly charging the same, even-amount for transactions on high-reward credit cards. When the vendor questioned Gold, he said BHMD had been taking advance orders for Hebrew texts. Fiserv pressed for details, the complaint states, but Gold could not provide them.
Fiserv concluded that Gold and BHMD had colluded with customers to process fraudulent credit card transactions, collect the credit card rewards and steal the funds.
“BHMD and Gold then transferred the fruits of the fraud into outside bank accounts and took cash withdrawals,” according to the complaint.
Fiserv referred its findings to the FBI.
After KeyBank closed the settlement account in September, there was an enormous spike in chargebacks. Customers demanded refunds, claiming that the amounts of the transactions were incorrect, they didn’t recognize the transactions or the goods were not provided.
By mid-December, the chargebacks totaled $630,400, and KeyBank expects the number to surpass $950,000.
KeyBank had processed credit card transactions that resulted in $984,000 in deposits to the settlement account, “even though no actual goods or services were sold or delivered,” the complaint states. Then Gold and BHMD “plundered” $950,500.
The settlement account had insufficient funds for refunding the credit card banks, so KeyBank had to pay them.
Gold states in his declaration that BHMD functions as a charitable institution, raising money from contributors that it distributes to “needy families to help cover their costs (of) yeshiva, holidays, weddings and basic needs.”
BHMD had been offered a large supply of religious books and bookcases, he says, that it used as incentives to encourage donors to contribute $990,000 to his organization. But the supplier failed to deliver the items and BHMD was unable to honor its incentives.
“This resulted in a massive business failure in which over 40 contributors, disgruntled over the failure of BHMD to supply the promised items, issued chargebacks for their contributions.”
Gold said BHMD was unable to cover the chargebacks because it had immediately distributed the contributions to “needy recipients.”
The bank accuses Gold and BHMD of breach of contract and fraud. It is asking for a court to order to preserve all assets and for judgments for damages and enforcement of a personal guaranty Gold signed when he opened the settlement account.
KeyBank is represented by Manhattan attorneys Emily J. Mathieu and Brian K. Steinwascher. BHMD and Gold are represented by Richard M. Mortner of Manhattan.
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Thank you to the Mukatcher Rebbe for your voice of reason, thanking G-d for our United States.Please accept these comments with respect:
RLUIPA is a land use act that offers great power and should not be wielded lightly. With that power should come great responsibility. With that should come a self-policing against corrupt land-use practices, which are indeed the source of fights in Monsey, New York and Lakewood, New Jersey. It is not about religion. It is not about anti-Semitism. It is about over-crowding a country landscape and responsible distribution of public utilities.
The First Step Act is a prison reform act that too offers great power. It is intended to be merciful. But the unintended consequences of that mercy is the power of rapists to get information about their victims. Please, be merciful on your use public power. Mr. Nadler, please understand that one day, you might be responsible for the harm committed by those to whom you should an over-abundance of mercy.
All stated with great respect in an effort toward civil discourse.
The denial of education of Yeshiva children is a travesty of epic proportions.
Mayor De Blasio, the Mayor New York, and State reviewers are alleged to have conspired to deny children an appropriate education, an effort at assisting yeshivas in avoiding any form of mandated education for New York’s children.
The report released this week on the city’s yeshivas seemed alarming. Just two of the 28 yeshivas city officials visited met state educational standards. But on Friday, Mayor de Blasio said a lot of progress is being made, while also issuing a warning.
“All but five are going to get where they need to get. There are five that I think if they don’t make serious progress soon, they’re going to be in real danger of financial sanctions or worse,” said de Blasio.
Separately, independent city watchdogs this week said the de Blasio administration had engaged in political horse-trading, agreeing to delay an earlier, interim report on the status of its investigation… part of a deal to extend mayoral control of city schools. But as de Blasio pointed out, there was no evidence politics had played a role in the investigation itself.
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In a letter to the City Council last year, former DOI Commissioner Mark Peters said he encountered interference and “visible anger” from the de Blasio administration when it came to investigating the yeshivas. Peters was fired by de Blasio after a report showed he had misled the City Council and overstepped his authority by allegedly trying to take over the SCI, which helped produce today’s investigation. Peters argued that his ousting came at a convenient time for the mayor. De Blasio appointed Margaret Garnett to replace Peters, and the City Council confirmed her appointment.
“It’s certainly not OK that four years after the complaint, we still don’t have a report, and the fact that he mayor’s horse trading only contributed to the delay does not excuse it,” said Susan Lerner, the executive director of the good government group Common Cause. “So how many thousands of students have graduated without being fully prepared for today’s world?”
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Adherettes, the Port Melbourne signage company headed by Mair “Mark” Ernst, has gone into voluntary liquidation after operating for more than 40 years.
Ernst was at one stage listed on the website as a “prominent member” of Melbourne’s Jewish community.
Prominent is one way of putting it. He was a committee member at the ultra-orthodox Adass Israel School in Elsternwick during the mid-2000s, as the school dealt with claims of sexual abuse by principal Malka Leifer.
Ernst and wife Hadassa came under fire during the police investigation when it was revealed that Hadassa had arranged the plane tickets for Leifer’s midnight dash to Israel the night she was fired from the school.
The school paid for the airfares.
Victoria Police eventually charged Leifer with 74 counts of sexual assault and rape, but have been hampered from pursuing the case because Leifer fled before a warrant could be issued.
The Forward in an article entitled “Is it Anti-Semitism, or NIMBYism? Lawsuits Multiply with Growing Orthodox Population” are quick to excoriate criticism of the law abiding population against over-development. The article is quick to ignore the the lax building code enforcement and building inspections in Monsey, New York, Ramapo, New York, Rockland County, New York, Lakewood, New Jersey, Jackson Township, New Jersey, people are breaking laws. This is not about anti-Semitisim. This is about accountability.
While people like our New York State Attorney General Tish James are jumping on the bandwagon of RLUIPA and claiming that any review of development in the above-referenced areas is actually anti-Semitism, few are out there defending the law abiding citizens of the respective counties. Ms. James, isn’t defending against lawlessness actually in your job description?
The lawsuits, as noted by the Forward are filed on claims that RLUIPA which one might think exempts developers from following the laws of the land where they are trying to build. Our elected officials seem to be buying into this argument. I wonder if those same elected officials would be taking an equally zealous position if the developers were black, Hispanic or Muslim and trying to build for black tenants, Hispanic tenants or Muslim tenants. We think not.
As quoted by the Forward:
The lawsuit the developers filed last year was among a spate of similar cases in which Orthodox groups claim cities and towns in the New York area are being anti-Semitic in thwarting their plans for housing, schools and synagogues large and small. The suits are based on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, a law known as RLUIPA that since its enactment in 2000 has helped religious groups including small Buddhist temples and evangelical mega-churches combat opposition to development projects
On Thursday, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a motion to intervene in a long-running suit in which Hasidic developers have accused a town in Orange County of anti-Semitic intent in blocking their attempts to build hundreds of homes. The developers have filed suits at both a state court and in federal court.
“Blocking the construction of homes to prevent a religious group from living in a community is flat out discriminatory,” James said in a press release.
Housing intended solely for one particular community, while that community builds without obtaining permits and then greases the palms of code enforcers, is accepted as “protected by RLUIPA” but in reality, any building of any structures has certain codes that must be enforced. Law abiding citizens are saying, “The codes are not being enforced, corners are being cut and everyone is in danger and we want no part of it.”
Falling back on religious land use and the anti-Semitism moniker is an excuse to allow lawlessness. Ms. James, your comments above are a tacit approval of the brazen abuse of process that is occurring as those developers are trying to build. This is not about development, it is about planning, enforcement and responsibility. We hope you, Ms. James, will accept responsibility when 15 children are living in an illegal basement, rented by a second family and are killed in a fire because fire codes were not adhered to. Similar tragedies have happened in the past and will undoubtedly happen again, particularly when no planning is in place for fire hydrants, appropriately supplied fire departments and no one is properly inspecting the buildings.
1 Maple Avenue in Monsey, New York is one such example. At that location, a house was converted into a shul (synagogue) with no filing or approval of permits in an area zoned residential. Complaints to the building department went wholly unanswered. Calls to inspectors were not returned. And, when finally a stop order was placed on the location, the stop order was brazenly violated.
To Ms. James, to Governor Cuomo, to Governor Phil Murphy we implore upon you to set aside the mantra that every effort at stopping lawless development by any community is anti-Semitism. There should be no one group that is above the law. And, the expectation of law-abiding citizens is that you will protect us all, from whatever the threat to the laws of our land.
As one commentator to this post observed: “If no one is following rules I’m afraid soon vigilantes will appear in that neighborhood.”
That is the great danger all citizens face in ANY community regardless of race or religion where the government refuses to enforce law and order and one group does not follow accepted norms of legal behavior. Anarchy will follow accompanied by vigilantism.
That is too terrible a danger to be cavalierly ignored!
Over the weekend, while you were not working, we were. That STOP WORK ORDER that you put on 101 West Maple Avenue in Monsey was violated both Saturday and Sunday. This is the house turned synagogue, without a change of use or building permits, that was building a mikvah in the basement, without permits…in case you needed a refresher. Kindly take a few minutes and visit again today.
Please watch this three minute clip of Rav Elya Brudny of the Mirrer yeshiva at a recent Agudah convention on the “three Jews attacking Trump” and then read, if you’re interested, my remarks below. Thanks to Yossi Newfield.
This clip of Rav Elya Brudny of the Mirrer yeshiva, speaking about the impeachment hearings at a recent Agudat Yisrael convention is an illuminating and a fascinating document worthy of our consideration, in particular in regards to American Orthodoxy’s relationship to Trump but more significantly how many in the “Yeshiva Orthodox” world view their place, and the place of Jews more generally, in America. R. Brundy is not making a pro-Trump case here but decrying what he views as assimilated Jews (“they don’t even know what it is to be Jew”) leading the impeachment of a sitting president. R. Brundy views this as a breach in the precarious “covenant” between Jews and the “host” societies in which they live. That is, “we should be thankful they do not throw us out” and thus engaging in what he determines is the political morass of impeachment, endangers the Jews. He notes that the real place for the Jews is “eretz ha-kodesh” (curiously not saying “the state of Israel”) and thus we are guests here in America and should act like guests. Is this a kind of “sha-schtill” position? Should Jews just stay out of political controversy?
There are a number of things here worth noting. First, of course, given the present state of things, R. Brundy could live in Israel (which he views is where Jews should live) and chooses not to. Second, the notion of the Jews as “guests” contradicts, or at least, questions, the very nature of what America is for the Jew, the “Tri-Faith” society in which are, or should be, on equal footing with “Protestants and Catholics” (at least). The very notion of civil society in America is that we, and other minorities, are not “guests” but integral parts of the fabric of the society in which we live. His position is a difficult one to maintain in a democracy, more reminiscent of a monarchy and Czarist regime. Third, we do not know if R Brundy would have said similar things, or did say similar things, when Obama was being viciously attacked. What would he say, for example, about Stephen Miller, or other “unpopular” Jews in the Trump administration? In short, is this a political statement or not? Fourth, his denigration of those “Jews who don’t even know what Judaism is” (Schiff, Schumer, et al) seems like an old model of Orthodoxy’s animus toward “the left” that we can see at least as far back as the mid-19th century. How much is this also implicit in Orthodoxy’s Trumpism?
Finally, R. Brundy is a fairly well-known Rav in the Agudah world. He is a rosh yeshiva in the Mirrer yeshiva in Brooklyn. How common is this view? How much does this reflect contemporary Orthodoxy in its politics and its attitude toward those “Jews who don’t know what it means to be Jewish” which would include not only those referenced, but most or all non-Orthodox Jews in America (to say nothing of secular Israelis)?
Did Rudy Giuliani mastermind the massive oil privatization deal in the Trump Russia Dossier?
This factual report reveals the full extent of his Russian connections, and proves that his Kremlin relationships have reached directly to Vladimir Putin for a long time.
Time Magazine once called Rudy Giuliani an “honorary Texas oil lawyer” but his drive, his New York political image and connections, and his reach inside both the Kremlin and the Persian Gulf is what elevated Bracewell & Giuliani to be considered the leading energy law firm of the last decade, and why continues to rack up awards from its peers.
That was just a year after Rosneft had signed a massive deal with Exxon-Mobil — led by now-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — estimated to be worth half a trillion dollars, and after sanctions landed. Bloomberg noted:
The firm’s work for Russia’s state oil company didn’t stop the former Republican presidential candidate talking tough on sanctions against Russia.
Last year, Rosneft hired international law firm White & Case, LLP to represent them in their massive privatization transaction.
Coincidentally, Rudy Giuliani was a loss leader partner at White & Case for a brief time between his tenure in the US Attorney’s office prosecuting the Mafia, and during his first, failed campaign for Mayor of New York City in 1989.
Rudy Giuliani went from being a vocal fan of Vladimir Putin since 2014, and the Donald Trump’s top surrogate — under formal consideration for the high office Secretary of State in November — to hiding under a rock ever since the Trump Russia dossier was published in January, making just a single appearance on Fox News to crow about influencing the Muslim Ban, which subsequently failed because of his racist comments.
Ironically, it was Rudy Giuliani who indicted the founder of Rosneft’s other new shareholder Glencore in 1983, because Marc Rich’s business evaded US sanctions.
But the former New York Mayor hasn’t retired, and he’s still taking more on more infamous foreign business arrangements — including his most recent job with Greenberg Traurig.
That job required Giuliani to fly for a meeting with Turkish autocrat Reçep Erdogan — to represent a Turkish gold trader accused of violating US sanctions.
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Dec 5 (Reuters) – Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched an investigation into Glencore concerning “suspicions of bribery,” the company said on Thursday.
Glencore, one of the world’s biggest commodity traders, is already subject to a U.S. Department of Justice enquiry in connection with corruption in Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela and Nigeria.
The SFO confirmed https://www.sfo.gov.uk/2019/12/05/sfo-confirms-investigation-into-suspected-bribery-at-glencore-group-of-companies it was investigating the conduct of business by the Glencore group of companies, its officials, employees, agents and associated persons, but said it could not comment further on a live investigation.
Glencore has said it will cooperate with the investigation.
The company’s shares dropped 6% to 223.9 pence following the announcement, pushing it to the bottom of London’s blue-chip index.
Over the course of this year, Glencore’s shares have fallen more than 20%, pressured by broader concerns about safety and sustainability in Democratic Republic of Congo.
CEO Ivan Glasenberg told investors earlier this week he expected to step down next year once a new management team is in place. (Reporting by Yadarisa Shabong in Bengaluru; Alistair Smout, Julia Payne and Barbara Lewis in London; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Jane Merriman)
The former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer, who is accused of sexually assaulting female students, has lost a bid in an Israeli court to stop a further psychiatric examination to assess if she is mentally fit for extradition.
The Jerusalem supreme court on Tuesday rejected an appeal filed by Leifer’s lawyers against a district court decision handed down in late September that ordered a new psychiatric panel to assess and report on the 52-year-old’s mental state.
The appeal was heard a week before the new panel was due to present its findings to the Israeli court.
Leifer faces extradition to Australia on 74 charges of sexually assaulting students during her time at Melbourne’s ultra-orthodox Adass Israel school.
She fled to Israel in 2008 after the allegations emerged and the process to extradite her has stalled several times since charges were laid in 2013.
Dassi Erlich, one of her alleged victims, has been fighting along with her sisters to bring Leifer back to Australia. She had a nervous six-hour wait for a final decision from the supreme court’s judge David Mintz.
“With two months since the last hearing, Leifer has been front and centre of our minds and we almost forgot how emotionally exhausting and physically gruelling these hearings are,” Erlich said. “Time to breathe, sleep and remember we will get through this.”
In September judge Chana Miriam Lomp deemed there was not enough evidence that Leifer was mentally fit to face an extradition trial, even though court proceedings have been under way since 2014.
Israel’s State Attorney Office, acting as the prosecution in the case against Leifer, has produced countless evidence over the 61 court hearings that the accused is feigning mental illness to avoid an extradition trial.
At the end of October Leifer’s lawyers had stated she would not cooperate in the fresh psychiatric assessment. The district court judge ruled the panel should proceed anyway.
In court on Tuesday Leifer’s defence continued to claim there was no “rationale” or “authority” by the court for the accused to undergo another assessment, and it was unfair on the defendant.
The psychiatric panel will examine Leifer on Wednesday before presenting its report to the court on Tuesday.
The report will be discussed at next week’s hearing and both sides will then be given the opportunity to cross-examine the psychiatrists.
The victim supporter Manny Waks said he was pleased with the supreme court’s decision.
“We expect next week’s decisive hearing to rule that Malka Leifer is indeed fit to face justice, and that her extradition hearing will finally recommence,” he said.
“This ongoing farce must end, and justice must prevail – for Leifer’s victims and for other victims who are being deterred from pursuing justice.”
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All too often, protecting the family of the abuser is the excuse for covering up sex abuse.
Six followers of Hasidic rabbi and convicted sex offender Eliezer Berland were reportedly detained Sunday evening over suspicions of fraud and money laundering.
In a series of raids, police searched the suspects’ homes, seizing documents and bringing the men in for questioning, according to Hebrew-language media reports.
There were no details about the suspicions against the six, but it was reportedly tied to an investigation opened into Berland following a report by Channel 13 alleging he told a cancer patient not to accept medical treatment and instead pay him money so that she will live.
Berland commands a cult-like following among the thousands in his offshoot of the Bratslav Hasidic sect and has used his followers’ faith in his righteousness to bilk them out of large sums of money in exchange for mystical and religious rites, including blessings and promises to heal the sick.
After her daughter died as a result of the faulty non-medical advice from Berland, Nurit Ben Moshe filed a police complaint on November 7, with her lawyer arguing that Berland’s conduct constituted manslaughter.
Berland was not arrested as part of the raids, but his house was searched by police, according to the Behadrei Haredim news site.
The investigation into the death was expected to focus on trying to get inside information from Berland’s supporters, a tough task since they are a closed circle and tend to be extremely devoted to their leader. Many of them have taken violent action and threatened those who speak against Berland.
Berland fled Israel in 2013 amid allegations that he had sexually assaulted several female followers and was for years protected by a fiercely loyal network of cadres around the world.
After evading arrest for three years and slipping through various countries, Berland, 81, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in November 2016 on two counts of indecent acts and one case of assault, as part of a plea deal that included seven months of time served. He was freed just five months later, in part due to ill health.
Since then, he has resumed his activities as the leader of the Shuvu Bonim community, an offshoot of the Bratslav sect that has been disavowed by the broader Hasidic dynasty.
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Takewood Board of Education member Chanina Nakdimen thought he is pretty clever, cute even when he donned a YELLOW BADGE in response to an OPRA request filed by a taxpayer of Takewood. You see, public shaming is a part of the playbook written in Rockland County and now in full use here in Ocean County to bring gentiles into compliance and clearly Chanina was going for broke. He failed miserably.
The YELLOW BADGE dates back to the 13th century, a period in time that required Jews to wear a yellow badge that included the Star of David and the word Jude in the center to identify themselves as Jews. The practice was phased out in the late 17th century but then resurrected by Hitler and Nazi Germany.
We respectfully disagree and believe that his response to an Open Public Records Act request seeking the religious breakdown of school district employees, which Nakdimen is not, was a form of professional agitation. Okay not really professional, not even semi-professional…amateurish really but it’s all that he is capable of. Nonetheless, he was agitating. Now where have we heard that before?
Not long ago we ran a few stories about Nakdimen. We did so because at the time he was whining that there were professional agitators attending BOE meetings and that the BOE needed to stop pandering to them. In his mind, residents and taxpayers who are not Jewish are professional agitators. You can read that here: https://www.facebook.com/riseupoceancounty/posts/539877423444228
You may recall that Nakdimen earns his living at the School for Children With hidden Intelligence (SCHI), the founder of which was convicted of money laundering. SCHI is also the school that charges Takewood public schools $100,000/student or roughly $24,000,000/year to educate 200+ orthodox Jewish students with special needs. This says nothing of the millions more spent on transporting these special needs students and providing “year round care” by sending them to Jewish summer camps that are owned by SCHI and/or Jewish faux charities (Kars4Kids).
The gentleman that filed the OPRA request might be a virulent anti-Semite OR he might be aware of a lawsuit filed against the East Ramapo School District by a group seven black and Latino voters, as well as the Spring Valley branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The lawsuit claims that the at-large voting system has led to a lack of representation for minorities and seeks a system made up of nine single-member districts to be put in place. Currently the East Ramapo BOE is comprised of 8 orthodox Jews and one black woman. There is no truth to the rumor that her name is Token, her actual name is Sabrina Charles-Pierre. You can read about the lawsuit here: https://www.lohud.com/…/…/east-ramapo-ward-system/545143002/
During the Takewood BOE meeting Nakdimen offered the following statement:
“I have a quick statement to make. First, Thank you all for coming,
A concerned citizen recently made an OPRA seeking the “breakdown of our district staff by religion. As a “Hebrew” I have decided to fulfill his request by resurrecting the time-honored tradition of displaying this star on my clothing.
For the edification of the News Media, the term “professional agitators” is not fake news!
Lastly, with thanksgiving this week we should look for things to be grateful and thankful to God for- not hateful! Hate has no place in this town, this state, and this country! I yield my time.”
So in short Mr. Nakdimen says that we should all be thankful to God and not hateful, while mocking a legitimate request by a taxpayer in Takewood and thereby the individual who made that request, by wearing a most hateful symbol and once again invoking anti-Semitism and Nazi Germany all in the same breath.
Okay, gotcha Chanina.
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Rabbi Daniel Greer allegedly spent years and years hurting people, committing rape. A remarkable attorney, Larry Dressler, lost his legal license in events connected with Greer, events about which we have no direct knowledge but are in part explained below.
Dressler should be hailed a hero and returned to the practice of law. There are so many lawyers out there who know not right from wrong. Larry Dressler is not one of them. And we have remarkable admiration for him and for the judge on the Greer case. Had this been tried in New York, things might have been dreadfully different.
We will be covering the Goat story and the many institutions that knew he was engaging in harmful conduct that placed children in jeopardy and did nothing. We have received dozens of requests to provide information on those institutions and it is our intention to do so. We thank those of you who have been sending us this information.
Rabbi Greer’s money was apparently far too appealing for anyone to call him out and to save his many victims from a lifetime of hardship. Dressler was, yet, another victim.
With great admiration we are posting the most recent story as printed and formatted from the pages of Larry Noodles.
The Goat’s Motion for a new trial based on witness tampering was heard at 9:30 AM this morning before Judge Alander. The Goat wore an ankle bracelet that looked like a black tape recorder strapped onto his ankle. It was sticking out over his pants. The Ewe was there to support her Goat wearing that old ratty wig she needs to replace. The Goat is too cheap to give the Ewe money for a new wig but no expense is spared on his wet dream team of attorneys.
The State’s Attorneys Office had numerous investigators and State’s Attorneys in the courtroom. The Goat had his Yale wet dream team of Attorneys Grudberg, the Dow and the Dow’s college intern. The Goat also had Attorney Richard Emanuel, a top appellate attorney, in Court observing the proceedings. Emanuel will be filing the Goat’s appeal. I was present with my attorney John Williams, the legendary New Haven civil rights attorney who defended Bobby Seale and the Black Panthers back in the 1960s. John graduated from Harvard. The Dow and Grudberg graduated from Yale. The annual Yale-Harvard football game is this Saturday in New Haven. Harvard will beat Yale just as Williams beat the Dow and Grudberg today.
The Goat’s attorney Grudberg submitted affidavits signed by Goat secretary Jean Ledbury and former Goat science teacher Thomas DeRosa attesting that they felt intimidated by their interactions with Larry Noodles. Ledbury stated that she was frightened when Noodles said “Hello Mrs. Ledbury” to her while she was putting coins in the parking meter. She also said that she felt threatened when Noodles took pictures, along with another reporter from the New Haven Independent, of her and the Goat in her car in front of the courthouse. Thomas DeRosa attested that he felt intimidated by Noodles when I allegedly met with DeRosa at his house in Southbury wearing a baseball hat. Grudberg argued that these witnesses would have testified better had they not felt intimidated. Judge Alander was not impressed. Ledbury and DeRosa showed up and testified for the Goat. If they were intimidated they would have stayed home.
It didn’t look good for Grudberg or the The Dow. Alander was ready to throw out the Goat’s motion without hearing any testimony. The Dow was down 500 points. Grudberg then cried to Judge Alander that he subpoenaed the States Attorney and requested the production of all written communications between the States Attorneys office and Larry Noodles. Grudberg argued that Noodles was working for the State of Connecticut when he contacted DeRosa. Grudberg quoted the Noodles blog many times when he argued that I was an agent of the State of Connecticut. Does Grudberg know the difference between truth and fantasy?
The State’s Attorney objected to turning over communications with Noodles to Grudberg. The State’s Attorney stated that there was nothing in the communications that had anything to do with Ledbury or DeRosa. Grudberg said he should be able to see that for himself. Grudberg suggested that Alander review the materials by himself in chambers. Alander asked the State’s Attorney how many pages of communication existed between Noodles and the State’s Attorney’s Office. The State’s Attorney said that there were hundreds of pages of documents, along with court pleadings from the civil rape trial, and other materials, including emails and text messages, along with recipes for noodle kugel. Judge Alander didn’t seem very excited about reading a large stack of documents, and kugel recipes in his chambers. Alander ordered the State to give Grudberg the documents to review and if Grudberg saw anything important to alert the Court. The Court took a recess. After about a half an hour Grudberg told Alander that the attorneys all needed to meet in chambers. After some period of time Judge Alander came on the bench and announced that a full blown evidentiary hearing would be conducted on whether Noodles was an agent of the State of Connecticut and whether Noodles tampered with the Goat’s witnesses. The kugel recipe I sent to the State’s Attorney’s Office must have blown my cover as a rogue secret agent of the Prosecutor’s Office. I am still waiting for the State to wire money into my off shore Swiss bank account.
Former Goat science teacher Thomas DeRosa was called to the witness stand. He said he has a very bad back and is in constant pain. He said he takes Valium every day and has morphine patch on his arm. DeRosa spoke very slowly. DeRosa didn’t hear or understand half the questions when he was on the witness stand. The attorneys had to keep repeating and rephrasing the questions. DeRosa testified that he met someone at his house whom he later identified as “Noodles.” DeRosa said he read the Noodles blog and was fascinated by it. DeRosa said that he didn’t understand why I was named “Noodles.” DeRosa said that I came out of the bushes and surprised him while he was in his driveway. DeRosa said that I went into a tirade about the Goat raping 5 students and tying up 3 others. DRosa said he felt vulnerable because he didn’t have his cane or his back brace. DeRosa said he couldn’t defend himself if anything violent happened. DeRosa said he asked me to leave after 5 or 10 minutes. He said he went inside and got his cane and back brace and came back outside to see me but I had left. He said he could defend himself better with his back brace and cane. After I left DeRosa said he contacted the Goat and told the Goat that I was at his house asking him questions. He said he never contacted the police. He said he “couldn’t remember” if I told him that I was from the State’s Attorney’s Office. Judge Alander said to DeRosa, “Wouldn’t that be something that you would remember?” DeRosa couldn’t remember the exact date when I was at his house. DeRosa said he was agitated when he testified for because of his encounter with Noodles. DeRosa said that I was wearing a baseball hat, which he said he found to be particularly odd. He couldn’t understand why I was wearing a baseball hat. DeRosa clearly was too stoned to remember anything. He probably got his fentanyl patch mixed up with his morphine patch. I wanted to call 911 and have him admitted to Yale Hospital to detox. Judge Alander was not impressed with DeRosa.
I was called to the witness stand after DeRosa. My Attorney John Williams advised me to take the Fifth Amendment when I was asked about any encounters I may have had with DeRosa or Jean Ledbury, on the grounds that the Goat accused me of the crime of witness tampering. Judge Alander allowed me to invoke the Fifth Amendment. I refused to answer most questions. The only questions I answered were stupid questions that Grudberg already knew the answers to. Grudberg asked me if I attended the Goat’s civil and criminal trials. Duh! Grudberg is pretty stupid for a Yale graduate. Grudberg asked me if I pleaded guilty to a Federal crime involving fraud and dishonesty which caused me to lose my law license. Duh again! Grudberg wasn’t getting anywhere so he asked me whether I had any of the records of communications between me and the State’s Attorneys Office, listed on the subpoena that he served upon me. I told him I didn’t have any time to search for these records, if I even had anything. Judge Alander told Grudberg that the State of Connecticut just gave him all the records of communications between Noodles and the Prosecutor’s Office. Grudberg said that he wanted to see if I had anything that the State was missing. Alander shook his head and told Grudberg that he already had his documents and to leave Noodles alone. No further questions. The Dow crashed 1,000 points. The Goat looked very angry.
Goat secretary Jean Ledbury testified after Alander kicked me off the witness stand. Ledbury said that when she picked up the Goat at the courthouse she was accosted by me and Chris Peak from the New Haven Independent: “he came running toward my car. They got in front of me, so I couldn’t move the car toward them. They yelled at me and took my picture through the windshield.” Ledbury said that I approached her in the hallway of the Court and said, “I hope you know, either way this goes, you’re going to be out of a job. It shook me up, it got me rattled.” Judge Alander was not impressed with Ledbury’s testimony.
Grudberg called State’s Attorney Wilensky to the witness stand. It is extremely rare for a State’s Attorney to be called to the witness stand in a case she prosecuted. It takes a lot of chutzpah on the part of Grudberg to put a fellow member of the bar on the hot seat. The courtroom was packed with attorneys and investigators from the State’s attorneys office, public defenders, and court employees. Even judges from other courtrooms showed up to watch the show. The topic of discussion throughout the day was “Mr. Dressler” and whether “Mr. Dressler was an agent of the State” or part of the “Prosecution’s team.” With a poker face, Judge Alander read portions of my blog postings into the court record. Alander stated, “the Noodles blog posting of Oct 25th stated the following: ‘None of the post conviction articles have given any credit to Larry Noodles for helping to bring down the Goat. Against my immoral code as a convicted felon, I spent half the summer in the Office of the State’s Attorney tracking down, and convincing witnesses to testify against the Goat. I was impressed with the female dream team at the Office of the State’s Attorney. They set aside their entire conference room for the Goat case. They had boxes of goat files spread out throughout the office. They even had a flow chart on the conference room wall… I was surprised they asked a criminal like myself to assist them in putting away the Goat.’” I was flattered that my blog postings were making the Connecticut law books and will be cited as precedent for many years to come. Res Ipsa Noodles?
Wilensky testified that she had met with me many times and exchanged text messages because she wanted my help tracking down at least one state’s witness for the trial. Wilensky stated that she never authorized, instructed or inferred that I have contact with Ledbury or DeRosa. Grudberg argued to Judge Alander that there was prosecutorial misconduct and a new trial should be granted because Noodles had been “welcomed into the fold by the State, to assist with the effort to prosecute the case. This is someone working in tandem with the state to try to obtain Daniel Greer’s conviction. ‘You lie down with dogs, you get fleas.’ The State chose to accept help from this individual. When you do that, you’re bound by what he does. You can’t wash your hands of him when he steps over the line.”
The Noodles hearing didn’t end until 4:30 PM in the afternoon. Rabbi Notis was waiting in the hall all afternoon to testify for the Goat during sentencing. Sentencing never occured because the Noodles hearing went on all day. Sentencing of the Goat has been rescheduled for December 2nd. Judge Alander denied the Goat’s motion for a new trial based on Noodles tampering with the lokshen.
“The freshmen up at Yale get no tail so to satisfy their yen, they go out with Harvard men – the sophomores up at Yale get no tail so that half the freshmen class has to take it up the ass – the Juniors up at Yale get no tail so to release their frustrations they resort to masturbation – the Juniors up at Yale get no tail – the Seniors up at Yale they get tail but after three years with the guys they can hardly get a rise – the Bulldog up at Yale has no tail well after running through those halls he is lucky he has balls”
“The hand of G-d lay heavy upon the he-goats, the ewes, the crooks, the politicians, and the infidels, and He wrought havoc among them: He struck them with hemorrhoids.” I Samuel 5-6
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The chief rabbi of El Al Airlines, Rabbi Yohanan Hayut, has been questioned by police over suspicions that alongside his son, a notorious suspected conman, he defrauded hundreds of millions of shekels from business people.
Hayut was recently questioned under caution by police, Channel 12 news reported Friday.
Last month, his son Shimon Hayut was extradited from Greece back to Israel where he faces numerous criminal charges he previously avoided by fleeing the country in 2017.
The younger Hayut is believed to have traveled around Europe, presenting himself as Simon Leviev, the son of Russian-Israeli diamond mogul Lev Leviev. He used the dating app Tinder to contact women as Leviev and tricked them into loaning him money that he never repaid, earning himself the media moniker “The Tinder Swindler.”
In July, the 29-year-old Bnei Brak native was arrested in Greece following a joint operation by Interpol and the Israel Police.
His father is suspected of swindling people in Israel and abroad out of millions of shekels by presenting his son to contacts as Simon Leviev.
Hayut was questioned for hours regarding complaints by those claiming the pair defrauded them.
Police were also looking at text messages the rabbi sent in which he may have indicated he’d helped his son escape the country in 2017.
According to Channel 12, in one such message, Hayut wrote in apparent reference to his son: “Believe me, it was not a simple operation to get him out; and believe me, he is bringing in results that no one brought, so, my dear, [I] ask of you to give him what he needs and together we will see results, God willing, I assure you.”
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Thousands of rabbis from around the world descended on Crown Heights on Sunday for an annual conference of Orthodox Jewish Hasidic leaders — and a “class picture” of nearly 5,000 rabbis, who gathered in Brooklyn around their shared faith.
“It’s important for me to meet my friends, to strengthen my work, and do what God wants us to do,” said Rabbi Shalom Ber Sudak of London, England. “We want to encourage people to be close to the Yiddishchite, to be happy with what we are supposed to do.”
The rabbis flew in from across the globe for the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries — a yearly event designed to strengthen Jewish awareness and practice around the world, said one religious leader.
“I was invited, and have been coming for 50 years,” added Rabbi Joseph Hardman of Israel. “I represent 6,000 [disciples] that I’m here for. I’m very veshtatum — meaning I’m very satisfied here because they always make us feel welcome.”
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Subpoenas issued to people with ties to President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and his associates indicate a broad federal investigation into possible money laundering, obstruction of justice and campaign-finance violations, and suggest that prosecutors are looking closely at the work of Mr. Giuliani himself, according to people familiar with the matter.
In recent weeks, prosecutors have sent subpoenas and other requests to potential witnesses seeking records and information related to Mr. Giuliani and two of his associates, according to the people. The investigation, led by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has already led to campaign-finance charges against the associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.
The subpoenas offer the clearest indication yet that federal prosecutors are examining Mr. Giuliani’s consulting work. Among the entities named in the subpoenas are Giuliani Partners, a security-consulting firm founded by Mr. Giuliani in 2002 that had multiple foreign clients, including a city in Ukraine. The subpoenas also sought information on a company co-founded by Mr. Parnas that paid Mr. Giuliani for business and legal advice.
Mr. Giuliani said in an interview that he hadn’t been contacted by prosecutors and has denied wrongdoing.
Subpoenas described to The Wall Street Journal listed more than a half dozen potential charges under consideration: obstruction of justice, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the United States, making false statements to the federal government, serving as an agent of a foreign government without registering with the Justice Department, donating funds from foreign nationals, making contributions in the name of another person or allowing someone else to use one’s name to make a contribution, along with mail fraud and wire fraud.
Dating back to 2015, the private Instagram account of Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian-American indicted for illegal campaign donations, appears to show VIP access to President Trump and a close relationship with Rudy Giuliani. WSJ’s Shelby Holliday reports. Photo illustration: Adele Morgan
Messrs. Parnas and Fruman, both Florida businessmen and U.S. citizens born in former Soviet republics, have pleaded not guilty. A lawyer for Mr. Parnas didn’t respond to a request for comment; a lawyer for Mr. Fruman didn’t immediately comment.
Investigators have sought information from prospective witnesses about Messrs. Parnas’s and Fruman’s political and business activities, and how they intersected with the Trump administration and Mr. Giuliani’s work, according to the people familiar with the investigation.
The subpoenas also sought materials related to America First Action and America First Policies, two pro-Trump groups. Kelly Sadler, a spokeswoman for the groups, said the organizations contacted the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office last month and offered to cooperate. She said neither group received a subpoena.
Prosecutors alleged in the indictment last month that Messrs. Fruman and Parnas concealed the true source of a $325,000 donation to America First Action by listing it as a gift from an energy company they had recently founded. The super PAC said it has placed the contribution into a segregated bank account.
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After the dramatic announcement that he is going to file criminal indictments against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Attorney General Dr. Avichai Mandelblit in the near future is expected to make a similar announcement regarding Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman.
Litzman will face charges of bribery, breach of trust and fraud and Deri’s charges will include money laundering, fraud and breach of trust.
According to a report released by KAN News11 correspondent Mordechai Gilit, the attorney general delayed the decisions regarding Deri and Litzman until completing his work on the cases involving Prime Minister Netanyahu.
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SUNSET PARK – The director of gynecology at a local hospital was arrested by the FBI a few weeks ago for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old boy.
According to court records, it all began around May 18, 2019, when the FBI learned that Dr. Aaron Weinreb, a gynecologist at NY Community Hospital, had sex with a then-14-year-old boy prior to that date. It is a criminal offense to persuade, coerce, or have sex with anyone younger than 18 years old. It is unclear how the doctor and the boy met.
“What makes NY Community Hospital a great place is the fact that we have all the resources available, yet we’re not such a large hospital,” Weinreb said previously in a video. “So, we’re able to really be there, really able to take care of a patient on a personal level.”
On May 18, Weinreb allegedly sent a text message to the boy saying, “I was trying to demonstrate what our relationship probably is.. an older taking advantage of a vulnerable child.. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you.”
Around May 22, Weinreb texted the boy again. This time, he said, “I was strong last time.. but I was just showing you what an older guy does when he is so excited and sexually aroused.”
Later that same day, both the doctor and the young boy engaged in a conversation over text.
Around June 11, Weinreb sent the boy a text message stating, “When can we meet that you will be really horny and not tired??? I want you badly.. I’m available today.”
On October 9, the FBI took over.
They communicated with Weinreb using the boy’s number. On October 24, Weinreb texted to who he assumed was the young boy, “I do love when you suck my dick and when we cuddle your dick is always… solid hard.”
The same day, the FBI replied to the doctor, asking him to communicate on a private text app, to which Weinreb agreed, again thinking it was the boy asking. According to court documents, this is the exchange that took place on October 24 between Weinreb and the FBI pretending to be the boy.
FBI: “My parents have been so annoying lately.”
Weinreb: “Lol, I would be too if I had a 16 year old.”
Weinreb: “Just finished work.. I assume not today?”
FBI: “I’m sorry, just still sick.”
Weinreb: “I don’t mind. But no worries.. But then maybe Tuesday afternoon.”
FBI: “Yes Tuesday but I have school stuff into the afternoon.”
Later that day on October 24, Weinreb texted again. This time, he spoke about how excited he was to meet up in a few days. He wrote, “I want to cuddle with you and feel your hard dick pressed up against me when we snuggle.” He added, “I want to kiss you now.. I can’t wait till Tuesday.”
On October 27, the following exchange between the FBI and Weinreb took place via text message.
FBI: “Where are we going from there?”
Weinreb: “Very nice hotel down the block.. not like the place before.. You’ll like it.. and we are going to make love to each other in a beautiful way.”
FBI: “I love that.”
FBI: “And you promise you’re ok with my age?”
Weinreb: “Are you 15 or 16? Be honest.”
FBI: “I am 15, does that change things? I just want to be honest because I know you really care for me.”
Weinreb: “I suspected so.. but then you said you were a sophomore.. Wow.. Were you 14 the first time we met?”
Weinreb: “Omg.. my body is shaking now.”
Later that day, Weinreb texted again saying, “We are on for Tuesday!! And my dick is hard as a rock thinking about it.” He also said, “I want you to fuck me.”
The FBI replied by asking, “Can you bring lube?” to which the doctor said he would.
On October 29, Weinreb texted with the location and time to meet. At that time specified, the FBI arrived at Kings Hotel in Sunset Park and arrested Weinreb. According to court documents, Weinreb initially said he was a doctor and was at the hotel taking a nap. When he was questioned about a 15-year-old boy, he requested a lawyer. Later on, Weinreb confessed to having oral sex with the 15-year-old boy but admitted that he thought he was 16. He also admitted to having sex with another 16-year-old boy. According to court documents, “He indicated that he has a sex addiction to males who are much younger than him.”
NY Community Hospital has emailed Weinreb’s patients that he is out on emergency leave without providing any further details, sources tell us. We have not yet heard back from the Hospital with a comment.
Meyer Seewald, the director of Jewish Community Watch, an organization combating child sexual abuse in the Jewish community, released the following statement:
“We are horrified by the alleged crimes committed by Dr. Aaron Weinreb against a child and we are gratified that the victim and his family had the courage to report the abuse to law enforcement. We are further grateful to the quick and professional investigation launched by the FBI which resulted in the arrest of Weinreb,” Seewald said.”Recent revelations have made it clear that child sexual abuse exists in every religion, society, and community.”
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