Yosef Yitzchak Feldman – Did not Know it Was a Crime to Touch a Child’s Genitals, Filing lawsuits?

 

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Yosef Yitzchak Feldman – Filing Lawsuits instead of Paying Reparations – 

Failed Messiah covered the news related to former Chabad Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Feldman for years. The accusations against him were, are and will always be in our view astounding. The news reported that he covered up abuse. He was in our view the quintessential Chabad denier of child sex abuse. He did not know it was a crime to touch a child’s genitals.

In our view there are so many people who have suffered, who will live a lifetime of suffering, it’s utterly and totally unthinkable. Yet, instead of apologizing, offering some sort of solace to the victims, paying damages for lives destroyed, Rabbi Feldman is filing suit, many of them.

What we find the most unconscionable piece of this entire story is trying to understand the source of the money for the lawsuits. Should that money not be going to the victims? What, as a Jewish community are we thinking following leaders who would allow this, even encourage it to continue by denying that “touching a child’s genitals” is abuse? By donating, offering support or paying for the lawsuits and ignoring the victims, every financial contributor is complicit in the crimes this former Chabad leader allowed to go un-prosecuted.  As far as we know, the crimes were not Feldman’s crimes, they were those of members of his synagogue, those against children entrusted in his care.

The Chabad ultra-Orthodox community in Australia should rethink its values, its views, its definitions of what it means to be a Jew. Something has gone dramatically and sickeningly awry if tzedukkah means supporting these lawsuits instead of the lives of the many victims these lawsuits truly undermine. There are no other words and even these are not adequate.

The following is a link to the countless accounts and stories written and published, followed and criticized, detailed and penned by Failed Messiah as Feldman claimed to be protecting kids and yet discouraged them from reporting to police – redefining sexual abuse.

After that follows a link to the lawsuits, numerous lawsuits. While we were unable to get our hands on the complaints, anyone with access is free to send them over and we will publish. 

Failed Messiah – accounts of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Feldman’s forays into redefining sexual abuse and arguing leniency for abusers instead of validation and understanding, compassion and justice for the abused.

The list (extensive) of lawsuits.

ADDITIONAL SOURCES:

Child abuse royal commission: Rabbi Yosef Feldman resigns as director of Yeshiva centre

The director of the ultra-orthodox Jewish Yeshiva centre in Sydney has resigned after last week telling a royal commission hearing he did not know it was a crime for an adult to touch a child’s genitals.

Rabbi Yosef Feldman’s evidence at a Melbourne hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was widely criticised by Australia’s broader Jewish community.

In a statement, Rabbi Feldman apologised for the comments he made to the royal commission and said he would step down from all responsibilities as the director on the board of management at Yeshiva.

“I apologise to anyone in the Rabbinate, the Jewish community and the wider Australian community who may have been embarrassed or ashamed by my views, words, understandings, recordings or emails about child sexual abuse or any other matter,” he said.

“I have dedicated my life to doing whatever I can to protect and assist all people in need including those who have suffered from any form of abuse, especially children, and it pains me greatly that words that I have expressed have upset victims and their families.

“In the future I will be more careful with my words, so that they are only a source of pride to the Jewish and General community.

“I commit to undertake formal training and education on how to identify, handle and report abuse allegations.”

During the royal commission hearing, Rabbi Feldman said not all abuse cases should be referred to police and that paedophiles should be granted leniency.

“I would be asking for more leniency on people who have shown that they haven’t offended in the last 20 years or decades ago, and have psychological analyses that this is the case,” he said on Monday.

He said the approach would show “when you do the right thing, you won’t get mistreated badly and it’s not the end of the world … then you are not treated like a pariah, like a scum of the Earth.”

He also told the hearing he did not know it was a crime for an adult to touch a child’s genitals.

Rabbi Feldman also said publicity surrounding child sexual abuse “encourages even people who may not be real victims or may want to be considered heroes” to go to the police.

On Tuesday a child abuse victim said the evidence given by Rabbi Feldman showed the Yeshivah community was “rotten to the core” and called for leaders who ignored molestation to be banished from power.

95 thoughts on “Yosef Yitzchak Feldman – Did not Know it Was a Crime to Touch a Child’s Genitals, Filing lawsuits?

  1. Just briefly to explain it further to you, I NEVER said that I didn’t know it was a crime to sexually touch genitals. It’s in fact legally allowed to
    touch genitals for many reasons including a Bris. She was trying to lead me on with the question as though I knew at the time that there was sexual abuse that I didn’t which is why I answered it literally. Look at comments on reddit (who don’t have an agenda…) who recognised this. Many times in the evidence I clearly mentioned that to sexually touch is a crime. Please read my evidence and submission. All of this is coming out in court which is why IBT settled.

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    • Mr. Feldman, you are being disingenuous at best and a complete and utter liar at very worst. You knew there was abuse, everyone did. We have letters, emails, which were sent back and forth between administration personnel in Australia indicating that there had been allegations of abuse dating back years. You can continue to repeat the mantra that you did not know that to which the reporter was alluding but that is a flagrant distortion of the truth. The IBT settled on a condition that they not acknowledge any wrongdoing, and they simply did so because you were too much of a nuisance for them to deal with, nothing more and nothing less. In their statement, a carefully crafted negotiated statement, they neither admit nor deny anything. Resting your laurels on that settlement is like resting a house on a cracked foundation. Eventually it crumbles. Please, for everyone on this thread, define what it means to SEXUALLY TOUCH. What is the distinction. Would a man bending a little boy over a desk or the mikveh and sticking his penis into the little boy’s anus be considered rape in your book or would it be some other version of what was and has been happening for years, a carefully crafted expression of some event that did not really happen the way the boy tells it? Would a Rabbi resting a child on his knee, rubbing his penis on the boys leg – through clothing, without actually (used very loosely) touching the boy but while staring that little boy in the eyes and kissing that little boy on the lips be molestation in your book or would it be considered “making nice” “comforting” or some other adjective you use to cloud the simple realities? These children believe that you and the rabbis are the face of G-d. You are ENTRUSTED with their care. That you cannot for one second in all of the back and forth on these threads acknowledge what has happened and continues to happen is a travesty. You are forcing the hand of G-d to Himself be deemed a rapist or a child molester, sighting scripture and using a brit milah as the example of touching a child’s genitals. That is beyond disgusting sir. It is difficult to comprehend how you live with yourself and the more we read your nonsense, the more unpalatable it all becomes. Reviews on Reddit? Are you kidding? You dispute the evidence without considering the nightmare that these children live with daily in their waking moments and in their dreams. Call it what you will but don’t play your readers the fools. What you said or did not say at the time is irrelevant since what you say now only serves to substantiate what those of us reading know you say and you believe. You have made yourself abundantly clear. You can continue to post but your very words sully the pages of this blog. They reduce the faith many of us had in G-d to dust because you seem to willing to diminish the acts of your own colleagues, friends, rabbi’s to “excusable” or “redeemable” and frankly we think neither is possible. It is our hope that some of those entities and people whom you have so generously and altruistically decided to sue (to clear your name, of course) fight you to the bitter end so that you no longer have the fall back position that IBT settled. You have provided ample opportunity on these pages for others to use your own words against you and we hope that they do so, quite successfully.

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      • Dear LM
        I Don’t know and I see that you certainly don’t know what you’re on about. I personally never covered up in any way CSA. I was asked about what I knew in 2002 and I didn’t know of the acts of CSA then. That’s it. I know it’s a very sensitive topic and one that’s the easiest to hate and abuse Chabad or its Rabbis with (notwithstanding that unfortunately CSA has taken place in probably all communities around the world and in a much worse way in scope quantatively than by Chabad individuals or organisations -as has been seen here at the RC- but hasn’t been exposed but whatever happened had really nothing to do with me as it didn’t with you in Australia likely (I don’t know who you are…). So as is usual for haters and bashers -that they bash with their own failures-, it is you re myself, who is really being disingenuous at best and a complete and utter liar at worst to further your agenda of hate and abuse…

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  2. Ever wonder why no one who personally knows Yossi has come here or to FB and said a nice word about him?
    We all know YossI is a honest, upright individual, a hard worker, who works hard for his money and knows the true value of a dollar. Oh no, he would never take others money and mess with the banks and credit card processors to create a huge ponzi scheme.
    And I mean, you don’t have to know him personally to know how great he is, just look at every second post of his. Yossi will constantly remind you that even the judge agreed with him not to sentence gug, (to even hint that the judge was on a similar plane as himself and able to come to a similar conclusion also shows on the humility of yossi. ) and, everything is justifiable, it’s simple. When you make a mistake, just flip it around and remind people that “there are people already settling with you”.

    And I can’t believe somone made this up about you:
    http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2015/02/exclusive-married-chabad-rabbi-under-fire-for-bizarre-positions-on-child-sex-abuse-recorded-asking-234.html
    Or I’m sure you won’t mind explaining it to us here how it was out of context too? I mean you constantly boast about your great relationship with your wife and 10 kids (you don’t kiss ), but I’m sure this was just a misunderstanding.

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    • Sharon, Yosef Feldman has not explained anything. He has self-aggrandized. He refuses to answer basic questions. He asked for a separate thread, we have him a separate page. He did not respond, numerically and in order. The Chabad is no different than the Catholic Church in regard to their willingness to settle away lawsuits and criminal cases against child abusers. That is more disgusting than anything else. That is the same position we take about the Catholic Church. The children in the care of these Rabbis (and priests) are, by virtue of circumstance, effectively being raped and molested by G-d through His Emissary. That is the most horrifying result. Our intention was not a character assault on Yosef Feldman’s personal life, though perhaps that is justified. It is an opinion on the things he states publicly (or omits publicly). The Chabad community worldwide needs to be taken to task. That organization makes all Jews look bad and frankly in our view it is akin to a cult no different from the Scientologists or Isis. Their methods of terrorism are simply different, there are more parallels, however than differences in each case. Yosef Feldman in our view is one of the political spokespeople in the Chabad Hierarchy, like Tom Cruise for David Misavige or Abu Ali al Anbari for Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. We don’t need to know with whom they want to have sexual relations or how they parent to know the wrongs they publicly whitewash.

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  3. Dear all
    I’ve spent way too much time on this site and my main intent was to point out the defamation against myself and to request it to be retracted and for an apology. I await to see whether LM will do the right thing. Meanwhile I’m going off the site and I likely won’t be responding to any more comments. If LM wants to let me know that he’s retracting and apologising and to discuss it, he has my email address. Anyone else can PM me from Facebook.
    Wishing all the best to all!

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  4. Firstly who else would be spending so much time defending myself? I’m doubting strongly myself whether it’s worth it. We’ll see if LM does the right thing…
    Secondly what’s the difference? The truth is the truth whoever says it.
    And thirdly you can message me on Facebook if you wish and I could verify it for you…

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    • I have little doubt you are in fact Yosef Feldman. I recall you commenting similarly at FailedMessiah. But I just like to be sure.
      I don’t use Facebook. Perhaps Lost Messiah administrators can do that.

      “Secondly what’s the difference? The truth is the truth whoever says it.”

      It makes a difference if the person posting as Yosef Feldman is not in fact Yosef Feldman. That would be impersonating another and a form of lying. Do you understand this ‘it’s not telling the truth’ concept?
      Anyway, I’m not here to give you any lessons in honesty. I just want to confirm that you are who you say you are.

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      • “Do you understand this ‘it’s not telling the truth’ concept?” Hilarious, blackly so. Now ask the same question to many/most of the witnesses in the Royal Commission (even worse there: they were under oath, & in the public arena, with media watching, but still…), Chabad HQ in NY at the time (“we aren’t following proceedings in the RC”, right, fooled us again). Etc…

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        • Zephaniah Waks,

          Chabad also has a big problem with the ‘lies of omission’ concept, a tool that has saved them a lot of expense and gets them a lot of donations.

          For Chabad, lies of omission are not an ethical question. They are a fundraising and cover-up tactic.

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  5. @feldman re: retraction. We are honest and while our goal is to carry on a legacy from FM, we recognise that our tone is different. In your request for a retraction and apology you say that suing is not profitable because the lawyers need to get paid. Earlier on, in your first comments wherein we asked you about the money for suing, you said that to is not costing anything. It is pro bono. You indicated that philanthropic attorneys were handling it lest you be vindicated. If this is pro bono, why are there attorneys’ fees? And you also comment that you did not understand the context of the touching genitalia because you did not know these unholy crimes were taking place. However, in the same articles you were arguing for leniency, for what? Crimes you did not know were being committed? Did you know sir that sexual abuse has the highest rate of recidivism of any crime? There is no “recovering” sexual abuser. They don’t recover, well, unless you castrate them, cut off their fingers and cut out their tongues? Yes. That is rather a gruesome picture to paint. It does not however help a child victim recover so there is little point, except to say that crimes like that deserve stricter punishments not mercy. Perhaps you send us receipts and copies of all of the work you are doing to help victims and to speak out LOUDLY AGAINST the Chabad community hierarchy trying to protect abusers or cover up crimes and we will print words of praise. We have little reason to retract and no reason to apologise. If you win your suits, on the merits, we will print it. A settlement means only that there is a diminishing law of returns and not worth fighting. It is a poor excuse for a victory. You want an honest response than show us someone is doing something honest to help generations present, past and future, of past, present or potential child victims. That would, indeed warrant praise.

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    • Firstly it is pro bono and if I lose I don’t owe them anything but if I win then obviously they’d want and Id want to pay them for their costs…

      Re leniency, again if you’d read the evidence you’d know. There were 3 perpetrators. One was in my charge thst before he left I didn’t know that there was sexual abuse. The other one who was a friend of mine in my younger years but didn’t have real remorse is in jail. The third one (Gug) who had remorse and paid his victims is, who I argued, should have leniency and the judge actually showed him leniency and gave him a suspended sentence.

      Did you know that there are different sort of abusers. There are some who act out of a natural tendency for sexual relations with little children and don’t control themselves. There are some with sexual attraction for young adults who don’t control themselves and there are some who abuse because they were abused. And in each group there are all sorts. Some can certainly and have been rehabilitated and the one who I called for leniency was from the category which I saw the report that he was rehabilitated with very little or no risk of reoffending…

      I am not looking for words of praise from yourself or from anyone else (besides from my parents and wife…) and even from my recipients! I do what I do as it’s the right thing. As I said in Sydney it is well known and even the paper reported how I help people and victims. The outrageous defamation against me was generated by the anti Chabad forces and so be it.

      As you may know all Chabad institutions here are working hard to rectify any mistakes made in the past and even M Waks met with the Groners to make peace as it was reported. Any mistakes were made -not because of not caring for the victims. But because of not realising the serious effect on the victims and how best to deal with it at the time. This is not the case now in Australia or in any Chabad institution in the world that I know of at present. Everyone is trying their best. Otherwise the reporting negatively is just Loshon Horo and hoitsoas Shel Ru as you see how you got it all wrong in my case. You attacked Chabad for supporting me in my cases. WRONG YOU SHOULD RETRACT AND APOLOGISE FORTHAT. You attacked myself for saying that I held that touching genitals sexually isn’t a crime. WRONG AND YOU SHOULD APOLOGISE FOR THAT.

      So instead of being a publicly false holier than thou person with me, do the right thing and make an article of retracting and apologising FOR ABUSING MYSELF IF YOU REALLY GENUINLY, SINCERELY AND HONESTLY care about abuse. Let’s see you have the courage not to do the easy thing by being a hero for all those Orthodox Jew haters but by showing you’re a person of integrity that when you make a mistake in a abusing someone you retract and apologise. If you don’t all you are is the Orthodox Jew basher protector and not an abuse protector…

      Btw a settlement may be to negate further costs but not an apology. Please read the apology. IBT understood they did the wrong thing an apologised because they don’t have the Jew bashing agenda. Let’s see if you can be as proper as these Goyim or you’re just a real continuation of Shmarya who ultimately no one of substance took seriously because it was clearly seen that he had an agenda and acted improperly accordingly and those loser Jew bashers couldn’t even support him because he was just catering to the low class substandard humans who couldn’t make a living. Is that the direction you want to go?

      I’m awaiting to see whether you’ll do the right thing resgarding your abuse of myself and Chabad or if you’re just a reincarnate Shmarya to end up like him. It’s your choice…

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      • “As you may know all Chabad institutions here are working hard to rectify any mistakes made in the past”
        1. covering up does not qualify as “rectify”;
        2. therefore, ongoing harassment of victims, their families & supporters in Yeshivah Centre Melbourne disqualifies the use of the word “all”;
        3. I assume as a religious Jew you would insist that all the elements of Tshuvah be fulfilled by the offending parties towards victims: this is most glaringly not the case.

        Talk is cheap…

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        • Tzefania
          You know that Melbourne is going through a process of change in management so as not to cover up further and RY Smukler as principal emphasised that and as you know he was genuine. Even any old management is trying to make peace like with the Groners. There’s never perfection but you know that the management and most normal people are trying their best to do the right thing in rectifying the past…
          If you had any practical suggestions that I could deal with -notwithstanding my own real problems in this issue because of the defamation of myself and its consequences- I’d be delighted to help in whatever way I can…

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      • Dear LM

        There were a few typos so I edited it and sent it to your email address.

        Awaiting for you to do the right thing…

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      • One point on the IBT ‘apology’ that you keep mentioning as proof that they are sorry and they know they are wrong.
        Ive read the apology and while it may be called that in ‘Australian’ and while it clearly serves a LEGAL purpose in Australia, in American it looks like nothing more than a meaningless LEGAL statement meant to forestall a lawsuit.It does not say anything about the facts were wrong or that they misreported.

        It does say… ‘nor did we intend it to suggest’…’one should not conclude from…testimony…’
        This statement suggests that defamation in Australia – unlike many other places- does not allow publication of the super obvious ramifications of someone’s statement, i.e. what any ‘reasonable person’ (used here as the general American legal concept not specifically for defamation) would conclude.

        So basically they seem to be saying something along the lines of:
        If you thought the Rabbi does not think X is wrong because you read the testimony then good on you. If you think the Rabbi does not think X is wrong because of something we published or broadcast and you were too lazy to read the original testimony then please dont think that until you go back and read the testimony because in Australia we can be sued for that so please dont tell anyone what you think until you go back and read the testimony yourself in which case you are allowed and ‘suggested’ to think whatever is obvious to you or to any ‘reasonable person’…

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  6. I found it fascinating that Rabbi Feldman or someone using his name on this comment thread repeatedly invokes the IBT ‘apology’ as proof that the claims made in this article are untrue. I read their ‘apology’ and found a statement that clearly has value in the Australian legal system but did not look at all like an apology in American English. Nowhere do they suggest that they misreported his statements or took them out of context or made a factual mistake.

    The ‘apology’ says..we did not intend to suggest ..and that ‘one should not conclude’ ..(from his testimony)…so its clear that in Australia, reporting testimony is OK but that drawing super obvious conclusions from those statements cannot be published or broadcast. It seems that in Australia they expect the public to come to their own conclusions.

    OK, so please correct me if I am wrong but here is how I am translating their ‘apology’:

    If you thought Rabbi Feldman did not know X was wrong because you read what he said during the testimony then good on you but if you thought he did not know that X was wrong because you were too lazy to read the testimony and just read the article we published/newscast we broadcast then please dont think he thought X was wrong until you go back and read his actual testimony because we dont want to be sued and his testimony is widely available so its just a better idea for you to read it there..

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  7. I know Yossi Feldman personally and in my experience he is a kniving twisted individual and not at all very smart. He like all the others in Sydney and Melbourne as long as they were able to did what they could to keep matters under the rug at the expense of the abused. When the lights came on they just couldn’t scurry away fast enough and where all caught like coakroaches running for cover.

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    • Cmon coward Jack. What’s your real name ? I’ll let everyone know if you know me personally…
      And then please let me know your address so I can start a suite against you also. Either put up or ‘shut up’!

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      • @feldman, how is it you know your way around bs litigations but spelling suit eludes you. Spend time listening to abused children’s stories and do some good filing SUIT against the despicable people who abuse them. You know the prayer you say after you are finished in the restroom? For abused boys it’s profoundly portent because they will forever be in excruciating pain each time they use the bathroom. Get yourself in a courtroom for good and not to line your pockets.

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        • Sorry for the spelling error. In Australia the word isn’t used often so I thought without checking that it may be spelt different than a suit one wears and more like a classy word, a suite…
          I have financially helped many victims in the past. My main reason for suing is to get them to retract and apologise. The financial aspect is secondary and not that profitable as the lawyers need to get paid and certainly not assured…
          With regard to yourself Im seriously waiting for you to retract.
          Just briefly to explain it further to you, I NEVER said that I didn’t know it was a crime to sexually touch genitals. It’s in fact legally allowed to
          touch genitals for many reasons including a Bris. She was trying to lead me on with the question as though I knew at the time that there was sexual abuse that I didn’t which is why I answered it literally. Look at comments on reddit (who don’t have an agenda…) who recognised this. Many times in the evidence I clearly mentioned that to sexually touch is a crime. Please read my evidence and submission. All of this is coming out in court which is why IBT settled. If you’re an honest person, which it seems from your writing -a little different than Shmarya- that you may be, please retract everything you wrote and apologise.

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        • Re suite
          Both are classy… Mr H. We worked out what the H stands for ie Handicapped!
          Now we know your title but what’s your name?
          Is the cowardice -like a little baby- also part of your handicap ???

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    • It sounds true. Watching him on the stand squirming and obfuscating was shameful. He came across as an idiot at best, a deliberately deceptive liar at worst.
      Either way he’s not fit to be called ‘Rabbi’

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      • Or maybe you’re the idiot with an incredibly low IQ who can’t understand anything that’s a little too sensitive and complicated who deserves the title of ‘handicapped’…

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        • ….says the man who has been personally involved in one of the biggest worldwide Chillul Hashem’s in history.
          Back under your rock

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      • reply to Yosef Feldman July 24, 2016 at 8:08 am (lm: something is definitely screwed up with the reply button on email notifications of posts):

        “Which point do you disagree with?” I wrote “I disagree with every point you make about Melbourne”. Clear?

        Also, on the same topic, you have assiduously avoided my comments of July 24, 2016 at 7:22 am, with their implicit questions for you.

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        • Tzefania
          I don’t know how you can disagree with facts
          With regard to your other 3 questions I did respond that I dont want to discuss them on this site but I’d be happy for you to call me to discuss them

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        • reply to Yosef Feldman July 24, 2016 at 8:39 am: you are confusing 2 separate sets of comments. i draw my own conclusions, while giving you the benefit of the doubt. barely. till you answer my reasonable, politely couched questions/comments, coming from knowledge not speculation, i see no point in continuing “dialogue” with you.

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  8. I tried to email you on LM@findinglostmessiah@gmail.com as you posted but it didn’t go through…
    My words were totally taken out of context by Religion haters. I never covered up CSA. If you’re interested in the truth just read my evidence and more so my submission in response to the CAs submission on the RCs website. I started 13 cases and 2 already settled. Because of all the falsehoods I have many lawyers advising and acting pro bono as they feel that most likely Ill win the defamation cases. Thats the answer to your query…
    Heres a link for a Jewish news site re how IBT apologised and re all my cases in general…
    http://www.jwire.com.au/ibt/
    This is the ibt link http://www.ibtimes.com.au/editors-note-1512184
    There’s one thing exposing and attacking the paedophiles and those who cover up. There’s another thing to lie about it and abuse others like myself to falsely advance a good cause…
    I expect you to retract and take out any reference to myself or you very likely will join my list.

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    • @Mr. Feldman, we have not posted anything that qualifies as defamation, slander or libel. We posted articles in print and our opinion. If you want to make this a very public battle, one that gets worldwide attention then the threats will get you just that. You should be focusing on the children, the abused. Your very threats simply shed light on our position on this matter, that the Chabad community has a distorted view of right and wrong. Shall we write an article about your threats? We would be happy to do so and then should you go after us for some misplaced perceived wrongdoings, we would ask for thousands and thousands of pages of discovery in any lawsuit in which you could conceivably claim any unfounded wrongdoing against us. We would demand the involvement of international jurisdictions to obtain information regarding the crimes of the Chabad community worldwide. You’d bring more attention to this problem than anyone else on the planet. Are you sure this is a threat you wish to levy?

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      • @lm, you wouldn’t survive in a courtroom if anyone of those you slandered decided to take action against you, you make up stories galore, and you know it, i guess nobody has taken any action yet because they deem you unimportant, but you have zero chance in a real courtroom, you are a great armchair soldier, sitting behind a desk and defaming anyone your heart pleases, but you would get out of the kitchen as soon as the heat get turns on, like the psalmist says in psalms 1, “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

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        • @ Someone/Anonymous – The courtroom is home for some of us. Battling someone who covers up abuses by a slip of the tongue (pun may be intended) would be a fishing expedition. We would use it as an opportunity to highlight in front of every news show the world over, the abuses that are occurring daily, are covered up and then, to add insult to injury, diminished by people who say that shedding light is actually hate. It is you who is a disgrace. G-d will judge us when the time comes. Tell us something, is raping/abusing/molesting a child a sin. And who is, sir, is casting the first stone. If righteousness is defined by your community, then we want no part of it. It is our sincere hope that there is a special place in hell for you and your ilk. Returning a quote: “I do not want followers who are righteous, rather I want followers who are too busy doing good that they won’t have time to do bad.” – Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk

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      • Dear LM

        If you’re not a coward please let me know your real name and address and I’d be delighted to start a case against you and shut your site down if you don’t retract and apologise. It’s a shame that Shmarya’s out of business and too poor for me to sue. I’d have no benefit in making him bankrupt and it would just waste my time.

        As you’re also obviously ignorant, when you republish other news articles that are defamatory (which in this case the ABC is one of those who I’m suing for defamation and they’ve already given me an offer of money and a retraction but it’s not good enough for my lawyers and myself as yet…) you are also liable. I have no problem with any discoveries and we are in the process of all of that with my eleven cases.

        You assumed and reported that people involved with Chabad were supporting my cases which was wrong. Please delete any reference to that.

        I hereby give you notice that what the article and headline you republished is false and defamatory. Unless you retract and take any defamatory posts re myself off your site I plan to pursue you in court. I have no problem with you reporting any truths and how the eleven cases progress. This is how Manny Waks is dealing with it now and also addressing me with respect and I have absolutely no issue with that and to the contrary.

        I wait your response.

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      • I thought my reply comment below was a reply to this post…
        I plan to respond and reply to most further comments on this issue.

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        • Again this was posted on the wrong post…
          Just btw there were 2 obvious typos 1) notice that ‘what’ should be deleted. 2) await your response

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      • In case this is again replied on the wrong post, you asked am I sure Id like a worldwide case, the answer is that again unfortunately -even though you may hold very highly of yourself- your’e ignorant re that suing your small site wouldn’t allow for such discoveries even though that for my involvements I certainly wouldn’t mind it…
        Unfortunately I find it hard to believe that many of you may stupid in thinking that the frummers are an exception with terrible child sex abuse. The jails are full of Goyim and also non frum Jews. As there are non frum Jews in general, there are also non frum Jews in the regard of CSA that they are paedophiles. Because they look frum doesn’t make them frum. Therefore the attack on Frum Jews regarding Child Sex abuse or even on some institutions that didn’t realise at the time the effects of CSA etc -like the Governments didn’t and legislated new laws just in the last decades- like on this site
        is really just an outlet for religion hating. Your site as with FM has nothing to do with honesty and abuse and everything to do with religion bashing for if you were decent people you wouldn’t be abusing without verifying or even in general as that’s not the way decent people behave.
        So for any really decent people on this site please wake up and smell the coffee. I’m only responding because I’m being attacked. The proof is in the pudding. Let’s see how LM won’t do the right thing now…

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  9. This moron made a fool of himself and the entire community at his appearance at the hearings.
    He is a fat embarrassment. An empty vessel. The only reason that this village idiot got smicha is due to Nepotism. It sure wasn’t his intellectual prowess.

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    • Coward. Do you want to give me your name and address so we can fight it out in court? You, like the many others wouldn’t have a clue re my evidence. Why don’t you find out the truth by reading (besides my testimony) my submission to the RC on their site in response to the CA.

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      • This is what I tried to post as a reply to LostMessiah but it wasn’t posted. I (not) wonder why???
        I tried to email you on LM@findinglostmessiah@gmail.com as you posted but it didn’t go through…
        My words were totally taken out of context by Religion haters. I never covered up CSA. If you’re interested in the truth just read my evidence and more so my submission in response to the CAs submission on the RCs website. I started 13 cases and 2 already settled. Because of all the falsehoods I have many lawyers advising and acting pro bono as they feel that most likely Ill win the defamation cases. Thats the answer to your query…
        Heres a link for a Jewish news site re how IBT apologised and re all my cases in general…
        http://www.jwire.com.au/ibt/
        This is the ibt link http://www.ibtimes.com.au/editors-note-1512184
        There’s one thing exposing and attacking the paedophiles and those who cover up. There’s another thing to lie about it and abuse others like myself to falsely advance a good cause…
        I expect you to retract and take out any reference to myself or you very likely will join my list.

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        • What I sent to the blogger of this site
          I tried to email you on LM@findinglostmessiah@gmail.com as you posted but it didn’t go through…
          My words were totally taken out of context by Religion haters. I never covered up CSA. If you’re interested in the truth just read my evidence and more so my submission in response to the CAs submission on the RCs website. I started 13 cases and 2 already settled. Because of all the falsehoods I have many lawyers advising and acting pro bono as they feel that most likely Ill win the defamation cases. Thats the answer to your query…
          Heres a link for a Jewish news site re how IBT apologised and re all my cases in general…
          http://www.jwire.com.au/ibt/
          This is the ibt link http://www.ibtimes.com.au/editors-note-1512184
          There’s one thing exposing and attacking the paedophiles and those who cover up. There’s another thing to lie about it and abuse others like myself to falsely advance a good cause…
          I expect you to retract and take out any reference to myself or you very likely will join my list.

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        • @oyagoy – no, he should be bent over a table, have his pants ripped off of him and be brutalized by someone he trusts. Only then will he understand what abuse means in terms of the physical nature. Then, may he live a life tormented by dreams, the living hell suffered by many of these children. The community supporting these lawsuits should be ashamed of itself. These are not believers in the same G-d. They are a disgrace.

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          • @lm pardon my ignorance but i didnt see him say he didnt know it was a crime, what he said that if the offender hasnt offended in a while, then leniency should be given to him, you dont seem to care about the blood of the innocent wrongly accused who’s reputations and lives are ruined by young girls and guys with hangups who make up stories and exaggerate their suffering, from time immemorial people were accused of sex crimes they haven’t committed, starting in the bible with Joseph, he also said that not all instances should be reported to the police because its messirah unless where permitted (the rabbi believes in the outdated torah view that messirah is forbidden, he is obviously not so sophisticated as you mr lm.

            BTW, its even worse than what the rabbi said, i know of a guy in boro park who was told he shouldnt talk to girls there because “its harrasment”…these authorities have obviously taken the sex crime issue and twisted it so as to harass Jews, we are a people under siege and the good rabbi is right, allthou he should never have commented on this vile hatred filled site, he should pick his battles with respected distinguished people who fight for justice, not agenda laden crazies

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            • Anonymous,

              ” i didnt see him say he didnt know it was a crime, what he said that if the offender hasnt offended in a while, then leniency should be given to him”

              It’s two different points. You’re correct. Yosef Feldman (a Chabad ordained rabbi) does in fact support leniency for child molesters.

              However, he did also state at the Royal Commission that he did not know it was a crime for an adult to touch a child’s genitals:

              Check this while you mourn “blood of the innocent:”

              http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-06/rabbi-did-not-have-a-clue-an-adult-touching-a-child-was-illegal/6076796

              from the article: ——
              Rabbi Yosef Feldman was questioned about the way he dealt with abuse claims against a rabbinical student known as AVL at the Yeshivah Gedolah in Sydney in 2002.

              Counsel assisting the Commission Maria Gerace asked: “did you understand that it was against the law for an adult to touch the genitals of another child?”

              “I didn’t know that as a fact,” Rabbi Feldman answered.

              The Commission heard AVL admitted lying down and massaging the child.

              The rabbi said he “didn’t have a clue” that could be a criminal matter.

              “My role in general is to look at things from a Jewish perspective, from a religious perspective,” Rabbi Feldman said.

              “I’m not in the business of thinking about how society would deal with issues.”

              ——-
              If you want to dig further, check the pdf’s at the Royal Comission web site:
              https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/search?searchtext=yosef+feldman&searchmode=anyword

              Yosef Feldman is a disgusting human being and a fine example of the kind of individual produced by the Chabad Lubavitch cult and their dead messiah Rebbe.

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            • LM, you should be more careful, it is totally clear who “Anonymous” is, he is unable to change his oholei tora writing style (“borrow me a slice of paper”), & his usual pomposity shines thru, but let him use his real name, no sock-puppeting…

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      • @yosef feldman – you sir are the coward. You did not have the depth of soul to condemn those in your community who were committing atrocities and protect those being harmed, a harm that lasts a lifetime, and inflicted upon them not only by those guilty of rape and molestation of little boys and girls but then, like you protect the abuser. In very graphic terms, when a boy is raped, he is physically tortured, brutalized. He is left with physical scars, anal fissures – tears that never heal properly. Sometimes, as your own chabad.org article states, he gets aroused and then is shamed into believing he liked it, leaving a lifetime of mental and emotional pain, and the shame. He then is forced to spend a lifetime reliving these events in his dreams, in the darkness. He is left without peace. When a little girl is raped, her vaginal canal is usually torn, shredded, leaving physical scars. Sexual intercourse is forever painful and uncomfortable, dirty. She may be stolen of the ability to have children. She may be susceptible to endometriosis, uterine cancer, poly-cystic ovarian diseases. She is left with scars beyond your comprehension. And that does not even cover the shame. Most rape and abuse victims can NEVER live normal lives afterwards, NEVER. They live their lives in a shame that is not theirs, but yours and yours alone. You as an individual and as a member of a community that allows these abuses should be ashamed of yourself. There is no punishment in our minds great enough to cover the very fact that you are willing to spend money to fix your reputation with little care for the lives of children who have been harmed. Instead of spending so much time in court, you should be doing outreach, paying for a community of violated children. You should be offering your services for the benefit of the utterly destroyed lives of the children who were and continue to be harmed. In the name of G-d, someone you profess to love, these children are forever victims. And, you have the sheer audacity to victimize them further by filing suit against those who condemned you. You have the unmitigated lack of conscience to call us the cowards. Who is really the coward in this story? Certainly not the children who are the heroes, the survivors, the ones who should be celebrated for their fortitude. Use that money for good, a mitzvah. Have the courage to stand up and shame yourself and your community into doing the right thing by these children, boys and girls. You are so busy worrying about your reputation that you could not care less about the children destroyed by your Chabad Community. You sir are a hypocrite of epic proportions. Hopefully there is a special place in hell for you and your kind. Until someone has the courage to right the wrongs, your entire community’s silence and your foolish and expensive lawsuits speaks volumes. May you one day suffer the same fate of the children abused in your midst. They will likely have nightmares for the rest of your lives. Will you?

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        • Again, I never covered up ANY abuse or belittled it. What Chafraud who as he writes is a fraud doesn’t quote the context of the evidence or from my submission on this issue because he is dishonest and a fraud.
          Mr LM
          How do you know what I’ve done or haven’t done. Because I don’t have a site publicly abusing people like you doesn’t mean I haven’t helped the sexually abused or those abused in general. Many in Sydney knows how I’ve helped countless people. That was also reported in the paper here. Please stop with your wrong assumptions and once again unless you retract and apologise I will seriously consider my options with you. Mr LM Coward, please send me even privately your name and address. Man up or ‘shut up’.

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      • What are you going to sue them for you massive fool? Having an opinion of you you dont like?

        Thats the consequence of enabling abuse of kids. People think you are a shtik drek.

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      • I witnessed you lying and obfuscating on the stand.
        You are a cretin – a clown- go find a rock to crawl under – you piece of shit.
        Allowing kids to be abused under your watch and then claiming you didn;t know it was a crime. I’m still cringing at the thought of watching you squirm, you utter worm

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        • Mr H Coward
          I NEVER allowed kids to be abused. I never said that I didn’t know sexual abuse is a crime. If you’re really interested in the truth why don’t you read the the whole evidence and my submission.
          Lowlife degenerate Coward
          Either man up and tell us your real name or your abusive words to me are no better than a child abuser having benefit from his abuse. The degenerate way you write like a paedophile writes shows on your character and I hope you end up in jail and get raped so you can even in a small way realise the hurt you’ve caused others…

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        • Only one person who deserves to be in jail Yossi – and that’s you.
          Calling other Jews ant-semites??
          Why?
          Because they don’t agree with hiding and covering up CSA?
          You’re projecting, you little pissant,
          You should get a good kicking if there’s any justice. Never mind Olam Haba is clearly not for you.
          What would your Rebbe say? You have forshamed the entire Kehilla, you piece of shit

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      • This “gever-b’li-ever” calls someone else a coward. The irony!
        Shame he lost his balls before being brave and stopping known predators prey on kids.
        Someone should explain to this drek in physical terms just what an aberration he is

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        • Mr H Coward
          A low life coarse guy like you is probably a criminal. When you end up in jail and get raped and repeatedly until you bleed profusely…I hope that at least then you’ll do Teshuva

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        • Actually…I’m quite the opposite. It’s due to this that I have such a strong sense of right and wrong.
          Interesting that you hope I get raped ‘rabbi’.
          Is that what you wanted for children under your care?
          Did they bleed profusely? Do you give a shit?
          Any Teshuva needed is from you and the leadership. Teshuva does NOT mean making token gestures to the Kehilla whilst lining your own pockets. Incestuous, inbred chazerim with your snouts in the trough. Cherem for all of you.

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  10. Funny that he had no idea of the laws that pertained to his role but when it comes to suing everybody in sight the law is well within his grasp.

    Doesnt come across as entirely honest or ethical does he?

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      • This is what I posted on a Facebook site which quoted your trash re myself. I’m editing it a little to suit this comment on the site.
        My words were totally taken out of context by haters of Religion…and I never covered up any CSA. If anyone wants to see the truth just read my submission on the Royal Commissions site. I started 13 cases and 2 already settled. Because of all the falsehoods I have many lawyers advising and acting pro bono as they feel I’ll most likely win the defamation suits…
        Here’s a link on a Jewish News Site in Australia re how IBT apologised and re my cases in general…
        http://www.jwire.com.au/ibt/
        This is the link on IBT http://www.ibtimes.com.au/editors-note-1512184
        I’m thinking of responding to Lost Messiahs (your) BS and starting a suite unless (you) they retract their BS.
        There’s one thing attacking and exposing the paedophiles and those who cover up. There’s another thing lying to abuse others like myself to falsely advance the good cause… I myself support JCW…
        I hope you do the right thing.

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      • I tried to email you on LM@findinglostmessiah@gmail.com as you posted but it didn’t go through…
        My words were totally taken out of context by Religion haters. I never covered up CSA. If you’re interested in the truth just read my evidence and more so my submission in response to the CAs submission on the RCs website. I started 13 cases and 2 already settled. Because of all the falsehoods I have many lawyers advising and acting pro bono as they feel that most likely Ill win the defamation cases. Thats the answer to your query…
        Heres a link for a Jewish news site re how IBT apologised and re all my cases in general…
        http://www.jwire.com.au/ibt/
        This is the ibt link http://www.ibtimes.com.au/editors-note-1512184
        There’s one thing exposing and attacking the paedophiles and those who cover up. There’s another thing to lie about it and abuse others like myself to falsely advance a good cause…
        I expect you to retract and take out any reference to myself or you very likely will join my list.

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        • so Feldman has turned the misfortune of kids being abused on his watch into a money-grubbing operation to his own benefit?
          This is a supposed moral leader of our community? A Rabbi?????!!???
          He should be put in Cherem

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          • @H We rather appreciated his threats. They proved, quite simply, that financial gain trumps the welfare of children for him individual and for the supporters in his community in general.

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          • H,

            “Feldman has turned the misfortune of kids being abused on his watch into a money-grubbing operation to his own benefit?”

            That’s Chabad in true form. Exploiting and using people for money is their main purpose.
            Chabad’s exploitation of children for sexual gratification is generally discovered in situations where the organization is first in a position of taking money from the families of the abused kids (camps, schools, day care, etc.).

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        • yosef feldman,

          “There’s one thing exposing and attacking the paedophiles and those who cover up.”

          Neither of which have you done. You’re full of bullshit Mr. Chabad rabbi.
          You are a friend to pedophiles (a documented fact)! Your organization believes in covering up these abuses and bypassing police involvement whenever possible (another documented fact).

          Your bearded Lubavitcher mask is slipping and the whole world is now capable of seeing the truth about you and your ilk. Who you are is clear in Internet search results and sites like YouTube. You have become a feast for the most anti-Semitic web sites to gorge upon and an epic embarrassment to any Jew who truly cares about Torah values. You’re not in the shtetl anymore, Yosef. The whole world can see what you and your organization are about

          And now you’re seeking out money for the shameful exposure you have ‘suffered’, much like your personal friends sought out children to sexually abuse. Of course we are well aware that money is a bigger lust for Chabad Lubavitchers than the sexual gratification many of them get from children.

          Did it ever occur to you and your fellow accessories to child sexual abuse that God might be sending you a message other than: This is a great opportunity to line your pockets?

          All the law suits in the world can’t fix the damage you have done nor cleanse your well-deserved soiled name. Long after you leave this world, you will be remembered as the clown rabbi in Australia who was a friend to pedophiles and worked with his organization to cover up the crimes. For you they will replace the phrase “his memory should be for a blessing” to “his memory should be for a warning.”

          Your dead Rebbe, neo-Jesus, messiah must be so proud of you and your fellow criminals. His memory should be as a warning too for the plague he released on the Jewish people.

          THANK GOD FOR THE ROYAL COMMISSION THAT SHED LIGHT ON THE SEXUAL ABUSE CRIMES OF CHABAD LUBAVITCH. The truth is out there. And this gives me naches.

          Truly Torah based justice wouldn’t earn you a financial settlement. It would earn you a severe beating from the fathers of the children you endangered. And I wouldn’t mind reading about that in the news.

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  11. With all the pretend resignations in Australia after Chabad’s (Sydney & Melbourne) 9/11 (the Royal Commission), I ask the following questions: is Yossi Feldman still giving smicha in Sydney?; if not, who is?; does Yossi have any public roles at all?

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    • Zephania
      Why are you continuing a machloikes with me?
      This is what I posted to the blogger of Lost Messiah but I havent seen it posted as yet.
      I tried to email you on LM@findinglostmessiah@gmail.com as you posted but it didn’t go through…
      My words were totally taken out of context by Religion haters. I never covered up CSA. If you’re interested in the truth just read my evidence and more so my submission in response to the CAs submission on the RCs website. I started 13 cases and 2 already settled. Because of all the falsehoods I have many lawyers advising and acting pro bono as they feel that most likely Ill win the defamation cases. Thats the answer to your query…
      Heres a link for a Jewish news site re how IBT apologised and re all my cases in general…
      http://www.jwire.com.au/ibt/
      This is the ibt link http://www.ibtimes.com.au/editors-note-1512184
      There’s one thing exposing and attacking the paedophiles and those who cover up. There’s another thing to lie about it and abuse others like myself to falsely advance a good cause…
      I expect you to retract and take out any reference to myself or you very likely will join my list.

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      • “I expect you to retract and take out any reference to myself or you very likely will join my list.”
        I don’t have deep pockets. i would appreciate from any legal eagles out there an opinion as to whether i have written anything remotely sueable. all i did was ask 3 questions, not rhetorical, i don’t know the answer to any of the 3, & you, rabbi, haven’t answered any of them. maybe others will be as interested as me in the answers…
        i hate people being smeared with impunity on the internet, as i have been for the past 5 years, including vicious stuff emanating from ip addresses in yeshivah centre melbourne, but shutting down legitimate debate is another thing altogether…

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        • Tzefania
          I wasn’t talking about you and I don’t plan on suing you. You’re not like all the other Jew hating cowards here including LM hiding their real selves. You have been harassed etc and I feel sorry for you. I hope that you can return to Chabad as you were a real asset. Regarding your questions I don’t want to respond on this site but I don’t mind you calling me and we can talk.
          Wishing you all the best!

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      • i am absolutely astounded at the ibt apology, i had not seen it till now (not all publicity is good, yossi, by starting up here with links, you point people to things they didn’;t know about). can u sue me for being astounded yossi?

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        • Tzefania
          I wasn’t talking about you and I don’t plan on suing you. You’re not like all the other Jew hating cowards here including LM hiding their real selves. You have been harassed etc and I feel sorry for you. I hope that you can return to Chabad as you were a real asset. Regarding your questions I don’t want to respond on this site but I don’t mind you calling me and we can talk.
          Wishing you all the best!

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    • Zephaniah Waks,

      “is Yossi Feldman still giving smicha in Sydney?”

      Okay, this is a new one to me. Do I understand correctly that Yosef Feldman was at some point in charge of training and ordaining other Chabad rabbis?

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      • (NB LM: for some reason, clicking on reply in an email notification does not seem to go to the right place, it appears others have had the same problem)

        reply to Chafraud-Depravitch July 24, 2016 at 4:50 am :
        from Royal commission transcript:
        MS GERACE: Could I call Rabbi Yosef Feldman, please.
        20
        21 <RABBI YOSEF FELDMAN, affirmed [10.04am]
        22
        23 <EXAMINATION BY MS GERACE:
        24
        25 MS GERACE: Q. Good morning, Rabbi.
        26 A. Good morning.
        27
        28 Q. Rabbi, you are presently the rabbinical administrator
        29 of the Yeshiva Gedola in Bondi, New South Wales; is that
        30 correct?
        31 A. Yes.
        32
        33 Q. And the Yeshiva Gedola is a tertiary vocational school
        34 which provides education and training for young men wishing
        35 to be ordained as rabbis?
        36 A. Yes.
        37
        38 Q. And how long have you held the role of rabbinical
        39 administrator at the Gedola?
        40 A. Approximately 15 years, I would say.
        41
        42 Q. Do you presently hold any other positions in any
        43 community or rabbinical organisations?
        44 A. Rabbinical positions, did you say?
        45
        46 Q. Yes.
        47 A. I'm a rabbi in Yeshiva, and also I'm the rabbi of

        .06/02/2015 (C0064) C6397 Y FELDMAN (Ms Gerace) Transcript produced by Merrill Corporation

        1 Southern Sydney Synagogue in Allawah, that's in New South
        2 Wales, and that's basically it at present, those positions.
        3
        4 Q. So you are a rabbi at the Yeshiva, a rabbi at the
        5 Southern Sydney Synagogue in Allawah. Are you the head
        6 rabbi of that synagogue?
        7 A. Yes.
        8
        9 Q. And the rabbinical administrator of the Yeshiva
        10 Gedola?
        11 A. That's correct.

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    • Dear all
      I apologise to H (and to all who saw it on the site) for responding to him with the same sort of wishes and language that he, LM and others on this site abuse me with. I should have held up to my own, albeit that it may become quite challenging when responding to some of the eccentric Jewish religion haters on this site.
      I hope that he (and LM and whoever on this site…) does Tshuva quickly so he’ll deserve only the best for the future!

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        • He feels he has done no wrong. He carries no responsibility. That’s why the arrogant tool feels entitled to come on here and argue the toss. He also has no shame.

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          • @h by coming on here and arguing he has simply proven a point: that the issue of child sexual abuse is not as important as the reputations of those individuals and that institution most guilty of covering it up. He would have done a far superior job of proving us all wrong had he gotten on this site and said that he feels his comments were taken out of context and that he is dropping all lawsuits in favor of legislating rules to protect the children. For now….

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