Leader of Radical Lev Tahor Sect Drowns


Sholomo Helbrans, Leader of Lev Tahor Sect, Drowns

According to multiple media reports, Shlomo Helbrans, the leader of the Lev Tahor sect, drowned on Friday in Mexico while toiveling in a river before Shabbos. He was 55 years old.

According to local media reports, Helbrans’ body was pulled from the river by rescue forces on Friday afternoon after he was swept away by strong currents.

Lev Tahor, the ultra-religious sect he led, has been dogged by controversy for decades.

Originally founded in Israel by Helbrans in the 1980s, the group moved to the United States in the early ’90s after complaining of persecution by the Israeli government due to his anti-Zionist views. The group settled in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

While living in Brooklyn, Helbrans was convicted and served time in prison for “kidnapping” a boy – the boy had been sent to study with him in preparation for his Bar Mitzva, but the boy was personally convinced to reject his family and join Lev Tahor. Helbrans was released after serving two years. He then ran a yeshiva in Monsey, New York, and was eventually deported back to Israel.

Soon afterwards he moved to Canada, which allowed him political asylum based on a refugee claim he had made, under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, that he would be persecuted or killed by Israeli authorities for his anti-Zionist teachings and his teachings about the legitimacy of the State of Israel.

The group settled in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, but in 2013 the group left Quebec for Chatham-Kent, in southwestern Ontario after Quebec Child Protective Services tried to seize all of the group’s children due to alleged lack of proper hygiene and state-mandated secular education.

In 2014, after the Ontario Superior Court of Justice effectuated a ruling of the Superior Court of Quebec as to the disposition of their children under Quebec child-protection law, the group fled to Guatemala, where they lived for the past three years, until fleeing once again to Mexico fearing persecution from Guatemalan authorities.

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6 thoughts on “Leader of Radical Lev Tahor Sect Drowns

  1. jewish tradition says one shouldnt denigrate deceased people, without going into who decides who is good or bad, for in truth is that only hashem knows the ultimate truth, other than that issue, i want to express my objection to vilifying deceased people, enough said

    • “jewish tradition says one shouldnt denigrate deceased people”

      That’s so the souls won’t hear us badmouth them while they can’t defend themselves. It’s a silly tradition. I don’t mind if hell-bound Helbrans hears me.

      And Helbrans does have some merit to his name. He’s given me a lot of joy over the last week.

      He was a disgusting creature, and the world is better for not having him here.

      Young Boy From ‘Jewish Taliban’ Reveals Psychical, Sexual Abuse: ‘Hell Is Real, I Live There’

      Boy, 14, tells of men in Lev Tahor cult, now in Mexico, who ‘undressed me and beat me and kicked me many times. And did bad things to me many times.’
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.801059

  2. Living proof… well, formerly living proof, that going to the mikveh will bring you closer to God.

    Too bad the market is already crowded with dead messiahs and this guy doesn’t stand a chance.

    No longer a cult leader, and not a contender for moshiach. He’s all washed up.

  3. Either way accomplished the necessary purpose, as long as he’s truly defunct. His followers must be running around like decapitated chickens by now. I wonder what will happen to them now that their leader/master/whatever is gone. Too bad he didn’t drown while they were still in Canada; then there would have been some hope for the children.

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