I am enclosing an email I wrote to a local Jewish Kiruv group that’s
popular in Houston. I don’t know what type of Kiruv they do since it
costs too much money for classes. (https://www.torchweb.org/) They
invited Yosef Mizrachi to speak in December and it didn’t make sense
to me since he is a fraud and spreads lashon ha’ra.
It does make sense that they are more interested in money. I sent an email just now and will tell you if they respond:
Dear Torch officials,
I am confused why a respected Jewish organization like Torch would invite ‘Rabbi’ Mizrach last December.
Are you aware that Mizrachi has no smikha from any yeshiva? Mizrachi
has said terrible things about other Jews such as denying that over 1
million Jews perished in the holocaust. He has also blamed down
syndrome and child fatalities on sins for the children’s past lives.
Mizrachi continues never apologized for the personal lies and attacks
he made against Rabbi Goldberg at Boca Raton Synagogue. Was Torch
aware of the lashon hara from this rabbi? If that was the case ,why
was he invited? Unfortunately, it seems money trumps over ethics when
it comes to “celebrity rabbis”
About Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi –
He has acknowledged that he is not an ordained Rabbi. He is known to have questioned the number of Jews that died in the Holocaust. The above video speaks to his position on the shooting in Pittsburgh. One should ask why major Jewish organizations are endorsing the positions he takes. In the video above, he places blame on the shooting in Pittsburgh on homosexuality. And, he makes an underhanded comment about “reformed Judaism” and refers to the circumcision as a “declaration of war on Hashem.”
The question should be asked: Why Rabbi Mizrachi is being given a soap box. If anything he should be relegated to a fundamentalist fringe of Judaism and ignored entirely.
In December 2015, in one of his lectures, Mizrahi claimed that it is possible that only one million Jews died in The Holocaust as opposed to the well accepted figure of 6 million, since many of them were not Jewish according to Jewish law which requires a person’s mother to be Jewish. Mizrahi was criticized by academics and Jewish leaders including Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who said that he “made up history to suit an agenda.” He was also criticized by Berel Wein who stated that “It is too damaging a matter to be left unanswered and unrefuted.” Later Mizrahi issued an apology. According to The Times, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has spoken out against the travel plans of this “Jewish hate preacher”; and the UK Home Office has suggested that the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, was considering banning Mizrachi should he apply to visit Britain.
In December 2016, 16 prominent US rabbis issued an open letter about Mizrachi. They said that Mizrachi “reduce[s] complex issues to simplistic and misleading sound bites,” and his assertions are “objectionable, and even dangerous.” The letter continued that institutions should be more “discerning” with the guests they invite.
After hearing a false report that the October 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting took place during a bris ceremony for the son of a gay couple, Mizrahi blamed the shooting on the allegedly sinful behavior of the congregation. In March 2019, a planned visit by Mizrachi to the UK was canceled following reports that the Home Office was considering a ban on account of his track record of spreading hatred and extremism. Mizrachi went on to blame Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis – referring to him as “the number one most wicked person in the whole world”, along with senior Sephardi rabbi Joseph Dweck, claiming that they are “the two friends, gay lovers, who do everything they can to promote homosexuality and destroy the Jewish nation from inside, destroy the Jewish community in England… he’s going to bring a Holocaust on the Jews in England.”