The Shepherds Leading Their Lambs To Slaughter and Covid-19
From the Annuls of Frum Watch:
If you feel misled by your rabbis, rosh yeshivas, and poskim over these last few weeks, you are not alone. The rabbinic establishment in the frum/chareidi/chasidic community failed their constituents on a massive scale. When the world over already knew the dangers of the coronavirus, the frum leaders buried their heads in the sand and did nothing. Purim should have been completely canceled this year! Instead, it was business as usual. Tragically, it now seems the virus spread virulently throughout the frum community over purim. To this day, there are still certain yeshivas and shuls that refuse to shut down.
However, know this: you are not the first to feel betrayed by your leaders and rabbis. In the midst of the horrors of the Holocaust, there was a brave rabbi named Yisachor Teichtel, who castigated his fellow rabbis for betraying their communities. Rabbi Teichtel blamed the slaughter of Hungarian Jews on the rabbinic establishment for misleading their followers. Despite all odds, in 1943, Rabbi Teichtel published his book Eim Habanim Semaicha. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of this book, as the current rabbinic establishment would rather you don’t know about it.
For too long, the chareidi community has worshiped their leaders, rabbis, rebbes, gedolim and poskim. They mistakenly believed that their rabbis are experts in all fields, halachic or otherwise. The events of the past few weeks make plain for all to see, rabbis and rebbes are not authorities on anything outside of the four cubits of halacha. DO NOT consult your rabbis on scientific, medical, and economic matters.
Now is the time for a serious reckoning in the frum community. We can only hope that those with eyes to see and ears to listen, will finally come to their senses. Otherwise, the future is bleak.
Teichthal, Yisakhar Shelomoh
(1885–1945), Hasidic rabbi. Born in Nagyhalász in northeastern Hungary and educated in Hasidic yeshivas in Poland and Hungary, Yisakhar Shelomoh Teichthal studied in several Hasidic kloyzn (small study and prayer houses) in Poland during his teen years, most notably in the kloyz of the Sandz Hasidim in Tarnów, before returning to Hungary. There he became a close disciple of Mosheh Grünwald (1853–1910) at the renowned yeshiva of Chust, the second largest Orthodox yeshiva in the country.
Teichthal received his rabbinical ordination from Hungary’s leading Talmudic scholars in 1906. From around 1910 to 1921, he served as a dayan (rabbinical judge) and assistant to his father-in-law, Ya‘akov Yitsḥak, in Hajdúböszörmény, Hungary, and quickly earned a reputation for erudition in Jewish law, reflected later in his published responsa.
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We are posting these disturbing videos because we believe that they mirror, in subtle and astounding ways, the same hatred taught by radical white supremacists (like the KKK), the difference being the targets. This rabbi is targeting everyone who does not dress, observe and believe as he does and he is basing it in Jewish scripture, albeit we believe a flawed interpretation. Similarly, the KKK has used these same reasoning methods from the New Testament against Blacks, Jews, the LGBTQ community and the list goes on. Children in families of White Supremacists are dogmatically taught to hate. There is no difference here.
Simply because this comes from the mouth of a visibly Jewish rabbinical scholar does not make it any less bigoted, fear mongering and hateful. In our view, this speech is no less venomous than it would have been were he to have been cloaked in a white cape and hat.
This is the anti-non-Jewish and anti-secular Jewish view of the world from someone who was brought in to teach a parenting course. We view this as a tragedy. If Jewish children (any children) are being taught that those less observant, those less Torah-scholared, those who dress differently, are less Jewish and frankly less human (as translated) than we are creating the same hatred as the Ku Klux Klan and are no less responsible for the consequences or those unintended consequences that result. If this means acts of anti-Semitism, it means seeing a response to these views angrily expressed.
With the words of this rabbi available for the world to hear, is it any wonder why we, all Jews, are becoming more and more reviled?
Aaron Wieder – The Political ShowmanUsing His Platform as a Means to Divide Not Bridge Gap, This is Not Living Together – it is Inciting Hatred!
We call upon the media, Jewish groups – the Jewish Federation of Rockland, the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, the JCC Federation, the Federation of Rabbis and others to stop supporting this firebrand voice for hatred, to speak out against it, to be vocal and active on behalf of all Jews.
Aron Wieder is indulging in rabble-rousing and muckracking. He is antagonistic and aggressive and vicious.
He is not a representative for Jews unless he is trying to create a community based and founded in a deep and underlying hatred. He creates a justification. Someone needs to curb his behavior and state in no uncertain terms that he does not represent the best Rockland County has to offer for everyone. The community, both Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and non-religious can live together peacefully; but not if this man is the face of Judaism, and the very worst it has to offer.
In our previous article we note the alliance created by an anti-Zionist and very radical Jewish community, which is far more rational than Wieder and his brand of deep-seeded racist hatred. Again, we call upon rational minds to stand up and say, “ENOUGH.” We call upon Rockland County’s Dems to set aside party lines and to think rationally. Aron Wieder has the power to single-handedly leave Rockland and the greater Jewish community in ruins, not because anti-Semitism exists or existed but because he epitomizes hatred and divisiveness.
Get your heads out of the sand.
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…..
FIRST THEY ARE INDOCTRINATED THEN DEBASED, THE DENIAL OF AN AMBULANCE PERMIT IN BROOKLYN
The following is a commentary – nothing more than the opinion of the blogger or bloggers, followed by the story:
It seems to us that this was a no-brainer, an all women ambulance corp designated to respond to the needs of women in the Hasidic community. Why not? Women are the caregivers. Women are the mothers. Women are the empathetic. Women are often better educated (within the Hasidic community). Why would someone even think to deny such a service? Money.
We believe there can be no other answer than the money and the control. We contend that those in charge of this decision should be ashamed. To those of you who voted against, or simply stayed home to avoid a quorum, the life of every woman who does not seek emergency care because she does not want to be touched by a man, is in your hands. Any death, yours to shoulder.
The obvious gender bias is tough to palate.
Hasidic women have been raised to believe that the touch of a man other than their husband and young sons is forbidden. In the Hasidic community, there are areas where men and women are segregated, even on streets. A woman will not even shake the hand of a man, even as a gesture of courtesy in a business setting. Some find it insulting, but to these women it an engendered part of the sanctity of their belief in G-d. Distance between the sexes is required.
The most religious of women will not even take something directly from a man. “Please pass the salt” means that the salt gets placed down on the table by the man and picked up off the table by the woman so as to avoid any direct contact, even albeit vis a vis a salt shaker. In some cases, this is also true of the relationship between husband and wife during the time of “Nidah” or “ritual impurity.” A woman’s husband will not even take something directly from her hand. Some think this is extremism. In the religious community it is about piousness, virtue, the sanctity of a marriage and unintended sexual consequences of such interactions.
We pass no judgement.
We ask the following question to those ill-advised members of the committee who voted against the all-woman ambulance corp, and to those who decided to stay home, knowing the lack of quorum would fail the vote: When you indoctrinate a woman with a belief that the touch of a man is forbidden, how then is she to feel comfortable getting medical care provided by a man? How is any woman who has been raised within this belief system to feel comfortable if she is sick and needs medical assistance, even emergency medical assistance, when the person offering that assistance is a man?
Many women grapple with this decision. Others endure the touch and try not to feel somehow demeaned.
But, is this a fair demand of women within the religious society? What if the man who answers an emergency call is the Paramedic from next door who rides on the EMS truck for Hatzolah?
We have been told that many, many Hasidic women will avoid calling an ambulance, and will risk whatever medical danger they may be in because they fear the contact required to treat them will be the touch of a man.
As such being a Hasidic woman in a medical emergency can be tortuously uncomfortable. And these women deserve better from the society in which they are raised. They deserve better from the Rabbinate that petitioned against the bid for a permit for the all-female ambulance corp. These women bear your children. They are your future and the decision to deny Hasidic women a gender-appropriate ambulance is a travesty. It is an injustice.
The decision to deny the bid, in our view, has everything to do with money, control, sharing of financial resources and the financial accountability of Hatzolah.
The bid of an all-women Hasidic EMT crew to operate an ambulance in Brooklyn was denied Tuesday by a state-sanctioned board, in what the group is blasting as an act of bias.
Members of Ezras Nashim say the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City (REMSCO) is packed with sympathizers of Hatzolah, an Orthodox mens-only EMT group, that has forcefully opposed its female counterpart’s right to exist.
“It’s biased,” said Leah Levine, outreach and development director for the all-women group. “Once there’s a situation that there’s so many board members with Hatzolah, there’s really a very slight chance [for us to succeed].”
Ezras Nashim — Hebrew for “helping women” — sought to serve female clientele within a 2-square-mile area in the predominantly Orthodox Borough Park neighborhood. The women were previously turned away when they sought to join the men’s group.
On Tuesday night, REMSCO denied the group’s application with a 12-7 vote. There were five abstentions and two members were absent.
Ezras Nashim needed a 14-vote majority in order to get the OK to operate its own ambulance.
At least three of the men who voted against the women have ties to Hatzolah, The Post found.
“They should have recused themselves and they didn’t,” charged Ezras Nashim member Sarah Weisshaus, calling the vote “an injustice.”
“Because they are part of REMSCO they really had an advantage in terms of manipulating the situation.”
Scott Orlanski, a REMSCO board member who opposed the application, said Ezras Nashim didn’t meet certain requirements.
“This has nothing to do with Hatzolah,” Orlanski said at the meeting, referring to the Orthodox ambulance corps Hatzolah that operates in Brooklyn. “This has to do with Ezras Nashim and their proving need [to qualify for an ambulance].”
He added, “They may want to be met, there may be a desire to meet them, as has been indicated in the application submitted by Ezras Nashim, but we are not here to debate wishes, wants or desires … religion is not one of those [requirements] and I submit to my fellow members that should we tread into those dangerous, murky waters, we will be in a world of hurt.”
REMSCO board member Nancy Benedetto voted yes for the ambulance.
“What we are looking at this evening is that there is a lack of evidence that existing resources will be reallocated to fulfill the maintaining of modesty for observant Jewish women. That is a key piece here,” she said ahead of the vote.
REMSCO didn’t respond to requests for comment.
The women plan on appealing the decision in Albany.
Ezras Nashim, which launched in 2012, wants to serve Orthodox women who feel uncomfortable being cared for by male first responders.
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