Velvel Butman, Shmuel Butman – Father Protecting Son? Defrocked and Deadbeat


Jewish leader’s son is a ‘deadbeat dad’ who refuses to pay child support

Originally Published in the NYPost April 2, 2010

The son of the head of the city’s powerful Chabad Jewish organization is an unemployed deadbeat dad who refuses to give his wife a divorce or pay child support, court papers reveal.

Velvel Butman — whose father, Shmuel Butman, lights the giant menorah in Manhattan’s Grand Army Plaza, Times Square each year during Hanukkah — has been battling the court, and his own community, since he first refused to give his long-suffering wife a divorce five years ago, documents and sources say.

Velvel, a 49-year-old dad of eight, once worked for his father as an emissary of the Hasidic movement in Westchester County.

But Velvel was booted as a rabbi after a rabbinic court of Chabad Lubavitch ordered him to give his wife a Jewish divorce, called a get, and he refused.

“He strongly believes that a rabbi’s not supposed to get divorced. Yet he’s no longer technically a rabbi because he’s been defrocked,” said a rabbi who feared reprisal if his name were published.

A Brooklyn judge last week held Velvel in contempt for failing since 2013 to pay child support for his children. Six of them still live with his estranged wife, Rachel, who treks from their home in Crown Heights to her job at a day-care facility in Westchester to pay the bills.

Velvel has been on the hook for $2,000 a month in child support for the past four years but has paid only the first two months, court documents show.

Yet instead of working, he has been gallivanting to Israel and Uzbekistan, allegedly telling the court at one point, “I would have needed to get permission from a rabbinic panel if someone of my stature should be seen [working] in a Starbucks.’’

His father, Shmuel Butman, 73, heads New York’s Chabad Lubavitch.

The judge said Velvel has 60 days to pay $78,400 or he’ll be thrown in jail.

His wife is so desperate to be free of him that she even offered to forgive the child-support debt if he would just sign the divorce papers, sources said.

“[Velvel] has publicly stated that he would rather sit in jail than give his wife the money, and would rather sit in jail than give his wife the get,’’ a rabbinical source said.

Velvel lives with his 73-year-old dad.

“[Shmuel] is supporting his son financially, while his son claims that, given his father’s status, it is below his dignity to work here or there,” the source said.

But Rabbi Butman insisted on Sunday that his son has done no wrong.

“I’m his father, and he’s going to pay,” Shmuel Butman said, though he declined to say whether he would be footing the bill.

Velvel did not return a message. His lawyer declined comment.

Rachel Butman’s lawyer, Joel Yacoob, also declined to comment.

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To the Latino Community – Stay Put, Hold Your Ground. Steinmetz is a Breed of His Own

Landlord trying to ‘rid the building’ of Latino residents: suit

Longtime Latino residents of South Williamsburg claim their Hasidic landlord is trying to harass them out of their apartment building — and out of their once diverse neighborhood.

Cindy Sanchez, Sara Oyola and Kathleen Santiago are now the only Latino residents in their Lee Avenue building, on their block, “and beyond,” they claim.

The rent-stabilized residents are suing landlord Naftali Steinmetz in Brooklyn federal court, saying their apartments are dangerously rundown.

Steinmetz has made their lives “unpleasant and untenable — the ultimate goal being to rid the building of all non-Hasidic Jewish tenants,” they charge.

Lee Avenue was once a melting pot, but over the years the neighborhood has become the heart of Hasidic Williamsburg.

Sanchez, Oyola and Santiago say they are shunned by their newer neighbors.

Steinmetz bought their building in 2006. Ever since, its Latino tenants have endured “years of neglect, fights in Brooklyn Housing Court for repairs, and incessant harassment to take buyout offers,” the suit says.

The three plaintiffs say they endured two winters without heat and their floors are warped and “visibly dangerous.”

Steinmetz didn’t return messages.

So, Mayor de Blasio Do you Speak…Yiddish?




LostMessiah, April 10, 2016

The New York Post is reporting that this morning on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, Mayor de Blasio said he did not know anything about an investigation. Huh?

Over the past week there have been hundreds of stories in papers from New York to California, from New Hampshire to Israel regarding, amongst other things, campaign contributions he received from Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, both of whom have been linked to a cash-for-favors relationship between them and the New York Police Department. Four New York City police department high ranking officers have resigned; and Mayor de Blasio is going to say he knows nothing? Does he not read? Perhaps he think that he can see Russia from his back window? Where is Tina Fey when you need her? Or has he gotten to the point where he thinks that those around him are blundering idiots? 

So, did Mayor de Blasio say he was going to return funds, or not? 

Did Mayor de Blasio know that his officers had been either removed of their badges and shields or administratively transferred, or not?

Does he even know Rechnitz and Reichberg, who were part of his Inaugural Committee, or not? 

If he says, “No.” to any of these questions, perhaps he is simply monumentally incompetent. One way or the other, we do not think that he should remain mayor.

Our last thought…Perhaps Mayor de Blazio only speaks Yiddish?

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LM Called it, de Blasio Giving Back Money – NOT. SO. FAST.

Words of wisdom for NYC Mayor de Blasio.
Lost Messiah, April 7, 2016

In an article dated April 6, 2016, we here at LM expressed our doubts that Mayor de Blasio would be giving back any money he received from donors, including Jona Rechnitz and Borough Park leader Jeremy Reichberg. Both are liked to bribery and criminal activity of high ranking police officers. All of this occurring on de Blasio’s watch. His Rolex is apparently immune to accepting bribes. His watch seems to miss out on the time corruption occurs. Perhaps it is faulty. Mayor de Blasio, you might want to exchange it for something more luxurious…. like a fully paid trip on… “The Mitzvah Mobile”.

Giving back donations apparently is a judgment call and we all know, based upon what has been occurring for years, that de Blasio’s judgment is bought and paid for by the Hasidic community with which he has ties. After all, where would the Bobov be if they could not such the blood of their infants following circumcision? Where would de Blasio be if he did not pander to the Hasidic community?

In an article in the New York Post published at 2:30 am on April 7, 2016, apparently Mayor de Blasio confirmed our doubts about the return of the money  (not happening) and solidified our position that following money is a long and convoluted trail linking more public officials and police officers to corruption than anyone wants to admit. Of course, de Blasio, like the others involved, are going to wait until their Hasidic friends pay their legal bills and you can bet that very high priced lawyers will be involved. It’s simply how the game is played.

It is unfortunate and overlooked (by de Blasio and his high ranking police officials) that Hasidic children are barely educated in the English language, they speak Yiddish, do not get an appropriate math or science background and live in complete insularity. Moreover, the same institutions these children trust, which foots the public officials’ bills, is committing atrocities like rape on many of these children and abusing many of the women within the community.

When it comes to the future of these Hasidic communities, their leaders will live in lavish wealth, claiming “Baruch Hashem” [thank G-d] while their ordinary cult members live on public assistance. It is a big mess that de Blasio and his paid for colleagues are overlooking in terms of the future of NY State; but… oh well..

As for the children within these communities, if those abused among them live through the abuse and insularity, they will learn the ways of their parents. Lead by example, “do as I do and not as I say.” Their parents, leading by example, teach tem how to handle shady (or rather “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”) business practices, of course justifying everything as a blessing from Hashem (G-d) himself. At this rate, we all may need to build another ark…

The New York Post, April 7, 2016 reports:
” Mayor de Blasio said Wed­nesday he is not rushing to give back donations he received from two deep-pocketed businessmen now at the center of an FBI investigation into NYPD corruption.
“An investigation means something’s being looked at,” Hizzoner said. “Until we get a result, we can’t make final judgments. So in terms of any past donations, I will make that determination when we see the results of the investigation.”
The businessmen, real-estate investor Jona Rechnitz and Borough Park leader Jeremy Reichberg, are the focus of a probe into high-ranking NYPD members suspected of accepting gifts from them in exchange for favors, like extra security.
Rechnitz donated $50,000 to the mayor’s Campaignfor One New York and shelled out the maximum $9,900 for de Blasio’s 2013 campaign, records show.
“I think all of you would agree you don’t prejudge the outcome of an investigation,” de Blasio said. “But if these individuals are exonerated, that’s one thing; if not, we’ll make a different determination.”
De Blasio insisted the two have not contributed to his re-election campaign and never gave him any gifts.
“No, no gifts,” he said, adding that he first met them in 2013. “Neither of them have contributed to my re-election campaign. While this investigation is going on, we will of course not accept any donations.”
The mayor said he had not spoken to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton about the probe, but will meet with him later in the week.
“As he said publicly, there’s going to be full cooperation with them,” de Blasio said.”

For the complete article and other links, here.

How Different Are Fundamentalist Ultra-Orthodox Jews and Fundamentalist Islamists?

Using the Assertions Made in An Article About Belgium, Can an Argument be Made that by Allowing Small Enclaves and Microcosm Communities of Fundamentalists to Exist, we are Creating a Path to Our Own Destruction?

LostMessiah, March 28, 2016

Please note that while we are focusing strictly upon the Fundamentalist ultra-Orthodox in this article, the same thesis might apply to every community in which members are not integrated, are permitted to speak in their own languages, are permitted to abide by their own laws and are not required to integrate into mainstream society. Our thesis could just as easily apply to the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, the Scientologists, the Moonies, the Fundamentalist Muslims and the list goes on.  

An article , in the New York Post, Brussels is what happens when liberals don’t push immigrants to integrate, written by Amir Taheri, dated March 27, 2016, posits the thesis that the explosion in Belgium is the direct results of not pushing immigrants to integrate. The article suggests that by allowing different cultures and religions to form their own enclaves or states within the greater country, “otherness” is encouraged and integration discouraged. The article further posits that by accepting the “otherness” in Islamic terms, the subjugation of women with hijabs, arranged marriages, studies in different languages, a country not only allows the “others” to strengthen its religious “otherness” but also encourages it to establish a political ideology. Once that political ideology gets strong enough, as a logical conclusion, though not necessarily stated in the article, the positions of the immigrants as “others” and the national society as “mainstream” run the risk of getting reversed.

“What happened in Brussels was a co-production by adepts of two sick ideologies.
The first one is Islamism in its many versions, including Khomeinism in Iran, Talibanism in Afghanistan, Salafism in Arab countries, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and ISIS and its offshoots across the globe. It will remain firmly in place until it implodes under the weight of its savage contradictions, as did the old Soviet Union, or is defeated in a war as was the case with Nazi Germany and imperialist Japan.
The other co-producer, the mushy and politically correct “liberal” ideology that has seduced segments of opinion in Western democracies, can and must be combated by all those who wish to protect the democratic system in an increasingly dangerous world.
In Brussels, it started in the 1960s when the postwar economic boom created a shortage of workers.
Like other Western European countries, notably Germany and France, Belgium had to import workers on a massive scale….
By the 1990s, most of the factories had disappeared, but the immigrants remained. By then Islam was Belgium’s second-largest religion, now accounting for over 700,000 people or 6.2% of the population. Of these, almost half live in Brussels, counting for 28% of the total population of the city, and guarding the demographically declining districts from “falling” to the Flemish.
One of the districts is Molenbeek, now infamous as the Belgian capital of jihadism, where more than 100,000 mostly North African Muslims live and where the perpetrators of recent terrors attacks against Paris and Brussels lived and hid.”

While the Post article takes the perspective of blaming a liberal ideology on the problems within Europe, not only Belgium. We feel that even if blame were removed from the equation, the problem that exists now is one that needs a resolution before all of Europe gets blown up by suicide bombers. Moreover, in a very general sense, we see numerous similarities between the Islamists and the ultra-Orthodox Jews, though recognizing that the methods of “otherness” and the results of that “otherness” are, at least for now, dissimilar.

“The Belgian multiculturalist elites, making a fetish of the concept of “otherness” corrected that lacuna by financing courses in Islam, encouraging the building of mosques and Koranic schools and even subsidizing pilgrimages to Mecca. The welfare industry also had an interest in protecting the “otherness” of the immigrant community where unemployment was rising, reaching over 40% by the end of the 1990s. In some cases, four generations of a family could be found on the welfare register in the context of their cherished “otherness.””

The New York Post article could very well be applied, quite aptly to the ultra-Orthodox radicals who have taken over cities like Lakewood and Toms River, New Square, Kaser, Monroe-Woodbury, Kiryas Joel, Monsey, Baltimore, London, Antwerp, Jerusalem and many other places. They enclose themselves in small enclaves, dress differently, speak Yiddish rather than English and do not teach their children subjects which would allow for those children to integrate, assimilate or sustain themselves as adults. In our view, this is quite deliberate.

According to the article:

America’s strength comes from its multiculturalism, but that’s only true only when all its people, all its races and religions, believe in the same values. Liberals fetishize separation, arguing that immigrants don’t need to learn English, don’t need to stop subjugating women with hijabs and arranged marriages, don’t need to become citizens. They encourage otherness rather than integration. They want immigrants to change the country, rather than the other way around. They say Islam is not the enemy — but that’s only true if Islam is a religion and not a political ideology bent on undermining democracy.
Brussels is the result of this thinking. It’s what happens when immigrants are allowed to construct their own state within a state, not pushed to become part of a nation.

In the case of the Fundamentalist ultra-Orthodox Jews, many of the communities in which they live are now their own separate and distinct “other” “state within a state.” They do not share the same belief in the same values as those “outside” of their small enclaves. Moreover, we cannot fool ourselves into overlooking the political strength they have garnered and the notion that they are, little by little becoming their own political ideology hell-bent on undermining democracy. The simplest example of this is the notion of Mesirah which demands (or so it is threatened) that members of the community not report crimes to the non-Jewish “outsiders.” That is one tiny example of the many instances in which ultra-Orthodox fundamentalist Judaism is no longer simply a religious belief and set of values, but is metamorphosing into its own political entity. We have seen this referred to as the “bloc” but it is far more nefarious in our view.

We believe, that while radical ultra-Orthodox Jews are less likely to blow themselves up to destroy the foundations of a country and its civilians (suicide is strictly forbidden), the drain on the healthcare system, Medicaid, school aid, and other welfare systems has the same destructive affect, albeit non-violently. We share the view, respective of the ultra-Orthodox, of the New York Post article that by allowing immigrants to create microcosm societies within our States, rather than implementing a program of integration, we will be guilty of our own demise.

We espouse the viewpoint of the New York Post article in its position that if the ultra-Orthodox, juxtaposed with the Islamic extremist, communities are not held accountable to our laws on all fronts, the potential for destruction increases. We strongly believe that by allowing children to grow up speaking their own language with little or no command of the English language, that by failing to teach our children, that by allowing women to be subjugated to men, forbidden from driving or walking outside of the confines of their communities sans male escorts, that by failing to enforce laws that demand financial accountability, that by allowing children to continue to get abused, both physically and sexually, we are allowing if not encouraging exactly what happened in Belgium to happen in the United States, just in the form of financial decimation.

In one community, New Square, a man was burned for not davening in the same synagogue as the rest of the community, action that was sanctioned by the great Rabbi of that community. Upon the arsonists release, he was celebrated a hero, unsettlingly similar to the martyrs of radical Islam. If Rabbi Twersky can justify sending out his boys to blow up their “heretics”, what is to stop them from one day deciding that violence on all fronts is permissible?

It is about time that we look to what could be the future of our country, whether in the form of financial demise or an upsurge of violence, and make changes to our overall ideology of tolerance taken to the nth degree. We were a country founded upon the separation of Church and State. It is about time we enforce that separation and demand our classrooms not pander to “otherness.”

Whether those of us as Jews want to admit this to ourselves or not, it is difficult to ignore the similarities between what has occurred in Belgium and throughout much of Europe with the Fundamentalist Islamic Groups; and what is happening in the United States and other places throughout the world with the fundamentalist Ultra-Orthodox Jewish groups. Until we take action, which we believe begins with education, demanding that ultra-Orthodox children be taught secular subjects and the English language, placing their religious teachings secondary to  required secular education within the United States; than the cycle will continue.

For the entire article from The New York Post, click, Brussels is what happens when liberals don’t push immigrants to integrate.