Islamic Clerics for Fatwas Authorizing Sexual Abuse of Children One of the ways to make peace in middle east is to stop the child abuse by Jihadists. A real Bahraini Women's Rights Activist Ghada Jamshir Attacks Islamic Clerics for Fatwas Authorizing Sexual Abuse of Children
One of the ways to make peace in middle east is to stop the child abuse by Jihadists. A real video about a hope for a peace.
We must give those children love instead of hate. They must be used as a weapon for peace, not as a weapon for war.
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It is children such as these (inset photo is for demonstrative purposes only. It is just an innocent one snapped by a photographer - of Jewish boys leaving school), whom under the reckless abandonment and 'leadership' of Rabbi Manis Mandel, Rabbi Shlomo Mandel, and Rabbi Yakov Mandel, became acclimated to daily forms of abuse.
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if you wish to view the entire YOB/Manis article "a fortress in flatbush".
The Butcher of our children - Shlomo 'crocodile tears' Mandel - pictured here as he was in the 90's - with still some color left in his smelly beard that has since turned white.
Victims of sex abuse confront a convicted paedophile part1 (18/june/2007) If you are affected by any thing in this show please phone NSPCC: Victims of sex abuse confront a convicted paedophile part1 (18/june/2007)
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Fugitive child molester in custody
- Story Highlights
- Horowitz is an ordained Orthodox rabbi and a former child psychologist
- He was escorted aboard the U.S.-bound flight by a U.S. agent, authorities say
- Horowitz was subject of investigations in U.S., Israel; had multiple convictions
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Rabbi and Child Psychiatrist
Convicted child molester being returned
| By KENNETH C. CROWE II, Staff writer |
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Saturday, July 7, 2007
| A convicted child molester who skipped out on his parole last year will arrive at Newark Liberty International Airport Sunday morning under armed escort from India where he was arrested in May, a state Division of Parole spokeswoman said Saturday.|
Alan Horowitz, 60, will be extradited from New Jersey under a New York arrest warrant issued after he ducked out of the U.S. after meeting with his parole officer on June 7, 2006.
"We're getting him back," said Carole Weaver, the division spokeswoman.
Horowitz was out on parole for his 1991 conviction for first-degree sodomy after he pleaded guilty to an incident involving a 9-year-old boy.
Horowitz, a former adolescent psychiatrist, served more than 13 years of his 10-to-20-year sentence before he was released on parole in 2004. He was in contact with state officials, saying he was living in an apartment complex in Israel. He said he would never return to the U.S. He then fled to India where he was arrested. U.S. marshals are escorting him back from India.
Horowitz will appear in a New Jersey court the week of July 16 for an extradition hearing, Weaver said.
He'll then head to Schenectady County, Weaver said, where he will face charges for parole violation. His original sentence for the sodomy conviction runs through June 28, 2011.
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The Awareness Center has been contacted by family members and friends of some of the individuals on our web page titled "Clergy Abuse: Rabbis, Cantors, and Other Trusted Officials"
To help clarify our intentions and policies regarding listing individuals' names on our site, we decided it is best to make our intentions and policies public.
The purpose of the information provided on our website is to educate our community on issues pertaining to sexual violence in Jewish communities on an international level. The Awareness Center is a victim advocacy organization. One of the goals of The Awareness Center is to prevent anyone else from being sexually victimized (sexually abused, sexually assaulted, rabbinical sexual misconduct, sexual harassment).
Please note, the only individuals who are listed on our site, are ones who'd had allegations made against them which were then published in reputable newspapers, have transcripts from televisions shows where the case(s) have been discussed, have police records and/or we have court documentation regarding the case, or at least two executive board members have felt we had significant information regarding.
We are well aware that unfortunately, there are many other cases in which there is NO paper trail to be found, cases that were not brought to law enforcement's attention, and where no news media group wrote an article referring to the case. Although our intention is first and foremost to help raise awareness to cases of abuse and minimize re-victimization, we cannot post names of alleged persons without similar documentation.
The Awareness Center encourages everyone to make hot-line report, if and when you suspect a child is at risk of harm.
If you or a family member has been victimized, immediately go to your local emergency room. That is one resource that is usually trained in collecting the forenic evidence needed. Your emergency room is mandated by law to call the police and child protective services.
The Awareness Center encourages individuals who have been victimized and family members to make police reports, follow through with pressing criminal charges, and to testify when requested. If you or anyone you know is being threatened or harassed by an alleged offender, or someone who represents him/her, it is critical that you notify your local police department. You may also want to contact your local rape crisis center for both counseling and legal help (especially if there is any form of witness tampering).
Some of the common threats include prohibiting the child victim and their siblings from being allowed in any Yeshiva (Jewish School), or that rumors would be spread about them to make sure that they not find a spouse when they come of age. Unfortunately, this is a heartbreaking reality. Remember, witness tampering is also a crime that needs to be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The Awareness Center encourages offenders (emotional, physical and sexual abuse) to seek treatment and make amends with those they hurt.
The Awareness Center adopted the following policy.
If an alleged or convicted offender complies with all the following, our board of directors will meet to discuss removing the name from our page:
- After the offender or alleged offender can demonstrate that he/she has apologized directly to the victim(s), and the survivors feel that the apology was sincere.
- After the offender has made a public statement acknowledging his/her relevant behavior.
- After the offender has entered treatment with a licensed psychotherapist who meets our criteria of someone specializing in sex offender treatment, and can present a certified letter from this therapist stating that "the individual is no longer a threat to those he or she preyed upon.
- After the offender has paid restitution to the survivor(s) for the pain and suffering they have endured and also pays for counseling for his/her victim(s).
- The offender agrees to sign a written statement stating they will not work (paid or volunteer) for any agency, organization or institution that has any connections with children, or what ever population the offender has victimize.
If an individual listed on The Awareness Center's web page believes they have been falsely accused and wishes to be removed from The Awareness Center's web page:
- The alleged offender will need to be evaluated by a licensed mental health provider (at their own expense) who meets our criteria of someone who specializing in sex offender treatment.
- The alleged offender will need to sign a release of information form so that the licensed mental health professional can discuss the case with us.
- The licensed mental health professional will need to send us a certified letter stating "the individual does not fit the criteria of someone who is a sex offender or fits the criteria of an individual with a sex addiction".
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Statement on Sexual Abuse of ChildrenBy Rabbi Zev. M. Shandalov
May 22, 2006
Over the past few days, there have been a number of items that have been printed in the mainstream press and in the "Jewish" press regarding stories of sexual abuse of children and alleged cover-up of said abuse and the perpetrators. The purpose of this email is to address this situation.
Abuse: I am not going to discuss any of the allegations in the articles or those that are floating around on the Internet. I do wish though to comment in general terms.
ANY abuse perpetrated against a child no matter how "minor" or seemingly "insignificant" can be damaging for life for the child; is illegal; is assur (prohibited by Torah law) and can potentially be actionable in a court of law. In addition, anyone seeking to protect the abuser, including but not limited to rabbis, professionals, community leaders, institutions, etc. are themselves culpable in the crimes that the alleged perpetrator commits after discovering the crimes and seeking to cover them up. The covering up of such offenses not only is in itself a Chillul Hashem (a profanation of the name of Hashem) but also adds to the abuse of the victims after the fact. Delivering information to the police in order to remove the offender from the streets and to protect further abuse is a Mitzva incumbent upon all who have knowledge of abuse. Additionally, the Mitzvah of "Al ta'amod al dam re'acha" (One may not stand idly by while another is being injured) is found in the Torah to make it everyone's responsibility to help another in jeopardy.
I hope that this has helped to clarify a very disturbing issue. WE MAY NOT REMAIN SILENT WHEN ANYONE IS BEING ABUSED AND CERTAINLY NOT WHEN THE PERSON BEING ABUSED IS A CHILD!
Rabbi Zev M. Shandalov
Congregation Kehilath Jacob Beth Samuel (KJBS)
Yes, I’m talking about every putz out there that thinks for themselves only. The real cheap and stingy creeps. The ones that run the illegal“government food programs”. The ones that rip off parents with large sum tuition balances that wipe their pockets sparkling clean and then showing not much in return for the child’s education and psyche.
I speak of every slouch and leech out there, that shuckle three times a day during prayer, and right afterwards resume back to their despicable acts of covering for, harboring, and shielding the murderers and abusers of Jewish men, women, and children.
I am referring to the ones who can afford to make lavish dinners and affairs to broaden their image in kiruv work, and have gevirim/laymen pad their bank accounts for the worthy cause; yet they do not find the time, or shall I say “do not seem to have the sufficient funds” to give their employees a paycheck on TIME (meaning anywhere from generally 3 days to 4 weeks late in one case, and in another case a Rabbi who will be named later, who seven to ten years later has still not paid his many employees who worked for him. They find out later; he stiffs everybody he possibly can, for the sake of Kiruv of course. Teachers must sacrifice and work for free if the Yeshiva/organization/institution has no money, right? (so it’s not really stealing you see).
Getting paid late and never on time was a sure thing. How late is the guessing game employees need to juggle with. Weather it be 3,5,7 days or more, varies all the time, depending on the mood of a particular kiruv administration, but also pertaining to many of the yeshivas that exist today. So much for that Verse which forbids one to withhold wages from their employees for not even a second longer than the end of that working day. Throw that page out the window you fake, phonies, and frauds with your borsalinos and hambergs. G-D forbid you should do the right thing.
An artificial outside with a rotted inside, doesn't exactly get you a free pass to Gan-Eden. The Yated can snap as many pictures as they care for with you guys dancing at weddings and promoting child/kiruv programs, it's still not going to change the fact that your silence and utter disregard for human life will be a stain upon you for eternity. There's bleach to remove the tough stains, and then there is hell with bleach to remove even the tougher stains. You shmuck rabbi leaders have earned the latter.
When using your gartels next time - why don’t you do us all a favor and hang yourself from it by the neck. In case you are not a holy gartel wearer, consider alternative suicide options.
In our times, where employees generally have a pre-determined time to get paid such as daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or Monthly, an employer is forbidden to pay his employees EVEN A SECOND LATER THAN WHAT WAS AGREED UPON. The Torah talks about great consequences for violating this law. Kal Vechomer how much worse it is to withhold wages from an employee with the intentions of never paying them.The madness continues with this "Rosh Yeshiva”,who would rather be the control freak, the one who chases honor, the one who places emphasis that the word “shlita” be printed after his name 10 times in 2 paragraphs; just to remind everybody who G-D really is in his eyes, in case Alzheimer's strikes you and you forget; - than have to actually live up to and perform his duty and obligation of bringing children and adults closer to their faith. The opposite effect is occuring and re-occurring like a wash machines cycle, over and over again, unfortunately.
Many are leaving yiddeshkeit precisely because they feel burned and ridiculed by this rosh yeshiva and his equally ineffective and menuveldica administration. It's all business oriented, there is no love for the students in this school. There is no positive outlook for the student, other then to remain very strong and believe in themselves. In reality though, not too many will make it out of that institution unscathed. A book can be written about it, but I'm afraid for now I cannot go into any more details. There is a time and place for everything.
This Rosh Yeshiv and his cronies will make sure to extinguish any hope or possibility that students leaving from his “Kiruv oriented school” will want to remain religious after leaving or graduating from there. The student attendee, will tomorrow either want to commit suicide; or become a “total gentile convert”, or a combination of both - all because a so called powerful rosh yeshiva puts his own ego and power over the best interests of the children that he constantly demands total perfection from.
Remember this fellow Yidden; The ones who stink up the bathroom the most and make sure that the Asher Yotzar is said with proper kavana; and right afterwards proceed to try and sweep all their crimes and sins under the rug; are the ones who produce the least, and lie the most.
When polluting the sheep they supposedly claim to herd; I’m speaking of the numb-brain syndrome that has infested itself unto all these phoney Rabbi’s that would rather have our children suffer and be killed - than to heaven forbid admit to any wrongdoing on their part. In essence; these donkey-weasel rabonim and gedolim, are saying that JEWS ARE PERFECT. NO WAY; A JEW CAN EVER SIN. AND IF A JEW DID CHAS VECHALILA COMMIT THE SIN OF SINNING, HE MUST HAVE RECEIVED A HETER FROM THE GREAT POSEK YISROEL BELSKY. AND IF A JEW DID HAPPEN TO MOLEST SOME YOUNG BOYS, HE MUST HAVE RECEIVED A DIRECT HETER FROM THE HOLY TZISIS; HARAV PINCHUS SCHINBERG. AND EVEN IF A JEW DID HAPPEN TO MOLEST BOYS FOR OVER 40 BRUTAL YEARS, YOU MUST GIVE THAT JEW THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT, UNDER THE RAV BALKANY ‘CHESKAS KASHRUS” HETER OF COURSE, WHERE YOU BELIEVE NOT THE 90% THAT SAYS THIS JEW MOLESTED, RATHER YOU MUST BELIEVE THE 10% THAT SAYS THIS JEW DID NOT MOLEST.
AND EVEN IF HEAVEN-FORBID A JEW DID HAPPEN TO COMMIT THE SIN OF MOLESTING YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS; IT IS VERY POSSIBLE THAT THE JEW GOT A HETER FROM HARAV SHMUEL KAMENETZKY TO WORK IN ANOTHER CITY, A JEW THAT MOLESTS STILL NEEDS TO EARN A PARNASSA, EPES-GRADEH.
THIS JUST IN. HORAV MATT SALOMON IS REQUESTING A BIG U-HAUL TRUCK TO REMOVE ALL THE DIRT FROM UNDER HIS RUG. THE MASHGIACH PROMISES A FULLY TAX-DEDUCTIBLE WRITE OFF FOR YOUR SERVICES.
JEWS ARE ALL PERFECT! THEY HAVE IT ALL FIGURED OUT.
THEREFOR; PERFECT JEW = NO SINS. Wow! Really smart thinking by these donkeys; don’t you think? It’s Perfect. Molest, Molest, Molest, Molest = Perfect Jew. Because Jewish people don’t molest; get it? I don’t get it either, you got company. I’m just rambling. whew! Way over my head. Let’s get back to Manis. The Perfect Manis that is, shall we?
You ask WHY THE HOLY MANIS MANDEL?????? Why him? What did he do wrong???
Do not be fooled by old men with white beards and easy smiles. I repeat. Do not be fooled by these attributes that tend to portray a false outwardly appearance. (Big story coming out real soon about another old man with a white beard and a nice smile)
1) The main reason this blog/forum was even started in the first place, was to counteract the REFUSALS and DENIALS of MANIS MANDEL who it was requested from to at the very minimum - investigate, take action and remove a longtime 5th grade Rebbe (Yehuda Nussbaum), who was long accused by several victims and their parents of sexually, physically (bare hands and a thick wooden ruler), mentally, and emotionally abusing them.
Did Manis Mandel take any of the above measures and precautions to ensure that his bread and butter; the students, were in a safe environment and properly looked after??? NO, NO, and NO!
Instead Manis accused the accusers of being DREAMERS, LIARS, HAVING READ TO MANY FANTASY BOOKS, AND WATCHING TOO MUCH TELEVISION. According to Manis, the many accusations against Shatnez Checker and Molester Nussbaum did not necessitate or behoove an investigation.
Instead, Manis chose the infamous route as so many other clueless rabonim have chosen. He chose to deny. He attempted to portray and paint the victims as having “problems”. He chose to IGNORE the accusations hoping they would just disappear on their own. He sought to intimidate the victims and their parents. Manis LIED to parents that the problem was taken care of, WHEN IN FACT IT WAS THE FURTHEST THING FROM THE TRUTH. When one of the Parents wouldn’t fall for Manis’s bag of tricks, he resorted to THREATS. Manis instructed his Monsters; Shlomo Mandel and Yakov Mandel, to do all that’s necessary in making the big embarrassment for YOB to go away.
“I’LL TURN YOUR NAME INTO MUD” IF YOU DON’T STOP WITH THESE ACCUSATIONS; IS WHAT ONE FATHER WAS TOLD BY THE MANDELS.
“WE WILL THROW OUT ALL YOUR CHILDREN FROM YOB” IF YOU DON’T STOP WITH THIS NONSENSE ACCUSATIONS.
THERE WERE SEVERAL VICTIMS AND THEIR PARENTS WHO WERE READY AND WILLING TO TESTIFY ABOUT THEIR SON’S REBBE’S SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE AND ADVANCES UPON THEIR SONS. WHEN MANIS AND HIS TWO MONSTERS GOT WIND OF IT, THEY SCARED OFF AND INTIMIDATED THE PARENTS INTO SHUTTING THEIR MOUTHS AND NOT GOING ALONG WITH THE ONE PARENT OF THE GROUP WHO WOULDN’T FEAR THE MAD TRIO FROM HELL.
MANIS MANDEL refused to recognize the severity of the situation. He was required by Jewish and secular law to investigate at the very least, which he failed to do. He had a moral obligation to remove a dangerous obstacle to children and for our future generations.
Lo samod al dam reeicha, one of many transgressions Manis and his monsters are guilty of. Manis Mandel and his sons made a bad and costly decision. They put on a poker face and hoped that even though they would allow boys at YOB (Under their care and responsibility) to be sexually groped and physically abused by their Employee Rebbe, Yehuda Nussbaum, that ultimately parents and other victims would just learn to keep their big mouths shut. For the betterment of Klal Yisroel, and for the future of their Yeshiva, they reasoned. BIG BIG BIG MISTAKES HAVE OCCURRED. MISTAKES THAT HAVE LEFT THE MANY VICTIMS FLUSTERED AND HURTING TO THIS VERY DAY.
And LIFE GOES ON FOR YOB (AT LEAST FOR NOW).
Rabbi Arem takes over Manis’s position in the girls division, while Rabbi Yonason Rosenbaum becomes new Menahel of the elementary boys division (origianally; Jack Mandels job) (there is no mesivta that ever made it, thanks to Hashem, most people reaching this age know it’s time to leave the YOB hell hole)
WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIMS? WHAT KIND OF LIVES DO THEY HAVE? THEY MUST LIVE WITH THE PAIN AND EMBARRASSMENT EVERYDAY, WHILE YOB IS TRYING HARD TO FORGET ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKE THEY CREATED.
THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE TO MAKE SURE IT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. TO MAKE SURE THAT YESHIVA OF BROOKLYN WILL ONE DAY BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR UGLY SINS AND CRIMES FOR ALL TO SEE!
I always wondered why many good people suffer and often times niftar before their time, at an early age, while many bad people have merited longevity - living to a ripe old age.
In Parshas Chukas, Moshe Rabeinu and Klal Yisroel defeat the once very mighty and feared Kings of Moav and Bashan.
King of Bashan, Og, was 500 years old, when Moshe Rabeinu at a young age of 120 struck him at his knees with a stick, toppling and killing the fierce giant. Og melech aboshon, anticipating a war with the Jewish people, picked up a mountain intending to kill the chosen people all at once by dropping the mountain on them. Little tiny ants that people take for granted came to the rescue, by gnawing and ripping a hole right through the center of the mountain thereby pinning Og on all sides. All the steroids in the world could not have helped Og lift the mountain off himself, because Hashem made Og’s teeth grow extra long in all directions, acting as the screws holding the foundation (mountain) in place. Big, ferocious, and mighty Og, was a standing duck for Moshe Rabeinu. His doom was spelled.
Why do I bring up Og? Why now? Because Og, a giant of evil lived such a long time. He was a Rasha that outlived a Tzadik in Moshe Rabeinu. In fact Og Melech aboshon survived the big flood with Noach and the teiva. Couldn’t have G-d killed Og then during the big mabul?
There are many reasons why Hashem kept Og alive, but none of the reasons were exactly because of Og’s righteousness. One reason was for Og to live long enough to be killed by Avrohm Avinu’s descendants whom from Og had plotted to steal their inheritance.
Og was present at Yitzchok’s Bris Mila, which lends the question, why did he not kill Yitzchok right there and then? Again, Og miscalculated that such an old father (avrahm) could not logically have an infant that would survive. Og boasted that his one finger could have finished off Yitzchok the fragile baby, but would instead allow nature to kill Yitzcohk the frail and tiny boy who probably had not a big chance of survival anyway.
Mida Kenegd Mida was evident in the slaying of Og. When Og informed Avrohm that his nephew Lot was captured, it was for selfish reasons. Og figured Avrom would wage war to free Lot and in the process be killed in battle, while he would then be free to take Sara as his wife and inherit all of Avrom avinu’s possessions.
So back to the original question of why good people die early and bad people die late, the answer can be obvious, as in the case of Og.
Conversely, Righteous people die early many times; because in their short life span they achieved greatness that requires them to join the angels up above before their time, so to speak. However, most times we DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER. All we know for certain is this: Hashem works in masterful ways.
2) Rabbi Manis Mandel again displayed his undeservedness for his title by refusing to investigate another occurrence of child abuse, this time in Yehivah of Brooklyn’s Girls Division.
A female teacher employee had a unique punishment she would hand out to young girls who misbehaved. They would be sent to the “Cold Room” to freeze their little behinds off. The “cold room” was an open porch outside, and an adjacent room next to it, where students that were “bad” had to remain for many hours and sometimes the whole entire day.
Told by her daughter that her lousy teacher punishes her and other students in this way, the brave mother decided to stake out the school during session to see for herself, with HER OWN EYES. Sure enough, she sees a girl (not her daughter) looking sad and lonely standing by the “cold room”. When she approached and asked the young girl why she was there, the child reiterated what her own daughter had previously related to her. It was for being bad. It was for punishment.
Irate, angry, and exasperated by this cruelty, the mother confronts the teacher inside the YOB premises. The teacher at a loss for words, and stammering, lashes out at the mother by stating “this is not even your daughter so what do you care” response. When told that her daughter had in fact been subjected to the same cruel treatment and that as a matter of fact she also cares about ALL the other students who had to also endure the cold treatment, the teacher became very defensive, unresponsive, unrepentant, and unhelpful.
The Mother next brings forth her complaints to Rabbi Manis Mandel. As he did with the sexual molestation accusations, Manis again refused to do anything to even remotely address the concerns for the safety and well being of her own daughter and that of her classmates.
Manis Mandel became obnoxious, arrogant, and delusional. It was not YOB’s problem or wrongdoing, it’s her issues. It’s your fault and just a fragment of your wild imagination, the defensive Manis barked at her. He refused to even acknowledge that there was any problem. Instead he accused this mother of making things up, and lying about what happened. Manis defended the integrity of this teacher as being an outstanding character. In the end the mother left feeling helpless, brokenhearted, and with tears streaming down her face.
The people sworn to protect her daughter and others daughters; were blatantly reckless in their duty. How? How can it be? Rabbi Manis Mandel, a saintly old man who people refer to as a “tzadik” she wondered. How did people come to that assessment when he just now laughed and scorned her like he did. If this is a Tzadik, she countered then I’m going to have a hard time trusting any Rabonim anymore.
Flustered but determined, this Mother sought the advice of a BIG renowned Rov at the encouragement of some of her friends. After relating the chain of events leading to why she was there, the Rov was perturbed by what he was hearing. He said to this mother: I want you to go back to Manis Mandel and tell him USING MY NAME, that he must get rid of this teacher. Tell him that there is NO EXCUSE for such maltreatment of children.
Heeding the advice of this Rov, she confronts Manis Mandel. This is the SECOND TIME she is bringing her concerns to Manis, only this time Manis said the most shocking and hurtful things you can possibly say to any divorced person. There is a reason you are divorced, Manis Mandel reprimands her. You’re divorced because you’re always causing everybody problems. You’re making stories up. You’re just no good. Get out of my school.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO? A SELF PROCLAIMED AND ORDAINED TALMID CHOCHOM WHO TWICE WITH THE SAME LADY, BEHAVED LIKE THE SCOUNDREL HE WAS. HE BLINDLY ASSUMED THAT NO JEW IS CAPABLE OF ANY WRONGDOING IN HIS HOLY YESHIVA .
THIS IS HOW MANIS AND HIS MONSTER SONS BEHAVED; OR BETTER WORDED, MISBEHAVED. SHLOMO MANDEL WAS A BEAST DURING HIS YESHIVAH DAYS IN TELZ, COULD HIS FATHER HAVE PASSED SOME OF THAT GENE OF RUTHLESSNESS DOWN TO HIM AND YANKEL?
YAAKOV MANDEL WAS A TERROR DURING HIS TENURE AS MENHAEL OF THE ELEMENTRY SCHOOL (YESHIVA KETANA), PHYSICALLY BEATING STUDENTS TO A PULP, PULLING A BOYS PANTS DOWN AND BEATING HIM IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY (THIS BOY ENDED UP IN OHEL), AND GIVING YOU THAT “COME HERE TZADIKEL” ROUTINE WHERE HE WOULD TRY TO STRETCH YOUR CHEEKS TO THE MAXIMUM, UNTIL YOU BEGGED FOR MERCY. SADIST TO THE CORE, JUST LIKE HIS BROTHER SHLOMY.
SHLOMO MANDEL WAS JUST AS BAD, IF NOT WORSE - BEATING, BULLYING, TORTURING, AND HUMILIATING STUDENTS IN THE MESIFTA. SHLOMO WOULD PUNISH BOYS WHO WOULDN’T COLLECT ENOUGH MONEY FOR THE THEN NEW AND NOW CURRENT YOB BUILDING. HE WOULD ALSO FORCE UPON YOU THE DUTY TO COLLECT MONEY FOR TASHBAR. HE WOULD MAKE STUDENTS PLEDGE TO BRING IN AN UNREASONABLE AMOUNT OF MONEY AND THEN PUNISH THEM IF THEY FELL SHORT.
SHLOMO AND YAKOV MANDEL DERIVED MUCH PLEASURE IN SEEING AND MAKING BOYS SUFFER, AS DID ANOTHER FREAK OF SADIST PLEASURES, YEHUDA NUSSBAUM. ACTUALLY, THERE WERE MANY PEOPLE IN THE YOB ADMINISTRATION WHO THE SAME CAN BE SAID FOR, BUT THAT’S FOR ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER POSTING.
EVENTUALLY, AFTER A LONG POWER STRUGGLE, SHLOMO KICKED HIS YOUNGER BROTHER YAAKOV OUT OF THE YESHIVA KETANA AND SENT HIM PACKING. SHLOMO ‘CROCODILE TEARS’ MANDEL, WHO CRAVES POWER AND PRESTIGE; WAS HAPPY TO FINALLY BE IN TOTAL CONTROL. HIS SHABBOS MINYAN, AND HIS RECITING OF TEILIM AT A SHRIEK AND WHINE PLAUSIBLE TO EVEN THE DEAD, WAS A SIGN TO HIMSELF OF HOW RIGHTEOUS HE REALLY IS. HE DEMANDED PERFECTION, YET IN RETURN HE GAVE NOTHING BUT HEARTACHE TO EVERYBODY.
MANIS MANDEL, SHLOMO MANDEL, AND YAAKOV MANDEL, THE BUTCHERS OF OUR CHILDREN.
THERE YOU HAVE IT!
As this lady who confronted Manis TWICE told me recently:
You see the palm of my hand? You can fit all the gedolei yisroel in it and still have plenty of room left over. You know something, she has a very valid point. It is a perfect assessment of where Rabonnim and Jews have slipped and dropped to in our dark era and times, and it ain’t pretty!
Note: In order to protect the privacy of the victims, I have not written their names, nor do I mention the name of the Rov the lady had seen. For some who know about the chain of events and how they occurred, it is rather easy to know who and what I’m taking about; and yes that includes Yeshiva of Brooklyn, who found it necessary to threaten me even though I did not give out any of the victims names, yet somehow they knew exactly whom one of the victims was, only bolstering my credibility and that of the victims in the process . Such cowards I tell you.
Months later YOB seeks to negotiate with me and the victims by contacting a certain chicken Rov they mistakenly figured would convince me to shut down my blog because of the mass bad publicity it was causing them. Little did they know, a weasel will always be a weasel. They once again miscalculated. This Rov (not the same Rov the lady went to see about Manis) greatly and grossly underestimated me. See below a copy of what was posted on UOJ’s site last February, and what was posted on this blog in the summer of 2006.
My main question to YOB and this Rov they contacted to contact me is this:
You say there were NO VICTIMS AND THAT YOU DO NOT BELIEVE THE SEXUAL ALLEGATIONS, YET HOW DID YOU KNOW THE NAME OF ONE OF THE VICTIMS WITHOUT ME PRINTING IT? HOW DID YOU KNOW TO CONTACT THIS ROV THAT KNEW ME, IF I HAD NOT MENTIONED ANY NAMES? HOW DID YOU KNOW WHO TO THREATEN AND WHO TO TRY AND INTIMIDATE IF YOU CLAIM NONE OF THIS EVER HAPPENED?
THEN THIS ROV WHOM WAS GIVEN PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION DURING NEGOTIATIONS ABOUT ANOTHER OF THE YOB VICTIMS, LEAKS IT TO YOB WHO TRIES TO CONTACT THE VICTIM THROUGH ANOTHER 3RD PARTY ROV? IS THAT MORAL? IS THAT JUST? IS THAT FAIR? SHAKING DOWN A VICTIM, SOMETHING YOB IS GREAT AT. TERRORIZING VICTIMS, ANOTHER ACCOMPLISHMENT BY THE YOB ANIMALS.
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February, 2007, posted on the UOJ Blog by Exposemolesters
There is a ROV who I once respected very much. YOB had contacted this ROV and pleaded with him to convince me to remain silent about YOB sins, and also that I should shut down my blog. I refused to acknowledge this Rov, other than telling him that YOB must fire Nussbaum at once, no questions asked. There were more conditions, but that was one of the main ones.
So what this Rov do? He bribes me like I'm some naive moron. Calls me up before Shabbos shortly after we made initial contact, wanting to drop off a nice bottle of Bourbon whiskey. We chit chat, even have a l'ecahim, and then get down to business. He PROMISES that Nussbaum will be fired, and also promises to meet ALL of the other conditions involved. This Rov promised that Nussbaum would be gone within a couple of days. A couple of days turned into many weeks. There was Stalling, and excuses, and more stalling and more excuses by the ROV and YOB. The deadline I set for the end of July 2006 came and went with still no real issues being resolved. During that period of time I was very QUIET on my blog, waiting to see what will happen next.
The excuses were, Shlomo Mandel is in Eretz Yisroel - we have to wait until he comes back. Another one was "the lawyers from YOB will not allow a written apology (or even an oral one as I later found out) because that is called ADMISSION to guilt. The excuses kept piling up like a ton of bricks. People will find out and it will be an even bigger chilul hashem than what it is now. And what about a shidduch for Nussbaums Children etc. They were very scared of the BLOG though, asking me many times if I will shut it down if they met my conditions. Another excuse was, how can YOB believe there were victims if you don't give us names. Stupid me, I relented and gave two names, one of which they were quite aware of already going back to the early 1990's. So what happens next? This Rov and YOB totally breach moral standards and confidentiality (no surprise there) by going behind my back (thinking I wouldn't find out about it) and having a third party contact the second victim's name that I had given them. The 3rd party arranges for another Rov to talk to this victim and attempt to fish out information about the alleged abuse.
It is precisely at this point in time, that I totally and unequivocally ceased from any further negotiations with YOB. This Rov who YOB thought would be able to silent me, is now an ex-Rov in my book. I lost TOTAL respect for him. I had a very hard time trusting in Rabbi's anyway, and I only negotiated in good faith because supposedly this was a Rov that I knew and I could trust. This was a Rov who KNEW about sexual molestation and abuse against a 5th grader dating back to the 90's. He even admitted that he felt bad all these years that he was not able to do anything about it then. He admitted to me in very BOLD terms that he believes very much that Victim # 1 was indeed molested by Nussbaum and that is why he decided to be as a go-between to YOB. This was a big opportunity for this Rov to finally get it right, to finally salvage what he failed to do previously, and he flunked with flying colors. He is a fake and a disgrace not only in my eyes, but especially to the victims he let down.
Okay; now that I got that out of the way let's continue. WHO IS THIS ROV? I will not name him, however I'll give you a little hint. He is a cousin of another disgraced Rabbi, none other than LIPA MARGULIS. How do I know?
Well, I found this out during our meetings and phone conversations. The topic of Kolko and YTT came up in the discussion and guess what? This Rov DEFENDED lippy and YTT. He said Margulis is my cousin you know (as if because of that merit I should believe his stupidity). And YTT is an esteemed Yeshiva who some former students just have a vendetta against. Kolko never did these things that they say he did, it's made-up nonsense, he went on to say. When we spoke about Ger and Lazarowits, he went on to repeat the same shtusim that these are former disgruntled bochorim. The more I spoke with him, the more I realized that HE WILL NEVER GET IT and that he talks out of both sides of his mouth. The problem is that this is just one case of corruption. There are SO many more, and that is very scary to me.
In closing I do want to heap some praise on this Rov I just finished trashing. He does a lot of chesed. He helps out many worthy causes. I think he is a well meaning man and has a lot of good qualities about him. Yet, this is what BUGS THE HELL OUT OF ME. How can such a well intentioned individual turn his back on YIDDEN who need his help. How can he ignore evidence that points to children being molested and not equate it Pikuach Nefeshos? I'm sure this Rov would dial Hatzoloh in a heartbeat on Shabbos if he saw another Jew having a heart attack, so why is children being molested any different in his mind than someone who is in danger of dying on shabbos from a a stroke or heart attack? Any answers? Is it that Chilul Hashem is more important than saving a child? Could it be that reputations and careers will very much be at stake for those who swept the abuse under the carpet all these years? Is it because Shlomo Mandel, Yaakov Mandel, and Manis Mandel's crimes will become exposed to the public for all to see and scorn upon? Could it be that many more names of individuals who should have helped but decided to remain silent, will also suffer from negative publicity? All the Kovod, Pride, and admiration for these Rabonim who are really Reshoim will vanish very soon, when the Klal gets to see the ARAFAT's STALIN's and SADDAMS, that they really are.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Very Important Update on YOB/Nussbaum
Dear fellow friends,
I have been SILENT the past couple of months, i will remain quiet no longer. All of you that have been following my BLOG, and those that care for the safety and welfare of our children, will now get to see some form of justice for a 5th grade "RUBBY" who preyed on children, and those who aided and harbored the predator all these years. The reason i have been so QUIET all this time, is because, i have been in the midst of negotiations with the many victims of Yehuda Nussbaum, and YOB, who used intimidation and denial in their quest to bully and coverup these accusations of both sexual and physical abuse of boys all these years. I did NOT have to remain quiet, but i figured that I'll be nice and give YOB a chance to do the RIGHT thing, rather than what they have been doing, which has been acting scared and stupid, during this whole process. I have been EXTREMELY patient during these ongoing negotiations, perhaps even too patient, and too fair, and too nice. I set an August 1 deadline, for Yeshivah Of Brooklyn to respond by getting rid of Nussbaum, or face the consequences. So far they have still not done so, much to my disbelief and dismay. Although we have been communicating through a third party (a Rov), and I'm trying my hardest to help YOB save face (and a lot of money), by reaching a VERY fair deal for them, i am now starting to lose my patience. The grace period following that of August 1, that I was so kind to give to YOB,has now run out. I am recommending in the HIGHEST form possible, that YOB accept this very generous deal now, or face the alternatives. I am not going to continue negotiations, until ALL our terms are met. As part of negotiations, i bended over forwards and backwards, and did everything humanly possible to achieve our goals, both for the victims and the victimizers, in a most quiet and mentlichidika way, assuming YOB met our very fair conditions as part of the agreement. However, YOB has flinched at a very important aspect of our demands. We want an apology from Yehuda Nussbaum, and YOB, with Yakov (Jack) Mandel, and Shlomo Mandel's signatures on it.
At First, we asked for a public apology to be made in two Jewish newspapers of their choice. What do you think their reaction was, can you guess it? This was their reaction. We can't do that, it will be a great Chilul Hashem, and it will be a very big embarrassment for YOB and Nussbaum. How will Nussbaum's children ever get a shidduch? Also, we cannot apologize, YOB said, because our lawyers won't let us make an admission of guilt, because it opens us up the door for a lawsuit in the future for
other victims of abuse. So what did i do? I improvised, and allowed YOB and Nussbaum to make a PRIVATE written apology. I even offered to sign a release form that will state that we will not pursue further action, even though there is an admission of guilt.
That too, they balked on, worrying that victims can use that as ammunition in the future, against YOB/Nussbaum. Therefore, I am at wits end, and I will not continue negotiating with a side that is scared, and that is trying to get off easy with a slap on the wrist. That is NOT going to happen. Without an apology, there will be nothing to talk about, and I have now given the green light for my lawyers to begin the process of a lawsuit against YOB/Nussbaum, something that I have put on hold until now.
DO NOT underestimate us YOB, we are willing and ready for a war. I promise that the process will be much more embarrassing, dirtier and hurtful to you, than you ever could have imagined. The chillul Hasehm will unfortunate be much greater than it is now. If you are scared of bad publicity, just think how much greater it will be than it is currently. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I promise that after we win very BIG in court, you will be financially drained, and your Yeshiva and the crimes that were committed there will be out in the open for the whole public to witness. All your assets will be frozen and turned over to the victims. At least then, there will be some form of justice. Obviously, these young men are scarred for life, and can never have their innocence returned back to them, so in that respect, they will never have justice.
The generous deal I had in place, was to have Yehuda Nussbaum, fired immediately by YOB, and for him to never be in chinuch or work with children or be in close proximity to them ever again. At First YOB wanted to go to R' Dovid Choen to hear the accusations and make a decision on YOB/Nussbaum's guilt. However. we flat out refused to accommodate that idea, due to many factors, most notably, that the "Rabbi" rout has already been tried and exhausted before, and produced NOTHING. We, also did not want this process to drag out any longer than it already has. Baruch Hashem, YOB got wise, and after much pressure agreed to dismissing Yehuda Nussbaum, which of course is a big accomplishment, and in itself an admission, and we are gratified in that respect. However, as part of the healing process for the victims of the sexual and physical abuse encountered during their school days at YOB, there MUST be an apology period. Like i said, we had wanted a public apology for the victims, but we improvised for a private one, in order to avoid even more of a Chilul Hashem and embarrassment for YOB and Nussbaum. If that does not happen, then I say, see you in court YOB.
In my negotiations, I made it clear to the 3rd party and YOB, that considering the alternatives, they should be quite happy with our very fair list of demands. I specified that YOB should look at this as if it were a plea bargain in a criminal proceeding. To have this opportunity of demonstrating, that it is FINALLY ready to correct mistakes of the past, should be something YOB should be very grateful for. On the contrary of being scared of what public opinion may say or do, like they have been, YOB has a golden opportunity, to demonstrate to other Yeshiva's, that they too must follow course, and address the issue of child abuse, weather it be in the form of sexual, or physical. It will also help bring healing, and closure, to many of the victims who have been suffering, and those who continue to suffer, as a result of being abused as a child. Therefore, although it will be very embarrassing for YOB/Nussbaum, to make a public apology, and to ACTUALLY admit to their crimes, while also asking Mechilla from their victims, they have chosen the scare(dy) cat approach, where-as, what if some other victims will want to sue us because of our admissions, they theorize. In taking that approach, it actually shows, that YOB is more interested in covering their asses (pardon the french), than apologizing to the victims, and taking the lead in demonstrating that it really has done Tshuva, and that it really does care about the welfare of children that have been traumatized for life, and that it really does regret not taking these allegations seriously, when brought to their attention, almost 2 decades ago. Yet, they shy and get scared of doing the correct thing, the proper thing, which is to set an example, that Child Molesters will not be tolerated in schools, and that if there are allegations of sexual/physical abuse, then they must be taken and dealt with seriously. Think about how much more respect YOB can get from people, had they went about it, in that fashion, instead of being in denial and constantly fearing the unknown. Admit to what is known. Admit to the truth. Will YOB have the courage to do that? So far they have not, and time has practically run out on them. This bad press and publicity, is about to get much more damaging, and much more painful, for YOB and Yehuda Nussbaum. Keep checking back here for latest developments.
Think about how much greater the chilul hashem will be, if YOB was put on trial in a secular court, and all the victims will be testifying, and all the cards will be laid out on the table for the whole public to witness. How many times greater, will the bad publicity get for YOB, Yehuda Nussbaum, Yakov "Jack" Mandel, Shlomo Mandel, and others who were recklessly negligent with our children?
I even offered YOB, to shut down this site for good, assuming they kept their end of the bargain, that was to be reached between YOB/Nussbaum, and their victims. I also went out of my way, and volunteered as part of the agreement reached, that i would be willing to talk to any other potential victims that may arise in the future, to try and discourage them from seeking criminal and/or civil action against YOB/Nussbaum, and that I would do everything in my power to try and dissuade these victims by reassuring them that thank G-D, Nussbaum will no longer be around children. No longer will he be working in chinuch, no longer will he be able to physically and sexually abuse children. I could point out those positives and could probably talk them into accepting that some form of justice was obtained. Of course though, the victims are at the end of the day free to do as they wish. Should they choose to sue YOB/Nussbaum, then that is their prerogative and their choice to make. They are after all the ones who continue to suffer and have suffered al these years.
However, all that, is not going to happen, because so far, we have no deal or agreement in place, and therefore, we will continue this Blog, and we will continue to proceed with preparations for a lawsuit/trial. YOB, also did not want me to PUBLICIZE the agreement, of course, the reason again being that of fearing bad publicity and embarrassments. I'm sorry, but that is tough luck YOB. The nature of the circumstances, will not allow this to simply disappear, and the public have a right to know about an agreement that will ultimately, benefit the community at large, and the victims in particular. Take as it is, there will 100% be bad publicity. How bad it will be, depends on if this goes to court or not. Right now, but not for too much longer, YOB has a chance to right what was wronged. They have an opportunity to rise to the occasion, and set a good example, and to help tremendously in the process of saving Jewish lives, no matter how much it will hurt them to do so.
In closing, I want to thank the many good folks out there, who have been a tremendous source of support and inspiration, throughout this painful process. It has not been easy, but it definitely has been very worthwhile. Thank You!
first of all i would like to thankyou for bringing this to light.second you waited until R'Manis passed away,third i think you should investigate the relationship between the two brothers before you go futher.
even though yob is a model yeshiva (i knew R'Manis very well and both brothers) you must continue your / our fight, which i commend you for.
i have an older son who went to yob very many years and is now a bal mishpacha with children.i asked him point blank if nussbaum ever touch him. his answer was no.
we did have a problem with an english teacher who beat him up once, it was settled and the teacher fired.
it pains me deeply about yob and not to be compared with torah temimah which is a whole different mind set.
please keep going, push harder. for the sake of my grandchildren's generation.
August 21, 2006
Please explain why you have given them so many chances.
August 21, 2006
Posted by exposemolesters; August 2006
What about a shidduch for the victims?
The question was brought up to me, what about Nussbaum's children, how will they ever get shidduch, if people find out what their father did? By that same token of logic, one can also assume that a son of a murderer is also a murderer. And a daughter of a convert should not be qualified as Jewish, because her mother was originally gentile. Makes me wonder, how many Tzadikim the world would see too, because along those lines of logic, one would already know what he/she is. If his father was a Rabbi, automatically he will also be one. If his father is wealthy, he too will be wealthy. If a family member molests little boys, it makes you a molester too, since you belong to that family. Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?
And these "chachomim" (not), how do they answer the same question when thrown back in their faces? You shameful rabonim who let this child sexual abuse continue and linger, all because you wouldn't chas vesholom want a chilul hashem you claim? You wouldn't want to jeopardies a chilul hashem, so your answer is to allow our children to be victimized, brutalized, and bullied .... day after day, month after month, year after year, all the while knowing or not wanting to know about a Rabbi who molests, and a yeshiva determined to harbor and defend this known sadist and sexual predator. That makes a lot of sense doesn't it, you fake yidden, fake rabbi's. Isn't practicing what you preach, part of judiasim? Unless of course your version of judiasim, conveniently left that part out.
So we're back to that question. What about a shidduch for Nussbaums children? I ask, what about a shidduch for all the lives ruined by Nussbaum and YOB? Any Rabbi ever take that into consideration? Apperently not.
There is a story with Rav Shimon ben Levi, who was Rav and Dayan of a city in the early centuries. One day, a lion ate up a man that lived in that city. Rav Shimon ben Levi was distraught, because he felt guilty for the mans death. On what account? Because as Rav and Dayan of that city he failed this man. He should have made sure that this man wouldn't have committed a sin that ultimately led to his punishment of being eaten by the lion. In not doing so, Rav Shimon ben Levi, was held responsible thus resulting in his getting punished. Rav Shimon ben Levi, who was on such a high spiritual level, that he would have eliyahu hanavie visit with him daily, was punished when the Prophet did not come to him for 3 consecutive days.
So too, in our days. Our rabonim, share in that responsibility, that when the crimes of our schools and trusted rabbis go unpunished, they will have nothing in which they can defend themselves with, at least not to G-D. They so far to a large and embarrassing extent, have made the biggest chilul hashem themselves, by refusing to follow or interpret the torah in the correct fashion. Fakers, oh i say. Black hat, gartel, mikvah drenched fakery with a beard that can't hide the disgrace of a Jew that they are. May hashem have mercy on his children!
Note: (BTW Yudel Nussbaum married off a daughter this year 2007).-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
26 Tishrei 5761 - October 25, 2000
Large Gathering in Brooklyn Davens for Klal Yisroel's Safety
by Avi Shafran
No one knew whether to expect hundreds or thousands when revered roshei yeshiva, including the members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudath Israel of America, decided on erev Sukkos to call for a Chol Hamoed outdoor atzeres tefilla on behalf of embattled and threatened Jews around the world.
Though the situation in Eretz Yisroel -- and the dozens of antisemitic attacks in Europe and the United States that have accompanied it -- were certainly weighing heavily on Jewish hearts during the days leading up to yom tov, it was far from certain that a large number of Yidden would turn out to join in a communal Mincha and Tehillim recital on the first day of chutz la'aretz's Chol Hamoed. Not only was there precious little time to notify rabbonim and the general public about the gathering, but a host of daunting technical arrangements had to be made -- from arranging police clearance and security, to installing a suitably powerful sound system, to erecting a tent for the rabbinic dignitaries, to coordinating the press.
And yet, Klal Yisroel from throughout the New York area (and from as far away as Lakewood and Baltimore), with logistical assistance from the dedicated staff of Agudath Israel of America, packed Borough Park's 15th Avenue -- from 46th Street until 50th Street, with Jewish men on one side of the street, Jewish women on the other -- numbering, according to police estimates, approximately 10,000 souls.
The first order of the massive afternoon gathering was Mincha, and Rabbi Manis Mandel, the founder and menahel of Yeshiva of Brooklyn, served as shliach tzibbur. Davening was followed by heartfelt recitation of selected Tehillim, posuk by posuk, responsively with the tzibbur.
The Tehillim recitation was led by the Klausenberger Rebbe; Rabbi Simcha Bunim Ehrenfeld, the Mattesdorfer Rov; Rabbi Yitzchok Baal-Haness, Chief Rabbi of the Jewish community of Shiraz, Iran; Rabbi Simcha Schustal, rosh hayeshiva Yeshiva Bais Binyomin, Stamford, Connecticut; Rabbi Eliezer Eichler, the Boyaner Rov; Rabbi Yekusiel Bittersfeld, rosh hayeshiva Yeshivas Harbotzas Torah- Zichron Schneur; Rabbi Shmelka Leifer, the Chuster Rebbe; and Rabbi Yosef Frankel, the Vyelepoler Rebbe. Each of the participating rabbinic personages was announced by Agudath Israel's Rabbi Avrohom Nisan Perl.
Also present at the asifa were many other leading rabbinic figures, including the Bluzhever Rebbe, the Bobover Rebbe, the Rachamstrivker Rebbe, Rabbi Menashe Klein, Rabbi Aharon Schechter, rosh hayeshiva Yeshivas Rabbi Chaim Berlin and the Novominsker Rebbe, the Rosh Agudath Israel of America.
Oblivious to the staccato beat produced by a police helicopter hovering overhead, the gathering used Dovid Hamelech's words to implore Hakodosh Boruch Hu to protect His people from their enemies and to return His Shechina to their midst. At the conclusion of the Tehillim recitation, the Skulener Rebbe led the large crowd in the kabolas ohl Malchus Shomayim that ends Ne'ila on Yom Kippur. The roar of the assemblage at that point was overwhelming, and will not soon be forgotten by anyone who was fortunate to be present.
Similar gatherings took place on the first day of Chol Hamoed as well, in a number of other American cities, including Chicago, Milwaukee and Worcester, Massachusetts; others took place several days earlier in cities like Baltimore and Sacramento, California; others still were planned for coming days, like in Dallas and Los Angeles.
In New York, it had rained lightly earlier in the day, and the sky remained heavily overcast throughout the proceedings. Not a drop of rain, though, fell upon the crowd, leading Agudath Israel executive vice president Rabbi Shmuel Bloom to note that while rain is usually a siman brocho, it is not at all so during Sukkos.
He went on to voice his fervent hope -- the hope, undoubtedly, of the ten thousand other Jews around him -- that the dry atzeres tefilla would signify acceptance of the tefillos that were offered, and prove to be a harbinger of besuros tovos for all of Klal Yisroel.
Shlomo Mandel of YOB takes the cake - more kids that became not frum because of his fine example of an "upstanding mechanech". His father was a good man, but blind to his son's failings. I saw an old Jewish Observer a few weeks ago on Chinuch, and was shocked to see that this hypocrite wrote an article on "chanoch lana'ar al pi darko" - if there was one thing this jackass did not do, it was try to understand his students. I truly hope he rots in hell for all those he sent "off the derech". I know that I, for one, am not mochel him.