Rabbi Menachem Weissmandl, Why Are You Defending Yisroel Moshe Weingarten?

I have been doing a lot of research on Yisroel Moshe Weingarten (YMW). Every time I find something it leads to something else. I have learned about more boys and girls he is alleged to have molested. This week I spoke to people who alleged that he  raped Jewish and gentile girls. I discovered this by asking a few questions and listening to sad stories. I am not a genius; I do not have an army of investigators; I don’t have access to the files of the FBI and the Mossad. I have not bribed anyone to get information.

Some of the rabbis who signed the kol koreh (proclamation)defending Yisroel Moshe knew things that should have made them pause long and hard. One of the more prominent signers of the pidyon shvuyim (prisoner redemption) kol koreh in the summer of 2009 was Rabbi Menachem Weissmandl, Nitra Rav-Monsey, the youngest son of Rabbi Chaim Michael Dov (Michoel Ber) Weissmandl, ztz”l.

It gives me no pleasure to criticize Menachem Weissmandl for conduct that dishonors the name of his great father. The frum world has gone overboard in calling every Yankel Berel a tzadik. Michoel Ber of Nitra, Czechoslovakia was the real thing. He was the greatest frum hero of hatzalah (rescue) during the Churban Europa (holocaust). He was moser nefesh (sacrificed himself)to save Jewish lives. His heart was as big as his deeds and his deeds were bold. He saved thousands and tried to save millions. He struggled and felt for every Jewish life and mourned for each soul he could not save. Until his petirah (passing) in 1957 he suffered like an aveil (mourner) for the millions who could not be saved. In spite of all of this, he rebuilt the Nitra Yeshiva in Mount Kisco, NY.

Yisroel Moshe went to Nitra, the institution built on these sacrifices. He was kicked out around 1966. He committed acts of sexual violence at Nitra so shocking that the memory persists in Nitra to this very day. Leo Weingarten described some of them. People who were bochurim (lads) at the same time have told me about more.

Rabbi Menachem Weissmandl, the Nitra Rav of Monsey, probably knew about those allegations decades ago. About ten years ago, someone he trusted told him many of the specific facts about Yisroel Moshe’s abuse of Leah. If by some wild chance he did not already know about YMW’s reputation in Nitra, he had many opportunities to check out the damning facts.  Obviously, Menachem Weissmandl knew that YMW was convicted of grave charges in a Federal Court. If he was still not convinced of Yisroel Moshe’s guilt he had the standing to talk to prominent rabbis in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh (Israel), Antwerp, Gateshead (UK), Williamsburg (NY), Kiryas Joel (NY) and his hometown Monsey (NY). Living in Monsey, Weissmandl should have known that Rabbis Ben Zion Wosner, Chaim Leibish Rottenberg and Yechatzkel Gold were convinced that Yisroel Moshe was molesting his younger daughters.

According to someone I trust, Menachem Weissmandl encouraged others to sign the ban on Vos Iz Neias (Hebrew, English) as a way of suppressing Jewish media coverage of the Weingarten case (and allegations about problems with Weissmandl’s kosher supervision at Rubashkin’s Agriprocessor plant in Postville, Iowa). Instead of making it his business to know more, he worked to keep others ignorant.

Last week I learned that Menachem Weissmandl was in charge of selecting the rabbi who would argue the case for Weingarten’s innocence on the Zev Brenner show. The show ended up with Rabbi Hillel Handler, a Neturei Karta propagandist. He calls himself William Handler when he talks to Gentiles. On Saturday night Handler mixed lies, slander, and insults for the better part of two hours, . In some ways he was the perfect spokesperson for YMW who uses the same tactics while also posing as a tzadik.

Handler’s lies were hurtful. He made survivors of abuse feel as if they were again being raped. He ridiculed victims and denied their suffering. When survivors of Yisroel Moshe phoned in he was momentarily unnerved because he knew the audience could hear the pain radiating from their voices. So he laid it on more heavily, interrupted them more often, and sped up his delivery to drown out their message. The survivors were not overwhelmed; they got angry and angrier. He didn’t care. He just wanted to squelch open discussion.

Zev Brenner confronted Handler with evidence that the only rabbis who conducted actual investigations all found Weingarten guilty. He responded with the fiction that Rabbi Chaim Kreiswirth, ztz’l of Antwerp conducted a beit din (religious court) and he was the most important rabbi to investigate Weingarten’s guilt. Kreiswirth’s own letter didn’t talk about convening a beit din or even suggest that he conducted any inquiry. Kreiswirth refused to let Leah tell him her version of the events.  Rabbi Kreiswirth passed away in 2001 and could not possibly have considered the evidence that came to light in the last ten years. But these inconvenient facts did not deter Handler. He plunged ahead and insisted that anyone who disagreed with Kreiswirth was guilty of insulting torah scholars. Practically in the same breath he insulted respected talmidei chachamim such as the Gavad (head) of Satmar Antwerp, Chaim Yosef Dovid (Chida) Weiss, the Rav Hair of Gateshead, Bezalel Rakow ztz’l, and three Monsey rabbis who signed a letter to deny YMW custody of his children, Ben Zion Wosner, Chaim Leibish Rottenberg and Yechazkel Gold (former Satmar dayan of Monsey). According to Handler, the big maven of rabbonim, they are all “lightweights.”

As far as I’m concerned the better rabbi is the one who takes his job seriously enough to listen to the relevant witnesses, seek out other facts and reach a decision based on the facts. A competent rabbi must have the seichel (common sense) to know when to be skeptical of a source because they are nogeiah b’daver ( have a vested interest).  Above all, a rabbi has to have the courage to defend the truth and fight criminals even if it is unpopular. By these criteria, the rabbis invoked by Handler were lightweights. They accepted Yisroel Moshe Weingarten’s account and closed their door on Leah and other witnesses who begged for a chance to share what they knew. Rabbi Moshe Green refused to listen to witnesses who traveled from England and Israel just to talk to him. Rabbi Elyakim Schlesinger was rude and abusive to older Hasidic women the moment he realized that they wanted to talk to him about Weingarten’s misconduct.

Menachem Weissmandl, you are a smart man but you aligned himself with lightweights and turned yourself into one. Whether or not Handler was your choice, you and all the other rabbis who supported the pidyon shvuyim campaign bear responsibility for this awful event. It was bound to be awful because the case for Weingarten only makes sense when you drown out the truth.

In another and much more difficult time, your father, Rav Michoel Ber sought out the truth and quickly faced up to the danger facing Europe’s Jews. He warned everyone to flee years before the mass killings started. I know people who came out alive because they heeded his warnings, abandoned their property, and fled. He stayed behind and fought on; he saved thousands and tried to save millions.

Of this I am certain, your father was willing to die to protect Jewish children. Menachem, you cannot be any consolation to your father in heaven. You are promoting yourself by stomping on the bodies and souls of children and strangling their cries of anguish. Shame on you, Menachem Weissmandl! Shame on you!

Menachem Weissmandl, I beg you, please withdraw from this campaign. Be like your father and save Jewish bodies and souls. If you don’t care about your father’s honor I urge to you to save your own skin. Do yourself a favor and repudiate this campaign. In the end, when everything comes out, no one will trust your hashgachah.

About Yerachmiel Lopin

Frum Follies is blog is for those who fight Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in the Orthodox Jewish world where it is Purim all year. I fight corruption and denial by reporting, analyzing, satirizing, and agitating.
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19 Responses to Rabbi Menachem Weissmandl, Why Are You Defending Yisroel Moshe Weingarten?

  1. Motty says:

    WOW! Thank you! Thank you! What a brilliant analysis of the situation – please keep on revealing the truth – it has a luminosity that will outshine all their dark cover-ups, lies and more lies.

    IMHO, Rabbi Weissmandel must have a terrible reason for defending YMW – it cannot be out of conviction – it must be because YMW is holding something over his or his children’s heads. It needs looking into as it is well known this is YMW’s modus operandi. And yes, his long dirty arm reaches out even from prison – see how he manipulated the Rebbonim to visit him?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Of course R’ Weissmandel know about YMW dirty work in Mount Kisco. how could he not? we all knew!

  3. Jewgirl says:

    Which raises the question, what Nitra ra-bonim knew about YMW back then?

    What measures have been taken to protect jewish and non-jewish children from a rapist gone wild?

  4. steve says:

    Weissmandl (MMW) is no stranger when it comes to coverups. He was covering up the crimes and scandals and Agriprocessors for almost ten years. There were many kashrus issues that he, as rav hamachsir (hamachshil) overlooked and covered up. The KAJ and the OU rubber stamped MMW’s “hashgocho” for years until the KAJ finally had enough and pulled their hashgocho in January 2008. MMW continued defending the Rubashkins, even after the ICE raid in May of that year and even after Rabbi Genack from the OU threatened to pull his hashgocho unless the Rubashkins sell the business. MMW readily admitted to the press that he had no control over the shipping and labeling at Agri, even while the rumors of mislabeling non-kosher meat as kosher were rampant. The only thing that motivates him is $$$ and he will do anything to cover up any misdeed as long as it protects his “hashgocho” business and his yeshiva.

    • Shaya Berkovitz says:

      Someone said to me that when Menachem W davens they won’t wait for him to finish krias shmah because he never gets to EMES!

      He thinks he can shore up his hashgachah by playing politics and making even Satmar support Rubashkin and even getting Litvaks to support a Satmar concocted VIN ban, and all sorts of folks to support the right wing Bnai Yoel and Neturei Karta chevrah. Also he is deep in bed with the Asrah Kadishah chevrah including Weingarten’s other big propagandist Elyakim Schlesinger of London. Schlesinger is the guy who swears Kreiswrith cleared Yisroel Meir and he knows it. Conveniently, Kreiswirth is in the olam haemes which is perfect for a shakran. So who knows whether Kreiswirth would have changed his position if he talked to the witnesses and heard from the other witnesses who came forward.

      • Shmuel. Abromowtiz says:

        Asrah Kadish ties together Weissmandl to Kalmanovits from Mirrer along with his brother and nephew in Israel; Elyakim Schlesinger of London and others.

        You gotta wonder how honest they are with their money if they lie so readily about Weingarten. They think that open accounting and transparency are Yekke apikorsus. Personally, I prefer Yekkes like KAJ for hashgachos. Less, much less shtik. Vos toight mehadrin on the label when the rav hamachshir will lie about other important things.

        Weissmandl may think he is so clever that he can toivel someone who does giluy arayos with his own daughter. Weingarten, who is a sheretz himself. He is wrong. Holding onto YM Weingarten is showing Weissmandl to also be a sheretz.

        What a chillul hashem. You don’t have to be a yid to hate incest with one’s own daughter. Bnai Noach are also mechuyav. Weissmandl thinks he can fool chasidim who read the tzitung and the blatt. Even chasidim are not fooled. They know that all the important rebbes have not signed the kol koreh.

        Iif chas v’cholileh, chasidim support the campaign, goyim will say that chasidim think it is OK to sleep with their daughters. They will say chasidim don’t even need to be drunk like Lot to do it. If this goes on we will start wishing for the good old days when anti-semites only accused us of being crooked.

  5. Yankel says:

    YMW YM”S always pretended to be a tzadik and kanoi.

    Back when he was a bucher in Williamsburg , he fought against the shwartza in satmar. Also fought against the yiddish news paper the forward.

    In Antwerp he fought the sukkah invention by yankel hoch, and falsified letters of rabonim and faked letters against it.

    Also in Antwerp, he was associated with Asra Kadisha and went to protest in Germany on behalf of them (Just google Israel Weingarten date range 1980 1990). Elyakim Schlesinger of London is the big-shot of the very same organization where Schlesinger fell in love with YMV.

    Some of his fights were pure evil. He hid behind his brother yitzchok Leib hetzing him against the Beirach Moshe of Satmar. Everyone knows YMW was behind him and YLW was used. Poor YLW he got the Makes.

    This way YMV created a name of a holy man and got the ra-bonim on his side.

  6. he cant take the heat of alter rueven and YM Weingarten’s kids

    • Yankel says:

      This is his problem. YLW never had balls to stand up for his children. Always followed his brother YM and AR.

      I will repeat: GROW A PAIR, show up at the next sentencing hearing and show support to the victim of his brother YMW.

      What will happen if for once, he will actually stand up for justice? AR will kill him? YM’s kids will kill him? NO. I don’t buy it.

  7. Sherree Belsky says:

    Leo spoke on the Zev Brenner show and Handler had the utter chutzpah to call him a liar. When I heard Handler speak it was like listening to Tropper. Was that coincidence or are they made from the same mold?

  8. merypoe says:

    ymw and his brothers know the truth about him.They also know that when he was a Bucher he was standing all night on lee av.by the public phones and terrorized half of the city with phone calls in the middle of the night to people he wanted to destroy.WHAT A HEARTLESS MAN,SON,and a terror in the neighborhood.With every phone call he made in the middle of the night to innocent people,these people instantly made the phone ring to his poor father which woke him up numerous times a night.This heartless man knew about all this but did not care at all.The happiest day in williamsburgh was when he left to Isreal.We all,the entire community started breathing a little free.Look at the shame and trouble he caused his whole family thereafter.He never knew how to live like a normal man.What a sicko in every aspect.SHAME ON YOU RABBI YMW.You have now plenty of time to think about your dirty stuff and about the Redeefes you have caused to so many people.REST UP out there.

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