Category Archives: Corruption

Thinking About Chanah

From the Frum Follies archives of 9/12/12. The approach of Rosh Hashanah makes me think of Chanah, barren like Sarah. Before she could glory in her triumph she was misjudged as a nobody by Eli, the cohen gadol (high priest). … Continue reading

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My Experiences with Meisels and His Enablers — Guest Post by TruthSeeker

TruthSeeker is the pseudonym of a former student in Elimelech Meisels’ seminaries. She describes her initial enthusiasm, the charismatic, flirtatious nature of Meisels’ leadership, his crossing boundaries, her confronting him about it, her attempts to get staff to confront the … Continue reading

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This Is Why the Seminaries Controlled by Meisels Are Not Safe

David Morris cuts to the heart of the issue in his post Seminaries: Blessing-Dispensers & Diplomats. He summarizes the state of affairs and goes on to astutely dissect the latest statement signed by five prominent American rabbis. Words matter, even … Continue reading

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My Empathy Questions for Richard Joel

From the Frum Follies archives 9/3/13. Still pertinent. Richard Joel, imagine the principal of one of your high schools was pressing ham sandwiches against the lips of many students. Would you say the incident should be ignored to protect the … Continue reading

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Following the Whizzing Balls in the Beis Din Game

The marines have a saying: “Kill them all and let G-d sort them out.” The heimish equivalent is the Beis Din game. It’s played by refusing to accept one beis din and offering competing complaints and legalisms until the onlookers … Continue reading

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She Knew She Was in Trouble When Weberman Closed the Bedroom Door

From my archives of 9/20/12. First posted in the lead-up to Nechemya Weberman’s trial which concluded with a 103-year sentence. She was a bad girl. Was it because she talked to boys, or she was dressing too fashionably, or she … Continue reading

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Much Ado about Very Little in the Letter by the Five Gedolim

Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn  is protective of the seminaries operated by Meisels particularly of their right to refuse parents refunds and of the job security of everyone who worked for Meisels. As criticism of the Israeli Beis Din mounted, he seized … Continue reading

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