On 5/20/16 I reported the arrest of Naftali Maklev for hundreds of sexual offenses against his own female relatives starting when one was only six years old. Maklev worked as the spiritual advisor in
Yeshiva Beer Hatorah in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem. That yeshiva is run by Rabbi Gavriel Yosef Levi. In his circles he is called GI”L, the Hebrew acronym of his full name. GI”L has acquired a reputation for ruthless climbing on top of others, very sharp elbows, and invoking the aid of his father-in-law, Rav Aaron Feldman, the head of Baltimore’s Ner Israel Rabbinical College (NIRC).
I have heard from a number of sources that Maklev also molested boys in the yeshiva.
The Hebrew language Israeli website, Bichadrei Charedim ran a headline this morning (5/24/16) “Head of the yeshiva where the molesting mashgiach works: “Whoever talks will be thrown out.” While the report uses no names they are clearly referring to GI”L, the employer of Naftali Maklev at Beer Hatorah in Bayit Vegan.
According to this report, GI”L gathered a group of students in his office and declared:
If this [allegation] is not true, it is lashon horah [gossip] and obviously forbidden to say. If this [allegation] is so, one definitely should not speak of it and [instead] be silent. For every moment that a person seals his lips he merits the great hidden light that no angel or creature can imagine.
אם זה לא נכון, זה לשון הרע ופשוט שאסור לדבר, ואם זה נכון אז בוודאי לא לדבר על זה ולשתוק, כי על כל רגע ורגע שאדם חוסם פיו– זוכה לאור הגנוז שאין כל מלאך ובריה יכולים לשער
Until I read this I thought he was merely a power-hungry scoundrel and a cover-up artist. Continue reading