Rabbi Mordechai Betzalel Klein of Lakewood issued a pidyon shvuyim appeal on behalf of Yosef Kolko. He doesn’t actually name Kolko who is serving a 15-year sentence for molesting a teen boy, but the phone number in the notice belongs to Kolko’s parents. He refers to Kolko as “innocent.” I actually prefer Zimri who was not a hypocrite and was quite open about his sexual misconduct. This brings to mind the words of the tractate Sotah, “Oseh maseh Zimri umevakesh schar Pinchos” (He does the acts of Zimri and expects to be credited [for righteousness] like Pinchos).
I also marvel at the discreet ways of our Litvaks in the Torah City of Lakewood. The defense of Kolko and the defamation of his accusers was orchestrated by Rabbis Aaron and Malkiel Kotler. But they relied on proxies to do the dirty work including Rabbi Yisroel Belsky. Now that Kolko is rotting in jail after pleading guilty, they let a Satmar Hasid in town continue the charade. In some ways I also prefer the Satmar pervert-defenders in Williamsburg. At least their rabbis who lie for perverts use their own names instead of farming the work out to proxies.
If Lakewood is going to continue this sort of nonsense they should at least be honest and publish a halachic ruling rationalizing collecting money for a guilty child molester.
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Hat Tip to Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn’s Daas Torah blog which first reported on this flyer