Helbrans is the Plump Guy at Lev Tahor

Shlomo Helbrans, self styled Riminov Rebbe and head of Lev Tahor Cult (plump guy with white scarf)

Shlomo Helbrans, self styled Riminov Rebbe and head of Lev Tahor Cult (plump guy with white scarf)

Shlomo Helbrans, is a man who has never been able to confirm that he has rabbinical ordination. He styles himself the Riminov Rebbe though he does not come from any Hasidic lineage. He claims to be a loving leader to his followers, while most observers believe he is the head of an abusive cult.

Rank and file thin guys at Lev Tahor

Rank and file thin guys at Lev Tahor

It is alleged that the children in Lev Tahor are malnourished. I was fascinated by the fact that unlike most Hasidim, who are often overweight, like most Americans and more so, the members of Lev Tahor are consistently thin, very thin, with the possible exception of his number two, Uriel Goldman.

Helbrans himself is the very image of plump, to put it mildly. Maybe he is one Hasidic rebbe who does not share his meals with his followers.

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3 thoughts on “Helbrans is the Plump Guy at Lev Tahor

  1. In plenty of chassidisen you have people who are very skinny because they are very machmir in the area of shmiras d’kedishas b’achile, guarding of the holiness in eating for those not familiar with the term. Not saying Lev Tahor is a legit chassidis, it’s a cult. But it’s not uncommon in chassidisen where member b’klal are machmir by that inyan to have far more skinny people than in other hoyfn.

      • That is indeed a good point. I was gonna say to look at either the Toldos Aharon Rebbe or Toldos Avrohom Rebbe. But then I realized that really doesn’t work. They’re both thin and just remarkably broad as far as old people go… plus the hundreds of layers of bekitshe and rezhvilke and such.

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