Baruch (Mordechai) Lebovits (aka Kamarne or Komarna Rebbe) pled guilty to multiple counts of sexually abusing a teen boy. But that didn’t stop Matzav.com for regarding him a respectable influence on his nephew, Rabbi Chaim Daskal O”H, whose obituary was posted today. They described Baruch Lebovits as a Rebbe who had a beneficial influence on the late Rabbi Daskal.
The funny thing is that when reporters described Lebovits as a rabbi, orthodox media spokespeople made a point of denying he was a rabbi. At most they were willing to concede he was a cantor.
Clearly, they knew enough to realize a molester is an embarrassment to the outside world. But apparently, it is not a problem inside their world.
Informally he was also known as the Atlantic City Rebbe because of his notorious pleasure excursions in Atlantic City.