A Compendium of WWW Postings on Meisels Scandal

Elimelech Meisels

Elimelech Meisels

On July 11, 2014 I broke the story about Rabbi Elimelech Meisels sexually exploiting female students. I reported that a rabbinical court in Chicago called him out on his conduct and issuing a ruling that students should not attend the four post-high school institutions he owned and operated because they were not safe. There has since been an explosion of coverage, leaked documents, and a defense of those seminaries by another rabbinical court. This controversy has rocked the non-Hasidic ultra orthodox world because these so-called seminaries based in Israel are now practically standard “finishing school” experiences for diaspora ultra orthodox Jews who are not Hasidic.

Below is a compendium of articles through the end of July. I have bolded the articles I consider most important.

Frum Follies (“Yerachmiel Lopin”)























Emes Ve-Emunah (Rabbi Harry Maryles Chicago):

Daas Torah (Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn PhD, Jerusalem):

Tzedek-Tzedek (David Morris Bet Shemesh,  Magen Protects)

A Mother in Israel (Hannah Katsman Petah Tikvah)

Failed Messiah posts (Shmarya Rosenberg in St. Paul, MN)


7 thoughts on “A Compendium of WWW Postings on Meisels Scandal

  1. Has it occurred to anyone that meisles would only hire those who seemed likely not to stop his abuses, also anyone who tried over the years to investigate or complain would no longer be working there so obviously the only staff he had are not able to protect the girls

    • The Cross-Currents post is fully reproduced and analyzyed in my post: https://frumfollies.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/cross-currents-implicitly-endorses-chicago-beis-din/

      Rabbi Horowitz is appealing to Meisels to do teshuva. I fear it is a wasted sermon. The critical question is how we deal with the fact that he is unrepentant and seminaries are still run by staff who enabled his abuse by ignoring it and rebuffing students who who brought the problems to the attention of the staff. “They have eyes and do not see, ears and do not listen…”

      I wish Rabbi Horowitz would back the Chicago position that these seminaries are not safe and students should not attend them.

  2. Anyone who would engage in exploitation and victimization of teenage girls seeking spiritual growth is not going to do real teshuva that easily, even if he was not a socipath / psychopath [who by definition has no conscience and hence truly does not feel guilt–ever] although if it serves his purpose to do so, such a person can feign remorse, and become the epitome of a baal teshuva.

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