One need only consider the wine business in which many rabbis are heavily engaged.
How much shame, how much degradation, how much desecration of the honor of the Torah lies therein!
Rabbis who ought to be the ones to ensure that the laws of the land are upheld are instead the direct or indirect cause of their violation.
Therefore, I beseech you, my brethren, no matter how great a Torah scholar a rabbi is, if he is a cause for the desecration of Heaven, he must be removed from the community.
Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, the principal of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath and founder of Torah Umesorah, launched a bitter attack in 1923 on Orthodox rabbis in America who used the Prohibition sacramental wine exemption to profiteer and deal with the mob.
Though ordained, Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz was so disgusted with the deservedly shady reputations of many orthodox rabbis that he insisted on being called “Mr. Mendlowitz.”
In another article he attacked rabbis who looked the other way at kosher butcher shops that were selling unkosher meat.
This and other blistering articles about rabbinic corruption were published during the 1920s in *Dos Yiddishe Licht (the Jewish light), a short-lived weekly newspaper supported by Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt and others.
Rosenblatt’s financial commitment to Dos Yiddishe Lict drove him into heavy debt in spite of his phenomenal earnings as one of the most popular and heavily recorded cantors in the world. To the end of his life, Rosenblatt endeavored to pay off his debts.
*Dos Yiddishe Licht (1923) 1:7 p 13. as cited in Hannah Sprecher (1991) “Let Them Drink and Forget Our Poverty” : Orthodox Rabbis React to Prohibition.” American Jewish Archives 40:135-179.