Yair Hoffman’s Absurd Defense of Lipa Margulies

I call the recently deceased Rabbi Lipa Margulies a Rasha because he knowingly kept on child molesting Rabbi Yehuda Kolko as a teacher at his Yeshiva Torah Temimah in Flatbush (see here and here)

Rabbi Yair Hoffman wrote an obituary for Margulies in Vos Iz Neias, the NY based Haredi news website: “HaGaon HaRav Chananya Yom Tov Lipa Margulies ob”m Passes Away.”

It includes this gem: “Not everything, however, was perfect or ideal.  The Avos themselves had, at times, made what appear to be miscalculations that could have chas v’shalom jeopardized the future continuity of Klal Yisroel.  Avrohom Avinu had to be told to listen to the wise advice of Sara Imeinu in ensuring that Yishmael not be kept around Yitzchok Avinu… Sometimes, other Gedolim perceive the true depth of such dangers – whereas others do not.  Rav Avigdor Miller zt”l had argued with Rabbi Margulis on such a matter.” 

BTW, it wasn’t just Avigdor Miller who described Kolko’s abuse to Margulies, It also included Rav Avrohom Pam, RY at Torah Vodaas, and many others including many children, parents, and askanim. R. Hoffman collapses a story of decades of protection into a comparison of Avrohom Avinu and Lipa the Rasha. If he wanted to draw comparisons from Bereishis he should have gone to Sodom. Compared to Lipa, even Lot looks better. At least he tried to protect those he thought were adult males from sexual assault. A plain pshat reading of torah suggests to me that if Lipa had been in Sodom he would have been condemned with its other residents. I mean, doesn’t a rosh yeshiva have at least as much responsibility to protect children as a simple resident’s responsibility to protect visitors.

3 thoughts on “Yair Hoffman’s Absurd Defense of Lipa Margulies

  1. Sounds like Yair Hoffman danced around the matter. The rabbonim should come straight out and name the evil doers. How many Kolko victims committed suicide? Attempted suicide? Are lost to drugs/alcohol? Are lost to Yiddishkeit or even theism as a whole due to Kolko and, by extension, Lipa Margulies?

    Yet the rabbonim stay silent. Cowards and fools!

  2. That Hoffman is dishonest enough to put Margo on equal footing with Rav Miller, makes him lose whatever little credibility he had remaining. When Margo left Torah Vodaas with the donor files he pilfered from the office to start his copyright violation “Torah Vodaas of Flatbush”, he was not one of YTV’s klei koidesh, he was the yeshiva’s bus driver. To keep up with appearances to be the new farce “Rosh HAyeshiva”, Margo paid Rav Marcus from Lakewood Minyan of Flatbush to tutor him the yeshiva’s sugya. Hoffman then conveniently ignores that Margo was mesarev l’din by at least 3 beis dins, which halachically means he was in cherem even if there was no formal declaration of cherem.

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