Fixing the YWN Erroneous Announcement of the Petirah of Rav Shlomo Carlebach

Yeshiva World News (7/21/22) announced the petirah of Rav Shlomo Carlebach (not to be confused with his cousin, the singer who died decades ago). They call him the “former mashgiach” of Chaim Berlin. But in fact according to Rav Moshe Feinstein, he retained that role pending resolution of Rabbi Carlebach’s beis din claim. The claim was never answered by Chaim Berlin in spite of Hazmanos by Reb Moshe’s bais din.
For a better of appreciation of the holocaust suffering of his family and the magnificent leadership and suffering of his father, Rav of Hamburg, Joseph Carlebach, see his interview (long, 4 hours)

R. Carlebach wrote this scorching letter to Dovid Zwiebel when the Aguda’s Moetzes included Aron M Shechter on its Moetzes, and a parallel letter to the NY Jewish Press

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Satmar Magid Shiur Arrested for Allegedly Propositioning 16 Yr Girl for Sex

Update 8/2/22- Krishevsky’s next court date is August 29th at 9 AM at the Monticello Village Justice Court.

According to the Ulster Sullivan Daily Voice, 62-year-old Rabbi Izchak Krishevsky
(יצחק אייזיק קרישבסקי) was arrested for propositioning a 16-year-old girl, offering her money for sex. This happened in Monticello at the edge of a baseball field of the local HS.

Krishevsky, a Brooklyn resident is a magid shiur ( talmud lecturer) and mashpia (personal spiritual advisor) in the chasidish world. He is scheduled to deliver a Three Weeks talk tonight (Sunday 7/17/22) in Monticello’s Beis HaMedrish Hagadol. I am wondering if he will be yanked out or they will ignore the arrest or claim he is a victim of a bilbul by an antisemitic shiksa and will launch a pidyon shvuyim campaign to cover his bail and legal expenses. (Update- a few hours after I posted they announced that the speaker, no longer named, will not be able to make it due to a “family emergency” and announced a replacement.)

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Askanim Always Find Time to Protect Molesters like Baruch Lebovits

Sunday July 3, 2022 8pm (US-EST)

I witnessed a miracle today. You know how hard it is to get the New York State bureaucracy to move, let alone move quickly. This is especially true on a weekend, and even more so on the Sunday of a July 4th Weekend.

Yet in less than a day after the rasha, serial child rapist Rabbi Baruch (Mordechai) Lebovits, died over shabbos, the NYS sex offender registry make a records change for him. They removed his listing as someone convicted of 8 felony counts of deviate sexual intercourse with a minor. The listing which I screenshot at noon today was gone by 3 pm.

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Fixing the Yeshiva World BDE notice for Yehuda Meshi-Zahav

In keeping with its habit of minimizing the horrendous sex crimes of Haredi notables, Yeshiva World News ran the headline. BDE: Ex-ZAKA Chairman Yehudah Meshi-Zahav Passes Away.

They did not lie and wrote a lukewarm account but also did not make clear what a horrible man he was. I figured I could fix it with some additions, which are bolded in this post. So Here goes.

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LET’S GET REAL ABOUT CHANGING STANDARDS AT YU (from the archives 10/30/13)

Yeshiva University is going to be in the news again for mishandling sexual abuse, in this case the rape of a student by a varsity basketball player. Stay tuned for more details. But part of their legal team identified in the suit includes attorney Karen Bitar. This got me thinking of her ridiculous claims regarding the abuse by YU boys’ HS principal, George Finkelstein.

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According to The Forward, yesterday’s hearing on the lawsuit by over thirty former Yeshiva University (YU) High School students focused on the the statute of limitations. YU’s attorney:

Karen Bitar… said she wanted to make clear that “we do not think these allegations are in any way insignificant, unimportant or unserious.” But, Bitar added, the allegations took place at a time “when the [mores] or what was deemed typical or appropriate was much different than what it is today.”

Really? Does Ms. Bitar expect us to believe that at the time it was typical or appropriate for a yeshiva principal to:

take “defenseless boys,” and pin them to the floor, “where they couldn’t move, and proceed to hump them in the backside with an erect penis until he achieved climax.”

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