How the OU Is Slowly Downgrading Belsky

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

Once upon a time, Rabbi Yisroel Belsky was the featured speaker at OU events. These days he is like the crazy uncle you try to hide in the attic.

The OU held its annual in-house conference for rabbinic coordinators and rabbinic field representatives. Below is their description of the speakers roster:

The opening remarks were delivered by Harvey Blitz, chair of the OU Kashrus Commission. The shiur was given by Rabbi Hershel Schachter, posek for OU Kosher, on Modern Technology Use for Kosher Supervision. A question and answer session was conducted by Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of OU Kosher, and Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of OU Kosher.

Rabbi Avrohom Juravel, OU Kosher’s director of technical services, delivered a lecture on kashrus concerns for mixed (dairy and pareve) factories. Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, posek for OU Kosher, gave a talk imparting words of inspiration. Edmundo Gabaldon, director of operations at Cargil Foods Mexico, was honored for his dedication and excellence in support of the OU’s programs serving the community worldwide. Rabbi Moshe Zywica, executive rabbinic coordinator for OU Kosher, gave an OU Direct session on Technology and Modern Tools for rabbinic field representatives.

New executive vice president of the Orthodox Union, Allen Fagin, gave words of thanks and encouragement to all of the attendees. Continue reading

5 Town Rabbis Slam Belsky for Defending Sex Offender Weinberger

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky’s defense of disgraced former rabbi of Shaaray Tefila (Lawrence, NY) hurt Yeshiva Torah Vodaath when it angered rabbis and laity in the Five Towns and Far Rockaway and they pulled the plug on cooperating with a Torah Vodaath fund-raising weekend.

In explaining the decision, thirteen rabbis and yeshiva heads in the area issued a letter (3/28/14) stating:

Dear Fellow Members of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway Community,

… Unfortunately we are unable to host the Yeshiva [Torah Vodaath] at this time. This is due to a letter written by one of their Roshei Yeshiva [Yisroel Belsky], disseminated throughout our community, and critical of its Rabbonim, whose decision was made after much investigation and deliberation to protect the community from serious harm. It was clear from this letter that this Rosh Yeshiva was misled and misinformed. Continue reading

Backlash Against Belsky Forces Torah Vodaath to Cancel Fundraising Shabbat

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

Residents of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway upset with Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, one of the roshei yeshiva of Torah Vodaath, forced the last-minute “postponement” of a planned “Five Town Shabbos with the Roshei Yeshiva.” Some synagogues cancelled planned appearances. Others conveyed reluctance of many of their members to contribute, including those who had given generously in the past. Continue reading

Five Towns Angry at Belsky Over His Defense of Disgraced Rabbi Weinberger

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger

As I reported on 2/27/14, rabbis in New York’s Five Towns and Far Rockaway (5T/FR) took the unprecedented step of collectively denouncing a long-time, local colleague, Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, as unfit to work in the rabbinate because of his sexual misconduct with girls and women. Around early February most of them denounced Weinberger from their pulpits in a declaration which included the following language: Continue reading