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