OU Still Sponsoring Molester Defender Belsky in Passaic Thanksgiving Talk

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky is notorious for collusion in kidnapping/torture, defending two generations of Kolko family molesters and Lawrence’s sex-abusing Rabbi (sic) Dovid Weinbergerlibeling parents of victims of abuse who report the crimes to the police, and issuing a kosher ruling that benefited his son-in-law, Rechnitz. Nevertheless the OU retains him as a senior posek and is yet again sponsoring a talk in Passaic, NJ at 9:45 on Thursday, November 27. The event is co-sponsored by the Passaic Clifton Community Kollel in the building of the “more modern” of Passaic’s two yeshivas, YBH (aka Hillel). Continue reading

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Parody/Satire: OU Announces Hasgochah on Cattle Prods and Duct Tape

I am reposting  this item which first appeared about a half a year ago in honor of Rabbi Yisroel Belsky who has been in the news lately and in honor of April fool’s day.

News special to The Jewish Depress

duct tapeOU Kosher proudly announces the certification of cattle prods and duct tape for use in rabbinically authorized divorce proceedings. Our Senior Posek, Hagaon Rav Yisroel Belsky has determined, based on his long experience, that these items have no unkosher ingredients and leave no residue or marks. His experience in these matters dates back to his long history of working closely with Prodfather Rabbi Mendel Epstein on one of many cases where agunot were freed from their recalcitrant husbands.

cattle prodThe OU does not recommend any specific divorce procedure and advises individuals with marital disputes to first seek sholom bayis mediation and to consult with their qualified local orthodox rabbi. However, we trust Rabbi Belsky in his confident assertion that the ingredients are completely kosher.

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

It should also be clear that Rabbi Belsky is not a spokesman for the OU Continue reading

If Zimri Lived in Lakewood He Would Have Been Treated Like Kolko

Rabbi Mordechai Betzalel Klein of Lakewood issued a pidyon shvuyim appeal on behalf of Yosef Kolko. He doesn’t actually name Kolko who is serving a 15-year sentence for molesting a teen boy, but the phone number in the notice belongs to Kolko’s parents. He refers to Kolko as “innocent.” I actually prefer Zimri who was not a hypocrite and was quite open about his sexual misconduct. This brings to mind Continue reading

FULL TEXT of the Victim’s Statement at Sentencing of Yosef Kolko

GavelBelow is the victim statement read at the sentencing of Yosef Kolko on Thursday, October 17, 2013, 11:05-11:09 p.m. After the statement, Prosecutor Laura Pierro spoke about the victim’s bravery, suffering and integrity. At 11:17 Judge Francis Hodgson pronounced the sentence for the seven counts which included oral sex, attempted anal penetration and other offenses. The sentence of fifteen years was the maximum allowed under the mid-trial guilty plea. However, under New Jersey law he will get out of prison and go on probation somewhere in middle of his 13th year of imprisonment.

VICTIM SENTENCING STATEMENT

The first thing I would like to do is, to strongly encourage all victims out there currently suffering in silence, to stand up for themselves and others. I would like to let them know that they can and should, no matter what some people say or think; no matter the repercussions. It’s the right thing to do. Continue reading

Switch-Hitter Belsky Urged Kolko to Plead Guilty: Now Supports Withdrawing Plea

Rabbi (sic) Yosef Kolko

Rabbi (sic) Yosef Kolko

According to this morning’s Asbury Park Press, switch-hitter Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, urged Yosef Kolko to plead guilty over the weekend before his trial resumed. Other rabbis also encouraged him to plead guilty by showing him YouTube videos of how child molesters get treated in jail. The article does not name the other rabbis. It would be interesting to know if it any of them were among those that publicly proclaimed his innocence. The strange thing is that Belsky is now supporting withdrawing the plea.

The main facts to keep in mind as I discussed at length in an earlier post, is that the trial was already going terribly for Kolko before that weekend. After that weekend prominent rabbis in the community were expected to testify that they heard Kolko confess to the alleged child sex abuse.  When he showed up to continue the trial on Monday he learned that the prosecution now had two more of his victims who were willing to testify. There were back and forth consultations between the prosecutor, the defense, and the judge all morning. Close to noon, the courtroom was finally opened and Kolko pleaded guilty to all charges, which could have brought a sentence of 40 years in prison. Instead he got a deal of 5-15 years.

This attempt to withdraw the plea will probably fail. Judge Hodgkins will rule on the motion to withdraw the plea today, and he scheduled sentencing today in anticipation of the possibility that the motion would be rejected.

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

At this point, Belsky has been all over the map. He publicly proclaimed Kolko’s innocence and agitated hostility to the father of  the victim by claiming that the father himself was the one who molested the son. Then he encouraged Kolko to plead guilty. Then he publicly declared Yosef Kolko is innocent. Now he is supporting Yosef Kolko in trying to withdraw his plea. Belsky must realize that if Kolko is given another trial he may end up with a forty-year sentence.

Belsky needs to explain why he wrote a letter several weeks after the guilty plea in which he insisted on Kolko’s innocence. (See also my parody of that letter, “Vito Gambino Agrees with the RCA).

Belsky will no doubt, have explanations. He is known to be able to switch sides on cases in which he is involved as a toen (rabbinic court representative for one of the parties).

Rabbi Mendel Epstein

Rabbi Mendel Epstein

Belsky may be too busy this week to properly attend to the Kolko case because he is ensnared in the kidnapping and torture conspiracy charges directed at his close colleague, Rabbi Mendel Epstein (aka, the ProdFather). Belsky regularly partnered with Epstein on divorce cases.  I am quite certain he will be answering questions from the FBI or the Justice Department if he hasn’t already done that. I suspect he will eventually be indicted in that case.

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Parody/Satire: OU Announces Hasgochah on Cattle Prods and Duct Tape

News special to The Jewish Depress

duct tapeOU Kosher proudly announces the certification of cattle prods and duct tape for use in rabbinically authorized divorce proceedings. Our Senior Posek, Hagaon Rav Yisroel Belsky has determined, based on his long experience, that these items have no unkosher ingredients and leave no residue or marks. His experience in these matters dates back to his long history of working closely with Prodfather Rabbi Mendel Epstein on one of many cases where agunot were freed from their recalcitrant husbands.

cattle prodThe OU does not recommend any specific divorce procedure and advises all individuals with marital disputes to first seek sholom bayis mediation and to consult with their qualified local orthodox rabbi. However, we trust Rabbi Belsky in his confident assertion that the ingredients are completely kosher.

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

It should also be clear that Rabbi Belsky is not a spokesman for the OU Continue reading