Thursday, December 17, 2009

An open letter to Reb Elya Ber, shlita

The below was just confirmed by a letter from Reb Elya Ber just published on Matzav

I have it on excellent authority that Reb Elya Ber Wachtfogel never accepted any responsibility, oversight, or position of any kind for EJF!

If anything at all - he was duped by a phone call from an individual in Eretz Yisroel (a beneficiary of Tropper/EJF money) that Rav Shteinman and Rav Y.S. Eliashiv had "requested" he assume the position at EJF, But he never accepted!

In the interim it has now been determined that Rav Y.S. Eliashiv had no idea at all about ANY of these goings on - let alone he never asked for R' E.B.W. to accept any position or achrayus for EJF!

The time has come for Reb Elya Ber to speak up and put this to bed!
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Below is the hierarchy of rabbis from the EJF webpage - you will note that HaRav Elya Ber, shita - one of the major gedolim of America and perhaps its leading rosh yeshiva - is not accorded to same title as Rav Reuven Feinstein, Rav Shmuel Stern, and Rav Ehrentreu. Hopefully it is just a mistake but if not it does not bode well for Reb Elya.
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EJF Leadership
Harav Reuven Feinstein, Shlit"a

President of Halachic Committee
Harav Shmuel Eliezer Stern, Shlit"a

Chairman of Halachic Committee, Israel
Harav Chanoch Ehrentreu, Shlit"a

Chairman of Halachic Committee, Europe
International Rabbinical Board
Rav Ela Ber Wachtfogel

Chairman of Rabbinic Committee
Harav Doniel Neustadt

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10 comments:

  1. I have it on excellent authority that Reb Elya Ber Wachtfogel never accepted any responsibility, oversight, or position of any kind for EJF!

    I do not know about this , r’ Wachtfogel told Joe Izrael few years ago that he has nothing to do with the EJF while continured speaking in their conferences.

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  2. Now would be a good time for Harav Sternbach Shlita and the Bedatz to come out with a clear psak banning any envolvment with EJF and calling it the sheker that it is.

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  3. Check out the EJF endorsments page
    http://www.eternaljewishfamily.org/site/about/endorsements/
    where a letter from the great halochic authority and sage "gateways" with kudos to tropper - watch as the days go by as they erease the collective memory that tropper every existed with the organization, like the picture with Tom, Tropper and Harav Eliyashiv shlita - who obviously was so in the dark as to their nefarious activities..

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  4. Eternal Jewish Fraud WatchDecember 17, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    http://www.katonahstudygroup.org/founders.htm

    EJF's staff psychiatrist is Dr. Mark Banschick MD who is a professor at the Reform Hebrew Union College. Isn't that odd?! Does Rav Wachtfogel know about this?

    Banschick also works with former CNN "pop culture" correspondent Jill Brooke who is currently with the radical left wing Huffington Post.

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  5. I'm sorry, but this entire culture (Haredi or whatever) is so befuddled and corrupt that I wouldn't rely on any of these people for anything except in direct, personal, recorded conversation. There are so many lies, contradictions, and deceptions that it is impossible to look to this group of people for any kind of guidance or leadership from afar, if at all.

    Fortunately, lo alman Yisrael, and we have many fine rabbanim and lay leaders who weren't fooled or sucked in by this whole vile mess.

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  6. Eternal Jewish Fraud WatchDecember 17, 2009 at 10:27 PM

    On one EJF propaganda video, there is an intermarried couple from South Fallsburg who got hooked up with Tropper through the local shul rabbi. That would be Rabbi Barros.

    If you dig a little, some very strange things emerge here. The woman in the video, if you look closely, is wearing a non-tzniusdik short sleeve shirt that only appears for a split second.

    Doesn't Tropper (outside of personal indiscretions bechadrei chadarim) call for a strict dress code?

    As far as Barros, he used to be a rabbi in San Francisco where he was involved in a kashrus scandal. Because he was a Kol Yaakov talmid, rabbonim called up Tropper to get him to rein in his boy. Tropper pulled a stunt he is known for and completely disowned him. He made it sound like Barros was just some drifter that maybe lasted a few weeks by him. Tropper said the same thing to newspaper reporters when another Kol Yaakov musmach was molesting people in Southern California.

    Not much after this, Barros was the guest of honor at the Kol Yaakov dinner. And now you have Barros directing intermarried hicks from Upstate to EJF. Not bad for someone Tropper supposedly had no recollection of.

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  7. "Fortunately, lo alman Yisrael, and we have many fine rabbanim and lay leaders who weren't fooled or sucked in by this whole vile mess."
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    Who ?

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  8. check out matzav.com. they have a letter from rav elya ber that he never accepted the position

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  9. http://www.kolberamah.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&Itemid=64

    Not very nice of you to attack all Charedim with a broad brush of indictment.

    How would you like it if people made disparaging remarks against any and all from your modern orthodox alma mater Shalavim?

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  10. Please check the Matzav blog. They have a letter from Wachtfogel directly denying involvement with EJF.

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