Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Why Do Smart People Do Foolish Things?
What punishment does rav Shmuel deserve


  1. “Why Do Smart People Do Foolish Things?”

    I ask this question of the Rabbinic Endorsements on

    Rabbi Nissan Antine
    Rabbi Kenneth Auman
    Rabbi David Bassous
    Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Dahan
    Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Haim
    Rabbi Gedalya Berger
    Rabbi Ari Berman
    Rabbi Azarya Berzon
    Rabbi Hershel Billet
    Rabbi Yitzchak Blau
    Rabbi Yosef Blau
    Rabbi Reuven Brand
    Rabbi Kenneth Brander
    Rabbi Nasanayl Braun
    Rabbi Michael Broyde
    Rabbi Shalom Carmy
    Rabbi Zevulun Charlop
    Rabbi Mark Dratch
    Rabbi Shaul Epstein
    Rabbi Ilan Feldman
    Rabbi Reuven Fink
    Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst
    Rabbi Barry Gelman
    Rabbi Menachem Genack
    Rabbi Ozer Glickman
    Rabbi Efrem Goldberg
    Rabbi Shmuel Goldin
    Rabbi Meir Goldwicht
    Rabbi Yonah Gross
    Rabbi Joseph Grunblatt z"'l
    Rabbi Moshe Grussgott
    Rabbi Kenny Hain
    Rabbi Shmuel Hain
    Rabbi Moshe Heinemann
    Rabbi Basil Herring
    Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld
    Rabbi Yisroel Isaacs
    Rabbi Howard Jachter
    Rabbi Eliyahu Kaufman
    Rabbi Barry Kornblau
    Rabbi Elly Krimsky
    Rabbi Norman Lamm
    Rabbi Haskel Lookstein
    Rabbi Asher Lopatin
    Rabbi Leonard Matanky
    Rabbi Yaacov Neuberger
    Rabbi Marc Penner
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
    Rabbi Jason Rappoport
    Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet
    Rabbi Michael Rosensweig
    Rabbi Yonason Sacks
    Rabbi Hershel Schachter
    Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter
    Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld
    Rabbi Efrem Schwalb
    Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz
    Rabbi Michael Shmidman
    Rabbi Yitzchak Sladowsky
    Rabbi Peretz Steinberg
    Rabbi Michael Taubes
    Rabbi Elazar Meir Teitz
    Rabbi Moshe Dovid Tendler
    Rabbi Etan Tokayer
    Rabbi Steven Weil
    Rabbi Moshe Weinberger
    Rabbi Richard Weiss
    Rabbi Jeremy Wieder
    Rabbi Mordechai Willig
    Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler

    “The continued availability of fault grounds gives a spouse leverage in extracting a favorable settlement, as he or she can threaten to sue on a fault ground, which have adverse social or business effects on the other spouse, unless he or she is given what he or she wants in the settlement.”

    The continued availability of kangaroo Jewish courts to issue a phony seruv to an alleged recalcitrant husband gives the angry wife leverage in extracting a favorable settlement, as she can threaten to cause adverse social or business effects on her husband unless she is given what she wants.

    (internet 2012):
    “Supporters of Tamar Epstein, whose ex-husband, Aharon Friedman, refuses to give her a religious divorce, have been pressuring Friedman's boss, U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Michigan, to fire Friedman. They have protested in front of Camp's office, signed a petition at, started a website ( and in February, bombarded Camp's official congressional Facebook page. But Susan Aranoff, director of Agunah International, which supports Jewish women seeking divorces, said social media has little effect because many husbands still are resistant after all the bullets have been fired."

    The 10 year jail sentence to Mendel Epstein shuts down kangaroo courts with a phony seruv. Now we have a phony marriage nullification: “It has been the position of the Baltimore BD from the beginning that Aharon has done nothing wrong, that he is not obligated to give a get, and that it is wrong to demonstrate against him. The Baltimore BD refused Tamar's demands to order that a get be given. So Tamar turned to Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, who has extremely strong and long-standing financial and personal ties to Tamar's family.”

  2. Edward de Bono , the author of many books on thinking and the creator of the term lateral thinking says that intelligent people are often bad thinkers because instead of being able to explore an idea and be creative , they are confined to defending their own positions or agreeing with those that fit in with what they think , which they happen to be good at. The punishment is the sin itself and worse not being able to Teshuvah. Everyone makes mistakes and it was perfectably logical and acceptable that he have sympathy for the girl and her family. The problem was to know the boundaries of his possible role

  3. Allan katz says: “Everyone makes mistakes and it was perfectly logical and acceptable that he have sympathy for the girl and her family.” The girl, Tamar, deserted/abandoned her husband Aharon and took their daughter and went to live with her parents. The girl then goes to secular court and does a number on Aharon in civil court. Did Aharon have a fair hearing? Was he able to confront his accuser? The girl goes to agunahinternational and ORA and does rallies etc against Aharon. We in Israel marvel at Tamar’s doings: “The wisest of women builds her house, But folly tears it down with its own hands” (Proverbs 14:1). We in Israel marvel at those who attend agunahinternational and ORA rallies: “A passerby who gets embroiled in someone else’s quarrel Is like one who seizes a dog by its ears” (Proverbs 26:17). Shmuel Kamenetsky’s fake/phony licensed psychologist report is a crime not a mistake. The girl’s family gives him money.


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