Friday, May 31, 2019

Top rabbi blows lid off rabbinic scandal, rocking national religious public

In an open letter Wednesday that blew the lid off of a hushed misconduct accusation involving a prominent spiritual leader in the national religious camp, the chief rabbi of Safed called on the public to stay away from a respected counterpart, accusing him of carrying out several inappropriate relationships with female followers, among them an adherent whom he convinced to divorce her husband.
Three weeks after the national religious Srugim news site broke a story about an unnamed yeshiva head who had been asked to resign due to “personal entanglements,” Safed’s Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu publicly identified the embroiled individual as Rabbi Shmuel Tal, the head of of the Torat HaChaim yeshiva as well as several other religious institutions in the central town of Yad Binyamin.


  1. Kalonymus AnonymusMay 31, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Seems to start when rabbis play G_d, give personal and marital advise, with no intellectual or moral qualifications. This is a general problem.

  2. Kalonymus AnonymusMay 31, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Here is how he became anti-Zionist, and stopped celebrating Independence day:,7340,L-3395180,00.html

  3. Kalonymus AnonymusMay 31, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    "Rabbi Dr. Binyamin (Benny) Lau, one of the more

    moderate of the young generation of religious Zionist rabbis, was a

    classmate of Tal's in elementary school and in yeshiva high school. They

    were also members of the same branch of the Bnei Akiva religious

    Zionist youth movement. Lau recalls that "midway through 11th grade,

    [Tal] told us that he intended to complete his matriculation

    requirements that year and to then devote himself to Torah study with

    the goal of becoming one of the greatest rabbinical scholars of this

    generation. He dedicated all his energies to that goal. He left the

    yeshiva a year before the rest of his class and totally engrossed

    himself in the world of the high yeshivas. He was like one of the

    characters in a legend: He acted as if he had limitless physical powers.

    He is also blessed with immense powers of concentration. And that is

    how he became a great rabbinical scholar."


    to Lau, what sets Tal apart from the others is the fact that his

    development was very independent and very eclectic. Tal attended several

    yeshivas, both Zionist and ultra-Orthodox, although he did not "adopt" a

    rabbi as a spiritual guide in any of them. He attended Yeshivat Hakotel

    and Mercaz Harav in Jerusalem, and spent a number of significant years

    at the ultra-Orthodox Ma'alot Hatorah yeshiva, headed by Rabbi Shmuel

    Auerbach (son of one of the great rabbinical scholars of the previous

    generation, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach). The important result of this

    process of development, says Lau, is that Tal "is very independent and

    doesn't owe anything to anybody." "

  4. Kalonymus AnonymusMay 31, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Sabbateanism never went away:

    "“I looked into the matter of the ‘holy spirit’ and found that he had for
    years been giving many people advice based on his belief he was in
    contact with the ‘holy spirit,’ causing great harm,” Eliyahu wrote,
    adding that the misguided advice was endangering the hundreds of people
    in Yad Binyamin and around the country who are followers of Tal’"

  5. Sabbateanism never went away:

  6. Kalonymus AnonymusJune 4, 2019 at 1:30 AM

    Ynet article on these scandals,7340,L-5519713,00.html


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