Friday, May 31, 2019

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

https://www.timesofisrael.com/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.

6 comments :

  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.

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

    Here is how he became anti-Zionist, and stopped celebrating Independence day:


    https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3395180,00.html

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  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."



    According


    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." "




    https://www.haaretz.com/1.4916778

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  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’"

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  5. Sabbateanism never went away:
    true!

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

    Ynet article on these scandals


    https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5519713,00.html

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