Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Rabbi Eliyahu: Help women harmed by Rabbi Sheinberg


The Rabbi of Tzfat, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, published a video supporting women who were harmed by Ezra Sheinberg, calling on the public to help them.
"I was privileged to accompany them on part of their path," said Rabbi Eliyahu, adding: "I saw what lionesses, heroines, brave and special women they are.”
At the end of the video, the rabbi said: "We need to help as much as possible, because that is how we will eradicate the spirit of impurity from the land."
The video of Rabbi Eliyahu joins other recently published videos, including of rabbis and rabbanits such as Malka Piotrkowsky and Yehudit Shilat, who called to help the victims with the fundraising process in which they now find themselves.
The victims of Sheinberg embarked on a mass mobilization campaign to raise money to help them in the civil suit they are now conducting against Sheinberg, and to help fund the psychological treatments they need.
They wrote on their Facebook page: "It's hard for us to say this out loud, but we, the victims of Ezra Sheinberg, need the help of the public. Years of treatment and legal proceedings and caused us to go into huge financial debt. We are at a crossroads where we must decide - do we ask for help or abandon everything because of debt? We have decided to fight. For ourselves, for our families, so that there will be no more women harmed in the future."
Sheinberg, the former Dean of Orot Ha’ari yeshiva in Tzfat, was convicted as part of a plea bargain for sexually assaulting eight women and sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.


  1. Kalonymus AnonymusJune 11, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    "Dean of Orot Ha’ari yeshiva in Tzfat"
    A number of Gedolei Yisrael in the past have tried to shut down the entire Kabbalah fraud. This included Saadia Gaon, Rambam, Yaakov Emden, Noda B'Yehuda, Rav Yachye Kapach. They each faced opposition - but their opponents are responsible for Sabbetai Zvi and all his later manifestations.

  2. “Rabbi Eliyahu: Help women harmed by Rabbi Sheinberg”
    Yes I support this 100%. I’m against ORA and Agunah International. There is a gigantic difference---heaven versus earth. In ORA and Agunah International, fights between husband and wife, outsiders should stay away and not get involved. I agree with Rabbi Eliyahu to help women harmed by Rabbi Shenberg.
    Torah thought on בהעלתך
    “and from among the Israelites I formally assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons, to perform the service for the Israelites in the Tent of Meeting and to make expiation for the Israelites, so that no plague may afflict the Israelites for coming [lit. when the Israelites come] too near the sanctuary.” (Numbers 8:19).
    במדבר פרק ח פסוק יט
    וָאֶתְּנָה אֶת הַלְוִיִּם נְתֻנִים לְאַהֲרֹן וּלְבָנָיו מִתּוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לַעֲבֹד אֶת עֲבֹדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד וּלְכַפֵּר עַל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְלֹא יִהְיֶה בִּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל נֶגֶף בְּגֶשֶׁת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל הַקֹּדֶשׁ
    Hertz Chumash p. 607: “the children of Israel. The five-fold repetition of these words in this verse indicates the love felt by God towards the bearers of the name of Israel (Midrash). Atonement. Here used not in the usual sense of making propitiation, but in the sense of ‘covering’, a meaning inherent in the Heb. Root. The Levites were to form a sort of protective cordon for the Sanctuary.
    “Do not degrade your daughter and make her a harlot, lest the land fall into harlotry and the land be filled with depravity. You shall keep My sabbaths and venerate My sanctuary: I am the Lord. Do not turn to ghosts and do not inquire of familiar spirits, to be defiled by them: I the Lord am your God.” (Leviticus 19:29-31).
    “I will lay your cities in ruin and make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not savor your pleasing odors.” (Leviticus 26:31). The consequences of disobedience. God will not hear our petitions. Not until we keep “You shall keep My sabbaths and venerate My sanctuary, Mine, the Lord’s.” (Leviticus 26:2 and 19:30).
    טור אורח חיים הלכות שבת סימן רסז
    ומשנין בחתימה שחותם ופרוס סוכת שלום עלינו ועל ירושלים עירך בא"י הפורס סוכת שלום עלינו ועל עמו ישראל ועל ירושלים וכן המנהג באשכנז ובצרפת ואין חותמין שומר עמו ישראל לעד ג*)כדאיתא במדרש שבשבת אין צריכין שמירה שהשבת שומר ונוהגין לומר פסוק ושמרו בני ישראל וגו' לומר שאם ישמרו שבת אין צריכין שמירה

    “We end the [Sabbath evening] prayer differently, we say [Guard our going out and our coming in for life and peace for now and forever] And spread over us the shelter of your peace Blessed are You, Adonoy, Who spreads the shelter of peace over us and over all His people, Israel, and over Jerusalem. This is the custom in Ashkenaz and France saying that if one keeps the Sabbath, one does not need guarding...”
    My theory. Levites teach Torah, keeping Sabbaths and fear of God’s places...this is the source of blessings to the Jewish people. This guards Jews from all evil---keeping God’s Sabbaths and fear of God’s sanctuary...

  3. Kalonymus AnonymusJune 11, 2019 at 10:16 PM

    Hertz Chumash is actually my favourite, not only because I am British, but becasue it gives a pshat translation.


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