The problems with the Lubavitch

Lubavitch “rabbis” always walk around with their hand out
October 26, 2008, 4:51 pm
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They Roam The Hall of Power the Zionist Rabbis..

From:Zionistgoldreport’s Weblog –

October 22, 2008 ·

Did Jesus bring gifts weekly to the rich and powerful, or to the poor? Who was and is the true Rabbi of the Jews, despite their spit in his face?

Not only that this Rabbi talks the local Gentile unions for working for him for free, while his talmudic sects  utters  these words behind their backs.



Sarah Palin and her relationship to the Lubavitch
October 26, 2008, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Ethics, separation of church and state | Tags: ,

“In fact, in recent years while governor of Alaska,Sarah Palin, the proud hockey mom even met with rabbis from the Chabad Lubavitch sect of Hasidic Orthodox Judaism. The Lubavitchers are a racist, fanatically anti-Gentile organization which declares non-Jews not to even be human beings at all, but refuse and animals. Yet there is not a peep from the Jew Tube about this radical Jewish sect which courts presidents and prime ministers. Governor Palin is surely bright enough to know that she must bend to the will of Big Jewry or be obliterated by its beast-like machine of defamation and slander. And so she does, smiling her adorably cute smile and winking at the Goyim knowingly as she embraces the Jewish tribalists who loathe every value she holds dear and who especially hate every white person who draws breath. We can be sure that if elected, Palin will continue to carry out the savage aims of Jewish supremacism or be immediately damned by the media.”

Lubavitch only interested in money
October 15, 2008, 7:40 pm
Filed under: Ethics

Chabad’s primary objective is simple: get as many people to give as much money as possible to the organization while at the same time give the impression that they are the one and only true perspective of Judaism and the world.

Understand that when someone from Chabad approaches you they see potential for three things: 1) Money, 2) Execution of a “Mitzvah” on THEIR part (even though they will make it look like that they are concerned with the execution of the “Mitzvah” on YOUR part), 3) Convincing you that doing a “Mitzvah” is the most important thing in the world which will hopefully lead you to do “1″.

Chabad will claim that in their organization, they welcome everyone regardless of observance and income. That you don’t need a “ticket” to come to services and there is no “memberships”. Make no mistake about it: Chabad’s “open concept” is actually a cover-up for what it really is: a money collecting organization that ultimately funds the torah-study of individuals who view the outside world as sub-human.

Universities should not endorse any religions on Campus. They should be particularly careful when recognizing cult organizations such as Chabad who’s sole purpose is to attract young, impressionable people to join their “warm loving atmosphere” to give money, time, resources and favors.

While the question of Chabad’s money-grabbing schemes are questionable (but certainly plausible), I do have other issues with the movement.

In every experience I have had with Chabad, the rabbis and congregants have always been very nice and inviting. And I think that they are genuine in their hospitality. I find it commendable that they want to provide an outlet of Judaism for Jews who otherwise would have nothing.

The problem I have with Chabad is that for all of their welcoming to non-Chabad Jews, they are actually pretty intolerant. I find that there general attitude towards Judaism is that there is only one correct way- there way. They treat me, a fairly knowledgeable Conservative Jew, like a know-nothing. They are fine with Jews being secular, but if and when they choose to do anything religious, it has to be Orthodox.

I have actually heard a Chabad rabbi openly make fun of Conservative and Reform Judaism, which is pretty offensive being that most of the young people there had parents who probably were members of Reform and Conservative congregations.

Also, I find that their means of getting young people to come to their Intolerance House…oh sorry, Chabad House, somewhat skeezy. I honestly know people who go to Chabad on Friday night to get free alcohol before they go to the bars. And Chabad has no problem with this, as long as they put on t’fillin in the morning.


Jeremy Moses

Lubavitch Chabad bans women from Succot event
October 15, 2008, 7:35 pm
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October 14,2008

Responding to haredi pressure, Chabad blocked the participation of women in its Succot celebrations in Jerusalem’s Shikun Chabad neighborhood Tuesday night.

Chabad’s rabbinical leadership acquiesced to a call by heads of the most important hassidic sects – Ger, Belz, Sanz, Sadigora and Viznitz – to restrict the music and dancing to indoors, effectively preventing women from participating.

Last year Chabad ignored a call by the Lithuanian rabbinic leadership to tone down its festivities.

However, this year for the first time hassidic leaders joined the call.

Chabad, a hassidic sect that is known for its outreach work with assimilated or unaffiliated Jews all over the world, traditionally celebrates outdoor concerts and dancing that targets the wider Jewish population.

Chabad’s last rabbinic leader, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson – who passed away in 1994 – vigorously encouraged holding Succot festivities outdoors in the most visible locations possible.

Rabbi Menachem Brod, spokesman for Chabad in Israel, said that Schneerson, known as “the rebbe,” directed his followers to “take the Torah from the study halls to streets” on Succot.

“We will continue to follow the rebbe’s orders in all locations except Jerusalem, where the local public specifically requested that we respect their sensitivities,” he said.

Chabad events at other venues during the holiday will take place outdoors. Both men and women, separated by partitions, will be allowed to participate.

Rabbi Mordechai Bloi, a senior member of the Guardians of Sanctity and Education, an organization based in Bnei Brak that enforces what it sees as normative haredi behavior, praised Chabad.

“The rebbe of Chabad told his hassidim to spread the joy in the streets, but he was not talking about haredi areas,” said Bloi. “Let them do what they want in secular areas.

“The Talmud teaches that even in the time of Temple men and women were strictly separated and this was called ‘the big tikkun.’ I am happy that this year we will have this tikkun in Jerusalem.”

Brod said that Chabad respected the call by the rabbis to maintain strict codes of modesty. However, he added that the increasingly stringent demands by haredi rabbis that have effectively brought about a total ban of outdoor concerts might be counterproductive.

“If haredim are not given a kosher option for musical entertainment they might end up turning to non-kosher options,” he said. “As a result of the changes we made this year in Jerusalem, women who came to our annual event in the past will be forced to stay home.

“Only time will tell whether or not this is the best policy to adopt,” he said.

Peta and the Lubavitch fight over “chickens”
October 14, 2008, 1:45 pm
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PETA, Chasidim sling mud
over chicking-slinging ritual

Ben Harris
Chickens are ritually slaughtered in Brooklyn on Oct. 8, 2008 during the kapparot ritual.

NEW YORK (JTA) — On the night before Yom Kippur last year, animal rights activist Philip Schein says he was physically threatened when he showed up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn for the annual kapparot ritual.

An undercover investigator with People for the Ethical Treatment

of Animals, Schein long has been concerned about kapparot — also known as kapporos — in which chickens are swung over one’s head in a symbolic transferring of sins a day before Yom Kippur (many Jews use money in place of a live chicken).

Schein says he identified himself as a PETA member and was filming the ceremony when several people physically harassed and threatened him.

“It was just fortunate that there were police around,” Schein told JTA. “They said I have the right on a public street. I wasn’t disrupting anything. Who knows what would have happened

if they weren’t there?”

Fearing a repeat, Schein grew a beard and donned a cap in an effort to better blend in with the Chabad-Lubavitch Chasidim who mount a massive kapparot operation each year in Crown Heights.

Last week, shortly before 10 o’clock on the night before Yom Kippur, Schein and his wife, Hannah, also a PETA investigator, set out to monitor this year’s kapparot.

To the uninitiated, the Oct. 8 scene in Brooklyn and the ritual at its center may seem inhumane and somewhat bizarre.

Amid a carnival-like atmosphere featuring food vendors and street sellers, the largely Chasidic crowd lines up to purchase live chickens from a truck. With a wing and a prayer book in their hands, the Chasidim “shlug,” or swing, the birds around their heads while reciting a prayer before lining up to have the chickens ritually slaughtered.

It’s all in full view of Eastern Parkway, a teeming thoroughfare that is the headquarters for the Chabad movement.

Organizers estimate upward of 10,000 chickens are slaughtered in the street during the ritual, which winds down at sunrise.

Chickens are placed in inverted red traffic cones after they are killed so their blood can run down. Once the chickens stop moving, which can take several minutes, they are transferred to garbage bags and piled on the sidewalk.

Processing takes place in a cramped alley behind the Hadar Hatorah Rabbinical Seminary on Eastern Parkway. With an electric saw, the birds’ heads and legs are removed. A group of yeshiva students then pulls off the feathers and passes the chickens to the mashgiach, or kosher supervisor, who removes their intestines for inspection.

Those deemed kosher — the vast majority — are then soaked and salted and placed in a freezer. All the chickens are then given to charity, says Rabbi Shea Hecht, a prominent figure in the Chabad movement and one of the main organizers of the kapparot event in Brooklyn.

Hecht’s prominent role in organizing the kapparot has made him a target of PETA.

After years of investigating kapparot, PETA asked the New York State Kosher Law Enforcement Division in August to open a fraud investigation against Hecht. As Yom Kippur approached, PETA also issued an action alert to its followers, which led to a flood of e-mails and faxes to Hecht’s office.

Hours before the ritual was set to begin, Hecht issued a statement condemning the PETA campaign, which he claimed had led to some “threatening” and anti-Semitic e-mails. New York City Police reportedly opened an investigation.

The Scheins’ specific objections to kapparot concern the treatment of the birds, which are transported in plastic crates stacked on large trucks and kept without food and water for hours. Though rabbis have urged kapparot centers to have adequate food and water on hand, they weren’t in evidence on the night before Yom Kippur.

The Scheins also claim that the volume of birds slaughtered far outstrips processing capacity, resulting last year in some two-thirds of the birds being discarded in Dumpsters. Organizers are violating two Jewish injunctions, the Scheins say — against causing unnecessary suffering to animals and against wastefulness.

Hecht adamantly denies both charges and says Schein made up the two-thirds figure.

“He’s a liar,” Hecht said.

Schein claims that at 7:15 the morning after kapparot last week,  more than 100 crates of live chickens were still on the sidewalk. A driver told Schein they were being taken to a Chasidic community in upstate New York.

Schein says subjecting the birds to 24 hours without water on stressful transports in cramped, feces-covered cages violates Jewish law by causing unnecessary suffering.

During the kapparot ritual, Hannah Schein dressed to blend in with the Chasidic crowd as she searched for evidence of animal cruelty. She found a seemingly forgotten crate in which several birds that appeared to be dead shared space with other live chickens. She covertly documented it.

PETA is frequently accused of pursuing a radical — and possibly anti-Semitic — agenda because of its criticisms of kapparot and Agriprocessors, the country’s largest kosher meat producer.

The Scheins, both of whom are Jewish, reject that accusation, saying their work stems directly from their Jewish values.

“I feel like every ethical step I make forward in my life has a Jewish root to it,” Hannah Schein said. “Being kosher, growing up, I was trained to look at labels and always think what’s in this product and where does it come from.”

Hannah Schein admits that PETA’s ultimate goal is to abolish animal slaughter. She also believes that humans have no right to kill animals for food or clothing — and certainly not to expiate one’s sins.

She says she takes what steps she can to minimize animal suffering.

“PETA’s a pragmatic organization,” she said. “We want incremental welfare improvements. Otherwise we’re never going to get to abolition.”

The Scheins met while they were working for Hillel, the Jewish campus organization. Hannah says she used to pray at the Chabad synagogue in Norfolk, Va. on the high holidays.

“I want kashrut to live up to what it’s supposed to be, and to be this model, the whole ‘higher authority,’” Schein said. “It’s been very frustrating. It’s been a real sort of embarrassment to see how the kosher industry has conducted itself. As a Jew, that impacts on me.”

Yet even among those Orthodox Jews who claim to share PETA’s concerns about animal treatment, there is a widespread view that the organization has pursued an unfair and misleading campaign against Jewish ritual slaughter.

“Their agenda is to wipe out shechita — period,” Hecht said last week as hundreds of chickens sat in crates on the sidewalk behind him. “No. 2, their agenda is to hurt Torah-observant Jews.”

As evidence, he cited PETA’s targeting of him as the most visible proponent of kapparot.

“If they take me down, everybody else is going to stop doing it,” Hecht said.

Hecht’s view is mirrored in the Chabad community, where many believe that PETA has a radical and fundamentally anti-Jewish agenda.

Isaac Hurwitz, a Chabad follower and attorney whose father wrote a monograph on Jewish treatment of animals, told JTA he performed kapparot at Hecht’s facility on Eastern Parkway this year specifically because it has been targeted by PETA.

Hurwitz admitted that keeping chickens in “little cramped boxes” made him uneasy, but he said it’s no worse than how birds are normally treated during transport to the slaughterhouse.

“I’m more uncomfortable with my own sins of the past year than these few moments of discomfort for the bird while I’m swinging it above my head,” he said.

More on the Lubavitch rabbi sexual abuse case in Albany
October 8, 2008, 6:31 pm
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Chabad leader’s abuse case widens

The Times Union – New York
October 8, 2008Rabbi’s son among the alleged victims; accused says vendetta is at work

by Marc Parry | Times Union writer

ALBANY � A Loudonville rabbi faced fresh sex-abuse charges on Tuesday � and his lawyer confirmed the father of one of the alleged victims is another local rabbi.


Yaakov Weiss appeared in Albany City Court on the day before the Yom Kippur high holiday to answer charges that he sexually abused a 13-year-old boy.The 28-year-old rabbi, founder of the Chabad of Colonie, e-mailed the Times Union a statement on Tuesday night calling the accusations “100 percent untrue.”

“This has been generated by an individual who has been antagonistic toward Chabad of Colonie from its inception and continues to be envious of continued success,” Weiss wrote. “This is his way of getting rid of us.”

Weiss carried an infant child into the courthouse and prayed in the vestibule. He later appeared in the courtroom in handcuffs, pleading not guilty to misdemeanor charges of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

The charges stem from “inappropriate sexual contact” with the boy in June on Whitehall Road, according to Albany police.

Weiss was released without bail and drove away in a silver SUV.

Weiss adheres to the Chabad-Lubavitch branch of Judaism, known for its outreach work to get Jews more involved in their religion. He moved to Colonie from Iowa in 2004 with his wife Rosa and an infant daughter. He founded the Chabad of Colonie and the Chabad Hebrew School soon after.

Tuesday’s charges come one week after Weiss was arrested for allegedly abusing another 13-year-old boy.

The rabbi’s new accuser is a member of the same religious community as Weiss, said Dave Rossi, chief of the homicide and special victims bureau in the Albany County District Attorney’s Office.

Rossi wouldn’t discuss any other details about their relationship or where the alleged abuse took place. Authorities restricted access to all court papers in the case.

Weiss’s attorney, Arnold Proskin, also declined to reveal more details beyond his claim that the father of one of Weiss’s alleged victims is a rabbi — a claim Rossi would not confirm.

“I think you’re going to find some very strange, strange reasons for these things happening,” he said outside the courtroom.

In his statement, Weiss characterized the accusations as a plot concocted by the unnamed “envious” individual.

“This individual contacted the authorities three months ago together with a close friend,” Weiss claimed. “His new allegations were released today.”

Rossi said the investigation was continuing but he was unaware of any other victims.

Weiss has been suspended, said Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, chairman of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of the Brooklyn-based worldwide Lubavitch organization.

“I would emphasize very unequivocally that the suspension is in no way whatsoever implicating him or an admission or a decision of guilt,” he said.

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Alle Processing Meat Plant in Queen’s….new problems
October 6, 2008, 6:48 pm
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Forward finds unsafe work conditions at another big kosher meat plant

Forward, the Jewish newspaper, did some first-rate investigative reporting last year to expose harsh working conditions at Agriprocessors Inc. of Postville, Iowa, at the time the largest kosher slaugherthouse in America.

As we summarized the paper’s findings:

The owners of the slaughterhouse, an ultra-Orthodox family from Brooklyn’s Chabad-Lubavitch community, have been accused of exposing workers — many of them Hispanic immigrants — to unsafe conditions, underpaying them, housing them in cramped, substandard quarters, and placing them in dangerous jobs without adequate training.

Forward’s exposés were followed by a massive immigration raid at Agriprocessors, as well as by news coverage in The Washington Post and The New York Times, among other media outlets.

Now, Forward has turned its attention to another big kosher plant, Alle Processing in Queens, N.Y.

(Since the AgriProcessors raid, the paper writes, Alle has become the largest U.S. producer of kosher beef.)

According to a story published earlier this month, the paper found evidence at Alle of inadequate safety training, numerous employee complaints of substandard workplace conditions, “low pay, unhappy relations with management, and a lack of health benefits.”

The paper’s stories have triggered a national debate among rabbis and other Jewish scholars, some of whom argue that ethical treatment of workers ought to be at least as high a priority at kosher plants as adherence to strict rules in the handling and processing of foods.