Leading Monsey Rabbonim Convene On Tropper Issue
By 5TJT Staff
Further evidence was introduced, reviewed, and discussed today in a meeting of Monsey Rabbonim, Roshei Yeshiva, and Askanim regarding the scandal surrounding Leib Tropper, the former head of the Eternal Jewish Family and Yeshiva Kol Yaakov. Tropper had ostensibly resigned last week, but it has been further reported that he continues to run and tend to the functions of the Yeshiva in an unchanged manner. Apparently, the inquiry has now widened to other areas as well. The meeting on Tuesday afternoon included some of the leading Rabbinic figures in Monsey and was chaired by one of the most senior Roshei Yeshiva in Monsey, HaGaon HaRav Moshe Green Shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva D’Monsey.
Others present at the meeting included Rav Shlomo Breslauer Shlita, Rav of Beis Tefillah; Rav Yisroel Dovid Schlesinger, of K’hal Shaarei Tefillah; Rav Dovid Ribiat, Rosh Kollel of Kollel Ohr Yaakov; Rav Chaim Schabes the Morah D’Asra of Knesses Yisroel in New Hempstead; Rav Shlomo Zalman Kaufman, Dayan of the Beis Horaah Beis Din and Rav Ben Tzion Kokis, Rav of K’hal Zichron Mordechai in South Monsey. Rav Dan Ungarisher was also consulted on the issues.
It is still unclear whether Tropper will cooperate with the Beis Din by appearing before it. An unannounced visitor to one of the Rabbonim last week who has had known connections to Tropper told one of the dayanim in no uncertain terms that Tropper will never cooperate. The Rabbonim have, in the past week, received numerous messages attempting to interfere with the proceedings from various individuals. They remain undeterred both by the attempts at interference and numerous forms of harassment that include phone calls to their homes throughout the night, taxicabs falsely ordered to their homes, and threatening calls.
An expanded meeting will occur next week for the purpose of authorizing an official Bais Din to convene.