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August 12, 2012

Report: Lev Tahor Cult Uses Violence, Extortion, Manipulation To Terrorize Members

Lev Tahor Taliban Women BrukaPart One of an in-depth Hebrew series of reports on Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans and his haredi Lev Tahor cult exposes violence, extortion and manipulation by Helbrans used to keep his cult members under his control.

Lev Tahor Taliban Women Bruka
Women in the Lev Tahor cult, 2012

Lev Tahor founder and leader Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans allegedly uses horrifically violent beatings of members' children, forced marriages of minors, expulsion of one family member while forcing other family members to remain in Lev Tahor – based outside of Montreal, Canada – , compelling husbands to divorce wives who refuse to wear veils, and many other behaviors that violate Canadian law and halakha.

Rabbi Elior Chen, who led the horrific beatings of young Israeli children that left one permanently brain damaged and others with serious injuries, found refuge from Israeli police by fleeing to Canada and hiding in Lev Tahor under Henrans' protection. Chen eventually fled from there to a haredi community in Brazil, where he was finally arrested, after his presence in Lev Tahor became known.

Part One of the Lev Tahor Exposé.

Kudos to Israel HaYom for publishing it (unlike Ha'aretz, which published a whitewashed account of Lev Tahor a few months ago that was much criticized by former members, many parents of current members, and by cult experts.)

Part Two is scheduled to be posted next week.

 

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This particular cult is presently much worse than the regular Charedi cults (which are already bad enough) but I can see them aspiring to be this insane.

This is not mainstream haredi cult, it is BT cult that most haredi rabbis try to stop. Even the scums of the Eda Haredit try to stop them with no much success.

This is not mainstream haredi cult, it is BT cult that most haredi rabbis try to stop. Even the scums of the Eda Haredit try to stop them with no much success.

Posted by: Bassy the Haredi Slayer | August 12, 2012 at 03:56 PM

You forget that Eidah Charedit backed Helbrans and Lev Tahor for years and years.

They only stopped doing so when they finally realized the complaints about Helbrans were true and, more importantly, that Helbrans wasn't listening to Eidah leaders.

This is what happenes when there are no checks and balances anything goes,thee hassidim are trying to outdoo one another in insanity no shame no morals they dont have to work and struggle in their daily lifes and they go bunkers,for the life of me i dont understand why a human being stays in the group they are all mental cases disband them before they do much more damage.

So you admit that they are sanctioned by nobody yet you just try to say, well, the eidah wouldn't oppose them had they been more in compliance with their directives etc. The fact is NOBODY is in support of that maddness. NOBODY supports burqas or extreme tznius. The only extreme thing the eidag does is to enforce their tznius standards in extreme ways, but any pious christian woman would identify with tznius. Perhaps they are overzealous with the mechitzahs in the streets etc. but their dress conforms with the normal standards of any serious faith.

All Yidden want to serve Hashem and do what's right. So if they stop doing what Hashem wants, it's okay to force them until they say "I want." (As we see in matters of divorce, when the husband refuses to grant a Get) And if we allow such measures in divorce, where the only one who's suffering is a woman, how much more so in matters relating MEN that we are allowed (and even required) to force. PERMISSION GRANTED to re-post my Torah in all Haredi print media. (Internet media banned).

Please. Lev Tahor is to haredi as Westboro Baptist is to the Baptist church.

I assume that there is no English version of the article?

It seems like there are many unsubstantiated accusations against these people. Admittedly, they are extreme. More importantly, we need to focus on whether they actually hurt people or not. The haaretz report seemed to indicate that the most egregious problems were in the past. We can all agree with the need for caution with this group. But if they are not actively coercing or harming anyone then we also need to agree to leave them in peace. Finally, they aren't like WBC at all. WBC pickets the funerals of soldiers and causes their families terrible tzar. These guys sit and farm geese in Montreal.

Lev "Tahor" is only like WBC in that both are mechutz lamachaneh. Shmarya knows that but he uses Lev "Tahor" to tilt at haredi windmills in any case.

The Eda HaCharedis may have "backed" them but the haredi street knew who they were and who Helbrans was from day one.

Most of the confusion stemmed from the Fhima case, where it was never clear whether Shai Fhima did or did not willingly go along with Helbrans. (At that time, there was no real Lev "Tahor" cult either.) To some people, the Fhima case was the Schuchmacher case all over again.

"Lev Tahor is nor Haredi!."

Sorry, Lev Tahor, Neturei Karta, Sikrikim,... your own little mentally challenged cousins that you try to keep hidden on the cellar. Still family.

Don'f feel so bad, though. Us Christians have to deal with our own family messes, the Opus Dei, Extremist Christian Fundamentalists, the Army of God,...

Of course, our retards haven't gone the "Burqa" route yet.

Not saying this is a normal group , however every other story is pure hearsay , no sources , this guy believes every rumor this is very poor journalism , can't believe it was published.

Bob Guthrie, your comments are disgusting. How do you define "family"? Should jews consider Christians and muslims to be "family" too? After all, both branched off from judaism!

"Haredi" means one who "trembles before g-d".

Weirdly enough, lev tahor, perverse as they are, may just meet this definition. Of course, their idea of what g-d wants from them is seriously (if not sickeningly) warped.

As to the others you mention (particulaly Neturei Karta and Sikkarim), I highly doubt you'll find many in their ranks who show the slightest fear of g-d.

Posted by: Elly B
"Bob Guthrie, your comments are disgusting."

Of course they are. Hmm, why?. Because mayhap you didn't comprehend that the use of the word "Still Family" was used in the content of "connected to" (as in "a figure of speech"), specially after using the often used colloquial phrase "mentally challenged cousins", also interchangeable with such known expressions as "black sheep of the family" (i.e "closed relatives you do not want to be related to or seen with?"). That was the intended definition on the post. English 101, Elly B.

"Haredi" means one who "trembles before (G)-d".

Weirdly enough, lev tahor, perverse as they are, may just meet this definition. Of course, their idea of what g-d wants from them is seriously (if not sickeningly) warped."

They are still Charedim "family". Oops, sorry, still the "black sheep" of the Charedim, still related. The point of my post still.

"As to the others you mention (particulaly Neturei Karta and Sikkarim), I highly doubt you'll find many in their ranks who show the slightest fear of g-d."

Still repulsive elements connected in belief to the Charedim "family" (warning: "family" was still used in the content of a "figure of speech").

Comprehend, Elly B, then chastise. Reserve your response wrath to those that truly use written words in a hateful manner.

Posted by: Dave
"Not saying this is a normal group , however every other story is pure hearsay , no sources , this guy believes every rumor this is very poor journalism , can't believe it was published."

Oi. Attack the messenger, not the criminals *sigh*.

"No sources."

You know, if you squint a little harder, you can see a little line of embed code displayed in written form (in a grayish hue), inside brackets, in the article, called a Uniform resource locator, commonly known as a URL, more commonly known as a link.

If you click on it, it marvelously takes you to the source that this article is using as reference:

http://www.israelhayom.co.il/site/newsletter_article.php?id=20070&newsletter=10.08.2012

Now, was that hard?. =)

If they are "family," then Madoff is "family" to every secular Jew.

Neither is the case. Lev Tahor may be best "busted" or otherwise handled by a real charedi activist, but it is far, far beyond the pale.

Madoff is a sociopath, and that is the "family" to which he belongs.

If they are "family," then Madoff is "family" to every secular Jew.

Neither is the case. Lev Tahor may be best "busted" or otherwise handled by a real charedi activist, but it is far, far beyond the pale.

Madoff is a sociopath, and that is the "family" to which he belongs.

Shmarya -

Do you know when Part 2 will be available. I read Part 1, and it is absolutely shocking. You should have it translated. Readers will want to pick up the closest rock and haul it into Helbrans' head.

Posted by: The Anti-Schmendrick
"If they are "family," then Madoff is "family" to every secular Jew."

Cute,... but wrong.

For the analogy of "family" to work, as in this instance, there has to be a hard, concrete connection. In this case, Lev Tahor, Neturei Karta, and Sikrikim share the belief of Haredi Judaism to the main Charedim establishment. Equivalency on Religion.

The Madoff homology, instead, does not work due to irreconcilable analogies:

*Madoff's (and I suppose you are referring to the convicted Bernard L. Madoff, the Jewish American businessman, or as you suggest, the criminal) official religion is listed as "Jewish" (Judaism).
*Secular Jews are "nontheistic" (Humanistic Judaism).

So the "Religious" "family" connection does not work here. Let's try a Political angle:

*Madoff's official political affiliation has never been able to be set down. Political contributions have "suggested" of him of mainly being mostly a US Democrat, with some assertions of US Libertarianism. Definitely not Republican. So let's set on "US Democrat".
*Secular Jews are mostly considered "Zionists".

US Democrat is not Jewish Zionism, Yes, both work on the basis of democratic (not Democrat) principles, but so does the US Republican Party. So again, the intent of "family" connection, via politics this time, does not work here either.

So what else could we try to connect a Jewish felon, to, as you described, "every secular Jew".

Ah.

Madoff, a criminal+"every secular Jew". Eliminating Politics and Religion as a nexus, is crime the connection?. Going straight with logic, because the conclusion is logical by its inferred impossibility, and this taking too long, the answer is no.

So, no. Madoff is not "family" to "every secular Jew". And even you finally conclude that this is not a workable example of juxtaposition. But:

"Neither is the case."

As in "the other side of the coin": "Lev Tahor is not family to mainstream Charedim, period". Cute, again, but an opinion, not a fact.

Lev Tahor, Neturei Karta, Sikrikim are direct, connected, offshoots of Haredi Judaism, the same as the Opus Dei, Extremist Christian Fundamentalists, and the Army of God are to Christianity. Basic knowledge gleamed by verbal and written facts, on organic pulp or byte based (Goyim/Jewish based blogs and sites, Google, Wikipedia, visual and written media,... your friends for knowledge).

If they were as diversified from its based religion as, let's say, the Amish, Protestants Mennonites based of the Christian Anabaptists, which came to be from the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, which separated from the Western Roman and Byzantine Empires during their heyday as Christianity based empires, I would say you got a point.

But, sorry. The Amish is unidentifiable and irreconcilable to the core of current Christianity by 731 years of separation. Lev Tahor, Neturei Karta, and the Sikrikim are, at this very moment in time and history, indistinguishable, connected entities of the Charedim culture/belief, minus their much, much more, extremist views. Specially when the most recent offshoot is only 84 months old.

So the original premise stands: Still Family, or for those offended by the direct usage of the word, the "Black Sheep(s) of the Family".

Sorry, but the Maddoff post was not a good example to try to dismiss the proven connection by association that the Charedim are always furious to deny.

I would know. We Roman Catholics have the same burden with the Opus Dei, Extremist Christian Fundamentalists, and the bozos of the Army of God.

Denial will not make them, nor their connection, go away. If wishes could make this so, I would like a pony too.

bob guthrie you really talk the talk! i like it! as far as the yidden are concerned... boy are we screwed... i wish i can say more, but ive lost faith in you guys... and im only 21... almost all the religious jewish people i know have exactly 1 thing in common... unhapiness

we are such sheep, why why why

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