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