Williamsburg Hasidim Attack Cancer Charity, Causing Ban
Hasidim in Williamsburg posted and circulated a letter Wednesday calling on hasidim to call RCCS and demand to know why RCCS is providing "entertainment" and "singers" at its live charity auction held Thursday, causing people to watch on the "dirty Internet.…On one hand you are trying to make people healthy and with the other hand you are making people [spiritually] sick.” The live Internet feed of the auction was subsequently blocked in several zip codes by RCCS.
Is this letter the unsigned work of Satmar's Va'ad HaTznius, its infamous modesty squad?
Because of the ongoing child sexual abuse trial of Rabbi Nechemya Weberman, which involves Weberman's work with the Va'ad HaTznius – the existence of which Satmar now needs to deny – this letter may very well be the Va'ad's unsigned work.
Here's how The Lakewood Scoop describes the letter:
A letter circulating and hanging yesterday in Williamsburg called for its residents to ban tonight’s live RCCS auction. The letter, which was not signed by any Rabbonim, asked Williamsburg residents to call the organization and demand answers as to why they are providing ’entertainment’ and ‘singers’ – causing people to watch the live stream on the ‘dirty Internet’.
“On one hand you are trying to make people healthy and with the other hand you are making people sick”, the letter in Yiddish read.…
Last night, when people went to watch the live auction onlne, many were greated with the following warning screen:
What did these Satmar hasidim effectively ban? A charity that does this:
RCCS, a recognized 501(c)3 organization, provides an array of services for cancer-stricken patients in need; primary among them is the subsidizing of health insurance premiums, enabling them to obtain the best possible medical care.
The first and foremost goal of RCCS is to ensure that every cancer patient is covered by the absolute best medical coverage that money can buy.
RCCS has helped thousands of patients fight cancer by paying for their health insurance.
RCCS has spent well over $25,000,000 on behalf of cancer-stricken patients. On average, for every $1.00 RCCS expends on a patient, the patient's insurance company pays $20.00; some higher.
Insurance companies have paid out over half a billion dollars on behalf of RCCS patients.
[Hat Tips; HeathenHassid, GW.]