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January 01, 2013

Senior Rabbi Threatened, Police Reportedly Involved, In Chaim Halpern Sex Abuse Scandal

Rabbi Chaim Halpern 2A senior rabbi in Golders Green, London has been threatened after writing a letter condemning Rabbi Chaim Halpern, an unlicensed therapist who allegedly sexually abused women who came to him for marriage counseling.

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Rabbi Chaim Halpern

Senior Rabbi Threatened, Police Reportedly Involved, In Chaim Halpern Sex Abuse Scandal
Sharya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

A senior rabbi in Golders Green, London has been threatened after writing a letter condemning Rabbi Chaim Halpern, an unlicensed therapist who allegedly sexually abused women who came to him for marriage counseling, Behadrei Haredim reports.

Rabbi Gershon Hagar has suffered constant harassment by followers of Halpern since the letter was published, with many of the Halpern followers making threatening phone calls to the Hagar household.

Hagar’s wife has reportedly recived the worst of those threats. Yesterday, unable to take it no more, she reportedly asked her husband to call police – which he did.

When police arrived they experienced the harassment for themselves, and allegedly were on the phone line when a Halpern supporter threatened the Hagars.

"This letter was a hard blow for the Halpern family. Rabbi Hagar heads respected synagogue with more than 100 worshipers…when he did [finally express a position on the case Halpern’s supporters] attacked them harshly. Rabbi Halpern’s supporters can not accept it, it is hard for them,” a source familiar with the case told Behadrei Haredim.

Behadrei Haredim also reports that Kedassia, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations in London, planned on issuing a letter last week supporting Halpern. But Halpern himself allegedly asked Kedassia not to do it because  he claimed that it would only exacerbate the fighting and the rift between Kedassia and other communities in the city. Kedassia did not publish the letter.

Halpern’s associates also say that they intend to demand that Halpern's father hold a vote at the study hall to remove Chaim’s brother Moshe, who they blame for mishandling the scandal.

Both of the warring Halpern sides reportedly now hope that Rabbi Chaim Halpern will leave London for a few days for what they say would be for the sake of peace.

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Every normal haredi rabbi wants halpern to leave London immediately (no crime occured, so the police aren't involved.) They simply want him to stop seducing more women.

It is the hasidic rabbis that are protecting Halpern. Goes to show you.

"Rabbi Gershon Hagar of Congregation Divrei Chaim"

Rav Hagar is not the Rabbi of Divrei Chaim, Chaim Halpern is.

Rav Hagar is the Rabbi of Beis Yisachar Dov.

You've been screwing up a lot lately. More accuracy would be in order.

The depiction 'Mafia Family' was never more apposite

once again you got it very wrong, Kedassia had no intention of writing a letter in support of CH the letter was to denounce him for being a rov anywher.
kedassia are in no way supporting CH.
CH asked them not to publish this letter as his wife has become ill and it would make it worse.
so please get your facts wright or close this web sit down

once again you got it very wrong, Kedassia had no intention of writing a letter in support of CH the letter was to denounce him for being a rov anywher.
kedassia are in no way supporting CH.
CH asked them not to publish this letter as his wife has become ill and it would make it worse.
so please get your facts wright or close this web sit down

Posted by: Londoner | January 01, 2013 at 04:17 PM

No, I think you're wrong.

You're referring, asshole, to the letter Kedassia did issue and Padwa revoked. Both are posted on my blog.

What this is referring to you pompous piece of crap, is new Kedassia letter praising CH that was apparently going to make up for the mess made by the other letters I just mentioned.

CH asked Kedassia not to issue it because he thought it would just make things worse.

Got that, moron?

To Londoner sadly there is no evidence that Kedassiah/UOHC ever intended to write any such letter - they have constantly sat on the fence or worse - sorry but there is nothing to support your version of events.

Hey! Shmarya's at it again...

Tiddle off you strange little man.

Where do you live, Shmarya? I want to have some shellfish for dinner with you?

I'll make sure I give some notice so you can hide the kids in the basement and take the porn off the walls.

5. Try to argue using facts and logic.
6. Do not lie.
7. No name-calling, please.

Do these not apply to one particular commenter?

ASKANIM HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED THIS NOTICE:

THURSDAY NIGHT AT 8PM OUTSIDE CHAIM HALPERNS HAREEM ON BRIDGE LANE THERE WILL BE A MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION DEMANDING CHAIM HALPERN AND HIS BROTHER LEAVE LONDON FOR GOOD AND FOR PADWA TO RESIGN AS MORA D'ASRA.

THOUSANDS ARE EXPECTED TO VOICE THEIR DISGUST AT HALPERNS REFUSAL TO QUIT HIS POSITION AND LEAVE LONDON FOR GOOD.

Dovid weinberger from sharey tfilah is worst then halpern just follow all his speachea just to ladies he is a sick man

shikza-- You wrote here about dovid weinberger more then 1 year ago you keep on writing the same thing, do you have any evidence of him doing what you say he is doing or you just have a hatred towards him, your, behaviour is bizzare to say the least.

is dovid weinberger the son in law of reb nissen alpert z"l?

Multiple women have accused an extremely prominent London haredi rabbi, Chaim Halpern, of sexually abusing them during their marriage counseling sessions with him.
A number of rabbinic judges in London had the courage to investigate the claims and subsequently found Halpern unfit to serve in any religious capacity. In response, Halpern stepped down from many of his religious positions.
Yet the saga continues because Halpern still maintains his position as a rabbi in his own community. In addition his father, another prominent and venerable rabbi, Chanoch Halpern, together with numerous other rabbis, have dismissed the allegations and maintain that Chaim Halpern is a righteous man who has been caught up in a conspiracy.
The proverb says that “there is no man on the earth who is (completely) righteous, who does good and never sins” (Ecclesiastes 7:20). We are all human and, thus, none of us are perfect. Yet the abuses allegedly committed by Halpern are in a different league – they are especially heinous.
There is the famous story, found in the Book of Samuel, where sons of Eli the High Priest used their priestly positions to gain sexual favors from women who came to the Temple to offer sacrifices. The venerable Eli the High Priest confronted his sons telling them, “No, my sons, for the rumor which I hear the Lord's people spreading is not good.”
Eli the High Priest did not need hard evidence in order to confront his sons. He relied upon and believed the rumors that were spreading. Eli then tried to convince his sons to repent. But, they didn’t listen to their father, nor does it say that they admitted their sins. The surprise, however, is the last part of this narrative, which explains that the sons of Eli would not repent because God wanted to kill them (Samuel 1, Chapter 2:22-25).
This is taken to mean that God hardened their heart to repentances and they were therefore killed. All the commentators are puzzled. Did God really want them to die as sinners rather than remaining alive and returning to a path of righteousness?
Making a mockery out of God
The answer is clear: There are some sins one cannot be rehabilitated from. One who abuses one's religious office in order to gain sexual favors cannot repent and then continue to serve. Such people need to be permanently and completely removed from ever serving in a religious capacity. In corrupting their positions as spiritual leaders they are in essence making a mockery out of God.
In terms of the sins allegedly committed, the case of Halpern is not dissimilar to that of the sons of Eli the High Priest. In how it was dealt with, however, the two cases differ considerably. In the Book of Samuel, Eli took the rumors seriously and confronted his sons. In the case of Halpern, his father, the venerable Chanoch Halpern, has dismissed the allegations and insists that his son is a Tzadik (righteous).
With regard to the sons of Eli, the entire Jewish community was united in their outrage. With Halpern, there are multiple religious leaders in the London Jewish community who have signed a letter defending him and his continued right to serve in a religious capacity.
The story of the sons of Eli teaches us that religious leaders are held to higher standards and must be completely and permanently removed from their religious positions based on rumors of sexual abuse alone.
It is clear that the allegations against Halpern are more than rumors, even if they have not been proven in a court of law. The fact that Halpern is still serving as a rabbi, and that his father and other rabbis are still defending him, is not only a disgrace to the community, it is a disgrace to the Torah and a huge desecration of God’s name

The truth is everyone knows what this is really about. It has nothing to do with towels, massages or anything sexual AT ALL but it boils down to two issues.
1. Reb Chaim was blackmailed and he is not falling for it. He can easily dig himself out of this trouble by naming the blackmailer but he wont either because he wants to save that person's skin or perhaps because the longer this drags on the better it will be for him when he eventually comes out of it shining as i am sure he will.
2. The rabbonim in golders green, whose best shiur has less torah value, knowldege and interest than the average heise mikve shmeez by the Stamford Hill ladigaiers. They know that and want to break away from stamford hill because they rightly fee inferior in their robbonus. Simply look at a coffe drining/smoking yungerman at 10 AM just finished davening, he has the tziur of a ben toira unlike some of the GD signatories.

Bloody obvious isnt it.

Wow!! The spiteful and vitriolic comments published above are בשר ולחם for any non-charedi observers. How many psychoses could otherwise be available - all in one column - for analysis?

ASKANIM HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED THIS NOTICE:

... THERE WILL BE A MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION ...

THOUSANDS ARE EXPECTED TO VOICE THEIR DISGUST

Posted by: CAIN B AKODESH | January 01, 2013 at 06:08 PM

Seriously, unless this is backed by any of the London Rabonim, you'll be lucky to get half any Minyan (like the other 'massive demonstration' two weeks ago where about 5 people turned up

There will be NO demonstration only a bunch of losers lurking in their cars driving up and down. NO ONE wants to be seen at a demo.

I was sitting in the Mikve and heard some very interesting theories about what really happened. Im not one for conspiracy theories but these had more credibility than Diana having died in just an accident if you know what I mean.

There is a lot more than meets the eye. Halpern is certainly not guilty of everything he has been accused and has been very clever how he has been handling this crisis compared to everyone else. The fact that he is still in town proves it.

If you want the truth, and the gossip, you need to go to the hot Mikve not web sites!

you didnt translate the chadrei article it was rabbi hager that stopped kedasia from putting out the letter which was the big blow to halpern

Tottenham Gossiper,

Sounds like you're the one the police are investigating for the abusive calls to RGH.

Have a look on Tickle and read the Tendler story; that's your sociopath hero by another name.

Tottenham Gossiper,

Haha, oh wow!

You are using a mikwe has hot tub? You sound like someone I should trust for his word.

SHMARYA
I can’t work you out, on one hand you are very angry and bitter at the framers/Chassidim and the other hand you support and even more you help
Them in their abuse and wrong doing,,
Please explain that, and if you want to know what I mean and the proof I have well you have my ip address e-mail me and ill show you

No, I think you're wrong.

You're referring, asshole, to the letter Kedassia did issue and Padwa revoked. Both are posted on my blog.

What this is referring to you pompous piece of crap, is new Kedassia letter praising CH that was apparently going to make up for the mess made by the other letters I just mentioned.

CH asked Kedassia not to issue it because he thought it would just make things worse.

Got that, moron?

Posted by: Shmarya | January 01, 2013 at 04:28 PM

I think you should apologise, unless you are happy for your site to be filled with comments of a similar intellectual standard.

Posted by: Ploni Almoni | January 05, 2013 at 07:26 PM

Funny how you don't ask the lying, arrogant person who attacked me to apologize for his tone or choice of language, but you do ask me to apologize for my response to him.

Do things in order, just as the gemara and halakha tell you to, and then – after he apologizes – I'll consider apologizing for my choice of language, but not for my facts. Because what I reported was true.

Interesting you mention choice of language. At risk of reiterating the point "asshole", "pompous piece of crap", and "moron" verus a misunderstanding. But hey, it's your joint - you set the rules - you live with the consequences.

In other words, you chose to ignore the rude, obnoxious, arrogant way in which I was attacked – along with the fact that the attacker had his facts wrong and has posted similar comments in the past – and instead focus on my response.

Not only that, you lack the honesty to demand that he apologize for what he did.

That says very little for you.

Look here SHMARYA
Firstly I am so close to on of the most senior keddassia rabbonim that you could not even dream of getting this close, so yes moron or not I know very well what I’m talking about,

However I’m not talking about this case, personally this case shows what all the rabbonim are, just children playing a game with other people’s life’s

that you did assist abusers, So I think, you are as bad, if not worse then the people you criticize, so what would that make you ????? I will not come on this again so if u want to know what I’m talking about, u have my ip address so e-mail me

Please.

You're an obnoxious ass and a liar.

Mr Failed Messiah, you are supposed to set an example.

He made an honest mistake in interpreting what event you were talking about. Yes, he shouldn't have asked you to close your blog for this, and he certainly shouldn't have spelled "wright" the way he did (that bothered me more!), but that didn't come close to your savagery. Did he touch a raw nerve?

Please refer to "IfYouTickleUs" for an example of how a blog can be punchy, relevant, and courteous.

I'm guessing that the person calling himself "Shmarya" above is not the owner of the site, but someone trying to ruin his reputation. Could someone who set's the rules ("no name calling, please") so blatantly violate them? Therefore, I would call upon the site's owner to either remove or edit (per the site's rules) the person impersonating him- the insults are really pretty offensive.

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