This is perhaps the most bizarre story I've ever printed. There's even a connection, of sorts, to the Tendler family.
"Put stones on a hot plate . . . when they are boiling, put them on the bodies of the children and then they will be cleansed."
------Rabbi Elior Chen
Luke Ford breaks the story:
The mother of the daughter with the abused children is Naomi Klass Mauer, the daughter of the founding publisher of The Jewish Press — Rabbi Jacob Klass. She had the bitterest of divorces from her husband Yehuda Schwartz.
She was an agunah — a chained woman because he would not give her a divorce. She says he tried to extort vast amounts of money from her in exchange for a divorce.
She became a champion of the agunot in The Jewish Press, which features a seruv section for men who won’t listen to a Beit Din and won’t give their wives gets (Jewish divorces).
She married Dr. Mauer. They lived in Manhattan Beach (?). Their daughter went to YULA [Yeshiva University of Los Angeles high school -- but the idea that she attended YULA seems to be false. She apparently lived and went to school in New York.] and then eventually married another YULA graduate from her class (what year?). They moved to Israel and became Modern Orthodox frum — West Bank Gush Kutif type frum (I am not saying they lived there but that type) and then they moved to the old city of Jerusalem and became Breslaver Hasidim. The couple became extreme frum (religious). They were introduced to some characters among the Breslavers who do drugs and get involved in their marriage. Some of these wild Breslavers move into the home.
The husband claims that once these guys moved in, he couldn’t see his children. So why didn’t he go see the police?
Anyone have any information on why these YULA grads would go on such a dark and deviant path?
How could their kids be so severely abused in the Old City of Jerusalem where everybody lives on top of each other?…
I asked Luke if he was sure the woman is Rabbi Klass's granddaughter. He told me he confirmed this with two separate sources.
The Tendler connection?
Both Rabbi Aron and Rabbi Shalom Tendler have been on the faculty at YULA. Aron was forced out, it is said, over allegations of sexual abuse. Shalom Tendler resigned not that long after. Both, however, were active when Rabbi Klass's granddaughter was a student there.
The connection seems to be that, while Rabbi Klass's daughter was an agunah (or not, depending on who you believe), she lived in Rabbi Moshe Dovid Tendler's house in Monsey. Also there at the time was Rabbi Tendler's son Mordechai, who was, much later, linked to inappropriate behavior with women he taught and counseled.
A correspondent who tipped me to a "Tendler connection" but without the details, leaving me to think the connection came through YULA.
This person expected me to know the connection was through Rabbi M.D. Tendler and his youngest son, and not through the older sons associated with YULA, even though Luke reported (incorrectly, it now seems) her YULA attendence, and this correspondent tipped me to Luke's report -- and did not specify the connection other than to say it was to the "Tendler family."
This same correspondent corrected me via email last evening, showing absolute amazement that I did not know the proper connection, even though he failed to specify it originally.
One must be an expert on all subjects to satisfy this person, it seems.