Transcript from VIN:
"I think there is a general feeling that in the Orthodox community, many Orthodox communities, especially in the more hareidi, more extreme Orthodox communities, there is more concern for the strict rules of halakha – of how you cut the animals throats or how you examine the lungs and they are not concerned about whether you are stealing or whatever or going into court to perjure themselves.
"There is a general feeling- I mean I often say that if I was if I was going to court or to do a business deal, it is a terrible thing to say, would I go to a hasid in Monsey or somewhere or would I go to one Rabbi Ammiel’s (reform) congregants. Who can I trust more to tell the truth in the court and everything?"
Has Rabbi Lincoln said something false or defamatory?
No. He has simply told the truth.
Rabbi Balkany nonetheless strenuously objects to Rabbi Lincoln's truth-telling. Rabbi Lincoln sniffs Balkany, is being divisive:
I am appalled at the divisive statements on Orthodoxy by a colleague, Rabbi David Lincoln leader of the Park Avenue Synagogue. said rabbi Balkany.
“myself and Rabbi Lincoln once shared a dais at President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, now i am frightened at what I hear”.
“By saying that as he did, he is as bad as he claims all of Orthodoxy is. By wantonly stating that Hasidim, or ‘extreme orthodox’ Jews all commit crime or allow it to happen, or to suggest that we hold common law to be unimportant as a rule, a way of life, is nearing the kind of hatred gentile nations have committed against Jews in some of the worst human atrocities throughout the centuries.” Rabbi Balkany said.
Balkany further stated, “When I saw Rabbi Lincoln say that, I could do little but gasp at the simplistically narrow view of a man who leads such an influential congregation, and how he may be influencing Jews against other Jews… I am not certain a simple apology would suffice, for the sentiment runs deeper than any empty apology can contain.”
As someone who had been immersed in public controversy and allegations of illegal and even criminal behavior, who had been ostracized in the media and in public, and then who was quietly exonerated with little to no fanfare, Rabbi Balkany knows the power of hateful words. He said, “I believe it is my duty to condemn such words that bitterly label an entire people out of convenience in the hope of grabbing a headline.”:
Balkany was not "quietly exonerated." In fact, he was not "exonerated" at all.
Balkany had to pay back the nearly $1 million dollars in Federal grant money (meant for handicapped children, no less) he "misused", and Balkany was barred from contact with Bureau of Prisons officials due to bribery allegations against him.
Balkany is a poster boy for haredi malfeasance. And, clearly, haredim do not care.
Here are Rabbi Lincoln's remarks in context:
Rabbi Balkany's Shaday Past: 1, 2,& 3.
The Big, Bad Butchers and Bullies of Agriprocessors.