Rabbi Milton "Yehoshua" Balkany attacked Rabbi Morris Allen and the OU on Zev Brenner's radio show Saturday night. Listen below:
This clip is nine minutes long.
To hear it, you'll probably need to have your volume set high. Zev's Internet stream failed, so I recorded this audio off the video of his show. That video has lots of extraneous noise, and Balkany's voice is low. But it is still audible.
Balkany and Brenner never tell their listeners Balkany is Sholom M. Rubashkin's brother-in-law, and that Aaron Rubashkin is Balkany's father-in-law.
Balkany also misrepresents the facts of the case, and he clearly libel's Hechsher Tzedek (now Magen Tzedek) founder Rabbi Morris Allen.
Allen has pushed kashrut observance since the first day he came to Minnesota about 20 years ago and is known for this in the local Jewish community. He keeps kosher, and by far more of his synagogue members keep kosher than in the average Conservative synagogue.
Yet, as you'll hear, Balkany accuses Allen of eating treife.
Balkany attacks the OU for agreeing to allow a Magen Tzedek symbol to appear on food the OU supervises.
And Balkany attacks the Forward and Nathaniel Popper,claiming Popper's 'anti-Orthodox bias' was behind his reporting. To 'prove' this, Balkany cited Popper's Wall Street Journal piece. Agudath Israel's Avi Shafran wrote a laughable article about Popper's WSJ piece. Balkany seems to have drawn his talking points from it.
Not bad for a man who missed a term in a federal pen by the skin of his teeth.
Neither Balkany or Brenner mentioned that, either.