"…All of Yiddishkeit depends on [the survival of HaPeles]! It is a clear and simple thing, and whoever does not understand this is just mindless! [Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach] speaks in the name of God through this newspaper! He is the only one who speaks on behalf of the Almighty! The only one!"
Above: Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach
Originally published at 11:23 pm CDT 8-28-2014
Only Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach Is Left To Speak For God, Haredi Rabbi Says
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Internal recordings made of a meeting held by members of Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach’s haredi rebel faction’s HaPeles newspaper called in order to try to save it from bankruptcy continue to be exposed.
Behadrei Haredim exposed the first recordings, made at an urgent public meeting of faction supporters, in which Auerbach’s close associate Rabbi Tzinterboim told followers in Auerbach’s name that they were mandated to forgo pledges made to yeshivas and other charities and give the money to HaPeles instead.
Now Behadrei Haredim has released more recordings of Tzinterboim made at that meeting in which he recounts the newspaper’s founding two years ago after its editor and other faction members were forced out of the mainstream nopn-hasidic haredi faction’s newspaper, Yated Ne’eman, and replaced with loyalists of Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman, who now heads the faction.
Auerbach was then fighting Steinman for supreme haredi leadership, and Auerbach’s rebel faction (often called the Jerusalem faction) lost. Losing the battle over control of Yated Ne’eman, the largest haredi daily newspaper in Israel, was the final nail in the coffin of Auerbach’s leadership bid.
Most interesting from those recordings is Auerbach’s alleged claim that the loss of Yated Ne’eman was destroying the foundation of authentic Judaism in the world.
“…Then Rabbi Shmuel shouted…’What will be here [in this world] after such a terrible thing!?,’” Tzinterboim said. “[Auerbach] said, ‘say psalms constantly!…This whole world is being destroyed! The very tenets of authentic Judaism!’ I remember that Rabbi Shmuel said that, ‘[this paper is] saving Jewish lives and authentic Judaism!’”
Tzinterboim went on to say that two years later, everyone who needs to be saved hasn’t been, and HaPeles has no advertising to support it. Therefore, “…everyone must help [by giving] what they are being asked [to give]. Now people realize what it means that they are being asked to help out in this newspaper controversy.…the newspaper has virtually no income, every month there is less money, I do not know the exact amount [we’re losing every month] but it is hundreds of thousands of dollars.…All of Yiddishkeit depends on [the survival of HaPeles]! It is a clear and simple thing, and whoever does not understand this is just mindless! [Auerbach] speaks in the name of God through this newspaper! He is the only one who speaks on behalf of the Almighty! The only one!,” Tzinterboim insisted.
He went on to say that a leading haredi rabbi, Rabbi Karlenstein, the rosh yeshiva of the Grodno yeshiva and a supporter of Auerbach’s, is ill and disabled and cannot speak, so his voice has been silenced. God should heal him, Tzinterboim said. He also mentioned another top haredi rabbi who supported Auerbach, Moshe Mordechai Sholzinger, who passed away from a similar illness.
What happened to both of them is the work of the Satan! Tzinterboim insisted, implying that if HaPeles were to be forced to close, Satan would be victorious and the only authentic representative of God's voice, Auerbach, would be silenced in that way.