web analytics
May 4, 2015 / 15 Iyar, 5775
At a Glance
Blogs
Sponsored Post


The Kolko Case: A Stain on Lakewood

We are a people whose mandate is Torah observance in all matters - between man and God as well as between man and his fellow man.
Yosef Kolko

Yosef Kolko
Photo Credit: National Vanguard

There has been rabbinic pressure on the Lakewood community to do everything they can to help Rabbi Kolko. This has resulted in a campaign to raise money for his defense. It has also prompted one fellow to write text messages urging Lakewood residents to pressure the victim’s father to not testify. The fellow has been arrested and charged with witness tampering!

What a sad turn of events in the Torah world. Lakewood is a tremendous makom Torah (place of Torah). There is no place else like it in America. It’s sheer size testifies to the magnitude of its founder’s success. Rav Aharon Kotler probably never dreamed of such phenomenal growth.

There was a very good reason that he was considered the Gadol HaDor (greatest leader of the generation) by so many religious Jews of his time. The Yeshiva world that we have today can be directly traced to his tenacity in transferring the great Yeshiva world of Europe – destroyed in the Holocaust – to the United States. He created it in that image not veering one iota from his mission of establishing a Yeshiva where Torah was studied full time to the exclusion of all else. So successful was he, that not only has his yeshiva grown to an unimaginable size, entire generations of students are now populating not only Lakewood but many yeshivos just like it – both here and in Israel.

I am in fact very proud of this fact. Despite my strong support for Yeshivos like Yeshiva University and Hebrew Theological College, I strongly believe that there is a place – even a need – for yeshivos like Lakewood.

How sad therefore it is to see things like this happen. Lakewood’s reputation will be tarnished. Furthermore – you can’t have a premiere institution like this make bad decisions and not have it impact on all of observant Jewry.

We are a people whose mandate is Torah observance in all matters. Both between man and God and between man and his fellow man. As such we are required to be a light unto the nations. Not sure how this episode gets us there. I will conclude with the words of Rabbi Eidensohn:

Consequently Lakewood’s image of being the Jews who are truest to Torah will be tarnished. Their moral authority will be severely questioned and they are scared. I don’t expect you to believe any of this but just keep it in mind when the trial is over and the dust settles. There will be no attempt to deliberately besmirch Lakewood – but there will be a clear revelation of the truth. That is what they are afraid of!

Visit Emes Ve-Emunah.

About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

3 Responses to “The Kolko Case: A Stain on Lakewood”

  1. Ahron Ebert says:

    The father should have taken matters into his own hands. He should of killed Kolko. Of course no one in Lakewood would have told the authorities.

  2. Simon Herman says:

    tzedek tzedek tirdof, sticks stones whatever it takes.

  3. Anne Jaron says:

    Those of us who have experienced accusations about "ruining the reputation of a good man" refuse to condone the neglect of the real victim. What is unfortunate is that the real victim cannot stand up to receive the support he deserves.

Comments are closed.

Binyamin and Chaya Maryles, uncle and aunt of Emes Ve-Emunah author Harry Maryles.
Current Top Story
Police and medics treat terrorist who was shot after trying to stab a guard at the light rail.
Update 12:07 PM: Terrorist Shot while Trying to Stab Jew at French Hill
Latest Blogs Stories
Ethiopian protest

The problem isn’t police violence against Ethiopians. The problem is police violence.

A tunnel being dug in Rafah

Gazan terrorists use cement that Israel sent to build schools&hospitals for a complex tunnel network

Nimchinsky-102414-Flag

What do we want from government? True leadership that realizes placating others is not the solution.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Rav Riskin’s desire to strengthen ties with Christians is pure but his methods have crossed lines

A minute and a half? What if the kids are upstairs with earphones on and they don’t hear the siren?

My gut says it’s the New Israel Fund behind the violent demonstrations by Ethiopian Jews in Israel

Discover the meaning of financial freedom and if you’ll achieve the standard of living that you want

Today’s world and a shocking amount of Jews and Israelis support apartheid against Jews in of Israel

Let’s revel in Peter Beinart’s unintended “Ma Tovu” praise of the Jewish state: “It’s modern; it’s democratic; it’s pro-American.”

Point is, the eyes are the soul’s windows and forbidden images, face it or not, pollute a Jew’s soul

Israel has sent almost as many people to help Nepal, as the entire world combined.

Who dreamed of Jews hiding behind concrete in our renewed beloved land? Is this the best we can do?

Are consumers becoming too impatient? What happened to the concept of the long-term purchase?

Hilary standing by her man through thick, thin, blondes, redheads&brunettes won’t get votes in 2016

By not standing you are drawing distinctions between religious & secular, AND religious & religious.

Israel’s radio is like a voice from home…

More Articles from Harry Maryles
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Rav Riskin’s desire to strengthen ties with Christians is pure but his methods have crossed lines

empirestatebuildinginnewyorkgeneralview4361.jpeg

Truly, in the modern world, we live in the time of ‘What’s in it for me?’ The time of the ‘selfie’!

Attackers of this innocent religious solider had been brainwashed that Israel is evil & illegitimate

He was a Torah giant, uniquely exemplifying the Hashkafa of Torah U’Mada (Torah & worldly knowledge)

It is the character of the individual that counts, not his sexual preferences.

“I am 100% convinced that she is not in any way anti-Semitic. She is in fact a philo-Semite”

Chumros-YES! But when it comes to the Chilul HaShem described in the article they couldn’t care less

Why are employers reluctant to hire Charedim? Legitimate concerns or plain old fashioned prejudice?

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/haemtza/the-kolko-case-a-stain-on-lakewood/2013/05/08/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: