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Skverer Rebbe of New Square Set to Visit Israel

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

The Skverer Rebbe of New Square, Rabbi Duvid Twersky, shlita is leaving his headquarters near Monsey, New York next Sunday for a visit to the Holy Land.

Thousands of the Rebbe’s chassidim are accompanying him on this visit, according to a source in New Square. “Nearly all of the men in the village are going,” said the source. “So are men from the communities in Monsey, Brooklyn and other places.”

The Chassidic dynasty of Skver is a branch of the Chernobyl dynasty, originating from the city of Skvyra, in present-day Ukraine in the mid-19th century. There are numerous Skver communities in cities around the world, including London, Paris, Antwerp and others. In addition, there are two other subgroups of the dynasty in Brooklyn led by relatives of the Rebbe as well.

One thousand special guests will greet the Rebbe in Israel and will go together with him to pray at the Western Wall and then to visit the grave sites of various Torah Sages in Israel. There will also be a special prayer event at the Tomb of the Biblical Matriarch Rachel.

During his visit to the Holy Land the Rebbe is scheduled to attend prayers at the Ariza’l Synagogue in Tzefat (Safed).

Rabbi Avigdor Ostreicher will host the Rebbe in Jerusalem on Rehov Petach Tikvah.

A huge tent will be installed to house the thousands of followers and guests who are expected to attend the “tishim” (gatherings) that will be held.

Hana Levi Julian

World’s Youngest Hassidic Rebbe Gets Married

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Judah Zundel Biedermann waited seven years for the moment he would fill his father’s shoes — his father being the late Lelov Rebbe of Beitar Illit. This week, at the tender age of 19 and a half, he celebrated that happiest day of his life.

With family, friends and acquaintances watching, Biedermann married his loved one at an events hall in central Israel. And with his wedding, he also became the world’s youngest Hassidic Rebbe.

Judah Zundel is the eldest son of Rabbi Shimon Natan Neta Biderman — the Lelov Rebbe of Beitar Illit in Gush Etzion, some 6 miles south of Jerusalem. The Rebbe died seven years ago, with his son only 12. Judah was nicknamed the “yanuka,” or youngster, which is the title usually given the heir apparent of a Rebbe who isn’t yet of age to take over.

Three years after his father’s passing, when he was 15, Judah oversaw with authority the memorial get together marking the date, and the chareidi press was delighted in the young man’s ability to fit in his father’s shoes. His hassidim reported that he presided over the “Tish” like a real Rebbe, noting that the only thing preventing him from getting the job officially, was the fact that he was not yet married.

After the wedding this week, and through the first year of his marriage, the new Lelov Rebbe will live in Bnei Brak, with short weekend hops to Betar Illit, his father’s city.

The Beitar Illit Levov court is relatively small, comprising only a few dozen families, but they all share an admiration for their new spiritual leader.

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This Ain’t Torah

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Harassment and exploitation (not only in the area of sex) are expressions of abuse of power. This must be the common denominator to jealousy, lust, and ambition, which, according to the Mishna “remove man from the world.”

The most serious aspect of the Rabbi Motti Elon scandal is the fact that it emanated from a cult, defaming Judaism and the Torah itself, God forbid. I’ve been watching and hearing criticism of the path of the Torah – because of this news item about a sect that’s following its charismatic leader whose every word and action are subject to their adoration.

The phenomena of such unworthy leaders are typical of almost every such cult.

The despicable acts of indecency are not the problem here, they’re merely the symptoms. The problem is the cult, its mentality and dynamics.

We must make it clear that a cult not only does not represent the Torah and its followers – it is absolutely anti-Torah. It is wrong, detestable, despicable and an abomination.

Now we must admit a few unpleasant facts:

This kind of cult is typical of our generation, very in and new-age.

The fact that someone’s guru hasn’t yet made an appearance as a defendant on the nightly news does not mean the guru phenomenon is kosher.

The entire Jewish culture, starting with the Bible and going all the way to the latest commentators, repeats time and again the value of freedom. Our tradition demands of us to remain free, slaves only to the Eternal who is above all humans – and it absolutely forbids us to go back to being slaves of slaves.

The most despicable person is the slave whose master pierced his ear after he had said “I love my master” – choosing a love for flesh and blood over love of the Divine.

Not forced slavery, but rather willful slavery, the conscious choosing of subjugation, is the most repulsive level of the anti-Jewish existence.

That’s what every cult does, it may even be the most profound definition of what’s wrong with every cult.

We’ve seen these phenomena in the town of Migdal, in northern Israel, where Rabbi Motti Elon ruled over his cult of admirers.

There were times when I liked Rabbi Motti Elon very much, especially his classes. I still think he is one of the most gifted men of our generation. But I recall how surprised I was when I first saw the ads that were plastered in the streets of Jerusalem, inviting people to his “tish.”

Tish? This Zionist Yeke (German Jew) is having a tish?

Since that time, I’ve kept my distance.

I won’t claim to have presaged that these “tishes” would eventually turn into a cult, including the embarrassing and revolting charges of which Elon has just been convicted, but in my primitive kishkes (guts) I already felt that it’s all gone to his head, or turned his head – I won’t even attempt to psychoanalyze the man.

Naturally, I was told back then that I’m full of it, because a tish is connected to Chassidism, and Chassidism is Yidishkeit, and Yidishkeit can’t be bad.

But I happen to believe that Yidishkeit is Freedom, and freedom is very, very good, and anything that opposes freedom is not Judaism and not Torah, and is very, very bad.

I don’t have the energy to start a debate over Chassidism, but I must say that our generation has turned our glorious tradition into a complete fruit salad, served with pitiful, new-age whining, doused in pseudo-spiritual dressing, replete with hollow poses of Kabbala-like mysticism, self-worship, and heaping portions of slavery to charismatic charlatans.

After all, the self-deprecating before the leader is the other side of the coin of narcissism and self-centeredness, and both sides mean bondage, heresy and lowly paganism.

Instead of Tikun Olam through the kingdom of spirit and morality, the new age post-modernist is cynically employing “spiritual” slogans to usurp the world for his own needs, his dubious jealousy, lust, and ambition.

Rabbi Motti Elon does not concern me. But I am losing sleep over the innocent youths who choose slavery and blindness over an open gaze and freedom.

But what bothers me even more is the fact that thousands of television viewers today think that this anti-Judaism is our—and their—heritage.

Please speak up and tell them it’s not so.

Ehud Tokatly

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