Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Perek 5, Mishna 11 Avot : The sword comes to the world due to delay of justice, the perversion of justice and distortion of the Torah

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Excerpt from What to do with Abusive Rabbis
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We cannot say any of the tragedies that have befallen us in recent years are a direct consequence of the particular injustices by Young Israel of Las Vegas to a widow and the discrimination against a wheelchair-bound veteran US Army Chaplain (click to view letter NCYI turns a blind eye to) or to the Torah elder drenched with water or the broadcast on the radio by the "rabbi" of Young Israel in Las Vegas where he says "the Torah does NOT prohibit prostitution"! Yet how can the national Young Israel stand by and allow these things the Mishnah warns us about to continue?  

Other hard-to-believe misdeeds unworthy of a Young Israel that have actually occurred at YILV WITH THE NATIONAL COUNCIL of YOUNG ISRAEL HAVING FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THESE EVENTS FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS include:
  • That it was built on Shabbos and the construction on Shabbos was actively inspected on Shabbos by the "rabbi"
  • On his Feb 14, 2010 KDWN radio show, Rabbi Wyne said "if you want the girl of your dreams, don't bother with romance, KNOCK HER UP".  It was crude, extremely offensive and certainly not befitting anyone using the title "Rabbi" especially of a Young Israel.
    National Council of Young Israel has a recording of the show yet did nothing about it just as they have done nothing since a year later after he said
    "the Torah does NOT prohibit prostitution".
  • It has shul officers who are NOT Shabbos observant. This violates a basic requirement of the Young Israel charter 
  • After raising money from the community for a brand new Sefer Torah, the shul held a Hachnosas Sefer Torah A very short time after the event Yitz Wyne removed the handles (atzai chaim) and the cover from the brand new Sefer Torah and placed them on an old  Sefer Torah. He secretly returned the   brand new Sefer Torah to the sofer for a refund of most the money previously paid. One of the congregants learned of this when the sofer asked him where else he could sell the brand new Sefer Torah. What are the halachos regarding money raised specifically for a new Sefer Torah?  Where did the refunded money actually go after Wyne received it? 
  • More than once served food clearly cooked on Shabbos upon instruction of the "rabbi" who only has Rav uManhig ordination. The following is a statement from a former congregant who was forced to leave the synagogue:
  • On Shabbos my husband went into the shul kitchen as they were preparing for a kiddush and noticed that they were mixing mocha mix in hot noodles...clearly Bishul. My husband called in Mr. Wyne [she refuses to address him as "rabbi"] and this was his response "just serve it- no one will know about it". There were witnesses to this. After this incident my husband approached Mr. Wyne privately with a Mishna Brurah and was told "just put that book away!"  The entire letter can be read at this link
    On another occasion Wyne also said to go ahead and serve bourekas which had just been baked on Shabbos, that no one would know (except the witnesses who spoke up about it). Who knows how many other times the same thing happened?
  • Specifically leaves its parking spaces open on Shabbos contrary to the long-standing Young Israel rule. It was declared by the rabbi of the Kew Gardens Synagogue that Young Israel of Las Vegas will never even put up a sign not to park in front of the Young Israel on Shabbos!
  • Placed large advertisements on bus shelters saying "Come to YOUNG ISRAEL to meet Jewish chicks"
  • Destroyed a tiny Shabbos minyan of people who could not or would not daven in such a temple with an excommunicated rabbi
  • Threatened to throw out a veteran US Army Chaplain rabbi who is an invalid in a wheelchair if he would try coming in to daven at the YOUNG ISRAEL (click to view letter)
  • He diminishes Chanukah when he ties it in with the goyishe holiday. What a low opinion he must have of his congregants and other Jews in Las Vegas if he feels they wouldn't celebrate Chanukah without the goyim having a holiday at the same time. Does he also feel that Pesach needs Easter the same way?

No man can say that any specific tragedy is a direct result to "the delay of justice, the perversion of justice and distortion of the Torah" occurring under the auspices of Young Israel. But the Mishna in Avos says "the sword comes to the world" as a result of "the delay of justice, the perversion of justice and interpretation of the Torah at variance with Halacha". So why allow these atrocities at the Young Israel of Las Vegas to continue anyway?

Artscroll Sefer Yehoshua, Perek 7, pasuk 6, footnote: According to Rambam (Hil. Taanis 1:1-3), it is a positive commandment of the Torah for every individual to cry out and search his ways at a time of national calamity, for G-d visits calamities upon Israel to inspire each Jew to repent for his misdeeds. If someone fails to recognize that tragedies occur through an act of G-d rather [than] through happenstance, he is considered cruel, because he will not be motivated to improve his behavior. as a result, G-d will beset Israel with more troubles, until all are motivated to change their ways.

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