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The Jewish Community Speaks out on Lev Tahor

New York Rabbis denounce Lev Tahor in 2003

In 2003, the Vaad Hoaskonim, a New York-based rabbinical council with members in Williamsburg, Boro Park, Monsey and Queens, issued a strong public “Torah Pronouncement” that denounced Schlomo Helbrans, the proclaimed leader of  Lev Tahor as a “hypocrite” hiding behind a “mask of false holiness.”

The council forbade members of their communities to associate with him and urged his followers to leave him.

Read an English translation of the document and read the original Hebrew.

Rabbis renew criticism of Lev Tahor  - January 2014

In January 2014,  a rabbinical council in New York issued another statement critical of Lev Tahor.

Read an English translation of the document and the original Hebrew.

B’Nai Brith Canada: Lev Tahor “beyond the pale”

In November, 2013, the Jewish human rights organization B’nai Brith Canada expressed strong concern for the children living in the Lev Tahor community. The cult-like group recently moved from their home in Quebec to Chatham, Ontario after Quebec social services threatened to intervene.

“Lev Tahor is far beyond the pale of normative Judaism,” Frank Dimant, CEO, B’nai Brith Canada, told the Jewish Tribune. "This group exhibits cult-like behaviour and is nothing more than a perversion of Judaism.”

Read the article here.

Documents

New York Rabbis denounce Lev Tahor in 2003

Rabbis renew criticism of Lev Tahor  - January 2014