My apologies to my readers and followers for my taking time off from writing about what has been going on within Lev Tahor. The last time that I wrote about this matter, the cult had just moved to Guatemala. The two girls who were in the care of the Jewish Family & Child Service of Greater Toronto somehow managed to leave care undetected, and were able to enter the U.S. However, the U.S. authorities have not allowed them to leave that country.
I decided that I should maintain a low level on this matter, as I did not wish to endanger the safety of the two girls who at the time were fifteen and seventeen years of age. Also, I was attempting to assist Oded Tuik whose sister and family were in the clutches of Lev Tahor, escape from the cult.
Those relatives were spirited out of Guatemala one night, and were taken to Argentina. While in Argentina they have undergone intensive therapy, and have since returned to live in the U.S. The whole family is now re-united, and reside on the East Coast. Mazel Tov is also in order for one of the two girls who will marry, in the next few weeks, at a more mature age than thirteen. This time it will be to a person of her own choosing, and not to someone chosen by Helbrans or his stooges.
Over the last year, some people have contacted me to learn more about what happened to the girls and the families within the cult. Please accept my apologies for not responding to you as I did not wish to inadvertently divulge anything that could endanger these people.
I continue to follow developments that are taking place. It has now been approximately two years since Lev Tahor moved to Guatemala. Their first stop was San Juan La Laguna where they were “run out of town” because of their disrespectful lifestyle including the shunning of women, and the refusal to greet local residents.
They then fled to the capital, Guatemala City, where they were housed in an industrial building. Last week, Guatemalan police raided their compound apparently due to complaints about child abuse. Over the years, there have been recorded instances by authorities, and evidence specifically in Quebec, about child abuse that has taken place within the cult.
The main reason for the raid was by the request from the Government and Courts of the State of Israel. One of the families that returned to Israel, were ordered by the courts not to leave the country. Nevertheless they defied the court order and left for Guatemala. Now the State of Israel is invoking its right under international law to have the family returned.
Once again, Lev Tahor is playing the same game of screaming injustice when accusations are being made. Time after time, specifically in Canada, charges were laid and court appearance and trials were to take place, they ran rather than provide evidence to refute charges and allegations against them.
There is a strong likelihood that they will pack up again and move on in the next few days to avoid the local authorities. This time it could be to a compound that they are building in Santa Rosa near the border of El Salvador.
They have also continued to engage the services of Guidy Mamann, a high priced Canadian immigration lawyer who has flown down to take charge of legal matters. The following is a lengthy propaganda interview that took place with Mr. Mamann.
I have a number of concerns with what Mr. Mamaan is conveying to the public about Lev Tahor, their practices, the supposed lack of evidence, and his analogies to the Shoah, another term for the Holocaust.
Mr. Mamann makes a number of statements of how Lev Tahor has been victimized. He draws the analogy to the Shoah, and how Jews have not been treated in this manner since that era. I take exception to these types of statements because they cheapen and erode the significance of the Holocaust.
At no time during dark era were Jews subjected to violence, harassment and victimization due to their practices of child rearing. They were targeted for one reason, and one reason alone: they were Jews. If you ask any Holocaust survivor why they were singled out for extermination by the Nazis, their answer will be “because we were Jews”. The issue of child abuse by Jews, or any other group for that matter, never enters this equation. I only wish that there were more survivors alive who would be able to give you this same answer. Mr. Mamann cheapens the significance and importance of the Holocaust and its place in the history of mankind when he makes these untruthful and inconsiderate statements.
Concern about this cult is based on strong evidence that child abuse is inherent to Lev Tahor. One of the girls who now living on the U.S. East Coast recounts to school children how she was held against her will and locked up in a basement for months on end because she refused to marry at the ripe old age of thirteen years. According to the United Nations, this was a form of child abuse that was practiced on this child as illustrated in their definition.
Mr. Mamann, mentioned in his interview that no evidence was ever presented to prove the allegations of child abuse by Lev Tahor. However, he neglected to mention the findings documented by child welfare authorities in Quebec, and the evidence presented to the courts disputing their claims that they were righteous upstanding Jews who only wanted to practice their faith in their own way. What about the incoherent 17 year old girl, who was taken by ambulance to a hospital because she was beaten by members of the cult.
It is about time that the cult and their lawyer face the courts and the allegations of child abuse rather just dismissing them and crying harassment and victimization on the grounds that they are Jews. Face the reality, like it or not, unfortunately, some Jews, do these kinds of things, some are robbers, some are murderers, and some are abusers of children.
About a year and a half ago, I wrote about how people were profiting from the Holocaust.
This all came about because Viktor Kempf of Vancouver attempted to sell a pair of trousers purportedly worn by a prisoner of Auschwitz who had died in the holocaust. This matter came to light, after an article appeared in Britain’s Daily Mail. The publication found that said items included shoes and a suitcase taken from concentration camp prisoners, Star of David armbands that Jews were forced to wear and the alleged uniform of a Polish baker who died in Auschwitz.
EBay reacted quickly and responsibly by removing these 30 items from their website, making a sincerely apology, and then donating $40,000 to a charitable organization. The company admitted that they had no idea how long it had been helping sell items linked to genocide, but one Nazi memorabilia dealer boasted of selling an Auschwitz victim’s uniform for thousands of dollars on eBay last year. Ebay receives a commission on items sold, as well as charging a listing fee.
My argument was that the sale of Holocaust memorabilia is banned in France, Germany and Austria, so why is it not banned in Canada. The purchase of memorabilia from the Holocaust will only excite the sick and depraved, the neo-Nazis of the world.
In Canada, the sale of Holocaust memorabilia is not illegal. The only legislation applicable is Canada’s Criminal Code as the sale of these types of items does not meet criteria set out under current hate crime legislation.
The point that I am making is that it is morally and ethically wrong to profit from the Holocaust. Based on this same philosophy, Israel’s Yad Vashem refused to purchase Jozef Mengele’s hand written journals from Alexander Historical Auctions of Stamford, Connecticut since it felt that it would be wrong for anyone to profit from the Holocaust.
After discussing this matter with my federal Member of Parliament, Mark Adler, and convincing him that the Canadian Criminal Code should be amended to forbid the sale and purchase of material where someone can profit from the Holocaust, I am delighted that he has introduced Bill C-678, act to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to make it an offence to sell or purchase the personal property of a holocaust survivor or victim, for the purpose of willfully promoting hatred as shown by the following extract from House of Common’s Hansard reporting service.
No one should profit from the misfortune of anyone, especially a Holocaust victim or survivor. I thank Mr. Adler for strengthening Canada’s Criminal Code, and our country’s hate laws. Bill C-678 recently was introduced and received first reading in Parliament. Hopefully, it’s well under way to becoming law.
A few days ago, I watched a fascinating television program about Stetson Kennedy. For those who may not know, Kennedy was the unsung hero who infiltrated and unmasked the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940’s. He was referred to as “the greatest single contributor to the weakening of the Ku Klux Klan”.
After World War II, Kennedy worked as a journalist for the liberal newspaper PM. His stories appeared in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Post and The Nation, for which he was for a time Southern correspondent. He authored a number of exposés of the Klan and the racist Jim Crow system including Southern Exposure (1946), Jim Crow Guide to the USA (1959), and After Appomattox: How the South Won the War (1995).
In the post-World War II era, the Klan experienced a huge resurgence. Its membership was skyrocketing, and its political influence was increasing. In 1946, Kennedy provided information that included secret code words and details of Ku Klux Klan rituals to the writers of the Superman radio program. The result was a series of episodes in which Superman the “Man of Steel” battled the hateful forces of the Grand Dragon and the Klan.
In the 1940s, The Adventures of Superman was a radio sensation. Kids across the country huddled around their sets as the Man of Steel leapt off the page and over the airwaves. Although Superman had been fighting crime in print since 1938, the weekly audio episodes now fleshed out his storyline even further.
In my view Kennedy reasoned that to make the greatest impact on the Klan and reduce its influence, it would be important to target children, the Klansmen of tomorrow. America had just come out of World War II and the fight against Nazism. Pictures of the atrocities of the holocaust were circulating far and wide. Superman comics had devoted a great deal of activity to fighting Nazism and America’s enemies, and now the Superman series was looking for new material.
What better way to influence and educate the children of the United States that the Klan was everything that America stood against. It would be the battle of “Truth, Justice and the American way”, against the forces of evil; this time, the Klan.
The 16-episode series titled “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” pitted the Man of Steel against the men in white hoods. The series concerned how a new kid on the block, an Asia named Tommy Lee became the pitcher for the Unity Club Baseball Team because he was supposedly better than the team’s current pitcher, Chuck Griggs an all American. Chuck’s uncle, a Klan member embellishes the story and puts the usual racist spin on it of the white American were being forced out of their place of prominence and displaced by immigrants.
The following is the second episode in the series. Yes, I realize that the series is quite HOKEY. But listening to this episode in its entirety will give you a better idea of what happened, and how it was twisted around racially. The following is the second episode of the series.
One of the unexpected results was that by exposing many of the Klan’s most guarded secrets, from code words to rituals, Superman completely stripped the Klan of its mystique. Within two weeks of the broadcast, KKK recruitment was down to zero. And by 1948, people were showing up to Klan rallies just to mock them. Continue reading
Recently the CBC aired a video about Andre Arruda that showed he was being harassed for the mere fact that he is disabled. Arruda, a Toronto comedian suffers from a rare genetic disorder which left him with a height of a little over 3 feet. He uses a scooter as a mobility aid to get around.
The following is the video of Arruda. One will note the many insulting and ignorant comments and stares that he was continually forced to endure. It was a normal day for him.
As a person with a physical disability, this struck a chord with me. I recall the countless times that rude and demeaning comments were made against me by purely ignorant people. One day as I was exiting a building in downtown Toronto, an elderly lady came up to me and as she was sizing me up, said: “Dear what happened to you”? My response to her was that as God made you ugly and ignorant, this is the way he made me. Continue reading
Several of my posts on Lev Tahor referred to the fraudulent activities of this cult. Early on, I presented questions about where they acquired their funds to operate and carry out their intimidation against the many followers that were sucked in by their habitual lies and their radical, maniacal and heretical brand of Judaism.
My views of this group are based on the testimonies of former cult members and the families of current members who describe the practice of abuse that is inherent to this cult and their leaders. This includes beatings meted out to those questioning their leader self proclaimed Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans; even upon his wife. Then their are the reported cases involving the drugging of individuals so that they become more passive, separating children from their parents for weeks and months (and not being allowed to speak with their children), beatings, children being forced to sleep on urine soaked mattresses, girls of 12 and 13 years being confined in basements for weeks and months, and sexual abuse.
Not once have the members of Lev Tahor tried to provide evidence to disprove these allegations. The only comments that I have received from them have been denials and name calling, but still no evidence.
In one of my earliest posts, I made mention that in 2012, the Society for Spiritual Development, one of Lev Tahor’s charities transferred $3.3 million to another Jewish charity in Quebec, the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions. I have to point out that previously, when I attempted to investigate the Quebec charity called the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions, I was unable to find very much about them. But I did find the revenues, expenditures, assets and liabilities reported by the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions in 2012 which is illustrated in the following figure.
Congregation Riminov, another Lev Tahor charity was registered as a tax-exempt religious charity in 2001, shortly after Helbrans moved from Israel to Canada. The charity had a rapid rise in its financial performance with the purpose of “the operation of a synagogue and provision of assistance to those in need.”
Apparently, from an initial draw of $114,865 in its first year, Congregation Riminov then brought in more than $1.9 million in 2005, and also claimed land and property assets of $5.6 million in 2006. It is unclear what became of those assets and those donations when Congregation Riminov lost its charitable status in 2007 for not filing mandatory information with the Canada Revenue Agency.
It took some time before Lev Tahor’s other charitable organization, the Society for Spiritual Development, to pick up the slack. It was registered as a charity in 2004, aiming “to create a centre for meditation and prayer, (to) establish schools, develop spiritual and religious ideals (and) provide assistance to needy people,” according to its annual filings with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Now, the QMI Agency has reported that Congregation Riminov has been avoiding the CRA for several years and didn’t provide documentation that the CRA requested in a 2007 audit. The CRA alleges that this charity conducted real estate transactions that had nothing to do with its spiritual vocation but only swapped land north of Montreal for no purpose other than to make a profit.
Congregation Riminov, Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions, and the Society for Spiritual Development are all controlled by Shlomo Helbrans.
He commented on one of my posts as shown and stated that the organization’s tax return was filed late. There are many individuals, companies and charities that file their returns late. When this occurs, they are normally penalized with a fine, not by revoking their charitable status. In the case of Congregation Riminov, their charitable status was entirely revoked because they never filed a tax return within a 7 year period. He also stated that “Lev Tahor only received a specific property with a special condition, from a donor in the USA”. In light of the CRA’s position and their investigations, this special condition was to flip the property and create a huge profit. I am not aware that land speculation applies to Canada’s charitable sector.
Both the CRA and I would welcome seeing any audited statements to show that we are wrong.
Then Nachman Helbrans had the audacity to call his group, honourable Jews. Labelling himself as an honourable Jew, is like describing former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as a compassionate humanitarian. Lev Tahor did not pay for damages caused and left by them in Quebec and Chatham, as well as the unpaid bills to lawyers and contractors. In one of his other comments, Nachman Helbran’s admitted that the group “owes sometime, and pays sometime”.
Nachman, you, and the other members of your group are not honourable. You and your group, in fact, are quite dishonourable and dishonest individuals who happen to be Jewish. You and your other cult members use your religious beliefs as an argument to receive special consideration and dispensation to allow you to carry out your evil acts and deeds. The only distinguishing difference between you and other dishonourable and dishonest individuals is your religion. There is an old saying that if you put a tuxedo on a pig, it is still a pig.
Please do not refer to me as being one of your Jewish brothers. If you were my brother, my parents would long ago have arranged for you to be institutionalized in a place for incorrigibles. I am bound to many other “Jewish brothers and sisters” who are honest, decent and honourable, and need help. You, your deceitful father and your cronies are not my brothers!
My last post on Lev Tahor discussed the fact that the Canada Revenue Agency placed a lien in the amount of $4.3 million on the properties owned by Lev Tahor in Ste. Agathe-des-Monts for the nonpayment of taxes.
I received a comment from Orit Cohen whose family came into the clutches of Lev Tahor. The following is the text of her comments written in Hebrew, followed by an English translation.
I wish that I had an answer to Orit Cohen’s question of when the Jewish community will help the children of Lev Tahor. I continue to be very disenchanted with the Jewish community’s response and efforts on this matter. It is as if they are afraid of Helbrans and Lev Tahor. Maybe it is a self-centred attitude on their part.