In my last post, I wrote about Oded Twik, and his trip to Guatemala, to find his sister and hopefully convince her to leave the cult.
In reading Oded’s report, the first thing that one realizes is that the move to Guatemala may have been planned for some time. Apparently, Helbrans was able to establish a foothold in Guatemala from what I was told. It was through a religious intermediary living in Monsey, New York.
Helbrans was able to gain the confidence of a Guatemalan Mayan, who was being taken through the process of conversion by Helbrans himself. He, in turn, was able to gain the confidence of other Mayan families. This Mayan has since become a caretaker of the original 9 members of Lev Tahor who fled Chatham, Ontario, and reached Guatemala.
Over the past few days, the media has reported that the original 9 members have been joined by up to another 50 members from Chatham and elsewhere. Included are the senior members of the cult: Avraham Dinkel, Yosef Bibi, Abraham Kashani, Yoel Helbrans, Yosef and Sima Sulemani and their six younger children, Uriel Goldman, Meir Rosner, Michael Goldman, Yochanan Laver and Yoel Weingarten. As the days go on, the trickle of members of the cult leaving Canada for Guatemala may become a flood.
I happen to believe Oded and what he saw.
The reason for this is because his mother, the grandmother of two of the children placed in foster homes, along with a close family friend were guests in my home for 10 days, around the time of the festival of Purim. These two grandchildren were apprehended in Trinidad, and then returned to Toronto to be placed in foster homes.
I heard the stories by the grandmother, about how she was treated by the cult when she visited her daughter in the past. I also heard of how her daughter’s children were forcibly taken away from her by the cult for months at a time because they felt that she was unholy and unfit. I heard the story that when she was talking to her daughter on the telephone, she would say my children are passing my house, I wish that I could speak to them. Imagine not being able to speak to your children for months at a time. If this isn’t sadistic cruelty, I don’t know what is.
I was given the honour of taking the grandmother shopping to buy Mishloach manot for her grandchildren on Purim. These were the same two children that were supposedly on hunger strikes.
I was able to arrange for the 2 children to spend time each day with their grandmother and the family friend. I was also able to successfully arrange for the grandmother be able to spend the Sabbath with her grandchildren. I asked for special arrangements which were made so that they could all dine together on the Sabbath – the Friday night meal, and the Sabbath lunch.
They enjoyed the Mishloach manot. Hopefully, you will have read that last sentence and considered its significance very carefully. There was no hunger strike at any time!
Why did Lev Tahor report it this way as a lie? Why did they want the world to believe this lie? Why did they misrepresent this fact, or to put it pure and simply, why did they lie to the public? Was it part of some cruel plan to control their members? Don’t these actions prove that the cult is evil?
The cult has established a foothold in Guatemala. They have begun to convert local families. This has created a great deal of animosity and conflict with the remaining locals. On May 5, 2014, the home where members of Lev Tahor are staying was attacked with rocks by local residents. These residents have threatened to kill members of Lev Tahor and have vowed to return. Police are watching the situation, and it remains volatile.
The Canadian government has already established the precedent by insisting that the members of the cult apprehended in Trinidad be returned to Canada, and by making the necessary arrangements. Most of the children are Canadian citizens. The members of Lev Tahor in Guatemala are now at greater risk as reported by Oded Twik. They deserve the same level of concern.
I do not wish to put Oded and his family in the position of having to say Kaddish for his sister and her children. Kaddish has been said enough times because the world has stood by in silence and has done nothing.