Lev Tahor: Leaving a Trail of Shattered Families & Broken Hearts


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Lev Tahor in Ste. Agathe-des-Monts

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.

Irit Cohen

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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.

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Lev Tahor Unpaid Taxes


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Members of Lev Tahor

In the past, many newspapers interviewed numerous people who were victimized and cheated in financial dealing with the cult. There are numerous cases of Shlomo Helbrans and his cult leaving Ste. Agathe-des-Monts, and leaving behind debts to various contractors who provided goods and services. These were hard-working and unsuspecting individuals who were duped and cheated.

Lev Tahor is known as a cult by mainstream Judaism. There are accusations of human trafficking, child abuse, spousal abuse, poor living conditions, and many other crimes.

Now we find out that the Canada Revenue Agency has placed a lien on 34 properties owned by the cult in Ste. Agathe-des-Monts in the amount of $4.4 million dollars in unpaid taxes.

As someone who has worked with the families of members who were “sucked into” the cult, I can only confirm that one of Lev Tahor’s on-going legacies are the unpaid debts that that they leave behind. They left Chatham-Kent for Guatemala without paying rent for the houses they occupied. A few weeks ago, I received a telephone call from a local lawyer, who was not paid for legal services rendered to the cult.

I found 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 Institution in 2012. That year, they only reported income in the amount of $678,470.

Now we find out that they own the Government of Canada $4.4 million. As citizens and taxpayers we should be outraged since any government shortfall must be shared by remaining taxpayers. In other words, we, collectively, the Canadian taxpayer has to assume their unpaid debt.

The cult has broken one of the ten commandments numerous time. I wonder how many more commandments these pious and so called observant and “G-d Fearing” manipulators, hypocrites and child abusers have broken.

Can the CBC Be Blamed For Gian Ghomeshi


CBCJian Ghomeshi turned up the heat not only for himself but also for the CBC. It appears that the broadcast has continually followed “a hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil” culture to thrive when it comes to harassment and sexual harassment and assault of its employees.

The unfolding of the Ghomeshi affairs have included various incidents involving Ghomeshi where he assaulted and harassed many CBC co-workers

The first incident of Ghomeshi’s behaviour came to light in 2010 when a complainant went to Arif Noorani, the Producer of “Q” in the hope that he would protect her. In turn, Noorani did nothing. Now we find out that he has decided to leave “Q” possibly due to the personal embarrassment of doing nothing to protect employees, and allowing Ghomeshi to continue his harassing behaviour for another four years.

GhomeshiNow a total of nine people have come forward with complaints that Ghomeshi sexually harassed them. Most of what has been reported has come from sources other than the CBC. We do know that the CBC has acknowledged what has happened, going as far as expressing regret and arranging for counselling for other victims that may come forward. Yet it has offered very little reporting from an “in house” perspective from which only it can provide.

Years ago the CBC had evidence that Ghomeshi sexually assaulted a female on at least one occasion. Sexual assault is a crime. Why wasn’t the police called at that time? If the CBC saw another crime such as robbery or murder being committed, would they alert the police?

Even when Ghomeshi was terminated, the CBC offered him the option of resigning and pretending that his departure was voluntary. This, amounts to the broadcaster knowing about Ghomeshi’s crimes and escapades, but with the best scenario offered by the CBC that he goes away quietly, and no one would ever know. This again illustrates and corroborates that same hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil mentality that has continued to operate at the CBC. One must ask if the broadcaster’s attitude to protect the criminal and give him the opportunity to reoffend?

Although personnel policies to safeguard and respect the rights of CBC employees do exist, they are meaningless and hollow if the corporation refused to take action. In other words, talk is cheap, and in this case worthless.

The CBC has already admitted that there is a problem from within. However, it is unable to examine and report on itself. No doubt, the CBC is the problem, and only the CBC can it be part of the solution.

In the following link, the Sun News Network asks some important questions about the CBC’s handling of the issue

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/the-ghomeshi-scandal-continues/3873378651001

The CBC owes both its employees and the public a frank and honest explanation and apology for what happened. As Canadians how can we trust the CBC when we cannot count on its integrity to do the right thing.

Remembrance Day 2014 – No Greater Time to Honour Our Veterans


poppyI take pride that many Canadians choose to wear red poppies at this time of the year. From what I can see across Canada, the number of people who choose to wear a red poppy as a sign of respect and remembrance for those who sacrificed their lives has not diminished over the years.

This tradition culminates on November 11th, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, with ceremonies involving the laying of wreathes, two minutes of silence, and the playing of the Last Post. We take a bit of time to pause, and reflect on our lives, and consider and pay our respects to the many who gave their lives so that we can live in a country free from tyranny, and where we can partake in the many freedoms that we take for granted. Continue reading

Should Jian Ghomeshi Share a Cell With Paul Bernardo


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Jian Ghomeshi, former host of CBC radio culture show Q,

When it first came to light that “Q” radio host Jian Ghomeshi was fired by the CBC because they believed his sexual behaviour was unbecoming of a prominent host, I said to myself “what an absolute moron”! I apply this same standard of behaviour to everyone and especially to those who are high profile and prominent for they are constantly in the public spotlight. The world supposedly looks up to them, and they should know better.

Just ask the Ford brothers if they were judged in the same way as regular folk. They were held to higher standards reserved mostly for the “big shots and the chosen people”.

Now we have Ghomeshi who first came forward crying woe is me because the CBC terminated his employment based on his sexual indiscretions. He made it sound like it was based on a jealous lover, making him look like “the love em and leave em” type. Then when three women came forward, detailing the incidents of how, they were beaten, slapped and choked against their will by Ghomeshi, his explanation of being an innocent bystander to these amorous escapades just fell apart. Since then, nine women have made allegations about being assaulted by Ghomeshi.

Actress Lucy DeCoutere recounted how she was repeatedly slapped by Ghomeshi. Then lawyer Reva Seth revealed how Ghomeshi choked her, and violently and sexually assaulted her. How can assault and especially sexual assault ever be considered to be consensual? Yes, I am a prude, and I am extremely proud of it. If someone gives me a flag with “I am a prude” written on it, I will probably jump up and down and wave it with pride.

No one should ever be the victim of any kind of assault or violence.

Digging his grave deeper, Ghomeshi then admitted that he showed his employer a tape of how consensual BDSM sex could cause bruises. Navigator, the prominent crisis management and public relations firm subsequently dropped him as his client based on his lies. It all backfired on him, and not only removed all doubt about Ghomeshi but showed the world what he really is – a sadistic pervert, plain and simple. Even the BDSM community is calling Ghomeshi’s style of sex, out and out abuse as shown in the video contained in the following link.

http://embed.live.huffingtonpost.com/HPLEmbedPlayer/?segmentId=54511bc22b8c2ac3000008d2&autoPlay=false

With his lack of respect for women for anything other than they should be used to fulfill his perverse fantasies, he could be a poster boy for ISIS which also violates and sexually abuses thousands of women. The only difference between Ghomeshi and ISIS is that he was until now financially supported by the Canadian public through the CBC.

On that note there are many questions for which the CBC should be held accountable. First of all, according to reports, the CBC should have been aware of Ghomeshi’s violent and sexually harassing behaviour. The first incident occurred in 2010 when a producer of “Q” complained that Ghomeshi threatened to hate f_ck her. If this wasn’t sexual harassment, what else was it? As well as being a cornerstone of its personnel policies to protect its employees, the CBC had an obligation to its employees and the public to launch an investigation, and if evidence of a wrong doing was found, Ghomeshi should have been immediately terminated.

Instead, the CBC allowed this culture of harassment to continue for another four years, unabated. During this time another employee was sexually harassed with Ghomeshi cupping his hands on her buttocks. The same women spoke to the Executive Producer of Q about the incident, and he or she did nothing. What is with this “do nothing” culture at the CBC?

How many more unreported incidents of harassment and abuse occurred?

Then when the broadcaster moved to cut its ties with Ghomeshi, it offered him the option of resigning and pretending that his departure from the CBC was voluntary. Instead, he announced plans to sue the company for $50 million.

Now the CBC is providing counselling to employees who may have been victim to Ghomeshi’s perverted and abusive antics. CBC president Hubert Lacroix, in a statement titled “Note to Canadians,” said the allegations “have left me in shock, sadness, and some anger.” He also said that as a father of two young daughters, he empathizes with those “who have felt powerless to speak out, or who have tried to speak out and felt ignored.” This speaks more to CBC’s “do nothing” culture.

What is it with the CBC? Years ago it had evidence that Ghomeshi committed a crime of sexual assault on at least one occasion. Why didn’t they call the police? If the CBC saw robbery or murder being committed, would they not alert the police? Clearly, the integrity and reputation of Canada’s broadcaster has to be questioned.

As a crown corporation which is supported in some part by Canadian taxpayers, the CBC should be held accountable to the public. My appreciation of the CBC and its reputation has been drastically eroded. They owe Canadians both an explanation and apology, and probably a thorough housecleaning.

The Toronto Police Service has now launched an investigation of these accusations against Ghomeshi. I admire and deeply respect these women who have come forward with their complaints. They are definitely doing the right thing. These are truly women of immense character.

As for Ghomeshi, my hope is that he ends up sharing a cell with Paul Bernardo so he can truly appreciate how these women have been made to feel.

American Musical Classics and the Dream of Israel


wizard of ozI recently received an email which initially emanated from Louise Blondin Media Inc. about the origin and symbolism of the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. The song was voted the 20th century’s number one song by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Very few people realize the significance of the film and how it is deeply embedded and reflective of the Jewish experience and the fulfillment of the dream of the establishment of the State of Israel. This really “hit home to me” in light of the events in the Middle East last summer, when rockets or “the flying bombs” were being propelled at Israeli citizens, and Israeli citizens entrenched themselves in their desire to persevere.

Many of the great American classics were written by Jews, and Jews have left their mark on Broadway from its very earliest beginning. Songs such as God Bless America and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” were written by Johnny Marks, while “White Christmas” and “God Bless America” were written by Irving Berlin, a cantor’s son. They were all Jewish. Jews have left their mark on the American and contemporary musical landscapes.

Probably, the best example of the embodiment of the Jewish aspirations for freedom and to live in a land where they belong and can call home is reflected by “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” whose lyrics were written by Yip Harburg, and whose music was written by Harold Arlen. Yip Harburg whose real name was Isidore Hochberg was born to Russian Jewish Immigrants, while Harold Arlen was born as Hyman Arluck to Lithuanian Jewish parents.

In writing the song, the two men reached deep into their immigrant Jewish traditions and consciousness – framed by the pogroms of the past and the Holocaust about to happen – and wrote that unforgettable melody set to words that embody the Jewish spirit and the need to persevere in a land of their own.

When one reads the lyrics of the song, it is easy to visualize how it is reflective of the Jewish experiences of intolerance and the repeated expulsion from many a land throughout the centuries, and as immigrants to America in search of freedom. Each year at the end of Passover, Jews traditionally recite the words: “Next year in Jerusalem”. With the onset of World War II and its atrocities, with the allusion to the “land I once heard in a lullaby” and “dreams you dare to dream” the song becomes prophetic of the yearning for the creation of the State of Israel.

In honour of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the release of the “Wizard of Oz”, the song was performed by Pink at the 2014 Oscar Awards. She sang the song with highlights of the film in the background.

Read the lyrics in this context and suddenly the words are no longer about wizards and Oz, but about Jewish survival in a land that they can call their own:

Somewhere over the rainbow

Way up high,

There’s a land that I heard of

Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow

Skies are blue,

And the dreams that you dare to dream

Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star

And wake up where the clouds are far

Behind me.

Where troubles melt like lemon drops

Away above the chimney tops

That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow

Bluebirds fly.

Birds fly over the rainbow.

Why then, oh why can’t I?

If happy little bluebirds fly

Beyond the rainbow

Why, oh why can’t I?

Lev Tahor: How They Recruit The Unsuspecting


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Shlomo Helbrans Lev Tahor Cult Leader

The Orthodox Jewish cult called Lev Tahor has been called heretics and evil, and is shunned by most factions of organized Judaism in Canada and are known as a cult. Since media coverage of this cult and the many allegations against them from child welfare and law enforcement officials about child abuse, beatings, children forcibly being removed from their parents and being placed with other parents as a form of punishment, underage marriages as young as 13 years, children sleeping in urine soaked beds, poor hygiene, low educational standards, running away from the law and human trafficking Canadian and International Jewry have for the most part shunned them.

I wrote about how they the cult has managed to acquire millions to fund their, if not illegal but questionable activities. Now I would like to discuss how this group of lunatics manages to recruit or suck in their prey.

I have been doing a great deal of research, and I have been asking many questions from members of the families who have lost brothers, sisters and children to the cult about this. As a result, I’m hoping to paint a picture that gives everyone some idea or at least some insight about how they manage to bring new members to the cult.

Normally, all religions pray to a divine entity. Lev Tahor, like other cults prey on the weak, the susceptible, the unsuspecting and the ideologically vulnerable, and they do have some willing sympathizers who may be called willing conspirators.

From the communications which I have had with the families of those that were sucked into the cult, I have been told of stories where members of Lev Tahor, specially in Israel visit Orthodox Hareidi synagogues and yeshivot armed with many copies of the book written by Shlomo Helbrans, the cult’s leader. From what I have been told, this book is very well and convincingly written.

They leave many copies at these synagogues and yeshivot hoping that the easily impressionable and weak minded, who are seeking some form of spiritual fulfillment or satisfaction will read the book. Once they have read the book once, they are encouraged to read it many more times till the rhetoric is firmly planted in their minds and begins to sprout. Once they read the book, they are encouraged to contact Helbrans who spends hours upon hours and days upon days giving his sales pitch which encourages them to leave their thoughts behind and take on his own view of religion and the world. Helbrans has been described as very charismatic and convincing. He was able to fool many individuals including Global Television.

Also, I found out about Keter Malchut, an Orthodox Hareidi yeshiva for girls located in Jerusalem. According to the mother of the two girls that were returned by Canadian immigration officials to Israel several years ago, and then once again tried to enter Canada via Jordan, the principal of Keter Malchut acts as a Lev Tahor recruiter. The school is supported by a hyper-Hareidi movement of women who have discarded most of the ways of the general Hareidi movement including wigs and cover their faces. Their role is to funnel girls to this school for further indoctrination, and their views can best be described as preaching the abandonment of women of day-to-day society and to live as shut-ins.

Finally, there is the role of the matchmaker. Due to a shortage of young girls, matchmakers play a key role in finding girls as young as 13 or 14 years to marry much older men to bare children.