As I am extremely busy I’ve had no time to write lately. However many things have changed since then, and Shifra Ruach has been discharged from the mental hospital and given over in her uncle, Yidel Ruach’s care. Sources claim it is a good solution. My main worry is that they also belong to Satmar and will try to hide the truth from everyone about what really happened. As they are related they will naturally want to cover it up even more. How will this affect Shifra?
The way the askanim have dealt with the story is very disappointing. They made sure friends and neighbours would not visit her in the hospital. An adult woman who did go was threatened by them and has since not made any more attempts at visiting her. In fact she has been so much intimidated she does not want to discuss the matter at all.
Meanwhile I have not been notified about any extradition of Ruach. For some reason or another police has done nothing to get a hold of him as far as I have heard. Todros Grynhaus who was arrested on similar charges of child abuse and incest followed in Ruach’s footsteps; jumped bail and escaped to Israel. However he has been extradited to Britain! How come nothing is being done about Ruach? The obvious difference between the two is Grynhaus had a British passport with which he couldn’t go out of England as he was out on bail, so he took on a false identity. Ruach on the other hand has an Israeli passport and would not be deported for being in Israel illegally. Neither had any formal arrest been made before he escaped, as he quickly disappeared before the police got around to arresting him.
Since the airing of Channel’s 4 program about child abuse in the haredi community, a committee for dealing with child abuse has been established by the leading rabbis in Manchester. Dayan Osher Westheim who was also filmed secretly in the BBC program discouraging going to the police along with Dayan Ephraim Padwa in London is one of those rabbis. Westheim did not forbid going to the police like Padwa, but did in no uncertain terms encourage other routes of dealing with pedophiles instead. As the committee has been established just following the program one must ask oneself how seriously it is undertaken. Will they turn over their known pedophiles to the police, including important rabbis? I think not. Look at the case of the Rabbi whose yeshiva Westheim closed… I say no more. (As England has the strictest laws of libel in the world I must watch my words. Look at Chaim Halpern who sued the blogger of Ifyoutickleus. The court made Google turn over his real name and identity! In the end it backfired at Halpern himself though, so all the worse for him!)
I urge you out there to keep your eyes and ears open about Ruach and take his picture and send it here and report him to the Israeli police. As much as the public demands his arrest the authorities are more likely to do anything about it! Any information about him or other molesters in our midst is very welcome. All you victims of abuse do not hesitate to contact me! I will try to get you the help you need!
Yosef hunches over looking at his feet as he strolls to Kollel. It creates a peculiar appearance along with his hawk nose and buck teeth. He can seem quite agreeable though, as he might agree with whatever you say. At the same time as he places himself above the “modern” (as he disparagingly refers to them), he can seem open to others’ ideas, as long as he deems it practical. He will smile, nod “yes” and make polite small talk and offer you help to create the illusion of a good person. There are still Jews here in Manchester who cannot imagine him having committed the deeds of which he has been accused. They must have been taken in with his ability to deceive.
Yosef comes across as a highly intelligent individual endeavouring to fulfil the minutia of Jewish Law. He is not at all a very practically inclined individual, but held previously a position as the Rosh Chabura of the Nets Kollel in Hechadash. He speaks in an impatient and demanding manner, especially to family members, yet does not ostensibly shout in front of others. A strange characteristic of his is he doesn’t look at you when he speaks, but tilts his head to the side, even when speaking to another man. On the other hand he will speak to women when needed, while removing his eyes (as many haredim do – and this statement is not intended to bash anyone). He is a professional shnorrer, asking both gevirim and regular avrechim at the Kollel for money. Surprisingly his wife claims proudly he doesn’t feel “it’s right to accept tsedaka as he receives benefits from the government” (a rather outright lie).
In addition to the “babysitter cover-up” Yosef spread other strange stories. Once when they lived in the middle of Broughton, an African looking man broke into their house and threatened them with a knife. As they didn’t have many valuables, he ran off with their righteous tsedaka box. Of course such incidents do take place, but how convenient it is to the psychopath to fabricate such stories to create pity and understanding with others.
I invite anyone who has pictures of the Ruachs to send them to me along with information that can help in arresting them etc. Maybe it is even information which seems irrelevant to you, but really is relevant. Just send, and I will evaluate it!
Thank God, Nochem was just released from hospital as I was writing my previous post. Please go to Failed Messiah for the whole story, as I don’t wish to merely repeat “second-hand” stories. I’m sure you will understand.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Thy throne; mercy and truth go before Thee.
On Monday I got this verse as I was deliberating on whether I am on the right path in publicly crying out for justice. Of course it is the right thing to do, but on the other hand it can be overpowering, especially for someone who has himself gone through abuse. Not to mention frightening considering the very real threats other public advocates have gotten from predators and their supporters.
I was happy to hear today that the well-respected Satmar Hasid Nehemya Weberman was found guilty on all accounts of his abuse of the then 12 year old Williamsburg girl. Seems sometimes justice prevails after all (though not with the help of Satmar unfortunately). It must have made the Sitra Ahra very vengeful, and who would suffer from if not Nochem Rosenberg? The story I heard from Failed Messiah was that the son of a man Rosenberg called a pedophile threw bleach at his face, and he was then rushed to the hospital.
It makes me again wonder at the Edah-Haharedith Rabbi who once told me to be careful from Mr Rosenberg, as he has a rare disease of imagining there are many more pedophiles than there really are as well as fancying himself a persecuted “walking dead man”. I think it is becoming more and more clear to all he is imagining neither.
Word of the day: Isaiah on his generation’s corruption
Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
I’d like to modify my statement about today’s Haredi communities in “The entire story of the psychopath Yosef Ruach”. Even though giluy arayoth is seemingly more prevalent today than most Jewish epochs, the Jewish world as a whole has not yet reached the level of Sodom and Gomorrah, only almost. But the enablers of especially the closed communities are certainly on the way to create a very flourishing sodomitical culture. Also the Prophet Isaiah compared his generation to Sodom and Gomorrah, while he says clearly they kept the Sabbath and prayed etc. (I recommend you to read the entire chapter 1 and ponder on it). What he accused them of was corruption, bad deeds and not performing justice for the abused and poor. We can say along with him: Were it not for a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
This way we are certainly no better than the nations of the world. They engage in immorality, because they have no moral codes or out of religious hypocrisy. We as Haredi do it mainly because of the latter. (It is axiomatic that the religious hypocrites are not following the moral codes they espouse). What I am trying to get at is that were we to in truth follow the Torah, we would strive to eradicate evil from our midst, as when Pinchas killed the Zimri and Kozbi for their immorality. How much more so should we eradicate pedophiles from our midst? And if we do not, we are allowing it to flourish, and our Torah is lost.
And their carcasses will I give to be food for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
God has no mercy on pedophiles and predators, unless they make sincere and complete teshuva (repentance). But only God knows the hearts of men, and we are still obligated to suspect and shy away from such lowlifes. That being said, only very few ever overcome their condition. As it says in our sources; once a person sins twice, he feels as if it’s not a sin anymore. Sexual inclinations are also known in modern psychology to be one of the most difficult things to alter. A carcass in Hebrew is nevela, the same root used to describe sexual obscenity, nevala. Their decayed bodies are only fit to be eaten by fowls and beasts, as they stooped to their level and became rotten inside from their obscene actions.
Hashem sent me this verse yesterday to strengthen my resolve to fight the perversion in our midst. Thus it really belongs to Friday. The following verse was given me today:
But You, O God, will bring them down into the nethermost pit; men of blood and deceit shall not live out half their days; but as for me, I will trust in You.
Reb Chaim Vital wrote in his Sefer Hachiziyonoth disproportionately much (so it seems to us) about the perverse of his generation, naming and shaming important leaders of his day. He did not seem to shy away from this due to the hazard of lascivious speech (nibul peh). On the opposite, by speaking out against these perverts he was fighting the impurity and thus purifying his generation. Today’s haredi Judaism has unfortunately adopted many false world views which really go against the grain of the Torah. We are afraid to speak about the evil, imagining that if we avoid mentioning it it will cease to exist. Instead of fighting evil we spread love and goodness and good deeds (in the good case scenario). This is either a thwarted Christian or hippy “Peace and love” idea, but it has no source in the Torah. If you have ever read the Tanach you will find it is rife with zealots fighting the evil by sword and by mouth. Of course we must also spread love and good deeds, but this in no way exempts us from our battle with the powers of impurity (Kochoth Hatuma).