Friday, April 16, 2010

Twist in the Tropper Case.

The Tress family, issued an injunction to Kol Yaakov barring them from selling or transfer title of it until the Beis Din makes a ruling. It seems that that Rebetzen Tress, Wife of the Late Rabbi Tress .The actual founder (though Tropper claims to be) and original Rosh Yeshiva of Kol Yaakov, is sick and tired of the way it is being run and wants to take the reigns.

See the Hazmonah to Beis Din Here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tropper's admission of guilt and resignation - A blow by blow

The progression of events have been as follows:

Last Tuesday afternoon, leading Rabbinic figures in Monsey met. That meeting was put together by Rabbi Dovid Ribiat and was chaired by one of the most senior Roshei Yeshiva in Monsey, HaGaon HaRav Moshe Green Shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva D’Monsey.

Others present at that Tuesday meeting included Rav Shlomo Breslauer Shlita, Rav of Beis Tefillah; Rav Yisroel Dovid Schlesinger, of K’hal Shaarei Tefillah; Rav Chaim Schabes the Morah D’Asra of Knesses Yisroel in New Hempstead; Rav Shlomo Zalman Kaufman, Dayan of the Beis Horaah Beis Din and Rav Ben Tzion Kokis, Rav of K’hal Zichron Mordechai in South Monsey.

The idea was to have an expanded meeting on Sunday in Yeshiva Beis Mikreh of Monsey. There, the Rabbonim were to sign this Kol Koreh below.

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The Kol Koreh would proclaim Tropper a menuval and demand of Tropper to resign all his posts and to leave Monsey. A messenger of the Rabbonim, Rabbi Yehuda Weissler, was dispatched to summon Tropper and to have him make himself available at 10:30 PM. Rabbi Weissler got hold of Tropper by phone and informed him of what the Rabbonim wanted.

In the mean time, one of the Rabbonim who attended the first meeting, Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Schlesinger, had been having several private meetings with Leib Tropper, and Rabbi Schlesinger began trying to forestall the consequences of severe Rabbinic censure on Tropper and to save Tropper from the embarrassment of having the Kol Koreh publicized.

At this point, rumours were swirling that the Tropper Sex Video tape were made public on the internet.

Rabbi Schlesinger, prevailed upon Tropper to sign two agreements at the eleventh hour one to the Hanholah of Kol Yaakov

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Interestingly Tropper gets to keep all the money that Kol Yaakov has which includes over 10 million given by Tom Kaplan and Guma Aguir.

And another one similar to the one above, in addition to his promising to leave Monsey,

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in which he would both step down and agree to a number of the demands of the Rabbis.

The agreement that Tropper signed began, “In not fulfilling the requirement of Shulchan Aruch that a leader be “Pirko No’eh”, the undersigned is relinquishing his position..” It further stated that he releases all rights and severs any connection he has to his former Yeshiva in Monsey and withdraws forthwith as a trustee of the organization.

Tropper also agreed to move out of Monsey within a few months.

And appointed Rav Aharon Schechter the Rosh Yeshiva of Chaim Berlin and Reb Elya Ber Wachtfogel and Rabbi Dovid Wolpin to be in charge of picking a new Rosh Yeshiva.

Looks like at the end of the day Tropper get off with a slap on the wrist and millions of dollars, he is now free to settle in any other Jewish community.

Rabbi Leib Tropper crawls back from under the rock he came from

Rabbi Leib Tropper has finally conceded to Monsey Rabbonim and agreed to have no connection to his Yeshiva. He has also agreed to leave Monsey, NY within 3 months.

Read the full story here.

Leib Tropper Scandal Finally Put to Rest

We here at attribute his final demise and downfall to the following top 5 list.

5. A few good Rabbi's who despite the odds and his backing of Gedolei Hador, would come out againts him, this includes Rabbi Dunner in London and Rav Moshe Sternbuch in Israel. Kudos also go to the Monsey Rabbonim who finally said enough is enough.

4. The audio tapes and finally video tape which was released by on Sunday, and was announced as "the nail in the coffin" to Tropper by the Monsey Beis Din.

3. Rabbi Tropper's enemies and those he has wronged in the past, like Guma Agiur and Rabbonim and ex talmiddim who he had wronged. They all worked behind the scenes to make sure Tropper's reign of terror would be halted. This also includes newspapers and blogs who relentlessly worked over the years, around the clock to keep an eye on Tropper and report the news when everyone one else was silent.

A mini top 5 list for these blogs are

5. The Unorthodox Jew
4. Tooting our own horn,
3. Five Towns Jewish Times and Tablet Magazine.
1. who helped break the story and had exclusive interviews with Orand.

2. Shannon Orand, who though at first participated in some of Tropper's lurid acts, had the courage to break free from his control and expose him for the monster that he is.

1. and the #1 reason for Tropper's demise was Rabbi Leibish Tropper own big ego that had finally caught up with him. He thought he was untouchable because he had all the major Rabbonim backing him up, that he could act like Zimri and claim the reward of Pinchas.

Lesson of the day Kids:

It is too bad that it took 30 years for him to have his day.

We mourn all the talmiddim who went off the derech and could have been in a better place if not for Tropper.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Rabbi Leib Tropper "Sex" Tape !!!!!!!

Hat Tip: Hanavon:

Here we have concise visual evidence, not just audio evidence that Tropper is a menuval. Ofcourse Tropper chassidim, the same pea brains who say that the audio tapes were not really Tropper but just fancy editing of Tropper's voice, will say that this is not Tropper and his wife, but actors with make up, made up to look exactly like them and directed by Steven Spielberg. As if someone would care to go to those lengths, or they will say that Tropper was just giving them a medical check up, or that they were all just coming back from the pool. It will not matter if Tropper himself climbs up on the Kol Yaakov yeshiva in Monsey and shouts out that he is guilty, they will just say it is not really Tropper.

For those of you who are not so naive, and know Tropper you can easily see that this is the Rabbi Leib Tropper "Sex" Video. Depicting Tropper and his deviant escapades in a hotel with 2 woman. It is not the best quality, but their is no mistaking Tropper and his fat belly, at the video start you see Tropper shirtless putting his underwear back on and then , getting his oversized pants and trademark suspenders back on, Thus video only shows AFTER footage of his wife and another woman finishing up whatever it is they did in bed, Rabbi Tropper is seen getting dressed and kissing this other woman who is not his wife many times at the end he puts his wallet and cell phone back in his pants.

And now without further ado..

Oh and by the way, even Rebbitzen Leba Tropper is caught on this tape below discussing this tape, and the other woman from Texas S.O. admits that this is her in the tape.

At the time S.O. the woman from Texas was playing dumb on the phone conversation, because she was trying to collect evidence againts Tropper, because she was trying to escape his grasp. He wanted her to have sex with several men and she did not want to. She was taping him to show the tapes to Rabbonim who head EJF so that they would believe her over Rabbi Tropper and so that her geirus would not be compromised.

This is Leba in a conversation with S.O. discussing this tape, and worried that people can pick them all out.

‘LEBA TROPPER’: It certainly, people who know you and people who know Leib could pick us out.

UPDATE: We contacted Rabbi Tropper's camp, and it looks like the official story that Tropper and his wife cooked up to cover up for this is that though it looks like it is them in the video, that this is in fact not them, and it is actors posing as them.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Purim comes in early this year !!!Rabbi Leib Tropper the Menuval steps down!

Menuval Tropper has finally had some sense knocked into his head and fearing a full scale rebuke by Monsey Rabbi's and a possible jail sentence as well as threats of a new tape being released, he has thrown in the towel, hung up his black hat and resigned from Horizons and Kol Yaakov.

He told students at Kol Yaakov this today at 9:15 AM.

They are now in the process of looking for a new Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Dovid Stefansky will likely be named to take over.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

EJF Web site Shut Down!

EJF's Web site has been shut down.

On the site they claim:

Please Note:
This site is currently undergoing renovations.
Please watch for grand reopening.

Everybody knows that a site doesn't just shut down for renovations. The old site is kept up until the the new one is put in place.

Obviously they have something to hide or certain Rabbi's and Botei din no longer want their names and testimonials on their site.

Not to worry readers, we at have saved an exact copy of the old site, complete with all files and photos.

Today their site is out of business, tomorrow THEY will be!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Leib Tropper's smart career move

If Leib Tropper were by some chance to segue into a career as a Jewish music singer, he’d better take care not to perform material that’s too “creative,” or dangerously approaching a vague similarity to “goyish” music. If he does, hoo-boy, he’ll be in big trouble. In some corners of the frum world, the rabbinical establishment would come down on him like a ton of bricks. Cherems [bans] and kol korays [proclamations] would be flying. They’d have no choice you understand: the Jewish people’s very status as an Am Kadosh V’tahor [a holy and pure nation] would be at stake. Children, even adults, would be in desperate danger of being led astray. Rabbinical leaders, no doubt, would stand up to be counted; weighing in on a life and death issue in which silence simply would not be an option.
Similarly, he’d be smart to not go into the human hair sheitel business, or author honest biographies of great modern sages, or open a Chareidi news website in Israel. A guy could get into a lot of trouble dabbling in such spiritually dangerous lines of work.

If Tropper decides to leave Monsey and relocate to the Five Towns, he’d better not start a blog. As a former “doer” — someone who made things happen in the Jewish world — the last thing we would want to see is for him to become a lowly blogger — some kind of journalistic bottom feeder with nothing better to do than to point out others’ misdeeds.

No. A much smarter play by Tropper would be to keep doing exactly what he’s doing right now. He should be a rosh yeshiva and the head of a Jewish outreach organization. Apparently, no one’s going to say a word about that.
Even after being caught on tape in the worst, most compromising sort of way (see storyhere), he’s still running his yeshiva in Monsey and heading a non-profit through which flows millions of dollars — millions that were the source of his power in the world of Orthodox conversions and (who knows?) may yet be again.
If you catch some zealot’s ear the wrong way with Jewish music that isn’t quite Jewish enough, you run the real risk of that someone making it his business to shut you down, put you out of business and simply break you — and all by rabbinical fiat; nice and kosher.

But Tropper is literally getting a free pass.

Are we the only ones taking crazy pills or does anyone else find it strange that virtually not a single prominent rabbinical figure outside the leadership of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) — and they are hardly household names — has said a public word about the incredible scandal this man created? After years of instigating holier-than-thou controversies over conversions and other issues, funded by someone else’s millions, Tropper was unmasked as the worst sort of hypocrite — he has denied nothing — and yet, he continues to go to the office each day and call himself a rosh yeshiva.

Really, this one takes the cake.

Jewish Star.

The Con of Leib Tropper

Con Game

How a New York rabbi tried to remake the rules on converting to Judaism, until a sex tape—and a family feud between his wealthy backers—brought him down

Tropper, at left, at a 2006 Eternal Jewish Family conference with Shlomo Amar, the Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, and Nachum Eisenstein, a leading Jerusalem rabbi, in a photo on the EJF website.

Tropper, at left, at a 2006 Eternal Jewish Family conference with Shlomo Amar, the Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, and Nachum Eisenstein, a leading Jerusalem rabbi, in a photo on the EJF website.


This is the first in a series.

December was a very bad month for Rabbi Leib Tropper, a powerful ultra-Orthodox rabbi who has been seeking to determine the standards for conversion in Israel and throughout the world through his little-known yet influential organization, Eternal Jewish Family. First, black-and-white posters appeared on walls in Jerusalem and other Israeli cities threatening public disgrace if the rabbi refused to “cease his filth.” While the definition of “filth” was left up to readers’ imagination, photos and video were prominently mentioned in the text, which demanded that Tropper suspend his involvement in performing religious conversions.

On December 14, Eternal Jewish Family—which is based in the ultra-Orthodox enclave of Monsey, New York, and backed by the billionaire board president of New York’s 92nd Street Y, and his nephew, who owns one of Israel’s most famous soccer clubs—suddenly announced that its founder was resigning his post to “pursue a variety of other interests,” the details of which were again were left to readers’ imaginations.

Two days later, the filth appeared online: audio tapes, allegedly of the rabbi, trying to coerce a single mother from Houston into having sex with other men for money—and as the price of her conversion to Judaism.

“Would you have a problem with just talking about sex to a guy, or only actually doing it?” the man asks on one of the tapes. In another, he reassures her, “I could roleplay a rape with you, but I couldn’t actually rape you.” A third featured explicit phone sex between the two. Shortly after the tapes surfaced, the hopeful convert, a minister’s daughter named Shannon Orand, told the blogger Shmarya Rosenberg—who has covered the story on his blog, Failed Messiah—that the rabbi had said, “If you fulfill my needs, I’ll fulfill yours—and you need a conversion.” Through an attorney, Tropper released a statement that admitted no wrongdoing but expressed regret for “what has appeared to be conduct not within our significant laws of modesty.” (When Tablet Magazine reached Tropper by phone at his home in Monsey to request comment, he simply said, “No, no,” and hung up.)

The sex tapes appeared to support the allegations of misconduct against Tropper, and they briefly elevated what started out as internecine rumor-mongering among ultra-Orthodox factions into legitimate tabloid fodder. (“Tal-Mood for Love,” read the headline above a brief item in the New York Post.) To more sensitive listeners, the tapes exhibited not just the particular sexual perversions of a rabbi from Monsey, but also the moral horror of a religious figure exploiting the trust of a woman who was hoping to join the Jewish religion and who was dependent on his authority. (Orand completed her conversion in Jerusalem last week under the auspices of a different Orthodox rabbi.).

Other than the mention in the Post, mainstream American newspapers ignored what is surely one of the weirdest, most embarrassing, and most consequential scandals in recent Jewish history. Mainstream rabbinical and Jewish communal organizations in the United States also chose to be silent. Yet the rise and fall of Leib Tropper raises fundamental questions about the abuse of a closed process in which a small group of ultra-Orthodox authorities are allowed to set their own binding terms for conversion to Judaism using the authority of the State of Israel and without any meaningful oversight. It is also the story of how an almost unknown rabbi managed to become one of the most powerful authorities on the question of conversion, fueled not by a superior knowledge of the Talmud but by access to something that appears to be even dearer to the hearts of the modern rabbinical establishment: money.

Tropper is a rare figure in the Jewish world: a creature of the insular ultra-Orthodox community whose relationships tie him to Texas oil fields, professional sports teams in Israel, and mainstream secular Jewish organizations—specifically, the 92nd Street Y, one of New York’s best-known Jewish community institutions, and home to one of the city’s most exclusive preschools. After spending more than two decades toiling in relative obscurity in Monsey, Tropper catapulted four years ago into the milieu of Israel’s powerful ultra-Orthodox rabbinate, propelled by the patronage of his two powerful and wealthy patrons: Thomas Kaplan, the billionaire oil and mining wildcatter, and his nephew, Guma Aguiar.

Now 32 years old, Aguiar was born to a Jewish mother but raised as an evangelical Christian. Kaplan, —the younger brother of Aguiar’s mother, Ellen—introduced Aguiar to Tropper in 2003, after Aguiar had already begun exploring Judaism. Under the rabbi’s tutelage, Aguiar adopted a Hebrew name—Yehuda Dovid—and, in 2007, made aliyah to Israel, where he has become a celebrity, thanks to his recent investments in the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team and Hapoel Jerusalem, the city’s basketball franchise. Kaplan and Aguiar cemented a philanthropic relationship with Tropper by directing millions of dollars to his Eternal Jewish Family. That money, in turn, enabled Tropper to influence determinations of which rabbis would have the authority to perform conversions—that is, to determine who is and who is not a Jew.

“On a personal level, he was not particularly well respected,” said Rosenberg, who is a fierce critic of the ultra-Orthodox world on his blog. “But insert EJF and conversions into it, along with Tom Kaplan’s money and Guma’s money, and suddenly Tropper became one of the most powerful rabbis in the world.”

Tropper’s relationship with Kaplan and Aguiar, once the source of his power, ultimately played a role his undoing. For the past year, the two men have been locked in an Oedipal court battle over the $2.55 billion fortune resulting from the 2007 sale of their natural-gas exploration company, Leor Energy, to the oil giant EnCana. Tropper agreed to appear as a witness for Kaplan, and, in response, Aguiar turned against his former mentor. According to Tropper’s wife, Laurel Blond, Aguiar made a phone call to the rabbi’s house in March in which he claimed he had “thousands of rabbis praying for Tom Kaplan’s death” and encouraged the rabbi to “switch sides.” In early April, Aguiar confronted Tropper in Jerusalem at the David Citadel Hotel and, according to court records, threatened to throw the rabbi off a ninth-floor balcony.

Then, in October, Aguiar sued Tropper in an Israeli court, claiming that the rabbi misappropriated donations. “He had gone to Rabbi Tropper for several years as his rabbi—he had confidential discussions with him, he was his spiritual advisor,” Aguiar’s lawyers told a federal judge in Florida last June. (Kaplan’s attorney, Harley Tropin, said in a statement that Kaplan would not comment on the Tropper scandal in light of ongoing litigation.)

When the sex-tape scandal broke last month, Aguiar was among those who forwarded the audio recordings of Tropper’s conversations with Orand to Failed Messiah’s Rosenberg, ensuring that the rabbi would be publicly humiliated. In a phone conversation with Tablet Magazine, Aguiar initially said he forwarded the audio “to some people because I thought they were funny,” but subsequently said he only sent the recordings in response to a request from Rosenberg. “There’s no such thing as revenge,” Aguiar said. “It’s just exposing the truth.”

Aguiar said Kaplan introduced him to Tropper in 2003, after he had already begun studying Judaism with another Monsey rabbi, Tovia Singer, who specializes in reaching out to evangelical Christians who, like Aguiar, were born Jewish, and getting them to “return” to Judaism. With his uncle, Aguiar was instrumental in prompting Tropper to expand beyond his work with baalei teshuva—returning Jews—into the world of conversions. (Aguiar’s wife, Jamie, whom he met in high school, is a blond former evangelical Christian who converted to Judaism.) By 2004, according to emails filed in one of the federal court cases, Tropper had started writing a manual designed to streamline conversions among the various religious courts in America. That year, Kaplan’s foundation gave Tropper’s organization $154,000; the next year, Kaplan and Aguiar directed more than $700,000 to the rabbi’s group.

In early 2006, Tropper told a reporter that EJF was going to offer “Cadillac conversions” to non-Jews who were concerned about making sure their conversions—and, particularly for those converting to marry, their children’s status as born Jews—would be recognized by religious authorities in Israel, where full citizenship depends on it. Tropper offered a clever soundbite: “Why settle for a broken Chevy, which may go down the highway but nobody wants it in their driveway?”

The timing for Tropper’s new product line couldn’t have been better. A feud that had been simmering for years between Israel’s insular, powerful rabbinate and American rabbis erupted into full-scale war in April 2006, when Shlomo Amar, Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi, announced that he would not automatically recognize conversions approved by the Rabbinical Council of America, the main union of Modern Orthodox rabbis. (The Israeli chief rabbinate does not recognize any conversions, marriages, or other rabbinical functions performed by Reform or Conservative rabbis, on the grounds that the Reform and Conservative movements do not recognize halachic authority and hence are no longer branches of Judaism). Amar’s announcement created a groundswell of interest in Tropper’s Cadillacs, and the rabbi spent lavishly to promote his brand of specially certified conversions to the ultra-Orthodox rabbinate. According to financial records, in 2006 Tropper spent $1.6 million—more than double his previous year’s budget—hosting conferences and paying for rabbis to attend his educational programming, including a lavish Jerusalem summit in July 2006 at the five-star David Citadel devoted to “Improving Conversions and Preventing Intermarriage.” Amar turned up, along with Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger and Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, a nonagenarian considered to be one of the ultra-Orthodox world’s leading halachic authorities.

Overnight, the rabbi from Monsey had become a major power broker in the ultra-Orthodox world in both America and in Israel. In 2007, the last year for which federal tax records are available, Tropper distributed $2.3 million in scholarships and hundreds of thousands of dollars more in unspecified travel and conference accommodations from his Monsey redoubt.

Tropper has been removed from his post at Eternal Jewish Family—which is still chaired by Kaplan—and, according to the group’s executive director, Rabbi Dovid Jacobs, has also been replaced at Horizons, EJF’s parent organization. It isn’t clear whether he remains in control of his yeshiva, Kol Yaakov; a person who answered the phone there Tuesday refused to comment. But in the weeks since Tropper’s downfall, no one in the ultra-Orthodox world has been willing to officially criticize or reprimand the rabbi for what appear to be his profound and sickening sins. At a December meeting, the Council of Torah Sages, the halachic body of Agudath Israel, an ultra-Orthodox umbrella group, discussed the scandal but decided against issuing a comment. Only the Modern Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America has condemned Tropper’s behavior: “What we have heard, if true, violates the fundamental elements of all that Judaism holds sacred,” the council said in a statement, adding that the rabbis welcomed any of Tropper’s victims for counseling.

“It’s like Nixon,” said Tovia Singer, the rabbi who initially sparked Aguiar’s interest in Judaism. “The damage has obviously been done to the haredi community and the more that they’re in denial the more damage it’ll do.”

From Tablet Magazine

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Leib Tropper's EJF still tries to defend it's "good name"

The Following is a sequence of attack's and counter attacks on Leib Tropper's EJF organization, by world renowned Rabbi Abba Dunner from England.

Interview with Conference of European Rabbis
Rav Dunner Speaks Out Against EJF

The Conference of European Rabbis is the primary Orthodox Rabbinic organization in Europe. It was founded in 1956 on the initiative of British Chief Rabbi Sir Israel Brodie, and its current executive director is Rabbi Aba Dunner. All the chief Rabbis across Europe joined the organization, and attended its first conference in Amsterdam.
Click here to read the full story.

Eternal Jewish Family Response

To the Editor:

Your interview with Rabbi Aba Dunner, the executive director of the Conference of European Rabbis (January 7, 2010), unfortunately twists the truth about Eternal Jewish Family International (EJF) and is, to say the least, insulting to leading Gedolei Yisroel.
Click here to read the full story.

By Pinchas Shapiro

Your interview with Rabbi Aba Dunner, the executive director of the Conference of European Rabbis (January 7, 2010), unfortunately twists the truth about Eternal Jewish Family International

Click here to read the full story.

and finally Rabbi Dunner responds with the death blow of truth.

Rav Dunner Responds to EJF Attack
No Punches Pulled
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Still sniffing the money trail


Rabbi Leib Tropper, the organization’s former director, has resigned and no longer has any role in the organization
This is not true, Tropper is still the owner of HORIZONS BAIS ACHIEZER INC. EIN (EIN=13-4077539) which is the organization behind EJF and Kol Yaakov

He still write checks and runs the organization (together with David Jacob).

Check their income tax and see how much money they transferred to other organizations