(AKA: Jewish Taliban, Jewish Burka Wearing Cult)
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Rabbi - Riminov, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada
Brudzevski stated that "there was much rejoicing in the community when it was announced that a date had been set for the 13-year-old girl to marry a 12-year-old boy. It meant the community had finally reached its goal of arranging marriages for 13-year-olds."
The minimum legal age for marriage in Canada is 16.
Over the last few years there have been repeated allegations of various types child abuse within the Lev Tahor community. The group is lead by Rabbi Shlomo Hebrans and his oldest son, Rabbi Nachman Helbrans.
Many people refer to Lev Tahor group as the Jewish Taliban because the women wear burqa-like robes like Taliban women. The group is also accused of discrimination against women, who are allegedly confined to household tasks.
The Helbrans are loosely connected to the Satmar movement of the Hasidic Jews.
- Lev Tahor: Pure as the driven snow, or hearts of darkness? (03/09/2012)
- ’When you’re on the path of truth, you don’t care what others say’ (03/16/2012)
- Lev Tahor sect arranged underage marriage, former member tells youth court (01/17/2013)
- Quebec police search Ontario homes of Lev Tahor (01/29/2013)
- Radical Jewish group settles in Chatham, Windsor (11/24/2013)
Suspected Jewish child abuse cult flees Quebec homes (11/30/2013)
- Lev Tahor sect arranged underage marriage, former member tells youth court -
- Lev Tahor children appeal to public via letters (01/14/2014)
- Adam Brudzevski enters the courthouse during a hearing for the Lev Tahor sect youth protection court case in Saint-Jérôme on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
- Attempt to leave Lev Tahor sect thwarted, former member testifies (01/17/2014)
- Sect Lev Tahor: Testimonials Explosives (01/17/2014)
- Lev Tahor: Raids may have sought evidence of child marriages (01/30/2014)
- Children to be removed from ultra-Orthodox Jewish community (02/03/2014)
- Star seeks unsealing of Lev Tahor warrant (02/04/2014)
- Lev Tahor Mother Pleads With Public
- Sun Media among news outlets that requested documents’ release (02/07/2014)
- Documents on Lev Tahor raids to be made public (02/07/2014)
- Lev Tahor: Former member’s testimony into sect is released (02/08/2014)
- Case of Rabbanit Bruria Keren
- Case of Adam Brudzevski
- Case of Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans
- Case of Jacob Frank and The Frankist Movement
- Case of Sabbatai Zevi
- Cults, Mind Control, Sex Crimes and the Jewish Community
|Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans - Convicted Sex Offender|
There have also been cases of violence. Parents and other family members have sometimes come to the community and tried to forcibly take their children back. Complaints have been filed with the police from both sides, each accusing the other of provocation. Helbrans says he has been hospitalized at least twice after taking a beating. There have also been appeals made to the rabbinical courts, primarily in the United States, in an attempt to excommunicate the community. To this day, most of the controversy surrounding the community has been aroused in the wake of struggles like these.
An organization from Brooklyn called the Central Rabbinical Congress raised $250,000 to make the bail payment for Helbrans and his wife. Helbrans’ trial began in January 1994 and lasted five weeks. According to the indictment, he was facing a possible 25-year sentence. The New York Times, which gave the story extensive coverage, reported: “Throughout the trial, the rabbi insisted that Shai fled to him because of beatings he was receiving at home. And his mother, Chana Fhima, insisted that her rights to the child had been ignored. ‘You brainwashed him! You brainwashed him!’ she shouted out in the courtroom. The rabbi insisted, clutching a prayer book to his chest, that he had nothing to do with the boy’s disappearance and that he himself had tried to search for him.”
The Windsor Star - November 24, 2013
Nachman Helbrans, a member of the Jewish fundamentalist group, Lev Tahor, talks about the groups move from Quebec to Ontario amid a child neglect investigation, while at a motel in Windsor Ont., where they are temporarily staying.
Lev Tahor children appeal to public via letters
The Providence Star - January 16, 2014
Adam Brudzevski enters the courthouse during a hearing for the Lev Tahor sect youth protection court case in Saint-Jérôme on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
"I was shocked," said a social worker from the DPJ telling her reaction, Nov. 18, when she suddenly discovered the abandoned houses of his protégés. Their parents had promised to cooperate, but he finally was a simple strategy, she believes. A week later, the Ontario Social Services visited two families fleeing in a motel. Children were plasticine characters and playing with a remote controlled car, reported the intervener, who sees this as a public relations firm. "This is a smokescreen, a staging, it is indignant court. These games are totally prohibited, even the rabbi admits."Certainly, people Lev Tahor flatly deny everything they are accused - often preferring to speak to the media rather than judges, at least in Quebec. They say witnesses are lying, exaggerating and that persecutes because they are against the State of Israel.
Lev Tahor: Raids may have sought evidence of child marriages
Lev Tahor Mother Pleads With Public
By Jason Magder
The Montreal Gazette - February 7, 2014
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