Earlier this month "slumlord" Hasidic Jewish rabbi Menachem Stark was kidnapped and murdered in New York City. The New York Post asked: "Who didn't want him dead?" This created a firestorm of protest from the Hasidic, Ultra-Orthodox community which esteemed him for his large donations to Jewish charities. It has also focused attention on crime and corruption in New York's large Hasidic community.
What are the origins of Hasidic Judaism? What does it teach? Do Hasidim’s religious beliefs incline them to disproportionate involvement in fraud and crime? These are questions I will consider in this three-part overview of the growing presence and power of Hasidic Judaism, particularly in New York City and bordering northeastern states.
For Orthodox Jews the greatest sources of religious authority are not the law and prophets of the Old Testament but the oral traditions of the Pharisees, contained in the vast and rambling Babylonian Talmud and its mystical/revolutionary companion, the Zohar, or "Kabbalah."
In the 8th century A.D., the central Eurasian nation of Khazaria converted to Judaism. At the height of its powers the Khazars ruled 30 nations in Eurasia, revealing even at that time strong genetic talents for organization, commerce, and leadership. By the 13th century, most of its roughly million Jewish proselytes had been driven west by invaders, primarily to Poland. (See Are "Jews" Really Khazars?) There, in the Middle Ages, such Ashkenazi "Jews" were fascinated with the mystical Kabbalah, an obsession that exceeded their devotion to the legalistic Talmud. They were flattered by the Zohar's teaching that Jews are semi-divine, qualitatively superior to the lowly "goyim," Gentiles.
The Zohar told them Gentiles were animals, the spawn of demons in the form of men, saying, "They are the children of the ancient serpent which seduced Eve." (Zohar I 28 b) This confirms the Talmud in Kethuboth 6 b: "You are thus called men but the goyim are not called men." Zohar says: "'Living soul' refers to Israel, who have living souls from above, and 'cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth' to the other people who are not 'living soul.'" (Zohar I 47 a) The Zohar commanded that Jews displace Gentiles in power and rule over them.
"When God reveals Himself they will be wiped off the earth. ..Redemption will not be complete until Amalek [Gentiles] will be exterminated. . ." (Zohar I 25 b)
When that is accomplished, "man [Israel] shall be unique in the world and ruler over all." (Zohar I 47 a)
As a result of dehumanization and even demonization of Gentiles by the highest scriptural authority for Hasidic Jews, they were free to prey upon Gentiles. The Talmud concurred:
"It is permitted to deceive a goy." (Baba Kama 113b)
Inflamed by Kabbalah's intoxicating message, powerful upwellings of kabbalistic aspiration for world control erupted in Poland and throughout Europe as early as the 17th century. In 1648, Shabbathai Zebi, a Turkish Jew, proclaimed himself the Messiah who would lead the Jews to dominate the nations. He failed, yet the Jewish Kabbalists only went underground, creating secret societies such as Freemasonry and Illuminism to undermine governments and corrupt the world. Eventually, such ferment stimulated communism and Jewish financial and media control. (See Jewish Activists Created Communism and Jews Confirm Big Media is Jewish)
In Poland, revolutionary mystic Baal Shem Tov founded Hasidism, kabbalistic Ultra-Orthodox Judaism. Toward the end of the 19th century, masses of devotees of the Zohar emigrated from eastern Europe to America, forming Hasidic communities in New York. Especially after World War II, very large numbers of Hasidic Jews joined them, first out of war-torn eastern Europe, then out of the Soviet Union. A high percentage came to New York, founding the present population of about 200,000. Considered political refugees, they were given welfare privileges including housing subsidies, food stamps, and Medicaid.
Welfare has enabled large families of ten or more, rapidly expanding the Orthodox population of the Northeast. It has been estimated that this population doubles every 20 years and the great majority of Hasidic families remain on public assistance.
Illegal Activities among Hasidic Jews
Anyone who has encountered Hasidic culture will notice its hauteur and coldness to non-Jews. This is primarily because it teaches the Zohar's depiction of Gentiles as demonic animals that are unclean and can pollute the "holy" Jew simply by coming near him. "Kosher" food the Hasidim eat means it has not been polluted by Gentile hands.
Yet, the Kabbalah influences the Hasidim a step further. It says that, by whatever means, ethical or not, the Gentiles must be displaced from power. How will Jewish world conquest be made possible? The Zohar tells us. “Rabbi Jehuda said to him (Rabbi Chezkia): ‘He is to be praised who is able to free himself from the enemies of Israel, and the just are much to be praised who get free from them and fight against them.’ Rabbi Chezkia asked, ‘How must we fight against them?’ Rabbi Jehuda said, ‘By wise counsel thou shalt war against them.’ (Proverbs 24:6) ‘By what kind of war? The kind of war that every son of man must war against his enemies, which Jacob used against Esau—by deceit and trickery wherever possible. They must be fought against without ceasing, until proper order be restored. Thus it is with satisfaction that I say we should free ourselves from them and rule over them.’” (Zohar I 60 a)
Such weakening of Gentile strength works toward the ultimate goal of kabbalistic Judaism: subjugation and even en masse slaughter of Gentiles when the Messiah comes and Jews assume world domination from Jerusalem. The Zohar: "When God reveals himself, they will be wiped off the face of the earth." (Zohar I 25 b) Only by destruction of Gentile power today will Jews realize their destiny of "repairing the world" from Gentile-induced chaos.
Meanwhile, the Talmud teaches Orthodox Jews that Gentiles have no property rights. The Jewish Encyclopedia in its article "Gentile," pg. 620, explains Baba Kama 38a, which says, "The Almighty offered the Torah to the Gentile nations also but since they refused to accept it, He withdrew His "shining" legal protection from them and transferred their property rights to Israel." Talmudic treatise Choschen Ham confirms:"The wealth of the Akum [Gentiles] is to be regarded as common property and belongs to the first who can get it."
With such a pervasively racist, revolutionary worldview coloring their interactions with Gentiles, we can understand why Hasidic Ultra-Orthodox Judaism has an extensively documented record of involvement in fraudulent, illegal, and even blatantly criminal activity. Such increasing criminality is confirmed by Jewish attorney Joel Cohen:
"As a prosecutor and, more recently, a white-collar defense attorney in New York, I have witnessed a disturbing rise in crime among Orthodox and Hasidic Jews…There is no shortage of high-profile Jewish crime…
The most common charge is fraud: against businessmen and run-of-the-mill citizens alike, most frequently involving victims outside of the Jewish community; against the government; against insurance carriers; against banking institutions; health care fraud; money laundering; and stock swindling.
Perhaps most disturbing is a new breed of fraud involving observant community leaders, sometimes rabbis themselves, and intended to benefit the community itself, such as fraud against government spending programs for education and health care…And more often than not, the community, including its lay and religious leaders, stands up for the perpetrators by defending, or at least excusing, their behavior. For example, following the convictions of four Hassidim in the New Square scandal, Hassidic leaders defended President Clinton’s pardon of these individuals on the grounds that the stolen funds were funneled back into their community rather than into their own pockets. ("Jewish Felons: The Problem of Criminality in Observant Communities")j"
We all know of the rabbinic leaders that have knowingly crossed serious lines of fraud to pay for the 'modest' lifestyles they demand of their people. How many money laundering schemes will it take to realize that preventing people from learning how to support themselves is the biggest contributing factor to…fraud?
As confirmed by the huge crowds of Hasidic mourners weeping around Rabbi Stark's casket, the Hasidic community usually idolizes rabbis who get caught fleecing the Gentiles. They are heroes in the battle to weaken Gentile power.
One of my readers has lived for decades in New York City. A devout Christian, he has been an eyewitness observer of Hasidic, Ultra-Orthodox culture and actions in his city and community. Much of it has troubled him. He has collected years of news articles and personal observations and shared them with me. This section of my three-part article is in my words yet reflects his thoughts, which I believe deserve to be heard.
Generally speaking, Hasidic Jews are aloof, avoiding eye contact with Gentiles and not returning greetings. They seem to truly regard goyim as subhuman and created by God to be exploited for the service of Jews. For most Hasidim, no Gentile law, code or tax must be obeyed if it can be evaded. Brooklyn is projected to become “the new Manhattan” and is being bought up by wealthy Hasidic landlords and developers. Bribery is common; and they, as well as top rabbis and representatives in the state assembly, are able to pull strings in government. This results in even more subsidized housing for their Jewish brethren, filling ten-story apartment complexes very largely with Jews. Meanwhile, many poor Gentiles wait for affordable housing. Gentile tenants, even with rent paid, are increasingly evicted to sell to Jewish developers.
Brooklyn black councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo created a furor by alleging in December that mounting anger and violence against Hasidic Jews results from fear within blacks in the Crown Heights district of being "pushed out by their Jewish landlords."
Most Hasidim let the taxpayers support large families of up to a dozen children, helping feed them through food stamps. Ultra-Orthodox families commonly avoid taxes through the ruse of fathers declaring they are rabbis and their home is a prayer house or Jewish community center. Hasidic Jews do not serve in the military, and most have dual citizenship with Israel. Supported by taxpayers, Hasidic men are free to study the Talmud (and Kabbalah after the age of 40). Vast numbers head to the Jewish gold, diamond, and garment districts where they make a hefty, largely untraceable income. As a result, while many Hasidim seem poor and many do struggle on welfare to raise large families, the Hasidic community is awash with money.
Constant reports in the New York press detail every conceivable grant of millions of dollars from state and federal governments for school buildings, Torah teaching assistance and other financial aid. Hasidic leaders find ways to funnel government grants to hundreds of phony Hasidic charities and "educational" fronts.
For example, Brooklyn state assemblyman Dov Hikind obtained a federal grant of $950,000 to educate against pedophilia among the Hasidim. But, according to child advocate website www.failedmessiah.com, it was squandered, given to a little-known group of Hasidic rabbis ostensibly opposed to pedophilia. Exactly such rabbis are most protective of pedophiles and prohibit Jews from reporting child abuse to the authorities.
As we saw after the death of "slumlord" Stark, there is tremendous respect among the Hasidic multitudes for those who can most successfully scam Gentiles and fill the coffers of Jewish charities. (See "Hasidic mobsters running amuck in NY state") One scam that brought millions to the rabbis was their appeal to donate cars to help Jewish children. Also, nineteen rabbis and Orthodox Jews were charged in 2009 as participants in an international money-laundering network alleged to have used Hasidic charities to wash tens of millions of dollars in dirty money. Google “Hasidic money laundering” and you will find many more instances of similar Hasidic money laundering over the decades unto the present.
In the upstate New York Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel, Jewish inhabitants virtually own the town of Monroe. Yet an estimated 90% were on Medicaid in a high-tech massive scam of the government. Last fall 14 Hasidim of Kiryas Joel were charged with a total of 68 counts of cheating individual banks, insurance companies and the government out of millions of dollars.
Hasidic deception includes voter fraud. Three million Gentiles in New York do not vote. Yet the Hasidim vote as a bloc and often twice, many traveling to their other residences in the Catskills to vote again. This is to make sure pro-Hasidic candidates get into office and those who hold the Hasidim accountable do not. Politicians, like Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, give the Hasidim what they ask because they dread the quickness of the Hasidic community to double-vote them out of office.
Part of the success of their fraud is the deception that they should be given special consideration as a once-persecuted people still in imminent danger of anti-Semitic attack. Cultivation of this myth has resulted in up to 90 percent of Homeland Security's millions of dollars for protection of groups possibly targeted by terrorists being funneled to Jewish organizations, but primarily the Hasidim. Grants to Jews amount to $9.6 million this year to Jews.
The Hasidim are given rights to their own non-Gentile security forces, with police cars, ambulances, video surveillance equipment from Israel, and bulletproof vests provided by the government. They possess a police organization, the "Shomrim," members of which have erupted in violent attacks against non-Jews. Suspecting David Flores to be a pervert, a Shomrim patrol dragged him from his car, beating him violently. But he had a pistol and shot four of them. He was exonerated in court last November. In January a black homosexual student, Taj Patterson, without provocation was chased and severely beaten by 11 Shomrim. He accuses the police of doing nothing to locate the perpetrators who are well-known, registered and trained volunteers. These Jewish attackers would be guilty of the most blatant hate crime if they were Gentiles. Their “hate crime” against a black homosexual would be trumpeted to the world by ADL and the Jewish media. Because they are Jews, New York police (as well as the U.S. Justice Department) are extremely reluctant to invade their powerful and insular community and prefer to leave even violent, bias-motivated crimes by Jews to Jewish courts. Clearly, the Yiddish-speaking Hasidim do not want to become integrated as American citizens. Rather they are creating autonomous enclaves of Hasidic culture and control that replicate the Jewish “schtetls” of their Eastern European origins. As a result, vast sections of New York are becoming both fortresses and sanctuaries under control of the Hasidim—just as with their assault-rifle-toting Israeli brethren, the Haredim, who control settlements and cities on the West Bank and southern Israel. In both regions we repeatedly see that the justice system often fails to investigate and punish Ultra-Orthodox crime.
Guns are banned for everyone in New York City except police, and the Shomrim are ostensibly not allowed to carry them.Yet Brother Nathaniel Kapner, converted from Orthodox/Conservative Judaism, tells me that, as a young man who spent a year under the tutelage of Hasidic rabbis and living among the Hasidim, he observed the Shomrim to be covertly "heavily armed." He says not to believe media portrayals that the Shomrim do not possess firearms.
Hasidic crime also includes worldwide drug dealing, especially by younger Hasidim, which has played a conspicuous role in successfully bringing large amounts of ecstasy, manufactured in Israel and smuggled largely through Jewish diamond trade channels to the United States. The National Geographic channel did a TV special, "Locked Up Abroad, Hasidic Smuggling Ring" documenting the Hasidic ecstasy trade. In New York City and the east coast the Hasidim push ecstasy and cocaine to students in Ivy League universities—at up to $50 a pill.
An excellent overview of Ultra-Orthodox drug trafficking is the Jewish website Chabad Mafia and their article "Chabad Drug Dealing, Trafficking and Production." It asserts the Hasidic Chabad houses scattered throughout the far-flung corners of the third world are not primarily for weary Jewish travelers but collection places for drugs Chabad peddles worldwide to sustain its pro-Orthodox, pro-Zionist program. An excellent and extensively documented overview of young Hasidic Jews in ecstasy smuggling from manufacture in Israel is also presented by Samuel M. Katz. In addition, a Jewish judge powerfully rebuked Hasidic indulgence of drug dealing as documented in a New York Times online article, "Sentencing a Drug Courier, Judge Rebukes the Hasidim." Also see the Guardian's article "Hassidic link to drugs barons." It begins:
British and American drug-busting authorities claim to have smashed one of the most bizarre money-laundering services ever operated for Columbian cocaine cartels: a circle of ultra-religious Hasidic Jews in New York. The ring is said to be one of the biggest to be "cleaning," profits amassed by the Columbian coke barons…This is not the first time the Hasidim have been exposed or involved in the big-time drug trade."
The Guardian article concludes by describing how a female Hasidic smuggler was "was picked up in Montreal with a suitcase full of ecstasy because she had refused to take the bus to New York on a Saturday.
Finally, Hasidic rabbis and teachers in Orthodox yeshivas (religious schools) have a notorious record of pedophilia against students and children. This is documented in countless articles at Orthodox Jewish website failedmessiah.com. License for such perversion comes from the Talmud's sanction of “marriage” to 3-year-old baby girls, proclaiming it "halakah," or binding Jewish law. (See "Pedophilia: The Talmud's Dirty Secret" and "The Long List of Child Molester Rabbis")
Yet Hasidic leaders insist that Orthodoxy's pedophile scourge should be brought first to Jewish authorities and courts, not the "goy" authorities. Even Brooklyn's legislative representative in Albany, Dov Hikind, said in 2008 that, because he has promised them confidentiality, the names of hundreds of Jewish children whom he knows of who have been victims of Jewish pedophiles will not be released to civil authorities. He agrees that Jewish pedophilia should go before Rabbinic courts first. Only if rabbinic courts fail to act will he divulge the names. Hikind's power is so great in New York that the state will not indict him for obstruction of justice. Meanwhile, perhaps hundreds of Jewish sexual predators are free to abuse other Jewish children while the original victims find no justice or even, perhaps, protection. Could a Catholic Archbishop protect the name of even one altar boy he knew of, molested by a priest, and not have the police at his door—not to mention self-righteous Jewish media such as ABC, CBS, CNN, and the New York Times trumpeting his offense to the world?
It’s hard to deny the charge that the Hasidics and their Kabbalistic near relatives in Israel, the Haredi settlers, comprise an ongoing crime organization.
The Hasidim are widely resented by more moderate Jews as tarnishing the good name of Judaism. Yet Jewish supremacism needs them. After all, it was out of the Hasidic/Khazar “Jews” of Poland and Russia that Freemasonry, communism and Jewish financial and media control have emerged. The Hasidism founded by Baal Shem Tov was a powerful combination of race and false religion proven to put Talmudic/kabbalistic goals of world control further forward than any other.
Jewish supremacism also needs Hasidism because its Ultra-Orthodoxy preserves reverence for the Talmud and Zohar, the "fence" of racial separation from the Gentiles which has proven vital to the preservation of Judaism. Thus, a strong Ultra-Orthodox religious core within Judaism not only provides a barrier to assimilation but creates a potential fighting force for Jewish supremacism on the local level. This is essential to eventually helping fulfill kabbalistic Judaism's ultimate goal of displacement and even extermination of any "goyim" who resist. Certainly, in Israel today, the kabbalistic, Ultra-Orthodox counterparts of New York's Hasidim, the Haredim settlers, have proved their quickness to turn from study of the mystical Zohar and take up assault rifles against Palestinian farmers - burning their olive groves, plugging their wells and seizing their land. Because Kabbalah stimulates anti-Gentile violence, Orthodox Jews who exalt the Zohar will always be vital to Judaism itself. That is why, in the upper echelons of “respectable” Jewry in Washington, D.C. and Tel Aviv, many powerful Jews realize that protection and encouragement of ultra-Orthodoxy is vital to Jewish supremacism.
In the hearts of most secularized or modernized Jews is a twinge of guilt that they have drifted so far from their roots. For them, such roots do not go back to Palestine but to Poland and Eastern Europe. Such Jews do not remember Khazaria and their ancestors’ conversion out of phallic worship to Judaism. But their racial memory is full of references to kabbalisitic Judaism and its cultures and practices in the “shtetls” of Poland and Eastern Europe. As such, an esteemed Jewish U.S. Senator, high-ranking Presidential advisor or pro-homosexual, anti-Christian Hollywood Jewish media producer is likely to feel very sympathetic and drawn to their Hassidic brethren. Hassidic Jews are a veritable time capsule back to that leader’s grandparents a little more than a century ago. Such secularized Jews can no longer be part of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. However, they often look to its present-day, mystical, white-bearded sages for examples of spirituality, even when such is not really spiritual but consists of oppressive and spiritually barren traditions and law keeping. It is also not surprising that such Jews of prominence everywhere in New York’s upper strata can usually be depended upon to see that the Hasidics are given privileges, exemptions, and funding unheard of for their black or Puerto Rican neighbors.
Consequently, despite the most egregious crimes, we repeatedly see Hasidic criminals left untried, released on bail, allowed to flee to Israel, or not charged with hate crimes, while Gentiles who commit the same offenses are punished severely. (See “Known Pedophile was Hired by Orthodox Synagogue Group” and “Extortionist Rabbi Milton Yehoshua Balkany is Free – Sort of”) This is also why Hasidim are granted vastly disproportionate advantages in housing, welfare, government grants and protections, and almost total lack of mainstream media exposure or criticism. Jews in high places are “taking care of their own.”
Israel is being transformed from the very largely secular/Marxist-oriented state of its first 50 years into one in which violent religious fanatics play an increasingly strategic role. Today, Ultra-Orthodox “Haredi” settlers are Israel’s “shock troops,” pushing the boundaries of Israel ever eastward. The goal, admitted or not by the Netanyahu government, is to use the Haredim to finally expel all Arabs from Palestine. Thus, as the “respectable, official” government of Ben Gurion in 1948 made undercover use of the most violent Jewish terrorist groups, such as “Irgun” and “the Stern gang,” to terrorize and drive 800,000 Arabs out of Palestine, so the same object is served by the Ultra-Orthodox on Israel’s frontiers. Pretending consternation at the lawlessness of this virtual terrorist army and law unto itself, the government of Israel, both in 1948 and in 2014, must be delighted that their objectives of Arab displacement are being carried out.
Israel's kabbalistic Haredim thus maintain Jewish supremacism’s eastern front. Meanwhile, a similar western front of Jewish ascendancy and displacement of Gentile control is materializing in major urban centers such as New York City, Baltimore, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Again, the Ultra-Orthodox are assuming a critical role in establishing an insular, self-governing hierarchy of Jews. Just as an icebreaker ship rams its way into previously impenetrable ice so other vessels may follow, establishment in America of Ultra-Orthodox presence, power, and potential for crime and violence against the American majority constitutes a beachhead for an arrogant Jewish society in America such as has never been seen before.
Such Jewish social overlay is a precursor of greater social control over the western world. What we are seeing in New York and adjacent states is Jewish control over city and state governments so complete and increasing that even now the Gentiles and their elected officials have to accept a subordinate status to a hierarchy of Jews who cannot be publicly criticized. Such subservience is prophesied by the Talmud and the Zohar which say the time will come when the Jews will rule as kings over the goyim. As a result of such “creeping Zionism,” Jewish world government will not occur in a moment but in a many layered way, through successive stages of increased Jewish power.
Yes, the Jews controlling international finance, politics, and media, as well as Zionist leadership in Israel, will play their roles in orchestrating world government on the macro level. But on the local and metropolitan level, they will need exactly the fanatical criminal enforcers of Jewish control over the goyim that we see emerging in the militant Hasidics and Haredi. Granted, the numbers of both groups are much less than the Jewish majority. Yet the fact that they are able to establish, both in the U.S. and Israel, bastions of insular power that intimidates their respective governments and repels police interference, is no small accomplishment. Rather, it is full of potential for even greater intimidation to come. Society cannot ignore that a possibly paramilitary and criminal arm of Judaism is being established, not only on the West Bank in Israel but also in America, starting on the banks of the Hudson.
Rev. Ted Pike
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