Rabbi Telsner resigns

He has made a few mistakes, and it makes interesting reading seeing the different reports from the Age Newspaper versus the Sun. They obviously have different sources whispering in their ears. The anti-Jewish News will have the story just in time to splash on the front page and triumphantly blow its horn as the harbinger of morality (sic).

The Yeshivah Centre is undergoing change, no doubt. However, I’m not going to say any thing on the Rabbi Telsner issue because if I do, some will certainly misunderstand my words and it will make no different how I state them.

I am sure Rabbi Telsner has learned from this, and will contribute in a way using the gifts God gave him.

Rabbi Telsner is a card carrying Meshichist, as is his brother in law, R’ Chaim Tzvi Groner. There is no place in a Shule for screaming signs that no longer belong. There is no Mesora for placards in Shules, and it’s also a failure of Maimonides 13 principles of faith which clearly imply that we believe in Mashiach coming. Mashiach is a term for someone God chooses, it is not a euphemism for one and only one holy person in the Garden of Eden. Denying God this choice is in my opinion Kefirah. Meshichisten will not, cannot, and do not believe it is remotely possible for God to decide whomsoever He chooses from the physically living. That is pretty close to Kefirah. It is also a pseudo Kefirah for them to even entertain that there may well be someone else chosen because they won’t appear as a loyal Lubavitcher.

As for me, as I have said many times I couldn’t care less who it is. Eliyahu HaNavi will tell us.

Yeshivah has lurched to the right. It needs to bounce back to the centre and concentrate on quality education. It cannot afford to be a front for a Mesivta. There is obviously a need for a Mesivta. Let them find premises and build themselves on certain backers finances. The School itself needs to stress the qualities unique in Chabad, and there are many. Let the students be known for being fine examples of the Midos that are imparted by this philosophy. By all means it needs to stay a Chabad school, but one grounded in the realities of Melbourne. Failing that it should stop marketing itself as a community school.

Ironically, the School failed dismally to effectively educate Russian immigrants, years ago, and no longer does it serve many who are not religious. That’s their raison detre!

Too many New Yorkers have infiltrated and married in and tried to turn it into a fancier version of Oholei Torah in Brooklyn. Bad mistake. This is not New York.

I think it’s also time to pull down the rather pointless Yechi sign at the back of the Shule. Those who feel the need to scream this message to the world can bounce on the corner of the street, or wear a yarmulka (which they can’t then wear in a bathroom) wave yellow flags, wear cheap badges and all manner of paraphernalia not mentioned in Shulchan Aruch.

It does turn people off, and I include people from outside the Yeshivah centre. Those who really want to experience that type of experience can just go down the road to Dudu Leider’s Israeli Chabad house. They will love it. I’m told they chant Yechi more times than Shma Yisroel, over there, by a factor of 100.


Author: pitputim

I've enjoyed being a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia, as well as band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel and later in life at Machon L'Hora'ah, Yeshivas Halichos Olam.

9 thoughts on “Rabbi Telsner resigns”

  1. If one travels to vast majority of Chabad communities outside of Crown Heights and some in Eretz Yisroel, one does not find them dominate by meshichisten.
    Yes a few individuals in many communities may identify with that approach.
    We Lubavitcher have been left marching orders by the Rebbe zy”a, we have much to do in both inreach and outreach, it is our fervent hope that G-d will sent Moshiach very soon to end the Golus.


  2. Personally I am sick to my stomach. This is a lead story in all newspapers and their websites. And soon we will be hit with the RC findings. Then, Adass will be in the spotlight re Leifer and not only not supporting her victims, but being ‘cute’ by saying Leifer was not employed by the school and not headmistress. And then we wonder why so many kids frei out TOTALLY, and never want to see a shule again ever.


    1. It has nothing to do with kids going off the Derech. Ask Avi Yemini. The vast majority of Rabbis and teachers are respectable and respected people. Adass isn’t being sued here for aiding and abetting. From what I heard this is a civil case for compensation which the insurer is liable to defend. I see hundreds of Scopus kids on Friday night at Gandel Besen and there were quite a few victims of child abuse from Scopus at the royal commission but the antiJewish News decided not to mention it. I wonder if Avi Yemini will ever get equal time and space?


  3. I never knew that Mosiach will be appointed by Bassar Va’Dam. Can I appoint someone else?
    How does one know whom to appoint? Does he need a Schtreyml?

    If you have marching orders to end the Galuth, start marching. Eretz Yisroel is waiting for these marchers, but it seems that they do not obey the order.


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