Jerusalem - Rabbi To Elior Chen: Take Off the Yarmulke and Snip Off the Peyos
Jerusalem - Cut off your peyos Elior Chen. Toss away the yarmulke. It won’t help. It won’t earn you any sympathy. Israeli judges are unmoved by criminals who suddenly remember Hashem on the day of their trial after they’ve caused people so much suffering.
If just a few of the charges are correct, you’re not a rov, you’re not religious and you’re not a human being. Cut of those peyos of yours, Mr. Elior Chen. It’s an insult to the peyos. It’s an insult to the yarmulke. It lowers you, and it lowers us as well. It won’t help you. It merely amplifies your crime. As if it were based on ideology. And you can be sure: R’ Nachman of Breslov won’t grab onto your peyos to pull you out of Gehenom.
If just a few of the allegations against you are correct, you’ll have to do tshuvoh from square one. You’ll have to beat on your chest with all your might and cry out: “I have sinned.” Every second-grader knows that anyone who raises his hand against another person to strike him – even if he does not strike him – is called a rosho. You raised your hand and induced others to raise their hands. And you brought your hand down on hapless children who were not yours.
Do us all a favor and tell the world: I’m not a rov. Do us a favor and snip off your peyos. Those peyos are supposed to be a symbol of purity. A symbol of piousness. A symbol of chessed. Yet they served you as a means of propaganda. You used them to convince everyone you’re a malach and a tzaddik. Maybe even moshiach. Those peyos have left children crippled for years to come, if not for life.
Cut off those peyos. Do us a favor. We can’t stand the sight of them. It’s bad enough with all the gangsters who blow up cars with people inside and then stick a yarmulke on their head. If we could, believe me, we’d pass a law against these criminals who wear a big yarmulke during their trial. But you’ve taken it a step further. Peyos, a large yarmulke, rabbinical attire and you even call yourself a rov, yet you’re accused of such heinous crimes that all of Eretz Yisroel and the Jewish world is appalled.
Listen carefully. I’m trying not to get carried away. I don’t know what’s true and what’s not true. But there’s a child still lying unconscious because of your “tikkunim.” For your own sake, so the judge doesn’t get carried away with hatred toward you, take off that black coat and dress in sackcloth. Ask for forgiveness loud and clear. Maybe after a few years of real tshuvoh, your prison terms will be lightened a bit.
Do us a favor and renounce the name Breslov. You’re not a Breslover. You have no connection to the teachings of Rebbe Nachman. You pass on false teachings – megaleh ponim shelo kehalochoh. And as such you have no portion in the World to Come.
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu is the son of Mordechai Eliyahu, the former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel.
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