Jerusalem - Rav Sternbuch: Brazil Dibuk Story Nothing More Than Mental Illness
Jerusalem - Upon the request of VIN News Rav Sternbuch was shown the various press releases which asserted that he had placed a Brazilian dybbuk in Cherem to protect HaRav David Batzri, one of Israelâs best known kabbalists.
The report below first posted On Israeli Hebrew news site Kikar.net and other Jewish websites has been repudiated.
“Following Wednesday nightâs efforts to exorcise the dybbuk in the ezras noshim of Yeshiva Hashalom in Yerushalayim, Rav Batzri feared that the dybbuk may try to cause him harm. Rav Batzri turned to the bais din of the Eidah Hachareidis. Rav Moshe Shternbuch, Rosh Av Bais Din of the Eidah, released a pâsak from the bais din placing the dybbuk in a state of excommunication and formally forbidding it from causing any harm to Rav Batzri.
All over Eretz Yisroel, conversation revolves around this mysterious dybbuk which refuses to leave the body of the Brazilian avreich after two attempts to banish it, one via video conferencing and one, Wednesday night, in person, in the presence of thousands.
The dybbuk remains entrenched in the body of the Brazilian avreich and another attempt to chase it away is expected next week.”
Rav Sternbuch categorically denied the story. and added this is not a case of a dybuk but of mental illness.
Rav Sternbach has also expressed dismay that thousands of people believed that this was a dybuk and were involved with Rav Batzri’s ceremony. He urged Rav Daniel Eidensohn who runs the blog Daas Torah to publicize an article regarding his denial and emphasized the urgency to inform the public his total denial of involvement with the proclamation of Cherem, and that he viewed this is a case of mental illness.
Below is a YouTube clip where its claimed that Rav Batzri is trying to talk to the Dibuk via Skype
Thousands attended to listen in
Video of dybbuk exorcism performed in Dimona, Israel in April, 1999 By rabbi David Batzri
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