As the Ir HaTorah V’Hachesed unites in Tefila for our dear Yedid, פרומט חנה בן אשר הרב, who began his trial yesterday, the usual cast of nefarious characters are coming out of the woodwork to spout their venom and hate on him, his heilige Mosad and the general Lakewood Kehilla.
Using loosely controlled blogs, often hosted by ‘mainstream’ publications, or super websites like Facebook, they continue to spew personal attacks and false Nazi-like anti-Jewish rants and conspiracy theories in an effort to further whip-up those plagued with deeply embedded anti-Semitic feelings. The trial is just another opportunity to providea façade of ‘legitimately’ on their despicable trash.
I do not wish to give the haters further exposure by quoting from their hate speech directly, but one’s imagination can picture a hodgepodge of physical threats, conspiracy theories, and classic anti-Semitic propaganda. Some of this comes with clever sounding ‘disclaimers’ that they are not anti-Orthodox, just simply responding to “issues” (of course all clustered only around the Orthodox community of Lakewood).
Horav Osher, as we all know, is a selfless Askan who has dedicated his life to alleviate the matzav of special kinderlach. He does so, along with is dedicated staff, by infusing them with his loving warmth in a state-of-the-art facility in order to grow to their maximum educational potential, This unique Mosad–SCHI –also continuously provides these precious children with a pleasant and nurturing environment to foster emotional well-being and physical health.
With an unstoppable drive and an ocean of unconditional love for special children, he created from scratch – and with untold challenges – an outstanding school, and indeed a movement, to provide Hashem’s dear children, their parents and families with a dignified educational and social environment to soar to unheard of heights. His literally one-man movement has now evolved over many selfless years into an army of professionals and volunteers servicing hundreds of Lakewood (and beyond) special children.
Citing alleged bookkeeping deficiencies, Rav Osher has been harassed and tormented for a number of years now by aggressive investigations and prosecutions. Now that his trial has begun, in addition to the formidable legal challenges he faces, another opportunity has opened for the choir of Anti-Semites to peddle their detestable rhetoric.
May we continue to Daven for Rav Osher and his family, for the continued Hatzlacha of SCHI, and look forward to the end of Golus and the Geula Hashleima.
Rabbi Moshe Zev Weisberg