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Judaic Mafia Defrauds "Jews" and Forbids Victims From Reporting Crimes

August 30, 2008

It is strictly forbidden to moser [inform the non-Judaic authorities on] either a Jewish person or his property. One who mosers a Jewish person or his property has no share in the world to come. (Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat, 388)

More on Orthodox Judaism’s code of omerta in Judaism Discovered, pp. 426-429.

Little outcry heard from alleged victims of pyramid scheme

By Steven G. Vegh
The Virginian-Pilot
August 29, 2008

NORFOLK

Investor Joseph Shereshevsky’s fellow Orthodox Jews are the principal victims he allegedly defrauded in a multimillion-dollar pyramid scheme, prosecutors say.

But there’s little public outcry coming from his synagogue, B’nai Israel Congregation, and Jewish law may be part of the reason.

At the first Saturday service after Shereshevsky’s Aug. 11 arrest, Rabbi Chaim Silver reminded members that Judaism forbids gossip, also known as “lashon hara,” or evil speech.

Participants at the service said Silver did not cite the scandal. But they said the connection was as obvious as the shock generated by the allegations against Shereshevsky.

“I don’t think there’s a single person in the community it hasn’t affected in some way, just because he was a benefactor and so many people had invested in or worked for him,” said a member who asked not to be identified.

Silver did not return several calls for comment. Other members also did not return calls, or refused to comment on Shereshevsky.

Shereshevsky is accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of diverting $100 million from investors with WexTrust Capital, where he was chief operating officer. His business partner, Steven Byers, also was charged.

Prosecutors call it an affinity-fraud case because Shereshevsky allegedly targeted other Orthodox Jews, in addition to other individuals …

The silences may reflect not only the ban on gossip but a Jewish custom that frowns on being a “moser,” or informant, said Samuel Heilman. A sociologist at City University of New York, Heilman writes about American Judaism and Orthodox Jews.

“The moser is somebody who hands over, literally, information that is hurtful regarding Jews to someone – to the authorities,” he said. The custom harkens to Jewish historical experience with anti-Semitic civic authorities.

“The silence speaks volumes – there’s an obvious embarrassment about this,” Heilman said of the Norfolk congregation’s quiet.

Banned from criticism, reluctant perhaps to commend the accused, for most members, “the most obvious and best tactic is to say nothing,” Heilman said.

Jonathan D. Sarna, a Brandeis University scholar of Jewish history, said close-knit Orthodox communities can sometimes function as sub-economies, or networks for doing business or trading information.

“The price you pay is that that can also be abused and it’s always very painful, much as it is in a family when a family member turns out to not be honest,” he said …

Full article:

http://hamptonroads.com/2008/08/little-outcry-heard-alleged-victims-pyramid-scheme

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Judaic Mafia Defrauds "Jews" and Forbids Victims From Reporting Crimes

August 30, 2008

It is strictly forbidden to moser [inform the non-Judaic authorities on] either a Jewish person or his property. One who mosers a Jewish person or his property has no share in the world to come. (Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat, 388)

More on Orthodox Judaism’s code of omerta in Judaism Discovered, pp. 426-429.

Little outcry heard from alleged victims of pyramid scheme

By Steven G. Vegh
The Virginian-Pilot
August 29, 2008

NORFOLK

Investor Joseph Shereshevsky’s fellow Orthodox Jews are the principal victims he allegedly defrauded in a multimillion-dollar pyramid scheme, prosecutors say.

But there’s little public outcry coming from his synagogue, B’nai Israel Congregation, and Jewish law may be part of the reason.

At the first Saturday service after Shereshevsky’s Aug. 11 arrest, Rabbi Chaim Silver reminded members that Judaism forbids gossip, also known as “lashon hara,” or evil speech.

Participants at the service said Silver did not cite the scandal. But they said the connection was as obvious as the shock generated by the allegations against Shereshevsky.

“I don’t think there’s a single person in the community it hasn’t affected in some way, just because he was a benefactor and so many people had invested in or worked for him,” said a member who asked not to be identified.

Silver did not return several calls for comment. Other members also did not return calls, or refused to comment on Shereshevsky.

Shereshevsky is accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of diverting $100 million from investors with WexTrust Capital, where he was chief operating officer. His business partner, Steven Byers, also was charged.

Prosecutors call it an affinity-fraud case because Shereshevsky allegedly targeted other Orthodox Jews, in addition to other individuals …

The silences may reflect not only the ban on gossip but a Jewish custom that frowns on being a “moser,” or informant, said Samuel Heilman. A sociologist at City University of New York, Heilman writes about American Judaism and Orthodox Jews.

“The moser is somebody who hands over, literally, information that is hurtful regarding Jews to someone – to the authorities,” he said. The custom harkens to Jewish historical experience with anti-Semitic civic authorities.

“The silence speaks volumes – there’s an obvious embarrassment about this,” Heilman said of the Norfolk congregation’s quiet.

Banned from criticism, reluctant perhaps to commend the accused, for most members, “the most obvious and best tactic is to say nothing,” Heilman said.

Jonathan D. Sarna, a Brandeis University scholar of Jewish history, said close-knit Orthodox communities can sometimes function as sub-economies, or networks for doing business or trading information.

“The price you pay is that that can also be abused and it’s always very painful, much as it is in a family when a family member turns out to not be honest,” he said …

Full article:

http://hamptonroads.com/2008/08/little-outcry-heard-alleged-victims-pyramid-scheme

No Obstacle Too High to Separate Brothers, Except Cash

December 19, 2007

The December 12th meeting between Vatican and Israeli officials to discuss tax and financial issues related to Church property in “Israel” has ended once again in disappointment for the Vatican and Benedict has now decided that the time is not right for a papal visit to the “holy land” of fugitive criminals, ecstasy dealers, white slavery, racial supremacy, apartheid, cluster bombings, spying, crushing oppression of Palestinians, women, Christians, and home to today’s version of the Sanhedrin which condemned Christ to death.

And in recent years Benedict has questioned the Christian claim to biblical scripture, bowed before Holocaustolatry, created Talmudic papal knights, and on his watch the Vatican has claimed a biblical basis for the anti-biblical Talmudic “Noahide Laws,” among countless other examples of their trampling upon the Gospel in the name of “Jewish-Catholic relations,” but it seems the one thing that comes between Benedict and his elder brothers is cash.

No Obstacle Too High to Separate Brothers, Except Cash

December 19, 2007

The December 12th meeting between Vatican and Israeli officials to discuss tax and financial issues related to Church property in “Israel” has ended once again in disappointment for the Vatican and Benedict has now decided that the time is not right for a papal visit to the “holy land” of fugitive criminals, ecstasy dealers, white slavery, racial supremacy, apartheid, cluster bombings, spying, crushing oppression of Palestinians, women, Christians, and home to today’s version of the Sanhedrin which condemned Christ to death.

And in recent years Benedict has questioned the Christian claim to biblical scripture, bowed before Holocaustolatry, created Talmudic papal knights, and on his watch the Vatican has claimed a biblical basis for the anti-biblical Talmudic “Noahide Laws,” among countless other examples of their trampling upon the Gospel in the name of “Jewish-Catholic relations,” but it seems the one thing that comes between Benedict and his elder brothers is cash.

Vatican and "Israel" in a Tiff over Cash

November 17, 2007

Mobsters are wont to argue and kill each other in money and power disputes. Yet, the racket lives on. There is no argument on matters of faith here.

“Israel” not keeping its promises? This is not news.

Nuncio to Washington says Israel not keeping its promises to the Holy See

Monsignor Sambi, who was the Vatican envoy to Israel until 2005, highlights the impasse in bilateral relations, due, he believes, to the fact that the Jewish state has failed in ten years to live up to the economic and fiscal commitments it made.

Rome (AsiaNews) – “Everyone can see how much faith can be placed in Israel’s promises,” said Mgr Pietro Sambi, former Vatican nuncio to Israel (till 2005) as he talked about relations between the Holy See and the Jewish state, which he blames for not respecting the commitments it made in an agreement it signed in 1993.

Monsignor Sambi, who now is nuncio in Washington, said in an interview with terrasanta.net that “the relations between the Catholic Church and the State of Israel were better when there were not diplomatic relations.”

“The Holy See,” he noted, “decided to establish diplomatic relations with Israel as an act of faith, accepting that the demanding promises to settle the more concrete aspects of the life of Catholic communities and the Church would be left for later.”

“The Fundamental Agreement was signed on 30 December 1993,” Monsignor Sambi said. “In addition to establishing diplomatic relations, it also entailed a Legal Personality Agreement signed in 1997 but never implemented by Israel, as well as an “economic agreement” on three issues: Church property unjustly seized or placed under unjust easement; equal compensation for services provided to the Israeli population, both Jewish and Palestinian, equivalent to those offered by state institutions; and tax status.”

“On the tax issue, the Holy See makes a simple and natural demand. It wants the recognition of the status quo that existed for the past three centuries, something that the State of Israel promised to do upon its independence in 1948, and which is implicit in the Legal Personality Agreement. This situation, which is already in place de facto with respect to tax exemption for Christian religious institutions, should be legally recognised in an international agreement.”

“At present we are in an anomalous situation. Since the Fundamental and Legal Personality Agreements have been signed, they are internationally valid, but not in Israel because Israeli law requires that any international agreement be approved by the Knesset for it to come into force on Israeli territory. And so far no one has bothered to get the Knesset’s approval.”

“After ten years of negotiations the economic agreement has not yet been signed, undercut by delays and the Israeli delegation’s limited power to negotiate, weakened that is by a lack of political will. Everyone can see how much faith can be placed in Israel’s promises! The visa problem for Catholic clerics was easier to solve when there were no diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel.”

“You can’t buy trust,” the nuncio said from the United States. “You build it up by respecting the agreements you sign and keeping faith to the word you give. And we are doing everything possible in the United States to bring the right pressure to bear.”

“Israel has already enough troubles with too many countries. It is just tasteless to create more of it with its friends. The current impasse in the negotiations seems strange not only to the Holy See, the Christian world and many countries friendly to Israel, but also to many Jews, honourable citizens of Israel or denizens of other countries.”

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=10822&size=Al

Vatican and "Israel" in a Tiff over Cash

November 17, 2007

Mobsters are wont to argue and kill each other in money and power disputes. Yet, the racket lives on. There is no argument on matters of faith here.

“Israel” not keeping its promises? This is not news.

Nuncio to Washington says Israel not keeping its promises to the Holy See

Monsignor Sambi, who was the Vatican envoy to Israel until 2005, highlights the impasse in bilateral relations, due, he believes, to the fact that the Jewish state has failed in ten years to live up to the economic and fiscal commitments it made.

Rome (AsiaNews) – “Everyone can see how much faith can be placed in Israel’s promises,” said Mgr Pietro Sambi, former Vatican nuncio to Israel (till 2005) as he talked about relations between the Holy See and the Jewish state, which he blames for not respecting the commitments it made in an agreement it signed in 1993.

Monsignor Sambi, who now is nuncio in Washington, said in an interview with terrasanta.net that “the relations between the Catholic Church and the State of Israel were better when there were not diplomatic relations.”

“The Holy See,” he noted, “decided to establish diplomatic relations with Israel as an act of faith, accepting that the demanding promises to settle the more concrete aspects of the life of Catholic communities and the Church would be left for later.”

“The Fundamental Agreement was signed on 30 December 1993,” Monsignor Sambi said. “In addition to establishing diplomatic relations, it also entailed a Legal Personality Agreement signed in 1997 but never implemented by Israel, as well as an “economic agreement” on three issues: Church property unjustly seized or placed under unjust easement; equal compensation for services provided to the Israeli population, both Jewish and Palestinian, equivalent to those offered by state institutions; and tax status.”

“On the tax issue, the Holy See makes a simple and natural demand. It wants the recognition of the status quo that existed for the past three centuries, something that the State of Israel promised to do upon its independence in 1948, and which is implicit in the Legal Personality Agreement. This situation, which is already in place de facto with respect to tax exemption for Christian religious institutions, should be legally recognised in an international agreement.”

“At present we are in an anomalous situation. Since the Fundamental and Legal Personality Agreements have been signed, they are internationally valid, but not in Israel because Israeli law requires that any international agreement be approved by the Knesset for it to come into force on Israeli territory. And so far no one has bothered to get the Knesset’s approval.”

“After ten years of negotiations the economic agreement has not yet been signed, undercut by delays and the Israeli delegation’s limited power to negotiate, weakened that is by a lack of political will. Everyone can see how much faith can be placed in Israel’s promises! The visa problem for Catholic clerics was easier to solve when there were no diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel.”

“You can’t buy trust,” the nuncio said from the United States. “You build it up by respecting the agreements you sign and keeping faith to the word you give. And we are doing everything possible in the United States to bring the right pressure to bear.”

“Israel has already enough troubles with too many countries. It is just tasteless to create more of it with its friends. The current impasse in the negotiations seems strange not only to the Holy See, the Christian world and many countries friendly to Israel, but also to many Jews, honourable citizens of Israel or denizens of other countries.”

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=10822&size=Al

World Jewish Congress at Vatican

October 21, 2007
WJC President Ron Lauder, Benedict XVI, WJC Secratary-General Michael Schneider

As the newly elected President of the World Jewish Congress, it is appropriate that one of my first official visits in this capacity should be to the Vatican … We hope that the meeting of Cardinals and Rabbis held in New York some years ago will be repeated and become a regular part of our common agenda. (Ron Lauder, World Jewish Congress President, Addressing Vatican assembly, Oct. 6, 2007)

http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/media_speeches/071006_rsl.html

The meeting between cardinals and rabbis which Ron Lauder references above–which he hopes will become a regular part of the Vatican-Judaic common agenda–was a visit to NY yeshivas (Talmud schools) where cardinals studied Talmud with rabbis and their students. That event is documented at the following links:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/06/cardinal-jean-pierre-ricard-of-ecclesia.html

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/06/lustigers-2004-ny-yeshiva-tour.html

World Jewish Congress at Vatican

October 21, 2007
WJC President Ron Lauder, Benedict XVI, WJC Secratary-General Michael Schneider

As the newly elected President of the World Jewish Congress, it is appropriate that one of my first official visits in this capacity should be to the Vatican … We hope that the meeting of Cardinals and Rabbis held in New York some years ago will be repeated and become a regular part of our common agenda. (Ron Lauder, World Jewish Congress President, Addressing Vatican assembly, Oct. 6, 2007)

http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/media_speeches/071006_rsl.html

The meeting between cardinals and rabbis which Ron Lauder references above–which he hopes will become a regular part of the Vatican-Judaic common agenda–was a visit to NY yeshivas (Talmud schools) where cardinals studied Talmud with rabbis and their students. That event is documented at the following links:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/06/cardinal-jean-pierre-ricard-of-ecclesia.html

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/06/lustigers-2004-ny-yeshiva-tour.html

World Jewish Congress at Vatican

October 21, 2007
WJC President Ron Lauder, Benedict XVI, WJC Secratary-General Michael Schneider

As the newly elected President of the World Jewish Congress, it is appropriate that one of my first official visits in this capacity should be to the Vatican … We hope that the meeting of Cardinals and Rabbis held in New York some years ago will be repeated and become a regular part of our common agenda. (Ron Lauder, World Jewish Congress President, Addressing Vatican assembly, Oct. 6, 2007)

http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/media_speeches/071006_rsl.html

The meeting between cardinals and rabbis which Ron Lauder references above–which he hopes will become a regular part of the Vatican-Judaic common agenda–was a visit to NY yeshivas (Talmud schools) where cardinals studied Talmud with rabbis and their students. That event is documented at the following links:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/06/cardinal-jean-pierre-ricard-of-ecclesia.html

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/06/lustigers-2004-ny-yeshiva-tour.html