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Saturday, March 30, 2024 

3 more leaders of Lev Tahor cult convicted for child abuse

The last 3 leaders of the Islamic-style Haredi Lev Tahor cult have been convicted in a USA court for their crimes:
Three members of the extremist Jewish Lev Tahor religious cult were convicted of kidnapping two children by a New York court on Wednesday.

Brothers Yoil Weingarten, Yakov Weingarten and Shmiel Weingarten were convicted of child exploitation and kidnapping for their role in abducting a 14-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother from their mother’s home in the Catskills in New York in 2018.

The brothers were the last of nine suspects in the case to stand trial. All have been convicted or pleaded guilty, including Lev Tahor’s leader, Nachman Helbrans, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2022 for kidnapping and transporting minors for sexual purposes and other charges. Lev Tahor means “pure heart” in Hebrew.

“With this verdict, all nine Lev Tahor leaders and operatives charged for these heinous crimes have been held accountable,” the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York said in a statement, calling the defendants’ conduct “unthinkable.”

“Whether in the name of religion or any other belief system, subjecting children to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse will never be tolerated,”
the statement said.

The brothers were convicted of all charges, including international parental kidnapping, coercion or enticement of a minor female, and conspiracy to defraud the United States. The sentencing will take place in the coming months. [...]

Lev Tahor Survivors told the New York Jewish Week that the Weingartens’ conviction “ends an abusive chapter that leaves most of the cult leadership in prison.”

“The void opens the greatest opportunity to dissolve the cult once and for all,”
the group said. “We hope the authorities manage to cut off communication between the leadership behind bars and the members still trapped in Guatemala. If they do that, Lev Tahor will soon be a dark speck of history.”
One of the most offensive things about cults like these is that, not only is their vision of Judaism false, it also draws attention away from issues like Islamofascism, which Lev Tahor copied in at least a few ways, like the garments they forced women to wear. Such conduct is absolutely obscene and demeaning to women. It's precisely why these kind of "communities" are invalid.

Recalling one of the previous cult leaders only got 12 years in prison, it's to be hoped these latest 3 will receive more severe sentencing. What they did was a desecration of Judaism that'll now leave many victims scarred beyond belief.

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