In the interests of fairness, at the very least, I should give this rejoinder the prominence of a full post, and so here it is. But at the same time I should make clear that this post does not constitute a ringing endorsement of Rabbi Yitzchak Kimmel as uber-kabbalist. I might go into the reasons why in a separate post, but for now the following excerpt from Faith and Folly, by Rabbi Yaakov Mosheh Hilel, should suffice:
, particularly the stomach-ache point. Many of the people who go around promoting themselves as kabbalists are charlatans and con-men, and I know of at least one case where, when a prominent local Rabbi spoke out against one, was visited by people who threatened him physically, and thereafter has not spoken out against the many fake kabbalists who visit Kew Gardens Hills and bilk people of their money. How does one know? *I* certainly am no kabbalist to say, one way or another. See also this page in the book. B'ezrat Hashem, I'll expand on this point in a separate post.
At any rate, here is the defense of Moshe Handler, targeting the points raised by Dinah there:
! am the person who wrote the letter about Rabbi Kimmel.and:
The person who slandered Rabbi Kimmel was contemplating a run for congress at the time of his post. He was looking to gain publicity in the Jewish Community by taking down Rabbi Kimmel.
Every "Charge" he made can be prove false. Just type Rabbi Kimmel into google and you will see;
Photos of Rabbi Kimmel with Rabbanit Alfasi. (if she never heard of him, how did she take a picture with him?)
Videos of a Sefer Torah Donated in the name of Rabbi Alfasi where Rabbi Kimmel was the guest of honor. (Why would Rabanit Alfasi make Rabbi Kimmel the guest of honor if she didn't know him?)
Photos of Rabbi Kimmel Shaking hands with world renowned Rabbis where he was honored.
You also might want to check out rabbi-kimmel.blogspot.com where the names of some world renowned rabbis who support him are mentioned.
So who would you want to believe, some low life character assasin who never even met Rabbi Kimmel or Gedolei Torah?
If he sends me the PDF and gives me permission to do so, I will give that PDF, as well, the prominence of a full post.
Moshe Handler said...
I just sent you a post about Rabbi Kimmel. You can sign my name on that post.
When I get home today, I will send you a PDF of a file that shows clearly that every claim against Rabbi Kimmel is false.