Rabbi Mordechai Goldstein of Mishkenos Yaakov Mistakenly Attacked by His Own

Yehuda Segal
ט' אלול ה'תשע"ז 31/08/17
Let's start at the end: Rabbi Mordechai Goldstein, Mara De'asra of Mishkenos Yaakov was summoned for police interrogation... How did this happen?
Street Poster Rabbi Goldstein
Street Poster Rabbi Goldstein

Let's start at the end: Rabbi Mordechai Goldstein, Mara De'asra of Mishkenos Yaakov was summoned for police interrogation...
How did this happen?
It's a sad story with a sad ending. We won't tell you the events of a full decade, blow for blow. Instead, we hope to focus on the red line now crossed, borne by a litany of events with a common denominator. The direct result may have been unintentional, but as we read in Proverbs 6:27: Can a man rake coals with his robe without burning his clothes?!
So the Shul
known as… well, that, too, is under dispute. Let's refer to it by its common name: "Birkas Eliyahu" of Nachal Mishmar St. The Shul was founded during the same period many other Shuls were started in the area, some of whom even persisted in their present form. Who founded the place? Again, seemingly it was a group of people, among them Rabbi Udi Finkel. At some point, Rabbi Finkel, Amutah president, did or did not become the community leader. 
Over a year ago, Finkel built classrooms for a Mechina program (pre-Yeshiva Ketanah grade) on the upper floor of "Birkas Eliyahu". Several Shul members dissented. (See a pattern yet?) Part of the debate concerned the nature and structure of the Shul Amutah. The two sides went to mediation (by Rabbi Goldstein), and from there progressed to Beis Din, where they are still holding.
As far as can be deciphered, what happened next is this: The Shul accountant contacted the Amutah registry (Rasham Ha'amutot) and innocuously/maliciously asked what to do in in the hypothetical case of discovering various irregularities in the books? Then some anonymous person additionally handed over actual, detailed records of "irregularities". Who? No one knows. One of the Shul members then presented a stack of printed emails ostensibly attesting to the accountant's role in the leak. In response, the accountant lodged a complaint with the police for invasion of privacy, and other claims besides.
Several Shul members were subsequently called to a police interrogation, among them Finkel, and also Rabbi Goldstein himself. Why was the rabbi summoned? Perhaps simply as Shul President, perhaps his name was leaked independently, or maybe his name was mentioned by others at the station. There was almost a protest rally in the rabbi's honor.
Here's the street poster on the topic (in Hebrew):


The moral of the story? Machlokes (discord) is all consuming and unpredictable.

 

Rabbi Goldstein was unavailable for comment.

This article first appeared in Hebrew.

With Heaven's help, Yehuda Segal

YSMehadrinews@Gmail.com

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