Rabbi of the Pure Hearts : Inside Lev Tahor - the fifth estate

Rabbi of the Pure Hearts : Inside Lev Tahor – the fifth estate

Life in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Lev Tahor is supposed to be simple: the rules for dress, diet, schooling, marriage and worship are clearly defined and closely followed. But last November, in the middle of the night, about 200 members of the sect fled their homes in Quebec to start a new community in Chatham, Ontario, amid allegations of child neglect. Now the sect is fighting to keep more than a dozen children that a Quebec court ordered removed from their families. Recently released search warrants show Quebec provincial police have been investigating allegations of unlawful confinement and physical abuse of children within the sect, as well as marriage of underage girls to much older men.

Their ongoing legal battles are raising an old dilemma: when does a group’s right to religious freedom get trumped by society’s obligation to protect children? It’s also prompted a lot of questions about life inside the secluded community – and the past of its charismatic leader, Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans. The fifth estate’s team travelled from New York to Israel to investigate his murky history, and host Gillian Findlay spoke to people with an intimate knowledge of his past. With unprecedented access to the community in Chatham, including first-hand footage of a police raid there and an extensive interview with Helbrans, ‘Rabbi of the Pure Hearts: Inside Lev Tahor’ reveals the challenges of life in the Jewish sect.

A joint investigation with Radio Canada’s Enquete program

Original airdate : February 28th, 2014

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34 thoughts on “Rabbi of the Pure Hearts : Inside Lev Tahor – the fifth estate”

  1. I don’t understand how people think only a particular group of Jews believe in this… go read a book for once people. Maybe start on The Jews & Their Lies or The Elders Of Zion

  2. it was GayGreek men who hated and feared women who made and pushed the hijab and covering of women then controlling men who later put this abuse and control of women into their religions

  3. Let them live their lives…. you guys thinking you are doing incredible job and saving the society. But the reality is most of the Christian families are destroyed because of your own laws and the so called welfare

  4. I sort of feel these people are targeted for being Anti-Zionist. They live no different than the Ultra Orthodox Hasidic Jews in New York. Only difference is they are politically protected.

    The Hasidic Jews arrange marriages, use corporal punishment on kids etc.
    Their age of Adulthood is different
    The Bar or Bat Mitzvah isn't a mandatory rite of passage; by Jewish law, a boy reaches adulthood when he turns 13 and a girl at 12

    These people are openly against Israel. So the other Jews don't like that. They want to crush these people. To silence them.

  5. This is a great example that shows ALL "religions" are ways of controlling people and prevent them to thinking for themselves, ALL religions are male invented ways of controlling people. I am proud to say I as m an ATHEIST

  6. The Jewish version of an early Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbollah in Lebanon. He even looks like him & has the same temperament! Thank God for applied Canadian vigil & laws.

  7. Todays Israel and Judaism are not synonymous nor in harmony.
    Judaism is a wonderful rich beautiful religion never in conflict with other creeds .
    Only politics , economics , and ethnocentric idealism, has deceived people to believe otherwise.
    The same with radical Muslims around the globe. These organizations are cults . Scheme to use something good for something evil .

  8. These jews are probably Greeks and Macedonians that took over babylon and learnt the ways of the jews and read their books and used it to start some version of Judaism.

  9. They are following the tradition of Islam and the teaching of Muhammad (PBUH) 100%. I highly respect their devotion to follow the true path that ad been show and guided by Moses (PBUH). As a Muslim, I do not hesitate and Love to marry one of these precious Jewish ladies.

  10. Working hard for something you don't care about is called 'stress', working hard for something we love is called 'passion'' I pray that anyone who reads this post will be successful in life….

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