Friday, July 01, 2011

Rewarding the Guilty

I hope it isn’t true. It is very possible the whole thing is made up just to embarrass Agudah. Nonetheless if it is true it is step back from pursuing justice for the righteous and a step forward in rewarding the guilty.

The following story appeared on DovBear. It was originally in the form of an e-mail. Here it is in its entirety:

You probably know that Kolko now resides in Lakewood and has gone into business as a charter bus and tour broker. He arranges buses for Yeshivos,Camps, Weddings and any other transportation that frum Jews require.

I have a friend who is a Rebbe in one of the better known yeshivas. He has also been doing this for the past 20 years to supplement his income as a yeshiva rebbe. My friend is a chasidishe man who has 15 children and has quite a stellar reputaion here in Monsey as well as elsewhere. He embodies what "bayn odom l"chavero" should be and is active in every chesed organization such as Hatzoloh, Tomche Shabbos, Kupas Ezra, and Chaverim. He is very beloved by all and will go out of his way to help a fellow Jew whether or not he is frum.

In the past 20 years, my friend has been arranging buses for all the frum camps and has given them fair prices and excellent service. Two of his biggest accounts were Camp Agudah and Camp Bnos. They booked with him again this year like in all years past. However he received a call a week before the buses were scheduled to go out from the camp administrators saying that they had to cancel.

When he asked why, he was told that they were ordered by the higher ups in Agudah to give the business to Rabbi Kolko who needs the parnassah since he is now unable to teach due to the false accusations against him. In the past week several other camps have cancelled buses with my friend and followed the lead of Agudah and Bnos. The other camp directors told him that they were contacted by "gedolim" whom they refused to identify and told to give Rabbi Kolko the parnassah and had no choice but to obey.

My friend said it is ironic that Kolko is rewarded for doing an "aveirah" and he who has spent his entire life doing nothing but mitzvos and chesed has to bear the punishment by losing the customers to Kolko.

I do not want to mention my friend's name or the yeshiva in which he teaches because he would be instantly recognized. He is a very humble man and does not want the publicity. He is also a very honest businessman and has never taken a dime from anyone that he did not earn and has never been on public assistance. He does not know that I am writing this to you but I felt a sense of outrage at the double standard that our so called Torah Leaders have chosen to live by.

Update: The rest of the post has been deleted as it no longer applies. This letter has been shown to be grossly inaccurate. I apologize for posting it. I leave the original letter up in order to explain what I am apologizing for in the post above.

In light of this new information, I have deleted or edited all negative comments about Agudah that are based on the original post.