Rabbi Rosenberg: Harav Braun’s coronation to proceed as planned
A Crown heights resident by the name of Yosel Katzman, who rests on a long trail of laurels in instigating conflict and dissension in the community.
A man who has had a hand in the creation of the original dispute between the Rabbonim for purely monetary interests, is unyielding in his obduracy to leave some vestige of his malign legacy on our community.
His first attempt was to circulate false allegations that Rabbi Braun has put forth an unreasonable demand for an exorbitant salary, along with various other benefits.
This attempt struck an impasse when the allegations were categorically denied by the head of the Vaad Hakohol Zaki Tamir.
Unrelenting, Mr. Katzman moved on to his next scheme: circulating rumors that Rabbi Braun lacks Semicha credentials
Bearing past experiences in mind, that last certificate produces brought to bear a torrent of undue pressure and coercion on the signatory, Rabbi Gavriel Zinner,
including personal visits from Rabbi Abrohom Osdoba and Rabbi Yoel Khan – Rabbi Braun declined to produce it, saying only that he has to answer solely to Rabbi Avrohom Rosenberg.
Keeping true to his word, upon request from Rabbi Rosenberg, Rabbi Braun produced to the Zabla Beis Din, not one,
but numerous Semicha certificates from various notable rabbis certifying his qualifications to serve as rabbi.
So again Mr. Katzman concocts yet another allegation, this one claiming the rabbi doesn’t possess a certificate for ‘Dayonus’, thus rendering him unsuitable to be Rov.
The one failing to produce documents however, turns out to be Mr. Katzman – who failed to cite where it is written that possessing a Dayonus certificate is a prerequisite for running in the elections.
As a matter of fact, current serving Rov Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba himself didn’t possess such a certificate when originally elected to the Beis Din.
The Zabla Beis Din headed by Rabbi Rosenberg convened this past week and came to a clear cut decision that Rabbi Braun will indeed serve as Rov in Crown heights,
and that the Vaad Hakohol should continue with the arrangements to bring the Rov over to the neighborhood, as well as hold a coronation as soon as a contract is signed.
Rabbi Rosenberg apologized for the lack of a written document, blaming it on time constraints, saying that hopefully this week he will send out the detailed decision in its written form.
A community activist close to the case expressed his opinion that Katzman and his cronies themselves knew that the ploys had no prospects of succeeding, doing it only for future leverage in their upcoming battles.
“Woe to the man who knows the truth yet still riles dissension,” concluded the activist.
The letter stipulating the criteria to run in elections: Semicha
Of the three elected Rabbonim only Rabbi Heller possessed Dayonus