MATZAV.COM EXCLUSIVE: Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel Denies Rumors

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rav-elya-ber-wachtfogel2[Exclusive letter below.] Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Moshe of South Fallsburg, has written a letter, dated today, Erev Shabbos Parshas Mikeitz 5770, denying that he ever agreed to head the Eternal Jewish Family (EJF) organization. Claims that he agreed to assume the position of Chairman of the Rabbinic Committee of the EJF are false.

The following is a free translation of the Hebrew letter which can be read here:

Erev Shabbos Kodesh Leseder Mikeitz Tof Shin Ayin L’P”K

This is a notification that the rumors that were spread of late regarding the EJF organization, which alleged that it is under my direction, are in error and baseless.

And to this I affix my signature,

Elya Dov Wachtfogel










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  1. Even though everybody suspected that this was untrue, the open written denial of the the Rosh Yeshiva was greatly needed to stop these rumors and eliminate this great chilul hashem! thank you MATZAV tizku l’mitzvois!!!!

  2. It never made sense in the first place. I said right away that the rumos wsere sheker vechazav
    thanks for sharing the message of the gedolim!

  3. let the whole world see that we still have soinei betza that wont sell them selves out for money! this rosh yeshiva is our leader!!!!

  4. The statement claiming HaRav Wachtfogel Shlita assumed the position at the EJF, was put on the EJF website itself!

    Therefore, it is apparent they were attempting to mislead.

  5. The rosh hayeshive Rav Eli Ber is the only one able to withstand pressure. He is his own man and does not need to bow down o balbattim for their opinions.

  6. Can someone explain what the Rav is referring to when he writes “shemuos”? We’ve seen a press release and news items on both Matzav and YWN. With that much official word of the appointment, shouldn’t there be a stronger, more official annoucement? Also, can someone actually confirm that this letter is real? Lastly, is there any explanation why it took so long for the denial to come?

  7. phone call came in from israel right b4 shabbos from two noted askanim in Yerushalayim that went into Maran Harav Elyashiv to verify if the Posek Hador had said that Reb EB should exept the chairmenship of EJF, Maran Shlita was makchish this rumer in the storgent terms!!


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