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Kamtza and bar kamtza..
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Kamtza and bar kamtza..

All over again..
We just finished chodesh av and looks like some people dont Learn from our history.

WHAT IS THE POINT ?
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WHAT IS THE POINT ?

ITS ELUL !! I dont care for hendel or his activities BUT the lubavitcher who massered lived there for many moths FREE with TEN KIDS!! Who else would let him stay for months for FREE!!

A resident
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A resident

I remember that they raised money for opening this place to use it as a place for helping people and not making money

Wow
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Wow

I know all parties and am not surprised.
Chillul Hashem. Just hope boys education doesn’t suffer. Hard working rebbeim that barely get paid.

Golus
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Golus

I don’t think our need to be involved in politics.

moser
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moser

truth is you r a mosser

הגיע הזמן
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הגיע הזמן

הגיע הזמן באמת לעשות סדר עם הבניין שמנדי הנדעל התרים את כל חבד עליו ועכשיו לוקח מחירים יקרים

Oy!
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Oy!

Not again!
Please, tyrer brider, let’s stop making fights and trouble for others and try to enrich ourselves at other’s expense r”l in these days before the new year.
Let’s do what we can and present our case (see today’s JEM video, where the Rebbe suggests this) to ask the Aibishter to end this galus and bring us to Geula now!!!

RESIDENT
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RESIDENT

This guy was in a shelter and was KICKED OUT WITH TEN KIDS??? and now HE TURNS HIS BACK TO REPORT THEM TO THE MAYOR????????? I dont take sides but this a bit much .

A BLIND EYE
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A BLIND EYE

let me see mr nachmanson find a place that will rent to him and his ten kids. What a great hachana to rosh hashana . to get the city involved. ………………………………..

Dont we see evey day we open the news and another young person dies.

Fraud!
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Fraud!

There’s no excuse for fraud!
Don’t care about the government but it’s basically stealing mine and every other tax payers dollars.
Enough is enough!
Glad they caught on.

Tuition crises
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Tuition crises

Beis rivka perhaps should learn from them and set up other means of supporting their school. Ohr menachem has wonderful schools and charges way less

Yankel Todres
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Yankel Todres

B”H

What kind of human being would take advantage of benefits for himself and ten kids (that even NYC wouldn’t provide) and then turn around and report the organization to the authorities? What a horrid thing, to repay good and kindness with terrible evil. This is a textbook case of Mesira. People who were just trying to keep Jewish institutions afloat have spent time in prison because they couldn’t show the government all the proper receipts! Mesira!

Sick jealous people
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Sick jealous people

I don’t like the meshichistin or hendel… But this? Many many people stay there free or discounted. Makes sense to raise money there to subsidize others. Shame on the mosrim and their fans

So what happens now?
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So what happens now?

Will the building close down right before tishrei??! 😮

Yidden it is chodesh elul
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Yidden it is chodesh elul

Let’s look with a good eye!

Maybe the ACS might be interested in how his children are
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Maybe the ACS might be interested in how his children are

developing, or should I say surviving, living in shelters or crowded hotel rooms without their own kitchen. This doesn’t seem like a normal upbringing to me. Strange situation.

What a snake
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What a snake

This nachmanson is by all definitions a mosser and according to Halacha is chayav missah

Bed din
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Bed din

You don’t know the answer? They think of Rabbi yeshai B less than you think of last years snowstorm! All Hendel needed Rabbi yeshai B. was to destroy the Rabbinate in CH, which he did successfully, now it’s the wild west, Hendel mistake was that he thought that he’ll succeed to suppress everybody forever because nobody will ever stand up to him, but he forgot that his own supporters got very good training by him, and now the student turned on his master. Yechi Hamelech!

Sholom Huwitz
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Sholom Huwitz

Let’s not go into politic here

משפחה מרמת גן שהיה להם בעיה עם הבת שלהם , והיו צריכים לעשות לבת ניתוח בבית חולים בבוסטון ,

האבא והאמה והבת הגיעו מרמת גן , אני הייתי אחד מאלה שעזרו להם ,
סיפרתי הסיפור להר, הענדל ובקשתי שיעזור קצת כי אין להם כסף
והרב הענדל נתן להם מקום לשבועיים בחינם , כן בחינם ,

זה מאוד קל ללכלך , משהוא שרוצה שישאל אותי ואגיד לו השם ויכול לברר אם זה אמת

יוסי מרדי
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יוסי מרדי

מ”ס7 עד שלא נלך לעוד כמה לוויות ונשמע על עוד כמה תרגדיות אתה ושכמותך לא תנוחו

Selfishness to a whole new level!
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Selfishness to a whole new level!

What a coward!
Disgrace for chabad chaveirim everywhere.
To do this to someone who took care of you and your family-when he didn’t have to- that’s just cold blooded selfishness.

FYI
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FYI

a little history about rabbi/moiser Nachman Nachmenson…

he was the first person who dared to open up a “Chabad House” and call himself a shliach without permission from merkos l’inyonei chinuch

he set up shop in on main bazar street in new delhi and called himself the head shliach of India… he was a hero to the meshichistim, hendel and beis moshiach

but a person who strikes at an enemy will end up striking against a friend too

Berel
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Berel

These enterprises fund the schools. Hendel’s schools do not squeeze the parents. They are run with a sense of of mission from the financial office on down. That man fundraises to make the schools run because the majority of the parents are dirt poor. He has a sense of mission whether you agree with him or not. He isn’t about living the good life.

Looks like
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Looks like

Someone is afraid of having to leave the hotel for tishrei.
So he goes Moser to the mayor’s office.
Unbelievable.

oiy oiy oiy-a hiimel geshrei
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oiy oiy oiy-a hiimel geshrei

Mesira??????????
And for DNAinfo to be so bothered by this that they need to go to mayor?
let them take care of the kids in the city who don’t have food or a place to sleep.
May Hashem have rachmanus on us all

Why don't shluchim filter?
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Why don't shluchim filter?

Shluchim need to filter who they send to CH.
This place has a lot of good people, but some people who are sent here by shluchim are just crazy!
Keep them in your community!
Don’t send them to us!

Don't understand this,
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Don't understand this,

I regret suggesting that ACS be called on the moser, because this mess is too confusing. Can’t tell from all this whose right or wrong. Very troubling state of affairs to face the New Year with though!

What do we do?
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What do we do?

I come from another state and i paid what they asked for and loved it there.Its right near 770 and people are pleasant.It was a great to stay for those of us who don’t have anywhere to go when we have to be in ch.NOW what do we do??

Lchaf Zchus for the sake of klal yisrael
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Lchaf Zchus for the sake of klal yisrael

Its too bad that someone who was desperate can not appreciate the chessed of simply having a roof over their head vs living in a City Shelter. There are numerous families who are now in such dire straights that they have no choice but to live in city shelters. BEFORE you make a comment you need to know, that this story is already in the “News’ and therefore many others will be reading this blog and passing judgement on our community. You don’t have to go far to see that things are again heating up throughout our country and world… Read more »

The place was paid for with donations
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The place was paid for with donations

And was supposed to be a eshel

Hendel turned into a personal piggy bank for his mosdos

It’s fun to see the self destruction of mendy Hendel and his syndicate

all you jealous people, can't fargin!!!
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all you jealous people, can't fargin!!!

I,m not a fan of Mendy Hendel. Whatever you say, he feeds thousands of people on tishrei and places people all over. All you complainers, how do you expect him to pay the bills, for the upkeep of Eshel? How should he buy the toilet paper, pay for electricity, water, cleanliness etc. In case you don’t know, it costs alot to run a place like this, even when its for free. Some the backstabbing and stop lashon hora and jealousy. Its time we all learned and practiced more ahavat yisrael. Enough of the tragedies. Every day you open the news… Read more »

Eshel & Campaign
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Eshel & Campaign

I’m not from CH and this don’t know anyone involved. All I know is Eshel is expensive and dirty. I ended up having to leave as soon as I checked in for the first time last year… But, leave a fellow Lubavitcher in a shelter?! Where is the campaign like they all do? I’ll tell you why: because he’s not well-connected. If you have problems and are well-connected, you get a campaign and hundreds of thousands of $ in a few hours/days; if unfortunately you’re not well-connected with the Lubavitch ruling class, you can rot in a shelter forever. So… Read more »

יהודי
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יהודי

כל מי שמחזיק אפילו דירה קטנה יודע כמה הוצאות יש לו להוציא במשך השנה. כאן, הרב הענדל לקח על עצמו להחזיק בניין גדול עם הוצאות של חימום ומיזוג ומיים חמים במשך השנה וטבעי שכל מי שמגיע להתגורר יצטרך לשלם. במיוחד שבתשרי נהנים ממנו אלפי אורחים מידי שנה בשנה, ומי שמוסר הוא מביא על עצמו את ההיפך מברכת השם ומי שמקנא שיבנה בניין ויתרים עליו כסף ויתן בחינם לאנשים קל להאשים וקל ללכלך. מתי האנטים נתנו משהו בחינם הלו הם ביזבזו מליוני דולרים מהכספים של המרכז ושל הרבי שמיועדים לעזרה לשלוחים – עבור מלחמות של כבוד ושליטהופתאום הם צדיקים. מה קורה… Read more »

Moser blah blah
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Moser blah blah

Wasn’t Handel the moser before?
Why is mesira even a concept if nowadays bais din is messed up, and even if they weren’t, with no bais hamikdash what power is there?

רעיון טוב למשפחת נחמנסון.
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רעיון טוב למשפחת נחמנסון.

כדאי לכם לעשות עליה לארץ הקודש.עם עשרה ילדים
ביטוח לאומי. יפרנס אתכם עד ביאת גואל צדק. בלי כאבי ראש
ובלי מלחמות נגד יהודים. ובלי דאגות של שכר דירה ושכר לימוד
ברוך השם יש הרבה מוסדות צדקה וחסד בכל ישוב בארץ ת”ו
הכל בחינם . ממש גאולה. אז בבקשה להזדרז לעלות ארצה.
למה להשאר במדינה זרה. עם משפחה גדולה כ”י.שחס ושלום
יכולה רק להדרדר בגלות. ולסבול יסורים רבים.. שנה טובה לכולם וחג שמח. תתחילו את השנה ברגל ימין. משיח עכשיו.

We needs Moshiach now
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We needs Moshiach now

He’s a Mosser. Perioud.
Lets hope it all works out because at the end of the day it’s benefiting our comunity!

to 33
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to 33

not true
there are many people who help
tired of that old “only top families does anyone care about… blah blah”

To 29
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To 29

I’ll tell you what you DON’T do… you don’t show up in CH expecting the community to house & feed you because you have nowhere to go.

Things cost
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Things cost

How dumb can people be. Donations? It’s very expensive to upkeep such a building . To provide heat and air conditioning , electric, other maintenance . You think that having a donated building covers all the upkeep expenses . They should be charging, and I doubt anybody is putting Money in their pockets. .. They also have to pay salaries for employees … so they charge something to some…. it’s a big Chesed to have this building… it helped many, And now they may have to close down and pay fines… that would be a big loss to Crown Heights… Read more »

Anyone heard of hachnosat orchim?
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Anyone heard of hachnosat orchim?

Years ago before 3 tammuz thousands came to the rebbe. They didnt pay to stay here. The mitzvah of hachnosat orchim was valued. People stayed by people all tishrei in their homes. Very few stayed in a hotel. No one needed hendel and his illegal hotel. At least one of his schools has no school building and no cafeteria. They rent basements etc for the kids. So where is all the money going?

Meshichist?
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Meshichist?

It sounds like Mr. Hendel did a lot to help poor people. The intent of the place wasn’t too give to Israelis a free place to stay . By providing for the yeshiva, Mr. Hendel was giving assistance to the needy. Meshichist? It doesn’t sound like Moshiach with the moiser.

Chabad - Lubavitch??? CH Jewish community!
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Chabad - Lubavitch??? CH Jewish community!

The name Chabad – Lubavitch can ONLY be for a institution or organization that is connected to Chabad headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway.
The hospitality building and it’s organization, is a project of the Crown heights Jewish community

I Stayed there
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I Stayed there

I live in Israel and visited NYC for a simcha in Crown Hts. I and my wife stayed there. We paid them a small amount for the care and up keep of the place and this was more of a donation than a required fee.

I feel bad that something like this has come out and iy”H it will cool down and continue to run and aid people.

Nachmnshon has a point צדק צדק תרדוף למען תחיה... וכו'וכו'
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Nachmnshon has a point צדק צדק תרדוף למען תחיה... וכו'וכו'

I know a poor Israeli family the hotel charged them an arm and a leg. Wouldn’t give them any discount.

Not for profit.
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Not for profit.

The building can charge exactly what it costs them to run the building.
Not what the building costs to built, and look at the median point for salaries for workers. And not to pay other entities of eshel.

NOT FR CROWN HEIGHT EITHER
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NOT FR CROWN HEIGHT EITHER

I DO VISIT AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR WITH MY FAMILY AND BECAUSE WE HAVE NO PARENTS OR SIBLINGS THERE WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO RENT A ROOM OR SUBLET SOMEONES APARTMENT. WE HAVE DONE BOTH AND LET TELL OUR EXPIERIENCE… ESHEL IS A CLEAN VERY REASONABLY PRICED AND CONVIENIENT KOSHER AND SAFE PLACE TO STAY. WE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN HAPPY WITH THE ACCOMADATIONS AND THE STAFF….WE GIVE THEM 5 STARS THEY HAVE WORKED TO ACCOMIDATE US WITH ANY REQUESTS TO THE BEST OF THIER ABILITY. WE HAVE ALSO SUBLETTED PEOPLES APATMENTS AND HAVE HAD VERY DISAPPOINTING AND… Read more »

Who?
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Who?

I dont live in ch and loved eshel.who is mr hendel and why is he controversial?i never even heard of these people but all this negativity and abput people we don’t even know.I must’ve been in a bubble because i’d come to eshel and go to 770 and felt the spirit of the community.Now I dont know what to think.

the media lives from chillul H"
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the media lives from chillul H"

Al kids who are not taken by schools for lack of funds are taken in Rabbi Hendel’s school.
H” should help people who help who help others.
If you start with every non for profit in Brooklyn will be a non stop

to oblivious 49
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to oblivious 49

that is totally not true there are a lot of normal families who go there!
but yes he does do a lot of chessed

soooo.... what now.....?
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soooo.... what now.....?

is it closing down? whats happening with it? what will be with all the orchim?

Do you need an Apt for Tishrei ??
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Do you need an Apt for Tishrei ??

Please call asap 917-362-4901.

Please call now ASAP as it will go very fast

To 51
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To 51

Crown hightzr’s will have the great zchus of hachnoshas orchim .

Did he ask a Chasidishe Rov before mesira???
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Did he ask a Chasidishe Rov before mesira???

A few Nudniks can destroy a most beautiful edifice that so many Enjoyed.

Suspected somthing was off
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Suspected somthing was off

Regardless of if it was mesira or not, this orginazation has got away with running a illigal hotel for years. The building was built with money given for the sake hosting guests not to charge people through the roof. The fact they used the money to help schools is irelavent as that is not what it was designed for.

Chaya Cadaner
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Chaya Cadaner

I.know Israelites that gave their hard earned money and figured it would.be a way to help the orchim that come all year round. Unfortunately now when they choke they can’t afford even the smallest room. It’s making hachnasas orchim into a business…

@54
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@54

“they used the money to help schools is irelavent as that is not what it was designed for.” It’s only irrelevant if you do not concern yourself about the hundreds of families who afford school because of it. I am sure your kids are well educated so it’s all good. You may not think it’s right because you are super frum about these issues (one can only hope your religious ferver carries over into other halachois as well) but it is. most. certainly. relevant. It’s so happens that the supporters of the project never complain, only the moiser and the… Read more »

Hey 56
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Hey 56

Halavay more people should be concerned about financial halachos and not just orach chayim. It is irrelevant to the issue of operating an illegal hotel whether money was donated to schools. Your reasoning is like saying that a murderer may have killed his former spouse but he was a good father and gave money to the poor so you really shouldn’t go after him for the murder. Sorry, that is stupid.

this means nothing
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this means nothing

we are in trouble
when a hotel a its business gets more comments then a tragic accident involving a family and their real life struggle and situations
we are in trouble
that
our
mine included(
have our priorities backward

Sholom  Ber
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Sholom Ber

to my Brothers
Rabbi Hendel
1) Opened 3 Yeshivoth taking in kids :Big Yeshivoth dont take
2) arranges Food and sleeping for many thosuand’s of guests
3)Build a big Hotel ,( is left with a huge mortgage has a big overhead , the hotel isnt free)
4) build a Camp
5) Build a beautiful huge Mikveh i14 showers in 749
everything took lots lots of hard work , to sit on a computer and attack is very easy , let see you do only one

Sholom  Ber
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Sholom Ber

therefore I’m shocked Nacmenson went to court ,did he payed the rent ?
do you want to close the hotel that gave you and your ten kids shelter , kill it for everybody ,
we have Rabbonim !!
how do you my brothers attack Rabbi Hendel ????
what did you do for the SHECHUNO ??
is this what the rebbe wanted us to do in CHODESH ELUL??

suspicious
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suspicious

where did the million dollars raised by the charity campaign go?
they charge $300 per room per night?
something is really wrong here…

Power struggle
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Power struggle

The bochrim kicked Mendel Hendel out of 749 mikvah . Now they want to take over eshel and all the moisdois. Nachmnson is just the Bochrim’s agent.

@57
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@57

“Your reasoning is like saying that a murderer may have killed his former spouse but he was a good father and gave money to the poor so you really shouldn’t go after him for the murder.” There are people who have difficulty engaging with ideas such as they are and so prefer to translate them into an alternate more basic coordinate space more appropriate to their capacities. These people cannot be reasoned with because they do not operate in the actual problem space. The people who are concerned about orach chaim are concerned about choishen mishpat and also the welfare… Read more »

Ungrateful Guest Turns In His Host To the City??
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Ungrateful Guest Turns In His Host To the City??

I find it unbelievable that an Orthodox Jew would brag to the press that he was hosted by a Crown Heights charitable organization after he and his family of ten children were rescued from a city shelter, and then in an act of total betrayal and ungratefulness, he not only reports on his hosts to the authorities, but sues them too! Should we all stop taking guests in fear that we will be sued or reported to the city? I’m guessing that Mr. Nachmanson is a bit of an operator, taking advantage of good people who help him. He himself… Read more »

To numb 62
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To numb 62

And you believe the boloni you tead in the comments and article?
They do not charge such an astronomical amount but from 100 to 130.
Even if the building came from donations, it cost to run a building. Cleaning help, water, heat, air, taxes, personnel..
How do u expext a place to run on 40 a night?

AGree with 66 but not 64
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AGree with 66 but not 64

Comment 66 is right to take 62 to task. Those who do not operate a building or appreciate the true cost of things tend to assume that people are plundering from their charity campaigns and pocketing everything. Although such things can happen, it is perfectly reasonable to be ‘dan l’chaf zechus’ when running a hotel is very expensive and the ‘rent’ R’ Hendel was charging seems rather reasonable. Still, at that price, his renting could have been done at a loss. 57: I don’t know what you are trying to say. When judging whether someone did something wrong (in this… Read more »

hotel is not illegal
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hotel is not illegal

Nothing inherently illegal about having hotel motel services, and even as a non-profit, you just need to file forms properly. 990 is annual form for a nonprofit, and form 990-T is for the for profit components. Most real estate activities are not profitable for taxes, until the property is sold, and even then with like kind exchanges, put off for a lifetime. So this is really a case of incompetently not paying a good CPA to file the annual information reports, to be honest.

Ohr menachem
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Ohr menachem

He should be commended for his network of schools. They all have buildings or houses – there is plenty of food for the kids – in addition they have great teachers and staff. I should know – I have boys who have been going there for years. Why someone would want to close down our schools is unknown to me and terrible!

So Sad
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So Sad

Eshel has done so much for so many. They run an incredible organization hosting and feeding thousands. Not too many people would be able to do nor willing to undertake this huge task that Hendel is doing. I daven that this guy does tahuva and somehow it should all work out.

this is beyond awful
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this is beyond awful

unless it’s a real life vs. death situation there is never an acceptable reason to masser. all of the additional info, whichever side you take, has no bearing on that straightforward fact, period.

question
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question

“However, the schools failed to maintain proper records of the number of students served for at least four years, and summary sheets of cafeteria distributions “were destroyed…”

for what reason is it mentioning this? it has absolutely NOTHING to do with his nasty claim, and is pure loshon hara about an amazing school!

and good luck finding somewhere to stay;)

Nachmanson didn't just hurt R. Hendel,
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Nachmanson didn't just hurt R. Hendel,

he’s hurt all of us in Crown Heights, guests, and the spirit of the coming Yom Tov I’m afraid.

Question,
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Question,

did Nachmanson do anything to justify having Eshel put him and his whole family up with free room and board indefinitely? Is it possible he’s just an arrogant moocher trying to take utmost atvantage of Eshel and by extension the community?

את מי משקרים
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את מי משקרים

ב”ה
אוספים מליוני דולרים במשך לפחות 20 שנה ומכניסים לכיס לא נותנים לאורחים בתשרי להיכנס לאכנסת אורחים , מכניסים רק מי שמשלם 4000 דולר בחודש , זה גנבים עם דיפלומה
תתבישו לכם תחזרו בתשובה לפני ראש השנה
אורחים יושנים על ספסלים ב770 ואתם גונבים גם את ממשלת ארצות הברית וגם את החסידים העניים
אלוקים רואה הכל

אני מאמינה
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אני מאמינה

אני מאמינה שכל הכספים שנאספו דרך המלון. הלכו רק למטרות קדושה. רק למימון בית הספר. המורים. הרבנים. לומדי התורה. רק טוב עשו בכספים. ומדובר כאן על אדם. מוסר. פושע. הרי חוקי הגויים לא מבינים את היהודים. ואת מעשייהם. וכאן הוא מערב את בית המשפט הכללי התערבות גסה. שיצטרכו עכשיו מליונים. מליונים. כדי להעסיק צוות עורכי דין כדי לחלץ את המעורבים. המלון. בין אם שילמו לחדרים. או רבים ומקורבים.קבלו הנחות. איינו מענייני. אני סומכת על הרב הענדל. אני סומכת שהרב שולם בער דריזין. שמימן את המלון יודע את מי הוא מעסיק. ויודע שכל הכספים באו למטרות קדושה. והמוסר הזה. כמו המוסר… Read more »

בו נדבר גלויות
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בו נדבר גלויות

ב”ה מנדי הנדל נתן חדר אחד לא בחנם ורק לשני הילדים הגדולים של הרב נחמנסון , גלעד בזל מנהל המלון לא אהב את זה ושלח את אנשי השמירה שלו לגנוב , ונגנבו להם חפצים בשווי עצום , הילדים בכו , והרב נחמנסון קבל אישור מהבית דין הספרדי של קווינס ששם הוא דיין לערב את המשטרה , המשטרה לקחה את הצד של בזל כי הוא מהשמירה , ולא בדקה את המצלמות עד היום , נחמנסון הגיש תביעה נגד המשטרה בבית המשפט , והשופט החליט להכניס את האף בי אי , והם גילו את כל הבלגן ששורר בהכנסת אורחים , אתם יכולים… Read more »

Wow
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Wow

There is another side to the story. Dont be quick to attack a Yid. Read the comments in hebrew or get someone to translate to you. There are sides of thsi story that only the people involved know.In general the Israeli guests that we receive are actually not always received as warmly as they should be. They spend money they dont have on flying in for Tishrei and all you hear on the streets is, “when re these Israelis going to go back to their country” or “look at these guys they are so wild”. How about you look at… Read more »

moshiach now
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moshiach now

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