Does Leib Tropper Still Have A Following?

Yaakov* emails: The world loves a “martyr” and to the Agudists Tropper was framed and all is denied, in spite of all the scandals and expulsions, Tropper still has access to top Haredi rabbis. He still has money. He looted the Kol Yaakov and EJF accounts for himself before resigning. He writes seforim and runs his nutty blog pontificating. He is a hoodlum and hoodlums remain “popular” even when they are brought down or pass on.

Yet again, Tropper rants against the Internet on his nutty “כבוד התורה” blog, even as HE uses the Internet to tell it over.

If one reads that blog regularly it can only be Tropper making such statements, see:

He attacks his rabbinic enemies that brought him down: “Sunday, February 7, 2010 R’Dovid Ribiat, R’ Pinchas Rabinowitz and R’ ben tzion Kokis Of monsey, NY Ignore the Psak of Maran Harav Steinman shlita”

He reports about his “old” yeshiva: “Thursday, August 26, 2010 A tumult of Kol Yaakov”

He praises his Monsey defender and enabler: “Sunday, August 29, 2010 Hagaon Harav Yisroel D Schlesinger shlita, Rav of Beis haknesses Shaarei Tefila, Monsey. Is going to Europe for Yomim Noraim.”

Still focuses on conversions: “Monday, August 30, 2010 The conversion situation in Eretz Yisroel has deteriorated into a chaotic and unacceptable level.

Praises his main rabbinic backer (and more like this): “Sunday, September 12, 2010 Maamarei Rosh hashono (New Seforim) A collection of deep and beautiful ma’amorim delivered by Maran Harav Aharon Schechter”

And promotes another key rabbinic backer (there are more like this): “Sunday, September 12, 2010 Maran Harav Dovid Feinstein, shlita. (Siurim CD)”

Celebrates his rebbe’s birthday. Tropper learned by rav Scheinberg and got semicha from him: “Monday, September 13, 2010 Hagaon Harav Chaim P Scheinberg, Shlita, Celebrates 100th Birthday”

Voices a pet pieve: “Monday, September 27, 2010 Gedolei Yisroel and Marriage counseling Gedolei Yisroel, shlita are alerting the tzibur to avoid going to any kind of counseling without a written endorsment of that particular therapist, counselor or rabbi who acts as counselor. The endorsment should be from a “Renowned Talmid chacham with experience”.”

Mnetions politics of his old yeshiva: “Sunday, October 3, 2010 Harav Dovid Wolpin, shlita, Mashgiach of Kol Yaakov resigns Hagaon Rav Dovid Wolpin, shlita the Mashgiach of Kol Yaakov since 1984 resigned from his position. He Did not retire.”

Pontificates about kiruv: “Sunday, November 7, 2010 New Sefer on Rav Shach’s View of Kiruv A new sefer on Kiruv, a collection of many Maamorim of Rav Shach, zt”l is being published.”

Praises Belzer rebbe who it’s known he’s close with:
“Thursday, November 18, 2010 Belz and Kiruv The Belzer Rav, Shlita is above all a leader with creative vision.”

More in geirus (quire a few like this): “Tuesday, January 18, 2011Geirus Problem in Israel”

More on his Belz buddies: “Sunday, January 23, 2011Belzer Rebbe Pained Over Assimilation”

A good word for his ally Rav Amar: “Sunday, March 20, 2011Harav Amar, Shlit”a in Lakewood”

Promotes his own new seforim: “Monday, April 4, 2011 Sefer Kuntres Hateshuvos In 1952 the famous Sefer Taharas Yisroel on laws of family purity was published in America for the first time. It was published by Rav Yehuda Tropper Zt”l. Since then it was published 10 more times. The author of the Taharas Yisroel received various haskamos. Mongst them is a Haskama from Maran Rav Chaim Halevi of Brisk Zt”l. The author also left unprinted a Sefer called “Kuntres Hateshuvos” on 4 Chelkei Shulchan Aruch. This Sefer was recently published by R’ Leib Tropper, founder of Yeshivas Kol Yaakov in Memory, of his most respected father….”
and many posts “condemning” the Internet (that helped to bring him down of course): “Thursday, December 17, 2009 Internet Sites A negative trend has become prevalent among various internet sites, which give a voice to the ideas and opinions of wicked people.” “Thursday, October 7, 2010 The Catastrophe of internet gossip ”

Defending his ally Norman Eisenstein: “Monday, October 18, 2010 Mevaze Talmedei Chachomim Recently a blog site attacked Hagaon Harav Nachum Eisenstein. Re: Issues of Giur.” “Sunday, March 6, 2011 Rebbe of Skver & Internet The Skverer Rebbe Shlit”a has involved himself in the battle against the internet.”

To sum it all up, “if it talks like Tropper, sound like Tropper, looks like Tropper, seems like Tropper, prehudices like Tropper, enemies like Tropper, and acts like Tropper, and speaks like Tropper — it’s Tropper”! A duck needs less signs to be “certified” a duck!

Added to which he is VERY sly and knows how to play “cloak and daggers” not afraid to forge documents and signatures and make up facts and stories to suit his ends.

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