Lev Tahor MICHALEL SHABBOS Cult Member Arrested At NY Airport

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A Lev Tahor cult member was arrested in New York, Wednesday night, and is being charged with kidnapping. Mordechai Yoel Malka was arrested upon his arrival at Newark Airport, as he arrived on a flight from Guatemala.

He was expected to be charged with identity theft, as he allegedly used a fake passport to fly to the United States, and kidnapping charges. Malka was allegedly the Michallel Shabbos who drove 14-year-old Yante Teller and her 12-year-old brother Chaim when they were kidnapped from Woodridge early on a Shabbos morning in December of 2018.

The two children of the Teller family had recently escaped from the cult in Guatemala and were spending Shabbos in the Catskills, when the kidnapping occurred.

The mother had been a member of Lev Tahor – her father, Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans, founded the sect in 1994 – but fled the group last year after its leadership, which include her brother Mayer Rosner, became increasingly extreme, according to the FBI.

Earlier this week, YWN reported the indictments of Nachman Helbrans, 36; Mayer Rosner, 42, and his son Jacob Rosner, 20; and Aron Rosner, 45, of Brooklyn, Mayer Rosner’s brother. A fifth man, Lev Tahor member Matityau Malka, was charged with aiding a second kidnapping plot in March.

Mordechai Yoel Malka who was arrested last night is a brother of Matisyau Malka, who was previously charged and indicted with kidnapping.

[LEV TAHOR HORROR: Tales of Beatings and Torture Emerge From Excommunicated Cult Members]

An indictment handed up earlier this month charges all five men with conspiracy to defraud the United States and international parental kidnapping. All entered not-guilty pleas, and the case has now been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Nelson S. Roman.

They were indicted earlier this month in District Court in New York on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and international parental kidnapping. They have all pleaded not guilty. Four are being held without bond. Aron Rosner was released on a $10 million bond to home confinement and electronic monitoring.

Former members of Lev Tahor (who either escaped or were otherwise expelled) do not recall learning Mishnayos or Gemara, nor any Mitzvos Bein Adam LeChaveiro. They spend the majority of the day in deep prayer and are only allowed to study certain sections of the Chumash, with Lev Tahor commentary.

Reports indicate cult leaders have suggested death as better alternative than life outside the cult.

YWN has been at the forefront for more than 10 years fighting the Lev Tahor cult – with dozens of articles over the years.

Lev Tahor was founded and led by Shlomo Helbrans, from the 1980s until his drowning death in Mexico in 2017. Since then, the leadership has moved into the hands of his son Nachman Helbrans, along with Mayer Rosner, Yankel and Yoel Weingarten, who are even more radical and aggressive than the late founder.

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)




20 COMMENTS

  1. “The mother had been a member of Lev Tahor – her father, Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans, founded the sect in 1994 – but fled the group last year after its leadership, which include her brother Mayer Rosner, became increasingly extreme, according to the”
    As a daughter of Shlomo Hellbrans her brother is Nachman Hellbrans not Rosner.
    Also unless YWN has cultbusting operatives out in the field, you have been exposing LT not fighting them.
    Thanks, keep up the exposes.

  2. Someone around here has to grow up already.
    There is no need for name calling.
    There is no need to write in CAPSLOCK.
    There is no need to scream.
    Unless you are afraid someone might have a different opinion.
    And in that case, screaming won’t help.
    No I do not agree with the cult.
    Nor does anyone else
    But I (and I’m sure many others) are still offended every time you dictate exactly how we must think.
    We don’t come to this website for Hashkafa or Mussar.
    Stick to the facts.
    Please
    Thank You

  3. While I disagree with this cult entirely, your headline is misguided at best. You are NOT mechalel Shabbos If you are saving a life, and in their corrupt brain they were moser nefesh to save a life from being modernized.

  4. Unused brains:

    Sorry to bust your bubble of self-righteousness, but there are B”H refugees who escaped the cult or were rescued. And much more is known about the Klan than you think. I happen to have spoken to several, and the convergence of independent stories tells me that you are nothing but a liar and in complete denial. And at the expense of the lives that are being tortured by the allegiance to the leader (instead of Kabolas Ohl Malchus Shomayim), the physical and sexual abuses, the trimming of Torah that is ossur according to everybody, I will not only believe the stories, but will encourage anyone that will help re-engage the victims of your cult into mainstream Torah life. I will also continue to daven that every one of the perpetrators of the evil cult be apprehended and put away so that they can no longer harm innocent members and children of Klal Yisroel.

  5. Hey Rosner:
    How do you imagine all your highly classified secrets and details keep becoming known?
    Yep, Sammy the Bull. It’s time to close up shop forever, and free all your mental hostages.

  6. Such gangsters. How do we stop them from creating generations of distorted humans. The power of cult leaders is brainwashing. All those little innocent kinderlach….

  7. Brainless:

    There is a rule in the world of debating. I do not recall the precise wording, but it involves the move to name calling when one no longer has a point of argument. You have exercised this. I will not engage at that level. meanwhile, the indictment of 5 gangsters last week plus another arrest is a bit of simcha that helps to dilute the mourning fir the churban Bais Hamikdosh, and demonstrates to Klal Yisroel that HKB”H has not forsaken us. May we merit experiencing the entire geulah, and the demise of this evil, anti-Torah cult.

  8. These guys are facing very big trouble. It’s most apparent that one of their very own “highly trusted” leaders has turned on then and to save his own skin is now singing like a desperate feigeleh and throwing each of his comrades in crime under the bus. Anyway, we’ll see at the trial who is the government’s star witness – proud informant.

  9. Personally, I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but there have been reports in Israel of an individual seen walking the streets in Tzfas and Meron bearing a strong resemblance to Rabbi Shlomo Helbrantz. No, he was not seen walking in Memphis, Tennessee and carrying a guitar. Anyway, there are many that still question the death of Rabbi Helbrantz. They ask, who identified the body. His family cult members cannot be trusted even for a moment. Who allegedly buried him? Where is he allegedly buried? Fact is there were at least four different governments that wanted to charge him criminally. He had every reasonable reason to fake his own death. And, if he’s ever caught he has every reason, especially a a cult leader, to snitch on his deputies in order to save himself. The rest you all can fjgure out. GOOD NIGHT FOLKS.

  10. incredible !!! this jews are looking for Chilul H and troubles even with the Goyim nebach H yirachem
    there is anothers like him in the cult