Rabbi Gedalyah Axelrod, viewed as a prominent personality among rabbanei Chabad in Eretz Yisrael, and rav of the Chabad community in Haifa released a harshly-worded letter against Zimrony Tzick, who stands at the helm of a Chabad-affiliated organization called the ‘Geula V’Amitit V’Shleima’ based in Bat Yam.
The Rav states that in accordance with halacha, Tzick must be placed in “cheirim and niddui” Shturem reports, unless he retracts his statements.
The following is a loose translation of Rabbi Axelrod, an open letter to the greater Chabad community, in his which he refers to the kenos being organized by Tzick on 9 Shvat in an auditorium in Tel Aviv University:
I spoke with two prominent community members Shlita, and they told me that they heard from Zimrony himself that his custom is to eat on 10 Teves and fast days that have been decreed by Chazal and when asked how one is to conduct oneself, he does not instruct others to follow his example, but turns people to ‘Sichos Kodesh’ (or the Lubavitch Rebbe) for instructions.
He also canceled the halacha in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim (131) referring to ones recitation of Tachnun, which has been eliminated from his regular tefillos, and his primary premise is not based on the instructions of a Rav or the Shulchan Aruch, but as he see fit.
I am personally aware of the fact that regarding his own emunah in HaKadosh Baruch Hu contains elements of apikorsus, as is the case regarding the philosophy (hashkafa) of his close friend Mr. Shmuel Frummer.
Since he does influence others, this demands action since others are beginning to fall to a low level and he is the true enemy of Melech HaMoshiach, as was the case with the false moshiach Shabtai Tzvi and his followers.
In accordance with halacha, if he refuses to denounce his position and beliefs, he must be placed in cheirim and niddui and ousted from the community and I say this with a torn heart, with the tefilla that such wicked people are removed from my tent. Taking part in such a kenos chas v’sholom is the antithesis of a forum of tzaddikim since not a single rav is taking part. He invited Rav Kalmonson Shlita from the United States to address the forum, and I call on him to distance himself from the event, an act that will yield him much reward.
I conclude with a tefilla that the Melech Moshiach should reveal himself immediately, and redeem the People.
Written and signed on 7 Shvat by Rav Axelrod.
EDITORS NOTE: It should be noted that Rabbi Axelrod is a “Meshechist” Lubavitcher as well. It should also be noted that this story comes on the heels of a story which was exclusively reported by YWN regarding a group of fanatic Meshichistin from Melbourne Australia – who proudly ate and drank on the last fast day of Asara B’teves, and publicized their actions on YouTube. Their actions were condemned by Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Telsner, the head of Chabad of Melbourne, and placed them into Cheirem. See the following link for that story: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=44545
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)