Got yichus? It seems that ‘deadbeat dad’ and Get (Jewish divorce) refuser, Velvel Butman has some premium pedigree. He is a direct descendant of Chabad Founder Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, also know as The Alter Rebbe.
Rabbi Velvel Butman will be our guest Farbrenger. He is a well known motivational speaker; beginning in the mid 1980s, he served in a series of successive Shlichut internships in Venezuela, Russia and West Africa before being appointed to direct Lubavitch activities in Westchester County, New York. There he has served with distinction since 1993, founding 11 outreach centers during the course of the last 20 years! Rabbi Butman is a direct descendant of the founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalmen of Liadi, known as the Alter Rebbe.His father, Rabbi Shmuel, heads Lubavitch Youth Organization of New York as well as an international organization for descendants of the Alter Rebbe.
See also chabadnj.org here.
Considering the importance that Chabad-Lubavitch places on their bloodline pedigrees, this relationship is especially amusing. Amusing in that absurd way when someone holds up something worthless declaring it to have great value.
Much like the Indian caste system, Chabad has it’s divisions which separate the Lubavitch elite from the greater population of sect members who do not have high pedigree. Even lower on the Chabad scale are the outreach targets that Chabad tries to draw into their sect with their missionary work. Within that group, the lowest level would be the convert to Judaism. Both baalei teshuvah and converts are viewed as a kind of potential contamination to the purity of Chabad-Lubavitch bloodlines. Note: Though these Jews are subject to discrimination by the Lubavitch sect, their money is not. All donations are pure and acceptable in the eyes (and hands) of Chabad shluchim.
Unlike Independent India’s constitution which banned discrimination on the basis of caste to correct historical injustices, Chabad embraces it’s ‘caste system.’ Hypocritically, they tell outreach targets that they are special when in fact they are the lowest of the Chabad low, without a bloodline connecting them to one of their previous Rebbes (all leadership posts held by nepotism and family inbreeding).
The premise behind the embracing of yichus and gezhe status in Chabad is the idea that genetic connection to someone who is historically revered, increases the probability of duplicating their ancestor’s perceived greatness. Applied to current and future generations, this is the building block of Chabad family dynasties. The same behavior is found in many cultures. It’s not a Jewish idea; merely human tribalism.
Schneur Zalman of Liadi, as founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, was the 1st Lubavitcher Rebbe – now known as The Alter Rebbe. He was the author of the Tanya, a book some call the “Bible of Chabad,” and one that Chabad treats accordingly – though a minor piece of work in greater Judaism. Generally he plays ‘second fiddle’ only to the sect’s messianic figure, and 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson.
Schneur Zalman is also the Chabad leader whose bloodline produced this disgrace:
Get Refuser and ‘Deadbeat Dad’, Velvel (also spelled Velvl) Butman. Criminal by Jewish and secular standards.
If the Alter Rebbe is Velvel Butman’s ‘claim to fame,’ Velvel Butman is the Alter Rebbe’s claim to shame.
- The Alter Rebbe produced a descendant that has kept his wife trapped in aguna status (lit: chained) to a Jewish marriage (despite already having a civil divorce).
- The Alter Rebbe produced a descendant that is under some deluded idea that a ‘rabbi shouldn’t get divorced.’
- The Alter Rebbe produced a descendant that engages in domestic abuse by preventing his (ex)wife from remarrying according to Jewish law.
- The Alter Rebbe produced a descendant that neglected to pay almost $80,000 in child support.
- The Alter Rebbe produced a descendant that has met only two monthly child support payments in four years.
- The Alter Rebbe produced a descendant that was held in contempt of court by a Brooklyn judge for failing to pay his child support obligation
- The Alter Rebbe produced a descendant that is in contempt of a Jewish court who ordered him to grant the divorce.
- The Alter Rebbe produced a descendant that left his wife having to provide for many children by commuting from Crown Heights to a job as a daycare worker in Westchester.
- The Alter Rebbe produced a descendant that is a pompous elitist believing he is too good to get a job, telling the court: “I would have needed to get permission from a rabbinic panel if someone of my stature should be seen [working] in a Starbucks.’’
- The Alter Rebbe produced a descendant that is the butt (pun intended) of jokes by Jews and non-Jews alike worldwide. A light unto the nations!
(image taken from firearm discussion forum at ar15.com)
Butman should be considered an embarrassment to the hasidic sect of Chabad-Lubavitch, and to the memory of its founder.
Okay, one more:
The Alter Rebbe produced a descendant that moved in on another (lower pedigree) Chabad rabbi’s territory in 1994 and ultimately took possession of it.
Commenters feel welcome to add more.