…going to Chayolei Hamelech This Year?
Profile #2 Rabbi Gershon Avtzon
Yeshivas Lubavitch Cincinnati, under the directorship of Rabbi Gershon Avtzon, is pleased to announce that it will be returning this summer to Camp Chayolei Hamelech for the second consecutive summer. The program will be directed by Hatamim Menachem M. Friedman and the Yeshiva Staff and Shluchim. Talmidim interested in joining this special Yeshivah program should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-581-7474. (chabad.info)
Last year (5768) when it became known to the rightful owners of Machne Menachem that Rabbi Avtzon was [indeed] planning use the property that belongs to Machne Menachem, Reb Meir Hershkop contacted him to inquire on who gave him permission.
Rabbi Avtzon replied that he knows about the Ikkul and he knows who Spritzer is etc… v’dal… And that he had asked Rabbi Osdoba and that Rabbi Osdoba had given him a Heter. Rabbi Hershkop insisted that, that can not be the case, for the Bais Din had come out with a Psak/Ikkul forbidding anybody from using this property until a proper Din Torah was to take place; (and besides which Rav can give permission to anybody to use or take somebody’s else property?).
After a couple of phone calls back and forth, Rabbi Avtzon finally conceded that it was not he who asked the Rav but his father. (I see this is the common conclusion with those that claim they asked, it always ends the same, it’s never they who asked, and it’s always a friend). Reb Meir let him know that he is not being truthful.
Rabbi Avtzon the suggested that he would not go to the camp unless he got a letter giving him Resush (permission). We are still waiting for that letter. He latter wrote in an e-mail that he would go, unless Machne Menachem provided him with a letter from Bais Din stating that he is NOT to go (?!). [After days of back and forth conversation with Reb Meir he has the Chutzpa to say that he is not the final say and that Meir should speak to one by the name of Rabbi Levin the director of the Yeshiva. Wow what a mentch!].
I must mention that all this took place two weeks before Shavuot. Reb Meir had taken the liberty to search for a place that Rabbi Avtzon (and his program) can go instead. Reb Meir found him a beautiful place; a better place and a cheaper etc… Rabbi Avtzon insisted that it was already too late (?!) and that he will be going nonetheless. Reb Meir asked him if he was to steal a car to shuttle his Talmidim to Mivtzyim, would he also claim he had no choice that it was late and he had to go.
Now, a year latter, Rabbi Avtzon still thinks it’s too late to find another place (?!)
The question now is:
Do the parents (of his Yeshiva) know about the Ikkul? When asked about it, what does Rabbi Avtzon tell them? If he’s telling them he has a Heter then he’s guilty of חוטא ומחטי את הרבים? How can a person like this consider himself a Mechanich/educator?
G-d willing, when (or if ever) Mr. Spritzer will decide to come to a Din Torah and it is discovered that the camp (property) Halachically did always belong to Machne Menachem, then both Rabbi Oster and Rabbi Avtzon (and anybody else) will be summoned to a Din Torah to pay for using Machne Menachem Property.