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RABBI YISROEL BELSKY'S LETTER TO THE RESIDENTS OF LAKEWOOD
(English Translation)

My ears should have been spared hearing the horrific news that one of your fellow residents in town
informed upon a fellow Jew to the hands of the secular authorities,may god spare us,for which the
[Jewish]law is undisputed that one who commits such an act has no share in the world to come. (see:
Choshen Mishpat 388:4)

After conducting a thorough investigation I am absolutely certain that R' Y.K.[Yosef Kolko],may his light
shine, is perfectly innocent of any wrongdoing of any nature whatsoever. And not only is he innocent
but it is also as cleartone that all these allegations are fabrications made by [REDACTED].

Further, all the reports made to the secular authorities were only for the express purpose of casting
blame for their[the victim's family] own shameful and cursed existence on others. And the truth is that
the allegations they make against others are crimes they themselves are in fact guilty of and they seek
to cleanse their reputation by blaming an innocent man for their own deeds.

Accordingly, asitis a great mitzvah to rescue the pursued from the hands of the pursuer and to make it
known that the righteous man is right and the evil man is evil‐to rescue a pure and righteous soul.
Therefore, anyone who has the ability to rescue the righteous and does not do so is considered as if he
is himself the pursuer. (See: Rambam ‐ laws regarding informing 1: 14)
Thus, all who have the ability to influence the informers that they should retract their terrible deeds
should do so.