Yisroel Belsky

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Chaim Yisroel Belsky (August 22, 1938 – January 28, 2016) was an American rabbi and posek of Orthodox and Haredi Judaism. He was one of the roshei yeshivas at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, and rabbi of the summer camp network run by Agudath Israel of America. He was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Belsky was criticized by other rabbis for his repeated defense of sexual abusers. Some have claimed that he intimidated victims of abuse. Belsky has publicly stated that victims should not report their rape to the police.[1]

Belsky was taken to hospital on January 22, 2016 in Brooklyn. He had a "serious illness".[2] He died eight days later on January 30, at the age of 77.[3]

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  1. Gary Rosenblatt. "Connecting the World to Jewish News, Culture, and Opinion". The Jewish Week. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  2. "Torah Vodaas Dean in Serious Condition". Jewish Press.com. January 22, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  3. "Baruch Dayan Ha'emes: Hagaon Harav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt"l". Hamodia.com. January 30, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2016.