I think it is monstrous that anyone would even think to mention that we should be donating money for pidyon shvuyim for people who clearly have chosen not to internalize any of the Torah that they learned. The Rabbis of New Jersey knew full well that money-laundering, theft and selling used body parts was totally unacceptable, unethical and sinful. I hope they're locked up in jail for the rest of their lives. The Chilul Hashem they have caused is enormous. I walk into Hunter and everyone looks at me and knows I'm an Orthodox Jew. But I'm not just an Orthodox Jew. I'm the Orthodox Jew whose rabbis steal money and are fraudulent and find nothing sacred. And for people like these, people who knowingly did what was totally wrong, we are asked to pay money? To save them from the punishment they so richly deserve? You have got to be kidding.
And I don't care what ridiculous loopholes in halakha people use to try to justify it: there is a concept of right and wrong and it is written clearly in the Torah. One must be honest- with Jews, with gentiles, with everyone! These people are disgusting; they dare to pretend to lead the community when in truth they don't give a damn about their Judaism. Am I judging them? Hell yeah! These are the people who make my religion into something that the nations of the world laugh at; they don't care about being a light unto the nations. They don't care about anything except dirtying the language of Torah in order to use it for fraud (part of their code utilized 'gemaras.')
I hope these people who dare to pretend to be upstanding leaders and scholars and then betray the entire community this way have the book thrown at them. I hope they get locked up forever. A betrayal of this magnitude (to man and God) should not go unpunished. Where did people's integrity go? Their understanding of right and wrong, honesty, being ethical? When did the halakha become a tool to subvert honesty and allow for cheats and liars? God must be crying to see what's happened to His Law.
And who in their right mind could claim that Madoff's sentence was due to anti-semitism? Are you kidding me? The man stole millions and billions of dollars from people, from Jewish charities. He turned on his own kind, his brethren, and you are claiming the court system is at fault and is anti-semitic. Are you out of your minds?
What in the hell do they teach you in these right-wing yeshivot?