The first wife of הרהג ר’ אריה מלכיאל קוטלר שליטא was Hinda, the daughter of Rav Yechiel Michel and Lifsha (née Soloveitchik) Feinstein (i.e. she was the granddaughter of the Brisker Rav, Rabbi Yitzchok Zev Soloveitchik). At the time of his marriage his older brother Meir זצ’ל was alive and was groomed to be the next ראש ישיבה . When הרהג ר’ אריה מלכיאל קוטלר שליטא went to the US to visit his ailing father, Rabbi Shneur Kotler, his wife refused to join him, as it is the Brisker tradition not to go to America. While in the US, his father succumbed to his illness and Kotler was called upon to succeed his father as rosh yeshiva of BMG. Back in the day he didn’t think he will be offered the job and this was an opportunity of a life time, an opportunity to eventually become the Gadol Hador. The fact that his wife cannot join him because she is forbidden to do so by her grandfather the Holy Brisker Rav, was not going to stand in his way. Hinda was willing to join her husband in Lakewood as long as a Rabbinical court in Israel would hear the case. הרהג ר’ אריה מלכיאל קוטלר שליטא knew that no Jewish court would side with him so הרהג ר’ אריה מלכיאל קוטלר שליטא created his own Kangaroo court which consisted of three young rabbis who were well connected to the Kotler family and had no experience as דיינים. They issued a rarely used exemption (Heter meah rabbanim) allowing him to take a second wife. A few months later he married his second wife Chana Leah Tikotzky. Hinda never picked up her Get. הרהג ר’ אריה מלכיאל קוטלר שליטא is a full-fledged polygamist.
This past week הרהג ר’ אריה מלכיאל קוטלר שליטא the polygamist issued a rabbinic decree demanding all must vote for NJ Senator Menendez – the pedophile and philander, and Lakewood Committeeman Lichtenstein an adulterer.
Briskers(November 28, 2018 - 6:10 pm)
At Aguda convention they made asher yutzar when the made him part of the “gedoilim” club.
Anonymous(November 25, 2018 - 11:55 am)
Finally, R”M made headlines!
שרגי(November 14, 2018 - 11:44 am)
Yerushelyim the Mechablim, headed by Hapeleg and supported by “unzere” rosh yeshiva, LOST big time
The letter of their “Rabbi” to Lakewood to “daven” for the matzav is hanging in the yeshiva.
המה כרעו ונפלו
Anonymous(November 12, 2018 - 5:05 pm)
The article forgot to mention how r’ malkiel and his wife are the strong personalities in lakewood behind the anti vaxxer movement.
But most people dont realize that this rosh yeshiva does not allow any bochur in yeshiva unless he is up to date on his vaccinations. They do no accept a religious exemption.
Hypocrisy at its best!
Basically its do as i say not as i do!
Jj(November 7, 2018 - 5:35 pm)
DataMaps Schwab(November 8, 2018 - 8:10 pm)
the גדולים get away with it – Manendez, Lichi, Miz and more – only the little guys are not allowed to have some fun. …
Briskers(November 6, 2018 - 8:26 am)
Bulletin: Reb Chaim Kanievsky, Shlita sad this morning
“Amyone voting for the Lakewood’s VAAD endorsed candidates is עתיד ליתן את הדין
שב ועל תעשה עדיף
Bob hugin for Senate(November 5, 2018 - 6:07 am)
While I can’t stand the BMG Mafia, and certainly can’t stand R’ Malkiels’s obsession with the Peleg and his hatred for Rav Shtainman, R’ Malkiel is not a polygamist. He has the right to get divorced and his wife was me’agein him by refusing to accept a get. Luckily for men, there is the option of Meah Rabanim, which btw is hard to get – you need 100 Rabanim to sign. Meanwhile, her get is waiting for her in the local bais din in bnei brak….. Whenever she chooses to pick it up and move on with her life. After 30+ years, she still refuses to do so.
Briskers(November 4, 2018 - 6:54 pm)
Pilegesh is also no issur, but a Gadol doesn’t do it.
Briskers(November 4, 2018 - 6:53 pm)
The Lakewood and Phily Rosh yeshivas families are not vaccinated, so which shuls are they davening?, which schools will their grandchildren be attending?
Briskers(November 4, 2018 - 5:38 pm)
It’s nice for “shalo-shidus-toirah”, or a chaburah…
but you don’t take the mantel or frock of “the gadol hador”.
There is a lot more.
Just A Guy(November 4, 2018 - 3:43 pm)
This is a really mis-informed post. There is no “issur” to go to America, that may be a hadracha, but it is not a Psak not one that can be backed by any halachic source, and not something that can be adjudicated in Bes Din. Being that it is not a question of halacha, it is no diffferent than any other Minhag (even less so, as it is not actually a minhag), the husbands minhagim take precedence.
As far as what you are calling “polygamy” (he halachicaly had two wives, but did not have in practice 2 wives at once), it was assured by by the cherem of Rabbaynu Gershom, therefore in an instance of Heter Meah Rabbanim, it is not assur. Heter Meah Rabbanim, is not something that is done by a single Beis Din, it actually requires Meah Rabbanim to sign a shtar
I'm Jealous(November 4, 2018 - 10:35 am)
Malkiel had more then one woman, money and power. A true mans dream. And he is the gdol hador. NOT BAD!
Anonymous(November 4, 2018 - 5:08 pm)
Gadol hador? Absolutely not!
A puppet hador absolutely yes!
He is subservient to his thuggish brother.
He does nothing with out consulting his brother ,who is also the one controlling the Lakewood vadd.
This family is nothing but mafioso thugs dressed as charedim.
They have no problem kissing up to thuggish and gay polititions and convince these polititions that they are the mouth piece for the lakewood/tomsriver/jackson orthodox jewish residents.
Briskers(November 3, 2018 - 10:48 pm)
They are consistent in backing Booker, Schaer, McGreevy, Hillary, etc.
Vote Republican only, Not Menash, as he’s a puppet of Meir & Aaron.
Briskers(November 3, 2018 - 10:45 pm)
That’s not the only reason many don’t want to rely on any psakim of the Baltimore Rabbi that orchestrated the hetter mayah.
Rabbi Cohen(November 4, 2018 - 8:16 am)
His name was heineman.
For some odd reason he never really made in life. Even thoyugh he is a one-man show in his town,
Really wanna know(November 3, 2018 - 10:01 pm)
He cojldnt take the brisker life style and wanted out.
Oisvorf(November 4, 2018 - 2:09 am)
He much prefers the peleg thuggish life style over the briskers.