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Lev Tahor and The Quebec Homeschooling Case

“Lev Tahor is a fringe movement from within ultra-orthodox Judaism and is headed by Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans and his son Nachman. The Rabbi is now estranged from his wife and one of his sons, who are now in Israel. Lev Tahor has been called a ‘Haredi burqa sect’ or part of the ‘Jewish Taliban.’ Its members are known in Canada and Israel for homeschooling their children. Sometime in 2013, investigations began in Quebec due to concerns about the children’s education and welfare, the young ages of girls given in marriage, as well as allegations of abuse.”

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German Churches Up in Arms over Abuse Study

“There is a serious problem when familial violence becomes an accepted piece of one’s culture and religious upbringing — when we normalize it to the extent that no one is shocked at all. Issues brought forward by the Twelve Tribes in Germany are not at all shocking in many parts of the United States because such methods have become so normalized. So many people believe it is the right thing to do. Anything contrary is ‘unbiblical.'”

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Pirates, Bible Abiders, and The German Tea Party: What Germans Think

“One of the things I get asked quite frequently is ‘What do those living in Germany think about parents who want to teach their children at home?’ Also, ‘Is there as much hype in Germany about these cases like what we’re hearing in the US?’ which is quickly followed by, ‘Is it just not in your news?’ I’d like to try to share some of what I have seen and heard in response to those questions.”

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The Mutterpass: Motherhood, Healthcare, and Homeschooling in Germany

“I usually stammer a bit and try to explain that things are just so different here with German culture vs. American or Canadian culture. With the healthcare system that we have, women who are prenatal and postnatal are well cared for and children are seen as an investment and something that the entire ‘village’ should protect. It all starts when you get your first positive pregnancy test.”

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“Diplomas Play No Role For Us”: The Case of the Wunderlichs

“All the news articles I’ve read in English (from Fox, The Blaze, World Net Daily, CBN, World Mag and others) so far show very clearly that the authors know next to nothing about Germany, German law, German society at large, or the German educational system and its history. Instead, they’re happy to perpetuate myths and simply assume the police is this evil entity, because surely the HSLDA would not lie.”

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Pray For All The Children Of The Twelve Tribes — Part One

“So many checks and balances broke down in protecting these children. In a land where spanking and other punitive forms of discipline that include striking a child are outlawed, it’s just unbelievable. To hear in other people’s words what I lived as a child, it just completely validates how I feel about punitive parenting, and how it simply cannot, and does not have a biblical basis whatsoever.”

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I Love All of You, But Hitler Was Not The One Who Made School Compulsory

“I have been asked repeatedly for my opinions on the Romeike family from Germany that is seeking assistance through the HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) for asylum in the USA. Many people think that because I am a former home-schooler, and especially because I live in Germany (I’ll come home before my children go to school and home-school them, right?) that I will be incensed and defend the family.”

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