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The Multiple Personalities of "Aaron Frimer"

In December of 2003, days after we caught "Aaron Frimer" deliberately sabotaging the activities of JAHG-USA and broke off all contact with him, he launched a desperate campaign of confusion and clever psychological manipulation to win his way back into the movement — or, barring that, to break it apart. His ever-shifting tactics continue to target dozens of unsuspecting people right to the present day.

But since he depends on telling lies that vary from individual to individual and from day to day, we decided to publish excerpts from a few of his e-mails to various parties, to help his victims recognize his strategy. Only key lines have been reproduced, with slight reformatting and emphasis added for clarity.

For lack of space, only the following handful have been selected from literally hundreds of e-mails. Although reading the entire collection together would be an eye-opening look at the strategies of a trained infiltrator and provocateur, even this glimpse should raise eyebrows, particularly among those who think they know the man who calls himself "Aaron Frimer."


Without ever bothering to contact Boruch Ellison by e-mail, Frimer tried to provoke reactions from JAHG-USA contacts with an e-mail to the FBI claiming that Boruch had been kidnapped by the CIA. Notice, however, that he sent the e-mail to an obscure, hard-to-obtain address at the FBI that has no connection with kidnapping cases ("nccs" is the computer crime section of FBI!). Frimer knew quite well that filing false kidnapping reports is a federal crime — and he had no desire to provoke an actual FBI inquiry into his hoax:

  TO: nccs@fbi.gov
DATE: Thursday, December 11, 2003 10:13 AM
SUBJECT: emergency
To the attention of the FBI:
Two of my friends, Boruch (Bryan J.) Ellison and Shmuel Gelfand as well as Tom, Gerda and Homer Ellison (of Anaheim) have recently gone missing in Costa Mesa CA. I suspect that the KGB dominated CIA may be responsible. Please look into this asap, and please be in contact with me, thank-you.
>>Rabbi Aaron Frimer
(Later, Frimer unsuccessfully tried to manipulate a Lubavitcher into reporting the "kidnapping" of Boruch to law enforcement authorities; but when challenged to do so himself, Frimer made evasive excuses and refused — understandably, since he did not want to end up in federal prison, although he did not mind setting up someone else for legal trouble!)

Less than 24 hours after pretending to contact the FBI, Frimer changed his story (or forgot what he had said) and now included the FBI itself as one of the "kidnappers":

  DATE: Friday, December 12, 2003 9:39 AM
...For the past three days Boruch Ellison, Shmuel Gelfand, Homer Ellison, Tom Ellison and Gerda Ellison have gone missing in the Southern California area. A close fried of the Ellison's and Mr. Gelfand's - (Rabbi) Aaron Frimer suspects that the KGB controlled CIA and FBI are responsible for their sudden disappearance....
>>Aaron Frimer
When his hoax failed to get enough of a reaction, Frimer turned to shock tactics by waiting several days just to make phone calls in violation of the holy Jewish Sabbath — an attention-getting method, since Frimer claims to be an orthodox, observant Jew.

Meanwhile, Frimer himself was admitting that friends of Boruch were telling him there was no "kidnapping," yet Frimer ignored them and continued his cage-rattling effort (while still never trying to contact Boruch by e-mail!):

  FROM: AaronBenjamin Frimer
DATE: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 10:58 PM
...Since the disappearance of Boruch Ellison, Shmuel Gelfand, Homer Ellison and possibly Gerda Ellison last week I have endeavored to contact Chana by phone to discuss my concern about this matter. Last Friday during my first and only conversation with Chana… Chana told me the following:
"They just don't want to talk to you. Boruch told me that he was going to change his number and that he simply does not want to talk to you."...
Days later, Frimer again deliberately violated the Jewish Sabbath with phone calls, and then brazenly admitted his previous desecration:
  FROM: AaronBenjamin Frimer
DATE: Saturday, December 20, 2003 6:54 PM
...Last Saturday, I called the phone # of Don - the next door neighbor of Boruch-Bryan, Shmuel, and Homer and told him that I am concerned etc. Don told me that all is fine, infact he just saw Shmuel this afternoon and Shmuel is fine etc....
(To be accurate, his phone calls were on Friday night, the 12th, hours after the Sabbath had begun. But his implicit boast of desecrating the Sabbath was quite correct.) And, of course, he continued to ignore all protests that there was no "kidnapping." Obviously, he knew better the entire time. Why the game? Psychological manipulation requires provoking emotional reactions in the victims, and breaking the Sabbath proved a partly effective way to do precisely that.

Within days, Frimer's hoax was publicly exposed by us, and he quietly dropped it. Realizing he could not fool Boruch Ellison, Frimer now turned to JAHG-USA volunteer Shmuel Gelfand to see if he could furtively influence Shmuel behind everyone's back.

  DATE: Monday, February 16, 2004 9:07 AM
Hi Shmuel, I have been told by Shmuel Kravitizky that you are in Crown Heights. Is this correct?
Months of trying to work on Shmuel — while never once attempting to contact Boruch by e-mail — failed. So then Frimer turned to Boruch's brother, Homer:
  DATE: Thursday, June 03, 2004 3:56 PM
Shalom Homer, I have heard recently from someone that you are in contact with them. Can you please tell what on earth happened and why Boruch is no longer in contact with me?
>>Sincerely, Aaron
Homer wasn't fooled by the strange reference to an unknown "someone." So Frimer turned back to working on Shmuel in a low-profile way, still avoiding any direct contact with Boruch:
  DATE: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 12:59:31 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Shmuel, how are you doing?
Still getting no answer from Shmuel, Frimer began using the psychological tactic of planting doubts — in this case, by bashing the work of Boruch Ellison and JAHG-USA:
  DATE: Mon, 9 Aug 2004 10:45:57 -0700 (PDT)
Dear Shmuel, shalom aleichem - how are you? Are you still working with Boruch, or have you realized as well that he was leading you off the path of serving HaShem?
The next day, Frimer amplified his smear attacks against Boruch, trying harder to plant doubts in Shmuel's mind and drive a wedge between JAHG-USA participants. As you can see, his techniques range from "playing dumb" to innuendo and bluntly sarcastic vitriol:
  DATE: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 18:09:13 -0700 (PDT)
Dear Shmuel,
...I was under the assumption that perhaps you too had broken with Boruch's group…
...JAHG USA's campaigns such as handing out flyers about Boruch's interpretations of Gog and Magog - and anti xmas flyers which basically pissed off some frum Jews... yeah.. way to go!
Shmuel - this is not accomplishing anything!
Having received no reply, Frimer could see that his association with active Marxists was undermining his ability to influence Shmuel. Still avoiding all contact with Boruch, Frimer dropped all pretenses and bitterly attacked the anti-Communist educational work of JAHG-USA (while carefully leaving out any specifics that could be answered with evidence):
  DATE: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 06:54:59 -0700 (PDT)
Dear Shmuel, can you please explain to me what is happening with you? ...I am definitely not working with any Communists! (and I never have been. I would have thought that you all of all people should know that!) (The truth is that the majority of what Boruch taught us about Communism etc. is in reality wicked, distorted and dangerously misleading information!) …
Alas! His open attacks on JAHG-USA not working with Shmuel, Frimer reverted back to playing "Mr. Innocent (and just plain old nice guy)":
  DATE: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 13:33:05 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Shmuel, how are you?
By this last November, Frimer put back on his "observant, Hasidic Jew" hat and tried to bait Shmuel into using other fliers (which, as it turns out, were revisionist propaganda written specifically to cover up the role of Soviet Russia and the Communist Bloc in supporting the PLO and fomenting war in the Middle East; so much for Frimer "not working with any Communists!"):
  DATE: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 11:41:15 -0800 (PST)
Hi Shmuel,
...I think that maybe here you could find an alternative way to spread the word about Gog and Magog - in a more healthy and balanced way than you have been with Boruch. Why don't you find out if you can distribute flyers for these people instead of for Boruch
Shmuel knew better than to reply, and Frimer became frustrated:
  DATE: Thu, 4 Nov 2004 09:41:36 -0800 (PST)
Shmuel, have you been receiving my emails?...
By December, Frimer became very frustrated and tried playing dumb (hoping Shmuel had forgotten Frimer's earlier e-mails bashing JAHG-USA and anti-Communism):
  DATE: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 23:26:47 -0800 (PST)
Dear Shmuel,
...I am not sure exactly what the problem is - what the reason is that you have not been willing to speak with me for so long... What have I done to deserve this treatment?
Lo and behold! After more than a year of avoiding any direct contact with Boruch Ellison — throughout the CIA/FBI "kidnapping" hoax, the quiet approaches to Shmuel and Homer, the smear campaign against JAHG-USA, the denials of Communist affiliations, the attacks against anti-Communism, and the promotion of Communist-friendly materials — Frimer finally decided, for the first time in this whole unfolding story and out of sheer desperation, to contact Boruch! And wouldn't you know it; he played dumb and innocent, as if he had no idea what has been happening the entire time! He was probably hoping we had not been collecting and saving his e-mails:
  DATE: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 10:18 PM
Shalom Boruch, can you please explain to me why you, Homer and Shmuel are no longer in contact with me? What have I done to deserve this treatment?
And the story goes on (for Amalek never quits — which is why the Torah commands us to destroy all remnants of that evil, conspiratorial nation).

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