Chaim Walder’s books removed from Eichler’s over rape allegations

Popular Jewish retailer Eichler’s will no longer carry the books of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox author Chaim Walder following allegations made against him of rape and sexual assault of minors, Eichler CEO Mordy Getz announced on Twitter.
Walder’s books will no longer be available in your store or online at, although the option to buy them is currently available at the time of writing this article.

“This decision was not made lightly and will certainly come at a high financial cost, as these books were the best sellers,” wrote Getz, “but as a business that cares deeply about our community, we cannot ignore the pleas they make. we have received on behalf of the alleged victims. “

This was not just a means to disassociate from an author facing accusations, but a step to ensure the safety of the community.

“Since access to the alleged victims was largely through the author’s books and works, we believe this decision is an essential step in protecting our children and building a safer and healthier community,” Getz said.

The Jerusalem Post reached out to Getz for comment.

Eichler’s is a well-known Borough Park, Brooklyn-based retailer that sells books, Judaica, and gifts.

Walder, who lives in Bnei Brak, is a well-known author who publishes literature for children and young people in the ultra-Orthodox world, with his Kids Speak series (in Hebrew – Yeladim Mesaprim Al Atzmam) selling more than two million copies of his books. in ultra-Orthodox communities throughout Israel and the Diaspora. The first book in the series became one of the five best-selling books in Israel of all time.

He has written more than 50 books and is considered to have revolutionized ultra-Orthodox literature for children, as his books allow children to express their thoughts and emotions out loud and focus on difficult and sensitive subjects. He also runs the Center for Children and Families run by the Bnei Brak Municipality, and is a certified counselor who works with children and young adults who experience trauma and abuse.

However, he has been charged with allegedly engaging in sexual activities with minors, two girls aged 12 and 15, with a third testimony accusing him of regularly raping a 20-year-old woman, his therapy patient.

Walder has denied these accusations against him, and his lawyers have accused them of being a “virtual blood libel” with no “connection to reality.”

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