I will like to tell you a story of how one professed devout Jewish woman's lies resulted in her own Mom not being able to talk, walk or write.
This is a story of religious hypocrisy and betrayal and how that chosen path has led to the senseless destruction of her own Mom.
I would also argue that, in my view, someone who can look their own trembling mother literary in their own eye, and commit such a sin against not only the Torah and Judaism but also human decency that results in the destruction of their own Mother cannot be trusted at any level - Watch the above video for Jewish insights and ethics on “bearing false witness".
What does it mean to be a false witness against our neighbour? Here is one example in scripture quoted from Eliyah.com:
Deuteronomy 19:16-21 "If a false witness rises against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing, 17 - "then both men in the controversy shall stand before Yahweh, before the priests and the judges who serve in those days. 18 - "And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, 19 - "then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you. 20 - "And those who remain shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you. 21- "Your eye shall not pity: life shall be for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
To be a false witness against our neighbour basically means to falsely accuse someone else of wrongdoing. In the Torah, false witnesses were dealt with very harshly. We see in the above verses that if a person was found to be bearing false witness against another person, they would be given the punishment that the other person would have received if the witness was true!
On 8 January 2015 Marcella Carby-Samuels began a pattern of fabricating stories to the Ottawa Police Services against Raymond, her own brother. She and her accomplice concocted a story that her brother who had been acting as the primary care-giver of their Mother has been suffering from mental illness that made him violent that in turn posed a threat to their Mother and Father.
In one episode of Marcella's lying, she pinned down Raymond, her brother to the sink. Marcella did this in a violent outburst and rage after she saw that he was cooking for her parents!
Raymond had told her that he would call the police if she did not back off and stop threatening him when we was just trying to cook for everyone so that everyone could eat at a more normal time when they arrived after 8 pm rather than after 2am.
In an apparent bizarre twist, Marcella in the winter of 2015 decided that it would be she calling the police. She called then called police in defiance of her trembling elderly Mother who begged her not to. Marcella then proceeded to embellish a story that Raymond was mentally ill and “causing a domestic disturbance”. Marcella sought to exploit racial profiling against her own brother as a young black male, knowing that Ottawa cops known for racial profile who assume that her fabricated story was true.
Marcella had been visiting from Sweden, and Raymond didn't want her cooking dinner at 2 AM after she completed her own work. Marcella is a workaholic who has often worked long hours for sought overtime pay often at the apparent expense of quality-of-living considerations.
Thanks to Marcella's lies, after being responsible for multiple public mischief calls to the police designed to exploit racial profiling tendencies in the Ottawa Police, Raymond and his Mom have not been able to see each other since 12 June 2015.
Raymond's former care-giving to his Mom had ensured his Mom was able to walk, talk or write. But since Marcella was responsible for getting her brother removed from their parents home in late April 2015 from the calls to the police that she initiated, the Mother's health spiralled downward to the point that she lost her ability to walk talk and write in the matter of weeks.
The Mother's spouse had been abusing her. In fact, and The Canadian, we saw a note in the Mother's handwriting at the time which stated “Dad abuses me.”. But this was of no apparent concern to Marcella who got her brother removed from care-giving access so that their Mom would be left in the hands of a documented abuser who would often “forget” to feed her when the son would look for his Mom late in the evening after work.
I wonder if Marcella was in fact trying to get her brother “out of the way” so she could covet family assets on her elderly parents?
Marcella is no stranger to lies and deception though. That's how she got into the PhD progamme at Lund University which apparent professors and their spouses as students from being in the same progamme.
The way she got around this was to maintain her maiden name and to carry out an elaborate deception that she wasn't, in fact, married to Professor David Tenenbaum, her current husband, who teaches in the same department / faculty that she got her PhD application approved.
Marcella is quite adept at doing things like removing chometz during passover or attending religious ceremonies during the High Holidays but like some other people who respect religious ceremonies, she has failed in observing basic human decency which resulted in her telling hedious lies against her brother and more importantlythe devastation she had brought on against her own Mother.