Tony Greenstein | 04 July 2015 | Post Views:

Shenburg is accused of raping fellow Jewish Israelis.  He is of the far-right, even in terms of the Israeli
rabbinate.  He was ordained by Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu,
who was Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel for 10 years and a follower of Rabbi
Meir Kahane, the founder of the Zionist Nazi Kach movement.

it’s the practice to protect the names of the victims of rapists.  But in this case Israeli Police have acted to
prevent the naming of the perpetrator.  A
gag order even prevents Israeli papers from knowing of the existence of such an

Orthodox Rabbi Accused of Rape Arrested Fleeing Israel, His Identity Under Police Gag Order (Except Here)

by Richard
Silverstein on July 3, 2015
Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg, deposed after accusations of rape among married female followers
Orthodox Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg, until recently head of a yeshiva and other
institutions in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, was arrested by Israeli
at Ben Gurion Airport as he attempted to flee the country.  His
name may not be reported in Israel according to a judicial gag order obtained
by the police.  He stands accused by married women among his followers of
engaging in sexual acts and rape.  He was removed from his state-funded
post after the investigation began.

was ordained by Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, then the chief rabbi of Tzfat.
 The former founded a pre-military yeshiva in Tzfat in 1999.
 This phenomenon has contributed markedly to the massive increases in
settler officers and a rightist slant among the IDF officer corps.  He
also led
3,000 settlers in prayer
at Joseph’s Tomb a holy site in Nablus under
contention between radical settlers and Muslims.
Rabbi Berland on his way to court in full religious regalia (EPA)
has cultivated relationships with the Israeli Orthodox women’s community.
 This rebbetzin even boasts
of taking spiritual and halachic supervision
from him.  I imagine this
passage may disappear from her website soon (unless she is one of his victims).
yeshiva he founded, Yeshivat Ha’Ari, has removed his biographical page, which
is preserved
 (in Hebrew).
a similar development, Rabbi Eliezer Berland is resisting
from Holland to Israel, where he stands accused of similar
sexual crimes.  Berland has taken to donning his full religious regalia in
court hearings, including tallit and tefillin.  This is certainly not just
an exploitation, but a perversion of Judaism in order to save the neck of an
accused sex abuser.  It would make Moses roll over in his grave and should
make most Jews sick to their stomach.

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