Orthodox Rabbi Accused of Rape Arrested Fleeing Israel, His Identity Under Police Gag Order (Except Here)
|Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg, deposed after accusations of rape among married female followers|
Sheinberg 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)|
The yeshiva he founded, Yeshivat Ha’Ari, has removed his biographical page, which is preserved here (in Hebrew).
In a similar development, Rabbi Eliezer Berland is resisting deportation 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.