Israel – Head of Jerusalem Yeshiva Arrested For Allegedly Shooting Student. Police Say Rabbi Has Ties To Mob

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    Suspect brought before court (Photo: Noam Moscowitz)Israel – The head of a Jerusalem yeshiva allegedly shot and wounded one of his students in early January.

    The rabbi was arrested three weeks ago and is expected to be charged Tuesday with aggravated assault, illegal possession of a firearm and obstruction of justice.

    On Saturday night, January 9, police received a report of a shooting incident in Jerusalem’s Haredi neighborhood of Beit Yisrael. At the time, eyewitnesses told police that two young men on a motorbike shot a yeshiva student and fled the scene of the crime.

    The victim also fled the scene, but was located by police later that night in a hospital in the north.

    Police arrested the Jerusalem rabbi three weeks ago along with an associate – allegedly the motorcycle driver.

    Police had interrogated the rabbi, who was not initially a suspect, shortly after the incident because of his connection to the student. At the time he told police that he had been on his way to a torah class in the south when the shooting took place.

    Police say they have eyewitnesses who identified the rabbi as the shooter, and evidence that the rabbi called the victim from a pay phone shortly before the incident and requested that he meet him at the location at which the shooting later took place.

    According to Yediot Ahronot police allege that the yeshiva head maintains close ties with the mob.

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    42 COMMENTS

    1. Lesson from the Rosh to the talmud is the following – if you are going to shoot, make sure you kill, otherwise the victim will testify against you.

    2. There has been some demands to restore corporal punishment to yeshivot like there was in the old country but this is totally too much and inappropriate. The rav should be punished if this indeed happened. There are better ways to maintain discipline and derech eretz during shiurim.

      • From the Yediot & the Geography of where it happened it seems to add up, to the same place not nesecarily the same Rosh Yeshiva.
        BTW some BTS are the best of society, others are still in the process of doing Tshuva, if this Yeshiva head was in jail etc. He may still have nisyonois & not have completed his tshuva yet even if he is helping others. We all know ex-convicts are much more likely to be repeat offenders. All the halochos of geirim sheloi yachzor lesuroi.
        It is probably known in detail in the Israeli mikvaos & coffe shops [that charge less than $12.00 a cup] who what & where by now.

    3. Rabbeim need be be SCREENED a lot better. Do full PSYCHE PROFILES on all Rebbe applicants and teacher applicants. It seems that we have way too many crazy and dangerous people working in chinuch these days!

    4. I don’t believe that these are the facts. It is some anti Chareidi bashing again. Rabbonim don’t shoot their students. It is sheer lunacy.

    5. Key words in the article: “the rabbi, a newly religious man who has already served two years in prison for attempted murder”

      Also: “Police claim the yeshiva head maintains close ties with the mob. He established the Jerusalem yeshiva after being released from prison using donations. Many of its students are rehabilitated criminals or prisoners serving an alternative sentence.

      The rabbi served two years in jail for attempted murder after the central witness for the prosecution died mysteriously just one day before he was scheduled to testify.”

      Context is everything.

    6. “I am innocent. The truth will come out later,” the rabbi, a newly religious man who has already served two years in prison for attempted murder, told the court.

      Police plan to recommend the rabbi stand trial on charges of aggravated assault along with another suspect, Yitzhak Zohar, who they suspect aided him.

      Police claim the yeshiva head maintains close ties with the mob. He established the Jerusalem yeshiva after being released from prison using donations. Many of its students are rehabilitated criminals or prisoners serving an alternative sentence.

      The rabbi served two years in jail for attempted murder after the central witness for the prosecution died mysteriously just one day before he was scheduled to testify. The defendant bolted to Belgium, from whence he was extradited.

    7. Now the story is coming out. This was no ordinary “Rabbi” and no ordinary “student”. They are both criminals who have committed every crime known to man.

    8. This is the reason that “smicha” should not be just given out for passing the original test. “Rabbis” need to be tested year after year for integrity, ethics, propriety and knowledge in order to keep their title “Rabbi”!

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