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Jerusalem - Report: Prominent Kabbalistic Rabbi to be Indicted

Published on: November 29, 2012 03:14 PM
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Jerusalem - Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto and his wife Devora are expected to be indicted soon on charges of bribery and money laundering, as an investigation that began last month appears to be in its final stages.

According to Israeli news sources CH. 2  and Globes , Rabbi Pinto reportedly attempted to bribe Brigadier General Ephraim Bracha, chief of the Police Investigation Division, who was investigating Pinto on suspicion of money laundering.  Pinto allegedly offered the senior police official $200,000 in exchange for information regarding the police probe into his affairs.

Rabbi Pinto, a well known kabbalist, and his wife were both placed under house arrest in October and Mrs. Pinto attempted to commit suicide several days later, as previously reported on VIN News.

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As the investigation continued to develop, investigators arranged a meeting last week between Rabbi Pinto and Brigadier General Bracha, which according to witnesses, escalated into a heated and very vocal debate and only seemed to have strengthened the case against Rabbi Pinto.

According to Amir Dan, Rabbi Pinto’s communications advisor, Rabbi Pinto himself called for the meeting with Brigadier General Bracha in order to prove that the allegations being made against him are baseless.

“The Rav’s life work has been to help every person he can and he and his followers devote their time and energy to accomplishing this goal,” said Dan.


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 Nov 29, 2012 at 03:29 PM LuckyStrike Says:

After all is said and done it looks like the Rav will be end up driving a Ford Pinto.

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 03:32 PM Not the NY Times Says:

"According to Amir Dan, Rabbi Pinto’s communications advisor ..."

This "rabbi" has a "communications advisor." He has hired someone to tell him what to say. Why can't he just say the truth?

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 04:12 PM amerikaner Says:

all that were affected by pinto should come out in the open now - good or bad

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 04:50 PM Kzler Says:

Reply to #2  
Not the NY Times Says:

"According to Amir Dan, Rabbi Pinto’s communications advisor ..."

This "rabbi" has a "communications advisor." He has hired someone to tell him what to say. Why can't he just say the truth?

Why say the truth it may get him in trouble with the tzionym. The chilonim must enjoy this. Hitler killed not only my parents ,brother and cousin but also an outlook or as you say a hashkofo. Sheker is the new torah

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 05:00 PM ProminantLawyer Says:

I am shocked. A rabbi accepting money? He is a grand bal zudookah. He didnt take money he was redistrubuting it to where it was needed.

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 05:10 PM BeKind Says:

Reply to #1  
LuckyStrike Says:

After all is said and done it looks like the Rav will be end up driving a Ford Pinto.

You are engaging in schadenfreude (look up what it means). You should be ashamed of yourself!

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 06:20 PM RIDICULOUS Says:

"Rabbi Pinto, a well known kabbalist" what a joke. The guy is a fake scamming millions of dollars from gullible Jews and non-Jews alike. How long are we going to continue protecting fraudsters from our midst just because they have a black hat and payos. a Shanda un a Charpeh

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 06:49 PM charocza Says:

Hashem loves him, He wants him to do tshuvah and become a real tzadick that does not run after money and does not need the limelight he should be more like his ancestors, please pray for him his name is Yoshiahu Ben Zhary and have compassion he gave in to a strong temptation Hashem should be with him and all of us, amen

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 07:00 PM Anonymous Says:

My brother gave him hundreds of thousands of dollars for prayers. Now what???

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 07:58 PM heeb Says:

Reply to #1  
LuckyStrike Says:

After all is said and done it looks like the Rav will be end up driving a Ford Pinto.

Funny!!!!!!!

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 08:10 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

My brother gave him hundreds of thousands of dollars for prayers. Now what???

now what? I guess if he paid for prayers, he got his prayers. what is it that you are complaining about? that your brother is an idiot?

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 08:40 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

My brother gave him hundreds of thousands of dollars for prayers. Now what???

Well, your brother answered someone's prayers: The Pintos!

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 08:51 PM Anonymous Says:

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Kzler Says:

Why say the truth it may get him in trouble with the tzionym. The chilonim must enjoy this. Hitler killed not only my parents ,brother and cousin but also an outlook or as you say a hashkofo. Sheker is the new torah

What does this have to do with Hitler, Y'S. You seem to bring up the shoah and the Nazis to almost every issue. This guy Pinto is a scam artist who has exploited wealthy yidden and taken millions of dollars for questionable purposes. Hopefully, this indictment will lead to a conviction and maybe some restitution to those from whom he took money by predicting their futures and assuring them positive outcomes in their business and personal lives.

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 08:54 PM shredready Says:

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ProminantLawyer Says:

I am shocked. A rabbi accepting money? He is a grand bal zudookah. He didnt take money he was redistrubuting it to where it was needed.

Fur coat expensive shoes First Class hotels and incredibly inexpensive vacations

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 09:11 PM baklazhan Says:

I learned and merited from the hospitality provided by Rav Pinto's yeshiva Shuva Yisrael many times and felt it almost a home away from home. It is a place where everyone is accepted and can come for Shabbat or a meal during the week, as well as to learn whenever. When I was there the space was very big and was an opportunity for many Israelis living in the area to experience a frum Moroccan environment and a yeshiva atmosphere. I personally know many other people who have been helped by Shuva Yisrael. It's unfortunate what is happening to the Rav but I know how much he and his organization helped me in my own teshuva as well as others.

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM oiber-chacham Says:

Anyone claiming to be a KABALIST,and able to tell the future,and
claiming to be able to change your situation by praying or by some
kabalistic mumbo-jumbo,is nothing but a ripp off artist and a
charlatan,who takes advantage of desperate people,and preys on the
ignorant masses,and for that alone they all deserve to be behind bars,
and we are supposed to be the AM NAVON V'CHACHAM ?
what a CHILLUL HASHEM

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
charocza Says:

Hashem loves him, He wants him to do tshuvah and become a real tzadick that does not run after money and does not need the limelight he should be more like his ancestors, please pray for him his name is Yoshiahu Ben Zhary and have compassion he gave in to a strong temptation Hashem should be with him and all of us, amen

nice that YOU know what Gd wants for him.

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
baklazhan Says:

I learned and merited from the hospitality provided by Rav Pinto's yeshiva Shuva Yisrael many times and felt it almost a home away from home. It is a place where everyone is accepted and can come for Shabbat or a meal during the week, as well as to learn whenever. When I was there the space was very big and was an opportunity for many Israelis living in the area to experience a frum Moroccan environment and a yeshiva atmosphere. I personally know many other people who have been helped by Shuva Yisrael. It's unfortunate what is happening to the Rav but I know how much he and his organization helped me in my own teshuva as well as others.

what's your point? that this made it okay to launder money and bribe officials?

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 Nov 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
baklazhan Says:

I learned and merited from the hospitality provided by Rav Pinto's yeshiva Shuva Yisrael many times and felt it almost a home away from home. It is a place where everyone is accepted and can come for Shabbat or a meal during the week, as well as to learn whenever. When I was there the space was very big and was an opportunity for many Israelis living in the area to experience a frum Moroccan environment and a yeshiva atmosphere. I personally know many other people who have been helped by Shuva Yisrael. It's unfortunate what is happening to the Rav but I know how much he and his organization helped me in my own teshuva as well as others.

I don't understand this article. if he is a kabbalist, why does he need to bribe anyone for information? He should be able to see it himself, no?

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 Nov 30, 2012 at 01:40 AM Respect Says:

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ProminantLawyer Says:

I am shocked. A rabbi accepting money? He is a grand bal zudookah. He didnt take money he was redistrubuting it to where it was needed.

I believed the same. But unfortunately the reports say the investigation found massive amount - millions of dollars - sitting in his personal banking accounts.

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