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

Published on: May 4, 2010 08:51 AM
Last updated on: May 4, 2010 11:36 AM
By:  Haaretz
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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.

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



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 May 04, 2010 at 08:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Let me guess-its a Zionist conspiracy against charedim Rabbis?
Which yeshiva is this?

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 May 04, 2010 at 08:54 AM Anonymous Says:

This is too funny ..the gun totting rabbi ....

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 May 04, 2010 at 08:57 AM Anonymous Says:

I told my son this is what happens if you don't keep seder.

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 May 04, 2010 at 09:00 AM RBS Guy Says:

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.

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 May 04, 2010 at 09:06 AM syt am Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Let me guess-its a Zionist conspiracy against charedim Rabbis?
Which yeshiva is this?

Conspiracy? of course no. Influence of culture where this is the way how you deal with the problems and life and dignity are cheap? Absolutely yes.

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 May 04, 2010 at 09:22 AM RJ Says:

Clearly missing substantial details. For example, why in the world would the victim flee the scene?

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 May 04, 2010 at 09:24 AM Ich shaym zich oych nisht#1 Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

This is too funny ..the gun totting rabbi ....

Today anything is possible!! nothing should shock anyone---But all are innocent until proven guilty!!

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 May 04, 2010 at 09:35 AM dovy Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Let me guess-its a Zionist conspiracy against charedim Rabbis?
Which yeshiva is this?

you need help desparately

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 May 04, 2010 at 09:48 AM Anonymous Says:

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.

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 May 04, 2010 at 09:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
dovy Says:

you need help desparately

Actually, he doesn't. He is telling it like it is. So maybe you are the one that needs help.

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 May 04, 2010 at 09:51 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
dovy Says:

you need help desparately

This article says nothing and leaves all questions unanswered, what are you hiding?

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 May 04, 2010 at 09:58 AM Bruce Says:

This is the problem of calling drug rehab yeshivas - yeshivas we should call them halfway houses

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 May 04, 2010 at 10:03 AM Anonymous Says:

Can you tell us the motive? Which Yesihva? The name of the "rabbi"? Anything?

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 May 04, 2010 at 10:04 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Let me guess-its a Zionist conspiracy against charedim Rabbis?
Which yeshiva is this?

If the shooter was indeed a Zionist he wouldn't have missed!

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 May 04, 2010 at 10:07 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Ich shaym zich oych nisht#1 Says:

Today anything is possible!! nothing should shock anyone---But all are innocent until proven guilty!!

UH, innocent until proven guilty is an American philosophy...

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 May 04, 2010 at 10:10 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

This article says nothing and leaves all questions unanswered, what are you hiding?

You mean what is haaretz hiding? The top right of the atricle says where it is from

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 May 04, 2010 at 10:11 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

Actually, he doesn't. He is telling it like it is. So maybe you are the one that needs help.

ACTUALLY - I think we ALL need help - we are our own worst enemy...At least I know that the "Palistiniians" hate me, but depending where we are holding hashkafically, my own brethern maybe hating me and wishing to throw rocks at me and light fires in my shul...
yes, we ALL need help!

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 May 04, 2010 at 10:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

UH, innocent until proven guilty is an American philosophy...

No. It is in Shass, Rambam, Tur and Shulchan Oruch as well.

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 May 04, 2010 at 10:25 AM Yishai Kohen Says:

The kid probably wasn't going to night seder. I know that my night seder rav always got angry when someone missed it.

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 May 04, 2010 at 10:44 AM Is this the Laptop Smashing Rabbi Says:

In my life I never thought Id have to read such an article. things are unraveling FAST!

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 May 04, 2010 at 11:04 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

No. It is in Shass, Rambam, Tur and Shulchan Oruch as well.

i kinda stand corrected, thanks for pointing it out without berating me.
but does the state of israel hold by shass, tur, and shulchan oruch?

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 May 04, 2010 at 11:20 AM DEM be babies!!! Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

No. It is in Shass, Rambam, Tur and Shulchan Oruch as well.

No, and yes. Yes they are innocent, as they have not been found guilty by a bes din, but any accused, if needed, would be locked up in jail.

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 May 04, 2010 at 11:22 AM gadol Says:

I guess when he got his semicha he took the words yore yore literally!!

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 May 04, 2010 at 11:45 AM Anonymous Says:

i am ready to bet that this so called yeshiva is for B.T. from drugs to other criminal acts.

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 May 04, 2010 at 11:51 AM I WILL SAY IT AGAIN Says:

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!

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 May 04, 2010 at 12:00 PM Anonymous Says:

WOW! Why on earth would a rosh yeshiva shoot someone, and his own student?

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 May 04, 2010 at 12:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
RJ Says:

Clearly missing substantial details. For example, why in the world would the victim flee the scene?

gee, I don't know maybe because SOMEONE WAS SHOOTING AT HIM.

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 May 04, 2010 at 12:44 PM ??? Says:

I jus luv how e1 assumes the facts r accurate...There's more missing than present in this article! Y r Jews so anti-semitic?

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 May 04, 2010 at 12:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Not surprising....not surprising at all that this would eventually happen.

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 May 04, 2010 at 12:55 PM The Oldie Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

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.

"There are better ways to maintain discipline and derech eretz during shiurim".

ROFL!!

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 May 04, 2010 at 12:58 PM anti chareidi bashing Says:

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.

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 May 04, 2010 at 01:20 PM Fotheringay-Phipps Says:

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.

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 May 04, 2010 at 01:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
DEM be babies!!! Says:

No, and yes. Yes they are innocent, as they have not been found guilty by a bes din, but any accused, if needed, would be locked up in jail.

Same as by the goyim. Some get bail, some don't.

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 May 04, 2010 at 01:43 PM Anonymous Says:

"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.

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 May 04, 2010 at 01:43 PM Loshon Hora Says:

Reply to #20  
Is this the Laptop Smashing Rabbi Says:

In my life I never thought Id have to read such an article. things are unraveling FAST!

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.

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 May 04, 2010 at 02:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
Anonymous Says:

i am ready to bet that this so called yeshiva is for B.T. from drugs to other criminal acts.

What's your point? It's the head of the yeshiva that allegedly did the shooting, not the students.

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 May 04, 2010 at 02:32 PM rebbe reb tzutz Says:

Reply to #23  
gadol Says:

I guess when he got his semicha he took the words yore yore literally!!

this is the most clever thing ever said on VIN, you are my new hero and you're takeh a Gadol

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 May 04, 2010 at 02:54 PM Anonymous Says:

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.

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 May 04, 2010 at 03:11 PM Anonymous Says:

sounds like their trying to frame him

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 May 04, 2010 at 03:23 PM Anonymous Says:

what is the name of this gun toting bum?

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 May 05, 2010 at 12:01 AM Anonymous Says:

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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 May 05, 2010 at 04:19 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #41  
Anonymous Says:

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"!

who said this 'rabbi' has semicha, knows anything major.antone can call himself rabbi. just look in the phone book

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