The former chief rabbi is facing charges
of fraud and bribery:
Former Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger will be indicted for allegedly stuffing into his pockets nearly $2 million from bribes, he was told Tuesday by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
Rabbi Metzger denies all charges.
I can't feel surprised these days a man like him won't admit to his felonies.
Police investigations concluded with several charges for bribery, fraud, breach of public trust, money laundering and cheating on taxes while he was serving as the leading light for the Jewish people.
In Israel, not everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but the country is chock full of apparently airtight cases against public officials who eventually are not convicted, often because the police are even more guilty for sloppy work.
A public official, especially a rabbi, must be above suspicion. Barring the possibility, not to be dismissed, that Rabbi Metzger is squeaky clean and the police have been on another witch hunt, the case is a black stain on the Chief Rabbinate.
The rabbi allegedly helped himself to princely sums of money to help convert people to Judaism. Rabbi Metzger is from the Haredi community that frowns on conversions of national religious rabbis, who so far have a record of being among the cleanest of public officials.
The indictments cite several examples of Rabbi Metzger's alleged contributions to his bank account under the guise of increasing the ranks of Jews. One case involved a wealthy Russian businessman who allegedly paid Rabbi Metzger $360,000 to convert his son and daughter.
Supposedly, he taught them the basic laws of the Torah, such as the prohibitions against stealing and not to place an obstacle in the path of the blind, the basis for prohibitions against being a con artist.
The Israeli public never was thrilled with the appointment of Rabbi Metzger as Chief Rabbi from the day he was suggested for the post.
His appointment as Chief Rabbi was rare if not unprecedented because he never had served as a religious judge.
Boy, to think he'd charge such a huge fee even to a millionaire for conversion? More to the point, why would he charge money at all? If he's guilty, then he should be punished for doing such an awful disfavor for Judaism.
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