Rabbi Mahluf Aminadav Krispin, who is married to a granddaughter of the Baba Sali, was arrested late yesterday on multiple charges of sexual assault.
Rabbi Krispin has a close connection to Chabad, as you can see, after the jump in the extended post. And, as you can also see, the man is no…
…spring chicken, as Ha'aretz notes:
…The 73-year-old rabbi, who is also suspected of assaulting two women who came to the council offices for guidance, has denied all charges against him.
Police suspect the rabbi assaulted the employees over a number of years, with the allegations only coming to light after an alleged victim complained to police, leading officers to a series of other women who reported being assaulted. Police reported the investigation is ongoing and that due to the old age of the suspect, if convicted he will probably be sentenced to house arrest
Krispin's name and face were shown on Israeli TV news (Mabat – about 24 minutes into the broadcast).
Now, here is his Chabad connection, courtesy of Beis Moshiach magazine (the article starts on page 6 and was translated for them, BTW, by an old friend of mine, Michoel Dobry):
…“Shortly before Chai Elul 5757, HaRav Gedalia Axelrod of Haifa prepared a new p’sak din, based on the fact that the Rebbe’s promise does not remain unfulfilled. Rabbi Axelrod included the fact that the Rebbe is a prophet and the halacha that a good prophecy can not be nullified. Along with Rabbi Axelrod, HaRav Mordechai Ashkenazi of Kfar Chabad and HaRav Boruch Boaz Yurkowitz of Lod also signed the p’sak din. In order to widen the scope of the entire matter, Rabbi Axelrod turned to me, since I had already been involved previously, and requested that I secure additional signatures.”…
Weren’t you worried about bringing such a letter to non- Lubavitcher rabbanim?
I see nothing to fear. Eventually, everyone will accept the sovereignty of the Rebbe – and the sooner, the better...
Naturally, we started with rabbanim who are openly more connected to such matters. The pioneer in this effort was HaRav Yaakov Yosef of Be’er Sheva [Ovadia Yosef's renegade Chabad son]. We approached him first due to his warm relationship with Chabad. We told him that dozens of rabbanim had already signed the p’sak, and now we were asking him to join them. Rabbi Yosef responded that regardless of who has signed before, he’s signing now.
Around this same time, HaRav Boaz Kali and HaRav Yigal Pizem came to the rav of Kiryat Bialik HaRav Machluf Aminadav Krispin, and asked him to sign. Rabbi Krispin was also known for his warm friendship with Chabad. He related to the entire matter with great interest, and asked to see the relevant sichos. When he was convinced as to their validity, he decided to form a beis din of seven members to discuss the matter with the utmost seriousness and to come to a halachic decision. While he lobbied hard to create the beis din, in the end, it did not materialize. Nevertheless, Rabbi Krispin himself did sign the p’sak.…
Wonder what the Igros say about this? /sarcasm.
[Hat Tip: Ben Max and JBM.]